14-16 NOV – KANTOR (Amsterdam)
The second edition of KANTOR, a Music, Performance, Art & Technology Weekend, will again take place in a “vacant” office building. The 8 story building hosts a restaurant, art and technology exhibitions, theatre shows, movies and a club. The club is located on the top floor with some pretty cool views on the industrial part of Amsterdam. If you are going for the music I would recommend getting tickets for Sunday. Trouw resident Melon and Marcus Gehring, especially known for his productions will each play a 3h-set.
22 NOV- Kompakt@Trouw (Amsterdam)
The Cologne-based Kompakt label with Michael Mayer and Patric Baumel hosts its own night in Trouw Nov 22nd. Kompakt has been noted for releases, enriching abstract techno tracks with pop elements such as vocals – Mayer has stated that “We grew up with pop music and really like traces of pop in techno music. This is probably Kompakt’s biggest strength– that we can detect these pop traces and give them a home”. Kompakt has invited Maceo Plex, who can look back at a phenominal year, having headlined virtually all the biggest clubs and events across the globe while simultaneously shaking out killer productions every month.
29 NOV – ALCATRASH (Penitentaire inrichting, Rotterdam)
12inch city keeps coming up with surprises when it comes to getting hold on unsual locations. A monastery, a radio broadcasting station, even the former royal palace “Paleis Soestdijk” has been seeing events organized by 12inchcity. This time, the fomer Rotterdam prison, a building dating back to 1872, will be overtaken by clubbers Nov 29th. Not much is known about the musical programming yet but expect to experience deephouse and techhouse in a surreal environment resembling the Alcatrash prison island in the San Franscisco bay.
IBIZA SEASON ROUND-UP
Now that the clubs have closed theirs doors, Resident Advisor looks back at this year’s clubbing season. Licensing laws have smoothened up, allowing organizations to run their parties longer both indoor and outdoor. DC10 immediately took advantage and opened up its “rave” garden with every party to meet the crowds. It remains to be seen whether it will be the same next year, as the Guardia Civil has found numerous serious violations during the closing parties this year. Let’s hope club owners have lost all their credits.
Best performing events according to Resident Advisor have been Amnesia’s Music On by Marco Corola, DC10’s Paradise with resident Jamie Jones, Amnesia’s Cocoon with old-timer Sven Vath and Sankey’s VIVA warriors by Steve Lawler. Space’s Revolution by techno-grandpa Carl Cox has been kicked off its thrown by Music On as the island’s biggest party, but however still had a strong attendance this season. ENTER by techno honcho Richie Hawtin experienced another firm season. Parties to watch are Tribal Sessions at Sankeys by Darius Syrossian, also part of Steve Lawler’s VIVA Label, if one were to experience some raw and down-to-earth partying. The notorious club nights from Barcelona-based Elrow are to stay in Ibiza, packing Space’s discoteca every week. The numerous free-of-charge beach parties have been a relief this season with the ever-increasing ticket fees and drink prices. In particular, parties thrown by tiNi appear to attract a good crowd
In terms of artists, the new musical directions of Joseph Capriati, now showcasing a techhouse sound, and Adam Beyer, who is heading to a more groovier sound, were received quite well by the crowds. Luciano seems to have recovered a bit from his break-up with the Ushuaia with Luciano teaming up with Cocoon and hosting its own successfull Luciano’s Origins takeover nights.