Backdrop in 2018

We are very proud of this region that some of us hail from but which all of us call home. We are really very humbled by the fact that so many of you keep returning to dance at our parties, read our features, listen to our BackdropLive podcast series and reach out to us online […]

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Sonic Sanctuary 001: Gazette, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

“Colectiva Gazette -a curated club, a cosy record store and coffeehouse, a talented group of DJs and a conscious community of music and art enthusiasts” “Gazette is the place where you can enjoy the freshest sounds coming out of the underground electronic music scene. When it opened its doors in 2006 it was the city’s first […]

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Detroit techno comes to Newcastle : A brief history of The Motor City.

Newcastle is being infiltrated by the Detroit greats this term, from Robert Hood at Ape-X (20/10) to Juan Atkins at Foreplay  (19/10) this week alone.  We also have DJ Bone at Quest 808 (6/12) – a new and very exciting party at Cosmic Ballroom, while Octave One bring their “Mothership” live show to World Headquarters with Foreplay […]

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Art in Music: TF CONCEPT – DESIGN

Tânia Filipa Silvestre is a graphic designer out of Lisbon, Portugal, and brings to the table striking, bold work with a minimalist angle to keep the message simple. We think Tânia’s designs are beautiful and wanted to exhibit them here, and interview her about the process involved in conceiving these works of art. What got […]

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Five Field Maneuvers Acts You MUST Catch.

By Dr. Joseph Ahead of this years Field Maneuvers Festival (Sept 1st-3rd), which has less than 40 tickets remaining, Backdrop resident Dr. Joseph dug through our BackdropLive archives to highlight five acts we know for absolute certain are going to delight, challenge and inspire. We have actually not seen many festival lineups programmed with such […]

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Local Heroes: Man Power

     Fraser and Simon went to meet Man Power aka Geoff Kirkwood, the DJ/Producer born and bred in Battle Hill, Wallsend, who now rocks sound systems worldwide (even playing Glastonbury this year) for a chat and a few too many drinks before Geoff went off to open for Ape-X’s show with Mind Against, as one of their […]

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Dr. Joseph speaks with ROOM 4 RESISTANCE

Hello Luz, firstly thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us and to visit our city for Backdrop: Sounds Of Solidarity on February 10th. As founder and resident DJ at Room 4 Resistance, we wanted to know more about your collective. When did you create Room 4 Resistance and what gave […]

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The Lowdown : No Bounds Festival Launch, Hope Works, Sheffield.

By Dr. Joseph. Having had the trains and tickets booked for months to go to No Bounds Festival’s Launch party at Hope Works, I was especially over the moon to be asked with one week left, to play their 5am slot. I felt it best to give full disclosure now as to my involvement with […]

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EASTER PREVIEW : TEN YEARS OF JAUNT & ILIAN TAPE

  By Matthew Wilson There seems to be this buzz about in Newcastle at the minute. For years the city has been regarded as a hotbed for underground dance music, with homegrown talent earning respect throughout the UK and the world. We have quite a number of great quality club nights, providing top notch raves […]

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