by: Alex Lambeau
June 21, 2022
The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be one of the most memorable years for dance music in a long time. As COVID-19 finally seeks to be in the rearview mirror, clubs, festivals and concerts have come back strong for the summer months. On the European front, Tomorrowland has been extended to three weekends, Creamfields has extended its lineup to a southern UK venue and the world’s best club nights have returned to White Isle – nature heals.
With more than 20 clubs calling Ibiza home, the island is teeming every day of the week with residencies of world-famous DJs, singers and pop stars. Dancing Astronaut sat down with Gorgon City’s Matt Robson-Scott to discuss the band’s fledgling summer tour and Ibiza residency at famed Amnesia Nightclub.
In 2021, Gorgon City started their Olympia tour in which they presented their new album of the same name. Olympia was pushed back over six months with the tour, due to the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the route stretches the strip drawn in support of Olympia lasted longer than usual, due to the lack of club programming opportunities in 2020.
Robson-Scott explained that this summer’s tour will be “a little different because we’re still playing songs from the album, but we’re playing new versions of the songs from the album.” Additionally, Gorgon City will be playing new remixes, new signed tracks on their Realm label, and previously unreleased songs slated for release before the end of the year.
An obvious highlight of the duo’s summer is the 16-date bundle at the iconic Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain. Held every Monday from June 20 to September 16, Gorgon City will play the 5,000 seat super club. Ibiza’s clubs had been closed for two years before this May, so a return to a full schedule of club programming in Ibiza’s esteemed club circuit brings a special air of reunion to the island. In fact, it has even deeper meaning for Robson-Scott and teammate Kye Gibbon. Dating back to the mid-2010s, Gorgon City began a residency at Amnesia in coordination with Defected Records. The year before COVID hit, Gorgon City moved to Eden, although 2022 will see the pair return to the familiar trappings of Amnesia’s DJ booth, adding a homecoming twist to the mix this summer. Says Robson-Scott,
“It’s definitely up there, the best being the best club on the island. It has one of the oldest histories on the island. It’s been there since the start of the kind of angry clubbing boom, you know, when the super clubs started putting a roof over the clubs. Amnesia was one of the first to really embrace this super club culture. Amnesia is still one of the best and it has a new sound system. It has a new production; it’s going to be absolutely crazy to come back in there.
Like any party animal who has been to The Isle, and they will confirm that there is never a shortage of DJs looking to take the decks. Maintaining lineups, however, can be a challenge, as some selectors want to play as much as possible and in many different locations. Gorgon City was able to call on an incredible group of talented producers to back them up this summer, including Dom Dolla, John Summit, Nora En Pure, Danny Howard, and more. Each supporting act will rotate through the Monday residency date chart, adding a welcome dose of star power to each of Gorgon City’s summer sessions.
“There are a lot of different nights and a lot of competition. There are a lot of people doing different things and you know, it’s hard to get people you know to commit to one thing,” Matt Robson-Scott shared. In the interest of creating high-demand programming for every Monday night deal, lineups became a reflection of Gorgon City’s excellent relationships across the industry, calling on their friends to support the shows and meeting the enthusiasm enthusiastic about their peers to play alongside them. to Amnesia. Additionally, in an effort to ensure everyone on the island can hit the bridges, Sonny Fodera will also co-host the Monday night residency at Amnesia. Curious how it would work, we asked Robson-Scott what it would entail, hoping the answer would be back-to-back every Monday night.
“Each week, we will alternate the set time. Basically, the two main sets of Amnesia are from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and then from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One week we will do 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the following week we will do 4:00-6:00 p.m. The other guests play from 10 a.m. to [midnight] or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.,” says Robson-Scott, adding, “you have to have a late dinner in Spain or take a nap before going out.
And while clubbing into the wee hours of the morning can be work for Robson-Scott and Gibbon, the pair still manage to relax amid Ibiza’s unique bustle. The couple take time to enjoy the island’s unrivaled beaches, culinary offerings and of course the clubs. Robson-Scott even took a moment to get poetic about Casa Maca; a beloved restaurant with stunning views. “It’s nice to walk around and see all kinds of local places and have some great tapas,” beams the British producer, ready to head out on his annual summer vacation.
For Robson-Scott, Ibiza has become something of a summertime tradition, making the pilgrimage to the White Isle every year since he was 18. And yet, he is still able to find a new appeal each time he goes there. However, these days, trips from Gorgon City to Ibiza are a bit different. In fact, Robson-Scott has even bought a house on the island in recent years, officially making Ibiza his home this summer with a handful of highly requested Amnesia dates to boot.
Tickets are available for Gorgon City and Sonny Fodera’s residence here.
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