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The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!

Tags: Primavera Sound Festival - Ride - The Strokes - Black Keys - The Replacements - Antony and the Johnsons - James Blake - Richie Hawtin - Simian Mobile Disco - Alt-J - Patti Smith - Belle And Sebastian - Damien Rice - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Perfume Genius - The New Pornographers - Julian Casablancas - Interpol - Underworld - Caribou - Foxygen - The Eels - Babes In Toyland - Albert Hammond Jr

Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.

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Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.

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Creamfields 2013 - Preview

It's only April but Contactmusic already have one eye on the summer. specifically towards Creamfields 2013 which will be taking place at its usual venue near Daresbury in Cheshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August). And while much of the UK's music press will be off to Leeds and Reading, we're looking forward to something that bit more adrenaline-fuelled, weird and wonderful over at Creamfields.

Creamfields 2013 - Preview

Long since established as the UK's premier dance and electronic festival, Creamfields will be in full party spirit this year to celebrate its 15th Birthday, and the initial line-up is befitting such a milestone. Leading the charge for 2013's event are iconic dance pioneers The Prodigy headlining the Saturday night (24th August) with their only UK festival appearance of 2013. Still going strong and approaching their 25th anniversary, the band are still legendary for their incendiary festival appearances and we're expecting nothing less from their Creamfields headliner - true trailblazers! Supporting them on the North Stage that night will be French Wunderkind Madeon and Zane Lowe with DJ sets, while the South stage takes a distinctly more cutting-edge tack with Avicii, Knife Party and Nicky Romero. Steve Angelo and Benny Benassi head up the Size Matters tent, while Eric Prydz invites Marco Carola, Adam Beyer and special guest Maya Jane Coles to his Prydz Friends tent. Also heading up their own tents are Pete Tong and Annie Mac with impressive supporting casts, though personally, we're most excited about Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats stage: with Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Wyn and Gareth Emery giving us a night of exceptional Trance before Above & Beyond themselves come along to finish the whole thing off in glorious style.

Onto the Sunday (25th August) and the big name is undoubtedly David Guetta - arguably the biggest name in the world of electronic music right now - heading up the North Stage with a selection of tunes that have pretty much been resident on radios across the globe over the past few years. Though, he does face a little competition from Tiësto on the South Stage, as well as Groove Armada giving one of their ever-excellent and eclectic DJ sets in the Nation tent, and Sebastian Ingrosso proving that there is life after Swedish House Mafia as he fronts the All Mixed Up stage. Frankly, Sunday is full of mouth-watering clashes, with Richie Hawtin's intelligent Techno jacking the Enter stage around, Laidback Luke and Eddie Halliwell getting hands up in the air at the Super You&Me stage, Kutski, Andy Whitby and Alex Kidd pushing it hard and fast at the Goodgreef X-Tra Hard stage and Subfocus and Modestep bringing the bass tremors in the Speakerbox tent. And frankly, if you've got any energy left after that little lot, you're a stronger man than I am! An impressive line-up all round.

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Two Workers Injured At Ultra Music Festival, Miami, A Day Before It Opens To Public

Tags: Calvin Harris - Carl Cox - Richie Hawtin

Two workers have been injured during the set-up of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, due to take place this weekend. The festival, which is enjoying a 15 year anniversary this year and boasts the “World’s best DJs,” including Carl Cox, Calvin Harris and Richie Hawtin has been hampered by the news that an LED screen fell and injured two workers during set-up time.

In a statement, the festival’s organisers confirmed “Today (Thursday, March 14) as preparations were being made for this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, a section of an LED screen fell and injured two workers. Fire Rescue was on site so there was a rapid response. Festival organizers are working with, and supporting, authorities as they investigate the details behind the accident.” Associated Press have reported that a third worker also received minor injuries as a result of the incident. The festival area was not yet open to ticketholders when the incident occurred.

The Ultra Music Festival is due to start today (Friday March 15, 2013) and tickets have almost sold out, according to the festival’s website. The festival in Miami will take place over two weekends, the first being this weekend and the second taking place next weekend (March 22-24, 2013). As well as a Miami event, the Ultra Music Festival has also branched out to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Korea and Ibiza and will be expanding into Croatia, this year as well.

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Richie Hawtin - "DE9: Closer To The Edit" Album Review

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16. Richie Hawtin DE9: Closer To The Edit (Album - Novamute)
Having never been one to shy away from experimentation and change Richie Hawtin returns with a new album and an altogether new concept. Not being content to churn out a mix cd containing the standard fifteen to twenty tracks (I dont like mix CDs, everyones being lazy, so I gotta do something different) he decides to give himself an altogether much harder task.

DE9: Closer To The Edit sees him recording, sampling, cutting and splicing over 100 tracks down into their most basic components. Watch the track counter on your CD player and you will see it skip merrily and within a matter of seconds, from one track to the next.

After the extraction process he then went on to mess with and then cleverly glue each loop together with his magic sampler to make this 53 minute piece. As DE9 is a collage of so many different outtakes there are no lengthy build-ups, catchy hooklines or choruses to please the uninitiated. From start to finish this is simply a finely tuned selection of beats an hour long subversive slice of techno.

And does he pull it off? Well, for die-hard fans of Techno there is no question Hawtin is one of the best in his genre and knows how to please. Here he faultlessly fuses edits from the likes of Carl Craig, Baby Ford and Blue Train. But for virgin listeners DE9 could prove to be just that touch too obscure.

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