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One to watch: Ahadadream
Part of the new vanguard of party starters, the London-based producer mixes grime and bass with the sounds of his south Asian heritage

Kate Hutchinson

25, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘Twiddle a knob and make a face’ – Norman Cook on his mental health DJ classes
The musician also known as Fatboy Slim is sharing his skills as part of an NHS initiative. He talks about the joy of decks, his own lockdown blues – and being reduced to tears by his kids’ DJing

Alexis Petridis

21, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Life inside the wild London club where lesbians were free to be themselves
A new documentary takes viewers back down the rickety stairs to the trailblazing Gateways in Chelsea

Ginny Dougary

18, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘It changed lives and opened minds’: a visual record of the birth of acid house
Photographer Dave Swindells was there when rave hit London in 1988. His new book captures the first, frenzied nights of the ‘second summer of love’

Killian Fox

12, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Illegal rave in Cornwall enters third day with hundreds still present
Revellers near Davidstow Moor shelter in cars as rainfall turns the ground into mud

Harry Taylor

05, Jun, 2022 @7:50 PM

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Cheerio, Duckie: regulars look back at the LGBTQ+ club that broke the mould
After 27 years, the groundbreaking, and often notorious, Saturday night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London ends next month

05, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Lack of bouncers slams the doors on Britons’ big nights out
A post-Covid recruitment crisis overs security staff is forcing pubs and clubs to cut hours or open fewer days a week

Sarah Butler

21, May, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘We can be in bed by 1am – amazing’: veteran DJ Annie Mac’s new clubbing venture hits the spot
A club night that ends at midnight is welcomed by those who – like the DJ – want a good time without partying all night long

Alexandra Topping

21, May, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Cod is a DJ! Bakalao, the extreme club scene that divided Spain
As wild as the UK’s concurrent acid house scene, Valencia’s fishily-nicknamed dance clubs inspired love – and a moral panic – with their anything-goes approach. Now a festival and art show are giving this subculture its dues

Agnish Ray

13, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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How we made Human Traffic: ‘The first question I asked in the auditions was: have you ever taken drugs?’
John Simm: ‘Danny Dyer and I went to Creamfields and every clubber had seen the film. We got hundreds of off-their-nut people coming up and hugging us’

Interviews by Phil Hoad

02, May, 2022 @11:41 AM

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‘It was the poor man’s studio’: how Amiga computers reprogrammed modern music
It was grey, ugly and had 0.0128% of an iPhone’s memory. But the Amiga 500 defied its limitations to power a series of astonishing dance tracks, from early jungle to Calvin Harris

Tamlin Magee

02, May, 2022 @10:20 AM

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Making up for lost time: UK goes ‘out out’ after two-year break
Optimism among club owners returns as under-25s hit the streets and bars of London

Geneva Abdul

22, Apr, 2022 @1:07 PM

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