David Guetta shares full set from Avicii Tribute Concert

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David Guetta invites fans worldwide to experience his memorial to Avicii in Stockholm earlier this month, sharing the passionate tribute onto his youtube channel in full just days ago.

The French house pioneer joined a star-studded cast of Avicii collaborators and cohorts at the fittingly named Friends Arena to celebrate the life and work of the late producer. Icons from the big-room and progressive house scenes like Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero helped fill the 50,000 capacity arena alongside a handful of the top tier vocalists that Avicii was known to have touched, inspired, and created alongside.

Guetta threw down a set of joint efforts between Avicii and himself, with the highlight being a glimpse at the previously unheard “Before I Could Say Goodbye,” a titanic collaboration between the two and Afrojack (heard at 11:08). With at least 10 tracks in 30 minutes (several of which are mash-ups themselves), the set is juicy to say the least, but is made all-the-better by this context added to the tracks and connection felt when Guetta takes to the microphone.

All proceeds from the Avicii Tribute Concert went to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for and is known to support science-based organizations focused on the research and prevention of suicide in youth.

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Celebrate 15 years of Tomorrowland with full ‘Our Story’ orchestral performance [Watch]

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Since 2005, Tomorrowland has been blazing a path for electronic music fans all over the world. This past October, the iconic festival celebrated its 15th anniversary year with a special performance at ADE.

The Amsterdam event, called Our Story, featured a lineup that included Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots, GOOSE, Netsky, and M.I.K.E. These chart-topping names were joined by members of the Metropole Orchestra, who added a whole new dimension to tracks like van Buuren’s “This Is What It Feels Like” and countless others over the course of the two-and-a-half-hour performance.

Tomorrowland recently announced that it had extended its contract in the town of Boom, Belgium through 2034. Tickets for Tomorrowland’s 2020 iteration go on sale in early 2020. Learn more here.

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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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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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