October 20, 2014

DJ Times, DJ Chuckie & Bling Fly to Monaco

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DJ Chuckie in the land of Grace Kelly?

When you think of the Principality of Monaco, what comes to mind?

Formula One racing? Grace Kelly? James Bond?

Tax haven for the très riche, perhaps?

Certainly not  a DJ Expo-like convention. But sure enough, this week the globe’s second smallest country will take on another persona, as it becomes the center of the nightclub world with the inaugural Monaco International Clubbing Show (MICS).

Set for Nov. 11-13 at the spectacular Grimaldi Forum and expecting an attendance of 8,000, MICS will present exhibitions, seminars and evening events with top DJs. Magnifique.

Recalling Italy’s old SIB shows, MICS appears to be a Euro-styled mish-mosh of U.S.-based exhibition/conventions like DJ Expo, NAMM, Winter Music Conference, LDI and Nightclub & Bar, but set in one of the Mediterranean’s most high-end locales.

Exhibits will include stands from a variety of market segments, including: New Tech (with companies like Activision); Sound (Sennheiser, Funktion-One); Beverages (Monster Energy, Bacardi, Absolut, Carlsberg, Moet); Lighting (Clay Paky, TecnoVISION); and Designers (Ciribelli Monte-Carlo, Calia Italia).

The MICS Music Meeting Area will be dedicated to networking for DJs, booking agents, labels, promoters, managers and nightclubs. Additionally, seminars like MICS’ “Clubs & Media”—which will include participation from DJ Times—will investigate the relationships between the two entities and examine ways clubs can build stronger partnerships in the future.

MICS evening events will present top international DJs like Bob Sinclar, Boys Noize, Chuckie–who’s releasing his Dirty Dutch Digital Vol.2 on Monday the 15th–Avicii, Dennis Ferrer and Joachim Garraud.

We’ll do our best to keep up with all the MICS events, so stay tuned for reports along the way from DJ Times.

Photo courtesy Gerard Henninger

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