- Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:26
The arrival of new and unique event concepts that stray away from conventional and/or formulaic party modus operandi, is always a breath of fresh air. Hence, MEOKO lends its full support to the 501 Series, a new party program resulting from the collaboration between Mixmag and London-based promotion collective, What Matters. The series, which launches on April 13th, will host nine monthly events in unusual and intimate spaces around London; all no larger than 500 capacity and all with only one headlining DJ, playing a six to eight hour-long set!
To start of the proceedings, 501 Series have invited Spanish-producer and innovator, Uner, to play the launch on April 13th at Westbourne Studios. The event will also be an official pre-party for Vertigo Festival (which you can win tickets to here) taking place in the Italian mountains from August 15-17.
Uner, having released on nearly all of the most esteemed labels including Diynamic, Cadenza, Get Physical, 2020 Vision, Cecille and Visionquest, is undoubtedly becoming a household name. It's hard to think of better way to see an artist who was on both the Top 100 Most Charted Artists and Top 100 Most Charted Tracks on Resident Advisor in 2012, than in a six-hour-long set in Westbourne Studios. Ahead of his performance we've got our hands on an exclusive podcast from the man himself which you can stream and download for free below.
CLICK BELOW FOR EXCLUSIVE UNER MIX
Catering for serious music lovers throughout the capital, the rest of the series will bring down the likes of Audiofly, Oliver Huntemann, Pig & Dan, Livio & Roby, Noir, Monika Kruse, Todd Terje, Kink & Neville Watson Live. We’d suggest copping your tickets now, these are guaranteed to go quickly.
Early bird tickets have sold out, but you can still buy tickets in advance for £15 or full price for £20 here
Mixmag & What Matters present 501 Series w/ Uner (6hr set)
Saturday 13th April
The Westbourne Studios
242 Acklam Road, London , W10 5JJ
Early birds £12.50, Advance £15 then £20
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:16
Taking over the incredible Brixton Academy for the return of their annual two-day festival on the 7th and 8th June, The Playground Festival is bringing a host of heavy-hitters in the electronic music scene to the capital for this special event, which looks to see nearly 10,000 people through the doors across the weekend. Experimenting with unusual ways of holding an electronic music festival, this time The Playground is coming to the centre of one of London’s increasingly buzzing nightlife hubs, Brixton town, with a line-up that skilfully toes the boundary between the best of the underground and the more mainstream, classic, talents in the industry.
Playing homage to some of techno’s brightest innovators, the line-up features the ‘fathers’ of the Detroit techno scene: The Belleville Three A.K.A Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, with the latter performing as his legendary live act, Model 500, on the Saturday.
Alongside these three underground legends, The Playground Festival will give Londoners (and non-Londoners alike) the opportunity to see rare performances from artists such as Gary Numan, founding member of Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flur, Digitalism (Live), and Kavinsky. German house duo and co-founders of the Get Physical label, Booka Shade also feature and with the recent release of their EP ‘Haleshop’ after nearly three years absent from the production game, they will no doubt pull out all the stops for their live show this summer. Packing even more punch into the roster, is a man highly respected in the underground scene and renowned for his use of the iPad to mix live at his events, James Zabiela, alongside ambient techno crusader Pantha Du Prince.
Add on to this an array of exciting, genre defying, and straight up fist-pumping acts playing across the weekend, including UNKLE, DJ Hell, Boddika, Wildkats, No Artificial Colous, Nathan Fake, Luke Vibert and many more. Then take into consideration that weekend tickets are currently going for a measly £70, with a pass to one of the days only costing £35. Then put it all together, against the backdrop of a sunny Brixton atmosphere, and it’s easy to see this is going to be one of THE London events to reach this summer...
Don’t miss out.
Date: Friday 7th / Saturday 8th June
Where: Brixton Academy, London
Buy tickets: www.theplaygroundfestival.com / £35 day tickets / £70 weekend tickets
FULL LINE UP - FRIDAY
DIGITALISM - LIVE
UNKLE – James Lavelle
Booka Shade- LIVE
Model 500 – LIVE
No Artificial Colours
FULL LINE-UP - SATURDAY
Gary Numan – FULL LIVE BAND
Pantha Du Prince- LIVE
John Foxx & The Maths
Wolfgang Flur [Ex- Kraftwerk]
Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:38
Echo Festival, Croatia, 6-10th June 2013
Unlike many of the other electronic outlets crowding in amongst the Croatian coastline, the team behind Echo Festival are determined to stand out from the masses. Only in their second year, with their very successful launch in 2012 setting an example of how to marry underground music and beach hedonism in a truly intimate environment, Echo has returned with an even superior line-up and a musical ethos difficult NOT to take notice of.
Located in Kanegra, near the picturesque town of Umag, this brand new site promises an as-yet-untouched festival setting, marrying the intense beauty of the Adriatic Sea with wild woodland backdrops. Musically, Echo have curated a refined and incredibly talented array of artists, looking to focus in on those deeper acts that deliver quality again and again, ignoring the need for big-name crowd pullers.
Carefully selected artists such as Petre Inspirescu and Space Dimension Controller have been recognised for their longevity and substance, while many other artists have been kept aside for next year to be incorporated into an equally well-cultivated show. Their recent line-up announcement has also added to the buzz and excitement surrounding the festival, with Magda, Redshape (Live), John Roberts and Audio Werner all added to the list!
Echo is also noteworthy due to its diverse booking policy, with the line-up juxtaposing artists such as D-Bridge and John Roberts, Braiden and Fred P, and Redshape (live) and xxxy. From jungle, garage and all the way to tough-talking techno, Echo promises to cater to everyone's tastes whilst inviting all revellers to approach the festival with an open-minded outset. To add to its charm, tickets are being offered at the very affordable rate of £65 + booking fee and with plenty of cheap, easy options for accommodation in the nearby vicinity, Echo is potentially proving itself to be the coolest new kid on the block...
Date: Thursday 6th – Sunday 10th June
Tickets: from £65+bf online.
John Roberts (Live)
Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium
Audio Werner (Live)
Colours Music (Ian F, Aneuria + Evano)
Rico Casazza (Live)
Space Dimension Controller (Live)
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- Published on Friday, 01 March 2013 13:49
As part of our New Year resolution, MEOKO is now on the lookout for fresh new peeps to join our quite awesome team. We are looking for hard-working, reliable girls/ guys who are as passionate about electronic music as they are about working in the music scene. The work we offer will be street promotion, covering all hours of the day, sometimes mornings, midday, late night and all-night weekends. The hours are flexible as to fit around your life. Your availability can change from week to week, and so can your schedule. Each work schedule is discussed on a personal, one-to-one basis. We’re cool like that. The work takes place mainly outdoors and so you need to be comfortable with that.
A good healthy knowledge of electronic music is essential, but more importantly you need to be organised, reliable and have a positive outlook on things. Being there when you say you will and being friendly when talking to strangers are the very basis of the job. For this reason, your English should be fluent and your smile in its right place whenever needed.
In return we offer a good range of street promotion work, the opportunity to learn and contribute first hand with ideas to the campaign you’ll be involved with, help and support at every stage and also a great rate of pay.
If all this sounds good to you, give us a shout asap. We’d love to hear from you, we’re always on the lookout for new staff, so apply anytime. If we feel the same about you, we’ll invite you over for a face to face chat, where we’ll give you coffee and biscuits and hear more about you and what you want to do.
Keep it short and sweet, you can keep the “CV” out of it as long as you clearly explain in your own words any experience you may have, why do you want to work with MEOKO and what are you looking for. Simples! Also would be cool if you can include a photo. REMEMBER to leave a phone number, so we can get right back at ya for a live meet.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a live and uncut, face to face interview, held at our little office in Dalston Kingsland.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:03
MEOKO are extremely excited about our 2013 partnership with the idyllic and wholly independent Gottwood festival, meaning we’ll be teaming up to bring you a host of exciting interviews and competition prizes in the run up to what is guaranteed to be an amazing weekend in the woods.
Hosting a massive, forward-thinking lineup with an emphasis on live and genre-defying artists, including Extrawelt (Live), Ben UFO, Move D, Bicep, Crazy P, Waze & Odyssey, Luke Vibert, Detroit Swindle (Live) and Tom Demac (Live) just for starters, this little festival is making BIG waves. Situated in the heart of the Welsh woodlands and next to the sandy beaches of the Irish Sea, Gottwood offers the British electronic festival landscape all the uniqueness and intimacy it’s been waiting for. We cannot wait!
Perhaps even more exciting is their announcement yesterday of the annual Gottwood Student DJ Competition, which gives unknown and emerging DJ talent the chance to win a set at the festival and with past winners featuring on the this year’s lineup, the stakes are high! In 2012 Solus won, with Atlas and Eton Messy as runners up – and all three return this year. Solus appears as part of the lineup, while Eton Messy host their own stage featuring Atlas.
“The Gottwood Student DJ Competition is a great platform to raise your profile and meet like-minded music lovers, as well as an opportunity to play at one of the UK's leading niche music. Since doing the competition last year and playing a set it gave us the perfect springboard, and now we are delighted to be back.” – Eton Messy
The competition runs from February 26 to March 28, is open to all young people and students, and prizes for the winner include a weekend ticket to Gottwood, a peak-time set at the festival, and a release on the Gottwood Presents Podcast series – with the two runners up also being able to play at the festival (and some free Gottwood tees thrown in). Do you need any more incentive?
For more info visit their website here.