August bank holiday weekend is always a highlight in a music savvy Londoner’s diary. It’s the one weekend in the summer where the capital takes its partying to new levels with Notting Hill Carnival, and a host of other events scattered around the city. For South-West London, the weekend is now known for the annual SW4 Festival, an integral massive in the dance music calendar boasting an impressive lineup across two days. We were there last Sunday to check it out.
London watch out, because this Friday, September 2ndGet Down or Die are putting on one hell of a party at The Rhythm Factory! Throwing it down will be GDD homies Clouds, Lemmy Ashton, Jean Reno and The Get Down or Die djs! The party starts at 10pm and goes until 5am, so get there early and party late into the night with the Get Down or Die crew!
On Saturday, Smirnoff’s hotly anticipated Sensation event rolled into London for an unparalleled night of mischief in white. The setup – which drew together 22 fountains, 13 laser systems, 100 different pyrotechnic effects and 16 6-meter wide jellyfish – was like nothing we’ve ever seen. Following on from last week’s chat with the man behind it all, creative director Duncan Stutterheim, one thing he said resonated with me: “the show is close to perfection”. I’ll be the first to admit that the statement sounded a little arrogant initially, but after experiencing Saturday, I find myself in agreement.
The show was beautifully executed, and no expense was spared as the London crowd piled into the O2 Arena to be treated to a spectacle that incorporated performance art, installations, new technologies, and music from some of the world’s finest DJs. The DJs performed from a rotating booth in the centre of the dance floor, while legions of clubbers hailed them like gods dressed head to toe in white. This was a clubbing experience like no other.
The most enjoyable set on the night came from Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli, who really set the standard with some awesome techno and house, before Fedde Le Grand and Martin Solveig took the party to the next level with some huge big-room anthems. All DJs were really well received, but the night was less about the music than it was about the experience and overall staging of the event which was a total sensory overload. We had a great time, and would like to thank the Smirnoff team for their awesome hospitality.
On a night out, it’s always nice to hear praise for the work we do here at Gotta Dance Dirty, and when that praise comes from a world renowned DJ it’s even more flattering and lets us know that we must be doing something right. Getting kudos for our blog from Martin Solveig was a surreal highlight on Saturday night when we caught up with him before his headline set. You can read our exclusive interview with him after the jump… Continue Reading
We caught up with the man behind Sensation: Duncan Stutterheim for a rare interview, during which he puts to bed the question many of our Stateside readers are itching to hear an answer to: Will Sensation ever come to the US?
Get the inside scoop after the jump… Continue Reading
On Sunday we were treated to a fantastic gig from Moby as London’s month long iTunes Festival drew to a close. Camden’s Roundhouse was packed to the rafters with special guests and competition winners being treated to a really intimate show that lasted almost 2 hours. Moby ripped through a set that included hits ‘Natural Blues’, ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’, ‘Honey’, and the mighty ‘Porcelain’, while also showcasing a handful tracks from his new Destroyed record such as ‘Be The One’, ‘Sevastopol’, and ‘Lie Down In Darkness’. If you haven’t already heard Destroyed, I think it’s his most impressive work since 2002′s 18 album and one of the best records I’ve heard this year.
Sunday proved not only that Moby’s one of the most prolific songwriters and electronic producers of our age, but also that unlike so many musicians, his live shows are even more monumental than his studio work – His band were really tight, and the female vocalist who joined him had a sensational voice. Overall a great gig to be at, and you can stream the whole thing for free from iTunes here.
Special thanks to the guys at Isklar for having us along.
LDN, this Friday our friends at Metamimetic are teaming up with sister label WotNot to takeover the decks and MPCs at the City Arts & Music project in London. The two labels have curated an impressive lineup of friends and family, bringing together some of London’s freshest talent in beats, bass and house music. Friday will also see a debut from Fazhands’ new sideproject with Tiny Giant: Nicolas + Cage.
Entry’s Free, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Streets of Beige
Nicolas + Cage (Metamimetic)
Tim Parker (YSK)
Boa Boa (Dark Party)
JJ Mumbles (WotNot)
Simon O’Brien w/ Nadina (E3/FBJ)
Hosted by Sinna G & Charo
Friday 10th June 2011 // 10pm-4am
THE CAMP (City Arts & Music Project)
70-74 City Road, London, EC1Y 2BJ
LDN This Friday our friends over at Potty Mouth Disco are putting on another of their killer warehouse parties in London’s East End. Turbo Recordings‘ man of the moment Gesaffelstein will be joined by Turbo boss Thomas Von Party, as well as Koelsch and Geoffroy Mugwump from Cologne’s legendary Kompakt label. Red Ben and the PMD crew have gone all out to curate one hell of a lineup for this one, so jump on the advance ticket sales as it’s sure to pack out early.
For those not already familiar with Gesaffelstein, this guy brings the party. Check out his latest remix of Moby‘s ‘The Day’, and cruise over to Beatport to pick up the full remix package, which includes tracks from Sasha and Lifelike:
LDN – Having recently set up his new Marble label with co-founders Bobmo and Surkin, Para One is set to play an exclusive London date next Saturday at Scala in Kings Cross, where he’ll be joined by Paul Chambers and Autokratz among others. (Full Listing info after the jump)
The new French electro label was started in response to the recently disbanded Institubes imprint. A statement from Para One’s manager read: “Even though the demise of Institubes may come as a shock to the electronic music world, when Para decided to team up with the others to form Marble there was no doubt in my mind and theirs that this is going to be a huge success. It will continue to carry the French electronic sound that is already gaining worldwide attention.”
Amen to that. Here’s a 3 minute mix of Marble’s forthcoming material, including new tunes from Para One, Surkin, Das Glow, Myd, Canblaster, and Bobmo: