The Yuma is Coachella‘s prime destination for underground strains of dance music. Belgian artist Charlotte de Witte made her debut at the iconic tent during weekend one, shrouding the tent with even more darkness in the form of blistering, heads-down techno. The artist is known for her relentless sound, jolting energy into each of her crowds from Tomorrowland to Awakenings. Weekend two of Coachella is no different; watch now as she makes her return to the Yuma and throws down an equally hard set of tracks to follow up her inaugural performance. Charlotte helps top off an all-star lineup of Yuma stream stars which have included Deep Dish, Chris Lake, Tale Of Us, and more.
Each year, California’s premier music festival outdoes itself by booking an eclectic array of artists from throughout the dance music realm alongside its smattering of other genres. In 2019, these acts spread — perhaps more than ever before — throughout the event’s numerous stages, lending the opportunity to experience the diverse roster within equally diverse environs. While there are, of course, a number of fantastic performances from Coachella’s first weekend that are not represented on this list, we’ve narrowed down 10 sets which particularly impressed us.
Anytime a Frenchman takes the stage in a metal mask, Coachella history is soon to be made. And, amid a lineup filled with prodigal artists from the festival’s past, Gesaffelstein stood out as one of the its most formidable acts. After releasing the pop-laden album Hyperion in March, fans weren’t sure what to expect from Michel Lévy’s Indio return — would he focus on his newer, more mainstream fare, or return to his darker days of yore? Once he took the stage, donned in a shimmering, Vantablack metal suit, little question remained. For the first hour of nightfall in Coachella’s final day, Gesaffelstein melded his new releases with classic favorites and overwhelming live edits, synchronized against an ominously spectacular visual production. Indubitably, a new era lies on the horizon for the harrowing luminary, and Coachella provided the perfect backdrop for its debut.
Gesaffelstein will play the Outdoor stage from 7:40-8:40 PM on Sunday, April 21.
There are few acts in electronic who better embody the descriptor of “stunning” than Jon Hopkins. The British artist’s fusion of melodic ambient with erratic techno influences would set him a cut above the rest of his class, were there anyone else in his class at all. His Coachella set, which closed the Gobi tent for the weekend, dutifully matched the quality of his catalogue. Hopkins dove into mesmerizing, cathartic live edits of Singularity, his Grammy-nominated 2018 album, accompanied by a transcendent selection of video arrangements which culminated in one of the festival’s most emotionally evocative performances.
Jon Hopkins will close out the Gobi tent from 9:40-10:40 PM on Sunday, April 21.
For years, Richard James has been one of the most hoped-for additions to the Coachella lineup. Anyone with a semblance of dance music knowledge knows that his Aphex Twin project is one of the most influential pieces of electronic music history. Because James’ last appearance at the festival, in 2008, predated the “EDM boom,” his 2019 appearance marked the first time that many recent fans have been able to see him perform. Suffice it to say, he did not disappoint. Standing before a surprisingly roomy Mojave tent crowd, Aphex Twin put forth more than 90 minutes of eclectically arresting garage, techno, EBM, IDM, and downtempo music. Piercing lasers and a hysteria of often-unsettling visuals accompanied his arrhythmic score in a chaotic fashion which demonstrably proved that Richard James’ bite easily equals the bark of his hype.
Aphex Twin will close out the Mojave tent from 9:05-10:35 PM on Saturday, April 20.
Within the techno community, Nina Kraviz’s Coachella set was likely the most polarizing of the weekend. The Russian artist and Trip label-head is known for her highly energetic DJ sets, so the confusion at her decision to break from this mold in her live show debut is understandable. Indeed, for the lion’s share of her set, Kraviz dabbled more in avant-garde performance art, interacting bizarrely with set pieces more primed for a playhouse than a nightclub. However, once the peculiar producer moved on to the techno portion in her set’s second act, the patience of those who remained was duly rewarded. Kraviz’s cerebral, thunderous dance selections were awe-inspiring to say the least. And, when paired with the unique visual components which reflected her moves onstage, her set’s climax echoed Richie Hawtin’s stunning CLOSE performance, which debuted in the same Friday closing slot at Mojave two years earlier.
Nina Kraviz will close out the Mojave tent from 10:15-11:15 PM on Friday, April 19.
Anytime Âme graces an American festival roster, they are an absolute must-see. More accurately, “he” is a must-see, as generally, Kristian Beyer performs DJ sets without his partner, Frank Wiedemann. Seeing Âme in the Yuma tent at the height of Saturday afternoon is a sensorily peculiar experience. As a benchmark of Dixon’s coveted Innervisions imprint, Beyer’s deftly crafted mixes of soulful balearic house, deep techno, and tribal club music transport the listener to after-hours parties in the White Isle or Berlin. Therefore, it’s easy to forget that the sun is shining brightly just outside the walls of Yuma’s pitch-black interior. A trip to the bathroom during Âme is a smack in the face from reality, but this just makes the imminent return to Beyer’s darkened fantasy realm all the more delectable.
Âme will play the Yuma tent from 4:30-6:00 PM on Saturday, April 20.
Undoubtedly, Deep Dish is the best kept secret on Coachella’s 2019 lineup. For those unaware, the duo, which disbanded in 2006, is comprised of Dubfire and Sharam. The Yuma tent provided an impeccable setting for this storied reunion, which Deep Dish more than duly reciprocated throughout their 90-minute set. Ranging from the house influences of Sharam to Dubfire’s favored brand of apoplectic techno, the duo’s reign over Yuma stood out as one of the tent’s most diverse — and best — sets of the weekend.
Deep Dish will play the Yuma tent from 6:00-7:30 PM on Saturday, April 20.
Charlotte de Witte
Over the past two years, Charlotte de Witte has grown from a hero of techno’s underground into one of the genre’s most sought-after acts for the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. During her prime Sunday slot, the Belgian DJ provided one of the Yuma tent’s darkest sets of the entire weekend — no small feat, considering her competition from ominous legends sharing the roster, such as Nicole Moudaber and Cirez D. From the moment she took the stage, de Witte plunged her audience into a uniquely aggressive realm, ensuring that all in attendance would be reinvigorated for the festivals final sets thereafter.
Charlotte de Witte will play the Yuma tent from 7:00-8:30 PM on Sunday, April 21.
In 2019, Coachella poured more resources into their preeminent onsite nightclub than ever before. The intricate lighting arrangements throughout the stage and ceiling of the Yuma tent exceptionally accentuated the deftly-curated soundsystem for each act on the weekend’s stellar lineup. With this pristine setup, Goldenvoice would be hard-pressed to find a better weekend closer than Eric Prydz. Impressively, albeit unsurprisingly, the Swedish icon artfully claimed the stage as his own during his sinister, 2-hour set as Cirez D. Prydz’s team masterfully executed the lighting system of the Yuma to its fullest potential, creating a monolithic experience which mirrored the environs of the artist’s former residency at Hï Ibiza. Though the bass often obscured the top-lines of Cirez D’s fast-paced, techno-heavy set, the aggressively sleek selections culminated in a larger than life experience, providing Yuma — indeed, all of Coachella — with the conclusion it deserved.
Cirez D will close out the Yuma tent at 10:00 PM on Sunday, April 21.
In the realm of live electronic music, an intricate visual production can be as defining (or more) an element of an artist’s set as the music itself. An artist’s decision to eschew any video or lighting component whatsoever is, therefore, quite the statement. As the sun set on Coachella’s second day, Four Tet shrugged off the visual effects at his disposal, opting to perform his entire slot in front of the Mojave tent’s black screens. With no other stimuli competing for attention, Four Tet’s eclectic selection of experimental house and garage-infused tech took center stage, leaving a masterful impact on all in attendance.
Four Tet will play the Mojave tent from 7:35-8:35 PM on Saturday, April 20.
Chances are, those who catch Bassnectar’s closing Saturday night set at the Outdoor stage at this year’s Coachella won’t be seeing him for the first time. Over the last two decades, Lorin Ashton has cultivated one of dance music’s most dedicated fanbases. And, thanks to his high-octane brand of amorphous bass music and vibrantly chaotic visual productions, bass heads will attend as many of his shows as they feasibly can. However, Bassnectar’s set during the first week proved to be a unique experience in its own way.
2019 marks Ashton’s first Coachella appearance since he performed the Sahara tent six years ago, and the rare opportunity to witness the iconic artist from a spacious, open-air crowd is certainly one to be relished. During the first week, Bassnectar’s setlist echoed performances from one of his most beloved eras, the early 2010s. Perhaps due to his relatively brief time-slot, Ashton spent little time exploring his softer, more melodic influences. Instead, he opted to put forth formidable classics from his own catalogue alongside cuts from the likes of Gesaffelstein and a visually stunning, at times political, light show.
Bassnectar will close out the Outdoor stage at 12:05 AM on Saturday, April 20 (technically Sunday).
Featured image via Coachella 2019 by Charles Reagan.
Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.
After a shaky start to day one at Ultra Music Festival‘s new Virginia Key location, things started to return to normal as the weekend progressed. Rectifying the transportation errors with extra sets and extended hours, Ultra was successfully able to return the focus of the festival to the music. Between the main stage area and Resistance Island, day three of the festival included performances from a slew of Ultra favorites, including Carl Cox,The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.
From Zeds Dead‘s wonky bass takeover to Armin van Buuren‘s three-hour exploration of all things trance, the talent that closed out Ultra’s final day have left fans itching for more. Whether you were at the festival and want to relive those moments, or missed out while at home, revisit some of Dancing Astronaut‘s favorite sets from day three of the Miami festival.
The music industry is filled with women whose lives revolve around their work and in bettering the scene in general, and they are more than worthy of daily recognition for their efforts. It hasn’t always been easy; even in 2019 quite a few feel the need to work double just to receive the same respect as their male counterparts, or even to be taken seriously in general. That being said, the most admirable thing about women in the industry is that the fight continues anyhow—artists like Alison Wonderland , Charlotte de Witte, REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, Sophie, and more continually break boundaries with their sound, while female publicists, managers, and others work nonstop behind the scenes to propel others careers without taking credit for themselves.
In recent years, some headway has finally been made industry-wide to respect and recognize these women. Public pressure has made for greater female representation on festival billing and greater respect across the industry, while others are seeing tougher consequences for misogynistic behaviors. There’s still a ways to go toward equality, but the optimism is high.
This International Women’s Day, we at Dancing Astronaut feel it’s necessary to pay our respects to these groundbreakers and boundary pushers, and thus present this playlist as a way to mark the occasion. The names above, plus Mija, Nora En Pure, CRAY, Honey Dijon, ANNA, and The Black Madonna are just a few of the many caliber acts featured.
International Music Summit, one of the world’s top hybrid music festival and conference experiences, has revealed the 2019 lineup for its storied closing party, Dalt Vila. Set to take place at a 2,500-year-old former fort and Unesco World Heritage Site in Ibiza Old Town, the annual celebration marks the conclusion of IMS Week, and the start of the Ibiza summer season.
IMS’ Dalt Vila experience will unite house and techno icons like Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Joseph Capriati and Nicole Moudaber – all under one roof. The party will be hosted by female empowerment network, shesaid.so, and powered by Pioneer DJ.
Movement, one of the longest-running music music festivals, returns in 2019 with a stacked lineup of techno connoisseurs. The three-day event will take place Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s signature riverfront park, Hart Plaza. In the city where techno was born, Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to bring an authentic experience to its attendees, showcasing true innovators in the world of dance music.
Among these innovators are Disclosure, performing a live and immersive experience, Grammy-nominated producer Fisher, Chris Lake, MK, Yaeji, up-and-comers Golf Clap, Charlotte De Witte, and more. Also, attendees will get an exclusive DJ set from Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh—demonstrating the vigorous relationship between fashion and dance music—and hip-hop/trap music extraordinaire Gucci Mane.
The festival will take place May 25-27. Purchase tickets here and check out the complete daily lineup below.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Al Ester b2b Earl Mixxin Mckinney
Disclosure – DJ set
Kenny Larkin – live
LSD (Luke Slater, Function, Steve Bicknell)
Maya Jane Coles
Octave One – live
Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves
Tin Man – live
WAJATTA – live (John Tejada x Reggie Watts)
SUNDAY, MAY 26
Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda: Front to Front – live
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”
In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.
As with any major event, new executive leadership inevitably leads to fresh perspective and change. As Mariana Sanchotene prepares to take the reigns on October 1 as Amsterdam Dance Event’s new Director, succeeding Richard Zijlma, the 2018 edition of ADE will arguably boast a new kind of luster. And that’s not the only notable change ADE is about to undergo; the festival and conference behemoth is officially transitioning out of its longtime relationship with promoter Buma Cultuur. For the first time ever, Amsterdam Dance Event will soon become an independent foundation.
In a sense, 2018 will mark the end of an era. Since its inception in 1995, both Amsterdam Dance Event and Buma Cultuur cultivated what eventually became the largest (and loudest) movement dance music has seen. While some argue ADE is a multi-day, 24-hour party, there’s so much more to unearth across its five-day lifespan. ADE is culture, technology, education, mentorship, sustainability, business, philanthropy and wellness – all bundled into one overarching event.
This year, South Korea is ADE’s 2018 focus country: it’s a fitting selection given it houses one of the most diverse and technically advanced music markets in the world. A dedicated pavilion will give visitors the chance to learn more about South Korea’s music scene, network and – for the lucky few – perhaps strike a new business deal.
Ahead of Amsterdam Dance Event 2018, we’ll highlight why it’s the most innovative, creative and multifarious dance music event in the world.
Bridges for Music Cycling Tour
As part of ADE’s philanthropic efforts, the festival is offering attendees the chance to make a difference while traveling to Amsterdam for the annual affair. Brave souls are invited to join in on a bike tour from Berlin to Amsterdam to raise money for Bridges for Music, a non-profit that supports electronic music education and accessibility in developing countries.
Though access to ADE’s full range of day-into-night events doesn’t come without a price, Sunday’s free event, ADE Hangover, will make its second appearance in 2018. ADE Hangover, which is intended to be a designated R&R oasis, will offer live bands, DJs, art installations, an arcade, hot tubs and – for the first time ever – a sauna.
Revered for hosting parties in Amsterdam’s most unlikely locations, Audio Obscura will invite house and techno kingpins Charlotte de Witte and Joris Voorn to perform at Lil’ Amsterdam – a collection of 18 pop-up shops – inside the Amsterdam Central Station. The creative hub, which opened in August 2017, displays the best of art, culture, sustainable fashion and lifestyle. And in 2018, the space will be completely transformed into ADE’s newest and brightest stage.
ADE Sound Lab
ADE not only provides a breadth of nighttime events to choose from, but also coveted opportunities for producers to have their music heard by the industry’s finest. ADE Sound Lab serves as the aspiring producer’s watering hole, brimming with A&R managers, artist managers, agents producers and event promoters. For those looking to get their music in the right hands, or simply brush up on their production chops, music lovers are encouraged to take advantage of ADE Sound Lab’s myriad resources including workshops, master classes and studio sessions, to name a few.
ADE Beats – a slight departure from ADE’s signature underground and big room backbone – offers inspiring talks and networking sessions on the best of urban genres such as hip-hop and bass. Featuring representatives from Def Jam, Empire, Island Records and countless other labels, ADE Beats is a space for curiosity, learning and potential new business opportunities. Guest speakers include Bruce Carbone (A&R, Def Jam) and Alex Boateng (A&R, Island Records).
ADE Health, a thoughtful initiative that provides a safe space for music fans and industry folk alike to discuss mental and physical health in the music industry, is slated to return in 2018. The session will facilitate an open conversation surrounding stress while on the road, and how to combat the negative impacts of being a musician in healthy and productive ways.
A pioneer in sustainability, innovation and social change, ADE Green will highlight the ways in which the music industry can take better care of our planet. From discussions on reducing plastic waste to how dancing can oftentimes spearhead a political movement, ADE Green will teach attendees how to incorporate small but impactful habits into their everyday lives. It will also showcase six startups on the bleeding edge of sustainable events, through products such as waterless female urinals and biodegradable tents.