- 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
- 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?)