Bloc Weekend has unleashed a mammoth dollop of its fifth birthday line-up with news Aphex Twin will be bringing his acclaimed show to Butlins Minehead after making a series of festival appearances in 2010. The recluse seems to be coming out of his shell and performing more frequently – good news for his fans. The good news for Bloc is he’s joined by a cast of underground electronic dance music’s finest for the landmark event in the festival’s history in March.
Anyone who was lucky enough to witness the marvel of Dark Carnival: Notes From Underground at The Old Vic Tunnels earlier this year saw the space under Waterloo station come alive with creative energy. Now a new project will see the tunnels transformed into a whimsical underground town for two nights featuring music, poetry, theatre, cabaret, comedy, interactive performance, dance and spoken word.
GOLD’s celebration of one of the most iconic sitcoms from the past 20 years continues with this exclusive compilation of clips and favourite moments. After GOLD’s sneak behind the Royle’s sofa, uncovering unseen material and revelations about how the sitcom and characters were conceived, it’s time to hand over to the cast and the legion of celebrity fans to pick the bits they hold with highest esteem.
Legendary dub originator Scientist lands in the UK on Thursday to celebrate the release of his new Tectonic album Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space. The tour kicks off in London at Fabric before visiting Dublin, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton and Bristol. The tour will see Scientist perform a live dub mix of renowned reggae group The Upsetters, originally Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s house band before going on to form the nucleus of The Wailers. Tectonic boss Pinch and dubstep luminaries Mala, Loefah, and Pokes complete the line-up.
Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everthing and The Vaccines will line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2011. Renowned for giving the freshest new acts their first taste of national notoriety, past alumni include The Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors, Franz Ferdinand and Florence & The Machine. This year’s live show combines some of the most exciting, groundbreaking and visceral acts available, kicking off on Thursday February 3rd in Glasgow and crossing the UK until February 19th.
American experimental electronic music genius Matthew Dear is to headline the BLOC room at eastern electrics – Back To The Tunnels NYE 2010. The producer is riding high on the success of his third album Black City – a brazen collaboration between Dear and three other musicians, where Dear’s melancholic vocal drifts hauntingly over a funky yet wonky
tech-meets-synth pop track. His minimal techno will be a highlight of the new year underground party in London.
Find out the insight scoop on The Royale Family when The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa transmits exclusively on GOLD.
Free coach travel from across the UK has been made available for next year’s RockNess festival in June.
From Steve Angello to deadmau5, James Zabiela to Michael Woods, House Rules has attracted the hottest DJs from across the planet and has positioned itself as one of the hottest London nights. Renowned for hosting the official afterparties in the city for the likes of Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5 & just last week Above and Beyond, House Rules return to celebrate their sixth birthday with the Swedish House Mafia protégé and now superstar DJ in his own right AN21.
“Armin, Armin, Armin” the Ministry of Sound crowd demanded. The three-times number one in the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ vote was clearly in high demand as the ravers crammed into London’s Ministry of Sound chanted his name as they awaited the result of the fan-voted poll, and award presenter Boy George was feeling the heat as he told them to calm down. With the result down to Armin or David Guetta, the fast-rising DJ and producer who has been a star attraction at dance festival this year, it was obvious that only one man was going to induce cheers. Who would it be?
Rising star DJ, producer and label owner Hijack returns alongside fellow producer Brabe to deliver Boogie EP – four funk-fuelled house cuts ready to smash any party. And here’s your chance to remix their tunes to win a full release on Jack Union records as well as a Soundcloud Pro account.
This week on Dave’s One Night Stand Sarah Millican performs brand new and exclusive stand-up comedy in her hometown of Newcastle, with special guests Jarred Christmas and Alun Cochrane.%bang&
Bloc Weekend will celebrate its fifth birthday with respected techno act LFO, Moderat’s last performance until 2013 and a debut appearance from Vitalic. Butlins Minehead will once again become a ravers paradise covering the entire spectrum of electronic dance music.
Bring in 2011 with eastern electrics, returning to host the biggest underground party of the year at one of London’s best-kept secret spaces. Wave goodbye to 2010 and say hello to the new year with 10 hours of techno, dubstep, house and electro spread over three rooms.
The Urban Nerds get spooky this halloween with a party at London’s newest club – XOYO in Shoreditch. The star of the show will be dubstep start Joker supported by breakthrough talent Circus Records frontmen Cookie Monsta, Flux Pavilion and Doctor ‘Sweet Shop’ P on Saturday, October 30th.
A bid to save the legendary 100 Club in London has been launched with a song by Buster Shuffle.
Jack Whitehall and Sarah Millican are to join Ben Elton and Johnny Vegas for Dave’s One Night Stand. The freeview channel’s new commission sees top comedians go back to their home town with one objective: to make their locals laugh.
To celebrate four years of the Big Chill House in Kings Cross, London, the bar is opening its doors with a free party and free drinks to a soundtrack of reggae, dancehall, world, electronic and house. Toddla T and El B will be joined by residents from the parties hosted at the venue to blow out the candles and celebrate another successful year on Wednesday, October 20th.
Scotland’s lush landscape is shown off at RockNess every year, and now you can get an eyeful of Loch Ness while dancing into three summer nights for less.
Five-piece rock band Thousand Autumns from Hertfordshire formed in March 2010 and have already completed their debut four track EP City of Sun. Combining the diverse influences spread across the band, they create melodic-catchiness backed up by unique, coma-inducing riffs that separate them from the typical sing/scream bands of today.
For the second time the Red Bull Music Academy is bringing together four soundsystems to contest an almighty battle of the bass. Representing the four branches of London bass music across five rounds of cross-genre explorations, Camden’s Roundhouse is to have its foundations shaken as Goldie’s Metalheadz seek to retain their crown from the last soundclash.
The moment the most famous DJs on the planet bite their nails and wonder how dance fans across the globe rate their mixing and tune selection skills against their peers is almost upon us once more. Yes, the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs 2010 is to be revealed later this month and the question is will it be the end for the trance stranglehold on the number one spot and Armin Van Buuren’s three year reign at the number 1 DJ? All will be revealed on October 27th with simultaneous parties in London and Manchester crowning the fan favourite.
German techno imprint Terminal M is having a 10th birthday party thrown in its honour at a secret London warehouse location.
The Lazarides galleries has operated for years outside the conventional gallery system – with founder Steve Lazarides the one-time agent for Banksy. Although now operating from more traditional gallaries in Newcastle and London’s Soho together with off-site projects and online activities, Hell’s Half Acre is going underground – literally – by teaming up with The Old Vic Tunnels for a ground-breaking series of installations from Tuesday, October 12th to Sunday, October 17th.
Bedrock takes over the O2 Academy Brixton this Saturday as part of its 12th Anniversary celebrations. Joining John Digweed for his final UK date of 2010 is the legendary Carl Cox, as Bedrock12 plays host to a house and techno masterclass.