Yellow Claw brings out ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl at EDC – much to crowd’s dismay

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DJ, turn it down.

Amsterdam trap duo Yellow Claw has long been a crowd favorite when it comes to bass-boomin’ beats, but their recent performance at EDC Las Vegas flopped among attendees when the DJs brought the infamous “Cash Me Outside” girl, Danielle Bregoli, as their surprise special guest.

Although Bregoli has enjoyed success in rap circles under her stage name of Bhad Bhabie, EDC-goers clearly didn’t take the reality-personality-turned-rapper as an emblem of peace, love, unity, and respect, booing Bregoli off the stage.

Better luck next year, Yellow Claw.

H/T: EDM Sauce

Tiësto honors Avicii with 12-minute tribute during EDC

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In the month since Avicii‘s passing, DJs and producers around the world have paid homage to the pioneering artist with heartfelt tributes. And while he will no longer grace the world’s main stages playing for thousands of ecstatic fans, Avicii was there in spirit at EDC Las Vegas 2018.

Godfather of EDM Tiësto carved out more than 12 minutes of his EDC Las Vegas set to honor his friend, playing some of Avicii’s biggest hits. “Wake Me Up” collaborator Aloe Blacc even joined Tiësto on stage to contribute live vocals to the song. The set included everything from “Levels” to “Seek Bromance” as Tiësto brought some of Swedish producer’s smash hits to the Kinetic Field.

“Tonight, we celebrate his memory,” Tiësto announced to the crowd before launching the portion of his set with 2015 hit “Waiting for Love.”

Featured photo by Bridget Bennett, Las Vegas Review-Journal

H/T: EDM Sauce

Only 33 arrests made on EDC LV’s opening day, with more than 100,000 in attendance

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With EDC Las Vegas wrapped up for its 2018 production, it appears that event attendees have been well behaved.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released statistics regarding major arrests made at the festival. The numbers reflected arrests occurring from EDC’s opening day on May 18, to the morning of Saturday, May 19. Police made only 33 arrests in this brief period, 29 of which were narcotic related. The remaining four arrests were misdemeanors. There were, however, no gross misdemeanor arrests made.

Las Vegas PD did not issue any traffic citations or DUIs. There were no traffic accidents or vehicular fatalities reported.

A total of 137,582 people celebrated under EDC’s electric sky on the festival’s first day. Only 32 were expelled from the event.

H/T: Fox 5

Beat drops & hook ups: new survey identifies the most ‘promiscuous’ music festivals

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A new survey conducted by Tickpick sought to evaluate the hookup culture of the festival scene, and as the findings indicate, it’s thriving.

Tickpick collected self-reported information from 1,050 people from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk about their sexual activity at music festivals. The statistics revealed 50.2% of festival goers to be open to a “weekend fling,” meaning that the odds of finding a temporary rave bae in the crowd are very likely to be in the favor of those seeking one. 33.6% of attendees reported having sex at a music festival.

Photo Credit: Tickpick

Camping festivals Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Burning Man ranked as the top three most popular music festivals for sex, with 30.2%, 27.3%, and 25.2% of ticket holders experiencing a sexual encounter at each event, respectively.

Photo Credit: Tickpick

Tickpick’s data determined Burning Man and Electric Forest to be the top two music festivals for oral sex, with 28.2% of Burning Man attendees engaging in oral activity, and 20.9% of Electric Forest attendees following suit. Electric Daisy Carnival came in third at 18.7%. 46.4% of festival goers stated that they’d had oral sex with someone they’d just met at one of the listed festivals.

Photo Credit: Tickpick

A daring 3.8% of survey participants said that they’d had sex in a festival dance tent. Surprisingly enough, a dance tent was the area that saw the least sex: port-a-potties saw comparatively more action, with 9.4% of attendees getting it on by the toilets. 15.3% reported doing so in a crowd, while 7.2% got hot and heavy backstage. The two most popular locations for festival sex were the tent, and the car.

As the survey identified, “face down a** up that’s the way we like to f*ck” isn’t just a favorite song to shout among festival crowds: doggy style turned out to be the most popular position of festival hookups, with 43.9% citing doggy style as their preferred festival position.

Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

H/T: Tickpick

Ante up: stream full sets from day two of EDC Las Vegas

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Both the stakes and the temps were higher for EDC Las Vegas’ second day of production on May 19.

Attendees of Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival and at home viewers alike can relive their favorite sets from the festival, or catch up on the performances that they missed with Dancing Astronaut’s list of live sets from day two of the landmark electronic event, featuring showings from Marshmello, Jauz, Moksi, and more.

Listen to sets from EDC Vegas’ opening day, here.

Kygo, Kinetic Field

Jauz, Kinetic Field

NGHTMRE, Kinetic Field

Tiësto, Kinetic Field

Marshmello, Kinetic Field

Moksi, Kinetic Field

Chris Lake, Kinetic Field

 

Stream all the best sets from day 1 of EDC Las Vegas 2018

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With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.

Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.

Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone and Preme turn ‘Jackie Chan’ in the ultimate summer tune

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Tiesto Post Malone

It seems these days that electronic music and hip-hop have been merging more and more, from festival line-ups that flaunt an array of artists on both sides to collaborations that we might not have ever thought of before.

This is very much the case on the new collaboration “Jackie Chan” between Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Post Malone and Preme. If the title and lyrics sound familiar, you aren’t crazy as “Jackie Chan” was originally released by Preme featuring Post Malone on his album, Light Of Day. 

Tiësto and Dzeko take the minimal hip-hop track and pump doses of summer energy in the form of strumming guitar, a four on the floor beat, and a pinch of house vibes, to turn it into an irresistible dance tune. Some people are going to turn this on and want to not like it, but after Post slides his verse like butter over this lighthearted beat, you too will be melting.

This collaboration comes right in time for EDC where Tiësto and Post Malone will be performing…a coincidence? Well, that’s something our friends at EDC will have to tell us themselves.

EXCLUSIVE: DubVision & Firebeatz to debut their new supergroup, METAFO4R, tonight at EDC Las Vegas

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A new era for DubVision and Firebeatz is set to take off at EDC Las Vegas. Over the years, the two duos have been behind some of dance music’s biggest releases, toured around the globe, and even collaborated together on a number of tracks. Earlier this year, it was announced that the longtime friends would be reuniting at this year’s EDC Las Vegas for a special back to back performance but there is apparently more to it than meets the eye.

For the very first time this evening in Las Vegas, the two acts will double up on stage at the kineticFIELD to reveal their new supergroup, METAFO4R. While the news may come as a shock to some fans, the four minds have been at hard work in the studio dating back to last summer and have a trove of IDs ready to go. Their iconic progressive and electro styles will clash together for a entirely new sound as they look to bring us something “different” with “a new beginning for house music.”

Check out the teaser trailer below and fans lucky enough in attendance will be able to witness the inaugural METAFO4R set tonight from 8:13–9:25PM PST at the kineticFIELD.

 

 

Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.

Overall substance use at festivals

More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.

Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.

Substances use per ticket type

There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.

On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.

Greatest substance prevalence per festival

Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”

Top festivals for each substance

Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.

While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including,  but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.

Via: TickPick 
Featured Image: Courtesy of Goldenvoice

Insomniac fills out robust 2018 EDC week with over 25 artists and 14 new shows

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Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment. 

In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.

Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.