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An Into The Valley Journey Is Always A Special One, A Brand Committed to Beyond the Norm

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With a recent announcement of their second wave of artists, and second release tickets, we look at what the Into The Valley team have in store for us all this September. Taking place on the 28th September until the 30th, and as always a unique and off key location will be awaiting festival goers. A breathe of fresh air and a new start for Into The Valley, as they take their experience and organisation to the picturesque Andalusian Coast in Spain (as south as you can possibly go in Europe). In total 46 artists will travel to the historic realms of Fuengirola a small and remote town that can easily be accessed via Malaga. So far 26 of the artists have been revealed. The recent announcement included an array of special performances including Floating Points (Live), Hunee, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers (Live), Schatrax and a special Svek (Jesper Dalhbäck x Stephan Grieder) appearance.

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Day time events will be taking place during the hours of 12:00 – 23:00 spread across three stages The Castle, The Theatre, and The Beach. The location is somewhat different to what we have seen in the past, but prepare to be charmed by the historic setting of the Solheil Castle, which leads you to the sunny coast in the south of Spain. The Beach stage will be open to the general public throughout the duration, bringing a strong link between the community and the festival. Alongside these beautiful backdrops, will be a more industrial setting, a non-stop stage, keeping the fun rolling.

The Into The Valley crew work tirelessly to create the most fulfilling experience for all involved, including the local communities. Wherever they may locate their parties, there is strong communication and involvement with the surrounding people. Cuisine is something they account highly for collaborating with local businesses and restaurants ensuring the ultimate healthy food and beverage balance for all attending.

 

An Into The Valley journey is always a special one, a brand committed to beyond the norm. Many more announcements will be made within the next few months, including the night time artists, the Sunday after party, and several collaborations ITV will make with local businesses.

 

All information: https://www.intothevalley.com/

 

Words by Zac Bidwell

 

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Exploring A Spectrum of Electronic Music, with a House and Techno Flavour: SONUS 2018 Preview

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With less than two months remaining until the yearly pilgrimage, we decided to look at what is in store at this year’s Sonus Festival, Croatia, presented to you by Time Warp. Five days, and five nights of parties on the beach (or some special boat parties) exploring a spectrum of electronic music, with a house and techno flavour. A handful of names on the bill; Craig Richards, Dixon, Enzo Siragusa, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Praslesh and Sonja Moonear

After celebrating their 5th birthday last August, Sonus Festival continue to grow each year bringing you some of the most loved artists in the world to a unique location. An opportunity to see your favourites, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters all in one place. Many high quality outlets and brands will be collaborating with Time Warp for this year’s event, including Sunwaves, Club Der Visionaere, Fuse London, Junction 2 Festival, Nordstern and many more.

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For the 2018 addition almost 70 artists will make the trip to the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia. A beautiful destination, waiting to be explored. Each year the marathon party takes place on Zrće beach, a party haven consisting of 3 clubs where each of the parties will take place day and night. Whether you are looking forward to the reputable Fuse after party in Kalypso, or seeing Marco Carola take over the setting of Papaya, there is something for all dancers.

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Line-Up

Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme DJ
Amelie Lens - Andrea Oliva "Official" - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Boris Brejcha - BUTCH (DJ / Producer) - Cassy - Cezar - Charlotte de Witte - Chris Liebing - Craig Richards - D'julz - Dana Ruh - Digby - Dixon - Dorian Paic - Dr. Rubinstein - 
Eats Everything - Enzo Siragusa - Ian F. - Jackmaster - 
Jamie Jones - Jennifer Cardini - Johannes Brecht live - 
Joseph Capriati - Kölsch - Konstantin - Len Faki (OFFICIAL) - LOCO DICE - Luigi Madonna - Maceo Plex - Marco Carola - MEAT - Nastia - Nicolas Lutz - Pan-Pot - Peggy Gou - 
Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) - DJ Ralf - Recondite live
Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin - RØDHÅD - Rossko - Ryan Elliott - Seth Troxler - Dj Skizzo - Solomun (Official) - Sonja Moonear - Stephan Bodzin live -Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - Valentino Kanzyani

Locals
Andrea Ljekaj - Felver - Groovyman - Kristijan Molnar - 
Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Yesh

 

MEOKO recommends: Enjoy the special after party mornings, & catch up with the local heroes if you have the opportunity.

Keep an eye out for stage splits and full timetable including boat parties. See you at Zrće beach, who is ready for the marathon?

Hit up the Sonus Festival official website for any ticket/lineup/accommodation information plus more: https://www.sonus-festival.com/

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Words by Zac Bidwell

 

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REPLAY SUNSET PARTY TURNS 6 AT CAJA MAGICA, MADRID

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Madrid is a city of many charms. You may have heard about its amazing weather, its astonishing architecture made over centuries, its museums, its extraordinary and delicious gastronomy, even its electronic music scene which is in fact excellent.

Replay Sunset Party, one of Spain's leading electronic music brand turns six years old in a very special location : CAJA MAGICA , in the Spanish Capital.

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Made out of steel, wood and glass, it is one of the capital's major architectural reference points, with a stunningly versatile and functional design. In the past already hosted a number of unforgettable festivals like ‘ Mad Cool’ and will bring again the public an overwhelming space for a party that seems like a 12-hour daytime festival.

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Sunday 15th of July will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the high finests top DJs of the underground scene with a very Special Guest on top of that; Sonja Moonear.

Her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity and lead her to perpetually redefine her style specialises in trippy style of house and techno whose spiritual home is Club Der Visionaere. In Sonja’s hands, you might hear minimal sounds mixed with acid house, or electro into dub techno, but always connected by subtle transitions that never sound rushed or disjointed, she has the best ear for groove.

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In action as Headliner smasher, the Perlon Co-Founder aka Dimbiman aka Zip is a familiar name for lots of us. Famous for his epic minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme, he has an illustrious musical history which began in 1986 as singer in the band Second Voice to turn up on 1996 in Frankfurt where he got together with Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger to form the audio-visual project Pile, very interesting fact this one which took them in 1997 to found the banging Perlon labeI.

From Jupiter to Madrid we’ll see the master of mystery and implacable seeker, Nicolas Lutz alongside the old ruler at the Farringdon local and recently active in one of the most cosy venue of music quality in London with his new concept : Craig Richards & Friends that has seen a sequence of high class performances from the beginning of this year. This time together for a very elegant and awaited B2b.

For an impeccable Live Master Ion Ludwig, a fundamental key on the Toi Toi roaster, actively producing in the studio places like Weekend Club and Club der Visionaere helped shape is live performances to perfection . Synthesizers, drum machines combining with his sound spreades an endless story and energy.

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A key innovator representative of a new class of producers who are reaching melody, moving away from the classic Romanian sound towards something more bumpy and colorful, Barac will perform on the Madrilenian stage to deliver a powerful minimal set.

The support will be from Simon Garcia and Alvaro Medina, both masters at Replay’s parties, standing out for them genuine, timeless, personal, hypnotic and futuristic sounds are going to close this interstellar line up!

Last but not least, the Brunch will be hosted by Roots with a London figure and Eagervision Records resident Alffie b2b Hons and Maryo.

If you are a music lover and you’re looking for a reason to travel, you can now stop. You’ve already found the perfect plan!

 

Words by Aghnes

 

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CHECKPOINT 5 Years of Love

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We had a very original and interesting chat with Sampol, relevant member of the Artists collective Checkpoint represented also by Sonodab, very talented producer has edited several of the most respected labels as Kina Music, Trazable Recordings and as well remixed the best artists of the moment.

Let’s start with Checkpoint concept, is a combination of arts established and focuses its events in Barcelona since 2013, as resolute forward-thinking approaches between different  and contemporary shapes of House and Techno with unconventional artistic trends. Counting both musical and visual conceptions accurately aligned with having on board the most emerging electronic music artists of European’s underground scene, always located in emblematic spaces where a socially and culturally atmosphere is acoustically set.

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And the residents; Baraso, passionate in Electronic music and culture, has a long career which is seeing him playing quite a lots around the best European stages and clubs.

Rainer, owner of Therapy Records and one of Checkpoints regular guests is releasing on various different labels such as Half Baked, Vinylclub and Bodyparts to name just a few. Rainer is defo an artist close under our MEOKO microscope. 

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Last but not least Rick Maia is an extremely versatile DJ able to adapt his unique sound to any kind of environment where he combines impeccable taste with impressive technical skills to superb effect. He has the passion, intelligence and a understanding of the dance music environment which makes him a truly exciting prospect.

The main impressive thing is that the aim to create a special, characteristic scene in Barcelona offering people the possibility of an experience where the quality of music and art are staying in focus.

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Regulary collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.

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Constant collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.

Approaching to the OFF WEEK, best occasion to celebrate 5th anniversary of Checkpoint. The event is a three day-tour-de-force with dozen of DJs and live acts spread between three different venues.

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Celebrations will start on 13th of June at Backyard Villa surrounded by a pool garden terrace and more hidden spots inside the house combined with a super tasty line up :  Binh,  Andrew James Gustav, Saverio Celestri, Christian AB, Giammarco Orsini and all the rest of O300f Recordings crew.

 

After a fresh orange juice and couple of bananas we’ll walk to Port Forum for a special outdoor Rooftop after party, right in front of the sea, special set up for the occasion where the Resident Djs will take over the decks shouder to shoulder with Robin Ordell B2b Onirik, Seuil, Quest and a very special Guest TBA… 

 

Third, last and  awaited one, MEOKO edition at the Meetingpoint Gallery where in the heart of Raval we will be involved in an avant- garde Music and Art community , Vinyl market, workshop, upcycle crafts and more activities all day long.

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From this match with Meetingpoint, another great occasion was born for Checkpoint, a twin project, a space for work and  training and dissemination, the experience of using a public space in a self-managed way through the use of healthy and natural materials, innovation and creativity that has become the residency Home for Checkpoint.

The Location, Espai Txema is one of the winning projects Pla de BUITs contest sponsored by the Council of Barcelona city in 2013. Small building built with materials / recycled, compostable and / or reusable. It is a project that aims to involve citizens in a process of continuous learning.

 

We literally can’t wait!

 

Words by Aghnes

 

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Stephan Bodzin Comes Back to London with His New Show

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After the sold-out event hosted at E1 London in February, the live-set legend Stephan Bozdin comes back to London on 21st of September for his 2nd London appearance of 2018. 

Originally a composer, Stephan Bodzin soon fell in love with nocturnal club sounds and began producing his own brand of techno. His productions are driving, hypnotic and with a very real and memorable sense of melody that sticks long in the mind. 

This September, Stephan Bodzin will bring his impressive and innovative live visual show to Londons Electric Brixton for the event hosted by ParableFideles & Luna Semara are also on the bill. 

 

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