- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:26
The MEOKO Project
Friday 28th June
5pm - 4am
THE MEOKO PROJECT IS MOVING TO VILLAGE UNDERGROUND!
The MEOKO Project is a very special event, and it requires a space that can accomodate all the different elements involved, from the film screening and the pop-up fashion market, to the epic party afterwards. For this reason, we have relocated from Red Gallery to the spectacular Village Underground, which is still right in the heart of Shoreditch but is more able to suit our needs and trading hours. The whole 'project' will now run from 5PM until 4AM, with music and DJs from the very beginning and complimentary cocktails and delicious canapés served to all those who have purchased the 'Full Project' tickets for the film screening and party.
The MEOKO Project is a 11-hour musical and cultural experience located right in the heart of East London. Alongside a stellar musical experience featuring rare London performances from the likes of Cadenza’s Valentino Kanzyani and Jun Akimoto of the London label and party collective, Fuse, it will bring together individuals, brands, and collectives under one roof to showcase the creativity and innovation that surrounds London’s colourful nightlife and music culture.
Valentino Kanzyani ( Cadenza / Jesus Loved You)
Jun Akimoto ( Metroline / Fuse London / Desolat)
Binh (Club der visionaere)
Voigtmann (toi toi Musik)
Rico Casazza (Release Sustain / Safari Numerique )
5.30pm – 7.00pm: Complimentary drinks and canapés for press and all those who have tickets for screening (on a first come first serve basis)
5.00pm – 11.00pm: Boutique streetwear pop-up market
Some of our favourite up and coming streetwear brands will be showcasing their creations. The collections on offer will be closely connected with club and youth culture in the UK, with the outlandish partiers who wear them, with the sweaty bodies that dance in them. Featuring the likes of Puckoo Couture, Fuudhoods, and Only Child London.
5.00pm - ALL NIGHT: London Nightlife Photography Exhibition curated by Daddy’s Got Sweets
For half a decade, Beth Marsh, under the alter ego Daddy’s Got Sweets, has been observing, documenting and commenting on the colourful and controversial culture that runs through London’s clubs and parties. A photographer, clubber and large personality, Beth exposes the true grime and grit, the honest beauty, and the un-posed perfection of the people and artists who make up the underground scene.
7.15pm – 9.00pm: Film screening: ‘BEATZ: Divergences and Contradictions of Electronic Music’ (Tickets must be purchased in advance) + POPCORN (tickets must be purchased for screening)
MEOKO are excited to be hosting the London premier screening of the new and highly anticipated BEATZ documentary. Filmed and directed by DJ Eduardo De La Calle the ‘Divergences and Contradictions of Electronic Music’ and features the likes of Loco Dice, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier, Monika Kruse, Levon Vincent and more. With no prior budget, they managed to collect over 150 interviews with influential tastemakers and important figures in all areas of industry, from DJs to label owners to promoters and management.
Watch the trailer below
ANNOUNCEMENT: The MEOKO Project @ Red Gallery - June 28th ( The MEOKO Project has moved to VILLAGE UNDERGROUND)
- Published on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:48
The MEOKO Project
Friday 28th June
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London
We are delighted to announce our first official MEOKO event since launching back in 2011: The MEOKO Project is our way of celebrating our achievements over the past two years and saying a big THANK YOU to all those who have supported us along the way. So please join us for a truly special party that represents everything MEOKO is about - celebrating music, art, culture and more.
The MEOKO Project is a 12-hour musical and cultural experience located right in the heart of East London at celebrated arts venue, the Red Gallery. Alongside a stellar musical experience featuring rare London performances from the likes of Cadenza’s Valentino and Jun Akimoto of the London label and party collective, Fuse, it will bring together individuals, brands, and collectives under one roof to showcase the creativity and innovation that surrounds London’s colourful nightlife and music culture.
Spread over two floors, from 5.30pm until 6am, The MEOKO Project will feature a host of 'exta-musical' activities, including a London Nightlife Photography Exhibition curated by celebrated underground photographer, Daddy’s Got Sweets, alongside a ‘pop-up’ fashion market showcasing some of our favourite up-and-coming street wear brands including festival-ready Puckoo Couture and Fuudhoods.
We are also massively proud and excited to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive London premiere screening of new electronic music documentary, BEATZ: Divergences and Contradictions of Electronic Music which features over 150 artist interviews with industry professionals, label owners, managers and DJs such as Craig Richards, DVS1, Luciano, Loco dice, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Monika Kruse, Laurent Garnier and more. The screening will take place in Red Gallery's basement from 7.15pm onwards, and there are limited tickets available with only 80 places - so please make sure you purchase your tickets for the BEATZ screening & party as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Watch the trailer below, and buy your tickets here.
Plus, of course, it wouldn't be MEOKO without a delectable house and techno lineup to take us through the night and for this party we have gone deep into the underground to bring you nine hours of partying with a selection of our favourite DJs and producers from Slovenia, Germany, Japan and London herself.
Labelled as one of the “founding forefathers of Slovenian techno”, Valentino’s laid-back but skilful approach to his craft (providing serious tech-house music and sets to the masses) has taken him around the world thrice over, making him one of the most respected vinyl DJs. As well as founding his own label, Jesus Loved You, and his own clubnight in Ibiza, Next Wave, Valentino is a celebrated producer with releases on Cadenza, Tenax and many more, as well as being selected to feature on Richie Hawtin’s upcoming Minus compilation.
Flying in from Japan, exclusively for MEOKO, Jun Akimoto’s return to the Big Smoke has been long awaited by all those who know and love the London institution that is Fuse. Jun’s love for electronic music truly began to flourish when he moved here in 2003; mixing, producing and striking up a passionate affair with dancefloors across the capital. 93 Feet East (RIP) was a particularly special haunt, and is where he met and became inextricably connected with Fuse London, a relationship that has allowed the musical careers of Jun and his frequent partner Ittetsu to blow up rapidly. Now with a collaborative project with Yaya Desolat under his belt, we expect to see big things from this artist in 2013.
Listen to Jun's MEOKO mix below
Although a Dusseldorf native, Binh’s name and reputation is inextricable entwined with the modern underground Berlin. When he finally settled in Germany’s capital, he immediately made his mark with a residency at the reknowned Club der Visionaere and founding his own night, Noon. He has since taken his refined, deep techno style around Europe’s most iconic clubs and festivals, rapidly gaining fans and industry respect even before releasing any of his own material. Nevertheless, his first release on Concrete Music is imminent and the scene is waiting with baited breath for more to come...
Gaining a reputation from early DJ sets as resident and co-promoter for Toi.Toi.London, Voigtmann has, in a considerably short space of time, established himself as an electronic music producer with an ear for high quality underground output, as well as co-founding new label and DJ roster Toi.Toi.Musik. As a DJ, gigs at fabric in London, Rex in Paris and Club der Visionaere in Berlin have further cemented his reputation as a vinyl mixologist of the highest calibre. Now with a solid release just out on Assemble Music and many more in the pipeline, Voigtmann's patience is paying off and MEOKO is excited.
Listen to Voigtmann's MEOKO mix below
In today's day and age of over produced and over hyped tracks constantly doing the rounds, it's rare to find a young producer who has forged such a unique and special sound. MEOKO describe his experimental style as 'Music from Mars', futuristic funk meets deep minimalistic techno and house grooves. Rico Casazza certainly has our attention.
Listen to Rico's MEOKO mix below
Friday June 28th, 2013
17.30 - 06.00
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London
Screening & party: £15 early bird / £20 / £25
Party only: £10 early bird / £15 / £20 / MOTD
Buy tickets here
Join the Project on Facebook here
- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:53
"no philosophy, just music"
Next Wave have been doing their thing since the 2011 season, from hotel clubs, including Corso and Club Punta Arabi, before eventually settling at the monumental Privilege towards the end of last season. Making it clear just what they’re about, their legendary closing party last year hosted the one and only Ricardo Villalobos, alongside a ridiculous lineup of Raresh, Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Valentino Kanzyani, Dan Andrei and Ian F. Shying away from the VIP culture that seems to be taking over the island, Next Wave are all about putting on good music, good deep and tech music to be price - without any booths or bottles of champagne. With a price tag to go with the ethos, tickets last year were a fraction of a pricise of its competitors at €15.
Since Ibiza last year Next Wave have toured Europe, with parties in Barcelona, Sarajevo, London and Berlin to name a few! Taking hold of the underground party scene and gaining solid fans along the way, Next Wave are in no way just a passing tide.
Romanian DJ, Rhadoo, returns this season but this time to headline their newly announced opening party on 19th June 2013 at Privilege. A household name in mainland Europe, and teetering on the edge of being huge, he’s played alongside Derrick May and Mathias Kaden, as well as performing at the much talked about WE ARE FSTVL. Finishing off the lineup is German artist Thomas Melchior, who is providing a live set, and Japanese DJ Fumiya Tanaka, as well as Russian artist agency, Gipsy Music, controlling the ‘Vista Blu’ room.
Purposefully keeping their online presence to a minimum, Next Wave really needs to be seen to be understood; no amount of hype can really do justice to such an event. As they state themselves on their Facebook, “no philosophy, just music”; and we plan on being right alongside them to ride this wave together.
For more info, keep an eye on the Next Wave Facebook page
Next Wave Opening Party
Wednesday 19th June
Rhadoo / Thomas Melchior Live / Fumiya Tanaka
- Published on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:57
The OneMore collective have been providing London with some of the best below-the-radar parties since way back in November 2010. Matching their underground music with underground venues, their debut event was held in a former leather factory. In the years since, they've become a London staple, creating a community around their parties that is rare treat nowadays and goes someway in explaining why people return month after month. These guys are serious about keeping a certain vibe, and are not in the business of selling out.
A venue which they have eventually come to call home is Hearn Street Car Park, an exciting, industrial space, whose attaching 'chill-out' room adds to the unique OneMore vibe. But with unconventional spaces you are met with issues, and their biggest issue was that of the licensing kind. This meant that last minute their Bank Holiday event last month with Carl Craig had to be moved to Area in Vauxhall. Fighting for their beloved venue however means that they are back at Hearn Street for their upcoming event on the 27th April.
Headlining their event this Saturday is Mr G, (who recently contributed to our Music Through Pictures series) a DJ and producer who’s been there from the beginning. Being part of many different musical ventures including KCC and The Advent, his music has travelled via dub and reggae through to his driving and unique style of techno. After laying low on the DJ circuit for years, 2011 saw the return of Mr G, with steady bookings being made from all over the world.
Also headlining is Rødhåd, German born Berghain regular, and the co-founder of the Dystopia parties in Berlin. Rødhåd aka Mike - no last name - is getting well known for his marathon DJ sets, saying in a recent interview, “Playing eight hours is like a heavenly trip." OneMore signifies his FIRST EVER set in the UK.
It’s great to see OneMore back where they belong and joining the party along with Mr G and Rødhåd are the OneMore favourites Arnaud Le Texier, Antonio De Angelis and Outart.
Hearn Street Car Park
27th April 2013
23:30 – 06:30
Mr G (Live)
Arnaud Le Texier
Antonio De Angelis
- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:12
Life Festival, Belvedere House, Ireland, 24-26th May
With all-night revelry and pounding basslines set against the backdrop of Belvedere House, a Georgian villa surrounded by 160 acres of Irish countryside, deep forest AND a lake, Life Festival is an electronic music festival like no other. As well as amazing music and epic parties, Life Festival puts respect for others and the environment at the centre of its ethos. Considered one of the best Dance festivals in Ireland, it was also recently listed in the ‘Top 25 Festivals to Discover before you Die’...a claim that is easy to believe!
From May 24th -26th, Life Festival invites "good vibes seekers" from all over the world, to celebrate the beginning of summer with an impeccable roster of forward-thinking, varied electronic artists alongside a range of traditional and visual arts, workshops and performances. The musical selection ranges from live bands to alternative electronic acts, but the emphasis is clearly on showcasing quality house, techno, and other 4/4 variations. But even further, Life also seems intent on showcasing some of the most unique, rare headlining sets currently on offer - with Groove Armada doing a DJ set, Modeselektor and Booka Shade coming with their live shows, and Amon Tobin presenting his ‘Two Fingers’ DJ set.
In the past month, alongside adding the legend that is Laurent Garnier to the lineup, they’ve also announced their partnership with Red Bull Music Academy, who will be hosting their own stage throughout the festival bringing some of the underground’s most respected rhythm-maestros and some past RBMA participants, including Kerri Chandler, KiNK, Floating Points, Boddika, Karenn and many more.
As well as being located amongst astonishing grounds and lake, you can expect four stages, eco-friendly camping facilities, secret areas to explore, workshops, lots of love, and pretty fantastical decorations and installations. The crowd is eclectic, international and friendly, and the sound systems are of top quality, blending all you can want from a festival deliciously into one bass-filled jar. And it's only a month away!
Life Festival, May 24 - 26th
Belvedere House Gardens and Park Mullingar, Co.Westmeath, IRELAND
3 Day Camping pass: EUR 143.00 (last presale)