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Paul Van Dyk took the top spot in DJ Magazine’s latest top 100 DJ poll this week, knocking Tiesto into second place after a three year reign at the top.

The poll showed yet again that trance continues to dominate mainstream club culture (and DJ Magazine’s readership) with Armin Van Buuren, Sasha & Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo and ATB also appearing in the magazine’s top 10.

Big winners in the poll included L’Oreal poster star David Guetta (new entry at 39), Mario Piu (re-entry at 38) and Timo Mass (re-entry at 52) while David Morales, 2 Many DJs and James Lavelle all slipped out of the 100.

DJ Mag will presumably be delighted that Tiesto’s no longer top dog after last year’s debacle when the Dutch DJ pulled out of their awards party just hours before it opened. DJ responded by accusing him of ‘feeding his ego’ since his ‘shock win in 2002’ and ridiculed him further in a biting review of the party he blew out.

“There’s an understandable sense of disappointment from some corners of the crowd- alongside a sigh of relief from those of us who’d prefer to solder our ear together than actually have to listen to his turgid tosh”, they scoffed.

“Much as we respect our readers’ choice, we don’t actually have to agree with it, you know?”

DJ Mag’s Top 10 DJs 2005:

1: Paul Van Dyk
2: Tiesto
3: Armin Van Buuren
4: Sasha
5: Ferry Corsten
6: John Digweed
7: Hernan Cattaneo
8: Deep Dish
10: Carl Cox

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Publicists for Pacha New York told Skrufff this week that the new Manhattan superclub will definitely be opening next month, with December 7 the most likely date for launch.

The West Side venue (between 45th and 46th Street by the Hudson River) will cater for up to 2,655 revellers across the 4 floors, while 400 celebs will be able to party at Pachita, a ‘club within a club’ situated on the top floor of the venue.

The ‘’intimate’ space has apparently been designed to resemble ‘the eclectic attic of an eccentric personality,’ Pacha reveal, complete with ‘Louis XVII details blending with Victorian elements and Moroccan style vaulted ceilings and plush seating’, presumably to the delight of fame fanatic Erick Morillo, who’s Pacha’s frontman at their massive new club.

“I’m still DJing but I’m excited,” said a very, very, very exuberant sounding Erick describing his new job in his latest Mixmag column, “We’re deep in construction and putting together the final touches including a VVVIP room, which will be for anything goes, all-night parties,” he panted.

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Greg Dread from veteran British dub-housers Dreadzone chatted to Skrufff this week and revealed that they’ve long since abandoned any connections with the free party scene and the radical politics that they once briefly dabbled with.

“I am not aware of any current free party scene at all,” said Greg, “but if there is one it is regarded as maybe crusty stereotypes. That scene may have even affected us by association because of who we played to in the past, “ he continued, “but I like to see us more like the descendents of Big Audio Dynamite where a cool shirt is more important than a political gesture.”

Forming Dreadzone from the ashes of Big Audio Dynamite 15 years ago, Dread established the band as one of Britain’s biggest draws on the alternative festival   circuit, going on to release anti Criminal Justice Bill anthem Fight The Power in 1994, though nowadays the band are entirely focused on music and touring, he stressed.

“Fight The Power and rave culture were tied up in a political context back then with the Tories (Conservatives) being the enemy so today there is not that starting point for rebellion (though some would disagree) and rave culture is neatly packaged in compilations so the cutting edge lies in the underground,” said Greg.

“Nowadays, there are no mystical elements to our touring party but rather a solid family unit where we are all inter dependent on each other and the tour bus becomes a travelling messy flat share with ten people.”

“Dreadzone have managed to keep going by constantly re-inventing and keeping fresh with djing and working with new people. Plus when you have seen what makes bands collapse you can avoid those pitfalls. The main thing is a love for the music and what we do,” he concluded.

“Touring can be messy but as I said, if you avoid the pitfalls such as partying every night it can be OK. We eat healthy, take our vitamins, balance the intake and have the odd early night. A few of us are aware of what damage constant partying can do.”

Dreadzone’s new album Once Upon A Time is out now and the band are currently promoting it, on tour around the UK.

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Mainstream publishing EMAP announced this week that they’ve sold Mixmag to Development Hell, with next week’s issue becoming the last produced by the British corporate giant.

Rumours that the long running monthly dance music magazine was being sold to Scottish rival mag M8 first surfaced six months ago, though the new buyers are Development Hell, an independent magazine company run by ex EMAP executives.

Mixmag Clubs Editor Duncan Dick welcomed the change, telling Skrufff ‘like the rest of the team I'm very excited and looking forward to the new challenge.’

“Development Hell obviously have a lot of faith in Mixmag - effectively they are doubling the size of their company by taking us on, and it will be a big change in status for us as a magazine, from being one of many titles at EMAP, competing for attention with scores of other titles (from Angling Monthly to Grazia), to being a very important part of a much smaller company,” he said.

“Obviously Development Hell will have their own vision for the future of Mixmag, but for now all they've talked about changing- and improving- are things like the production values of the mag - i.e.  the paper quality and returning the spine,” said Duncan.

DJ Magazine business chief Charles Ward was also positive about his arch rival’s ownership change, telling Skrufff ‘EMAP’s exit should be good for Mixmag, providing the new owners handle the title with care.

“I’m a strong believer that you have to have a passion about your magazine and I know for a fact that the reason DJ magazine is still running is that the team that we have are passionate about what we’re doing. And even though we’ve been bought and sold three or four times we’ve always been left alone, and never interfered with that much,” said Charles.

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ImageTraveling to Quebec City seems to be the thing to do for Montrealers looking to save a few bucks on top-notch concerts.  The same show was broadcast in Montreal as a highlight for the MEG Montreal festival on the Friday night for $25, and then Saturday in Quebec City for a measly $12, not to mention the half price drinks for sale!  The club itself, L’imperial left a little to be desired with its carpeted floors and DJ decks set up about a mile away from the dance floor.  It was a little bit like viewing the dangerous animals in the zoo, where the voyeurs are caged away from the demonstrations.   The sound system left a little bit to be desired, too much thump and not enough of the higher frequency smack, and why the VJ thought it was acceptable VJing to simply stream together various clips of the flyer is beyond me.
However, if you were able to overlook these cited problems (by maybe closing your eyes and standing in the corner) you may have been impressed by the show because the music was nothing short of fabulous, with both Ada and Metope performing an absolutely awesome array of live minimalistic beats and Superpitcher laying done a tremendous techno set.

ImageLeading lights from London’s alternative gay scene are launching a weekly fetish and drag orientated night at Turnmills from October 30, which aims to provide a space for flamboyant outsiders via a door policy that excludes ‘dodgy unfriendly straights’.

Jackie is being hosted by Synthetic Pleasures’ starlet Miss Cunty, who told Skrufff that they decided to launch the club after becoming totally alienated from virtually the rest of London’s gay scene.

“After five years of complaining and having no where to go we decided that Jackie will embrace the people like us who make clubs special by being special and putting thought into what we look like when we go out,” she said.

“We feel that the gay scene has become a corporate capitalist monopoly, where all the clubs and people are ghettoized in Vauxhall (South London) and many of the gay venues are no longer safe. There has been a lot of homophobic attacks in gay clubs these days by straight clubbers; for me that is unacceptable and that’s where Jackie comes in,” Cunty continued.

ImageFriday October 28th 2005 @ SAT (Societe des Arts Technologiques)
1195 St. Laurent, Montreal, Canada

Opening in 1998 with the simple concept of promoting quality events in innovative and original settings, NEON has grown into one of the biggest and most well attended club nights in Montreal Canada.  Doing away with the traditional night club look and feel (i.e. lasers and smoke machines), and integrating interior and graphic design, along with mood lighting and performance art, the continuously adapting and transforming NEON team has realized the formula for success.  Outlasting the majority of their major competitors NEON is constantly changing to maintain their position at the forefront of the latest musical trends and to integrate the new sounds being developed into each of their shows.
NEON organizes approximately ten events per year and holds the majority of their organized productions at the SAT (Societe des Arts Technologiques).  The past years have seen countless big name artists with the likes of Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Tiga, Jesper Dahlback, DJ Hell, Vive La Fete, etc., gracing the stage here in Montreal.  On October 28th, 2005 NEON will host an “I Love Neon” Halloween party: “Let’s Get Physical” with DJ T (Get Physical Music) from Berlin, Plastique De Reve (Gigolo & Turbo Records) from Switzerland, and local Montreal nu-wave electro synth-pop Cut Throat Republic doing a LIVE performance.  This one is not to be missed!!
Slowly gaining in popularity NEON is becoming a global movement and gaining momentum every day with requests to go on tour with the NEON “look and feel” to cities such as New York, Miami, and Toronto and in countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany.  Who knows, maybe the next stop on the global map will land a NEON event in Hong Kong!

Article by Melissa Burton

ImagePete Tong is a leading British ambassador of club culture. An original groundbreaker, he has met the Queen and been immortalised in the movies. Working tirelessly, the BBC Radio 1 DJ presents new dance music to millions of listeners each week as the infectious energy of his output circulates around the world. A longstanding and vital figure in the industry, always with a keen eye on cutting edge movements, Pete made his Ibiza DJ debut almost 20 years ago. Other influential imports – namely the revered radio shows: the Essential Mix and Essential Selection – arrived on the inimitable island later (1995/96). Celebrating 10 years of Radio 1 in Ibiza, the perennially popular Radio 1 Weekend was another almighty success and included Pete’s live broadcasts from Cafe Mambo and Space.

Following the awesome sell out success of Creamfields, it appears our feet are just about ready for some full on dancing action again, and where better for it than at Cream's legendary birthday bash on Saturday 8th October @ Nation.   The fundamental ethos of Cream which remains at the core of its success is the music, so it comes as no surprise that they are pulling out all the stops for this magnificent birthday celebration!

We are excited to welcome back the indomitable force that is Erick Morillo who having rocked Nation to its foundation at last years birthday can't wait to come back and do it all again!  The Main Room will come alive with the sounds of Morillo's trademark chunky, funky house music and for all those who witnessed his flawless, electric set at Creamfields this year, you know what we're talking about!   He will be joined by Cream Ibiza Resident Gareth Wyn who will be performing an exclusive house set and has made a big impression over the Summer in Ibiza supporting the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto.   Also returning for the big event is the lovely Phat Phil Cooper, if anyone can get your booty shaking its this guy, and a Cream birthday just wouldn't be the same without Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn.

At the helm in the Courtyard are Radio 1's Judge Jules and Fergie, always guaranteed to maintain the electric atmosphere that this room is famous for!   They will be ably assisted by Paul Kershaw, Riley & Durrant who had the outdoor stage at Creamfields rocking till the sun went down!

Over in the Annexe Cream goes up against the Hacienda as godfathers of house Graeme Park & Mike Pickering go head to head for a deck battle where your feet do the voting!   They will be joined by James Barton & Andy Mc, Cream regulars K-Klass and of course the indestructable Andy Carroll!  Who will be the undisputed champion of the decks?   You're the decide! 

This will be a birthday bash to add the icing on the cake to what has been a magnificent year for Cream. The sun shone at Creamfields UK for what has been described as "the best event to date" and Creamfields Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico all look set to follow in its footsteps and lets not forget Cream's 10th anniversary year in Ibiza which has been a roaring success! 

Cream Birthday In Association With Radio City
Saturday 8th October 2005
Main Room
Erick Morillo
Phat Phil Cooper
Gareth Wyn (House Set)
Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn

Judge Jules
Riley & Durrant
Paul Kershaw
Gareth Wyn

Annexe: Hacienda vs Cream
Park & Pickering (Graeme Park & Mike Pickering)
James Barton & Andy Mac
K-Klass (Paul & Russ)
Andy Carroll

To be broadcast live on Radio City.  As always the birthday is expected to sell out.  To avoid disappointment please purchase advance tickets which are on sale now! 

Event Details:
Nation, Wolstenholme Square, (Off Slater Street), Liverpool, 10pm-6am, Price: £20+BF (NUS) / £25+BF / Info: / Tel: 0151 707 1309 / Email:
Cream Tickets:  0870 2427 326 / Radio City Box Office: 0151 256 5555 / Ticketmaster (24hr): 0870 902 0001.
Cream Tickets Online: / / / 

(information provided by Cream)

ImageNestling on a side street just yards from Ipanema Beach, Dama de Ferro is a small but perfectly formed nightspot that’s home to Rio’s equally intimate though thriving electro-disco scene (as well as a whole host of similarly alternative/ artistic club nights, throughout the month).

Named after the intricately melded cast iron sculptures that permeate the split level space, the club’s most unusual design feature is its unisex alfresco style toilet cubicles placed directly alongside the dance floor, complete with low cut doors providing voyeurs and exhibitionists ample scope alike. Rumour has it that one London electro queen had toilet sex with her local lover in full (approving) view of the dance floor earlier this year, though tonight, usage appears limited to regular bodily functions.

Instead, a packed crowd of flamboyantly dressed gays and strikingly beautiful girls from Ipanema are gathered together for the second event of Fashion Nugget, a new party presented by Rio scenesters Madame Nini and Lady Ray. Despite their drag queen names, both are 22 year old shes as opposed to she-males and both are  clearly adept at bringing a lively and highly colourful crowd out tonight. Which is no mean achievement, given Rio’s reputation as a place where everything happens on the beach.

ImageSpeak to a Sao Paulo person and they’ll tell you Rio dwellers spend all day there doing not much else, a point Rio people will gladly accept. Any why not, given that spots like Ipanema, in the heart of downtown Rio, is a fantastically wide, gloriously chilled out, white sandy beach, populated by body perfect locals and less well constructed tourists. Rio’s most famous beach, Copacabana, however, is less recommended, its fading glory marred by street prostitution (as soon as dusk kicks in) and a distinct edge of serious poverty. Homeless people sleep on many of the city’s downtown streets, one step down from the millions who occupy the equally harsh environments of Rio’s favellas, which tower over the centre, in break-taking proximity. Made famous by the gangster film City of God, the favellas dominate the entire skyline, but downtown’s vibe appears centred on fun rather than friction, with Rio justifiably standing out as the spiritual capital of one of the world’s most hedonistic nations.

ImageHow this translates inside Dama de Ferro is principally through people’s friendliness, with seemingly everyone in the club happy to chat as well as dance and throw themselves around enthusiastically. Countless snogging couples of all sexual persuasions also permeate the club, reflecting the up for it vibe that everybody exudes, though no-one hassles and all are polite; a perfect recipe for a serious night out. Musically less demanding than the extremely up to date Sao Pauleans, they clearly love their electro-disco nonetheless, with rocking, banging anthems from Soulwax, Jacques Lu Cont and Tiefschwarz going down a storm as well as quirkier smashes from the likes of Justice and In Flagranti.

Kicking off properly around 1am, the club’s winding down by six am, as many of the club’s regulars head off for after hours drinks at the transvestite bars on Copacabana. Like Ibiza at its best, Rio possesses a certain alchemy that means adventures and magic moments are waiting to be discovered, just a few steps beneath the surface, and Dama de Ferro is an excellent portal to find yourself a tangent (whatever that may be). Totally recommended!

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