Club Culture

After a footballer’s arrest, questions of culture in music too

Yesterday, a rather disturbing video emerged on social media. The roughly one minute long clip contained a picture of a woman who appeared to have been assaulted, and included audio of what I will simply term a disturbing conversation between a man and a woman. The video has since been removed by the account which uploaded it. A man - who is understood to be the 20-year old Manchester United…

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Is there any bandwagon the dance music world won’t latch onto these days? Now Fabric are the latest to announce a classical event – but this might not be the shameless cash-in it first seems…

The relationship between dance music and classical has never been an easy one. Many in the classical world look down on dance music, mostly due to the fact it's mostly made with machines and samples rather than "real" instruments. Hence why the two worlds didn't mix much for a long time. But things are changing. In an age where it's harder than ever to get listeners, crossing genres up is…

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Is there ANY festival that doesn’t rely on the generic McDonald’s style lineup? Apparently so – Dimensions takes place in September… and refreshingly, there’s no business techno types in sight!

Some people occasionally complain that this blog isn't positive enough about the dance music world. To which I plead not guilty - I think there's a lot of fantastic music being created out there. But the mere idea that discussing issues within dance music somehow makes me negative is downright ridiculous. One thing I've mentioned a few times lately is cash-strapped festivals deciding to go for broke by only booking…

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So how far will they be taking their ban on men? London festival Rinse only wants women DJs and staff – but no word on whether the “divine feminine” will be banned from playing male music or taking their money…

That idea of men and women being equal in dance music never really took off, did it? For decades, men dominated lineups everywhere you looked - and frankly, they still do. And no one's been quite sure over the years how best to get more women DJs onto lineups. It seems the latest trend is to ban whole groups of people from playing. This isn't a totally new idea -…

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That’s yet another thing this country’s short of! As figures show Britain has lost 3000 nightclubs in 11 years, the Comical Ali dance press shows little sign of asking what’s going on…

Whatever has happened to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the past few years? We've been short of all kinds of things - lorry drivers, Covid tests, petrol, and evem ginger nut biscuits at one point after flooding in the north of England. And now, yet another thing has to be added to the seemingly endangered list. That thing is, apparently, nightclubs. Some number crunchers have…

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So what ARE they basing their decisions on, if not the evidence? Welsh government forced to admit it has no idea how many cases of Covid originate from nightclubs

We all know what the state of play has been for the past two years. When Covid hit the UK in March 2020, the whole country went into lockdown. Nightclubs were closed, just like almost everything else did at the time. Given that we knew next to nothing about Covid and how it was spreading, this wasn't a great surprise. But whilst the likes of clothes shops and hairdressers got…

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Could this be the strangest excuse ever for cancelling an event? House II House scrap plans for a live feed of a warm-up show citing “male menopausal behaviour”…

The dance music world is a strange place. If it was just about the music, it would be alright - but more often than not, things like money and individual egos start to get involved. Still, I can't complain too much - it gives me a heap of content to write about. Anyway, someone sent me this late on Friday and I thought it was worth sharing - because it's…

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That brings the number of vaxxed big name DJs to one! Carl Cox announces his tour of north America – and it includes a date in New York, where if you’ve had no vaccine, you’re not coming in…

There are an awful lot of DJs in the upper echelons of dance music who filled their quiet time during the pandemic by training themselves up as virologists. Or so you'd be forgiven for thinking - although most aren't quite stupid enough to at least publicly remain quiet. Thankfully, a few managed to keep their marbles. Well, mostly. When he isn't accepting gigs from festivals that are least partially funded…

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After authorities confirm clubs in Ibiza can open in April, the season looks set to be dance music’s longest ever cash-in – but is this “just one last fart from a dying corpse”?

So the dance music world is currently getting very excited about the news Ibiza's nightclubs will be open for business again this year. Events are already scheduled for April, with rumours swirling around the 2022 season is going to be the longest one ever in the history of the world - or something similar. Now, this sense of anticipation is rather understandable in the circumstances. Nightclubs have had a terrible…

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Is there a Novak Djokovic in dance music’s ranks? As tennis player is deported from Australia for being unvaccinated, some people are keeping very quiet about their own indiscretions…

Last week, the news was dominated by a surprisingly small number of stories - and one of those was to do with a tennis player. Novak Djokovic went to Australia to play at The Open. This is when things started to go wrong. Firstly, it was claimed the tennis authorities had given him an exemption from being vaccinated against Covid-19. Then the Australian authorities detained him due to problems with…

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