Back for the fourth year in a row, Farr Festival hits Hertfordshire once more in mid-July. Located smack bang in the middle of summer from 19th – 21st of July, Farr is a boutique event with a dance music twist, bringing a selection of the world’s best DJs and live acts to a deserted forest on the outskirts of London. With a musical policy as diverse as its clientele, Farr aims to provide a smaller, more intimate alternative to the tens of commercially-run electronic festivals that continue to saturate and pollute the market.
Musically, the festival covers a broad array of sounds and styles. Futureboogie, Flux, The Ransom Note, Numbers, Pardon My French and Troupe will all host stages, bringing with them the likes of EatsEverything, Robert Owens, Bicep, Andrew Weatherall, The Martinez Brothers and plenty more. The focus is definitely on quality underground house and techno, but for those of a grittier persuasion, drum ‘n’ bass and jungle will be looked after by the Shogun Audio crew with the likes of D-Bridge, Alix Perez and Spectrasoul. All of this and for only 75 of your British pounds. After a huge reform of the site’s infrastructure, with increased security, great food and drink, improved toilets and a brand new camping area, Farr promises to be better, if not bigger, than ever in 2013.
MEOKO have teamed up with the lovely crew from Farr Festival to offer up TWO people 1 x free weekend ticket + 1 x Farr t-shirt (pictured right).
To enter just comment below the article telling us which act you are most looking forward to seeing and THEN send us an email at email@example.com with the subject title ‘Farr 2013′ (so we can contact you).
Two winners will be chosen randomly in May, good luck!
Farr Festival will run over the course of 19th – 21st July 2013. Tickets are still available online from £75 for the weekend.
Taking over the incredible Brixton Academy for the return of their annual two-day festival on the 7th and 8th June, The Playground Festival is bringing a host of heavy-hitters in the electronic music scene to the capital for this special event, which looks to see nearly 10,000 people through the doors across the weekend. Experimenting with unusual ways of holding an electronic music festival, this time The Playground is coming to the centre of one of London’s increasingly buzzing nightlife hubs, Brixton town, with a line-up that skilfully toes the boundary between the best of the underground and the more mainstream, classic, talents in the industry.
Playing homage to some of techno’s brightest innovators, the line-up features the ‘fathers’ of the Detroit techno scene: The Belleville Three A.K.A Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, with the latter performing as his legendary live act, Model 500, on the Saturday.
Alongside these three underground legends, The Playground Festival will give Londoners (and non-Londoners alike) the opportunity to see rare performances from artists such as Gary Numan, founding member of Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flur, Digitalism (Live), and Kavinsky. German house duo and co-founders of the Get Physical label, Booka Shade also feature and with the recent release of their EP ‘Haleshop’ after nearly three years absent from the production game, they will no doubt pull out all the stops for their live show this summer. Packing even more punch into the roster, is a man highly respected in the underground scene and renowned for his use of the iPad to mix live at his events, James Zabiela, alongside ambient techno crusader Pantha Du Prince.
Add on to this an array of exciting, genre defying, and straight up fist-pumping acts playing across the weekend, including UNKLE, DJ Hell, Boddika, Wildkats, No Artificial Colous, Nathan Fake, Luke Vibert and many more. Then take into consideration that weekend tickets are currently going for a measly £70, with a pass to one of the days only costing £35. Then put it all together, against the backdrop of a sunny Brixton atmosphere, and it’s easy to see this is going to be one of THE London events to reach this summer…
DIGITALISM – LIVE UNKLE – James Lavelle Booka Shade- LIVE James Zabiela DJ Hell Kavinsky Model 500 – LIVE X-Press 2 Boddika Deadboy Krystal Klear Mickey Pearce No Artificial Colours Wildkats Whyt Noyz Severino Dan Beaumont Luke Unabomber Luke Solomon
FULL LINE-UP – SATURDAY
Gary Numan – FULL LIVE BAND Derrick May Kevin Saunderson Pantha Du Prince- LIVE John Foxx & The Maths Wolfgang Flur [Ex- Kraftwerk] Nathan Fake TOKiMONSTA Lapalux Luke Vibert Fantastic Mr. Fox OM Unit Molo The Ninetys Daktyl Flechette Charlie Traplin Maxx Baer Templa
It’s with pleasure that MEOKO announce the arrival of what promises to be another great series of events into our booming London scene. Rework are taking over Dukes House in East London, putting its bespoke Function system through its paces…
With their sights firmly set on high quality output, Rework’s policy of underground house and techno see them fly Arpiar’s Kozo into town for their first event on 15th March. Kozo’s stock has flourished with the strength of the sounds coming from Romania over the last few years. A key player in the Bucharest scene, Kozo has also had success from his own Understand imprint which he has been running with Praslea.
MEOKO favourite Rico Casazza plays alongside Kozo, representing his deep and minimalistic take on electronic music. A fusion of futuristic funk, Rico’s sound is best described as ‘music from Mars’. Check out his recent interview we did with Rico below which also includes a free track download…
Mancunian clubbing institution Sankeys has been in the news this week, delighting underground dance music fans worldwide after refusing entry to a certain Mr. Justin Bieber. Nevertheless, the venue is better known for the musical talent it does let through its doors, rather those it doesn’t. Spektrum, which normally operates as Sankey’s room 2, will be separating itself from its older brother on Friday March 15th, playing host to an exclusive 6-hourset from Dyed Soundorom.
With a 400 max capacity, Spektrum is recognised for its intimate setting, stellar crowd and booming sound system. What better way than to enjoy a rare extended set from the Apollonia man, widely acknowledged to be one of the best DJs in the scene. His deep, dark, dubby sets always carry a certain warmth to them, steeped in the age-old traditions of groovy US house. Prizing Dyed away from Shonky and Dan Ghenacia these days is no mean feat, so make sure you get yourself a ticket for what will undoubtedly be a night to remember.
Alternatively, take the gamble and enter the exclusive competition below. MEOKO have teamed up with Sankeys to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the event. All you have to do is tell us…
Funkyziet have been throwing consistently stellar parties in East London for the past 3 years, bringing the likes of Nina Kravitz, Deniz Kurtel, Chez Damier, Stacey Pullen and Tevo Howard to the capital. Renowned for the relaxed, easy-going vibe at their events, Funkyzeit cultivate the perfect symbiosis between crowd, artists and music. For their 3rd Birthday celebrations Funkyzeit are flying in none other than the founders of ARAS label, Andre Galluzzi and Dana Ruh.
Picture credit: Nick Ensing
Berghain and Panorama Bar resident Andre Galluzzi was propelled into his DJing career after being asked to cover for a sick DJ during a shift as a barman in a local club. From there, Sven Vath caught wind of his first release on the TAKSI label, playing it at his HR3 club night and subsequently adding Andre to the Cocoon roster. Joining him on the night will be ARAS co-founder, and Cocoon label-mate, Dana Ruh. Dana experimented with all types of electronic music before finding her own incomparable sound and is now an international DJ in her own right, notching up releases on Crosstown Rebels and Buzzin Fly to name but a few. The 3rd Birthday Celebrations look set it be a real treat. In the words of Funkyzeit – “It’s that simple: dance, laugh, cry, scream, do whatever you want….it’s Funkzeit.”
To help celebrate their 3rd Birthday Funkzeit have offered up 2 tickets to the event on Friday 1st March along with a Vinyl of Andre Galluzzi & Dana Ruh latest release on ARAS – Nechbet Buto. To be in with hance of winning simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘MAKE ME FUNKY’ In the title. Winners will be announced via our Facebook page on Thursday 28th February.
Andre Galluzzi (Aras/Cocoon/Panorama Bar) Dana Ruh (Aras/Cocoon/Ostgut Ton) Mikail Oli Low
Easing us graciously into the new year with an eclectic range of events that saw the likes of Mr C, HessleAudio and Cassy perform at fabric, the iconic London nightspot keeps the bus rolling in February with a whole host of enticing bookings.
Picture credit: Resisdent Advisor
Saturday 16th will see Michael Mayer take to the booth in Room 1, bringing his uber-deep, ‘Mantasy’ inspired game to the main arena. The Kompakt boss will play an extended set alongside esteemed resident Craig Richards and Liverpudlian John Heckle, who’s known for his fast paced, 3-deck approach to deep, pumping house.
Picture credit: Seb Barros
Berghain mainstay Ben Klock is also set to appear, where he’ll be transforming Room 2 into a cavern of well-wrought techno alongside veteran Dutch pioneer Steve Rachmad and Terry Francis. Room 3 is hosted by Futureboogie with Leeds grown DJs PBR Streetgang, Bristolian duo Waifs & Strays and the Futureboogie guys doing what they do best – supplying the party jams, cosmic soul and upfront disco-funk. Yet again, a night at fabric not to be missed.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 …