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UNUM Festival 2021 Means Business!

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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!

 

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Words by Jordan Diston

BUYING RECORDS FROM EUROPE? AVOID SURPRISE CHARGES!

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Brexit has created another unnecessary issue for us in the UK when recently innocent bystanders have been charged excessive import / VAT taxes on top of the cost of products purchased online.

There’s nothing worse than you finally coping that extra rare bit of wax off Discogs that you’ve paid good money for then having to pay an extra 25% just to get it off the delivery driver! We’re hearing some car crash situations of buyers purchasing large amounts of records from record stores and having to pay fees on top.

At a time where saving money is at the top of most our lists here are a couple of hints and tips Meoko have discovered when ordering wax online to avoid any surprise charges.

 

ASK SELLER TO ISSUE AS A GIFT

 You can receive a gift up to the value of £39 without any taxes or charges added. Ask your sellers to declare the value of the package as under £10 (to be safe) and that is a gift they are sending.

 

SPLIT YOUR ORDER AND KEEP COST DOWN

You can order up to a value of £135 and not be charged any import taxes or charges. Got loads in your cart? Your best splitting your orders, so the value of the packages are reduced below this.

 

ENSURE UK VAT IS APPLIED

If you are purchasing records from a record store not based in the UK make sure they are adding UK VAT on at their shopping cart when you come to pay. If they don’t UK VAT can be added when it enters the country.

 

Learn more about the new import taxes.

Words: Jordan Distan

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A Fallen Hero: DiY’s Pete Woosh Has Died

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It’s with great regret that Pete ‘Woosh’ Birch, founding member and influential figure in Nottingham’s DiY Collective, has passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.

If you scratch under the surface of dance music heritage in the UK it won’t take you long to stumble across DiY Soundsystem. The outfit was a seminal part of the acid house raves scene back in the early 90s, to many most notably being a part of the collection of sound systems which threw the infamous party at Castlemorton 1992. An estimated 20,000 – 40,000 party revellers enjoying the delights of the party which went on nearly a week. This resulted in the Criminal Justice Bill driving parties from fields into clubs full time in the UK. In a weird way, you could say we wouldn’t be here doing what we do today in this capacity without people like Pete pushing the way forward.

 

 

He was also responsible for one of the hottest nights in the UK at the time; Bounce which welcomed guests including Sasha, Laurent Garnier, DJ Pierre, Andrew Weatherall, Larry Heard, Derrick Carter and many more. From parties all over the UK, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Dallas and Ibiza it’s safe to say the DiY we’re absolutely on fire in their prime years. The collective was holding multiple parties a week at some stages. The infamous DJ duo Digs & Woosh along with Simon DK and many others of the DiY entourage were known for their dedication to music and bringing joy to many dance floors across the world.

Pete was also responsible for launching the labels Strictly 4 Groovers and DiY Discs releasing 100s of records. The imprints brought artists like Nail, Atjazz, Rhythm Plate, Inland Knights and many more to light. These records are still found in many of favourite DJs sets to this day and are an essential part of any serious house diggers collection.

 

After being diagnosed with highly aggressive head and neck cancer in December of 2015, Pete decided to take a natural approach to treatment and launched his The 52 Card Trick project. He wanted to give something back to everyone that helped him when he was diagnosed. The label would release 3 tracks a week for 52 weeks. It saw the likes of Brawther, Yueseke, Nail, Hot Toddy and Schmoov, as well as many others, release a brilliant selection of diverse music. All proceeds from the project went towards organisations which offered support with cancer, none of which received government funding. These included Active Cancer Therapy Support, Together Against Cancer and The Penny Brohn Centre.

DiY recently celebrated their 30th birthday in 2019; an achievement which is truly unique and special in its own right. How? Still sticking to the ethos that has served them so well over all these years. A family of like-minded people coming together for the love for music.

You only have to look on the DiY facebook page to see how many people Pete inspired over the years with floods of testaments, stories, nods of respect and admiration.

Thoughts going out to everyone suffering from his loss. The world we love has lost a rare breed indeed.

Rest in peace Pete ‘Woosh’ Bird.

Thank you for being you.

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