Event roundup: DA’s 13 spookiest Halloween 2019 hotspots

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The Masquerade by Claptone & MK (Montreal)

October 31

Two house titans, Claptone and MK, converge in Montreal for a wild night at club favorite, Dstrkt. “The Masquerade” of course refers to Claptone’s ongoing series of masked gatherings that take guests into an alternate dimension with entrancing electronic beats and cameos by fellow wild DJ characters. Both MK and Claptone come from an elevated class of electronic talent, assuring a night of seamless spinning and anonymous holiday exuberance.


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Bassnectar’s Freakstyle: Day of the Dead (Michigan)

November 1 -2

Candidly, every Bassnectar event is a little on the freaky side. But Freakstyle 2019, this year returning to Grand Rapids, November 1-2, is Lorin Ashton’s unanimously scene-accepted moment of madness. The Crowned Prince of beguiling bass is bringing some equally aural experimentation-friendly associates along for the ride (J:Kenzo, Kursa, Stylust, Aztek, Super Dre and Distinct Motive).

Tickets are sold out.

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Wynwood Fear Factory (Miami) 

October 25

Halloween lineups are keeping things hot heading into the fall events season. Chief among them comes from the organizers at Diskolab, with Wynwood Fear Factory’s stacked 2019 lineup. Mana Wynwood Warehouse is the place to be on October 25, with IlleniumKnife PartyGareth EmeryMalaa, and more all making their way to Miami for Halloween.

Additional support comes by way of performances from Matt Medved, EDX, and DROELOE. Wynwood Fear Factory passes and VIP packages are on sale now

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Suwannee Hulaween (Florida)

October 24 – 27

The founders of Chicago’s notorious North Coast Music Festival are returning to bring their multifarious earmark to Florida this freaky season, by way of Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida. The four-day weekender, October 24-27 is packing profound firepower for its 2019 installment, with all-embracing artistry like Anderson.Paak, Whethan, Big Wild, Tchami, Mija, and Umphrey’s McGee heating up the roster. It’s enough to make you want to get weird in the Floridian backwoods this season.


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Minimal Effort All Hallow’s Eve (Los Angeles)

October 26

Topping the bill for the event’s fifth anniversary is the endlessly talented polymath, Bonobo, hosting his own Outlier stage. Just below is the UK groove machine Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs alongside Machinedrum‘s collaborative project with Jimmy Edgar, JETS, which will serve as a welcomed departure from the expected house and techno roster.

From there, a series of stand-out talents including Prok|FitchFort Romeau, and Enzo Siragusa remain with the promise of additional acts.

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HARD Halloween at Red Rocks (Morrison)

October 26

HARD‘s bringing its harrowing roundup of unearthly artistry back to the venerable Coloradan Red Rocks Ampitheatre, including Gramatik, Kayzo, Tom Morello, ARMNHMR, DUCKY, and Mom N Dad. Going down on Saturday, October 26, HARD is returning to prove it can hold down Halloween all over the map in the electronic event ether.


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HARD Day of the Dead (Los Angeles)

November 2

HARD has long reigned supreme over the West Coast event space, and HARD Day of the Dead is a veteran Halloween destination fraught with well-earned acclaim. This year, for November 2, HARD has secured Dog Blood, TOKiMONSTA, Damian Lazarus, The Martinez Brothers, and more for its 2019 haunting of Downtown LA’s State Historic Park.


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Weed Rave Presents: Halloweed Rave (Los Angeles)

October 25 at TBA Warehouse, DTLA

Who doesn’t like weed and electronic music? In many cases, the two go hand-in-hand. LA transplant Michelle Lhooq, known for her dynamic journalistic accounts of THC in nightlife, has merged these two items into an experiential event built for the Southern California underground. A TBA warehouse will be filled with two rooms—the hardcore-driven Sativa with headliner DJ Assault and the ambient Indica—as well as a scavenger hunt for free edible treats and live art from local contributors. It’s high-jinx in the best of ways.


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DUSK To DAWN (San Francisco)

October 25

San Francisco’s Midway plays host to a top caliber array of house and techno talent once again, this time for a Halloween mélange of local and imported artists. UK pioneers Sasha and Lee Burridge are headlining, while founder of Burning Man institution Opulent Temple Syd Gris will also be spinning. Other Bay Area favorites populating the cavernous venue’s four rooms includes Rooz, Borzu, and Oona X, while fellow UK veteran James Trystan also joins in the festivities.


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Sunset Sound System Halloween Costume Boat Party (San Francisco)

October 27

Bay Area staple Sunset Sound System have built a strong reputation for themselves over their 25 years of putting together underground-led outdoor parties, and their annual Halloween Costume Boat Party continues on this tradition. 2019’s iteration sees John Tejada & Reggie Watts playing a live set under their Wajatta guise, while OG Sunset member Solar, now a favorite on the European circuit, will be stopping by his hometown for the bacchanale. Quality electronic music with a stunning Bay Bridge backdrop sounds like an ideal way to kick off Hallo-weekend, in our books.


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Cityfox Halloween (NYC)

October 26

Switzerland’s premier underground house brand Cityfox takes over Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner for a 12-hour affair on October 26. With a balanced mixture of live and DJ performances, those partial to deep, lush house sounds will find delight in artists like Bedouin, Rodriguez Jr, Stimming, Dance Spirit, Lee Burridge, Monolink, Art Department, and many more leading the charge. There’s a reason why Cityfox has become a favorite within the New York underground over its years taking a second home in the city.


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Circoloco Halloween (NYC)

October 26

Ibiza mainstay Circoloco and Brooklyn stalwarts Teksupport team up for their fourth Halloween at a virgin warehouse in the borough’s Navy Yard. They’ve booked a wide-ranging assemblage of artists, including French experimentalist Bambounou, Keinemusik co-owners &ME and Rampa, Burberry curator William Djoko, Seth Troxler, and the legendary Honey Dijon. Circoloco’s signature red light aesthetic offers an atmosphere perfectly fitting of its Halloween theme.


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Jawbreaker Fest with Above & Beyond (Chicago)

October 25

The Midwest’s Jawbreaker Festival is bringing a delectable slate of trance, progressive, and house to its home cities of Chicago and Detroit for two days of Halloween thrills. Above & Beyond, hot off the heels of ABGT350 in Prague, are headlining, with Gabriel & Dresden as well as Qrion joining along for the ride in Chicago. Kenneth Thomas and John Beltran offer support for the beloved trio on October 26 in Detroit. The weekend will certainly be one to remember for Anjuna aficionados, who will be treated to seamless production Jawbreaker brings to the table as well.


Watch Chance The Rapper perform ‘Ultralight Beam’ at Kanye’s Chicago Sunday Service

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Weeks before the impending release of his ninth studio album Jesus is King, Kanye West has taken his Sunday Service live series to his hometown Chicago. The rapper also tapped fellow Chicago-native Chance The Rapper for his verses from The Life of Pablo‘s seminal “Ultralight Beam.” Despite the rainy conditions, Chicago’s Sunday Service remained a momentous affair nonetheless, with choir members geared up in rain ponchos. Other tracks on the setlist included “Jesus Walks,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” and “Drop It Likes Its Hot.” West has notably brought his Sunday Service to Easter Sunday mass at Coachella Weekend Two for an unforgettably holy conclusion to the festival.

Chance released his highly anticipated debut LP The Big Day in July. He announced show postponements to 2020 for the majority of his dates for his album tour, following the birth of his second daughter, Marli.

“When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most. At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli”, Chance wrote on Instagram.

Chance’s appearance starts around 28:30, or watch the full performance below.

Dirtybird to bring Chicago round two of Birdhouse Festival, with Claude VonStroke, Walker & Royce, and more

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Claude VonStroke is officially bringing a litany of label favorites from his resoundingly rowdy Dirtybird flock back to Chicago for the second annual edition of Birdhouse Festival.

Setting up shop again at Lakefront Green, but this time on an all-new grassy terrain overlooking Lake Michigan and the sublime Chicago skyline, on September 7, just before the sun begins to set on summer 2019, Dirtybird will welcome sets from Walker & Royce, Mason Maynard, and an extended set from VonStroke himself, in the city where housework began. The crew will also be bringing along a special, yet-to-be-announced guest in tow, whom VonStroke will be partaking in a highly anticipated back-to-back set with.

Last year’s seminal, sold-out installment of Birdhouse featured appearances from, of course, Dirtybird’s main man, VonStroke, as well as all different accents of the tech-fueled four-on-the-floor rainbow, like J.Phlip, Gene Farris, Will Clarke, and Christian Martin, to name a few.

The second arm will launch equipped with deliciously odd amenities, true to the offbeat Dirtybird emblem, spanning cotton candy to specialty branded prizes. Tickets to Birdhouse Chicago are on sale here.

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Exclusive: Link with Trampa and helicopter into North Coast Music Festival [Giveaway]

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival is putting on a stacked late-summer lineup this year, with major star power coming from Bassnectar, Major Lazer, Anna Lunoe, Gorgon City, and more. North Coast is going big in 2019, so it’s perfectly fitting that one lucky attendee gets to go just as big with their entrance to the event. This year, Dancing Astronaut has partnered with Chicago Helicopter Experience and North Coast for the Coastie Helicopter Experience—a helicopter ride over Northerly Island, a meet and greet with bass god Trampa, and a pair of Grandstand tickets.

Now through Saturday, August 17, fans can enter to win the Coastie Helicopter Experience and do North Coast in style with a friend. But once you helicopter to a festival with a friend and hang with the talent before the show starts, there’s really no going back to the GA line, so be warned—enter this once-in-a-lifetime North Coast experience at your own discretion.


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Lollapalooza sets and highlight moments have trickled in

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Chicago swelled with music aficionados during the first weekend of August, where Lollapalooza‘s 2019 edition unfolded. The iconic festival booked a myriad of world class talents across all genres, with Tame Impala, Flume, Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and The Chainsmokers topping the bill. Outside the strong electronic presence among the headliners, Lollapalooza boasted a healthy slate of other burgeoning electronic acts that included Flume‘s eccentric live show, Madeon‘s Good Faith Live premiere, Louis The Child, Cassian, San Holo, and even Shaquille O’Neal under his Diesel moniker.

Aside from a bumpy start to the action that saw hundreds of people stampeding over a fence to enter sans tickets, the weekend was one for the books. The artists brought their A-games, and of course, some special surprise gusts and fresh new IDs along for the ride. We’ve captured a few of these moments, and some recently aired live sets, so that both guests and those who missed out can relive the majestic multi-day affair.

Madeon’s debut Good Faith Live set

Flume debuts new IDs with friends during his Lolla showing (and plants flowers)

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The Chainsmokers put together a stunning headlining performance

RL Grime hits the bass hard

Alesso injects energy into his Lolla crowd

Ariana Grande debuts her next chart-topping hit, “Boyfriend”

Camelphat sprinkle a taste of house music into the mix

An unexpectedly wonderful cameo: Chance The Rapper at Death Cab For Cutie

There was no escaping the feels at RÜFÜS DU SOL’s set

Lil Wayne simply cannot do Lollapalooza without his new “Old Town Road” remix

CRAY drives fans wild

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Man dies after suffering ‘medical emergency’ at Lollapalooza

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A 24-year-old man attending Grant Park, Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival this past Saturday died after suffering a “medical emergency,” NBC Chicago reports.

The man, whom first responders found near the festival’s Perry’s Stage, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was soon pronounced dead, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Officials have not yet shared a cause of death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time,” the OEMC offered in a recent statement.

Last year, a 16-year-old boy from Mundelein, Illinois died upon attending the festival, with 160 others hospitalized. The number of reported hospitalizations thus far for 2019’s iteration is significantly lower than previous years, likely due in part to the extended weekend’s milder weather.

h/t: NBC Chicago

Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach canceled just a month shy of event

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Since 2015, Chicago has drawn top-tier talent to its beaches with Mamby on the Beach. Unfortunately, just a month shy of its fifth year, the festival has been forced to cancel its 2019 iteration.

In a statement posted to social media platforms on July 19, festival organizers announced the cancellation, citing “unforeseen circumstances” like rising water levels on Lake Michigan, along with the arrival of a federally protected species of bird, the Great Lakes Piping Plover.

“Despite working tirelessly with the Chicago Park District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to find a new location, moving the festival at this late a date, while still providing a superior beach event experience, would be impossible and a disservice to fans and artists alike,” the festival announced in their statement.

The festival was scheduled to take place at Montrose Beach on Aug. 23 and 24 and featured a lineup that included ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and many more. Would-be attendees will receive full refunds. Read the full statement below.

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Anjunabeats artists speak on imminent Spring Awakening takeover

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Over the years, Spring Awakening Music Festival has hosted a wealth of Anjunabeats artistry, from Arty, to Lane 8, to the label bosses themselves: Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. But this year, the Above & Beyond-pioneered dance music destination is bringing its very own branded stage to the largest electronic music event in the Midwest, ushering in the summer festival season June 7-9.

Dancing Astronaut had a chance to catch up with some of Anjuna’s standout acts, all of which will perform at Spring Awakening’s brand new location, Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates. The Illinois-bound Anjuna repertoire includes some of the fiercest faces in trance and progressive house, including Spencer Brown, who received rave reviews for his debut studio album released last year under Anjuna, Illusion Of Perfection, as well as veteran Anjuna acts like Grammy-nominated Andrew Bayer and longtime globetrotting duo, Gabriel & Dresden.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, as well as general festival information are available here. For more information on Anjunabeats, head here.

Spencer Brown
“I am so pumped to be back in one of the most passionate music cities in the world for Spring Awakening. I will be bringing plenty of new unreleased music with me; see you on the dancefloor.”

Andrew Bayer
“I love playing in Chicago. The food is great but the people are even better. Can’t wait to play at Spring Awakening for the first time.”

Gabriel & Dresden
“We are super excited to return to Spring Awakening Music Festival. We performed at the first one in 2011 and that gig has always stayed with us. This time it’s going to be even more special because we get to share it with our Anjuna Family who always brings the good vibes and energy.”

Jason Ross
“I always look forward to coming to Chicago – easily one of my favorite cities in North America. Performing on the Anjunabeats stage at Spring Awakening this year is going to be epic.”

Oliver Smith
“Chicago is one of my favourite places to play. I have a strong following there and the fans are always so knowledgeable about the music. Can’t wait to visit Spring Awakening Festival for the first time too.”

“Very nice to be back in thé city of house music.”

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Spring Awakening reveals rosters for curated Anjunabeats, AMFAMFAMF, and Bass Kitchen stages

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, has rolled out the official lineup for its branded stages: Destructo‘s All My Friends footing, an Anjunabeats onslaught, and SAMF’s longtime staple, the Bass Kitchen.

Anjuna will activate the three-day weekend, Friday, June 7, flaunting a fearsome inventory of trance, progressive, and melodic house from the likes of Spencer Brown, Andrew Bayer, Tinlicker, and more. Saturday will see the signature Bass Kitchen up in sweet sonic flames with a little help from Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Spag Heddy, and more talent from the trap/dubstep dominion. Finally, Destructo will quite literally bring All his Friends for an AMFAMFAMF takeover Sunday, hallmarked by a performance by the label boss himself, Dombresky, Matroda, Dillon Nathaniel, and more in the bass-infused house hierarchy.

Spring Awakening, this year headlined by Excision, REZZ, Illenium, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, just to name a few, is setting up shop for the first time at its new home in Hoffman Estates, the 27-acre Poplar Creek, June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, the full lineup, and additional festival information are available here.

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Lollapalooza soundtracks summer teaser with new Flume ID [Watch]

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Flume‘s surprise mixtape, Hi, This is Flumeis set to land any minute now, and as fans eagerly await the Aussie beat guru’s highly anticipated return, the good news just keeps pouring in. The Skin producer was just announced as a headliner at Lollapalooza this summer, signaling a huge swell in momentum for the beloved electronic experimenter. To hype the Chicago iteration of the festival this summer, Lollapalooza has dropped off a short teaser announcing ticket sales, featuring a brand new, yet-to-be identified cut from Flume.

The “Summer is Coming” trailer, which might even succeed in plugging Flume’s return more than the actual festival, features clips of the iconic summer gathering at Grant Park, soundtracked by the delightfully off-kilter clinks and clicks that only Harley Streten can do so well. Chopped vocals and rubbery percussive breaks come together with a charming, cinematic appeal in the new ID, and if the nameless track is any indicator of the impending mixtape Flume has promised, everyone is in for quite the treat.