2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.
The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.
An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.
Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.
A 24-year-old man attending Grant Park, Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival this past Saturday died after suffering a “medical emergency,” NBC Chicago reports.
The man, whom first responders found near the festival’s Perry’s Stage, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was soon pronounced dead, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Officials have not yet shared a cause of death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time,” the OEMC offered in a recent statement.
Last year, a 16-year-old boy from Mundelein, Illinois died upon attending the festival, with 160 others hospitalized. The number of reported hospitalizations thus far for 2019’s iteration is significantly lower than previous years, likely due in part to the extended weekend’s milder weather.
This year, YouTube and YouTube music have exclusive rights to the Lollapalooza live stream for the four-day entirety of the Chicago-housed extended weekend of musical mayhem. The festival previously streamed through Red Bull TV.
The internationally attended mega-festival kicks off Thursday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 4, with select sets available for worldwide streaming each day. Electronic lovers who can’t make it out to the Windy City for the real deal will be comforted to know the festival’s standout dance acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL, Flume, Louis The Child, RL Grime, Alesso, and lots more will all make it to the live stream, across its three stylistically designated channels.
The grandiose Grant Park annual affair will this year welcome a cross-genre array of headliners like Kacey Musgraves, The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, and Tame Impala, who will all each be available for live stream, as well.
Full Schedule (in ET):
Thursday, August 1st: 06:30 – Lennon Stella (2) 07:00 – Fitz & The Tantrums (1) 07:15 – Deorro (2) 08:00 – Hozier (1) 08:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2) 09:00 – The Chainsmokers (1) 09:15 – The Strokes (2)
Friday, August 2nd: 02:00 – The Nude Party (1) 02:00 – SHAED (2) 02:00 – CRAY (3) 02:45 – Conan Gray (2) 03:00 – Normani (1) 03:00 – Ghostemane (3) 03:45 – half•alive (2) 04:00 – Yultron (3) 04:15 – Sigrid (2) 04:45 – CloZee (3) 05:00 – IDLES (1) 05:15 – HONNE (2) 05:45 – Party Favor (3) 06:00 – Rich the Kid (2) 06:45 – 21 Savage (1) 06:45 – King Princess (2) 06:45 – Gud Vibrations vs Slugz Music (3) 08:00 – Snails (3) 08:45 – Tame Impala (1) 08:45 – FKJ (2) 09:00 – Alesso (3) 09:15 – Death Cab For Cutie (2)
Saturday, August 3rd: 02:00 – The Band Camino (1) 02:00 – Omar Apollo (2) 02:00 – WAVEDASH (3) 02:30 – Diablo (3) 02:45 – Mondo Cozmo (1) 02:50 – Alec Benjamin (2) 03:15 – WHIPPED CREAM (3) 03:30 – Bad Suns (2) 03:45 – Men I Trust (1) 04:00 – Jonas Blue (3) 04:20 – Jade Bird (1) 04:30 – Pink Seat$ (2) 05:00 – 6LACK (1) 05:00 – Loud Luxury (3) 05:15 – Chelsea Cutler (2) 06:00 – Gary Clark Jr. (1) 06:00 – Whethan (2) 06:00 – Elephante (3) 06:45 – Lil Wayne (1) 06:45 – Bring Me the Horizon (2) 07:15 – Gryffin (3) 07:45 – Judah & The Lion (2) 08:30 – RL Grime (3) 08:45 – twenty one pilots (1) 09:00 – Madeon (3)
Woodstock 50’s tumultuous months-long saga of logistical nightmares has come to an anticlimactic end with the event’s official cancellation, just weeks before it was set to take place. A series of major operational hurdles over the last few months proved to be too much for Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang, most recently having to move the event to Maryland after losing two permits, as well as funding partners, in New York. Furthermore, in an attempt to salvage the event, all performing artists were released from their contracts, but asked to play at a now-free event.
Radius clauses and the remnant stench of the Fyre Festival fiasco started forcing artists to bail left and right, starting with JAY-Z and the Dead & Company. Lang is now turning his attention to supporting the competing Woodstock homage event which is taking place in Bethel, New York, near the original Woodstock site. In a statement, Lang expressed his disappointment,
“We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating. When we lost the Glen and then Vernon Downs we looked for a way to do some good rather than just cancel. We formed a collaboration with [voting encouragement organization] HeadCount to do a smaller event at [Columbia, Maryland’s] Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them to get out the vote and for certain NGOs involved in fighting climate change.”
Since Woodstock 50’s lineup was paid for in advance, Lang is calling for the artists and agents to donate a portion of their fees to HeadCount. Woodstock 50 seemed doomed from the moment online ticket sales failed to launch. Now, with a disbanded lineup, no venue, or strong financial backing, Woodstock 50 is sadly over before it started.
Palm Springs’ premiere poolside festival is gearing up to welcome one of house music’s most hallowed patriarchs, Mark Knight, amid its second leg of 2019, August 9-11. Hailing from the UK, the Toolroom Records boss has remained one of the most in-demand international forces in four-on-the-floor for decades running. Alongside fellow masters of the dance floor dominion, like Claude VonStroke, Lane 8, and Hot Since 82, Knight is equipped to downright incinerate what is an already sure-to-be sizzling weekend in Southern California.
Ahead of his After Hours Splash House appearance at the Air Museum, Knight not only curated Dancing Astronaut an anticipatory soundtrack ahead of the festival, but offered listeners a bit of insight into why he deemed each cut worthy of inclusion. General Admission to Splash House August is sold out, but after hours tickets are available here.
1. Mark Knight – The General – elrow A really simple track that I made and my debut in elrow. Really happy it’s now number 1 on Beatport huge thanks for all the love on this.
2. Soul Reductions – Got 2 Be Loved – Classic Hands down my favourite record of the year, nuff said!
3. De La Swing – Club Del Sol The elrow don doesn’t often put records out, but when he does they’re pretty much guaranteed to be absolute bangers.
4. NiCe7 – Don’t Take Your Love from Me – Glasgow Underground I am a HUGE disco fan and the guys have unearthed a gem with this sample..
5. Mendo – Get A Funk – Toolroom You can play this track at any time and venue and it rocks!
6 .Martin Ikin feat Hayley May – How I Feel Wicked vocal track from one of the most consistently brilliant and experienced producers in the game.
7. Wheats – Slip – Toolroom Trax This is an out and out dance floor destroyer.
8 .KCC, G Flame, Emile Chambers – Heaven (Riva Starr Remix)- This And That – Can Riva Starr do no wrong?? Certainly not if he keeps on making bangers like this!
9. Maxinne – Say What – Toolroom Trax – Maxinne is the real deal: a top drawer producer and DJ that oozes class. My one to watch for 2019.
10. Mason ft. Jem Cooke – Drowning In Your Love – Another rhythm – Vocal record of the year. Jem sounds like she is straight out of church on this bad boy!
11. Dido – Give You Up (Mark Knight remix) Really happy with the way this one turned out. I suppose you can’t go wrong working with Dido. Happy it was Billboard number 1!
12. Opolopo – Sickla Side Push Shuffle One of the exclusive tracks he made for out Poolside Ibiza album – pure, sun-drenched disco goodness!
13. Siege – Thinking In my opinion, the best tech-house producer on the planet right now.
14 The S.O.S Band – The Finest – UMOD There is a version going around using this sample which in my opinion is like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Check the original. It doesn’t get any better that Jam & Lewis.
15.Mike City, DJ Booker T – Nobody – Liquid Deep Very much the sound of my roots… Look out for a new track from myself and Mike on vocals forthcoming on the legendary BBE.
The two-day event, running September 27 – 28 features a diverse array of electronic and hip-hop acts, from Zomboy to Sheck Wes, Hermitude to Lil Texas, with tons in between. Tickets to Goldrush are on sale now, don’t sleep. See the full festival lineup below.
By 2021, single-use plastic will be a thing of the past for Download, Latitude, Leeds, Reading, and Wireless festivals, according to organizer Live Nation. The event promotion giant recently announced that it would phase out single-use plastics at the five UK-based events, in a long-term plan to make Live Nation events more environmentally sustainable. Single-use bottles, straws, and toiletries will consequently be removed from Live Nation events in near future, beginning with five of the UK’s most recognizable festival brands. The company also intends to ban glitter and cable ties.
The green initiative is one small step in Live Nation’s larger plan to make all Live Nation venues zero-waste by 2030. The company also aims to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the same year.
“Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and responsibility to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet,” said Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation Entertainment. “The adverse effects of climate change are undeniable, and we want to use our place on the world stage to be part of the solution. Together our concerts, venues, festivals, and offices around the world are setting new sustainability standards for live events.”
Live Nation is not the first to strive for a more environmentally conscious live music experience moving forward; Glastonbury notably eliminated plastic bottles from its 2019 iteration.
Burning Man has struck a deal with the U.S. Bureau of Land and Management to put a hard limit on the event’s attendance for the next 10 years. The iconic music, arts, and expression festival will now be limited to 80,000 attendees. This agreement comes after the BLM cited expected regional traffic and environmental impacts if the festival continued to grow to its expected 100,000 attendees over the next few years.
Although Burning Man, which begins on August 25, has come to terms with the Bureau of Land and Management on attendance, the festival continues to resist other mounting pressures from the government entity. The bureau has also proposed adding physical and dumpsters barriers to the festival, as well as taxing the event based on its expected environmental impact, however one change that the festival plans to fight back on is the hiring a private security firm to screen attendees for drugs and weapons upon entry.
In a statement to the festival journal, Burning Man organizers explained their stance:
“This mitigation will likely not be implemented for 2019, and we may have the opportunity to prevent it in the future. This proposal from BLM represents a massive shift from Burning Man’s 30-year history running our own operations to BLM running certain Black Rock City operations, without our coordination, and without our control over the costs or implementation. It also subjects a peaceable gathering of people to searches without probable cause other than a desire to attend Burning Man. We’ve submitted our serious concerns to the BLM (see Attachment 2 in Volume 2 of the FEIS) about the significant constitutional, civil rights, environmental, cultural and operational impacts of this proposal. This is one requirement we are prepared to push back on, and we will keep you posted as we better understand the situation and what can be done about it.”
Tucked along the Romanian Black Sea shores, NEVERSEA Festival is bringing another four days of electronic music eminence to the Constanța coast.
NEVERSEA’s July 4-7 lineup is complete with upper-echelon radio-ready talent and underground emblems alike. From Afrojack to Andy C, DJ Snake to Dubfire, Steve Aoki to Sub Focus, there are plenty of aural avenues for electronic lovers to peruse throughout the extended weekend. House and techno heathens should trickle over to the Temple stage to find clandestine club space veterans like Hot Creations founder, Jamie Jones, Bucharest-based Arapu, and masked minimal techno enigma, Boris Brejcha. Meanwhile, dubstep/drum ‘n’ bass devotees will find their footing along the Ark stage, where Sub Focus, Andy C, Flux Pavilion, and Rudimental are more than likely to be inciting high-speed sonic riots.
The beachfront festival has the ingredients to satiate dance-pop and underground audiophiles all the same, while challenging them to step out of their sonic comfort zones in the process. Last year’s installment saw roughly 210,000 visitors across its four-day span, with performances from Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Nina Kraviz, Black Coffee, and more via its genre-traversing lineup.
The NEVERSEA team has proven adept on the Eastern Eurpoean event front, heading another even more voraciously attended festival, UNTOLD. The Transylvanian trove of electronic talent welcomed upwards of 350,000 visitors for its 2018 leg. UNTOLD will usher in its fifth installment this August, with the likes of NERO, Bastille, David Guetta, Pendulum, and dozens more. Find the lineup here.
Tickets to NEVERSEA, the full lineup, and general festival information are available here.
Gary Richards (widely known as Destructo) has proven time and time again he can curate a festival with uncontested competence and flair. Though he’s remained humble enough to know even he can outdo himself. From his decisive efforts in erecting the first iteration of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) to forging the most formidable dance music brand on the West Coast, HARD Events (HARD Summer/HOLY SHIP!), by now, Richards’ emblem is synonymous with success in the national festival circuit.
His latest and most personal entrepreneurial endeavor yet, his All My Friends label/event series, truly comes alive through its sea-bound fixture: the FriendShip cruise. With the unsullied success of HOLY SHIP!—which bred the feverishly familial “Ship Fam,” the festival’s subsequent seafaring sense of community—under his belt, Richards has sought to bring the intimacy of his previous endeavors to newfangled heights aboard FriendShip. And the Navigator of the Seas, touching off in Miami and coursing through the Caribbean, is the vessel fit for the venture.
With fun firing on all fronts, the Navigator of the Seas is a festival-goer’s utopia. From glow-in-the-dark laser tag, to surf simulation, to its sprawling 17 on-deck bars, the ship is stocked to satiate virtually any itch that may arise aboard its four-night (January 6-10, 2020) charter. But aside from the full-scale waterparks and fully loaded culinary accommodations, music is paramount—of course.
Richards requires that each artist enlisted for the maritime mission embrace the experience as the ticket-holders do. Immersion is key. This mindset comes alive in his newly incepted “Dial a DJ” attraction, in which attendees can quite literally order a DJ to their rooms like On Demand. Plus, with two private island anchor drops at Coco Cay on the 2020 FriendShip agenda, more music and more AMF-approved nonsense aren’t just expected, they’re guaranteed.
The last installment of FriendShip saw an unorthodox, genre-traversing musical makeup, ranging from Boys Noize to Busy P, RÜFÜS DU SOL to Rico Nasty. His towering tenure both behind the decks and in the studio has equipped him with the aural awareness of an entrepreneur, an attendee, and a musician alike. Though Richards has yet to officially announce the 2020 cruise’s lineup, it’s safe to assume an all-bases-covered unveil.
With a 90% return rate for FriendShip alone, and over two decades of experience in the exceedingly competitive event arena, Richards sat down with Dancing Astronaut to expound on his vision for FriendShip, what to expect, and paramount updates he and his team secured for the affair’s upcoming voyage.
In what ways does FriendShip eclipse other festival cruises?
The fact the we are able to use so many unique spaces on the boat to have shows really makes it special. We have a service called ‘Dial a DJ’ that was a massive hit with the fans where people can order a DJ to the room like room service. For 2020, shippers can expect a more enlarged menu to choose from. The community that we all have all built over the years with Shipfam is incredible. The bonds are strong and always continue to thrive and live on well past the events.
What do you think Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay offers that prospective attendees should keep in mind?
Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay have received a combined 365 million dollars in upgrades this year. Royal Caribbean delivered something so over the top.
The improvements for FriendShip are going to be felt throughout the entire experience from better venues on board to longer hours spent at Coco Cay (private island) complete with massive water slide parks, wave pools, and swim-up bars. The Sunrise Sermon will take place on Coco Cay this year so we can all watch the sunrise together from the private island. I could not even have dreamed of something this amazing to present to the family. We get to stay at Coco Cay two days in a row and have the island all to ourselves with with longer hours and so many so many fun things to do. I cannot wait for everyone to experience it.
What goes into curating an atmosphere for a festival cruise?
The key ingredient on the ship is amazing music and most important the people who attend the event. FriendShip family are the ones who make the party so special and are always on the same page. Last year we had zero damage to the ship. I appreciate so much that our group is so respectful. We have a plus 90% return rate so we are doing something right.
What’s your vision for the lineup?
The main key is booking artists who are going to immerse themselves in the event. People who I know are going to get involved with Shipfam and be part of the party. We want artists who are excited to DJ in peoples cabins just as much as the main stage. If they just want to hide in their room then they should just stay at home. I am also looking for a variety of styles music. Obviously the main style is always electronic, house, and, bass but this year we are going to add a little more hip-hop and even some reggae. I have been really getting into the reggae vibes lately. We are also going to expand with other types of entertainment with burlesque, comedy, and maybe even a little magic.
Would you consider FriendShip the cornerstone AMF event? How is it emblematic of your brand as a whole?
Yes it really embodies the essence of All My Friends. People meeting new & old friends through music and events. There is no better way to do that then on FriendShip.