Dance music isn't blessed with a great reputation for live events, instead keeping its collective headphones above water with stunning visuals, brain-mashing lasers and an anonymous DJ splitting collective cochlears with relentless beats. Excellent, of course - nothing can rival the euphoric rush of peaks, troughs and breakdowns, seamlessly mixed by someone behind a set of decks or, more likely nowadays, a Mac. So, news of the nation's premier clubbing and dance music magazine branding a series of nights as Mixmag Live is welcoming - just look at the line up!
Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman and Fuse maestro, has been chosen as the first performer at Shoreditch's Village Underground venue on 23rd February. As with all four of the Mixmag Live headliners, Hawtin has also been chosen as the latest issue's cover star and mix CD compiler (March in Richie's case). Tickets cost £19 for this event, which also features Hobo and Matador (live), plus you get a copy of the March issue of Mixmag and the chance to download the bespoke Remiix Mixmag iPhone app endorsed by Hawtin (details will be in the mag).
The remaining shows all cost £15 and follow the same pattern as Hawtin's in that the three headliners will be subsequent cover stars and CD remixers for whichever latest edition is on sale. April cover star is hip-hop and house DJ and producer Chuckie, who will play at the Village Underground on 16th March, May's remixers will be James Ford and Jas Shaw alias Simian Mobile Disco, appearing on 21st April, and finally June's Mixmag contributors will be Visionquest, the sensational DJing quartet with as wide a repertoire as you could possibly get - they play on 17th May. Special guests will appear throughout the four nights.
All shows have cheaper pre-9.30pm entry tickets, priced at £12 (£13 for Hawtin's night). Be warned: the Village Underground isn't a huge venue so tickets will be selling fast!!