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Lost Village Festival 2017

Lost Village Festival (24-27th August) is back upon us for a third time, with a line-up that teases as much as it bangs. In a late-in-the-year slot, the Lincolnshire-based festival will please electronic music fans who consider themselves to in the know.

Boasting bass-music legends such as Dixon, Nina Kraviz and Move D, Lost Village do not bow to pass-through trends, but they’re not scared of shwocasing new talent either: the bookings of Aprés, Shy Luv and Fakear stand as testament to that.

For ardent electronic-music connoisseurs there the headline booking of Moderat will tantalise. The Apparat-Modeselektor supergroup are performing in the UK for the last time for a considerable period – perhaps, forever – which for many village-goers will the pinnacle of the weekend.

Ostensibly a festival based in an abandoned woodland village, that promises to be “much more than a music festival” more a “land of discovery”, Lost Village will be an holistic experience before anything else.

There are Lakes of Tranquility, complete with hot-tubs, saunas and therapy pods, a line up of comedy at the Lost Theatre and a seperate hospitality line-up boasting a global variety of street food which promises to sell ‘Michelin star level food’.

At the end of last year, Jaymo and Andy George, curators of the festival said: “Next year is gonna be a whole other level, we’re going all out on this one! Bigger line-up, a deeper more intense experience with tons more characters lurking in the woods!”

It certainly looks like they weren’t lying. At 1883, we can’t wait to get there.

Click here to check out a Lost Village festival playlist, curated by Boxed In.

Moiré – Lost You feat. DRS
“I like the feel of this, it reminds of some of the old Bugz In The Attic broken beat tracks by Artwork and Seiji etc.. I was actually introduced this by George Fitzgerald. DRS’s vocal feels kind of unique in this setting. The whole album has a really specific moody vibe to it. This track stands out.”

Tomaga – Greetings From The Bitter End
“Tomaga are such an interesting band. The drummer is a girl called Valentina Magaletti, one of the best drummer’s around at the moment. They’re a two piece and are very much ploughing their own path. There’s a bit of Portishead and Can in there, but ultimately it’s percussive psych rock done in their own way.”

Motor City Drum Ensemble – There’s A Truth
“I DJ’d at Glastonbury this year, closing a stage at Shangri-La, 3am – 5am Monday Morning. It was hard deciding what to pick to play people who’d been partying for 4 days non stop. This is a nice track that bridged the gap between a few of the disco bangers. The whole record, Raw Cuts, is a nice listen. Maybe a bit too heavy a nod to Moodymann and Theo, but good nonetheless.

Nicolas Jaar – Three Sides Of Nazareth
“This track touches on many of my favourite styles of music. It’s got the nod to German electronic psych rhythms, Jaar’s classic deep gothy vocal style, and those synths. I listened to this record a lot while finishing the last Boxed In album.”

Moderat – Finder
“Really happy these guys are headlining Lost Village. I actually only saw them for the first time live at Glastonbury this year, but have followed them a while. The live show was incredible, visually and sonically. Their drum production pierces through in such a unique way.

Talaboman – Loser’s Hymn
“The whole album, The Night Land, carries a really trippy weight to it. This track in particular has a great psychy mood to it. It feels fit for outdoor listening, music for free parties, music for the hills or the forests.”

Flamingods – Junglebirds
“These guys were by far the best live act I’ve seen this summer. At the Crow’s Nest, a tiny tent at the top of Glastonbury, they played an hour of insane, psychedelic, instrument swapping grooves that borrowed from so many different cultures and genres. And somehow managed to make it cohesive and make it their own. You have to see them if you can.”

Floating Points – Kelso Dunes
“His latest release ‘Reflections, Mojave Desert’ is another step in the direction towards live instrumentation. There’s still the bed of electronics that his older more house and techno tracks are bathed in, but this has gone more “bandy”. I love this track, it’s got a Neu, almost Pink Floyd vibe to it. I still absolutely love his house tracks, but it’s interesting to watch him make bold steps with every new release.”

Carsten Jost – Platoon RLX II
“I’ve only come across him recently, been listening to the album this comes from – Perishable Tactics – a lot. Really nice, subtle deep techno. It’s got a bit of Aphex Ambient Works to it and also reminds me of french techno producer Isoleé.”

Loyle Carner – Florence feat. Kwes
“Really happy to see Loyle get added to the line up for Lost Village. This is my favourite down time track. Both Ben (Loyle) & Kwes are lovely guys and their vocal styles and production work so well together.”

Words by Dan Cave.

adidas Originals open doors to EQT Creator Studio in London

adidas Originals annoounce an immersive creative space in the heart of London with the EQT Creator Studio.

First conceived in 1991 as part of the adidas Equipment brand launch, the EQT has been recently refreshed and cemented its status as one of the most sought-after franchises of 2017. This month sees a new collection of EQT dropping in fresh colourways, alongside an EQT apparel collection.

The pop-up studio will launch to the public on Saturday, kicking off with a live performance from Jamie xx plus special guest and will remain open for 7 days of curated events designed to celebrate essentialism. Opening this weekend Saturday 19th August running until Friday 25th August at Victoria House.

Staying true to the ethos of the original 90’s EQT product range – stripping back to everything that is essential, nothing that is not – the events program will explore the essentials of design and creativity that apply to the cross sections of style, music, art and sneakers.

The EQT Creator Studio will play host to a series of additional gigs, talks and workshops with headline performances throughout the week, including appearances from Kojey Radical, GRM Daily, legendary designer Peter Saville and Director of SHOWstudio and celebrated fashion image maker Nick Knight.

The EQT Creator Studio opens on Saturday 19th August and runs until Friday 25th August, at: Victoria House, Southampton Row, London. WC1B 4DA

The full program will be revealed in the coming days and fans will be able to get tickets to all events at the Creator Studio via ticketing app Dice from Thursday 17th August.

Available on adidas.co.uk from Thursday 24th August

Blood Bother x Selfridges: Music Matters Capsule Collection

In response to the rate of music venue closures across the UK (an estimated 40% of London’s music venues have closed), Selfridges has decided to host a series of live gigs from a range of artists alongside music inspired capsule collections from brands around the world.

First up is Blood Brother’s capsule collection for the Selfridges: Music Matters series, takeing a nostalgic look back on some of the most successful parties they have hosted. Leaning on their brand ethos of togetherness, the parties they hold are a way of bringing together people and friends under one roof to celebrate and listen to music.

The collection consists of tees, hoodies and bag in a colour palette heavily influenced by early nineties rave culture, featuring acid greens and bright pink, white, blue and black. The graphics feature a retrospective of rave and club night flyers, referencing previous nights such as The Labyrinth Club in Dalston – the birthplace of The Prodigy – and archiving headliners such as Andre Lodemann and Sonny Fodera.

The collection launches August 14th, available at Selfridges. Prices range from £55-£160

Photographs by Crowns & Owls

Printworks London: Issue 002

BLACK COFFEE // 14th Oct // 12:00pm – 22:00pm

THE HYDRA PRESENT NINJA TUNE // 21st Oct // 12:00pm – 23:00pm

25 YEARS OF RAM RECORDS // 28th Oct // 12:00pm – 22:00pm

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Having laid dormant since Easter weekend, Printworks have allowed the dust to settle on Issue 001. It’s fair to say that Printworks went above and beyond our wildest expectation during its debut season of events. Week-to-week it just kept getting bigger. In a few short months Printworks went from being an ex-printing facility being used as an event space, to earning a reputation as a venue.

Although it remained closed for the summer months, Pritnworks are eager to keep that momentum going with another finely-tuned season of programming. Running from October to December in a genre-spanning 10-week run, Issue 002 will pick-up right where Issue 001 left off.

Printworks kick-off with full fanfare on Saturday 7th October. They’ve spared no expense on the line-up, and it plays to Printworks’ strength as an industrial temple of techno. Ellum Audio boss Maceo Plex heads things up, and he’s joined by an elite supporting cast. Berlin stronghold Dystopian’s Rødhåd and Monoloc are joined by London favourite Daniel Avery. In addition they’re delighted to be welcoming Italian brothers Mind Against back to Printworks. Rising Belgian star Charlotte de Witte is invited off the back of her sterling display at Junction 2 earlier this summer. Elsewhere Vril and Edward will be performing live shows. Expect plenty of dark, ominous tones with some mind-bending production & lighting.

Next-up Printworks are psyched to give South African export Black Coffee a 5-hour platform to showcase his deep sounds. After suffering paralysis down his left-side as a teenager, his story is one of perseverance and, ultimately, hope. He’ll be curating the lineup with some special guests soon.

Printworks are thrilled to invite back long-term collaborators The Hydra for another date on 21st October. During Issue 001 the London-based promoters sparked the curiosity of a new legion of followers whilst never venturing far from their sound. Their impeccably crafted line-ups included Floating Points, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Koze and Daphni amongst others.

On 28th October they celebrate 25 Years of infamous DNB label RAM records. Founded by the legendary Andy C and run alongside Red One, RAM’s decorated alumni reads like a who’s who of Drum & Bass: Chase & Status, SubFocus, Wilkinson, Bad Company, Delta Heavy, Frankee… we could go on. At the moment the line-up is a tightly guarded secret, but in true RAM fashion we’re expecting nothing less than to be blow away.

Sign up for priority tickets now at www.printworkslondon.co.uk

 

Percolate Open Air

Britain’s climate is a cruel mistress. No business feels its bitter sense of irony more than the business of outdoor music events. Festivals and day parties can be planned with the highest of hopes as April’s ticket punters dream of an August filled with hazy days of sunburnt two-stepping. At the same time however, we are all crossing our fingers. The UK’s weather is a game of chance and the dice is loaded. Its sting was all too present in the Uber journey to an obscure ‘island’ in East London as July’s month long heatwave yielded to the all too familiar grey. However, Mother Nature forgot two things: how hardy us Brits are to a spot of rain and how great a Percolate party is, regardless of precipitation. It rained and rained but spirits never dampened, brollies raised high in elation.

With five years of experience under their belt, Percolate’s first foray into festival-sized shenanigans was far from a fumble. The organisers shunned unnecessary bells and whistles, focussing on what really we all really came for, good DJs playing on good sound systems; something that London outdoor events fail to deliver more often than they should due to sound restrictions. No such problems here. The sound quality on the towering main stage was brilliantly powerful and warm, so much so that even from our spot some distance back, we still felt very much in the middle of the action.

It was a similar success story for the DJ programming. The roster avoided the same old ticket-shifting superstars in favour of some of the finest selectors across all flavours of house and techno, from the clinically precise techno of Objekt to the acid party starters Paranoid London. For us, it was all about the inimitable DJ Koze. Rarely seen in London, we snapped the opportunity to catch him at the helm of a big system. His headline set was all we had hoped for, eclectic and unusual, layering wonky cuts like ‘Atom TM – Ich Bin Maine Maschine’ over heaving house and techno basslines. A quick intermission trip to the smaller second stage for Sonja Moonear was another highlight, energising the crowd for the final hour with splinter-sharp electro.

As the day drew to a close, Koze played us out with an encore spin of his now anthemic edit of Låpsley – Operator, much to a soggy crowd’s delight. As its disco chords filled the night sky, we took a moment to reflect; Percolate’s next big step was a triumph in expanding their intimate family knees-up vibes to the big open air platform. Here’s hoping there’s a 2018 return for the party in the perfectly round park.

Words by David March.

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Photos credit: Michael Njunge and Gemma Bell for Here & Now

 

 

Eastern Electrics 2017

Blessed with beautiful weather and tantalising techno sounds, our Saturday at Eastern Electrics was the perfect mid-Summer highlight. The crowds flocked to South London’s Morden Park for a day of house, techno, and – with this years’ new addition of the Rinse FM stage – drum & bass, grime and garage. With a wonderfully curated line-up ahead, championing a selection of both underground and more renowned music names from a multitude of genres, we were ready for a day of mixed musical adventures.

Our day started with a high energy set from pocket rocket DJ Barely Legal, that had the Rinse FM tent full with good vibes and happy ravers. After an injection of bass we headed out to explore and floated from stage to stage, bouncing to upbeat house sounds as we went. Each stage at the festival had its own individual identity, both musically and aesthetically, each celebrating their own distinctive sound. Further highlight sets included Sir Spyro, My Nu Leng, Franky Rizardo, Âme and of course, King Carl Cox who ended the festival on the Eastern Electrics main stage.

As well as smashing the ball out of the park musically, Eastern Electrics was a breeze of a festival. With a variety of food, drink, chill-out areas and a cashless wristband system, it really was a pleasant place to be. For more information, visit www.easternelectrics.com.

 

elrow: Final London Show for 2017

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017 | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
www.elrowtownlondon.com

The players have been revealed for elrow‘s two-day Rowlympic Games extravaganza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017.

Sonic athletes from across Clubland are limbering-up to show elrow Town their best, with champion disc-spinners Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Eats Everything and Idris Elba all marked out as top-prize contenders at the festival-scale show.

With years of training under their belts, dancefloor heavy-weights will compete for the biggest tune. Taking their places at the starting blocks will be Butch, dishing out his callisthenics-at-120bpm house rhythms, Riva Starr offering cardio workout floor-fillers, techno sprinter Jasper James, Route 94 and his workout-ready deep grooves, and, fresh off the treadmill, Robert James. Passing the baton along will be the incredibly agile Lauren Lane and long-distance clubber Shadow Child with a UK vs Germany doubles-round from The 2 Bears plus Santé & Sidney Charles.

Representing some of the brightest rising stars in their field and bringing a whole new dimension to the show, marathon man William Djoko, Man Power, Mele, Crazy Cousinz, Marcus Nasty and DJ gymnast Lord Leopard will have their eyes on poll position, whilst for the first time ever at elrow, the bass music heavy-lifting unit will be throwing down garage classics and UK funky with the likes of The Menendez Brothers, Jus Now, DJ Die, Chimpo and the iconic Foundation pairing of Sticky & Scott Garcia taking over their own dedicated space within Rowlympic Village, inviting elrow’s townsfolk to unleash their gun-fingers and running-men to some of the best in British bass.

With the home-ground advantage elrow’s feisty resident squad will be delivering high-octane performances, with Marc Maya, De La Swing, Toni Varga, George Privatti and Bastian Bux completing elrow Town London‘s Rowlympics team.

elrow’s final event in London this year, and biggest show to date will offer a 360° immersive experience, housing three of elrow’s party themes within the elaborately constructed, custom-made town setting, complete with the wacky characters, larger-than-life production and swirling confetti now synonymous with the brand.

Saturday tickets sold out in just 4 hours, with final tickets for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony available here: www.elrowtownlondon.com

 

SW4 Is Coming: See You On The Common

It’s that time again. We are 14 years deep into raving on the common. When the suburbs become home to Electronic Music Enthusiasts for a weekender of non-stop, feel-good, finely-tuned immenseness!

SW4 like no other London fest, has always been the hottest ticket in town, and continues to grow even stronger, with 2017 promising to be the loudest SW4 yet! Increased sound levels, London’s most upbeat bill of the season and the bank holiday vow to deliver a weekend to remember.

Here are our Top 8 artists we are on countdown to see:

PENDULUM
Pendulum are reforming in 2017. You heard it here. Closing the show on Saturday, Pendulum will be headlining and coming back with their first show for six years. This can only be monumental. Having been lucky enough to catch Pendulum a few times the first time around, they never failed to disappoint with their unbelievable energy and ability to get the crowd hyped.

SAM FELDT
We heard rumours that Sam Feldt will be gracing the stage with his full band and we cannot wait! A non-traditional move for SW4, the Capital FM Arena boasts this fresh faced international superstar, who since his mix of ‘Show Me Love’ has been ultimately unstoppable.

TOM ZANETTI
Ok then, watch what we say then… if you like Tom Zanetti, Saturday’s your day then. With his northern charm taking the season by storm, Zanetti is tipped to be our absolute crowd pleaser, geezer at SW4. Someone get us a plastic Champagne Flute of bubbles immediately.

ERIC PRYDZ
Having graced London recently, we cannot get enough of Eric Prydz. Prydz will be storming SW4 and gracing the usually suburban Clapham Common with anthem after anthem and we literally can’t wait to throw our hands up and all of our caution to the wind.

JAX JONES
Jax Jones can do no wrong. Perfecting that feel-good, I can do anything tune, we are ready to rave with our friends and strangers united. Come and find us in the crowd and we’ll cut our best Clapham shapes with you – guaranteed.

DISCIPLES
UK, South London based collective, Disciples have been giving us feels for some time now and we are stoked to see them right in their own stomping ground.

LAIDBACK LUKE
Make sure you don’t miss DJ and Producer Laidback Luke. If you are anywhere, make sure that you’re in The Ministry of Sound Arena on Sunday for this genius to take over your soul.

OXIDE & NEUTRINO
Because they are an absolute institution. Taking it back to the old skool, Oxide and Neutrino are a sure thing. Unmistakable beats taking over London again. They never, ever left really.

SW4 takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017 and both dates are absolutely unmissable. Visit www.southwestfour.com for tickets and info.

Let the Electronic take over. See you on the Common.

Words by Simran Samra.

The Warehouse Project 2017 Opening Weekend Revealed

Following the sold out LCD Soundsystem launch weekend, The Warehouse Project are excited to reveal the second installment of the WHP17 opening sequence.

Taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September at their spiritual home of Store Street, The WHP17 opening weekend showcases some of the most exciting and respected names in house and techno.

Friday 23rd September welcomes DJ duo The Martinez Brothers, who’ll take over Room 1 of the underground car park, joined on the night by the likes of Eats Everything, Solardo, Josh Butler, Jacky, De La Swing, Latmun, Elliot Adamson and a special B2B set from Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed.

Saturday 24th September sees an eleven hour dance-floor marathon, starring Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock, Bicep, Ben UFO, Midland, Raresh, Job Jobse, Tom Trago, Peggy Gou, Mall Grab, OR:LA, Saoirse plus many more.

For those who have registered for the pre-sale, tickets are available from 9am on Wednesday 5th July. General sale tickets will be available from 9am this Thursday 6th July, via The Warehouse Project website: www.thewarehouseproject.com

FULL OPENING WEEKEND LINE-UP:

Friday 22nd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 1
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS / EATS EVERYTHING / PATRICK TOPPING B2B RICHY AHMED / SOLARDO / JOSH BUTLER / JACKY / DE LA SWING / LATMUN / ELLIOT ADAMSON / NEVERDOGS / JESSE CALOSSO / PIRATE COPY / SIAN BENNETT / OLLI RYDER & LUKE WELSH / AJ CHRISTOU / MVSON COLLECTIVE / BRODYR

Saturday 23rd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 2
RICARDO VILLALOBOS / SETH TROXLER / BEN KLOCK / BICEP / BEN UFO / MIDLAND / RARESH / JOB JOBSE / TOM TRAGO / PEGGY GOU / MALL GRAB / OR:LA / SAOIRSE / RIKKI HUMPHREY / KRYSKO / GREG LORD / ZUTEKH DJS

Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone at the Royal Albert Hall

The excitement was palpable for the Harry Potter Heads amongst us. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we took our seats, the lights dipped and we were introduced to the orchestra and the composer.

It’s a joy to see a film which has been enjoyed repeatedly throughout the years, disembodied to bring forward the craft and art which makes the movie so spectacular.

There were times when I lost myself in the the film, forgetting the full scale Orchestra was right before my eyes, and other times I was absorbed completely by the orchestra losing sight of the movie and the subtitles allowing the magic of the music to lose me in its magnitude.

The harpist took over the audiences hearts and stood out spectacularly as she plucked her way through the score. A noteworthy moment was the scene in which ‘Fluffy the three headed dog’ was being soothed to sleep by the harp and suddenly the harp stopped- the absence of play was truly striking.

Watching it all unfold at the Royal Albert hall was a breathtaking venue and allowed everyone in the round to have a great view from anywhere in the theatre, however I can’t help but feel that the closer you are to the stage, the greater the dramatic impact of the orchestra would be.

Dress up in your Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin regalia and lose yourself amongst other Harry Potter fans and allow yourself to be engrossed into the magnitude of the music.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore – “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

Words by Simran Samra.

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