After confirming its new location and official headliners earlier this week, Spring Awakening Music Festival has released the remainder of the lustrous 2019 lineup.
Spring Awakening’s undercard, though there’s hardly anything lowly about it, spans some of the most accomplished names in techno, house, trance, and bass music. Anjuna-adept festival-goers will notice the generous number of names from Above & Beyond‘s hallowed home for all things trance and house music to celebrate the Anjuna-branded stage that will land at SAMF this year along with a menagerie of native talent, from longtime veteran Andrew Bayer to former The M Machine member, Luttrell, who just released his first album with the label’s subsidiary imprint, Anjunadeep. From Spring Awakening’s subterranean bass caverns will spawn Liquid Stranger, Rusko, TroyBoi, G Jones, and more across the sweeping, 60-artist ticket.
Announced earlier this week, Spring Awakening 2019’s headliners GRiZ, REZZ, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Zedd, and Illenium will touch down at Hoffman Estate’s Poplar Creek for the festival’s first year at its expansive new location June 7-9.
After embarking on a memorable maiden voyage in late 2018, FriendShip is set to sail the seas again in early 2020.
In a New Year’s Eve Instagram post, the festival shared the exciting news that FriendShip would be returning January 6-10, 2020. The Instagram post noted that “everyone on the Maiden Voyage will have first dibs” and promised “more details to follow soon.”
Approximately one year after the track’s release, Destructo aka, Gary Richards, has released an official video for “Loaded” featuring Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti. Crowned for tracks like 2016’s “Down In the DM” and 2017’s “Rake It Up” (illustriously remixed by Diplo and Party Favor), Gotti stood as the ideal candidate for another G-house-meets-hip-hop hybrid. The pair seemed to have seen it fitting to honor the holiday party season by giving the record an off-the-wall visual.
Directed by Tuck Tripp as a WorldStarHipHop exclusive, the video trails a distorted camera view of an irreverent, explosive Hollywood house party. There’s some additional, brightly colored animation at work, simulating the trails and hazy visual encircling of a hallucinogenic experience.
From curating a stacked lineup at his inaugural LA-housed All My Friends Music Festival, to collaborating with Chris Lake, Richards has made a lot of noise in 2018. He’s due to kick off the new year with his Let’s Be Friends Again tour.
Destructo already turned in an all-star caliber year after successfully reincarnating HARD Day of The Dead this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s not up for padding his stats. The bass house legend did just that by dropping a fresh dose of heat with “Boom,” a bombastic new cut featuring west coast rapper Problem.
Destructo and Problem last linked for “Winning,” and rapper’s heavy-lidded delivery feels right at home again on “Boom.” The track cycles through multiple bass delivery methods including searing bass-house drops and a trap-infused breakdown with rapid delivery verses. For all the song’s speaker-bursting power and braggadocio, it’s clear Destructo is out to keep things simple and fun-loving on his latest offering. The track isn’t taking itself too seriously and invites listeners and clubs to get in the same boat. “Boom” is here for a good time, and if you’ve got a pulse and a penchant for infectious bass, there’s a good Destructo has a new weekend anthem.
HARD Events (HARD Summer, Holy Ship!) founder, Gary Richards is extending an invite to his sea-bound get together, the Frienship Music Cruise, consisting of merely a few thousand of his closest friends. One lucky winner will secure a four-person cabin aboard the awe-inspiring, amenity-filled Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.
Organized by Richards’s new AMFAMFAMF event brand, the cruise will sail from Miami to the Bahamas December 11-15. Lining the walls of the party-prepared vessel will be alluring acts from all ends of the electronic continuum, from Rüfüs Du Sol to Boys Noize to Anna Lunoe, to Destructo (Richards) himself. The giveaway is running through October 1. So for those seeking to indulge their penchant for warm-weather inside broad sonic landscapes and stave off stark winter woes aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships on the planet, the Friendship Cruise has the answer.
Enter to win here. For more info on the festival itself, head here.
It was a wild college party in Tucson, Arizona, and TroyBoi was behind the decks. The crowd probably knew what was coming from the English producer, but they couldn’t have expected this. He not only premiered a brand new Destructo remix live, but the #MyStyle producer also uploaded a teaser video to his socials for the world to see.
It’s a remix of Destructo’s recent hip-hop collaboration with Busta Rhymes, and the video is a perfect indication of how hard the track drops. Although it’s only a short snippet, viewers can clearly see an extremely mobile crowd at the pool rave and hear a TroyBoi synth-infused trap drop. Bless the kids who were lucky enough to see it.
Catch TroyBoi on his “Vibez Tour” this fall, kicking off at The Novo in Los Angeles November 16.
Since HARD Events‘ inception in 2007 and the first HARD Summer Music Festival taking off in 2008, the brand has grown to exponential heights, launching a number of festival properties across North America and events abroad over the last decade.
In 2012, HARD premiered their Day Of The Dead Halloween festival, which replaced the previous HARD Haunted Mansion. The inaugural DOTD featured Justice, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash, Jack Beats and more. In 2015, after a number of logistic obstacles and hurdles, Day Of The Dead changed its age policy to 21+ to cater to an older crowd. That was the last Day Of The Dead festival presented by HARD Events.
Now, HARD’s social media is presenting “Dia de los Muertos,” translated from “Day of the Dead” in Spanish, in a collage of six posts containing cut-outs of festival days past. Dancing Astronaut reached out to HARD’s team for confirmation on DOTD‘s relaunch. Insomniac’s long-running southern California Halloween events have managed to remain intact, and now with HARD likely relaunching their Halloween-themed throwdown, it seems fans will have some tough decisions to face come fall.
With Destructo officially having parted ways with HARD Summer before its July 2018 edition, All My Friends comes in perfect timing as his phoenix project that rises from the ashes. On August 18 and 19, the two-day festival takes over downtown Los Angeles with some of hip-hop and EDM’s biggest names.
With artists like RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Chris Lake, M.I.A., Jamie XX, Anna Lunoe, and Wax Motif (the list goes on), fans can look forward to two days of live music, fun, and everlasting memories. This year serves as the grand opening as All My Friends takes over the ROW DTLA, an outdoor venue typically used as a creative space and shopping destination.
Tucked away on the outskirts of LA’s Arts District, attendees can look forward to three stages with a long list of talent is curated by DJ/producer Destructo himself. With the success of his past endeavors (HARD Summer, Holy Ship), the All My Friends founder stays consistent in bridging the gap between all genres in music.
The main AMFAMFAMF stage will showcase the ‘Big Six’ headliners: RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko on Saturday, and M.I.A., Jamie XX, and Armand Van Helden on Sunday. The entire bill consists of 39 acts total, with plenty of time to celebrate.
Just a few weeks away from the very first All My Friends (AMFAMFAMF) music festival, Gary Richards, aka Destructo, shares the second Guest Mix leading up to the August 18-19 LA endeavor via the Phlegmatic Dogs. Destructo’s pre-fest mixtapes, 15 of which he has already mixed himself and uploaded to the AMFAMFAMF Soundcloud page, are somewhat of an anomaly, a rather unparalleled pre-festival feature.
A relatively smaller name on the AMFAMFAMF ticket, the Phlegmatic Dogs have been causing quite a ruckus in heavy house circles as of late, with irreverent singles like “Keepmastik” and “Westcoaster,” permeating through underground and main stage house sets alike. With their high-energy AMFAMFAMF mixtape, the Night Bass duo brings equal parts tenacity and quirk, oscillating between mainstays like Habstrakt‘s “Movie” and obscure garage house offerings like fellow Night Bass-ian, Chris Lorenzo‘s “Horn Porn,” as well as a hefty amount of their own kookyily-named concoctions like “Cuatrocats.” If this mix is any indicator, the Phlegmatic Dogs are primed to reap destruction at the August gathering when they take the stage.
Don’t call it a comeback; having moved on from his HARD brainchild in pursuit of the greener pastures of LiveStyle, Destructo has been fully immersed in building up his All My Friends brand from scratch. It’s safe to say he’s been doing a mighty fine job, unveiling a diversely-curated All My Friends festival to debut in Downtown LA, and also announcing a brand new cruise ship event in February of 2018.
FRIENDSHIP cruise is now sailing full steam ahead toward its maiden voyage, and to celebrate, Destructo and his colleagues have unveiled quite the heavy lineup for its proceedings. LSDream — Brillz‘ experimental new alias will be making an appearance, alongside headliners RÜFÜS DU SOL, Claptone, and Boys Noize.
There seems to either be a Life&Death or Innervisions takeover of some sort as well, with Dixon, Âme, and DJ Tennis also making an appearance on the lineup. Josh Wink, Peggy Gou, and Jackmaster are some other underground talents on the roster, while on the bass front FRIENDSHIP invites EPROM, Josh Pan, and YEHME2. What’s more? There will be even more names unveiled as time goes on.
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