Ukprimelive.net & Citybeats FM

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Introducing the new radio stations ukprimelive (South) & Citybeats FM (North), a collaborative effort bringing the latest dance music including drum & bass, house, techno, UKG, Bassline, Grime and more. Citybeats FM based in the Midlands bring the northern flavours and mc’s combined with ukprimelive based in in the South-East are sure to send shock waves through the dance scene. Catch me live once a week on the airwaves playing the most up to date House & Techno music plus special guest shows. Tune in today and follow this amazing new movement, expect free giveaways, new music plus text in on the text line for your shout outs and track requests.

http://www.ukprimelive.net/

THE DANCE MUSIC WORLD REACTS TO THE TRAGIC PASSING OF KEITH FLINT

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The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint – widely considered one of the greatest live electronic performers of all time – has passed away at age 49.

Flint played a major roll in establishing dance music’s credibility in the mainstream for his work with The Prodigy with smash hits such as ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ – both of which topped the UK singles chart in 1996.

Tributes to the vocalist from the dance music community continue to pour in online from a plethora of respected artists, DJs, producers, labels and others.

Scrolling through, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook today, it becomes abundantly clear that Keith Flint’s rave-induced energy, high-octane sound and unparalleled stage presence touched every corner of clubland and beyond.

Artists such as Daniel Avery, The Black Madonna, Nina Kraviz, Skrillex, Andy C, Charlotte de Witte, Pete Tong and many more have all taken to social media to pay their respects.

In social media posts, bandmate Liam Howlett paid tribute to Flint and revealed the cause of death as suicide. Learn more here.

KEVIN SAUNDERSON TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF INNER CITY WITH NEW TOUR

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Kevin Saunderson is celebrating 30 years of his and vocalist Paris Grey’s chart-topping Inner City project with a brand new tour.

The Good Life tour, named after the pair’s hit 1988 single, will kick off in Europe this spring.

As Inner City celebrates the next chapter in its influential journey, Saunderson’s set-up will now feature his son and creative protégé Dantiez as a full-time member. The new set-up was first premiered at 2018’s Movement Detroit.

“We have an enormous catalogue of classics from our previous years and now we are moving and shaping a new sound for a new generation. It’s been 30 unforgettable years of Inner City,” says Saunderson. “Thinking back to when I first started the group, I could never have predicted how it would transform, now with my son Dantiez by my side, leading us into the future with great music for years to come. It’s going to be exciting for sure!”

The European leg begins on April 18 in Amsterdam, before hitting up Leeds, London, Barcelona, Glasgow, Belgium, Lyon and more. Other guests announced for the tour include vocalist Steffanie Christi’an.

Check out the tour flyer below and grab tickets here.

WOMAD FESTIVAL: “IT IS HARDER TO BOOK ARTISTS BECAUSE OF BREXIT”

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The organisers of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) Festival have said Brexit is making it harder to book artists.

Potential artists fear they won’t be able to enter the United Kingdom due to the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Chris Smith, who runs the festival, said: “It is harder to book artists because of Brexit. We are struggling to overcome it and let artists know they are welcome here and people still want to experience their great music.

“Lots of artists are finding they can get to Europe but fear taking the next step to the UK, particularly if there is there is no passport union.”

Although the visa application process for the festival won’t have opened yet, Smith worries it could be difficult.

WOMAD, held in Wiltshire, had problems with visas last year, with artists unable to perform because of delays.

WOMAD was founded by former Genesis member Peter Gabriel in 1982.

This year’s edition takes place from July 25 to 28. More information can be found here.

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

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As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

“Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,” says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. “In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”

$19 MILLION OF COCAINE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN A PINEAPPLE SHIPMENT

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A shipment of cocaine valued at more than $19 million has been seized by US Customs and Border Protection at Georgia’s Savannah seaport.

The 450 packages of weighing more than 500 kilograms arrived hidden among pineapples on a ship from Colombia in November, and a subsequent field test by the Office of Field Operations confirmed they contained cocaine.

CBP announced the bust on Friday. Savannah’s CBP Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown said: “This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers.

“This seizure is a positive enforcement action against drug smuggling organizations and highlights the important work our officers do each day to stop illegal activity at our borders and ports of entry.”

Authorities are now investigating the drug seizure.

USHUAÏA AND HÏ IBIZA ANNOUNCE 24-HOUR OPENING PARTY

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The Night League are describing Odyssey as a “24-hour outdoor/indoor party concept”, in what will be the first time that Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza have come together to host such an event.

The first instalment of Odyssey will serve as the opening for both clubs’ 2019 seasons. Set to take place on May 18, the party will begin at midday in Ushuaïa, before heading over to Hï Ibiza after midnight, allowing ravers to continue the party through to noon on Sunday.

The line-up is yet to be revealed, but it will undoubtedly feature some of the world’s biggest stars from the house and techno spectrum, so watch this space.

To buy tickets and for further information, head on over to the ‘Odyssey’ website.

A NEW POSTHUMOUS MARVIN GAYE ALBUM IS ON THE WAY

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A new Marvin Gaye album, titled ‘You’re the Man’, will be released by Motown on March 29 – four days before what would have been the soul legend’s 80th birthday.

This will be the fourth posthumous Marvin Gaye album to hit shelves since the singer’s tragic passing in 1984. The 17-track release consists of select solo and “non-soundtrack” compositions that Gaye recorded in his studio in 1972. Besides the forthcoming LP’s title track, most of the songs that will feature on the album have not been available until now.

Ahead of the release, the lead single, Salaam Remi’s ‘My Last Chance’ remix, has been made available for streaming. Listen to the track below.

Back in June of 2018, Dr. Dre announced that he is producing a film about Marvin Gaye. Learn more here

Pump Up The Volume – The History Of House Music

If you have not watched this documentary on the origins of House music, where have you been? This is the iconic ‘Pump Up The Volume’ which explains everything you need to know about the history of House music from its foundations in the U.S to the birth of Techno and rave music that exploded over in the U.K and Europe during the late 1980’s through to the 90’s. Sit back take in and enjoy!