Welcome to Point Blank’s monthly club recommendations column, where we trawl the listings to bring you the essential events taking place in London and Los Angeles. As the summer schedules well and truly kick in expect the odd outdoor party and plenty of crowd-pleasing vibes from hereon in. Making the Stateside cut this month is Guy Gerber’s Rumors Block Party over in LA’s Chinatown, while Trauma Live present a very different vibe, courtesy of the outsider dancehall and bass stylings of Lady Chann, 6blocc and Rizzla. In London we’ve highlighted the Classical Trax Summer Slam at Peckham’s Rye Wax, the mutant, boundary-breaking sounds of Gaika come correct Stoke Newington’s The Waiting Room, while we couldn’t leave out Field Day. The annual bash will once again descend on Victoria Park for another year of killer line-ups aimed at the capital’s clued-in music fans. See you down the front.
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Classical Trax Summer Slam w/ Mungo B2B DJ Sagepay, Boko! Boko! (MINA & Tash LC), Insert – Rye Wax [London] – Thursday 9th June
Classical Trax are an online collective of producers and label owners who share and nurture club music from across the world. Heralded for their community driven, egalitarian approach, their summer slam in Peckham, in the Bussey Building record store Rye Wax, will be an excellent chance to peep some serious, yet-to-be-hyped talent IRL. More info here.
Tropical Waste x Grey w/ Gaika, False Witness, Nkisi, Hipsters Don’t Dance, Iydes b2b Seb – The Waiting Room [London] – Friday 10th June
Monthly party Tropical Waste have built a rep for showcasing fast-rising names from the dance music underground. The June edition bears this out, with a live performance from recent Wire cover star and Brixton-born boundary-tester Gaika. His future-primed productions – an alien splicing of grime, dance hall, garage, hip hop and R&B – mark him out as an agitator as much as an innovator. Catch him before he blows up. More info here.
Field Day w/ James Blake, Optimo, Bicep, DJ Koze, Plastician, Holly Herndon + loads more – Victoria Park [London] – Saturday 11th June
Field Day has come into its own since its inaugural edition back in 2007. Now something of a festival calendar highlight, this year’s line-up demonstrates why it’s so popular. With a typically massive and diverse roll call of artists spread over nine stages and two days, you’d better start planning your schedule. The Resident Advisor Stage alone will be hosting the likes of Bicep, DJ Koze, Floating Points and Holly Herndon while headliners include James Blake and PJ Harvey. Unmissable. More info here.
Rumors Chinatown Block Party w/ Guy Gerber, DJ Harvey – Gin Ling Way, Chinatown [Los Angeles] – Saturday 11th June
Guy Gerber’s Rumors party has transcended its Ibizan origins to become a truly international presence. Following excursions to Art Basel Miami and London, this outdoors Chinatown takeover is the first time Rumors has come to LA – so expect it to go off. Gerber has not only taken over a whole block, but he’s also recruited DJ Harvey for an extended set to do it. Dressing up is encouraged, so don’t be caught out. More info here.
Trauma Live presents: Lady Chann, Rizzla, 6blocc & Special Guest – The Globe Theater [Los Angeles] – Thursday 23rd June
Trauma Live’s BASS series promises to explore the outer reaches of all things low-end with this future-focused line-up. London dancehall queen and Suncycle crew member Lady Chann is joined by Fade To Mind’s Rizzla, an artist who delights in deconstructing the status quo with his politicised productions. The line-up’s completed with LA’s own 6blocc. Dress to sweat. More info here.
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