LISTEN: Movement Torino Playlist

One of Europe’s very best underground electronic festivals, Movement Torino blends international and local talent with creative and inspirational venues. Barnt and Ellen Allien headline this year’s event, with a deep mix of house, tech-house, techno and minimal sure to grind out some of that early winter chill.

Movement Torino takes place on 31 October - 1 November 2014, and you can find out more here.

Check out our playlist below for the latest tracks from the festival’s best artists:

Top 5 Electronic Music Festivals In South America

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As we eagerly await the launch of tickets for Tomorrowland Brasil, we thought we’d take the time to look at some other South American wonders fit for premium fans of bass, beats and all round good times!

1) CHEMICAL MUSIC, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Hosted in the magical party city of Rio, Chemical Music Festival is the largest underground electro music festival of it’s kind in Brazil. Presenting massive “super parties” across two days, the WIDE Marina location is just 10 minutes from the beach.

Past headliners include Magda, Kaskade, Tale Of Us and Gui Boratto, check out the teaser for last year’s event below:

2) LOVE PARADE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Originally held in West Berlin, Germany the Love Parade was an electronic festival and street parade which was seen as a peaceful demonstration, where music was the main character. However after the tragedy of 2010 where 21 people died and 511 people were injured, the event soon stopped officially happening in Germany.

Replicated in various cities around the World under the idea of “One World, One Love Parade” various cities continue this honour, particularly in South America, with events haven taken place in Argentina, Chile and Venezuela.

It’s hard to pin down one official website with plenty of 2014/2015 events happening, it’s best to do some research, The Chile one in Santiago usually happens around January with dates confirmed at the end of the year, check out this video from the first ever Love Parade in Chile:

3) MYSTERYLAND CHILE, PICARQUÍN MOSTAZAL, CHILE

Mysteryland begun it’s journey in the Netherlands but recent years have seen the event also travel to United States and Chile.

From the minute you step into Mysteryland’s fairytale expect to see over-the-top decor, themed parties, overblown balloons, furry animals in the forest and so much more.

Seen as a worthy competitor to Tomorrowland, Mysteryland is a fantasy ride for all electronic music fans, featuring big headliners along with underground gods of the various sub-genres, it trully is a colourful explosion. (If you are interested in the Netherlands edition, you can join our waiting list here)

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4) ULTRA BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Showing that South America is one of the best destinations for music festivals, Ultra is another festival that started in another country but just had to come and experience the South American vibe, especially in Argentina.

Celebrated as one of the wildest summer parties around, Ultra Buenos Aires is the another sister event of Miami mammoth, where you can go hard or go home, as the EDM elite entertain those who want the night to last forever.

(If you can’t wait for Ultra Buenos Aires to go on sale, we currently have some great packages for Ultra Europe in Croatia)

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5) TIME WARP BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Another event with an Argentinian itch to scratch is Germany’s Time Warp, who after taking it’s techno-tastic visual and audio spectacular across Europe, also decided to branch out to Argentina.

2014 was the first year that Time Warp appeared on the South American continent and we predict it won’t be the last. If you want a taste of Time Warp before the next Argentinian event is confirmed or not, you can check out the New York edition here, and the Netherlands event here.

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7 of the Best: 2014’s Rising Stars to Watch out for


After last weeks look at old-school heroes still at their best, next up in our series of 2014 reviews takes a look at those at the other extreme of their careers.

New music comes at us from all angles,  and it can be hard work figuring out which bits are worth sticking with. So here are 7 of the good ones from the last year – some who have already stormed the charts, and some who are just about ready to break through.

KATE TEMPEST

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Musician, playwright, poet, spoken word artist: Kate Tempest has that rare kind of talent that sits somewhere in the centre circle of artistic expression, finding the surface by many routes and emerging with an almost magnetic intensity.  A musical inheritance from the likes of Mike Skinner (The Streets) is built upon and locked down to Tempest’s own social environment, and the maturity of her debut album ‘Everybody Down’ has been recognised with a Mercury Prize nomination for Album of the Year. “Compelling and moving rap poetry” was how the judges put it, and it’s hard to find a better description.

Kate Tempest plays at WEEK-END festival in Cologne on 28 November. Tickets and packages are available here.

ROYAL BLOOD

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Grunge-rock duos have become quite the thing. Down a rough line from the White Stripes through Death from Above 1979, and with a passing nod to the likes of Derbyshire-based Drenge, Royal Blood have added just enough of a melodic pulse to their heavily percussive overdrive to take them into the UK mainstream barely a year after forming. The self-titled album is thick with the influence of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Muse and the Black Keys, but is impressively complete for such a young band.  ‘Figure it Out’ did even better in the US (peaking at no. 9) than on Royal Blood’s native shores (no. 50), and their songwriting flair seems likely to keep them riding high for a while yet.

LULU JAMES

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Tanzania and Tyneside make an unusual pairing, but for Lulu James they are both homes of sorts. Having move from east Africa to north-east England with her family at the age of 6, the 2014 James draws deeply from multi-continent influences that take in a backbone of 70s American soul, along with a distinctly British electronic base and rhythmic undertones from her birthplace.

An unusual mix of ambient-house and British RnB makes for a refreshingly new incarnation of soul, and the release of James’ debut album could well help to force a broadening of the UK chart’s outlook. Keep that breath bated.

SIGMA

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Drum and bass does not often glide so easily into mainstream charts. ‘Nobody to Love’, the forceful reworking of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’, caught everyone by surprise earlier this year – including the Leeds-formed duo themselves – and the supposedly tricky follow-up single was, if anything, even better. Paloma Faith’s characteristically strong vocals brought out an elegant urgency from Sigma that suggested they are more than capable of producing the material to maintain their current level of success. They’re not exactly new – formed in 2006, first big single in 2010 – but 2014 has changed the entire landscape around them. Sigma 2.0 are on course for very big things.

HOZIER

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Andrew Hozier Byrne’s 24-year-old shoulders already carry more weight than most singer-songwriters born this side of the 1980s, and his words bear a gravity to match. Even in the midst of the acoustic-pop sound that pervades much of his breakthrough self-titled album, Hozier does not shy away from unflinching engagement with the subjects that mean most to him. Given his upbringing in Ireland’s Country Wicklow, the heavy treatment of the Catholic church and homophobia is perhaps not unduly surprising. But Hozier’s voice is certainly one worth listening to, both in its soft-tone power and the authority with which it delivers thoughtful encouragements and reprimands.

An appearance on Saturday Night Live has taken him to no. 2 in the US Billboard Chart, and it seems Hozier’s quiet determination is resonating with audiences way beyond his own home. This particular rise could keep travelling upwards for some time to come.

Hozier’s perfomance at Reading and Leeds in 2014 was one of the biggest of his year. Check out our guides for the 2015 festivals here and here, and keep up-to-date with lineup announcements.

LEO JUSTI

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“Baile Funk, favela made funk, just owns Rio.” Brazilian DJ/Porducer Leo Justi is drenched in the bass-heavy rhythms of his homeland, but his own more international twist on the genre takes in Detroit techno and British drum and bass at their grimiest. The result, Heavy Baile, is a bulging take on RnB that has caught the attention of Waxploitation Records, the label responsible for setting Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse on the road. Justi looks to be on the brink of making the big-time, and 2015 could be a massive year for him.

BROODS

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Mall talent competition to Capitol Records. It’s not a well-worn path, but it is serving New Zealanders Broods very well indeed. Siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott’s electronic pop is not a ground-breaking new sound, but then not everything needs to be. The beautiful singles ‘Bridges’ and ‘Mother & Father’ set up Broods’ forthcoming album ‘Evergreen’ with an elusive vocal worthy of Frou Frou’s Imogen Heap, backed by a brilliantly minimal electronic air.

Broods appeared at Latitude 2014 – check out our guide for 2015’s edition here.

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LISTEN: I Love Techno France VS Belgium Playlist

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Taking place in both Belgium & France, I Love Techno has become a European staple event for those who love their bass large and the beats plenty. Selling out year after year, 40,000 hedonists unite from around the world to celebrate one of the wildest indoor raves around!

To find out about I Love Techno Belgium which is taking place on November 8th visit here, to find out about I Love Techno France taking place in December 13th visit here.

Check out our playlist below which mixes highlighted acts appearing at each event!

5 Reasons Why Turin Should Be Your Next Italian Adventure

Venice, Rome and Tuscany may be popular choices for first-time visits to Italy, however there are many reasons why Turin (or ‘Torino’ in Italian) is an equally vibrant choice.

A city which mixes a sophisticated cultural history, with a recent urban revival during the 2006 Winter Olympics, we dare you not to want to visit this inspiring place after reading this list…

1. WITNESS A FESTIVAL SEASON THAT NEVER ENDS

In the summer Kappa FuturFestival sees 25,000 house and techno lovers take over the renovated area of Parco Dora, where green parklands and former industrial shells of factories belonging to Fiat (Turin’s Pride) and Michelin create a unique mid summer blowout.

As the fall approaches the temperatures may dip, but the enthusiasm of the passionate Italian electronic scene doesn’t! The venue-hopping Club To Club Torino invites you to experience the city one party location at a time, while the boundary pushing Movement Torino returns with a high quality programme both enriching and hedonistic.

Aside from music, there is a MASSIVE chocolate festival in March, an unmissable 2 week Christmas street market in December, and June 24th is the annual celebration of the patron saint Festa di San Giovanni so expect booming fireworks!

2. IT’S A CITY WONDERER’S PLAYGROUND

If you like the idea of “just walking around and seeing where you end up”, Turin feels like it has been built for the curious explorer.

Visit the 550,00-sq-metre Parco Valentino park opened in 1856, go for a bike ride in coveted food and wine region Piedmont, or if you dare take the Magic Turin Evening Tour, where you will explore the white side and mysterious dark black-magic side of Turin, with it’s curious Roman roots as a burial site and many other mysterious stories (Look up the Shroud of Turin it’s a must see if you like spooky stories which span divisive theories)

With it’s Baroque city architecture hosting space to hundreds of sophisticated cafes, unmatchable museums, endless shopping promenades, leafy parks and welcoming art galleries, you will always feel there is never enough time.

3. UNDERSTAND THE BIRTHPLACE OF MANY ITALIAN CULTURAL WONDERS.

As mentioned earlier this is where automobile company FIAT was born (The ‘T’ in ‘F.I.A.T’ even stands for Torino) and along with being the home of the Italian Royal Family, Turin was were the world’s first hard sellable chocolate was born.

Continuing with the theme of Turin’s strong food heritage, the city is also seen as the starting point for the ‘Slow Food Movement’ (A defender of regional food and practices set up in response to McDonald’s trying to set up shop in Rome)

So with that in mind, don’t leave without tasting the city’s trademark hazelnut and chocolate mix of ‘Gianduiotto’, be sure to sample food at the Porta Palazzo Market (amongst the largest outdoor markets in Europe), and if you really want to appreciate Turin’s love of cars, then make sure you visit the recently renovated Museo dell’Automobile.

If you find yourself in Lingotto, there are plenty of travel blog posts that go into detail about how you can try to gain great views of FIAT’s Rooftop Track depending on where you are in the shopping mall. (Some blogs even detail where to sneak in!)

4. REDEFINE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT A MUSUEM SHOULD BE

The Egyptian Museum holds one of the most significant collection of artefacts outside of Cairo reportedly holding a whopping 30,000 pieces! 

Movie enthusiasts should also make a visit to the National Cinema Museum their priority. With themed floors such as the Archeology of Cinema, and a vast and adventurous collection of cinema posters, you will also get to see the original Superman cape worn by Christopher Reeve!

If you want to step back into Italy’s baroque obsessions and past, visit the Sabauda Galley, which houses the royal art collections belonging to the famous House Of Savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world.

5. THE VARIETY OF NIGHTCLUBS ARE ENDLESS

There’s a reason why the multi-location Club To Club Torino returns for an electronic journey every year and it’s becuase Turin holds some phenomenal nightclubs!

Gala has an artsy atmosphere, Discoteca Vogue promises one of the best disco experiences around, Hollywood Dancing welcome good vibes, Afrobeat lovers gather at Big Club, techno beats can be found at Hennessy, the Bunker is full of surprises and enjoy a different pace at the River Club.

For more information on the Turin festivals we have on sale now, check out Club To Club Torino & Movement Torino.

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7 of the Best: Legends That Dominated The 2014 Festival Scene


Standing up to the perennial obsession with “Ones to Watch” and the hunt for the next big thing, legends of all genres were out in force again this season, showing the kids how it’s done.

As summer starts to feel quite long ago and the end of another year creeps just that little bit closer, we start our look back over the 2014 festival season with some old-timers that lit up the festival circuit this year.

1. DOLLY PARTON (Glastonbury)

When is comes to the queen of country, she says it best herself. Dolly is still so good that she was accused of miming at Glastonbury this year. Her response? “My boobs are fake, my hair’s fake but what is real is my voice and my heart.” Enough said, to be honest.

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2. SVEN VÄTH (Time Warp Netherlands, We Are FSTVL, SEMF, Balaton Sound - the list goes on!)

From his very first sets in his parents’ nightclub at the age of 16, Sven Väth has risen up as one of the driving forces of the early naughties techno explosion in Ibiza, and as a true electronic autocrat. Since the debut of his Cocoon residency at Amnesia, he’s barely slowed down at all, helping a ton of younger talent along the way to find their voice and a place behind the decks.

This October will mark his 50th birthday, when Maimarktgelände in Mannheim, Germany will host a fittingly flash-lit rave to celebrate from 25th into 26th – the big day itself. Ticket and hotel packages are available here.

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3. THE ROLLING STONES (Roskilde)

The Rolling Stones have divided opinion in the last few years. Some continue to lap up the husky jilt of their undeniably great back-catalogue, while others feel like age has robbed them of their edge. “The kings of diabolical music are not supposed to be ‘nice’”, as one Danish reviewer put it after their appearance at Roskilde this year.

But if it’s energy you want, The Stones still have it in abundance, and though they’re not in their twenties anymore, it’s hard to say that the force and vigour that made them great in the first place are not pretty much intact. Ultimately, they will be adored right up until they finally decide to call it a day. And quite right, too.

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4. VAN MORRISON (Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival)

An array of hits from the fiercely bluesy Baby Please Don’t Go, through the jazz lilt of Moondance and the honey-pop of Brown Eyed Girl, demands a certain skill to produce a coherent 2-hour set.

The man born George Ivan Morrison thankfully still has the swagger to pull it off. Though understandably not the same as it once was, Van Morrison’s voice still carries a characteristic kind of power and versatility, and seeing his daughter Shana join his band to sing backing vocals is a beautiful image of his music’s surviving relevance.

They lit up the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, putting on a show that Herald Scotland described as a “triumph of an artist still finding new ways to transport and be transported”, and putting Jools Holland, I’m afraid to say, firmly in the shade.

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5. PIXIES (INmusic Festival, Beauregard, Glastonbury)

Reunions don’t often go this well. The aggressive dynamism of the Pixies’ earliest material has been becalmed by the quarter-century since Surfer Rosa, but then again a good chunk of their fans felt they had lost their edge by the early 90s, with Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. 

Their return to touring in 2004 could barely have gone any better, selling out four nights London’s Brixton Academy in the quickest time ever and producing great moments like Leeds Festival 2005 when they held a band meeting on stage to try and figure out if they could remember any more songs, as the 45,000 crowd brayed for more.

“Boston’s iconic pioneers of biblical and sci-fi screamelodica add precision, mania, panache and pop accessibility to the metallic arts” (The Guardian). They weathered the loss of bassist Kim Deal in 2013, and whatever you think of their 2014 album Indie Cindy, the Pixies still put on a hell of a show.

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6. PEARL JAM (Rock Werchter, Austin City Limits Festival, Open’er Poland, Big Day Out Australia)

Evergreens of the turbulent rock world, Pearl Jam have been clean-grungeing their way through generations of listeners with the kind of grace that makes Eddie Vedder’s wet-concrete vocals so distinctive.

They have allowed their sound and style to mature with the years, and the result is a band that is unusually comfortable with not being as young as they once were. But the creativity and charisma are all still there.

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7. B. B. KING (B.B. King Homecoming Festival)

The mouth-dropping endurance of one of Electric Blues’ most heralded trailblazers continues to astound. B. B. King is still playing over 100 shows per year, having worked at twice or three times that rate until well into his seventies. His beloved Lucille’s smooth yet cutting tone is still screaming of unfaithful loves and remembered romances, even as generations of younger bluesmen inspired by the King of Blues himself come and go.

On 25th May, he appeared at the B. B. King Homecoming Festival, held in his honour in his home city of Indianola, Mississippi. A fitting tribute for a real titan of modern music. Long live the King.

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Bergen: The Most Underrated Festival Location Ever?

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EKKO festival 2014 is just a few weeks away, and we’re getting very excited. Providing a healthy electronic music balance between sounds of the Scandinavian music scene, alongside other European wonders to behold, EKKO is both an audio and visual treat!

Taking place in the second largest city in Norway when you are not lapping up the sounds of the music festival, we can’t stress enough the joy you will experience exploring the local area.

Solgunn Slåtto from the festival recommended the following exploration suggestions….

1) FANCY A HIKE? The view down from Fløyen is unbeatable, especially at night.

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2) EXTREME SPORTS ALL YEAR ROUND – The village of Voss is just an hour away by train. Activites include white water rafting, skydiving and skiing in winter.

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3) PINING FOR THE FJORDS? Boat tours run all year, and the roadside fruit stalls are worth a visit too.

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4) BERGEN AQUARIUM – They have sharks!

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5) HULEN, OR “THE CAVE” – The oldest rock club in northern Europe. 

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It’s such a respected venue that we had to mention it, but it doesn’t really fit the beautiful scenery theme…

6) … SO HERE’S ANOTHER ONE OF BERGEN, LOOKING UNBELIEVABLE

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For more information about EKKO, check out our festival guide and hotel packages. And enjoy Bergen!

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LISTEN: Le Guess Who Playlist



Many festivals claim to feature music from various genres, but Le Guess Who? is a true eclectic soundscape featuring rock, electronica and many other sub-genres style and fusion surprises.

To find out more about Le Guess Who? visit the festival guide here, check out the playlist below:



Top Things to Do in Paris this Autumn

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With SBTRKT’s latest showPitchfork Festival and Big Bang coming up in the next few months, we thought we’d suggest a few other things you could fill your time with while you’re in Paris. And yes, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are too obvious…

1) EXPLORE THE OPEN SPACE

Despite its size and its typically French penchant for concrete, Paris has an abundance of beautiful open spaces. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the city’s north-west is our favourite, with its towering trees and serene lake punctuated by the rocky île de la Belvédère. Also worth checking out are the grand Jardin des Tuileries in the 1ere arrondissement, and the beautifully peaceful Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, resting place to Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.

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2) EAT WELL

As you probably know, Paris is full to bursting with restaurants, bars and cafés, all charging a lot of money and mostly looking distinctly similar. So here are three places that we think stand out from the crowd:

– Septime, 80 rue de Charonne

A bold ambassador of this generation’s “bistronomie” culture, Septime operates with a casual atmosphere but fierce passion for progressive – and often healthier – French cuisine. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the 6 course tasting menu is excellent, and the chef will choose your courses for you. Just let them know what you don’t like, and the rest is taken care of.

Look out: tables can be very hard to get, so book well ahead of time.

– Comptoir General, 80 quai de Jemmapes

A quirky, stylish café converted from an old primary school, Comptoir General is worth a visit just for the look of the place. But it also hosts a huge array of exhibitions and cultural events, from poetry nights to DJ sets. Plus, the nearby Canal St Martin is perfect for a mid-afternoon stroll.

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– Georges, Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou is home to the Bibliotèque Publique d’Information, the IRCAM centre for music and acoustic research, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne. As the largest museum for modern art in Europe, Le Musée is certainly worth a visit, but perhaps the crowning glory of Beaubourg (the Pompidou’s local nickname) is Le Georges. Great food comes at city centre prices, but the ace up its sleeve is a stunning view of the city. Which includes – yes, we had to mention it sometime - La Tour Eiffel.

3) GO UNDERGROUND

Along a similar theme to the Capuchin Crypt in Rome (previously recommended here), Les Catacombes de Paris are an eerily unusual preservation of the dead. Caverns and tunnels that were once a stone mine hold the remains of around 6 million people, chillingly displayed on walls, ceilings and every inch of space available. Not one for the faint of heart, this one.

If you’re not averse to a bad smell or two, a trip round the Sewer Museum (Musée des Egouts de Paris) is also surprisingly enjoyable.

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4) GET TO SOCIAL CLUB, 142 RUE MONTMARTRE

For anyone even vaguely interested in electronic music, Social Club is a great place to go any night of the week. But for everyone who takes their house and techno seriously – and if you’re in town for SBTRKT or Pitchfork, that’s probably you – this “retrofuturist” club half-way between Montmartre and the Seine has to be destination #1.

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5) ATTEND SOME MUSIC FESTIVALS AND GIGS

Assuming you have not already booked the events mentioned at the start of this article, we highly recommend including them as part of your trip!

If it’s a contemporary and independent music experience you seek, then Belle & Sebastian, Caribou, James Blake, Mogwai and many more await you at Pitchfork Paris.

Big Bang is a great chance to experience premium electronic sounds from the likes of Moodymann, Anja Schneider, Josh Wink & Christian Smith.

Avant-garde producer SBTRKT is also playing a special gig in Paris in the beautiful theatre and concert hall Le Trianon, you can view full details here.

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ADE – The Beginner’s Guide

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QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS

What is ADE? Amsterdam Dance Event is the biggest and most important electronic music event in the world. Simple as that.

What happens at ADE? For 5 days each October, Amsterdam’s population swells by 300,000 as every last inch of space in the city is invaded by everything from performances by the world’s best DJs, to creative workshops run by industry experts.

So is it for professionals or punters? ADE is for anyone and everyone with a love for electronic music. The conference element of ADE leads the way worldwide, and the sheer density of talent and experience that it creates in the city have seen the night music programme explode in recent years. There really is no better place for electronic music lovers to be.

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OUR TOP TIPS

1. DON’T BE DAUNTED!

This year’s record total of 2,224 artists at 330 shows in 85 venues might seem like an insurmountable mountain of music for one person in only 5 days, but don’t panic! One of the real beauties of ADE is the staggering choice on offer, and the chance to see your favourite artists in relatively small venues is one of ADE’s unique attractions.

2. BOOK YOUR ROOM BEFORE YOU GO

You might think we’re just saying this because we’re a travel agency, but it really is true. The tidal wave of 300,000 people that washes over Amsterdam during ADE is a modern wonder of all the world. And all o’ them people gotta stay somewhere, so hotels get filled up real quick. For a handy nudge in the right direction, check out our ticket and hotel packages.

3. GET YOURSELF A GAME PLAN

Turning up at ADE without much idea which events you want to go to is a bit of a kamikaze mission. You may end up missing things you really wanted to see before you’ve even had time to figure out where the nearest bar is. A quick search online before you go will tell you where and when your favourite artists are performing, and booking tickets in advance is smart if you want to go to the biggest parties.

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4. EXPLORE THE PLAYGROUND

Maybe exhibitions, workshops and fashion events aren’t at the top of your priority list when you’re in the midst of all the electronic music you could ever ask for, but taking some time to enjoy it all is definitely worth your while. ADE unifies the entire city in a powerful way, and the Playground is a great opportunity to delve deeper into Amsterdam’s hidden gems, from record stores to high-street shops and downtown warehouses.

5. BUDDING DJS AND PRODUCERS: BE PREPARED, AND JUMP IN FEET FIRST

ADE is the place to meet the most influential people in the electronic music industry. If you’re looking to get started or make new progress in the business, then grab hold of all the experiences you can, and make sure introduce yourself to as many people as possible.

But above all, make it the easiest thing in the world for the people you meet to listen to your music: give them a CD, or maybe a business card with links to your Soundcloud. And remember that there will be hundreds of people doing this, so use all your creativity to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

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For a summary guide of the whole event, visit here, If you are looking for some cool events to attend, we recommend checking out the following:

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