- Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:21
The modern day festival goer is spoiled for choice when deciding upon locations and brands to put their pennies, inhibitions and trust into. While many of us Brits travel abroad to the likes of Croatia, Spain and even further afield (thanks in part to the widespread introduction of cheap air travel), it seems that we sometimes forget that our own shores have more than its fair share of reasons to maintain its claim as the home of festivals. As EDM blows up and rains down over-plumped 'festivals' across the states and beyond, it's refreshing to see the UK carrying the torch for the more adventurous, escapist type - in the electronic music world, they've been trying to fill the void that the much-loved Glade electronic music festival sadly left behind a few years back.
With Glastonbury, Bestival and V festival aside, you could go as far as to say the UK market loves a small and intimate boutique festival, with some hitting their stride for their second or even third year on the trot. Noisily Festival of Music and Arts burst onto the scene last year with an unashamedly clear mission statement - to bring the most diverse and eclectic line up of global electronic music, both underground and overground, to the fore, mixed with cutting edge design and art installations, in amongst the beautiful and secluded Leicestershire forest, allowing for an event that's driven on hedonism, escapism and most of all enjoyment for a full weekend that rises well above your average 'festival in a field' stereotype.
Lest we forget, the musical fare on offer isn't half bad either... Greg Wilson, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Session Victim and Gaudi all play, joined by the likes of sonic alchemist Max Cooper, Scottish techno titans Slam, Dutch breaks master 2562 and tonnes more heavy hitting music from all forms of music and beyond, playing across three stages (including one dubbed The Tree House Stage and the return of an old Glade festival favourite, The Liquid Stage), backed up by a further host of nano areas and zones included for your frivolously decadent pleasure.
For more information and tickets go HERE
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- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:14
"We move when we want, where we want, with no rhyme or reason. Our only aim is to be bigger and better than the rest, appealing to only the most open-minded reveller..."
Such is the mantra of Under The Tree, a nomadic party based on impulse, authenticity and the element of surprise. Back for the first time in 2014, Under The Tree presents an Easter Special party on Thursday the 17th of April which will be just what it says on the tin – damn special. Setting up camp in the warehouse venue Loft Studios (where it all began), UTT will be boasting a creatively planned light, laser and 3D visual show to accompany booming beats, which will be reaching your ears through a state of the art Funktion One sound system.
A picture from last year's sellout event at Oval Space
All sounds pretty rosy, but it’s not a party without the music-makers right? Under The Tree have teamed up with Visionquest to secure a stellar line-up for this event. Manning the tables will be Visionquest head honcho Lee Curtiss and fellow compatriot Ryan Crosson, Fabric’s youngest resident and Leftroom Records extraordinaire Matt Tolfrey, Simon Baker, who has recently partnered with Geddes to create the label Nofitstate, with support from Ibellini, The Mendendez Brothers and Felon (live). Hard to go wrong with that dream-team – we’re confident that between them they will pull out a solid collection of unforgettable dance floor moments.
Memories are great, but why not throw in some more lasting reminders of the brilliant sets to come? Let’s face it, things can get a little blurry after a few jars… MEOKO and Under the Tree have put together a generous prize pack for one lucky winner – we hope you like free vinyl!
The prize inclues:
2 x Nofitstate vinyl (001 Simon Baker -Arpy Ep Skudge remix and 002 Matthew Styles - Signals EP)
3 x Visionquest vinyl (VQ036, VQ040 and VQSE003)
3 x Leftroom vinyl (LEFT 040, 041 and 042)
3 x Leftroom CDs (003, 004 and 005)
1 x Visionquest T shirt
Collection of Under the Tree merchandise including T shirts, Caps and Sunglasses.
4 x tickets to the Easter Special event on Thursday the 17th of April.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:57
BPitch Control is the Berlin-based baby of techno queen Ellen Alien – a label which has helped set the trajectory of German and global techno for over a decade. BPitch Control Records has provided a launching platform for artists like Modeselektor, Apparat and Paul Kalkbrenner to name a few, and how much duller would all our lives be without their music? Every so often a label gets the urge to show what it’s made of, charge beyond the studio boundaries and take their musical expertise and influence to the clubs. They call it a showcase – and London is getting a big one.
This Friday the 11th of April, BPitch will be showcasing five of its best and brightest, including a three hour set from the lady who started it all – Ellen Alien. Joining Ms Alien will be Thomas Muller, Camea, Aerea Negrot and Baby G, enlisted from Paris, New York, Berlin and Barcelona respectively.
Electric Brixton in London’s South will house the event, with the official afters hours hosted by London party promoters Sub Terrania kicking on at Vauxhall venue Fire – where many a wild morning has been clocked up before now.
Sound like your sort of shindig? We’d like to send you for free, sporting some deeeee-lightful BPitch merch (we won’t force you to wear it to the event if you don’t want to… might be a bit keen). This B Pitch MEOKO comp prize includes:
2 x tickets to BPitch Control showcase at Electric Brixton
2 x tickets to Sub Terrania after hours at Fire
1 x male BPitch T-shirt
1 x female BPitch T-shirt
1 x BPitch scarf
- Published on Friday, 28 March 2014 14:04
In only two weeks time, the most influential people on the global electronic music scene will descend in droves on our fair southern city of Brighton for an epic two-day conference over the 11th and 12th of April, to discuss and debate over every fascinating detail of the flourishing scene, to air new ideas and technology, teach and learn about the music business and network the bajaysus out of each other.
It’s the birth of what is sure to become an annual event, and if you’re uncertain if Brighton Music Conference has the pulling power of its global music conference predecessors, have a look at the dance industry companies that have thrown their weight behind the event. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are sourced from the executive echelons of Beatport, Spotify, Novation, BBC Radio 1, Spinnin’ Records, Native Instruments, PRS for Music, Funktion1, DJ Mag, Mixcloud and Resident Advisor.
What’s more, you’ll be hearing from the legendary dance music commentator Bill Brewster, co-author of the most famous book in dance music – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, plus Q&As with artists Dave Clark, John 00 Fleming, Steve Mac, Orbital and a key interview with Eats Everything, who will be fielding questions from RA’s chief editor Ryan Keeling (and happens to be a hilarious dude). Yeah, we’re sold.
A business and education conference like this is not only invaluable to those working in the industry, but a fantastic learning opportunity for punters who are simply passionate and curious about the scene. Topics to be covered include The History of Electronic Music, The Future of Artist – Fan Connections, How to get an Agent, The Importance of Audio Quality and so many more.
This is electronic music of course and whilst we work hard, we play harder. With that in mind the city of Brighton will be hosting many a clubbing shindig across the weekend, to diffuse all that thinking we’ve been doing and remind us why we’re all here in the first place.
MEOKO wants you involved in this – and we don’t do things by halves. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to win the following:
2 X full conference passes for both days, valued at £172 and usually reserved for industry only (it gets you into everything).
A two day Conference Pass includes:
- Entrance to the Conference talks held in the Studio theatre which consists of 8 insightful panels, and trend discussions with the scene's leading players
- Exhibition and all talks held in the Foundry room, Exhibition floor and Cafe which includes 20 Masterclasses, Showcases & Q&A's per day.
- Access to the conference pass holder mezzanine bar over the two days.
- A copy of International Showcase The Music Business Guide for the first 200 to register valued at £75.
- Entrance to BMC endorsed evening, networking events on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
BMC pass INDUSTRY ONLY events include:
- Thursday 10th April: BMC Welcome party with Black Rock Records & PRS featuring Steve Mac, Dead Celebrities, HOI!, State Unknown, Mandyngo / Above Audio.
- Friday 11th April 2014: BMC industry networking event with Seamas Haji & Andy Mac / Cloak.
- Therapy with Ash Lomas, Richie A, Stammers & Matthew Matheson / Ninja Bar.
- Saturday 12th April: Ableton & BMC BBQ and showcase with Adrian Pickard, Phelan KaneInpuht– Live, Calc – Live, J-Me* Griffiths (exHybrid Scratch DJ), Bitbin, EONE, Phink, Tom Cornish, Juice, Oana Leca Neighbourhood.
- Soulshine with Seamus Haji & Mick Fuller Ninja Bar.
- Plus entry to BMC endorsed club events on the Friday and Saturday night
(Entry for each venue is on a first come first served basis subject to capacity)
In addition to this brilliant conference experience, you will also win two fantastic pieces of Novation equipment, presented to MEOKO by BMC for the budding or professional music makers among us that love the latest in dance music technology.
Novation prize includes:
1 x Novation Launchpad S (worth £150)
1 x Launch Control (worth £80)
That’s a total prize pack valued at over £400 including a unique industry experience and state of the art equipment. So I imagine you’ll be wondering how to enter?
- Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:53
Excellent news for the chocoholics among us - The Chocolate Festival is returning soon to the UK, ready to indulge all your weird and wonderful chocolate whims!
Coming to Brighton, Bristol, Oxford and London, The Chocolate Festival will be a luxurious and multi-sensory experience, all in the name of the sweet, sweet dark stuff. The Chocolate Festival has been perfecting its own art since 2009 and is now one of the biggest events on the food festival calendar. You will stroll through the indoor venue taste-testing the finest artisan chocolates on the market, which trust us, is an outing in itself. This year, however, organisers have gone the extra mile and really beefed up the ‘festival’ aspect of the event, creating a chocolate-based activity schedule you’ve surely never experienced before…
The festival includes (try not to dribble):
- Tasting Lounge with Seventy%: World-renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy guides you through a tantalising taste discovery session
- The Cocoa Spa with Hotel Chocolat: Soothe your senses with luxurious cocoa butter beauty treatments that boast fantastic moisturising powers and the most delicious smell known to man.
- The Chocolate Café: Chocolate moustaches all round as you kick back with the creamiest hot chocolates in town.
- Brownie Trail: Join the quest to hunt down the best ever chocolate brownie. A great one for the kids, or the adults who can’t grow up which, let’s face it, is most die-hard chocolate fans.
- Easter Zone: Easter eggs! Easter eggs everywhere! Over forty chocolate companies have entered a display in this Easter exhibit.
- Health Zone: Discover the health benefits and unexpected deliciousness of free-from chocolate.
- The Chocolate Market: Britain’s top artisan chocolate companies all under one roof and vying for your patronage – nightmare!
- Tea & Coffee Zone: Does what it says on the tin.
We recommend running in empty and rolling out a spherical, satisfied, groaning mass of sticky chocolate… but feel free to enjoy your day in moderation if you prefer (yawn).
If you can’t make it to London, chocolate will be flowing freely in all of these cities…
- Brighton – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March 2014, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. 10am to 6pm daily.
- Bristol – Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April, Brunel’s Old Station. 10am to 6pm daily.
- London – Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April and Friday 12 to Sunday 14 December, The Business Design Centre, Islington. 1pm to 8pm Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sunday.
- Oxford – Friday 18 to Saturday 19 April, Oxford Town Hall. 10am to 6pm daily.
For more information, and a bustling online chocolate community, head to festivalchocolate.co.uk
All hail the blessed cocoa bean, and its many modern wonders.