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Press Play: submerse

October 5, 2017 |

Introducing the first in a new UE series called Press Play. Join us as we take a step back from our usual audiophilic musings to speak with artists about a different artform entirely: gaming. We’ll be covering their history of, the … Read More

UE.39: Cedric Woo

September 29, 2017 |

For a selector like Cedric Woo, the old adage “It’s not just the records you play, it’s the way you play them” rings true.

My first encounter with Cedric came during last month’s heralded Houghton Festival. Already a couple of … Read More

Review: Deep South Festival 2017

September 22, 2017 |

Situated an hour away from London in the picturesque surroundings of Colebrook Lakes near Tunbridge Wells, Deep South is a bitesized two-day celebration of South London’s extended music and arts scene. Represented by a host of local talent and institutions … Read More

Review: Houghton Festival 2017

September 12, 2017 |

It’s almost a month later and I’m still thinking about what made Houghton Festival particularly special. Was it the unfettered realisation of its curator’s vision? Or the Berlin-esque 24-hour license – a novelty for UK festivals and an absolute game … Read More

UE.38: Lerosa

August 18, 2017 |

Thirty eight?! Boy… time flies huh?

Joining us for the latest in our podcast series is an artist who has quickly became one of our favourites since nestling on our radar – after his Subcouture EP on Bristol flagbearer Idle … Read More

Houghton announces creative partners ahead of first edition

August 7, 2017 |

This Thursday sees the gates open to the inaugural Houghton festival, an intimately curated event put together by fabric‘s long-standing resident Craig Richards and produced by the team behind Gottwood Festival. This year’s Gottwood proved once more the Welsh festival’s … Read More

Review: Gottwood 2017

July 10, 2017 | 1

Festivals are magical places of discovery that create wonderful yet delicate moments out of hedonistic chaos… and then it rains! For Gottwood the Anglesey barometer reverted to default as revellers were treated to regular showers, but that certainly didn’t dampen … Read More

In Conversation With: Voigtmann & Tristan Da Cunha

June 8, 2017 |

Let’s hark back to the halcyon days of British clubbing, when acid and breaks went hand-in-hand with anti-establishment and the rave was not merely an escape but a hedonistic lifestyle with an 808 pulse. This pleasure ride carried through the … Read More

Digging Deep: XDB

May 25, 2017 | 1

Kosta Athanassiadis is a seasoned DJ with a reputation for impeccable selection. Not necessarily in the mould of modern-day tastemakers such as Ben UFO or Palms Trax, but as a veteran whose ability is attributable to a wonderful knack for … Read More

Five Essentials: Make Me

May 11, 2017 | 1

Founded in 2008, Make Me have come a long way in their nine years. Starting out at a time when attitudes towards nightlife began to shift, longevity was always going to be a difficult task. Anyone who has put on … Read More