Dented Melons are back with a bang in 2013, bringing one of Germany’s most highly regarded techno purveyors to the British capital’s party-centric East End. Saturday 9th February marks the return of Guido Schneider to London, the long-time Poker Flat affiliate and all-round seasoned dance-floor wizard who over the course of his lengthy career has notched up releases on practically every important label in the contemporary electronic landscape, from Diynamic, Cocoon and Highgrade to Minus and Raum. A true inspiration.
Joining Guido will be Sebastian Radlmeier AKA Sebrok, who’s been making waves on the tougher side of the techno circuit as of late, drumming up support from the likes of Nic Fanciulli, Dubfire and Joel Mull. Dented Melons cohorts Nic & Kaleb will spin their debut show as official DM residents, while Lope and J Nelson will help ensure the Dented Melons faithful keep their feet planted firmly to the deck all the way into the early hours of Sunday morning. Worth it for Guido alone.
MEOKO have teamed up with DM to offer one of our lucky winners two tickets to the event to witness a Guido Schneider masterclass first hand. To win just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Llet’s get Dented’ in the subject title…
Doors open at 10pm on Saturday 9th February and close at 6am. Tickets are available online now from £15+.
Guido Schneider Sebastian Radlmeier AKA Sebrok Nic & Kaleb Lope J Nelson
Seasoned London outfit Secretsundaze look set to build on last year’s sell-out NYE event at The Troxy with another end of year extravaganza. Moving proceedings to the trendy quarters of Peckham’s Bussey Building, where Secretsundaze have thrown several of their most recent parties, this year’s line-up is arguably as exciting, if not more so, than 2011’s. Man of the moment Andrés headlines, bringing his deep, razor sharp mixing style back to the capital. He’ll be joined by fellow American Amir Alexander and the ever changing Martyn, who’ll be showcasing his live set. As if that wasn’t enough, Trevino, one of the UK’s 2012 breakthrough acts, will be spinning tracks from his dark, dubby crates. As ever, Giles Smith and James Priestley will be on support duty, further cementing themselves as one of the best warm-up teams in the game. Of all the countless options available this NYE, Secretsundaze continues to offer one of the most viable.
In conjunction with the NYE event, MEOKO have a mouthwatering competition to offer one lucky winner. If you fancy taking you and a friend to see in the new year with Secretsundaze AND win a vinyl copy of SS07 [James Priestley & Marco Antonio, with a Trevino remix], all you have to do is tell us…
Trevino is the alias of which celebrated drum’n’bass producer?
In the space of two years Alex, Nunzio and Stefano have created one of London’s best underground house and techno events in OneMore. Every month Shoreditch’s Hearn Street Car Park is transformed from raw warehouse space into one of London’s premier rave venues. It’s old school Hacienda vibe and cutting edge lineups give it an atmosphere difficult to be paralleled anywhere else in London. MEOKO chat to the guys about their past, present and future…
Hi guys, thanks for speaking to MEOKO today. I’m sure you’re very busy with two huge events coming up… It’s your 2nd anniversary this weekend on the 8th December and you’ve got a special live set from Lawrence who is an incredible producer. What else have you got lined up for the night?
OneMore: Yes, Lawrence played live at OneMore 12 months ago and was great… we just had to get him back!! Same thing with Kiki, he did a memorable performance at OneMore in the pre-Hearn St era so we wanted him back as a little birthday treat… but the BIG treat is Kenny Larkin, really looking forward to meet him, he’s one of those legendary characters as far as house and techno is concerned and of course we’re all looking forward to see him in action!!
OneMore is turning two this week, but you guys have a wealth of experience in throwing events and parties. How did you all three meet and where did the idea/concept for OneMore come from?
OneMore: As you said, we have always worked within the music industry… Before becoming business partners we were already best mates with a common passion for music. We figured out what we enjoyed the most about the east London underground scene and decided it was time to put our experiences to use by setting up a new project. So OneMore was born. The idea was clear since the beginning, to provide unconventional settings with high quality production and high caliber international guests….Honestly, it’s one of the best feelings to be able to run a business together with your best friends and fuelled by common passion…For us it’s a full time job but we treat it like our baby. Amongst us, we are 3 completely different and opposite characters but all together we became really powerful.
How do you break down the responsibilities? Are you each in charge of different aspects of the events, or is it a combined effort on all fronts?
OneMore: Of course we have different responsibilities; we have lots of things to do every day as we also run Hearn Street Car Park as a venue for lots of other things such as photo & video shoots and corporate events.
The good thing about the structure between us 3 is that it is flat. Nobody tells anyone what to do… We just had roles to fill and they were filled naturally… The boss is everyone and nobody at the same time so whatever decision needs to be taken is taken together to combine all efforts.Additionally, of course we put together a big team (family) and every single one of them deserves some merit because we believe that this success was achieved thanks to everyone working together!
There have been some very special nights down at Hearn Street Car Park. Do you have any favourite OneMore memories?
Stef: Oh, wow, there are so many… actually, every event felt like the best memory…. Until the next one came along and became the new best!!
Nunzio: For me every Onemore event is the best but the most memorable is the August Marathon. It was something that made me very happy because it was a real challenge for us to make 2 warehouse parties in the same day, in 2 different venues, one straight after the other…Unforgettable!!
Alex: Of course an important memory for me is when our mate Steve Lawler came to play for us. That is always amazing to meet and work with him because there is always a strong connection btw Steve and OneMore. Another moment which I will never forget was back in May, Radio Slave’s 4 hrs set! This guy is for me one of the best djs on the planet and this is the reason why he is one of our regulars. Let’s not forget our Marathon in August, 17hrs of music in 2 different venues, definitely one of the busiest nights in the history of Hearn Street. Also another super night was with Pan-Pot and again with Ryan Elliott…basically I believe EVERY event since we took over Hearn Street Car Park has been an unforgettable moment.
Any nightmare moments you can tell us about?
OneMore: That’s an easy question J. Receiving a phone call from Guy Gerber’s agent 24 hrs before the event to say that he was not going to perform due to illness has to be right up there!! However, from that horrible moment we learnt how OneMore has gained an amazing reputation and respect within the Industry, because in the following 24tHrs we had full support from all the agencies we worked with to find the right replacement. So we managed to replace him in a record-breaking time so that we still offered a special guest (Ripperton) and everything worked out for the best…
There’s been a real resurgence in warehouse parties in London. Do you think this is because there’s a lack of quality clubs, or because the warehouse venues offer you something different?
Stef: There are millions of people in London and most of them are happy with conventional clubbing experiences, purpose-built structures with great sound and lighting designed to entertain the masses… A bit like a holiday resort where you don’t have to worry about anything… And that is cool! However, London also offers an incredible amount of amazing spaces, designed for some other original purpose, but which can now be recycled into fantastic venues… In a warehouse you don’t know what to expect so a warehouse party is far more adventurous and therefore more appealing to some people. So, yeah, warehouses offer something different but at the same time, it doesn’t mean that clubs are no-good…
Alex: Musically, the warehouse parties are the beauty of London, you can have amazing parties everywhere and that’s why London is so special. Also, these days i think the quality of parties is much higher in the warehouses
Nunzio: Clubs in London are great and if the people prefer warehouses i would say…it’s probably due to their lifestyle.
The scene in London is very strong at the moment with so many parties happening every weekend, what makes yours distinctive in comparison to the rest?
Stef: Promoting in London is hard work. There are millions of people but also millions of promoters and it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd… One of the things that differs us from other warehouse promotions in the fact that we secured a very special venue and use it exclusively for OneMore which makes the whole experience unique… Also, musically we range from house to techno so can offer the best of both worlds without falling into restrictive definitions…
Nunzio: The quality of the events in London is extraordinarily high and I’m so happy because that gives us greater willpower to make any OneMore a special OneMore
Alex: Well, you are completely right; every weekend there are many great parties to go to. Honestly, I think all the promoters in London do a great job and we have a massive respect for everyone. That’s why you can find us everywhere partying when we are not working 🙂 But I believe OneMore is something else, OneMore is the most innovative underground event and since last year, it became a new platform, the place where the finest underground DJs want to play to sell-out and appreciative audience. Also the support of our mixed followers each month is amazing. There is always an intense energy around and strong connection between audience and music. The definition of OneMore given by many djs that have played for us has always the same ”feels like an old school Rave ” which is something rare to find these days .
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I guess there’ll be no time to recover after this weekend as you have your huge NYE event in a few weeks. Have you got anything special planned for the night?
OneMore: Definitely, it’s going to be a busy December 2012 for us. After the anniversary we have another big night as you said, NYE! Our line up, as usual, is a special one, we have been working really hard to have these 2 busy artists Radio Slave and Tiefschwarz together on the same night. They will have full support from our residents Antonio De Angelis and Outart who are a very important part of the OneMore family. They have been with us since the beginning and delivered incredible performances every time! I believe there is no better line up to kick off this 2013 🙂 don’t you think?! :))
Do you have any plans for OneMore outside of the events you’re throwing in London?
OneMore: We definitely have lots of things going on but we are not allowed to reveal anything at moment. We can guarantee you 2013 will bring OneMore to a new level and for sure MEOKO will be the first to find out! 😉
And finally, imagine this scenario. It’s NYE and Prince Harry rocks up to the front of the guestlist queue with his entourage. He’s not on the list…do you turn him away or let him in and show him a good time?
OneMore: Yes of course we would love to show him what a real party is all about… As long as he’s not too drunk!
MEOKO are offering one lucky reader the chance to win x3 tickets to their party this Saturday, to win, simply email email@example.com with ‘One More Please’ as the Subject heading.
Seasoned party veterans Circo Loco return to London on January 1st for the next instalment of their coveted annual New Year’s Day celebration. The 2013 event will see the respected global brand take over the iconic Brixton Academy, which has proven itself in recent times to be one of the capital’s favourite, and best suited, electronic venues. With a capacity of over 5,000, nowhere in the country can quite match Brixton for its classic, decadent interior and potent, electrifying atmosphere.
As ever, the most important feature of any Circo Loco party is its line-up, and this year’s selection looks set to be as strong as ever. Long-established residents Tania Vulcano, Clive Henry and Davide Squillace will be joined by two of this year’s most prolific stars: none other than Seth Troxler and Maceo Plex. Ensuring the party keeps moving throughout its entire eight hour duration will also be System of Survival and one of the most revered DJs on the scene in Mr Shaun Reeves. All consummate professionals, all fantastic acts, all under one roof. Plus, for those of you familiar with Brixton’s famous sloped deck, it will be transformed on the night into a flat, levelled dance-floor to keep you dancing way into the early hours of the brand new year.
Somehow, a pair of tickets to the NYD party have appeared on one of the desks at MEOKOHQ. How they got there is anyone’s guess but so as not to arouse any further suspicion, we’d like to give them away. If you fancy taking you and a friend, and think you can make it through until the 2nd still standing, just answer this simplest of questions: oh what the hek, we’ll also throw in the latest Visionquest album …
Music and arts fans take note, the Canal Mills opening in Leeds this weekend will be showcasing one of the UK’s most cutting edge new event venues. Originally one of Leeds’ oldest and most successful textile mills, Sound Channel have transformed the old site into the cities newest multi-functional music, arts and events spaces. With an eye on it’s 19th century industrial past, the new space promises to blend the old with the new, attracting everything from electronic music events, live gigs, theatrical screenings, film projects and art exhibitions.
Musically, the opening few weekends are a highlight of some of the amazing producers and artists that are coming out of the UK right now. Brands such as 20:20 Vision and Wax:On are already on board bringing with them acts such as Maya Jane Coles, Julio Bashmore, Skream, Boddika and Dusky will be playing alongside industry heavyweights like Simian Mobile Disco, Mr Scruff, Jackmaster and Tensnake. The venue holds 1,200 people over three rooms and is only a 5 minute taxi ride from Leeds Station.
MEOKO are delighted to be giving away two tickets to the opening night. This Friday the 28th September Wax:On and Canal Mills present Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore, Tensnake and The 2 Bears which promises to not only be an unforgettable night of musical quality, but also the launch of a pioneering new sound and arts venue in the heart of Leeds. To win tickets for yourself and a friend simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Run of the Mill’ in the subject title…good luck!
It’s Sunday afternoon and your dancing in the sunshine like there’s no tomorrow to the best deep house, delicious disco and groovy techno you’ve ever heard. You’re at Half Baked and alongside hundreds of other smiling faces you’re having the time of your life…
Sunday 5th August sees one of London’s coolest Sunday daytime parties celebrate the Olympics alongside one of the worlds best and most versatile producer DJ’s. Matthew Dear has been producing groundbreaking music for over 15 years. Under his aliases of Audion, Jabberjaw and FALSE, Matthew has cemented his name in Techno history as a true pioneer of the sound. More recently Matthew Dear has been releasing under his own name. Hit albums on his Ghostly International label have seen a more playful and fun fuelled sound emerge, full of groove and funk, showcasing his versatility and technique as a producer. This Sunday sees him play a rare DJ set in London in what is lining up to be one of the parties of the summer.
Alongside Matthew, Serialism and Mean records’ Rudolf will be entertaining the crowd with one of his infamous and perfectly constructed sets joining the dots between deep house and mimimal techno. Half Baked resident and DJ extrordinaire Greg Brockmann completes the lineup alongside the exciting up and coming local talent of Monika Ross who has been signed to both Serialism and Melt, expect big things from her…
Besides the amazing crowd and fantastic music, it is the attention to detail and dedication of the Half Baked team that have made the party so special and given them there cult like following. Not content with throwing a party in a grotty warehouse, the level of production and hard work that goes into each event is staggering. Having taken over the London Sunday scene Half Baked have also spread their wings and thrown parties in Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.
Picture by GoodMoodz
To be in with a chance of winning two tickets to Half Baked this Sunday, the 5th August, simply email us at email@example.com with ‘I’d like to get fully Baked’ in the subject title. Winner will be announced on Friday afternoon
Hamburg based label Diynamic continue their season long, weekly residency at Sankeys Ibiza on the 17th July. The party, entitled Neon, brings six Diynamic artists to Playa d’en Bossa every Tuesday night, playing across the club’s two rooms. Sankeys Ibiza, a new addition to the island for 2012, offers revellers something of an alternative to the oversized, ostentatious big-name events that typically dominate proceedings. This is a smaller, underground space, designed for a more intimate and distinctly more memorable kind of party. Not on the whole dissimilar to their nightclub HQ back in good ol’ rainy Manchester.
The 17th July will see Solomun, Kollektiv Turmstrasse (Live), David August, H.O.S.H, Uner and DJ Phono take to the decks (and synthesisers) for what will no doubt be a sell-out event.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Neon Diynamic, simply answer this simple question:
Diynamic boss Solomun was raised in Germany and considers himself Croatian. But which of the now defunct Balkan states was he born in?
Oval Space open their doors this Thursday to the first in a series of exciting and unique events and installations following on from the success of their recent Wolf & Lamb, Claude Von Stroke, Body & Soul and Bonobo shows. A relatively new project, Oval Space is an evolving multi-use arts space set in the heart of Bethnal Green and boasts one of the finest views of London.
This Thursday sees them host infamous Jazz musician Bugge Wesseltoft presenting his new Bugge ‘n’ Friends outfit. Bugge established ‘The New Conception of Jazz’ in 1996 fusing his expansive background in Jazz with an experimental use of electronic club orientated music. His admiration for electronic music has seen him start this fascinating project blurring the lines between Jazz and House music.
Supporting him and his seven man band are Jazzanova’s Alex Barck, an affiliate of Sonar Kollektiv, and two very special DJ sets from Ashley Beedle, one warming up the night, and the other closing. Bugge’s band includes US House producer Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell, Blue Note trumpeter Erik Truffaz, Saxophonist Ilhan Ershain and a three piece rhythm section.
Doors open at 6pm for drinks on the spectacular terrace with performances beginning at 7.30pm. Expect the boundaries of both Jazz and House to be broken…
For quite some time now, Kevin Griffiths has been filling venues to the brim, with eager House Music enthusiasts. Over the last 10 years, his Issst parties have taken in globetrotters, like Tiefschwarz and Simian Mobile Disco, who came down to play in the underground playground, that Kevin and Bobby Mutraporn created, for London’s sheer delight.
In 2006, Kevin took a side step into label management. He set up his Tsuba imprint, a label that focuses on outings to the Deeper side, of the House Music genre. Releases such as Moodymanc’s “Black Paint” and Ethyl & Huxley’s “Reflections”, have rightfully pushed Tsuba, to the Beatport top tens. Meanwhile, leading Deep House DJs, such as Jimpster and Deetron, consistently show tastemaker support.
But having spread the Tsuba vibe across the digital world, Kevin has been keen to reinstate it’s physical foothold in 2012. So in February, he launched the first in a series of Tsuba label parties, at secret locations, in East London. Fast forward to May and we’re now looking forward, to seeing the label boss play alongside, Huxley and Steffi.
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, then you’ll know that Huxley is the man, currently riding the Deep House zeitgeist, with top releases like ’Shower Scene’ and‘Let It Go’. Live, he is known for tight mixing and seamless blends. Next up, Kevin Griffiths is guaranteed to draw on those infamous A&R skills, to pick out tasty Tsuba cuts. And last, but by no means least, Ostgut Ton’s Steffi, will step up to deliver her infinitely deep, hypnotic grooves, that propel punters to jack into an abstract world, of twisted synth licks.
The trio will no doubt hype up the crowd, into a 4/4 frenzy. Revellers can also look forward to an enthusiastic atmosphere, populated by clued up clubbers, if previous Tsuba events, are anything to go by.
Throwing parties at secret locations, may not jettison club nights into the warm light of mystique, in the same way that it has done previously. But something about the raw edge of it, is still irresistible and where better to get your head nod on, than at a Tsuba showcase. This night is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the month. Not to be missed.
Hark back (if you can) to the August bank holiday 2008 and some of you may remember Eastern Electric’s somewhat epic two day festival. Showcasing the year’s most cutting edge dj’s, Live acts and promotions, the huge shindig said everything about the 2008 house and techno scene that needed to be said; giving East London a two day event to remember and securing their reputation as one of the best outfits around. Four years and twenty one crazy Eastern Electric parties later, the festival is back for 2012’s August Bank Holiday; this time with a line up that’s quite frankly frightening!
Working alongside Krankbrother, Black Atlantic, 2020 Vision, FOUND, Futureboogie and Return To The Future; the all day outdoor vibe will channel through moods such as the striking, bass rumbling sounds of Joy Orbison to Julio Bashmore, whose fusion of new house meets bass have seen him dominate the eyes and ears of many this year. Krankbrother are calling in the hugely talented Nina Kraviz alongside disco, funk ambassador Tensnake for their stage while Eastern Electrics themselves host Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex and an indulgently delicious selection of the hottest acts this side of the moon! Deep house originator Kerri Chandler will make an appearance, as will Pan-Pot, Trickski, Crazy P, Bill Patrick, Infinity Inc, Greg Wilson and the most talked about Live act on the scene right now, Amirali. Too many names to mention – take a look at the extensive line-up and you’ll understand why Eastern Electrics Festival 2012 is going to be one of the best and most sought after festival dates this summer!
And the best news? MEOKO have 2 x VIP passes to win! Entitling you to fast track entry and VIP area passes, you’ll take full advantage of the dedicated food and bar service, VIP toilets and a unique tent of music provided by Return, To The Future and TRIX. Doesn’t get much better than that really does it? To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us which DJ or live act you are most looking forward to hearing. Comments to be placed below… The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 20th July. MEOKO will also be there with bells (and sunblock) on!