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30 June 2016 City in the spotlight

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Genre: House/Pop

The youngsters from Reigate in leafy Surrey burst onto the scene in 2012, with the track Latch featuring Sam Smith. It reached number 11 in the UK singles charts and bounced off the walls and ceilings of clubs up and down the UK. The sounds of the two brothers, Howard and Guy, made it into clubs before they were even legally allowed to. Their biggest hit to date has to have been White Noise featuring AlunaGeorge:

 You can catch them this summer at T in the Park. An overnight stay in easyHotel Glasgow City the night before to feel well rested on arrival.

 

Eats Everything

Genre: House

Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything hails from Bristol. And he has come a long way in a fairly short amount of time. He rocked up on the scene with the track Entrance Song and hasn’t looked back since.

He was voted Best DJ in the DJ Mag Best of British 2015 awards. Not to mention the exalted company he keeps, he is part of the J.E.S.u.S. super group that consists of Seth Troxler, Jackmaster and Skream. If you’re wondering what the u stands for, it’s und. That’s and in German.

Catch him in Amsterdam at the Straf_werk Festival 2016. Whilst there make easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre South your base for clean, simple and affordable comfort.

 

Ben UFO

Genre: Techno/Dubstep/House 

British born Ben UFO is one of the few who has made their name through solely being a DJ. UFO does not produce his own tracks and stands tall as a mixer and selector, certainly not the norm these days.

It is this position as selector extraordinaire that makes his Thursday night Rinse FM sets essential listening for music heads trying to get a first taste of the new sounds on the scene. Let’s not forget he was the man that brought acts such as Blawan and Joy Orbison (industry leaders in their own right these days) to the forefront.

He’ll be playing eminent London club XOYO in July. If you’re planning on a visit to the UK your best bet here is staying at the easyHotel London Old Street/Barbican.

                                                                 

DJ EZ

Genre: UK Garage

Pronounced Ee-Zed, he’s been at it for decades. Starting off hosting pirate radio shows he gained mainstream fame during his time at Kiss FM. Hosting the Friday night show, he likely sound-tracked your elder brother’s pre-drinks. Forget copying a sound, this man made the sound. These days he is happy to tour the festival circuit, tearing it up with his legendary ability to whip a crowd into a frenzy.

 He was applauded in the last year for taking on a mammoth 24 hour set in aid of Cancer Research UK. He raised just under £60k in the process and earned the respect of thousands of already devoted fans. Catch a taste of the action here.

The best festivals in Manchester this autumn

August 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

With so many incredible festivals having taken place in Manchester over the summer (see here for examples), you might think things would start slowing down with the cooling of the temperature and the arrival of Autumn…Well, think again as September and October are packed with loads of fun events and festivals to welcome in the new season and reassure people that winter ain’t that bad.

A history of the Notting Hill Carnival

August 2017 | City in the spotlight

Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August this year, with the more chilled Family Day on Sunday, and the grand finale happening on Monday. Seeing as the carnival is such an iconic event, we thought we’d take a look at a bit of its history and the story of Caribbean music in the UK.

Amazing Festivals this August: Manchester

July 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.