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On the 27th May 2011, Hed Kandi lands in Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu, China for the very first time!

As the second “Summer Love” Party held by Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu, Hed Kandi artists DJ Glen Horsborough, Eloise (live Saxophone) and none other than Lauren Rose will be performing live to a packed Courtyard of party goers. Lauren Rose known for her massive hits such as “Put Your Hands On” & “What is this Feeling” will be on stage throughout the night in front of a massive LED visual display and concert style production to make it one of the largest shows to ever appear in that part of China.

So get ready for an evening of Glamorous Hed Kandi music in Chengdu!


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An Indonesian law student was this week facing up to 20 years in jail after he was accused of maliciously starting a fire at acclaimed Surabaya nightspot Redboxx in which ten people died.

The club’s resident DJ and an Australian and Japanese national were amongst the victims who were killed in what police said was a revenge attack launched by Christian Natalino after he became angry at staff refusing to play a reggae track he requested.

While one newspaper reported that Natalino set fire to a foam sofa with a lighter, chief detective Adj. Comr. Arbaridi Jumhur from Surabaya Police told the Jakarta Globe he lit a curtain as revellers watched a world cup soccer game.

“The suspect said his initial intention was only to trigger panic among Redboxx staffs,” Detective Jumhur told the Globe, “But the flame spread and it was beyond his expectation,” Arbaridi said. (Jakarta Globe: http://tinyurl.com/34jl7z4 )

The Global Battle of the Bands 2009 World Final at the London Scala on April 27th 2010 featured national final winning bands from every corner of the globe.   The World Final was delayed due to snowstorms and the volcanic ash almost delayed this rescheduled date.

The bands competing came from Italy, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Norway, England, Kazakhstan, Israel, Montenegro, Ukraine, Romania, China, Netherlands, Scotland, Serbia, Nepal, Malaysia, Canada, Iceland and Germany to compete for the GBOB Best New Bands in the World title.

Federbrau and O&P Worldwide present S3QUENCE. Asia’s First 3-City Music Festival. Bring out the noise as Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket will see the birth of S3QUENCE, Asia’s first 3-city electronic music festival. The festival will boast a massive line up guaranteed to spark a dance fever in Thailand.

The Beacon of Love, Great Music and Unforgettable Memories!

The most anticipated outdoor dance music festival of the year is back on the pristine palm tree-lined Siloso Beach, for the ninth year, bringing forth a spectacular voyage of rapturous music, dancing, art and lots of festivities.

Inspired by Greek mythology’s illustration of the legendary aquatic nymphs’ irresistible allure, with seafarers captivated by the mythical temptresses’ enchanting melodies and voice, the Sirens’ call beckons the collective buoyant vibes of partygoers at ZoukOut 2009. 

ZoukOut- Asia’s distinctive and largest outdoor dance music festival  returns to be the beacon of community spirit celebrating love, respect and all in all, ever-lasting good moments!

Surf’s Up! Wave House Sentosa comes aboard

With a record breaking 26,000 party revellers in 2008, ZoukOut 2009 extends its venue to incorporate Siloso Beach’s latest lifestyle attraction, Wave House Sentosa, and will house one of ZoukOut’s stages! Offering exhilarating rides akin to the Wave Houses found in North America, Chile and South Africa, thrill seekers can look to make a wild splash and get their adrenaline fix whether surfing the tube, jumping waves or performing gravity defying flips and stunts.

Indonesian Terrorists Terrorise Manumission

Ibiza promoters Manumission have postponed a planned Minimission event in Bali after terrorists blew up two five star hotels in Jakarta two weeks ago, killing nine people.

“Manumission in Privilege was singled out as the highest risk terrorist target in Ibiza by the British Government due to the massive numbers of people attending and the nature of our shows,” Mike and Claire Manumission explained in a statement, “We feel that doing our show in Bali at this present moment could be like waving a red flag to a bull.”

The couple also cited Manchester United’s decision to cancel a 3 day trip following the bombings, explaining ‘we do not feel safe going to Bali to do an event on the beach. We feel we would be putting our team and ourselves and the public at risk.”

Event promoter Arief Sundjaja from Indonesian superclub organisation the Embassy Club was sympathetic.

“Manumission's cancellation is really a disappointment as we've worked hard to bring them here to Indonesia to Bali, the island of the Gods. And in a way we are contributing to Indonesian society by staging what would have been this major event. It's just too bad the terrorists didn't see it that way and decided to wreck it for the rest of us,” he said.

Manumission’s press release also quoted Foreign Office advice warning of ‘a general threat from terrorism in Indonesia’ though Arief downplayed the significance of the official travel alert.

“Those warnings appear as and when there're some news on something we feel is often quite trivial; there's a higher chance of you getting hit by traffic here than being bombed, to be honest,” said Arief.

“It’s now two weeks since the bombings happened and little has changed in business terms since then,” he noted.

“Hotels in Bali are full and people are still out eating at their favourite restaurants, clubbing and partying, hardly any events have been cancelled, apart from Manumission postponing,” he noted.

“I applaud the Indonesians who in solidarity, are going out to Bali in droves to party. And I must say, the Indonesian government is doing a better job this time round,” he concluded.

http://www.embassytheclub.com

Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://skrufff.com)

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Worldwide Festival Unifies Singapore Club & Music Scene for 4 Days of Pure Musical Bliss. Fresh from being voted as Singapore’s Best Outdoor Event in 2008”, Worldwide Festival is back with an explosive weekend of visual art & eclectic music featuring the cream of international live acts & DJs. This exclusive Asian edition will be staged around various venues, clubs & settings to celebrate the return of one massive week end to remember with DJ Kentaro, Gilles Peterson, Jose James, Jack Beats, J.A.M (Soil & “Pimp” Sessions trio), Taylor McFerrin, Mr.V, Oveous Maximus, Christian Prommer, Todd Terje, Dorian Concept, Alex From Tokyo aka Tokyo Black Star, Toshio Matsuura, Al Haca, Harmonic 313 aka Mark Pritchard, The Nextmen, Stereotyp, Lexie lee, Ku Bo, LeftO, Simbad, Garfld, Lil Monsta, Aldrin, NovoBloco + Bloco Singapura, Cosa Nostra, Miss Sangeetha, Vinnie, Dubwise and many more… Prepare yourself for a mammoth musical feast!



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ImageEdition Bangkok Festival 2009 - April 2009

O&P Worldwide with a vision to uplift the international music festival scene in Asia launches the first
electronic music festival that combines international DJ superstars to perform live sets for music enthusiasts on a top-notch rooftop venue at the heart of Bangkok. The two-day festival EditionBangkok 2009 will feature Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schultz all from the world’s top 10 DJ list and notable names such as Sandy Rivera, Bodyrox with other up-and-coming Asian talents.

“We believe that Bangkok is one of the main cities around the world with a high potential of becoming the next International Clubbing Hub,” expressed Patrice Potuznik, Managing Director of O&P Worldwide, Asian Operation, about the first Edition Festival which will be focusing on trance music. “We aim build a festival brand that will have a global appeal.” Massive production adapted from the European festivals is one of the main items that will distinguish this music festival from others. 

The mastermind behind the forever trance track, “Traffic,” an unforgettable album “Elements of Life,” and the only man voted as the world’s number 1 DJ eight times in a row, Tiësto will lead the festival
on April 24th, 2009 a long side with other Asian artists.
Where as Markus Schultz the current number 8, will lift up the souls of trance with none other than Ferry Corsten another remarkable DJ ranked number 6 on the world’s top 10 DJ list and the celebrated urban electronic spin masters Sandy Riviera and Bodyrox on April 30th, 2009

Ticket for EditionBangkok 2009: Regular THB1,490 (1 night), THB1,990 (2 nights) VIP THB2,990 (1 night), THB 4,990 (2 nights).

For tickets please visit www.opworldwide.com/editionbangkok

 

(information provided by the organiser)

Five-time Grammy Award winning recording artist John Legend will bring “The Evolver World Tour” to Venetian Ballroom on Friday April 10, 2009.


Date:   Friday 10th April 2009
Time: 8:30pm  
  
Venue:  Venetian Ballroom 
  
Ticket Price:
MOP$1880, MOP$1080,
MOP$780, MOP$580  
  
Duration  To Be Confirmed  
  
Language  English

Booking:

https://www.cotaiticketing.com/VCLTicketing/eventDetail.do?eventCode=johnl2009

 

A tattoo artist on Koh Phangan has confessed to killing female German tourist Astrid Al-Assaad Schachner, whose body was found floating in shallow water last weekend, the day after the latest Full Moon Party.

Thai suspect Tiwat Kasemchoke, 29, bizarrely claimed the 45 year old victim had been ‘stalking’ him and admitted planning to kill her, local newspaper The Nation reported.

"She had humiliated me. She often told other foreigners that I fell for her and tried to rape her several times, which is not true. It's she who wanted to be in a relationship", the tattooist allegedly told cops.

"I had told her several times that I've had no romantic interest in her but she did not listen," he said in a statement published after he was charged with ‘premeditated murder’. "Her persistency made me annoyed and angry",” he added.

Numerous postings on Koh Phangan related message boards described Astrid as a popular well known traveller on the island with Nation journalist Daniel Anderegg declaring ‘Astrid was a friend and what happened to her is so horrible’.

He also detailed a similarly horrific attack close to the heart of the Full Moon Party, on Hadrin Beach.

“On the same night there was another bloody incident in front of Kaktus Bar, in which a Thai attacked a foreigner with a samurai knife and almost chopped off his head,” he wrote in the Nation, “I don't know if the victim survived,” he added.

Skrufff man-on-Koh Phangan Graham Gold said the latest killing remains ‘obviously big news on the island’ and admitted he’s hearing increasing stories of traveller girls being drugged with GHB and raped.

“Things have been getting darker in Haad Rin for sure; I am seeing a side I didn't know existed,” said Graham, “I SERIOUSLY advise ANY girl traveling either on her own or even with a group, not to accept a drink, or even a drink from a bucket from any stranger.”

“I had not heard the story about the samurai sword incident but let’s just say it would not surprise me,” he added, “Even though Kaktus Bar is right in the middle of the beach and is known for its very cheesy music so is normally not a place for trouble.”

The legendary London DJ advised revelers to skip the Full Moon parties in favour of Shiva, Black Moon and Half Moon eventw (‘people go for the music and not to get fucked on Sangsum (local whiskey) and (magic) mushrooms like they do in Haad Rin’)  and admitted he’s personally in danger twice in the last month.

“I nearly had two fights at an after hours club on New Year’s Eve but I was also pretty wrecked so don't really remember what the causes of the arguments were,” he chuckled.

“There are these ragga Thais here who act like Jamaican Yardies basically and they’re not pleasant and also extremely racist against westerners,” he warned. “It’s important to avoid them and any confrontation with them at all because you won’t win the fight. And if you do, the only option open to you is leaving the island immediately.”

“But it is NOT all bad,” Graham stressed, “I moved here 9 months ago and love it. Koh Phangan is a beautiful island that consists of a hell of a lot more than Full Moon parties in Haad Rin,” he pointed out.


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