Confirmed! John Digweed and Sasha Announce World Tour

Sasha Digweed

 

On April Fool’s day, last Friday, we published what was obviously labeled as an April Fool’s story (complete with said statement) that John Digweed and Sasha were set to reunite for a back-to-back world tour over the spring and summer months.

What begun as a joke seems to have turned into reality, as both pioneers later that day announced a united project set to begin in September of 2016. They followed the announcement with a live website link where fans can sign up for more information: 

 

While this announcement from both artists at first appeared to be a continuation of a viral April Fool’s joke, it is now being confirmed through other souces that it is in fact happening.

Below you can find the original April Fool’s Article:

“The day many electronic music fans have been waiting for since 2010 is finally here: the legendary John Digweed and Sasha have finally announced a back-to-back world tour to take place over this coming summer.

The news follows their first return behind the decks together during Digweed’s Bedrock showcase at Ministry of Sound in London last weekend. The two legendary producers made waves in the 90s electronic music scene with legendary marathon sets that blurred the lines of progressive house, trance and techno. Reportedly they hadn’t played together since WMC Boat Party in March 2010.

The World Tour will begin in April and end in July, taking the duo through Latin America, South America and Europe. While not all dates have been announced yet, we know the duo will start things off at Exchange LA in between their scheduled Coachella performances and will continue on to a Warehouse party in Chicago, Output in Brooklyn and Stereo Montreal before jetting off for dates in South America. There, confirmed appearances include Warung in Brazil and Baum in Colombia with TBA stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima in Peru. The majority of the tour is set to take place in Europe, with stops at The Warehouse Project in Manchester, fabric in London, DUDE CLUB in Milan, Mondo in Madrid, Watergate in Berlin and many more.

 

 

Announced dates below. More TBA:

Sat, Apr 22nd – Exchange, Los Angeles

Thurs, Apr 28th – Output, New York City

Fri, Apr 29th – TBA Warehouse, Chicago

Sat, Apr 30th – Stereo, Montreal

Fri, May 6th – Baum Bogotá, Colombia

Sat, May 7th – TBA, Lima, Perú

Fri, May 13th – TBA, Buenos Airses, Argentina

Sat, May 14th – Warung Beach Club, Brazil

Thurs, May 19th – Mint Club, Leeds

Fri, May 20th – The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Sat, May 21st – fabric, London

Thurs, June 2nd – DUDE CLUB, Milan

Fri, June 3rd – D! Club, Lausanne

Sat, June 4th – Nordstern, Basel

Wed, June 8th – Mondo Madrid

Thurs, June 9th – Razzmatazz, Barcelona

Sun, June 12th – Sundays at Space, Ibiza

Sat, June 18th – Watergate, Berlin

Fri, June 24th – TBA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sat, June 25th – Rex Club, Paris

Sat, July 2nd – TBA Lyon, France

Sun, July 3rd – Petrol, Belgium

Fri, July 8th – Insane Pacha, Ibiza

Sat, July 9th – Bolivar Beach Club, Greece

Tue, July 12th – Carl Cox Revolution, Space Ibiza

Sat, July 16th – Space Moscow, Russia

Thurs, July 21st – Zrce Beach, Croatia

 

Connect with Sasha: Online / Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud

Connect with John Digweed: Online / Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud

Published: April 1st, 2016 – April Fools Day”

Be-at.TV Will Stream Video Inside Berghain for Special Broadcast

Marcel Dettmann Berghain

The Klubnacht marathons inside Berghain on Saturday nights are nothing short of legendary. With arguably the most well curated lineups between the Mainroom of Berghain and Panorama Bar, the venue has become an international hot spot for good reason. In a special one off event, B-at.tv will be conducting a live stream from inside Berghain on Saturday, April 2nd. Read more

Seth Troxler BBQ Permanently Relocates To London

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Smokey Tails, a so-called ‘Beats & Eats’ pop-up restaurant created by the one and only Seth Troxler, Jo Vidler (Wilderness Festival co-founder), and culinary wiz Jona Ahearne has seen enormous success, with Troxler bringing the BBQ joint along with him for a number of residencies, hitting cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Miami, and Amsterdam. After seeing overwhelmingly positive reception, the three co-founders have decided to secure a permanent location for the Smokey Tails brand, which will be permanently incorporated into Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen (2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1, 6NU, smack in the middle of East London’s robust culinary scene. The christening of this new location will begin on April 22. As Troxler says, “Music and food for me go hand in hand, they warm body and soothe the soul. With Smokey Tails I wanted to give people the same food that fed my soul through my childhood. We really wanted to create a place where I could share the food and spirit of my home and the recipes of my family.”

seth troxler bbq restaurant grilling

 

Win 2 Tickets to MK and Amine Edge & DANCE at The Mid Chicago on April 8th

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On Friday April 8th the Mid Chicago will play host to both MK (Marc Kinchen) and G-house duo Amine Edge & DANCE as part of the club’s Mayhem Friday series.

We have teamed up with the club to give you the opportunity to win 2 tickets to the show. Must be 21+ to enter – all you have to do is follow the instructions in the widget below.

Tickets are also available for sale through Clubtix.

Make sure you RSVP on the Official FB Event Page for show information.

Win 2 Tickets to MK and Amine Edge & DANCE at The Mid Chicago on April 8th (Contest on Hive.co)
Connect with MK: Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud
Connect with Amine Edge & DANCE: Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud

#TBT Series: Relive Some Of The Best Frankie Knuckles Moments Caught on Video

Frankie

 

The 31st of March is a special and bittersweet date for house music fans all over the world. I still remember exactly where I was in Chicago two years ago when the city and the world were hit with the heart-breaking news that Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather of House, had passed away due to complications linked to a diabetes conditions.

At first the date became symbol of loss, but it has since evolved to a day of celebration for the immense legacy Frankie has left behind. His contributions to the world of dance and electronic music span four decades. Frankie was born in the Bronx in New York City and later moved to Chicago, following his work with the influential Larry Levan – a childhood friend and fellow DJ. He played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of house music in Chicago in the late 70’s and early 80’s, his impact continuing right up until the sad day of his passing as a world-touring DJ and resident at the iconic Smart Bar Chicago.

When I had the immense luck of moving from Europe to the States to go to college, I chose Chicago. That choice allowed me to see Frankie work his magic behind the decks on several occasions, and to meet him after one of his performances too. We had drinks and star-struck, I thanked him for everything he did and how much his life had shaped mine. While I am sure he had heard those words countless of times before, he took the time to ask about me and encourage my curiosity and love for house and electronic music. Being in Chicago for his passing and its anniversary a year later was nothing short of touching. Our city mourned, but our city also celebrated his life the way we do best: with music. Thousands, old and young, of all races, gender, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds united in front of the Chicago’s symbolic “Bean” in Millenium Park to pay homage to Frankie and the gift he gave us, an official tribute organized by the City of Chicago. It hit me that evening that even in his death, Frankie and house music continues and will forever continue to unite.


Last year, two special celebrations in Frankie’s honor were held at Gramaphone Records and Smart Bar Chicago, both broadcast by Boiler Room with music by The Black Madonna, Hyperactive, Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Gene Farris, Mike Dunn, Jamie 3:26, Andrew Emil, Alan King and Elbert Phillips. Energetic, electric, passionate and bustling with emotions, both events were both a tribute and a party in his honor. The poster from that day hangs in my living room and will forever be a part of my home.

While Frankie’s career certainly dates back to years that precede the advent of social media, cellphones and the easy access to video recordings, we are lucky enough to have several videos that immortalize who he was as a man  and artist. Herein, I have compiled some of the best Frankie Knuckle moments ever caught on video with the aim to provide a small glimpse into the dance floors  and lives he shaped across the years.

Frankie rose to international fame while a resident DJ at The Warehouse, where he mixed disco classics, unusual indie-label soul, some rock and European synth-disco in such a rare and unique way that a new genre was born: House, a shortening of the club’s name where it was founded. In 1986 Frankie went on to open Power House, his very own club in the city. Chicago-based filmmaker Phil Ranstrom was there for opening night, capturing the atmosphere and interviewing the Godfather himself.

The year was 1989 and illegal raves were in full bloom both Stateside and across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom. This video captures the power of Frankie’s music, as ravers dance to his timeless rework of “Your Love,” released in 1987 with Jamie Principle on vocals.

This special short interview sees DJ’s Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Tony Humphries interviewed at The Underground Network in 1993.

This undated interview, possibly from the early to mid 90s, takes a look at Frankie’s world, the world of house music. It travels from Chicago, visiting iconic venues and Gramaphone Records where he shopped for music, to the big clubs in Ibiza that his legacy helped found.

Frankie remained an important part in Chicago’s house music scene. In this short 2005 video he played the Chicago SummerDance Series in Grant Park, a traveling DJ series organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

There is no doubt that Frankie remained as popular as ever both at home and overseas. In 2007 he performed as guest DJ at Exit Festival, held within the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia.

In early 2012 Frankie was in London to lecture alongside James Murphy for the Red Bull Music Academy. FACT TV had the pleasure of catching up with him at Red Bull’s South London studio for a two-part interview on inspiration, Philadelphia as a music mecca, and the importance of reading the liner notes.

On New Year’s Eve 2012 England’s Channel 4 held a House Party TV night which featured the Chicago legend. Soulful, groovy and as masterful as ever, it perfectly suited the welcoming of the new year for anyone watching and listening.

Next we fast forward to the 9th of May in 2013, when Frankie Knuckles headlined a stacked Boiler Room lineup with the likes of Mike Servito, House of House and Juan Maclean also performing. This NYC sixty-minute performance is quintessential Frankie Knuckles, blending elements of Chicago house with newer sounds in a way that only he could.

While these clips only provide a small look into Frankie’s world, they also serve as a reminder of the decades of influence and happiness he spread thanks to his music and infectious personality. He continues to touch the lives of millions every day, and will continue to do so for countless years to come.

Thank you #FKAlways.

 

Other articles in 6AM’s #TBT Series:

What Was It Like to Party in New York City in the Early 90’s?

 

Verboten New York Allegedly Seized By New York State

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In recent months we reported that Verboten New York had allegedly failed to pay artist and was being sued by investors for supposed fraud and mis-use of funds.

Today, news surfaced that the Brooklyn club has been seized by the State of New York as fans of the club began tweeting and sharing photos of a notice reportedly posted on the front doors of the venue.

The sign, which you can see clearly below, states that the venue has failed to pay taxes and has thus been taken in possession by the state.

There is no doubt Verboten New York played a pivotal role in the resurgence of the techno and house scene in the city of New York over the last several years, leaving many to wonder what exactly went wrong with what was considered one of the most respected clubs in the city.

 

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Movement To Touch Down In Croatia This Summer

Movement Croatia

Movement is expanding to the promised land of Croatia, dubbed by many as the new Ibiza following recent years of festival and party expansion.

Movement Croatia is set to debut this coming July with a large roster of techno and house talent that includes the likes of Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Derrick May, Octave One, Steve Rachmad, Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz, Dave Clarke and Margaret Dygas.

The Movement name has been expanding over the years, taking over the Detroit festivities in 2006 and establishing an Italian version in the northern city of Turin just over nine years ago. 2015 saw the Detroit festival touch down in Puerto Rico for a special Caribbean getaway, with the Italian version of the brand visiting Croatia for a smaller club edition last summer that now turns out was the stepping stone for the festival set to launch this July.

Tisno, 2013

Tisno, 2013

In the last few years, Croatia’s new-found status as a hot spot for electronic music festivities has seen the country benefit from thousands making the pilgrimage over the summer months. Movement Croatia will occur at The Garden Tisno, a 2,500 capacity outdoor venue that has also been home to Sunwave Croatia, Electric Elephant and Love International Festival.

Movement Croatia will offer three stages of indoor and outdoor beachside programming, as well as boat parties, with  a variety of accommodation options that range from air-conditioned apartments to camping and airstream trailers. Individual stages will be hosted by:

Movement Torino Music Festival
Circoloco
Lola ED vs Half Baked
Яeturn powered by Solid-AM
Sunday Breakfast Zurich

For more information and tickets visit Movement Croatia’s Official Website, the Official FB Event and the RA Event.

 

Pre-Order The Official Time Warp 20 YRS: The Truth Is On The Dancefloor Book

unnamed“Takes the reader on a journey through time to the first 20 years of Time Warp: The creators tell how a party for friends has become world’s renowned Techno event. Artists explain what constitutes the fascination of Time Warp. Hundreds of pictures display the energy in front and behind the stages. And the team raises the curtain to take you behind the scenes of the cosmos called Time Warp, a party which is nothing more than a party. And is still much more!”

The official Time Warp 20 YRS: The Truth Is On The Dancefloor book is available for pre-order on the Time Warp site for the reduced price of 35,00 € specially for those who pre-order it or for those who purchase it at the booth at Time Warp Mannheim. It will be available starting April 2, and the book will begin shipping out on April 5 if purchased online. Read more

Avicii Retires From Touring

Avicii

Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has had an incredibly successful career, having toured the entire world several times over and seen his original tunes and remixes rise to #1 again and again. According to Forbes, he’s been among the highest paid DJs for four years straight, netting approximately $75 million in that timeframe. Although the lifestyle of an international superstar DJ may seem like all fun and games, it can take a massive toll on the body and mind – many artists, such as Deadmau5 and Benga, have come forth to discuss the enormous toll that touring has taken on their mental health.

avicii live

In a lengthy open letter to his fans, Avicii announced that he would be retiring from touring and performing to take time to focus on his personal life: “I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them… two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.” He added that he now has “too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”

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Although 2016 will see the his final tour, Bergling made it very clear that he is not finished making music. He assures us that he will continue to produce his art, citing a desire to “speak to my fans through it.” The reaction from the DJ community has been ubiquitously encouraging, with major artists such as Steve Angello, Morgan Page, and Oliver Heldens tweeting out their support.

 

Fine Time x Acid Camp Techno Sunday With Seven Hour Set By Konstantin

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 11.31.01 AMSpring is in the air… As is the coming season of eagerly awaited techno events. This Easter Sunday a collaboration between Los Angeles promoters Fine Time and Acid Camp calls for an exclusive seven hour set with Giegling label co-founder Konstantin. The enigmatic German DJ is set for a stateside appearance, and it’s going to be a good one.  Read more