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Weekend Primer #10

10 top topics to make your music chatter matter

2016 Apr 01     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: festivals galore, new albums from Cassius, Netsky and Boys Noize, Sasha and Digweed to tour together and some bad news about Roy Davis Jr

1. Dave Clarke (pictured) has announced his guests for this year's Tomorrowland festival. Joining him in the booth at De Schorre park in Boom, Belgium on 24 July will be Pierre, Marcel Fengler, Scuba, Vitalic and Get Real.

2. Mr Clarke's name also features among tthe first batch of names to be announced for this year's Mysteryland in The Netherlands. Also on the bill in Harlemmermeer on 27-28 August are Seth Troxler, Skream, Carl Craig, Patrick Topping, Green Velvet, Luke Slater, Surgeon and Stacey Pullen.

3. Sticking with festivals a second, London's SW4 announced their third wave of acts this week, with Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati and Andy C added to the bill. Over in the US, meanwhile, DJ Q-Bert tops a bass music and hip-hop heavy line-up at Emissions festival, which takes place in Belden, California on 13-16 May.

4. Several big-name DJs have announced major tours this week. Sasha and John Digweed will be hitting the road together in September, following a recent surprise back-to-back set at Ministry Of Sound. Stimming will be touring his new fully analogue live set worldwide starting on Leipzig, Germany tonight and continuing throughout the spring and summer, while MK has also announced a 21-date world tour to mark the rebirth of his Area 10 label.

5. Speaking of returns and comebacks, French duo Cassius will release their first album in 10 years on 24 June. Ibifornia features collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Ryan Tedder, among others.

6. Less welcome to some will be the news that Ten Walls is returning to touring. The Lithuanian producer was effectively banished from the international dance community last summer after making a series of homophobic comments on his Facebook page but he's venturing back out on the road now with 10 dates across Europe this summer.

7. Other big-name artist albums announced this week include Mayday by Boys Noize, which will be out on 20 May and features contributions from Hudson Mohawke, Benga and Polica, and Rio by Hospital Records star Netsky, which is also out on 20 May and features cameos from Emeli Sande and Chromeo.

8. Flying Lotus isn't recording a new album, though. Instead, he's currently busy creating a film score for LoveTrue, a 'non-fiction film' directed by Israal's Alma Har'el and executive produced by Shia LaBeouf that'll premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month.

9. Some sad news: Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr, best known Gabriel, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. All his April dates have been cancelled or postponed, but he vowed in a Facebook post that "for as long as I physically can, I will continue to play music to you all as much and as regularly as possible, and continue to give you the music that lets us break free from the shackles of life's pain."

10. Over in Ibiza, Pacha has announced a 2016 summer residency by Hot Since 82 - albeit he's only playing three dates, which to our minds stretches the definition of 'residency' to its limits. Still, if you want to catch the Yorkshire producer in action on the White Isle then get yourself down to Insane on 24 June, 15 July or 5 August.