- Published on Monday, 19 May 2014 15:35
Germany and more accurately Berlin, is very well renowned for it's quality underground electronic music. The incoming summer vibes along with techno moods and beats set the perfect atmosphere. Berlin is definitely the place to be whether you want to party or relax. Although, we don't suggest you settle too much into relaxation and instead prepare yourselves for whats going on...
Coming up this month, is Rotate Berlin's 2 year anniversary which will be a 48 hour non-stop celebration at probably the best spot in Kreuzberg, Berlin, none other but the Club der Visionaere. Sitting on the canal, Club der Visionaere is a small brick building that acts as a bar as well as an after hours venue. The wooden deck outside and the beautiful weeping willow that shelters it, provides the choice of chilling there in between the expected breaks throughout this 48 hour long dance session.
Rotate Berlin may not have been around for too long but their events and booking agency has nevertheless been hosting fresh and talented artists as well as established artists. The idea behind the agency is the family like environment and the fact that the artists are familiar with each other, share friendships and are first and foremost drawn together by their passion for music. Rotate Berlin's main aim is to share quality music through releases, podcasts and events.
The partying begins on the 24th of May with acts such as Mattia Lapucci, Janina, David Gluck, Giuliano Lomonte and Andy Kolwes then it is picked up from Francesco Del Garda, Avos, Die Holländer made up of Sander Baan, Makcim & EL-P until the evening of the 25th when Tolga Fidan & Volkan Akin swoop in for a live showcase followed by Vadim Svoboda & Jason Lanox with instruments by Rouge Mécanique until the celebration slowly reaches pass out time!
For more information on Rotate Berlin's 2 year anniversary CLICK HERE
- Published on Friday, 16 May 2014 10:23
The summer getting closer and closer. It’s in the beautiful Croatia, it’s Sonus festival and its the place to be this season. If you haven’t made plans for it yet, then get off your seat and don’t wait any longer! 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. It is located in the most perfect and 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.
The line up, is just as attractive and breathtaking as the location. Names such as Adam Port, Apollonia, Bella Sarris, Chris Liebing, Dixon, Djebali, Dorian Paic, Henrik Schwarz (live), Joseph Capriati, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marcel Dettman, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Ricardo Vilalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, tINI, Yaya, Zero, Seth Troxler, Sonja Moonear, Margaret Dygas, Alexandra and Pan-Pot as well as loads more!
In total, the festival will host 50 international Dj's over a variety of exhilarating parties and the beach provides the perfect destination for such a large scale event. The festival itself is spread over two open-air clubs, Papaya and Kalypso; if that wasn't good enough Sonus also delivers a variety of alternative events to wet the party-goers whistle, including pre-parties, boat parties and after-parties, what more could you possibly ask for?
I personally won't be waiting around for this one to sell out and neither should any of you, which is why MEOKO has an exclusive podcast by Yaya in order to get you in the summer festival mood. Get your swimsuits out and shades on!
Listen to MEOKO's 138th podcast HERE
For more info on Sonus Festival CLICK HERE
- Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:46
Hackney’s known for its fair share of gems in its cultural landscape, with iCAN Studios being one of the most prominent and exciting. The Hackney Wick based venue and creative hub launches a new series for summer, meaning a slice of al fresco partying available to those who didn’t make it to Ibiza this year.
Every Sunday, starting from Sunday May 4th, iCAN invite you to come and enjoy SUNSET in the venue’s newly refurbished courtyard, featuring some of underground house and tech’s finest purveyors for an afternoon of cocktails, BBQ food, dancing and (hopefully) sunshine from 2pm to 10pm. For the launch, SUNSET welcome Frederico Molinari, The Italoboyz and HOLIC’s Tamoki Tamura.
Listen to Italoboyz on our 37th MEOKO Podcast HERE
It’s setting the tone perfectly as SUNSET plan to bring special guests (and some super special unannounced guests) for your dancing pleasure. You’ll soon forget you’re in London after an afternoon with the SUNSET gang.
More information about the event HERE
- Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:37
Electron Festival, Geneva, is not necessarily the first of names that spring to mind when thinking of major European electronic music festivals taking place in April and over the Easter holiday weekend, yet the festival, now in its 11th edition, consistently draws the finest of both established and up and coming acts year on year to its locale on the banks of the river Rhone where Lake Geneva slips away. Yet to label Electron as simply another electronic music festival would be derisory to its intent, rather it is a ‘festival of electronic music culture’ and therefore, one that encompasses all associated art forms such as Vj’ing, dance, contemporary art, visual projections, screenings, conferences and workshops. Whilst this formula most famously associated with Sónar has since been attempted and replicated by many festivals in an attempt to gain artistic merit and credibility, very few festivals around can legitimately lay a claim to actually accomplishing it truthfully. The fact that Electron does, is an immense credit to the team behind the festival, an independent non-profit arts collective, many of whom are students or alumni of the prestigious Geneva Art and Design College, where many disciplines now associated with electronic music such as VJ’ing and visual mapping projections were born out of.
Thus, whilst Geneva is not on the Easyjet clubbing route map (thankfully!) and whilst the size of the line up can not compare to that of say Amsterdam’s DGTL festival being held over the same weekend (and nor does it aspire to), there is a feeling that this festival celebrating not only electronic music but electronic music culture as a whole and associated arts and disciplines is being held in its rightful home. It is not a festival that sets out to bring hordes of tourists from the UK or wherever else in order to fill the city’s hotels and coffers, yet its record breaking 19,000 attendees this year over 4 days attests to its regional pull and influence. Electron is presented and curated much like a large exhibition, with 11 rooms all within walking distance of each other allowing attendees to freely wander from one concert room to another, sampling and discovering emerging Swiss talent at the dedicated Red Bull Music Academy stage, or listening to more established international favourites such as Ellen Allien, Max Cooper, Ame, Robag Wruhme and Stacey Pullen to name but a few in the other rooms. In between these you might stumble into a cinema showcasing various projections and the cinematic works of French Electronica producer Quentin Dupieux (a.k.a., Mr. Oizo…yes, you know the one who made the catchy song with the fuzzy teddy bear for THAT Levi’s commercial?), or you might suddenly come across a troupe of contemporary dancers performing some kind of Thriller onspeedinspired flashmob performance entited “Even Rael would Agree”; or you might happen to wander into one of the many conferences and get some industry inside tips from the likes of Rick Wade and Perc. You might even come to learn that the Vocoder, famously used by the likes of Chromeo et al. was an instrument of espionage originally developed to encrypt high-level voice communications during World War II, and whilst contemplating this new factoid wandering the little side streets in between each concert hall you might even look up to see beautiful visual patterns mapped onto the sides of buildings gliding and interweaving amongst each other beautifully…
In terms of musical programming, as with other years, Electron offered up a diverse and eclectic line-up catering to wide audiences that few other contemporary electronic music festivals would dare attempt- ranging from House, Techno, Tech, Electro, Goa, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Bass, Hip-Hop, UK Funky, Disco and other even more abstract genres such as ‘Orchestral Electro’ (which featured a performance by Francesco Tristano & Geca alongside a full chamber orchestra) and ‘New Beat Folk Psyche’. Whilst the main concert rooms undoubtedly prioritised ‘mainstream’ genres such as Techno, House and Electro, it is nonetheless refreshing to find a festival which provides a platform for the less cool kids in the playground to express themselves when most other European festivals simply regurgitate a who’s who line up of Beatport’s house and techno top selling artists with no apparent desire to actually creating something original (take your cue WeAreFSTVL).
This is where Electron stands out from other festivals in the genre- free from the need to generate massive profits for investors, the curators are able to offer up a thoughtful, different and refreshing program including many long time established stalwarts such as Rick Wade, Ivan Smagghe, Stacey Pullen, Robag Wruhme and Ellen Allien alongside emerging Swiss talent such as Masaya, Eli Verveine and La Foret as well as stunning live performances in the shape of James Holden presents the Inheritors, Mount Kimbie, and Deltron 3030, all of which are accompanied by excellent visuals by the next generation of leading VJ artists.
Hats off to you Electron, and until next year.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:51
Who said your festival experience has to be dominated by muddy pools of stagnant water, shit food and toxic teenagers running amok? If, given the choice, wouldn't you prefer to be bugging out in the crisp freshness of a mountain range, surrounded by rolling peaks, clean, illness-destroying air and enough chunky beats and rolling snares to keep your appetite for music well and truly quenched? Of course you would which is why Meadows in The Mountains festival seems like such a tasty prospect for your festival season this year.
Nestled away within the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountain range, sitting atop of the Greek border, punters and merry makers are encouraged to go wild with abandon and soak up the beautiful, natural surroundings of the uniquely placed festival. Aside from the likes of Theo Parrish collaborator and Flowers creator Andrew Ashong, San Proper, Hrdvsn, Jazzanova's Alex Barck and many more underground acts from the world's of house,funk and soul, you can even take a horse and cart ride, have a go at downhill grass bob-sleighing, go on a mountain ramble or for the more adventurous type out there, take a trip on the 'death slide' or subject yourself to a ride on the mountain top zip line.
Shunning the ethos of capitalism for community, pre-fab festivals for a unique experience and the arena-packing superstardom of large-scale festivals for intimate personality, Meadows in The Mountains represents a refreshing alternative within a deluge of paint-by-numbers festivals and events. Just make sure you remember to bring your camera along.
Check out this madness on the mountain from last year.