This week: Richie Hawtin, Liz Edwards RIP, Prince, Flava D, Innervisions, Sankeys, Classic, Low End Theory, fabric, Ross From Friends, Maribou State, Trentemøller and much, much more
1. Richie Hawtin [pictured] will be bringing his live show CLOSE back to the UK in October, with dates in Glasgow (02 Academy, 11 October) and London (The Roundhouse, 12 October). CLOSE debuted at Coachella last year and has previously been seen in Britain only once, at the All Points East festival. Hawtin has also announced his first appearance at Berghain in six years: he'll be DJing there on 29 June.
2. RIP this week Liz Edwards: DJ, co-owner of Croydon's Swag Records, Kerfuffle promoter and a central figure in the development of tech-house over the past 20+ years. After she tragically lost her battle with cancer, she was described by Terry Francis - who worked for her at Swag for nine years - as "a unique fantastic strong woman, a warrior with dignity until the end." Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
3. A posthumous album from the Deceased Genius Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince is to be released on 21 September. Piano And Microphone 1983 was announced yesterday (7 June) on what would have been the diminutive superstar's 60th birthday, and features nine previously unreleased recordings made at Prince's home, including a Joni Mitchell cover as well as an early version of Purple Rain.
4. There was no shortage of other big-name album announcements this week, either! So look out for... a live album from Claude VonStroke, recorded at the recent Movement festival in Detroit, imaginatively titled Claude VonStroke Live from Detroit and out on Dirtybird on 22 June... a third Realm Of Consciousness compilation from Tale Of Us's Afterlife label, out on quadruple vinyl on 29 June... Family Portrait, the debut long-player from Ross From Friends, which is out on Brainfeeder on 27 July... Norwegian veteran Jimi Tenor's new album Order Of Nothingness, which is out on Philophon on 29 June... the second album from Maribou State, Kingdoms In Colour, which drops on Counter Records on 7 September... and a reissue of Trentemøller's landmark 2006 album The Last Resort, which will see all of the album's 13 tracks available on vinyl for the first time when it lands on Poker Flat on 26 June.
5. More details emerged this week of Innervisions' takeover of London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall on 21 September. Label owners Dixon and Âme, already announced as headliners, will be joined by Henrik Schwarz, Marcus Worgull and Howling. Âme will play live at the event, as well as going B2B with Dixon on the decks.
6. Say hello, wave goodbye (part 1)... hello Post Bar, a new 250-capacity joint in Helsinki, Finland with a music policy focused on house and disco, which opens tonight... hello Kvarteret, Stockholm's new 2,200-capacity music and arts venue, which opened last weekend... and hello fabric's new DNB Brunch, which will serve up burgers and beats, fried chicken and firing Amens from noon-6pm one Saturday each month. DJ Hype, Optical and Uncle Dugs are your selectors for the first brunch, which takes place on Saturday 30 June.
7. Say hello, wave goodbye (part 2)... goodbye Dublin club Hangar, which closed last weekend. The building is set to be turned into a hotel, although the promoters posted on Facebook that "this is only a minor hiccup" and that "Hangar 2.0 is just around the corner"..... and goodbye long-running Los Angeles party Low End Theory, which played a central role in the development of the LA beats scene but which will close for good after a 12-year run on 8 August - albeit not before throwing 10 final parties over the summer.
8. The Classic Music Company crew have just embarked on a summer tour. As well as Honey Dijon and Luke Solomon's 'Deputy of Love' parties at Pikes in Ibiza (4/6, 11/6, 18/6 and 26/9), you can catch Crazy P, Luke Solomon and Sophie Lloyd at Amsterdam's Sugarfactory on 15 June, and Honey Dijon, Luke Solomon, High Hoops, Dan Beaumont, Sophie Lloyd and Michelle Manetti at Hangar, London on 7 July.
9. Sankeys are to return to Manchester for a one-off date on 8 September, when they'll be taking over the Victoria Warehouse, previously home to their Back To 88/89 event in 2016. The line-up is still TBA, but the party runs from 9pm-6am and tickets are on sale now, currently priced £20+BF - click here to get yours.
10. Parklife Festival and Warehouse Project co-founder and Night Time Industries Association board member Sacha Lord has been appointed Night Time Economy Advisor by Manchester mayor Andy Burnham. Announcing Lord's appointment, Burnham said: "Manchester is known across the country and beyond for its thriving nightlife. By appointing a night-time economy adviser and panel, I want us to build on our strong reputation to make it even better."
11. Local authorities in Edmonton, Canada seem less clear on what they think of their city's night time economy. Earlier this week they proposed "an immediate moratorium on electronic music and dance parties" right across the city, which has a population of 1.3 million people, in response to 18 people at a festival requiring treatment for drug-related medical problems - only to later withdraw the suggestion, saying that "we were maybe looking too closely at one element in our entertainment sector".
12. Finally, Flava D is the next DJ lined up for a three-month residency at London's XOYO. She'll take over from Ben UFO on 6 July and headline 13 parties up till 28 September, with guests to include the likes of Wiley, Todd Edwards, Mike Skinner, Matt 'Jam Lamont', Lady Leshurr and AJ Tracey.
Richie Hawtin pic: Creative Commons