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Weekend Primer #73

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Jun 16     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Disclosure, Madhouse, Moby, Bass Culture, Pendulum, Dimensions, Imagine Music Festival and much more

1. Disclosure [pictured] have revealed the full line-up of guests who'll be joining them for Wild Life at DC10 this summer. Now joining the previously announced likes of DJ Harvey, Tiga & Audion, Honey Dijon, Annie Mac, Bicep, Joris Voorn, Horse Meat Disco and Groove Armada is Detroit house and techno founding father Kevin Saunderson. Meanwhile Solumun's guests for +LIVE at Destino will be Johannes Brecht (16 July), Red Axes (10 August), Frank Wiedemann of Âme (17 August) and Recondite (15 October).

2. Time to break out the jelly and ice cream, as a couple of leading house labels have birthdays to celebrate. Kerri Chandler's Madhouse is 25 years old this year and will be marking its quarter-century with a string of vinyl reissues and label showcase club nights (exact details TBA), while not far behind are D'Julz's Bass Culture, who'll be dropping a label best-of comp next month to mark 20 years in the game.

3. Moby surprise-released a new album this week. More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse was announced with mock Donald Trump press release - click here to read it and to grab your copy. Credited to Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, the nine-track electro-rock album is free to download but Moby suggests if you like it, a small donation to an animal rights, women's rights or climate change charity of your choice would be a nice way of saying 'thank you'.

4. Good news for residents of New York City... it looks like the city's infamous Cabaret Laws, which prohibit public dancing and were used to clamp down on club culture by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 90s, may finally be getting repealed, some 96 years after they were introduced to restrict the spread of jazz clubs. They're the subject of a New York city council meeting on Monday (19 June) so watch this space...

5. More good news for residents of New York City, or at least those residents of New York City that like LCD Soundsystem. Tonight sees James Murphy and co playing the first of seven consecutive live shows at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Steel venue, with the rest scheduled for 17, 18, 20, 21, 23 and 24 June. The dates follow a similar five-gig run that LCD Soundsystem played there back in April.

6. And while we're talking live dance music, Pendulum announced a world tour this week, with 14 festival dates around the globe. UK ravers can catch them at Nass (7 July), Southwest Four (26 August), Weekender Festival, Jersey (2 September) and Sundown (3 September), while there are also shows in Korea, Singapore, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Switzerland and Japan.

7. Staying with overseas festivals a moment, elrow have cancelled their Friends & Family festival which was due to take place in Salou, Spain on 15 July, citing a dispute with the local council. There will be a party at Row 14 in Barcelona on the same date instead.

8. Happier news though from Croatia's Dimensions festival, who've just started up their own record label which launched with a three-part V/A compilation this week, and from Andrew Weatherall's Convenanza weekender, which returns to Chateau Comtal in the south of France on 22-23 September with guests including Fontän, Happy Meal, Junto Club and Autarkik as well as Weatherall himself, both solo and in ALFOS mode. Oh, and new Croatian arrival Labyrinth Open have just announced the conference programme for their inaugural event on 8-11 July, which includes a Q&A session with minimal master Boris Brejcha and a technology-focused live showcase from OWOW and Stephan Bodzin.

9. Underworld's Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert have collaborated on the musical score for a new play called Fatherland, which debuts at the Manchester International Festival on 1 July and which is all about, y'know, being a Dad and stuff. The music will also be released as an album of the same name on 30 June.

10. Seems barely a week goes by at the moment where someone isn't doing dance music with an orchestra. The latest such event to be announced is Classical Uproar, which takes place at The Church & Friary of St Francis in Gorton, Manchester on 25 August. The event's been organised by Suddi Raval, formerly of rave-era outfit Together (Hardcore Uproar) and now a succesful computer game sound designer, and will see the BBC Philharmonic's very aptly named Simon Withenshaw leading a 25-piece orchestra in renditions of dance classics, complete with a live performance of Where Love Lives from Alison Limerick herself.

11. Here's one for the hip-hop lovers... the USA's imaginatively named Hip Hop Television Channel has bought a large building in Harlem, NYC and will be opening it as a museum called the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2018. Phase 1 will include the museum itself plus a gallery, cafe and gift shop, but they have big plans - Phase 2 will also include an expanded museum, plus a live concert arena, an hotel, a shopping mall and a sports bar.

12. Finally, in EDM corner, the full line-up was announced this week for US megafest Imagine Music Festival, which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia on 22-24 September. Above & Beyond, deadmau5 and Tiësto headline, while also appearing are the likes of Flux Pavilion, Datsik and Zomboy... not to mention MK, Claptone, Claude VonStroke, Netsky and Noisia. To see the full line-up, click here.

Disclosure pic: Simon Emmett





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