2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.
The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.
An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.
Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.
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June 3 will bring about Boxia‘s debut studio album, A Night In The Life Of. As one of Drumcode‘s notable rising stars, expectations have been set high for the big release. Per the sound of it, the British artist is looking to top the bar and show off his diversity through a patchwork of club-focused tunes. Each are based around different nightlife characters he’s encountered throughout his years on the circuit or around specific memories, giving the LP a particularly expressive effect. The album span across the abstract, all the way to driving, darkened techno.
“Nights Become Days” falls somewhere in the middle of Boxia’s spectrum, and explores a more emotive side to his musicality. Like quite a few tracks on A Night In The Life Of, the single is melodic and almost trancey at times, putting listeners under a nostalgia-filled spell. Much like its title, “Nights Become Days” errs toward the euphoric side; a clear homage to times spent at a party that persisted into daytime hours. Not to mention, it’s a track that clearly means business.
Order a copy of “Nights Become Days,” via ‘A Night In The Life Of’ on Drumcode, here
On Tuesday evening March 26, Eric Prydz officially announced cancellation of all his appearances in Miami including his sold-out Wynwood Factory Pryda show and headlining slots at Ultra Music Festival. In what began as mere speculation, Prydz’s eventual cancellation progressed from the removal of his Wynwood show from the venue website to actual confirmation.
One of the most highly anticipated acts for both MMW and Ultra, Prydz’s absence will be felt, his announcement coming as a shock to many. He posted on Twitter both apologizing and relaying a message concerning “an acute medical condition”.
I am really sorry but due to an acute medical condition I am unable to travel or perform in Miami this week. I am truly gutted to miss any shows but especially Miami as this is one of my favourite times of the year.
— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) March 27, 2019
Pryda ticket-holders will receive refunds and a free week-long pass for pre-midnight entry to Wynwood shows. Prydz was slotted to play a back-to-back with Adam Beyer at Ultra’s new Resistance Island on Friday as well as the ASOT stage on Sunday. With only days left before the festival, the line-up situation for who will fill the gap left by the Swedish veteran still remains unclear, although his presence will surely be missed.
Insomniac‘s EDC franchise is coming to fruition with festival season on the horizon. Kicking off 2019 with a wildly successful EDC Mexico in February, the set of festivals is gaining more traction than ever with some rumors for this year’s Vegas installment, including appearances by Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz, as well as a now-confirmed host in Bill Nye The Science Guy.
However, Japan is first in the queue of obtaining its official lineup announcement. Organized at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park, the festivities will consist of performances by Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Whethan, and more.
EDC Japan 2019 will take place May 11-12, approximately one weekend before the 23rd edition in Las Vegas.
Tickets and more info for EDC Japan can be found here.
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International Music Summit, one of the world’s top hybrid music festival and conference experiences, has revealed the 2019 lineup for its storied closing party, Dalt Vila. Set to take place at a 2,500-year-old former fort and Unesco World Heritage Site in Ibiza Old Town, the annual celebration marks the conclusion of IMS Week, and the start of the Ibiza summer season.
IMS’ Dalt Vila experience will unite house and techno icons like Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Joseph Capriati and Nicole Moudaber – all under one roof. The party will be hosted by female empowerment network, shesaid.so, and powered by Pioneer DJ.
Tickets are available here.
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EDC Las Vegas ranks amongst the top electronic music festivals in the world, drawing in veteran attendees and newcomers with each year. Fans have been patiently awaiting the 2019 lineup reveal, and festival don Pasquale Rotella might have just dropped an apparent hint to the first headliners.
Posted to Rotella’s Instagram profile is a short teaser clip of the flashing, trademark laser square that has characterized the recent join tour of Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz (under his Cirez D alias). If people weren’t convinced enough, the text “LAS VEGAS” flashes throughout the video, encouraging the budding hype surrounding the anticipated festival announcement. Prydz has appeared to confirm the speculations by posting the same surprise trailer to his Instagram profile as well, complete with the cryptic caption “May…”
Still fresh off the heels of their two-night city takeovers in Los Angeles and New York City, those who weren’t so lucky in their first touring round might strike gold in Vegas this year.
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Ultra Music Festival has released 2019’s phase two lineup just one day after the announcement that Rapture Festival’s federal lawsuit against the organization has been thrown out by a local judge. Ultra is in the clear, and now their heavy-hitting phase two roster gives fans a lot to look forward to. Dog Blood continues their resurging string of festival announcements, topping Ultra’s second wave of talent. Black Coffee, Sven Väth, and Cirez D performing back-to-back with Adam Beyer rounds out the latest addition of festival headliners. Other newcomers to the lineup include 3LAU, CamelPhat, Elephante, Salvatore Ganacci, Nicky Romero, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello performing live, and more. NGHTMRE is also primed to present a new live concept with Big Gigantic aptly dubbed Gigantic NGHTMRE,
The festival announced to fans on social media that this year’s 21st iteration of the event will feature a brand new immersive experience featuring extended sets, later hours, and expanded festival grounds. Tickets are still available, and fans can purchase them here.
See Ultra Music Festival’s full phase two lineup below.
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Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”
Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.
In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.
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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”
Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.