Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige to perform at Super Bowl

Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J Blige are among five multi-award-winning artists set to perform at next year’s Super Bowl.

Taking place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, 13th February 2022, Superbowl LVI will also feature halftime appearances by Eminem and his long-time mentor, Dr. Dre.

“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl LVI half-time show, and to do it in my own back yard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”

Super Bowl LVI marks the first time the event has taken place in Los Angeles in 30 years.

Joining legendary halftime acts such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Prince and Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – performed solo, backed up by a choir, band and dancers at Super Bowl LV back in February.

Back in June, it was revealed that Dr. Dre was opening a new high school in Los Angeles alongside record executive Jimmy Iovine.

Tame Impala, Kraftwerk, Jamie xx top 2022 lineup for Rock en Seine

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After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, Rock en Seine will be making its return to the Château de Saint-Cloud’s Park next August. The 2022 iteration of the famed rock festival has unveiled a star-studded lineup with headliners Tame Impala, Jamie xx, Stromae, Kraftwerk, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Notably, Rock en Seine has shared that the program will include an extra day of music to make up for “lost time.” The French event will take place August 25 – 28, just west of Paris.

FKJ, Le Femme, and The Blaze, among others, are also billed for the 2022 installment. View the festival’s official lineup below and purchase tickets here.

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New report finds nearly 100,000 UK nightlife professionals lost jobs to COVID-19

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A new study conducted by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has found that 86,000 of those working in the UK‘s nightlife industry have lost their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also measured the significance of nightlife’s economic contribution prior to the pandemic, with 425,000 jobs across the country in 2018 making up 1.6% of the UK’s GDP valued at £36.4 billion. Speaking to the impact of the sector, NTIA CEO, Michael Kill, stated,

“After the 2008 economic crisis, it was hospitality that led the recovery, driving other forms of job creation and economic activity—the night time economy was a big part of that. The same can be true of this economic crisis, and clearly—on the basis of the evidence we present today—the night time economy will once again need to be at the heart of the recovery.”

The report found that the UK economy had lost 2% of its jobs between Q1 of 2020 and Q2 of 2022. The most affected were the food and accommodation segments which lost 20% of its positions. Christian Wakeford MP, CoChair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy, said in the report,

“As COVID-19 has ravaged the sector, it is important, now more than ever, to recognize the significance of nightlife industries; this report is a timely contribution to the policy debate in this area. As we look to rebuild from the devastation of the pandemic, we must not leave this vital sector behind.”

Rekom UK’s CEO, Peter Marks, also echoed encouragement towards the return of nightlife as countries ease lockdown, sharing in the report,

“Given the spectacular return of our guests to our clubs, at record levels for a summer, it just goes to show how important we are in the minds of young adults and how much we have been missed. We provide something different from the pubs, the big clubbing experience. We employ over 2,000 young adults, many of which will be their first jobs. Economically we are also significant. As we employ large numbers of people, coupled with alcohol tax we are extremely profitable for the treasury too, with 33p in the pound going to government.

“Clubs and dancing venues have been around in one form or another for 100 years, and there is no reason they cannot adapt and thrive for another 100.”


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Dean Blunt shares new video, ‘Urban Hymns’: Watch

It comprises previously-released tracks ‘MUGU’ and ‘Stoozy’

Brian Coney

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – 12:52

Dean Blunt has shared a new video.

Comprising two tracks – ‘MUGU’ from Blunt’s recent LP ‘Black Metal 2’ and ‘Stoozy’ featuring A$AP Rocky – the visual accompaniment to ‘Urban Hymns’ comes with one simple instruction: “play w speakers”. Watch it below.

The follow-up to 2014’s landmark ‘Black Metal’, the 10-track ‘Black Metal 2’ was released via Rough Trade back in June. Check it out  here.

London artist Blunt has released several albums and mixtapes since 2011. He has also released music as Babyfather and as one-half of Hype Williams with Inga Copeland.

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86,000 jobs lost due to Covid in nightlife sector, new report finds

86,000 jobs have been lost in the nightlife sector due to COVID-19.

As revealed in a new report by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), the UK’s nighttime cultural economy has been severely affected by the pandemic.

To put the impact of these losses into context, the report also showed for the first time that the value of the UK’s nighttime economy equated to 1.6% – or £36.4 billion – in 2019. That’s the equivalent of 425,000 jobs across the UK.

“We are pleased to be able to present today this important and timely piece of work quantifying, for the first time, the size of the night time economy in the UK,” said Michael KIll of the NTIA in a statement. “Important, because in my 25-year career working in UK nightlife, it has always struck me as so odd that we did not have a proper accounting of the value of this important sector. Today’s report puts that right, and is long overdue.”

“It is crucial the Chancellor use the upcoming Budget to support this beleaguered sector,” he continued. “We are calling for him to extend the 12.5% rate of VAT on hospitality until 2024, include door sales in that reduced rate of VAT, because the present system punishes nightclubs that rely on door sales rather than selling tickets, and for him to ensure there are no increases in Alcohol Duties – our sector really cannot afford any additional burdens.”

Kill also said that “it is the worst possible time to introduce vaccine passports, which will further damage a sector essential to the economic recovery”.

Back in June – the same month a new campaign was launched to support the Northern Irish night-time economy – the NTIA warned that 1 in 4 nightlife businesses would close within a month without government support.   economy.

An immersive acid house exhibition is opening in Coventry next month

A new multi-media exhibition will explore Coventry’s house music scene.

Set to take place at a secret location in the city across 11th-28th November, House is a Feeling is an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition that traces before, during and after the arrival of house music and ecstasy in the city, from 1985 to 1993.

Presented in the form of a series of corridors and curated themed rooms, the exhibition – which is produced Adi Dowling of Daylight Robbery in collaboration with artists, DJs and those involved in the scene from the very beginning – takes in everything from transformational theatre and audio documentaries, to artist moving image and laser projections.

At the heart of House is a Feeling is its exploration of the impact and legacy of electronic dance music and emerging youth cultures at a time of heightened social injustice, racism and violence. The exhibition includes new works including ‘No Black in the Union Jack’, ‘Fractured City’, ‘Sound System Coventry’, ‘Racism’ and ‘Graffiti’.

“This is a historical documentation of one of the most important cultural movements of the 20th century and maps the journey of a youth revolution that took over the world,” says Dowling. “The amazing thing was this was brought together by black, brown and white street kids who had nothing but each other.”

Tickets for the exhibition can be bought here, priced £6 (Fridays and Saturdays) and pay what you wish (Thursdays and Sundays). 

The Darkest Timeline 2.0 For Ornament & Crime Hemispheres

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This video, via SynthDad, takes a look at The Darkest Timeline 2.0, an app for the Hemisphere firmware for the Ornament & Crime multi-function synth module.

The Darkest Timeline is a complex sequencer which can do MIDI to CV and CV to MIDI conversion as well.

Video Summary:

“In this tutorial, I explain what Darkest Timeline is, how it works, and how to use it in patches. I’ll also show how you can use it to record CV from other modules or from a keyboard like the Arturia Keystep, and even to send MIDI into a DAW. There’s a lot to cover!”

Topics covered:

00:00 Introduction
00:29 A quick tour of Darkest Timeline
02:31 How to save a sequence
03:08 Settings, MIDI channels and scale quantisation
03:28 First patch – let’s sequence some notes!
05:39 Alternate timeline – exploring the parallel sequencers in the alternate output
06:44 How to record pitch CV for notes in the sequencer
08:13 How to record probability CV for notes
10:00 Recording notes I play on a keyboard – Arturia Keystep
11:03 Using a mod strip to send note probability
11:55 Alternate timeline from the Keystep
12:28 Take a Techno Break!
12:48 How to connect a USB cable
13:30 Sending MIDI notes from Darkest Timeline over USB
14:18 Tips and Tricks and things I didn’t get to cover
15:27 Conclusions

Boiler Room acquired by ticketing platform DICE

UK-based ticketing and streaming company DICE has acquired Boiler Room for an undisclosed amount.

The deal comes as DICE looks to make a break into the market of hosting ticketed live streams of events, with the company recently securing $122 million in investment from venture capitalist organisation SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. The fund was launched in 2019 to invest in technology start-ups.

Announcing the partnership, Phil Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Dice, said: “I’ve been a fan of Boiler Room for years and they’re world leading in bringing incredible experiences to fans. Blaise [Belville, Boiler Room CEO] and I have been discussing for over a year how to support artists better and the more we spoke, the more excited we were to work together. The combination of Boiler Room with the distribution and technology of DICE creates substantial opportunities in a sustainable, transparent and fair model.”

Boiler Room’s Blaise Belville commented: “My experience when talking to Phil was inspiring and he immediately recognised how important Boiler Room is, and how much potential we have. I believe deeply that the best way for Boiler Room to evolve is by partnering with a company that values what we are today, and provides the tools we need to grow into the future – we play to our strengths and they to theirs. DICE’s belief in ‘powering’ us but allowing Boiler Room to remain our own independent entity, all of this will enable us to move into a new era and be the best version of ourselves.”

It’s believed that Boiler Room will retain its current staff base, and continue to operate from its London office.

Charlotte de Witte releases new EP, ‘Asura’: Listen

All three of the EP’s tracks were debuted in her recent Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1

Christian Eede

Monday, October 11, 2021 – 13:01

Charlotte de Witte has released a new EP via her own KNTXT label.

Titled ‘Asura’, the EP is comprised of three tracks, which were all featured in her Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 in September. 

“With ‘Asura’ EP I’m trying to give you a little insight into my musical influences by going back to my roots,” de Witte said. “We’re speaking about a young Charlotte who, about 12 / 13 years ago, got indulged in the world of electronic music by going to her first underground clubs and raves.

“From electro and techno to acid core and hardcore to psytrance. This EP flirts with the soundscapes of the latter.”

You can check out the full EP below.

The release of ‘Asura’ follows on from de Witte and Enrico Sanguiliano’s updated on ’90s trance classic ‘The Age Of Love’, which was released in August.

She also announced a series of VR-based performances in collaboration with Sensorium Galaxy in July.