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After all the madness of NYE and all those endless after parties and with the post Xmas credit card bills hitting your doorstep, like me you might be feeling a little too burned out & Skint to face clubland for a while. For this reason I did a little research into the trance radio this month so you can rave safely in the comfort of your own arm chair.  Just get a friend to flick the light switch on and off , get in a few bevvy’s and lets Av it couch potato style!!!


“The South American Music Conference will unite international prestigious producers, artists, musicians and other professionals. It is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the most important events in the worldwide electronic scene in a city that truly never sleeps.”

At the risk of sounding a bit tecky this month I’ve just gotta shout about the new thing going on the world of Djing.   Its the introduction of software mixing.  If you’ve recently been to see Dj’s like Sasha, Gabriel & Dresden and Jon 00 Flemming you might have wandered where all the vinyl went and why there not even playing CD’s anymore.  The answer is mixing just went virtual and now it can all be done on your lap top.

With just 1 day to go until Europe’s biggest and boldest awards show, MTV Networks Europe has announced the final line-up of performers and presenters for The MTV Europe Music Awards 2004, to be held at the at the Tor di Valle, Rome on November 18th 2004.

The 11th annual MTV Europe Music Awards will be hosted by hip hop legend Xzibit, and will feature live performances from soul diva Alicia Keys with R&B superstar Usher, pop goddess Anastacia, hip hop pioneers Beastie Boys, Multi-platinum, global award winning artist Eminem, Scottish breakthrough rockers Franz Ferdinand, celebrated solo artist Gwen Stefani, L.A rockers Maroon 5, hip hop superstar Nelly, Swedish power-rockers The Hives and Italian pop superstar Tiziano Ferro.

MTV will also stage MTV At The Coliseum - a free public show to be held simultaneously with the MTV Europe Music Awards. The show by Rome’s ancient amphitheatre will feature live performances and live appearances from Anastacia, Elisa, Carmen Consoli, The Cure  and Hoobastank, with The Cure’s and Hoobastank’s performances also featuring in the live MTV Countdown Show which will be broadcast across MTV Europe’s network of 11 regionalised channels from 2000CET. Anastacia’s live performance will be beamed live from the Coliseum to the main Awards show.

The MTV Europe Music Awards main event performers will be joined by special guest star Sarah Michelle Gellar and presenters including Evanescence star Amy Lee, Andre 3000 from experimental hip-hop pioneers OutKast, AJ McLean and Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys, acclaimed hip hop collective The Black Eyed Peas, Ex-Westlifer and solo star Brian McFadden, glamorous Placebo frontman Brian Molko, Linkin Park’s vocal titan Chester Bennington and DJ/Turntablist Joseph Hahn, Italian football icon Alessandro del Piero, soulful heartthrob Eamon, beautiful 24 star Elisha Cuthbert, British R&B sensation Jamelia, Australian superstar Kylie, iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell, pop goddess Natasha Bedingfield, hip hop super-producers N*E*R*D, football legend Paolo Di Canio, parental role models Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, legendary The Cure frontman Robert Smith, and skateboarding superstar Tony Hawk.

The MTV Europe Music Awards, which will air to a potential worldwide audience of more than 1 billion people, is sponsored by Replay Blue Jeans, L’Oreal Paris Studio Line, Hewlett Packard and Foot Locker.


About MTV Networks Asia Pacific

MTV is the world’s largest television network and the leading multimedia brand for youth. It is also Asia’s Most Watched Music Channel in Asia Pacific (PAX 2004), viewed by more young adults than any other music channel. In 2004, MTV was named  'World’s Most Valuable Media Brand’ for the fifth consecutive year, ranking in the top 50 of The World's Most Valuable Brands overall (research  by Interbrand in cooperation with BusinessWeek). MTV Networks Asia Pacific operates ten 24-hour programming services - MTV Australia, MTV China, MTV India, MTV Indonesia, MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV Mandarin, MTV Philippines, MTV Southeast Asia and MTV Thailand. Including programming blocks in various parts of Asia, MTV has a combined distribution of more than 180 million homes. MTV Networks International reaches more than 400 million households in 166 territories.


Jonty Skrufff, the owner of Skrufff, UK's famous source of Electronic music news and information and who is also a contibutor to HKClubbing has now launched himself on spread his electro vibe to the world!


DJ Alixir who runs's UK operations will be off to Germany on the 9th October headlining a Night with Agent Orange. If you are in Germany and love techno then you should go and check out the party.



Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (& Manumission)


“Manumission, the biggest, greatest, most debauched club in the world. You know, the one with the dance music. And the dwarves. And the people on stilts. And the fire-eaters. And the live sex show. And the KILLER RAVE DRUGS.” (NME)


Manumission; “a notorious Ibiza nightclub, once famous for live sex shows.” (News Of The World)


10 years after they started (and six since they packed in the sex shows) Manumission remains synonymous with sex, drugs and rock & roll as well as with Ibiza and the club culture that defines today’s island. Happening every Monday night throughout the summer at the 10,000 capacity Privilege, the club remains Ibiza’s biggest and most influential event, its performances and productions consistently outshining all other rivals as it backrooms serve the freaks, a combination that’s worked wonderfully throughout the last ten years.


“What makes Exit so important is the fact that there's nothing else substantial in Serbia that challenges the past or offers local people a viable reason to think things could be better. When the artists visit they love it because it’s a great gig though most don't even realise that they're helping to make history.�


With Serbia’s recent history including ethnic cleansing, genocide and war, British promoter Paxton Talbot’s claims are neither overblown nor exaggerated, though he’s wrong about at least one of the artists on this year’s bill.


“What makes this gig particularly interesting is the fact that we were bombing Belgrade and Novi Sad just three or four years ago,� says breakbeat pioneer Howie B.


“It’s mad when you find out what the fuck we’ve done to these places; or rather, what others have done to them.�


The ‘we’ or ‘others’ Howie’s referring to are NATO and the most visible sign of their handiwork in Novi Sad today is the still severed Sloboda (‘Freedom’) Bridge, whose disconnected ends slope at 45º angles into the murky Danube river. Blown up by three cruise missiles at 8pm on the night of 3 April 1999, the clinically cut former 6 lane highway remains a powerful reminder of just how recently ‘the West’ was at war with the citizens of Novi Sad; the same people now flocking to an event headlined by a Western bunch of performers. As German philosopher Martin Luther presciently put it, in the Middle Ages; ‘music is a gift of God. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.’



Saturday 28th August Bank Holiday Weekend

Old Liverpool Airfield, Speke, Merseyside, 3pm - 6am


Creamfields: Saturday August 28th 2004: Summertime is here!   Its time to kick back and dance alfresco once again to our favourite live acts & dj’s in a field that delivers the greatest dance festival line up this year.  Now in its 7th year Creamfields 2004 boasts 7 arenas and 2 outdoor stages and is guaranteed to give this years summertime the best send off ever! 


We are pleased to announce that headlining this years Creamfields Outdoor Stage are the undisputable Chemical Brothers.  This will be the first time that Tom & Ed have ever performed live at Creamfields, and if you were one of the 1 billion people to have witnessed their performance at this years MTV Europe awards you wont want to miss this! Joining them on the main stage will be this years most talked about band the Scissor Sisters and the stunning and ubercool Goldfrapp performing live as the sun goes down plus the awesome Scratch Perverts and Dynamite MC delivering some raw cutting edge material.  Recently added acts include A Man Called Adam and the highly acclaimed Mylo.



Seb Fontaine: Leaving Radio 1 Is Like Leaving A Girlfriend

Seb Fontaine chatted to Skrufff this week about his impending departure from Radio 1 and compared the experience to a mutual break up of a long-term romance.

“I must admit I am a little bit sad about it and there’s certainly a lump in my throat, but we’ve also parted on really good terms, there’s no animosity or bitterness,” said Seb.

“It isn’t a case of ‘you’ve been sacked, fuck off’, in fact, I’m still going to be doing Ibiza for them as well as various other projects later on. It’s sad but sad in a good way.”


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