Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticket

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Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticketMartin Garri Breach

A new addition to Saudi Arabia’s live event circuit, the inaugural MDL Beast Festival will be held from December 19 – 21 in Riyadh. The region’s largest music and culture festival, MDL Beast has curated a global selection of dance acts for its introductory event.

Headliners of the diverse, genre-fluid lineup include Afrojack, Black Coffee, David Guetta, FISHER, J. Balvin, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Sebastian Ingrosso, among others. Saudi artists such as the country’s first female DJ, Cosmicat, and production duo, Dish Dash, also top the MDL Beast ticket, exemplifying organizers’ commitment to programming that strikes a balance between local talent and international electronic heavyweights. Cosmicat and Dish Dash will be joined by 22 other regional talents.

In a statement, Steve Aoki expressed his excitement, “This summer I got to play in Saudi Arabia for the very first time; it was the most incredible experience that I’ll never forget. When I got the offer to play at the three-day MDL Beast Festival, I was thrilled to become part of it and be back in the region again. 

In addition to singular live sets, MDL Beast will also host a series of noteworthy back-to-back performances. Martin Garrix will take the decks alongside Tiësto, CamelPhat will share the stage with FISHER. However, these are just two of the illustrious joint appearances that will unfold at MDL Beast. 

“I’m so proud of the fact that we’re hosting this festival in Saudi; it’s a great reflection of the Saudi audience being able to experience the music they love, both local and international, right here in Riyadh.

As one of the first female EDM DJs here, I’m excited to be flying the flag and representing women on the scene. I can’t wait to share the stage with some phenomenal global talent and play for the MDL Beast crowd. This is going to be the set of my lifetime,” says Cosmicat.

The multi-sensory, multi-stage festival will pay homage to Saudi Arabia in its Saudi influenced stage design and production, which will be tailored to reflect the architecture of the region. Tickets to the first installment in the newly budding history of MDL Beast are available now, purchase here.

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Ultra South Africa announces Phase 1 headliners: Jamie Jones, Dash Berlin, and more

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Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.

Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)

Ultra SA marks the return of Jeffrey Sutorius under his famed Dash Berlin masthead, alongside Hot Creations label head Jamie Jones’ first time playing in South Africa.

In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.

Ultra South Africa takes place February 28- 29 of 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineup

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Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineupDimitri Vegas Like Mike Tomorrowland 2018 EP

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of world-renowned Tomorrowland Music Festival, and just because this year’s iteration of the fan-facing festival is over, doesn’t mean the celebration of the organization’s anniversary is. Tomorrowland is continuing the celebration with a two-day takeover of Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). This is the Tomorrowland’s first time putting on a show at ADE, and on Oct. 17 and 18 there will be a two-day specially curated performance united by the theme: Our Story.

The event welcomes some of the biggest headliners from the festival’s history to the event, which includes Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto, to name a few. The event will also feature the Metropole Orchestra, whose students performed renditions of electronic music classics at the July edition of Tomorrowland.

Our Story takes place over two days, and the Ziggo dome features a 17,000-person capacity stadium. For those looking to attend Tomorrowland’s continued celebration of its 15-year anniversary, tickets are available here.

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ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019

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ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019Afrojack Press Play EP

Afrojack set the tone for the 2019 festival season in June: “I’m bringing back ‘Everybody F*cking Jump,’ ‘1 2 3 let’s go,’ ‘let me see your f*cking hands,’ and ‘heeeey hoooo’ this summer,” he tweeted.

Then, the not yet fully underway 2019 festival season offered electronic music enthusiasts a host of blockbuster lineups, with each individual event holding the promise of dance diversion. Electric Zoo was no exception.

Afrojack constituted an excitement sparking addition to the event’s 2019 lineup. Slated to dominate the Main Stage decks on August 31, Afrojack will revive the heart pumping, adrenaline spiking glory of electronic festival sets, to take attendees and the genre alike back to its buzzing roots. The immersive sound and momentous drops that catapulted “EDM” into mainstream centrality define the Dutch dynamo’s PrE-Zoo ORBIT Playlist, curated exclusively for Dancing Astronaut.

Afrojack hand picks 20 selects for a playlist that is rife with readily recognizable, time honored festival anthems like “No Beef,” “Turn Up The Speakers,” “Booyah,” and “Tremor.” Comparatively more recent cuts like “We Got That Cool” and David Guetta‘s RAYE feature, “Stay (Don’t Go Away)” add novelty to the animated assortment of songs.

Purchase tickets to Electric Zoo 2019, here.

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + moreIllenium

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’

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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’BJ The Chicago Kid Afrojack

BJ The Chicago Kid releases “Reach,” the final taste in preparation for his second long play, 1123, set to be released July 23 through Motown Records. The singer-songwriter teamed up with Dutch house factotum Afrojack for a driving four-on-the-floor backing to the soulful piano-accompanied ballad. With an incremental energy build, the Chicago-native crooner ups his emotive tone next to jazzy snaps for an inspirational, uplifting atmosphere.

“Reach” is the third single from BJ’s upcoming project, following “Time Today” and the “Worryin’ Bout Me” featuring Offsets. The album is also set to feature Buddy, J.I.D, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, and more. BJ The Chicago Kid soulful prowess earned him three Grammy nominations on his debut In My Mind LP which featured Billboard chart-topping “Church” with Chance The Rapper and a collaboration featuring Kendrick Lamar, “The New Cupid.”

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PKCZ® link with CL, Afrojack to release high-action music video for ‘CUT IT UP’ [Watch]

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When a Japanese hip-hop outfit, PKCZ®, merged creative sensibilities with CL—memorable for her prior involvement on Diplo‘s “Doctor Pepper“—and Afrojack, the result was a robust hip-hop/electronic crossover: “CUT IT UP.” Together with CL, Verbal of PKCZ® infuses the dynamic cut with hip-hop energy through confidently delivered verses that lend a verbal edge to the track. The song’s melody exudes the inescapable appeal of a number certain to stay in streamers’ heads long after the play count timed out.

No stranger to the hip-hop/electronic hybrid form, Afrojack only amplifies the undeniable catchiness of “CUT IT UP” in his provision of a trap-leaning construction that complements the bold personality of the tune’s verses. The accompanying visual extends the flippant flair of the single’s lyrical content and arrangement to the official music video, which arrives as an exhilarating, action-packed effort.

Deliberately reminiscent of samurai film stylization, the music video focalizes samurai scenes. The visual features cast members from Kill Bill, along with sword-choreographer, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, whose appearances comprise the meticulously crafted concept video.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + moreA Trak

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + more

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + moreCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.

Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.

The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.

Full list of newly added acts:

Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + moreA TRAK NWM 11.1

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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