Co-founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Dweller festival aims to give Black electronic artists a platform. Hutchinson says it’s a way of reconnecting with dance music’s Black roots and providing opportunities for Black DJs and producers. Prior to starting Dweller Frankie co-founded Discwoman, a booking agency that aimed to counter gender disparity in the music industry.
We speak to nightclub promoters and DJs who lost their livelihoods overnight and dancefloor devotees torn between going 'out out' and staying safe.
It's not a great look to have such a 'sausage-fest' (a load of forty- and fifty-something blokes), especially now that increasing numbers of women are DJing, producing, promoting, managing, running labels and so on more than ever.
Often dubbed the 'UK's oldest raver', Brighton's own legend, Disco Pete, is 80 years old this year and has literally danced his way through his retirement. He has a rather large following, with over 10,000 fans of the Facebook page his daughter set up.
Women are under-represented in lots of professions, but music and the arts are generally thought to be areas where there is at least a modicum of equality. In rock music, for instance, the battles have been fought -- and largely won -- over gender parity, a plethora of female musicians (guitarists, drummers etc) proving that women can rock just as well as men.
Festival Number 6, Most Magical and Best-Kept Secret Festival in the UK (and Possibly in the World!)
It has a cool crowd and vibe, and it's set in the most stunning location you can think of... Portmeirion, a unique village on its own private peninsulea on the southern shores of Snowdonia, north Wales.
Gregory Porter may have already earned his stripes in the jazz community with the Grammy-winning album 'Liquid Spirit', but
What do bands do when they're not doing anything?... You know when you've been on a business trip and you get back to the office and have to do the million things you didn't do while you were on the business trip? That.
Parklife, Creamfields, Outbreak, Wildlife. This summer, Britain hosts a stellar line-up of electronic music festivals. Defying the 'decline of the UK music festival', 2015 sees several dance fiestas sprouting across England's green pastures. Whether you rate chart darlings Gorgon City or house maestro Maceo Plex, there's a Reebok imprinted bog out there for you...
It's fair to say Paris has progressed on the island over the last two seasons: starting with a four week Wednesday night residency back in 2013, she's now taking over Amnesia's Main Room whilst Matinee will control The Terrace for an incredible nine week Saturday night residency this year.