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Euphoria and Happiness Meet the Dancefloor: Sarah Tonin Launch Party in Miami (27.03.2021)

By Event Previews and Reviews

Euphoria and happiness meet the dancefloor: Sarah Tonin launch party in Miami with Liquid Earth, O.bee, Tomas Station and more (March 27th).

When we’re happy, enjoying ourselves, dancing, our body produces serotonin. Who is Sarah? Sarah Tonin is a fictional character that envisions the embodiment of what a proper dance party provides. She aims to always provide you with euphoria and happiness when visiting her parties. She aims to always provide you with euphoria and happiness when visiting her parties, with her very first one to take place on Saturday, 27th March.

After having spent many years just as party people, the newborn Miami-based collective now takes the next step by putting together good vibes, big smiles, and of course amazing music, taking care of each little detail that will make your next party a memorable experience, both musical and audiovisual.

As we speak, to accompany Sarah to the launch event there will be skillful selectors like Liquid Earth (aka Urulu), New York’s O.bee, Tomas station & Brother Dan on the same lineup for the first time in Miami. To make the night even more epic, the secret location that will host the event will be enlightened with some special visuals, ready to send you in the realm of happiness.

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

 

More Sarah Tonin: Instagram / TicketsAlegria Community Social

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UNUM Festival 2021 Means Business!

By Event Previews and Reviews, Festival, News

2021 is in full swing and a Summer of mischief and delights is ahead of us. With so many events popping up it can be hard to navigate even where to start… that is until you cast your eyes on UNUM Festival!

With recent editions to the line up including Sven Väth and Ben Klock, plus Mathew Jonson, Dana Ruh, Tobi Neumann and many more global greats, as well as local talents who are quickly on the rise. Combine this with forward-thinking partnerships with iconic brands like Sunwaves, Modernity Events, Club Der Visionaere, Nordsten you can’t go wrong.

The festival also comes assured from the Albanian Ministries Of Tourism and Environmental Health that the event will go ahead from 3rd – 7th June.

UNUM has already cemented itself amongst the European elite for a number of reasons – the close-knit first edition was a memorable gathering of real music lovers in an upcoming region of the world. The festival really shined a spotlight on Rana e Hedhun, the last untapped corner of Europe in the town of Shengjin, on the idyllic Albanian coastline. It is a rare natural, organic and uncommercialised setting that allows for non-stop music night and day, plus sunrise and sunset parties, beach parties, water sports, plenty of local culture, food and drink offerings as well as isolated bays and gold sand beaches to explore.

This year the bar will be raised again with the news that world class clubs and promotions will line up as partners. Each of these collectives will bring their own special know how and sense of underground style to UNUM and include cult Romanian techno festival Sunwaves, the unique party in the Alps that is Modernity, Berlin’s underground haven Club Der Visionaere plus the River Rhine’s floating nightclub Nordsten and more.

Now also playing across the five days of enchanting and escapist hedonism will be techno pioneers like Cocoon‘s Sven Vath and Berghain‘s own Ben Klock, plus the always essential master of his machines that is Mathew Jonson plus deep house’s finest Dana Ruh, Cocoon’s long time taste-maker Tobi Neumann as well as Manu Gonzalez, Jamie Roy, Andy Luff, Colin Chiddle and over 15 local artist who bring their own distinctive house and techno flavours and perspectives. Already announced are the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Priku, Praslea, tINI, Sonja Moonear, Shaun Reeves, Raresh, Cesar Merveille, Dyed Soundorom, Leon and more.

Check out the official event for all the info!

 

More UNUM Festival: Facebook  / Instagram/ Website

More MEOKO: Facebook / Instagram / Soundcloud

 

Words by Jordan Diston

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Keep On Dancing: incoming parties after lockdown

By Event Previews and Reviews, News

Many months have passed since the COVID emergency and the music industry remains the most affected. Governments and health organisations, faced with pressure to reopen the world economy, are starting to outline guidelines for the return of clubs, discos and music festivals including The BPM Festival, Epizode, YZY Sound, Kiesgrube, Real Gang x Weetamix, Pikes, Supermarket, The Cause, Number 90 and Distrikt Leeds.

If the culture of clubbing is much more than that, if it is much more than a group of people united in the same club, this feeling will use whatever tools are available to connect the public and support this sector. The modalities, in some cases in the experimental phase, are many, without neglecting an important aspect: the support to the artists in this transitional phase. Helping the electronic music community during the current coronavirus pandemic is the goal of the different online resources and live streaming events that arose as a result of cancellations that are currently decimating the live music industry. Many of the creators and supporters of club culture and events, deejays and producers, are fighting this war against Covid-19 with the entertainment of their audience, with the production of music, with streaming live around the world.

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With over four million cases worldwide, the reopening of nightlife will be gradual, probably the last of the areas that will show new signs of openness. The clubbing sector is not just about social and entertainment, the so-called “club culture” is much more.

Its features refer to the aggregation, relationship, exchange, sense and feeling of belonging that young people of the world feel towards their club, their subculture, their group, their movement. These are chapters in the history of events, artists who have approached the dancefloor to new emotions, clubs that have welcomed behind the console deejays and musicians from all over the world. Everything that the new epidemiological enemy is trying to raise to the ground, paradoxically at the time of a generation that is equipped with all the tools to be united, close, but which is forced to remain momentarily distant.

But now something starts to change. We take a look at festivals, parties and venues which are bringing our scene back to life.

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FESTIVALS

The BPM Festival (Malta) 

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After months of blocking, the iconic BPM Festival (Malta) now lands in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. From 11 to 13 September, the beautiful island of Malta will be the perfect setting for those who can not wait to return to dance under the notes of great artists.

The first wave of artists has been announced and we will have the pleasure of listening to artists like; Adam Beyer, Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy, Enzo Siragusa, Yaya, Sonja Moonear and the master Ricardo Villalobos.

More info > https://thebpmfestival-europe.com/

Epizode (Vietnam) 

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Fabulous Epizode in Vietnam has confirmed the news that all their fans have been waiting to hear and that is that they will indeed be returning for a fifth time later this year. With large scale events being cancelled left and right due to the pandemic outbreak the news of the marathon festival is very welcome.

 

More info > https://epizode.asia/

VENUES & EVENTS

 Yoyaku Airdrome (Paris) 

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After Yoyaku’s first memorable Warehouse party in Paris, they return with a second edition that will take place at Bourget Airport. The event should have taken place on 7th March, but it was postponed until a later date because of the pandemic situation. Now, 6 months after, the crew will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the project see’s the whole of the roster on the line up including; Arno, Audio Wener, Cabanne, Janeret, Lamache, Lowris, Maayan Nidam, Roger Gerressen, Varhart and Zendid. Ricardo Villallobos will also be joining the crew as an honorary special guest.

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/443431383217564

YZY Sound (Cluj Napoca) 

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YZY returns in Romania. Gescu, Arapu and Tiberiu take centre stage on the controls for what is sure to be a master class in DJing, and a much needed musical journey for all in attendance.

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/2393516077614559

Kiesgrube 

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Kiesgrube hosts their seated open-air series seeing us a step closer to normality complemented with a soundtrack to get you moving, with artists including; Chris Stussy, Prunk, Tapesh, Marlie, Lazar Hoche, ANOTR, William Djoko and more.

More info >  https://www.facebook.com/events/1626825910798984

Real Gang Weetamix (Geneva) 

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The Real Gang crew are back in full swing with all night long showcase at Weetamix. The lineup comprising of residents and friends; Alui.w, Cally, Kevin Cook plus founders Nicolau and Miller, who will be joined by last-minute guest Reiss for an unexpected b2b.

The venue needs very little introduction with so much character being left behind by many great artists over its years who have graced the decks to play underground music. Swiss greats Luciano and Sonja Moonear were part of the team of residents pushing the sound in Geneva, with international artists of the legendary status coming from far and wide. It’s safe the lads are picking up where they left off. Throwing quality parties.

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/831332290609059

Pikes (Ibiza)  

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The island of Ibiza is still full of life despite larger venues not opening yet, there is still plenty going on in the island with some venues starting to open with social distancing measures in place including the infamous Café Mambo where you can enjoy the soundtrack to Ibiza whilst enjoying the west coasts unforgettable sunset.

 

Pikes is back in action with its Sunday at Pikes series. Residents the Brothers Grim welcome us to a weekly slice of Balearic bliss. 12 hours of poolside music soundtracking a relaxed afternoon and evening of cocktails and food.

More info > https://pikesibiza.com/sundays/

Supermarket (Zurich)

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Supermarket will host its Daytimer event series welcoming the likes of Alci, Guti, Priku, Stimming and Ricardo Villalobos. Another one of the world’s staple venues managing to open its doors which can only be a great sign for the industry we love.

More info > https://www.facebook.com/ClubSupermarket/events

The Cause (London)

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Turning our attention to the UK and we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. The Cause has recently developed a new terrace area which floods with natural light with vibrant design. The new space is a perfect addition to their already staple London venue. It will be the home of their summer events, at this stage capacity is still limited but as we look to the future this can only improve!

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/1966948946772111

Number 90

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Number 90 celebrated its long-awaited re-opening party 4 July and will continue to hold it’s outdoor summer series. Every weekend their front yard will play host to some of London’s best DJs. So you can grab a drink, order one of their infamous burgers and (finally) relax with friends in the sun.

More info > https://www.facebook.com/events/307374850296293

Distrikt Leeds

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Distrikt in Leeds has used the time to tweak the soundsystem and add new monitors as well as giving the place a cosmetic facelift. The venue is a hotspot in Leeds which has played host to the likes of Dan Ghenacia, Francesco Del Garda, Sonja Moonear, Sweely, Voightmann and many many more. It’s great to see the guys back up and running with weekly outdoor events and making positive changes while they’re at it.

More info > https://www.distrikt.co.uk/

Finally, the music industry is coming back to life. We are running out of live-streamings that in these months of lockdown have kept us company and we are all going back to buy airline tickets to reach our favourite club or festival. It was definitely a very difficult year for the music industry but now everything starts to go back to the way it was before and stronger than ever. The world needs music and fortunately, things seem to be getting back to normal slowly but surely!

Words by Jordan Diston and Caterina Fidelbo

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Audience size doesn’t matter. Audience quality matters! VAT has been cut in UK for concerts and festivals

By Event Previews and Reviews, News

It’s the recent news that VAT has now been cut In the UK from 20% to 5% for concerts and festivals this is an excellent opportunity for venues and promoters to recoup some of the costs lost in recent months. Read more here from theguardian.com

 

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From a club viewers point of view, this is also great news as tickets could be more affordable for events. Again encouraging for us to get back out there and enjoy the party.

 

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Open Culture Lab to kick off July 20th with Maayan Nidam

By Event Previews and Reviews, News

Open Music Lab launches Open Culture Lab, a new project for diversity in electronic music, kicking off July 20th with Maayan Nidam

 

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The Open Music Lab is a Berlin-based, space and platform that works as part of the Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) community, a non-profit organization that aims to promote cultural and social projects in the German capital. Their new venture, the Open Culture Lab, is a collaborative project with renowned DJ and producer Maayan Nidam, that further celebrates musical diversity in electronic music. 

 

The Open Culture Lab event series will kick off on Monday, July 20th as part of a series of open-air events promoting a wide variety of musical journeys and cultures. The first event will focus on African musical heritage and culture. The day will start with a panel discussion by Tracy Bakala (Yoyaku’s senior booking agent and partner) Mista Wallizz from (Freak de l’Afrique), and DJ Ukai Ndame, as they will discuss topics around community organization and the heritage of African music. Floyd Lavine (artist and producer from the RISE crew), will host music production workshop and afterwards, attendees will be able to hang out with event hosts, enjoy some food and listen to music by DJ Dede.

 

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Through the experiences of musicians, producers, activists and members of the music industry the Open Culture Lab will bring different key players from the scene together while also promoting diversity and cultural exchange. This holistic approach is distinctive as it mixes cultural and social aspects together for the fostering of creativity and community. The Open Culture Lab is a remarkable initiative, and while we face troubling times, one thing is certain, unity and solidarity are key to continue growing and reinventing the music and arts industry, now even more so than ever.

 

⇨ Click HERE to register for the event.

 

Date: Monday, July 20th, 2020

Time: Event runs from 5 P.M. – 9 P.M.

Location: will be confirmed with email registration

 

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordoñez

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Camouflage party returns at Zurich’s Supermarket with Fabrizio Sala, Togué, Rogi and Carmine

By Event Previews and Reviews, News, Not So Series

Zurich’s Supermarket has become an indispensable reference in the Central European scene over the last years, hosting renowned names such as ro-minimal titans like Rhadoo, Mihigh, Cosmjn, Cezar and Amorf, but also serious grooves like Loco Dice, Felipe Valenzuela, Yaya, Ferro, master of the house Alci and many more. 

 

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Born in 1998, the club is located just outside the city centre and during these 20 years has fashioned and shaped not just the nightlife of Zurich, but also that of the whole of Switzerland, affirming itself as a leader in the underground-music panorama.

 

 

This next Saturday, after being re-opened by its very own talent Alci, the club see again the Camouflage crew bringing some lovely vibes courtesy of Goa Club resident Fabrizio Sala (NOZOO), Togué (RE.FACE) and residents Rogi and Carmine, for what will be an amazing night full of good music, especially in times like this when we all would need it!

 

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Make you sure to keep an eye on the page as the club will also invite Priku, Guti, Zefzeed, Gianni Callipari and Ricardo Villalobos, so you definitely can’t miss them all! The events will take place with due caution, respecting all the necessary COVID-19 preventive measures, click HERE for all the info.

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti

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26th Sept. | Ampere pres. Amphia night with SIT, Amorf (live), Dan Andrei, Cezar

By Event Previews and Reviews, News, Not So Series

We talked about a long ago. A time that seemed to us interminable. A time of discouragement, uncertainties and fears, that seems to have finally reached the end. The Amphia night was supposed to take place at the Ampere club on Friday 13th March, but we all know what happened then. With great regret of the organizers, artists and all the music lovers, the night has been delayed indefinitely. Now, almost 4 months after, we’re so happy to announce that the event will take place on 26th September, same line-up, same passion, same flavour.

 

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Born from the mind of Romanian studio wizards and musical visionaries Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia, this label has rapidly shaped what we usually used to call the rominimal sound, adding to the usual intricated grooves the right dose of fuzzy synths, futuristic basslines and cosmic pads. The label name itself evokes ancient and epic scenarios, leading us to vast and desolate lands, where once performed deeds that are still remembered today.

 

 

The battlefield for the night (if we can say so) will be the magic Ampere club. The titans clashing will include label heads – Vlad and Cristi – under their SIT moniker, going live both as a duo and a trio, because they will be joined by extraordinary pianist Mischa Blanos, with whom they form the Amorf group. The Romanian squad will be completed by Arpiar’s associates Cezar and Dan Andrei whom, through a rich and deep musical selection, will enrich the evening unleashing unforgettable peak times tracks.

 

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 Check out the official event for all the info!

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti