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Weekend Primer #134

16 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Aug 24     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Carl Cox, Jackmaster, Dubfire, Paul Oakenfold, The Cause, UNDR, IMS College, Ultra Mexico, Four Tet and much, much more

1. Carl Cox [pictured] has declared his intention to rebuild Space Ibiza. In an interview with BE:AT.TV he said: "I've lost my home and I need to build a new one... Obviously we need some place where it's a little bit quiet. There is no way I'm going to build a Space nightclub next to Ushaïa or anything. We need a completely new place with a new concept." He want on to suggest 2020 as a very speculative opening date, but said that "it's definitely going to happen".

2. Jackmaster has been dropped from the line-up for the upcoming In:Motion party at Motion, Bristol after more details emerged this week about his behaviour at the Love Saves The Day festival in the city in May. The Scottish DJ, real name Jack Revill, admitted to Resident Advisor that "I was abusive and acted lewdly and inappropriately towards numerous members of staff at the festival - both female and male - during a drug-induced blackout." He attributed his out-of-control behaviour to the drug GHB, which he confessed to having a problem with, saying that he is now taking steps to change his habits.

3. Paul Oakenfold is to play a special invitation-only DJ set at Stonehenge. A very select band of just 50 people will be on-hand to witness the historic performance, which is scheduled for an as yet unspecified date in September, but don't worry - it's all being recorded for an album called Live At Stonehenge, which is being released to raise funds for the charity English Heritage, which preserves sites of historic interest across the UK.

4. Another noteworthy DJ performance this week saw Dubfire playing a 26.5-hour set at Sunwaves, a Romanian festival which has made a speciality of epic sets. Dubfire now officially holds the Sunwaves record for the longest solo set, toppling Marco Carola's previous record of 24 hours - though the longest set ever played at the festival is still tINI and Bill Patrick's 31-hour B2B marathon in 2016.

5. The full schedule has been revealed for this year's IMS College in Malta, which takes place on 14-15 September. Speakers this year will include DubfireSki Oakenfull and representatives from the likes of Point BlankBerklee College of MusicBeatport and Ultra Music, while DubfireCamelphatMambo Brothers and Tenishia are among the DJs for the associated night-time parties. Weekend badges are still available, priced €50 for both days of the College and all three night-time parties, or €25 for the College only.

6. Good news this week for clubbers in Glasgow, Scotland and Leipzig, Germany. Up in Glasgow, a new draft nightlife policy from the local council suggests extending club licences to 4am and adopting the 'agent of change' principle when it comes to noise level complaints, while over in Leipzig, the council has approved a new law which removes legal constraints on club opening times completely.

7. Tottenham's The Cause have announced their autumn/winter schedule, and very impressive it's looking too, with visitors to the charity-oriented pop-up club in the coming months set to include Kenny LarkinDerrick MayDJ PierreColin DaleSaytekDanny RamplingOmid 16BJay TripwireBoo WilliamsK-HandHannah HollandRadioactive Man and many more. See the club's Facebook page for full details.

8. Meanwhile, not too far away in Hackney, a new club opens its doors on 7 September. UNDR is housed in the premises at 36 Stoke Newington Rd formerly known as The Nest, and while details of line-ups and music policy are still TBA - so far we're told only that it will embrace "a broad spectrum of genres" - we can tell you that UNDR will have an all-new Martin Audio soundsystem and - more importantly, given the recent controversy about new venues in the area facing a midnight curfew - a 4am licence.

9. In other club news... there are no shortage of high-profile visitors to Egg LDN in the next few months, with highlights of their just-announced autumn/winter schedule including Danny Tenaglia on 22 September, Nic Fanciulli on 19 September and Mark Knight on 1 December... San Francisco's legendary Halycon has just become only the third nightclub in the world to install a Dolby Atmos soundsystem, which gets its first run-out in the capable hands of the equally legendary Kerri Chandler tonight... London club night Trouble Vision celebrate their 10th birthday at Corsica Studios on 5 October with MidlandAndrew WeatherallWillow and more... and Melbourne's roaming club night Novel welcome Stephan BodzinMarcel Dettman and Dense & Pika to an as-yet-undisclosed location on 9 December.

10. On the festivals front, the big news this week was the announcement of the line-up for this year's Ultra Mexico (Mexico City, 13-14 October). As you'd expect there are plenty of big-name EDM acts like Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Marshmello, but there's also room for the likes of Carl CoxJamie JonesLucianoSeth TroxlerStephan BodzinEats EverythingSeth Troxler and Tale Of Us. Oh, and Ferry Corsten, who'll also be playing at California trancefest Dreamstate (23-24 November), alongside Paul Van DykBTSolarstoneCosmic Gate and many more. Sticking with US festivals, Secret Projec tis a new two-day "block party" event in San Francisco's Chinatown on 13-14 October, with star attractions including Carl CoxPeggy GouBicepMotor City Drum EnsembleBonoboMarcel Dettman and more, while another new arrival, Seismic Festival (Austin,Texas, 21-22 September) will welcome Green Velvet, Armand Van HeldenClaptoneTotally Enormous Extinct DinosaursSacha Robott iand many more for its inaugural edition.

11. Closer to home, DiYnamic Festival, scheduled for London's Morden Park on 8 September, has been denied a licence after complaints from people due to get married in the nearby registry office that day, because (according to an online petition started by bride-to-be Lorna O'Donnell, "loud house music... would absolutely spoil anyone's wedding day") ... and Rinse FM will be holding a Notting Hill Carnival after-party at Paradise on Kilburn Road from 6pm this Monday (27 August). 

12. Over in Ibiza, local pressure groups such as Prou! who've been complaining about the impact of club tourism on the island have a new adversary. Musica Si En Ibiza ("yes to music in Ibiza") was recently launched as a Facebook group by locals whose livelihoods rely on the island's nightlife, and videos posted on the page protesting against recent legislation on noise levels have rapidly gone viral. 

13. Four Tet is to play four nights at 02 Academy Brixton on 10-13 October. The first two dates will be live shows, while the second are all-nighters where he'll be DJing alongside some 'special guests' who are still to be revealed. The news follows the surprise release of his snappily-titled Live At Funkhaus Berlin, 10th May 2018 album, which appeared without warning on Bandcamp and Spotify on Wednesday (and which can be yours for just £5).

14. Also getting on the live flex in London town are Jamie Jones and Kate Simko. The pair will be debuting their orchestral-electronic fusion project Opus 1 at The Barbican on 27 November, aided and abetted by an expanded, 25-piece version of Simko's London Electronic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames.

15. Anyone who uses the Discogs app on iOS will be delighted to hear that the latest update adds integration with Discogs Marketplace, allowing you to buy and sell vinyl direct from the app. The feature was introduced to the Androidversion of the app back in January.

6. A new DJ and production school has just opened in Northampton, and it's headed up by none other than hard house queen Lisa Lashes. The school is run in association with the PTS Training Academy, but the 12-week course will include personal mentoring from Lashes herself - who these days dedicates much of her time to her role as a director of the Night Time Industries Association (where she's known by her real name of Lisa Rose Wyatt).