Love Family Park hails one of the finest festival atmospheres…
On paper, Love Family Park boasted a respectable line-up with Sven Väth (7hr Set), Ricardo Villalobos & Luciano (b2b), Loco Dice, Matthias Tanzmann, Marco Carola, Mathias Kaden & Daniel Stefanik (b2b), Karotte, Robert Dietz, Kollektiv Turmstrasse (Live), Dominik Eulberg, Sascha Dive, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts (Live), Zip, tINI and Frivolous (Live). But the amazing thing about this festival isn’t just the line-up of DJs, its also all the other components that go into creating a festival. There are three basic categories involved in creating any decent festival, which are obviously made up of separate components; Organisation, Atmosphere, Music…
Organisation was impeccable!
Starting with the queuing for entry, which was pretty jam packed, surprisingly passed in reasonable time considering they were body checking everyone and all bags were being searched. Upon entry, it was surprising to see a kind of cloak room hut for larger items such as Video Cameras, Mini Stereos and all kinds of other bits and pieces.
Germany seems to have a great recycling and litter reducing technique, where all empty plastic and glass bottles that are handed over to a deposit point, warrant a small cash back. It’s only a few cents, but it’s a system that works for more than one reason. It’s also a system that is used at the Love Family Park festival in conjunction with a token system for all purchases within the park. The are plenty of kiosks or huts around where plastic tokens can be purchased and used for buying drink or food. Upon your first purchase, you are charged a one token deposit for the plastic cup and given a voucher, which means you have to return the plastic cup when you buy another drink or return the plastic cup and the voucher in order to get your token back. And if you seem to have vouchers left over by the end of the day, you can always refund for your cash. You should see how remarkably clean the festival is compared to most!
Another great piece of organisation, was the bars themselves, with plenty scattered around the park and a massive rectangular bar situated under the motorway. Getting yourself a drink requires no more than a couple of minutes.
Atmosphere was perfect!
The train from Frankfurt out to Hanau was full of Love Family Park people, all drinking, enjoying, nothing too rowdy. And the same goes for the 5min walk from the station down to the Park, with everyone drink, mainly beer or Jaegermeister, some people dressed in some really creative ways, and many people mingling with others. Approaching the Park itself, there are plenty of stands selling beer of the street with music to get people in the mood. And this atmosphere is amplified once you actually enter the Love Family Park, with people who really love the music and are there just to enjoy it and mingle with other people. definitely reinforcing the name of the name of the festival.
Music was on form to battle that of most festivals!
First of all, the sound system was quite impressive, especially for the main stage and in the way every stage was laid out, you could actually walk either round the sides of the stage or even round the back. Something which holds advantages as you can easily slip into the sides of the crowd in linear with the stage or even stand away from the sides of the crowd and still feel the impact of the sound system.
In terms of the actually quality of music, Matthias Tanzmann and Loco Dice done remarkable jobs of getting things rocking and the crowd moving. Ricardo Villalobos & Luciano on the other failed to impress as they followed up from Loco Dice’s last record, which literally had the whole crowd grooving away. The couple seemed to be going one record each and Villalobos’ opener was too monotonous and boring to follow on from what Loco Dice had left behind. It may have been the case that they got things back up to speed shortly after, but at the sight of seeing plenty of people walking away and the fact that Sven Väth had already been rocking the main stage for 4hrs, we moved back over to the main stage after the first three records of Villalobos & Luciano.
This was probably the best decision made, as Sven just annihilated the crowd with one great record after another, knowing exactly how to work the crowd with some unexpected, yet seamless transition in the music. Dropping the likes of Matthew Dear – “Little People (Black City) (Sascha Dive Remix)” and Maetrik – “Crush On Me”.
Normally, DJs that get on the microphone can end up destroying a great set in a devastating way, but somehow Sven’s way off reaching for the microphone and saying a few words at the end of the festival as he closed his set, adding a little grace to the whole event. The DJ legend thanked the crowd and emphasised that without those people the festival would be that which it is. Also that he’s been DJing for 30 years and he’s not stopping because of his love for the music…
A festival that promises to deliver what a festival should on all levels!
Sven Väth’s all day festival returns for yet another year, with yet another great line-up…
Love Family Park returns for its 16th year to Mainwiesen, Hanau, Germany and its a return that is sure to deliver. Over the years, this all day festival has be growing with unprecedented success, not only from the growing number of ravers that attend every year, which has added to its international profile and the number of people traveling from far and wide to soak up the atmosphere, but also in the number of stages and the impressiveness of the line-up. Engineering, visually and sound-wise, as well as organization have expanded in equal measure. Some artists have been there from the word go; many others have joined since then. 2001 saw the introduction of a new floor, which was first placed on a tennis court. In 2005, the third floor was erected, to meet the needs and expectations of artists and visitors alike.
Their site is still being updated from last year, but confirmed information goes as far as location, line-up and early bird tickets, which is all you really need to know.
Mathias Kaden & Daniel Stefanik (b2b)
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts (live)
Kollektiv Turmstrasse (live)
This weekend proves once again that the underground scene in London is still alive….
London sees yet another weekend of superb music and once again Londoners and visitors are spoilt for choice between, The Gallery, Cocoon, Global Underground, Nature or Nurture, Jaded and god knows how many low-key parties shaking up London Town. But we feel the main clubs which will be rocking the weekend are Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Cable and all very close to each other.
Ministry of Sound will be hosting The Gallery for a Friday night of Progressive House featuring Hernan Cattaneo & Danny Howells playing back to back for 4 hours, not to mention Henry Saiz and Guy J getting in on the action. While Saturday night leaves the way for Global Underground with Trafik and James Talk. Fabric puts on a special night of Cocoon where Sven Vath, Onur Ozer, Matt Tolfrey, Ilario Alicante and resident Craig Richards will be joined by a few other guests. This is a night worth getting in on, which is where we will be! But that’s not to say that Nature or Nurture won’t be rocking down at Cable with Terry Francis and Nathan Coles [Wiggle / Fabric] playing back to back. Followed by the Jaded “6th Birthday” bash kicking off at 5am in Cable.
And if you really need some good music to get you warmed up for the weekend, we can recommend this great mix by Benji which is just the right amount of deep moving tech house to get anyone in the mood for a good party!
This weekend is surely going to be a storm for everyone involved in Cocoon’s visit to England, as well as for Liverpool’s Nation and London’s Fabric.
Cocoon will be making a double date tour this weekend, kicking on Friday at Nation, Circus presents the Cocoon night with a line-up of some of the industry’s most established DJs; Booka Shade, Guy Gerber, Raresh and Onur Ozer. Not to mention Circus top man Yousef and Cocoon legend Sven Väth.
With Circus’ involvement in hosting a Cocoon night with such a line-up, Liverpool’s Nation is going to be electric.
Moving on to Saturday night and Cocoon will be landing at Fabric and how are we pleased to see the legendary Sven Väth gracing Fabric once again. Here Sven will be joined in Room 1 by Turkish DJ Onur Özer, known to music lovers for his offering on the Green and Blue mix series last year, as well as London’s very own Matt Tolfrey, who are surely going to be shaking things up. Room 2 will be just as momentous with Chile’s Dinky being joined by Italy’s Ilario Alicante and Marcus Fix, who has acclaimed releases on Cécille, Oslo and Cocoon. And last but by no means least, the intimate Room 3 will be given a run through its paces with Craig Richards and Jozif rocking through the night.
If after this weekend of madness you still feel like you could do with some more, make sure you get yourself down to Cable, London Bridge, for Jaded’s 6th Birthday where you are sure to experience possibly the greatest after party in the Capital. Running Sunday morning from 5am till 2pm the renowned Raymundo Rodriguez will be joined by Bass Culture boss D’Julz, Circo Loco legend’s System of Survival, Rythmatic’s Stathis Lazarides and Wesley Razzy. As well as Tommi & Colette Delalez. A morning not to be missed!
You can guarantee that Guerilla Sounds will be at Fabric for Cocoon and we might even pop in to Jaded for a bit of after hours shenanigans!
Circus presents Cocoon @ Nation
22:00 – 06:00
Booka Shade (Live)
+ more TBA
Cocoon @ Fabric
Faringdon, London 23:00 – 08:00
Sven Väth Onur Özer Matt Tolfrey Dinky Ilario Alicante Markus Fix Craig Richards Jozif
Jaded 6th Birthday @ Cable
London Bridge, London
Raymundo Rodriguez D’Julz System of Survival Stathis Lazarides Tommi & Colette Delalez Wesley Razzy
Fabric hosts a line-up of extreme talent this Saturday….
Once again Fabric demonstrates why it is still one of the best clubs in the world by host yet another great line-up of extremely talented DJs. Let’s face it Fabric has all the basic ingredients for be one of the best; size, location, ambient, sound system, as do many other clubs. But it’s in the choice of DJs where Fabric really accelerates from all the rest. Obviously the way in which Fabric is made really give a great underground vibe, but it must be said that they continue to host some of the best DJs around.
This Saturday 6th November, Fabric will be hosting WIGGLE, which means Nathan Coles, Eddie Richards and Fabric resident Terry Francis will be shaking Room 2. They will also be joined by what we think will undoubtably be a very special performance from Maetrik. Someone who is on fire at the moment releasing some great tunes and cool remixes left, right and centre. Plus Maetrik is celebrating his birthday, which means he will be dropping a lot of monster tunes and we hope even his latest track, “Snorkel”!
Room 1 is going to be just a jumping as Room 2 with resident Craig Richards and Luciano at the helm accompanied by Ernesto Ferreyra. But if Room 1 and Room 2 end up being packed out, you can also escape to Room 3 for a little more intimacy with Inland Knights, Fred Everything and Da Sunlounge.
Room 1 Craig Richards Luciano Ernesto Ferreyra
Room 2 – WIGGLE Nathan Coles Terry Francis Eddie Richards Maetrik (Live)
Room 3 Inland Knights Fred Everything Da Sunlounge
Make sure you don’t miss the following dates: -
Saturday 20th November Matthias Tanzmann
Saturday 27th November Sven Vath
Saturday 4th December Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, M.A.N.D.Y.
Saturday 11th December Radio Slave, Guy Gerber
Saturday 18th December John Digweed, Guy J
One last thing…..It’s good to see Sven Vath lined-up to play Fabric!
Halloween weekend was expected to be one of the greatest weekends this winter at the Movement Torino Music Festival 2010….
With a Saturday night performance by the masterful Sven Väth at Patio Club followed by a spectacular Sunday night featuring Chemical Brothers, 2 Many DJ’s, Derrick May, Ellen Allien, Ilario Alicante, Dixon and many others.
Unfortunately the event turned out to demonstrate a very ugly side of event organisation that left many party goers feeling massively disappointed and let down.
Starting with the Saturday night, we arrive at the venue around midnight only to be confronted by a complete road block 100m from the entrance of Patio Club. We all had prevendita (pre-sale tickets), which basically means that we had already paid a small fee in order to reserve our ticket so to speak where we then just pay the difference on arrival at the event. Two of our group had already passed so we obviously wanted to know why on earth there was this road block stopping us from passing. After speaking with security they said that the place is closed due to being over crowded. Which did seem very strange. Then after another 5min of waiting under the rain they finally allowed a number of us to pass, walk down to the entrance of the Club to queue again. Fortunately a little diplomacy from one of our group and the security allowed us to enter the club as we already had half our group in, but we were the only ones to pass leaving the rest of the crowd outside.
Once we entered the Club we realised that the place was absolutely packed full of young teenagers and stayed like this until at least around 2:00am. Turns out that this Club normally organises an underage night on Saturdays and instead of cancelling this regular night of teens for Movement, they kept it all the same meaning that that all those that had bought tickets to see Sven Väth had to wait outside until the Teens had decided to start going home, resulting in a one in one out system. This for one, is not acceptable! If people pay for a ticket for an event, they can accept the possibility of wait to enter, but not because the venue is already full.
The most disturbing part of all of this was the number of Teens we saw being carried out by their friends because they were green in the face, passing out, or completely unable to stay conscious! And the chanting of football songs whilst Sven was pumping out some amazing tunes was extremely annoying. Leading us to ask why on earth those people were there in the first place.
We forgot about the disappointing Saturday and simply looked forward to the Sunday night at the Pala Olimpico where we were sure to have a good night. Again like the night before, we arrived at the venue around midnight with our prevendita tickets. To start with, there was such a mess in trying to get tickets with the prevendita that we ended up in the wrong line for about 20mins without realising. Luckily we were able to make a quick switch without cause any problems. But once we got close to the sales window there was absolute pandemonium, with people push and shoving we were getting increasingly crush. Lucky for us we’re not small but for all the young Italian ladies in the queue it must have been a nightmare.
Two of us had finally got our tickets and struggled to find our way out of the mess, another of the group was already in the venue and the fourth member was denied a ticket at the sales window. They had closed the sales windows and refused to sell any more tickets. With one member of the group without a ticket we proceeded to the main entrance to try speaking with an official – None to been seen anywhere! By this time they had even stop people WITH tickets from entering due to overcrowding. We could see the entrance from the gates and it looked worse than London’s Central Line in rush hour. We tried to get some answers from some official police officers that were on site, who insisted that that people were still able to enter the event, which was not true.
We saw many people trying to report this to the police who were on site and their response was always dismissive, sometimes even ignoring people. One Officer even closed the window of his vehicle as a member of the public was trying to speak to him.
The only response the police had for this mess was in the way of riot police on the premises of the venue and they certainly weren’t there help people!
The one person from our group who managed to get in left the event after 30min saying that it was impossible to move inside it was completed jam packed full of people.
What a shame!
We feel that this poor organisation has not just let down many music lovers, not just Movement as a name, but also the imagine of Italy. Many people criticise Italy for poor organisation and corruption, but this event has done nothing but fuel this imagine, especially with the disappointing response of the authorities!
What we find even more shameful is that the fans, music lovers, where allowed to be treated in such a way. This is something we should never accept!
But we must say that Sven Väth, once again lived up to expectations, especially when he dropped Snorkel by Maetrik. And we heard amazing reviews about Chemical Brothers. Just a shame we and many others didn’t get the chance to experience it.
Halloween is this weekend and it seems like there is a Halloween Party in every corner of Europe. But we’ve tried to filter through the lot to bring you the best ones out there. The main highlight this weekend has to be Movement in Torino. They have several parties taking place throughout the city all weekend, but the ones to watch out for are the Saturday and Sunday nights at Patio Club and PalaOlimpico.
Watergate – Freude Am Tanzen Berlin (Germany) 24:00
Daniel Stefanik vs Mathias Kaden, Marek Hemmann (LIVE), Krause Duo, Monkey Maffia, MBeck, Taron Trekka
Robert-Johnson – The Princess Of Darkness Frankfurt (Germany) 24:00
Magda, Marc Houle (LIVE)
Cocoon – The Sven Vath Birthday Celebration Frankfurt (Germany) 22:00 – 08:00
Sven Vath, Die Vogel (LIVE), Tobi Neumann, Nick Curly, C-Rock, Jacuzzi Boys, Alex Flitsch
The Tunnel – Bedlam Maidstone (England) 22:00 – 06:00
Tim Green, 2000 and One, Emerson Todd, Alex Kilby, The Angry Twins
Fellini Club – Wakeup Genova (Italy) 24:00 – 05:00
Seth Troxler, Giovanni Verrina
Ewer Street Car Park – Mulletover Halloween Fancy Dress Party 2010 London (England) 22:00 – 06:00
Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, Ewan Pearson, Glimpse, Renaissance Man, Geddes, Elon, Nisekay, Cooly G, Love & Mercy, Sketchy & Another Amit
Fabric London (England) 23:00 – 08:00
Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Slam, Zip, Baby Ford, Melchior Productions (LIVE), Sammy Dee, Lasermagnetic, Neil Thornton, Johnny Hiller, Lovefingers, Lee Douglas
Patio Club – Movement Torino (Italy) 24:00
Sven Vath, Federico Grazzini, Luca Bear, Romano Alfieri
Lightbox – Ripped Halloween Ball London (England) 22:00
Evil Nine, Spektre, The Good Guys
B-Box – Altavoz Bologna (Italy) 23:00 – 04:30
2000 and One, Nina Kravitz, Alex Picone, Unzip Project, Max D. Blas, Anderedo, C.al.ma., No More Trouble, Alive Lab
PalaOlimpico – Movement Torino (Italy) 22:00
Chemical Brothers, 2 Many DJ’s, Ellen Allien, Derrick May, Ilario Alicante, Robert Hood, Anthony Shakir, Nathan Detroit, Ernesto Ferreyra, Karotte, Patrice Scott, Keith Worthy, Guillaume Dumont, Dixon, MCDE
Cocorico – Halloween Riccone (Italy) 23:00
Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ricky Montanari, Unzip Project
Hangar Bicocca – Cadenza Vagabundos Milano (Italy) 22:00 – 07:00
Movement are back with a their 5th edition in Torino, which by the sounds of things is sure to impress….
Movement, which will be held from 28th – 31st October, is destined to leave its mark in Torino, a city that is gradually developing in popularity for music. Torino played host to the Winter Olympics back in 2006, as well as the imaginative “Club to Club” project and of course the huge “Movement” music festival.
Last year saw Movement taking hold of the Pala Olimpico, ex Isozaki Stadium, where we saw the likes of Stacey Pullen, Derrick May, Luciano, , Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin. Great line-ups but the only draw back was the location, as high hits and kick drum booms echoed around the entrance to the Pala Olimpico, the atmosphere was slightly lost, especially because it was so huge.
Though this year looks like there has been an improvement in terms of locations, multi-locations, but the Pala Olimpico is still on the list.
This year we can be expecting a couple of workshops and showcases organised as well as several pre-parties to get people warmed up for the event: -
18 Sep – Raresh, Torino
02 Oct – Shaun Reeves, Firenze
08 Oct – Derrick Carter, Torino
09 Oct – Derrick Carter, Mantova
15 Oct – Kevin Saunderson, Roma
22 Oct – Trus’ Me, Torino
From the website nothing is really clear or confirmed apart from the pre-parties and we are only able to gather who is headlining the 4 day event and the locations involved. But as to when the DJs are playing and what venues, it’s not clear. Although checking one DJs diary we can see when he is playing.
So all that can be confirmed is the following: -
Politecico di Torino (workshops)
Fnac Store (Red Bull Music Academy Panel)
Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Showcase)
Blanco Club Lounge
The Chemical Brothers Sven Väth
2 Many DJ’s
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumont
Anthony “Shake” Shakir
For all the latest news and updates, check out movement.it.