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Akumandra – Brooklyn

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Akumandra is back at Knockdown Center for their bi-annual Brooklyn showcase, featuring Sainte Vie (live), Mateo, Giovanny Aparicio, and Eli.

Outline: Summer

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Outline: Summer will take place Knockdown Center’s backyard space, “The Ruins,” across the last weekend of August, Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, 2021, featuring headline performances by NYC post-punk icons ESG, and Canadian dance-pop favorite Jessy Lanza, and specially selected daily lineups for a cross-genre party that pays honor to club music’s past, present, and future.

Joining the legendary Bronx pioneers ESG on Saturday’s lineup will be an exciting group of young performers that span pop, hip-hop, and R&B, including: rising L.A. synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay; Minneapolis-based songwriter, rapper, and poet, Dua Saleh; Philadelphia’s beat innovator Body Meat; and wildly prolific rapper Pink Siifu, performing with DJ Ted Kamal and special guest appearances from members of associated crew GKFAM.

Sunday’s lineup surrounds Jessy Lanza with an eclectic collection of artists from different corners of dance music. It will include: NYC house and hip-hop producer Galcher Lustwerk, performing a “100% Galcher” set of original material; mysterious left field pop artist Doss; Miami bass-music duo Basside, whose SOPHIE-produced, Fuck It Up EP, was released earlier in 2021; Cibo Matto founder and prolific solo artist, Miho Hatori; and L.A. synth-punk newcomers Provoker, whose debut record for influential Swedish label YEAR001 is expected later this year.

Two-day passes and single-day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows are on sale now.

Resuming a regular schedule from this Summer relaunch, Outline will return inside the Knockdown Center hall for Outline: Fall in November of 2021, and then continue with Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall events throughout 2022.

Horse Meat Disco 2020

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Initially established in 2004 at The Eagle, an innocuous gay bar in London’s Vauxhall, Horse Meat Disco has evolved into a powerful force in queer and club culture as a whole, while staying local to its original home, each and every Sunday. Co-founded by James Hillard and Jim Stanton, and encompassing residents Severino and Luke Howards, the crew continue to maintain not only the weekly Sunday party, but a number of residencies in cities across the world, alongside a kaleidoscope of club appearances, festival dates and specially curated mixes.

Taking inspiration from a diverse, counter-cultural history of clubs and DJs, as well as from the sprawling, ever-expanding musical collections of it’s resident crew, the sound of HMD is impossible to place. Nonetheless their style is undeniable, as is a popper-scented air of sheer authenticity. Rooted in hedonism, rhythm, freedom and emotion, a Horse Meat Disco set reinforces everything invigorating about disco, as comfortable as shattering old-school mirror ball cliches as basking in their light.

A typical HMD set blends classics, italo disco, house, oddities and punk funk, to conjure their initial spirit of “a queer party for everyone”, including, but not limited to, “Homos and Heteros, club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturists, guerilla drag queens and ladies who munch.” They have made appearances on every notable club scene in the modern world, as well as those beyond, and have long been a key fixture at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Festival No.6.

Outside of the club, the Horse Meat Disco train rolls across the airwaves on Rinse FM, where the crew hold down a weekly residency every Sunday afternoon, serving as a pre and post-club Sunday lunch accompaniment, often delving into the more soulful shades of their sublime taste, often encompassing rave groove, gospel and whatever they can’t get away with on the dancefloor (which, as the years have proven, isn’t much). A series of expertly curated and acclaimed compilations for reissue label Strut helped further cement HMD’s formidable but communal reputation as disco masterminds, spreading their sound and many enviable obscurities into front rooms and record bags across the world. Their latest, ‘Meat Me Down the Disco’, was released on Z Records in 2017.

After decades of crate digging, globetrotting and partying, the HMD story continues apace. 2017 also saw the crew record their long-awaited contribution to BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Mix’, as well as their first joint foray into production, ‘Waiting For You To Call’, featuring Roy Inc., and released on their own, self-titled imprint. They are currently working on new music to be released with Glitterbox, with the new single ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ released in December 2018.

BICEP LIVE

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◾️ BICEP ◾️ In 2008, Belfast natives Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar were posting 100+ tracks a week on their blog, Feel My Bicep. Now, the Irish duo have added being DJs, producers, promoters, labels owners and even live performers to their resume – but blogging remains a core part of their artistry. The two have played a crucial role in the development of house music over the past ten years and continue to be icons in the underground community.

◾️ HAAi ◾️ Australian-born London-based DJ kicked off her career throwing the Coconut Beats parties in Dalston which led to shows on Rinse FM and Worldwide FM. She landed a prestigious residency at Phonox in London where she ruled the deck Saturday nights for two years. In 2018, she won BBC Radio’s Essential Mix of the Year and now holds a monthly Radio 1 slot.  Her sets are infused with heavy bass lines – from breaks to thumping techno – as well as all manner of percussive elements.

Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) [POSTONED]

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Fascinoma is excited to be launching in New York at the Knockdown Center on May 2, 2020 with two of house music’s true legends; Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers) live and Kerri Chandler. 

Focused on delivering harmonious, high quality events; Fascinoma emerged in 2016 in Puebla, Mexico to great acclaim. An intimate 3 day event featuring the likes of Larry Heard, Dâm-Funk, Kode9 and DeepChord that landed Fascinoma on VICE’s list of best festivals of the year. Fascinoma now brings their ethos of celebrating great music by delivering choice line-ups across different genres of electronica to the US with the opening party on May 2nd at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, NY. 

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◾️ LARRY HEARD ◾️ Larry Heard, aka Mr. Fingers, lives a life that has been characterised by the kind of quiet intensity that will be instantly understable to anyone who knows his music. The Chicago native delivers music that speaks to the very deepest parts of the human condition, and as such triggers the most passionate and enduring responses in discerning listeners and dancers. He continues to be as prolific as ever, creating the kind of poised beautiful electronic music that can consistently win over the most demanding music lovers.

◾️ KERRI CHANDLER ◾️ New Jersey native Kerri Chandler has unquestionably helped shape the house landscape. His Kaoz Theory label has worked with massive modern artists such as Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, and The Martinez Brother and his MadHouse Records has been setting releases for 25+ years. His life-long obsession with sound makes him famously meticulous about the setups of the clubs he plays, and that always results in electrifying sets of soulful, authentic, positive house music.

◾️ FASCINOMA ◾️ While a relatively new name, Fascinoma is led by veteran Rene Gelston, founder of London‘s legendary Black Market Records; a name now synonymous with modern dance music and urban culture for over 30 years.

CHIEF KEEF

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Chief Keef, the godfather of Chicago drill and one of the most influential rappers of the past decade, Live In Concert, at Knockdown Center for a super rare and legendary experience
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Support by Venus X, Slayter, Trap Manny, Kevo Muney & Hu Dat.

Chris Liebing [POSTPONED]

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Friday, April 17

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◾️ Resident Advisor tickets: http://bit.ly/LiebingRA

◾️ CHRIS LIEBING ◾️ The German DJ, producer, radio host, and label head has pioneered the European techno scene for over a decade whilst always staying true to himself. His DJ sets are immersive, physical workouts which draw from an encyclopedic knowledge of the techno genre. His record labels, technical collaborations and radio shows have in turn provided a platform for many of techno’s current stars and showed Liebing to be a tireless, masterful curator which makes it easy to see why Liebing remains so popular and at the forefront of the techno scene.

◾️ ANTHONY PARASOLE ◾️ Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anthony Parasole is no stranger to the dancers of New York. Holding residencies at both Berghain and Output for multiple years, Anthony has garnered praise both domestic and international. A former Halcyon employee, Anthony is a proficient digger, with vast knowledge and selection of dance floor weapons.

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