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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...

Premiere: Maara ‘Take the Wheel Miss Sweetie’

Maara will release a new EP, ‘Spiral 2 the Other Side’, via London label X-Kalay this Friday, 1st July. Listen to ‘Take the Wheel Miss...

Kendrick Lamar Glastonbury

Kendrick Lamar closed his headline Glastonbury set with an emotionally charged chant for women's right, days after the US Supreme Court made the decision to...

Idle Hands

Bristol label and record store Idle Hands' final record "for the time being" is a four-tracker featuring Bruce, K-Lone, Rhythmic Theory and Glances.


“This is the...

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...

Octo Octa in a red cut out top against a blue background

From her first release as Octo Octa in 2011, there’s always been an element of rapturous freedom inherent to Maya Bouldry-Morrison’s music. But since coming out as a trans woman and meeting her life/work partner Eris Drew, that feeling is rendered in brighter shades than ever. Taking time out from a European tour, Bouldry-Morrison details her road to house music happiness

This feature originally appeared in print in the June issue of DJ Mag North America. It has been amended for online publication, due to two...

Selections: Aquarian

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Aquarian spotlights broken techno, fluorescent rave sounds, electro, juke and more

Like a fine wine, Berlin-based Canadian Aquarian’s music is only improving with time. While his early ‘10s productions for UNO were nothing to sniff at...

Lady Shaka

Global club beats, queer femme energy and Pacific Island identity come together in Lady Shaka’s joyful Recognise mix.  Ahead of her appearance at Sónar Festival this month, the DJ and interdisciplinary artist speaks to Anna Cafolla  about building connections around the world, uplifting her communities, and her Pasifika club sound

“Kia ora!” Lady Shaka greets New Zealand’s debut Boiler Room show. This is FILTH, a radical club community that centres QTBIPOC, and their first post-Covid...

Andrew Fletcher

Andy Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of pioneering British electronic music group Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.


The news was shared via Depeche Mode's...

Lil Silva

Lil Silva has announced his debut album, 'Yesterday Is Heavy', which will arrive on 15th July via Nowhere Music.


The video to opening track 'Another...

John Peel collection

Rare items from John Peel’s archive are set to be auctioned next month.


Among the items are an annotated mono pressing of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Two Virgins’ LP...

Only 13% of UK festival headliners in 2022 are women, study finds

A new study of UK festivals by BBC Newsbeat has found that only 13% of 2022's headliners are women.


A gender-focused analysis of 50 UK...

Nova in a pink jumpsuit

Nova has shared brand new single 'No Fear', featuring vocalist Jeremy Mbiba. Check it out below. 


The London-based artist, who won the breakthrough MC award...

Castlemorton 1992: photographing the Illegal rave that changed UK dance music forever

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the biggest and the most infamous illegal rave that ever took place: Castlemorton – a week-long, 20,000-person party deemed so anarchistic that it shook Middle England to its core. Here, photographer Alan Lodge tells his story of capturing a week changed UK dance music forever

It started on a particularly sunny bank holiday weekend, on the 22nd May 1992. A ramshackle convoy of vehicles, which served as the rag-tag homes...

Selections: Gabrielle Kwarteng

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Panorama Bar regular Gabrielle Kwarteng spotlights jacking and enchanting house tracks for the dancefloor

If you’ve been to Berghain’s Panorama Bar recently, there’s a good chance you’ve danced to a DJ set from Gabrielle Kwarteng. The New York-born, Berlin-based...