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April 16, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

weekends matter 60: kenny dope (twenty twenty two)

The Guest mix from Kenny for the sixtieth edition of our Weekends matter podcast comes ahead of him playing for Twenty Twenty Two in Manchester over the Easter Weekend, contributing an anything goes set at the Manchester basement on Thursday 17th April.

While for many Dope will always be inextricably linked with house music, he first started as a hip hop DJ and his record collection is the stuff of legend. We've picked a mix of his showcasing him digging in the vaults to give you an indication of what to expect at Twenty Twenty Two when he touches down, over an Easter Weekend that also includes a Deep Shit label focus at the venue (read all about the parties here).

We've also showcased the five events around the Nation we think you should indulge in this Easter, and they are as follows:

Musika 7th birthday w/ Sasha - Saturday 19th April in Edinbrugh

10 Years of the Rainbow Venues - Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April in Birmingham

Cream and Composit present Chuckie & Friends - Sunday 20th April in Manchester

High Tide Easter Bank Holiday Boat Party with Guti - Sunday 20th April in Southampton

Bedrock Easter Party - Thursday 17th April in London

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March 19, 2014 @ 7:06 am

Weekends Matter 59: Sonny Wharton (Bitch)

Sonny Wharton is Skiddle royalty. A firm favourite and friend of the business for an eterity, he's been with us at some of our key junctures over the past velkeven years as a DJ and supporter. A perennial choie for our sessions in the Bass Camp at the Wickerman Festival, he returns to Manchester to headline Bitch's March party at Venus on Saturday 29th March, our key event. Get your teeth into this full frontal mix of house, electro and techno to whet your appetite for that.

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March 5, 2014 @ 10:54 am

Weekends Matter 58: Leftwing & Kody

Our latest podcast comes from Leftwing & Kody ahead of the Frank Birthday this weekend at Manchester's Underdog venue. The house music do, who have lit up labels such as Off Recordings, Exploited and Lost, return to the city have three sell out shows across differing venues, perfectly poised to light up the party in the charming under the arches venue.

As ever we've rounded up our other top picks across the nation, and they are as follows:

Bugged Out Weekender @ Pontins Holiday Centre, Southport. 7th-9th March

Remedy Goes Rong @ Bar So, bournemouth. 7th March

Circus London @ Egg London, Kings Cross 14th March

Mixmag live w/ Seth Troxler @ The Great Hall, Cardiff. 8th March

Face Presents Ellen Allien @ The Rainbow Complex, Birmingham. 15th March

 

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February 11, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

Weekends Matter 57: D.O.D (Composit Music)

The next edition comes from the hugely talented D.O.D -  ahead of this show at Victoria Warehouse in March.

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January 29, 2014 @ 10:53 am

Weekends Matter 56: Samuel Lamont (Cream Reunion)

This edition of Weekends Matter sees us looking back longingly to yesteryear. Between 1992 and 2002 Cream was, for many clubbers and DJs, the best club in the world and the legacy it holds lives long to this day. A weekly exercise in club culture at it's most far reaching, it featured the best DJs around and defined hedonism in the 90s, eventually spreading to Ibiza and the fields of the UK with the domineering festival Creamfields.

The brand itself is still one of the world's biggest, with huge Creamfields events across the planet and the club itself knocking out three barnstorming events in their Nation home every year alongside their huge Amnesia shows. The Cream Reunion was set up to celebrate that initial decade, and this podcast is helmed by Samuel Lamont, the DJ behind that event, with a stunning mix of classic pulsating trance.

Saturday 1st of February Lamont will be part of a fleet of DJs that  hark back to the club's domineering era, including X-Press 2 (who we spoke to earlier in the week) and Guy Ornadel (and read our interview with him here). There's still some tickets left here for the party, and this mix is a chance to journey down memory lane for anyone who has a misty eyed memory of the club at that point.

As ever we've run down the top five regional events alongside the Cream reunion, these being as follows:

Monocult Seventh Birthday - Leeds

The Gallery resents Lange - Southampton

Gatecrasher present R3hab Third Birthday - Birmingham

Notsoslient's Dimensions festival Launch Party - Edinburgh

Elevate - London 

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January 9, 2014 @ 10:16 am

Weekends Matter 55: Greg Wilson (Wickerman)

January is a barren, bleak month. NYE becomes a distant memory, you start to change your life (for a week at least), plan ahead and swerve fun. Horrible really isn't it? Well we'd suggest lifting some of that gloom by focusing one one far flung future philosophy; Festivals.

It might be months off but planning your summer now is the best way to get organised and lift the gloom, and there's more options than you think nestled in our festival Finder. We've decided to dedicate our latest podcast to a handful of some of the options on sale at present, with our pick going towards a soiree we've been a part of for nine years; The Wickerman Festival.

We've been behind the Dance Arena at the festival since that point (head here to read up on your history), and the podcast mix is a recording of the headliner from 2013's edition, Greg Wilson. You can next see the legendary disco doyen at Homoelectric on 8th February, and of course get excited about and get tickets for the Wickerman here.

As ever we've rounded up five other selections for you to get your teeth round, so the other five festivals 

Electric Elephant - 10-14th July, Tisno, Croatia

GlobalGathering - 25th-26th July Startford upon Avon

Kendal Calling - 1st-3rd Aug Penrith

Leeds + Reading Festival - 22nd-24th Aug

Latitude - 17th-20th July

 

 

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December 18, 2013 @ 7:34 am

Weekends Matter 54: Todd Terry (Hacienda)

We've had a good year here at Skiddle. The podcast series has seen mixes from Laidback Luke, Yousef, Delphic, Dave Seaman and Sander Van Doorn in 2013, alongside many others, and spotlighted the events we've felt you need to know about on a fortnightly basis. Alongside our podcast we started a Mixcloud series (follow us here) and we’re now 35 mixes deep, with offerings from Tom Flynn, Aly & Fila, Gilles Peterson and Marlon Hoffstadt and plenty more in there.

We’ve decided to celebrate this in our last two Podcasts of 2013, selecting two of our favourite mixes from the account to showcase the best New Year’s Eve parties and the festivals we’re already looking forward to in 2014. The latter podcast will be released on Monday 30th December with the festival focus, but for New Year’s Eve we’ve picked Todd Terry’s classic house mix we received in August to deliver for the 54th installment of the podcast (listen above).

Todd joins Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson at the Hacienda reunion alongside plenty more DJs as well – head here for the full run down of what to expect there. And, as ever, we’ve tallied up the other five nights worthy of your consideration this week, and they are as follows:

North: Detonate present Detour @ O2 Acadamy, Sheffield

South: In Motion NYE @ Motion Nightclub, Bristol

London: Magna Carta NYE @ The Coronet Theatre

Midlands: Seven Part Seven @ The Institute, Birmingham

Scotland: Wee Dub Hogmany @ The Caves, Edinburgh

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December 5, 2013 @ 11:10 am

Weekends Matter 53: Laidback Luke (Cream)

The first mix of our third year of podcast is here and what an absolute head rush it is. We've gone all Christmassy, but luckily that's raiding the best events that lurk just before and after the 25th December rather than an overload on Yuletide excess. And it also includes a guest mix form one man who really has blown 2013 into smithereens, Laidback Luke.

The Dutch DJ is truly a superstar of global dance music, his heady concoction of furious techno, rump shaking house and blistering electro a sure-fire winner across the planet. One place it always feels very much at home though is when coming full throttle out of the speakers of a Cream event, be it Liverpool, Ibiza or of course Creamfields. This month he headlines a stunning showcase at the nerve centre of the club, Nation, on Boxing Day.

Luke will be joined by Eddie HalliwellBenny Benassi, Tim MasonDeniz Kyou and a rare DJ set from Chicane (head here for more info), and if you were in need of a guaranteed way to blow that excess fat from Christmas it doesn't come much bigger and better than this.

As ever we also spotlighted five other nights form around the country to get your grind on this Christmas, ranging from Soloumn's deep house to Aly & Fila's trance, and even Alexander O'Neal's sultry soul. They are as follows:

North: Geestar Productions present Alexander O'Neal @ The Ritz Thursday 26th December

South: We are Junk @ Junk Club Saturday 21st December

London: Diynamic Showcase @ Electric Brixton Friday 27th December

Midlands: Gatecrasher Birmingham Boxing Day White Party

Scotland: Zoom Xmas Party @ The Arches Saturday 21st December

Like this? Try Skiddle Mix 034 - Aly & Fila (Goodgreef).

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November 20, 2013 @ 9:56 am

Weekends Matter 52: Dave Seaman (Selador)

Yay, we're two! Well Skiddle is actually a lot older than that but the Weekends Matter podcast has now clocked up two years of fortnightly doses of the best in clubland. We've had a wide range of DJs of all musical persuasions commanding the guest mix slot, with eclectic brilliance from Greg Wilson and Norman Jay, stadium crushing electro from Steve Aoki and The Japanese Popstars, house from Yousef and Groove Armada up to trance from Paul Oakenfold and the most recent incumbent, Sander Van Doorn.

Each one has been helmed by Funkademia's David Dunne, his dulcet tones describing our carefully handpicked clubbing selections for you. And now we've approached our 52nd episode, two years and a half century 

The mix comes from one of the Icons of dance music as we know it, legendary DJ Dave Seaman (play it above). He made compilation history this year when he became the first DJ to ever fund a mix compilation via crowd sourcing, and has also seen a fresh approach to cutting edge house and techno emphasised by his brand new record label Selador, which you can read all about his here.

The label takes over Liverpool's much loved Rave in a Cave this weekend The Williamson Tunnels as part of 303 presents, Dave joined by the man he runs the label with Steve Parry - head here for all your info on that. We also selected the following top five events alongside the main offering:

London: Cocoon London @ Building Six - Saturday 30th November

North: 7 Years of Ketoloco @ The Mint Club - Friday 22nd November

South: Bedlam presents Rudimental @ The Brunel Rooms - Friday 29th November

Midlands: Seven Part Four w/ Laidback Luke @ The Institute - Friday 29th November

Scotland: Paradiso & Nu:gen Present Hard Rock sofa @ City Nightclub - Saturday 30th November

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November 5, 2013 @ 11:02 am

Weekends Matter 51: Sander van Doorn (SW4 Sessions)

The Weekends Matter podcast has come through the door and it's a cracker once again. The final podcast before we celebrate two years of knocking them out comes courtesy of one of the biggest names in the business, the one and only Sander van Doorn.

The Dutch DJ will be the headline act at SW4 Sessions at Electric Brixton on Saturday 16th November, one of a select number of shows the world-beating festival does in club spaces with the starlets of the festival. It's Sander's first set in the capital since his stage owning performances at SW4, and this set will get you in the mood for his groove heavy take on trance, house and electro. Head here for further info on the event, where  Jochen Miller supports Sander's deck acumen.

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