Claire is a freelance journalist living, loving and havin' it large in hectic London town. As well as editing the Core website and doing all manner of important editor business on the printed publication, she also writes for numerous dance music publications and reviews clubs and restaurants for London guide, Fluid. When she's not beavering away on the mag or telling people off for bad spelling and punctuation, Claire likes travelling, long walks and throwing some serious shapes on the dancefloor.
You only have to drive through the gates of Pontins in Southport during Hardcore Heaven’s award winning Weekender to immediately get a taste for its atmosphere. This let us not forget, is one of the main dates in any ravers calendar. It’s the one date that everybody looks forward to year in, year out - artists and clubbers alike.
Celebrating its 1st birthday this year, the Glow Ball is an event that quite clearly cares and looks after its clientele. Promoters Kristina and Matt greeted me at the door and gave me the low down on what to expect. This was a party that both themed and prided itself upon a UV wear dress policy and many a happy face turned out in force to support it.
I’d heard plenty of good things about this night, so I decided to make the journey south to Firewall to judge for myself, and I was somewhat shocked by what I found! I arrived just before 10pm at the venue, which appeared to be an old theatre, and entered to the wonderful sound of hard trance maestros, Wragg & Chubba.
In certain circles, (the kind we like), the Bloc Weekend has pretty much obtained a legendary status and in this, its third year, it’s already stamped its mark on the dance music calendar as one of the finest and essential electronic music events the UK has to offer.
Bionic is the UK’s biggest hardstyle and European hard trance promotion, with almost nine years experience of putting on some of the country’s most exciting events. Run by Cally (of Cally & Juice fame) and Brian M, Bionic has gained a cult following across the whole of the UK and has even attracted people from abroad to come and see what all the fuss is about.
Midlands based Bounce 2 This team up with London hard dance heavyweights Frantic for this massive bank holiday weekend event. I still find it hard to believe there are still people who have yet to witness the atmosphere at a B2T event. Everyone is happy and friendly to each other, the way it should be, and it’s almost as if we’re back in the nineties with a buzz in the air and smiles aplenty. People are stood around chatting and hugging each other, and it’s a great environment to be in.
Electronic music giants The Prodigy have recently confirmed that they are to do collaborate with grime artist Dizzee Rascal. Dizzee Rascal recently talked of his desire to work with them, saying: ‘Seeing them live, you see how powerful they are how much intensity is in their shows… I just wanna be a part of that.’
Ministry of Sound launch their new ‘Clubbers Guide to Ibiza’ application for the iPhone and the iTouch. Hottest new accessory of the summer, users are able to find their ways to the hottest bars, the coolest clubs and best restaurants, all using GPS. They are all handpicked, reviewed and recommended by reliable sources.
After seven years of being in charge of the social music website Last FM, Felix, RJ and Martin have decided to call it a day and hand over the reigns to media giant CBS. The site has grown from a small living room in East London to having 40 million unique visitors worldwide. In 2007, CBS bought the site for an estimated £140 million, but it’s only now the previous owners have called it a day and moved onto pastures new.
A pioneer in his field, Bukem has shaped and developed the sound we all know now as drum and bass. The name LTJ Bukem originates from a contraction of ‘El DJ Bookem’ – a nod to the Spanish ‘The DJ’ and the well-known catchphrase from Hawaii Five-O by Steve McGarret, Senior Officer to Danny Williams, ‘Book ‘em, Danno’.