HOUGHTON FESTIVAL CONFIRMS IT WILL RETURN IN 2020

The spirit of Houghton is stronger than ever

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Following the forced last-minute cancellation of this year’s festival, the team behind Houghton has confirmed that it will return for 2020.

In a statement released today, the festival confirmed that next year’s edition will take place from August 6th-9th, 2020. Organisers of the Craig Richards-curated events also revealed that those who purchased tickets to this year’s sold-out event will be given priority when tickets go on sale. Everyone who did purchase a ticket for the 2019 event will be sent an email on Wednesday, October 9th giving them access to a link for tickets which will expire after one month.

“An enormous amount of work goes into the creation of Houghton and after many months of planning, preparation and subsequently building, the festival site was presented in all its glory,” reads the festival’s statement. “Suffice to say dismantling it immediately after building it was indeed surreal. That said we are confident that the decisions made at a time of extreme challenge were utterly correct.”

The statement continues: “We take great pride in our reputation and have made every effort to recover swiftly and with dignity. Understandably, the aftermath has been complicated but by navigating the cancellation process thoroughly and in a professional manner. We feel this extraordinary debacle has now reached a satisfactory conclusion and are delighted to announce that the festival will take place next summer.”

A number of the festival guides that were due to be handed out to attendees at this year’s festival have been circulated around various shops across the UK, and have also been made available via Juno to those who purchased tickets for this year’s event.

The festival’s statement concludes: “There are already high levels of anticipation for next year’s celebration, our collective excitement is held gently in suspension. With the benefit of a full dress rehearsal, we will return with an even greater sense of purpose.”

You can read it in full here.

Right Chord Music podcast Lost On Radio episode features Pharaohz new single!

Episode #273 Lost On Radio podcast show with Mark Knight features Pharaohz

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The latest ‘Lost On Radio’ podcast show from Right Chord Music which showcases unsigned and incredibly talented artists features the new single ‘Rapturous’ by Pharaohz.

Mark Knight also gives a brief detailed description of Pharaohz as an artist plus features on this episode new singles from the likes of: MATSCH, Forest and Lake, Madam Psychosis, Lost Cousins & Holy Auna.

Enjoy this episode of new music here:

The Lost On Radio Podcast & Spotify Playlist champions incredible unsigned bands & independent artists overlooked by radio, or pushed to the late night fringes. Since we started in 2011 we have attracted listeners from over 150 different countries.

http://www.rightchordmusic.co.uk/

PIONEER INTRODUCES NEW GOLD-COLOURED HDJ-X5BT-N HEADPHONES

The HDJ-X5BT series is now available in gold, metallic black, metallic red and gloss white

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Pioneer DJ has revealed the new gold-coloured iteration of its HDJ-X5BT headphone series, the HDJ-X5BT-N.

The over-ear, Bluetooth® headphones boast a range of cool features, including: wireless technology for monitoring music anywhere you go, flexible functionality for comfortable DJing, lasting durability, a foldable, easy-to-carry design, well-balanced, dynamic sound, comfortable ear pads and original unique sounds for each beep when connecting via Bluetooth, powering and pairing.

The series is now available in four colours: gold, metallic black (HDJ-X5BT-K), metallic red (HDJ-X5BT-R) and gloss white (HDJ-X5BT-W).

To find out more about the headphones, head to the Pioneer website.

Check out more shots of the HDJ-X5BT-N, as well as the introductory video for the HDJ-X5BT range, below.

 

 

AN EARLY METALHEADZ DOCUMENTARY WILL BE SCREENED IN A CINEMA FOR THE FIRST TIME

A conversion between Gilles Peterson and Goldie will follow the exclusive screening

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On October 3, Metalheadz and Commune will screen ‘Talkin’ Headz: The Metalheadz Documentary’ (which was originally released in 1998) at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, the first time the documentary has been shown in a cinema before.

It features an array of influential Metalheadz DJs and producers around the turn of the century, including Adam F, Dillinja, Doc Scott, Ed Rush, Grooverider and Randall; there are even appearances from Liam and Noel Gallagher.

The screening is part of the label’s 25th anniversary celebrations; a conversation between Goldie and Gilles Peterson will also take place after the screening.

Grab your tickets here.

Check out the film’s trailer below.

Ultra Music Festival Is Relocation To A New Florida City and Venue in 2020!

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Following a challenging year with an unprecedented and hasty relocationUltra Music Festival has announced that it will not return to the Virginia Key location and will be seeking a new, permanent home in South Florida.

In an official statement released today, Ultra acknowledged the largely negative feedback to the Virginia Key location, which was stretched across a venue that at some points, took attendees 45 minutes or more to walk across. Additionally, due to its isolated location, ride shares were banned and provided bus transportation leaving the island and festival had extended delays that caused hundreds of attendees to walk across a three mile bridge.

“After listening to feedback from many of you, it is clear that the festival experience in Virginia Key was simply not good enough,” the statement reads. “This is Ultra Music Festival, after all, and our attendees expect us to deliver on our commitment to excellence. Being committed to excellence not only means constantly striving to become better, it also means being willing to change things when they are not working.”

Ultra has voluntarily terminated their license with the City of Miami, where the festival has been based for two decades. The statement was released strategically, the day before the Virginia Key commission was meant to vote on potentially revoking a year-to-year licensing agreement with the festival. The statement continues to allude to a new “unique and impressive” location in South Florida that will become the new, permanent home of Ultra for “many years to come”. According to Miami Herald sources, it is rumored that the Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race track located about 35 miles South of Miami, could be the new home for the festival.

The statement concludes with a promise to reveal details about the location and dates soon.

Though Ultra plans to relocate within South Florida, it remains to be seen how the annual Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference, both of which have traditionally been planned throughout the week just prior to the festival, will be affected.

See the full statement below.

HOUSE MUSIC VOCALIST KIM ENGLISH HAS DIED

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House music vocalist Kim English has died.

The Chicago singer’s death was announced by Nervous Records, a label she worked with on numerous occasions on tracks such as ‘Nite Life’ and ‘Learn 2 Luv’.

Having started out as a gospel singer, she went on to work continuously with Nervous from 1994 until 2016, releasing both of her albums – 1998’s ‘Higher Things’ and 2006’s ‘My Destiny’ – on the New York label. She had eight number one songs on the US Club/Dance charts, the first coming in 1999 with ‘Unspeakable Joy’.

Her career included collaborations with the likes of Mood II Swing, Masters At Work and François K. A recent collaboration came with Paul Woolford on his 2018 track ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups’.

DJs and members of the dance music community have been paying tribute to the singer. See some of them below.

 

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.

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.

DJ EZ HAS ANNOUNCED A HOUSE AND TECHNO ALIAS

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DJ EZ has announced his new alias, Elvin Zedo, that will focus on house and techno sets.

Elvin Zedo originally came about in 2004 when DJ EZ was gaining profile as a prominent garage DJ. He’s said it helped him play different styles of music away from garage.

“House and techno has always had a special place in my heart and Elvin Zedo allowed me to continue to play these sounds without interfering with my role in the UK garage scene. Now my aim is to DJ under both names; DJ EZ and Elvin Zedo.”

The move seems natural for the DJ who begun his career as DJ Easy O playing house in the ’80s, something DJ EZ said he knew he “would always return to”.

The DJ is set to perform live sets under the name Elvin Zedo alongside his current work as DJ EZ.