New chance to be part of The Cause

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New independent venue The Cause has launched a crowdfunding campaign as it seeks to stem the tide of London’s nightclub closures.

The aim is to create a new self-built arts and event space in Tottenham, north London, with a quality sound system and a large focus on the local community.

The crowdfunding campaign needs to raise £30,000 to complete the venue. Some of the perks which can be purchased with a donation include recording a mix in the club, the chance to play on the sound system and £100 worth of drinks for £50.

After completion of the project, The Cause will operate a membership scheme to cover the costs of running the club and raise money for local charities. The charity partners include Mind in Haringey, the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Help Musicians UK.

The Cause will celebrate the launch of the new campaign with a special party on Friday 13 April 2018 featuring performances from an American house music legend (yet to be revealed), the mysterious Tusk Wax, modern acid house artists Posthuman and more acts to be announced.

“After putting on some of London’s best underground parties for years we want to harness our network and create a space for the London dance music community,” says Stuart Glen, co-founder.

“The Cause is designed from the ground up to give back to people around us. Creative and inspiring at its core, The Cause is a DIY love child of Eugene Wild (co-founder) and a fight against the club closures across the capital, all while helping others.”

Sign up for tickets to the party via: http://www.supportthecause.co.uk.

Contribute to the crowdfunding campaign via: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-cause–5#/

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Time for a dance music revival

There is an interesting article on the Mixmag website about the 100 highest earning nightclubs in America.

Mixmag have taken the figures from a feature in Forbes magazine claiming that the top 10 clubs in the US have a combined income of at least $550m.

Much like Europe, America has suffered from the downturn in the global economy since 2008 but dance music fans are clearly still going clubbing.

The same cannot be said of the UK where numerous big name nightclubs have suffered from a lack of attendance and many have closed.

Could this have anything to do with the lack of dance music on national radio and the sidelining of shows supporting the genre?

It is interesting to note that one of the most well-respected names in dance music who hosted one of the most famous programmes on national radio in the UK – Pete Tong – is now mostly based in the US.

The current crop of radio presenters don’t appear to support dance music or seem particularly interested in encouraging people to go to nightclubs and dance.

And in radio playlist meetings no one dare mention EDM such is the snobbish attitude to the genre.

There also appears to have been a lack of creativity in night clubbing which might have contributed to the decline.  The venues in America host DJs who put on a real show, performers who entertain the crowd on the dance floor and pyrotechnics which make the event more akin to a theatrical performance than some of the bland nights audiences have experienced in the UK.

It is time for something new.

TheEDMblog is calling for a revival of dance music, an increase in the number of radio shows and presenters promoting the genre and the return of exciting creative night clubbing in the UK.

A Matter of some importance

It is hugely disappointing to hear that the London club Matter has been forced to shut down because of heavy losses.

The club has struggled after engineering works closed the Jubilee line at the weekends making it difficult to get to and from the venue.

This follows a recent announcement that Buddha Bar on the Embankment has gone into receivership and the news that Ministry Of Sound is fighting developers who want to build near the venue.

Over the last few years nightclubbing in the capital has been badly hit by the recession and the closure of some of the most well-known clubs.

Unfortunately, this has also been reflected throughout the UK with many venues closing down and music festivals being cancelled.

This represents a huge loss for the clubbers who are so passionate about music and having a good time as well as the entertainment and music industries.

There is some hope, however, as Matter may reopen later in the year and I wish founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie luck with re-launching the venue.

All over the world people are finding times very hard. Nightclubs and music festivals offer the opportunity to relax and unwind and immerse yourself in music. They offer a brief period to escape everyday life and maybe dream of a world which might be better for everyone.

I think the chance to dream and emerge with some hope for the future of us all is – in this day and age – a matter of some importance.