August Event Guide
Words by Matthew Scott
You know the score with Dilate by now. Jump up, sweat, chaos. Apparently their bookings for the new academic year are pretty tasteful, so keep your eyes peeled after this one…
The Exit lads have earned our deepest and utmost respect over the last few months for their dubstep parties at WHQ, featuring the likes of Youngsta, Kromestar, Distance, and various others, and as it’s the summer they are continuing their activities by hosting a few residents parties a short hop away in Durham at the Fishtank. It’s very simple. Residents the Happy Slappaz will be pounding out pretty much anything electronic you can name for three hours or so – Jackin, Bassline, Grime, Dubstep, Techno, Folk Music (that last one might be made up) – and you’ll also get to see Feandra playing a deft selection of hip-hop too. No international dubstep headliners does not mean the quality of the music will be any less good: we can vouch for these lads on both their taste in tunes and their welcoming attitude towards electronic music too, so if you’re about Durham or fancy making the trip across from the Toon you’ll not regret popping along to this.
From Outlook Festival to Ibiza to the Muppets doing Cabin Fever in Muppet Treasure Island, everyone loves a good party and a dance on a boat. And they’re even better when they’re for a good cause. So with that in mind let me point you towards this little party that’s happening on the Tyne on the 20th of August. Featuring local DJs Kenrick, Subnote, Perkah, Danox, and Haxby, and with a full bar and an as-of-yet unannounced theme, this boat will be swimming with DnB, garage, bassline, house, and all manner of other different styles of music as it floats past the Baltic and under the Millenium Bridge. But that’s not all. All the proceeds from this event will go to local charity Daft As A Brush, which offers support and care to local people who are suffering from cancer. As many of you will know, the legend Simon Turner, who was much of the inspiration for what we do here at OHOD, passed away due to cancer a couple of years ago, so this was and remains a cause close to our hearts. So if you’re around get yourself along and show some support for the cause. The boat will be leaving the Pitcher and Piano at 6.30 pm and will be back by 11pm. A party and a good cause – two of the best things together. Hats off to the organisers.
For those of you who don’t know, Sanctuary is one of Newcastle’s most respected house events, curated by two of Newcastle’s most respected house DJs. Paul Junior and Andy Allwood have been running the event for almost two years now, and to celebrate they are returning to where it all started, one of our favourite bars No. 28, on Bank Holiday August for a night of all things sultry, sexy, and sumptuous about house. On the line-up are the two co-runners themselves, who both delivered absolute lessons in house music when we had them at our mammoth twelve hour event a little while ago, and they’ve been kind enough to return the favour and ask us to do a ninety minute house set for them. Finally, the esteemed Modify Bros will be on the bill too. Expect, from as at least, a poignant mix of Jack J, Moomin, Andres, and whatever else we come across before the real local heads get started. 9pm-3am, so pop down for a drink and a dance if you’re around!
Now, we know this is on the same night as we ourselves will be spinning some tunes elsewhere, but this really, really cannot go unmentioned. Ikon, the legendary North East club night, are back with a nostalgic mixture of hard dance, hardcore, and – and this is really what we’re interested in – makina. In the main room of the Academy you’ll get to see the Belgian Milk Inc, who will be laying down all their classic dance tunes, as well as Ultrabeat, who soundtracked everyone’s pre-pubescent years with Pretty Green Eyes, alongside Delusion and a couple of others. But upstairs, you will get to see some North East myths too. DJs Force, Chrissy G, and Impulse are legends amongst the makina and New Monkey, their tapes passed round like gold nuggets during our years in high school. But the scene has dropped off in recent years, meaning this is a rare chance to get to see these selectors doing what only they know how to do. Tickets are £15 early bird if you want to get your trackies on and go…