Final Day of Electric Zoo Shut Down Midway by Bad Weather

electric zoo ny day three canceled

Heightened security, anti-molly PSAs and drug-sniffing dogs couldn’t stop the wrath of Mother Nature yesterday. Severe thunderstorms rolled across the Northeast on Sunday forcing Made Event, the promoters behind New York’s three-day electronic-music festival Electric Zoo held on Randall’s Island in New York City, to shut down the third and final day.

Last year’s installment of the annual event was cut short after two attendees died over drug overdoses.

The festival tweeted: “Electric Zoo NY has been shut down for the remainder of the festival due to extreme weather conditions. We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern.”

At first artists such as Chase & Status didn’t believe the news of the festival’s cancelation:

Others such as Alesso were simply stunned and disappointed by the news:

What So Knot’s reaction was perhaps the best:

According to a post on Made Event’s Facebook, an announcement will be made whether attendees will be compensated for the event’s closure due to weather.

Image via Facebook

Aphex Twin Will Hold Ticket Lottery For ‘Syro’ Listening Sessions


Fresh from announcing the upcoming release of Syro, his first album in 13 years, Aphex Twin has announced a series of listening sessions for the much-anticpated album. According to a missive sent this morning, eight listening sessions will be conducted around the world. Tickets will be allocated via a lottery. Sounds fair, right?

Here is the press release in its unedited entirety:

This is the information

Beginning next Friday, over the course of several days there will be one off events internationally where fans will be able to hear Aphex Twin’s first new record in 13 year in its entirety before the release on September 23. RSVP ticket lottery begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4amPST/7amEST/12pmGMT/1pmCET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone.

These are the cities where they are happening

London, UK
New York City, US
Los Angeles, US
Chicago, US
Toronto, CA
Paris, FR
Brussels, BE
Utrecht, NL

This is where you out find more about rsvping for specific listenings:

aphex twin syro listening parties schedule

Win Tom Middleton’s ‘Dub House Bass’ Loopmasters Producer Pack

tom middleton dub house bass loopmasters sample pack

Musical visionary Tom Middleton has blazed trails as half of Global Communication and a solo artist. From working with Aphex Twin early on in his career to producing tracks amid a series of musical monikers, he’s also remixed the likes of Leftfield, Prince, Model 500 and too many other artists to mention. And let’s not forget his classic three-disc mix The Sound Of The Cosmos, which remains one of the best DJ mixes every forged.

When it comes to technology, Middleton is also an accomplished sonic dabbler, having served as the audio architect for Yotel in New York City amid various other endeavors.

His latest royalty-free producer pack for Loopmasters is Dub House Bass boasts sounds culled from ’90s Chicago and New York house through Detroit techno. The pack features Classic House Stabs, Retro Strings, Warm Pads and Deep Organs, Deep & Dirty Basses, Skippy Beats dipped in Dub and Reggae vintage spring reverbs and echoes. The collection also sports 7 construction Kits that Middleton has put together using the samples in the pack plus a few extra bonus sounds to help inspire your creative juices.

We’re giving away two copies of Tom Middleton’s ‘Dub House Bass’ to two lucky Big Shot readers. Enter to win by tweeting the following:
I want to win Dub House Bass from @djtommiddleton @bigshotmagazine @loopmasters. More info:

Contest ends September 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm EST. Good Luck!

The rules:

• you must be following @bigshotmagazine and @loopmasters
• entries must be from a valid Twitter account
• anyone found using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible

London’s Fabric Plots 15th Anniversary Blowout Celebration

Fabric London dance floor

From October 17 to 19, 2014, London clubbing institution Fabric will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since they opened their doors? Time flies when you’re having fun.

The Fabric team, who have produced roughly 2400 shows since the venue opened in 1999, will take a much deserved victory lap with their massive three-day shindig.

The first party on October 17 will feature sets from Four Tet, Goldie b2b with Doc Scott, Terror Danjah b2b with Champion, Pinch (live), Craig Richards, Terry Francis and more guests to be announced.

The flyer for the first celebration can be found below, with announcements on the full lineup to be made shortly.

Happy anniversary, Fabric!
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Sam Paganini’s 5 Tracks of the Moment

Sam Paganini Drumcode Satellite

Italian techno troubador Sam Paganini has been deep in the mix since the ’90s. He’s been coming on strong in recent years by releasing tracks on Richie Hawtin’s Plus8 and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings. Adam Beyer’s Drumcode has also been an outlet for Paganini sublime productions, and that ongoing relationship has led to the release of his upcoming debut album, Satellite.

Inspired by his DJ gigs at Berghain in Berlin and Cielo in New York, the album orbits on an axis of minimal funk and all-out floor burners.

Ahead of the release of Satellite, we checked in with the maestro and asked him to wax poetic about his five favorite tunes of the moment.

Drumcode will release Satellite on September 5. Catch him at Move in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 30.
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Bonobo Is Releasing a Freakin’ Awesome Live Album & DVD


Picking up where he left off with 2010′s acclaimed Black Sands, 2013′s The North Borders found downtempo beatmaster Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) exploring darker, glitchier beats and collaborating with the likes of Erykah Badu and an array of rising talent. Since releasing his latest and greatest Green has gone on to crisscross the world, playing major festivals to sold-out club shows and bringing his magical grooves to 2 million people. His travels and performances have been documented on an upcoming new live album and DVD, The North Borders Tour – Live.

Set for release October 7 on Ninja Tune, the 11-track album opens with his breakthrough track “Cirrus” and features appearances by Szjerdene (“Towers,” “Heaven For The Sinner”) and Andreya Triana on the utterly gorgeous “Stay The Same.”

The album will be available in a variety of physical formats:

This live album will be released in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. There will be standalone CD and 2LP edition too, it’s an exhaustive, beautifully captured record of the show. The audio and video were recorded and filmed at The Roundhouse in London and in the incredible Pula Arena, a genuine Roman Amphitheatre. In addition, some of the tracks on CD are handpicked from breathtaking live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. Packaged with the DVD will be moments of documentary footage filmed as the tour reached California.

If you’re itching to get your hands on new Bonobo material and can’t wait until October, Ninja Tune recently issued Bonobo’s “Ten Tigers” single, which features “Duals,” an unreleased Bonobo track from The North Borders recording sessions.

Check our 2013 interview with Green shot in Brooklyn and watch a teaser for the DVD below.


1. Cirrus
2. Towers feat. Szjerdene
3. Stay The Same feat. Andreya Triana
4. Prelude
5. Kiara
6. Ten Tigers
7. Kong
8. Ketto
9. Emkay
10. Heaven For The Sinner feat. Szjerdene
11. Recurring