This week: festivals galore, Ibiza, The Hacienda, Carl Craig, Ben Klock, Armin Van Buuren, Booka Shade, Carl Cox, DJ Spoony, Charlotte De Witte and much, much more...
1. Legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda has been named as an important cultural heritage site by Historic England - a UK government body funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The building also known as FAC51 is one of 10 sites listed in the 'Music And Literature' category in their new History Of England In 100 Places. London's 100 Club and Abbey Road Studios also make the list.
2. Bringing a new meaning to the phrase 'UK garage classics', DJ Spoony is joining forces with the 36-piece Ignition Orchestra and composer/conductor Katie Chatburn for a one-off show called Garage Classical at London's Barbican Concert Hall on 21 July. The performance will feature orchestral versions of tracks such as Sincere and Please Don't Turn Me On - many sung live by the original vocalists - and follows a similar outing with the Royal Northern College of Music's Session Orchestra at last year's Liverpool International Music Festival.
3. Fast-rising Belgian techno star Charlotte De Witte is to make her Essential Mix debut on Radio 1 this weekend. Tune in from 4am on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Or for a more intimate De Witte experience, catch her at Gorilla in Manchester tonight.
4. Remember last week, when we told you about Armin Van Buuren DJing upside down in Rotterdam? Well, this week, news reaches us that he's had to cancel a festival show in the US due to feeling unwell. We're not sure if the two things are connected, but there's definitely a certain irony in the fact that the festival in question is called Zero Gravity...
5. Progressive house heroes Sasha and John Digweed are to play a big outdoor show at Belfast's Custom House Square on 18 August, as part of their ongoing Resistance Tour, which also includes an eight-week Privilege residency this summer. Support will come from Nic Fanciulli and Psycatron, and tickets are available now, priced £33.
6. Over in the US of A, Carl Craig is taking his globetrotting club night Detroit Love to New York, with fellow Motor City residents Kevin Saunderson and Recloose joining him at Schimanski in Brooklyn on Saturday 16 February.
7. Closer to home, Ben Klock brings his Photon party to London's Printworks on 1 April, with the Berghain legend joined by DVS1, Surgeon, The Black Dog and Rødhåd, among others. Berghain itself, meanwhile, will be playing host to a Kylie Minogue gig on 20 March, because this is 2018 and nothing makes sense any more.
8. The dates have been announced for this year's DMC regional battles in the US, with regional finals taking place in New York (7 March), Chicago (17 Mar), Cincinatti (25 Mar), Washington DC (31 Mar), Tampa (8 April) and Denver (15 Apr). With last year's Championships turning up the first ever female US champion (DJ Perly) and the youngest ever world champion (DJ Rena), it'll be interesting to see what happens in 2018... there's a way to go till the world finals, of course, but in the meantime here's a reminder of 12-year-old Rena's winning set from last year...
9. There's been no shortage of big festival announcements again this week. Let's start here in the UK, where attractions at Field Day in London's Brockwell Park on 1-2 June include Jeff Mills & Tony Allen, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Thundercat, Floating Points, Jayda G, Helena Hauff, Nils Frahm, Willow, Daniel Avery and Avalon Emerson. Erykah Badu headlines. Meanwhile Portsmouth's ever-growing Victorious Festival on 24-26 can boast The Prodigy's only UK festival date this year, as well as a set by Madchester survivors Happy Mondays.
10. Over in the Netherlands, Drumcode's debut festival in Amsterdam on 18 August will star Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Amelie Lens, Pig & Dan, Nicole Moudaber, Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot, &Me, Nick Curly, Dense & Pika and many more, while housier pleasures await at Free Your Mind in Arnhem on 2 June courtesy of Black Coffee, Hot Since 82, Eats Everything and John Digweed, among others. Amsterdam's also where you'll find Mystic Garden Festival on 16 June, where the DJ line-up includes Darius Syrossian, John Digweed, Benny Rodrigues, Monika Kruse and Noir.
11. Not to be outdone, Germany's Melt in Gräfenhainichen on 13-15 July has the likes of The Black Madonna, The xx, Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, Honey Dijon, Amelie Lens, Fischerspooner and Answer Code Request as well as pop and urban acts such as Florence & The Machine and Tyler The Creator, while Love Family Park in Rüssselsheim on 28 July can boast, among others, Nina Kraviz, Amelie Lens, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Ricardo Villalobos, Maceo Plex, Dixon, Pan-Pot, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Sven Väth.
12. Moving further south, Nuits Sonores in Lyon, France on 9-12 May features Maceo Plex, Palms Trax, Bicep, Jeremy Underground, Four Tet, Daniel Avery, Peggy Gou, Margaret Dygas and many more, while Italy's Kappa Futur in Turin (7-9 July) stars Adam Beyer, Derrick May, Solomun, Joseph Capriati, Luciano, Marco Carola and Ilario Alicante.
13. In Eastern Europe, new Albanian festival Kala makes its debut (as previously reported) on 20-27 June, with a line-up that includes Moodymann, Underground Resistance, Peggy Gou, Maurice Fulton, Nick The Record, Bjørn Torske and Ibiza legend Alfredo, and Dimensions in Croatia (29 Aug-2 Sep) has Kraftwerk, Moodymann, Nina Kraviz, dBridge, Sonja Moonear, Jon Hopkins, Amp Fiddler, Nicolas Lutz, Billy Nasty, Marcellus Pittman, Bonobo and many more. Fellow Croatian festival Sonus, meanwhile, brings Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Jackmaster, Peggy Gou, Charlotte De Witte, Joseph Capriati, Adam Beyer, Eats Everything, Chris Liebing, Maceo Plex and more to Pag Island on 19-23 August.
14. Further afield, Sonar Hong Kong (17 March) has added Squarepusher and Floating Points to its bill, while the line-up for DGTL Sao Paulo in Brazil on 5 May will include Ben Klock, Honey Dijon, DVS1, Dixon, Prins Thomas, Daniel Avery, Henrik Schwarz, Len Faki and Rødhåd. Stateside, Lucky Festival in Tacoma, WA on 17 March has Andy C and Rusko alongside the likes of Carnage and Flux Pavilion, while the equally EDM-tastic Spring Awakening in Chicago on 8-10 June stars deadmau5, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Borgore, Kaskade, Hardwell, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion and many more. And finally Secret Solstice in Iceland on 21-24 June will feature Stormzy, Charlotte De Witte, Steve Aoki, John Acquaviva, Ryan Crosson, wAFF, Gentleman's Dub Club and many more.
15. Over in Ibiza, Eric Prydz will return to Hï Ibiza for a 12-week Tuesday night residency from 10 July to 25 September, with support from Camelphat and Cristoph. Sister club Ushuïa, meanwhile, has David Guetta as Monday night resident from 4 June. But there's no Paris Hilton this year: the US millionnaire socialite has called time on her Foam & Diamonds party at Amnesia after five years.
16. If you happen to be anywhere near San Francisco this spring, then check out Carl Cox's show at Midway on 30 March. It's a fundraiser for Playground, the camp he's been running at Burning Man for the past decade, and support will come from Joseph Capriati, among others.
17. Finally, on the albums tip, look out for new long-players from Mark Pritchard (The Four Worlds, Warp Records, 23 March), Tom Trago (Bergen, Dekmantel, 2 April), Booka Shade (Cut The Strings, Blaufield Music, 4 April), Brazilian D&B star L-Side (Carnal Mind, V Recordings, 6 April) and Kosovan house and techno producer Sabb (Radiant, Radiant, 6 April).
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