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Weekend Primer #51

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2017 Jan 13     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring: Andy C, Ministry Of Sound, Gilles Peterson, Larry Heard, BPM Festival, The Black Madonna, Motion:Bristol and more

1. Drum & bass legend Andy C [pictured] has a brand new radio show starting tonight! The Ram Records boss will be hosting the 11pm-1am Friday night slot on Apple's Beats 1, with the show repeated on Saturdays from 11am-1pm. Imaginatively titled Andy C Presents..., it's the first regular drum & bass show on Beats 1, and Andy's first regular slot since the early 00s.

2. Bristol's skatepark-cum-rave-warren Motion have announced their events schedule for the first four months of 2017. Among the January highlights are George Fitzgerald (20 Jan), a Love Saves The Day launch party (23 Jan), and Defected In The House with Julio Bashmore, Dennis Ferrer, Sonny Fodera and Sam Divine (28 Jan). If you're in Bristol or thereabouts, there's also a free warehouse rave on tonight! For the full four-month programme, which also includes the likes of Todd Terje, Hannah Wants, Sub-Focus, Gorgon City, Hospitality and Red Snapper, click here.

3. More names have been added to the bill for Croatia's Love International Festival, which takes place on 28 June-5 July. Just announced are Tony Humphries, Midland, Prosumer, Young Marco and Gerd Janson, who join the previously announced likes of Craig Richards, The Black Madonna, Ben UFO and Optimo.

4. Speaking of The Black Madonna, she dropped a 10-minute acid-disco epic called He Is The Voice I Hear on her brand new label We Still Believe earlier this week. And it's really rather good, so just in case you've been hiding under a rock all week...


5. Original Chicagoan deep house legend Larry Heard, AKA Mr Fingers, is to play live in London for the first time in two whole decades later this year. The gig follows his return to live performance at 2016's Dimensions Festival in Croatia, but details as to exactly where/when it's going down have not yet been forthcoming.

6. With the 10th edition of the BPM Festival in Mexico currently nearing its climax (it finishes on Sunday), the organisers certainly aren't resting on their laurels. They've just announced that 2017 will see them branching out overseas for the first time, with brand-new BPM events in Brazil and Portugal. No line-ups or exact dates yet, but the Brazil outiing will be in April, followed by Portugal in September.

7. Ministry Of Sound considered moving to a new venue next door in 2015, it emerged this week, after architects' proposals for a sliding-wall layout were posted online by design and architecture magazine That didn't happen, obviously, but with the surrounding area currently under redevelopment, don't be surprised if there's some kind of announcement re: changes at the club soon.

8. Argentinian beach resort Mar Del Plata has become the country's second city to place a blanket ban on electronic music events. Boo-hiss, etc. Weirdly, the decision follows a single drug death in an entirely different town...

9. Gilles Peterson revealed in an interview with The Guardian earlier this week that he's just donated "hundreds" of records to charity shops in North London, apparently prompting something of a mini-vinyl rush in the area. Find the full video interview on the paper's Facebook page.

10. On the EDM tip, the Ultimate Music Festival in Texas will this year welcome Marshmello, Tiësto and Zedd as headliners. The festival takes place on South Padre Island on 15-18 March, just in time for Spring Break.

11. Finally, and perhaps not on as much of an EDM tip as you might think, Deadmau5 started a new Radio 1 residency last week.... and played cuts from Maceo Plex, Pryda, Jon Hopkins, Pan-Pot, Dom Kane, Pig & Dan and Boards Of Canada. Look out for Theo Parrish's set next week, when he'll be premiering new material from The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Flume and Calvin Harris (that's a joke, BTW).






Tags: Andy C, Beats 1, Motion, Love Saves The Day, Defected, Love International Festival, The Black Madonna, Larry Heard, BPM Festival, Ministry Of Sound, Mar Del Plata, Gilles Peterson, Ultimate Music Festival, Deadmau5, Radio 1