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Weekend Primer #90

14 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Oct 13     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Mixcloud, Sasha, Dixon, Danny Howard, E1, Studio 54, EDM stars donate nearly $1M to charity, The Streets return, Dirtybird Campout and much, much more...

1. You might soon have to pay to listen to Mixcloud. The site's owners have signed a licensing deal with Warner Music, and are said to be in talks with Sony and Universal as well. From a legal/licensing perspective, Mixcloud is currently classed as a radio station, and hence is free for listeners, but the new deals would allow them to charge subscription fees.

2. London is getting a new venue called E1 that will concentrate on live electronic music. The former factory site in Wapping is being converted into a "cutting-edge late-night venue" with a Funktion-One soundsystem that will open with a 27-hour event on New Year's Day. There's no word yet as to capacity, or the line-up for the opening party, but keep an eye on their website.

3. While we're on the subject of new places to dance, a new club and live music venue called Terminal 7 is opening in Paris in December. It can be found on the top floor of the Paris Expo Porte De Versailles building - the same space that formerly housed the club Electric, which closed two years ago - and will have a capacity of 400.

4. The Man No-One Ever Seems To Call The Man Like Sasha Anymore is to play two live shows in February, under the REFRACTED: Live banner. Head to London's Roundhouse on February 17 or Manchester's Bridgewater Hall the following night to catch him in action.

5. Volume 96 in the long-running fabric series of mix CDs will come from US techno veteran DVS1. His 78-minute, 29-track selection is out on 8 December and features cuts from the likes of Jeff Mills, Anthony Rother, Mark Broom, Planetary Assault Systems and Truncate, with 16 of them being previously unheard tracks that are forthcoming on DVS1's own HUSH and Mistress labels.

6. The dates have been announced for the second leg of Dixon's All Night Long tour. You can find him at Contact, Tokyo on 4 November, at Berghain, Berlin on 10 November, at De School in Amsterdam on 19 November and finally at Robert Johnson in Offenbach, Germany on 25 November.

7. A new film called Manchester Keeps On Dancing will premiere at London's Doc & Roll Film Festival on 4 November. The documentary charts Manchester's musical history from the acid house era onwards, and includes Haçienda footage shot by the late, great Tony Wilson as well as interviews with the likes of Mike Pickering, Greg Wilson and Laurent Garnier.

8. Danny Howard's Radio 1 dance show is moving from Saturday afternoons to a Friday night slot. Tune in from 11pm every Friday from 10 November.

9. Some of the biggest names in commercial EDM dug deep last week after Diplo announced he was donating $100,000 to victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting, and challenged his contemporaries to do the same. Tiësto, Kaskade, Marshmello and Valentino Khan duly obliged, while Steve Aoki doubled-down and donated $200,000 and Dillon Francis chipped in $50,000 - and $50,000 to relief efforts following the hurricane in Puerto Rico. 

10. Staying Stateside for a moment, Dirtybird's Campout festival is launching on the east coast following another successful event in Bradley, California a couple of weeks back. The eastern seaboard debut is set to take place on 2-4 February, with full details coming on 30 October.

11. Mike Skinner is to embark on 2018 UK tour as The Streets, some seven years after he said he was retiring the project for good. The tour of 02 venues is scheduled for April, with stops in Birmingham (19 April), Glasgow (20 Apr), Manchester (21 Apr), Leeds (23 Apr) and London (25 & 26 Apr).

12. The line-up has been announced for Australia's Sugar Mountain festival. Among those appearing at the Melbourne event on 20 January will be Honey Dijon, Shanti Celeste, Gerd Janson, Cut Copy and J Hus.

13. Ever wondered what it was really like at New York's infamous late 70s discotheque Studio 54? Wonder no more, because a new book of photos co-authored by the club's co-founder Ian Schrager will show you - as long as you have £48 burning a hole in your back pocket that is!

14. Finally, here's one for the all bass-lovin' studio heads: there's a new version of Rob Papen's ever-popular SubBoomBass coming soon. Cunningly entitled Rob Papen SubBoomBass II, the second-gen version of the bass synth that's so beloved of leading D&B, dubstep, grime and hip-hop producers will feature "new spectrum waveforms, new 'string' synthesis, a new pattern mode, an X/Y screen and a new, easy-to-use bank manager" as well as new samples and presets galore, and will drop (pun intended!) before the end of the year, priced around the £80 mark or £35 to upgrade.







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