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For this issue we got a chance to have a chat with up-and-coming event and music platform atone. Ahead of its upcoming debut party on 15th December, founder Hollie Price gave us an insight into what the project is all about and provided an extra special recording of her b2b set with MLB, live from Whiffin Square.

What is atone?

Atone is a music platform and event aimed to represent the avante garde side of electronic music, set up and run by myself (Hollie). 

What inspired you to set it up?

I’ve been djing for the past 4 years and producing music for the past 2, and have realised over time that my style and tastes are eclectic and vary from a lot of techno parties currently held within London. I don’t enjoy the idea of having to compromise your own sound and tastes to fit with a particular event so decided to do my own thing and push what I believe to be a really fresh sound and energy for the London scene. I believe you get wayyyy more enjoyment out of it that way. 

I also feel like a lot of parties in London rely heavily on big names to bring in crowds rather than the party itself being really good and known for that, hence why atone is not based around booking a headliner and instead aims to represent a lot of hidden London talent, attracting people back to the party knowing that the music and vibe will be consistent.

What are the goals with atone?

I definitely want to keep running and developing the parties,  I also aim to set up ‘atone’ as a record label and start releasing music of my own and other artists.

What are your influences as a DJ & producer?

My main influence over the past year has been Bjarki, an Icelandic producer and label owner. His productions and sets are so unique and uncompromising and these these are two integral values I aim to grasp with atone. 

What’s the day job for you?

Currently I am working part time in an office to help fund my ambitions within music, whilst also interning at a number of different companies within the music industry including Phonica Records, NTS & Above Board Distribution. I also work at Fabric Nightclub on the weekends as artist liason.   

What artists do you think we should be keeping our eyes on?

Volruptus. He’s had a couple of releases this year, one being on bbbbbb records (Bjarki’s label) and also on Trip. Both are so unique and forward thinking.

Whats coming up next for atone?

We have a party coming up on 15th December at The Nest in Dalston. I’m so excited about this one. The line up consists of some amazing talent. Profex, a Birmingham based DJ who I have been following for a while now, is coming down to London to play. His sets are very dynamic and high energy. We’ve spoke about his plans for his set on 15th and he said he's going to shell it haha, so I can’t wait to see what he is going to bring. I will also be joining him on the bill for the night, so I can’t wait to play too.

You can find tickets for atone Showcase on 15th December here. More details can be found on the event page. Check out her mix below.

Words: Tai Kolade

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‘What Is the City but the People?’ As 160 Mancunians paced down the giant catwalk erected in the middle of Piccadilly Gardens (amongst them names like poet Lemn Sissay and Happy Mondays’ Mark Berry), so began Manchester International Festival. A biennial showcase and celebration of performance, theatre, art, music, and debate, MIF’s ethos for dynamic and forward-thinking curation is thoroughly rooted in the community and landscape of its city. Events will be held across cultural landmarks such as The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, and Old Granada Studios, and amongst hidden gems like an abandoned former University of Salford building, until 16th July.

Manchester’s renowned musical heritage takes form in the festival’s leading exhibition True Faith, which explores the significance of Joy Division and New Order across the past forty years. At the Royal Exchange Theatre, Fatherland recounts ‘songs and stories from a forgotten England’ with a soundtrack by Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert, and What If Women Ruled The World? at Mayfield sees a cast of eleven women joined by different female scientists, politicians, activists and the like to try to solve the urgent crises of a post-apocalytpic future. 

On the music bill, Mary Anne Hobbs has curated the Dark Matter series, within which Paleman, Clark, Kojey Radical and more take over Gorilla and The Ritz for immersive and boundary-pushing performances. Alongside international names such as Arcade Fire, Sampha, and New Order are the intense audiovisual Amnesia Scanner show and La Mambanegra’s ‘Colombian break salsa’ at the Pavilion Theatre. There's also plenty of free events to pick and choose from too, most notably the HOME1947 immersive exhibition about Partition at The Lowry. MIF truly promises to be a spectacular couple of weeks.

To find out more about the festival and everything else that's on offer, and for links to tickets, visit http://mif.co.uk/

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Bristol's Simple Things returns for its seventh year this October, bringing to the city another expansive and creatively-curated array of artists. It revives that summer festival spirit in the burgeoning winter, taking over a host of venues around the main hub of Colston Hall where unexpected musical discoveries are right around the corner. Already announced for this year, live performances from the likes of Alex G, Kelly Lee Owens, and Diet Cig feature alongside the bold and boundary-pushing sounds of Lorenzo Senni and  Shackleton. WillowShanti Celeste, and Jlin are amongst the DJs set to perform through to the early hours of the morning, with electronic figurehead Juan Atkins making his Bristol debut. If the 2016 edition is anything to go by, we're really looking forward to this one.

For more information, visit their website. Tickets can be found here.

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Never one to be confined to the singular list framework, Shuf's 'ones to watch' in 2017 come in a multitude of forms. Spanning clubnights, new releases, live shows and up-and-coming artists and DJs, check out what we believe is worth getting excited about in the next twelve months. 


Opening Of Printworks

A welcome addition to the capital's clubbing landscape, this February sees the opening of the new 5,000 capacity multi-purpose venue in South London's Canada Water. Already announced in its wide-reaching club programme are parties curated by the likes of The Hydra, Nina Kraviz and Melt Festival.

Printworks' full listings can be found here.  

Drake

2016 was a pretty big year for Drake, who reached even greater heights with the release of quadruple platinum VIEWS and worldwide hits such as One Dance and Rihanna collaboration Work. Now with the imminent release of his More Life "playlist" and European leg of Boy Meets World Tour starting later this month, 2017 looks to be another momentous year for hip-hop's prevailing megastar.

DJ Nobu & Dr. Rubinstein, Oval Space Residents 2017

2017 will see the arrival of Japanese techno experimentalist DJ Nobu and rising Berlin selector Dr. Rubinstein at East London's favourite warehouse nightclub, Oval Space.  Taking up their year-long residences to play beside the likes of DJ Stingray, Abdulla Rashim and Jane Fitz, the highly esteemed duo will be sure to attract hoards of dance music enthusiasts throughout the year.

Check out Oval Space's and sister club Pickle Factory's full programme here

Tinashe, Joyride

Continually pushing back the release date of her highly-anticipated sophomore LP Joyride, Tinashe appeased eagerly awaiting fans with the surprise release of her Nightride mixtape last November. And with its sultry atmospheric R&B grooves hopefully a sign of what's to come, it looks like it will be well worth the wait when Joyride emerges later this year. 

Aphex Twin Headlining Field Day

Making a rare live appearance in Victoria Park this June, ambient innovator Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, will headline Field Day's new performance space The Barn. Recently adding the beautifully hypnotic acid-infused Cheetah EP to his already expansive discography, James' live show revival is a truly mouth-watering prospect for fans both old and new.   

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Willow

Since arriving on the house and techno scene last year with her irresistable debut Feel Me, Willow has gone from strength to strength. With upcoming sets at Sheffield's nightlife staple Hope Works and South London's Corsica Studios in the next couple of months, be sure to check out her extensive repertoire of electronic beats. 

Jeff Mills, Planets

Now in its 25th year, Jeff Mills' Axis Records celebrates with the release of Planets, a new "electronic classical" LP from its legendary creator. A conceptual record at its core, Planets will see Mills venturing on a celestial sonic journey of the solar system's nine planets. Premiering his compositions this summer at London's Barbican Centre, listeners will have the chance to see his live fusion of electronics and orchestras in an unmissable performance.

Mulatu Astatke & Ata Kak At The Jazz Cafe

Forever London's home of diverse and exciting live music, The Jazz Cafe continues its outstanding programme this April with performances from two of the African continent's most prolific figures. Ethio-Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke will firstly grace the venue's stage on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, before Awesome Tapes From Africa prodigy Ata Kak takes the reigns two weeks later. 

Tickets to both shows can be found here

Bjarki, bbbbbb Records

Already generously treated to three LP releases from Bjarki last year, there is even more in store in 2017 for fans of the Icelandic producer's fusion of breakbeat and techno tones. Recently announcing the launch of his own label bbbbbb Records, its first release sees the reissuing of X-Static's 1992 My Inspiration early in February. 

I Hate Models

Last autumn's release of I Hate Models' breakthrough EP Warehouse Memories stood out as a highlight in new industrial techno sounds. Playing Manchester's intimate basement Soup Kitchen later this month before a few select shows across Europe, this emerging producer is certainly one to watch out for in 2017.

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Back for it’s sixth year, multi-venue musical experience Simple Things takes over Bristol on Saturday 22 October. It brings a unique, wide-reaching line-up to all four corners of the city, from the grandeur of Colston Hall to the industrial grittiness of The Bierkeller, the cosiness of The Small Horse to the late night hubs of Lakota and Coroners Court.

Its distinctive array of live acts and DJs reigns unparalleled in this burgeoning wintry period. It’s where the likes of Warpaint, Steve Mason and Death Grips meet Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO and ABRA, where pioneering grime MC Kano meets Squarepusher’s Shobaleader One. Bad Breeding, Powell and Idles will be keeping the noise levels raucously loud, whilst Helena Hauff, Karen Gwyer, dBridge, Boris and Lena Willikens hold it down on the late-night club program.

This year will also host a number of free panel discussions across the weekend. In association with Watershed, topics will examine: the homogenisation of UK festivals, the groups reclaiming club culture’s progressive roots, how musical activity can support itself financially in a digital era, and more.

For a run-down of all the acts appearing across the weekend click here, or you can taste them for yourself on our Spotify playlist.  

 

Photography: Ro Murphy

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A gem in 2015's festival season, Gottwood have released the first acts to grace next year's line-up. 

Priding itself on blending electronic heavyweights with rising, underground stars, the likes of Joy OrbisonDaniel Avery and  Move D take over the woods alongside Beautiful SwimmersBradley Zero and tINI. The bass-heavy flavours of Chimpo and Ivy Lab are married with the jazz-tinged sounds of Max Graef and Glenn Astro, whilst Nick HöppnerVirginia and Prosumer flaunt Berlin's Ostgut Ton in full force. 

With a whole host of other acts yet to join Craig RichardsBen UFOAndrew WeatherallHodgeRoman Flügel and more, the intimate woodland affair is set to be its biggest yet.

Tickets can be found here

 

 

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Still riding the crest of the wave from its remarkable success this summer, Gottwood Festival returns in 2016 to the idyllic woodland wonderland of Anglesey, North Wales.

Nested amongst lakes and trees, with the coast but a stones throw away,  the charming site is set to host an eclectic mix of intimate stages, art installations and creative lighting projects, all soundtracked by electronic's finest. Priding itself on fostering a diversified party experience, part of Gottwood's enduring charm is its relationship with cutting-edge club brands, labels and publications. Returning for its seventh installment are the likes of FutureboogieHit & Run, Tief, Rhythm SelectionPercolate, Studio 89 and Hypercolour. New recruits to the festival include: Will Saul's AUS house imprint, London's infamous party-throwers Secret SundazeNot An AnimalWarm Up, Racubah, Banoffee Pies and 22a, all traversing a vast range of musical flavours. 

Expanding its line-up but preserving its size, Gottwood promises to be an intimately eccentric affair. With the line-up readying itself for release in December, tickets are already on sale and can be found here

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One of London's most cherished event series - The Hydra - reveal their 2015 line-ups for the upcoming months. Running from autumn 'til the new year, Series One pushes deep into the corners of the ever-evolving electronic landscape, flaunting the most dynamic and cutting-edge acts from across the board. It'll take place over two venues, returning - with an enhanced sound system - to its permanent space at Wapping's Studio Spaces E1, and Studio Spaces E2 on Kingsland Road.

It kicks off on August bank holiday weekend at the Electric Minds Loft Parties at E2, with Ame and Henrick Schwarz holding it down at the intimate venue on Saturday 29. The following night, techno pioneers Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Rødhåd are joined by Volte-Face, Tessela and Objekt for an unforgettable (and sold out) night.

Moving into the colder and darker months, Daphni will be bringing the heat at his all-night-long marathon session on November 20, and Ostgut Ton Zehn celebrate their tenth anniversary with Nick Höppner + more. The series will also continue to join forces with leading clubbing brands; Bugged Out bring George Fitzgerald, Erol AlkanBarnt and Andrew Weatherall + Sean Johnston's 'A Love From Outer Space' all under one roof in another birthday festivity, and the Dekmantel-curated night on December 4 are teasing us with a line-up TBA. If this year's festival was anything to go by, it should be huge. 

For more information and a closer look at the seriously strong line-ups, click here. Tickets can be found here.

 

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