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Published: Friday March 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 1:26:15 AM

All set to party hard at dance music fest

THE second Future Music Festival Asia is just one week away, and with a host of international and local music stars all set to start flying in, it’s going to be a hectic week ahead with official, independent and unofficial warm-up parties peppering the Klang Valley. Meanwhile, underground or rising international DJs continue to feature in the Klang Valley club scene this coming week ahead.


MARCH 15/16



The epic festival which thrilled crowds of over 25,000 from around the region in March 2012 has been dubbed as the largest music festival to ever hit Southeast Asian shores.

Malaysia is the only country to ever host Future Music Festival outside of Australia and goes further in having two days of dance and pop music at one venue.

The Day 2 line-up includes the likes of The Prodigy, PSY, Rita Ora, Fun., The Temper Trap, Bloc Party, DJ Fresh and many more, over four stages.

The event on Day 1 will be dedicated solely to celebrate Armin Van Buuren’s legendary ‘A State of Trance: 600’ (ASOT600) show.

This event will also see a host acts handpicked by Armin himself such as Aly & Fila, Ben Gold, Cosmic Gate, Super8 & Tab and W&W share the stage with Armin Van Buuren, the world’s number one DJ.

Future Music Festival Asia 2013 is also the official opening event for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix week and tickets are still available. Visit www.futuremusicfestival.asia for ticketing links and contacts.



6th Flr, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL

Nocturnal Movement with Lothar Birkenfeld (US). Nocturnal Movement Goes Global in conjunction with the upcoming F1 Grand Prix 2013 featuring international DJS every Thursday this month.

Born on the Rock — Manhattan, NY — Lothar’s musical immersion was set from the get go. At the age of 16 his ears were graced by the sounds of Sasha, Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers.

He began attending and promoting legendary New York City clubs such as Exit, Limelight, Arc and Vinyl by 18 years old. Having a background in vocals and percussion, his sound has effused into heavy percussive and bass line driven music mixed with his roots — NYC flavoured tribal and tech house.

At the age of 29, he continues to do what he loves, performing along the north-east coast of the US at venues such as Sullivan Room, Le Souk, and Climax. Reservations and admission info call: 03-2141 9620 or 016-216 6635.




1, Jalan Ampang, KL

Red Bull Thre3style worldwide DJ contest Malaysian Finals is scheduled for tonight as finalists battle it out to become the best party rocker in the country and represent Malaysia in the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Canada come December this year.

Red Bull Thre3Style is a DJ contest created by Red Bull Blue & Silver (Europe) to seek out the world’s best party rocker. The brief is simple; rock the crowd and keep them wound up for a good 15 minutes, and while you are at it, incorporate a minimum of three different musical genres into the mix.

Anything goes — from house anthems to old school hip hop to Top 40 remixes and DJs are judged on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.

Eight best submissions were chosen to compete in the national finals and they are Ben Cracko, DJ Reeve, Tipsy Han, t.k.i, DJ Tatsuro, DJ Faith, Nick Haydez and Nash D — names that are already familiar in Malaysia’s clubbing scene.

So who among them will win the first ever Red Bull Thre3style Malaysian Finals tonight, and represent Malaysia in the World Finals. Come, find out, and help determine the winner.

There will be a guest performance from DJ Ono, co-founding member with the Bangkok Invaders. Doors open at 9pm / Show at 10.30pm / 21+. Admission (with one drink): RM38 Ladies / RM48 Men. More on Red Bull Thre3style and the top eight finalists, go to www.redbull.my/thre3style


113, Jalan Ampang, KL

Nasty Hype featuring Mr Nasty & HypeEmBeats, armed with their high energy sets and unfailing crown pleasing anthems, dosed with steady basslines that guarantees to rock the dance floor like no other. Admission (with one drink): RM25 Ladies / RM35 Men. Reservations* call 03-2171 1997 (12pm - 6pm) or 016-332 3191 (after 6pm) or email rsvn@zoukclub.com.my *applicable to 21 yrs old and above


31, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kl

Oscar Wise presents Disco Is Not Dead featuring Drop Out Orchestra (Live). As a matter of fact disco never died. Since the Drop Out Orchestra began in 2008, the project has grown from one man and a sampler to a studio team comprising a music teacher, a studio engineer and a music tech writer.

What has remained constant is the mystery regarding their true identity with no names or pictures, ensuring the focus remains on their music.

To date, the troupe have had some seriously big releases, including their Daft Punk cover International Track (released as Drop Out City Rockers, crowned Essential Tune of the Weekon Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show and charted at #1 by Fatboy Slim!) and their single Baby Come Home.

In addition to these official releases Drop Out Orchestra delight in reworking some of pop music’s most iconic figures with the likes of Rick Astley, Robyn, Craig David and The Ramones already treated to the Drop Out magic.

The drop-outs have set out to deliver a DJ performance out of the ordinary with added live bass on top of an intense mix of unique edits, loops and acapellas. Gregoire, Alex Squared and Lovesouls Project also in the establishment. Admission (with one drink): RM30. For function and booking enquiries, email office@theestablishmentkl.com


RT-02 Rooftop (6th Flr), The Gardens

Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL

Set your mood and phase once a month with Chemistry at Bianco with a selection of progressive and dance music anthems to spice up your Friday night with Miss Chanel, Nyl and Tykorsoon. Admission (with one drink): RM30 Ladies / RM40 Men. Information and reservations call 010-215 9701 / 013-351 5359. Call/SMS after 4pm.



113, Jalan Ampang, KL

Supersonic with OMFG! presents GuruGuru & Mr Nasty. Your friendly neighbourhood android Mr. Nasty & GuruGuru come out to play every first Saturday of the month accompanied with the biggest and freshest house tunes. Admission (with one drink): (Zouk and Barsonic) RM25 Ladies / RM35 Men (inc 1 drink). Reservations* call 03-2171 1997 (12pm - 6pm) or 016-332 3191 (after 6pm)or email rsvn@zoukclub.com.my *applicable to 21 yrs old and above. SUNDAY


Connection Lvl 4, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL

The Bassment Syndicate has become one of S.E.A’s best-kept secrets. Blurring the lines of jazz, soul, hip hop and R&B, Bassment Syndicate will continue to dazzle audiences with their sincere and fresh approach to sonic entertainment when they join forces with Vandal and DJ Lethal Skillz for Bassment Cyphers.

Bassment Cyphers is a smooth and jazzy night keeping the tempo high enough for people to dance and providing a Live Band vibe mixed together with a DJ and top notch musical selection.

The Bassment Syndicate will hold it down together with DJ Lethal Skillz and MC Vandal. Sounds Like — The Roots, James Brown, Miles Davis, Jamiroquai, Tribe Called Quest, Mayer Hawthorn, De La Soul — Mixing funk, soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop into a fresh Live Band experience. Reservations call 03-2143 3022 / 2110 2800.



T1, Level 3, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, KL

Elevate presents DJ Dano (GER). Dano has been in the music production and reproduction business for more than 15 years.

Following his passion for music, he studied jazz in Munich, further adding sound engineering and music production to his skills by going through numerous internships and trainings at TV companies, movie productions, music productions and sound engineering companies.

Nevertheless, DJing was always a major part of Dano’s musical career. His first professional engagement was a resident position at the Tilt Club (Germany) in 1998. Dano’s unique style reflects his eclectic influences, covering the grooviest tracks of the last two decades.

Be it dub, soul, hip hop, house or drum’n’bass, Dano creates a fresh new energetic vibe by in-tune-cross-genre-mixing, taking the crowd onto a journey to funky heaven. No cover charge. Reservations call 03-2287 0021.



RT-02 Rooftop (6th Flr), The Gardens

Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL

Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) Warm Up featuring DJ Altuna (ID), MC Resky (ID) and misterAriffin (MY). It’s the final countdown to the most anticipated two-day festival to hit the region and it’s time to loosen your musical muscles.

DJ Altuna is no stranger to the EDM scene in Indonesia. He has been the talk of the scene since 2003 is also the only Indonesian DJ who’s a resident on the world renowned trance radio station, AFTERHOURS.FM.

On the local forefront we have MisterAriffin, a man who successfully woos his audience with his technical flexibility on the decks.

This versatile DJ will be gracing the Future Music Festival stage on Day One, A State of Trance 600 Kuala Lumpur. FMFA ticket holders are in for a treat as they are entitled to free-entry to the party. Just flash your tickets or confirmation slip at the door and you’ll automatically get in the club.

Last minute ticket buyers will also get an opportunity to purchase pre-sale weekend and single day passes to the festival. Admission to the warm up party (with one drink): RM30 Men. Ladies Free entry. Information and reservations call 010-215 9701 / 013-351 5359. Call/SMS after 4pm.


6th Flr, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL

Nocturnal Movement Goes Global in conjunction with the upcoming F1 Grand Prix 2013 featuring international DJS every Thursday this month. This Thursday sees Gunter Adler (GER). The musician, DJ and producer based in Hamburg, plays in clubs and on international festivals. He guarantees for infectious electronic rhythms. House and electro are sawed into pieces and driven further with one thousand ideas. He loves to share this energy with his audience. Reservations and admission info call: 03-2141 9620 OR 016-216 6635.


113, Jalan Ampang, KL

4PLAY Sensation. Goldfish and Ken guarantee to bring you the hottest club music and dance songs on this special Thursday night with the best in contemporary pop, EDM and a msh of hits that will keep you dancing all night. Admission (with one drink): RM25 Ladies / RM35 Men . Reservations* call 03-2171 1997 (12pm - 6pm) or 016-332 3191 (after 6pm) or email rsvn@zoukclub.com.my *applicable to 21 yrs old and above

> Club Beat welcomes submissions from promoters and clubs regarding the latest clubbing events in the Klang Valley. All queries and information should be sent to Jason Cheah at jascion@gmail.com and Jacobus Raj at jacobus@thestar.com.my

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