Drug§tore nightclub is back in the game after the shortest possible break due to being expelled from the old space in lower Kalemegdan for reasons that had nothing to do with the club. We found a new home like no other. Hidden in the industrial part of Palilula, near the bridge that leads to Pančevo lies the cathedral-like space in which we will operate in our new chapter.
The opening is scheduled for May 30th and will begin with an art exhibition “A WAY OUT” of the young architect Dragoljub Stašić after which the night will continue to develop in the format we are most famous for – TECHNO PARTY!
In collaboration with one of our favorite local DJs, Filip Xavi, who brought you Dasha Rush, Stanislav Tolkachev and Elektrabel, we will host no other than Dimi Angélis and Ø [Phase].
With around 20 years of experience, Dimi Angélis hails from Amsterdam and is most well known under his Counterpart moniker with Jeroen Search and their vinyl-only imprint “A&S”, “Ion” 01 and 02 EP’s, “Oxygenating” and “The Next Level” on Audiosculpture and “The Martian Mystique” on Jeff Mills’s Mission. Dimi’s Detroit influenced deep and harsh sets, forged in the illegal warehouse Amsterdam scene are a feast for all techno heads. The keywords are: unpredictable, superb taste, minimal and TECHNO. Dimi has played at clubs and festivals such as: Berghain, Awakenings, Dekmantel, Tresor, Rex, Paradiso, Free Your Mind, Rockit, Mysteryland, Club One, Innercity… and will now add Drug§tore to his biography.
Ø [Phase] is a UK-based Techno producer best known by his work on the Belgian Token Records. Just like Dimi, Ø [Phase] isn’t immune to the charms of minimal techno. Starting his career in 2000 with the debut 12″ “Module Overload” on Steve Bicknell’s Lost/Cosmic records, Ø [Phase] didn’t rest but continued to impress with releases for London’s Surface/Inceptive Records and Ben Sims “Ingoma” imprint. From 2007 Ø [Phase] became unstoppable and earned respect of the techno community. By the time the critically acclaimed “Binary Opposition” single was released, his work was recognized worldwide. In 2013 he finally released his first full length album “Frames of Reference”. His collaborators and supporters include Robert Hood, Ben Klock and François Kevorkian among many others.
Filip Xavi is one of the authentic and most respected representatives of the local Techno movement of the past decade. He made his initial breaktrough as a member of Belgrade’s Concrete DJz collective. As a rebel against any genre and trend confinements he was always attracted to the more experimental side of techno music, experimenting with hypnotic and abstract elements, combining them with relentless 4×4 rhythms and in time developing his own recognizable style. His solo productions were published on labels such as: Dynamic Reflection, Trust Recordings, Subsequent Rec and Panel Trax. Predicting the wave of dark onerous techno that was about to hit the clubs in Europe, Filip started Teskoba Recordings in 2008, concieved as a platform for the techno sound of the future. His first solo EP “Inline Agents” for a renowned Spanish label Subsist Records was released in early 2013. Half a year later he released the follow-up EP for Sonntag Morgen records. The releases got a great reception among the current players in the techno scene gaining support from the likes of: our guest for the night – Dimi Angélis, Jeroen Search, DVS1, Pfirter, Electric Indigo, Dave Clarke, ROD, Kriz, Adriana Lopez, Dasha Rush, Jonas Kopp, Truncate, Nick Dunton, Juho Kusti, Henning Baer, Inigo Kennedy, Tadeo, Claudio Prc, Rebekah, Milton Bradley, Tommy Four Seven and many more.
After our previous space was closed we received heart melting support from local and foreign artists, fellow nightclubs and our beloved audience. We miss you very much and are proud to invite you all to our grand opening!
We will soon post a map of the location and the opening time of the exhibition.
Let the games begin!
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.