Dog Blood will return to the stage next year with the delivery of New Orleans mainstay music and art festival Buku‘s 2019 lineup.
The festival dropped off one of the most diverse lineups of 2019 so far, topped by Lana Del Ray who is amid the release of her highly anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell LP, A$AP Rocky, GRiZ, and Excision — along with an ultra rare appearance from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s acid-laden side project, signaling the pair are likely ready to deliver long awaited new music next year. Louis The Child, RL Grime, and Kevin Gates round out the headlining block, with Claude VonStroke, Playboi Carti, Ekali, The Black Madonna, and a b2b performance from SLANDER and NGHTMRE featured on the undercard.
The festival is famous for its impeccably curated blend of hip-hop, rock, and dance music, and in 2019 they couldn’t have hit the mark more perfectly, pairing the likes of J.I.D. Denzel Curry, and a DJ set with members of From First To Last with performances by 1788-L, Getter, TOKiMONSTA and more. Buku Music + Art Project takes place March 22 – 23, and tickets go on sale December 11.
Electric Forest is pulling out all the stops for their single 2019 edition. The festival recently scaled back their two weekend offering back to their original one weekend format, though organizers were quick to even it out with the delivery of 2019’s lineup. To say next year’s billing is stacked would be an understatement — ODESZA, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead are holding down headlining duties, with festival favorites The String Cheese Incident returning for a three-night run. The under card features a mile-long list of talent headed to Rothbury, Michigan including Claude VonStroke, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Lettuce, Ekali, Whethan, Gramatik and many more across June 27 – 30.
Rumors began reverberating around the music community in late November of a new Woodstock gathering in 2019 following 1969 organizer Michael Lang’s statement that plans were in the works. The event comes in perfect time to celebrate the legendary festival’s 50th anniversary, and thus far is rumored to be hosting the likes of Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Swedish House Mafia, and even Daft Punk on its lineup — according to a proposal unearthed by notorious Twitter account Festive Owl. The event was purportedly named Journey On.
Following intense speculation, a representative from INVNT — one of the partner promoters of the alleged event — reached back out to Festive Owl to fully confirm its existence and provide a few more bits of information to help quell the the feverish hype. For one, its name will not be Journey One, nor Woodstock. It will be something different altogether. Additionally, the event isn’t affiliated with Michael Lang or any of the original orchestrators of the original Woodstock brand. Live Nation, INVNT, and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are the partners in the venture, which will be held August 16-18.
Stay tuned for more announcements.
THREAD — I have spoken with the CEO of @INVNT, @SCullather who has provided more info regarding their plans for a 50th Anniversary #Woodstock celebration.
It’s been nearly 50 years since hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Bethel, New York for the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair. A lineup of music icons like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and countless others drew more than 400,000 people to a 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains for four days of festivities in August 1969.
2019 will mark 50 years since this pivotal moment in music history, and the event’s original founders and promoters are rumored to have something incredible in the works to mark the occasion: an anniversary festival. Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, recently told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans.” He didn’t expand to include who would be performing or where the event would be taking place, noting that “this is not a done deal yet. But it’s very close.”
He also added that the anniversary festival will be focused on sustainability, activism, and social justice — themes that “hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet.”
An official announcement will be coming soon, Lang said.
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.
ODESZA announced earlier this year that they would not return to Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year run of shows at the venue. The news led fans to speculate that the electronic duo could be plotting a momentous event in place of the annual Colorado show, more specifically, a Foreign Family Collective festival. Now, the duo have officially ended the speculation with the announcement of Sundara, set for March 13 – 16, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The label heads, and now festival organizers, are slated to headline the event, along with Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Supporting talent for the inaugural beach festival includes Bob Moses, Tokimonsta, and Golden Features. Each act featured on Sundara’s debut lineup will play two different, unique sets across the three day event.
ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective label claimed an Electric Forest first in 2017 as the imprint hosted its own stage at the Michigan festival, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, and Kasbo. ODESZA enthusiasts reasoned that the launch of a festival-style event would be a logical next step in Foreign Family’s progression, and as ODESZA has confirmed, a Foreign Family festival is now well within fans’ collective ‘line of sight.’
Skrillex fans are in for a treat. While his most recent performances have revealed the OWSLA founder premiering a metric ton of unreleased content, a recent Reddit user heightened anticipation by uploading a video of Skrilex’s standout set at the most recent edition of Listen In Adelaide festival this past week.
The two-minute clip begins with Skrillex’s signature ID tag, with a never-before-heard track to follow. The new demo features larger-than-life elements, accompanied by lyrics in Spanish translating to “You know the devil.” Reddit user /u/Tuckersaurus reveals the LA native announced the song before performing it and says he “whipped out my phone as fast as possible so I could get it all.”
Just last week, Stubhub leaked Skrillex’s upcoming festival slot at Lollapalooza Argentina, set for March 29–31 of next year. In addition, a recent Instagram story revealed his current work in progress towards remixing Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.”
Skrillex will headline Minneapolis’ Snowta Festival, hit Vancouver, as well as both editions of Decadence before 2018 is out. Momentum going into 2019 will be high, and according to StubHub, it appears the OWSLA spearhead will also be among those artists listed on Lollapalooza Argentina’s lineup, set for March 29 – 31, 2019. A Reddit user noted the international addition to Skrillex’s roster of upcoming appearances while browsing the producer’s current tour dates on StubHub. Although the festival date could be just an error, the show date conversely could be an accurate expansion of Skrillex’s tour schedule that mistakenly surfaced on StubHub prior to an official lineup announcement from Lollapalooza Argentina organizers.
The LA-based superstar’s Snowta and Decadence bookings, audio engineer Randy Urbanski’s not so subtle suggestion that new Skrillex music is underway in October, and recent speculation that Skrillex has been at work on a flip of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” collectively point to big moves in the works from Skrillex, rendering the possibility of a Lollapalooza Argentina headline billing all the more probable. For now, the Recessproducer’s looming return continues to generate considerable anticipation, but as the year inches to a close, we’re betting things in Skrillex’s camp are just starting to heat up.