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Greg Wilson 25 DJ Mag

A guide to dance music's pre-rave past...

Akala's Natives: Race And Class In The Ruins Of Empire is a fiercely honest appraisal of growing up poor and mixed race in broken Britain. This heartfelt polemic fights every excuse of racial ignorance and serves as a two-fingered salute of threatening intellect. DJ Mag catch up with the MC, writer, poet and political commentator...

Berlin’s techno superstar Paul Kalkbrenner is back with a new LP that pays tribute to the city’s halcyon early rave days. We find out more about how he avoids the limelight, his obsessive work ethic and his love of early dance sounds...

Words: STEPHEN FLYNN
Pics: OLAF HEINE

For many, travelling outside of the UK or Europe for a festival seems like a pipedream, but getting away to a shindig can be a good excuse to make the effort and explore somewhere totally new. Here’s a few global get-togethers it’s worth having a shot at...

 

Wellies at the ready, it’s time for a festival (or three)! The summer has returned, or at least as much as it ever does in the UK, and with it comes swathes of festivals across the nation, continent and, you guessed it, the world. As per, we’ve trawled through the listings and put together a definitive list of the ones you really need to know about. So biros at the ready, get circling or risk kicking yourself come October...

Some of the most important DJs in the development of the UK scene are children of the ‘Windrush Generation’. With the Windrush Scandal in the news lately, and the 70th anniversary of the Windrush ship arriving in the UK occurring this June, DJ Mag talks to some of the black and mixed-race foundation DJs about their parents, racism, culture, and being pioneers in our beloved scene...

 

A guide to dance music's pre-rave past...

The British icon hand-picked the line-up for one of the London mega-venue’s biggest dates yet…

Carl Cox: "play gabber to piss your neighbours off"
Carl Cox: "play gabber to piss your neighbours off"

“The energy of that sound is such a force”...

With mental health and wellbeing one of the principal keynote topics at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza at the end of this month (May), we asked the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)’s working group Protect Mental & Physical Health For Fans & Professionals to interview some industry stalwarts about their mental health experiences and how they’ve coped. Read on for some expert advice on how you can maximise your wellbeing when things get tough...

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