Netil Radio Weekly
Hello and welcome back,
Summer is here, with winter occasionally trying to make a comeback - seems like this summer will be a hectic one. Hence why we had to skip last week’s newsletter. Apologise for that. The good news is that from next week, we’ll be introducing new sections and contributors. Final preparations for our 5th birthday are in full swing, the mini garden looks better than ever before and Netil Market is preparing for the boom
Summer also means a festival season, with few early birds already happening, many festivals are… struggling! And before we all start to panic, we should know that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. According to the infamous ticket seller data, there are 66% more festivals in 2022 than in 2019. I’ll put this famous meme here.
Let’s try to use some logic, before emotions bubble up. In 2020, the global pandemic hit the world and we all knew, deep-down, that it will change everything. In the early days when everyone was scared, we even tried to dream a little, thinking how we can use the bad situation for something good. But the chaos surrounding the whole situation made us apathetic. Let’s be honest - our industry failed to provide a safe space to dance. Table Service Disco (or Techno, the modern take on roller disco, became a phenomenon which should be left in history books to describe failure of the creative industry to be actually creative (with respect to exceptions). Petitions like Safe Spaces Now are just topping the tip of the iceberg.
And here comes the hotstepper of the situation - tickets! Over the last two years, many festivals sold tickets to events which never happened. Several times. Many played the card of community and made their fans donate/buy tickets to festivals to keep them afloat. And if promoters struggled to sell tickets before the pandemic, how is it possible that we have more festivals after the pandemic with all that has happened in the last two years? (the meme again)
Promoters are sceptical about the “sustainability of utopian, community-led efforts”, found “very difficult to predict demand and budget accordingly”, they are surprised that “people have become way more cautious before actually making the decision of buying tickets”, but remaining hopeful as “this proves to be a time of regrouping and reimagining the way these events work so that they can adapt and continue using less risky, more community-powered models”. And that is exactly the same thing they said two years ago when the pandemic started.
But hey! Everything is just fine. The coin has a flip side with amazing raves happening all around with all attributes the event industry is struggling with - they are safer, local talents on the bill are actually in charge of when to stop the music, while the security guy is making sure the right person follows you to the toilet instead of calling police when you enter it.
Festivals might be struggling, but maybe we don’t need so many festivals, just more vision in the creative process and the will to change the old business model based on the ticket sale mantra. In the meantime, listen to Netil Radio and join us to celebrate its 5th birthday next week. It’s good for you.
Thank you for reading and stay connected
It's been 5 years since the ambitions of developing a community radio station at Netil Market became a reality.
Thanks to the support of Eat Work Art, we developed into a hub for incredible talent, guiding contributors on the path to fulfil their visions. With 182 regulars and countless guest DJs, presenters and activists, we became a true community station playing the best music, generating important conversation and supporting the right causes.
In celebration of 5 years of broadcasting, we invite you to join Netil Market for 5 days of music, shopping and dining from 27th - 31st May On Air and in-person. Expect the very best DJs and later opening times down at the market over the weekend.
✧ Vladimir Ivkovic ✧ Mr Assister ✧ Jaye Ward ✧ TSUNIMAN ✧ Brémond live ✧ Orphic ✧ Hackney Dub Club ✧ Riovarni & CR Fredro ✧ Fizzy Disc ✧ Van Dyke Browne ✧ OS Community Service ✧ Neighbourhood Cotch ✧ Miro sundayMusiq ✧ A Real SisterHood ✧ Reclaiming The Narrative ✧ Guerrilla Radio ✧ and many more Friends & Family
✧ fun plenty with Gaptooth & Luckybabe in It’s Not Too Late ✧ last regular from ELLES ✧ same from Expand Your Awareness ✧ Samy Seven joined Eyes Have Babes ting ✧ P~WAVE & Mander were DogSitting ✧ Selected Music From Washing Machines 82-92 reinterpretation by INFINITE MONKEYS ✧ Canan Batur ✧ Magical Real sorcery ✧ Bethan joined Meg in latest SWN ✧ London School of Electronic Music’s student DJ Lemahnav chatting with Pablo and playing bangers ✧ Stranger Than Paradise stock check ✧ Rude Movements creators for Gone Troppo ✧ last Common Frequencies ✧ Myriad for Don’t Hide ✧ ShivaniDay about her influences for Solar Rocks ✧ Daebak on guest duties for Nou ✧ Smiling Stranger from Porto ✧ Introspective Electronic voodoo ✧ Platforms crew joined our family with robek & Tuva Luna in charge of the first show ✧ faster, harder Ecstasy Garage Disco with Corporeal Face ✧ dj ojo & k means back with Avant Garbage ✧ smooth morning vibes with Smart Brothers ✧ Twelve Seven for Pleasure Centre ✧ Tony Poland’s It Takes Time selection ✧ Peace of Mind ✧ Quantum Botanics with Moontalk hailing from Istanbul ✧
There is plenty more in archive
✧ Priori - Winged - Donato Dozzy Remix ✧ I’ve had Dozzy’s remix of Priori’s ‘Winged’ on repeat this month - it’s floaty yet deep, with beautiful percussion. I love their work individually, so it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of this track!
✧ ABSIS - All The Moments ✧ ABSIS's latest release on South Korean label, Oslated, is another collection of perfectly balanced, dubby, pitched-down tracks. The Bas Dobbelaer & Vand remix of ‘In The Way’ is great too!
a critical thinking practise selected by Miro
✧ Misinformation in Germany is working well ✧ it’s goo to see Russians doing rehearsal of capitulation ✧ China, TikTok and Daddy Putin ✧ Russian propaganda is regaining in Ukranine ✧ Slovakia is poking Meta ✧
That’s all for this week