Birth Records have teamed up with Shoreditch venue The Queen of Hoxton for a new night showcasing rising stars. The first event on Saturday, March 3rd will feature DJ sets from Crystal Fighters and IS TROPICAL plus live sets from Helsinki’s wonky popstrels LCMDF, the afropunk of I.R.O.K. and electro pop from Arp Attack.
Field Day celebrates its sixth year with a Diamond Jubilee June Bank Holiday one-day festival in Victoria Park. Shifting earlier in the year to make way for the Olympics the line-up still contains the same mix of dance and indie acts, this year headed up by Franz Ferdinand, Metronomy, Zomby, Errors, Rustie, SBTRKT and The Vaccines with many more just announced.
The Big Chill Festival will not happen in 2012, it has been announced. Melvin Benn, Managing Director Festival Republic who own the August festival, suggests the London Olympics being the same weekend as the intended festival had meant going ahead with the popular Herefordshire event was not viable. He has promised a smaller indoor event at some point this year.
Underground dance music festival Bloc has evolved from a Butlins weekender into a full-scale outdoor event for 2012. In its second move to mark its sixth year, Bloc will relocate to a new venue in East London at Royal Victoria Docks for two days of music on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th.
Trance superstar DJ Paul van Dyk returns to London on Saturday, March 31st to launch his new album Evolution at a venue he’s never played before.
House and techno stalwart Carl Cox returns to London this Easter for his only club show in the capital of 2012. Hosted at The Electric in Brixton, Coxy will get behind the decks on Thursday, April 5th.
Godfather of the electronic beats scene DJ Krush celebrates 20 years of live gigs with a three-hour set at London’s The Forum. DJ Krush turned hip hop and turntablism into an artform, a pioneering move at the time in Japan. He used sample selection, effects and scratching to build up his unique sound, using a Japanese sense of minimalism, balance and progression.
Hideout festival added to the growing calendar of events in Croatia last year and returns in 2012 with another line-up of the biggest names in electronic music. Featuring the same mix of beach and boat parties around the island of Pag, the first acts revealed for the three-day event at the end of June include Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Caribou, Andy C and Skream.
The team behind the bass heavy Outlook Festival have unveiled a new September event focused on techno, house and the deeper side of dance music. Dimensions will take place one week after Outlook at its Croatian home of Fort Punta Christo from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th boasting acts such as Moodymann, Dyed Soundorom, Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock.
The A Night With… series has seen Derrick Carter, Miss Kittin, Matthew Dear, Ellen Allien and Magda get behind the decks for an eight hour session. Completely unsupported, these have been nights to remember as the iconic mixers have raided their record collections to give the audience on a musical education while demonstrating their passions, skills and sounds. Next up is Sebo K on Saturday, February 11th at Shoreditch’s Basing House and later in the year Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, and Craig Richards will feature.
On Friday, January 20th bass lovers the Urban Nerds return to fabric for their first 2012 event, celebrating four years of Nerds parties at fabriclive. Having taken their big bass to room two in 2011, they will return to the caves of room three curating a deeper line-up blending experimental bass, garage, dubstep and funky sounds.
mulletover enters its eighth year with a January party to get you back on the dancefloor. Their January Sale brings together Kompakt founding member Michael Mayer, South London’s rising star Joy Orbison, ManMakeMusic’s Another Amit and resident Geddes at a secret London location on Saturday, January 28th.
Camden’s historic music venue The Roundhouse will be treated to A Clown & Sunset Showcase on Thursday, February 2nd featuring Nicolas Jaar. His Don’t Break My Love tour also brings labelmate Soul Keita and new signing Acid Pauli to the capital.
Croatia’s bass festival Outlook brings its sound to London for a launch party at Ewer Street car park on Saturday, January 21st. Winner of the Best European Festival at the UK Festival Awards, the night will feature five archways of music including the Iration Steppas, Mungo’s Hifi and Noise Control Audio.
Tomorrow Urban Nerds joins forces with fellow underground club brand BassLaced for a warehouse NYE celebration featuring verses showcases as two of 2011’s most UK influential labels, Swamp81 and Numbers, go head-to-head. To build up to the big night at Hearn Street Car Park in East London, Bristol export Mensah has put together a mix that will serve as any bass-head’s perfect pre-party soundtrack.
Free-lectronica’s last show of the year tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7th) at Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East in London is a link up with Bit-Phalanx. There will be live sets from Gareth Clarke and T-toe as well as DJ sets from Ursa and Bit-P DJs – all for free.
Basslines will be felt at the Electric Brixton as the Spectrum NYE 2011 party starts the New Year as they mean to go on – LOUD. Spectrum’s lineups this year have boasted the likes of Chase & Status, Pendulum, Zane Lowe, Sinden, The Japanese Popstars and The Glitch Mob, so for its final party of the year, it’s bringing in dubstep heavyhitters.
Arkitect joins forces with Luciano’s Cadenza Records on Boxing Day for a London showcase of underground minimal and house. Shake off the festive food at The Electric in Brixton featurig Reboot, Robert Dietz, Mirko Loko (live) and Cesar Merville.
Next weekend is the first Together Winter Music Festival at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace venue and the promoters have confirmed it’s a sell out. On Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th the event will welcome some of the biggest names in dance music including Chase & Status, Eric Prydz, Nero, Skrillex, John Digweed, Pete Tong, Sander van Doorn and DJ Fresh.
Acclaimed underground electronic music festival Bloc visits Bristol on Friday, November 25th for a special show as part of the In:Motion series. Top names from the bass scene Artwork and 2562 will be joined by techno dons James Holden and Nathan Fake while Luke Vibert heads up a Bloc showcase. Read on for information on how to win tickets!
Madness’s House of Fun Weekender at Butlins Minehead will be the first time the seminal band play their brand new, as yet untitled, tenth studio album, in all its glory. One of their two scheduled sets over the weekend of November 25th – 28th.
The How’s My Raving? Crew return to the Big Chill House on Friday 2nd December to present The Worst Xmas Party …Ever! Headlining will be a very special DJ set from the shady cut and paste duo Cassetteboy Vs DJ Rubbish, a rare chance to see the strange act of an MC battling his DJ as they go head to head to see who can annoy each other the most – with free entry all night.
For the first time Camden Crawl will be a three day event in 2012. The multi-venue festival is always popular and next year even more people will be able to enjoy the mix of bands, DJs and more. The first acts will be announced in January for the May 4th – 6th weekend, but early bird tickets are on sale now. Tickets are also available for the opening night party featuring six live acts at a special edition of Club NME on Friday, May 4th from 5pm at KOKO. A full music and arts programme will run from midday on Saturday 5th May until the early hours of the following bank holiday Monday.
The line-up for Manchester’s penultimate Warehouse Project party at Store Street party has been unveiled: the New Years Eve party will feature Annie Mac, Fake Blood, Jaguar Skills, Riva Starr and more.
Two leading dubstep forces unite on Saturday, December 10th for TRIBE presents Never Say Die & Circus: a night of big bass, deep dub and forward-thinking underground music. The night at The Electric Brixton will include performances from the Foreign Beggars, Flux Pavillion, SKisM, Slum Dogz, Funtcase, Zomboy.