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Mixmag is a British electronic dance and clubbing magazine, published in London, England. Launched in 1982, the magazine covers dance events, and reviews music and club nights.

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August 2009 cover of Mixmag
Editor Andrew Barsoum, London 01/01/1985 Richard Miller Huddersfield 17/12/1984
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 20,053 (1 January 2011 – 31 December 2011)[1]
Year founded 1983; 35 years ago (1983)
First issue 1 February 1983; 35 years ago (1983-02-01)
Company Development Hell Ltd (since 2005)
Based in 90-92 Pentonville Road
London, England, United Kingdom
Language English
ISSN 0957-6622
OCLC number 780074556


The first issue was printed on 1 February 1983 as a 16-page black-and-white magazine published by Disco Mix Club, a DJ mailout service. The first cover featured American music group Shalamar.[2]

When house music began in the 1980s editor and DJ Dave Seaman turned the magazine from a newsletter for DJs to a magazine covering all dance music and club culture.[3] Mixmag, in association with its original publishing company, DMC Publishing, released a series of CDs under the "Mixmag Live" heading.

The magazine, which reached a circulation of up to 70,000 copies during the height of the popularity of acid house, was later sold to EMAP Ltd. in the mid-1990s. After a dip in sales in 2003,[4] it was then bought by Development Hell, the company that also owned The Word music magazine, in 2005.[5] In 2007, Nick DeCosemo became editor.[5]

In 2001, the magazine teamed up with Virgin Records to release a double album titled B!g Tunes.[citation needed]

In 2012, The Guardian collaborated with Mixmag on a survey of British drug-taking habits.[6]


  1. ^ Database (undated). "Mixmag" ( Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
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  3. ^ "A history of dance music | Music". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2003-10-03). "The road to Wigan Pier". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  5. ^ a b Walker, Tim (14 April 2008). "Mixmag – It's Not Just About Drugs and Bikini-Clad Women – How 'Mixmag' Turned the Tables on Its Doubters and Made Its 25th Birthday". The Independent. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Topping, Alexandra (2012-03-14). "Guardian/Mixmag drug survey reveals a generation happy to chance it". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 

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