Ultra’s forthcoming festival in Beijing has been postponed after festival organisers failed to get the necessary permits in time.
Both local authorities and permit issues are to blame which have forced the festival’s organisers to come up with a last-minute solution.
Instead of a full-blown festival, Ultra has been forced to commandeered three clubs to hosting every DJ on the festival line-up across two nights.
Unfortunately, festival goers will now be forced to choose two of the 6 events which have been shared via Ultra's social media.
Point Blank’s connection with IMS Ibiza runs deep: you may have caught their recent video following the 2018 Accelerator winner and Point Blank student Ambian on his trip to play at IMS in support of Seth Troxler and Flashmob, and you may or may not know that PB students get discounted tickets to the event every year. You probably don’t know what DJ Ravine got up to when he accompanied Ambian on his trip this year – but you can find out the video below.
MAMBY ON THE BEACH
THE only beach festival on offer in the Windy City makes the most of its unique status with sets from rapper Common, techno veteran Richie Hawtin and popular house type, Duke Dumont. Plus Dixon, Jax Jones and Walker & Royce also feature as highlights on the bill.
NESTLED between the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll never be short of places to explore. A stone’s throw from the Atlas Mountains, and from the bustling city of Morocco, the festival itself is located at the Fellah Hotel and this year you can find Larry Heard, Mr. G, Rødhåd, Octo Octa, Avalon Emerson and plenty more.
CONSISTENTLY voted the number one festival in the world, Ultra’s agship edition is the centrepiece of Miami Music Week year in year out, this year reuniting Swedish House Ma a for a special closing show. Now a global force, however, the brand has a host of festivals around the world throughout the rest of the year, not to mention umpteen Road To Ultra warm-up events. Basically, wherever you may be, Ultra have got you covered.
Point Blank Music School has years of experience teaching Music Production, and after experimenting with many different developers, the main DAWs they teach with today are Ableton Live and Logic Pro. Both are incredibly powerful tools with limitless potential for you to make whatever kind of music you wish.
VARIETY is the spice of life at Hideout, with everything from grime and UK hip-hop to solid techno represented in the line-up; Paul Woolford, B.Traits, Charlie Sloth, Bicep, Bugzy Malone, AJ Tracey, DJ Sneak, Skream and Horse Meat Disco make this one very hard to turn down.
LOCATION: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
DATE: 25th - 29th June
PRICE: £159 - £229
STAFF PICK: George Fitzgerald — that superb recent LP proves he’s back on top.
SEVEN days of soul-tinged sets from the crew behind Southport Weekender, 2018’s instalment of this Croatian institution looks set to pack plenty of jack — Kerri Chandler, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Spen, Mike Dunn, Jamie 3:26 and a showcase celebrating 15 years of Parisian house club Djoon.
MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS
SET in the picturesque mountains of Polkovnik Sera movo, this magical festival is now in its 8th year and attracts over 2,000 revellers. With an eclectic mix of live acts and DJs this year, there’ll be a stage takeover by Little Gay Brother, plus Groove Chronicles, Commix and Gwenan. Don’t miss the 6am sunrise set, it’s legendary.
BACK for its fth edition, Italy’s Terraforma brings together experimental artists, art installations and a focus on sustainability. Acts across the three days range from techno legend Jeff Mills and Warp Records veterans Plaid, to rising stars like Scotland’s Lanark Artefax and Bristol techno head Batu.
NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
THIS line-up reads like a who’s who of modern jazz, neo-soul and funky hip-hop: The Roots (with special guests), D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, BADBADNOTGOOD, Anderson .Paak, Moses Boyd Exodus, Mulatu Astatke and many more play across two days in Rotterdam. One to kick back and relax at, then.
DESCRIBED as a “sophisticated beer festival with international live music”, Haven sounds right up our street, especially when that music includes Kraftwerk, Kamasi Washington and Nils Frahm. With a focus on art, food and an aim to become 100 percent organic, providing chilled alternative to the usual three-day sesh fests.
Every term, final year students studying a BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree at Point Blank Music School are tasked with re-recording a classic track as part of their assessment. A recent choice of song was the late, great, Amy Winehouse’s gorgeous classic: ‘Love is a Losing Game’.
In a new series, Point Blank take an indepth look at Ableton Live 10 with Thomas Glendenning, one of around 200 certified Ableton trainers worldwide. For the first video, the focus is on perhaps the simplest new feature of Live 10, and almost certainly the most revolutionary: Capture. It allows you to record midi sounds after-the-fact, even if you forget to hit record, opening a world of possibility for freer jamming.
Solid Grooves have announced their plans for its Sunday parties at Ibiza megaclub Privilege from 10th June to 23rd September.
This year will be the crew’s third year on the island and they've booked some seriously big names including James Zabiela, Nick Curly, Richy Ahmed, Skream, Huxley, wAFF, Josh Butler, Anek, Audiojack, Dennis Cruz, Dense & Pika and Mason Collective.
Solid Grooves will also be welcoming the likes of KALUKI and Portal to curate some the nights to keep their four-month stint at Privilege fresh and exciting.
Following on from the first video a few weeks back, we return to the guest music industry masterclass given by Nick Halkes at Point Blank Music School. Nick is currently the manager of Liam Howlett (The Prodigy), Stanton Warriors, DnB dons Bad Company UK, Ministry of Sound-signed One Bit and more. He is also a member of the Reach Up crew who are bringing their disco/boogie soundtrack to Blue Dot, Bestival and Festival Number 6 this summer.