- 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.
- Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 17:57
Londoners, cast any conservative conventions aside, it’s time to get all Used + Abused on Easter Sunday April 20th at the 02 Academy, Brixton.
Last season Loco Dice launched his now infamous club night Used + Abused in Ibiza, later taking the creatively crafted dance party to the global stage. Never one for partying alone, Dice will be bringing a host of talented DJ pals to entertain you until the wee hours. Piling into the cavernous O2 Academy this April will be Chris Liebing, Paul Ritch (live), Guti (live), Tobi Neumann, WaFF, Matthew Styles, Hector, Tristan Ingram, Electronic Youth and of course Loco Dice himself.
The festival-sized line-up is both complimentary to Dice’s own hip hop influenced tech house style and nicely diverse, as artists such as Guti are sure to swing things in an unusual direction.
Ibiza Used + Abused parties were hugely popular last season, with Dice completely transforming the Ushuaïa venue to create a rave space in which he felt at home, complete with hip hop dancers and raised platforms which completely surrounded the DJ booth with eager club goers. Dice likes to be amongst the action, so you can be sure his show at the 02 will be just as inclusive for both DJ and punter as other Used + Abused events.
Grab your tickets HERE
- Published on Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:23
We all love a good film. A trip to the cinema has been a much-loved tradition even before the talkies, but in recent times we’d have to admit the cinema experience isn’t quite what it used to be. Enter The Second Chance Cinema, which aims to change all that, providing a luxurious and traditional cinematic experience to watch new releases that you might have just missed in the large cinema chains.
The Second Chance Cinema has claimed Bethnal Green Town Hall for its venue; an alternative and beautiful building built in the 1920s Edwardian Art Deco phase, which makes the whole experience feel just a little bit grand. The council chamber is transformed into a screening room for the Second Chance events, with curved and tiered seating allowing for everyone to have a perfect view of the screen.
The Second Chance Cinema offers more than just an interesting space, however, as your ticket also includes all manner of refreshments and service. All cinema-goers will be offered an array of ‘Posh Popcorn’ plus chocolate cigarettes by a 1950s styled usherette, so it’ll feel just like the good old cinema days, only more chocolaty. If you purchase the ticket which includes a meal, you will be served with a gourmet Cinema Taster Box with meat, fish and vegetarian options, prepared by award winning chefs and a big step up from Maltesers and a melting choc top.
Delicious cocktails will be served from the stylishly lit anti-chamber, an excellent place to begin your evening with a bit of socialising, before all present are captivated by the screen.
Screenings kicked off this week with James McAvoy in Filth, and coming up in March there is the adrenalin fuelled Rush and the award winning edge-of-your-seat Gravity. April screenings will include Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Philomena and About Time, but don’t wait to get tickets because they are selling out fast.
Anyone can watch a movie from the comfort of your couch; it takes more than just a big screen to get us out to the pictures, it takes an experience. This is what The Second Chance Cinema provides.
More information and tickets available from thesecondchancecinema.co.uk