Solardo present HIGHER in Croatia alongside Heidi, Danny Howard, Andrea Oliva and more

Solardo are bringing HIGHER, a three-day and night Croatian extravaganza to Culture Club Revelin. Also supplying the sounds are superstar friends including Andrea Oliva, Danny Howard, Heidi, Max Chapman, Nic Fanciulli and wAFF, and that’s only phase one of the line-up. Sign up now for first access to tickets on May 13th at 10am. 

The historic old town of Dubrovnik is an idyllic old-world setting right on Croatia’s south coast by the Adriatic Sea. It has gorgeous stone architecture, ancient clock towers and famous red tiled roofs. There’s a friendly, bustling atmosphere, winding streets filled with restaurants and bars, and plenty of sights made famous in Game of Thrones. By day, the sky is stunning azure blue, but as the sun sets it turns flame red and burnt orange. You will be right there dancing on the terrace of Culture Club Revelin as this stunning transition happens. Once it’s dark, the party heads inside what is one of DJ Mag’s Top 100 clubs in the world. 

Date: 23rd – 25th September
Pre-sale: https://bit.ly/33jA2hY

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New London club reopens with full schedule including Chelina Manuhutu, Kevin de Vries and more

Orange Yard is all set to become the new home for proper house music in London. Bucking the trend for large super clubs, the compact and stylish venue offers something for those who prefer more snug club experiences. As well as an all-new terrace, it has a cosy 300 capacity club space that will cover all styles from deep to Chicago, organic to soulful. 

Say the club, “We are over the moon to be reopening on May 17th for our series of socially distanced shows, featuring international as well as local London talent.  We have recently renovated our Funktion One system to provide unmatched sound clarity across the full breadth of the dance floor, making Orange Yard the perfect space to experience house music in the West End, with an unparalleled sound and musical experience.”

To perform will be the likes of cutting-edge selector Kevin de Vries who will play for six hours in August whilst Slovenian talent Brina Knauss, who has achieved widespread notoriety and respect for her DJ skills will play on September 17th, Dutch-born, Ibiza-based star Chelina Manuhutu will show why she is one house’s hottest properties with her powerful grooves on September 24th. 

Between now and the end of summer, brands like Lost Paradiso, Frame, Eastern Grooves, La Dense, Way Out, Oscillate, Deep Into Soul, Care3, Disturbia, Concrete Music, Danza and more will also curate their own special events.

Tickets: https://ra.co/clubs/176870

Website: https://www.orangeyardsoho.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrangeYardSoho/ 
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/orangeyardsoho/

SAT, 22 MAY
Sold Out : Suburb Launch Party
Ben Murphy, One Over, Chris Gialanze

SUN, 23 MAY
One2

FRI, 28 MAY
Modern Funktion presents Endor
Endor

SUN, 30 MAY
Eastern Grooves at Orange Yard
Darrell Privett

FRI, 4 JUN
Soul In Motion: Need For Mirrors ‘Flames’ Party
Need For Mirrors

SAT, 5 JUN
Lost Paradiso
ARCHITECTS OF MINDS, Tee Tee

SAT, 5 JUN
Desti’nei with Daniel Orpi
Teddy Jiyane, Guy Mac, Daniel Orpi, Charlie Harvey

SAT, 12 JUN
Raveready (Back To The Yard)

Kirk Paten, Brian Smith, RAFE, Tilli Murphy

TUE, 22 JUN
Endless: Nakadia, Lino Fuso, Bohemien
Nakadia, Bohemien, Lino Fuso, Fiorella, Fai Faii

THU, 24 JUN

Oscillate presents: The Return

FRI, 25 JUN
Way Out, Break the Line – 1st Anniversary with Syreeta, BRADII and More..
SYREETA, BRADII, RE.KA

SUN, 27 JUN
Frame Presents: Amine Edge & Dance

FRI, 2 JUL
La Danse presents: Viken Arman, B.o.T
Viken Arman, B.o.T

SAT, 3 JUL
Deep Into Soul
Sy Sez, Craig Smith, Wez Whynt, Neil Pierce

SAT, 3 JUL
Danza X Orange Yard

SAT, 10 JUL
Crowded 004: Showcase
RomanT, KAMEROL, Greg Nox

SAT, 10 JUL
OUTRSPACE – We’ve Landed
James Dexter, Ozzie Guven, Jake Jackson

FRI, 16 JUL
FIJI EVENTS OPENING PARTY
Sam Beach, Alf2

SAT, 17 JUL
Cutting Edge Underground Series
Ross Roberts, Ben Read, Tilli Murphy

SAT, 17 JUL
10 Years of Concrete Music

SUN, 18 JUL
Care3: Summer Party

SAT, 24 JUL
Outback London
Will Taylor, MR WISKIN, JayLeeTaylor, Rennie Peters

FRI, 30 JUL
Way Out – Break the Line at Orange Yard

Savio Testa, Charlotte Van de Peer

SAT, 31 JUL
Night Dreamers Presents: Mike Dunn

FRI, 6 AUG
Allnighter // Kevin de Vries [6 Hour set]
Kevin de Vries

SAT, 7 AUG
Disturbia
Lance Morgan

SAT, 7 AUG
Raveready (Groove Down Low)
Late Replies, Brian Smith, RAFE, Kry, Max Dean, Tilli Murphy, Adam Robbo

FRI, 13 AUG
Distorsion Opening Party
Taylor Crane

SAT, 4 SEP
Pomme Frite & Concrete Music Party

FRI, 17 SEP
Night Dreamers Presents: Brina Knauss

SUN, 19 SEP
TLT London Reunion.

FRI, 24 SEP
Night Dreamers Presents: Chelina Manuhutu

SAT, 9 OCT
Labyrinth Sessions: Perel All Night Long

3,000 People Attend The First Legal Rave

The UK’s first legal club event since the coronavirus pandemic forced a national lockdown last March just took place, and the atmosphere was magic.

Earlier this month, it was announced that 6,000 people would be attending Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock for two events taking place across one weekend, allowing the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) to study club environments and the spread of coronavirus.

The first rave was Yousef’s party Circus hosting The Blessed Madonna, Jayda G, Lauren Lo Sung and more. The second Circus event at Bramley-Moore Dock takes place with Fatboy Slim, Hot Since 82, Heidi b2b Jaguar, Enzo Siragusa and more.

Attendees were required to live within a Liverpool City Region postcode to be able to attend, and were also required to have a negative coronavirus lateral flow test 24 hours prior to the event. Face coverings and social distancing were not required.

Check out more photos here.

Emerging Artist 001: Wain

Presenting the emerging UK techno artist, Wain. The artist has been making prominent strides in the techno within the UK and abroad with some great sounds on his very own, Rammer Records.

This week we host him in the emerging artists series, ahead of his proposed ‘Human Touch’ single on Friday. We got to know more about his sound, his influences and what we can look forward to on the new imprint.

‘Human Touch’ is out via Rammer Records on Friday – everything Rammer Records can be found here: https://linktr.ee/RammerRecords

How has 2021 been for you as an artist?

2021 has been a good year for me so far despite what’s been going on recently. I released my debut single ‘Eternity’ on Technologic Recordings at the end of February which is a heavy acid track, meanwhile I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio just creating stuff. Ive completely upgraded my dj set up too so I’ve spent a bit of time sorting that out. Music wise I’ve got some new tracks coming out this year which I’m excited to announce and got some new stuff landing on my label this year too. I’ve also done a fair few livestreams but I’m now focusing more time in the studio, so things are looking good for this year. 

You are a new artist, head of RAMMER Records, tell us more about the ethos of the label?

I’ve always liked the thought of having my own label and my own sound so i thought why not? The name ‘Rammer’ is actually a slang term from where I am from which basically means a track is a banger, so the name fits well. It also acts as a platform for my own music which i will regularly be putting out under the label, also because there are a lot of talented people out there who don’t get a chance to show what they can do because there is so much competition nowadays, so I’d like to give them that opportunity to do so. In future i’d like to do my own events under the label which would be cool. But really it’s all about good techno music, rammers only. 

How did you first begin your journey into the world of dance music and in particular Techno?

I’ve always loved music ever since I was young but as I’ve got older I’ve gone through so many different genres and different kinds of music, but electronic music has always been the favourite. When I was younger I started listening to dubstep which then moved to house and disco in my teens. I was 18 when I went to my first music festival which was Parklife in the UK, I went with a group of mates for the last day of the festival which was the Sunday. I didn’t know everybody that was on the line-up but I knew a good few so I thought I’d go. From that day everything changed.

I still listen to different genres of dance music but techno is by far the favourite, it just has a certain feel to it that no other genre does. Nowadays i listen to techno non-stop, I’m always looking for new music to play and always creating new ideas i can implement into my own tracks, i don’t think i’ll stop listening to techno for a very very long time. I went to Awakenings festival in 2019 and I would say that was the greatest weekend of my life, the music, the atmosphere, the vibe, it was incredible. 

Human Touch is the next release to arrive on RAMMER Records – is the Single synonymous with the lack of human touch that’s been present over the past year?

Yeah you could say that, I originally wanted to create an absolute banger or ‘rammer’ that could bring people together after such a long time of no touch or contact. This past year has been so hard for everyone so if I can make a track that can change somebody’s mood or make them happy then I’m happy. This track has a lot of good elements in it and i can’t wait to hear it on a proper sound system, hopefully sometime soon.  I’m also really looking forward to getting this debut release out and getting things rolling with the label, there’s a lot of exciting times ahead. Hopefully the future is bright and we can be a lot closer together after such a long time, because that’s what we need.

Where would you like to perform when the world of events returns?

I’ve been to a lot of places for festivals and music events but in terms of playing I’ve always wanted to play for Awakenings whether that be at the Gashouder or any of the events and festivals.

I’ve never actually been to the Gashouder but to play there would be a dream come true. Timewarp is also one of those amazing events which I’d love to play, but realistically I’d be happy playing anywhere. The whole reason I got into this was because I love music and love playing music, the fact that a single track or a melody can change your mood instantly just shows how powerful it actually is. 

What is your studio setup like, any favourable pieces of equipment to highlight?

So in my studio i have quite a few things i like to use, for my kicks and drums i use the Auturia Drumbrute which is a great piece of kit for creating those powerful heavy sounding kicks. For my basslines I use the Moog Sub Phatty again a great bit of equipment, when creating acid lines in my tracks I’ll use the Roland TB3, and for other components I use Korg Minilogue and a bunch of other VST’s. I use a variety of equipment in my tracks but all under my own sound, it’s good to be unique with your music. 

What are the future plans for the label, or any other individual projects you are working on?

At the moment I’m just keen to get the label off the ground and get the ball rolling, We have releases lined up for the rest of the year with some local talent dropping releases and also some more music from me. In the future i’d like to do my own events and parties and hopefully can get some big names onboard but until then i’ll see how things go. In terms of other projects i have just started an event with a few friends called ‘Techa’ which is a Tech-House and Techno showcase, with the first event being held in Manchester at the end of july. We’ve set it up to help get some more normality back into our lives and get the scene kicking again, everybody misses the raves so why not do our own?

Please share with us one track which has touched you and will never leave your mind.

That’s a tough one, there’s so many tracks which are always going through my head but i think the one that overall resonates with me the most is  Adam Beyer – Your Mind. When you’re at an event or a rave and you start to hear them vocals coming and your hairs stand on end, it’s nothing but pure vibes. I’m glad to say I’ve been to a lot of places where I’ve heard it live and it’s always been a good one. 


Ricardo Villalobos, The Blessed Madonna and more head to London for Amnesia x Do Not Sleep

Amnesia presents PYRAMID, a spectacular Dual Staged, Day into Night, Open Air and Indoor Warehouse Party on Friday 3rd September 2021, bringing Ibiza to London for the first time in the city since the last sell out event at Printworks in 2019. 

Programmed from midday until 10.30pm, the all-day summer party will witness Pyramid host an open air stage headlined by Ricardo Villalobos, Honey Dijon, Special Request, Mar-T b2b Luca Donzelli and very special guest, The Blessed Madonna. An indoor warehouse stage is to be hosted by Ibiza born brand Do Not Sleep with Ilario Alicante, Richy Ahmed, Marco Faraone, Sidney Charles b2b Prunk and Ray Mono. 

After so long away from the dance floor, this is set to be a show that will live long in the memory, and will be the only Pyramid show that will take place in the capital this year. Tickets start at £39.50 with a seven day window to sign up which opens on Friday 23rd April at 11am.

When both brands set to fly into London for this all-day party, you can expect the hedonistic sound of the White Isle from the island’s most famous associates.

#wearepyramid

TICKETS: From £39.50 (Seven day window to sign up for the event opens Monday April 12th at 3pm) www.amnesia.london

EVENT TIMES: 3rd September 2021 – Midday to 10.30pm (last entry 6pm)

VENUE ADDRESS: Meridian Water, Argon Rd, London N18 3BW

Amnesia presents PYRAMID
Ricardo Villalobos
Honey Dijon
Special Request
Mar-T b2b Luca Donzelli
Very Special Guest: The Blessed Madonna

DO NOT SLEEP
Ilario Alicante
Richy Ahmed
Marco Faraone
Sidney Charles b2b Prunk
Ray Mono

www.amnesia.london
www.amnesia.es
www.thedrumshedslondon.co.uk
www.donotsleepibiza.com

Volen Sentir release ‘Neunivai’ EP on Shanti Moscow Label

Shanti Moscow Radio welcomes again dream house masters Volen Sentir for three tracks consisting of perfectly escapist grooves. They are at home on labels like All Day I Dream, Lost & Found and often bring ethnic influences to their dubby beats.

Neunivai opens up with lush melodies and dreamy forest sounds drifting over a lush, bassy groove that is supple and seductive. Perfect for meditative dance, it’s a magic opener that takes you miles away from the here and now. Jivoe Serdce does the same trick, but with more dub drums and yawning pads that reach out to the heavens next to super soft bell sounds. It’s perfectly comforting and last of all the trip is completed with Uppovai (Vinyl only), featuring angelic vocals, glossy keys and more balmy pads.

Purchase: https://smarturl.it/Neunivai  

BLOND:ISH and Whitesquare feature with remixes on new Parallells release

Agoria’s Sapiens imprint welcome back Parallells with another great release, ‘Blooming Flower’ featuring two beautiful remixes by BLOND:ISH and Italian artist, Whitesquare.

The Canadian-born, Barcelona-based BLOND:ISH instils a fresh heartbeat and energy to the original, guaranteed to uplift any dance floor whilst Whitesquare brings depth allowing the vocal’s to truly take a world of their own.

Available now:
https://smarturl.it/blooming-remixes 

Spotlight 001: Emanate

Emanate debut in the Spotlight interview series, Emily Fox and Nathan Vain make up the dynamic duo and are known for their melodious and explorative electronic sounds. The US DJ’s and Producers have released on the likes of Culprit, Second State and soon, Family Piknik with their Split Light EP.

‘Split Light’ EP on Family Piknik is available at Beatport.

How have you started 2021?

The start of 2021 was tricky for us to be honest. Usually New Years is celebrated with a monumental performance of some kind and of course due to the pandemic this wasn’t possible. The vaccine had not been determined available yet either so for us it was a bit of a dark time. Thankfully after a month we all received news of the vaccine and things have been looking up since.

Tell us when you first met and why you decided to work together?

We were high school sweethearts and it was love at first sight. Nathan was a DJ and Emily hosted gatherings even back then. You can say we knew what we wanted from the beginning. Both of us have a musical background from childhood and as our journey developed and passion for electronic music grew we started to produce together. It was shortly after that we started performing together.

What is the production set up like?

Our production setup is an ongoing adventure that has been based around Logic & Ableton for quite some time.For us there are so many roads that lead to a finished track and we enjoy that journey in different ways. We have a few choice pieces of hardware (Moog Mother 32, TR-8S) & other gear we use. We usually record some sort of live element into our tracks. Sometimes vocals, hand drums or a synth that we’re automating in real time which allows us to capture special and magical moments that we then articulate through our tracks. 

When the music industry and world of dance music returns, what would be a positive change?

We hope to see the positive change of new talent emerging and a more even playing field for artists and representation in the industry. We hope to see a heightened sense of gratitude from humans in understanding the beauty of freedom as we once had it for the luxuries we didn’t recognize, like to be able to hug and dance together


The new Split Light EP is coming on Family Piknik, with some super remixes, what was the inspiration here?

The inspiration for the ’Split Light’ EP was a combination of sides we feel musically. The title track ‘Split Light’ representing a little more of the positive anthemic vibe versus ‘Flux’ with its deeper melodic presence. We are so pleased with the incredible and stylistic remixes that came from these. 

What’s been your favourite part about this past year?

Our favorite part about last year was the ability to focus on production a bit more and to be able to branch out with releases on other labels aside from our own imprint, Mioli Music.
 

What does it mean to work closely with the Family Piknik label?

Working with Family Piknik has been a dream come true for us. Our goal has always been to expand and help create a network internationally. Thankfully, Family Piknik share the same ethos and love for our sacred industry and it’s artists. It has been a pleasure to be a part of their label. We look forward to meeting them in person hopefully very soon and in some sort of party fashion 🙂

Please share one of your favourite tracks of all time, a tough question but go!

Our favorite track of all time? Yowzer, well lets say for electronic dance music and probably a predictable answer but ‘Rej’ by Âme was an incredibly influential track for us. However we could answer this question a million times! 

What else do you have in the works for this year?!

We have in the works, a possible relocation to another country! This is super top secret information though so please tell no one..! 😉

Ibiza will reopen outdoor areas soon

Like many other parts of the world, Ibiza is slowly – but surely – returning to normal. In fact, the Spanish island is planning to reopen bars and restaurants next month. However, only outdoor areas will be opened on March 2nd. The indoor areas will open on March 16th, if the establishment has a CO2 meter installed and COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward.

Those measures are part of the de-escalation plan of the Balearic government, published by the news outlet The Olive Press on February 18th. After months of lockdown in Ibiza, you would think businesses received this news with relief – but not that much. The Confederation of Business Associations in the Balearics declared that the de-escalation timeline is “unsatisfactory”. The reason behind this claim is that only 20% of bars and restaurants in Mallorca have outdoor areas.

Nonetheless, having people back in bars will certainly have benefits for the economy. As a matter of fact, tourism represents more than 80% of the economy in Ibiza and nightclubs are a big part of it, as edmtunes reports.

You can read more about the announcement via The Olive Press.

In October last year, it was announced that the Ibiza government has plans for rapid COVID-19 testing systems to open a tourist corridor in 2021. As reported by Nou Diari, the agreed protocol with the relative governing bodies, announced by Moroto, explains that every tourist arriving in the Balaeric or Canary Islands from another country, with an AI (infection rate) of 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, will not undergo testing on arrival. Tourists who come from countries with an AI greater than 50 will have to present a negative test carried out less than 48 hours before the flight.

The world’s best-known party island, Ibiza has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Frequent restriction changes, extortionate fines and bans on dancing, parties and smoking have affected the music and hospitality industries hugely. But while it’s hit locals hard, the pause in summer season has also given time for a reset and for the White Isle to regenerate. In a recent feature for DJ Mag, Anu Shukla travelled to Ibiza to investigate.

Dutch government plans to allow festivals from July

Good news! This summer festival season has been blighted the world over for one very obvious reason, but The Netherlands has just offered the latest glimmer of hope after stating that they aim to get shows back on the road after July 1st.

Last month, the Dutch government announced a cancellation fund of more than €300million in order to allow event organizers to reschedule shows panned before July 1st to the second half of the year, with security that they will be covered if the pandemic stops events going ahead any time after that date.

One festival, Liquicity, which is due to take place from the 16th to the 18th July, posted a statement to their website, explaining that the Dutch government had confirmed festivals should be able to go ahead in the country from the 1st July.

“Great news: the Dutch government has announced that they aim to allow festivals after July 1,” the statement from Liquicity said. “In case of festivals still get canceled due to changing COVID circumstances, organizers are likely to be compensated for the costs. Festivals in The Netherlands are currently selling out in record pace due to this new government announcement.”

Liquicity also promised full refunds if the event should end up being canceled — “in case of festivals still get canceled due to changing COVID circumstances, organizers are likely to be compensated for the costs” — and another festival, Lowlands, has announced that two trial events will take place later this year, with 3000 participants expected to present negative COVID-19 tests on entry.

Dutch festivals that usually take place in the spring or early summer such as Awakenings and DGTL have revealed they are rescheduling to autumn in order to be covered by the cancellation fund.

Awakenings Festival will now take place across September 11 and 12, and tickets are already sold out. Its website notes: “The COVID-19 pandemic is still not over, but things are starting to look a bit brighter, so we now aim for the second weekend of September.”