Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.
From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.
Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.
#ClimateStrike is spreading all over the world—as it should be. Climate change is a worldwide emergency, and generally, if one has the time to read about their favorite festivals and DJs, one should also have the time to learn how to do their part in reversing the damage we’ve done to our climate and planet.
Lorin Ashton—known best as Bassnectar—is doing his part by funding an online course on climate change. Using his nonprofit organization, Be Interactive, Bassnectar hopes this course will help overwhelmed high school teachers educate students about this threat to their future without adding to the teachers’ often excessive workload.
Malanka Riaboken of Guerilla Science designed the curriculum, and she was able to do so after Be Interactive opened applications for grants supporting pro-climate projects. Riaboken has served as an instructional designer for numerous institutions including the University of Arizona. Commenting on the newly launched online class, Riaboken explains,
“I stand by the saying that lack of education is the root of all evil. I just want science teachers to have what they need, for free, from a person who knows how to make quality academic lessons.”
This course is not the only thing Be Interactive is doing to combat the climate crisis. The organization also called upon other prominent members of the live music community to spread the word about climate change:
“We’re trying something new here,” Lia Holland, Executive Director of Be Interactive said. “In the ever-evolving Bassnectar experiment, we’re working to amplify creative and civic-minded fans. Could Bassnectar teach a course on Climate Change? No, but Malanka can, and we’re using the power of the music to enable and lift up her awesome work.”
The course is set to take four weeks to complete and is available to download here for free.
As surely as the clock will tick one year into the next into the next on December 31, Decadence Colorado will just as reliably be raging through that incipient stroke of midnight, a guarantee on behalf of its formidable faction of artistry.
Decadence will descend upon the Colorado Convention Center from December 30-31 for its ninth annual year of production. General admission and VIP passes to the holiday affair will go on sale at 12 pm MT on September 27. Purchase tickets to Decadence NYE, here.
Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.
Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.
The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.
2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.
Dallas is prepping its premier end-of-year festival, Lights All Night, with plenty of firepower for its tenth installment, running December 27-28. The first phase of the New Year’s Eve weekend event has arrived, showcasing plenty of top-tier muscle.
Skrillex will continue his lauded 2019 event/release return with a headlining appearance on the affair’s first night alongside Virtual Self, while Bassnectar and Louis The Child take night two for ransom. The weekend-long effort will also receive ample support from the roster’s underside, which includes fervently in-demand acts like AC Slater, Elephante, Herobust, Kayzo, Zomboy, and more. Slater will be setting up shop with a Night Bass stage takeover, while GRVDNCR Records will host its own dubstep-directed stage.
Tickets to Lights All Night officially go on sale Thursday, August 22, but interested parties can register for pre-sale now, here.
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For Lorin Ashton, widely known as Bassnectar‘s wide and unwavering following, a destination festival headlined by Ashton himself (among a number of resounding guests) on a Cancun resort is nothing short of an earsplitting fantasy.
The four-day festival’s second charter will summon Sub Focus, GRiZ, Caspa, and Claude VonStroke to its sandy forefront. VonStroke will be bringing a highly potent dose of his Dirtybird crew to the beachfront endeavor’s new location, the Grand Oasis resort (a departure from last year’s touchdown in Riviera Maya), too, including longtime label habitues, Justin Jay, Christian Martin, and Worthy.
Per Bassnectar’s website, he and his team have rented out the entire Grand Oasis property for the occasion, likely in response to last year’s installment prompting a number of noise and behavioral complaints from various Rivera Maya non-Deja Voom vacation-goers staying near the festival.
Deja Voom is sold out, but those interested can join the festival’s waitlists for particular packages of interest here.
8/08 day is an annual cause for resounding celebration. The iconic Roland drum machine played a quintessential role in electronic, hip-hop, and pop’s development, with its imprint permanently stamped on a vast amount of top-charting singles of the ’80s and ’90s. While, the mechanism became antiquated by the turn of millennium, on account of oversaturation, lack of availability, and Roland’s plans to propel newer gear to the forefront, this was far from the end of its legacy.
Fast-forward another decade: the 808 revival had begun. Rappers like Kanye West found that the instrument added a unique, crisp edge to the low-end of their productions, whilst dance music innovators like Aphex Twin found other creative ways to utilize the 808 for maximum impact. Today, a good deal of producers appreciate the vintage appeal it offers; so much so, that Roland even revived the 808 in 2017.
We honor this musical staple with a series of larger-than-life tunes by Skrillex, Eptic, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Bassnectar, Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and more from heavy-handed listeners’ legion of 808 legends who have allowed this instrument to shine in the dance space over the years. In 808, we trust.
Bassnectar has announced the return of his all-inclusive Deja Voom festival March 25 – 28 at the Grand Oasis resort in Cancún, Mexico. The four-day event offers three sets from the event curator himself, along with pool parties, beach activities, off-site adventures, daily yoga and meditation, tequila tastings, and much more. Other artists hand-picked by Lorin Ashton himself will be announced at a later date.
Deja Voom debuted in 2019, and after a successful first year, the Bassnectar team looks to the future of this tropical music festival. The Grand Oasis Resort and The Pyramid at Grand Oasis will receive a completely customized makeover from each corner of the beach, to the pool sanctuaries, and various nightclubs. A loyalty program will be put in place for last year’s attendees, which launches July 17 at 1 p.m. EST. General sales start Friday, July 19 at 1 p.m. EST. For ticket information, visit dejavoom.com.
Last year’s success was captured and organized into a recap video that encapsulates the juxtaposed mayhem and serenity that is Deja Voom.
Those making their way to Broomfield, Colorado for Bassnectar’s Freestyle Sessions were met with bad news today, June 8 when advised that the second and third days of the annual extravaganza had been cancelled until further notice. Bassnectar stated on his Instagram when breaking the news that “a sudden and unexpected systems malfunction” at the venue, First Bank Center, had lead to an immediate week-long shut down for repair. The team is currently working on solutions for the negative turn of events, with promises to keep guests updated.
Freestyle Sessions began on Friday, June 7 with no known issues at the time. Supporting acts affected by the shutdown include J:Kenzo, Shades, The Librarian, and more. The Sessions are special edition shows by Bassnectar, where the innovative bass figurehead often treats fans to surprising, deep cuts and other stylings not often heard during his standard tour stops.