House & techno fans are about to witness a groundbreaking new debut at EDC‘s Neon Garden this May. Closing out the underground-leaning stage for three hours on Sunday morning, Ronald McDonald and Hamburglar will be taking the decks for a full-on B2B performance where they’ll be digging the deepest, juiciest cuts out of their crates. Some might even call it the ‘Big Mac’ of DJ sets.
“We can’t wait to show the EDC crowd the tunes we’ve been stocking up for our big debut,” Ronald McDonald excitedly stated. “There will be no clowning around for this gig,” he continued.
Hamburglar added on, “I’ve found some serious heads-down techno groovers for the show; get ready for darkness.”
Some concerns are afoot following the negative reactions toward Colonel Sanders‘ headlining slot at Ultra’s main stage. Fans and DJs alike expressed their disgust at the seeming disrespect toward modern EDM culture, and concern that corporations were ingraining themselves too deep into dance music.
“Our set will be far different,” asserted McDonald. “We’ve loved and respected this culture for many years now and are excited to show off the skills we’ve built over the years.”
He continued, “McDonald’s is the top burger chain anyhow. We don’t even need to advertise; Pasquale Rotella actually approached us directly.”
Hot on the heels of their consecutive November 30 and December 1 performances at a Brooklyn warehouse is Adam Beyer‘s confirmation that 2019 will bear witness to more Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back bookings. “Thanks for 4 incredible shows,” Adam Beyer tweeted on December 2, in a nod to the duo’s November 23 and 24 dates at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and their ensuing back-to-back efforts on the East Coast. “We tried to bring a different set each time and I think it worked,” Beyer added. “We will be back with more next year.”
The highly acclaimed Cirez D and Adam Beyer format initially took off during the 2018 installment of Miami Music Week, where the pair took over the decks of SOHO STUDIOS. The fervent demand for following back-to-back appearances from the visionaries of underground sound precipitated Cirez D and Adam Beyer’s recent Los Angeles and New York events. Now, it seems this demand has grown large enough to where a 2019 tour is in order. Those unfamiliar with the potency of a Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back can see what all the buzz is about, thanks to newly published videos of the duo’s Los Angeles and Brooklyn sets.
Thanx for 4 incredible shows. We tried to bring a different set each time and i think it worked. We will be back with more next year.
Adam Beyer Cirez D @ New York, New York https://t.co/gWXVK1ZpUr
Essential Mix turned a quarter-century old this year, and per tradition, invited an array of top talent from newer and older generations to help with the festivities. The Black Madonna, Nicole Moudaber, Derrick Carter, and Skream were some notable names on the billing, lighting the iconic show’s decks up with house and techno. The show continues to chug along at a forward-thinking pace per usual, most recently hosting RÜFÜS DU SOL on November 30 for an emotive two hours.
It just so happens that five years ago on November 30, Pete Tong went b2b with Eats Everything as part of the series’ 20th birthday celebration — time certainly has a way of flying by. Sasha played before, filling the industrial Machester space with an hour of buzzy, melodic house gems that were some of his crate favorites at the time. Pete Tong and Eats Everything laid down heady grooves afterward, with cuts from Green Velvet, Martin Buttrich, Maceo Plex, and more. Both do well in bringing about good memories from that time in dance music.
There’s no better time than Friday to get lost in some techno. One devoted fan of Eric Prydz‘s alter ego Cirez Dand Drumcode boss Adam Beyer has promptly delivered just that. The two had a one-of-a-kind performance at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium on November 23, going back-to-back for three hours of blinding production and dark tunes. The venue even extended its hours until 4 a.m. for the appearance.
The YouTube user’s steady hand captures perfectly the energy in the room, and, of course, the top-notch light work and mixing from the pair as they slowly build the energy in the room to its maximum energy.
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
A performance of the ages at Sydney’s Metro Theatre has been immortalized. Trap legends RL Grime and Baauer threw down what will likely be considered a legendary B2B in Australia’s largest city. To start things off, the electronic trap trendsetters began the set with a crowd rattling mix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and RL Grime’s “Era.”
The set lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, unearthing loads of trap gold and accompanying genres while also making sure to include creative edits, crossover collaborations, and cult classics. While keeping with up-to-date hype with “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes or rewinding back to the electro trap glory days with Baauer’s remix of Rollup by Flosstradamus, the set was quite the holistic exploration between the two veteran electronic musicians.
Insomniac‘s trance brand Dreamstate has grown unbelievably over its short time on the dance circuit, expanding from its singular stage flagship event in San Bernadino to an international brand with festival stops in Australia and Central America — plus an ongoing rotation of themed events to boot. However, the aforementioned home of the brand remains as a steadfast leader of its events, and a good indicator of what’s to come. This year, Dreamstate bookers have picked quite the fresh lineup for the Southern California event’s fourth edition.
A variety of fresh, new acts have made the roster this time around — a usual for Dreamstate SoCal, which last year hosted the world debut of Key4050, among others. This year, Gareth Emery‘s new audiovisual Laserface show is indicated to be the most anticipated headlining performance, with other huge names like Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn‘s Purple Haze alias, and Ruben de Ronde likely joining van Dyk on the main stage. Two notable resurrections — First State, and Ferry Corsten under his System F moniker — are also on the list.
Two other notable new duos making their California debut are Gentech and Lost In Noise. The former is comprised of Mark Sherry and Scot Project, while the latter is a combination of Indecent Noise and Lostly. They’re joined by a multitude of other B2B performances as well, like Arctic Moon & RAM, Chris Schweizer & Heatbeat, and Sneijder & Sied van Riel, among others.
It’s also worth noting that there are fewer acts appearing on the lineup than usual. Pasquale and the Insomniac team have yet to reveal if they’ve scaled the event down to fewer than four stages, or if they’ve granted fan requests of longer set times — potentially to compensate for the wide array of B2B performances on the bill.
There’s an undeniable air of showmanship The Martinez Brothers put out with each gig. Born performers, the two are masters at filling the room with infectious, pumping house for hours on end. Their peer Loco Dice has an equal flair for expressing himself behind the decks, putting his head down and using his hip-hop influences to put forth spastic, yet carefully thought-out voyages through gritty soundscapes.
When these stalwarts come together, it becomes difficult not to get ensnared in their captivating rhythms. Take their b2b at Movement, for example, which Dancing Astronaut has successfully nabbed to become this edition of AXIS. Listeners who were there are immediately transported back to the packed mainstage that they dominated while closing down the festival on Sunday night, May 27. One need not have been in attendance to fully enjoy the pleasant melange of house and tech they’ve selected, however; the energy pouring out of the speakers is palpable, and it becomes easy to melt into the grooves and become part of the cheerful crowd while listening.
Eric Prydz will go b2b to b2b…to b2b to b2b with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D alias come fall. The legendary duo will play two dates in Los Angeles and New York respectively, stopping by LA’s Hollywood Palladium on November 23 and 24, before collectively making their way to Brooklyn for two succeeding performances on November 30 and December 1.
Factory 93 will head the LA events, while Teksupport will handle New York’s. The masterminds behind the technics of Prydz’s EPIC shows will head the production of the b2b appearances, promising an “essential rave experience” guaranteed to “push the boundaries of how techno can be presented.”
Cirez and Beyer notably linked up for a sold out b2b appearance in March 2018 for Miami Music Week.
Tickets to all b2b dates will go on sale on August 3. Those interested in purchasing tickets to the LA b2bs can do so here, while those looking to attend the NY based b2bs can do so here.