It’s just gone midnight and in a Kuala Lumpur basement, a heaving, sweaty crowd are watching a DJ bang out techno in near-darkness. It’s easy to forget that above our heads is the five-star Mandarin Oriental, where the vibe is somewhat different: a three-piece jazz band is playing to sedate guests in the foyer.
He points out the painstaking work that went into constructing the space: the club’s wooden cladding was stripped from tugboats Pereira found in a west coast port town, while the concrete DJ booth was built to withstand “the force of a tank,” he says. He blew half the budget on the club’s soundsystem, a bespoke Tri Motion fitting by Void. After having a go on it, Seth Troxler said, “It may be the best soundsystem in the world”.
A recent ban on outdoor festivals in the city has also aided the clubbing scene, allowing for healthy competition between the partying spaces that KL has to offer. These include superclub Zouk, magical enclave Iron Fairies, that’s part bar, part urban wonderland, and the musically-minded W Hotel, which has just opened its doors. Horeanga explains that, “there are nights when partygoers visit three to four locations, in an attempt to learn, expose themselves to a new and varied music dynamic, and harness their discerning taste for it”.
“It was just champagne, champagne, champagne, sparklers, sparklers, sparklers,” he says. “The dancefloor kind of disappeared — it was all about lounges. When we opened up, it took a while for people to respond to a dancefloor. And then eventually — it only takes one or two ice breakers…”
With Kyo - in full swing and now looking to expand to other territories around the world, Pereira’s outlook is radically different from the tentative beginnings that the club had.
The first details for this year's Mint Festival have now been announced with Seth Troxler, Claptone and Defected's Sam Divine amongst the first confirmed DJs.
This year's edition will see the festival return to RAF Church Fenton at Leeds East Airport, and will also feature Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed, Apollonia, Gorgon City, Darius Syrossian and Enzo Siragusa, amongst others.
Elrow and FUSE have been locked in to host their own arenas at the festival, and organisers have promised that the full lineup will cover the bases of house, techno, disco, garage and more.
Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Faithless and stacks more are now locked for Glastonbury 2019.
The Glade area has unveiled its line-up, with a host of high-profile names on the bill. Squarepusher will play an acid set, John Digweed, George FitzGerald and Seth Troxler will also play across the three rigs, with Leftfield down for a DJ set.
Movement Detroit has shared the set times for 2019's festival, which runs 25th - 27th May at Hart Plaza.
Highlights are set to include Orbital live, Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and Function as LSD, LA hero John Tejada getting sexy with vocalist Reggie Watts and a Pyramid stage slot for Virgil Abloh.
Gottwood has added more than 50 acts to its 2019 lineup, including the likes of Shanti Celeste, DVS1 and Seth Troxler.
Aurora Halal and The Pilotwings have been newly confirmed for live sets, while Batu, DJ Tennis, Bambounou, Crazy P, Digby and The Ghost are amongst the latest DJ confirmations. Peach is also locked in for a b2b set with Nathan Micay, formerly known as Bwana.
Laroc and Ame, two of Brazil's leading clubs, have announced a new three-day festival for 2019 with Seth Troxler and Dubfire among the headliners.
Carnaval will take over the neighbouring venues, one hour's drive out of São Paulo, from 2nd - 4th March, with 30 DJs set to be involved in total. DJ Snake, Camelphat, Alan Walker, Diplo and Hot Since 82 are already confirmed for the event's debut edition.
Fabric have announced Ricardo Villalobos, Ben UFO, Marcel Dettmann and many more for spring 2019.
Striking a balance between fast-rising acts and bigger names, the London club will host seventeen stacked bills across January to March next year.
Kiasmos, Magda, Leon Vynehall, Joris Voorn and Seth Troxler are also among the first names announced. Check out the full current programme below.
Audio Obscura is giving techno fans a once in a lifetime chance to party in a prison this year at ADE.
No strangers to unique venues, the local promoters will be hosting three events over three consecutive nights at Bijlmerbajes prison in the Netherlands.