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Weekend Primer #95

15 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Nov 18     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: DJ Harvey, Underground Resistance, Deadmau5, Dubfire, Berghain, We Are FSTV, Melt!, NYE parties, Alexa gets her groove on and much more...

1. DJ Harvey [pictured] has provided the music for a new audiovisual installation that opens in a former Victorian brothel in Shoreditch next Friday (24 November). The Final Night In Paradise, directed by Amar Ediriwira, will be open all weekend and show footage from the legendary Paradise Garage in NYC, including film of Larry Levan DJing and Gwen Guthrie performing live. Admission to the installation is free, and the Sunday night will see a closing party taking place at the nearby Village Underground, with Colleen Murphy, Jamie 3:26 and Nick The Record on deck duties.

2. Detroit techno veterans Underground Resistance have launched their own clothing line. The range, which is being produced in association with US workwear company Carharrt, includes jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, a parka and more. You can check out the full range here.

3. Notorious Ibiza hotelier Tony Pike has published his memoirs. Available now on Amazon, Mr Pikes: The Story Behind The Ibiza Legend charts the history of Pikes Hotel from the days when the former farmhouse was used as a video location for Wham!'s Club Tropicana, via famously debauched parties attended by the likes of Grace Jones, Boy George and Freddie Mercury, to its more recent years as a home for Ibiza Rocks.

4. Get Physical is to release a compilation called Acid Love Vol 1. As you've probably guessed from the title, the album marks 30 years since acid house and features a baker's dozen of 303-laced cuts selected and mixed by Get Physical artist Roland Leesker, including material from M.A.N.D.Y, Zoo Brazil, Steve Lawler and, of course, Phuture and DJ Pierre.

5. Dubfire documentary Above Ground Level, which charts the Iranian DJ and producer's career from his rise to fame as part of Washington DC duo Deep Dish to his current status as world-famous techno don, will be available to buy or rent via iTunes this week (21 November). The film features interviews with the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, Paul Oakenfold, Seth Troxler, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, Sander Kleinenberg, Hot Since 82 and many more. Here's a trailer to get you in the mood...


6. It's that time of the year when our inboxes start filling up with NYE line-up announcements. Let's start with the biggest: Bergain will be hosting a marathon 60-hour party called Silvester Klubnacht that will see over 40 DJs playing in four rooms, from midnight on Saturday 30 December till midday on Tuesday 2 January. Among the highlights are Danny Tenaglia, The Black Madonna, Ben Klock, Rødhåd, Gerd Janson, DVS1, Marcel Dettman, Nathan Fake and nd_baumecker.

7. Elswhere on New Year's Eve, Richy Ahmed, Lauren Lane and CamelPhat have been added to the line-for ANTS' party at Electric Brixton, while elrow are at Bristol's Motion on New Year's Day with Groove Armada, Catz N Dogz, Melé B2B Lord Leopard and more (elrow are also hosting the Motion NYE party, but the line-up for that one's still TBA). Up in Manchester, Warehouse Project have Hannah Wants, Bondax, Low Steppa, Mak & Pasteman, Denney and more, while further afield, Mark Knight will be playing all night long at Sound in Los Angeles on the same night that LA rivals Minimal Effort play host to DJ Tennis, Justin Martin, Jimmy Edgar and more.

8. New Year's Eve is, of course, quite a different proposition down under, what with it being summer and all! Hence Sydney residents get the benefit of three-day New Year's festival Lost Paradise, whose line-up from 28 December-1 January features Little Dragon, Jackmaster, Patrick Topping, Cut Copy, Stephan Bodzin, Mall Grab, My Nu Leng, Palms Trax, B.Traits and many more.

9. In other festival news, the first artists have been announced for next year's We Are FTSVL, which takes place on 25-27 May and stars Andy C, Carl Cox, DJ EZ, Eric Prydz, Marco Carola, Roger Sanchez, Dubfire, Kölsch, Todd Terry, Amelie Lens, Apollonia, Mike Skinner, CamelPhat, Claptone, Davide Squillace, Sub Focus, Sigma, Matthias Tanzmann, My Nu Leng and many more across stages hosted by ANTS, Defected, Hyte and others. Tickets are on sale now, starting at £54.50.

10. Over in the Netherlands, Spring Break Amsterdam on 8-10 April will feature Shy FX, CamelPhat, Chase & Status, Wiley, Big Narstie, General Levy, High Contrast, Skepsis, Apexape, Chris Lorenzo, Holy Goof and more. Tickets cost £99, with an extra £65 for coach travel from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth or Plymouth.

11. Sticking with overseas festivals a moment, Melt! in Germany will welcome The xx, Florence + The Machine, Tyler The Creator, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, The Black Madonna, Jon Hopkins, Honey Dijon, Amelie Lens, Princess Nokia and Ellen Allien on 13-15 July. Before that, Tropico in Guerrero, Mexico on 8-10 December has Thundercat, Dixon, Âme, Mano Le Tough, Jungle, Quantic and more, while on 31 December-10 January the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam will host Epizode festival with Richie Hawtin, Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, Nicole Moudaber, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing, Carl Cox, Peggy Gou, Matthew Jonson and Dixon.

12. London is getting a new venue called Ghost Notes. Located on the fifth floor of a multi-storey car park in Peckham, it's the brainchild of the team behind The Montpelier and The White Horse and opens in December, with live music during the week and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Raf Rundell, Seb Wildblood, Marcellus Pittman, Alexander Nut and Quantic are all set to appear in the first few weeks.

13. Meanwhile down in Sydney, a huge new warehouse venue opens next month, with imaginatively named promoters The Warehouse Collective welcoming the likes of The Presets, Bag Raiders and Kilter for the club's debut on 16 December. Lisbon's also getting a new club in the shape of the 450-capacity East House, which has Phil Weeks for the opening do on New Year's Eve and, for reasons best known to themselves, a London doubledecker bus in the middle of the dancefloor.

14. Several big names have been doing their bit for charidee this week. Deadmau5 raised $15,000 for children's hospitals via a Twitch stream, while Ben Klock, Ben Gomori and Lemmy Ashton play an all-dayer in aid of men's mental health charity CALM at London's Magic Roundabout tomorrow (Sunday 19 November) and Jackmaster and Jasper James stage a fundraiser for their friend's muscular dystrophy treatment at Glasgow's SWG3 on 8 December - they want to raise enough cash to fly him to Mexico for pioneering stem-cell therapy and have roped in Artwork to help them.

15. Finally this week, police in Hamburg were forced to break into a man's flat last weekend, when they attended in response to a noise complaint and no-one answered the door. It turned out the man was out and his Amazon Echo was having a party all by its own self. At full volume. At 3am. The man says the unit malfunctioned but Amazon insists he must have activated it remotely from his phone.