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Weekend Primer #91

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Oct 20     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Tokyo Dance Music Event, Jackmaster, Andhim, DJ Hell, Sven Väth, Studio 338, Paul Kalkbrenner, Craig Richards and more...

1. Tokyo Dance Music Event, the industry conference [pictured] which made its debut in 2016, is to return this November. The second-ever TDME will run from 30 November to 3 December, and will once centre on the city's legendary WOMB club. A live performance by Jeff Mills will be one highlight, while elsewhere there's a Spinnin' Records label showcase, and a rare chance to hear Mute Records founder and electronic music pioneer Daniel Miller DJing. The Hikarie Building, meanwhile, will house all the usual workshops, panel discussions and seminars featuring representatives from across the electronic music industry. More details at the conference website.

2. The New York building that once housed the legendary Paradise Garage is to be demolished. Since the club's closure in 1987, the former parking garage at 84 King Street has been owned by telecoms firm Verizon, but this week a notice of demolition that has been placed on the building was shared via the Larry Levan fan page on Facebook.

3. London club Studio 338 have announced their line-ups for their autumn season. Highlights include ItaloJohnson on 27 October, Cocoon with Sven Väth on 11 November, a Sankeys LDN special on 18 November with Huxley, Ramon Tapia and many more, and a Space Ibiza tribute on 25 November with Groove Armada's Tom Findlay, Jon Rundell and Brandon Block.

4. Speaking of Sven Väth, the latest installment in the German DJ/producer's long-running annual mix album series, The Sound Of The 18th Season, is out on Cocoon Recordings on 17 November. Among the 26 tracks spread across two CDs are contributions from Eddie Fowlkes, John Tejada, Isolee, KiNK, Slam and Patrice Baumel.

5. Actually, there's a bit of a German theme to this week's Primer! Let's start with techno hero Paul Kalkbrenner, who's taking his Back To The Future live show to the US for the first time on 3 November, when he'll play at Lot 613 in Los Angeles. The live show is based around his three-volume compilation of the same name, which charts the rise of techno in Germany in the late 80s and early 90s.

6. Meanwhile Cologne techno duo Andhim [below] have just launched their own beer. Called, somewhat confusingly, Dragon's Brew Super Kölsch, it's made by the Pipeworks brewery in Chicago, and there's a launch event taking place at Headquarters Beercade in the city this Sunday.


7. Back home in Berlin, a new club called OST opens on 4 November. The club is housed in the same 600-capacity former power plant that was once home to the now-defunct Magdalena, and the line-up for the opening features Vakula, LA-4A, John Osborn and Jennifer Touch.

8. Some 300 miles east in Düsseldorf, a new indoor festival called Connect is to make its debut next year. The event is being held in the city's Messe Düsseldorf arena/conference centre and is a joint venture between Dutch festival Awakenings and Germany's own Time Warp, who are based in Mannheim. No line-up has been announced as yet, but then it's not happening till 18 October 2018 so there's plenty of time!

9. Finally in German news, International Deejay Gigolos boss DJ Hell is heading down under to Melbourne, where the Melbourne Music Week festival next month will see him playing a special one-off DJ gig in the city's St Pauls Cathedral on 18 November. Support will come from local talents Honeysmack, DJ Kiti and Acid Safari.

10. Coming back to the UK now, and Jackmaster is to play a run of four Sunday daytime parties at Phonox in London. The series runs from 26 November till 17 December, and the Scottish DJ's guests will include Eli & Escobar, Jasper James and Harri & Domenic.

11. Speaking of London clubs, Craig Richards has announced that he will no longer be playing every Saturday at fabric. He's held the weekly residency since the Farringdon club opened in 1999, but while he'll still play there from time to time, he says a spate of gigs elsewhere during fabric's enforced closure earlier this year has given him the urge to get out on the road a bit more.

12. Finally, in EDM Corner, there's a big fundraising show in aid of the Las Vegas shooting victims and their families taking place at the OMNIA nightclub in Caesar's Palace on 7 November. Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade and Zedd will all be playing.





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