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After the recent tragic deaths of two people at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth, the issue of drug safety testing has been thrust into the spotlight once again. DJ Mag talks to Fiona Measham, founder of The Loop harm reduction organisation, about the work that they do and why some pill manufacturers are making their ecstasy so strong...

The Sulta Selects boss takes over the Thames with Larry Heard (live), Jayda G, HAAi, Jocelyn Brown and Jamie 3:26 for a massive night of house, techno, disco and more...

As Black Box re-release the original version of their 1989 mega-hit, DJ Mag talks to Daniele Davoli about the birth of Italo house, the dispute over Loleatta Holloway’s vocal and that lip-synced video...

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Greg Wilson Discotheque Archives 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...

Simon Baker was a successful DJ/producer who had releases on labels such as Kompakt, Cocoon and Last Night On Earth. But then he developed tinnitus, and his life changed. However, rather than wallowing in misery, he started to find out all about how to treat the condition before re-training as a craniosacral therapist in order to help others experiencing tinnitus. Here’s his story...

Words: Simon Baker

 

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...

 

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