Monday, June 14th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
Update – Check out the earPIPE Sonar Disco Map Here.
This weekend Barcelona becomes the centre of attention as Sonar festival rolls into town. The festival itself is a jam packed 3 days and 2 nights of music and art featuring the likes of Plastikman, The Chemical Brothers and Roxy Music. However its not just the festival that garners all the attention, as for the same weekend Barcelona turns into a thriving party city with what are now known as the Off Sonar parties. This year we’re spoilt for choice in terms of party venues. We’ve got parties on beaches, on rooftops, on terraces, on boats and at secret villas. There’s even a few parties happening in them there nightclubs. There’s a lot to pick from so here’s what we think is looking pretty hot for the weekend. › Continue reading
Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
For your consideration – a few things happening this weekend, and they’re all underground quite literally in basements.
Warm at Plastic People with Steve Bug (Info)
London just can’t get enough of the Bug at the moment. He’s been popping up all over the place of recent times. This Friday sees him in the intimate surrounds of Plastic People for Warm. Steve Bugs mix of electronic house will be perfect for the low ceilings of the plastic people basement. However this perfect match of DJ and venue has caught the eye of many. So if you haven’t got one of the few tickets that went on sale you › Continue reading
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Event Reviews | No Comments
It took them a while but here it is, a small slice of the fabric 10th birthday for you to take home, courtesy of Ivan Smagghe. His set from Sunday evening was definitely one of the highlight sets from the weekend, slotted in between the formidable Terry Francis and the supremo Steve Bug, Ivan pitched his set just right to set room 1 alight. So sit back, listen and enjoy, and if you were there re-live a few memories. Also don’t forget the Smaggster will be down at fabric again to see the new year in. Check our NYE guide here for more details, or skip the decision making and buy tickets from Ticketweb.
You can download the mix from here, just right click save as, or stream it from the player below.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 | Event Preview | 1 Comment
So I guess I should do some NYE recommendations since it’s that time of year again. However I might be a little late on the ball these days as you practically need to start planning your NYE activities in the summer. But if you’re still stuck for something to do here goes:
Eastern Electrics (Buy Tickets)
Top of the picks again is Eastern Electrics. Last year’s party was quite phenomenal – great line up, good crowd and interesting location. This year is more of the same. Headlining the main room is the amazing Steve Bug, he’ll be bringing in the new year with his 11pm set. Shonky is in there for some moral support whilst the BLOC folk take over the second room with a seriously dubbed out line-up – Kode 9, Appleblim and Plastician. Finally Man Make Music host the third room with a couple of bumping headliners in the form of Justin Martin and Riva Starr, a pretty stellar line-up for new years. Location wise they’ve taken over some railway arches, this time in London Bridge, next door to the new Shard building on St Thomas Street three minutes walk from the station. Tickets are selling out extremely fast so get them now at a relatively reasonable £32.50. › Continue reading
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 | Event Reviews | 4 Comments
Pictures by Nick Ensing and Nik Torrens from Resident Advisor
The last 10th birthday I attended was about nineteen odd years ago on a Saturday afternoon and it consisted of a bouncy castle, some jelly and ice cream along with a goody bag full of sweets and a slice of cake. Fabric’s 10th birthday however was to say the least a little different. I didn’t really see any jelly and ice cream on offer, although there were bananas and a BBQ for nutritional support. It was lacking a bouncy castle, although you could say the mechanical rodeo bull was a grown up version of it. And the only goody bag you were likely to see would have been the inside of a body bag due to excessive celebration. But what fabric lacked in traditional 10th birthday festivities they totally made up for with their 30 hour marathon and the most impeccable line-up you would ever lay eyes on. The hardest decision was not whether to go but when to go. The guarded set times along with the massive array of talent that were going to play meant you either stayed for the two whole days to catch everyone or picked your time wisely to catch as much as possible.
Despite all the birthday options going off across the capital I ended up plumping for the quite civilised (really? do civilised people do this?) Sunday morning arrival with a quiet Saturday night under my belt. The first taste of fabric came thundering through the floorboards of Smiths, the bar next door to fabric. Popping in to start the day with a fry up, a quick glance across the bar saw a mix of glee and confusion on the faces of the other diners as their plates vibrated across the table to the bass and beats of room 1 pounding through the floor. Quite a surreal experience, especially for those just there for their Sunday paper read and breakfast.
As surreal experiences go that was just the first for the day. On entering the club it was odd to see club casualties crashing out with massive smiles on their faces ready to be replaced by fresh faced party revellers. It was going to be interesting to see how well the sober new comers would mix with the inebriated after partiers, › Continue reading
Friday, October 2nd, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
get em whilst they’re hot… They’re probably not going to be sticking around long either… Don’t forget to book the foreseeable future off from life as this party is sure to create the hangover of hangovers!
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
Only great things make their 10th anniversary. House music has been going for plus 20 years now. A Technics turntable often lives well beyond 10 years without any problems. Harry Patch celebrated eleven decades on this planet which itself has been in existence for 450 million decades. And most importantly my pair of lucky boxers celebrated turning ten the other week. there are a few holes, tears and stains, but by god they’re comfortable.
Another thing that’s turning ten in October will be Fabric. After busting through the super club crash of the early noughties. At a time where large clubs and nights were ending due to a loss of appetite for big room trance in soulless douldrums, Fabric remained unphased and continued sticking to its underground music policy to pull through the tough times in club land. Their music policy paid off and the club’s popularity rose with the upward trends of underground house and techno as well as the emergence of breakbeat and the second wind of drum n bass. Before long, from the strength of the nights along with their much revered CD series Fabric were setting the trends and becoming the template for what clubs should be doing. › Continue reading
Thursday, August 6th, 2009 | Event Preview | 2 Comments
All things exciting seem to point to Clapham Common on the bank holiday weekend. But in all honesty, it’s not really all that it’s cracked up to be. Here are some reasons why not to waste your time on the common and some canny alternatives.
Being stuck in the heart of Clapham means you’re in the middle of a massive residential area. Residential area equals people with dogs, children, twitching curtains and a massive thirst for pissing on any parade. Call me crazy but these people hate it when their windows are vibrating during afternoon tea. Unfortunately they also pay taxes and actually have a say in how the world is run. So despite the soundsystem probably having tens of thousands of watts bottled up at its disposal, you can probably expect that the local council has it capped to a dreary cesspit tap drip. So the only way you’re going to hear anything of worth is if you’ve camped out inside the bass bin like some free party crusty.
What you need is some grotty warehouse space where you can crank it up a few notches. It just so happens that Eastern Electrics will be holed up in some grotty warehouse space › Continue reading
Some Fun Things Been Happening Over The Last Couple Weeks | Secretsundaze, Eastern Electrics and Superfreq!!
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 | Event Reviews | No Comments
This weekend has been relatively quiet (and a little wet) so I’ve had a bit of time to tell you where I’ve been. First, two weeks ago was yet another bank holiday weekend and the Sunday was set as the big night since Saturday was reserved for watching a fat Manc get decked by a cheeky chappy Phillipino. Anyways Secretsundaze started their summer of events with their opening party on the THAT terrace out in the middle of nowhere (well no where in Greenwich with no Jubilee line). It was touch and go whether the weather was going to be good but Mother Nature for once pulled through and the terrace was to be blessed with sunshine all afternoon. Sunshine, drinking and outdoor dancing is just a great combination. The crowd were really up for it and despite some pretty shaky mixing, apparently due to some technical difficulties, the party still went off. Brothers Vibe did a great job of changing up gears from evening to night whilst Melon was knocking out some great grooving house beats. Move D early on was good but maybe a little too deep for my liking. Being tired and hungover whilst hearing some laid back deep grooves can make one a little sleepy however it did go well with the sunshine and glamorous crowd. So despite the awkward location and shaky mixing Secretsundaze was in my eyes a success. › Continue reading
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 | Event Preview | No Comments
Tally Ho! There is a rather large weekend on the horizon and it’s not even a bank holiday or anything special like that. Why would the gods bless us with such entertainment? I don’t have the answer to that. All I do know is that some serious fun can be had and I mean that with a capital S. First up, if you like your hip hop with a bit of humour then Fabric is right up your street. They have Yoda and DJ Format, truly the greatest DJs of the happy fun hip hop genre. If that doesn’t wet your whistle they stuck the Scratch Perverts in there for shits n giggles. But wait, we’re not done yet. We haven’t even talked about room 2 yet. Goldie, Dillinja, High Contrast, Commix and Nu:Tone. That’s pretty much everything that’s good about drum n bass in one place. If Fabric were to collapse that night the genre would be in dire straits. Tickets are still available, get em whilst their hot, else you’ll be stuck in a queue until next week: Buy Tickets Here
So that will kick your weekend off, but the main event for us is of course Field Day. We’ve been banging on about it a little. Take note of our useful guide of things we would like to see or our little chat with organiser Tom Baker. Taking place this Saturday at London’s Victoria Park, it’s sure to be a giggle with bands and DJs from that field they call left as well as a country style village fete. Surely a winner and at sub £30 you don’t even need to question the purchase. Hurry now if you have got one, I’ll even point you in the right direction: Buy Tickets Here
Of course day time fun is one thing night time is the other. And this Saturday its about Fabric….again… .You maybe sick of those three rooms from Friday, but this lineup is just too good to pass up. First of all room one is being headlined by the prince of dark regretimized music. Our man from Brighton who rocks Berlin it is of course Radioslave. He’s being supported by Sebo K, Mobilee man of mystery. His deluxe deep and dark house sounds will be perfect for that main room. Down the corridor they’ve gone and shoved in the Scottish Sunday party fiends Optimo! They also have stalwart Andrew Weatherhall chipping in too. Then in room three Greg Wilson is serving up a hot dish of electro funk. Richards and Francis will be there to make sure the place don’t burn down too. Probably one of the best Fabric lineups I’ve seen for a long time. Definitely get involved: Buy Tickets Here
If you haven’t moved into the foetal position come Sunday morning. Then those that like their Sunday afternoon’s debauched can head to Secretsundaze where they have once again taken over the Ministry courtyard. The parties have been fun all summer and this one will be no exception. They have got Pokerflat maestro Steve Bug!! I don’t even need to say anymore. Tickets are still available: Buy Tickets Here
So there you have it. Four great parties. Please do indulge.
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