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When volcanic ash stopped the smash

On 15th April, ‘Please Don’t Stop the Music’ became more than just a crap Rhianna song. It became the rallying cry for distressed ravers world wide, as volcano Eyyjafjallajokull ejaculated ash all over northern Europe, grounding planes and with them DJs.

The eerily empty skies left many artists stranded, and a harrow- ing wave of cancelled gigs, club nights and tour dates ensued. Of these, California’s Coachella festival was among the first vic- tims. While headliners Muse, the Gorillaz and Erol Alkan arrived in Palm Springs unscathed, sets from Delphic, the Cribs, Gary Nu- man and Frightened Rabbit were all thwarted by the party-pooper volcano. Top marks for effort go to the Cribs though. Despite a 16-hour detour road trip via Amsterdam, the band still did not make it to LA in time. Or perhaps they just got waylaid by the lazy-making delights Holland’s capital has to offer. (Un)luckily for Coachella’s revellers, Little Boots happened to be in the US already. No dan- ger of a cancellation there. As the Icelandic beast contin- ued to spew shit into Europe’s airspace, weekend line-ups were held in the balance. LCD Sound- system reluctantly cancelled their Dublin dates, while Carl Cox was forced to miss a set in Bulgaria and Armin Van Buuren one in Italy. Some, like Noisia, vented their frustration over twitter. ‘We’re not going to make it to Bologna tonight because of that fucking volcano :( Rematch soon!’ Others refused to be beaten, embarking on epic cross-country mega-journeys to reach their ven- ues. In typical American fashion, Tommie Sunshine drove over 600 miles from London to Ber- lin for his gig, flippantly blaming Bjork for the eruption. Meanwhile, Laidback Luke ferried it to Paris then trained it to Amsterdam. ‘My score this weekend: LBL 2, Vol- cano 0!’ boasted the Dutch DJ. Still others resorted to even more ridiculous means of transport. Caspa, for example, tweeted ‘I’m on the back of a dolphin doin’ flips n shit… Belgium here I come!’ Gosh, hope his iPhone didn’t get wet. Of course, there’s always the odd conspiracy theory flying round too. According to Fake Blood, ‘there is no ash over Northern Europe. They just want to keep airspace free over the North Sea and Atlantic because there’s SOMETHING OUT THERE!’ Hmmm, maybe not.

Deadmau5 reckoned he had the solution though. ‘According to



LCD Soundsystem, Brixton Academy

Not many

bands would get away with playing their opening song twice in a row, es- pecially when it’s 10 minutes long. It took a few numbers to get into their stride, but when they did it was more than worth it. The last hour saw a greatest hits tour, mixing old smashers with future classics from their (reportedly final) album. An immense finale of New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, accompanied by a shower of white balloons, was a perfect end to a fantastic set. James Murphy, we salute you.

Catch LCD Soundsystem (perhaps for the last time) at a host of festivals this summer. Check their website for full listings.


With the list of dj’s ever growing, grac-

ing the decks at Ram over the bank holiday weekend were a selec- tion of the best. Andy C headlining his 2 hour set, not to be missed (as always!). Moving through the years with his selection appealing

to every raver in the club. However, Ed Rush and Optical two old school dj’s from their very own label ‘Virus’ were on a different level. Let down of the night however was Goldie who turned up extremely late for his set. I wasn’t complaining though, due to this mishap the rest of the night got delayed and continued through till 7am and the stamina crew were not ready to leave!

Together presents Digitalism & Felix Da Housecat @ The Coronet

RIP Turnmills, but longlive Together! Kicking off the Bank

Holiday bender with a bang, Digitalism, and old skool house master, Felix Da Housecat for the intriguingly-named Animal Rave. An apt title, as mess head pranced wildly among mess head in fucked, animalistic fashion. Oh, and not forgetting the hundreds of blow-up animals that were launched into their heav- ing midst at midnight! Musical highlights came from Digitalism, who treated us to true Euro style. All in all, this was one seriously awesome night. But then what do you expect at the start of a 3-day weekend?!

For more madness from the Together crew, visit together-club.

Thousand Photos Of You

Thousand Photos Of You had their

“Oh my God honey, there is a massive man standing in that volcano!”

legend, the only way to appease the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is to sacrifice a virgin girl. Fuck it, let’s just toss Justin Bieber in there… as if the volcano would know the difference anyway.’ Perhaps ro-

dent-features is on to something here. As with most crises though, this one soon blew over (pardon the pun), and clubland got back to its collective carbon-guzzling. And

next time we won’t be caught out so unprepared. We’ve got Justin Bieber at the ready…

Celia Garforth

debut gig on Wednesday 5th May, at a pub in the lad’s local town of Romford. Having only been together a short while they did extremely well, performing a huge set consisting of their own songs aswell as some classics covers. The band would be described by many as “pop punk/ emo” and they fit into these genres well. The lads got their crowd going, and had everyone singing along. After the gig I was lucky enough to catch up with the band’s frontman Jack Miller, this is what he had to say about the night, “I am so happy with the amount of support we received, and I’m extremely grateful and totally appreciate everybody turning up. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and start writing some new songs i know people will love! Our new song was well received, and I got such a rush from playing! Watch this space!” There you have it four London lads who need your support. Check them out at”

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