Thursday, 25 May 2017

EXCLUSIVE: DJ Sam Feldt speaks to TopReviews4U ahead of South West Four 2017

With the dance music extravaganza South West Four approaching, TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian caught up with one of the stars, ahead of the two-day festival on Clapham Common, on 26-27 August.


Here Dutch tropical house DJ Sam Feldt exclusively answers our questions, ahead of his set at the long-running London showpiece.


• How would you describe your musical style?

My musical style is very much rooted in the melodic or tropical style of house. I’m inspired by all different types of music and I like to take elements of different genres and put them into my own productions.

• What is different/special about playing in the UK?

The crowd in the UK is similar to the crowd back home in The Netherlands. I’d say that the English crowd is more critical than anywhere else, but they also know how to have a good time.

• ‘Show Me Love’ was a massive commercial hit, what do you think of remixes of classic tracks in general?

I like them, only when they’re done right! I enjoyed creating my own version on such a massive hit like ‘Show Me Love’, where I added my own touch and style to such a well-known track.


• With tropical house becoming mainstream, in pop songs and charts, is there any way it can reinvent itself as an underground sound, and should it?   

I think it’s all about progression. Each genre evolves over time, it keeps the music interesting and it allows producers to become more forward-thinking and innovative when creating new music.

• Who are your DJ inspirations?

Tiesto was a huge inspiration to me starting out, and he still inspires me today. My peers are also a massive influence on my music.

• What is your favourite dance track of all time?

Gigi D’Agostino – ‘The Riddle’. It’s the first single I ever bought!



• Why do you think the Netherlands is consistently at the forefront of global dance music?

We’ve had so many great DJ’ing talents come out of The Netherlands, from the likes of Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Fedde Le Grand and Hardwell, there’s too many to name! We also have great festivals in the Netherlands that specifically cater to dance music, as well as hosting Amsterdam Dance event each year. Thousands from all over the world to come and enjoy and experience dance music at Amsterdam Dance Event, the city really comes to life during that week. Dance music is very much cemented in our culture and I’m honoured to wave the flag for my country.

• You made it onto DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs - how important are these lists?

Lists like DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s are important because it gives fans of your music the opportunity to get their voices heard. Although it’s mostly about popularity and doesn’t say a lot about the quality of ones set, it’s a big honour to be in the list!

• Where is more important in terms of dance music now, Las Vegas or Ibiza, or elsewhere?

Las Vegas and Ibiza are two of the leading places for dance music for sure. But there’s so many different places around the world that contribute to the dance music world, like The Netherlands or London. In London, you can turn on the radio and 80% of the tracks on mainstream radio is dance orientated. You guys have a massive dance scene over here!



• What can festival-goers at South West Four expect from your set?

Festival-goers can expect a fun, energetic set and can experience my music with my live band. It’s my first time playing at SW4 this year, I’ve heard a lot of great things from my fellow DJ’s and producers, I’m really excited to play.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Eastern Electrics 2017: Venue announced

The venue for this summer’s Eastern Electrics has been revealed, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian
Organisers released a video on Instagram last night confirming the switch from Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire to Morden Park, London.

The event, on Saturday, August 5, will feature Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, Dennis Ferrer, Ame, Steve Lawler and many more over a host of stages.


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

South West Four 2017: New Sunday acts announced

New headliners, including John Digweed, Vitalic (live) and Carl Craig have been announced for the Sunday leg of this year's South West Four festival on Clapham Common, on August 27. 

Check back for further SW4 updates.  

Friday, 21 April 2017

Finale dates for The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl revealed

Interlinked DC Comics superheroes CW shows The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl US finale dates have been revealed.


Arrow returns on Wednesday, April 26 with “Dangerous Liaisons” at 8pm.

The Flash returns on Tuesday, April 25 with ‘The Once and Future Flash’ at 8pm.

Supergirl is back on Monday, April 24 with ‘Ace Reporter’ at 8pm.

US finale air dates are as follows:

Monday, May 22
Supergirl Season 2 Finale – 8pm

Tuesday, May 23
The Flash Season 3 Finale – 8pm

Wednesday, May 24

Arrow Season 5 Finale – 8pm

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

ANTS at 02 Academy Brixton Review

“Driving”, “underground”, “progressive” and “relentless” – all of these adjectives and more can be used to describe the invasion of Ibiza’s ANTS concept at the 02 Brixton Academy, in London, on Easter Thursday, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian

Fantastic lighting and production was abundant as the dancefloor was bathed in shades of red and other bright colours alongside ANTS signature monochrome.

Booming bas and rolling percussion put smiles on faces and the place heaved like an ant colony that had been disturbed by a hungry aardvark.

A roster of top underground talent included Eats Everything, Groove Armada, Adrea Oliva, Waze & Odyssey, Secondcity and Dennis Christopher – and their cutting edge sounds filled the iconic old venue.

This is the second ANTS event I have been to in London and I can report that the concept continues to go from strength-to-strength.


The Ushaia-born colony continues along the path of global domination and will be back in London, at South West Four, on August 26.

Monday, 17 April 2017

VIDEO: Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Released

The first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi - has finally been released along with a new poster, which alludes to the direction of the new franchise.
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Rumours abound that Rey is set to embrace the Dark and Light sides of the Force and become a Gray Jedi, as seen in expanded canon animation Star Wars: Rebels. 
The poster shows Rey wielding a lightsaber that glows both Jedi and Sith colours, with Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren either side of the shard of light. 
The film is out in December. 


Check back for further updates.

















Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ibiza's ANTS colony swarms into O2 Brixton Academy London tonight

ANTS' massive event at London's Brixton Academy, takes place tonight - Easter Thursday (April 13).


Added to headliners Groove Armada will be Eats Everything, Secondcity, Dennis Christopher and ANTS stalwarts Andrea Oliva and Waze & Odyssey. 

TopReviews4U will be there and will be reviewing the action in the coming days. 

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

South West Four 2017: More main stage acts announced - including Marshmello, Tinie Tempah

More acts have been unveiled for the Saturday leg of South West Four.
Bucket-wearing confectionery fan Marshmello and urban superstar Tinie Tempah will join others including Pendulum, Sigma and Duke Dumont on the Together main stage on Saturday, August 26, at Clapham Common. 


Check back for further updates on South West Four 2017. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Cafe Del Mar Ibiza 2017 Opening News

Iconic Sunset Strip venue Cafe Del Mar will open for the 2017 summer season imminently. 
The classic chill out spot will swing open it's dreamy doors on April 12. 


Expect relaxed sunkissed vibes, plush decor international cuisine and tasty cocktails.
An official opening party will take place on May 11, featuring Jo Mills, Ken Fan, Luca Serra and Sebastian Hanisch a.k.a Sr-420 Up Eivissa!




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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Eastern Electrics 2017 festival: Full line-up revealed - Carl Cox plus many more...

Festival Eastern Electrics will transform a new, as yet to be revealed, London home into a fantastical playground spanning seven stage areas, all soundtracked by the crème de la crème from the house, techno, disco, bass and garage worlds.


On August 5 the legend and unofficial ‘King of Ibiza’, Carl Cox, headlines the EE Main Stage; a face who has shaped the electronic underground for over two decades working with institutions like Space Ibiza and Privilege.

Prolific duo Âme (DJ) are also set for the main stage, along with Do Not Sleep head honcho Darius Syrossian and new school tech head Nick Curly. Finishing off the bill are dream team house duo Waze & Odyssey and Alexis Raphael. 

Eastern Electrics’ much loved Switchyard arena hands over controls to Hot Since 82 this year, who’ll bring his Knee Deep In Sound team to the industrial themed stage. As well as an anticipated set from the man himself, he’ll be joined by revered Italian duo Mind Against, a breakout success story of recent years. Plus, Desolat affiliate and craftsman Guti plays live, joined by Numbers’ poster boy Denis Sulta, and Deep House mainstay Serge Devant.

Skream makes a welcome return as an Eastern Electrics stage host, taking over The Bigger Top with an all-star cast in tow. Skream has evolved to be one of the most important British artists across the last decade, from his early days as a dubstep pioneer to his recent explorations of the house ilk. Helping Skream hold it down is Defected affiliate Dennis Ferrer, Watergate resident and Hot Creations / Rekids artist Butch, plus Glasgow selector squad Jon José & Celino. There’ll be some very special guests too - keep your eyes peeled.

This year’s Big Top is hosted by returning crew, Viva Warriors. Punters can see Steve Lawler, Art Department and Denny journeying through deeper house and tech. Also stepping up is newcomer Elliot Adamson, a producer who has shot into the public eye since working with Patrick Topping. Warriors resident Jamie Roy is also on board, a name with releases on Skream’s Ofunsoundmind imprint and 8Bit, plus trio Wax on Mare Street who’ll present sleazy disco explorations.


Making an EE debut is revered institution Defected, the London label which has grown into global club brand with their solid output, epic parties and much-loved artists. For their first EE stage, they’ve recruited a set of label pals; with first lady of Defected Sam Divine set to lay down some funky-filled house jams, plus favourite Sonny Fodera and Kings of Tomorrow member Sandy Rivera all on. Hotly-tipped producers Emanuel Satie, aficionado Franky Rizardo and Italy’s Dario D’attIs are another few names representing for the Defected camp.

‘The Star of EE Pub’ will be hosted by premiere London radio station; Rinse FM, who’ll take a darker stance with bass, grime and garage. Find sets from Bristol bass boys My Nu Leng, with twisted garage and bad boy bass. There’s a rare set from OG’s Heartless Crew (HEARTLESS!) with an old-skool flow that’ll get everyone hyped. Pirate radio don and king selector Oneman, grime favourite Sir Spyro, station associates Barely Legal and Sian Anderson are all set to play too. Finally, the VIP area plays host to a nostalgic ’30 Years Of Acid House’ theme, with a killer bill of veteran selectors, including acid pioneer DJ Pierre, proper house promoter Stuart Patterson, Terry Farley, Clive Henry and Back2Basics’ boss Dave Beer.

Fairground rides, street food, glitter girls, dress-up tents and much more on-site madness will be part of Eastern Electrics’ festivities this year, adding another dimension to the big day out.


EASTERN ELECTRICS FESTIVAL 2017
FULL EASTERN ELECTRICS LINE-UP

Main Stage:
Carl Cox - Âme (DJ) - Darrius Syrossian - Nick Curly - Waze and Odyssey - Alexis Raphael + more TBA
The Switchyard : Knee Deep in Sound
Hot Since 82 - Mind Against - Guti (Live) - Denis Sulta - Serge Devant + more TBA
The Bigger Top : Skreamizm
Skream, Dennis Ferrer, Butch, Jonjosé & Celino + more TBA
The Big Top : Viva Warriors
Steve Lawler - Art Department - Denney - Elliot Adamson - Jamie Roy - Wax on Mare Street
The Club Tent : Defected
Sam Divine - Sonny Fodera - Sandy Rivera - Emanuel Satie - Franky Rizardo - Dario Datts
Star of EE : Rinse FM
My Nu Leng - Heartless Crew - Oneman - Sir Spyro - Barely Legal - Sian Anderson + more TBA
VIP : Jock & Nerds - 30 Years of Acid House
DJ Pierre - Stuart Patterson - Terry Farley - Clive Henry - Dave Beer


Tickets available from £29.50: http://bit.ly/2hVFzVg


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Ocean Beach Ibiza Opening Party announcement

Join Ocean Beach, in Ibiza, as they start the 2017 season in style with a Soft Opening Party on Friday, April 28.
With free entry to the plush environs of the poolside open air club, what better excuse than to come and soak up the sun with resident DJs providing the perfect soundtrack to your day? 
Beds need to be booked in advance, but no cover charge applies to all beds booked for this season curtain raiser. 
Event Times: Noon to 9pm with music starting from 1pm.

Cafe Mambo Ibiza Opening Party announcement

 The wait is over! 




Cafe Mambo has announced its opening party for the 2017 season in Ibiza will take place on Friday, May 12. 


Join the sunset strip staple from 6pm onwards with live DJs. 
With sunsets, drinks and dancing it is guaranteed to be a magical evening at the San An institution.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

South West Four (SW4) 2017: Full Sunday Main Stage Line-Up Revealed

The full line-up for the main stage at this year's SW4 has been revealed.



Joining deadmau5, Knife Party and Sub Focus, will be the likes of Bakermat, Martin Solveig, Example + DJ Wire and more.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Full line-up for ANTS at O2 Brixton Academy London revealed

The full line-up for ANTS' massive event at London's Brixton Academy, on Easter Thursday (April 13), has been revealed.


Added to Groove Armada (as previously revealed on TopReviews4U) will be Eats Everything, Secondcity and ANTS stalwarts Andrea Oliva and Waze & Odyssey.



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Friday, 3 March 2017

Amnesia Ibiza hits London this weekend!

Ahead of the undeniably huge summer that awaits the Amnesia team, the global clubbing mecca lands on the streets of London for one night only at Electric Brixton.


Along with all the trademark attributes you’d expect to find at a typical Amnesia party such as their world-class sound, hedonistic dancers and industrial sized Co2 cannons, the club will also be showcasing their giant pyramid for the fist time ever. 

To what we can only compare as a spaceship from another galaxy, this 7x7 metre monster is sure to wow ravers on Saturday March 4 with its blinding LEDs and powerful laser beams.

Another stellar line-up has been assembled, with Elrow resident Patrick Topping confirmed to headline this special date.

Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, London, SW2 1RJ
Open from 11pm – 8am
Fully licensed bar until close
Nearest Tube & Night Tube: Brixton (Victoria Line) / Stockwell (Northern Line)

Line up: 

Patrick Topping
Catz N Dogz
Hector Couto B2B Mar-T
Edu Imbernon
Clint Lee
Jethro Watson (New Music Sessions)
Metrospekt (Switch)
MADe (Halo)
Ben Hooper & Ed Deegan
Andrew Morgan

Tickets click here


Thursday, 26 January 2017

South West Four 2017 Phase 1 line-up complete - includes deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Pendulum, Marco Carola and more

Phase 1 of the line-up for South West Four 2017 is complete with many more acts to still be announced, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian.
Early headline announcements include deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Pendulum, Marco Carola, Sigm, MK, Duke Dumont, Gareth Emery and more.
Keep checking back on TopReviews4U for more on SW4 and other top UK dance events.
   





Monday, 23 January 2017

deadmau5 to headline South West Four in London

Superstar DJ deadmau5 is set to headline SW4 in London on August 27. 
Also announced for the Sunday leg of the long-running weekender are Marco Carola, Gareth Emery and more. 
Also returning to Clapham Common once again is The Gallery Club Arena.
Sunday pre-sale tickets on sale Wednesday at 9am.


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VIDEO: The Last Jedi - Star Wars Episode VIII name revealed

The name of Star Wars Episode VIII has been revealed as 'The Last Jedi', writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian.
The movie, which is out in December, follows 2015's 'The Force Awakens'.
It will star Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley and Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as villain Kylo Ren and other returning cast members. 
Check back for further updates. 





Thursday, 19 January 2017

ANTS and Groove Armada set to invade London in 'biggest show outside Ibiza'

One of the hottest movements in clubland - ANTS - will invade London led by dance royalty Groove Armada.


The event, at the 02 Academy, Brixton, on April 13, promises to be ANTS' biggest show outside of Ibiza, when the insectoid house and techno swarm heads to the capital.

Groove Armada have been at the forefront of house music for two decades and they are equally happy playing big stages or sweat-soaked basements.

Their breakthrough releases, the downtempo anthem ‘At The River’ and million selling album ‘Vertigo’ has led to the act releasing seven studio albums to date plus a Fabric Live album in 2016.


One of Ibiza’s most respected electronic music gatherings, ‘The Colony’, as it is known to its legions of supporters, will invade London’s 02 Academy Brixton for its second party in the capital, following its sold out show at Electric Brixton in February 2016.

Not many music collectives have seen a meteoric rise to the top of the electronic music scene quite like ANTS, with the brand growing from its Ibiza base to host main stages at festivals and high profile club shows across the globe.

After launching at Ushuaia, Ibiza in 2013, ANTS has evolved into one of the most essential Ibiza parties, drawing the island’s clubbing cognoscenti as well as clued up clubbers from around the world. It is internationally renowned for its perfectly curated underground line-ups and monster production, creating unique and unforgettable experiences.
Hosted by trusted resident DJ and phenomenal underground producer Andrea Oliva, ANTS has welcomed a wide plethora of international artists including Sasha, Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Groove Armada, Eli & Fur, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82, Kolsch, and many more.

The groundbreaking Ushuaia residency has since led to ANTS events in Miami, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mexico’s BPM festival and Snowbombing, among other prestigious locations.


The legendary O2 Academy Brixton has hosted some of the most influential names in the scene with Carl Cox, John Digweed, Moderat, Four Tet and Caribou all hosting sold out shows at the venue over the years. The state of the art sound system and massive production values make this one of the hottest venues in the country.

Easter Thursday will witness the ANTS take over as the colony evolves.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

EDC UK 2017 - CANCELLED

As someone who has not only attended, but reviewed each and every EDC UK, since the first odd affair at the Olympic Park, in London, to the (we all assumed) spiritual home at the National Bowl, in Milton Keynes, it was a real shock to learn the planned 2017 event had been cancelled, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian.



An odd and intriguing statement (above) was released by the US-based event organisers, Insomniac, which appeared to blame the venue. 


It also claimed EDC head honchos were keen to "properly reimagine all areas of the experience". 


Given the sell-out multi-million pound events over the last few years this seems odd. 
EDC always drew vast crowds and had become a major feature in the summer festival calendar. 


I first began to suspect the 'Electric Daisies' might fail to bloom earlier this month when the festival's previous promoters told me they had nothing to do with the event this year, and weren't really able to tell me who was dealing with that side of things. 



And now it is clear - the answer is: no one is.


While Insomniac's vague statement could be taken at face value - they could just feel they can't put on the show they want to - I find it somewhat unsatisfactory.


From what I've seen from the travelling show's US incarnations the UK event at MK was easily on par with them - but then I always preferred the trance and house tents rather than the main Kinetic Field stage anyway.


The rumour mill has, quite expectedly, gone into overdrive. Suggestions that there are no big-name DJs available is one theory, or rather more believably, that their astronomical fees were unrealistic and rendered the event unprofitable. 




It is no secret that the likes of previous performers (and TopReviews4U interviewees) like Tiesto and Steve Aoki are raking in megabucks for festival sets. 


There is also the suggestion that the EDM bubble could be slowly deflating, in a discordant whomping parp - not unlike the 'music' itself. 


I'm inclined to believe a combination of poor ticket sales and overhyped DJ fees is at the root of the sorry mess the Electric Daisy Carnival's UK leg has become.