This week: Carl Cox at Creamfields, IMS 2018, Berlin nightlife, fabric, James Zabiela, Honey Dijon, XOYO, Moby, Meatpack, Analogue Solutions, Dekmantel Selectors, Armin Van Buuren and much, much more...
1. Carl Cox [pictured] will be headlining his own Intec stage at Creamfields 2018, which takes place at the Steel Yard in London's Finsbury Park on 23-26 August. It will be the first time Cox has played at the festival for 10 years. For more UK festival news, see below.
2. The city of Berlin has set up a €1M fund to help nightclubs install adequate soundproofing. The move follows a string of club closures due to noise complaints from local residents, with Mixmag reporting that 170 clubs have closed in the city since 2011.
3. Over in Ibiza, 2018's International Music Summit will take place on 23-25 May. The 11th edition of IMS will have a 'wellness' theme, with daily yoga and meditation sessions as well as discussions on topics such as mental health within the electronic music community, and sexual harrassment in DJ culture.
4. Speaking of mental health, the charity Help Musicians UK has launched a 24-hour helpline for music professionals who are experiencing mental health difficulties. 0808 802 8008 is the number to call. The move comes after a study at the University Of Westminster found that 69% of musicians have experienced depression, compared to less than 20% of the general population.
5. Beatport has rejigged its genre categories once more, with the addition of a new Afro House category to recognise the style's growing international importance.
6. Some key new/upcoming releases to look out for include: volume 97 in the long-running fabric series of mix CDs, which has been put together by Tale Of Us (fabric, 16 February); volume 29 in the Balance series, a two-disc, 58-track affair mixed by James Zabiela (Balance, 9 February); a new deluxe edition of Nicolas Jaar's Sirens featuring three new tracks (Other People, out today); a reissue of Jonny L's 1997 tech-step album Sawtooth (XL, out today); and a collection of rare Japanese soul, disco and boogie entitled Midnight In Tokyo Vol 1, which will be very first release from new Mule Musiq offshoot Studio Mule (26 January).
7. Honey Dijon and Sam Sparro have covered Sylvester's disco classic Stars as part of Smirnoff's We're Open TV add campaign, which promotes LGBT+ equality. The track will be released as a single on Classic in the new year, with proceeds going to LGBT+ charities, but the Cosmic Energy Dub mix is available now for free download from Classic's Soundcloud page. In fact, here it is...
8. This weekend sees the arrival of Meatpack, a 5,000 square metre former factory in Antwerp, Belgium that will house a nightclub/live music venue as well as studio, office and gallery spaces. The opening party is tomorrow night (9 December).
9. Closer to home, London club XOYO have announced their first batch of XOYO Loves parties for 2018. Highlights include Black Motion (live) and Young Marco (27 Jan), Danny Krivit (3 Feb), DJ Haus (10 Feb), Magda B2B Mike Servito (24 Feb), Patrick Topping (3 Mar), Osunlade & Ross From Friends (10 Mar), Marcellus Pittman (17 Mar) and Romare (24 Mar).
10. Boutique UK synth manufacturers Analogue Solutions have announced a new desktop synth called Treadstone. The compact unit features an analogue VCO and 24dB filter plus an LFO, three oscillators and analogue voice and modulation circuitry. Housed in wood, steel and aluminium, it'll be available in January, though its price is still TBA.
11. More UK festival news... Belfast's AVA Festival (1 June) is moving to new venue S13 Warehouse, a former B&Q depot in the centre of the city, while Craig Richards' boutique festival Houghton returns to Houghton Hall in Norfolk on 9-12 August. No line-up details for either event have been announced yet. And Arcadia, the art collective known for their Glastonbury-gracing giant spider, are to host their own festival in London's Olympic Park to mark their 10th birthday on 5-6 May, with Leftfield, RAM Records and more TBA.
12. Meanwhile over in Europe, Solomun is to headline the sixth annual Diynamic Festival in Amsterdam on 25 May, joined by Kollektiv Turmstrasse, HOSH and Adriatique, while Dekmantel Selectors in Croatia (23-27 August) will star DJ Harvey, Mr Scruff, Donato Dozzy, Marcel Dettmann and many more. As for North American festivals, Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI, 21-24 June/28 June-1 July) has Green Velvet, CamelPhat, Detlef, Floating Points, Kerri Chandler, Mat.Joe, Bonobo, Chromeo, Bassnectar, Marshmello and many more, while Igloofest in Montreal (18 Jan-3 Feb) will see visits from Bonobo, Sasha & Digweed, Oliver Heldens and Kaytranada, among others. Oh, and the Dirtybird Campout East line-up (St Cloud, FL, 2-4 Feb) has just been expanded with the addition of Green Velvet, Seth Troxler, Walker & Royce, LTJ Bukem and Hector Romero. And finally in India, GOAT festival in Goa (26-28 Jan) will star Goldie, Amp Fiddler, Horse Meat Disco, The 2 Bears, Joe Goddard and more.
13. Want to brush up your DJ and production skills? You could probably do worse than taking some tips from trance superstar Armin Van Buuren, who's just signed up with online tuition specialists MasterClass as a tutor.
14. If you're looking for something to do in London over Xmas then Egg LDN on Boxing Day could be a good bet - they've got Waze & Odyssey, Mark Fanciulli and Ellie Cocks in the proverbial house for just £10. Alternatively, if you're more into D&B then Egg have you covered in January, with upcoming nights hosted by Spearhead Records (12 Jan) and Viper Recordings (29 Jan).
15. Finally, iDJ's Hero Of The Week award goes to Moby, who's just donated a quarter of a million dollars to animal rights charities in the US. The money represents 100% of the profits made by his Little Pine restaurant in Los Angeles since it opened in November 2015.
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