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#LETUSDANCE – UK Nightlife fights back

Earlier this month, the Government announced a £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts, culture and heritage industries to help weather the impact of Coronavirus.

 

However exactly who this money will go to and how is yet to be announced. It is still unclear whether electronic and dance music sector in the UK will be covered by this. This is really uncertain times for our industry and the people who work within it. 

 

On Thursday 23rd July the entire industry, from artists and promoters to workers & freelancers, venues, festivals, publishers, companies and all associated organisations will come together to urge the Government to take action and save this vital industry, which employs hundreds of thousands of people and contributes millions to the UK economy.

 

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So how can you help? Spread the word and create some noise!

 

  • 1. SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS #LETUSDANCE

Post your favourite picture from a recent nightclub, festival or event with a note supporting its place within arts and culture. Pre-made social media graphics can be found here. Please use the hashtag #LetUsDance with all posts.

 

  • 2. EMAIL LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL MP

A draft letter to local MPs will be available via an automated online system for fans, artists and industry professionals to access and send automatically. Access the letter here.

 

This campaign represents a major moment in the future of our industry - please do give the #LetUsDance campaign your support. Hopefully, by working together we will get the answers we need for us to move forward.

 

 

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Back Inside – England Given the Green Light on Indoor Music Events from August 1st

More positive news this week for nightlife in the UK as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today ‘Audiences adhering to social distancing will be able to return to indoor theatres, music and performance venues from 1 August’.

 

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This is subject to the success of pilot schemes that will be taking place this month. Audiences, performers and venues will be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Guidance for the performing arts, published earlier this month, also sets out further measures to support the safe return of audiences, including:

 

  • Reduced venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained

  • Tickets will be purchased online and venues encouraged to use e-tickets to reduce contact and help with track and trace

  • Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach

  • Increased deep cleaning of venues

  • DJs must observe social distancing wherever possible

 

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This follows the government’s announcement of £1.57 billion funding for the arts, culture and heritage sector earlier this month. Details of which are still to be announced.

 

Safe to say this is a major step forward to us returning to normality. We now wait in anticipation to see which promoters will be coming back first. Safe to say I’ve missed standing front left and this a step closer to that.

 

See you on the dancefloor!

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Keep On Dancing: incoming parties after lockdown

Many months have passed since the COVID emergency and the music industry remains the most affected. Governments and health organisations, faced with pressure to reopen the world economy, are starting to outline guidelines for the return of clubs, discos and music festivals including The BPM Festival, Epizode, YZY Sound, Kiesgrube, Real Gang x Weetamix, Pikes, Supermarket, The Cause, Number 90 and Distrikt Leeds.

 

If the culture of clubbing is much more than that, if it is much more than a group of people united in the same club, this feeling will use whatever tools are available to connect the public and support this sector. The modalities, in some cases in the experimental phase, are many, without neglecting an important aspect: the support to the artists in this transitional phase. Helping the electronic music community during the current coronavirus pandemic is the goal of the different online resources and live streaming events that arose as a result of cancellations that are currently decimating the live music industry. Many of the creators and supporters of club culture and events, deejays and producers, are fighting this war against Covid-19 with the entertainment of their audience, with the production of music, with streaming live around the world.

 

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With over four million cases worldwide, the reopening of nightlife will be gradual, probably the last of the areas that will show new signs of openness. The clubbing sector is not just about social and entertainment, the so-called "club culture" is much more.

 

Its features refer to the aggregation, relationship, exchange, sense and feeling of belonging that young people of the world feel towards their club, their subculture, their group, their movement. These are chapters in the history of events, artists who have approached the dancefloor to new emotions, clubs that have welcomed behind the console deejays and musicians from all over the world. Everything that the new epidemiological enemy is trying to raise to the ground, paradoxically at the time of a generation that is equipped with all the tools to be united, close, but which is forced to remain momentarily distant.

 

But now something starts to change. We take a look at festivals, parties and venues which are bringing our scene back to life.

 

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FESTIVALS

 

The BPM Festival (Malta) 

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After months of blocking, the iconic BPM Festival (Malta) now lands in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. From 11 to 13 September, the beautiful island of Malta will be the perfect setting for those who can not wait to return to dance under the notes of great artists.

 

 

The first wave of artists has been announced and we will have the pleasure of listening to artists like; Adam Beyer, Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy, Enzo Siragusa, Yaya, Sonja Moonear and the master Ricardo Villalobos.

 

More info > https://thebpmfestival-europe.com/

 

Epizode (Vietnam) 

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Fabulous Epizode in Vietnam has confirmed the news that all their fans have been waiting to hear and that is that they will indeed be returning for a fifth time later this year. With large scale events being cancelled left and right due to the pandemic outbreak the news of the marathon festival is very welcome.

More info > https://epizode.asia/

 

VENUES & EVENTS

 

 Yoyaku Airdrome (Paris) 

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After Yoyaku’s first memorable Warehouse party in Paris, they return with a second edition that will take place at Bourget Airport. The event should have taken place on 7th March, but it was postponed until a later date because of the pandemic situation. Now, 6 months after, the crew will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the project see’s the whole of the roster on the line up including; Arno, Audio Wener, Cabanne, Janeret, Lamache, Lowris, Maayan Nidam, Roger Gerressen, Varhart and Zendid. Ricardo Villallobos will also be joining the crew as an honorary special guest.

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/443431383217564

 

YZY Sound (Cluj Napoca) 

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YZY returns in Romania. Gescu, Arapu and Tiberiu take centre stage on the controls for what is sure to be a master class in DJing, and a much needed musical journey for all in attendance.

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/2393516077614559

 

 

 

Kiesgrube 

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Kiesgrube hosts their seated open-air series seeing us a step closer to normality complemented with a soundtrack to get you moving, with artists including; Chris Stussy, Prunk, Tapesh, Marlie, Lazar Hoche, ANOTR, William Djoko and more.

 

More info >  https://www.facebook.com/events/1626825910798984

  

Real Gang Weetamix (Geneva) 

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The Real Gang crew are back in full swing with all night long showcase at Weetamix. The lineup comprising of residents and friends; Alui.w, Cally, Kevin Cook plus founders Nicolau and Miller, who will be joined by last-minute guest Reiss for an unexpected b2b.

 

 

 

The venue needs very little introduction with so much character being left behind by many great artists over its years who have graced the decks to play underground music. Swiss greats Luciano and Sonja Moonear were part of the team of residents pushing the sound in Geneva, with international artists of the legendary status coming from far and wide. It’s safe the lads are picking up where they left off. Throwing quality parties.

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/831332290609059

 

Pikes (Ibiza)  

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The island of Ibiza is still full of life despite larger venues not opening yet, there is still plenty going on in the island with some venues starting to open with social distancing measures in place including the infamous Café Mambo where you can enjoy the soundtrack to Ibiza whilst enjoying the west coasts unforgettable sunset.

 

Pikes is back in action with its Sunday at Pikes series. Residents the Brothers Grim welcome us to a weekly slice of Balearic bliss. 12 hours of poolside music soundtracking a relaxed afternoon and evening of cocktails and food.

 

More info > https://pikesibiza.com/sundays/

 

Supermarket (Zurich)

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Supermarket will host its Daytimer event series welcoming the likes of Alci, Guti, Priku, Stimming and Ricardo Villalobos. Another one of the world’s staple venues managing to open its doors which can only be a great sign for the industry we love.

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/ClubSupermarket/events

 

 

 

The Cause (London)

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Turning our attention to the UK and we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. The Cause has recently developed a new terrace area which floods with natural light with vibrant design. The new space is a perfect addition to their already staple London venue. It will be the home of their summer events, at this stage capacity is still limited but as we look to the future this can only improve!

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/1966948946772111

 

Number 90

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Number 90 celebrated its long-awaited re-opening party 4 July and will continue to hold it’s outdoor summer series. Every weekend their front yard will play host to some of London's best DJs. So you can grab a drink, order one of their infamous burgers and (finally) relax with friends in the sun.

 

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/307374850296293

 

Distrikt Leeds

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Distrikt in Leeds has used the time to tweak the soundsystem and add new monitors as well as giving the place a cosmetic facelift. The venue is a hotspot in Leeds which has played host to the likes of Dan Ghenacia, Francesco Del Garda, Sonja Moonear, Sweely, Voightmann and many many more. It’s great to see the guys back up and running with weekly outdoor events and making positive changes while they’re at it.

 

More info > https://www.distrikt.co.uk/

 

 

Finally, the music industry is coming back to life. We are running out of live-streamings that in these months of lockdown have kept us company and we are all going back to buy airline tickets to reach our favourite club or festival. It was definitely a very difficult year for the music industry but now everything starts to go back to the way it was before and stronger than ever. The world needs music and fortunately, things seem to be getting back to normal slowly but surely!

 

 

 

Words by Jordan Diston and Caterina Fidelbo

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Audience size doesn’t matter. Audience quality matters! VAT has been cut in UK for concerts and festivals

It's the recent news that VAT has now been cut In the UK from 20% to 5% for concerts and festivals this is an excellent opportunity for venues and promoters to recoup some of the costs lost in recent months. Read more here from theguardian.com

 

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From a club viewers point of view, this is also great news as tickets could be more affordable for events. Again encouraging for us to get back out there and enjoy the party.

 

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Open Culture Lab to kick off July 20th with Maayan Nidam

Open Music Lab launches Open Culture Lab, a new project for diversity in electronic music, kicking off July 20th with Maayan Nidam

 

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The Open Music Lab is a Berlin-based, space and platform that works as part of the Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) community, a non-profit organization that aims to promote cultural and social projects in the German capital. Their new venture, the Open Culture Lab, is a collaborative project with renowned DJ and producer Maayan Nidam, that further celebrates musical diversity in electronic music. 

 

The Open Culture Lab event series will kick off on Monday, July 20th as part of a series of open-air events promoting a wide variety of musical journeys and cultures. The first event will focus on African musical heritage and culture. The day will start with a panel discussion by Tracy Bakala (Yoyaku’s senior booking agent and partner) Mista Wallizz from (Freak de l'Afrique), and DJ Ukai Ndame, as they will discuss topics around community organization and the heritage of African music. Floyd Lavine (artist and producer from the RISE crew), will host music production workshop and afterwards, attendees will be able to hang out with event hosts, enjoy some food and listen to music by DJ Dede.

 

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Through the experiences of musicians, producers, activists and members of the music industry the Open Culture Lab will bring different key players from the scene together while also promoting diversity and cultural exchange. This holistic approach is distinctive as it mixes cultural and social aspects together for the fostering of creativity and community. The Open Culture Lab is a remarkable initiative, and while we face troubling times, one thing is certain, unity and solidarity are key to continue growing and reinventing the music and arts industry, now even more so than ever.

 

⇨ Click HERE to register for the event.

 

Date: Monday, July 20th, 2020

Time: Event runs from 5 P.M. - 9 P.M.

Location: will be confirmed with email registration

 

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordoñez

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