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Weekend Primer #84

13 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Sep 02     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Laurent Garnier, Circus, ADE, Melissa Bell RIP, Boys Noize tour, remix Avicii, Roman Flügel and much, much more

1. Egg LDN have announced their autumn/winter programme. A four-hour set by Laurent Garnier [pictured] for Sabajaq on 7 October seems to be getting all the attention, but there are plenty more treats on offer including appearances by Franky Rizardo (8 Sept), Pig & Dan (9 Sept), Davide Squillace (16 Sept), Amine Edge & DANCE and Phil Weeks (6 Oct), DJ Spen and Karizma (28 Oct) and Monika Kruse (11 Nov), not to mention label nights hosted by Toolroom (30 Sept), Spearhead (3 Nov) and Snatch! Records (24 Nov).

2. Plenty of big names coming to Egg, then... and plenty of big names, too, on Circus 15, the album that's being released on 19 September to mark 15 years of our old friend Yousef's label Circus Recordings. Check out Jamie Jones, Sasha, Steve Lawler, Kerri Chandler, Hot Since 82, Paco Osuna, Alan Fitzpatrick, Darius Syrossian, Patrick Topping, Andrea Oliva, Bontan, Carl Cox, Joris Voorn and of course Yousef for a line-up...

3. Some sad news: RIP this week Melissa Bell, former vocalist with Soul II Soul. The 53-year-old sang with the band during the mid-90s as well as fronting her own band Soul Explosion, while more recently she was often in the public eye as the mother of pop singer Alexandra Burke. The cause of her death has not been made public, but she is known to have suffered from diabetes and kidney problems.

4. As anticipation builds for this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, more line-up details have been announced. The official Phase 2 line-up includes Amine Edge & DANCE, Andrew Weatherall, Armin Van Buuren, Bicep, Carl Craig, Darius Syrossian, David Morales, Dennis Ferrer, Detroit Swindle, Dixon, DJ Harvey, Eats Everything, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Gary Numan, Gui Boratto, Kevin Saunderson, Jamie Jones, Joey Negro, Lethal Bizzle, Loco Dice and more in the first half of the alphabet alone - see their website for the full line-up so far. Meanwhile, new-ish Amsterdam spot De School have announced a marathon 62-hour ADE party that will run through from the evening of Friday 20 Oct to the morning of Monday 23 Oct.

5. Brooklyn, NYC is getting a new nightlife destination in the form of a 24,000sq ft warehouse called Elsewhere. The three-room club will have a capacity of 875 when it opens in November, while a roof terrace is set to be added next year that will add another 500 to that figure.

6. Here in the UK, Foreverland - "the magical club night where event-goers let their inner child come out to play" - have added six more dates to their national tour. As well as previously announced dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Manchester and Leeds, Foreverland - complete with clowns, acrobats and space-hoppers - will now visit Plug, Sheffield (18 Nov), The Arch, Brighton (24 Nov), Underground, Liverpool (25 Nov), Funktion, Hull (31 Dec), Tramshed, Cardiff (3 Feb) and 02 Academy, Glasgow (16 Feb). See their website for full info and tickets.

7. Fancy having a go at remixing Avicii? The EDM superstar has announced a major remix contest, making the stems for his latest single Waiting For You available for download via and inviting all and sundry to submit their remixes. The winner will see their efforts released by Geffen as an official remix and pick up $5,000 in cash. Hurry, though - you'll need to get your entries in by 8 September, with the winner announced on 30 September.

8. Roman Flügel is your selector for the next fabric mix album. Out on 13 October, his 22-track fabric65 selection includes cuts from Psychic TV, Tuff City Kids, Red Rack'em, Rebodello and many more, while Acid Jesus - his early side-project with Alter Ego partner Elling Wutke - are the subject of a retrospective compilation called Flashbacks 1992-1998 that drops on Alter Ego Recordings on 3 November.

9. In studio/gear news, new goodies announced this week included three new pairs of headphones from Pioneer (the HDX5, HDX7 and HDX10, retailing for €99, €199 and €339 respectively), the SUBSEQUENT 37 analogue synth from Moog ($1,499) which replaces the previous limited-edition SUBSEQUENT 37 CV, and RP-Verb 2, a new reverb plug-in from the mighty Rob Papen, which is available from Time+Space.

10. Scottish agit-techno duo Optimo have called time on their Optimo Trax label but are setting up a new label instead. A name has yet to be announced, but the label will concentrate on non-4/4 sounds and have a defiantly anti-fascist stance.

11. The artist line-up has been revealed for the inaugural Electronic Music Awards, which take place in Los Angeles on 21 September. Artists who will perform at the event include Moby, Orbital and Floorplan, as well as Illenium, Goldfish, Kidnap Kid, Autograf, Ramzoid and Madeaux.

12. Boys Noize is heading out on a North American tour this autumn/winter, following recent appearances at New York's Webster Hall (with Skrillex) and at the Hard Summer festival. Catch him in action in Vancouver (27 Oct), San Bernadino (28 Oct), Detroit (3 Nov), New York (10 Nov), Chicago (11 Nov), Dallas (1 Dec), Houston (2 Dec), Austin (7 Dec) and Denver (16 Dec), with appearances too in Bogota, Columbia (16 Nov) and Mexico City, Mexico (19 Nov).

13. Finally, if you're in London and at a loose end tonight, Paperecordings' documentary about the Scandinavian disco scene Northern Disco Lights is being screened at Village Underground, with an afterparty starring Lindstrom, Bjørn Torske, Idjut Boys, Bill Brewster, Dorado and Flash Atkins. If you do make it along, look out for an appearance in the film by iDJ's very own Matt Anniss...