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Sankeys Reveals First Wave of Shows

Tribal Sessions Returns Each Friday and Celebrates 14th Birthday Weekender

Sankeys are announcing some very special parties as they open their doors for the autumn/winter season; as they continue celebrating their 20th year as a club, they are unveiling a whole host of special line-ups to commemorate the occasion, with Tribal Sessions, ViVA Warriors and CUFF all playing host to the world’s best DJs from the realms of underground house and techno.

Sankeys remains one of the most celebrated clubs in the UK, a true bastion of underground dance music’s culture, with a weekly roster of outstanding parties from the very best DJs coming from all over the world to play in the famed basement of Manchester. One of those parties is the legendary Tribal Sessions, one of the true mainstays of Sankeys over the years. Tribal has long been synonymous with proper underground raving, starting back with the illegal rave scene of the 90’s before moving its foundations into clubs. And now Tribal Sessions is returning every Friday to Sankeys, reigniting one of the UK’s most iconic residencies in a new era of dance music decadence.

Maintaining the focus firmly on the underground and keeping a no-frills party feel running through the nights, Tribal returns with some epic parties. Darius Syrossian will be the resident of every night, alongside Sankeys’ mainstay and fellow resident Jozef K, and they both kick off the first series of events with Tribal favourites The Martinez Brothers on Friday 12th Sep. Also playing at the weekly Friday parties through September will be the legendary Sasha, techno pioneer Shlomi Aber, the revered DJ and producer Axel Boman and German favourite Sidney Charles, amongst a host of other underground names. Jozef K unites with his production partner Winter Son on the 26th September, and special guests will feature throughout the Tribal Sessions programming.

ViVA Warriors picks things up from Tribal with an equally massive lineup, featuring eclectic selector Cassy, deep techno heavyweight Nick Curly and of course, label boss and the highly prolific Steve Lawler. Then Sankeys Ibiza debutants Magna Carter take over on Sat 20th September; their first season on the White Isle has already been heralded as a huge success, now bringing their dark house sound to Manchester. Finishing off September’s run of parties in style will be night CUFF, Amine Edge & DANCE’s imprint. It’ll be an all French affair on the 27th in an explosive night of house, with the French duo welcoming native companions Sirus Hood, STUFF and Sion to the party.

At the beginning of October Sankeys celebrates a momentous 14 years of Tribal with a massive Tribal Sessions Weekend, which will undoubtedly be one of the biggest parties of the year in the UK. Over the course of 2 nights – Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th – some of the finest selectors in the industry are coming to Manchester for a weekend epitomised by up-front, groove-heavy underground house and techno. Friday will feature Tribal residents and regulars – house aficionado and Chicago legend DJ Sneak will be in fine company alongside the original Tribal resident, the legend Greg Vickers, who’ll be playing back to back with Just Be aka Bushwacka! fresh off the back of their Essential Mix for Radio 1 in Sankeys Ibiza, Greg’s 3rd amazing Essential Mix to date. Hector Couto also joins the party, along with Darius and Jozef K. They will be joined by a very special unannounced guest as Sankeys has yet more surprises up its sleeve.

Headlining the Saturday night will be one of the biggest DJ groups of the past few years: Apollonia. With an album due for release very soon, the French trio of Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky have built a reputation for unrelenting energy in their DJ sets, commanding the decks all over the world. They’ll be playing along with the multi-faceted craftsman Guti, whose live sets have earned him a name as one of the most creative DJs on the circuit, and Chappel also performs. There’ll be also be a big unannounced guest taking to the decks on the Saturday, making both weekend parties extra special.

These parties are just a taste of what is to come over the coming months. Keep an eye out on the next announcement, as Sankeys continues its 20th anniversary year at the heart of Manchester’s underground scene, with lots more action to be revealed.

For more info including line-ups and to buy tickets click here.

Wilderness Festival

by Sebastian Barros

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure for a big surprise. Stumble across a teddy bear’s picnic – no, but you’ll find the mad hatter’s tea party; Wilderness.

Wilderness Festival, set in a verdant estate in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, is the meeting place for the free spirited, wild, and earthlings most in touch with nature.

by Samantha Milligan

Picture this: an idyllic lake as a sanctuary for the people to bathe, and the assorted music realms, each a different stream of consciousness, allowing you to escape to a higher height.

The headliners wowed with the tunes we knew, Metronomy dressed in white, matchy matchy, with their catchy catchy calculated beats, and carefully crafted dance routines. Sam Smith’s voice stole the sun, and London Grammar stole the landscape. Curl back the commercial even further, and Connan Mockasin creeped the creeper, while Hozier took everyone to church.

by Sebastian Barros

In each crevasse of the land there was a tasty music territory to uncover. I found my way by the Busking Stage aka Friends of the Earth, and exactly like an old beloved friend it welcomed me with bear hugging arms. We danced by bales of hay, at night, to the gyspy sounds of The Turbans, who made us all become earth people, with their six piece enchanted chaos. By day, Flyte chased heaven, yelping, “We are the Rain” and adorned our indie ears. While Jack Savoretti crooned so hard we all soared. But it was a tender moment with a young child that brought us back down to mother earth. Savoretti laughed at the young boy, as he danced alone to the acoustic beauty. “This generation of kids are fearless rock stars,” he said, as the child commanded the crowd and danced in the purest form – unconscious of human judgment.

by Andrew Whitton

Over the hill and we became marooned on “The Dirty South” island. A wooden shack with the mystic and charm of New Orleans brought the blues and soul. James Brown and Jackie Wilson became marooned with us, until club land could be seen in the distance, so we jumped off and set sail. The Pandemonium valley was an echoing basin. Crowds gathered in the coliseum, with performance trapeze artists and fire-eaters. Was this Rome all those years ago?

by Danny North

But to speak of Wilderness as just a music celebration would be blasphemy. If you were walking around asking where is my mind, you might be able to find the key here. The NOW Live Events sought to rid us of modern-day distractions that stop us from embracing the fullness of the present moment. A mindfulness session with Ed Haliwell could help you find your anchor, and a Love Letter workshop with Crystal Kershaw could help you find love, in yourself.

by Justine Trickett

When attention turned to grub, I looked no further than a Kanye Western Mac n Cheese (hot dogs, caramelised onions and BBQ sauce over an American dream). Then the rain got caught in a constant battle with the sun. But you couldn’t call it a festival without the fickle British weather affecting the mood.

by Sebastian Barros

Wilderness is exactly, that; you’ll find the wilderness in your mind, the wilderness in the music, and be free, in the wilder.

Words by Elspeth Merry


Notting Hill Carnival: Hot Wuk Truck Party

 Warm up for Notting Hill Carnival with the biggest, baddest raving crew, The Heatwave, on August bank holiday weekend. The Hot Wuk Truck is back, alongside the sexiest soca and wildest wining from The Heatwave DJs, plus raucous regular Zi Zi Scandal, and dance crews CDML Crew, Element Dance and Hot It Up.

Currently guest starring on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Thursday evenings from 10pm, The Heatwave can also be seen this Summer performing at Tramlines (Sheffield) on Saturday 26 July, Boomtown Fair on Saturday 9 August and Rototom in Spain from 18-21 August.

Formidable dancehall-force The Heatwave have been providing the UK’s bashment soundtrack for the past 10 years. The Heatwave sound ties together music from Jamaica and the UK. Their powerful, energetic and exciting compilations and mixes aim to show how dancehall can be found at the root of jungle, garage, grime, dubstep and funky music.

The Heatwave launched ‘Hot Wuk’ as a regular club night in 2009, and their weekly bashment party at The Social in Central London followed in 2011. Early London success saw Hot Wuk roll out country-wide in 2012, hitting Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester and Brighton.

As part of their evolution The Heatwave’s parties have now become a self contained live spectacle of dancehall culture; stageshows, carnival trucks, dance crews, MC’s and DJs… here’s to the next ten years!

“Heatwave: the most exciting new luminaries of London’s dancehall scene” Time Out 

“Their collisions of dancehall, soca, one-drop reggae, grime and UK funky are always future-minded but with a firm understanding of heritage.” Fact 

“One of the UK’s best dancehall outfits” Independent 

23 August 2014 / 10pm-3am
Koko, 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Tickets : £10-18 in advance / £20 on the door

To purchase tickets, click here

PRESS: the new Juice Bar

We may not have the glorious sunshine, the beautiful beaches and the palm-tree lined avenues of LA, but a little bit of the Californian city is coming to London. Taking inspiration from the LA lifestyle, PRESS, the brainchild of Georgie Reames and Ed Foy, is bringing the healthy juice trend over to the UK in the form of a juice bar.

 PRESS is located just behind Ham Yard, tucked away from the buzz of Picadilly. Upon entering inside, you’ll be met by a colourful wall of juices to choose from.

The guys behind PRESS spent many an hour creating and testing their recipes. Juices are cold-pressed so that none of the goodness gets lost in the process… From hardcore healthy, greens-only juices to a sweet almond leche, there’s a juice bound to please everyone. Dairy-free, the juice bar offers a whole host of alternatives. You can pick your selection of protein balls from avocado and mint, to raw carrot cake (the latter, in particular, will have you going back for more). If you’re after something a little more indulgent, there are shakes, Superfood ice cream as well as sorbets. And for those who want to up the ante when it comes to being healthy, PRESS is going to be offering juice cleanse plans…

Having tried and tested what’s on offer, it’s safe to say that the lifestyle PRESS is advocating is certainly not about depriving yourself: it may be healthy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a total and utter treat.

adidas originals by Rita Ora Teaser Trailer

Rita Ora and adidas Originals: a match made in heaven.

If there was one likely collaborator with the sportswear brand its Rita – with her louder then life personality and head turning and unstoppable music speaking to the same audience likely to be seen sporting the new wears coming out later this month.

The debut AW14 adidas Originals by Rita Ora collaboration sees the brand given a sexy makeover, packing in a punch with floral motifs and supple leathers with glow-in-the-dark tooling. Flashes of Rita’s signature yellow brings out the details against glow-in-the-dark reptile prints on micro-knifed 3-D scaled uppers across reimagined adidas Originals sneaker classics, infusing feet with wild eclecticism.

The first drop of five capsule collaboration will be hitting select adidas originals stores on 21st August.

Words by Sofia Khan

Number 90 Presents Phonica Records with Derrick Carter

Not so long ago, we informed you of a little place tucked away in Hackney. Well, now we’re reminding you again as it provides a little fun over this month’s bank holiday weekend.

Number 90, a canal-side terrace known for its three-day long events involving music, art and scrumptious food is entertaining once again by inviting back Phonica Records. A label which has been a frequent guest at Number 90, they are often sold out with Soho and Simon Rigg as their resident DJs.

Set to officially start on the 23rd August at 4pm, Friday will be a warm up with a little bit of funk and soul provided DJs Chris Sussex and Josh Rawl, who will keep playing into the early hours of Saturday morning.

An ongoing theme, Saturday will also be a day to night party (ending at 6 a.m), with Chicago’s European underground club scene DJ Derrick Carter. Starting to mix at the age of 9, he usually offers many genres including disco, nu-jazz, soul, old-school and techno. Not alone, Carter will play alongside Phonica’s Lord of the Isles and DJs Soho, Nick Williams&Juan.

Monday will provide a wind-down for the weekend, being named the ‘Lazy Monday’ it is free entry and will entertain you even further with ‘festivities’, playing more soul, funk and of course, disco. House DJs on this day will include Dean Jackson, Nicola Cima and Martin Peech, Will Viper and Georgio Oniani. Again, Monday’s no exception to ending early.

Costing as little at £5 on the door before 8pm and £12 afterwards on, you can find more information about Number 90’s bank holiday weekend at facebook.com/Number90MainYard or find them on twitter at twitter.com/number90_bar.


Herman ze German Celebrates Summer with The Bockwurst Hawaii

Everybody’s always looking for the ultimate summer sausage but alas, these are often burnt on the BBQ. Luckily Herman ze German, the best sausage proprietors in London, are staying put on Old Compton Street and Villiers Street so you can finally find it.

Currently ‘vibing’ from our heatwave, a ‘guest wurst’ has been born. Dubbed ‘The Bockwurst Hawaii’, this culinary delight forges together ham and pineapple, placing pieces of pineapple in with the meat and adding a further dusting on top of it to ensure a tantalizing, tropical taste. Admittedly, it’s easy to envisage relaxing in a hammock with a sunset in view at the thought of eating one of these.

With a name such as Herman ze German, it won’t do to source from a country that isn’t Germany and, with this in mind; all meat is sourced from their family butcher and local farm over in the Black Forest. Yes, it’s actually from Deutschland and hey, its gluten free.

Sounds to be good to be true, right? But it is and for even more wondorous wursts you can see their menu at www.hermanzegerman.com

Żubrówka Commissions Reuben Feels & Studio-Boo for Immersive Den at Wilderness Festival

Żubrówka Vodka, the best known Polish vodka in the world, is teaming up with the Wilderness Festival to bring you a tepee tent full of cultural activities in keeping with the festival. From the 7th August- 10th August, the Żubrówka Den will be open to all Wilderness ticket holders.

Wilderness Festival is an arts festival that is by nature and thrives from its surroundings- the  Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. Not just a music festival, theatre, talks and debates, parties through the night, swimming in the lake, gastronomy and outdoor activities are all on the list. And, after successfully selling out last year, the festival is now on to is fourth event and building quite the reputation as being ‘interesting and unmissable’.

The Żubrówka Den is located in the depths of the forest, adding to the magical surroundings. Furniture swamped by 3D paper creatures, an apple tree presenting itself in the centre with mobiles swinging down and bison grass lining the floor- it’s an experience designed to mimic the delights of the festival. There’s even a bar forged from traditional apple crates that will fix any problems with hydration, inviting you to try their Apple Zu and Zu Cooler cocktails. If, however, you’re in the den purely to find out how Żubrówka came about (and to sample the vodka neat) then the brand’s Ambassador, Przemek, is available to offer an introduction to its history and collaboration with fruit.

Wanting to give you tastes of other things besides vodka, the den or decked out tepee tent is a hub of activities. Chris Haig will perform Eastern European music live, you can touch up on your crafts with Stephen Froom’s weaving workshops or be enthralled by Reuben Feels as he tells the story of the Guardians of the Bialowieza Mystery. Studio-Boo, the design duo will also be available to offer animal mask making skills for festival goers.

Discover more about Żubrówka Vodka’s 600 years of tradition and history at:



For more information about the Wilderness Festival visit: www.wildernessfestival.com

turan // Departed

In a genre permeated by so much bravado, it feels kind of unusual for a rapper to willingly express such emotive tones of real melancholia. But refreshing your perceptions is just what newcomer turan came here to accomplish.

“Departed” is the lead track from his debut EP Persistence of Memory, a harrowing odyssey leading from voice breaking despair over simple keys, to triumphant percussion upon visceral strings that sound like the war cry of a grand army of demon bumblebees, the 11th plague of Egypt.

A multi-instrumentalist and co-director of all 5 reels of this EP, to express his soul’s innermost creative impulses is not only imperative for turan as an artist, but more, this kind of authenticity is the only true way to penetrate the souls of his audience.

Get to know this man.

Persistence of Memory is released via T.R.I.B.E on August 18th.Pre-Order the EP Here.



Words by Samuel Smith. The Dot Exists.

Eastern Electrics Festival 2014

With festival season in full swing, and everyone and their dog ranting and raving about so-and-so’s genre defining set last weekend, it’s easy for events to slip into anonymity with pedestrian lineups and stagnant vibes. Eastern Electrics, I’m happy to say, eschewed this path at their new picturesque venue of Hatfield House.

Having boiled down their two day festival into a one day hootenanny the guys over at EE were moving into previously uncharted waters, but the lineup they put out was exciting to all facets of my little bass-ridden body. Boasting the likes of Karri Chandler and Steve Lawler on the main stage; Dense & Pika and master of the sub Loefah on the Rinse stage; and the hot hot Ali Love, Wave & Odyssey, Mumdance B2B with dubstep-veteran, Pinch, on the Red Bull Studios stage (*heavy breathing*), these organisers were not messing around.

I was skeptical, but the move to a one-day event just worked – no other way to say it. It was all the excitement with none of the sweaty tents. They retained the necessary ‘let-loose festival vibe’ too, with people getting down like their lives depended on it – left, right, and centre.

The highlights amongst my frantic wanderings from stage to stage, desperately trying to squeeze in all of the funs, was finding the Teutonic temptress tINI messing with soulful techno vibes, and let me tell you, it was pretty special. And Kerri Chandler dropping New Order’s banger Blue Monday (mmmmm dat sweet 80s percussion), was the cherry on my ‘fat kid in a phat-beat candy store’ cake. Red Bull’s Studio stage got me feeling all jump-up and south, and yes, god yes, the breaks came out in force with Waze & Odyssey pon de 1s and 2s. The Rinse stage’s Loefah was his usual self with ‘heft’ being the operative word, bringing his weighty sub presence to the decks.

The lightshows were some of the best I’ve seen all year, with entire walls of LEDs surrounding the DJs like a halo of electricity, with the twin vertical smoke machine thrown in for funsies, I felt like I was in some sort of extra-terrestrial towering inferno, and baby I wanted to get burned.

Needless to say the Eastern dudes have successfully tweaked their format into a boiled down bonanza of beats and beauts, and you better bet bounties I’ll be back…

Words by Sam Jones