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Wax:On & Metropolis

Posted on 13 November 2011 by Mizzle

The summer festival season may be over but you can always count on music events to keep those winter blues at bay.

Wax:On and Metropolis have joined forces to present one of the best winter clubbing seasons in the UK. Split into a series of three phenomenal events, their Trilogy series is bringing dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, electro, techno and electro music to our Autumn-chilled ears. And there’s no drafty tents to contend with, hurray!

Trilogy Part 1 (24th September) opened to rave reviews on 24 September, so be sure to make your way to your nearest ticket office to be in on the final instalment.

Saturday 29th October was the date to remember for such artists as Labrinth, Zane Lowe, DJ Hype, Friendly Fires DJ Set, Beardyman and Artwork (just to name a few). This was Part 2 of the exciting Trilogy.

Part 3 of Trilogy (Saturday 26th November) gives us a finale not to be missed with the likes of Chase & Status DJ Set, Skream and Benga, Doorly, Rosko, Dj Zinc and so many more. . .

Wax:On and Metropolis has to be one of most exciting new winter clubbing experience currently on UK shores, hitting Leeds Student night life (and Leeds Student Union). So for all of you who’ll be attending the finale, look out for our Smashed Music Reviewer and if you do get snapped, look out for your pictures at Smashed Music.

Festival season may be over but music events are ongoing and they are not to be missed! Keep us posted of your winter music plans @SmashedMusic.

The Journey to Solfest begins!

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The Journey to Solfest begins!

Posted on 25 August 2011 by Mizzle

Our lovely Lindsey begins her journey to Solfest:

“Giving a lift to another ticketholder so as soon as that person shows at 10am on the bus, we are off. (Otherwise, we’ll just take their 6 bedroom tent that is here already and leave ’em behind!)

We’ll be there and entrenched, via a massive supermarket shop for beer, food, jelly, vodka, party poppers, conifers, and a sandy beach with deckchairs, by 12. Camping next to your car is the biz, you can take *everything*!!

Huge debates here about fancy dress, even at this hour. And even bigger arguments about which teddies we are going to take to do the parachute jumps LOL

We’ve made the most awesome stove in the last few hours – photos will be incoming via instagram if I can get a signal onsite, and now I am going to see if the rocking chair will fit in the car!!!”

What an exciting start to what sounds like an amazing weekend!

The count down for V Festival!

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The count down for V Festival!

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Chris Knight

It’s that time of year again. Think tents, wellies, alcohol, live music, and hopefully not much mud!  That’s right music lovers, the much watched countdown timer on V Festival site says less than 24hours to go, and those lucky enough to have a golden ticket are preparing themselves for what is set to be an immense weekend.

This year Smashed Music will be covering the event in full, with the usual live photos and updates from all around the festival, and all the news and reviews to give those watching from home on their TV a little insight into the events!  With fantastic headliners, and an unbelievable atmosphere seen at V year in year out, this is the event of the summer, for all you music lovers!

Here’s the low down on the acts we’re looking forward to see:

Rihanna and Eminem

Surely these two are must see for everyone going to V fest this year. These two are headlining this year, and will have the entire population of V Festival surging towards the stage for a glimpse.  Their single ‘Love the way you lie’ was an outstanding collaboration combining soulful tones with rapping, and a chorus we all know, love and sing along to!  For those attending, prepare for a hot performance from this duo, full of chemistry, as they never disappoint on stage.

Ellie Goulding

For something totally different, to chill you out after the manic excitement of Rihanna and Eminem, don’t miss the mellow harmony of Ellie Goulding’s amazing voice.  With top hits such as her take on Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and the slightly edgier dance tunes ‘Starry Eyed’ and ‘Under The Sheets’. Ellie’s angelic breathless voice will have you zoning out into a relaxed chilled mood.

The Artic Monkeys  

Not many can claim to have been hailed by NME as “our generation’s most important band” but the Artic Monkeys have this stamp of approval from the industry giants, as well as the population at large, having conquered the charts more than once.  Since they first hit the music world by storm in 2006, this Sheffield foursome have kept banging out the hits, and even knocked Lady Gaga off the top of the music chart earlier this year.

The Noisettes 

Those who enjoy some old school tunes will appreciate the appearance of the Noisettes.  Reminiscent of the Libertines and the Camden scene, the Noisettes provide us with soul infused melodies, and a marriage of music which will stay in your head long after they leave the stage.

Tinie Tempah 

Tinie has been hailed as the UK’s Kanye West, and if his recent success is anything to go by, he will be sticking in the charts for a long time.  After his single ‘Pass Out’ rocketed him to the dizzying heights of the top of the chart, Tinie hasn’t looked back.  Having prevously collaborating with  Ellie Goulding and now Kelly Rowland, Tinie has injected some female vocals into his traditional rhyming raps, and is pulling off his expanding musical repartee.

Calvin Harris 

After collaborating with numerous artists and having hit after hit I’m quite excited to see what Calvin Harris has in store for all V fest goers! His disco / electro sounds are popular in dance clubs and he is set to turn V into one huge party when he starts playing those much loved songs such as ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and as I was born in the 80’s, I’ll be jumping around and singing along with the rest of you!

Jessie J 

She’s the voice of 2011 and it seems the music world has plucked Jessie J from relative obscurity to become the next big thing. After speaking with our writer who went to The Big Chill they said “Watching Jessie is like seeing the next Lady Gaga or Rihanna in the making, and this upcoming artist with a songwriter past has every reason to be confident.”  Some of her tracks – ‘Do it like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’ give a fresh, edgy version of pop, along with catchy lyrics.

This list is just a fraction of the talent lined up for V Festival which we are looking forward to see,  it really is going to be a musical extravaganza, with plenty for every music taste and genre.  Now it’s time to pack that tent, and start planning outfits ready for some festival fun!

Smashed Music Goes Global

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Smashed Music Goes Global

Posted on 06 August 2011 by Mizzle

With the UK festival season well under way, the last weekend in July 2011 meant it was time for the UK’s dance music centrepiece to get under way at Long Marston Airfield.

Global Gathering boasted another huge line-up, organised by Angel Music Group, was sure to please the 55,000-plus global gatherers tuning in their aural senses over the weekend.

This year saw the recognition of the rise and rise of the dub step and drum and bass genres, both breaking out of the underground over the last few years and into the limelight. This Global Gathering line-up offered big name UK top 40 regulars Chase & Status and Nero, alongside other acts such as Skrillex, Brookes Brothers, Doorly, Danny Byrd… the list goes on.

House music lovers needed no fear of a takeover though, with a plethora of house and trance DJs and producers gracing turntables, CDJs, laptops and whatever else DJs apply their craft with these days..

For once, a UK festival managed to avoid the rain – wellies were surplus to requirements, replaced by flip flops and pumps.

With the sun shining and the stages set, Friday began with me getting my bearings and stumbling towards the nearest tent from camp, Group Therapy.

This was a trip back in time, ten years ago, to the good old days of trance dominating dance music, with very similar floaty rises, sweeps and huge drops blasting out the sound system. Gareth Emery was in charge and had a three-quarters-full tent singing along to every word of his track Above & Beyond and Gareth EmeryOn A Good Day. Albeit the lyrics were displayed on the giant visual displays behind him.

With my trip back in time over, it was time to venture round the rest of the festival.

Five huge marquee tents were on offer, plus an outdoor mini-stage that Tool Room Records were hosting that night, and of course the main stage, where headliners Pendulum were playing live.

All in all, there was plenty to get your teeth into, even if that was not music based. There were plenty of fair rides to enjoy, and a wide selection of food outlets to fuel up at. The drinks selection was not quite as vast though, with Tuborg being pretty much the only lager on offer, plus a few spirits and bottles of VK Cherry in the boozy tents.

After grabbing a Tuborg off a wondering beer dispenser, the sounds of Fedde le Grande on the Tool Room stage were calling. This was dirty, big-room house, thumping out around 128bpm – which seemed slow at first compared to the fast-paced trance. Fedde was in the zone though, with crowd pleasing bloops, bleeps and bass dropping left right and centre.

With the sun setting, and time ticking on, after also experiencing an awesome dub step set from Plastician and P Money in the Rinse tent, it was time for WAX:ON Boys Noize, followed by Radio 1’s Annie Mac.

Both were on fine form, mixing some great records for a packed-out tent, the highlights being Boys Noize ending with his My Moon My Man track, and Annie Mac playing the Ibiza anthem by Stardust – Music Sounds Better! Then ending with a drum and bass and jungle mini-set with a few classics, M BeatIncredible received with a rapturous roar and lots of waving hands! Then into DJ Hype’s classic remix of the Fugees – Ready or Not.

Annie Mac’s five-star performance, coupled with Global’s stage and stunning visuals, meant this tent was jumping, and a great send-off to Global’s Friday night.

Richard Chapman

Creamfields Announce More Acts & Arenas

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Creamfields Announce More Acts & Arenas

Posted on 26 July 2011 by Mizzle

Festival season will soon be upon us and Creamfields have announced even more acts and arenas to their every growing line up.

Having  announced an extra day for campers Creamfields are pulling out all the stops to deliver a jam packed weekend of entertainment. This year includes Strongbow who return with an impressive DJ and Live Music line up all performing under the legendary yellow roof and featuring the best cutting edge talent on the circuit which includes DJ performances from Jaguar Skills, Brodinski, Kissy Sell Out, Zinc, Goldierocks, Louis La Roche, Maxxi Soundsystem, Marc Roberts, Rory Phillips, StopMakingMe, General Jimmy and Mr Paul plus live performances from disco-house legends Retro/Grade, Balearic don Chad Valley, pioneering beatsmith Star Slinger and live dub-step from Dansette Junior. They will also be bringing their Festival Pub Build to the fields of Daresbury in the form of The Graft & The Glory Pub, a unique festival boozer which offers everything a festival reveller could ask for. So whether you want to mingle in the pub, dance stage side or kick back in the pub garden be sure to pop in for a pint!

Other acts just announced include DJ/ Producer and Tiёsto collaborator Hardwell, Dutch DJ/Producer du jour Oliver Twizt who joins Laidback Luke in his Super You&Me Arena and Italo/disco kings Serge Santiago and Tom Neville aka Retro/Grade who return on Sunday for a DJ set joining David Guetta and Afrojack on the Main Stage.

This year we welcome back the Mixmag Future Heroes Arena which will be taking pride of place in an all new ‘Igloo’ structure which offers the ultimate immersive party experience. Mixmag doesn’t just report on the biggest names in dance, they also nurture new talent and break new acts. As part of their commitment to kick-starting the careers of tomorrows headliners they have pulled together some of the most exciting new DJ’s in clubland including D.O.D, Igor Project, Ricochet Musica, Nelly, Anthony Probyn, Jemmy, Ed Mackie, James Dutton plus more.

The IglooVision Arena which first debuted at Glastonbury features a panoramic graphic environment which will be specially adapted in real time to suit the mood and music of the performance. Festival goers will be treated to a 360 degree video wall that comes alive, changing from underwater to flaming hot club scenes – this is as close to becoming ‘Tron’ as you’ll ever get and an audio visual feast not to be missed.

On Sunday IglooVision becomes the Residents Arena which will see performances from some of the UK’s best loved Resident DJ’s including H2, Tim Owen, Adam Helliwell, Anton Powers, Thomas Tuft, Steve Parry, Sean Hughes, Lee Rands, Andy Woods and more. Back by demand is Jägermeister who return with two of their specially concerted ex-military beats, the first of their beasts is the Jäger Rock Truck, which converts into an outdoor stage and will be showcasing performances from the likes of LMP DJ’s, Ellesse, Mark Mac, Paul Nunn & James Glover, Dash, Sam Rice, Zutekh, Denny Dowd, Autophase and more, whilst the second truck The Jägertruck will be the base for festival goers to enjoy an Ice Cold Jäger shot whilst watching and foot tapping to the beat.

Following the announcement of an extra day added for campers, existing 2 day camping ticket holders who wish to upgrade to a 3 day camping ticket are reminded that this is a limited offer, and available on a first come first serve basis and are being urged to contact their ticket agent to upgrade as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Creamfields returns to Daresbury in Cheshire on August Bank Holiday Weekend. For full line up and info go to: www.creamfields.com

The Parklife Weekender 2011

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The Parklife Weekender 2011

Posted on 16 June 2011 by Glenn Tucker

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If I was at all superstitious or had any belief in warnings, signals or omens I might have paid attention to the series of events leading up to my experience at Manchester’s Parklife festival.

How far back I go is irrelevant as I could start with any disaster in the last few weeks but to save your ears and eyes reading mindless drivel I will start with Saturday morning. Having made a well informed decision to leave the car in Birmingham and sack off overpriced trains we booked the ever classy Mega bus as our means of transport to Manchester and back.

A surprisingly early night for a Friday meant we were up and raring to go at 6am on Saturday morning. Being ever organised, or so I thought, we arrived at Digbeth coach station with 20 minutes to spare only to realise our coach left from the other side of Birmingham…

We made it nevertheless and arrived safe and sound in Manchester and passed the time till the festival gates opened at 1 pm. It was at this moment that the heavens also opened, the cold heavens, and some pretty hefty hail started to hammer down on top of us. This was not a great start but better for us who had raincoats than for the guy behind us in a t-shirt and with a bald head. I can still here is screams in my sleep now.

Undeterred, we marched on to the artists bar hoping to catch a glimpse of a few famous faces but finding only three very friendly but bored bar staff and the women in charge of artists liaison whose phone happened to fall into a bucket of water and ice as we arrived leaving her with no way to stay in contact with any of the artists.

With misfortune and hard luck following us everywhere we went it was high time we took this out to the party goers in the various arenas to get an idea of what people thought of Parklife 2011 and how they were coping with the hail and rain.

I have to say the response was more upbeat and enthusiastic than I could have imagined and the general British public does not seem to let any amount of foul weather dampen their spirits or get in the way of having a good time.

Most people we spoke to about who they were here to see reeled of the big names but a couple mentioned some great acts such as Riot Jazz and Chad Valley who provided both diverse and interesting sounds in their sets. For the early part of the day we did manage to find some diversity among many of the tents with a mix of wireless acts that could only be reached by crawling through a series of tunnels, to a beat box and block beat dancer combos.

The experience was starting to pick up and the sun even made a guest appearance to dry us all out.

As the evening approached and we and some newly found friends went in search of some Dub step or Drum n Bass we found many of the dance tents sounding all too similar and the ability to hold a decent conversation inside the tents meant the music was just not loud enough.

It was as these niggles began to become more and more obvious but also as we had just accepted them and started to get on with having a party that the lights came on and the crowds started to disperse to various after parties… at 11pm

It was also at this point that we met a few disgruntled locals who had bought Saturday and Sunday tickets purely because they lived closed by and could nip back home for a snack if they wanted too, only to find out that once you were in there was no exit and re-entry meaning you were forced to live off whatever was on offer within the arena.

Having to leave the site so early also knocked the small amount of enthusiasm that I had left and the thought of trekking back into Manchester for the sake of a few more hours dancing did not make any sense.

Sunday began with a hot, strong cup of coffee as we watched someone’s house and business burn down in the pouring rain and did not seem to pick up much from there onwards. By the time the gates opened at 1:30 pm the fields were drenched and a trickle of people started to enter the site.

With the no re-entry rule the early part of the day was quiet although a few die hard revelers carried on dancing, maybe just to keep warm. As the day drew to a close the site started to fill up but the rain carried on falling and we decided it was about time to get home and dry. Although we would have loved to stay on and reading comments and other views of the festival it seemed like the evening session really picked up we were at the mercy of public transport and our bus back to Birmingham was due.

Overall the atmosphere was good and some big names attracted some upbeat crowds but as the festival seemed so heavily based on the dance genre it just did not carry on long enough. As it is meant to be a city festival it would have been good to see some diversity in the music that might represent the wide range of styles and music genres that a city like Manchester has to offer.

 

Glenn Tucker

Creamfields – Extra day for Campers!

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Creamfields – Extra day for Campers!

Posted on 21 May 2011 by Mizzle

Due to demand, Creamfields has announced a third day and will now open its gates for all you campers on Friday 26th August! Creamfields becoming a 3 day camping event will not only improve ease of access to the site for festivalgoers but there will also be an array of entertainment on offer within the main event site:

*That Mixmag Thing Silent Disco*
Scratch Perverts
Brookes Brothers
Futurebound
Clique DJ’s

*Size Matters Silent Disco*
Screening Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Take One’ Movie
Tim Mason
Third Party

Friday campers will also be able to chill out at the festival’s on-site cinema which will be showing a collection of iconic clubbing films as well as enjoying all the fun of the fair, stalls and more. Access to the event on Friday is limited and only open to festival goers camping at the event. Any existing camping ticket holders wishing to purchase a Friday ticket for £20 (standard) / £30 (hospitality) should contact their ticket agent to book.

Demand from fans to introduce a Friday opening has been high since Creamfields became a two day camping event in 2008. Selling out in record time over the last 2 years, 2011 is already on course to eclipse last year’s success.

So if I were you, I would get booking the Friday ticket so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Visit www.creamfields.com for more info.

Chris Cunningham announced to close The Big Chill

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Chris Cunningham announced to close The Big Chill

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Mizzle

As the festival becomes closer and more acts are announced in the line-up, we have heard from the organisers of this year’s Big Chill Festival that acclaimed video artist Chris Cunningham has been confirmed to close on Sunday at the Deer Park Stage.

Cult film-maker, musician, photographer and producer Chris Cunningham is responsible for some of the most iconic music videos ever made, amongst a myriad of other accomplishments.

He has been dubbed ‘Dangerously ahead of his time’ by The Guardian and ‘A startlingly original visual artist’ by The Telegraph. On the back of a sold out show at the Royal Festival Hall in May last year and recent collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron and Grace Jones, Cunningham returns to the stage this summer.

He will be closing the Deer Park Stage on Sunday, following the set by headliners Rodrigo y Gabriela. Cunningham will create a sight and sound spectacular, bringing The Big Chill to a close in true style.

Sonisphere organisers reveal day ticket ballot

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Sonisphere organisers reveal day ticket ballot

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Mizzle

Organisers of this year’s Sonisphere have announced that due to overwhelming demand for the festival they have revealed that they have a limited number of tickets available through a ballot scheme for the lucky few.

The day tickets will be on sale through THE POWER BALLOT scheme where people who apply for tickets will be given an equal chance making is as fair as possible.

Those who want to register should sign up at www.sonispherefestivals.com/uk before the end of play on May 23rd, which is when the ballot closes.

Organisers recommend applying for weekend tickets rather than entering for three seprate days as it works out cheaper and the whole festival can be experienced. Entering the scheme is not limited and people can enter as many times as they like to increase their chances of obtaining tickets.

Those lucky enough to obtain tickets through the ballot system will be notified by email by May 25th and will be told where and how they can purchase their tickets with a maximum number of four tickets allowed per person costing £80 per day per ticket plus the booking fee.

The festival will play host to some of the biggest names in rock so why not get your entries in as many times as possible as it promises to be one of the best festivals set for this summer!

Electric Carnival – Birmingham Street Festival

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Electric Carnival – Birmingham Street Festival

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Mizzle

This is Birmingham’s Biggest Street Festival, apart from the St Patricks day Parade. ‘Electric Carnival’ will be opening its gates on Saturday 4th June at 8pm where you will see half of Digbeth shut off from the public for one night. You’ll find the music and attractions in warehouses, marquees, HMV Institute, railway arches, art galleries and loads of other unique spaces being transformed with state of the art sound and visual production for over 80 DJs and Live Acts. Electric Carnival covers a lot of music genre from House, electro, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, funky to Hip hop, Pop, Electroclash, Garage and any subgenre you can think of all in one place for one night.

Electric Carnival describe itself as ‘An inner city musical playground utilising the many wonderful spaces and stunning architecture that can be found in Digbeth’s prime alternative entertainment district.’

Last year Annie Mac, Calvin Harris & Chase & Status made my birthday outing complete! So what do they have in store for us this year?

Chase & Status, Annie Mac, Example, Professor Green, Benga, Sub Focus, Kissy Sell Out and many more.

This year in Area 12 you’ll find ‘Open Decks’ Yes, they are giving budding DJ’s the opportunity to join in on the Electric Carnival action! So if you have Mic Skills then you should get yourself over to Area 14. ‘Kool Karaoke’ this is where you can show off your skills in front of an audience!

So if you are looking for a fun filled night of dancing till the sun rises and checking out the talent, then head over to the Electric Carnival site to find out more information.