You’ve got to hand it to the London day ravers – sometimes said to be lightweights looking for an easy ride, this South West Four crowd proved their hardcore status when a near apocalyptic rain shower exploded over Clapham Common on Sunday, August 29th just when the dance event was getting going.
London’s busy August bank holiday weekend got even busier this year with the arrival of the London Electronic Dance Festival organised by clubbing brand Cream and bringing together some of the finest acts over two days in the East End’s Victoria Park. Although hampered by a reduced line-up rumoured to have been affected by poor ticket sales, the performances of acts including The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Tiga and electronica legend Aphex Twin ensured it was a debut which would be welcomed back next year.
The Big Chill Festival’s first collaboration with production giant Festival Republic brought stability to the brand, though there was a distinct lack of the normally vibrant atmosphere at Eastnor Castle this year. A re-arranged site and changes to the stages seemed to surprise many, but while is a little work to be done to make it the perfect marriage, this year’s festival had more than enough highlights and unique additions to be a fun-packed three days.
Ten years on since Godskitchen first invited ravers to enjoy a festival of dance music in Stratford-Upon-Avon, GlobalGathering has evolved from a one-night event for 25,000 music fans to a two-day camping event with major live acts complementing the DJs spinning the sounds of now. To mark the 10th anniversary edition, organisers Godskitchen wanted to celebrate the first decade of the event with the best weekend UK clubbers had experienced. Thanks to better-than-ever production and a fun-loving crowd, GlobalGathering X was an enjoyable romp.
Eric Prydz is putting the house back into warehouse parties with a Pryda night in London’s premier underground nightspot. Ewer Street Car Park is set to host three arches of music on Saturday (July 31st) featuring Pryda label owner and international DJ star Eric Prydz taking centre stage and backed up by a selection of top talent for an all-nighter chock full of summer vibes to welcome in August.
Straight from the banks of the Mersey delta comes 25-year-old blues singer Delta Maid, set to release her debut EP on Shake A Bush Records on July 26th. The five track release is a moonshine-swaddled serving of blues’n’bourbon inspired songwomanship, which owes as much to Nashville and Memphis as it does from Delta’s straight talking hometown of Liverpool.
Joy Orbison, Michael Mayer and Justin Martin will head up the August bank holiday edition of Eastern Electrics with the respected promotions and labels of mulletover, Kompakt, Dirtybird, and Resident Advisor hosting rooms for an end-of-summer, beat-driven all-nighter. Joining Michael Mayer, Robag Wruhme, Wighnomy Brothers and Jo Saurbier in the mulletover room will be the 52-year-old Thomas Fehlmann. zap! bang! Magazine talked to the man who has seen the evolution of electronic music since the 1980s.
The CREATE10 festival stormed into life at London’s Lovebox in Victoria Park with its Young Music into London programme taking over the Gaymers Bandstand. A host of fresh and exciting acts were given a platform to show off why they’re being shown off as the best talent to be emerging from the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympics: Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Talented youngsters from the five host boroughs of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games have been gearing up for three major performances at star-studded music events including this weekend’s Lovebox festival. Over the past few months, the cream of the UK music scene’s singers, producers and choreographers have united for Young London: Into Music to coach 150 young people between 14 and 25-years-old. Together with taking over a bandstand on the Friday of the three-day Lovebox in Victoria Park, they’ll be at the IndigO2 on Saturday and the Theatre Royal in Stratford East the following week.
The rising stars will perform alongside legends in grime, UK garage, hip hop and soul. So, rock out to Kele le Roc and Shola Ama, catch rising grime star Maxsta or enjoy the vocal harmonies of UD Vocal Collective, led by the talented ShezAr and directed by director Matthew Excalibah Xia as they paint a lively portrait with music about living in East London.
For the next three weeks, East London is being treated to a moving arts space presenting acoustic gigs, DJ sets and audio installations, and readings and talks from local authors on the area’s art and history. Roam is a specially commissioned vehicle that has embarked on a rural adventure, through a rapidly changing urban landscape — and one of the highlights is this week’s performance from Tunng and The Kiitiwakes.
The Big Chill’s co-founder and creative director Katrina Larkin has said she’s been able to push the creative boundaries for the festival this year thanks to their new relationship with Festival Republic, and by the looks of an even more innovative and eclectic line-up for the three-day event in Eastnor Castle in August, it’s an even more highly-anticipated weekend of music and the arts than ever.
Whether you like to do the Big Fish Little Fish Cardboard Box crew, normally find you’re one of the early morning monkey jugglers or know what “all gone Pete Tong” means first hand, GlobalGathering’s 10th anniversary festival next month will get your rave pulse racing. Along with Faithless and Dizzee Rascal, every dance music genre will get a look in and Sister Bliss can’t wait to take to the main stage. She said: “The dance scene was written off as being a pretty spent musical force and a pretty redundant musical force because it was just mindless hedonism and people dancing. But it is probably the most vibrant its ever been!” Spread across 10 stages over two days, read on for the full listing of what to look out for in Stratford-Upon-Avon from Friday, July 30th to Sunday, August 1st.
Clapham Common’s South West Four has added more names to its ever-impressive line-up for the August bank holiday weekend to join headliners Armin Van Buuren and Fatboy Slim. Not only are they bringing the seductive Salt ‘N’ Pepa to London for the first time in 15 years on Sunday, August 29th and more top names over the Saturday and Sunday.
_ Fatboy Slim, The Strokes and Leftfield headlined RockNess on the cusp of Loch Ness, Scotland at the weekend. The dance and indie fest boasted an impressive line-up that also included Aphex Twin, Crystal Castles, Vampire Weekend, Blondie, Chase & Status and Plan B. zap! bang!’s Mike Barnard and Freya van Lessen were on-site to capture the festival fun. _
Not going to Sonar this year? Then why not try So NOT Barcelona — the free London equivalent of the Spanish dance music festival. The Big Chill Bar on Brick Lane will host three days of cutting edge beats and bass with headliners Luke Vibert, Instru:Mental and Addison Groove from Thursday, June 17 to Saturday, June 19th.
The Urban Nerds are taking over another London warehouse as they host the DMC DJ Championship London Heats 2010. They’ve lined up some top turntable talent to support the unmissable DMC live showcase at the Scrutton Street Warehouse in Shoreditch on Saturday June 19th.
London’s new August bank holiday music event the LED Festival has announced clubbing institution Cream will be hosting their own arena. Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso will headline the latest addition to the line-up on Friday, August 27th in London’s Victoria Park and there are new names for the Saturday too.
Thursday saw us check-out French band Fortune at luncthime — who’s electro stylings had enough bounce and squelch to satisfy though without delivering anything new or overwhelming. We also caught some of Yuck’s set — who were billed as Sonic Youth meets Pavement, and delivered a suitably US-alt-rock sound — though not as excitingly or as interestingly as either touchpoints.
Kevin Drew’s Canadian collective Broken Social Scene are a good time band. Whether they are five or twelve strong on stage the mood is always high and there is a focus on entertaining and uplifting a crowd. This is no different here to any other show — in fact the group seemed to feel like they had to get it ramped up quickly having been limited to a forty-five minute set.
**UPDATE 08/06/2010: EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER**Get set for the summer at the Big Chill House featuring Toddla T on Wednesday, June 9th. The roof terrace at the Kings Cross venue will be swarming with music lovers as Toddla T plays a special dancehall set with a barbecue to fuel revellers through night of free music.
Tiesto’s return to London’s Victoria Park this July has got even more hotly anticipated thanks to a string of new acts announced to play the one-day event. Avicii and The Japanese Popstars will warm up for Tiesto and Pendulum on the main stage while another trance hero will headline the Mixmag and Don’t Stay In arena.
This is your chance to win two tickets to a special London appearance from Paul Van Dyk on his Vandit 10th Anniversary World Tour! Worshipped amongst trance fans across the globe, the opportunity to attend a Vandit event would normally consist of a pilgrimage to the label’s birthplace Berlin. On Sunday, May 30th, the Vandit tour hits the O2 Academy Brixton for what is set to be a truly momentous night headed up by Van Dyk and a selection of exciting guests.
Rob da Bank the rest of the Bestival crew are celebrating selling out this year’s event four months in advance — and it’s no wonder with the line-up assembled for the four-day event on the Isle of Wight this September. Its Year of the Fantastic is set to be one of the best yet with Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy and The Flaming Lips headlining and a whole host of new acts and areas unveiled.
Lovebox goes polysexual this year as London’s Victoria Park will see heads turning in all directions and ears alive to sounds of all kinds this July. Expanding from two days to three, running from Friday, July 16th to Sunday, July 18th, each day will be different, culminating in an outrageous party on Sunday headed up by the legendary 62-year-old diva Grace Jones.
GlobalGathering is set to get a cultural makeover this year as world-renowned festival art impresarios The Do LaB will design the VIP area and one of two outdoor terraces at this year’s 10th anniversary festival in Stratford-Upon-Avon.