This year was a milestone for Block9. Celebrating 10 years of existence, the champagne was in full flow to toast what's been a magical decade.
It’s 2017 and the festival is firmly alive and kicking. But while Glastonbury is life-changing, Sziget is an epic endurance event and Tomorrowland is a Disney-cum-EDM carnival, the trend at the moment isn’t to go bigger and better.
The recent interest in drug checking at facilities in the UK comes on the back of a rise in purity of many drugs including MDMA and cocaine – with associated increases in acute risks of harm associated with these drugs. Drug checking can play an important role in alerting users to higher dose pills and purer powders, and can provide early warning about more dangerous or toxic pills when they appear. Anything that gets people thinking consciously about what they are taking and engaging with drug safety is a good thing. But knowing what’s in your drug is only ever part of the solution to using drugs more safely – and better quality, higher purity drugs are not necessarily safer.
20 years ago 'Ok Computer' was released, an album that would come to define Radiohead for the following two decades. In the same year, 1997, they headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, a performance that's since been heralded as one of the best the UK festival has ever played host to.
Mixmag stumbles out the HEL stage at midnight on the first day of Iceland’s Secret Solstice music festival. Seth Troxler is taking over the decks after nearly two hours of The Black Madonna’s irresistible style and Kerri Chandler is set to follow. We’ve been locked in the dance for a few hours and a short break outside is necessary, it’s 12:00 AM after all and the night is young. That said, one step into the sunlight and all notion of time disappears. “What time is it again?” a fellow patron asks. “Noon”, I reply. He chuckles, bums a smoke and continues on his way. This festival’s remarkable atmosphere can flip the mind upside down, but luckily the music carries us through and Circoloco’s showcase is currently in full swing.