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Weekend Primer #36

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Sep 30     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: #savefabric, Dekmantel go to Brazil, Farley returns to Trax, Kraftwerk tour the UK, Nervous's 25th anniversary comp and more

1. Some of the UK's leading club promoters, - including The Warehouse Project, Chibuku, Motion, Sub Club, Resident Advisor and more - are joining forces for a series of events called #saveourculture to raise money for the #savefabric campaign. All three parties will take place at London's Great Suffolk Warehouse, with DJs including Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock and Rødhad (#saveourculture1, 15 Oct), Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick (#saveourculture2, 3 Dec), Jamie Jones, KiNK, Luke Slater and Function (#saveourculture3, 10 Dec). fabric residents Terry Francis and Craig Richards will play all three events.

2. In other fabric news, a street parade/protest about draconian licensing laws will set off from Hoxton Square at 1pm on 8 October, while London mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to include an 'agent of change' clause in the next London Plan - essentially saying that if you build flats or offices next to a nightclub or live venue, it's your responsibility to soundproof them, not the venue's responsibility to turn the music down. Meanwhile up in Manchester, The Warehouse Project will host a one-off fundraising FABRICLIVE on 11 November with Wiley, DJ Hype, Benji B, Preditah, Wookie and D:Bridge.

3. If only London could be more like Chicago, eh? The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has a new chief, Mark Kelly, who specifically mentioned house music (along with footwork, gospel and blues) in his acceptance speech, calling it one of Chicago's great contributions to the world and saying, "We have to know our legacy. We have to know what we created and be more proud of it."

4. Speaking of which, Farley Jackmaster Funk has just released his first record on Trax for over a decade. Out yesterday, France We Send Our House To You pays homage to the victims of recent terrorist attacks, with all proceeds going to the charity relief project Give For France. Fellow Chi-town veterans Byron Stingily and Screamin' Rachel help out on vocals, along with gospel choir The Chicago House Music Voices For Peace. And here it is…

5. Synth pioneers Kraftwerk have announced an 11-date UK tour, to take place in June next year, which will see them bringing their much-acclaimed 3D show - previously seen at such prestigious venues as Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC - to British shores for the first time. Tickets went on sale this morning and are all but sold out already, so good luck!

6. Detroit techno hero Omar S, meanwhile, is to play his first ever live show at Mexico's Comunité festival in January. Also on the bill at the vegan fest are Fred P, Kyle Hall and Italojohnson. Less pleasing news from Mexico is that LCD Soundsystem's Beach Vibes festival, which was due to take place for the first time in January, isn't happening now. The organisers haven't given a reason except that "the event was not coming together in the way that it was envisioned."

7. Let's hope a similar fate doesn't befall Dutch festival promoters Dekmantel, who are staging a new festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 4-5 February next year. With daytime events at The Jockey Club and night-time parties at former factory Fabriketa, the line-up will include Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Nicolas Jaar, Shanti Celeste, Ben UFO, Young Marco, Fatima Yamaha and more.

8. While we're talking festivals, the first wave of names have been announced for Snowbombing 2017, which takes place in Mayrhofen, Austria on 3-8 April. So far the line-up includes MK, Skream, Eats Everything, Hot Since 82, David Rodigan, Toddla T, Gorgon City, My Nu Leng, Cassy, Richy Ahmed, Artwork, Disciples, Monki, Denis Sulta and Barely Legal, with more still TBA.

9. Eats Everything is to appear on Edible Records, the label he co-owns with NRK's Nick Harris, for the first time next month. The double A-side Powder Girl EP is out on 21 October, and is being released to mark the label's first birthday.

10. Forthcoming albums you might want to look out for include: a career-spanning 'best of' from Nervous Records, which marks the long-running NYC label's 25th birthday (Nervous, October); the next installment in the DJ-Kicks series, which is curated by Daniel Avery (!K7, 11 November); Labryrinths, the 17th studio album from LA beat scene stalwart Daedelus (Magical Properties, 28 October); a reissue of Terrence Dixon's 2000 debut album Far Future, complete with bonus 7-inch (Tresor, 14 October); a new Balance mix compilation from Alex Niggemann (Balance Music, 28 October); and finally the return of Kompakt's Pop Ambient series, with volume 17 dropping on 25 November.

11. Over in Ibiza, the line-up for DC-10's closing party on 10 October will now feature original ressies Loco Dice and Luciano, as well as the previously announced likes of Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Black Coffee, Jackmaster, Nina Kraviz and Tania Vulcano. Amnesia, meanwhile, are bringing the Balearic vibes to London, with a one-off bash at Electric Brixton on 26 November (line-up TBA).

12. Finally, back on the London club scene where we came in, it's not all doom and gloom! Say hello to new 500-capacity joint The Bridge, which is brought to you by the peeps behind Studio 338 and opens in Hackney Wick in November, with a clutch of invite-only events before that in October. Kowton will headline the official opening on 12 November, with support from Spacetravel and Voigtmann, while other names set to appear between now and Xmas include Gerd, Zomby and Tom Trago.





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