Hold tight Zagreb, EB presents Hercules and Love Affair Soundsystem live and streaming this Saturday

What’s that thing about good things coming in threes? That. The third and final stop-off for Hercules and Love Affair Soundsystem’s European jaunt—presented by Electronic Beats—is scheduled to touch down this Saturday 15 December in Zagreb, Croatia. After the Vogue warfare of Amsterdam and the impromptu onstage football of Warsaw, heaven knows what Andy Butler and his gang of disco renegades have in store this time. Best take your vitamins beforehand.

You can still get tickets by visiting the link on our frontpage or by clicking here, but you’d be wise to hurry because they’re selling fast. If you don’t manage to land tickets (we said hurry!) or just can’t make it to Zagreb we’re happy to stump up the next best thing. The event will be streamed live via Radio 808 from 9 p.m onwards, with Butler et al taking to the stage at 11 p.m. Radio 808 will also be providing support on the night courtesy of two Radio 808 Soundsystem DJ sets. Be there, or tune in, just don’t miss. Christmas will be ruined.

21:00 Doors
21:00-23:00 Radio808 Soundsystem
23:00-01:00 Hercules And Love Affair Soundsystem
01:00-03:00 Radio808 Soundsystem

Open Radio 808 stream here

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Electronic Beats presents Hercules and Love Affair Soundsystem in Warsaw

Electronic Beats presents Hercules And Love Affair in Warsaw

Last week we were very excited to announce that Electronic Beats were presenting Hercules and Love Affair Soundsystem across a string of European dates. Alongside stop-offs in Amsterdam and Zagreb, we can now reveal that the third date will take place in Warsaw, Poland on December 8, 2012. This isn’t the full band line-up but rather a stripped back affair featuring Andy Butler accompanied by a select group of vocalists.

To find out more about what’s been happening within the H&LA camp check out our recent interview with Andy Butler. Not sated? Find live videos from past Electronic Beats Festivals below—they might just tide you over until December.

To purchase tickets for the Warsaw date, head over to www.eventim.pl.

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James Blake & Wolfram join Electronic Beats Festival Vienna 2012

You might have been wondering about that ‘special guest’ we’ve been announcing two weeks ago for our upcoming Electronic Beats Festival Vienna 2012. Back then, things were already seething in the background, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to tell you (until now!) that James Blake will be joining Electronic Beats once again.

Following his performance at EB Festival Gdansk in April, Blake will be performing live once again, this time at Vienna’s Arena. This is a night we’ve been very much looking forward to anyway, but now we can reveal that James Blake will be premiering new songs and material during his live show on October 12th, 2012.

The young British artist and producer is in the midst of recording his sophomore album, and you’ll be able to be amongst the first to hear them. Besides that, our festival will be one of Blake’s few live shows scheduled for this fall.

Also new on the bill: EB resident Wolfram! Get your tickets now; it’s only 19€ only (plus ticket fees) for James Blake, Hudson Mohawke, I Heart Sharks, and more, and that’s a damn good deal in any country.

Make sure to RSVP to our event pages on Facebook and Google+, or to follow the Twitter hashtag #ebfest12 for more updates following. See you in Vienna this October!

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Photo: James Blake Live at Electronic Beats Festival Gdańsk 2012 | © Łukasz Jaszak

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Electronic Beats going OFF: Katowice Kaos

The Electronic Beats showcase for this year’s OFF Festival was, I think, a surprise for many. First of all, the coordinators did a really great job. Like, reallygood. The venue itself, a strange and unexpected little place hidden by a glass dome, came complete with a T-Mobile photo booth (which saw heavy use as the night progressed and people got more and more WOOOOO with their booze) and dozens of those glowing EB cubes that you always see at EB events. The thing is, they weren’t given any—they chose to source and make those themselves, and the venue looked fantastic. So kudos to them, and to my unlimited bar access.

After a hefty period (eww) of waiting, in which I slammed my weight in vodka and negotiated myself into a porn shoot, Bubble Chamber took the stage. I was pretty much going into this blind, so with a name like that I had expected a twee indietronic sort of thing. The three guys in Bubble Chamber were far from twee, however; not an ironic sweater in sight. In fact, their ‘live dubstep’ vibe, complete with drums, bass guitar and sample bank, had my body wracked with danceflow. There was an unfortunate bit of reggae jamming in the middle, but they picked it back up in the end. They were followed by The KDMS, and a finer wedding band I’ve never seen. With beats borrowed from ‘This is Radio Clash’, the London band had the crowd surging and clapping their hands faster than you can say ‘We’d like to thank the bride and groom’, though I found their vanilla-Gossip vibe unconnectable. Nevertheless, I didn’t see a single unclapped hand by the end, so they obviously know their stuff when it comes to making a party their own.

A sizable portion of the crowd, a diverse cross-blend of Katowice’s different alternative scenes (goth girl in the creepers, holla) had clearly been waiting for Chew Lips to take the stage…at least if I’m going by crowd reaction. A sea of surging limbs followed singer Tigs as she bopped across the stage, doing her damnedest to channel Patti Smith by way of sixties girl-groovers. I was musically less convinced then the crowd (the ‘benefit’ of a half-lifetime of promoter skepticism, perhaps) but there was no denying the energy that was filling the venue, nor the look of pure enjoyment on the faces of so many. It was a hell of a pleasant night, and I’m sure most there would agree with me. A toast, then, to the organizers, my lovely colleagues, the bands, the bride and groom, unlimited bar access, and this bed, which I’m going to climb into while I ignore the rising sun. Dobranoc.

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Duran Duran behind the scenes

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