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BeAvantGarde - 5 Year Anniversary

The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) - once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under.

Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK - squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018.

Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand's growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.

 

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After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special.

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They'd tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney's warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient - more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips.

Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity.

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Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico - with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ's to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly "let go".

The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.

 

5th Birthday Tour Dates

13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU

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14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU

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02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby - Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK

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03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO - Secret Location || Brighton, UK

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 09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER

11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK

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23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA

31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG - Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA

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For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds - check this out!

 

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"Noctuary X yoyaku with Varhat b2b Janeret

 
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Dubai-based outfit Noctuary sit at the vanguard of their regional scene, pushing high-calibre minimal sounds in the Middle East. After a brief hiatus, Noctuary are returning on Thursday the 25th of July for their Season 2 launch with an event of serious magnitude: a Yoyaku showcase with Varhat b2b Janeret on headline duties and Noctuary’s own Hameed supporting.
 
The event will take place amidst the divine ambience of Level 5, the home of Noctuary’s previous chapters that have played host to the likes of Ion Ludwig, Thomas Melchoir, Traumer, Barac and more.
 
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Given the calibre of talent Noctuary has previously welcomed, it was only a matter of time before a Yoyaku showcase took place. Yoyaku is one of the scene’s most respected 360 degree contingents, pioneering forward-thinking sounds through their label, agency and record distribution.  The name Yoyaku now stands synonymous with gold-standard minimal around the world and discerning ears can quickly identify the distinguishable ‘Yoyaku sound’.  Yoyaku veterans, Varhat and Janaret, have established themselves as two of the scene’s most consistent artists, in both the studio and the booth. Both artists have catalogues of admirable proportions in terms of both quality and quantity, with their distinctive and diverse sound, both driving and delicate, found across the many Yoykau Joule imprint, YYY series, Hostom, AKU, Tartouffe and YoY.  Both individually and back-to-back, Varhat and Janaret are deservingly in high demand, revered for their ability to seamlessly weave together considered selections and tell a story through their sets.  Playing together, the two have an inimitable connection and a knack for choosing records that speak to each other with synergy.
 
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Noctuary look forward to showcasing their talent in a night that will truly give meaning to the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Support for the evening lies in the capable hands of Ahmed Hameed. A rising star in the scene, Hameed will be returning to Noctuary where he has previously supported SIT and Traumer. Aside from his experience in his home region, Hameed has also performed in the UK alongside Apollonia, Wareika, Ion Ludwig and Barac at the unleash open air. Sure to be a night of intricate soundscapes and classy grooves, Noctuary Vol. VIII is not one to miss. With just under two weeks to go, it’s time to lock those plans and get excited. The event will commence at 10pm with tickets available cash only on the door for AED 100.
 
 
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- Escape the demands of modern life and immerse yourself into the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise - Three Smoked Olives Festival

 

Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.

 

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Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression.

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Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation. 

THE LINE UP

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Ali Nasser
Amir Javasoul
Andrei Ciubuc
Arapu
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Cally
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Cesar Merveille
Charlie
Clovis
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Denis Korablev
DJ Vasile
Emi
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Francesco del Garda
George L
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Giorgio Maulini
Giuliano Lomonte
Herodot
James Mc Hale
Kosta
Kozo
Lamache
Leo Pol
Lowris
Matt Foley
Mihai Pol
Nicolas Lutz
Noizar & Borys
Prichindel
Sammy Dee
Sedee
Sepp
Sublee
Suciu
The Rabbit King
Vincent Lemieux
Vlad Dinu

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Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast.

 

 

Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.

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28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira

From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience.

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MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors.  The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness.

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This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico's tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape.

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Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D'julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina - Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente.

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What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.

 

Tickets for Elétrico

Elétrico on Facebook

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EZO Festival (Georgia) w/ Zip, Dygas, Gerd Janson & More

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Now its fifth year, Tbilisi’s EZO festival returns for their season opening from the 14th to the 16th of June. The festival will also return later in the high summer from the 13th to the 14th of July for their season closing. The music and arts festival is organised by Mzesumzira (Sunflower) Community and is held on Mtatsminda Hill overlooking city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

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The festival’s musical offering features many of electronic music’s most seminal artists: a diverse range of legends who have made their mark on their respective genres. Spread across three stages, the 2019 edition of eZo will host Zip, Margaret Dygas, Derrick May, Derick Carter, Chez Damier, Ata, Tod Terry, Gerd Janson, Jeremy Underground among others. With a well-rounded approach to curation, eZo’s offerings will satisfy the tastes of traditional house purists, minimal heads, and those with a penchant for a disco boogie. In addition, eZo will play host to a showcase of the iconic Sysiphos, bringing with them a slice of Berlin through their resident DJs, stage design, and even sandy beach.

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The festival’s strong musical direction is complemented by a healthy focus on culture and arts, with bars, terraces, chill out spots, artisanal food and various activities on offer to provide punters with a well-rounded and immersive experience.

 

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In the years since the festival’s inception, the ups and downs in the country’s politics and the radical changes in society have driven those in the Georgian creative scene, to break free and express themselves. The collective continuation of this movement manifests today in sincere emtoions and an energy on the dancefloor like no other. This unique vibe will be undeliably palpable during eZo festival; a celebration of the rich culture of forward-thinking inspiration that permeates the countries music scene. 

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Positioning itself as a gathering filled with rays of joy and waves of happiness, eZo Festival is sure to satisfy hearts and minds alike. For those looking for a unique experience in one of the world’s most inimitable underground scene’s eZo festival should certainly be at the top of the bucket list.

Tickets are available to purchase from the eZo website: HERE 

 

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