Justice, Cashmere Cat, Gorillaz among nominees for 2017 Electronic Music Awards

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The Electronic Music Awards are coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21 for their inaugural awards show. Dubbed he EMAs, the co-produced event by Paul Oakenfold and Hunt & Crest has just released its 2017 nominations.

Winners will be chosen across 11 award categories, including “Record of the Year,” “Remix of the Year,” “Festival of the Year,” “Club of the Year,” and “Live Act of the Year.”

Among the artist nominees are The Chainsmokers, Tycho, Bonobo, REZZ, Mura Masa, Flume, ODESZA, and Eric Prydz. View the full list of nominees by category below.

Album of the Year:
Justice — Woman
The Chainsmokers — Memories…Do Not Open
Cashmere Cat — 9
Tycho — Epoch
Bonobo — Migration
Gorillaz — Humanz

Single of the Year:
· Skrillex & Rick Ross – “Purple Lamborghini”
· Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”
· The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
· DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
· Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter”
· Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared To Be Lonely”

Record of the Year:
· Kidnap Kid & Lane 8 – Aba
· Kölsch  – Grey
· Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)
· Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
· Rüfüs Du Sol – Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)

Remix of the Year:
· Flume – Say It (Illenium Remix)
· Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)
· Rüfüs Du Sol– Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)
· Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
· Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (NOTD Remix)
· Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)

Festival of the Year:
· EDC – Multiple Cities
· Tomorrowland – Boom
· Electric Forest – Rothbury
· Movement – Detroit
· Lightning In A Bottle – Bradley

Club of the Year:
· Berghain / Panorama Bar – Berlin
· DC-10 – Ibiza
· elrow – Barcelona
· Fabric – London
· Omnia – Las Vegas
· Output – New York
· XOYO – London
· XS – Las Vegas

Radio Show of the Year:
· Above & Beyond – Group Therapy
· Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents
· Claude VonStroke – The Birdhouse
· Danny Howard – BBC’s Radio 1 Dance Anthems
· Diplo – Diplo & Friends
· Liquid Todd – Beta BPM
· Nicole Moudaber – In The Mood
· Pasquale Rotella – Nightowl Radio
· Pete Tong – The Essential Selection

New Artist Of The Year:
· Alison Wonderland
· Kungs
· Marshmello
· Mura Masa
· Rezz
· San Holo

DJ of the Year:
· A-Trak
· The Black Madonna
· Claude VonStroke
· Diplo
· Eric Prydz

Live Act of the Year:
· Bob Moses
· Bonobo
· Eric Prydz
· Flume
· Porter Robinson x Madeon
· Rüfüs Du Sol

Producer of the Year:
· Cashmere Cat
· Hot Since 82
· ODESZA
· Sasha
· The Chainsmokers

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5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list

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Electric Forest has cemented its name as one of the more unique festival offerings within North America. Set inside the beautiful outdoor setting of Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the event offers 4-days of top notch electronic music curation alongside a plethora of live and jam band acts. In such a crowded events space, standing out among the competition is no easy feat, yet year in and year out, Electric Forest attracts thousands of revelers for its mid-summer affair.

This year proved Electric Forest’s most ambitious yet, with the event expanding to back-to-back weekends at the end of June. Fresh off last week’s conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list.

All photos courtesy of Electric Forest


1. An abundance of live electronic music

Electric Forest is not your typical large-scale electronic music festival. For one, it boasts an exceptional amount of live electronic acts versus purely DJ-driven performances. Across both weekends, hybrid acts like Bob Moses, Thievery Corporation, ODESZA, and Big Gigantic enraptured crowds with a mixture of sequenced electronic beats and improvised live elements. Bolstered by the festival’s emphasis on jam band acts like Lotus and Lettuce, along with purely electronic acts like Bassnectar and Rezz, these hybrid electronic artists ultimately proved the perfect middle ground to satisfy all fans’ cravings.

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2. Surprise collaborations abound

The spirit of collaboration runs strong at Electric Forest. Nowhere is this more evident than the plethora of guest appearances, stage collaborations, and back-to-back performances that inevitably spring up throughout the weekend. This past weekend, for instance, Big Gigantic and The String Cheese Incident teamed up to become ‘The Big Gigantic Incident,’ while Matisyahu joined Trevor Hall on stage to perform “Unity.” What’s more, during Matisyahu’s own performance, a member from Preservation Hall Jazz Band filled in to play keys. These kind of surprise collaborations were pervasive throughout the weekend, and wholly appreciated.

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3. Discovering new artists

It’s easy to fall into the routine of only capturing the more noteworthy artists at a festival, but at an event like Electric Forest, half the experience is discovering brand new acts. Much of this is facilitated by curiously wandering the massive venue, blindly stumbling into different theaters and tents. Such is the case with one performer, Dixon’s Violin, who many attendees might never have experienced were it not for his 3-night successive run from the outdoor Observatory stage. Those who chanced upon his late-night musical musings were fortunate enough to discover a virtuosic violin performer blending classical music tropes with live electronic looping for a truly spell-binding show.

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4. Activities and art at every corner

Outside of the music, Electric Forest provided an endless amount of options to pass one’s time. From slacklining, to Sanskrit mantra meditations, every corner of the forest seemed to provide a new adventure. The center of the forest itself was akin to a teeming bazaar of art, with painters showcasing their work live to a backdrop of curious spectators buzzing about. Mornings began with yoga and meditation, while night time offerings include things like silent discos or renegade campsite parties.

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5. The Forest itself

At the end of the day, what truly sets Electric Forest apart from the pack, making it a necessary addition to anyone’s festival bucket list, is its one-of-a-kind venue: Double JJ Ranch. While the prospect of a festival set in a forest is tantalizing enough, Double JJ Ranch is uniquely suited for a large-scale concert experience. With its massive clearings, wide walkways, and towering trees, it’s as if the forest itself has been perfectly tailored to the needs of a music festival — or rather yet, more likely, it’s vastly evident that the team behind Electric Forest has gone above and beyond to build the perfect festival within a forest.

Watch Bassnectar’s Electric Forest set in full

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Bassnectar’s 2017 has been an extremely consistent one. Not only did the mercurial producer drop an extremely competent remix of Noisia’s ‘Get Deaded,’ as a part of the Outer Edges remix EP, but he also released a bold new EP of his own, titled Reflective.

Continuing in his recent stylistic vein, Lorin Ashton recently delivered a memorable live performance at Electric Forest – essentially a master class in bass music. A fan-made video captured the raucous action in its unadulterated form, as attendees can be seeing cutting loose to Bassnectar’s selection of hardcore bass music which features some low frequency monsters by Noisia, Datsik and of course Bassnectar himself – further cementing his formidable reputation as a fan favorite.

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Flume debuts heavy unreleased track at Electric Forest [Video]

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In May, Flume concluded the extended run of his Skin companion releases with his Kučka collaboration, “Hyperreal.” Since then, Harley Streten has kept one foot in the limelight through his behind-the-scenes involvement in major projects, featuring on Lorde’s “The Louvre” and contributing to Vince Staples’ “Yeah Right” alongside Kendrick Lamar, SOPHIE, and, once again, Kučka.

It now appears that the Australian hitmaker may have a new hit of his own on the horizon. During Streten’s headlining set at Electric Forest this past weekend, many fans reported hearing a formidable unreleased track. Today, July 3, festival attendee Cameron LeMaire sent fans on the artist’s dedicated sub-Reddit into a state of fervor, uploading footage of the song in question.

Flume’s apparent new track continues the heavier direction he’s demonstrated in recent releases such as his Pusha T collaboration, “Enough.” Beginning just before the one-minute mark in the video below, the production progresses from detuned synths and erratic rhythms into an abrasive, trap-leaning sonic eruption. Hopefully, Flume’s following won’t have to wait long to see a release for this monstrous output.

H/T: Reddit (r/flume)

Featured image by David Wolff via Patrick/Redferns.

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Electric Forest attendee grills full steak dinner during Bassnectar set

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Electric Forest can get a little weird.

Bassnectar sets can get a little weird.

Combine the two, and what do you have?

A ‘nectar fan grilling a full steak dinner during Lorin’s set.

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Thanks to a Facebook group called Colorado Big Game Trophy Wook Hunters, the image of fan grilling during the first weekend of Electric Forest is preserved on the internet for all to see.

The caption itself is pure gold:

“The Wookout Cookout caught from deep inside the trenches at Bassnectar last Saturday at Electric Forest. This hunter-gatherer type wook claimed he had caught his provisions earlier in the day and was simply enjoying the meats of his labor to the sweet sounds of his ‘Lord and Savior Lorin.’ I left him to enjoy his Steaknectar in peace.”

It looks pretty delicious, to be honest.

H/T: EDMSauce

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Electric Forest releases statement on “severed finger” photo

 

Electric Forest releases statement on “severed finger” photo

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“Not everything on the internet is real.”

“Not everything on the internet is real.”

Repeat until it sinks in.

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Following the first weekend of Electric Forest, a mysterious photo made its way around Reddit and various social networks of a seemingly severed finger on the ground. The photo, clearly pulled from Snapchat, featured a ridiculously realistic-looking finger, complete with blood, dirt and nail polish, in the grass. During campground clean up, someone found the finger, and rumors that the police were involved swirled all over the internet.

Lucky for all involved, the finger turned out to be a hoax. The festival sent out a statement that Michigan State Police found that it was just a very realistic looking finger, and no one is missing a digit.

 

H/T: EDMSauce

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Live Nation increases security measures in wake of Manchester bombing

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In wake of the bombing in Manchester last weekend at an Ariana Grande concert, Live Nation has increased its security measures in hopes of preventing future catastrophes.

A notice issued to venues reads as follows:

“Due to enhanced security procedures, no bags or backpacks will be permitted into the venue except for small personal bags or purses (12″x12″x6″ max) or clear 1 gallon bags. All bags will be subject to a search. We encourage you to not bring in any bag whatsoever and make use of the express ‘no bag’ lanes.”

The statement was originally posted on Sasquatch Music Festival’s Facebook wall, but it has since been hidden. The extent of the new guidelines and how they will affect individual festivals has yet to be seen.

Live Nation is the company behind some of the country’s biggest festivals, such as EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and more.

View the full notice below:

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Featured image via Live Nation.

H/T: Your EDM

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Live Nation offers access to over 90 festivals with exclusive ‘Festival Passport’

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Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.

A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.

Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.

Live Nation Entertainment Festival Pass

Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:

Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX

Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN

Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA

CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto

Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna

Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary

Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Citadel Festival – England – London

Community Festival – England – London

Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver

Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen

Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Creamfields – England – Daresbury

Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London

Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC

DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid

Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk

Download Festival – England – Leicestershire

Download Festival Paris – France – Paris

Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid

Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto

Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA

Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL

Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI

Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally

Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto

Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo

Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence

Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY

Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX

FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey

Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow

Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY

Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel

HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA

Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup

I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier

Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan

Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH

Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk

Leeds Festival – England – Leeds

Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin

Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris

Lovebox Festival – England – London

Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen

Main Square Festival – France – Arras

Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA

Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam

Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA

One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary

Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Parklife – England – Manchester

Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm

Reading Festival – England – Reading

Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring

Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg

Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen

Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter

Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA

Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL

Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg

Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm

The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle

The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY

The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA

The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester

Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario

TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow

TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter

V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire

Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA

Watershed Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Way Out West – Sweden – Gothenburg

We Are Electric Weekender – Holland – Eindhoven

Werchter Boutique – Belgium – Werchter

Wilderness Festival – England – Oxfordshire

Wireless Festival – Germany – Frankfurt

Wireless Festival – England – London

Woo-Hah! Festival – Holland – Tilburg