Mixmag: How Cyberspeak Tears The Fabric of Rave Reality, Feature

The Milan collective fuses virtual reality and cyber ingenuity to take rave culture to a new frontier

Widely known as the fashion capital of the world, Milan is no stranger to spawning trends and new ideas. One collective taking up this pioneering mantle in the city is Cyberspeak Music, a multidisciplinary crew of artists, academics and tech experts fusing a passion for cybernetics, coding, virtual reality, and electronic music to explore new frontiers in rave culture.

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Brum Notes: Nils Frahm at O2 Academy Birmingham, Review

Nils Frahm serves up a flawless performance and a stiff middle finger to the corporate agenda. A stunning Birmingham debut at the O2 Academy hosted by Leftfoot & This Is Tmrw.

A frosty Wednesday evening and certainly not Nils’ usual haunt. Yet the anticipation in the air is electric. A dense crowd quickly gathers, packing out the room’s central expanse that lays in the shadow of an impressive stage setup. 

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Skiddle: Green Man 2018, Festival Review

Now in its 16th year, there is nowhere else quite like Green Man. Nestled at the foot of Brecon’s mist swept Black Mountains, the site beckons an immovable sense of history, awe, and artistic spontaneity. Crumbling 19th-century ruins, towering oaks and a penchant for the vibrant further succeed in crafting a uniquely immersive festival aesthetic. Over 20,000 revelers embraced the magic at another sell-out edition.

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Bonafide Mag: UK Nightlife – Where Does The Party Go From Here? Long Read

A familiar story is emerging and repeating: staple venues battle against the threat of closure, amid a complex web of legal debates and tenuous relationships. Operators, promoters, law enforcement, and council representatives, among a number of other voices, struggle to see eye to eye. Members of the public and media outlets falling on either side of the conversation, or somewhere in between. A haze of ambiguity hangs in the air leaving many to wonder, where the fuck does it all go from here?

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Skiddle: PLAYdifferently at Printworks London, Event Review

PLAYdifferently’s ethos is simple: the tools used to mix and perform should be as creative and unique as the artists that use them.

Brainchild of Allen & Heath specialist Andy Rigby-Jones and music tech maestro Richie Hawtin, (and in conjunction with the event) the MODEL 1 “performance instrument” has now been toured all around the world, allowing artists to achieve stunning fluidity and unparalleled individuality in their sets – so when this touring exhibition collided with the hulking and scene-reviving Printworks, magic was destined to happen.  Continue reading

Counteract: Clubs, Drugs and Revoking Licences – We Need to Talk, Feature

Birmingham City Council has revoked the Rainbow Venues’ license in a bold move akin to the Fabric controversy, that to many, still seems fresh. Venue safety and security, the war on drugs, and the future of club culture have once again been called into question with strong views surfacing on all sides – and with it, some lessons too. While any death is clearly tragic, is closing influential venues the answer?

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The Ransom Note: Interpol at The Alexandra Palace, Live Review

Emerging to a hopeful crowd, composed, sharp suits adorned. A moody, deep red emanates from the stage, silhouetting the members of the band with understated intensity, echoing the now unmistakable artwork of Interpol’s seminal album debut, ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’. An album that marks the beginning of one the most important sounds of the 00’s post-punk revival, and a chilling reminder of the paranoia, uncertainty, and confusion endured in a post-9/11 New York City.

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