Berlin nightclubs are providing shelter for homeless people

Two nightclubs in Berlin are providing shelter for homeless people in the German capital.

Astra Kulturhaus and Bi Nuu, located in Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain, are the venues opening their doors one night a week in January and February as the temperature gets colder.

German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reports that Bi Nuu will have space for up to 15 women, while 25 men will be able to be accommodated in Astra Kulturhaus.

Sara Lühmann, a spokeswoman for the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain district, said: “[It’s] great when clubs make such offers and take on social responsibility.

“We are happy about every additional offer to further expand the number of cold weather places.”


The number of illegal raves in the UK rose by 9 per cent last year, says new report

A new report has revealed that illegal raves in the UK rose by 9 per cent between 2016 and 2017. Having gathered FOI responses from 14 regional police forces in England and Wales, Sky News found that over 680 unlicensed music events occurred in the UK during 2017 – a significant increase from the 628 that were reported the previous year.
With just 14 out of the 45 territorial police forces in England and Wales providing their figures to the news outlet, it’s estimated that the actual number of illegal raves that occurred is much higher.

It’s reckoned illegal raves are on the rise due to costs at licensed venues increasing. According to figures from data firm CGA, the number of nightclubs in London fell by 8 per cent between 2014 and 2017. With fewer dancefloor options in the city and beyond, rave enthusiasts have taken to more clandestine locations to get their party on. Back in March, the Metropolitan Police intelligence unit SCO-36 found the number of illegal raves being held in London have almost doubled since 2016.

Despite reaffirming their commitment to stopping these events from taking place this past summer with the introduction of new tactics like drone surveillance and awareness campaigns on “how to spot an illegal rave an illegal rave,” the police have come up short in dissuading the public from throwing and attending these events. Whether taking place in the forest, a mushroom factory or an abandon Toys ‘R’ Us, illegal raves continue to pop up, flourish and evade the police around the country.

“If nightclubs are being squeezed and forced to close or increase their prices, then customers will naturally gravitate towards the alternatives that come in the form of illegal raves,” says chief executive of UK Hospitality Kate Nicholls in an interview with Sky News. “The reasons behind an increase in the number of illegal raves may be complex, but this worrying trend is only going to be made worse if more nightclubs become unprofitable or inaccessible.”

Reaching out to Digital Editor Jeremy Abbott for comment about the rise of illegal raves, he told Sky News that he too believes the increasing popularity of illegal raves is a “worrying trend.”

He said: “Clubs are more expensive than ever, the same goes for drinks prices in clubs. “On the flip-side, it’s worryingly easy to get your hands on drugs in London alone and the strength of ecstasy has sky-rocketed.

“It’s an easy alternative to clubbing in the city and with many venues being shutdown it’s a popular alternative. It’s a worrying trend as of course these parties can’t be properly policed or regulated so crime and risk of drug-related illness is higher.”

Read about how the police are losing the war against London’s illegal rave scene

[via: Sky News]





Star Björk has announced that she is currently preparing a new stage concert, titled ‘Cornucopia’, for its debut in New York City next spring.

The new concert production conceived by the Icelandic superstar will be presented at The Shed – a new Manhattan venue that will open in the spring for its inaugural season.

“I am very excited to announce that I will be part of the Shed’s opening season in Manhattan next spring,” Björk wrote in a statement on Twitter. “This winter I will prepare my most elaborate stage concert yet, where the acoustic and digital will shake hands, encouraged by a bespoke team of collaborators.”

One of these collaborators that we know of will be the Icelandic flute ensemble known as Viibra who worked with Björk extensively on her last album, ‘Utopia’. It remains unclear if the new show will feature any new music.

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In other Björk related news, The Juniper Tree, the film in which Björk made her acting debut, is getting a re-release. Learn more here

Lose yourself in Björk’s cover mix by going here

‘Cornucopia’ will be performed at The Shed in Manhattan this spring’



The historic Paul Oakenfold set at Stonehenge we reported on last month happened last night, making him the first ever DJ to play there. 

He played to just 50 people at the show, which was presented by Alon Shulman’s Universe, the brand behind the legendary Tribal Gathering festival. 

The set was recorded and will come out as an album titled ‘Live At Stonehenge’. 

To make it even more of a milestone event, Carl Cox also joined him on the decks or a special back-to-back set. 

On playing there, Oakenfold said: “I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site. The energy here is like nowhere else on earth, and this is reflected in my music. 

“Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is by far the most magical moment to have the privilege to experience.” 

Alon Shulman said: “Together, Paul and I wanted to create something completely unique. Being known for our ground-breaking performances and collaborations it is fitting that our first special moment takes place at Stonehenge”. 

The event is part of a new series by Universe called Origins, which “incorporates music, film and performance alongside incredible production.” 

All proceeds from the ‘Live At Stonehenge’ album will go to English Heritage.

Fabriclive reveals first parties for 2019!


This week FABRICLIVE unveiled the first wave of parties locked in for 2019. 

The likes of Mungo’s Hi FiOutlookV Recordings and more and more have been confirmed for Room One takeover’s at the long-standing Farringdon venue, with raucous Room Two and Room Three line-ups curated by the likes of CaspaBrunswick Sound and BBS. 

Proceedings will kick off on January 11 with the likes of Jungle Mania and AudioPorn. Other highlights include a huge three room takeover on March 29 for 25 Years of Skibadee and Outlook’s London Launch Party on March 22. 

Earlier this year fabric announced that it would be re-opening Room Three for FABRICLIVE events during the cooler months. The club also launched a £5 early-bird ticket policy to help fans see their favourite artists at a lower cost. 

Line-ups FABRICLIVE’s 2019 parties are yet to be announced. In the meantime, head over to the fabric website to check out the first wave of listings and to grab your limited £5 tickets. 


DJ Pharaohz Presents: Sandstorm Series

Coming up later this month is the release & launch of my new mix series Sandstorm. Bringing the latest House & Techno tracks on one live mix compilation FREE to download via my soundcloud page Included in ‘Part 1’ I will also be releasing a new track titled The Tempest Stele to accompany the launch and as this title suggests you are sure to be in for a bumpy ride! I am very excited to share this mix to the world, one of many huge mixes soon to hit your sound systems.

Lets all move together as one ancient movement forward!



A new 3000-capacity venue is opening in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula in South London in 2019.

The event space will be called Magazine London. It has been conceived by Vibration Group company Venue Lab, creators of Printworks London and Landing Forty Two.

Construction will start in December with the launch scheduled for next summer. The 5394 square metre space is being built from the ground-up, and will be capable of hosting a range of concerts, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, parties, award ceremonies and dinners.

Design was handled by architecture studio Nissen Richards, who counts the V&A Lecture Theatre and Seoul Opera House among its portfolio. The branding was created with Carter Studio, who worked on the F1 identity.

An outdoor space called Showground on the banks of the Thames with a 7,000 capacity adjoins the venue, providing a combined 10,000 capacity area which will suit festivals and outdoor gigs.

Vibration Group CEO Simon Tracey said: “London is still very much at the forefront of live events globally and Magazine, with it’s incredible flexibility both indoor and out, is ground breaking.”

International property and investment company Knight Dragon have partnered with Vibration Group on the venture. CEO Richard Margree said: “Magazine London fits superbly with what we’re doing on Greenwich Peninsula – creating a new London underpinned by creativity, a community with culture and entertainment at its heart.”

Head to for further details.