Man found guilty of nightclub acid attack in east London

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A man has been found guilty of throwing acid in the east London nightclub Mangle E8 that injured more than a dozen people earlier this spring.

Arthur Collins, 25, was convicted of carrying out the attack which took place at a Lovejuice Warehouse Party in the early hours of April 17. Collins’ friend, Andre Phoenix, 21, who had also been accused of taking part in the assault, was found not guilty on all charges.

Collins admitted throwing the bottle of the highly acidic fluid over clubbers, although he claims he had not known it was acid. Collins said he had thought the liquid was a “date rape drug” which he claimed in court he had taken from two men after “overhearing them planning to spike a woman’s drink.”

According to the Metropolitan Police, 22 people were injured in total. 16 of those individuals suffered serious burns, three sustained serious eye injuries, one of whom mentioned in court that their eye remains blurry. Another victim suffered horrendous third-degree burns to the left side of his face, ear, neck, and shoulder area.

The attack took place following an altercation between Collins — who claimed in court he was there to celebrate the pregnancy of his then-girlfriend, The Only Way is Essex star Ferne McCann — and a group of men shortly before 1a.m. CCTV footage shows him arriving near 9 a.m. and spraying the bottle several times shortly after the confrontation at 1 a.m. Collins was arrested shortly after the incident in Northamptonshire on April 22.

Collins was found guilty of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent to harm and nine counts of actual bodily harm. He will be sentenced on December 19.

H/T: Resident Advisor, The Guardian

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Pendulum will play a three-hour set at Fabric on Oct. 27

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This Halloween, London’s iconic Fabric nightclub will be graced with the return of drum & bass legends Pendulum.

Paul Harding (“El Hornet”) disclosed a special note on the group’s Twitter page, revealing that they will be doing a special three-hour DJ set at the nightclub, alongside friends like Friction, Ed Rush & Optical, 1991 and Skankandbass.

Advanced tickets for the sure-to-be-legendary event are sold out, but information on the event page promises there will be more available at the door. More information can be found here.

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Fabric donates $80,000+ of ‘leftover fundraising cash’ to charity

Fabric donates $80,000+ of ‘leftover fundraising cash’ to charity

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Fabric is celebrating its 18-year anniversary this weekend, but this time around the London-based nightclub is giving rather than receiving.

After the venue’s closure in September, Fabric fans made a collective effort to reboot the club, raising money to support Fabric’s then potential re-opening. Fabric owners would eventually strike a deal with Islington Council and police officials to reinstate the club, allowing Fabric to open its doors once more several months thereafter.

The efforts of those that rallied for Fabric’s re-opening generated more than £330,000 ($388,919 USD). Left with £68,000 ($80,000+) of leftover fundraising cash, Fabric has donated the remaining funds to a variety of charities including The Loop, NTIA, Music Venue Trust, Centrepoint Midi Music Company, Make-a-Wish UK, Nordoff Robbins, and YUAF. The nightclub has erected a donor board in Room 2 of the club that displays the names of each person that contributed to the original fundraiser to benefit Fabric, an authentic addition to the nightclub’s sleek design.


H/T: DJ Mag


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Sasha unveils dates for two additional ‘Refracted: Live’ UK shows, releases new single, ‘True’

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After witnessing sell out success at London’s Barbican Hall in May, Sasha has announced two UK shows for 2018. The producer is bringing his ‘Refracted: Live’ series to The Roundhouse London on Saturday, February 17 and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Sunday, February 18. Bridgewater Hall is the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s primary venue, rendering Sasha’s upcoming performance all the more noteworthy.

“The moment we walked off stage at the Barbican we were saying — we have to do this again. We didn’t really have a plan in place. We had no idea the response to those shows was going to be so amazing. So this is [the newly announced dates] Round 2, and we’re getting to perform at two more iconic UK venues. We are looking to change the show slightly to incorporate some new music and make these shows as special and unique as the Barbican ones in May. We can’t wait!” – Sasha

Sasha has announced his intention to include new music and surprise guests as integral “Round 2” additions.

The Welsh producer appeared on stage alongside members of his production team, Charlie May (“Spooky”), Dennis White (“Thermal Bear”), and Dave Gardner during the Barbican shows. An 8-piece string section, live vocalists, and a percussionist rounded out the group, as Sasha played the piano and an assortment of other instruments, electronic and otherwise. The legendary performances have since been released on Blu-ray.

The additional shows would be good news on their own, but Sasha sweetened the deal pairing the announcement with a new single. Sasha’s latest is dubbed “True” and is currently available to stream ahead of its Friday, October 13 release. Featuring the London-based trio Dems, “True” is a minimalistic record whose richness lies in its otherworldly vocals and instrumental layering.

Tickets to the ‘Refracted: Live’ February shows will be available for purchase on Friday, October 13 at 10 AM.

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Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, more among MTV’s 2017 EMA nominees

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MTV’s European Music Awards is ringing its 23rd annual award ceremony on Nov. 12 and is set to be held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, UK. The award ceremony typically celebrates the career success of global pop-stars with European crossover appeal.

Among the electronic music category nominees are the mainstays of commercial EDM: Calvin HarrisDavid GuettaMajor LazerMartin Garrix and The Chainsmokers.

Leading the 2017 nominations is Taylor Swift in six total categories, including best artist and best video, followed by Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar with four nods each.


Best Song

Clean Bandit, “Rockabye” f. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
DJ Khaled, “Wild Thoughts” f. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Remix) f. Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Best Artist

Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Look

Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Rita Ora
Taylor Swift

Best New

Dua Lipa
Julia Michaels
Rag’n’Bone Man

Best Pop

Camila Cabello
Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Video

Foo Fighters, “Run”
Katy Perry, “Bon Appetit” ft. Migos
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Kyle, “iSpy” f. Lil Yachty
Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do’”

Best Live

Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Major Lazer
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Rock

Foo Fighters
Royal Blood
The Killers

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Best Alternative

Imagine Dragons
Lana Del Rey
The xx
Thirty Seconds to Mars

Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Push

Hailee Steinfeld
Jon Bellion
Julia Michaels
Kacy Hill
Noah Cyrus
Petite Meller
Rag’n’Bone Man
The Head and The Heart

Photo courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for MTV

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Fabric to throw 30-hour party for its 18th birthday

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Fabric will soon be of legal age.

Come October, the London based nightclub will celebrate its eighteenth birthday in “adult” fashion with a thirty-hour party. The extended event will commence on Saturday, October 21 at 11 PM and will continue into the wee morning hours on Monday, October 23rd.

As is usually the case of birthdays, Fabric will be commemorating its eighteenth anniversary with some friends. Ten acts have been confirmed for Fabric’s birthday event thus far, including Ricardo Villalobos, Jay Clarke, and Raresh. More performers will be added to the marathon’s lineup as the event approaches.

Fabric was unfortunately unable to host a birthday event for its seventeenth year last year due to being shut down a week prior by authorities and having its license be revoked for drug and crime related reasons. Therefore, the institution is sure to make up for the time it lost last year in this year’s festivities.

Via: Resident Advisor


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Aphex Twin just announced his first live stream ever

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For the first time ever, Aphex Twin will stream live from his set at Field Day in London this coming weekend. Following some mysterious teasers, NTS Radio and the producer will be testing out a new collaboration by live-streaming Aphex Twin’s entire performance. The stream will be an audiovisual experience with visuals stemming from Weirdcore. According to a press release, the experience will be that of a “bespoke online visual immersion.” If the teaser webpage is any indication, the event’s stream will be an unmissable digital happening.

H/T: Electronic Beats, FactMag

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Eric Prydz EPIC 5.0 has been caught entirely on film and it is stunning

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Eric Prydz promised he’d “blow your heads off” with the unveiling of his EPIC 5.0 show in Victoria Park, London. After months of waiting with only a couple tantalizing teasers of what was to come, the Swedish icon certainly did what he said he was going to do in spades.

Luckily for his fan base, one particularly diligent concert-goer by the name of Fred Klem seems to have caught the entirety of Prydz’ set on film, and by the looks of it, it was a veritable night for the books. Crisp, extremely high-definition visuals lit up the geometric backdrop, whose design takes on similar traits to EPIC 4.0’s setup, while plenty of artfully-arranged lasers blanketed the crowd. At times, the visuals seemed three-dimensional in nature.

Prydz of course made sure to provide guests with music as incredible as its accoutrements, drizzling his extended set with plenty of old and gems from his favored aliases as well as a slew of yet-to-be-released favorites, taking his audience on an entrancing journey through the upper echelons of progressive and dark, throbbing techno.

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London squatters threw a rave in a 17th century mansion

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It all started at midnight on Saturday, May 20.

“Horrifically loud” music began seeping out of a 300-year-old mansion in northeastern London Borough Hackney — and didn’t stop for a full 12 hours.

The rowdy party consisted of a group of squatters who gathered at 195 Mare Street around midnight and continued their party ’til well after the sun came up. Neighbors reported not being able to get a wink of sleep and said that the music was “horrific.”

Nearby resident Ruth Dawson told the Evening Standard that it sounded like “someone is sawing metal,” going on to say she wouldn’t have minded as much if it was half-decent music. Area residents had called the police multiple times but were told it was a matter for the Hackney Council to handle.

A Hackney Council spokesperson said they had received a number of calls about noise disturbance at 195 Mare Street.

“When our enforcement officers contacted residents later on in the night, they were told that the noise had died down. Our enforcement officers will be visiting the property tonight to check for any further disturbance.”

On Sunday morning, neighbors said there were still around 10 people on the roof, and 20 more in front of the building. One person reported that the music was “hilariously loud,” and the DJ had been “going through The Prodigy back catalog since about midnight.”

Residential squatting was criminalized in 2012, but the law doesn’t apply to commercial buildings like the 300-year-old mansion.

Photo courtesy of South West News Service

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Watch the OWSLA crew take over Europe

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OWSLA continues to stand in accordance with good people and good times in this four minute video, featuring some of best moments from their European showcase.

The tripbegins with Valentino Khan standing on the ledge of a giant crane before cutting to various scenes of Khan and Vindata‘s Branden Ratcliff roaming the streets of Europe from performing at renowned nightclub Favst  to trying new treats at the Cereal Killer Cafe in London.

One of the more significant bits highlights Khan and Ratcliff taking a moment to acknowledge the music scene in Europe and how it helped develop their craft as producers:

“It’s just dope being influenced by people across the globe and they like inspire you to take what you grew up on and put a twist on it..and you know..bring what you have to the table.” – Ratcliff.

A key takeaway from this European recap is the true sense community between the artists who refer to OWSLA as  “more than just a label” which is what makes this collective a driving force in today’s industry.

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