After a brief hiatus the madness of PUNKROCKDISCO ROARS back! And we've found a new place to turn into our dance-zoo!
Special headline act DAR DISKU will be bringing their blend of sounds from the Middle East and beyond. DAR DISKU have spent the last few years discovering incredible sub-genres such as Dabke, Rai, ArabiDisco, Habibi House, Afrodisco, Sawt and Khaliji and within 12 months, The duo has shared the stage with artists such as Habibi Funk, Nabihah Iqbal and Awesome Tapes From Africa, Esa and played iconic venues and festivals across the world (Lisbon, Dublin, Mumbai, Istanbul, Paris, Bahrain, Lovebox Festival, Le Mellotron & more). Dar Disku have also been featured on Nabihah Iqbal's BBC Radio residency, for which they curated a guest mix inspired by night time drives in Bahrain and have recently been named as residents on the iconic Worldwide FM. The label's first release 'DD 001' featured a heavyweight edit from label collaborator 'Moving Still' and has received critical acclaim from the likes of Resident Advisor, Clash, Mille World and i-D. Fast forward into summer 2019, Dar Disku Records have released DD002, a Moving Still edit of 'Sidi Mansour' by Algerian pop star, 'Cheba Yamina'. The edit has been played on dance-floors from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Moscow and Amsterdam to Amman by the likes of our favourite DJ's such as DJ Seinfeld, Esa, Job, Palms Trax, Hunee and more. With two releases already under the belt, they continue to dig deeper into the forgotten crates of the middle-east. The track was also named one of Resident Advisor's tracks of the year in 2019. Today, Dar Disku is a label celebrating music from across the MENA region. Founded by Mazen Almaskati and Vish Mhatre in 2018; the label encompasses all things Funk, Soul, Psychedelia, Hip-hop, Disco, old and new, strange and pure. The label was inspired by hip hop imprints in the 90’s such as Def Jam, Death Row Records and Bad Boy Records. In a similar fashion, Dar Disku was born to celebrate a thrilling new awakening of music in the Middle East, championed not by record executives or big business, but instead by the people who have opened their own doors to host art exhibitions, painted on the city walls and sung on street corners. It’s with these people in mind, gathering in the open air, dancing at block parties, boomboxes and home-cooked food in hand, that we start to witness something truly special begin to unfold.