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Considering a weekend in Ibiza? Our guide to the White Isle tells you where to eat, sleep, rave, repeat –

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With just a few days to go until Conor McGregor faces off against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that the UFC Fighter is thinking about how he would celebrate a victory.

And what better place to party than Ibiza?

It’s no surprise that Conor has admitted he’ll be jet-setting off to the White Isle to celebrate with family and friends, making the most of Ibiza’s world-famous nightlife, super clubs, incredible sunsets and stunning scenery.

There’s no denying that Ibiza is a bucket list destination that everybody needs to tick off.

And we’re not just talking about those looking to party – the White Isle has something for everyone.

So if you have a spare weekend, you should seriously consider a whistle stop tour of of this beautiful Balearic.

Yes, it’s synonymous with wild antics, all-night raves and extreme hedonism – and rightly so, as there’s plenty on offer for hard partying people.

But there are other sides to Ibiza, too, where memories are made for everyone, young and old.

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to Ibiza including how to get there and where to eat, sleep, rave, repeat – or even just relax, if that’s more your thing.

What’s in our guide?

Hotel Es Viv – the art deco haven for health-conscious hedonists

Whichever way you turn, this hotel screams indulgence and style.

Always evolving to accommodate its health conscious, party-going clientele, Hotel Es Viv has perfected its mantra to pamper.

Last year the hotel introduced a wellbeing Balance package which included a 24-hour retox-detox experience. Now, to expand on this it has developed a new spacious gym and yoga/dance studio.

The idyllic art deco inspired hotel won the award for Best Hotel Interior in Spain at the International Property Awards 2016. It was also name Best European Hotel and Best Hotel under 200 rooms at The International Hotel and Property Awards 2016.

If the champagne and strawberries lifestyle is your vibe, then Hotel Es Viv is the place for you. More info here .

Ibiza Rocks Hotel – for the party-goers

Since opening in 2008, Ibiza Rocks Hotel has firmly cemented itself within the Ibiza clubbing community, offering a fresh approach to the partying landscape and serving up groundbreaking events to its loyal following.

More info here

Cafe Bondi it is a new concept in the San Antonio port area, serving meals and drinks that are as tasty as they are healthy and pretty.

From its wide terrace – with the port in view – you’ll be able to enjoy all kind of breakfasts made using organic ingredients, as well as fresh fruit juices, homemade, protein packed milkshakes, healthy and traditional toasts and coffees.

More info here .

Simply put, this place is heaven on Earth. The service is magnificent, from the minute you walk down the steps and enter from the beach.

The restaurant has several terraces over different levels and all tables offer a picturesque view of the sea – with a creative cocktail menu also on offer.

The Mediterranean cuisine is done to perfection and caters for all allergies and dieting needs on request.

By night, the place is full of low lights in the trees and has a wonderful atmosphere with chill out music filling the air.

What’s more, it also hosts weddings on the beach – Axwell, DJ and former member of Swedish House Mafia, got married here.

Located to the west of the island, near the area of Cap Negret, pencil this in as a must-see place.

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Built in 1901 and set in beautiful landscaped gardens, this converted Villa is the perfect location for an elegant mediterranean dining experience.

With spectacular views overlooking the Marina in San Antonio, Villa Mercedes is an outstanding venue and regarded by many as the jewel in San Antonio.

Kumharas is a restaurant situated in Cala de Bou, just a few metres from San Antonio Bay, and boasts one of the best views of the Ibizan sunset.

Each year it grows and evolves into a magical place where you can enjoy a menu rich in all kinds of cultures. There is also a relaxing chill zone to renew your energy. Find more information here.

A trip to the White Isle would not be complete without experiencing the world famous Cafe Mambo sunset.

This is the best place for an Ibzan sunset, as the crowds all gather and clap in unison to mark the setting of the sun.

Launched in 1994, in celebration of its 22nd anniversary this year, Caf Mambo has since been hailed for its party vibes and most memorable sunset strip in the heart of San Antonio, Ibiza.

True to its family values, the once small Ibizan house has since transformed into a major venue where you’ll calibre of star studded names – including last years BBC Radio 1s 20th anniversary – but a laid back vibe, too.

And it is still a cafe.

It continues to operate throughout the day, serving breakfast from 10am and offering a wide lunch and dinner menu late evening, with fresh cocktails to complement the azure backdrop.

Where? Amnesia

When? Every Friday starting on May 19.

Who? Marco Carola | Joey Daniel | Leon | Marco Faraone | Miss Kittin | Jamie Jones | The Martinez Brothers & More

Music On returns to Ibiza for its longest season ever. In the sixth summer at Amnesia, Marco Carola and his flagship artists are delivering a frantic season of 21 dates, which kicked off in May.

Find more information here.

When? Every Sunday

Where? Destino

Who? Guy Gerber | Bill Patrick | Sven Vth & More

Each evening is comprised of two to three acts, evoking the atmosphere of the traditional Ibiza events where there are no headline acts and the artists have the freedom to play longer sets in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere

In the midst of the unique line-ups are some of the biggest names in the industry with appearances from Cocoon head-honcho Sven Vth who will be hosting his own night -, electronic musics rockstar DJ Harvey and the innovative Sci-Tec boss Dubfire.

The impressive melting pot of artists makes Rumors one of the most exciting and forward-thinking residencies this season. Find more information here.

When? Every Monday

Where? DC-10

Who? This years opening party is something not to be missed.

Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Tania Vulcano, Kerri Chandler, Jackmaster, Ellen Allien, Jamie Jones, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann, Sossa, Shonky, Clive Henry and Acid Mondays.

If thats not enough to whet your appetite then youll be glad to hear that Damian Lazarus, Marcel Dettmann, The Black Madonna, Dubfire, DVS1, Adriatique, DJ Tennis, Konstantin and Petar Dundov will also be joining the party.

Find more information here .

When? Every Sunday

Who? Solomun & special guests

Where? Pacha

Pachas flagship Ibiza night Solomun + 1 is making a big and bold return in 2017.

It all kicks off on Sunday May 28 and runs until October 15, which will be the very last party on the island this summer.

The concept is simple: the Diynamic label boss plays with a guest of his choosing.

This year, there will be even bigger and better production than ever before to make for a truly unique and immersive house and techno experience at the world famous Pacha.

Solomon +1 is a great opportunity to see the influential house and tech artist play in his natural environment with his closest musical friends.

Often featuring impromptu back to back sets, this really is the finest party in Ibiza and it has been for many seasons now.

Other artists joining Solomun throughout the year include:

Mano Le Tough | Patrice Bumel | me | Damian Lazarus | DJ Hell | Michael Mayer | John Talabot | Dixon | Dubfire | DJ Tennis | Joseph Capriati | Acid Pauli | Butch | Superpitcher | me | Sven Vth | Mind Against | Michael Mayer | Matthew Dear | Konstantin Sibold

More details here .

When? Saturdays

Where? Ushuaa

Who? Andrea Oliva | Groove Armada (DJ set) | Matthias Tanzmann | Maya Jane Coles | Raul Rodriguez | Tapesh

Fronted by Andrea Oliva, the 18-week residency will see Groove Armada and Maya Jane Coles return as brand regulars, as well as Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, Klsch and Steve Lawler who are each set to uphold their ANTS family member status.

House gangsta DJ Sneak represents stateside talent that also sees Kim Ann Foxman and Lauren Lane on the bill, with island regulars Cassy, Matthias Tanzmann and Heidi also in attendance.

UK duo Eli & Fur and Circus boss Yousef are confirmed, while rising stars Solardo make their ANTS debut plus ANTS regulars Tapesh, Uner, Francisco Allendes and Raul Rodriguez.

More details here .


Glitterbox has announced the Ibiza 2017 season line-up for its new residency at H Ibiza, the brand new superclub by Ushuaa Entertainment.

The club formerly known as Space will be elevated to new heights, with a fresh new look and the most advanced sound and technologies on the island.

From May through September, H Ibiza will play host to the finest selectors from the global electronic music scene. Find more information here .

Exploring the magnificent coastline of Ibiza is an absolute must, so why not do it just before sunset on your own personal boat.

With Sunset Boats Ibiza, you can expect black MasterCraft 255v powercrafts designed to provide both a perfect day trip or cruise platform for up to 10 people, as well as having more than sufficient power for exhilarating rides and water-sports activities.

Theres no better way to experience the famous Ibiza sunset than pulling up alongside Cafe Mambo in your private boat accompanied by sets by world famous DJs.

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Living the Good Life: Is It Even Possible? – Patheos (blog)

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For He Had Great Possessions by Watts. Creative Commons

We are all seeking to come to terms with the meaning and nature of the Good, the good life, and how to attain it. What is your preferred means of pursuit? A few of the options from which to choose on the ideological smorgasbord conveyer belt are moralism, hedonism, and nihilism:

Moralism: The Good is the Law of Reason. The Good life is the undaunted pursuit of moral order and reason indifferent to pain or pleasure (ex. Stoicism).

Hedonism: The Good is Desire. The good life is the unrestricted pursuit of passion, whether mental or physical. One attains it by throwing off anything that would circumscribe or limit pleasure (ex. Epicureanism).

Nihilism: There is no Good. There is no ultimate meaning in the universe. There is no law of reason or moral order, though there is indifference toward pain and pleasure (ex. Extreme Pessimism). How can anything make a difference, when there is no difference to make? Apathy is all there is. Perhaps, as the Dude remarks in The Big Lebowski, nihilism must be exhausting (Click here). Perhaps it is more exhausting than moralism, hedonism, and other options available to us.

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD) appears to me to be a combination of the first two options. It teaches that God will help us when we need him to live happy, fulfilled lives if we do whats right. The ultimate good appears to be pleasure as in happiness. A remote, deistic deity who keeps score helps us pursue happiness if we play by his rules, the laws of the universe that make it hum. While the MTD terminology was introduced around 2005 and addressed a generation of youth and their view of religion and spirituality, it still has a bearing on people of different ages. Just perhaps it can prove useful for a discussion of a young person of a much earlier age or epoch.

The rich young ruler in Jesus day may have been a card-carrying moralist, or perhaps a hedonist in disguise (Matthew 19:1-22). He came to Jesus and asked him, What must I do to be saved? Given that he asked Jesus what he should do, Jesus responded in kind: keep the commandments. Been there. Done that, the man replied. But one thing is left to do to be good, perfect and inherit eternal life, Jesus added: the rich young ruler was to go sell his possessions, give the proceeds to the poor to have treasure in heaven, and. come follow Jesus.

The rich young rulers question What must I do to be saved? might have been an attempt at self-justification, or an indication of a nagging sense that all was not well in his moral universe. In any event, he was pursuing the good life, as he defined it. Yet, he came to Jesus, possibly remotely open to Jesus redefining the meaning of the good life and how to attain it.

Immediately, Jesus asked him a counter question: Why do you ask me about what is good? After all, there was no one good except God alone (Matthew 19:17; cf. Mark 10:18). Either Jesus was discounting the rich young rulers affirmation of him as someone who knew the good, or was pressing the young man to take the affirmation all the way to the bank: that is, withdraw his life savings, place them at Jesus feet by giving away all his proceeds to the poor, and then follow Jesus so that he could be saved. Only the Goodthat is Godcould make such a daunting call and audacious claim. I believe the latter of these two possible reasons was the basis for Jesus question.

I also believe Jesus wanted the rich young ruler to collide with his approach to the good life, and realize there was nothing he could do to save himself. As Jesus responded to his own disciples following this encounter, when they asked him who could be saved if a rich man couldnt (who in their minds must have been good and affirmed by God because he was blessed with riches!), apart from God, it is not possible for anyone to be savedespecially the rich (Matthew 19:23-30). One must depend completely on Gods merciful and gracious call, respond, and follow.

Perhaps the rich young ruler went away so shaken that he became a nihilist, despairing of any meaning or hope of attaining the good life. Perhaps he realized that while he wanted his riches more than Jesus and eternal life, his riches were empty and void. As exhausting as nihilism is, perhaps its more honest than many other isms combined, including stoicism and epicureanism. If so, perhaps the rich young ruler and the rest of us who come to this realization are halfway to the truth of knowing what the good life is and how to attain it on the other end of despair.

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Hedonism UK, the only truly national swingers club …

Posted: August 22, 2017 at 11:46 pm

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Hedonism UK is more than just a swingers club! It’s an action packed social scene for attractive, sexy like-minded adults, where you make friends for life. Advance membership is essential.

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Many of our members are new to the scene, others are experienced swingers familiar with some venues. All rely on our reputation to ensure that the parties and club nights featured by us are genuine, current and active and meet the criteria and standards required by Hedonism.

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Why Studio 54 Still Lives on in Our Imaginations – Vanity Fair

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Clockwise from top left: David Geffen and Joni Mitchell, October 1978; Farrah Fawcett, Cary Grant, and Margaux Hemingway, February 1978; Lorna Luft, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso, June 1979. Background, New Years Eve 1979.

Photographs by Martha Cooper (background), Robin Platzer/Twin Images (Luft), Allan Tannenbaum/ (Fawcett), Russell C. Turiak (Geffen).

The late, great music mogul Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder and longtime chairman of Atlantic Records, called Studio 54 the greatest club of all time. And this from a man who had spent thousands of hours over several decades at El Morocco and the Copacabana, Annabels in London, and Rgines in Paris. In retrospect, 54 has become the stuff of legend and myth: the Valhalla of Hedonism, the Taj Mahal of Free Love, the Camelot of Nightlife. Like the Kennedy White House, it is a lost paradise never to be found again. Yet its reign as the worlds No. 1 nightclub was brief, from its riotous opening night, in 1977, to the surreal going away party for its creators and impresarios, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, in February 1980a fleeting but unforgettable moment of Pure Fun between the Era of Protest and the Age of Money. Studio 54 was more than a disco, it was a sociological phenomenon and a historical event, which is why it continues to inspire essays, books, TV shows, documentaries, and feature films 40 years after it opened. It was something that could only have happened when it did and where it did: New York in the late 1970s. Getting in was no easy task, so if you did, you felt as much of a star as the movie stars, rock stars, sports stars, political stars, fashion stars, and society stars that were everywhere you turned. As executive editor of Andy Warhols Interview magazine, I was there on a near nightly basis. So much so that I was quoted in Vogue declaring, I live at Studio 54. By the end of those three wild, giddy, divinely mad years, I had a new line: Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco; I left my liver at Studio 54. Fortunately, I survived.

Adapted from the foreword to Studio 54, by Ian Schrager, to be published this month by Rizzoli.

At the 1980 going away party for Studio 54s co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, Diana Ross serenaded the crowd with Come See About Me, from atop the D.J. booth.

Lorna Luft, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso, June 1979.

Studio 54

Farrah Fawcett, Cary Grant, and Margaux Hemingway, February 1978.

Clockwise from top left: David Geffen and Joni Mitchell, October 1978.

New Years Eve 1979.


At the 1980 going away party for Studio 54s co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, Diana Ross serenaded the crowd with Come See About Me, from atop the D.J. booth.

Photograph by Richard Corkery/New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images.

Lorna Luft, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso, June 1979.

By Robin Platzer/Twin Images.

Studio 54

By Dustin Pittman.

Farrah Fawcett, Cary Grant, and Margaux Hemingway, February 1978.

By Allan Tannenbaum/

Clockwise from top left: David Geffen and Joni Mitchell, October 1978.

By Russell C. Turiak.

New Years Eve 1979.

By Martin Cooper.


Why Studio 54 Still Lives on in Our Imaginations – Vanity Fair

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Things Learned At: Houghton 2017 – The Quietus

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Putting your faith in a festival on its first year can be a risky business. With so much choice already out there in the summer festival market, especially with festivals on the European mainland becoming an increasingly more attractive prospect year on year to young dance music fans, the prospect of spending another weekend in the UK can also seem a little dull to many seeking the full festival experience. That said, 7,500 people went ahead and placed their trust in the team behind Wales Gottwood Festival to deliver on a brand new event last week in the form of Houghton, a four-day festival situated on the grounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Its fair to say though that they wont have gone home disappointed, with the weekend leaving me in little doubt that Id just experienced a new benchmark for UK festivals, specifically those geared towards fans of a certain kind of electronic music.

Teaming up with longtime fabric resident Craig Richards, who acted as a curator and the main face for the festival, the team pulled together a weekend that was about far more than its line-up, though that wasnt too shabby itself either, with the likes of Ricardo Villlalobos, Andrew Weatherall, Margaret Dygas, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Hunee and many more featuring, the line-up balancing the more obvious ticket sellers on the regular electronic music festival circuit with names that dont crop up on quite as many of the bigger UK festivals line-ups – take Nicolas Lutz, Convextion, Sonja Moonear, Binh and Romanian pairing Raresh and Rhadoo. Richards, who clocked up around 20 hours of playing time over the weekend, in the form of multiple solo sets as well as back-to-backs with Ricardo Villalobos and Nicolas Lutz, could be seen around the site through the weekend taking in sets from other DJs and live acts – it was hard to believe that hed slept a wink all weekend.

Mostly that suspicion will be down to one of the vital elements, amongst a number of factors, that confirmed Houghtons standing as the UKs best new festival, that being their ability to secure a 24-hour license, something that is relatively unheard of at a UK festival. This meant that the music across various parts of the site didnt finish between Friday morning and the very early hours of Monday morning. The soundsystems, so frequently a point of complaint for those at electronic music festivals in the UK, impressed through the weekend too, save for a dip on Sunday night during Hunees closing set at The Quarry – a disappointment no doubt, but also perhaps a small price to pay for just how smoothly the rest of the weekend ran, as well as one of the most generous licenses doled out to a UK festival in recent memory.

A notably friendly crowd as well as a security presence that didnt once seem overbearing over the course of the festivals four days gave Houghton a rare sense of unworldliness that left me feeling completely refreshed by the events end. Empty references to hedonism, as well as the values of peace, love, unity and respect, in dance music and clubbing are all too common today, but looking back over my weekend at Houghton, I can sincerely say that I experienced something very special, and feel blessed to have been one of the first to be a part of it.

UK crowds do have an appetite for 24-hour partying

One of the main selling points for Houghton in the build-up to the festival was its promise of extended sets given to the wealth of DJ talent booked to play – something that was essential in order to fully take in the style of music played by people such as Margaret Dygas, Nicolas Lutz, Binh and Ricardo Villalobos. In an age of festivals packing their line-ups to the brim, as well as the growing popularity of event clubbing from promoters like The Warehouse Project, meaning that DJs frequently play sets of little more than 90 minutes, Houghton offered something different.

Just a few days before the festival came around though, Houghton revealed exactly how they would be accommodating these plans, having procured a 24-hour license which would see the music roll endlessly at the festival site for just under three full, consecutive days. This wasnt without its challenges of course. Planning sleep breaks was made very difficult as a result, something I learnt the hard way after an intended nap turned into an extended sleep and a missed set by Binh.

While not all of the festivals stages ran without a break, there was always plenty to see or do on site across those days. Ben UFO rolled through a four-hour set at The Quarry to see of Friday night, his slot allowing him to shift between UK garage, smooth 90s tech-house and wigged out, Phillip Glass-sampling minimal from Ricardo Villalobos, the extended slot giving him more room to bridge the gap between disparate sounds than he would at most festivals. Romanians Raresh and Rhadoo rolled through around nine hours of classy minimal and house on another side of the site, at The Warehouse, getting started when Ben UFO was an hour into his set at The Quarry and eventually wrapping up sometime around midday.

Nicolas Lutz, one of the weekends sure highlights, brought his trademark sound of electro-oriented minimal and breaks to The Pavilion stage on Saturday night playing for four hours at nightfall and setting the stage suitably for one of the weekends most anticipated sets following him: Craig Richards and Ricardo Villalobos eight-hour back-to-back. Starting at 3am and coming to an end many hours after the sun had risen, the set was a masterclass in tempering energy levels when tasked with an extended slot, starting slowly and building very gradually. An early highlight came as Villalobos teased the opening synths to LFOs self-titled 1991 track for what felt like an age, chopping it in occasionally with another early bleep classic in the form of Detromentals Rewind, also originally released in 1991.

The mixing and selections got more audacious as the set went on – at one point Im sure I heard Villalobos pull off a very clever mix with two copies of the same record, while I was frequently left looking on in amazement at how he would pair other seemingly mismatched records with each other with such flair. Some hours into their set, as the sun rose behind the pair, Richards cunningly offset Villalobos more wonky selections with M Dubs UK garage remix of Body Killin by Vincent J. Alvis, a moment that felt like coming up for air and naturally drew a triumphant response from those in attendance. The Pavilion area started out very busy for their set but with the eight-hour set time, people eventually gave in to rolling in and out, allowing the area some breathing space, with Richards and Villalobos very much remaining in their element throughout, maintaining an engaged audience at the front until they eventually finished playing.

The 24-hour license certainly wasnt Houghtons only fine point, but it was one of its most unique, allowing it to stand out from all other UK competitors. With dancers constantly rotating between the campsite and stages at all hours of the day and night, it seemed that people were grasping the extended partying hours with both hands too, and proved that there might just be an appetite for more 24-hour clubbing opportunities in the UK. Promoters The Hydra were granted a 24-hour license at their former Studio Spaces hub a few years ago but never used it and have now moved on to focusing on Sunday daytime sessions at Londons Ministry Of Sound for the rest of the year. Similarly, fabric only host one non-stop day and night party each year in October for their birthday.

Increasingly, large promoters in London, such as The Hydra, are making a shift to hosting daytime events on Sundays, allowing audiences to catch world-class DJs in clubs and be in bed in time for work the next morning. I understand why this might be an attractive prospect to many, but theres a niggling sense of conservatism about it all sitting at the back of my mind. Complicated licensing negotiations have of course played a large part in ensuring that UK cities dont enjoy the extended nightlife hours afforded to many clubs in Berlin and Amsterdam, but perhaps, where possible, it might be interesting to start experimenting with more extended parties, taking Houghtons lead. We might then start to see the four-hour sets that have become the club standard in Berlin make their way to these shores too.

Location is key

Alongside the 24-hour partying that the festival allowed for, Houghtons setting was also key in creating the kind of utopian atmosphere that could be felt through the weekend with a number of excellently located stages, as well as plenty of room for wandering. With a relatively limited capacity, the campsite was limited to one large field and easy to navigate if you found yourself wanting to get some rest back at your tent, while the main music arena was mostly populated around another field and the lake on Houghton Halls grounds.

Dotted around the lake was a floating restaurant, a tent hosting workshops and life drawing classes and The Pavilion which consisted of a wooden stage sitting directly in front of the lake amongst the trees of the forest. The area hosted standout sets from Craig Richards and Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Lutz, Saoirse (whose sleek house and minimal-oriented selections were just the ticket to get people who might have already been feeling worse for wear going again on Saturday afternoon) and Convextion presenting a live set. The closing hours at the stage on Sunday night were handed over to Gerd Janson and Roman Flgel. Janson, the prime candidate for a final night party set drew for crowdpleasers across his three-hour set time, slotting in Biceps Just as well as Pangaeas recent festival-ready edit of Nomad classic Devotion before closing on an edit of Underworlds Born Slippy. With the sound dipping over at The Quarry, a hollowed out bowl which played host to Joy Orbison, Optimo, Andrew Weatherall and more, for Hunees closing set, The Pavilion felt like the right place to see the final night out with Flgel taking a more subtle approach than Janson before him, drawing on more hard-edged techno and jacking house before closing the festival with a remix of Arthur Russells This Is How We Walk On The Moon.

Vladimir Ivkovic and Ivan Smagghe played for around five hours on Saturday night in a small dome, building gradually and making use of the confined surroundings and smaller crowd to go deeper, playing the kind of cosmic chuggers that they can frequently be heard drawing for together, bringing out increasingly outrageous dance moves from those gathered as the music grew weirder and more sleazy. Having spent most of the weekend happily moving around the stages in the main area though, it wasnt until Sunday that I discovered what the secret Terminus stage had to offer. Deliberately left off the site map, with hints left for people to reach the stage by catching a train somewhere on the site, the stage was hidden right near the main entrance to the site, and offered a nice midpoint between the Pavilions leafy surroundings and the Quarrys swampy setting. It was at the Terminus stage that Craig Richards played his final set of the weekend, alongside Nicolas Lutz, just five hours after finishing up his eight-hour set with Ricardo Villalobos. The hours hed already clocked up on the decks by this point still didnt seem to have got to him though as the pair, by now seasoned back-to-back partners, swapped records for four hours, bringing it home with the groove-laden Underground Resistance-released Black Moon Rising from Scan-7 amongst other dazzling cuts.

The Quarry, while perhaps the most obvious setting for most of the festivals headline bookings, unfortunately couldnt handle the demand at peak times with sizeable queues forming each night to catch the likes of Move D, Joy Orbison, Andrew Weatherall and Optimo, and The Warehouse lacked character in comparison to most of the other stages. These are very minor niggles in what was an outstanding first year from Houghton though, with the festival clearly putting a great deal of thought into how to use the location to its fullest potential, even offering revellers sculpture tours of the festivals grounds.

Yurts make for the best party spots

East London bar Brilliant Corners popped up at Baldocks Farr Festival earlier this summer with a yurt complete with an audiophile soundsystem supplied by The Analogue Foundation, mimicking the spotless system that could be found at the bar itself. Hosting scheduled and secret sets across the weekend, many of those at the festival reported back that it was one of the finest points of the weekend this year. The same could be said for Brilliant Corners display at Houghton, once again setting up shop in a sizeable, yet intimate yurt for the weekend, speaker stacks set up around the dome to envelope everyone inside with one of the crispest audio experiences theyll doubtless ever experience at a festival.

Hosting second, more intimate sets from the likes of Hunee and Floating Points, it was a popular attraction with revellers invited to enter the tent via a small opening that required most to bow down to get inside, entering under a lit-up sign just outside reading GIANT STEPS, a reference to the John Coltrane album of the same name. A vintage Technics unit and rotary mixer were set up for each DJ to play on inside with the system and set-up encouraging each DJ to dig deep and draw for the kind of music that would sound best in such a surrounding.

Playing some hours before his closing set at The Quarry on Friday night, Ben UFO made full use of his 90-minute set time starting out slow with balearic ballads such as Blue Gas Shadows From Nowhere before winding up at frenetic jazz numbers in the form of Jackie McLean and Michael Carvins De I Conahlee Ah via sultry reggae and dub such as Ghosts Come Back Again. The tent erupted with every new selection, the intensity ramping up ever further as he further tested the system with Exemens screwface-inducing Far East followed by a volley of jungle including Fracture & Neptunes Colemanism. Fully spent, I wandered out of the tent in an attempt to recollect my head a few minutes before the sets end safe in the knowledge that Id already witnessed one of the weekends undoubted highlights in a truly special setting.

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Op-ed: Latter-day Saints beware the false god of ‘history’ – Deseret News

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Editor’s note: This essay is part of an ongoing Deseret News opinion series exploring ideas and issues at the intersection of faith and thought.

If man stops believing in God, he will start believing in anything. attributed to G.K. Chesterton

The Judeo-Christian tradition has many prohibitions against idolatry but few against atheism. Perhaps early theists understood that humans are homo religious religious beings by nature who will always seek out an object of worship. Joshua did not say, Choose you this day whether you will serve, but, Choose you this day whom ye will serve. According to novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, If a man rejects God, he will have to worship an idol of wood, gold, or ideas. Since we all need meaning and higher purpose in our lives, there is no way out of worship, there is only a choice of what to worship (something even evolutionary biologists are now acknowledging).

In our current society, worship of the Judeo-Christian God is being replaced by the worship of a God of History, the deity of the Religion of Progress. This religion permeates our culture, largely shapes public discourse, and has a major impact on popular thinking. It can be summarized in a three-part creed:

1. History is unfolding in a pre-determined direction

2. The enlightened know what that direction is

3. That direction is good

In the past, the Religion of Progress was embodied in movements and theories such as Marxism, fascism, and Hegelianism; today it is alive and well on both sides of our political spectrum. The left pays overt homage to the God of History with the progressive label, while many on the right believe history inevitably points to peace and prosperity under the free market or to universal democracy through American military intervention. In the Religion of Progress, History is an omnipotent, omnipresent force that acts in and through all things, and will bring eventual salvation to society. The arc of history, we are often told, bends towards justice.

But unlike other deities, the God of History makes few demands; just make sure youre on the right side of history. Individuals cant change the God of Historys doings, they can only align themselves with his will, thereby proving themselves to be among the elect.

For most versions of the Religion of Progress, another sign of virtue is powerlessness. This view replaces the mistaken 19th century imperialist maxim might makes right with the opposite but equally mistaken maxim might makes wrong. People who belong to historically powerful or advantaged groups males, whites, the wealthy, Americans are often viewed as inherently evil by virtue of their perceived position of privilege, while anyone who belongs to a historically disadvantaged group women, racial minorities, the poor, inhabitants of the Third World are righteous by virtue of their perceived lack of power. Being born into privilege is the Religion of Progress equivalent of original sin.

Those willing to approach the question of power rationally rather than dogmatically realize that belonging to a group does not, in itself, confer any moral standing on someone there are good and bad people in all groups but the God of History denies agency. People are saved either through identification with an oppressed group or through identification with the Religion of Progress being on the right side of history.

Like most religious believers, history worshippers dont arrive at their beliefs through rational inquiry, but through a faith commitment. The doctrines of the Religion of Progress are final, absolute and closed to further discussion. Just as Christians dont question the will of Christ, history worshippers dont question the will of history. Since those disagreeing with any of these dogmas are clearly on the wrong side of history, they are not to be engaged and debated, but marginalized and silenced.

Since young adults are particularly given to religious zeal, its understandable that the most fanatical history worshippers would be found on college campuses. The high priests of the Religion of Progress (the faculty) convert and instruct their acolytes (students) in seminaries (classrooms) and then turn them loose to stop anyone from polluting the church (university) with blasphemy (dissenting ideas). You cant debate God (history), you can only shut down those who oppose his will.

Accordingly, Charles Murray, Heather Macdonald, Christina Hoff Sommers, Bret Weinstein and others who dissent from the Religion of Progress are heretics to be driven from the temple by violence if needs be. The same religious zeal that led Puritans to persecute innocents as witches in 1690s Salem is leading students to persecute innocents as heretics today. The problem with colleges is not as is commonly believed that they have become secularized; the problem is that they have become temples of a new religion.

History worship is attractive and growing for two primary reasons: permissiveness and popularity. As a matter of doctrine, the Religion of Progress denies human agency and therefore absolves people of responsibility for their actions. Since virtue comes from being on the right side of history, rather than from repentance, adherents to the Religion of Progress can freely indulge in substance abuse, sexual promiscuity and general hedonism. Anyone who condemns such behavior is clearly an opponent of the Religion of Progress and can be accordingly dismissed as, intolerant, bigoted, reactionary, racist, sexist, fascist, imperialist, etc. This gives history worshippers a sense of moral superiority to go along with their hedonism.

The Religion of Progress is not only false but also dangerous. The great bulwark of religious freedom in America has been pluralism, but history worship is approaching dominant status and we increasingly see it imposing itself on society. People who dare defy history (by, say, opposing same-sex marriage) have been harassed, threatened, persecuted and fired from jobs. Gods will must be enforced, they believe, and once a majority concurs, religious freedom will be subject to majority whims.

Since it does not acknowledge itself as a faith, history worship poses dangers that other religions do not. History worshippers, seeing themselves as the enlightened vanguard for a better world rather than the religious zealots they are, feel justified in oppressing and silencing those who disagree. While other religions are subject to legal constraints, such as the separation of church and state which (rightly) denies them public funding, we are all compelled to subsidize the Religion of Progress through taxation (e.g., public funding of universities, media and art).

Because the Religion of Progress combines the authority of reason with the zealotry and dogmatism of faith, we should all be concerned about its growth. History worship threatens to make our society less rational, more politicized and, ultimately, less free.

His views are his own.

Hyrum Lewis is a professor of history at BYU-Idaho and, this year, a visiting scholar at Stanford University. This article is adapted from his book, “There is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days” (Cedar Fort Inc., 2017).

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Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm


WHEN DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL first hit theatres in 2014 it was met with widespread acclaim.

The play written by and starring Emmet Kirwan (Sarah and Steve; Heartbreak) follows would-be DJ Jason (Kirwan) through a drug-fuelled weekend odyssey along the streets of Dublin.

Jason works in a record shop in the city centre. He has plans to be a top DJ but loves going on the session at the weekends: taking drugs, going to clubs and raves and generally just overdoing it.

The play follows Jason along his path of hedonism and self-destruction as he navigates through the weekend. Along the way in between raves, drug busts and longing for his ex-girlfriend Jason meets and reconnects with his estranged older brother Daniel (played by Ian Lloyd Anderson), a homeless drug addict.

Kirwan (left) and Anderson (right) in the promo for the Dublin Oldschool play.

The play was notable in that Kirwan and Anderson were the only two actors occupying a completely bare stage. Dublin and an entire cast assorted, well-sketched characters is brought alive by Jasons quickfire narration and the words and actions.

Fast-paced, descriptive poetry carries the audience along for a wild ride that is both a celebration of youthful hedonistic drug culture and poignant tale about family breakdown the dangers and sadness of addiction.

Fast forward three years later to this week and Kirwan and a cast of youthful actors were wedged into Anseo bar on Camden Street, along with a full production team.

TheJournal.iegot a behind-the-scenes look as shooting has commenced on a movie version of Dublin Oldschool, which will film in locations across Dublin and Wicklow for four weeks.

From play to movie

Kirwan and Anderson reprise their roles as the two lost brothers, but alongside them now will be a full cast each playing one of the excellent side characters.

These are people like Dave The Rave a posh sounding Dublin drug dealer with a one track mind for getting out of his mind.

The side acts are all brought brilliantly to life by Anderson onstage, and aside from the strong emotional centre of the brothers relationship provide the play with its best moments.

Kirwan (left) and director Dave Tynan on set. Source: Allen Kiely

Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful/Ransom), Sena Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary/Cant Cope, Wont Cope), Mark OHalloran (Adam & Paul/Historys Future/The Virtues) and Stephen Jones (Red Rock/Love Hate) will all feature in the movie.

It will be interesting to see how the ensemble cast adapt and make each character their own.

The movie is directed by Dave Tynan (who co-wrote it), a longtime collaborator with Kirwan.

The mens partnership won much attention earlier this year for the short spoken word film Heartbreak which was written and performed by Kirwan and directed by Tynan.

The video tells the story Young One (played byJordanne Jones) a young teenager who becomes a mother and encounters hardship and hypocrisy as she raises her child.

Heartbreak went viral and won acclaim for both men, with Kirwans words To stand in awe of mn becoming a rally cry for the womens rights movement and the Repeal the Eighth campaign.

Tynan and Kirwan also collaborated on the excellent Just Saying spoken word video way back in 2012, when the recession still seemed like it was many years from ending.

Just Saying written and directed by Tynan and performed by Kirwan as he walks through Dublin at night may give a glimpse into what the pair are looking to accomplish with Dublin Oldschool.

Here we have the same themes of a lost youth culture, references to weekends of drink and drugs, and the whole thing underpinned as Dublin Oldschool is by a deep but conflicted love of Dublin city and all that goes with it.

With a budget this time of 1 million from the Irish Film Board and Windmill Lane Studios, the duo will have a bit more scope to expand on and convey their vision in the feature length film.

The movie is bound to differ in many ways from the play, and is Emmet Kirwans first feature length film. Speaking to the press outside Anseo this week, he was confident about pulling off the translation from stage to screen.

I dont want to give too much away but weve kind of distilled the essence of the play into the film script, he said.

You get to show all the things that youve only talked about.

The good stuff in the play will still be in the film especially the words.

Distribution and sales for Dublin Oldschool are handled by Element Pictures and the film is due for cinema release in 2018.

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Nothing is off-limits in the Party’s anti-graft efforts – Shanghai Daily (subscription)

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AS the 96-year-old Communist Party of China (CPC) prepares to hold its 19th national congress later this year, the world is watching how the long-ruling party will remain vigorous in the future.

In fact, the CPCs efforts in self-reform since its 18th national congress held five years ago have provided answers to that question.

Xi Jinping, who took office as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in 2012, has led the efforts to fight corruption, calling on the whole Party to stay fully alert and describing corruption as a threat to the Partys very survival.

Nothing is off-limits in the anti-corruption efforts, and zero tolerance has been shown toward corruption, Xi said at the seventh plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) earlier this year.

On December 4, 2012, the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee convened a meeting to deliberate on the eight-point frugality code to address si feng, or four forms of decadence formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance.

According to the CCDI, as of the end of May, a total of 170,400 violations against the eight-point frugality code had been investigated across the country, with 231,100 people punished, including 20 ministerial-level Party officials.

Yang Xiaodu, deputy secretary of the CCDI, said, The tests we are facing now are no less challenging than those in war times, only in different forms. If our Party members cant resist the risks of corruption, they could end up using power for illegitimate purposes.

On April 19, 2013, the Politburo decided to launch education activities within the Party.

The three stricts and three earnests campaign, advanced by Xi in 2014, urges officials to be strict in morals, power and self-discipline, and to be honest in decisions, business and behavior.

The Party also advanced a campaign for members at all levels to study the theoretical and practical issues of Party building in an effort to strengthen ideology and Communist beliefs while serving the people.

The Party has shown hardened resolve in the fight against corruption when the Central Committee decided to investigate and punish senior officials for discipline violations, including Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, Guo Boxiong, Xu Caihou, Ling Jihua and Su Rong.

The Party not only exercises self-discipline within the country, but also reaches abroad to hunt down fugitives.

Yang Xiuzhu, who was once number one on the list of Chinas top 100 fugitives released in an Interpol red notice, turned herself in to the country in November 2016 after 13 years on the run.

So far, over 40 fugitives on the Interpol red list have either voluntarily returned or been extradited to China, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

In November 2013, the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee required innovation in the disciplinary inspection system, focusing on problems related to corruption, Party rules and regulations as well as the Partys leadership.

The CPC has carried out inspection work covering CPC organizations in provincial-level regions, central CPC and government organs and major state-owned enterprises, according to Li Xiaohong, an official with the central inspection group.

According to the CCDI, from 2012 to the end of 2016, 240 centrally administered officials were investigated, with 223 receiving punishments. A total of 57,000 Party members took the initiative to confess to their wrongdoings in 2016.

Meanwhile, the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee, the top legislature, approved a pilot reform program to establish an integrated supervision system that will see the establishment of local supervisory commissions at three levels province, city and county.

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Got past clearing? Now comes the gap year and it’s not just about fun – The Times

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Time off before university used to mean a non-stop party, but the jobs market demands more now

In years gone by, gap years meant 12 months of full-moon parties in Thailand and cannabis-infused lassi in India. But as students contemplate their future after last weeks A-level results, those considering travelling are taking their break more seriously: these days the gap year is all about your CV.

Its been a really noticeable change, says Tim Fryer of student travel specialist STA. Weve seen a shift away from a gap year centred around hedonism. Now those taking time out after A-levels, or after their degree, are choosing their trip with one eye on what theyre going to tell their future employers. Theyre looking for skills and qualities they can demonstrate. Its almost a stepping stone on your career.

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