- Published on Monday, 01 October 2012 16:09
London's internationally revered and respected clubbing institution fabric celebrate their 13th birthday on the penultimate weekend in October. As has been the fashion in recent years, the Saturday edition of the anniversary, which focuses primarily on house and techno, will run from Saturday evening until the early hours of Monday morning. In true Berghain style, the 30 hour+ event will feature sets from over twenty djs and live acts. This year will feature sets from the likes of Visionquest (with Seth Troxler), DJ Sneak and Joris Voorn, with Omar S and Space Dimension Controller (UK debut), amongst many others, performing live.
Rumour has it trendsetting newcomers Bicep will be hosting the Sunday night in room 3, joined by none other than Hercules & Love Affair vocalist Kim Anne Foxman. New York techno luminaries Levon Vincent and Fred P are also rumoured to be playing sets in room 3. As is the tradition at the birthday, dressing up is very much encouraged, towing a policy of 'the more mental the merrier'. The marathon party will see many of the djs play several sets across the club, with rooms opening and closing sporadically as the hours roll by. Question is, after Moodymann so brilliantly killed it last year, who dares try their hand at the much-coveted Sunday afternoon slot in 2012?
Doors open at 11pm on Saturday 20th and close at 5am on Monday. Tickets are on sale online now and cost £25 (£20 student/fabricfirst includes re-entry wristband) from the Saturday and £20 (£15 for students/fabricfirst) from 10am Sunday morning.
Kim Ann Foxman
Omar S (LIVE)
Space Dimension Controller (LIVE)
Tale Of Us
- Published on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 15:23
Saturday October 6th marks the return of the Innervisions crew to Berlin's Berghain and Panorama Bar. The celebrated German label will take over the entire club for the duration of the Klubnacht festivities, which (in)famously run from Saturday night right the way through to the early hours of Monday morning. Head honchos Ame will start off in Berghain, performing both a 'Full Techno Live-PA' alongside Henrik Schwarz and a solo dj set, with varied support from the likes of disco-house don Gerd Janson, Alva Noto and militant Berghain resident Norman Nodge.
Meanwhile in Panorama Bar, British tech-house wizard Lee Burridge will help bring the dawn chorus in, assisted by deep houser Marcus Worgull and resident dj Nick Hoppner. Late Sunday morning will see Ame gravitate upstairs to the housier confines of Panorama Bar, where themselves and Henrik Schwarz will be joined by label confidant Dixon, as well as Tiga, playing a rare house set, Mano Le Tough and P-Bar resident Tama Sumo. While rumours that the club will close in 2013 may have been quashed, an opportunity to see an Innervisions takeover should nonetheless never be passed up.
Doors open at 23:59 on Saturday 6th (closure open-ended) and entrance is €14.
Ame & Henrik Schwarz (Full Techno Live-PA)
Alva Noto (Live)
Ame DJ Set
Tiga (House set)
Mano Le Tough
Ame & Henrik Schwarz Live
- Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 14:36
'The Zoo Project was created by the People for the People....Our ethos is simple: We are all One" and so Zoo Project created a summer festival like no other. Bringing Balearic success over to Britain and filling three magical days of sunshine, big names, big beats, wild animals and even a wilder crowd, Zoo ensured the perfect end to the summer season for all; matching music and a beautiful setting and crazy people - it truely had to be seen to be believed.
Forget the generalised trappings of commercial dance festivals that have filled our summer months, and picture an intimate affair yet with epic components and an atmosphere to match. The line up was simply incredible including huge names just as George Fitzgerald, Julio Bashmore, Scuba, Pearson Sound, Heidi, Visionquest, DJ Sneak, Guy Gerber, Margaret Dygas, Sasha, Raresh, Chez Damier and Ben Klock to name but a few. Just over 6000 patrons attended, bringing the happy ibiza vibes and , most fantastically dressed and painted to reflect the animalistic setting of the festival – Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.
Picture by Lindsay Barchan
Picture Credit: Tom Horton
Arriving late friday afternoon, only half an hour on the train from Kings Cross and then a short taxi journey, we knew the weekend was going to be special. The sun shone over the arena and small campsite, surrounded by hay fields and trees, we were a world away from inner city life. With stages hosted by some of the best and heavy weights in EDM scene such as Louche, Secret Sundaze, Ostgut Ton, Cocoon; we werent short of choice. With the three main stages managing to compliment and arrange artists in order to best present the sound and flavour of each individual to stage, it was only a couple of minutes walk between areas ensuring it was hard to miss your favourites for very long.
However what really left an impression was the creativity and effort that went into making the arena as unique and fun as possible. There was huge climable scupltures, beautiful large art pieces and performers flew over from the Zoo in Ibiza to bedazzle the revellers in Kent. As we were watching some of the biggest names in dance music, suddenly fire breathers and dancers would appear on stage, or huge moving animal sculptures, break dancers, and most impressively Aerial Silk Acrobats would suspend themselves and contort their bodies high above the crowds.
Picture Credit: Tom Horton
Picture Credit: Tom Horton
Friday night favourites included perhaps two of the most loved DJs in Britain at the moment; Eats Everything and Julio Bashmore pushing the house music genre ever forward. Highlights including Adam F's 'Circles' remix by Eats Everything and whats become a summer anthem and festival favourite 'Au Seve' by Bashmore. Heidi never fails to impress whether it be in Panoramabar or an animal park with her constantly evolving sounds, dropping new (and unreleased) monsters like darius Syrossian's 'Take Me to The Gate'. Finally other friday favourites (and all-time favourites) the Visionquest boys always seem to have the most fun, reflecting this in their music which the crowd lapped up and it got pretty blurry from there on...
Waking up on Saturday Morning to roughly twenty degrees and stunning sunshine is never a bad thing, but its made even better when you can wander round drinking cider in a safari park watching baby monkeys, and a good few hours were spent around the beautiful grounds of the animal park - which is close enough to be able to stumble there but not close enough to end up off your face in the rhino enclosure.
Picture Credit: Tom Horton
Picture Credit: Tom Horton
Music started at 2pm and ran for twelve hours, which was more than enough for some sorry animals but not enough for others - something I expect they'll address next year (as well as the other probable first-time-festival issue of theiving in the campsite) but never the less the twelve hours were filled with complete quality start to finish but it was Saturday evening that the really heavyweights shone through. Starting with DJ Sneak who consistenly manages to ensure the crowd dances and smiles stimultaneously, things got bassey, funky and pretty damn exciting - a standout set of the weekend and proves yet again he is an original house master. Guy Gerber got things a little darker with his techno infused beats, which were then elevated into two hours of euphoric. legendary .Sasha. Scuba then finished the night off playing some classic house like Xpansions 'Move Your Body' and the ever popular 'Hungry for the Power'
Come Sunday it was by no means over with the forward thinking and inspired sounds of Droog, the Chicago legend that is Chez Damier and the driving techno of Ben Klock brought the weekend to a grande finale. And as the sun set on the weekend and throbbing, happy crowds, many agreed that the couple of days they'd spent dancing and rolling around in a newly formed joyous human zoo had provided some of the best music and vibes of the Summer.
Zoo Project is a celebration of the dance music culture that has elvoved and been shaped through generations, whether Ibiza or Britain and most importantly its a celebration of the people that create it - no matter your age background or future, Zoo allows us to be young, crazy and wild, and what can be better than a weekend filled with this...See you at Zoo Project 2013.
Words by Rosa Devlin
- Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 01:45
Popular New York promotional outfits We Play House, FIXED and The Dog and Pony Show will be teaming up on October 6th to bring a plethora of house music talent to the Big Apple. As commercial EDM sweeps the nation, the smaller scenes too appear to be expanding, with British artists in particular being booked frequently and fervently by underground American promoters. Performing at Lower Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge will be slow-mo pioneers Tiger&Woods, Northern Irish blogging sensations Bicep and Washington-born disco fanatic Jacques Renault. Though only open for 5 hours, this promises to be one damn funky affair. Our advice: get down there for the crackle of the first record.
Full line-up /
Tiger & Woods
Doors open at 11pm on Saturday 6th close at 04:00 on Sunday. Tickets cost $20; $25 on the door.
- Published on Friday, 21 September 2012 13:18
Unlucky for some, Saturday the 13th will once more see Berlin's Berghain transformed into a Mecca for all things house and techno. Spanning two clubs and nigh-on 40 hours of music, revellers will be treated to performances from the likes of DJ Deep, Ben Klock and Zadig (Live), who, amongst many others, will help keep things hard and fast in Berghain until the not-so-early hours of Sunday morning. Upstairs in Panorama Bar meanwhile, proceedings will be of a slightly less aggravated nature, with Octa Octa doing their live thing, alongside dj sets from Dinky and Clockwork.
As Sunday rolls on, a new team of P-Bar selectors will tag themselves in, spearheaded by Ovum boss Josh Wink and Steve Bug, featuring well-schooled support from the likes of British eccentric Spencer Parker, MANIK and resident dj Steffi. All in all, another effortlessly tantalising programme of electronic music. Perhaps a militantly strict door policy isn't such a bad idea after all..
Doors open at 23:59 on Saturday 13th (closure is open-ended) and entrance is €12.
Truncate (Aka Audio Injection)
Octo Octa (Live)
Magic Touch DJ
Josh Wink (Ovum)