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The Swedish House Mafia and Mormon DJ Kaskade criticised organisers of the Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) this week after the long running event announced their 2011 dates as March 8 to March 12, two weeks before Ultra Music Festival.

Tweeting a series of posts including ‘If you want to experience all the parties at Miami, don't go on March 8 - 12. Go at the end of the month for ULTRA and all the club events!” Steve Angello sounded angry, as did Amy from his Swedish House Mafia’s management.

“WMC. So the news hit,” she wrote in a message posted on the SHM Facebook page.

“Who made the decision . . . someone who worked all year to make electronic sell...who practised what you preached?” she continued, “ Eminem said....will the real WMC please stand up.................let's discuss this publicly.”

Claude Von Stroke was more restrained tweeting ‘super strange Miami WMC dates announced today . . March 8th? I'm already disqualified. Bummer’ while Kaskade was considerably crueler.

“WMC - R.I.P. - It was a good run, we will miss ya'! Now we can just start calling it what it really is, Spring Break. Guidos Unite!” he scoffed.

WMC organizers responded by putting the blame on Ultra Music Festival, accusing them of reneging on a deal to stage their event ‘during and in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Music Conference’

“We were blindsided by Ultra’s last minute announcement this morning,” WMC claimed in a statement posted on their website on November 17.

“WMC remains committed to the artists, delegates and fans that have made the program what it has become over the last 25 years,” they continued.

“The festivals, Ultra and many others, are amazing experiences for the fans and artists alike. By contrast the quintessential WMC experience is really about the camaraderie between pioneering artists and industry legends,” they added.

Luis Puig, the owner of Miami’s highest profile superclub Club Space was considerably less diplomatic in an incendiary blog posting in which accused Ultra of trying to ‘monopolise WMC’ by signing exclusive contracts with superstar DJs preventing them from playing anywhere else.

“What this means to the consumer is that you will no longer be able to enjoy your favorite DJ for extended sets after midnight at your favorite clubs, instead you will be forced to listen to them for a one hour set before midnight in a crowded field of dust, mud and ravers. You can also forget about seeing them at your favorite pool parties,” he warned.

“This year you have a chance to make a difference and bring back what Music Conference and Electronic Music used to be about. You can either come to Miami on the last week of March, support the greedy monopoly, keep taking it up the ass and lose your right to seeing your favorite DJ at your favorite club or you can come the second week of March, claim back your wallet and your nightlife.”

“See you the second week in March,” he added.

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Made To Play records boss Jesse Rose revealed he’s been studying DJ Magazine’s latest Top 100 DJ poll in detail this week, via a Twitter message that was later reTweeted by Sebastien Leger.

“Did anyone notice that every trance DJ in the top 100 now claims to play 'house'!” the Berlin-based Brit electro-house don asked, “In that case what I play must be trance.”

His comment came just a day before Swedish tech-house type Christian Smith tweeted ‘without house there would be no techno!’ and two days before Chemical Brothers producer Tom Rowlands revealed an unexpected interest in dubstep.

Organisers of the Amsterdam Dance Event hailed the 15th edition of their annual music conference their most successful yet, as over 110,000 clubbers and 2,500 music industry delegates flocked to the Dutch city last week.

The hybrid event included parties and gigs at 44 official partner clubs throughout Amsterdam by night and a daytime programme of panels and interviews with luminaries including Jeff Mills, Roger Sanchez and Ed Banger supremo Pedro Winter.

Winter, who chatted hilariously about DJing in blue furry dragon costumes and other animal outfits, also DJed at Boynoize’ sold out party on Thursday night at the Melkweg before jetting out on Friday to make his debut at Berghain in Berlin.

DJ Top 100’s ‘Usual Controversy’

David Guetta swapped places with Tiesto to become the second most popular DJ in DJ Magazine’s annual top 100 poll this week, which saw pop trance maestro Armin Van Buuren coming first for the third year running.

Numerous newcomers including Romanian expat Claudia Cazacu, Arnej, Artey, Pete The Zouk, Noisecontrollers and Dada Life burst into the lower reaches of the poll, which DJ magazine said was based on ‘hundreds of thousands of validated votes.”

“The 2010 results included new talents, new genres, and new standards cementing their status as world class DJs,” said DJ Magazine, “As ever there's bound to be plenty of controversy.”

Factory Records’ original designers Peter Saville and Ben Kelly have designed a special memorial tombstone for the grave of iconic music mogul Tony Wilson which was this week unveiled at his final resting place in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.

The black granite tombstone describes the man behind Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and a whole host of Manchester bands as a ‘broadcaster and cultural catalyst’ and includes a quote from Isabella Varley Banks' 1876 novel The Manchester Man.

"Mutability is the epitaph of worlds . . . Change alone is changeless,” the tombstone reads, “People drop out of the history of a life as of a land . . . Though their work or their influence remains."

Details of the tombstone’s inscription emerged just over two years after robbers stole the headstone of Joy Division front-man Ian Curtis from Macclesfield Cemetery, 27 years after he committed suicide, aged 23.

The headstone (bearing the message "Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80" and the words "Love Will Tear Us Apart") was stolen in June 2008 prompting despairing messages from both his Joy Division band-mates and local cemetery staff

"This has never happened before and we are agog that someone's gone to the trouble of taking it out,” Tony Barker, spokesman for Macclesfield Borough Council told the BBC, “We are stunned."

Joy Division/ New Order drummer Stephen Morris pleaded with the thieves to "have a bit of dignity about it" and return the stone anonymously.

"I just don't understand why anyone would do it. You couldn't sell it on eBay - it's ridiculous and very upsetting,” he told at the time.

"There had been the films (the 2007 'Control' movie and the recent eponymous documentary) so maybe someone thought they could cash in,” he suggested, “Or maybe it's someone who is a bit deranged - you'd have to be." (NME:

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Acclaimed Detroit house and techno producer Aaron-Carl Ragland died of cancer consistent with lymphoma last week, just seven days after being diagnosed with the disease.

The one time Underground Resistance member and prolific producer documented his battle with the disease in graphic, often heart-wrenching detail on Twitter, a medium he’d embraced with a characteristic searing honesty that in retrospect seemed to foretell his impending fate.

Two teenagers aged 18 and 19 have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a massive fire almost totally destroyed Hastings Pier, the Victorian era seaside attraction that during the 90s hosted John Digweed’s legendary Bedrock parties.
Press reports described how a small fire was spotted in the pier’s ballroom just after 1am, which, fanned by fierce onshore winds, rapidly spread along the entire top floor wooden decking.

“There was a big plume of smoke and the last 200ft (61m) of the pier is pretty much ablaze and it's spreading quite quickly towards the beach,” Inspector Lee Lyons, from Sussex Police, told the Daily Mail as the fire took hold, “The entire ballroom at the end is a burning framework with bits dropping off into the sea.”

Ranjit Nankani, 30, from Croydon was sentenced to serve at least 18 years in jail this week after being found guilty of decapitating a rival clubber with his car outside the Ministry of Sound last August bank holiday.

London’s Old Bailey Court heard how Nankani had argued with his victim Gary Johnson inside the club after apparently stepping on his toe then waited outside to take revenge after he was thrown out. After he moved down his victim in his car, Johnson’s friend Dwayne McPherson pulled out a gun and shot Nankini, wounding him. The incident was captured on CCTV, clips of which were broadcast on the BBC this week

"What you did must have involved a degree of premeditation,” sentencing judge Judge Stephen Kramer told Nankini, “It was a targeted revenge attack on a crowded public street when people were leaving the club to go home,” he added.

The killer was sentenced just a day before police issued a fresh appeal for information about the unrelated murder of south London club promoter Daniel Herbert 27, who was killed several miles away from Ministry in Bermondsey two weeks before the Ministry killings.

Press reports said Daniel was ‘singled out by association’ by members of a rival gang of childhood friends of his who were involved in selling drugs to clubs after venturing into the notoriously tough area last August.

"Daniel was chased by a gang of men, predominantly white males, four to five white males, who managed to capture him in St James's Road, where they beat him unconscious,” investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons told the BBC soon afterwards, “"Having done that, they dragged him to his knees, placed a gun to his head and murdered him.”

In an updated report the BBC said cops believe they know who carried out the killing though need more information to bring the case forwards.

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A new study of 3,200 American teenagers has discovered that 19.5% have lost at least 15 decibels of hearing ability, up from 14.9% of teens tested in 1990.

Researchers singled out the rising popularity of personal stereos such as iphones as the single factor most likely to have caused the dramatic increase and said that while the hearing loss discovered is relatively small, it is nevertheless highly significant.

"What people need to be cognizant of is that once you lose your hearing you can't get it back. It's not coming back," said study chief Josef Shargorodsky, an otolaryngologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

“And so that's why we have to think about preventing this from happening,” he added.

Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland revealed he has moved his family away from the German city this week after receiving death threats from people holding him responsible for the disaster at last month’s Love Parade.

21 people died and over 500 were injured when over 1 million people crammed into a space licensed to handle no more than 250,000 people though Mayor Sauerland told Der Spiegel he’d been exaggerating when he predicted millions would attend in the run-up to the Parade.

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