Saturday, 16 August 2008, Frankfurt, Germany
Here's an event that's sure to prompt a few frenzied last minute flight bookings, with practically every single major draw in house and techno creating a gigantic black hole of techno. Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Thomas Melchior Live, and Magda are backed up by Frankfurt homeboys (and girls) like Ata, Dorian Paic, Frank Lorber, Vera, and Federico Molinari. The event runs from midday until 23.00 at the Kamehameha Beach Club, part of Frankfurt's famous coastal strip which has attracted glitzy holidaymakers for years. A quick googling tells us Kamehameha (named after somewhere in Hawaii) has volleyball courts and even showers. Who can beat a bracing shower after an 11 hour rave? Just don't forget to clean the sand from behind your ears! Frank Lorber: What say you?
What can you tell us about the venue for this event? It's on the beach?
It's a beach club close to Frankfurt on the main river. It's a really nice location! With a great energy!
Has this event been held before?
Yes, they've been doing this event for four years I think. It always starts at the beach club at 12pm and they have to close the event on the beach at 11 am, then the party continues at the Robert Johnson club and the MTW club. It's a huge complex with three different floors. All of them have huge balconies directly in front of the main river. The complex is really close to the beach, so all the people have just walk a few meters.
What time will you be playing?
I am just playing at night in the club from 3 to 6 am after Shinedoe, because I am just arriving on Saturday in Frankfurt back from Ibiza.
Is playing in Frankfurt like a hometown gig for you? Would you play different music there to other cities?
It's absolutely like a hometown gig. I live here, so all my friends will be there. Frankfurt is not that big, so we all know each other. It's like a huge family business on that night. My style always depends on the venue, whether it's a big club, small club, open air, or indoor.
If somebody was visiting Frankfurt for this gig, what one thing would you recommend for them to do or see?
Check out the main river. It's really nice to hang around there. Take a cold German beer and relax and you have the best view on the skyline. Go to Bergerstrasse, it's a nice area where you can find great restaurants, bars, and shops, just younger people live there, nice atmosphere on the street. These are just a few things to do, there's so much to do and see in Frankfurt.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this event?
Some friends of mine from Tokyo, Japan. They are coming over just for that event!
Thursday, 14 August 2008, Berlin, Germany
You'll hear more Berliners criticize Weekend than any other club, but if you're in the city on Thursday the 16th, and come from a city without so much choice, then Dinky and Matt Styles is a lineup worth seeing. With Horizontal lurching back into life and Dinky giving away her Crosstown Rebels Get Lost 2 mix for free, it might be time to remember these muffled housey grooves. The usual complaints about Weekend is that it is a meat market, and often involve the complainant thinking of a cheesy club in their home city to prove their point to compatriots (in this writer's case, Dublin's "Club M" was terrifyingly invoked). The problem is, Weekend still has great lineups, unlike Dublin's Club M, or whatever your local version is.
Inner city pick: Burg Und Schild on Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse bills itself as a shop for "real men," a Wild West meets East store selling clothes to the lost cowboy.
Thursday, 14 August 2008, Ibiza, Spain
Romania meets Germany here as Pedro (Petre Inspirescu) DJs alongside Rhadoo with Vera and Dorian Paic in support. The Romanians cut their teeth in Ibiza and the 10,000 capacity Privilege, one of the biggest clubs in the world, will be the perfect arena for them. Vera and Dorian Paic meanwhile are straight out of the Frankfurt/Mannheim scene whose DJs are getting more and more popular. A long night beckons.
Inner city pick: Shanti Shakti Indian Restaurant is considered one of the best on the island.
Friday, 15 August 2008, Cologne, Germany
Ah, the romance of the XXL Messe Und Eventcenter and its evocative name. It's discussed all over the world in hushed tones and the arrival of Kompakt's annual "Total" celebration puts it under an even brighter spotlight. The familial feeling of these events is a sight to behold, as a slew of Kompakt favourites takes to the decks or performs live, each with their own happy persona. This year Supermayer are set to perform live, for those brave enough to take a look, while Ewan Pearson (an honorary family member), Reinhard Voigt (the oldest son), Jo Saurbier (a neighbour who is often in the house), and Aril Brikha (called in for a cup of sugar) also appear.
Inner city pick: This event is just one part of the C/O Pop Festival, a 5 day event which runs all over the city and hosts an endless amount of musicians. C/O Pop ends on Saturday the 16th.
Friday, 15 August 2008, Glasgow, Scotland
The Dutch sure love them some Detroit techno and house. And some trance too, but we're not discussing that right now. From the country's reverential house and techno scene come Rejected, AKA Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal. And for this gig they've come to the Sub Club, that Scottish stronghold of beats. If you've followed Joris and Edwin's fluid Detroit inspired singles like "S13," "For the People," and "Lost" you'll be psyched for this appearance. If you're planning on making the trip north, just remember, in Scotland everybody LOVES English people. An England football jersey is a must at all clubs, and triumphalist English songs are welcomed by all.
Inner city pick: Since you're in the city, you could stay an extra few days and check out Optimo, also in the Sub Club but two days later on Sunday. One of the longest running and weirdest club nights in Europe, this is where it all began.
Saturday, 16 August 2008, Berlin, Germany
Seeing Sebo K at Watergate is something everybody should do in Berlin at least once. The party is bound to go on until sometime on Sunday morning and you'll hear hours of afterhours house music as the view through those vast riverside windows goes from black to grey. Helping you to go that extra mile are Koljah (Vidab/Sushitech, check out his ace "Antigua" release) and Switzerland's finest, Agnes. Sebo has also brought along some of his friends from UK label Leftroom, so that means Seth Troxler, Marc Ashken, and Matt Tolfrey will also be making the trip, draped in Union Jack flags, wearing football shirts with their nicknames on the back, and hunting the Berlin streets for a greasy fried breakfast (apart from Troxler who is actually American).
Inner city pick: This isn't a pick, but a stern recommendation. Do yourself a favour and get a kebab from one of the many food emporiums near Watergate, or even just a bag of crisps.
Saturday, 16 August 2008, London, United Kingdom
Three German artists, doing a gig...on a boat? It's the Hollywood blockbuster everybody's talking about! Melody Ballroom's Dial Records party (which really is on a boat) stars Pigon (Edfemin and RNDM) and the evergreen Lawrence. The boat sets off around London, allowing you to take in the sights or just get drunk in the galley. Along the way Pigon and Lawrence will provide a Ben Hur-style drumbeat to spur the boat's army of slaves on to quicker progress. Either that or the boat has an engine. Boat jokes aside, if the weather is good and the minefield of potential disasters doing "something different" must bring are avoided, then this will be a brilliant night out. Isn't it worth a try? An afterparty at the Egg ensures everyone shakes off their sea legs. Only one question remains: how many decks will be on the boat?
Inner city pick: Check out London's world famous Tower Bridge, just beside the launch point for the boat, you can't miss it.
Saturday, 16 August 2008, Brussels, Belgium
Johnny D and Jerome Sydenham come to the famous Fuse club for a night of house and techno, backed by residents Deg and Pierre. Sydenham is by all accounts on fire as a DJ these days, lighting up Panorama Bar and venues across the globe, while Johnny D is probably the most hyped producer of the year so far. His slinky digital rhythms have won him tons of fans, and what's more they're actually rather good. The live show is still a matter of debate but this certainly seems to be the gig of the week for the BeNeLux region, a much coveted title given the lowlanders love for techno.
Inner city pick: Le Bonheur, an inspiring multimedia, music, art, and bookstore, is filled to the door with DVDs, magazines, books, and "objects." Check it out.
Saturday, 16 August 2008, Munich, Germany
Yeesh it's another lineup to make you want to move (house/body). For the second birthday of Munich's Die Registratur, Canada's sloppiest house star Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts perform live, Cassy jumps on an intercity bus, and cap-wearing Dutch DJ (that doesn't narrow it down) Melon also appears for a DJ set. Melon's huge "Nitzi (On My Mind, So Fine)" single on Innervisions might see him getting more bookings, but anyone who's seen him DJ will know he can let his music speak for itself. Elsewhere, in an open air room, Compost Records Michael Reinboth and Jan Krause play alongside Hamburg's Erobique. If you've ever considered doing a tour of Germany that doesn't involve Berlin, this weekend would be a good time to do it.
Inner city pick: Cosmo Grill on Maximilianstr is a 2001: Space Odyssey-style fast food restaurant complete with a star field on the ceiling.