‘Quarantune 02: Last Entry 3am’ is the second installment from the blog that celebrates dance music and club culture before and during the pandemic which was launched in March 2020 by DJ and music journalist Niamh O’Connor. Since the publication of the first book ‘Quarantune 01: Music, Memories & More’ in December 2020, a gradual re-opening of society in different pockets of the world has taken place. To mark this turning point,‘Quarantune 02: Last Entry 3am’ is highlighting the global scenes of industrial techno, UK breakbeat, experimental, jungle and so much more that await the other side of COVID-19. The book is compiled of 50 photos and stories from the Quarantune archive, a handful of which are exclusive and have yet to be released online. In this second edition, some memories were captured during 2020 and part of 2021. As is the nature of Quarantune, the photographs supplied are a mix of blurry to super-sharp resolution.
With a particular focus on emerging talent as well as acclaimed names who appear in the book, the people behind Quarantune — Niamh and her sister Aisling, a graphic designer — hope this angle will give promoters an idea about up-and-coming talent those in the industry can support and invite to play at their respective events.
Quarantune is sharing the profits 50/50 with the Irish NGO, The SCOOP Foundation. SCOOP is a charity that works with displaced youths in the Middle East and Ireland. SCOOP’s portion of the funds raised from ‘Quarantune 02: Last Entry 3am’ will go towards the continued development of the SCOOP Ed programme (with a particular focus on teaching music production) in Direct Provision Centres in Ireland and in the Bajed Kandala Displacement Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“I produced a second Quarantune book with Aisling — Quarantune designer-in-chief — because I love discovering more about the people responsible for cultivating dance music and diverse scenes worldwide. I wanted to create a tangible glimpse of their work before I refresh and rename Quarantune later this year. The book is not only about showcasing multifaceted talents in music but also celebrating the photographers responsible for documenting these snapshots in time. We’re so thankful to everyone who contributed their art and helped get this project over the line.” — Niamh O’Connor