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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...

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris has announced the release date and collaborators for his forthcoming new album, ‘Funk Wav Bounces Volume 2’.


The Grammy award-winning Scottish DJ and...

Robin S and Big Freedia have reacted to Beyonce's comeback single, 'Break My Soul', which includes nods to both artists' work. 


Released on Monday 20th...

Watch Swedish House Mafia’s full Coachella 2022 headline set

Swedish House Mafia's full Coachella headline set has been shared online. 


The trio's performance marked only the second time in a decade that a DJ...

How X-Press 2’s ‘Lazy’

Released in 2002, a dream collaboration between UK house heroes X-Press 2 and Talking Heads' David Byrne, ‘Lazy’ lit up clubs and the pop charts alike. Here, Dave Jenkins talks to the group’s Ashley Beedle, Rocky and Diesel about how the track transcended generations and genres to become a timeless hit

“Who even writes a bloody dance tune called ‘Lazy’?” laughs Ashley Beedle. Fellow X-Press 2 founders Rocky and Diesel chime in with the chuckles, as...

Beyoncé samples Robin S' house classic, 'Show Me Love', on new single, 'Break My Soul': Listen

Beyoncé's new single, 'Break My Soul', includes nods to a '90s house classic in Robin S' 'Show Me Love'.


'Break My Soul', which is out...

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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...

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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...

Morgan Hislop

Morgan Hislop and Orchid have linked up for a new single, ‘Timezones’. Check it out below. 


The jazzy, 2-step-flecked collaboration between the pop up-and-comer and...

Balearic trance

Ibiza played a central role in spreading a new take on trance around the turn of the millennium — a more soothing vein of the sound that captures the mood of a Mediterranean sunset. As clubs in Ibiza are opening again for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DJ Mag dives into the roots of a genre that was inspired and shaped by the island’s unique appeal: Balearic trance

Long before turning into a global clubbing destination, Ibiza appealed to crowds looking for spiritual growth — with those from the hippie movement settling in...

12 emerging artists you need to hear this June

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From hard-hitting techno and soulful house anthems to ravey post-punk bangers, here's June 2022's list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

Berlin-based DJ and producer Anna Kost’s debut EP ‘The Very End Of You’ on Hotflush-offshoot Who Whom is the ideal intro into her raw but...

Ultra Naté Miracle

Ultra Naté has released a new single, 'MIRACLE'. The track is taken from her forthcoming album, 'ULTRA', which due to be released in the coming...

An 86-year-old gran watches bagpipe rendition of Faithless 'Insomnia' by grandson’s band

A video of an 86-year-old gran stoically watching her grandson's band perform a bagpipe rendition of 'Insomnia' by Faithless has emerged online.


Marjorie Lawrie was...

Calvin Harris DJs on Liverpool FC team bus after Champions League final

Calvin Harris joined the Liverpool Football Club atop their bus for a parade through the city on Monday, 30th May.


The Scottish DJ and Liverpool...