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Weekend Primer #7

Our regular Friday news round-up rolls around once more

2016 Mar 11     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Space Ibiza, Roger Sanchez, T In the Park, Skrillex, Major Lazer and a racism row in South London

1. With Space, Ibiza [pictured] closing at the end of this season after 27 years, the club's Sunday session We Love Space has been renamed. Space founder/owner Pepe Rosello said: "This season we strive to celebrate nothing but happy memories, so to do that in the right way, and to include all the Sundays since the very beginning of Space, the night will now be called Sundays at Space."

2. Roger Sanchez made a very special London appearance last night (10 March), playing a three-hour house classics set to 200 industry invitees at the Dance Tunnel in Dalston, London to mark the release of the Strictly Roger Sanchez compilation. And a very fine time was had by all, too - the phrase 'off the hook' wouldn't be unwarranted.

3. Speaking of US house legends, Frankie Feliciano joins Joey Negro, Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk for Deep Into Soul's fifth birthday at The Prince Of Wales, Brixton tomorrow night (12 March). Rap Saunders of Soulmates provides Afro-house sounds in Room 2 and the rate on the gate is £17.50.

4. At the opposite end of the dance spectrum, Skrillex has been added to the bill for the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro, which takes place on 14-16 July. Skrillex co-headlines with Andy C, Hurts and Lost Frequencies, and will appear on the 14th.

5. Here in the UK, Massive Attack are to headline the British Summer Time festival in London's Hyde Park on 1 July, while up in Scotland, this year's T In The Park (8-10 July) will welcome Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah, Ricardo Villalobos, LCD Soundsystem, Chase & Status, Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Skream, Slam and many more.

6. Also appearing at T In The Park will be Major Lazer, who on 6 March made history by becoming one of the first US acts to play live in Cuba for over 50 years. Cuba and the US severed diplomatic relations after Cuba's 1961 revolution, and Americans have only very recently been allowed to visit again.

7. Not such good news from Down Under, though. Maitreya, one of Australia's biggest festivals, has had to be called off at the last minute due to severe weather conditions. Which will be a blow to the 10,000 who'd bought tickets to see Ame, Sebastian Leger and Robert Babicz.

8. Special releases for Record Store Day that may be of interest to iDJ readers this year include a limited African Head Charge 10-inch on On-U Sound, and a Roots Manuva EP entitled Switching Sides.

9. If you're a fan of UK garage and bass then head down to Wavy at London's Egg on Good Friday (25 March), where you'll find rising bass star Billon joined by scene legends Ms Dynamite and DJ Luck & MC Neat. Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

10. A leaked email, sent by police to Croydon's Dice Bar about the club's licence, refers to “what this borough finds unacceptable forms of music” - said by owner Ray Seda to mean bashment. Nero Ughwujabo of Croydon Black and Ethnic Minority Forum said: "Singling out... Jamaican music as being associated with crime and disorder is profiling, which is unacceptable."





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