Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Erika and the Giegling crew will play at the Shibuya venue in the coming months.
The Shibuya venue is being run by Global Hearts, the company that previously operated the now-closed Tokyo nightspot Air. Its name was coined by Derrick May, who was a regular guest at Air. The basement club has two rooms—a main area and a smaller bar space—and will employ a no-photography policy on the dance floor.
"We’d like to create a space where everyone can easily come and enjoy the music without any concerns. A place where you forget that you even have a mobile phone to 'take pictures.' There will be a policy for no cameras/video recordings/etc., but we will hire professional photographers. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind the photographers forgetting to take pictures because they get sucked into the music and the environment," says the club's director, Yuko Ichikawa. "There are no resident DJs at the moment. We want Contact to be a venue where young DJs would work hard and be proud to stand inside the DJ booth. A place where the DJs can grow alongside the venue, and eventually call it their 'home.'"
The new club will host its first event on Friday, April 1st, with Function headlining. The rest of the month sees slots for the likes of Francois K and Goth-Trad (April 2nd), Louie Vega and DJ Nori (April 9th), a Dekmantel contingent (April 15th and 16th), John Osborn and Dorisburg (April 22nd), Laurent Garnier (April 23rd) and a Giegling showcase on April 28th. In May, Mister Saturday Night will spin on the 2nd, with nd_baumecker and Efdemin stopping by the following night. Other highlights include Derrick Carter (May 7th), Erika and Ulf Eriksson (May 14th), DJ Nobu and Willie Burns (May 20th), Fumiya Tanaka (May 21st) and a Northern Electronics showcase on May 28th. For full lineup details for April and May, head to the Contact club page on RA.
Apr 01 Contact Opening Party Apr 02 Contact Opening Party -Deep Space- Apr 08 Richard Devine, Aoki Takamasa Apr 10 Dance Ritual present Louie Vega Starring…xxviii Album.. Apr 15 Dekmantel presented by Contact Apr 16 Dekmantel presented by Contact & Sound Museum Vision Apr 22 John Osborn, Dorisburg, Wata Igarashi Apr 23 Laurent Garnier Apr 28 Giegling Supported by LSI Dream Apr 29 Black Smoker Records presents Black Safari May 02 Mister Saturday Night Japan Tour 2016 May 03 Ostgut Ton Night May 04 Karizma / Kaytronik “Thee Album” Apac Tour '16 Support.. May 07 Roundhouse May 13 Lilith“the party!#31” Crew Love Tokyo May 14 Mnml Ssgs May 20 DJ Nobu, Willie Burns, Svengalisghost May 21 Fumiya Tanaka, DJ QU, Terre Thaemlitz May 28 Northern Electronics Showcase