Ministry of Sound Head to Butlin’s Skegness with Sigma, Basement Jaxx, Tom Zanetti, High Contrast

Ministry of Sound are heading to Butlin’s Skegness for a massive weekender from November 22nd to 24th.

Headliners have been revealed as Sigma, Basement Jaxx, Tom Zanetti, High Contrast, Fabio & Groove Rider, Barely Legal and DJ Hype.

This unmissable experience will feature no less than six superb sarges hosted by Ministry of Sound as well as leading party brands Pretty Weird, Sleepin is Cheatin, Hedkandi, Euphoria, Throwback and Euphoria.

Next to the nocturnal dances, you can also look forward to day time raves, pool parties, and a non-stop mix of fun and games including pool halls, bowling, arcade game rooms, bars, big sports screens, seaside treats and much more across the site that means you can plot your own fun.

With comfortable and stylish accommodation on site, this is an essential adult playground for a weekend of dance music fun like never before.

France to be the focus of ADE at the French Electronic Lab

France has always been a rich and innovating country when it comes to electronic music.

The land of festivals, clubs, underground raves, not to forget the free parties, France offers a large diversity of actors, music and events. The country is now more than ever a breeding ground of talented creators, which allows the French scene to shine internationally. Electronic music is in fact the directory which exports the best abroad.

On Thursday the 17th of October, Technopol, the SACEM and Bureau Export will present for the first time the French Electronic Lab at De Balie to celebrate all this.

Conferences, showcases and speed meetings : an emphasis will be put on the presenting the French electronic music ecosystem via its actors (artists, labels, bookers) and its distributors (clubs & festivals). A day for exchanges, information and meeting, the venue will highlight the dynamism of the current French scene.

The goal of the French Electronic Lab is to give an outline of electronic music in France and its strengths, during panels, in English, all based around the same theme : How to work with the French market? Throughout the day, we will give the necessary tools to professionals to develop a long-lasting relationship with the principal figures of this country.

The French Electronic Lab will be open to everyone and will take place in the cultural venue De Balie from 12pm until 7pm.

The programme:

12pm — 14pm : FRENCH BRUNCH

The French Electronic Lab opens with a Frenc Brunch in partnership with Shotgun and Animal Records & Kitchen.

1pm — 5pm : CONFERENCES

How to work with French Institutions
1pm — 1.45pm
Frédéric Hocquard, Deputy Mayor in charge of nightlife and cultural economy, Michel Pilot, cultural advisor of Jack Lang (ex Minister of Culture) and General Secretary of the Union Chamber for musical venues and Tommy Vaudecrane, President of Technopol.

How to work with clubs and festivals
2pm — 2.45pm
Brice Coudert, Artistic Director of Concrete / Weather Festival / Dehors Brut, Mathieu Fonsny, Artistic Director of Marsatac & Joran Le Corre, Artistic Director of Panoramas Festival

How to work with labels, booking and management agencies
3pm — 3.45pm
Max Le Disez from AMS Bookings, Thomas Lefrançois from Allo Floride, Louis Lambilliotte from Because Editions and Rachel Graham from InFiné Music and Passé Projects & Publishing

I <3 U SO: Examples of The Best Export Campaigns from Top French Industry Figures
4pm — 4.45pm
Marie Dapoigny, Digital Editor at Mixmag, Thibaut Casanova, Director of International Development at Warner Music, Chiara Belolo, General Manager at Scorpio, Quentin Leblet, A&R, Creative Director & Sync Manager at Unity Publishing


In partnership with Overact, this French Aperitif will be an opportunity for people to meet and converse. It will also be the opportunity to announce the winners of the Raise Your Act competition. There will also be a musical showcase by the artist Toh Imago who will present his new album Nord Noir signed on the Infiné Music label.

For more information, go to the Amsterdam Dance Event website or the French Electronic Lab Facebook event.
The French Electronic Lab is open to ADE pass holders.

5 Top Tunes From Groove Island 2019

There is so much competition for your money these days in the festival market that a new event really has to standout.

Groove Island really did and came correct on its bold ambitions at the end of September.

Sam Felt, Oliver Heldens, Mark Knight, Chus & Ceballos, Leftwing:Kody and tens more and here are some for he top tracks we heard while dancing in the magical old ballroom, amongst other places.

Les Dunes Electroniques Complete Line up For 2019

Les Dunes Electroniques is back from November 16 – 17th in the beautiful desert landscapes of Ong Jmel, near Nefta in Tunisia. This one-of-a-kind festival goes down at the gateway to Tunisia’s Southern Desert, globally recognised as the setting of Luke Skywalker’s hometown, Mos Espa, in the original Star Wars franchise. The festival will also extend to the medina of Nefta and Tozeur and offer 30 hours of non stop music plus a multidisciplinary program that will make the whole region vibe to an electronic rhythm for three days amongst exceptional natural scenery. The latest additions to the stunning line-up include Luciano, Apollonia, Audiofly, Daox B2B MAOU, MoodKaze, Nicolas Lutz, Sama and SIS.

Musically, this will be an intoxicating affair with desert house pioneers like Do Not Sit on the Furniture’s Behrouz bringing his deep, emotive sound. Elsewhere, Benjemy and Lola face off for one of their unique live shows and Diynamic label regular Stimming (a master of intricate melodies and infectious grooves) will bring more of the same.

Luciano is the final techno legend and boss of Cadenza Records, French trio Apollonia will serve up a house masterclass, Audiofly are tech house titans and you can also look forward to a Daox B2B MAOU session, set from MoodKaze, sauced out breaks form cult favourite and famously deep digger Nicolas Lutz as well as more from Sama’, and SIS.

More live shows come from local tech innovator Kemist and Holland-based French duo Parallells, who bring their background in jazz and hip-hop as well as a real sense of melody to their shows. Add in the deep, ethnic sounds of Noy Ära and you have a truly eclectic, cultural soundtrack.

This stunning event is carried out with the strong support of the Tunisian Minister of Tourism Mr. René Trabelsi, Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of the Republic of Tunisia and Governor of Tozeur, Mr. Aymen Bejaoui. Mr. Jack Lang, president of the Arab World Institute remains faithful to the Electronic Dunes as a godfather.

For tickets head to:

Essential ADE 2019 Party Guide

The biggest meet-up in the dance industry is just around the corner.

It’s a place to dance, do business and party in one of Europe’s best looking cities.

With so many parties to choose from, we round up the best of the best.

PIV Records ADE showcase

Thursday 17th October

Claire Amsterdam

On ADE’s Thursday the mighty PIV records claim their throne and will prove why they’ve been on everyone’s lips lately. After a mind-blowing year with shows all over the place and topping the Beatport charts with their infectious sound, tastemaker Prunk brings in his elite squad for demolition duties.

Line Up: Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy, Prunk, Rossko, The Willers Brothers, DJOKO, Jesse Maas b2b Iris Menza, Ray Mono, Rossi – DJ

Dockyard Festival 2019 ADE

Saturday October 19th


Dockyard Festival is known for showcasing the world’s best house and techno acts since 2014. It is an integral part of the annual ADE and a real meeting place for young talent, prominent artists and established labels. Each event is a theatre for the creative arts with next level music, visuals and light shows. Much of the crowd is made up of people who have been at Dockyard since day one when it was just a 4.500 person event, but today it will welcome 20.000 people at it’s ADE event as well as superstars from the scene.

Line Up: Dubfire, Eats Everything, Nic Fanciulli, Nastia, Mind Against, Len Faki, Recondite, Benny Rodrigues, Paco Osuna, Matador, Dvs1, Patrice Bäumel, Dax J, Ellen Allien, Monika Kruse, Ben Sims, Secret Cinema, Dense & Pika, Oscar Mulero, Joey Daniel, DJ Bone, Surgeon, Radio Slave, Sandrien, Pig & Dan, Olivier Weiter, Joran Van Pol, Lady Starlight, Marcus Worgull, Roberto Capuano, SQL, Roman Poncet, Jeroen Search, Fer Br, Alienata, Matrixxmann, Mitch De Klein, Vntm, Cailín, The Reason Y, Sama

Verknipt at ADE 2019

October 17th – 19th

Amsterdam Studios

After another fine year of parties all round the Netherlands, Verknipt return to Amsterdam Dance Event for a sixth season, once again offering three days of next level events. Running from Thursday October 17 – 19th at the very special Amsterdam Studios featuring the likes of Fjaak, Perc & Ansome, Randomer, B.Traits, Deborah de Luca, Marco Bailey, Solardo, Matador, The Advent, Egbert, Ø [Phase], Benny Rodrigues, Dennis Cruz, Latmun, PAWSA, Franky Rizardo, wAFF.

VBX Returns at ADE 2019

BRET, Warehouse Elementenstraat

October 17th – 20th

With ADE 2019 just round the corner, the time has come for leading underground promoters VBX to announce their always much anticipated plans: this year collaborating with brands like Sunrise, Awakenings, FRRC and Meoko they host five standout parties – including two of their iconic afters – at venues like Warehouse Elementenstraat, Bret, Veronicaschip and Lofi with world class names such as Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh, Ferro, Nicolas Lutz, DJ Masda, Voigtmann, Reiss amongst others.

Carl Cox’s Awesome Soundwaves Showcase

Warehouse Elementenstraat

October 17th

Undoubtedly one of the globe’s most popular DJs, this ADE Carl Cox will be bringing his Awesome Soundwaves label to Elementenstraat for a very special one-off show alongside some of his favourite established and emerging artists. Expect killer live shows from the likes of Christopher Coe, Hannes Bieger, Julien Chaptal, Mat Playford, Reinier Zonneveld and Quazar, while on a DJ set tip, the likes of Acid Mondays, Alex Kennon, Chelina Manuhutu and of course, Carl himself are sure to excite.

Line Up: Carl Cox (live DJ/hybrid set), Christopher Coe (live), Hannes Bieger (live), Julien Chaptal (live), Mat Playford (live), Reinier Zonneveld (live), Quazar (live), Acid Mondays (DJ), Alex Kennon (DJ), Chelina Manuhutu (DJ)

Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic

Warehouse Elementenstraat

October 19th

Following another summer of high-profile gigs, Maceo Plex is set to bring his Lone Romantic show to Elementenstraat this October with an expectedly impressive line-up in tow. Expect killer electro from the likes of I-F, The Hacker and Anthony Rother, Detroit business from the minimal mastermind Robert Hood, eclectic goodness from Young Marco, Ben UFO and Joy Orbison, house cuts from Irish party starters Brame & Hamo and special appearances by Maceo Plex under his Mariel Ito guide. This one should be special!

Line Up: Anthony Rother, Ben UFO, Brame & Hamo, I-F, Joy Orbison, Legowelt, Maceo Plex, Mariel Ito, Robert Hood, The Hacker, Young Marco

Sound-Fleet 2019 ADE Boat Party Programme

October 16th – 20th

One of the most intimate and capturing experiences of ADE, Sound-Fleet allows you to cruise below the Amsterdam skyline immersed in a variety of electronic sounds. The 2019 programme features showcases from Rejected, The Bliss Office, Shadows by Magdalena, Olivier Weiter & Friends, Muse by Lehar & Musumeci and more.

Acts include Steve Bug, Marcel Fengler, Josh Butler, Michael Mayer, Michel de Hey, Franky Rizardo, Dennis Quin, Edwin Oosterwal, Magdalena, HOSH, Tone Depth, GROJ (Live), SIMAO, 1979, Lehar b2b Musumeci, Agents Of Time (DJ Set), Phunkadelica (live)

Apollonia & Steve Lawler, Darius Syrossian, Wade and more Play Octan Closing Party

This summer has seen Apollonia launch their brand new residency Planet Claire at Octan to critical acclaim, as well as 7 exclusive Warriors parties from Steve Lawler. The brand-new club quickly established itself as a cult favourite for those looking for a more underground and intimate experience and now the final closing party is set to be an unmissable celebration of the season.
Now, Octan now announces a very special 12-hour closing party on Sunday, 6th October that runs from 7pm till 7am! Headlining this unmissable final hurrah will be Octan residents Steve Lawler and Apollonia (aka Shonky, Dyed Soundorom and Dan Ghenacia), and they will be joined by the likes of Nicolas Lutz, Wade, D’Julz, Traumer, Darius Syrossian, Leon, Wade, East End Dubs, Clive Henry, Stefano Noferini, Chelina Manuhutu and many more.
Next to the key residents, you can expect Italian tech powerhouse Stefano Noferini, Ibiza legend Clive Henry, dub tech specialist East End Dubs, Bass Culture boss D’Julz, much-loved crate digger and minimal house master Nicolas Lutz plus Leon, the Italian party starter from labels such as Desolat. Alongside the aforementioned names, Barcelona-based Nervous Records associate Reelow brings his uniquely bass-driven house, Elrow regular and Suara and Avotre associate Wade, who really knows how to lock you into a groove, and as well as breakout Amsterdam duo ANOTR (who are never far from the top of the Beatport charts), Dutch-born Ibiza based producer & DJ Chelina Manuhutu lines up with her powerful take on house music.
But that’s not all, as UK’s Lauren Lo Sung and Ibiza Global Radio’s Anna Tur are joined by Octan residents Ryan O’Gorman, Kellie Allen, Lindsey Matthews plus island regulars Beggsy, Bonifacy, Camilo Miranda, Christian Len, Denis A, Destiny Maglorie, Kayley Zalassi, Jay Gre, Jordan Masters, Karlos Sense, Paul Compson, Stephane Ghenacia, Scardua, Rita Lin, Smithy & Dave, Toofine, Victoria Peckham and Weatherman who will be playing across the infamous WC MicroRave & Terrace!
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Amsterdam’s Funk the Dam to be Headlined by Craig Charles, Crazy P and Greg Wilson

Funk The Dam is brand new funk, soul & disco weekend in Amsterdam from Friday 8th November – Sunday 10th November, 2019.

The headliners for the debut edition include the legendary likes of Craig Charles, Crazy P (LIVE), Kon, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay MBE, Smoove & Turrell, Mixmaster Morris, Riot Jazz Brass Band and many more.

Norman Jay’s Good Times and Craig Charles are hosting boat parties that invite you to cruise through Amsterdam dancing to the best funk, soul and disco hits to ever be heard on a 600 capacity double decker party boat that will be kitted out with extra sound and lights and featuring a fully stocked licensed bar, making this one hell of a floating nightclub!

Elsewhere, from the cosmic disco funk of Crazy P’s spellbinding live show to the deeply dug out delights of Craig Charles via American crate digging sensation Kon and his love of disco, boogie and funk and on the Geordie trendsetters Smoove & Turrell and the uplifting sounds of the Riot Jazz Brass Band, this will be an ultimate soundtrack for funk and soul lovers of all ages.

There will also be Sensi Seed Museum tours, coffee shop yours and a bottomless brunch to enjoy.

Find out more on the Funk the Dam website.


Floating Points, Red Axes, Apparat and More Play Agents of Time’s New Event Cymatiks

Cymatiks is a collaborative event between acclaimed underground artists Agents of Time as well as creative innovation and design firm Hiveh and Sagrado Corp, who deal in high level entertainment with next level production. The project takes its name from Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena and vibration derived from the Greek ‘kyma’ (wave) and ‘ta kymatica ‘meaning’ matters pertaining to waves.

Cymatiks production will be a hybrid of a variety of forms, including immersive experiences, interactive video installations, 3D spaces, FX light sculptures, and vibrational objects. These pieces, expressed in both space and time, are heard, walked through, and seen so that the boundaries between art, music and performance are blurred. What’s more, each event is proceeded the day before by performing art popups and exhibitions in exclusive locations like StandART Moscow and Hangar Brussels, and will all be open to the public.

Sound is characterised by instrumentation and composition that stands out from the crowd, much like Agents of Time themselves. They give the project a unique identity and their sound is about rhythms and the bass. It’s not really melodies that structure this music, is more about new sounds and live sessions that make Cymatiks an immersive experience to all your senses.

The first event rolls into Hangar in Brussels, Belgium on September 28th for a spectacular 12-hour indoor festival with two rooms of music and audio visual experiments offered up by Agents Of Time live, Anna Nova, Apparat, Fideles, Floating Points, Michael Mayer, Red Axes, Amato (THE HACKER) & Adriani live, Danny Daze, Etapp Kyle, Golden Virgo and Tijana T. You can expect a forward thinking mix of avant-garde house and techno that will make for a truly immersive experience. After that there will be parties on April 20th in Beirut, Lebanon and January 4th in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, that continue to innovate and amaze, with line-ups to be announced.

This exciting new project is set to change the way we think about how music and sound can interact, and will very much redefine what it means to be lost in sound.

Find the event on Facebook for more information.

Fabric London and Bicep Join Amelie Lens at No Sleep Festival

After more than 25,000 clubbers entered dozens of No Sleep Festival’s parties last year, all spread on various locations across the city in a continuous 48-hour run, this year has already seen countless ravers booking flights to Serbia’s hedonistic capital city.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November is when the action unfolds and now the final line-up is revealed to include fabric London and Bicep, Mind Against, Terry Francis, Anna Wall and Anastasia Kristiansen joining Amelie Lens and more in Serbia.

One of the world’s leading clubs and a symbol of London’s nightlife, fabric celebrates its 20th anniversary in Belgrade with a programme is led by Bicep, the Belfast-born duo, whose eponymous LP from 2017 found acclaim from all corners of the electronic music world.

Tickets and more info can be found online at

The Top Ibiza Closing Parties of 2019

It has been another mad year of parties old and new in Ibiza.

After weeks of non stop raving it all must soon come to an end but not before the famous closing parties.

Here are the best of them.

Together – Closing Party, Amnesia Ibiza

September 17th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Chase & Status, SIGMA, Wilkinson, My Nu Leng, DJ EZ, Gorgon City b2b Sonny Fodera, TECHNIK, CAAL, MK

Together Ibiza is a unique night out on the White Isle given that it has a world-class focus on bass heavy sounds from across the spectrum. Nowhere else on the island will you hear such super-sized sounds from such a long list of bass superstars, all with next level production, immersive light and mind blowing lasers across the Main Room and Terrace of the vast adult playground that is Amnesia. And just look at that for a Closing Party line-up!

Resistance Ibiza – Closing Party, Privilege Ibiza

September 17th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Sasha, John Digweed, Layo & Bushwacka, Charlotte de Witte, Dense & Pika, Hot Since 82, Deborah de Luca, Luigi Madonna

RESISTANCE Ibiza has stormed the White Isle once again this summer. Taking into account the quality of the DJs on offer, that should perhaps come as no surprise. Filling out a 10,000 capacity club each Tuesday is no mean feat, but with Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Sasha, John Digweed, Layo & Bushwacka, Charlotte de Witte, Dense & Pika, Hot Since 82, Deborah de Luca and Luigi Madonna all locked in for the Closing Party, it’s a feat we’re confident they’ll achieve once more.

Do Not Sit On The Furniture – Closing Party, Heart Ibiza

September 17th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Behrouz, Franky & Sandrino, BONDI, Valentin Huedo

Acclaimed Miami house party Do Not Sit On The Furniture returns to Heart Ibiza for its closing party on September 17th.

This party is in association with Heart Factory and promises to be another unique and intimate gathering that you cannot find anywhere else in Ibiza. Do Not Sit is known for its spiritual sound and warm atmospheres, friendly, in the know crowds and classy soundtrack that comes from the day’s finest DJs.

Guests include Franky & Sandrino, BONDI and Valentin Huedo, of course Behrouz will bring his own thoughtful, immersive house grooves and make sure the whole club is under his magical and melodic spell as he tells another of his musical stories.

ONE NIGHT STAND – Closing Party, DC-10

September 20th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Better Lost Than Stupid, 2vilas, Cap, Dyed Soundorom, Felipe Bravo, Hanfry Martinez, Hector, ISBEL, Javier Carballo, Praslea, Real Gang Soundsystem (Miller – Real Gang & Nicolau – Real Gang), Rossko, Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss), Traumer, Adam Chappell, Smythy

One of the most talked about and exciting new parties in Ibiza once again proved just that this summer. As ever with One Night Stand, the closing party is jammed full of talent from the house, techno and minimal scenes. What’s more, this party also represents their 3rd birthday, so it looks as though they’ll be blowing out the candles in esteemed fashion.

WILDCHILD  – Closing Party, Heart Ibiza

28th September, 2019

Closing party line-up: SPECIAL GUEST TBA, Smythy B2B Jamie Mannion, Dave Mantra B2B Jeremy Weeks, Santanna B2B Dave Lubin, Andy Baxter B2B Too Fine

Having already put on some of the most talked about events over the past few years such as One Night Stand, Pure Carl Cox, LiFT and more, Game Over’s WILDCHILD at Heart Ibiza has proved another runaway success at the Ibiza Town club. Taking inspiration from the early days of the 90’s block party culture right through to the modern day madness of house music that emerges in its many shades from the backstreets and warehouses of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Chicago, Berlin, New York and beyond. Line-ups for this one are announced week-on-week, so keep your ears to the ground for what’s to come.

Planet Claire – Closing Party, Octan Ibiza

September 29th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Apollonia (all night long) + more TBA

What a year it’s been for Apollonia, who this summer embarked on their first ever White Isle residency — and doing so in some style. Taking over Octan every Sunday, the boys brought a veritable array of underground guests to  Playa d’en Bossa, with Anthea, Francesco del Garda, Nicolas Lutz, Doc Martin and Mark E Quark a taste of the calibre of acts who lined up alongside them. As is their forte, the house and techno-loving trio (consisting of Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom) is sure to blow out the candles on another successful Ibiza season in some style, taking over Octan’s famous LAB room for an all night session that’s sure to feature the boys at their best. If discerning, uncomprosoming sounds are your thing, consider this one a must-visit.

Octan – Closing Party

October 6th, 2019

After a much talked-about debut season, Octan now announces a very special closing party on Sunday, 6th October. Headlining this unmissable final hurrah will be Octan residents Steve Lawler and Apollonia, who will be joined by the likes of Darius Syrossian, Derrick May, Stefano Noferini, Shonky, Leon, John Aquaviva, East End Dubs, Seb Zito, Lauren Lo Sung, ANOTR, Reelow and a host of top-drawer Octan DJs.

This summer has seen Apollonia launch their first residency Planet Claire to critical acclaim, as well as some serious Warrior sessions from Steve Lawler. Both of those firm favourites return to play the closing party, while Detroit techno legend Derrick May also lines-up.

Fellow techno titans Stefano Noferini and Plus 8 co-founder John Acquaviva will bring their big bag of tricks, Darius Syrossian will rock the place with his edgy house, and first class dub tech from Shonky, Leon, Fuse associates Seb Zito and East End Dubs, plus  Lauren Lo Sung, ANOTR and Reelow and will close things out in style. Kicking off at 7pm with a barbecue on its famous terrace and going all the way through until 7am, Octan’s Closing Party offers one last chance in 2019 to experience something truly different and utterly music-focussed on the White Isle.


Solomun +1 – Closing Party, Pacha

October 13th, 2019

Closing party line-up: Solomun, Keinemusik (Rampa, &ME, Adam Port)

Without doubt Ibiza’s most successful residency of the last few years, Solomun’s +1 party will come to a close this year on 13th October, with the Diynamic boss inviting the Keinemusik crew along for the ride. Already this year, Solomun has played host to the likes of Peggy Gou, Denis Sulta, Tijuana T, DJ Seinfeld, Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Tale Of Us, Dixon, Luciano, Chloé,  me, DJ Koze and Moscoman, solidifying his reputation as the island’s most popular contemporary DJ.