A selection of stunning photographs taken by Mina Bihi at the “Everisland: Aquaria” event, at the Williamson Tunnels Liverpool.
A selection of stunning photographs taken by Mina Bihi at the “Everisland: Aquaria” event, at the Williamson Tunnels Liverpool.
The third and final instalment in my guide to surviving a week in the sheltered warmth of an all inclusive holiday.
6. Threaten people
Some of us don’t have a conventional sense of humour, choosing to take pleasure in threatening and sarcastic behaviour that may be misunderstood by those around us. The result of this being immense entertainment for us, watching as your peers squirm and cower away in fright, disgust and sheer distraught from the words/actions we may have performed in their company.
To test the staff on their commitment to the job and their guests, here are a few simple ideas you can use on holiday to determine whether or not the staff deserve your £10 tip at the end of the week.
Ask for a glass of water at the bar. A simple task for anyone to perform. Isn’t it? Hand the bar worker a thermometer and give very strict instructions that this water must be 3c. Not 1, 2 or 4, but 3. Slowly explain to the bar staff that you have a rare genetic heart condition that means any liquid that enters your body and is higher or lower than 3c, will kill you. Help the bar worker understand the importance of this task by using some miming gestures to act out how any water other than 3c will have dire consequences. Use a lot of waggling finger moves to demonstrate the life or death necessity of 3c. Watch the bar worker break into a sweat as they fiddle with the glass of water, attempting to add more or less ice cubes to determine the temperature of the water.
Once the worker is adamant your water is to the right degree, sit at the bar and slowly gulp the water down. Look them straight in the eye as you do it. Then once you’ve finished your refreshing glass of water, slowly get up from the bar stool and begin to walk away. After making three, maybe four steps; dramatically collapse onto the floor and start writhing around. For added authenticity to your ‘allergic reaction’, slip some soap into your mouth and pretend to start foaming. After a good few minutes of dramatic wriggling on the floor, lie perfectly still with your eyes glazed over. The bar worker won’t know whats hit them!!
A good trick to play in the restaurant (shit buffet) is politely requesting a north west facing table. Bring a compass with you, and slowly walk around the restaurant with it held out, searching for the ideal table. Tell your waiter that any table that isn’t facing north west, will result in you having anxiety attacks (you have a rare condition which means you are intolerant to eating whilst facing certain positions). Once you’ve finally found a table that seems to fit your needs, daintily perch on the seat. Wait until your waiter has left, before erupting into a screaming fit of rage and panic. Pretend you’re having a panic attack and make noises implying you are gasping for air, drop to the floor and grab the table cloth (and table-ware along with it).
A favourite threat of mine is using Tripadvisor reviews as an incentive for hotel staff to provide their best service. Remind them that you’re writing a review of the hotel in your head as you speak, and will be quick to pick up on any hospitality faults the hotel and its workers has. Everytime a worker is delayed in providing you with food or a drink, sit and time them with a stop watch, before getting out your little note book and writing the exact timings of your encounter. Write various notes about your service, gently moistening your finger before turning the page in your notepad and resting your pen behind your ear. The hotel staff will see your hotel critic swagger from miles away, and your notorious pen and paper will be something to be feared of. After your dreadful stay ends, your legend will grow on through your 2000 word Trip Advisor review, complete with blurry iPhone pics and poor grammar.
I hope my guide will somehow come in handy in the future. For now, this is goodbye and my travel tales will live on in memory of the food poisoning and suffered sleeping pattern of my all inclusive hell.
PHIL NORRIS x BENJY PRESCOTT
Visuals created as an installation in response to a project based around the concept of light.
Thursday the 20th March sees the return of Liverpool’s DEEP party, this time with one of the house music scene’s fastest rising stars; Weiss.
After huge success in 2013, Weiss was championed by the likes of Groove Armada, Richie Hawtin, DJ Sneak and Loco Dice, with his hit single “My Sister” premiering on B-Traits’ BBC Radio 1 show. He also put up a fight in the Beatport charts, remaining in the top ten for over four months which led to countless gigs all over Europe.
Weiss has invested his infatuation with all forms of music into his work, embracing inspiration from the likes of Kariya, Shades Of Rhythm, Kate Busy and 808 State and Chic within his professional audio skills. The “Weiss City” series has proven to be a worldwide hit, attracting attention from house legend Green Velvet that personally asked him to remix “Robots”, resulting in another chart topping track.
Continuing its ethos to push the boundaries of house music, DEEP has already seen Made to Play’s Jesse Rose play at the club in St. Peters Square. Support for this show comes from Cream legend Andy Mac, founder of LoLife Lauren Lo Sung and Gareth Cheshire, twice winner of the Circus DJ competition.
Thursday 20th March
Revolution St Peter’s Square, St Peters Square, Fleet Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ -
Lauren Lo Sung
10pm – 2am
Whether you’re looking for celestial music to fit your slumber session, accompany your lazy day inside while the raindrops hit your window, soundtrack your lovemaking or just to vibe to feeling hella chill, this SWITCHED compilation is unlikely to disappoint. However, if it does, you’re probably not blasting it loud enough nor have you increased the bass on your sub-woofer to it’s full extent.
These electro-friendly tracks are not necessarily new but they certainly accompany each other well on a great set of speakers and are not set to outdate. Prepare to enter an overwhelming tidal wave of dreaminess courtesy of SWITCHED.
1) MARVIN GAYE // SEXUAL HEALING (KYGO REMIX)
2) JEREMIH // FUCK U ALL THE TIME (SHLOHMO REMIX)
3) FKA TWIGS // WATER ME
4) BANKS // BRAIN
5) MARIAH CAREY // TOUCH MY BODY (CYRIL HAHN REMIX)
A selection of Feminist artworks by Benjy Prescott, taken from a Fine Art portfolio prepared for the University application process. Focusing on imagery unnecessarily considered disturbing; this selection of work experiments with nudity, the uterus and menstruation, depicting various feminist statements.
You can access more of the portfolio here
A consistent name on the underground house and techno scene in Liverpool, Kydus has been around for a while with past residencies at Peach, co-Founder of &us, and an upcoming residency at Liverpool’s newest house outlet “Social Club” in March. He’s played everywhere in Liverpool, from legally questionable raves in abandoned car washes to renovated garages in the Baltic Triangle. Kydus has two releases with Circus Recordings this upcoming year. Having had releases with Under No Illusion Recordings and Gramophonedize’s Disko Zoo Records, Kydus already has a strong withstanding name in the underground Liverpool community we all know and love.
So Kydus, introduce yourself to our readers!
Hey Switched and hey readers, hope all of you are well!
How did you first get into house and techno music, was there ever a label or artist that influenced you to start making your own music? And did you begin producing or Djing first?
Music has always been in my life since an early age, I love all aspects of music, I first started djing at the age of 13 and started working the Liverpool’s clubs and bars at 16, god I feel old haha.
I got into producing about 8 years ago when Liverpool’s bars and clubs played commercial dance music. I have always been influenced by house and techno music, and was a big fan of Eric Morillo and Carl Cox - which I still am now.
What was your first setup? How does that differ to your current setup? Do you feel the progression and change of setups clearly shows how you’ve matured as an artist over the years?
Technology these days is amazing, I have produced on Cubase since day one. Friends of mine produce on Ableton, Logic but I like my old skool roots. I’m definitely still learning the trade eight years on.
Tell us about your residency at Peach, when did this start and how long have you been a resident there for? What’s been your favourite Peach event so far?
I first played for Peach on Boxing night 2012, I think it was because I was different with my sets which was what led Kev and John at Peach to make me a resident. They have come on so much since their first parties four years ago and wow, they were good. My favourite Peach event by far was with Mladen Tomic. He was on my radar from when I became a resident so I made it my mission to get the lads to book him.
You’ve also played for &US which takes place at The Garage in Liverpool, the next event being the 8th March with Camelphat, this venue is also the new home for Peach. What do you enjoy most about playing in the Garage, is there a certain atmosphere created by the regular attendees and how do you feel this differs from playing in other venues in town?
&Us was an idea I had last year, it’s become like a family now. There are loads of amazing events in the city so thought I need to get involved in my own event, which I run with two of my closest friends. Camelphat are headlining our next event, alongside myself and the &us residents.
I can remember the first time I saw the garage, which was before it had even opened. The lads showed me what they had planned and I was blown away. I’ve got so much love for this venue as you can probably tell when I play there.
Yousef also seems to be a fan of your work, playing your tracks at Circus in Liverpool on various occasions. Tell us about your release on Circus Recordings, how that came about and how it feels to release on such a popular label in Liverpool.
I still have to pinch myself to be honest! Having my releases come out on such an established big label such as Circus is a dream for me. I’ve only been back in the studio the past 14 months. It’s crazy to be fair, Yousef is a hero to most of the people from Liverpool on the underground scene and to think that he’s behind what I do is just amazing.
I teamed up with a friend of mine Ki Creighton, our first track we made “We Get Things Started” was the first track that Circus signed and the EP is now complete, set for release this summer.
My solo release “Free Spirit” is due soon and to have it come out on Circus Recordings is just amazing, the track means so much to me.
You’ve also released on Under No Illusion and Disko Zoo, what do you enjoy the most about working with these labels and why?
Both labels have been amazing and I look forward to working with them both for many years to come.
For aspiring DJs and producers that are also based in Liverpool, is there any advice you can give? How can they create a name for themselves within the community?
Sure, KEEP POSITIVE! Positivity is a big thing for me, people make mistakes in life, I’ve made many mistakes! But no regrets! I just wish I had done some things differently. Keep away from negativity, be yourself and go with what you feel is right.
Tell us about your upcoming EP on Under No Illusion Recording’s with Ki Creighton, which has already attracted support from Yousef, Tensnake and Richie Hawtin. What was your vision for this EP and how have you found working with Ki? Do you feel the release of this EP could be the start of something big?
The Kydus & Ki Creighton Phase One EP came about four months ago. It was the 10th release with UNI so Ki wanted to do something special, we went with a darker edge for “Coming On Strong”, but then thought let’s give it something a bit different with the old skool feel piano and it worked really well. “Zulu” being more of a main room tribal track.
The feedback has been amazing on the EP so far and I do feel this could be the start of something amazing for myself and Ki, so fingers crossed.
Can you name 5 of your favourite tracks at the moment?
1. Reboot - Sansom (Original Mix) Circus Recordings
2. Madvim - Favela (Kydus & Ki Creighton Remix) Under No Illusion
3. David Glass & Kydus - The Rhytm (Original Mix) UNSIGNED
4. Kydus - Give It (Original Mix) UNSIGNED
5. Kydus & Ki Creighton - Our House (Original Mix) Circus Recordings
And finally, what’s in store for 2014? Aside from the release of your EP, are there any big events/news coming up for Kydus and friends?
Nothing but beats for me! Myself and David Glass have just finished a EP which is sounding rather cool and we have loads more to come.
&us have some big plans in the coming months so I hope to be seeing you lot at the events and at my new residency Social Club. Peace.
SWITCHED Guest Mix 009: Assheton
A continuation from my previous article on how to survive an all inclusive holiday.
3. Source out the free wi-fi
What’s a holiday if nobody knows you’re there? Are you even on holiday if you haven’t tagged yourself at the airport on face book, tweeted your location and posted a few instagrams of the beach at sunset? Track down the free wi-fi, wave your phone in the air, beg the reception staff for the password, do everything you can possibly do until you can literally taste the glorious fibre optic connection. Basque in it. Enjoy every living moment of it. Roll about on the floor of the lobby with a creepy smile on your face, rubbing your phone (or tablet if your parents neglected you of an iPhone) up and down your chest, make soft purring noises in delight as you feel your phone’s temperature rise as it frantically struggles to refresh the internet page. People may walk past and watch, but don’t worry. It’s only in jealousy that they haven’t managed to crack the code to access the foundation of golden social youth and internet connection. Make sure every single person back at home knows what a great time you’re having, you must be having such a fantastic break it’s only natural that you’d like to share it with your peers! Access that Skype account you abandoned 3 years ago to video chat with distant relatives you’ve seen once in the past decade, even take a whack at Omegle! Let strangers afar know that you are on holiday and you are enjoying it.
Inform the masses - no form of social media must be left bare.
4. Leave presents for the maid
I believe the standard role of the housekeeping maid is to spend 10 minutes briefly cleaning your room, and 25 carefully rolling and folding towels to create fluffy masterpieces on your bed. Why not save them the trouble and do it yourself? Leave them a surprise that they can remember and enjoy throughout the day! Don’t go for the usual elephant or swan creations, just about anyone can do them. Be inventive with your masterpieces, why not make a human towel baby? Just roll your towels into balls for the head and body, then use items like hairbrushes and toothbrushes to form arms and legs, then draw a face on your child with a marker pen. Not only will it be a work of art, but also a nice little companion for when you get drunk and lonely in the evenings.
Leave messages for the maid in the bathroom to brighten their day. Rather than use pencil and paper, think of more inventive ways. A favourite method of mine is to write across the windows and walls in red lipstick; if you’re a boy and don’t possess such an item (you probably do) then fear not; use blood! A tiny pin prick on your finger will do, then use the blood to write lovely comforting messages to your maid. If you’re in a foreign country (which you probably will be), there is always the possibility that your maid won’t be able to understand English too well, so I advise you to keep the messages pretty simple. Things like “Hello friend”, “What‘s your name?” and “Thanks for cleaning my room” are universal terms we can all enjoy! If you are still unsure whether or not your maid will be able to understand your lovely notes, go for shorter and simpler words like “Hi” and “Clean me”.
Leave little snacks in the room for your appreciative maid. Sometimes in hotels you’ll get a little chocolate on the pillow, which isn’t really very practical when staying in a hot country, plus it‘s very selfish as some of us have nut allergies or are lactose intolerant. Instead, take a box of crackers with you, they’re dry, lightweight and hypoallergenic. Cut each cracker into a heart shape and leave a trail of them on the floor leading up to your room. I’m sure the maid will appreciate it so much, how could anyone not enjoy such a thoughtful gesture!?
5. Victimise fellow tourists
Nobody wants to go on holiday to escape home and be faced with happy couples and families of children everywhere. Make them hate their lives as much as you do. Spend your first few days determining the weakest of the groups, they will be the easiest to target and be good practice for your stronger victims. Splitting a young couple up on their first holiday is fairly simple, wait a few days into their ‘vacation’ when they begin to realise how much they hate each other, then when it looks like things couldn’t possibly get anymore awkward for them; jump in and ruin the day. Start off with simple little digs like winking at the guy (or girl, whichever your preference), bare your teeth into an overly friendly grin and seductively perch on your sunbed from across the pool as you twinkle your fingers into a wave in their direction. Then comes the hard hitting stuff. Pretend to drown. Works a treat every time, said victim will jump into the pool and try to save you, giving you mouth to mouth until you miraculously awake from unconsciousness and stare into the dark glittery pupils in their eyes, leaving their partner a bit pissed. As your saviour/unbeknown victim holds you in their arms, simply gasp “Oh you‘re my saviour! How can I ever repay you?” in the prettiest, softest, most innocent voice you can (this works for boys too) which should hopefully send their partner over the edge. Either that or the middle aged lifeguard will come fish you out and poor health and safety training might actually result in your death.
Tell everyone you own the hotel. If one of the workers isn’t doing something sufficiently to your high standards, let them know your Dad owns the hotel and their job is on the line. If they argue that you don’t look very Egyptian/they know the owner has no children, simply state that you are a 1. Bastard child from an affair 2. Adopted or 3. Have a rare genetic condition that means you look nothing like your Dad (or that’s what your Mum said), throw a tantrum and storm off in a fit of rage threatening to go and find your Dad and tell him. The poor workers will think their hard earned job is on the line, potentially leaving them and their families in poverty. They might have a mental breakdown from this threat, but it’s ok because it’s all for a joke! Where’s their sense of humour?
‘All inclusive’ a historic angelo saxon term used since the prehistoric ages, nowadays translates into “holiday for greedy bastards”.
We’ve all bore the scar of an all inclusive holiday wristband at some point in our lives, for those of you that haven’t - count yourselves lucky. Our family members are often swayed by the prospect of an all inclusive holiday, the idea of paying a one off sum for your accommodation and meals for the week would seem too good to be true; which is usually is.
My tale begins in the kitchen of my mum’s house, we’d both had a shit day and sitting at the table staring at each other day in day out had become more boring than usual. It took three cups of tea, a five minute staring game and some muttered abuse about my non-existent dinner for my lovely mother to lose it, spiralling into a deep rage and slamming her fingers onto the laptop keyboard.
I waited in anticipation to see what she was up to. A few clicks here and there, some more furious typing on the keyboard and I could no longer sit in suspense. I turned to face the laptop and saw the magical text across the screen… “easy jet all inclusive”. After half an hour of aggressive disagreements on location, hotels and trip advisor reviews, we came to a conclusion; a week in a 5* Spa Resort on the coast of Sharm El Sheikh.
Little did I know, this week in Egypt would also be the same time that a group of South Korean terrorists decided to blow up a tourist bus nearby. Terrorist warnings meant we where pretty much prisoner in the resort, leaving me to create my own fun.
During my time, I began to write a survival guide to an all inclusive holiday. Enjoy.
1. The buffet
As luck would have it, three of the a la carte restaurants were ’out of season’ during our stay; leaving the Indian restaurant or the buffet as our only food options. The Indian being open only for dinner, meant that you were left with two other options for breakfast and lunch; buffet or starve.
The buffet is a dark urban jungle where races collide in the fight for superiority over food choice, I saw men pile their plates high and women juggle snotty-nosed children and plates full of cake, wading through the sea of bodies to return to their table and demolish their findings before another trip back to the troughs. The trick with the buffet is to stay one step ahead, if everyone is queuing at one stand, slither your way in front of them and get to the good stuff before they do.
Don’t be afraid to show your fellow tourists who’s boss. Who’s really king of the buffet jungle. I’m talking get aggressive, throw some plates about, spit in the soup, stick your fingers in the desserts. Your meal has already been ruined by the prospect of sitting at the same table, two maybe three times a day, surrounded by the same fat Russians so why not ruin it for everyone else?
And why leave it at that? Fuck with these people’s heads. Move bags from table to table, pile your plate with food you have no intention of eating, put people’s cutlery upside down, lick it first if you must. Yes you may be threatened to be kicked out of the ‘restaurant’ but at what cost? You’ll be denied a grim school dinner that amounts to £1.30 per head per sitting. What a shame!
Another good trick is to sit by yourself at a table designed for a group of six. Sit facing the restaurant doors, sipping a glass of water and smiling as you watch families queue outside waiting for a table. Whenever one of the restaurant staff or a fellow tourist asks if they can use a chair from your collection, simply swing your legs onto said chair and politely smile as you tell them it’s currently being used. If they argue your point, simply tell them your imaginary friends are using the chairs, whilst brandishing your blunt knife with a napkin. If you want to take this to the next level, set up an imaginary tea party and speak in tongues to your fellow companions.
Remind larger guests of their greed. A good friend would always tell you if you’ve gained weight - return the favour to complete strangers! Don’t forget to pack a tuba with you on holiday, if you weren’t fortunate enough to receive tuba lessons as a child or do not possess such an item, record Stewie off Family Guy with the tuba and the fat guy (google it) on your phone and keep it handy. Whenever you see a ‘larger form’, simply sneak up behind them and play the tuba recording, when they attempt to turn around to see who it is, hide.
A handbag essential for any buffet is a packet of post it notes and a pen. Write fellow tourists notes, for example “I like you”, “Meet me by the pool” and “You could feed an African village for an entire month with your lunch”. Don’t forget to sign each note either with a X or “Your admirer”, the more mysterious; the better.
Not all is bad when it comes to all inclusive. An extremely good point was the free alcohol on tap. Technically, it wasn’t really free as each drink somehow contributed to the £800 fee per person per week; but it’s nice to feel like you’re getting something from it.
Egyptian vodka shouldn’t really be called vodka, back in England a few drinks will get me tipsy, result in some terrible dancing/staggering attempts at standing upright in heels and 9 times out of 10 the night will end with my friends filming me neck a complete ming. However, a single vodka and coke on the Red Sea left me paralysed and emotional; alone in a foreign country with noone to carry me home. On a few too many nights I was left glued to a sofa in the beach bar, staring aimlessly at a football match. Alone. Reading this back to myself, the free booze doesn’t actually sound that appealing. I had fun at the time though.
Make friends whilst you’re drunk, or if you’re unsocial and rude like me; make some up. The men working in the resort will stop at no expense to accommodate your needs, if you have a poor imagination (like I was told at a recent university interview lmao); just pay some of the workers to dress like your friends from home and take on their identities. Cut the head off a mop and use it as a wig to impersonate any friends with long hair you have. It’ll feel like you’re right at home! Any good all inclusive will have a kid’s club, and what does this mean? Kid’s discos. Talent shows. The whole fucking sha-bang. Start a Spice Girls tribute act with your Egyptian friends, renaming yourselves the “Spice Boys” and creating make shift PVC outfits from stolen bed sheets and bin bags.
What does drinking always lead to? Vomiting. Be tactical with your chosen destination of vomit, don’t go for the toilet or the sink like everyone else; that’s so 2013 and following the crowd. Throw your guts up in areas where tourists are most likely to fall and slip in it, a great area is in the lobby but this is also the most risky place to pick. Safer options are between doorways and arches, even at the top of the stairs for extra laughs. If anyone asks what you are doing whilst caught with your fingers down your throat, simply state that you are an artist and you are creating modern vom-art. Another great place is the kid’s pool, this was my mother’s idea. You can see where I get it from.
For now, my tale ends abruptly as jet lag is kicking in and honestly I can’t be arsed typing much more. Fear not, this column will be updated in future and hopefully one day we can all live together in peace, in an all inclusive society.
A selection of work from Foundation Art student Rach Hillis’ university portfolio. Rach is applying for Illustration and Textile Design at LJMU, Camberwell, Falmouth, Nottingham Trent and Leeds Met for September 2014.
You can see more of her work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/115075927@N03
Electric Elephant returns for its 7th year from July 10th – 14th in Croatia, set upon the beautiful Adriatic coastline. The intimate boutique experience has just announced two further headliner names performing at the festival this summer, and also introduces two debutants as Electric Elephant continues to invigorate its bookings for 2014.
The cosmically-twinned seminal DJs Derrick May and Francois K both star at Electric Elephant. Derrick is one of the founders of the Detroit techno scene and often referred to as a true legend of electronic music. He will be playing at the stunning outdoor setting of Barbarella’s nightclub (late 1970’s Ibiza experience springs to mind!) Expect a thundering soundtrack from Mr. Mayday himself until sunrise and beyond.
Francois K is New York’s Deep Space resident and one of electronic music’s most iconic figures. Having previously appeared at EE back in Petrcane where his main stage set went down in Electric Elephant history, this year he returns to play a very special 6 hour Beach Bar Balearic selection on Sunday from 6pm until midnight. Expect everything from dub to jazz, soul to disco and beyond.
Debutants Munk runs Germany’s esteemed Gomma, a DFA-inspired label which encapsulates his own vision, feted as one of the country’s leading electronic producers; The Emperor Machine is Andy Meecham’s solo project, born out of the Chicken Lips’ member’s desire to create new sounds using vintage equipment and seventies production techniques, bringing a different soundscape to Tisno. And Soul Jazz Soundsystem are behind the brilliant Soul Jazz Records; the collective is a record label, record store, sound system, publisher and radio broadcaster. Further names added include Kabal - Winston & Pipes, Man Power (Hivern/Correspondant), 2 Billion Beats, Hustle DJs, Civilisation DJs and Darren Stewart.
They join recently added names including Good Times founder Norman Jay, celebrated beat master Motor City Drum Ensemble, Panorama Bar resident Prosumer and the intriguing Awesome Tapes From Africa. Previously announced guests include Chez Damier, Horse Meat Disco, FCL, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Rahaan, Max Essa, The Numero Group, Begin (James Holroyd), Stevie Kotey (Ambassador’s Reception), Man Power, Neil Diablo and Joe’s Bakery.
An intimate electronic odyssey set in a region of true beauty, the festival is one of Croatia’s founding events. Following on from last year’s eclectic lineup, Electric Elephant is once more offering a sublimely diverse range of sounds. Set near the idyllic town of Tisno, it is a celebration of amazing music and the glorious sun, an intimate paean to dancing the night away under a starlit sky until dawn with like-minded souls from around the world.
Electric Elephant – The Story So Far…
Norman Jay (Good Times)
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Horse Meat Disco
Soul Jazz Soundsystem
Awesome Tapes From Africa
The Numero Group
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros./ALFOS)
Stevie Kotey (Ambassadors Reception)
Down To The Sea & Back - Kelvin Andrews & Balearic Mike
Kabal - Winston & Pipes
Idiots Are Winning - Jake Manders & Louis Finch Thunder
wOnK (Soul Mekanik)
Man Power (Hivern/Correspondant)
2 Billion Beats
Il Bosco (Red Laser Records)
Matt Ward (Wet Play/Piccadilly Records)
Nick Acid Tree
Home Grown DJs
The Garden Tisno is a picture perfect paradise on the Dalmatian coast, with its main stage and secluded sandy bay and beach bar overlooking the crystal clear sea. During the afternoon and evening there are voyages on the legendary Argonaughty which sets sail out across the glittering Adriatic waters, and the sublime magic continues with nightly after parties at the amazing outdoor club, Barbarella’s, to party under the stars and see the sunrise. The site features onsite apartments and luxury Shikar tents, whilst Tisno itself is a picture-postcard town with restaurants, shops, bars and accommodation options. The beautiful cities of Split and Zadar are close by, with stunning national parks, secluded beaches and beautiful islands close by.
Tickets to Electric Elephant cost £120. Don’t forget Double Whammy tickets are available for Electric Elephant and fellow Croatian session The Garden Festival for just £150 for both festivals. Argonaughty boat and Barbarella’s club parties will be revealed soon.
Mon 14th July 2014 @ The Garden Tisno, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Full weekend tickets: £120
Double Whammy pass with Electric Elephant and The Garden Festival: £150
The Bugged Out Weekender is returning to its roots in Southport this year, taking place at the Pontins resort in Ainsdale on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March.
In collaboration with Bugged Out, SWITCHED is excited to announce a competition for readers in order to have a chance at winning a pair of weekend tickets without accommodation!
This year, one of the UK’s most enduring and influential club nights, Bugged Out, will celebrate their 20-year anniversary – an enormous accomplishment and an epic journey marked with some truly memorable moments. One of the flagship events in the calendar is the Bugged Out Weekender, which returns to its spiritual home in the North West at Pontins, Southport, in a weekend-long celebration of electronic music with a stellar cast of international DJ and live talent, including the latest stars and Bugged Out’s esteemed residents.
The Bugged Out Weekender have just announced the release of limited day and weekend tickets without accommodation, which will be very useful for those living in the surrounding region and not requiring a chalet.
Friday 7th March: Friday ticket without accommodation entry times 9pm-6am price: £39.50 + bf
Saturday 8th March Saturday ticket without accommodation entry times 6pm-6am price: - £45.00 + bf
Sunday 9th March Sunday ticket without accommodation entry times: 5pm-3.30am price: - £29.50 + bf
Friday + Saturday + Sunday Weekend ticket without accommodation price: - £99.00 + bf
Day and weekend tickets are available from: www.buggedoutweekender.net
All you have to do is follow these simple instructions, email email@example.com with your
Please send all competition entries before the 28th Feb 2014. A winner will be chosen on the 2nd March. Only one entry per person.
Also don’t forget to tweet about the festival, tagging @BuggedOut and @SWITCHEDmag
MODU:LAR is a new project launching on Saturday 1st March at Haus Warehouse, Liverpool. This monthly/ bimonthly event aims to showcase a wealth of internationally acclaimed underground artists, pushing a quality minimal house and techno sound. Dedicated to bringing a new wave of top level bookings and broadening the horizons of electronic music lovers in the city, MODU:LAR looks to promote a unique sound and fresh approach to the production of their events.
“Here at MODU:LAR we’re lucky enough to be part of a close circle of friends that have travelled the country and indeed the continent encountering loads of unique places, people and music along the way. Journeys aside we’re also lucky enough to live in a city with a top class electronic music circuit which has shaped our taste over the years and refined our outlook on the scene as a whole. We’re all about the music and the experience. MODU:LAR looks to assemble a regular line up of quality artists; showcasing a spectrum of styles, subgenres and environments too. We’re committed to bringing a fresh approach and throw something a little different into the mix. Expect to be presented with up and coming artists, live acts and of course, a few firm favourites along the way.”
The opening night for MODU:LAR kicks off at the epicentre of Liverpool’s underground resurgence, The Baltic Triangle with debut performances from two renowned artists; Dan Andrei & Ion Ludwig live (+ residents).
“Dan Andrei is one of the youngest members of a prolific team of Romanians who’ve scaled the world stage, continuing to represent and uphold an identity of true, underground music through the infamous label [a:rpia:r]. Dan is consistently gaining recognition as the one to watch (and definitely one to hear) – playing alongside some true icons of modern electronic music like Ricardo Villalobos & ZIP, in what is still a fledgling career destined for great things. Not just observed as a master behind the decks, Dan has had some huge releases through labels including Just Music, Saint Omar, Be Chosen, Kurbits Records and Valentino Kanzyani’s “Jesus Loves You” by drawing on influences of hiphop, soul, funk and triphop. Like his colleagues at [a:rpia:r], Dan has a distaste for all things promo – if you’re looking for some background information or a mix to listen to, there isn’t much out there. Described as disliking social networking or having a digital media presence by his agency, Sunrise International “…you might find him doing the warmup for Ricardo Villalobos and [a:rpia:r], or playing at Sunwaves, rather than on Facebook“– enough said.”
Dan has an upcoming gig at Next Wave, Pacha (Ibiza) and has just been announced amongst the headline acts for Timewarp’s “Sonus” festival in Croatia this summer.
“Now ten years on from his first release at the age of 21; Ion Ludwig has progressed through the echelons of the underground elite gaining recognition for his intricate, yet sophisticated productions & performances. During time spent living in Berlin, Ion honed his skills as a performance artist at places like Club der Visionaere and Weekend Club, shaping his totally live act to perfection. In 2011 he progressed through a new stage in his career, utilising wideranging influences to define a new stylistic direction of producing quality minimal house & techno tracks under labels such as Meander, Be Chosen, Tenth Circle and the maestro, Baby Ford’s Trelik. Ion also founded a new conceptual label during 2012, working with a vast array of retro and modern electrical instruments, creating a unique approach to his sound and making the ‘UGold’ series definitive in its own right. Now, “Toi.Toi.” is a name synonymous with a passion for the quality of music presented at both their parties, through their booking agency and also for their upcoming collective music label. Ion was welcomed into the Toi.Toi. family after playing for them in London and has never looked back since. They were welcomed to Fabric in November to takeover Room 3, where Ion performed to critical acclaim.”
Ion has regular performances at one of London’s top parties, Toi.Toi. His recent shows at Fabric and in Berlin continue to astound even the most discerning connoisseurs of electronic music.
Date: 1st March 2014
Venue: Haus Warehouse, Liverpool
Lineup: Dan Andrei [a:rpia:r]
Ion Ludwig live (UGold/ Trelik)
Leroy Roberts (Toast/ Underground)
Scott Grant (MODU:LAR/ mUmU)
Tickets: Skiddle & 3Beat Records £10/ £12 Advance & £15 OTD
Contact: Joshua Boyd