The two-day event, running September 27 – 28 features a diverse array of electronic and hip-hop acts, from Zomboy to Sheck Wes, Hermitude to Lil Texas, with tons in between. Tickets to Goldrush are on sale now, don’t sleep. See the full festival lineup below.
The immersive two-day festival will have four curated stages, taking place in Rawhide Western Town & Event Center—Arizona’s massive 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. The venue is home to other Relentless Beats festivals including CRUSH Arizona, Decadence, Phoenix Lights, and many others.
Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.
As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.
Making her way to the Art Car for a secret strictly house set, the Run producer gave unsuspecting fans an encore performance glued together by floor-ready dance cuts. Best of all, the secret set was uploaded to Pornhub for everyone’s streaming pleasure. It had to live somewhere, right? The set comes as a highly recommended listen, though, you might want to hold off on clicking the link below while you’re at work or school. Enjoy.
The secret house set I played last night has now been uploaded onto @Pornhub
With another chapter of EDC Las Vegas underway, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a watershed moment in the festival’s 20+ years running: Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland taking the main stage for ransom in 2016. They were the first solo female acts to do so.
Lunoe, known for her unorthodox—looney, if you will—strain of house and club stylings, isn’t necessarily your run-of-the-mill main stage artist; she herself attested the notion in an interview with EDC organizers at Insomniac shortly following the momentous appearance. Nevertheless, the OWSLA-aligned, Australian-bred Lunoe dug deep into her HYPERHOUSE crates for what proved a scene-altering set under the Electric Sky, despite some minor sound interference from the festival’s audio techs letting the opening ceremony music bleed in. But Lunoe, sleep-deprived and still acclimating herself to brand new CDJs, bulldozed through the accidental interruption like the tireless talent she’s proven herself to be behind the decks for over a decade.
Another culturally disruptive (for the better) Aussie and classically trained cellist, by the name of Alison Wonderland, further solidified the long-time-coming female ferocity sweeping over EDC, taking the main stage under her more-than-adept wing that Sunday. The melodic/experimental trap talent’s indelible legacy amongst women in dance music is still ever-blossoming. In 2018, she took home the highest paycheck in Coachella history to be issued to a female DJ, following her Sahara Tent performance, which amassed over 20,000 awe-stricken spectators. An outspoken advocate for mental health, Wonderland also secured an auspicious cover story this year for Billboard, wherein she traced her often tumultuous rise to EDM superstardom, and accredited music as her most vital vessel for forging human connection.
Here’s to these two torrentially talented tastemakers—as well as all the other convention-confronting women in dance music carving out a path for the often-overlooked female talent across the globe. Though the path is still largely untrodden, as Wonderland this year serves as the only female act on the main stage roster. The EDC Vegas side stages want for naught, however, as some of the most in-demand women in dance music (and acts in general), including REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, and Amelie Lens are effectively offsetting the overwhelmingly male 2019 makeup.
One such artist is Alison Wonderland, who now takes the stage at the Kinetic Field to deliver a dynamic dollop of bass and energy straight into the ears and faces of thousands who’ve gathered hopes of hearing hits like “Church” and “Lost My Mind” live.
Stream her performance live starting at 10:45 p.m. PST, below.
Alison Wonderland is renowned for her stylish wear behind the decks, including long Adidas tees and sold out merch, with loads of fashion blog features over the years including theFashionSpot and Galore. Now, her pristine fashion sense has officially made her the face of a recent Forever 21 & Pepsi collaboration.
The exclusive collection features Pepsi x Forever 21 branded tees, crew necks, tie dye hoodies, and more. Wonderland is not only a face for the drop, but the producer also holds credit over the campaign’s theme song, “Peace”—a feat not many others in this position can say they’ve accomplished.
Above the influx of summer festival lineups being released, Imagine Festival has placed itself in the top echelon of these events with their phase one announcement. Taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the September 20-22 weekend, the festival returns for its sixth year to bring festival goers together for one last weekend before the unofficial commencement of the festival season. The phase one lineup introduces a multi-threat combination of headliners including Diplo, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, and Zeds Dead, accompanied by a handful of surrounding support over the three days.
Festival attendees will find themselves immersed within the festival’s underwater fairytale theme, displayed in all areas from the Oceania and Amazonia stages, to the extravagant decorations that adorn the venue’s parameters. Complete with their very own campgrounds, Imagine Festival combines top-notch musical talent and production to temporarily submerge attendees into their own aquatic wonderland.
HARD Events’ hallmark, HARD Summer will return to Fontana Speedway this August for its 12th year of multifarious musical mayhem.
The SoCal staple’s 2019 lineup is colorful and cold-blooded as ever, bringing major players primarily from electronic and bolstered by hip-hop. From the former of these realms comes Alison Wonderland, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, and a seemingly interminable length of others. And from the crest of HARD Summer’s rap/hip-hop current brings Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Sheck Wes, and more.
This year running the weekend of August 3-4, HARD Summer has long lived as a source of sonic foreshadowing of talent, particularly in the electronic space, showcasing acts like Skrillex and Diplo ahead of their rises to super stardom. Tickets to HARD Summer go on sale Friday, April 26 at 9 am PST. Additional festival information can be found here.
Never one to shy away from poignant notions within her music, Wonderland makes her listeners acutely aware of the emotions at war within her: “Right now I’m barely off my knees / But some day I’ll find peace.” The track breathes a vigor and an honesty into stereotypical dance pop, with its inspiriting vocal chants and nuanced, jouncing bass. See the new visual for “Peace” below.