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Weekend Primer #65

Your one-stop guide to the week's dance music news

2017 Apr 21     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring Mysteryland USA, Sasha, OAP junglists, ultra-rare Night Slugs dubplates, MAW at Glastonbury and much more

1. Major US festival Mysteryland USA - the American offspring of the Dutch festival of the same name [pictured] - has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to be staged on 9-12 June in Bethel Woods, the same location as the 1969 Woodstock festival, but a statement posted to the festival's Facebook page on Sunday announced simply that "due to unforeseen circumstances, Mysteryland USA will no longer take place." It's one of several huge EDM-flavoured events to be cancelled this year. Some social media users suggested that poor ticket sales may have been to blame, which many attributed to a shift in booking policy away from straight-up EDM acts towards more mainstream artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Young Thug and Major Lazer. All is not lost, though - a group of Mysteryland regulars calling themselves the Nomads have already launched a crowdfunding appeal to fund a replacement festival on overspill campsite Lander's Field.

2. In other festival news... Masters At Work will play Glastonbury this year, joining the likes of Kevin Saunderson, Norman Jay, Heidi, Youngsta and Ian Pooley in the Block9 area... Polish music and arts fest Unsound Krakow will celebrate its 15th birthday in October with a 'flower power' theme to mark 50 years since the original Summer Of Love... Richie Hawtin will headline Tell No Tales' inaugural winter edition at Melbourne docks on 4 June... and Germany's Melt! on 14-16 July will now feature (in addition to those DJs and artists already announced) Adam Beyer, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Catz N Dogz, B.Traits, Radio Slave, Soulwax and Red Rack'em.

3. Over in Ibiza, Saturday 13 May will see the mighty Sasha headlining a one-off Last Night On Earth showcase at Pacha, with support from George Fitzgerald, VONDA07 and Alex Kennon. Sasha can also be found in residence at Privilege this summer, alongside John Digweed, under the Resistance banner.

4. Also on the White Isle... Nina Kraviz, DJ Koze and Ilario Alicante have been added to the line-up for the Cocoon opening party at Amnesia on 29 May... Paul Oakenfold is taking up a Wednesday night residency at Pikes Hotel for the summer... and Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Diplo, DJ Snake, Hardwell and Major Lazer will all be appearing at Limited Edition, an EDM-tastic Wednesday nighter at Ushuaïa from 28 June to 6 September.

5. One place you might NOT want to head for this summer if you're in search of hedonistic dancefloor thrills, however, is Goa. The Indian state's chief minister Manohar Parrikir has announced a clampdown on events that go on beyond the long-ignored 10pm curfew, saying that : "we need to stop the rave parties and all night parties which are happening here as there is abuse of drugs in them. Late-night parties are not part of our culture. We need not encourage them. They should be immediately shut down."

6. While we're on the subject of party-pooping powers that be, an unlicensed rave near Horsham in West Sussex over the Easter weekend saw 11 people arrested, out of a total attendance of around 600. Meanwhile a D&B lover in nearby Kent has had his turntables, sound system and entire vinyl and CD collection confiscated by police after repeated warnings about noise. Which wouldn't be newsworthy in itself, were it not for the fact that the junglist in question, one Peter Tuppen of Folkestone, is understood to be in his seventies.

7. Also discovering that noise annoys this week was EDM star Skrillex, who spent some time in a Hollywood police cell on Wednesday night after, apparently, a difference of opinion with the local constabulary vis à vis what constitutes an acceptable volume at which to blast music from your automobile...

8. No such naughtiness for fellow EDM hero Martin Garrix, though - he's been too busy setting up a new recording studio for his label STMPD RCRDS. The new STMPD studio is in the same space as the former FC Walvisch studio in Amsterdam, where the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga have recorded, and many of the former FC Walvisch staff will retain their jobs.

9. It's Record Store Day tomorrow, so there are lots of limited-edition treats to find if you're out vinyl-shopping. But if you want some ultra-limited shizzle then head to the Copeland Gallery in Peckham, London, where a party called The Run Out, hosted by record shop Rye Wax, will be the only place to get your hands on exclusive dubplates of unreleased tracks from the likes of Hyperdub, Night Slugs and Rhythm Section International.

10. Moscow club Propaganda is marking 20 years of existence by launching its own record label. The label will cover different styles of electronic music but the first two releases come under the techno umbrella, with two four-track V/A EPs featuring the likes of Marcelus and Conforce. They're out on 5 May and 15 July.

Mysteryland pic: Dennis Bouman





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