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Weekend Primer #5

Get your knowledge on with our Friday news round-up

2016 Feb 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Going out clubbing this weekend? Here are 12 things you should be talking about on the smoking terrace...

1. The line-up for this year's Boomtown Fair is just getting ridiculous now! The roster for the festival's bass, garage and grime-oriented Sector 6 arena was announced today, adding So Solid Crew, Zed Bias, Hybrid Theory, Mala, Om Unit, Special Request, AC Slater, Scott Garcia, Newham Generals (pictured), Ms Dynamite and more to an already star-packed bill.

2. Goldie's been in the headlines twice this week. Firstly when he went to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE, and used the occasion to call for greater funding for the arts, and secondly when he was announced as the host for the first Electronic Music Awards ceremony, which takes place in Los Angeles on 23 April.

3. Remember we told you about Richie Hawtin and PLAYdifferently, the new mixer he's co-designed with Allen & Heath? Well, he's taking the mixer on a club tour to promote it, with a dozen dates scheduled across the USA and Europe in March, April and May. He'll be at Fabric, London on 26 March.

4. Grime's unstoppable rise continues... following Skepta's surprise booking at Berghain, Stormzy has been announced as resident at We Are Rockstars in Ibiza this summer.

5. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are taking on those who say they're not proper DJs by vowing to do an all-vinyl set at Tomorrowland on 24 July.

6. Los Angeles is to get a brand new club playing house music seven nights a week. Cure And The Cause, in the city's Glendale district, opens on 5 March and is co-owned by Kenny Summit, with an impressive line-up of residents that includes Jay-J, David Harness, Eric Kupper, Eddie Amador and Colette.

7. Every fancied remixing 60s counter-culture icons The Doors? Well, now you can – has a whole load of stems available for free download (legitimately, as far as we can make out!)

8. NTS Radio are five in April, and they're celebrating with a series of parties across London, culminating in a night at Corsica Studios on the 8th with Nidia Minaj, Funkineven, Hierogylphic Being and more.

9. Swedish producer and DJ HNNY, aka Johan Cederberg, has pulled out of a London DJ booking with Percolate and announced that he's retiring from DJing altogether, citing unspecified personal health issues. Here's wishing the man well.

10. Burial's albums Burial and Untrue are getting a repress on 180gm vinyl. The new vinyl will also include the beatless tracks that were previously only on the CD releases.

11. Aspiring beatmakers got another new online toy to play with this week, with the launch of, er, Beat Maker from Splice. Beat Maker features eight instruments and is free to try with 100 sounds, or you can access over 850,000 sounds for less than a tenner. Give it a go for yourself at

12. Martin Garrix appeared in a video on Twitter this in which he confirmed that his debut artist album is to be released this year. There's no word yet as to a title or release date, though.

13. Oh yes, and there was this as well... the phrase "oh very dear" springs to mind! But it's in a good cause - Bill was promoting his charity Foundation to 'young people'. So that's all right, then. -Ish.





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