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“What is KaZantip? What IS KaZantip?”
“KaZantip was astounding and unadulterated. The location is brilliant. I had an amazing time. I ran around in the Black Sea a bit, which seemed blue to me, but then again, I am completely colour blind.” Lenny Ibizarre
Chatting to Skrufff this week even more euphorically than usual, Ibiza icon and chill-out king Lenny Ibizarre admitted he’d been more than a little impressed by his first trip to KaZantip. But then he would be, given the Ukrainian Republic’s official freak friendly philosophy.
“Creative intellectuals are the most privileged class of the KaZantip society granted with preferences for getting minister’s portfolios, a legal right to jump the toilet queue and an entitlement to be nationally acclaimed,” Article Ten of the state’s official Constitution declares, “Freaks are considered to be the National Treasure protected by the Ministry of Culture.”
The future of London’s Ministry of Sound Elephant & Castle venue is set to be decided next week, when local councillors vote on a residential property development which Ministry say will force them to close.
“On September 6th 2011 our local borough council will effectively decide on the fate of the Ministry of Soundclub's future, if they agree plans to develop a residential block directly across the road from the venue. We need your signature to help fight council plans to close our club,” Ministry say on a ‘Save Our Club’ petition set up on their website.
Multi-millionaire trance titan Paul Oakenfold is to release a new mix CD called ‘Never Mind the Bollocks…..here’s Paul Oakenfold’ in July which he said this week is intended as ‘a straight up two fingered salute to all industry politics’.
According to its accompanying press release the 2CD trance compilation ‘officially announces Paul’s rekindled love of all things Goa’ and represents ‘a complete focus of all energies on the music and nothing else.’
“I’ve always played a variety of records from across the board. I like melodic music with energy and punch,” the former London chef turned definitive celebrity DJ explained, “I can’t think of anything more claustrophobic than being stuck playing one sound.” (http://www.pauloakenfold.com/news/36071)
Please note: This article was released on the 3rd June 2011.
House Mafia manager Amy Thompson shed light on the qualities required to land a
high profile DJ residency in Vegas this week, telling Pacha Ibiza’s music
conference IMS that being able to attract ‘lots of young, wealthy
entrepreneurs’ is key.
"There is no love [in Las Vegas] for growing credible music, they are interested in what sells, and right now that is electronic music,” she candidly told delegates.
talks in Vegas,” she added, "If your act was not bringing in big takings
then they wouldn't be getting booked." (Guardian: http://bit.ly/kilzeF )
Celebrating their tenth year in business, Iconic Hotel Es Vive, Ibiza is launching another new addition to its services this summer. Following the hotel’s special anniversary facelift and the addition of the new Heineken Bar, Radio Es Vive and exclusive parties, Es Vive will also be home to Anesis – London’s largest and number one fish spa.
Organisers for Glade Festival confirmed they’ve found a new fully licensed venue for this year’s event just days after they were unceremoniously dumped by the authorities in control of their previous site Mansion House, Biggleswade.
Announcing the unexpected change, Glade organizer Anselm Guise said the new venue Houghton Hall, in Norfolk is ‘far superior’ set in beautiful, privately owned beautiful parkland laid out in the 1720’s’ though admitted he was shocked when he returned from vacation to hear of Mansion House’s move.
David Guetta unveiled details of new single 'Where Them Girls At' this week and revealed that he’s collaborating with US popstars Flo-Rida, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, Ludacris, will.i.am and Akon on his sure to be mammoth upcoming (and 5th) studio album.
The French pop DJ recently remixed Snoop Dogg’s track Sweat to thunderous acclaim though was this week understood to be annoyed after rabid fans managed to get hold of early versions of his next hip hop collaboration; rumoured to be with 50 Cent.
Tiesto credited US pop star Kanye West with relighting his passion for dance music this week, telling Spinner he was more than a little fed up two years ago.
"At the end of the trance period, I felt like I'd seen enough of this,” the superstar trance DJ admitted, “I was falling asleep more,” he confessed.
Amsterdam Dance Event organizer Richard Zijlma chatted to Skrufff this week about plans for the annual October conference and revealed that advance ticket sales for the October conference are higher than ever, as the ‘early bird’ discount deadline of April 29 approaches.
“Ticket sales generally have been increasing every year and that’s the case for this year too,” Richard confirmed. “Many of our delegates come every year and more often than not bring colleagues and friends with them. They support us which drives us on to try and deliver the best conference out there.”