The music industry is filled with women whose lives revolve around their work and in bettering the scene in general, and they are more than worthy of daily recognition for their efforts. It hasn’t always been easy; even in 2019 quite a few feel the need to work double just to receive the same respect as their male counterparts, or even to be taken seriously in general. That being said, the most admirable thing about women in the industry is that the fight continues anyhow—artists like Alison Wonderland , Charlotte de Witte, REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, Sophie, and more continually break boundaries with their sound, while female publicists, managers, and others work nonstop behind the scenes to propel others careers without taking credit for themselves.
In recent years, some headway has finally been made industry-wide to respect and recognize these women. Public pressure has made for greater female representation on festival billing and greater respect across the industry, while others are seeing tougher consequences for misogynistic behaviors. There’s still a ways to go toward equality, but the optimism is high.
This International Women’s Day, we at Dancing Astronaut feel it’s necessary to pay our respects to these groundbreakers and boundary pushers, and thus present this playlist as a way to mark the occasion. The names above, plus Mija, Nora En Pure, CRAY, Honey Dijon, ANNA, and The Black Madonna are just a few of the many caliber acts featured.
Our proverbial hats go off to all women today.
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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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Paradiso has announced the 2019 lineup for their two-day festival June 14 and 15 at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, with Skrillex and Kaskade as the driving forces behind the electronic dance music-centric lineup.
Other notable appearances include Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, up-and-coming 1788-L, Grammy-nominated TOKiMONSTA, future bass frontrunners Illenium and San Holo, Rusko, ZHU, progressive house from Oliver Heldens, Cookie Monsta b2b Doctor P, Delta Heavy b2b Dirtyphonics, a live sets from both the psy-trance duo Infected Mushroom and Keys N Krates, Herobust, Whethan, and many more.
It’s safe to say this lineup is stacked, and to further indulge the senses for one of the biggest electronic festivals in the northwest, the Paradiso team released a five-minute video of past experiences along with landscape shots of the area’s spectacular scenery.
Visit the Paradiso website for ticket information.
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Known for a big sound and a dedicated fanbase, Alison Wonderland has been a festival favorite for years. Now, after headlining her own tours and playing shows with Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland continues her monumental rise with her first ever headlining show at Red Rocks.
Bringing along, Medasin (Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018), Ekali, and Wuki, the event is sure to showcase the fusion of lush textures and heavy bass, perhaps with a side of live instrumentation. Deemed the ‘Temple of Wonderland,’ the show is set to take place on September 12, 2019. While tickets are not yet available, Wonderland has provided a sign-up link to receive a pre-sale code in the near future here.
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I can’t believe this is happening. Announcing my first ever headlining show at Red Rocks. Temple of Wonderland. This is a dream come true for me. I will be premiering alot of new things here & will be joined by @ekalimusic @medasin & @wuki . Sign up to the link in my bio for the presale code as presale tickets go on sale tomorrow.
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Tomorrowland has been keeping everyone on their toes by dropping a few names from their 2019 lineup every day per its usual antics. The full lineup is expected to be released by the conclusion of the week, and so far, the artists that the festival has announced do not disappoint. Fans of every genre, including hip hop, will have an act to see as artists like Young Thug join the 2019 iteration of the festival.
In addition to spanning new genres, the festival is set to debut a new live show from Eric Prydz, and speculation is circulating around whether Swedish House Mafia will be taking Martin Garrix‘s place as the closing headliner of the festival. Newly announced acts span everyone from DJ Snake and Alison Wonderland to DJ Diesel (Shaq) and Yves V.
The festival is set to take place over two weekends beginning on July 19-21 and subsequently, July 26-28. Tickets are still available here.
Tomorrowland third and fourth wave artists listed alphabetically:
After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”
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.
Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland are nearing their co-headlining tour, and fans can finally listen to the title track of the tour—a long-awaited collaboration between the two titled, “Lost My Mind.” The track is out now via Francis’s label, IDGAFOS. A mixture of punching vocals weaving in and out of catchy notes build anticipation as electronic layers heighten the tune’s intensity. Eventually, “Lost My Mind,” spirals into a dirty bass drop, releasing the pent up energy the two producers culminate in the intro.
Dillon Francis took to social media to explain how he and Alison Wonderland managed to link with one another, forming an unlikely bond over Croatian football. Eventually, the friendship would blossom into a collaboration and a full fledged tour to boot.
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Lost My Mind w @alisonwonderland is out now and there’s a pretty good backstory to how the song came about… The World Cup was happening and Croatia was heading to the finals (if you didn’t already know i’m half Croatian/Serbian) I think it was the game against London where I was tweeting about them and a fan noticed that Alison was too (Alison is Croatian as well)… A BOND WAS INSTANTLY MADE we were rooting for our little country who were the biggest underdogs ever in the World Cup… Croatia made it to the finals against France so Alison and I made a deal on twitter “if Croatia wins we make a happy song if they lose we make a sad angry song” the latter of the two happened and we started working. This song was so fun to make because we immediately had ideas bouncing back and forth where my idea would give her a better one & vice versa… fast forward to now and here it is! The bond we discovered from our little country turned into a full-fledged song & tour which I think is fucking incredible.. hope you enjoy. Croatia zauvijek Link in bio
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Both artists teased the release during their respective sets at EDC Orlando in 2018, and the full track has certainly proven to be worth the wait. It’s clear that Francis is returning to his harder roots after taking a brief bass break to produce his Latin-inspired moombah album, WUT WUT, which nabbed him a Latin Grammy nomination at the tail end of last year. Francis and his Aussie counterpart will be kick off their joint tour in Madison, Wisconsin on January 31. Check “Lost My Mind” in full below.
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Sunset Music Festival (SMF) will be returning to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for its eighth consecutive year this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The phase-one lineup of the festival, suited for everyone from trance to dubstep fans, is out in conjunction with a pre-sale kickoff, for those looking to secure the most advantageously priced spot at Sunset.
SMF attracts approximately 60,000 fans over two event days each year. This year’s lineup will feature acts ranging from Kaskade and Audien to Alison Wonderland and Chris Lake. Dog Blood, comprised of Skrillex and Boys Noize, is certainly among the most auspicious features on the lineup. This is the duo’s second event announcement of the year, following their earlier BUKU Music and Arts Festival show announcement. Indeed, there is much to look forward to from SMF this year, as two of the scene’s most prominent labels, Anjunabeats and Deadbeats, will be found on Sunset grounds, hosting branded stage takeovers at the festival.
Unique to previous years, SMF is introducing GA Plus passes (in addition to standard GA and VIP passes) which will allow express entry on both festival days from 3 PM until midnight Saturday and Sunday. Presale tickets are available here.
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.