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Best Songs & Albums of 2016

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We’re coming to the end of 2016 which means another list of our favourite songs and albums from the past year. It was an incredible year for music and we’ve thought hard about which songs and albums stood out to us the most and inspire us to continue to bring artists of all types to Vancouver. We hope that our list will inspire you to explore new types of music and continue to come out and enjoy live shows in 2017! Vanessa Krystin Wong – Marketing and Promotions at BlueprintLIVE Top 5 Albums 1) Ry X – Dawn 2) Night Lovell – Red Teenage Melody....

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BPLive Artists Series • Napalm Death & Melvins

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

We’re proud to present the first instalment of our BlueprintLIVE Artists Series featuring conversations with Napalm Death & Melvins from our SOLD OUT show with them back in May. Interviewed by Alan Ranta Videography by Timelapse Films...

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Skate Ramp Party with Trash Talk

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Vancouver has a long been known as the mecca of skateboarding in Canada. So great, in fact, that it’s the current home and choice stomping grounds of Canadian pro skaters Rick McCrank, Tony Ferguson, and Sluggo Boyce. It definitely has something to do with the perfect combination of weather, street spots, and community that brings people from all across Canada and the world to skate our streets. Going hand in hand with Vancouver’s affection for skateboarding is the city’s love for punk and hardcore music. Historically gaining the most support in the early 80’s, local bands like, D.O.A....

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Focal Points with Brandon Artis

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Last year, we had the pleasure of adding a prominent member to our BlueprintLIVE team: Brandon Artis, a promising photographer that has become one of Vancouver’s best shooters in the city. His passion can be seen throughout his collection of photos, whether is be waiting in an alley way for an artist portrait or fighting through hoards of concert-goers in order to get the perfect shot. With a keen eye, Brandon has captured most of BlueprintLIVE’s most memorable moments. When did you first start taking interest in photography and what is your photography background? I’d say my...

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Best Songs In 2015

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

We’ve gathered some of our favourite songs for our yearly round up. This list covers a variety of genres, showing the musical inspirations that push us to bring artists new and old to Vancouver. We hope that our selection will broaden your musical tastes as it has ours, and that you continue to enjoy show after show with us in the new year! Malcolm Croome – Live Music Director at BlueprintLIVE Skepta – Shutdown Bully – Trying Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now Post Malone – White Iverson Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta Vanessa Kry...

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Super Pepsi Land with James Deen

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

James Deen did a little mini mix in prep for his show with us. Catch him alongside Kero Kero Bonito and Skylar Spence at Fortune Sound Club on October 14th! Super Pepsi Land Mini Mix • James Deen by Blueprintlive on Mixcloud Kero Kero Bonito – Small Town (Mark Reddito FKA Spazzkid Remix) Tokyo Megaplex & James Deen – Strawberry Daiquiri Ferrari (Unreleased) Seiho – PRY feat.ehiorobo Drunk Rob – Temperature Hitmane & James Deen – Not Ever Getting Dressed (Unreleased) Basenji – Can’t Get Enough James Deen – Sleeping Past 3 (Unreleased Instrum...

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Basic Instinct with The Acid

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Composition is everything when it comes to The Acid. Whether it be the hounding minimal rhymths or the trembling croons, their work is otherworldly – taking you into a dream state filled with textural sounds and recorded mishaps. And in creating their vision full circle, The Acid’s visual aesthetics are intertwined to their live performance, generating an unabashed moment of nowness. We caught up with Adam Freeland and Steve Nalepa to dicuss their music, vision and live performance. Liminal takes on a very strong voice and aesthetic, both musically and creatively. What were so...

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Holding it in with Melvins

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Melvins are a band that need no introduction. Having been a band for over 30 years, they’ve influenced the likes of Nirvana and Mastodon and experimental genres such as ‘Sludge Metal.’ Throughout decades, Melvins have not stopped making music – releasing 22 albums including last years release ‘Hold It In.’ Ahead of their upcoming Vancouver date, BlueprintLIVE caught up with Buzz from the Melvins to talk about their longevity and a certain incident that took place the last time the Melvins rolled through Vancouver. It’s great to see you guys back in Va...

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Love For Free with Niña Mendoza

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

The lovely Niña Mendoza has made a funkified mix to soothe the soul in preparation for Dam-Funk at FORTUNE on September 10th! Travel through time and space as we hit all the eras of funk, soul and r&b with her Love For Free Mix. Love For Free Mix • Niña Mendoza by Blueprintlive on Mixcloud Real To Reel – Love Me Like This (1983) Starpoint – Bring Your Sweet Loving Back (1982) Trackademicks – You’re Not Good Enough (2014) DâM-FunK – A Day At the Carnival (Benedek’s Freak Show Mix) (2011) Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (1983) Thelma Houston &#...

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Get ready for #FVDED2015 with BlueprintLIVE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

With only a couple days away until FVDED in the PARK, we sat down and discussed all of our favourite tracks by some of our favourite artists playing at Holland Park this weekend! Malcolm Croome • Talent Buyer The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face He is my top artist to see on this bill. I’ve only seen him at the Commodore and Orpheum so it will be cool to see him outside on such an epic summer stage. Vanessa Krystin Wong • Marketer Vic Mensa – Wimme Nah Tyler The Creator – Yonkers Really excited to see Vic Mensa (any artist fux with Kaytranada collabs....

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Uniting with 7Seconds

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

You wouldn’t be able to tell that it was a Monday night with the crowd of punks gathered outside Fortune Sound Club. Mid-evening, on stage was the LA band, The Briggs. Popular with the Warped Tour crowd, they played their signature brand of fun, punk rock. The Briggs were certainly the right band to get the crowd going, as they finished their set with a song that may sound familiar to you, as it’s played as an introduction for the starting line ups of the LA Galaxy and LA Kings, ‘This Is LA’. Meanwhile, a tiny circle pit had started in the crowd. Seeing this....

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We Welcome Jason Sulyma to BlueprintLIVE!

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Blueprint is pleased to announce an exciting addition to their team.Jason Sulyma, otherwise known as local and internationally celebrated DJ and promoter MY!GAY!HUSBAND! (MGH!), joins the company’s management team as Marketing & Promotions Manager at Gastown’s M.I.A. Nightclub and as Talent Buyer under Blueprint Live. An established figure in the Vancouver nightlife, arts and music scenes, Sulyma’s thirteen years of experience was driven completely by his own innate passion for music and entertainment. Operating as a self-employed and funded entrepreneur, Sulyma’s fire to see his ...

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Monthly Picks with BlueprintLIVE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

We love music just as much as you do so we thought that we would share some of our favourite new releases that have made it on repeat for us at the office. With a variety of artists and genres, we hope that it gives you a feel of who we are on a musical level here at BlueprintLIVE. Malcolm Croome • Talent Buyer Young Fathers – Shame Young Fathers – I Heard Tame Impala – Let It Happen Young Thug (ft. Birdman) – Constantly Hating Years and Years – King Jamie XX – Gosh Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta Jesse Bastian • Graphic Designer Chance The....

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Combating Stereotypes: Conversations with Young Fathers

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

It’s been almost exactly a year since Young Fathers has been to Vancouver, first opening up for Baths in 2014 at Fortune Sound Club, and a lot has changed. From winning the infamous Mercury Prize Award, to the release of their second studio album, White Men Are Black Men Too, Young Fathers have grown into a complex band of mixed emotions and contemporary influences – casting them into a larger pool of accelerating artists that stand for something other than just making music. Through their strong choice in titles, Dead being the first and White Men Are Black Men Too being their se...

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Absolute chaos with Travis Scott

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

We celebrated our wavey ~4 / 2 0 ~ with La Flame Travis Scott. Watch the recap video and stay tuned for more backstage content coming up next week....

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As strong as glass with Goapele

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Since the early 2000’s, Goapele has made a name for herself – not just as a musically talented artist, but reaching further into social and political problems through music and activism. There is something special about an artist who uses their musical influences to evoke knowledge and change within society, and Goapele does just that. With her most recent album Strong As Glass, released under Eric Benet’s new label Jordan House Records, Goapele brings back some retro grooves and truthful thinking into R&B. We sat down with her and discussed her latest music and some of...

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#SEASONS2015 with BlueprintLIVE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

This Easter long weekend, Seasons Festival celebrates it’s fifth anniversary – growing exponentially and spreading throughout many different genres of music throughout the years. The entire festival now spans to 19 events, featuring 37 artists in 7 venues throughout Vancouver. This year, BlueprintLIVE has worked hard in bringing the best in alternative music all across our venues with Bear Mountain, P Reign, Yelle, Hayden James and Bonobo. From an early show at Celebrities to Vancouver’s newest nightlife experience—M.I.A.—BlueprintLIVE is proud to present you with an extraord...

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The haunting vocals of Mark Kozelek

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Known for his haunting, baritone style of vocals, Mark Kozelek has had a successful solo career along with his bands: Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters. Following a major label merger in 1998, leaving Red House Painters’ album on the shelf and stifling the group’s momentum, Kozelek occupied himself with a series of solo recordings as Red House Painters dissolved. During the 2000s, he released the solo EP Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer, which featured three original songs as well as three AC/DC covers. Two of the AC/DC covers were radical re-arrangements of the originals, removing the Bon Scott...

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Have a little faith with Humans

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Humans have been making their way in the music world as of late with their much anticipated full length NOONTIDE which was released on February 24th. Being one of Vancouver’s most influential tastemakers in alternative electronic music, they are eager to showcase the new progression of their sound with us at Celebrities on March 28th! Before this though, get a better picture of Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq as they talk music and artistry with us. As Vancouver locals, what is your impression of the industry here and what is it currently like for up and coming artists in this city? I fin...

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Living in a Terror State with Anti-Flag

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Anti-Flag are band that does not need any introduction in the punk rock world. The band has been around for over 20 years, has released 9 albums and has covered topics such as 9/11, the Bush administration and the elite to being a young punk rocker in the scene. More recently, the band has released a discography album of 26 tracks spanning their whole entire career called ‘A Document of Dissent’ and a new album in the works entitled ‘American Spring’ due out in May. We caught up with bassist Chris #2 while on tour to talk about the new album, what they’ve been lis...

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Watching Time Fly with J. West

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Emerging in Vancouver’s rap scene is J. West, an artist known for his creative bars and charismatic stage presence. His rap flow brings a gritty, streetwise interpolation paired with productions by his right hand man im’peretiv. With a distinct style that plays homage to late 90’s east coast hip-hop, J. West sits down with BlueprintLIVE and discusses his latest release, W. How long have you been in the game and what song or artist first made you fall in love with hip hop? I started making music at 18. I didn’t really start taking it seriously until around 2013 so i...

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Bass from the ground up with Christian Martin

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

The bone-rattling bass of Christian Martin and his friends Smalltown DJs, Sabo and Neon Steve come to Vancouver this Wednesday for one hell of a party. As part of their Mountain Magic Tour the crew has been touring select mountain towns in BC and Alberta, bringing the madness to the ski hills and clubs alike. The next stop on this adventure: Fortune Sound Club February 25th. We had a chance to ask Christian Martin of the legendary Dirtybird crew a few questions on what makes him tick. He gave us some very authentic and passionate answers in anticipation of his upcoming show. Can you describe ...

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Keeping it 100 with Lil Debbie

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Fresh off the release of her new record Young B!tch, Lil Debbie’s been buzzin. Bay Area ratchet queen, Lil Debbie’s been doin’ her thing since the breakup of the infamous White Girl Mob. She just dropped a new video, rocked a set at the Cannabis Cup and keeps it 100 with us tellin’ us all about it when we caught up with her before her show in Vancouver. First off, you just put out the video for ‘Me & U’ off Young B!tch – self directed too! What was it like directing yourself? I mean I’ve always had a lot of input on all of....

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High rollin’ with Riff Raff

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

No one can question the fact that Riff Raff knows how to win a crowd: one reviewer called his 2013 performance at Vancouver’s Venue “a hell of an entertaining show,” which is great because Jody Highroller is back at Venue on February 19th for a repeat performance. Riff Raff is king of the caricature: the rap game James Franco/Chuck Norris/Bon Jovi (among others) is known for taking on bizarre personas and running with it. His personality is inherently viral, racking up millions of views on YouTube and Vine, not to mention a 7-digit twitter following.  His zig-zag beard and cornrows onl...

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From 93 ’til Infinity with Souls Of Mischief

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

When Souls of Mischief released their debut album 93 ‘til Infinity, they essentially predicted their future in hip-hop’s evolution. That album is a living classic, and the Souls of Mischief Bay-Area sound has continued to develop and grow with great influence. On a mini-Canadian West Coast Tour, A-Plus, Tajai, Phesto and Opio will be returning to Vancouver for what’s sure to be another incredible show; previous appearances had the group performing 93 ‘til Infinity in its entirety with a live band, so we know the crew doesn’t disappoint. The high-energy, accessible and wildly lyrical ...

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Talking Shop with Karl Denson

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Having just completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand as saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, San Diego-based funk-rock icon Karl Denson gets back to it with his band Tiny Universe and special guest MCs Vokab Kompany to present Run DMC Remixed. This whole new jazz adventure reinvents hits from the groundbreaking rappers like It’s Tricky, My Adidas and King of Rock. Denson sits down to us to discuss his forthcoming tour and jazz in youths. So Karl, this tour with the Tiny Universe is paying tribute to hip-hop legends Run-DMC, and you’re bringing Vokab Kompany along as well. How did yo...

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Gettting to know Operators

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

This year marks a lot of change for musician Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and Divine Fits as he starts up a brand new project, Operators. We’ve sat down with this multi-talented artists to discuss his new direction in music: It always seems like you’ve constantly been in bands, keeping busy. It has been a bit between Wolf Parade/Divine Fits and Operators, what did you do in between? Ha. That’s the maybe the first time anyones accused me of taking time between projects.  Actually, I started writing for Operators before DF was finished the album cycle. As soon as we ...

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Indie Pop Persuasions with Tennis

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Meeting as students while in Colorado, Tennis, made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, bought a sailboat and spent seven months sailing along the Eastern Seaboard. Post-adventure, they returned to Colorado and began recording songs that had a modern lo-fi feel while keeping a sweet ‘50s pop center. Cape Dory, the duo’s first album, was released in January of 2011 by Fat Possum. This atmospheric travel record was inspired by their time sailing and the discussions they had about music while on board their boat, the Swift Ranger. Prior to meeting in college, Moore had ...

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Romanticism with Zola Jesus

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Drowned in heartwrenching drones and orchestral tremolos comes the majestic Zola Jesus – an artist who has pushed the boundaries of American music. Her chromatic songs carry gothic layers of classical and industrial tendencies, hindering on experimental, yet brought together by her vocal prowess. In creating her latest release TAIGA, she took to the isolated island of Vashon, Washington and locked herself away in the wilderness for nine months with no internet or civilisation. This shows her ambition and passion towards her artistry that has been compared to Sia and Fever Ray. Her sound ...

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Our best picks of the year

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

With another year almost gone, we’ve come together to share our top ten albums of the year. This list covers a variety of genres, showing the musical inspirations that push us to bring artists new and old to Vancouver. We hope that our selection will broaden your musical tastes as it has ours, and that you continue to enjoy show after show with us in the new year! Malcolm Croome  – Live Music Director at blueprintLIVE Top 5 Albums: Caribou – Our Love Ty Segall – Manipulator The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream Spoon – They Want My Soul Run The Jewels –....

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An Inside Look Behind BlueprintLIVE’s Music Directors

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

With the new year marks Blueprint LIVE’s second anniversary, curating an eclectic palete of hip hop, indie and rock music by two of Vancouver’s most hard-working talent buyers in the field: Carlo Giusto and Malcolm Croome. Through the last couple of years, they’ve worked hard bringing show after show, starting off with The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride Tour in 2012. Bringing live acts both new and old, Carlo and Malcolm have expanded a diverse taste in music towards Vancouver and it’s burgeoning audience. We sat down with both of them to get an insider look at their...

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Celebrating Two Years with Kurupt

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

It’s time to party, and as usual, Blueprint LIVE is making it happen in style. Celebrating two years of integrating multi-genre live events into the landscape of BC’s music scene, the Blueprint LIVE team have put together a pretty irresistible edition of the CO:LAB showcase series – Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt will be playing a free show alongside his brother Roscoe at Venue on December 17. CO:LAB is a monthly hip-hop showcase that combines many elements of hip-hop and pays homage by featuring legendary hip-hop artists alongside local up and comers. This is one way in which Blueprin...

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IN CONVERSATION WITH MUSEUM OF LOVE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

If you’re a fan of all things DFA, you know that LCD Soundsystem has become a household name. From their side-stepping dance music to more aggresive punk ridden tendencies, they’ve inspired a new look into electronic music. Since the disbandment of such an iconic band, drummer Pat Mahoney has teamed up with Dennis McNany of Run Roc Records to create Museum Of Love. This time around, Mahoney takes on vocals while McNany, who DJs under the alias Jee Day, takes control over the composition. With a different approach in melody and rhythm, Museum of Love offers a steady metronome of...

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FUTURE POP WITH SOPHIE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Influenced by a wide variety of underground and nostalgic trends comes mysterious producer Sophie. With his appearance almost as elusive as his musical description, Sophie falls into a genre category that has yet to be defined. From his 80’s pop synth revivals in EEEHHH/Nothing More To Say to his more grime influenced verses in HARD, Sophie creates an eclectic palette of influences that stretch as far as J-Pop and it’s vocaloid movement. Signed to Numbers, the label responsible for the likes of Rustie and other accelerating artists, Sophie has pulled a close-knit group of underground produ...

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LIL B IS ALL YOU NEED

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

If you’re a fan of his music or his movement, Lil B represents a revolutionized idea of what a rapper should embody in today’s society. In his latest song “No Black Person Is Ugly,” Lil B emphasizes the theme of self-love – reiterating his positive attitude towards the world. It’s with these types of idealized positivities that makes Lil B a fore-fronter in the ever-changing rap game. He describes a perfect society as “one based solely off of love. That’s all you need. Love and giving the right of way. That’s the tone of my world.” His BasedWorld is a following ...

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events calendar

 December
 
Dec 9   Darkest Hour   Venue
Dec 11   Vic Mensa   Caprice
Dec 12   Supersuckers & The Bellrays   Venue
Dec 13   Collie Buddz   Venue
Dec 21   Daz Dillinger   Fortune
Dec 22   Merkules, Lil Windex & More   Venue
Dec 22   Ramriddlz (19+)   Fortune
Dec 22   Ramriddlz (All Ages)   Fortune
Dec 26   Contact Festival   BC Place
Dec 28   Murda Beatz   Fortune
 
 January
 
Jan 12   Wolf Parade   Commodore
Jan 16   Red Fang   Rickshaw
Jan 19   Humans   Imperial
Jan 19   Lauv   Fortune
Jan 30   The Wombats   Venue
Jan 31   Two Feet   Fortune
 
 February
 
Feb 3   Joyner Lucas & Dizzy Wright   Fortune
Feb 7   Youngr   Fortune
Feb 11   Jenn Grant   Venue
Feb 13   LP   Commodore
Feb 20   Rostam   Venue
Feb 22   Burger-A-GoGo: The Coathangers   Rickshaw
Feb 22   Princess Nokia (19+)   Celebrities
Feb 22   Princess Nokia (All Ages)   Celebrities
Feb 23   Burger-A-GoGo: Dengue Fever   Rickshaw
Feb 24   No Age   Venue
 
 March
 
Mar 2   The White Buffalo (Victoria)   Capital
Mar 3   Big Wreck (Victoria)   Capital
Mar 10   J.I.D & Earthgang   Fortune
Mar 10   Lucy Rose   Venue
Mar 22   Ella Vos   Fortune
Mar 29   Emancipator Ensemble   Venue
Mar 30   Baths   Fortune
Mar 31   Chinese Man   Venue
 
 April
 
Apr 5   Snowbombing Canada   Sun Peaks
Apr 12   Digitalism   Fortune
 
 May
 
May 4   Kid Koala   Venue
May 8   Peter Hook & The Light   Venue