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Weekend Primer #100

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Dec 29     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Eats Everything, The Streets, Above & Beyond, Solomun, Hope Works, Beats 1 goes EDM crazy and much, much more

1. Eats Everything [pictured] has now been confirmed as the 'special guest TBA' headliner for this year's fabric New Year's Eve party. The Bristol lad joins the previously announced likes of Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Daniel Avery, Ryan Elliott and Paranoid London. In an admirable move, he'll be donating the entirety of his fee to dance music charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - more specifically, to their Have A Drink On Us campaign, which raises money to bring clean drinking water to communities in war-torn and developing countries.

2. Mike Skinner has released the first new material under his The Streets alias in six years. Two new tracks, Burn Bridges and Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies, appeared unannounced on Spotify just before Xmas. The new material arrives in advance of The Streets' previously announced reunion tour, which is scheduled for 2018.

3. Berlin-based electro/techno/house label Midnight Shift will be five years old in February, and they're releasing a compilation album to mark the event. Rather than being a 'story so far' set, though, The Midnight Manual is made up of material from artists who'll be featured on the label over the course of 2018 - including The Hacker (as Amato), Mark Forshaw, Harmonious Thelonious and Marco Bernardi (as Terry Lamborghini), as well as the first ever collaboration between Hodge and Gramrcy.

4. Sheffield warehouse venue Hope Works have announced their DJ line-ups for winter/spring. Highlights include Mumdance and Josey Rebelle on 26 January, The Black Madonna, nd_baumecker and Chris Duckenfield on 16 February, Peverelist & Kowton on 2 March, Helena Hauff on 2 March and Dusky and Paul Woolford on 23 March. For full details and ticket prices, see their website.

5. Also playing at Hope Works on 16 February is long-term Smart Bar resident Eris Drew, who's just announced a new event series of her own called Motherbeat. The first Motherbeat party will be in Pittsburgh on 6 April, and the all-night, alcohol-free parties will mark her attempt, she told Resident Advisor, to return to "the deep ecstatic psychedelic roots of the scene".

6. In what's become an annual tradition, Solomun has posted another Christmas In Bed mix to mark this year's festive season. So here it is...

7. Moving over into EDM Corner... Apple's Beats 1 radio station are giving over the whole of Sunday (31 December) to DJ mixes from the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Avicii, Above & Beyond, Oliver Heldens, Marshmello and Zedd, so if you need a pre-2018 EDM fix, you know where to head.

8. Speaking of Above & Beyond, we told you a couple of months ago that the trio were to be the subject of a new documentary/tour movie entitled Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up The Day Job. Well, now it's been announced that the film, which has been directed by Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg, will be opening in cinemas in January. Huzzah!

9. Meanwhile, what have other big EDM stars been getting up to this week? Not a lot, except that Swedish House Mafia have deleted all tweets from their respective accounts, fuelling speculation that a big announcement about their long-rumoured but still entirely hypothetical reunion may be on its way, while Finnish trance veteran Darude has been discussing the making of his landmark 2000 track Sandstorm in a 15-minute interview with Vice magazine, which you can find online.

10. US house and techno festival Desert Hearts will return to the Los Coyotes reservation in Warner Springs, California on 27-30 April. No word yet as to the line-up, but they do promise to spend four days spreading "as much love and positive energy as humanly possible" so that's nice.

11. And finally, speaking of festivals, We Love Green in Paris on 2-3 June will star Björk, Young Marco, Jamie xx, Honey Dijon, Daphni and many more still TBC.





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