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Daresbury, Cheshire, August 24–26 The UK’s biggest dance music festival returns for its annual bank holiday bender The line up is a Who’s Who of dance and includes David Guetta, Skrillex and The Chems The festival features arenas from Richie Hawtin, Groove Armada and Eric Prydz One year, a coach-load of dairy farmers turned up thinking it was an industry convention






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Clapham Common, London, August 25–26 London’s big bank holiday shindig, SW4, takes place once again on Clapham Common Carl Cox plays a UK festival exclusive while Public Enemy celebrate 25 years in the game Other names on the bill include Chase & Status, Knife Party, Diplo and Sasha Carl Cox will play with Public Enemy in place of former DJ Terminator X



Edinburgh HMV Picture House, December 2 Dance music’s favourite siblings return for a mammoth UK tour The duo have played festivals worldwide this summer in support of new album, ‘Wonky’ The tour also takes in dates in Leicester, Bristol, Newcastle and Bournemouth The brothers will perform their take on the Dr Who theme while wearing Dalek costumes

Tales Of Graces The newest instalment of one of the world’s most fanatically followed fantasy role players, Tales Of Graces focuses on fast-paced, strategic battles, cutesy, animeinspired graphics and over 50 hours of unfolding narrative. Set amidst the conflict of three kingdoms competing for planetary dominance, young Asbel Lhant and friends set about making spells, exploring dungeons, battling monsters and engaging the new ‘linear motion battle system’ seamlessly between wild attacks and evasive defence. You can also enlist up to three online friends to join your quest, exploring the spacious and expertly rendered hi-def worlds all at once.

New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS) So while Princess Peach seems intent on continuing her 26-year affair – sorry, kidnapping saga – with Bowser, it’s good to know that the Mushroom Kingdom is absolutely bursting with gold coins like never before. And good for Mario too, who can now at least afford a marriage counsellor. Back with classic racoon tail, dinosaurs, the ability to wear coin bricks on his head and a gold fire flower that causes everything to turn to coinage, collecting gold is the name of this game – proving that acting like a complete banker will make you look like a bit of a brickhead…

Bristol 02 Academy, October 3 Everybody’s favourite masked future garage songsmith returns for a UK tour SBTRKT will kick off the tour in Bristol on October 3 with Disclosure in support He’ll follow the show with two gigs at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire SBTRKT used to be in Slipknot but felt they didn’t give him any scope to display his emotions



Haarlemmermeer, Nederlands, August 25 The Netherlands’ original dance music festival is back with a massive line-up Expect to see Avicii, Calvin Harris, Fedde Le Grand and Loco Dice Other acts playing include A-Trak, Laura Jones and Seth Troxler Dutch football icon Ruud Gullit will be doing MC spots throughout the weekend

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Borderlands 2 Like shooters? Like RPGs? Like bonkers characters, ridiculous weapons and toasting giant mosquitoes with flaming fire-melons? Then Borderlands 2 is the game for you. In a truly epic open world of missions and adventure all rendered in zany, Gorillaz-style anime, you can talk to everyone, customise your character with looted skins and heads at ‘quick change’ vending machines and teleport all over the shop. And why settle for regular level-ups when you can experience the new ‘bad ass rank’, boosting your abilities via challenges and mad shootouts – all served with a huge sense of humour.

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Fifa 13 Unlike most footballers, FIFA 13 is full of intelligence. Revolutionised AI adds an impressive new dimension to dribbling and player physics. Ball control has also seen a revamp, with 360° mobility adding creativity to one-on-ones and replacing ‘boots of glue’ touch with a high probability that your player will mis-control a difficult pass, depending on his stats. The most impressive play on the pitch, however, comes from the players’ ability to analyse space like never before – seeing a potential through-ball and arcing their run to meet it. All for a lot less than £250,000 a week.


WIN A TRIP TO IBIZA ROCKS Win tickets to the Ibiza Rocks closing party to celebrate the launch of the Sony V55 DJ headphones ◆ What better way to end

your summer than with a trip to the party island of Ibiza courtesy of the headphone experts over at Sony. They’ve teamed up with Ibiza Rocks to mark the launch this summer of the new V55 DJ headphones. Now they’re offering you an incredible holiday.

What you could win:

You and a friend could win tickets to the Ibiza Rocks Closing Party on Wed September 19 with Two Door Cinema Club and the Rocks afterparty at Es Paradis, plus the final We Are Rockstars on Friday September 21 featuring DJ sets from Mark Ronson, Doorly and Zane Lowe. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get your flights, accommodation, hotel transfers and a set of those Sony headphones, too!

How to enter:

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To be in with a chance of winning this great trip visit Sony UK on Facebook at SonyV55. The winner and their guest must be available to fly out to Ibiza, from London, on Wednesday September 19 and fly back on Saturday September 22. The closing date is September 2, so act fast. The usual Mixmag T&Cs apply as found on Good luck!

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