Matoma to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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There are few higher honors than being a Nobel prize winner and, while Matoma isn’t up for an honor, he will be performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert. The tropical house producer has amassed over one billion streams on Spotify, and has collaborated with the likes of One Direction and Coldplay among others. He commented on his upcoming performance.

I’m incredibly proud and honored to announce that I will be performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, I’ll be coming to Telenor Arena in Oslo on December 11 bringing some special guests, some surprises, and as always, some good vibes and love! The Peace Prize is all about spreading the love, and as you know that’s always been my message so I’m humbled and honored to be asked to perform at this beautiful and incredible concert.

In addition to announcing his upcoming show, Matoma recently released a song off of his upcoming album titled “Slow” featuring Noah Cyrus. The December 11th concert will be the 24th iteration of the event.

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Matoma announces new album, 2018 tour

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2018 is shaping up to be huge for Norwegian producer Matoma. The artist just announced a new tour and new album, to be paired together in an experience called “One in a Million.”

The tour, which kicks off Jan. 11 in Manchester, takes the producer across Europe and North America and ends in his home country of Norway. He explains in a Facebook post that concertgoers will be the first to hear the new album, leading up to its release on March 9. He plans to bring the experience full-circle by releasing the accompanying album and wrapping up the tour on the same day in Trondheim, where he got his start.

“I wanted to share the album with my fans first, playing all the new music at shows on this tour and then releasing it on the day of my last show in Trondheim, in the same venue where I played my first ever DJ set and the city I have lived in the last 6 years.”

Joining him on tour are Elephante, MAX, Two Friends, Youngr, BKAYE, NAATIONS and Robotaki. Tickets for the One in a Million tour go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 and will be available here.

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5 musical moments that shook the crowd at Suwannee Hulaween 2017 [Event Review]

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5 musical moments that shook the crowd at Suwannee Hulaween 2017 (Event Review)

Suwannee Hulaween has just turned five, but that’s not the festival’s only accomplishment in 2017. The Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat-partnered event has cemented itself as the south’s premiere fall festival; held inside the eminent musical venue of Florida’s Suwannee Music Park at Spirit Lake, the event boasts four days of expertly-curated jamtronica, underground bass, and unique house music offerings. In today’s over-saturated music festival market, standing out among the rest takes one part true tenacity and a pinch of good luck. Yet, the “spirit of Suwannee,” as many refer to these sacred grounds, runs deep into the roots of its towering moss-covered trees.

Fresh off last its conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 unforgettable moments from Hulaween’s 2017 that made it’s audacious fifth anniversary its most bright, prosperous, and wildly auspicious event to date.

All photos courtesy of Suwannee Hulaween

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The String Cheese Incident’s infamous Saturday night set

The String Cheese Incident is known for having a heavy hand in curation at their mainstay festivals. For the long-time alum of Hulaween and other transformational gatherings, the talk of the weekend centers around Cheese’s Saturday night “shebangs” — and for good reason. With six full sets on the bill, the coveted show of the weekend was SCI’s Halloween-themed “Night Of The Loving Dead” performance. Their love-themed set included renditions of iconic songs like Sublime’s “What I Got,”  Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” and of course, both the Bob Marley and Beatles’ original by the same name, “All You Need is Love” amidst fireworks, confetti blasts, and giant inflatables began making their over a sea of plastered smiles. As an undeniable bridge between the jam scene and electronic scenes, String Cheese’s vision of bringing a multi-genre bill to life runs deep into the spirit of Suwannee.

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Space Jesus’s secret set at the Indendia Stage

Stumbling across the Incendia stage at 2 am is as much of a treat as it is a must. Famous for its birthplace at Burning Man in 2013, the mobile artistic installation and interactive stage consists of six geodesic structures, all featuring a spellbinding propane flame effect ascending from atop its modular ceilings. Incendia has made its way across the US over the years, and is better known to Floridians as Okeechobee‘s secret set locale for artists like Snails, GRiZ, Ganja White Night, and more. Hulaween was no different. As attendees made out like children wandering through the iridescent woodland playgrounds of Spirit Lake, the unmistakable inter-dimensional wubs of Space Jesus drew late night wanderers like a moth to a flame — bringing truth to the idiom “not all that wander are lost.”

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GRiZ’s secret sunrise set in the campgrounds

After closing out the Meadows main stage with an elating funk-driven set, GRiZ took to the campgrounds in the wee hours of Monday morning, thereby confirming the rumors his family had been clamoring about all weekend. As the sun peaked through the trees, the All Good Records label head played up-close-and-personal for a crowd of roughly a hundred people. The sunrise set would become the memorable moment of Suwannee Hulaween — for those lucky enough to attend, that is. For all others, GRiZ’s secret campground appearance was the most heartbreaking affliction of the weekend (Watch it here).

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Manic Focus bringing out Space Jesus and Break Science

Taking to the Amphitheater stage on Saturday night, Manic Focus (aka “JmaC”) elevated his new wave hip-hop infused electro-soul act to new heights. The All Good Records producer served fans a hearty helping of tracks from his most recent genre-defying LP, Minds Rising, as the All Good family poured down the stage’s narrow steps. JmaC’s fiercely spirited performance culminated to the point when he brought Space Jesus onto the stage for some heavy back-to-back play, capped off with another rare Break Science showing alongside Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch.

 

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The five songs that dominated the dance floor

Walking through Suwannee felt like blasting back into time. The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was agreed upon by attendees as the most played song of the weekend, imbuing the sacred grounds of Suwannee with an authentic Woodstock vibe. Michael Jackson’s 1980s hit “Thriller” was another popular stage anthem, creating an appropriately spooky vibe for the Halloween weekend event. Deep within the forest’s Spirit Lake stage, Dirtybird boss Claude Von Stroke treated his audience to his retro-house redo from two 80s classics, “The Rain Break.” A solid trap mainstay of the festival came courtesy of  Minnesota with his recently-released, long-awaited track, “HiLow,” which was heard heavily across the bass stages. Finally, Bassnectar premiered his unreleased collaboration with Digital Ethos, “Slather,” which was broadcasted across his 2017 traveling stage set-up.

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Perhaps the biggest strength of Suwannee Hulaween lays in its manageability of it’s sheer size. Set in an expansive venue, capped at 25,000 attendees of all ages and sizes, the festival values keeping the authentic transformational vibe alive over notorious expansion and maximizing profit. This vibe scuttles deep into the spirit of the festival grounds, across its swampy sands and panoramic landscapes.

Indeed, even purists from festivals like Electric Forests Forest often end up finding themselves more at home within this more intimate, yet equally magical venue. With a well-curated line-up and a smaller, more intimate venue, its no wonder Suwannee Hulaween has blossomed into the shiny new jewel of the jam, bluegrass, and bass scene.

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Ocaso Music Festival announces stunning house & techno-oriented lineup

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OcasoThose with house and techno tastes will find warmth ‘underground’ this January.

Ocaso Music Festival will return to Tamarindo Playa, Costa Rica for its second year of production on Tamarindo Playa’s ‘pristine Pacific coastline,’ where bass lines will meet coastline come Jan. 4-7, 2018.

The temporal site of Ocaso’s sequel, 2018 represents Ocaso’s opportunity to further establish its brand as a choice destination festival dedicated to underground sound, and as such, Ocaso has rolled out a 2018 lineup rife with house and techno heavy hitters. Claptone, Doc Martin, and Sacha Robotti top Ocaso’s extensive lineup, finding it far from lonely at the lineup’s peak — Ocaso’s lineup boasts a range of underground’s elite.

An event that elevates the traditional festival experience to a luxurious Central American getaway punctuated by house and techno tones, Ocaso Music Festival is an occasion housed under the destination festival header that will only grow increasingly beloved over the years. Tickets to Ocaso Music Festival are currently on sale, available for purchase here.

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For the first time ever, EDC Las Vegas attendees will be able to camp under the electric sky via Camp EDC. Insomniac has decided to bring camping amenities to the internationally renowned festival to give patrons a more comprehensive experience, though not in the traditional down-in-the-mud format one might expect.

With new festival dates falling in the middle May, 17–21, mitigating the Las Vegas desert heat, camping is no longer out of the question — just in case, Camp EDC will offer air conditioned tents, misting stations, and daytime pool parties with a walk up bar.

Additionally EDC campers can also partake in an array of colorful activities over the extended weekend: go-kart racing, kandi-making, yoga, rave aerobics, hula-hoop classes, and sound baths, to name a few. Campers will also get exclusive access to the Thursday night kickoff pool party, with surprise DJ sets, among other live entertainment.

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Steve Aoki remixes Celine Dion live at Vegas show

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On Nov. 7, some of dance music’s biggest names gathered at OMNIA Nightclub for a special benefit concert. Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and more came together to raise money for the victims and families of the October mass shooting in Las Vegas.

What most attendees didn’t know, however, was that they would also be treated to a performance from Grammy award-winning Celine Dion. After her own Vegas show that night, the pop superstar made a surprise appearance at the nightclub to perform Titanic favorite “My Heart Will Go On.” She ditched pan flutes for beats, though, as Aoki turned the iconic track into something that would resonate more with the assembled audience.

Around the four-minute mark, Aoki transitions into dance music and Dion is ready, dancing around the stage and hyping up the crowd. Aoki even leaves the booth to join her and dance on stage.

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Adam Beyer partners with Awakenings to present the inaugural Drumcode Festival

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Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode label will take a major stride come August of 2018. The highly celebrated Swedish techno label founded by Beyer 21-years prior in Stockholm has greatly matured since its early establishment — it’s the highest selling imprint within the techno genre. The label’s Drumcode Radio show extension regularly registers millions of listeners each week, a testament to Drumcode’s musical presence.

A concrete manifestation of that presence will be the inaugural Drumcode Festival, slated to touchdown in Amsterdam on August 18, 2018. Beyer will present the first edition of the Drumcode Festival in conjunction with Awakenings, where Drumcode stages have been a regular staple. Beyer boasts an extended history with Awakenings, playing more Awakenings events than any other artist, charting five Awakenings events in 2017 alone. Cumulatively, Beyer has appeared at more than 75 of the Dutch event company’s productions.

Drumcode will bring its inaugural festival to NDSM in Amsterdam North, a former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ.

Fans of the imprint interested in attending the introductory Drumcode Festival can register here for more information.

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Watch ODESZA’s mesmerizing live set from their ‘A Moment Apart’ tour

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ODESZA have been on their A Moment Apart tour, which is set to make stops in Boston, Brooklyn, and Chicago in the upcoming months. During their live set in Las Vegas, one fan managed to capture the majestic performance in it’s entirety. In the hour and a half video, ODESZA showcases what fans get to look forward to in the forthcoming concerts.

Stunning visuals compliment the duo’s dreamy sound, and the production is complete with mind-blowing pyrotechnics and dancers. Towards the end of the show, a crew of live drummers appear on stage to add another striking dimension to the already impeccable experience. With this video circulating the internet, there is no doubt that attendees of ODESZA’s A Moment Apart tour will have unforgettable memories of the iconic duo.

 

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Dirtybird label shares phase one of inaugural East Coast Campout event

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The Dirtybird brand is flying south for the winter.

The San Francisco label founded by Claude VonStroke in 2005 has steadily attracted the attention of “tech funk” fans each year via the collective’s massive West Coast campout. Now that Dirtybird’s flagship event has concluded after a three-day spree in Bradley, California, Dirtybird’s founding father has unveiled the first phase of the East Coast Campout’s lineup.

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Slated to touch down in St. Cloud, Florida from February 2–4, the inaugural East Coast Campout extravaganza will see VonStroke double as headlining artist and camp counselor, flanked by label heavyweights, Christian Martin, Ardalan, and J. Phlip. Tiga, Claptone, MK, and Fisher will likewise make their debut at the East Coast Campout, joined by a host of additional performers on the first phase of the camp roster.

Boasting a solid lineup of first phase DJs ready to take the decks come February, the East Coast Campout will feature a mardi gras meets voodoo campout theme that channels the trademark “quirks, charm, and character” of the South. The Florida based campout will offer attendees a one of a kind Super Bowl viewing party experience, along with a series of camp oriented activities, ranging from Tug-O-War to a Beat Boxing Competition.

Hosted at a working summer camp, the East Coast Campout is situated closely to both Miami and Orlando, making the event all the more accessible. Tickets to the 21+ event will go on sale Wednesday, Nov 4 at 10 AM. Visit Dirtybird’s official website for more information.

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Cashmere Cat announces new winter tour alongside MØ

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Cashmere Cat and are officially hitting the road together to kick off 2018. The Danish vocalist and Norwegian super producer are hitting 21 cities across North America on the “Meow Tour” running through January and February. Cashmere Cat took to Twitter to announce the co-headlining venture that has planned stops in Washington D.C., Detroit, Seattle, as well as multiple stops in California.

The tour pairing materialized after Cashmere Cat and MØ collaborated on “9 (After Coachella)” with SOPHIE. Both artists were also nominated at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards, with Cashmere Cat coming off of his 9 LP, and MØ grabbing a nomination for her work on 2016’s sweeping hit “Cold Water” with Major Lazer. Now the two powerhouse performers are gearing up to set out on their own tour, and perhaps even more new joint music up their sleeves.

See all the dates on the “Meow Tour” below:

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