The Metropolitan Police have vowed to crack down on illegal parties across the capital, as COVID-19 restrictions mean nightclubs are still closed.
Over 1000 unlicensed parties have taken place in London since June and a senior Metropolitan Police officer, Commander Ade Adelekan, has said the Met will come down hard on any illegal events.
He said: “I make no apology for the Met’s exhaustive efforts to shut down the dangerous and exploitative unlicensed music events which we have seen across London. Since the end of June, the Met has responded to more than 1,000 events. More at Mixmag
The first night of The Virgin Money Unity Arena concert series
The UK’s first large-scale socially distanced outdoor concert took place at Gosforth Park in Newcastle last night (Tuesday 11th August)
Socially distanced venue The Virgin Money Unity Arena at Newcastle Racecourse is hosting a series of shows throughout August and into September, with a variety of bands including The Bootleg Beatles, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison set to perform.
There are also comedy performances from Jason Manford, Bill Bailey and Jimmy Carr, plus events for kids including Dinosaur World Live.
Last night, local musician Sam Fender open proceedings with a completely sold out concert.
A total of 2,500 people attended the show who were all standing in 500 mini enclosures, 2 metres apart, with each one holding up to five people. It’s estimated that without social distancing, the venue could have held up to 45,000 fans.
Each platform had seats, allowed a great view of the stage, and attendees ordered food and drinks to their enclosures to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Read more at Planetradio
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world. Before you catch the VIRUS read this:
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Ultra Music Festival in Miami has officially been cancelled.
After meeting with Miami city officials earlier today amid the coronavirus outbreak, the festival has made the decision to cancel its 2020 flagship event. This will be the first time since the festival’s inception in 1999 that it will not go on as planned.
According to the Miami Herald, “City officials have yet to announce details of the change because attorneys are ironing out the legal issues tied to the decision, including the length of the delay, sources said.”
Last year the festival was forced to Virginia Key after Miami officials voted against renewing Ultra’s contract at Bayfront Park. Ultra was voted back this year, to the delight of tens of thousands of fans. The lineup included many of the festival’s heaviest hitters, with the exception of Tiësto who wasn’t on the lineup for the first time since 2006. Subtronics, Kayzo, Fisher, Charlotte de Witte, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and more were all scheduled to perform.
Caprices, which will take on a new format for 2020 — Caprices
presents Modernity. It will now take place across 2 weekends in the
Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on April 17-19 & April 24-26, 2020
Secondly, Caprices’ Moon Stage from previous years will give
way to two brand new stages, The
Forest Stage and The Chalet Stage. Performers across the two weekends
include Ricardo Villalobos,
Archie Hamilton, Sonja Moonear, Magda, Traumer, Priku, Ion Ludwig, Marco
Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Behrouz,
Adriatique, YokoO and more
Caprices is home to one of the most visually stunning music
venues in the world, The Modernity Stage, a greenhouse-like structure that sits
2,200m above sea level offering panoramic views of the crystalline skies and
snow-capped mountain vista. Three new stages will be in place this year —
firstly a new daytime stage at Cry D’Er to complement Modernity, plus the Moon
stage from previous years will give way to two brand new stages, The Forest Stage and The Chalet Stage.
The resort itself boasts a broad selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants,numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre and a variety of entertainment including 140km of pistes, 100,000m² snow park, illuminated ice rink and an eco museum.
For its 17th edition, Caprices
presents its new concept: Modernity
2 X Higher, spreading over two weekends on April 17-19 & April
24-26, 2020. Marco Carola,
Jamie Jones, Luciano, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Ricardo Villalobos,
Adriatique will be amongst
more than 53 of the most prominent artists of the moment, who will gather in
Crans-Montana. Three new stages have been announced, one new daytime stage at Cry D’Er plustwo new night
stages that will host various
national and international festival and club brands.
Modernity 2 X Higher
Located 2,200 meters on the Cry D’Er
terrace with a breath-taking panoramic view in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Modernity stage continues to attract more
customers from around the world wishing to live this unique clubbing
experience. For its 17th edition, the event’s organizing committee wanted to
extend the festival over two weekends from April 17 to 19 and from April 24 to
26 in order to offer not 3 but 6 Modernity events. A second daytime stage,
located in the Club Cry D’Er on the Modernity site, will be offered to the
public in order to offer them a choice of programming.
The most influential artists on the
scene responded to the call for the new concept. The first weekend of the
festival will notably welcome artists such as Sven
Väth, Adriatique, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Behrouz, Chaim, Yokoo, Lunar Disco,
Parallells (Live), Guti (Live), Traumer, Archie Hamilton, Ion Ludwig, Britta
Arnold, Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder and
On the second weekend, the mountains
will vibrate with the sounds of Marco
Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Marco Faraone,
Osunlade, Mathew Jonson, Magda, Agents of time, Michel Cleis, Alex Kostic,
Skizzo, Steve Rachmad, Cesar Merveille, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and many more.
New Night Stages
Caprices’s Moon stage from previous
years will give way to two new stages — the Forest Stage and the Chalet Stage — which have been imagined and
programmed in collaboration with renowned national and international festival
and club partners. On the international side, you will find party labels such
as: Esto Es Tulum from Mexico, Epizode from Vietnam, Pyramid from Ibiza,Gypsyland from Italy,Aum from Paris, Slapfunk Records from Nethereland and many others. On the national side,
the leading players on the Swiss scene will be associated such as the D! Club and Folklor of Lausanne, Secret Society of Geneva, Terrazza of Zurich. The full
programme for each evening will be announced shortly.
Maxime Léonard, in charge of the
artistic part, comments “It
is an immense honour for us to be able to bring together around the festival so
many important artists / festivals / clubs on the international scene. It’s a
huge sign of recognition for us! In addition, on the artistic level, this
allows for extremely interesting sharing work, and allows us to offer
programmes from recognized artists and newcomers from all over the world.”
The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market.
With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement.
But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.
The Temple The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.
The Ark The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.
‘Til the break of dawn A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.
In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.
It’s never too early for the summer events season to start heating up. Marco Carola‘s Music On Festival is primed to usher in the summer vibes with a stacked billing for the event’s 2020 return to Amsterdam. Havenpark will host the May 9 – 10 event, named after Carola’s long running weekly Ibiza party, with some of the day’s top techno talent. This year’s lineup includes Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, Danny Tenaglia, tINI, Solardo, Stacey Pullen, Benny Rodrigues, Lauren Lane and many more.
Gearing up for its fourth run, Music On Festival is pulling techno haymakers from across the world—from Detroit and New York to France and Italy—for one of the most anticipated two-night events of the summer. See the full Music On 2020 lineup below.
If you’ve ever hoped for a Tomorrowland of techno, then make room in your planner for Awakenings Festival, the world’s largest outdoor techno event. This year the Netherlands event celebrates its 20th edition with a lineup as deep as it is wide, presenting sets from the pound for pound techno icons like Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, and Derrick May alongside a true buffet of the genre’s new breed.
While Awakenings billed as a techno festival, its lineup builds a truly vibrant sonic collage within the genre. In 2020 fans can expect sets from 99999999, Richie Hawtin, Boris Brejcha, Ricardo Villalobos, Speedy J, Joris Voorn, ANNA, Charlotte De Witte, and Tale of Us among literally a hundred other DJs who sit at the top of the electronic game.
To celebrate having its roots planted firmly in Amsterdam’s techno culture, Awakenings took to the canal’s for this year’s lineup announcement with an hour-long acid journey from Reinier Zonneveld, whose electro-tinged brand of techno has gained him particular notoriety in the Dutch scene.
Maceo Plex’s three aliases are set to converge in a kinetic live initiative that merges all of his musical identities into one for the very first time. Maceo Plex, real name Eric Estornel, will conjoin his three respective monikers—Maceo Plex, Maetrik, and Mariel Ito— in his inaugural performance as M3.
Attendees of the seminal performance, slated for March 14, can expect M3 to be a potent blend of electronic styles, with industrial inflection from Estornel’s primary, techo-centric project, Maceo Plex, crepuscular live production from Maetrik, and electro from Mariel Ito. Estornel has designed M3 as a “three-part, multidimensional sensory experience” complete with not only lasers and graphic visuals but also “a live interactive holographic performance,” according to a press statement. The inaugural M3 event will be held at El Pueblo in de Los Ángeles Historical Monument. Of note, M3 will mark the first time that the outdoor space has hosted an event of this nature.