BREAKING: DnB legend Apex has reportedly committed suicide

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The drum & bass community has suffered a heartbreaking loss today as beloved UK producer Apex has allegedly taken his own life. Prior to his solo career résumé, chock full of drum & bass gems like “Inner Space,” “Nowhere To Run,” and “Just One Second,” Robert Dickeson was also the producer and DJing member of Unknown Error. Not many details have been provided into the legendary figure’s death other than social media posts from industry producers and friends across the web. Though anyone from Apex’s camp has yet to confirm the news, sources close to the producer have alleged that Dickeson’s death was the result of suicide.

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BREAKING: Volcano at Lost Lands Festival catches fire, festival resumes

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Excision‘s inaugural Lost Lands may be the most lit festival on the horizon after all, as one of the volcanoes next to the main Prehistoric Paradox stage caught fire Saturday night during Destroid.

Around 11 PM a small fire began at the top of the volcano, where Destroid played their first live show together since Ultra 2016. Personnel acted quickly and the situation was handled in a number of minutes. Dancing Astronaut was on the scene and captured the footage below.

After a brief closure of the main stage and subsequent approval by the fire marshal and sheriff, the festival resumed with Zeds Dead. Albeit, the volcanos were then dormant. No word has been given on whether the awe-inspiring pyrotechnics will resume. Luckily, zero injuries were reported as a result.

Lost Lands festival concludes tomorrow with Space Jesus, Liquid Stranger, REZZ, Illenium, and more. 

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New iPhone X leaked ahead of release — biggest spoiler in Apple history?

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The golden master version of iOS 11 appears to have leaked yesterday evening, shedding some very early light on products and features Apple plans to announce at their unveiling event on Sept. 19 at 10am PST. Apple blogger, John Gruber, has referred to the spoiler as the biggest for an Apple product to date: “More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history.”

Two most of the most controversial rumors were confirmed in the leak last night, which had been evidently sent to tech blogs 9to5Mac and MacRumors by a “rogue” employee. The first was the removal of the home button so as to enhance the overall full screen experience. Second, rumors were confirmed over Apple’s new facial recognition software. Face ID appears to be the official marketing name for the facial recognition features, which will likely replace the Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature.

The leak also solidified rumors that Apple’s newest device would be called the iPhone X. According to sources, Apple has chosen to name the OLED version of the new model to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. The two LCD models will be named iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.


There even appears to a lot more fun in iOS 11 than rumors previously anticipated. One particular feature, referred to as Jellyfish, appears to be 3D, animated versions of emoji characters for iMessage. Dubbed “Animojis,” the characters will use facial tracking and your voice to create expressive animated messages.

There are also references to AirPods 1, 2, which may be a revised version of the wire-free headphones Apple first introduced last year.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features of the newest software is an integrated camera feature called Portrait Lighting, which will produce dSLR-like shots by using depth by simulating different lighting effects. The new feature will supposedly work with the flash on the device, offering up Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light, as well as provide a new range of video recording options like 1080p HD at 240 fps.

Finally, a selection of colorful new wallpapers are said to look impressive on an OLED display. There are stills of the earth and moon, several floral images, a selection of retro-style rainbow wallpapers, and one wallpaper that’s plain black.


via 9to5MacMacRumors, EDM Tunes

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[BREAKING] Zedd & Alessia Cara take first dance music VMA, more results to follow

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MTV hosted the 2017 edition of its annual Video Music Awards ceremony this evening, doling out Moon Men to the winners of a variety of categories ranging from “Best Collaboration” to “Best Cinematography.” With its host Katy Perry kicking off the star studded ceremony with her inimitable brand of giddy humor, the VMAs honored artists working across a variety of genres.

On the dance music end, Zedd and Alessia Cara arose as the victors of the “Best Dance [Video]” award for their collaboration, “Stay.” Fellow nominees for the award included Kygo and Selena Gomez for “It Ain’t Me,” Calvin Harris for “My Way,” Major Lazer, [ft. Justin Bieber and ] for “Cold Water,” and Afrojack [ft. Ty Dolla $ign] for “Gone.”

The Chainsmokers are up for “Best Editing” and “Best Collaboration,” where they will compete alongside Calvin Harris for the evening’s best collaboration. Harris is nominated for his Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean feature, “Feels.”

UPDATE [8/28/2017 12:08 AM ET]: Wyclef Jean took the VMA for “Best Editing,” while Zayn and Taylor Swift left with the VMA for “Best Collaboration” for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” The Chainsmokers presented the award for “Best New Artist” to frequent EDM feature, Khalid.

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Shambhala to officially shut down early amid surrounding wildfires [BREAKING]

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Earlier today, August 12, Shambhala organizers issued a pre-evacuation alert for the festival. The surrounding McCormick Creek wildfire has been spreading rapidly, jumping the Salmo river to inch close to festival grounds while adding toxicity to the air.

Risk of endangerment has ultimately led the iconic festival to proceed with an “early closure,” per a PSA on its social media pages and websites that was erected initially at 3pm PST. According to Shambhala’s statement, Saturday evening will continue as planned, but the closure will begin afterward. They also requested guests to begin packing up their campsites accordingly to prepare for a smooth exit.

Sunday’s programming is completely cancelled, though guests don’t necessarily have to be out that morning — they simply have to be prepared to leave in the worst case scenario. Shambhala clarified later on in the comments of their Facebook announcement that “This is not an evacuation, it’s an early closure. We begin egress as we normally would Monday tomorrow morning.”



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Thunderstorms cause Moonrise Festival evacuation [BREAKING]

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Attendees of the fourth Moonrise Festival held in Maryland have been asked to evacuate the premises as of 6:15pm EST. Due to impending thunderstorms, festival grounds have been shut down indefinitely. The festival staff began directed attendees to leave, and after some protest, the grounds since have been cleared.

Although it was not yet raining when they made the call, the forecast predicts high speed winds, heavy rainfall, and lightning. Announcements have been made that indicate festival staff will guide everyone at Moonrise to a nearby area that is protected from lightning, which has since been revealed as the nearby Pimilco stadium. It is unclear whether or not the festival will resume; however, the skies do not look like they will clear up anytime soon.

It seems weather hasn’t been kind to festivals taking place across the globe this weekend. While the potential danger caused by lightning and harsh rains led to the evacuation of Moonrise, intense wildfires caused by dry weather in the Vancouver, Canada area also led to the early evacuation of Shambhala.


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This post will be updated as the story develops. 


Reporting done onsite by Kassi Chrys 


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BREAKING: Shambhala issues “pre-evacuation alert” as nearby wildfire continues to grow

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An evacuation alert has been issued at Shambhala Music Festival, today August 12, due to rising concern of the McCormick Creek wildfire and its jumping of the Salmo River.

While this evacuation order area does NOT yet currently include Shambhala Music Festival and mandate for its attendees to leave the premises, the McCormick Creek Fire Evacuation Alert area has been expanded to include the Salmo River Ranch as advised by BC Wildfire.

At this time the evacuation alert is merely a notification of risk in the area and not yet an order. Attendees should be aware of the rising concern, remain in communication, and stay informed as an evacuation order from the area may follow an alert, although often times an area may remain on alert for an extended period of time.

Updates are set to follow on Shambhala’s blog here, but until then the festival wishes for its attendees to “be safe, stay positive and dance to bring the rain!”

H/T: Penticton Western News

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Forbes confirms Marshmello’s true identity in cover story

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DJ/Producer Marshmello has taken the electronic music scene by storm two short years after making his debut performance. The producer is famed for his anonymity thanks to his iconic helmet

For years the electronic music community has tried to coerce his identity out of him but Marshmello has stuck to his guns by steadfastly refusing to give up his identity as well as playing a prank or two on fans about it—like that time he had Tiesto pretend to reveal himself as Marshmello at EDC Vegas.

While the community was smart enough to determine that Tiesto was indeed NOT the famed producer, there has been increased speculation that Marshmello is Chris Comstock, otherwise known as Dotcom. This is thanks to Skrillex calling Marshmello “Chris” in an interview along with a discovery that Marshmello and Dotcom had the same exact tattoo.

Thanks to a recent Forbes article, we now may have the final substantiation needed to 100% confirm that Marshmello is indeed Chris Comstock/Dotcom. Forbes published a royalty monitor for Marshmello’s newest single “Silence,” which lists Comstock as the only songwriter on the track aside from Khalid. “Marshmello” is not credited anywhere.

For his part, the producer used his Twtitter account to address the Forbes publication, saying:

While we love a good mystery, we’ll consider this the final bit of proof to call this a closed case.


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BREAKING: Tomorrowland Unite evacuates crowd as stage erupts in flames [Video]

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22,000 festival goers have been evacuated from Barcelona’s Tomorrowland Unite following a massive fire at one of the event’s stages. The festival was part of a global event series happening alongside Belgium’s Tomorrowland, which is currently in the midst of its second weekend continues its second weekend.

Eyewitness reports indicate that the fire ignited during a fireworks display, though there is currently no official confirmation regarding the cause of the inferno.  Apparently consuming the stage in “a matter of seconds,” further onsite accounts claim that the stage at the Parc de Can Zam venue “just exploded.’ It is currently unknown whether any attendees were injured as a result of the fire.

Dancing Astronaut will provide further information as it becomes available.

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Breaking: Petition to boot ULTRA from Miami gains traction

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Known as the seminal EDM event that has established a strong global presence for Miami, Ultra Music Festival is nearing it’s contract expiration with Miami’s Bayfront Park Management Trust.

A newly formed coalition of Bayfront residents, with a heavy collective financial hand, are petitioning the city to deny the renewal of ULTRA‘s contract — a festival that has brought hundreds of thousands of dance music fans together for over 15 years.

The petition is being circulated by the Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA), a group that has also demanded the city crack down on noise at clubs in the 24-hour entertainment district. The group says it’s interests lay solely with those of a growing class of residents in the heart of the city.

The petition, which is nearing 1,100 signatures, was delivered yesterday to Commissioner Frank Carollo at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Miami Herald referred to the move as merely the “latest salvo” in the growing feud between downtown’s residential community and its entertainment scene, which have had conflicting interests since the city’s recent condo and apartment tower boom.

In fact, the petition goes as far as to request bans on all music-related events in Bayfront Park, including the hip-hop festival, Rolling Loud.

We, the residents of Downtown Miami and its neighboring communities deserve to have daily access to Bayfront Park – our neighborhood park…Instead, since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud.

The neighbor alliance vows that it is no enemy of nightlife, citing their dedication to community service, education, and a focus on the needy in their neighborhood.

Ultimately, it would be impossible to dispute the downtown resident’s complaints. Yet, as the Miami New Times rightly points out, it remains difficult not to wonder: What exactly did you think downtown Miami was like before you moved in? 

Downtown is not Miami Shores. It’s not Kendall. Like every major metropolitan center, it’s a big, busy, crazy, loud space that serves as a civic hub for the 2.7 million people who live in Miami-Dade County. There are tradeoffs to living in the middle of all that. An exciting, walkable lifestyle with gorgeous views of the bay, by necessity, comes with some noise, traffic, and general annoyance…Residents who bought downtown condos knew exactly what they were bargaining for when they signed their contracts.

But EDM enthusiasts and nightlife financial backers have recently fired back on the petition group’s Facebook page. Over all, UMF brings in a $79 million positive economic impact on South Florida.

In an age where “cash is king,” it will be interesting and unsurprising if the city rules in favor of Ultra Miami.

H/T Miami New Times, Curbed Miami, Miami Herald

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