New outdoor London venue, Between The Bridges, to open this month

Erol Alkan, Gilles Peterson, Nabihah Iqbal and more are scheduled to play the new outdoor space

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – 12:34

A new outdoor venue will open in London this month, Between The Bridges. 

Welcoming guests from Thursday 27th May, just in time for the month’s second long weekend and public holiday, the address is situated on the River Thames’ Queen’s Walk, on the South Bank between Waterloo and Westminster bridges. 

The team responsible are promising live music and DJs from the city’s plentiful talent pool, themed market stalls and drag brunches, all set within the UK capital’s largest outdoor drinking area. Artists confirmed for dates in June and July include Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Phantasy don Erol Alkan, Worldwide FM boss Gilles Peterson and Nabihah Iqbal. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Raw Silk, Crazy P and Savage Disco are also involved. For more details head to the official website

The news is the latest announcement that shows the city’s cultural calendar is ready to return, including new open-air space The Lot at Hackney Wick’s HWK and Canning Town venue Ernie’s Yard. Yesterday the UK government confirmed indoor hospitality would resume as planned from Monday 17th May, bolstering hopes that spaces such as nightclubs will receive the green light for events as of 21st June.  

Modal Electronics’ Skulpt SE Synth Now Shipping

Modal Electronics let us know that the SKULPTsynth SE is now available.

The SKULPTsynth SE is an updated version of the SKULPT synth that they improves on the original with improved readability and build quality. Like the original SKULPT, the SE has a powerful synth engine for a mobile device, with four-voice polyphony, up to 8 oscillators per voice, MPE support and more.

In tandem with the retail availability of SKULPTsynth SE, Modal Electronics has also released a SKULPTsynthesiser firmware update, featuring a raft of workflow enhancements plus poly-chain support, in mixed configurations with the SKULPTsynth SE.

Pricing and Availability:

SKULPTsynth SE is available now. Suggested retail prices are £169.99 (UK, incl. VAT), 199.99 € (incl. 20% VAT) and $199.99 (US MAP).

The new Firmware is available via MODALapp.

£6 million campaign for London live music, culture, hospitality, more launched by Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan has set out plans for a £6million campaign to help support live music, culture and hospitality in London this summer, among other sectors beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Announced just after being sworn in for a second term in office as Mayor of London, Khan’s proposals aim to safeguard and create jobs in industries decimated by COVID-19. The so-called Let’s Do It initiative also promises “the best summer London’s ever seen”, with a huge range of events comprising one huge push for domestic tourism.

“The last 15 months have been incredibly tough,” Khan told Time Out Magazine in an exclusive interview yesterday. “I also recognise not just the intrinsic enjoyment we get from retail, culture, and hospitality, but that one in five jobs in London are in those areas.” 

Let’s Do It involves a long list of ideas and initiatives, including plans for a city-wide outdoor art exhibition involving work by Es Devlin and Yonka Ilori, with David Hockney already having unveiled early work in the form of a redesigned Piccadilly Circus Tube Station sign. 

Last September, Khan also pledged £450,000 of additional support for grassroots venues in London to ease the pressures caused by the pandemic. Despite this, ongoing statements from the UK Nighttime Industries Association paint a stark picture of the country’s clubs and concert spaces. In February its study found 80% were at risk of permanent closure, figures backed up by an All Party Parliamentary Group warning that UK nightlife faces “extinction”  without adequate Government intervention. Currently, non-seating music events in England are planned to return from 21st June in line with the timeline for easing lockdown. 

Firefly Festival reignites with electric lineup featuring Diplo, Tame Impala, REZZ, Madeon, and more

Firefly Festival reignites with electric lineup featuring Diplo, Tame Impala, REZZ, Madeon, and moreEelh3MrVAAEs1uo

Festival lineups have been rolling out with a fierce tenacity these past few weeks, as concert-goers are finally seeing dancefloors open up across the globe once more. After announcing in March that Firefly would postpone their yearly celebration for the fall, the festival has finally released its lineup, and the event is pulling out all the stops with a top-notch talent roster booked for 2021.

Offering headliners such as Tame Impala, Billie Eilish, The Killers, and Lizzo, the Firefly lineup is already off to an inordinate start. While still incorporating names from last year’s cancelled lineup such as Diplo, blackbear, Big Wild, and more, the 2021 edition has obtained new performers as well, locking in REZZ, SLANDER, Madeon, Lost Frequencies, Sofi Tukker, to name a few.

The festival will take place in Dover, Delaware on September 23 – 26, the same dates as New York City’s Governor’s Ball, with a few overlapping performances. Presale tickets begin on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. EST while general sale tickets will be available Monday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Register for the presale here

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‘HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1’ is Cheat Codes as we know and love them—lively conductors of dance-pop crossovers

‘HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1’ is Cheat Codes as we know and love them—lively conductors of dance-pop crossoversCredit David Higgs 4

After cultivating a cheeky, frequently dance-pop-facing catalog in past years, it very well could be said that Cheat Codes‘ debut LP HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1 was a project years in the making, as the outfit increasingly learned the characteristics of their own sound following the “Pretty Girl” remix that put them on the map in 2017. So, Dancing Astronaut will say just that; HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1 is a long-form that emerges as the mature sum of KEVI (Kevin Ford/prince$$ rosie), Trevor Dahl, and Matthew Russell‘s experiences at the helm of dance-pop convergence, even though the making of the 11 songs that the album spans were not in progress since 2017.

With an A-list array of guest cameos calling forth Tinashe, Marc E. Bassy, Bryce Vine, CXLOE, AJ Mitchell, Au/Ra, and Lil Xxel, HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1 is largely localized within the sometimes barefaced but always fresh pop-toeing terrain in which Cheat Codes have so often staked their flag. A sing-a-long-friendly collection of catchy hooks, beats well-suited to windows-down drives, and synergistic features, HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1 offers listeners an unprecedentedly extended look at one of Cheat Codes enduring strengths: their ability to capture and immortalize the feeling of what it is to be young—in all of its conflicting emotions, exhilaration, uncertainty, nostalgia, and reflection-laced glory—in musical form.

As the “Pt. 1” in the LP’s title indicates, though Cheat Codes took their time to reach the debut album benchmark in the context of their career, it’s far from their last. HELLRAISERS, Pt. 1 appeals to the dance-pop palates that KEVI, Dahl, and Russell have so consistently whet and satiated since dance music’s decade past, but the second and third installments in the HELLRAISERS series will be largely influenced by KEVI’s hip-hop inclinations and Russell’s dance penchants, respectively. A satiating soundtrack to the summer evenings now nearly upon us, streamers can be expected to come back like boomerangs to the trio’s long-awaited LP. Hear it below.

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Premiere: Dominik Eulberg seeks serenity with dazzling new remix of Marino Canal

Premiere: Dominik Eulberg seeks serenity with dazzling new remix of Marino CanalDominik Eulberg Dancing Astronaut

Jeremy Olander‘s Vivrant imprint continues to impress with its global roster, adding the accolades of Germany’s Dominik Eulberg to the party with a hazy new remix of Marino Canal‘s “Lost Souls Seeking Comfort.”

Eulberg’s remix breathes new life into Marino Canal’s 2019 label debut, spinning the progressive house original into a slow-burning dance floor melodrama, making the most of the veteran producer’s organic fluttering percussion and delicately placed synthwork along the way. Vivrant fans will quickly notice that the track strays from the Swedish label’s club-ready house sound, but it’s Eulberg’s whimsically enchanting atmosphere that allows his latest release to truly hit the mark.

The new release also features remixes from Baime and Afterlife‘s Coeus, and is out everywhere on May 14. Pre-save the entire EP here, and listen to an early, full-length preview of Dominik Eulberg’s remix of Marino Canal’s “Lost Souls Seeking Comfort” below, only on Dancing Astronaut.

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Winter Music Conference announces full program for digital event 2021

Miami’s Winter Music Conference has announced its full program for a digital event running on 20th and 21st May 2021. 

Keynote speakers for the two days of panels, music and tech showcases include Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, revered DJs Junior Sanchez and Marshall Jefferson, and NWA member-turned-tech entrepreneur Arabian Prince. 

Delivered on the Hop-In virtual platform, brands such as Pioneer DJ, Spotify, Beatport, Discogs, Tribe XR, Point Blank, Soundcloud, Viberate and Blockparty are also involved. 

Subjects including the future of VR, streaming and music discovery, tech collaborations, and the need to rebuild the live events sector are all on the schedule for discussion. DJ Mag’s Digital Tech Editor, Declan McGlynn, will moderate a session on NFTs — read his in-depth feature on the latest blockchain phenomena everyone from Calvin Harris and Gorrillaz to Aphex Twin and Jacques Greene have been experimenting with. 

Elsewhere attendees will find a Havoc label showcase, short video screenings, and a chance to watch Larry’s Garage, a full-length documentary looking at seminal New York venue Paradise Garage. Networking rooms will also be available in the form of The DJ and Producers Lounge, The Blockchain Lounge, The VR / Live Stream Lounge and The Data Lovers Lounge. 5th Dimension, the virtual crew showcasing electronic music labels and artists, will host the official after party on Twitch. For full details head to WMC online

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo eases restrictions on large concert venues

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo eases restrictions on large concert venuesOutdoor Concert Crowd

On May 19, New York governor Andrew Cuomo will “significantly” ease COVID-19 restrictions on indoor and outdoor attendance capacities, according to a new update on Cuomo’s website. Beginning mid-May, the indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people. The outdoor residential gathering limit, previously set at 25 people, will be lifted, reverting to the former social gathering limit of 500 people.

Social distancing guidelines must continue to be observed. Gatherings that exceed these social limits will be allowed to take place only if all individuals older than four-years-old present proof of full vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result, per Cuomo’s announcement.

Importantly, large-scale indoor events will be cleared to proceed at 30% capacity on May 19. Previously, events were only permitted to operate at 10% capacity. Events situated at large outdoor venues can host attendees at a 33% capacity. Social distancing, mask wearing, and proof of full vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result continue to be required at these venue-based events.

In his update, Cuomo said,

“The tide is turning against COVID-19 in New York, and thanks to our increasing vaccination rates, as well as our successful, data-based regional approach, we’re able to take more steps to reopen our economy, help businesses and workers, and keep moving towards returning to normal. Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers and our partners in government, we are now able to increase capacity limits for businesses, event venues and residences to reflect what we’re seeing in the COVID data. Maintaining this progress is critical and in order to keep moving in a positive direction, New Yorkers must continue to take all the proper precautions. If we let up now, we could slide backwards and that is something nobody wants.”


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Boys Noize resurrects ruptured audio files to share ‘All I Want’ with Jake Shears

Boys Noize resurrects ruptured audio files to share ‘All I Want’ with Jake ShearsBoys Noize Rukes We Rave You

On his fourth single of the calendar year, “All I Want,” Boys Noize enlists the unmistakable vocals of Scissor Sisters‘ frontman Jake Shears for a modern take on Chicago house. Propagated by Defected Records, “All I Want” arrives as an audiovisual pairing, with a music video directed by none other than Dan Streit, the visionary behind Diplo‘s Grammy-nominated collaboration with SIDEPIECE, “On My Mind.”

“All I Want” originated years ago as an informal collaboration showcased at one of Shears’ reputable apartment parties. Understandably, the demo electrified the dance floor that night, only to be wiped out by a broken hard drive. Years later, Boys Noize recovered and restructured the ruptured audio files, renewing and modernizing the house cut in all its former glory. The Hamburg, Germany-born house authority explained,

“I was in NYC, working with Jake Shears on the Scissor Sisters album when the original idea for ‘All I Want’ came up. We made a very basic demo and I played at his annual Monkey Island party at his place. There was a full sound system, fog machine and lasers inside his loft and the place was jammed with Jake’s crazy friends. I dropped the demo we made that day and it went off! The Police came in that exact moment and shut down the party. We knew then we had made something special but I never managed to finish that demo up until a few years later when I recovered most of the files from a broken hard drive.” 

Stream the official, vanity-satirizing music video for ‘All I Want’ below.

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Akai Professional MPC One Retro Pairs Modern Features With Old-School Style

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Akai Professional today introduced the MPC One Retro, a new version of the MPC One that combines modern MPC features with old-school MPC styling.

The MPC One Retro features modern MPC functionality, including MPC plugin instruments, insert effects plugins from AIR Music Tech, a 7″ Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen, USB, DIN MIDI, CV/Gate support and an SD card slot. It also can be used as a controller for the included MPC2 – a DAW application that offers 128-track sequencing, real-time time stretching, MIDI editing, clip launching, Ableton Link support and more.


  • Limited Edition retro colorway chassis and gray MPC pads
  • All the features of the MPC One Standalone (No Computer Required)
  • Standalone music production center with 4GB onboard storage
  • Fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and legacy hardware
  • Comes loaded with loops and samples created by industry-leading sound designers
  • Load up your own custom samples via SD card or USB
  • 7″ touchscreen allows you to edit and chop samples via gestures
  • 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for programming beats and playing melodies
  • Includes instruments including DrymSynth, Electric, TubeSynth, Bassline, and AIR FX mixing and mastering processors
  • USB controller input allows you to play sounds with your favorite controller keyboard
  • 8 CV/Gate outputs for controlling modular synthesizers
  • MIDI I/O for integrating synthesizers, drum machines, and other hardware
  • Stereo line-level inputs and outputs on 1/4″ TRS connections
  • USB-A port for thumb drives or control surfaces

Pricing and Availability:

The MPC One Retro is available now for $899.