Another day, another paid puff piece from Mixmag – and yet again no mention this is essentially a reunion of the plague rave DJs… again!

Puff pastry is nice. It’s a nightmare to make – so much so that many restaurants actually buy it rather than let their chefs attempt the lengthy process themselves. It’s also messy as anything, but what you can get into your mouth tastes just lovely.

Puff pieces, on the other hand, are not nice. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the equivalent of fraud – and paid puff pieces are the worst of the lot. You might have realised this when I wrote about Mixmag a few weeks ago. They were happy to take the money and not point out to their audience the festival being plugged was basically a reunion party for plague rave DJs.

And now, they’ve done it again. Peggy Gou was doing plague raves in Russia last year, amongst other destinations. And The Martinez Brothers are understood to have gigged in Bali back in January. I’m not aware of DJ Harvey being involved in any plague raves, but I see at least two more names on the lineup who have.

Yet Mixmag’s silence can be bought, it seems. The pandemic has seriously hit the finances of the dance music press – and in Mixmag’s own case, they weren’t great to start with. And if you’ve ever wondered why the dance music press wouldn’t cover plague raves properly, the evidence is there for all to see now.

Those doing and organising plague raves were the ones with money. The dance press needs money. And these shadowy operatives in charge don’t appreciate being scrutinised at the best of times…

The perils of being in the plague rave business! Agency which tried to silence this blog has had to pay out a five-figure sum to someone who got Covid and spent three weeks in hospital – after catching it at their event…

A lot of people in dance music work in the shadows. And they prefer it that way – there are few things they hate more than sunlight, and I mean that in a few different ways. Earlier this year, a plague rave DJ contacted me to give his side of events and answer some of my questions on the subject. Once his agency found out about it, they weren’t best pleased.

Their legal threats in my direction appear to have gone away – largely because they’ve got problems elsewhere. They’re currently being sued over a super spreader event they held in Tulum where a large number of people caught Covid-19 as a result. This case is likely to be in front of the courts soon, so I can’t comment further – but there is one case I can tell you a little about…

The agency in question have recently reached an out of court settlement over a legal action in the USA. The gentleman in question attended an event they held in the country during 2020 – which the aforementioned plague rave DJ attended, by the way – and caught coronavirus. He spent three weeks in hospital as a result. Contact tracers were able to establish almost beyond doubt he caught it at the event in question.

He’s now been given a five-figure sum of money to basically keep quiet about the whole thing. Word is that the agency’s solicitors advised they could challenge the case, but that there was a high risk the gamble could backfire – so they made a generous out-of-court offer and it was accepted.

These people have no morals…

Now who’d have thought you couldn’t take a piddle on the Peelers? Idiot given 16-week suspended sentence after trying to urinate on a police officer at a plague rave…

This week, the dance music press have tried once again to downplay the effects of plague raves, with this article making an appearance in DJ Mag during the week. As I’ve explained before, the reason the dance music press rarely talks about this subject is because many who advertise with them would prefer it wasn’t discussed.

And because several of the dance magazines are far closer to bankruptcy than any of them will admit, they have little choice but listen to the people with the buying power – whose finances remain largely undisturbed by the pandemic. So on the rare occasion the subject is covered, it’s done so on dodgy grounds.

Like this case. A seemingly charmless 26-year old man attended a plague rave in July last year. When police arrived to close the illegal gathering down, he climbed on top of the van with the sound system in it and started urging the roughly 200 people present to ignore them. And having then apparently decided he needed a pee, he proceeded to urinate at one of the officers. Thankfully for the officer, he missed.

When the matter was in front of Lynn Magistrates’ Court in Norfolk, Dean Kirk pleaded guilty to five counts of assault of an emergency worker, threatening behaviour, criminal damage and failure to leave land being used for a rave. He got a 16-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.

There’s a jibe to be made here about the justice system taking the p*** with that derisory sentence…

Hat tip to the Eastern Daily Press for this story.

Double jabbed to get into clubs or no entry, paying festivals £75k to plug the vaccine rollout – why are governments so determined to treat younger people like fools?

Over the weekend, I read in the Belfast Telegraph about a forthcoming event called Emerge. It’s taking place at Ormeau Park in south Belfast on September 17th and has the likes of Mella Dee and Eats Everything on the lineup. So why did it catch my attention, you might ask?

Well, the event is being used to promote young people getting the Covid-19 vaccine. And the event is receiving £75,000 in funding from two different government departments in Northern Ireland. And further to that, it might be showing how devolution is splitting the UK’s approach to this issue yet further.

After a summer of displaying remarkable incompetence whilst on holiday, the aforementioned remarkable incompetence is now back at No 10 Downing Street – hence why the newspapers are full of talk about vaccine passports once more for England. Last week, Scotland’s First Minister revealed she wanted to see them there, too.

Northern Ireland’s government hasn’t explicitly said anything on the subject of vaccine passports – but due to the political system there, it would need what’s known as cross-community support to pass. And some parties in the Executive, such as the DUP, are not keen on the idea.

So they’ve had to think about different options – and one of those they’ve gone for has been to effectively help bankroll this festival. And I can’t help but think both approaches to this issue just end up treating young people like idiots.

At no stage during this vaccine rollout have the younger population been treated with any kind of intelligence. For starters, younger generations get their news online via social media. They don’t get it from the News At Ten. An online resource explaining simply and clearly why taking the Covid vaccine is a good idea for the young is desperately lacking.

This void has been filled in the way it has from the start – with misinformation and nonsense. Lay the facts out in plain English and let them make a decision. With this approach, I’m absolutely confident that the huge majority would choose to have it. Speaking from experience, I think selfishness is actually more prevalent in older generations, not the young.

The threat of being effectively banned from certain aspects of society is not the best option on the table here…

As Mixmag are paid to write a puff piece for Departure in Mexico, what could possibly be the reason they didn’t mention most of the line-up are plague rave DJs?

Lesson of the day – whenever you see the words “in association with” at the start of an article, especially where the name of who wrote it typically appears, beware. This is essentially an euphemism for “they sent us this rubbish and said they’d pay us lots of money to publish it”. Such is the case with this article on Mixmag’s site, all about a five-day event called Departure.

It’s due to take place at Playa Del Carmen in Mexico from January 6th – 11th next year. And if when you heard the name Playa Del Carmen and thought this sounds familar, that’s because it is. It’s in the state of Quintana Roo in the south-east of Mexico – and so is Tulum. A quick search on Google Maps reveals the two are approximately 65km (that’s just over 40 miles for my British readers) apart. The drive between the two takes around one hour.

And where have you heard of Tulum before? Well, if you’ve been reading Amateur’s House for a while – or perhaps some of the more courageous dance outlets, which isn’t many – you’ll know that Tulum had a massive spike of Covid-19 cases earlier this year, some of which was being spread by DJs travelling there for work whilst much of the world remained closed.

Now here’s where this event gets truly unedifying. Quite a few of the DJs on this list were doing plague raves throughout the pandemic. Âme and Dixon, for example, were both out in Mexico earlier this year. Solardo played in Tulum at least once in February. And Amelie Lens has been doing plague raves since at least last summer. There are an awful lot more names on the list of people playing whose credentials in this area are suspect, to say the least.

It’s almost as if the organiser of Departure decided to browse the Business Teshno account on Twitter, make a note of as many plague rave DJs as possible, then get them all to one big event. Adding on a few who haven’t been doing them – CamelPhat, for example – might fool the dance music press, but it won’t fool this blog… 

Which is the more shocking story here: Priti Patel justifying extra powers for police using dodgy data – or Mixmag doing good journalism for once?

It would be churlish of me not to start this Wednesday by saying I’m mightily impressed with Mixmag’s latest scoop. It’s a good one, gathered using freedom of information requests – politicians and the public sector hate them, but judges keep coming down against them- and an old-fashioned pursuit of journalism. You can read it here.

It’s impressive. They’ve discovered that the Home Secretary Priti Patel used a dodgy methodology which essentially consisted of double counting, triple counting and the rest to justify increasing police powers against illegal raves in England and Wales last year. Scotland and Northern Ireland have different arrangements due to devolution.

On August 28th last year, Priti Patel wrote in the Daily Telegraph that the Metropolitan Police had stopped around 1000 illegal raves since June. If this covered a period of 90 days, this would mean around 11 per day. And sure enough, this figure was complete nonsense.

The Metropolitan Police refuse to release the actual number – which suggests to me this is a worse scandal than they’re currently owning up to. But what remains unanswered right now is where this all started.

Did Priti Patel misinterpret the number and it gained a life of its own after she published it? Was the one thousand figure supplied by the police and in what context? Or is this a deliberate attempt by the establishment to lie in order to get what they want?

Somehow, I don’t think this one is finished just yet…

Is that how you justify doing those plague raves in Tulum? Dubfire posts mysterious story on Instagram – and this blog isn’t impressed by this poor attempt to explain himself…

Plague rave DJs typically don’t talk about the plague rave. They ignore it and pretend it never happened. Only one had the courage to explain themselves – and even then, they only agreed to do it on condition of anonymity. The others? They ignore comments and questions on the subject. The more persistent ones, like Business Teshno, just get blocked.

And they post photos of themselves in the likes of Zanzibar or Tulum, yet fail to elaborate on just what the hell they’re doing there. Even this has previously come across as tone deaf, seeing the citizens of numerous countries have been subject to stay at home orders during the times when Covid rates were rising.

Which is why I found this one just downright weird. A reader emailed me with this screenshot from Dubfire’s Instagram account. It was a story that he posted on Saturday – the words are from someone else, but people tend not to post things they don’t agree with on social media…

As it happens, I agree with much of what’s written here. Speaking personally, I’m not an expert on all things in dance music – but I don’t try and bluff everyone. Instead, I have friends and sources who do know about the subjects that I’m weaker on. No one can be an expert on everything, it’s that simple.

But I can’t help but wonder why Dubfire is posting this. And my theory is that this is a subconscious attempt to justify doing plague raves in the likes of Tulum months ago. I suspect Dubfire is trying to say no one understands his perspective on this issue, but claims more expertise on the subject than he’s credited for.

If this is the best you can do, I’m really not impressed…

Are Briggs and Louis still available? Curious headlines in the press about “detectives” being sent to expose illegal parties on Ibiza aren’t quite what they seem…

Between 1993 and 1997, the BBC used to show a comedy called The Detectives. In it, two police officers by the names of David Briggs and Bob Louis are called upon to solve various mysteries. And despite being utterly terrible at their jobs, they always seemed to successfully close the case.

At the risk of sounding rather unkind, that’s what immediately came to mind when I read this story in DJ Mag earlier on about the Spanish police hiring people to find illegal parties in Ibiza and report them. This follows a dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases on the island, and the authorities believe these secret raves are to blame.

The story, in essence, is true. Spanish police are having trouble closing down all the illegal parties on the island, because they don’t know where they are. So the Ibizan authorities are searching for outside help – Ibiza is a small, pretty tightly knit place. However, the idea they’re recruiting “detectives” to do it is somewhat off the mark.

I suspect what has happened is the dance music press found this article in the Periodico De Ibiza, run it through the not particularly reliable Google translator and had some fun filling in the blanks where Google came up with word salad.

And because the dance music press typically have no shame in copying each other’s content – without credit or even checking its accuracy – it became a legend of its own.

Right, everything clear? Good. I’m off to bed…