This week: acid house on TV, Frankie Knuckles, Studio 338, festivals galore and a free modular synthesizer
1. A new TV drama series called Ibiza87 will explore the early days of house culture. The series is being co-written by Trainspotting and The Acid House author Irvine Welsh [pictured] and Dean Cavanagh, an award-winning screenwriter, former club promoter and ex-editor of 90s rave fanzine Herb Garden. The plot is based loosely around Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Nicky Holloway's legendary trip to the White Island in 1987, with the three veteran DJs acting as consultants and curating the soundtrack.
2. Meanwhile in Ibiza 2017... David Guetta has been confirmed as this year's Monday night resident at Ushuaïa, though that's no big surprise as his BIG night has held court there for the past five years... sister club Hï Ibiza (formerly Space) has a new Thursday night party called In The Dark, which will be headed up by Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Luciano, Nic Fanciulli and Steve Lawler... while over at Eden, Audio Rehab's season from 14 June to 27 September will see visits from the likes of Low Steppa, Vanilla Ace, Flashmob, Sirus Hood and DJ SKT.
3. A previously unseen interview with late house godfather Frankie Knuckles surfaced online this week. The 34-minute clip was posted by New York disco legend Nicky Siano, and features an interview that Siano carried out with Frankie for his Love Is The Message documentary. Watch it on YouTube.
4. Two of the world's biggest dance festivals announced their full line-ups this week. Over in the US, the EDM-tastic Electric Zoo (1-3 September) will star the likes of DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz (though to be fair they've also got Danny Tenaglia, Sasha & Digweed, Martin Solveig, Sub Focus and Claptone), while closer to home, Mysteryland in Holland (26-27 August) also has Deadmau5 and Above & Beyond, as well as Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Sven Väth, Dave Clarke, Gorgon City, Chocolate Puma, Joseph Capriati, Hannah Wants and, ooh, loads more.
5. Meanwhile Ultra's quest for world domination continues. The US festival that originally made its name running alongside the Winter Music Conference in Miami has announced that it'll be making its debut in India this year, with events in Mumbai and New Delhi, while the inaugural Australian edition of the festival will take place in 2018.
6. Here in the UK, the first names were revealed this week for what will be the last ever Secret Garden Party. Artists announced so far include Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Soul Clap, Waze & Odyssey, Red Rack'em, Craig Richards and Edu Imbermon, with more names still TBC. It all goes down at Mill Hill Field in Cambridgeshire on 20-23 July.
7. Not up for a festival? Perhaps partying on a boat is more your style, in which case you might like to know that Sven Väth has been added to the bill for the Ark Cruise (which sails from Barcelona to Ibiza and Marseille and back on 31 August-3 September), while Love International's summer season of boat parties in Tisno, Croatia will feature the likes of The Black Madonna and parties hosted by Futureboogie, Just Jack and Dirty Talk, among others.
8. In club news, London's Studio 338, which has been out of action since a fire last year destroyed the building and tragically killed a member of club staff, will be reopening in June. Er, sort of... what they're actually doing is holding some parties in the car park but, y'know, it's a start. It's just good to see them back! The first event is on 3 June.
9. Speaking of Above & Beyond, which we were about half an hour ago, their Anjunabeats label have just embarked on a major US tour that will run through till mid-May. Artists featured on the tour include Andrew Bayer B2B ilan Bluestone, MatZo, Genix & Sunny Lax, Grum and Jason Ross, though line-ups vary from city to city. Find full details here.
10. New and upcoming albums to look out for include Robert Hood's Paradygm Shift, which will be out on Dekmantel on 22 May; Mind Merge by Frequency Vs Atkins, AKA Orlando Voorn and Juan Atkins (Out Electronic, out now); Nost, which is album number seven from Ellen Allien (Bpitch, 12 May); Compassion, the second album from Ninja Tune artist Forest Swords, AKA Matthew Barnes (5 May) and Echospace Live In Detroit, a recording of label bosses Deepchord's live set at Movement in 2013 (out now on Bandcamp, physical release TBC).
11. Ever fancied a dabble in modular synthesis? Now you can do so for free, because instrument designer Automatonism, AKA PhD music student Johan Eriksson, has built a virtual modular synth using the open source programming language Pure Data. You can download Pure Data for PC, Mac and Linux here (you'll need to do this first), and the synth itself - also called Automatonism - here.
12. Finally this week, congratulations to Futureboogie - the label born out of the Bristol club night of the same name run by former iDJ scribe Steve Nickolls - who are about to drop their 50th release. Cristophe's Dance Pants EP is the record in question, and it's out on 28 April.
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