Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Firstly we would like to thank you all for your overwhelming vote of support over the last week and we’re happy to say that every cloud does, in fact, have a silver lining. Whilst we are sorry to announce that the site at Petrcane can no longer be used for the festival, we are also excited as we are on the verge of securing a stunning location local to Zadar/Split. It surpasses even the location of Petrcane, and retains the ethos of a sun-kissed musical odyssey on the blissful Croatian coastline.
So, please bear with us over the next week or so as we finalise the details. Rest assured we're doing this with your best interests at heart and will give you more information as it becomes available.
If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
If you have already booked accommodation in Petrcane please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance (checking your general terms & conditions for deposit payments first).
Monday, 21 November 2011
We're sorry to be writing to you like this, but something has happened which we feel you have to know about urgently & hear from us first.
The Garden in Petrcane have just issued a statement, which you can read in full below. They are currently facing problems securing the operations license for the site in Petrcane, due to issues with neighbouring Hotel Pinija.
Negotiations are continuing and we all hope that Stop Making Sense will take place as usual in Petrcane in 2012.
We are working closely with The Garden team and all the other promoters using the festival site and are flying over tomorrow for further discussions. We all hope that 2012 will be the same magical experience in Petrcane as usual. Please bear with us over the next week as we try to resolve these issues. We will be in Croatia until the weekend & of course we know how frustrating this is for you, so we ask you kindly to bear with us until Monday 28th November when we will be in a better position to tell you exactly what is happening. Please feel free to drop us an e mail us on email@example.com & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We thank you for your kind understanding & patience during the tricky next few days, but we remain hopeful of a happy ending.
Chris & Alex
The Garden Statement :
"After 6 great years in Petrcane, we have unexpectedly come up against problems with Hotel Pinija, whose permission we need to secure our annual operating license for the festivals. Negotiations with the hotel are still ongoing & we truly hope we can solve all issues with them. Over the past few days we have been looking at numerous stunning locations local to Zadar/Split and have earmarked a few that fit the Garden bill, should a move be necessary.
If we do find we have to move to a new location what will certainly never change is the ethos of our Garden, the week long program, the beauty of the coastline, the sunshine & good times, and of course most importantly - the people.
Please bear with us until next week when the picture will be a lot clearer and we will issue a further statement and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us at Garden HQ.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0038523364320.
(9am - 3pm UK time)
Big Love & see you in the sunshine.
The Garden Family xxx"
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
In celebration of the incoming chills, courtesy Autumn and Winter, the Optimo's founders, Keith McIvor (AKA Twitch) and Jonnie Wilkes, entertain all night long.
In Warm's words: "Unpredictable, genre-defying, and endlessly knowledgeable, the sounds that the pair brought to Glasgow’s Sub Club caused Optimo to become an institution, a haven for music-fans tired of blinkered music policies, eager for new sounds and wide-ranging booking policies."
Couldn't say it better.
All you have to do to stand the chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday night is email us on email@example.com and we'll announce the winners by the end of the working week.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
BILL BREWSTER and DOM CAPELLO.
Presented by our good friends from Glasgow the SUB CLUB, its sure to be musically spot on even though we cant promise Croatian-style weather and dress code...
This is what last year's boat party looked like...
And check out a great mix by BILL BREWSTER right here...
Email us for the chance of winning one of three pairs. We will draw someone at random by noon Thursday 6 October.
VERY LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS TO SMS 2012 (Thursday 2nd August to Monday 6th August) are on sale now HERE for £90... THIS INCLUDES A FREE TRANSFER TO AND FROM ZADAR AIRPORT TO SMS (worth £20) VIA OUR TRANSPORT PARTNERS SHUTTLE TOURS (valid any time between Wednesday 1st and Wednesday 8th August).
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
And be happy like her:
Hanging out with guys who wear this:
On one of these:
Well, you jolly well can. So for your last chance to win one of 4 pairs of tickets to SMS 2012 just answer a couple of Qs on...
And as an after thought - super early bird tickets go on sale come Friday (the same day we announce winners of the survey giveaway). They're going to be super cheap, super fantastic.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Oh yes, its hot out in Croatia ... and with only 30 days to go, we are
positively incandescent with excitement... you too? Thats good!
Spreading some of the SMS love this weekend in London are the mighty
Optimo, and we have 2 pairs of tickets to two of their parties (100%
guaranteed sell outs)... the first on Saturday 16th July at the superb
on Sunday 17th July.
The first two of you to let us know the name of the club where Optimo
held their long term residency get a pair of guest list spots each to either
Saturday or Sunday's party. Please specify DSS or HMD. Answers by noon
on Wednesday 13 July to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
AND if you are still thinking of joining us by the seaside .... there are still
some great value Ryanair flights to Zadar (which is an easy 30 minute
transfer to the festival site) from Stansted... Wed 10 or Fri 12 to Mon 15
for £201 and Wed 10 or Fri 12 to Wed 17 August for £229.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Park Ranger has been a resident for South London clubbing institution Trouble Vision from day one. A utility Dj that can warm up for a huge variety of artists. From Deep house to 90’s Hip- Hop, future garage to tech house. Depth of knowledge is the main factor for Park Ranger in creating sets which compliment lots of styles of music. This means he is a versatile dj who is very competent at warming up, but definitely has the qualifications to bang it out when needs be. Always one to think of setting the mood for a night. And it’s these factors that have lead him to play at some of the best clubs throughout the UK and further afield with sets at Space in Ibiza. And SMS 2011 of course... Yes!
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Before we set off for Croatia, we are delighted to be running a stage at the perfectly formed GOTTWOOD electronic jamboree, nestled in an idyllic Welsh forest with a fantastic line up (featuring SMS 2011 favourites THE CORRESPONDENTS and MIDLAND) and host to a super discerning and very up-for-it crowd. Our line up on Saturday 2 July features DAN BEAUMONT, CHRIS COCO, NICK AGHA, COUNT CHOCULA, ROYALTY, GRINGO DA PARADA & SMS residents MADERA VERDE & ALEX NEED2SOUL (click on highlighted djs for mixes). And we have a pair of tickets to give away. Just e mail email@example.com. Winner picked at random by noon Friday 24 June. Voila!
Saturday, 4 June 2011
And... we have three pairs of tickets to give away. Simple question: what is the name of the record store Marcus runs in Cologne? Answers here by 6pm, Friday 10 June please.
(whilst you are thinking about it, why not listen to Marcus in the mix exclusively for us and Fabric?)
YES... Ryanair have just announced MORE cheap flights to Zadar from Stansted... Wed 10 to Mon 15 or to Wed 17 August for £179 and Fri 12 to Mon 15 or to Wed 17 August for just over £200.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
At last, we have juggled all the lineups for the infamous boat parties! Voted the number one attraction last year in our SMS 2010 survey, these nautical jaunts are Petrcane's secret good times weapon; we are confident this batch of bucaneering bachanalia will prove just as popular. And we have decided to extend the trips to Thursday and Monday as so many of you are making a holiday out of SMS 2011 and coming Wednesday to Wednesday. Yay. For holders of the now sold out Early Bird tickets (which included a boat party of choice thrown in for free), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which boat you want to board. For those ready to buy tix, they are available at £10 each with no booking fee here (and soon available via We Got Tickets if you dont like using PayPal). So... deep breath...
GOTTWOOD BOAT (Thu 11 Aug, 2-6pm)
With his massively popular weekly podcasts of electronica and dance, Melodica, on Mixcloud, Chris shares his enthusiasm and love of music with all who care to listen, and that’s nearly 5000 worldwide every week…
SKETCHY produces what he likes to call head-nod worthy house. He also likes to throw parties with Man Make Music, who pride themselves on having delivered some of the most cutting edge, unpretentious and up front parties around.
We ran a competition with MIXCLOUD, who kindly host all our dj mixes and podcasts, to find a worthy dj/shipmate to join in the fun. The winner was TJ- KID and you can hear his winning mix right here...
NEED2SOUL BOAT (Fri 12 Aug, 2-6pm)
A JEROME SYDENHAM set veers from deep, intricate, chugging techno, to jackin' tech house, into huge anthemic house moments in the classic vein. Always pursuing his love for techno - both industrial-edged thumpers and deep, soulful Detroit moments, with some melodic beauties along the way.
PATRICE SCOTT is one of Detroit's up and coming producers of deep house and techno music. His vision is to provide quality music for the masses and to never deviate from the bar; do not be afraid to be different! And: always create from the heart, whatever moves you, whatever you feel.
DALSTON SUPERSTORE BOAT (Fri 12 Aug, 7-11pm)
THE DALSTON SUPERSTORE is a cafe and gallery by day, and a raucous queer dance bar by night. On the nautical menu today, DAN BEAUMONT, HANNAH HOLLAND, THE LOVELY JONJO, NADIA KSAIBA, MIKKI MOST & ROKK
DAN BEAUMONT is known for his energetic sets which can include everything from vintage house, Italo rareties, vocal disco and the best new music he can find. In 2009 Dan fulfilled a dream by opening his very own venue – east London's groundbreaking Dalston Superstore.
HANNAH HOLLAND is a product of all the best bits of London club culture from the last decade; all the most innovative and exciting parties, scenes, movements, subcultures and music genres condensed into one frenetic DJ. Her DJ sets combine deep sleazy techno, electro, house, dubstep and more - driven by her love of bass.
THE LOVELY JONJO has been DJing for six years, though it really kicked off for him, when Erol Alkan made him a resident at the legendary Trash. Trash was a veritable clubland institution and it made Jonjo an icon of the indie clubbing scene.
NADIA learned to be difficult as a regular on the dancefloor of legendary Monday nighter Trash where she hooked up with resident DJ Rory Phillips and started the highly influential Did We Mention Our Disco. Her sets are as diverse as they are engaging, and never, ever predictable.
Trailer Trash head honcho, MIKKI MOST has made a definitive mark on London's underground clubbing scene. The night's jackin techno rave and dirty disco found itself at their very own, uber trendy; Dalston Superstore.
ROKK started life as a DJ at ‘Cock’. He then became resident at 'Boombox' in London's east end. He continues to play regulary at Trailertrash and internationally.
TROUBLE VISION BOAT (Sat 13 Aug, 2-6pm)
London's CORSICA STUDIO’s genre-ignoring in-house club night has justly earned its reputation for being one of the most exciting and, most importantly, FUN independent parties in London. From dubstep to disco with everything in between, TV has featured Nôze, Sinden, Scuba, Zomby, Boy 8-Bit, Toddla T, Ms Dynamite, Jamie XX, Jackmaster, Wbeeza, Riva Starr, Joker, MJ Cole, Oneman, MCDE, Jack Beats, David Rodigan, Theo Parrish and Hannah Holland. On the boat today: HESSELTIME + DARK SKY + OLI DAB & ROBIN (MIDLAND, MR SOLID GOLD, PARK RANGER will be on Beach Bar duties on Sunday night) .
DARK SKY (Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer and Carlo Anderson) formed in 2009 through a mutual love for the ever evolving London electronic music scene, a love that they always reflect in their DJ sets and productions, drawing influence from everything from original UK garage through to house, via jungle and disco.
OLI DAB & ROBIN: a DJ duo who are now a staple occurrence on the London dance party scene and who take pride in pushing forward the house music they love. Also both long-term residents for one of London top parties Trouble Vision they have also taken things in to their own hands co-promoting their monthly party Superfilth.
HESSELTIME's eclectic and exciting DJ sets and his rare ability to read a crowd earned him a position as a resident at Troublevision. Expect an eclectic and thoughtful journey of music crafted to the situation and audience.
OK, so technically these guys arent playing on the boat, but part of the Trouble Vision crew, so here's a bit mo info on em anyhow...
Raised on a healthy diet of classical and electronic music by his family MIDLAND first found solace in the arms of the faster world of drum and bass. After a summer spent wandering across Spain on foot he came back and began experimenting at much slower tempos. With a recent guest mix on Radio 1, remixes and original material forthcoming on This Is Music, Werk Discs, Ninjatune and Aus, you're sure to be hearing much more of him.
MR SOLID GOLD, the man behind Trouble Vision spins a wide range of music spanning disco to dubstep, hip hop to house and everything in between. Expect to hear forgotten classics entwined with cutting-edge exclusives.
PARK RANGER has been a resident for Trouble Vision from day one. From deep house to 90's hip-hop, future garage to tech house his depth of knowledge is the main factor for Park Ranger in creating sets that compliment lots of styles of music. Always one to think of setting the mood for a night.
HYBRIDLIFE BOAT (Sat 13 Aug, 7-11pm)
Through a series of showcase events and an online magazine HYBRIDLIFE explores the unsung and underground of dance music culture. In the first year it featured interviews with Juan Atkins and Nicolas Jaar; podcasts from Kevin Yost and Soul Clap; and events with Theo Parrish and Art Department; consistently shining a light on both established stars and emerging talents. Detroit legend in the making KEITH WORTHY joins residents ALEX JONES & STE for full moon shenanigans at sea!
KEITH WORTHY is a label owner, DJ and producer. Along with Omar S and Patrice Scott he is one of the most intriguing figures of the newest Detroit generation. In his own words: "THE RULE IS...THERE ARE NO RULES, meaning that there are absolutely no constraints as long as the focus is on quality, passion and integrity from an artistic standpoint. GET READY... THE HEAT IS COMING!"
Inspired by a mixture of the golden age of tech-house and the disparate, oddball sounds of Koze, Wruhme and Bodycode, ALEX JONES is by no means a straightforward DJ. His ability to switch from hypnotic Motor City grooves to awkward, angular curveballs and back is captivating. His stewardship of the brilliant Hypercolour and Glass Table imprints has resulted in some of the most interesting output around; Kyle Hall, Jimmy Edgar, Glimpse, Soul Clap - to name just a few. His own productions more than live up to the hype too, with Dinky, Marcus Fix, Akufen and Wolf + Lamb all championing his off-kilter sound.
STE is one of the brains behind Hypercolour and Glass Table, two of the UK's coolest underground music labels. He started out being the go-to man in Leeds for quality sounds at the legendary record outlet, Tribe Records. He regularly supplied locals like Ralph Lawson and Simon Baker, and international guests like Magda, Jon Tejada, and Doc Martin. Early in his DJ career he played alongside the likes of Michael Mayer, The Orb, and LFO. He then went on to run Immigrant Records for a few years before setting up his own labels, and dispensing further musical wisdom as Hybridlife's music editor.
WARM BOAT (Sun 14 Aug, 2-7pm)
WARM is a London based DJ agency, management and events company. Established in 2000 the Warm agency is home to some of the world's finest DJ and production talents. The Warm roster includes; Âme, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz, Horse Meat Disco, Tim Sweeney and Tensnake. For this love boat, its MARCUS WORGULL, ALI TILLETT & ROB SUMMERHAYES at the tiller...
Prolific Munich based Innervisions man, MARCUS WORGULL is causing waves with his delicate production and remixes for the likes of Buzzing Fly and other on point labels. His dance worthy sets never fail to delight at the Warm events in the UK; we are delighted to have him at SMS 2011. Jahwohl!.
Warm club nights have been a permanent fixture on the London scene for 10 years now and continue to showcase not only artists from the Warm agency, but also other highly regarded DJs and producers from around the world, such as Todd Terje, Steve Bug, Sebo K, Move D and Maurice Fulton. DJ ALI TILLETT is one half of this finely tuned party machine...
Other Warm half & resident dj ROB SUMMERHAYES finds his sound falling on the finer side of deep electronic house and techno. Last year's Warm boat party was awesome... this year's is promising to be even better. Dont sleep on this one!
FAVELA CHIC BOAT (Sun 14 Aug, 7-11pm)
FAVELA CHIC is a restaurant, a bar, a club, a bordello and none of the above. It’s a gallery space, a wardrobe and an asylum, a celebration of Brazil and France and London, a rock ‘n’ roll circus “a danser la samba beat”. With venues in Paris and in London, Favela Chic bring their kaleidoscopic Franco-Brasilian musical vibe to SMS once again
GRINGO DA PARADA is one of the founders of Favela Chic ... a Brazilian haven of disorder and progress found in both London and Paris. There he orchestrates a soundtrack that incorporates Brazil's myriad rhythms and carnival traditions - think anything from forro and bossa nova to raw baile funk - while also embracing rock'n' roll, hip hop, Britpop and riotous electronica. When you party with Gringo, Seu Jorge meets Ella Fitzgerald and they settle down with the Rolling Stones for one helluva night.
CHRIS TOFU is a man who loves music and festivals and probably spends more time in fields that anywhere else. With an affinity for all things swing, his Electro Swing expedition found a home at The Book Club and the event continues finding itself crammed as time goes by. Whether it's gypsy funk or 80's reggae, he's sure to dig deep come Sunday at Stop Making Sense.
DANZA MACABRA BOAT (Mon 15 Aug, 2-7pm)
Danza Macabra proudly fly the flag for proper dance music in the region, this year releasing Patrick Zigon's music with remixes from Funk D'Void, Pascal Feos, Ramon Tapia and many other quality names.
SUB CLUB BOAT (Mon 15 Aug, 7-11pm)
Glasgow's peerless venue SUB CLUB brings a selection of their resident djs to SMS once again for pure dancefloor diversity. For this, the grand finale of SMS 2011, the Subbies have surpassed themselves, putting together the mega dream team line up of OPTIMO, JACKMASTER + HARRI & DOMENIC. This one will sell out, so act fast...
OPTIMO (Espacio): a club night in Glasgow started in November ‘97 at The Sub Club by djs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes. Both grew tired of their firmly-rooted techno-based nights deciding to form a new, more satisfying and creative club. The best description of the club and the nature of the night, is through the origin of the name. “Optimo” is a song (released in 1983) by Liquid Liquid. The historical and cultural origins of Liquid Liquid would provide the inspiration for the ethos of the club; a return to the spirit of early 80's NYC where many nascent scenes were emerging (hip hop, punk, no-wave, disco) all separate from each other but all united in a totally open attitude to experimentation and unequivocal challenge to creative boundaries or conventions.
JACKMASTER, aka Jack Revill, plays things old school. Putting needle to vinyl and doing what a DJ should do best. Starting out in Glasgow - he and some friends got together to compile quality electronic music and so, the Numbers label and club night was born and has now grown; forming the Numbers Collective. Last year he got himself DJ Magazine's Breakthrough DJ of 2010 award and now, Fabric regular and with his own Fabriclive 57 due to be released come May 2011, SMS is dead chuffed to have him over with Sub Club.
Glaswegian duo, James Harrigan and Domenic Capello, aka HARRI & DOMENIC, have been responsible for Sub Club's programming for over 16 years now - and they bring priceless line-ups including some of the best international names in house and techno to one of the city's most iconic venue. Subculture was born when the two became partners, and as is natural with such fanatics, their crates go deep and the result in a seemingly endless array of quality house and techno.