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A couple of months ago ‘A State of Trance’ suddenly disappeared from the Dutch airwaves. The show has now found a new home. As of this week Fresh FM will broadcast Armin van Buuren’s  award winning ‘A State of Trance’ every Thursday from 21:00 to 23:00 hour. The first time the show can be listed to at Fresh FM will be the 28th of April.

A host of UK artists kicked the Buenos Aires scene back into action after an unusually quiet summer. Faithless, Mylo, Sasha & Digweed and Argentinean native, UK-resident Hernan Cattaneo blew away 25,000 fans on a humid autumn night at the port-side extravaganza.

Following the death of 193 rock fans at a local club fire in December, the Argentine club scene has taken a severe thrashing due to lax security and safety precautions. Immediately following the tragedy, all nightclubs, cinemas and event halls were closed before being visited by city officials and having their precautions reviewed. This has had a harsh impact on the industry, and practically paralysed the dance music scene with some of the superclubs still closed 4 months later.


“Almost all the collections presented at the hospital had a strong relationship with music or club culture. We had some designers who’d been finding their inspiration from 70s disco and others from punk and rock. Club culture isn’t only present inspiration-wise either because most designers build their collections specifically thinking of the people that are going out at night dancing. They also choose the music for their shows very selectively and most of them use electronic music related sounds. I think this influence will only continue to grow.”

Speaking at the conclusion of Sao Paulo’s 17th alternative Fashion Week Casa de Criadores (which means House of Designers in English) founder and creative director Andre Hidalgo, confirms that music, particularly club music, plays an increasingly integral part in both his event and Brazil’s burgeoning fashion world. And soundtrack-wise, Sao Paulo’s fashionistas dance to the same upfront electro tinged niches as those in New York or London,” he points out.

Over 2,000 fashion students, clubbers and journalists packed into an abandoned hospital in Sao Paulo last weekend, to attend the 17th edition of Casa de Criadores, Brazil’s acclaimed alternative fashion week.

The unusual location added an intimate element to the atmosphere of the 3 day event, particularly for many of the participants, festival organiser Francisco Navarette told Skrufff.

“On the one hand you had the old hospital structure where life and death struggled in the past but on the other side, we used the maternity ward area where some of the designers and members of he press were born 20 years ago,” he saifd.

“As I am an engineer I believe the life and death forces cancelled each other out,” he laughed.

The hospital backdrop also prompted radical changes in the show’s structure, with catwalk shows taking place throughout the abandoned structure.

The hospital was great because, as it’s such a large, unconventional space, we were able to use every designer's imagination for how they presented their collections. Though production-wise it was a real nightmare because for the first time we switched from using one runway to seven different locations for the shows, which all still required facilities for lighting, photographers, music and the audience,” he continued.

“Overall, we were very pleased with the show, we wanted to present both the event and the collections with a certain underground ambience, and I think we achieved that,” Francisco concluded.

“We are certainly not a mainstream event but at the same time we do want to have a media profile that allows the designers to be recognized, which is a thin line to walk these days where mainstream bullshit rules in so many aspects of music and fashion,” he added.

Designers at the event included Moshe, Laundry, Fabiana Bauman and Marcel Juppy, with Joao Pimenta stealing the shoe with a punk inspired heavily tartan collection.

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A beer with caffeine will be launched in Britain later this year.

US brewing company Anheuser-Busch who make Budweiser and the new drink called BE will possibly rival energy drinks like Red Bull. The beer has an alcohol content of 4.5%.

Each can contains as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee as well as ginseng and guarana.

No news on the product coming to Hong Kong, possibly something worth waiting for!

If you are looking to order beverages in Hong Kong then go to:

Every year the whole music industry descends on Canne in the south of France, home to the infamous Film festival.  Its the place where all the new tracks  fro 2005 are first showcased and is great for picking up some upfront stuff. Thousands of labels from every country in the world pack the hotels and bars handing over CD’s of there forthcoming releases.  Its all about getting there product released in every corner of the globe from Asia, USA, Australia and all the other budding scenes in places like Israel. 

I was over for a few days to catch up with the latest tunes and  catch up with old friends. Its mad to see all the main players in the trance world packed into one room and it looks like we’ll be seeing a massive new wave of trance releases before the summer.  The best thing about Midem for me is that you get the big picture of what’s going on in the music world and realize that there are so many genres of music and how every country has its own interpretation of each genre.  Its like a melting pot of Ideas and a great place to pick up inspiration for the coming year and get totally wasted of course at the numerous bars & clubs that Canne has to offer!! 


Ministry Of Sound are to transmit a 230 hour continuous live radio broadcast this Easter, which will include two weekends of club nights from their South London headquarters.


Britain’s top music station Radio 1 confirmed this week that they’re teaming up with Serbia’s Exit Festival, broadcasting live from the Novi Sad event this July.

Exit’s International Director Paxton Talbot told Skrufff he’s delighted about the link-up, declaring ‘we feel very privileged to be working with Radio 1 and are looking forward to having them out as our very special guests.�


Ministry Of Sound Radio are to start broadcasting the Skrufff radio show every two weeks, following the successful launch of the show last year.

The show will run for 2 hours every other Monday evening from 18.00GMT, featuring live guests, DJ mixes and music from the alternative electro-disco-rock style Skrufff already champion through their press agency.

Last year, Darkness was nominated for 4 awards.  This year, we have Muse!  They are nominated for:
British Group / MasterCard British Album / British Rock Act / British Live Act Award

The Streets is also nominated for 3 awards: British Male Solo Artist / MasterCard British Album / British Urban Act

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