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Fabric's 8th Birthday Weekend

Reported by Kris [Trackitdown.net] on October 10, 2007

Turning 8 is Great!

We’ve been so busy enjoying this past year, we can hardly believe it’s time for our birthday to roll up and rear its lovely face. They say time goes faster the older you get – ain’t that the truth. But as far as we can tell so far, 8 is a good age to be. The number conjures up all kinds of divine imagery and superstitions, but here at fabric, the number 8 makes us think of one of music’s basic foundations: the 8 notes of an octave (see Figure 1 below). So as we look forward to a long weekend of musical delights we pay homage to the wonderful octave and all it provides, turning to one of music’s simplest scales, A Major (see Figure 2), to navigate our way through some of the highlights of this year’s birthday bash.

A Major

one octave

Now, you’ll see that we have included a tab on here as well, so get your guitars out for our starting A note – Adventures in the Beetroot Field. Since their rowdy party for our birthday last year, AITBF have consistently thrown the most forward-thinking bashes in the capital – featuring everyone from Midnight Juggernauts to Lethal Bizzle to Planning To Rock to Digitalism. For our birthday, they’ve given us quite a special gift: three rooms filled to the brim with the likes of The Aliens, Shit Disco, The Whip and Envelopes.

Shift to B, and feel free to switch instruments for the wild and mystifying Black Devil Disco Club. Since releasing the astounding, legendary ‘Disco Club’ EP a few years back, Black Devil Disco Club has won legions of underground fans with his fusions of tape loops, rippling electronics, decadent vocals and lovely oddities: a glittery disco sound that hasn’t quite been touched elsewhere. Not to be missed! Now let’s jump a whole step up to the sharpest of C’s for Cobblestone Jazz, the three musical wonders that have invited freeform jazz improvisation techniques to join the enclosed techno world. Founder Danuel Tate and his mates Tyger Dhula and Wagon Repair’s Mathew Jonson to form a trio that create studio productions based on their live performances (not the other way around). Swap to the double (Miami) bass now and half-step on over to D, for the incontestable world-renowned scratch champion, Craze. As we excitedly anticipate his upcoming FABRICLIVE 38 mix (to be released this February). Expect the pops, stops and whistles needed for a raucous party.

A whole step up is the “electech” sounds of the wondrous Berlinette Ellen Allien. Her fabric 34 mix back in May remains one of the most prized compilations on our roster; just like everything else Ellen Allien, it’s artistically perfect. A vinyl-only girl, one of Ellen’s seamless DJ sets is undoubtedly a very special best birthday present for us. To F - a firm favourite in the birthday octave - F - Fancy Dress. Staying true to the scale you’ll have to look your sharpest for our Saturday night party, as we’ll be dressing you up. Be warned. G (sharp, mind you) resounds another whole step up, so grab your Glock(enspiel) for the ghetto fabulous sounds of Graeme Sinden. He’s been a busy fella since his performance in our Room 3 last year for the birthday – on top of his massively popular Get Familiar residency with Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor, his ‘Beeper’ remix (with Herve, under their Count of Monte Cristal moniker) soaring the charts, M.I.A. hand-picking him to be her tour DJ, he’s also been pushing music on the airwaves of Kiss 100 on his Thursday night show. He’ll be joining the Beetroot Field crew for a special no-holds-barred birthday set.

Ah, to A, the end of our octave, so let’s close with two: Andy C and DJ Andy. Both Andy’s are of unparalleled fame and admiration in their respective scenes - Andy C in the UK and DJ Andy in Brazil. Though encompassing two entirely different sounds and styles of drum’n’bass, Andy C and DJ Andy are both essential icons in the electronic scene, heralded for their impeccable precision and inimitable DJing techniques.

There you have it. Well done you, it sounded great! And when all of these 8 notes are tied together, with added melodies from our lovely residents Craig and Terry (for their 8th year running) and the rest of our friends and family, the result is a beautiful orchestration for a finely-tuned birthday party.

As part of the birthday festivities, we will be launching our fabric podcast series next month. More information to come, stay tuned…

Full lineup:

**THURSDAY** 18 OCTOBER

FABRICLIVE.

tickets: 0870 902 0001 or www.fabriclondon.com

9.30pm-5am £12/10(NUS/Fabric First Members)

ROOM ONE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND - ADVENTURES IN THE BEETROOT FIELD...

The Aliens (LIVE), The Whip (LIVE), Opera House (LIVE), Filthy Dukes, Crispin Dior, Sinden, Jape, StopMakingMe

ROOM TWO:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND - ADVENTURES IN THE BEETROOT FIELD...

Shit Disco (LIVE), Guns N Bombs (LIVE), Envelopes (LIVE), Untitled Musical Project (LIVE), Turzi, Theoretical Girl, StopMakingMe, Young & Lost DJs, Thomas Tantrum

ROOM THREE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND - ADVENTURES IN THE BEETROOT FIELD...

Petit Pilous, Brodinski, Skull Juice, Dolby-Anol

FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER

FABRICLIVE.

tickets: 0870 902 0001 or www.fabriclondon.com

9.30pm-5am **NB. £15/12 (NUS/Fabric First Members)**

ROOM ONE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

DJ Craze, Adam Freeland, Plump DJs, Scratch Perverts, Krafty Kuts, Joe Ransom,

ROOM TWO:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

Goldie, Andy C, Drumsound & Simon Bassline Smith, J Majik, DJ Andy (Brazil), DJ Go (Mixologists), Macpherson

MCs GQ, 2 Shy & AD

ROOM THREE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

Tayo, Skream, Ali B, Baobinga, Sick Rick

SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER

fabric

tickets: 0870 902 0001 or www.fabriclondon.com

**NB. 10pm-10am** £16/£12 (NUS/Fabric First Members)

ROOM ONE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Ellen Allien, Cobblestone Jazz (LIVE), Tobi Neumann, Dyed Soundorom

ROOM TWO:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

Ivan Smagghe, Optimo (JG Wilkes), I-f, Black Devil Disco Club (LIVE), Neil Thornton

ROOM THREE:

FABRIC BIRTHDAY WEEKEND...

Rub N Tug, Omar-S, Pete Herbert (Reverso 68)