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Rotate is a collective of DJs and musicians based in Durham, who for the last three years have been cultivating the city’s electronic music scene. Centred around Fabio’s Bar, a typical Rotate night features a variety of genres, from house and disco to UK garage, techno and drum and bass. Rotate grew from a core group of Durham University students who are incredibly enthusiastic about electronic music but recognised how the city lacked ways of celebrating it. In 2018, the founding fathers of Rotate, Luke Thorne and Callum Traynor, took it into their own hands to cultivate an electronic music scene and community in the city.

Naturally, COVID has temporarily put paid to this, but, ever resourceful, Rotate adapted. This year they started a podcast series which airs on radio, ran a mix series, and have now launched their own record label, Rotate Records. Their first various artists compilation, 66 Saddler Street, will promote unseen talent in the city.

The name 66 Saddler Street is a nod to the roots of the night (it’s the address of Fabio’s Bar in the centre of Durham where Rotate first brought a focus on electronic music right into the heart of the city). The compilation, released on 18th June, exhibits genres ranging from house to techno to breakbeat and features four tracks from artists located in Durham: Woopsi and Arketype, two former Rotate residents; Antecedent, a French inspired techno DJ and producer; and Tommy 2000, a 17-year-old Durham local who has already begun to make a name for himself in the UK and Irish techno scene.

Rotate will host a socially distanced release party at Fabio’s on Wednesday 16th June

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