Electric Forest is pulling out all the stops for their single 2019 edition. The festival recently scaled back their two weekend offering back to their original one weekend format, though organizers were quick to even it out with the delivery of 2019’s lineup. To say next year’s billing is stacked would be an understatement — ODESZA, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead are holding down headlining duties, with festival favorites The String Cheese Incident returning for a three-night run. The under card features a mile-long list of talent headed to Rothbury, Michigan including Claude VonStroke, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Lettuce, Ekali, Whethan, Gramatik and many more across June 27 – 30.
The festival gods have called for “A Music Vacation” in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as Hangout Fest is set to return for its 10th installment mid-2019. Those lucky enough to make it down south this year saw performances by Zedd, Galantis, The Killers, and other memorable, genre-spanning acts throughout the extended weekend.
However, 2019 will take Hangout’s perennially diverse lineup to the next level by including headliners Travis Scott, Khalid, Cardi B, Kygo, and Diplo, with additional support from GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Jimmy Eat World, and more. Transpiring atop Alabama’s sandy beaches, the three-day festival takes place May 17-19. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, Dec 4 with various travel packages already up for grabs.
Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have been teasing fans with an impending collaboration and a stream of social media posts together. The posting is not just to build anticipation for their track, however. The duo have just announced the co-headlining Lost My Mind tour, beginning in 2019.
The producers released a promotional trailer to announce the tour, where they enlist “stunt doubles” to shoot the promotional trailer for them. In true Francis fashion, the viewers will not escape the short video without a few laughs.
In addition to Francis and Wonderland’s solo headline sets during the tour, the pair will join forces on stage to host an exclusive back-to-back set each night.
A ticket pre-sale for fans will begin at 10 a.m. PT November 26, followed by a Spotify pre-sale at 10 a.m. local time November 28. General ticket sales launch at 10 a.m. local time November 30.
1/31/2019 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
2/1/2019 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
2/2/2019 Chicago, IL – Navy Pier
2/4/2019 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/5/2019 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
2/7/2019 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
2/8/2019 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
2/9/2019 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
2/15/2019 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
2/16/2019 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
2/17/2019 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
2/20/2019 Portland, ME – State Theatre
2/21/2019 Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
2/22/2019 Washington, DC – The Anthem
2/23/2019 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
The fusion of gaming and electronic music is not a new topic, but the two industries are seemingly melding in new ways every other week. Electronic music labels have released labels specific for gamers, and others have provided streamers with free music to pair with content as long as the audio is cited. What we have not seen much of yet is a gamer creating their own album, and few people have the following and connections to make a project like that actually materialize. Tyler Blevins, ex-Halo pro-turned-streamer named Ninja, is one of the few who does.
Ninja will be releasing an album in partnership with Astralwerks, aptly titled Ninjawerks featuring tracks from acclaimed electronic music artists, who will be soundtracking Ninja’s gaming world. The streamer spoke about the new partnership, saying,
“I’m stoked about this project, first because I truly love the music, but also because I think this is another big step towards bridging the gap between music, artists, and gamers. Our worlds keep getting more and more connected, and this feels like the next step. Hopefully this can become the soundtrack to gaming. It’s also amazing to partner with Astralwerks and Capitol Music Group, because they bring so much credibility to the album. I mean. Come on. Get your ears ready.”
We have seen ESL partner with Universal Music, and Monstercat partner with Rocket League, but the idea of an individual gaming influencer coming out with their own album is new ground. Given Ninja’s documented friendship with EDM superstar Marshmello, the forthcoming Ninjawerks will likely feature his helmeted producer pal. Ninja’s partnership with Astralwerks, puts him in the company of the likes of Illenium, Jonas Blue, and Alison Wonderland in addition to pre-existing ranks with artists like Axwell Λ Ingrosso.
ODESZA announced earlier this year that they would not return to Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year run of shows at the venue. The news led fans to speculate that the electronic duo could be plotting a momentous event in place of the annual Colorado show, more specifically, a Foreign Family Collective festival. Now, the duo have officially ended the speculation with the announcement of Sundara, set for March 13 – 16, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The label heads, and now festival organizers, are slated to headline the event, along with Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Supporting talent for the inaugural beach festival includes Bob Moses, Tokimonsta, and Golden Features. Each act featured on Sundara’s debut lineup will play two different, unique sets across the three day event.
ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective label claimed an Electric Forest first in 2017 as the imprint hosted its own stage at the Michigan festival, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, and Kasbo. ODESZA enthusiasts reasoned that the launch of a festival-style event would be a logical next step in Foreign Family’s progression, and as ODESZA has confirmed, a Foreign Family festival is now well within fans’ collective ‘line of sight.’
GANZ continues to make it looks “Easy” — pun intended. The Dutch producer has returned to deliver another show-stopping remix, this time of Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy.”
Whether it’s remixing some of dance music’s hottest artists such as Flume and ODESZA or unleashing explosive originals of his own, GANZ’s style is his own. For the past half a decade, the Amsterdam-based producer has proved his ability to break down barriers and genre limits as a whole, combining heavy bass with smooth, sultry vocals.
Alison Wonderland displays her stamp of approval, debuting her radio show, Radio Wonderland, on Sirus XM with GANZ’s flip of her own song, “Want U.”
This remix follows an original called “Slippin’,” featuring CUT_, released in July. Uploading “Easy” to his SoundCloud page, he writes, “Just a new GANZ flip of my bud @alisonwonderland her amazing track ‘Easy’. Hope you guys enjoy it <3.”
Valentino Khan remixed Alison Wonderland‘s “Good Enough” and reshaped the trap original into a higher speed, electro house-inpired heater. With vocal chop melodies and orchestral undertones on the build, the remix quickly picks up and drops into quick gritty bass notes and shuffle-inducing percussion.
After Wonderland’s successful release of her second studio album, Awake, earlier this year, the Australian top-tier DJ has enlisted remix talents for singles “Church” and “Easy.” Now, it’s time for the lead single off her album to get a rework from the Owsla producer. So far in 2018, Khan’s done official remixes for Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” and Diplo, French Montana, and Lil Pump‘s “Welcome to the Party.”
EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.