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Brighton Music Conference (BMC18) announces Irvine Welsh, Eats Everything, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Hospital Records Sonic Surgery and more.

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Brighton Music Conference (BMC18) has announced Irvine Welsh, Eats Everything, Friction and Sam Divine will join 160 speakers from across the music, nightlife, tech and digital industries from 25th-28th April at Brighton Dome. Representatives include key figures from “PRS For Music”, BPI, AIM, Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), AIF, ACS, LNADJ, Help Musicians, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Fabric, SoundCloud, Virgin/EMI, Believe, SW4, Defected, Toolroom, Hospital Records, Ram Records, Tru Thoughts, Beatport, Women Produce Music, BIMM, DJ Mag, MusicTech, AEI, Funktion One, Pioneer, Label Worx, This Is Global, Boiler Room, Friction, KRPT, Horus Music, Decoded Magazine, Data Transmission, Skiddle, SharpStream, KRPT, GRM Daily, LWE, Fuse, Mark Knight, Waze & Odyssey, Luke Solomon, London Elektricity, Illyus & Barrientos, Dean Marsh, Jules O’ Riordan, and many more.


Author, playwright and musician, Irvine Welsh, will be interviewed by DJ Magazine’s editor, Carl Loben, about his love of music and its inspiration on his writing. Welsh’s first novel and film Trainspotting, having portrayed the subcultural zeitgeist of the mid-1990s.


BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat will host a panel on ‘Drug testing’ and ‘Brexit’ for broadcast with speakers from AFEM and Fabric will join Newsbeat’s Jimmy Blake and BBC Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard.


The UK’s foremost electronic music industry event will also host Hospital Records’ Sonic Surgery on Friday 28th April 2018, which will include a ‘demo drop’ for A&R feedback and ‘meet the team’ with talks and production master classes and a networking event.


Hospital Records are opening the doors to their Sonic Surgery, where you can hear their most experienced drum & bass surgeons discuss how they create, develop and finesse their tracks in an in-depth set of production master classes. A full day of talks will include artists London Elektricity, Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd and Keeno dispensing tips and tricks on how to build sound archives, source songwriters, perfect a mixdown and more. There is also a ‘demo drop’ with a feedback surgery from 4pm presenting a rare opportunity to chat through your tracks and advice on how to get the track signed.


BMC has announced Eats Everything will be headlining the annual official BMC after party with Take, The Arch on Thursday 26th April. Dan will also be speaking at the conference on Last Night A DJ Saved My Life‘s ‘Social & Corporate Responsibility’ panel. He recently donated all of his New Years Eve earnings to the ‘Have A Drink On Us‘ campaign, which aims to provide clean water for those currently living without it.


BMC18’s Professional programme will present 16 in depth discussions and debates on the biggest issues facing the electronic and wider music industry including ‘Mental Health In Electronic Music’, ‘Is Underground Underground Anymore?’ ‘LNADJ presents Social Responsibility’, and ‘Interview With Tony & Ann Andrews From Funktion 1’.


BMC18’s Academy Programme covers everything that new producers and entry-level industry members need to know in 2018. The first panels, talks and seminars announced include ‘PRS For Music – How To Make A Living From Music’, ‘How Much Is Your Hearing Worth?’ ‘RAM Records label Q+A’, ‘What Jobs Are There For Me In The Industry?’ and more to be announced.


Seminar area 3 includes ‘So You Want To Be A DJ…’ as well as an Ableton workshop, and a ‘Sound Healing’ workshop featuring Faithless producer Jamie Catto.


BMC’s fifth year also features the specialised exhibition hall including the DJ and music tech scene’s leading suppliers, technology companies and service providers. New for 2018, Focusrite/ Novation will host the demonstration igloo featuring 10 workshops and talks.


In addition, BMC has announced Toolroom Academy will run 5 production workshops and talks on Thursday 27th April with Illyus & Barrientos, Ben Remember and Tuff London, as well as demo drop-ins. Leading electronic music DSP, Beatport, will deliver its Annual Report during the conference, and this year’s BMC will host a Pro-Only meeting area.


Sponsor/partners for BMC18 include Association For Electronic Music (AFEM). Beatport, Believe Distribution, BPI, DJ Mag, Focusrite/Novation, BPI, Horus Music, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, Monokrome Music, Label Worx, Mixcloud, PRS For Music, Sharp Stream, Skiddle, The Arch, Toolroom, Hospital Records and Visit Brighton, with educational partner BIMM.


BMC Academy Programme 2018


Thursday 26th April 2018 – Academy Theatre:

11.00 – 11:40 Getting Paid For Your Creativity (in association with “PRS for Music”) MODERATOR: Ashley Howard (“PRS for Music”) with Adrienne Bookbinder (Defected Records) Soraya Sobh (The Bakery) Adam Woolf (Critical Music).

Starting to think seriously about a career in music? Everything you need to know to get a business locked down and sustain a living. From downloads and streams to DJing and live to TV and radio to vinyl and CD, how to ensure you are rewarded for the music you make and understanding all the different income streams.


11:45 – 12:25 How to get your music signed to the right label – Moderator – Timo Garcia, Luke Solomon (A&R for Defected & Classic Music Company), Matt Tolfrey (A&R for The Martinez Brothers ‘Cuttin Headz’ label and Kaluki, Do Not Sleep and his own Leftroom Records), Just Her – artist (Crosstown Rebels/Constant Circles), Sophia Margerison (Virgin/EMI). Timo Garcia (aka Nolan) talks to industry professionals about the best way to get music signed by the right labels. With his own music released on over 130 labels worldwide from Get Physical, Kittball & Mother Recordings to Toolroom, Cr2 & MadTech Timo has a wealth of experience (good & bad) in sending out demos in hope of getting signed.


12:30 – 13:10: Label Q&A – Tru Thoughts – Speakers – Robert Luis – Label Co-Owner and A&R, Jonny Halliday – Label Manager, Trevor Heath – Full Thought Publishing, Hannah Petter – Press Officer. A chance to delve into the minds of one of the UK’s most successful labels, now in its nineteenth year the label continues to go from strength the strength and is a perfect example of how to grow your business and stay true to its roots.


13:20 – 14:10: Uplifting Audio Experiences Workshop with Tony Andrews – founder of loudspeaker manufacturer, Funktion-One. An opportunity to delve into the mind of the man behind the world’s leading loudspeaker and sound system provider. This will be a masterclass in best practices and how to perfect your sound.


14:15  – 14:55: BIMM Institute Modular Synthesis Masterclass – You are invited to this exciting BIMM Institute Modular Synthesis Masterclass hosted by the (BA Hons) in Music Production Course Leader, Matthew Hodson. Matthew will take you through all the key techniques and essential elements in producing music using a modular synthesiser. Join him as he creates music from scratch, building a custom patch, which is discussed and taught throughout, giving you a first-hand insight into the world of modular synthesis.


15:00 – 15:45 Sharpstream Sharing your creation with the world. The access and benefits of Internet radio. Moderator: Dane Streeter (Sharpsteam). Speakers: Nats Spada (Totally Radio/Platform B), Ben Liebrand, Dom Robinson (id3as media) and more TBC. Radio is a major source of music discovery, yet traditional broadcast radio consumption is in decline. Internet radio is growing faster than ever, helped in part by the launch of connected smart speakers and a generational leap toward IP first media consumption. This panel focuses on how to approach starting an Internet radio station of your own. The discussion will look at the benefits and challenges of Internet radio, revealing the best practices from existing success stories of the Internet radio landscape.


15:50 – 16:30 DJ Q&A – Moderator Chad Jackson – DJ’s Mark Knight, Sam Divine, Rich Wakely and a very special guest.


16:35 – 17:15 BPI PRESENTS – MUSIC PIRACY & CONTENT PROTECTION STRATEGIES. Speakers: Kiaron Whitehead (BPI General Counsel), Clare Miller, Chris Sheehan, Christian Ivanoski-Nichol, Alex Baker, Kate Whitmarsh (BPI Content Protection Team)          


17:20 – 18:00 How much is your hearing worth? Moderator: Mark Jones (Wall of Sound). Speakers: – Oli Katz  (Watch the hype), Jono Hale (ACS), HMUK (Speaker TBC).


Friday 27th April 2018 – Academy Theatre:

11.00 – 11:40 Giz a job… A chance to get yourself an internship with a leading UK label – Full details TBC


11:45 – 12:25 Label Q&A – RAM Records – Moderator Sarah Cole


12:30 – 13:10 Education – is college really worth it? Moderator – Inder Phull (Founder & CEO at KRPT). Speakers: Lauren Pavan (COO at GRM Daily), Alice Favre (Co-Owner at A Man About A Dog, Ticket Tannoy and Head of Operations at LWE), Archie Hamilton (Producer, DJ & Label Owner, Fuse, Arkityp), Toby Oxnam (Creative Director at Netil Radio, Head Booker at Joshua Brookes and Director at Ossia Music).


The cost of attending a UK university as an undergraduate in 2018 could cost up to £9000 a year, which equates to almost £30k over a 3-year university tenure. Imagine what that investment could yield for during the same period of time, if chosen instead to use it to build a studio, set-up an event or launch a record label. Or would you lack the necessary skills and acumen required to achieve any of the aforementioned, without having cut your teeth on a university degree first?


We’ve curated a diverse panel of industry professionals & entrepreneurs to discuss just that. Our panelists will be guiding us through their respective journeys in education, before             debating if these had any impact on their current position in the music industry, and concluding whether going to university is really worth the time, cost and effort. The aim of the panel is to give the audience an insight on how to reach their career aims as well as practical tips for future entrepreneurs and industry professionals.


13:15 – 14:05 Producer Q&A, Moderator – Katia Isakoff – Women Produce Music, London Elektricity, Illyus & Barrientos, Luke Solomon, Rachel K Collier.


14:10  – 14:50 Horus Music Seminar – Letting it Sync In: Why Music Supervisors love Electronic Music – Moderator: Deborah Smith (Anara Publishing), Speakers: Rupert Hollier (Music Supervisor), Luke Jackson (Composer), Rachel Menzies (Music Supervisor), John Meredith (Owner of Production Music Library ‘Arms Production Music’). Taking you through the fundamentals of how synchronisation works when a song is used in a film, television show, advert or video game. The discussion will then take a deeper look into the use of electronic music in recent projects from both a music supervisor and composers’ perspective and will take a look what challenges lie ahead for songwriters today.


14:55: Multi-tasking in the music business with D&B legend Friction!

Brighton’s very own drum and bass legend Friction talks through the need for multi-tasking in the modern day music business. From producing records, touring, broadcasting and running a label.


15:50 – 16:30: (40 Mins) – AEI / BEC panel – Creating & Maintaining Online Communities. Moderator: Sarah Cole (Director of Talent at AEI Group). Speakers – Tom Dunn: (AEI Special Projects Manager), Kate Osler (AEI Festival Director / Weird Science), Nick Sadler (Manager), Lewis Sinclair (CEO Cygnus Music). What good is a Facebook event page if no one actually sees it? As the internet echo chamber gets louder and algorithms make it harder to reach fans online, it’s more important than ever to understand exactly how to use digital platforms properly to promote your event. This panel, hosted by AEI Group, will break down all aspects and means of digital promotion and analyse exactly how to get the right message across, in the right way, to the right people at the right time. From fine-tuning your tone of voice to fit your audience to understanding when to push for those final ticket sales, this panel will cover it all.


BMC Professional Programme 2018


Thursday 26th April 2018 – Professional Theatre:

11.00 – 11:50 DJ Mag – Times up for sexual harassment. Following the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo campaign, stories have begun to emerge from the electronic music industry about sexual harassment and misconduct. This panel will examine the issues involved, and look at ways to stop abuse like this happening in the future.


11:55 – 12:45 SoundCloud Presents – (content TBC)


12:50 – 13:40 Diversity Is A Reality, Inclusivity Is The Goal (in association with “PRS for Music”)  – Moderator: Fiona McGugan (Music Managers Forum). Speakers: Amanda Maxwell (SheSaid.So/ Boiler Room), Steven Braines (The Weird & The Wonderful), Natalie Wade (Small Green Shoots), and Claire Rose (“PRS for Music”). From the Wireless festival line up to the Grammy nominations, the rate of change in respect of diversity is off pace, not just within dance music but also across the industry. This panel asks what it means to be a diverse business in 2018, discussing practical inclusion strategies and looking at some of the initiatives that exist today.


13:45  – 14:35 is the underground underground anymore? Moderator: Sammy Verghese (The Arch, Brighton), Judy Griffith (Fabric), Firas Waez & Serge Santiago (Producers Waze & Odyssey), Jack Bridges (Beatport). Has the mainstream success of dance music artists resulted in dance music becoming a corporate product? Have artist’s demands, such as 5* hotels and limousine pick-ups made dance music resemble pop artists? Do ever inflated fee’s have a knock on effect for festival and club shows having to charge high ticket prices and therefore alienating access to music on financial grounds? What’s the future of the underground?


14:40 – 15:30 AFEM Presents – Mental Health & Music In The Mix moderated by Greg Marshall (Head of Membership, AFEM) Panelists include Help Musicians UK, Mike Hollingbury (Owner, Bozboz), Dan Tait (Pioneer DJ Sounds). More panelists TBC. As new studies shine fresh light on the prevalence of mental health issues in our industry, it’s clear that the need to care for yourself and those around you has never been so vital. AFEM brings together a range of professionals to hear their experiences, share advice and see how wellbeing and success can both be achieved in our 24/7 industry. With almost a third of UK electronic artists having been impacted by mental health issues, caring for yourself and those around you has never been so vital. AFEM teams up with a range of industry experts to explore how success and mental wellbeing in a 24/7 industry can both be achieved. More panelists to be announced soon.


15:35 – 16:25 A Journey in Sound – Tony and Ann Andrews from Funktion-One. An in-depth interview with a couple who have committed their lives to each other and to the pursuit of audio excellence, founding and growing loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One in the process. A unique opportunity to hear from the true pioneers of professional audio.


16:30 – 17:15 LNADJ Presents Social and Corporate responsibility in the dance music industry. Moderator: Ellie Talebian. Speakers: Eats Everything, Jim McNulty, Ann Andrews and Nico De Transilvania. The dance music industry has traditionally not been known for its focus on social responsibility yet through the example of a small number of trailblazers we are now seeing a positive change in attitude. Why is this happening now and what can be done to expand on their work?


17:20 – 18:00 AIF – How best to get your artist on the stage? Moderator: Jim Mawdsley (Generator). Speakers include Ami Lord – (General Manager & Laundry Meadows Stage Booker, Standon Calling) Emma Zillman (Programme Director, Fields Festival).


Friday 27th April 2018 – Professional Theatre

11.00: Brands in Music

A selection of huge brands work alongside record labels and artists, find out what they look for, how do they allocate budget and what the end game is for them?

Speakers TBC


11:45 – 12:25 Creative Law presents – ‘How not to get into hot water when re-making music.’ Moderator: Dean Marsh (MD – Creative Law & Business) Andrew Sharland (Leading Partner, Clintons), Peter Oxendale (Forensic Musicologist), Alison Hook (Head of Sampling & Copyright Infringement Sony/ATV Publishing), Jules O’Riordan AKA Judge Jules (Global DJ/Lawyer, Sheridans), Saranne Reid (General Manager, Crown Management/MD Sample Clearance Services). This year’s legal panel will be dissecting two topical subjects. (a) Re-records. Many producer/artists seem to be re-recording their old hits (sometimes in conjunction with a publisher), so they then can exploit themselves. How do you avoid breaching the terms of the original record contract? In which ways might a re-record infringe the copyright or performers’ rights in the original recording, particularly if it’s a near identical recreation? (b) Covers There’s  been a recent trend towards crossover success for dance producers covering or interpreting existing compositions. What legal right does an artist have to make and release a cover version?  What constitutes a “faithful” cover version and what doesn’t? What rights do publishers have to insist that a new composition is a cover when it’s not?


12:30 – 13:10 BPI Presents – Subject TBC.


13:15 – 14:05 Streaming – Best practices and how to make it work for you. The panel will explore the tools and best practices for some of the worlds leading streaming services. How best to use these tools and how best to maximise your presence and reach your fans. Speakers – Sam Lee (Songular), Leigh Morgan (Believe), Achille Nanopoulos (Artist Marketing Manager – Independents – Deezer), Dominic Kerley – (Label Worx).


14:10  – 14:50 DJ Mag – An interview with Irvine Welsh. The renowned Trainspotting author talks exclusively to DJ Mag editor Carl Loben about the thread of electronic music that runs through much of his work, and his new book Dead Men’s Trousers — featuring all the much-loved Trainspotting characters — in which Renton becomes a DJ manager.


14:55 – 15:45 Sharpstream Panel. Monetize your content in ways you haven’t heard of. Moderator: Dane Streeter (Managing Director – SharpStream). Speakers: Katie Sedler (Head of DAX Partnerships (This is Global) Nick Pitts (Commercial Director – Jazz FM), More TBC.

Audio content is exploding world wide on more platforms than ever before. How can audio content creators get the best return on their investment? This panel explores the options available to audio content creators, focusing on the approaches to implementing monetisation strategies for different audience scales in order to achieve the best results


15:50 – 16:30 Trial by social media: dealing with a PR disaster. Moderator: Lee Smith (Leak Delete), Anna Wall  (PR), George Hull (Bloc), Angie Towse (The Rest is Noise). Following a string of widely publicised controversies in dance music, we ask: are we right to call out offensive behaviour online? Who do social media scandals benefit? And how are careers controlled by social media audiences?


Mezzanine level

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat panel – 17:00 – 18:00 (17:45 show goes out)

BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Newsbeat will be hosting a discussion and broadcasting from BMC and discussing topics including Brexit and drug testing at venues and events in the UK. – Hosted by Newsbeat’s politics and music team. Speakers include Jimmy Blake (BBC1 Radio Newsbeat), Mark Lawrence (CEO AFEM), Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1), Judy Griffith (Fabric), and more TBC.


Seminar area 3

Thursday 26th April

13:00 – So you want to be a DJ… Speakers include Pete Gooding (Pete Gooding Management), Ben King (Radius Artists), Graham Farmer (Data Transmission).

An insight into the best practices for artist development and representation, a master class of the do’s and don’ts in order to succeed.


3PM – Beatport invite only


4PM – Beatport access all areas


Friday 27th April


11:30-12:30pm BMC Session Description – Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier – From the Studio to the Stage using Ableton Live 10

Rachel K Collier will demonstrate her approach to taking a full song production to stage. Using her song Paper Tiger as an example, she’ll show her own techniques for breaking down song parts into clips and scenes for performance. Collier will cover the process from the beginning and provide tips and tricks for balancing the fun of impromptu performance with recreating the structure and elements of a song.


12:30-1:30pm BMC Session Description – Simon Lyon

 Ableton Live 10 and Push – Capture, Create and Manipulate

 Ableton Certified Trainer Simon Lyon takes you through some of the new features of Live 10 whilst exploring many ways to create ideas and harness the creative power of Live and Push.

Whether you are new to music production or seasoned musician/DJ/Producer, Live gives you many options for starting either the initial workings of your music or performing and manipulating beats, grooves and textures for your shows.


1:30 – 2:30 – Sound Healing Workshop – Speakers include Jamie Catto (Faithless producer and film maker ‘One Giant Leap’), Tracie Storie aka DJ 10 Sui (Tama-Do Sound Therapist). More panelists from the world of academia, physics and music production to be announced

The Universal Power of Sound – In 2018 more and more people are using music and sound to complement their personal development practices, and with good reason.  Science is now proving that sound resonance and frequency has an effect on physical matter, including the human mind and body.  We will discuss this development and how it is being incorporated into events, music production and consumption.


2:30 – 4:30 TBC

Deadwax Social Theatre

Thursday 26th April


Tooroom Academy production and DJ classes

Friday 27th April

10-11: Demo Drop

11-12.30: Ben Remember 

12.45-13.45: Mark Knight

14.00-15.30: Tuff London

15.45-17.15: Illyus & Barrientos

17.30-18.30: A&R Feedback 


Hospital Records Sonic Surgery

10.00-11.00: Meet The Team / Demo Drop 

11.00-12.00: London Elektricity: Obsessive Sound Collecting

12.00-13.00: Nu:Tone : Words & Pictures – The Vocal 1, 2, 3

13.00-14.00: Demo Drop / Lunch

14.00-15.00: Keeno: Strings & Shimmering Things

15.00-16.00: Danny Byrd: MPC vs. DNB

16.00-17.00: A&R Feedback




Brighton Music Conference 2017 was held Thursday 27th April and Friday 28th April and featured speakers from AFEM, Beat port, PRS for Music, PPL, Ministry of Sound, Sony, Label Worx, Live Nation, Mixcloud, Mixmag, Defected, NTIA, Toolroom, Hospital Records, MMF, DJ Mag, AEI Group, DJ Monitor, UKF, Drum & Bass Arena, Loopmasters, Napster, Brapp TV, PIAS, Loopmasters, Sub Club, Clintons, Crown Management, Roland, Anjunabeats, Audiolock, Serato, BIMM, Wunderground, UK Diversity, Native Instruments, and many more, with the conference programme split between the professional and academy theatres.


BMC17’s Professional programme talks included ‘Streaming vs. Radio’; ‘AFEM Presents Get Played, Get Paid’; ‘How to Promote Diversity In Dance Music’; ‘What’s Next For Electronic Music?’; ‘BPI Presents Music Piracy’; ‘NTIA Presents Save Our Nightlife’; ‘Creative Law Presents: But it was only a “cheeky” re-edit? Copyright law and the Remix’; ‘BPI Presents ‘Sync In Progress’; ‘Music Recognition Technology: how does it work for you?’ moderated by Tim Arber, Head of Membership Support, PRS for Music, and ‘Giving Back in association with Last Night A DJ Save My Life Foundation’.


BMC17’s Academy Programme featured panels and topics ‘BIMM Presents: Writing & Producing To A Brief’; ‘Ghost Writing’; ‘How To Get Ahead In The Industry?’; Toolroom Records Q+A; ‘Roland / Serato Workshop’; ‘Why Should I Make A Video?’; ‘DJ Q+A with Friction, Sam Divine, Josh Butler, and My Nu Leng’; ‘ACM Workshop’; ‘Hospital Records Q+A’; Producer Q+A with Seamus Haji, Prok & Fitch, Paul Hartnoll, and Just Her’; and more.


In addition to housing Native Instruments in the BMC Demonstration Igloo installation, the exhibition floor featured brands, organisations, and education providers including Pioneer, AFEM (Association For Electronic Music), BPI, NTIA, Native Instruments, Traktor, Focusrite /

Novation, Serato, Roland, Korg, Beatport, PRS for Music, In Music Brands, Toolroom, GAK, Hospital Records, CM Sound, Source Distribution, Ditto Music, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Decoded, Skiddle, MMF, Believe Digital, Horus Music, Evolution Domes, Yamaha, Steinberg, Element 5, and more.




25/26/27/28 April

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Hideout Festival Announcement – Danny Howard, George FitzGerald, Ms Banks, B. Traits, Abra Cadabra + more join lineup!

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Packing one of the standout lineups of the summer, Hideout 2018 returns between June 25th – 29th with a fresh wave of names confirmed to head to the sun-soaked Zrce beach this summer.

Leading the third announcement is one of the most exciting DJs of the moment George FitzGerald. Championed by the likes of Zane Lowe and BBC 6 Music, George rose to prominence off the back of his party Man Make Music and won over dancefloors with tracks such as garage banger ‘Child’. Now set to release his hotly anticipated second album ‘All That Must Be’ in March, he is bound to tear Croatia up this summer.

Also joining the line up is B.Traits. One of the most popular DJs of recent times, the trusted selector also known as Brianna Price has become a recognised figure for big nights and big moments. Her work across Radio 1 has seen her become a true favourite, with her shows blending cutting-edge sounds and the latest underground heavyweights into sets that thousands want to play over and over. Bound to hit new heights under the Croatian sunshine, B.Traits is a guaranteed winner at Hideout 2018.



Revered for its sensational reputation for British hip-hop and grime, Hideout is delivering once again – with a huge wave of new additions confirming its place as one of the most exciting festivals of the summer. One of the most talked about names in rising UK rap, Abra Cadabra has blended genres and styles with ease, emerging onto the scene in 2016 with a string of huge releases. Already a MOBO award winner, expect his unpredictable set to be packed wall to wall come June.


The most recognisable DJ in British hip-hop, Charlie Sloth has become a true household name. Through his hugely popular Radio 1 show, he’s soundtracked and championed the very best in emerging UK music, and will bring his unmistakable energy to Croatia this summer.


Talking about the festival, Charlie Sloth says:

“Really excited to be playing Hideout for the first time ever. It’s an honour to play one of the biggest festivals in the world!! Can’t wait to SHUT IT DOWN!!!”


Presenter, producer, tastemaker, influencer and all-round champion of electronic music Danny Howard will kick start the party weekend off in exactly the right style. Known for his simple ethos of bringing high energy and high spirits into every single one of his sets, his Hideout appearance is guaranteed to be a feel-good occasion.


Spinning more electric dancefloor classics are Horse Meat Disco, the party-starters whose ‘queer nights for everyone’ have become the stuff of legends. Get ready to throw yourself into their unmistakable world when Hideout 2018 comes around. Also heading to Hideout 2018 is Paul Woolford, who’s stunning festival sets, whether as Special Request or Bobby Peru are always a spectacle to behold.


It’s been a big year for Barely Legal, who will continue her ascent through 2018 with a storming set on the Isle of Pag, bringing her genre-blending mix of grime, bass, jungle and hip hop to the beach. South London MC Ms Banks will also be holding court at Hideout this year, bringing her beats, bars and a no-nonsense approach to the future of rap with a show everyone will be talking about once the festival is over.


Barely Legal says:

“So happy to be back at Hideout, it’s a definite favourite. Such a sick line up and the location is perfect!”


From top to bottom, Hideout continues to deliver with the most exciting names in electronica. Whether it’s the jacking house of Doorly, the bass vibes of Bristol duo GotSome, Chicago house legend DJ Sneak, Kaluki’s key party-starter Pete Zorba, underground bassline and grime weaver Mr Virgo, lo-fi beat mover DJ Seinfeld, house innovator Jacky, rising favourite Notion or raw influencers Pirate Copy – Hideout is a selection of sounds and styles that at every turn are lighting a fire in the future of an entire genre. With the likes of Shapes, Eli Brown, Mason Collective and Cousn also confirmed today, Hideout lives in the here and now – as the definitive summer festival escape that’s rightfully earned its place as the epicentre of partying in 2018.


These new names join a phenomenal bill already confirmed for Hideout 2018, returning to Zrce Beach on the Isle Of Pag between June 25th-29th, full of figures and names that are leading the way with the most exciting sounds in modern music. From electronic trailblazers like MK, Andy C, Chase & Status (DJ), Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Skream, Kerri Chandler, Eats Everything and Hannah Wants to Grime heavyweights like Bugzy Malone, AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose, to further thrilling figures like Jax Jones, Hunee, Artwork, Sonny Fodera, Mistajam, Peggy Gou, Heidi and many more – Hideout is unrivalled as the sun-kissed electronic experience of the year.


Hideout 2018 tickets are available now from www.hideoutfestival.com


Announced Today


B.Traits / Charlie Sloth / Danny Howard / DJ Sneak / George FitzGerald /

Horse Meat Disco/ / Paul Woolford


Abra Cadabra  / Argy / Barely Legal / Chris Lorenzo / Cousn / Doorly / DJ Seinfeld /

Eli Brown / GotSome / Jacky / Mason Collective / Mr Virgo / Ms Banks /  Notion /

Pete Zobra / Pirate Copy / Shapes


Previously Announced


AJ Tracey / Andy C / Apollonia / Bicep DJ Set

Bugzy Malone / Chase & Status DJ Set

David Rodigan / Disciples / Dusky / Eats Everything

Gorgon City / Hannah Wants / Jackmaster / Jamie Jones

Kerri Chandler / MK / Patrick Topping / Richy Ahmed / Skream

Solardo / Steve Lawler / Wilkinson DJ Set


Alan Fitzpatrick / Artwork

Camelphat / Claptone / Darius Syrossian / Flava D / Heidi

Holy Goof / Hunee / Jax Jones / Jeremy Underground

Joy Orbison / Mall Grab / Mistajam / My Nu Leng

Nadia Rose / Nastia / Peggy Gou / Redlight / Sonny Fodera / Special Request


Christoph / Darkzy / Denney / Detlef b2b Latmun / DJ Zinc

Franky Rizardo / Heartless Crew / Lauren Lo Sung

Mak & Pasteman / Mollie Collins / Or:La / SASASAS / Sam Devine / Skepsis

The Heatwave / Waze & Odyssey / William Djoko







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Soulvent Records announces 4th birthday party !!!

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As Soulvent Records enters its fourth year of providing the Drum & Bass community with some of the best music in recent memory, precisely what Soulvent aimed to do when they created the groundbreaking digital music outlet, so to celebrate their birthday in fine style, the good folk at Soulvent have hand picked some of their favourite players in the game, old and new friends alike, to shell down North London’s grittiest, sweatiest venue and  welcome you all to join the party at DJ Mag HQ, Work in London.

Since Soulvent started back in 2014 they have gone from strength to strength dropping 36 top quality releases (that’s 149 tracks) from 82 producers, vocalists and remixers, spanning 14 countries and the Soulvent Crew a have also featured at Hospitality in the Park so expect a party to remember!



Lineup to be announced over the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Tickets are only available on the night at the door at this limited capacity venue for 5 pounds and once they’re gone, they really are gone – so make sure you get down early for this.

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Hospitality On The Beach ‘A Drum & Bass Holiday’ launches next July at The Garden, Tisno

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Award-winning Drum & Bass party brand make international debut in Croatia next July

12th – 16th July 2018
The Garden, Tisno, Croatia

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2018 sees Drum & Bass powerhouse, Hospitality, debut their acclaimed festival brand overseas at the picturesque location of The Garden Resort, Tisno in Croatia with the launch of Hospitality On The Beach next 12-16th July.

After an accomplished year with the second edition of Hospitality In The Park and scooping ‘Best Club Night’ award at the 2017 Drum&BassArena Awards, the team look ahead to 2018 for the ultimate Drum & Bass holiday where they will welcome a variety of artists to the sun soaked Adriatic beaches for a five-day celebration of the genre.

Set to become a high powered addition to the festival calendar, Hospitality On The Beach will take place on the perfectly formed site of The Garden Resort, Tisno which is famed for its private beach, crystal clear waters and blue skies. Offering festival goers much more of an-all round holiday experience than most events due to its incredible picturesque offerings, camping will be made available around the location, as well as special on-site apartments.



Taking place across the weekend of 12th to 16th July‘Hospitality On The Beach’ marks Hospitality’s first international festival, and will form a celebration of drum & bass with a series of D&B styles represented by a range of different acts, labels, and brands from the genre across a number of multiple stages and boat parties.
Speaking about the exciting move to Croatia, Hospitality Director Josh Panton says; “Hospitality is a family, and families holiday together. It’s going to be a boutique Drum & Bass holiday in the beautiful surroundings of The Garden in Tisno, Croatia. One small issue with our parties is that they always end too soon, a day or a night never feels like enough. We wanted the time & space to to be creative and offer a new experience.”

Pre-sale tickets will be available in January exclusively to those who sign up, with a series of pricing plans and payment schemes available to those wishing to spend a luxurious 5 days in the Croatian sun next July, enjoying a drum & bass holiday.

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Snowbombing announce High Contrast, DJ Yoda, Honey Dijon, Craig Charles, Cassy, Nastia + more for 2018!

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As the winter months draw in and the snow blankets the Mayrhofen mountains, Snowbombing 2018 prepares to burst into frame with one of the year’s biggest lineups and an unrivalled party-atmosphere as The World’s Greatest Show On Snow opens its doors once again – with the final surprises and treats announced for the bill today.


Anthem-splicing mixer and Snowbombing stalwart DJ Yoda has carved a career out of bringing unique genres and sounds together, with his set at Snowbombing sure to be a full-throttle highlight of the entire festival – bringing heritage hip-hop and an atmosphere unlike anything else taking over the slopes. Another unmissable party moment, Craig Charles will be bringing the funk, the soul and the moves to Mayrhofen in 2018 – promising a fizzing set of glorious highlights at every turn for his debut appearance at Snowbombing.

DJ Yoda said:
Snowbombing is legendary! There’s nothing quite like it, for people, music, scenery or slopes!”

Joining a stunning bill of heavyweight names across rock, indie, hip-hop, grime, dance and electronica is even more names primed to soundtrack late-night parties for 2018’s defining festival week. In High ContrastSnowbombing is set to host one of the defining figures in modern drum and bass – constantly morphing and experimenting with some of the most infectious beats around. After soundtracking the Olympics, and the release of his genre-bending new album ‘Night Gallery’ last year – expect the unexpected when he takes to the decks in Mayrhofen. Another pivotal figure, and one of the most exciting figures in modern dance – Honey Dijon is set to head to Mayrhofen next year with an unmissable set that’s bound to have thousands moving to a heavyweight tour-de-force of electronic royalty. Renowned for taking the idea of genre and throwing it well and truly out of the window, Honey Dijon’s influence on club culture is huge, taking in decades of innovation and packaging it into the next evolution of dance music. A worldwide phenomenon – Snowbombing is next on the list for Honey Dijon, with the results primed to be unlike anything else you’ll see in Mayrhofen. Also announced today, forward-thinking Ukranian star Nastia will head to Snowbombing 2018, showcasing her blending of genres in an emphatic style that will make sure her set is the talk of the slopes. Over the past few years, she’s become one of the most in-demand names in electronic music, with nights around the globe and a fevered reaction to a true master of DJing at work. For the first time, Nastia comes to Snowbombing – and the results will be something we’ll all be talking about for years to come.

Renowned ANTS titan Andrea Olivia will also be flying into Snowbombing for a packed set of immediate favourites, stemming from huge support from the likes of Pete Tong and fellow electronic luminaries. Destined to be a crowd-pleasing highlight of the festival, he’ll be taking pride of place as a part of the ANTS Stage takeover at the Racket Club – also featuring the likes of the previously announced Gorgon City, Camelphat and Richy Ahmed.

Cassy has built a towering reputation where no two shows feel the same. Pulling together influences across the techno sphere, her set of favourite cuts will see the Snowbombing masses flood to the front for a techno masterclass. Equally thrilling is the explosive rising moves of Holy Goof whose shows have become a hard-hitting must for all bass fans. Playing acclaimed sets at the likes of Printworks and a packed-out UK tour over the past year – it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a true sensation, with Snowbombing marking a perfect moment to see why.

Holy Goof said:
“This is a festival i’ve always wanted to go to, so super hyped to be playing at it. Just got to try and come back in one piece.”

Snowbombing regulars Dub Pistols know how to throw a good party, with a set that pulls across ska and reggae amplified by big bass drop and unstoppable energy, they never fail to disappoint! Heading to Mayrhofen once again in 2018, expect their set to be rammed with party-goers fully embracing the opening of the Forest Party as Dub Pistols roll into town.

Aussie house king Sonny Fodera knows all about show-stealing festival moments – and his return to Snowbombing is bound to be yet another memory to add to the collection, with an unmissable spectacle of bass-weaving magic. Eclair Fifi joins the Snowbombing bill as one of the most in-demand DJs of recent times, taking music, fashion and culture into a melting pot of essential modern dance, whilst Born Electric head honcho James Zabiela will bring his rich history of forward-thinking sounds to the streets of Mayrhofen once again for a set that’ll have thousands in the palm of his hand from the very first beat.

Across the board, the variety is staggering – whether that’s BBK favourite Frisco, ‘Pushing On’ chart cruncher Jimi Jules, Manchester’s jungle/dub collective North Base, the infectious heights of Jennifer Cardini the fast-rising R&B charm of Rachel Foxx, Sweden’s own Power Plan Records boss La Fleur, the brass tones and party spirit of Loud Noises, the live singalong clubbing sensation that is Massaoke, or the experience of fabulous fitness meeting 80s vogue fashion with House Of Voga – it’s a true platter delivering a celebratory week like no other that proves why Snowbombing is quite simply The Greatest Show On Snow.

North Base said
“We are so delighted to be returning to Snow bombing in 2018! The festival is one we always look forward to as we get to see so many of our friends in the industry, the vibes are serious and the parties are wicked, it’s just the place to be. However our main shout out has to go to the legend that is  ‘Hans the butcher’!”

Rachel Foxx said:
“I’m so excited to play at Snowbombing! Its my first time in Austria and all the acts on the line-up look proper sick…. can’t wait”

These names join a staggering bill of heavy hitting favourites and of course the iconic voice of Liam Gallagher for his Snowbombing debut. Reformed drum and bass legends Pendulum return with a dive through their incredible and visceral live show, whilst grime originator Dizzee Rascal gears up for a ‘Bonkers’ journey as the ultimate party-starter for a ‘Holiday’ under Austrian skies. Along with The Snowbombing Street Party (headlined by Craig David’s TS5) Snowbombing will also see further sets from the likes of Bicep live, Rudimental (DJ), DJ EZ, Jackmaster, AJ Tracey, Wilkinson, Idris Elba, Skream, Dusky, Big Narstie, David Rodigan, Jax Jones, Artwork, Heidi, Disciples, Mall Grab, Flava D, Alan Fitzpatrick, Redlight, Monki and many more – there’s an avalanche of moments you won’t want to miss at Snowbombing 2018!

Snowbombing provides the chance to party in the most unique locations, from incredible headline performances in a magical alpine forest clearing, an underground tennis club turned super club, igloo raves at 6000ft and more, not to mention the Spas & Saunas, Paragliding, Chairlift Speed-Dating, Cable Car-aoke, Alpine Yoga, Cable Car Raves, Ride & Seek, an award-winning Snow Park, Bongo’s Bingo and The Snolympics. Visitors can eat authentic Austrian cuisine in the well-known, delicious restaurants, ride in style in Snow Limos or see the incredible sights of Mayrhofen from the skies whilst trying paragliding, all with the opportunity to stay in incredible accommodation! From 5* spa luxury hotels with rooftop jacuzzis, chalets, pensions and apartments in the heart of central Mayrhofen, to pocket friendly self-catered apartments and cheaper options in the surrounding Zillertal Valley, Snowbombing has something for everyone.

Serious skiers and beginner boarders alike are all encouraged to hit the slopes with 650km of piste and the 78° gradients of Austria’s steepest slope The Harikiri (the steepest slope in Europe) is on hand for those feeling adventurous, plus lessons and plenty of beginner-friendly slopes to get to grips with for first timers. Black runs, blue runs, beer runs – there’s something for all abilities on Mayrhofen’s powdery peak district. Snowbombing has truly redefined winter sports holidays and shown what the ultimate alpine music festival looks and sounds like.

























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