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Bugged Out! Weekender

Butlins, Bognor Regis, January 18–20 Bugged Out! Weekender returns to Butlins for its second outing A heavyweight line-up includes Skream, Maceo Plex, Frankie Knuckes and Disclosure Also on the bill are Maya Jane Coles, Scuba, Benga and Julio Bashmore Scuba has requested Splash Waterworld to himself for an hour to practice underwater

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UKF & Bass Culture NYE

In:Motion NYE & NYD

Brixton Academy, London, December 31 The UK’s premier purveyors of all things bass returns to Brixton Academy for NYE Chase & Status top the bill with a DJ set, plus DJ Fresh, Foreign Beggars and Koan Sound Delta Heavy, Drumsound & Basslinesmith and Shy FX & B Traits also play Shy FX only agreed to play if he could go on after Jools Holland’s Hootenanny had finished


Circus Boxing Day Party

Camp and Furnace, Liverpool, December 26 Circus blow away the post-Christmas blues with a massive Boxing Day party Circus founder Yousef will play with Desolat man Loco Dice, Art Department and Guti Tini, Lewis Boardman, Alex Wolfenden and Scott Lewis will also spin Yousef’s mum has promised to make a massive turkey curry for all the DJs

Motion Skatepark, Bristol, December 31/ January 1. Bristol’s In:Motion ends the year with a big NYE party followed by its first NYD event New Years Eve has a bass music bent with Sub Focus, Caspa, Plastician and Pinch Housing up the next day are Todd Terje, Eats Everything, Subb-An, Heidi and Richy Ahmed Plastician is working on a wobble-heavy remix of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for the occasion


Face Warehouse Rave

Rainbow Complex, Birmingham, Dec 29 Face gets back into the swing of things post-Christmas with a huge warehouse party Both the warehouse and garden will be open Martinez Brothers and Laura Jones top the bill, with Dusky and Mosca also playing Dusky and Mosca are the names of reindeer that have been written out of the Christmas story in recent years

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Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth Smashing onto Xbox Kinect and Nintendo’s brand new WiiU, this splendid little brawler will have Marvel fans beating a path to its door. Playing classic characters such as Hulk, Magneto, Venom, Spiderman and nearly 20 more, each equipped with four super powers, you must use a range of physical movements to unleash a barrage of special moves and knockout blows to defend the earth from the ‘Secret Invasion’ of the Skrulls. Bashing through some classy comic-styled arenas, with split-screen and multiple game play modes, just be careful you don’t stub your super toe on the furniture.

ZombiU ZombiU is a fear-injected first-person survivor shooter that makes the most of the WiiU’s hand-held tablet. In a real twist to zombie blasters of the past, you play one of the ‘unprepared’, thrown into an incredible graphic interpretation of London. However, here it’s ‘one character, one life’ meaning that as soon as you get infected, you take on the role of a new survivor in your endeavours to live through the undead apocalypse. The real clincher, though, is the vulnerability imposedby the use of the tablet screen, forcing you to look down – and away from the next killer attack!

PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale A frantic, up to fourplayer beat-em-up with all your favourite PlayStation icons. With over 23 classic characters from Parappa The Rapper to Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, Jak and Daxter to Sackboy, you jump into mad battle arenas combining more mash-up cameo backdrops from the PS world. Each character has about two dozen attacks, with item pickups and a ‘Super System’ power-up mode that will transform your character into a fighting behemoth. Better still, with ‘cross buy’ if you buy the digital or boxed PS3 game, you get the Vita download free and can ‘cross-play’ between the systems.

Devil May Cry Welcome to the gothic horror world of Dante the demon hunter in this visual feast of a prequel. Set in limbo between a demonic hell and a future reality, you begin in a hive of demonic carousels and fairground rides using Dante’s beloved sword Rebellion, his guns Ebony and Ivory, and a series of awesome, style-scored special attacks, all of which can be upgraded throughout. The training chapters make this perfect for newbies too, as you uncover the mysterious story of The Order and Dante’s past: journeying through ferocious dreamscapes in a truly challenging fighter/ third person hybrid.

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Snowbombing: ice one

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Snowbombing: clubs are go!

The DJs and live acts are confirmed – but who are the party-starters? ◆ Snowbombing has finally announced which promoters and club nights

will be raising the temperatures at this spring’s snow/music festival in Austria. The following club brands will all be hosting events at Snowbombing in April as well as pre-parties around the world to build the excitement from this December: Urban Nerds have confirmed they’ll be bringing a mix of grime, dubstep, hip hop and more to Austria. Before that an Urban Nerds vs Snowbombing boat party will leave King George V Lock in London on December 22. Metropolis are on (snow) board to bring new talent to the mountain resort, after a UK launch event that took place on December 1 with Andy C. Eastern Electrics’ tastemaking philosophy will be a breath of fresh air at the high altitude event; its London NYE party, with Snowbombing, boasts Joy Orbison, Miguel Campbell, Shonky, Eats Everything and Huxley. Midlands promoters Face have an SB launch party at Rainbow Warehouse in Brum on December 29 with Martinez Brothers, Laura Jones, Dusky and Mosca. And the names just keep on coming with events being put together by Ibiza’s We Love…, the venue-hopping Krankbrother, Leeds’ own Louche, West London’s Love Brunch, Bristol’s Future Boogie, Milan’s Amnesia and Germany’s Stamina. And of course, the world’s favourite dance brand, Mixmag, will host a key party at this year’s Snowbombing, plus there’ll be a special DJ Lab with Maceo Plex in January. Subscribe to our YouTube channel now so you don’t miss out. April 1–6, Mayrhofen, Austria. For more on the Launch Party Series see

Games Previews January 2013  

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