- Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:01
Relatively new kids on the block, the dedicated party promoters and all-round electronic music aficionados behind MODU:LAR are doing big things very fast. Only up to their second episode on the rave circuit, they’ve already enlisted the musical machinations of a:rpia:r’s Rhadoo, bringing a coveted piece of the Romanian house scene to their home city of Liverpool.
On the 4th of April music fans will pour into Liverpool’s warehouse style venue The Garage, which has already hosted some real heroes on the dance music scene and, thanks to its extended opening hours, has the potential to give you one of those epic nights out that bleed well into the next day.
Showing that it really means business, MODU:LAR has booked Rhadoo for a solid six hour set, with potential to go on indefinitely if the mood is sweet and the artist is game. And we’re confident he will be – Rhadoo has made is name over the last fifteen years by engaging in a busy European touring schedule which covers everything from Bucharest, London and Ibiza, by taking risks at gigs, by pushing a deep and powerful sound which resonates with all who hear it, and by constantly producing quality dance music in the studio, combining with a:rpia:r colleagues Raresh and Pedro to create quality music which connects with a whole generation of clubbers. So rest assured, he’ll be bringing something special to this gig.
Supporting Rhadoo will be the excellent MODU:LAR residents Nerram and Scott Grant, who will stoke the dance floor fires until Rhadoo’s start at 2am.
“Here at MODU:LAR we’re lucky enough to be part of a close circle of friends that have travelled the country and indeed the continent encountering loads of unique places, people and music along the way. Journey’s aside – we’re also lucky to live in a city with a top class electronic music circuit which has shaped our taste over the years and refined our outlook on the scene as a whole. We’re all about the music and the experience.”
All the pieces are in place to make the 4th of April a landmark event for the nascent Modu:lar shindigs and the Liverpool clubbing scene – all you need to do is show up and give us your best fist pump.
MODU:LAR photography from Samantha Milligan
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 16:31
After a sell-out first year, We Are FSTVL is back and ready to wreak some havoc at The Airfield of Dreams, Upminster, Essex. For two days and two nights across the bank holiday Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of May, one hundred and fifty artists will bring everything they’ve got to the decks, giving you a bank holiday dance session to remember.
Festival organisers have gone all out to transform the area – you can look forward to exciting arenas like The Tower of Light, Confetti Island (brilliant), The Tunnel and two new main stage concepts still to be announced. We Are FSTVL has also ironed out any creases from its debut, with extended bars, toilets, parking, entrance lanes and later tube times, so everything will roll out smoothly giving you maximum disco dancing time.
Where to begin on a line-up this massive? Hear sets from Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Solomun, Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, MK, Kevin Saunderson, Jamie Jones, Derrick Carter, Cassy, Apollonia, Black Coffee, Luciano, Carl Craig, Timo Maas and (we really mean it this time) many, many more.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:52
Festival announcements are sprouting up in Croatia like spring bulbs, providing tasters of the summer that is to come and reminding us to get our sorry selves over to eastern Europe this year. One such festival is Sonus – which charged onto the Croatia scene last year and is returning even stronger in 2014, now an official festival partner of MEOKO.
Sonus runs right through the middle of summer, bringing music and madness to Zrce beach on Pag island between the 18th and the 22nd of August. Zrce beach is fast becoming one of Croatia’s festival jewels – an idyllic secluded spot which is not far from Croatia’s tourist-friendly city Novalja, but remote enough to have that Adriatique paradise feeling we all crave from our Croatia trips. Stages are quite literally metres from the shoreline here, so the location’s perfect – but that’s almost a given in Croatia’s gorgeous coastal regions. What Sonus has also done is provide an absolute monster of a line up, calling up a host of current heroes in house and techno to grace its sun-soaked stages.
The line-up includes (take a deep breath) Chris Liebing, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Adam Port, Apollonia, Bella Sarris, Djebali, Dorian Paic, Henrik Schwarz (live), Joseph Capriati, Leon, Marcel Dettman, Monika Kruse, Pan-Pot, Robert Dietz, Sonja Moonear, tINI, Tobi Neumann, Yaya, Zip, Mariano Mateljan and many, many more. This is easily one of the strongest and most on-the-mark line-ups of the summer, and should collectively keep you dancing for five days straight.
Sonus is also running the traditional boat party roster throughout the five-day festival period, with details on these raving voyages still to be announced. Choosing your parties is the easy bit though – what usually brings the sweat and pain is sorting the accommodation. That’s where Croatia Wave steps in. Established in 2011, Croatia Wave grew at lightening pace, responding to the huge international demand for assistance, guidance and organisation in securing perfect digs for your holiday, now offering not merely festival accommodation but also high-end villas and holiday activities.
As official partners of Sonus 2014, we simply had to give our readers the chance to experience this amazing festival for themselves – all expenses paid. MEOKO, in collaboration with Sonus and Croatia Wave, is offering one lucky punter 2 x tickets to the festival, 2 x tickets to a Sonus boat party* plus 5 nights of accommodation for two in a fully air conditioned bespoke apartment within a five-minute commute of Zrce beach - all you have to do is get yourself to Croatia!
You could be lounging on this very balcony in six months time...
*Boat party tickets are subject to availability and issued at the discretion of the promoter, Cosmopop. The winner will be advised on-site at Sonus Festival which boat party they have tickets to attend.
Photography taken from Sonus festival album gallery
- Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:17
One of the purest and longest running techno parties still kicking up dust on our dance floors, Cocoon returns to London this March 22nd ahead of a fifteenth season in its birthplace, the hallowed halls of Amnesia, Ibiza.
Cocoon has charged across the globe all winter, finally returning to London after an almost four month separation during which Cocoon fell in love with crowds on three different continents and London stayed at home eating ice cream and pining. OK – so maybe we’ve had a few hundred parties going on in Cocoon’s absence – but the point is we’re that excited for a London/Cocoon reunion, and especially pumped to see Sven Väth command Building 6 at Greenwich Peninsula’s 02 once more.
Room 1 is to be led by Papa Sven, who needs no introduction from us, and who will be joined by a much newer face to the techno scene, Tim Green. Green might have been learning to walk when Väth was flipping vinyl, but his skill behind the decks and taste for quality has fast-tracked him into a place alongside the greats.
Mobilee Records has risen to the challenge of providing alternative beats in Room 2, rivaling Väth and Green with its very own label heads Anja Schneider and Ralf Kolmann plus a very special guest – the eccentric and excellent Timo Maas who, like Sven, can be counted upon to pull all kinds of surprises from the record bag.
Image from londonwarehouseevents.co.uk
We want you to share our buzz about this party – and to that end have cooked up a ‘merch and music’ MEOKO prize pack with all sorts of goodies to get you excited about the 22nd. The prize includes...
2 x Double packs of vinyl Mobilee releases
2 x Tim Green vinyl releases
1 x Latest Sven Väth in the mix CD
2 x Cocoon branding bags, caps, keychains, necklaces, t-shirts and stickers – for the merch-hoarder in you.
2 x tickets to the event (how could we forget?)
- Published on Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:18
Last summer we saw some tantalising sparks and flashes of brilliance from London venue Studio 338 - a Secret Sundayze here, a Krankbrothers there - but 2014 is the year we see a full return and refurbishment of the Studio, with their official opening party locked in for Saturday the 1st of March.
Wasting no time affirming its reputation for authenticity, the Studio 338 opening will see an all American invasion, the headliners representing the three most influential cities for house and techno not merely in the States, but the whole world. From the struggling, industrial heart of techno, Detroit, comes one third of the Belleville three Kevin Saunderson – who is to techno what Steve Jobs is to Apple. London’s techno fans have one place to be on the 1st, plain and simple.
Photography - Sophia Whitfield
Originally from Detroit but now resident of and influential presence in New York, Studio 338 has also called in MK to soundtrack the start of its new season. If Saunderson is the legend then MK is the It Girl (never mind that he’s a feller), the house hero has been in unbelievably hot demand since his breakthrough release, a reworking of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’. The final piece of American pie comes in the form of Kate Simko, who hails from the very birthplace of house music – Chicago. Simko now calls London home, and will combine her international influences to provide the perfect support to these two heavyweights of the techno and house scenes respectively.
Whilst music comes first, a good venue set up is absolutely crucial and Studio 338 has this well and truly covered. Defying weather patterns, the Studio boasts London’s first large-scale clubbing terrace, so you can party all night under the stars like you’re on the Balearics. There will also be an indoor tropical paradise lounge space in which to catch your breath, re-tie your shoelaces and stuff your face – in a stroke of genius the heads behind 338 have decided to offer gourmet street food at their events. All areas are naturally equipped with the best sound design has to offer – a VOID system.