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Review: Hyte Amsterdam Dance Event 2018

Hyte’s biggest Amsterdam event so far for the Berlin based festival brand.

Hyte returned to its spiritual homeland of Amsterdam on Friday 19th October to celebrate its so far biggest event in the city.

The venue was Loveland’s massive Mediahaven and the event was fully sold out more then three weeks before.

Nearly 4,000 ravers danced across three rooms to the soundtracks for this outstanding night, created by Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Pan-Pot, Guti, Andrea Oliva, wAFF, Yaya, Benny Rodrigues, Boris Werner, Caleb Calloway, Enzo Siragusa, Samuel Deep, Subb-an, Adam Shelton and Mandana back 2 back with Thabo Getsome.

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All three rooms of Mediahaven were dyed in red colour from the typcial beaming Hyte laser cage when guests arrived at the venue. A seriously music loving crowd came from all over the world to party at this annual Hyte offering.

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This years key design aspects, such as the Moiré patterns which were not only present on the large LED screen made this gathering also a visual Hyte experience.

Acoustic key elements of the night were the sets from Serán Bendecidos head honcho Loco Dice, techno super veteran and new Mute Records signing Chris Liebing, Guti, who celebrated his own birthday on that night and played a phenomenal live set, as well as Second State bosses Pan-Pot. wAFF and Andrea Oliva played an exceptional back to back session, Dutch House legend Benny Rodrigues presented a remarkable performance.Absolutely worth mentioning as well were the sets of Yaya and Caleb Calloway, whose performances stood out for delivering quality selections with skilful mixing.Once again, Hyte has proven its taste to set trends in the underground.

And now, attention turns to Hyte New Year’s Eve marathon in Berlin at Funkhaus with Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, Richie Hawtin, Stephan Bodzin and many more.

Chris Liebing Album Launch Event

Review: Chris Liebing Album Launch Event

A beautiful sold-out celebration for Chris’ second coming.

On the 8th September, 3000 fans flocked to the secluded location of Kaap Oost Amsterdam on Zeeburg Island to escape from the city and celebrate the release of Chris Liebing’s second album ‘Burn Slow’. At the truly one of a kind venue, the doors were open from 1pm and Chris performed an outstanding 10 hour set where he played some of the ‘Burn Slow’ records for the first time. Following this, the party went onto local club Shelter for an after dark session and another sell-out success.Chris LiebingThe All Day Long event was an incredibly special day for Chris as the intimate feeling and lovely atmosphere allowed him to connect with fans from across Europe and beyond. There was a personal connection which is often missed on busy worldwide tours with moments of conversation and record signing with fans were met with surprise gifts given to Chris.

Around the site, the Loveland team built stunning stage production which was married with the picturesque landscape of the river and vast open land.Chris Liebing Crowd‘Burn Slow’ is Chris Liebing’s stellar second coming and marks his debut on the British label Mute. Featuring vocal contributions from Gary Numan, Miles Cooper Seaton, Polly Scattergood, Cold Cave and Aleen, the album sees Chris seek out new harmonic territories whilst retaining the framework of the techno beats that he has dedicated his life to.

The key concept of presence – the idea that everything is happening in this moment, and that everything in the past is mere memory – form the thematic backbone of the record. It’s something Liebing got in touch with via the philosopher Alan Watts, not to mention decades of getting entire dancefloors lost in the present.Chris LiebingThe Burn Slow project began its evolution with two remixes, for Depeche Mode’s Going Backwards and Goldfrapp’s Everything Is Never Enough – both artists associated with his new label, which has been an inspiration for Chris Liebing since a young age: “Without realising, a lot of the music I was into came from just one label, Mute. I vividly remember dancing around at my neighbour’s house in the early ‘80s to songs by Depeche Mode and Yazoo. Banging my head in dark basements to the likes of DAF, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb to name but a few.”Chris Liebing album eventChris posted this over social media following the events “How can I ever thank you all for this unforgettable day last Saturday in Amsterdam. I was blown away from the beginning to the end. Love Land set up a mini festival that looked and sounded fantastic.

Smiles all over the place. Speechless.

The morning started with a great Interview at the Redlight Radio with Renske van Kollenburg, then I played 10 hours from 1pm to 11pm open air, being super lucky with the weather and it was amazing from start to finish.

And since that was not enough, I played another 4 hours at Shelter Amsterdam later on, so much fun!. What a day/night… still speechless.”

Chris Liebing’s album ‘Burn Slow’ is out now and available from here.

Burn Slow – Tracklisting

  • So Then… feat. Cold Cave
  • Zero One
  • And All Went Dark feat. Polly Scattergood
  • Novembergrey
  • Out Of This World
  • Card House feat. Miles Cooper Seaton
  • Ghosts Of Tomorrow 
  • Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1) feat. Gary Numan
  • Trilogy
  • No Regrets (The Friend Pt. 2) feat. Aleen

Hyte Electric Zoo NYC

Review: Hyte Leave New York Raving To Their Groove

The Berlin based festival brand brought their reputable spirit to the US.

Hyte, well-known for outstanding underground electronic music events all over the globe, presented their latest collaboration on Sunday 2nd September, with Electric Zoo Festival in New York and once again it proved the brand to be one of the most essential and exiting in the world of Techno and House.

The performances by Chris Liebing b2b Dubfire, Pete Tong, Matthias Tanzmann and Gregor Tresher set the groove to this stage hosting.

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The stage was expertly designed with the key elements of every Hyte show and, of course, had New York’s iconic skyline in the backdrop as the music began. Memorable sets came from a quality list of names on the Hyte stage:

Things started to heat up with Gregor Tresher, who played a magical mix of techno that really got people into the groove.Gregor tresherMatthias Tanzmann then stepped with an outstanding set of his infectious tech house sound, featuring plenty of cuts from his own Moon Harbour label as well as the best of the rest.Matthias TanzmannWith Pete Tong coming on stage, he really was the centre of attention for the whole festival, and as ever came correct with his contemporary selection of up front sounds all mixed to perfection.Pete TongThen came the legendary Chris Liebing and Dubfire, brothers in music, who really showed they had a great understanding as they took the crowd on a real journey.

Chris played a few of his upcoming tracks from his much-anticipated new album Burn Slow, recently released on the infamous Mute label, and it was a real highlight of the festival.DubfireAttention now turns to Amsterdam Dance Event, where Hyte will present another highlight event. It is across three stages at Mediahaven and features world class names like Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Pan-Pot, Enzo Siragusa, Guti, wAFF, Andrea Oliva, Subb-an b2b Adam Shelton, and many more (Click here for event info), then on November,

10th Hyte is coming to Eindhoven in The Netherlands to host a stage at “We Are Electric” at Klokgebouw with Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Robert Hood, Colin Benders live and Titia.

The Cause Crowdfunder

The Cause Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

A 100% grass roots, arts & events space supporting dance culture, London nightlife, independent business and positive mental health.

Held in an old car mechanics depot in Tottenham now part of Down Lane Studios, this 400 capacity space will fill a void left by London’s recent club closures.

It will feature a world-class DJ booth in the centre of dance-floor, 5am license, the only custom-built Core sound-system install in the world and a revolutionary membership scheme that aims to raise over £25K for The Cause’s charity partners in its first 12 months of opening.

Being a fully independent venue The Cause is set ask for the public’s help with a full list of exclusive perks. The Cause is aiming to raise £30,000 via Indie Go Go to see it through to completion, see here.

Friday 13th April will see The Cause celebrate its crowdfunder by opening it’s doors in its current raw, industrial state to give everyone a taster of what they are buying into. It will feature a surprise set from an American house music legend, the mysterious Tusk Wax, modern acid house outfit Posthuman plus more acts yet to be announced.

Expect something very special as last week The Cause put on a friends and family party with Johnny Aux of Paranoid London, Subb-An, Adam Shelton and Voigtmann all playing. The week before the legendary Mr C was lined up too before the council licensing committee caused delays.

This party will be 100% free, sign up at Cause celebrate its crowdfunder The aim is to create a totally independent, self-built arts and event space with a world renowned sound system and a large focus on local community. An optional 200 capacity second room is also available for larger events in conjunction with Grow Tottenham which will directly fund a community garden. See crowdfunding page here.The Cause celebrate its crowdfunder

The Perks

Some key perks of the crowdfunding campaign include recording a mix in the club, playing on it’s killer soundsystem, £100 worth of drinks for £50, over half price membership for 12 months and £100 for entry to every event for 12 months. As well as the cost of the amazing rewards the crowdfunder will help pay for labour, build costs of sound-system, DJ equipment, lighting, final building works plus tills and payment systems. See crowdfunding page HERE where they aim to raise £30,000 for completion.

After crowdfunding The Cause will operate a membership scheme of £10 per month to help raise further money for its charity partners. Membership perks include:

– A free seasonal cocktail every month
– Access to members only room with an extensive selection of craft beers and cocktails
– Members drinks offers
– First alerts of tickets being on sale
– Reduced entry to in-house parties

Revenues from the membership scheme will be allocated as follows:

– 40% to mental health charities
– 20% Towards costs of operating the scheme, i.e. membership cards, admin, website costs
– 40% Towards the cost of rewards for signing up, e.g. a free cocktail

The Cause will also hold fundraising events with profits from tickets and a cut of bar sales going directly to charity partners.

The Space

The Cause celebrate its crowdfunder The main event space is a 400 capacity, industrial warehouse with low ceilings while the DJ booth features in the centre of space with 360 degree crowd interaction. Built from solid concrete specifically with world-class electronic artists in mind plus plenty of space for live set-ups.

The Soundsystem

Core SoundSystemThe sound-system will be the first ever full club, purpose built sound-system by Core. Core built their first system in January 2017 and have been providing the sound for many of London’s best underground parties since. They are responsible for the incredible audio on the secret East London party boat, known for hosting regular carry-ons after fabric and infamous Monday sessions.

The Quote

Stuart Glen, co-founder of The Cause says “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. 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 tide of club closures across the capital, all whilst helping others.”

The Cause

Mental health is a becoming a major talking point within the music industry with Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Benga, Sasha and many more speaking out about the subject.

The Facts:

1 in 4 of people in the UK are affected by mental illness
35-50% of people across the world that have mental health problems and don’t get help
Musicians are 3 times more likely to suffer depression and anxiety than the general public


35% of London’s grassroots music venues have been lost since 2007
The number of nightclubs across all of London’s 33 local authorities decreased by 50% between 2011 and 2016

The Cause links two prominent issues in a responsible way whilst educating and raising funds simultaneously for great projects.

The Partners

Mind In Haringey – helping people local to The Cause
C.A.L.M. – Campaign Against Living Miserably – dedicated to preventing male suicide.
Help Musicians UK and their #mindsmatter 24 hour mental health support line for the music industry.The Cause celebrate its crowdfunder Through the network of London’s party people, dancers, DJ’s, promoters and performers, The Cause aims to represent the local underground music scene in a responsible way, raising awareness for mental health issues, supporting local business and shining a bright light on nightlife in London. See crowdfunding page here.