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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.”
New York superclub Pacha are to host a Sunday afternoon party next weekend (May 1) to help raise funds for Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.
Team Fox members and party promoters Beth Hochstein and Sharon Greif said the event will be ‘a tribute to dancing and its positive effects on people with Parkinson’s’ as well as highlighting the fact that it’s ‘definitely not only a disease of the elderly as it affects thousands of people under the age of 40.’
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney reportedly ‘amazed revellers’ at Coachella last weekend, when he went on stage unannounced during Dutch DJ Afrojack’s set and mixed a few tracks.
“Macca popped up in Afrojack's set and was having it on stage behind the DJ booth. Nancy was standing behind him like a typical house DJ's girl,” an unnamed ‘source’ told the Sun.
Acid house pioneer DJ Pierre has signed up Skrufff.com founder Jonty Skrufff for his DJ/ management/ marketing company Afro-Acid to collaborate together on DJ bookings, remixes and related opportunities.
The link-up sees Jonty lining up alongside an A list roster of producers and DJs including Angel Alanis, Danny Howells, Gene Farris, James Ruskin and Louis Vegas though Pierre stressed Afro-Acid is far from just another DJ booking firm. (Afro Acid Artists: http://bit.ly/dVrms2 )
“Actually we don't consider ourselves an agency. Our artists are not required to sign a contract or any agreement of exclusivity,” said Pierre.
HK contributor and international DJ Jonty Skrufff has just recorded a new DJ mix called The End Is Nigh, an apocalyptic (now) themed of Berlin style electro-techno. Berlin based Brit Jonty is a DJ/ producer/ journalist and Amsterdam Dance Event moderator/ consultant, as well as being the founder of independent press agency and blog Skrufff.com.
“Insane. There’s no other word to describe that country. That expression ‘From Russia with Love’ also now has a totally different meaning for me too.”
Six years after 300 delegates and 1,300 guests attended the very first Sochi Winter Music Conference (SWMC), numbers have swelled to 1 500 delegates, and 7,500 guests including Soundcloud new business manager Nils Westerlund.Nils, a Berlin based 20-something Swede whose floppy fringe haircut, designer spectacles and carefully ruffled understated attire apparently means he looks EXACTLY like a Moscow hipster, admits he’s thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day/ 3 night event.
“How much do I think Russians deserve their ‘crazy’ reputation? They do in full,” he says, “Vodka instead of water, I think that should explain most of it,” he laughs.