This week: Âme, Larry Harvey RIP, Ibiza opening parties, Chicago House Music Conference, Kaskade, Connect festival, 808 State and much, much more
1. After some 17 years in the game, German duo Âme [pictured] are set to finally release their debut artist album. Coming on their Innervisions label on 1 June, Dream House is described as "a home listening journey" and features collaborations with various German experimental musicians as well as Matthew Herbert, who appears on lead single The Line (out now).
2. Festival-goers worldwide this week mourned the death of Burning Man founder Larry Harvey. The 70-year-old, who set up the festival on a beach in San Francisco in 1986, suffered a stroke at his home in the city last weekend. Artworks from Burning Man recently became the subject of an exhibition at America's most famous museum and art gallery, The Smithsonian Institution.
3. Speaking of festivals, this week's biggest reveal was the line-up for Connect. Taking place in Dusseldorf, Connect is a joint venture by the teams behind Germany's Time Warp and The Netherlands' Awakenings festivals, and the debut event on 13 October will star the likes of Solomun, Charlotte De Witte, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Monika Kruse, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd and Kølsch.
4. Meanwhile here in the UK, some 60 festivals including Bestival, Boomtown, Festival No 6 and Shambala have signed up to a pledge to ban glitter from their events by 2021, in a bid to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Whether the ban is just on glitter sales or whether you'll actually be turned away at the gates for wearing any is unclear, but supporters of the ban stress that biodegradable alternatives are available.
5. Rattling through a few more festivals quickly... this year's Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium, 20-22 and 27-29 July) will for the first time feature a Glitterbox stage, where on 21 July you can catch the likes of Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry and Purple Disco Machine... some 25,000 people attended this year's Teknival in France (27 Apr-1 May), despite the festival (now in its 25th year) being denied a licence... while the line-up for Mexican festival RHA (Riviera Nayarit, 25-26 May) includes Luciano, Charlotte De Witte, Justin Martin, Lee Foss, Doc Martin and many more.
6. Manchester veterans 808 State have announced a UK tour to mark their 30th anniversary. The nine-date -trek kicks off at London's XOYO on 23 November, then visits Hull, Portsmouth, Bristol, Norwich, Birmingham, Sheffield and Glasgow before climaxing at Manchester Academy on 21 December. Meanwhile, Mike Skinner must've enjoyed his recent The Streets comeback tour, because he's just announced another one, with 11 new dates lined up for Jan/Feb 2019.
7. Amsterdam gets a new arts space-cum-nightclub next weekend when the 300-capacity noorderschip opens on a 50-metre-long boat that was home to pirate station Radio Veronica back in the 1960s and early 70s. In its latest incarnation, noorderschip will feature a dancefloor that sits below sea level, a Funktion-One soundsystem and a vegetarian restaurant.
8. Cream Classical will be taking over Liverpool Cathedral for two special shows on 26 and 27 October, as part of the club/brand's 26th birthday celebrations. Expect two hours of club classics reworked by the 50-piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra.
9. Over in Ibiza, the line-up annoucements were flooding in thick n' fast this week. Do Not Sleep's guests at Amnesia on Thursdays will include Charlotte De Witte, DJ Sneak, Robert Hood and Steve Lawler, while co-hosts ABODE will bring Groove Armada, Heidi, Nic Fanciulli, Solardo, Yousef and many more. Over at Pacha, Cocoon's guests on Wednesdays will include Âme, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Carl Craig, Peggy Gou, Ricardo Villalobos, D'Julz, KiNK and many more. And finally at DC10, Circoloco kick off their 20th season on 21 May with residents and regulars Seth Troxler, Martinez Brothers, Damian Lazarus, Clive Henry and Tania Vulcano joined by Jackmaster, Peggy Gou, Guy Gerber, Joseph Capriati, Gerd Janson and Apollonia, among others, while guests at Jamie Jones's Paradise (Wednesdays) this season will include Dubfire, Skream, Patrick Topping, Alan Fitzpatrick, DJ Sneak, Art Department, Yousef, Eats Everything and many more.
10. Some great line-ups await on the White Island this season, then, but not everyone's happy about it. Last Friday saw 500 local residents gather in Ibiza Town's main square to protest what they call "unlimited, disrespectful and excessive tourism". The organisers, a group called Prou!, want Ibiza Town authorities to bring in a 3am curfew, as was recently imposed in San Antonio.
11. Perhaps Glasgow can be the new Ibiza, then? A report by the local tourist board suggests that highlighting Glasgow's musical heritage would bring more visitors to the city, with "techno tours" of famous spots like the Sub Club being suggested.
12. Thu 24-Sat 26 June sees the Chicago House Music Conference taking place in the Windy City as part of the annual Chicago House Music Festival. This year's programme includes seminars and panel discussions on topics such as 'Building your brand' and 'The female DJ perspective', as well as dance and DJ workshops, and entry is free. See their website for full details.
13. Global superstar and animal rights activist Moby is selling off over 100 of his guitars, synths and other pieces of musical equipment in aid of anti-vivisection group the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The sales are being handled through online instrument exchange Reverb.com - full details here.
14. Speaking of synthesizers, Dave Smith Instruments have just announced another new one: Prophet X, the latest addition to the Prophet range. Combining sampling and synthesis, the 16-voice synth will ship this summer, priced around the $4,000 (£3,000 approx) mark.
15. Shure is about to discontinue its entire range of cartridges and styli, saying that in recent years the company's "ability to maintain our exacting standards in [this] category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise". Best stock up now, then...
16. Finally, following the tragic passing of Avicii, fellow EDM superstar Kaskade posted an open letter on his blog this week in which he directly addressed anyone feeling hopeless or contemplating suicide, saying in part "it’s time to turn kindness inwards, and to stop comparing ourselves to the lies we see online and take the moments we need to give ourselves what we need." You can read the full text here.
Âme pic: Frank Eickhoff
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