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AVA Festival shot from above

Last month, 16,000 ravers attended Belfast's AVA Festival at its new home on the Titanic Slipways. DJ Mag traveled to AVA to discover how the event is creating a sense of unity, community and a second wave of rave in the city

In 2015, Belfast’s first AVA Festival and conference found its home beneath the towering yellow Harland & Wolff cranes — affectionately named Samson and Goliath...

Congo Natty

On his upcoming 25-track opus ‘Ancestorz’ — which he describes as his life's work — long-serving jungle soldier Congo Natty unites many voices from across the diaspora, joining dots through the history of Black music and celebrating the new jungle generation. In a series of in-depth interviews for DJ Mag, he talks to Dave Jenkins about love, revolution, unity, and reclaiming his place in the history books

“This isn’t an interview, brother, this is an outerview!” Congo Natty declares. He draws on his spliff, holding DJ Mag’s gaze with intensity. Even through...

Depeche Mode confirm cause of Andy Fletcher’s death, thank fans for “outpouring of love” in statement

Depeche Mode have confirmed the cause of death of cofounder and keyboardist Andy Fletcher, who died suddenly, aged 60, on 26th May. 


In a...

GALA Festival 2022: Everybody Loves The Sunshine  - Rob Jones

The fifth edition of London’s al fresco dance music festival took place in a sunny Peckham Rye Park this month. With a vast line-up celebrating local and international DJs and live acts, there was something for everyone on the bill. DJ Mag's Liam Smith reports back on festivities, and the sense that summer has well and truly arrived

It’s officially festival season, and on a long weekend at the beginning of June, London’s GALA returns to Peckham Rye Park for a successful fifth...

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar has announced a new live album, ‘Between Us...’, which arrives via Nils Frahm and Felix Grimm's LEITER label on 8th July.


Embracing the spirit...

Wordcolour

Wordcolour has released his debut album, 'The trees were buzzing, and the grass.', on Houndstooth. Check it out below. 


The album features contributions from percussionist...

Premiere: Yaseen ‘Siteh ft. Dakn’

ZULI and Rama’s irsh project returns next month with the release of a new compilation, ‘did you mean: irish vol. 2’. Listen to Cairo-based producer...

On Cue: DJ IC

DJ IC demonstrates Afro house mastery for the On Cue mix series, and speaks to Tice Cin about his evolution through London’s club scene, growing up on the Aylesbury Estate, celebrating togetherness, and championing young talent

London artist DJ IC’s productions brim with lessons learned from his deep engagement with Black British music throughout his life and career. When you hear...

The Martinez Brothers: reaching new heights

As they kick off their Tuesday night headline residency at Hï Ibiza, New York natives The Martinez Brothers catch up with DJ Mag Ibiza's Mick Wilson about  their love for the White Isle and their big plans for the coming season

Straight outta the Bronx in New York City, The Martinez Brothers — and yes, they are actually siblings; Stevie is three years older than Chris...

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Since beatboxing first arrived on British shores from the US in the ’80s, the passion and innovation of UK acts have taken the art to unimaginable heights. Jak Hutchcraft charts the development of the scene, speaking to boundary breakers and educators, and finds it in ruder health than ever

DJ Mag is sat in Wembley Arena surrounded by thousands of singing children. We’re at a Young Voices event — the largest school choir in...

THC by studioreyesisraela

THC delivers a vinyl-only mix of high-energy house and classic rave thumpers for the Fresh Kicks mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about her love for ‘90s dance music, the Venus Vessels non-profit collective, and building her name during the pandemic

Surprising as it may seem, THC made her name during the pandemic. While clubs were shut, the Bogotá-born, Berlin-based DJ’s regular sets on the HÖR...

Jeshi

East London’s Jeshi documents personal struggles, social contradictions and life’s day-to-day mundanities with a wry wit and relatable appeal. For this month’s Meet the MC, Rahel Aklilu speaks to him about the observational songwriting of his debut album, ‘Universal Credit’

"This is less of a big, brash political statement, which you’d expect because of the title, but rather a collection of observations from a man...

Former Mixmag editor Dom Phillips missing in Brazilian Amazon

Concern is growing over the whereabouts of Dom Phillips, a highly respected British journalist and former-editor of Mixmag, and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Araújo Pereira...

The Sound Of: Kindergarten Records

New York’s Kindergarten Records has become an essential outpost for hard-to-define, easy-to-dance-to club music in just two short years. Alongside a mix from its catalogue, founder Ma Sha tells Sophie McNulty how friendship and a sense of fun are at the heart of the imprint

“When people open up our Bandcamp page, they can expect this welcoming vibe that’s like, ‘Are you ready to go on an adventure with us?’”...

Jamie Jones

After eight seasons at DC-10 in Ibiza and two lost to the pandemic, Jamie Jones makes his grand return to Ibiza this summer, and is moving his flagship party, Paradise, to Amnesia Ibiza. For his DJ Mag cover feature, Anna Wall speaks to the Hot Creations boss about coming up in the East London after-hours scene, mentorship, and becoming a dad

It was a humid summer night in June on the white isle back in 2005. Jamie Jones had just returned from Barcelona’s annual Sonar festival...