New Hawaiian festival E Komo Mai releases full lineup packed with house and disco talent

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New Hawaiian festival E Komo Mai releases full lineup packed with house and disco talentEkomomai2020

Funky beats meet island paradise in the debut of Hawaii’s newest dedicated electronic music festival, E Komo Mai. Taking place February 14 – 17, the lineup boasts local and international talent such as Anabel Englund, Mark Farina, DJ Dan, and Hawaii’s own DJ Keoki. Festival goers looking for a premium event experience should reach for the luxurious getaway this emerging Hawaiian festival brand is offering.

Taking place on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu between the world class Alohilani Resort, The Queen Kapi’olani Hotel, and other local beachside venues, E Komo Mai offers a host of cushy amenities and programming. The festival is also emphasizing sustainability. Partnerships with local charities provide eco-friendly and reusable materials, promote environmentally responsible travel, an official festival-sponsored beach clean-up, tree planting campaign and more. See the full lineup below.

New Hawaiian festival E Komo Mai releases full lineup packed with house and disco talentE Komo Lineup
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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]Neversea

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market. 

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement. 

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

[Neversea 2019 Dancing Astronaut X Born Ready Recap from Born Ready Films on Vimeo.]

The Temple

The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark

The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn

A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

Video Work: Grant Stakenas via Born Ready Films

Northside Festival announces phase one tickets for… 2049?

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Northside Festival announces phase one tickets for… 2049?105 Northside Credit Peter Kirkegaard

If you’ve been looking for something to do during the summer of 2049, then Denmark’s Northside Festival has got you covered. The Aarhus indie and electronic event just announced possibly the earliest bird tickets ever for Northside—in 2049.

Mark your calendars just 29 years in advance and save a whopping 87% on tickets to Northside. Weekend passes to this year’s festival (psh) cost a total of $215, but book a few decades ahead of time and first phase tickets aren’t even 30 bucks.

The festival’s Sustainability Manager Martin Thim agrees with the masses that nobody truly knows whether or not Northside will actually exist in 30 years, but tells DR in an interview that the campaign is part of a bigger picture, stating “we want to start a discussion and consideration of what the world will look like in 30 years.”

The announcement also represents a joint promotion between Northside Festival and Danica Pensions, who, in a press statement say they are ultimately hoping to get young people (specifically Danes) to “fill their futures with the things they love today.”

In previous years, Northside Festival has featured indie titans and electronic behemoths alike, covering the spectrum from Radiohead to Richie Hawtin, and Bjork to The Prodigy. This year’s festival is set to take place June 4 – 6. Tickets for Northside 2049 will be available through Ticketmaster starting on January 16.

Via: Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Featured image: Peter Kirkegaard

Infamous Billy McFarland prepares for Fyre Fest 2.0

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Infamous Billy McFarland prepares for Fyre Fest 2.0Billy McFarland Fyre Fest Billboard 1548

Yes, you read that correctly. A six-year prison sentence for fraud and a court-ordered $26 million restitution payment are more than enough to discourage even the most ambitious of businessmen. But Billy McFarland is no ordinary businessman, and as he sits in his prison cell supposedly learning his lesson from the disaster that was Fyre Fest 1.0, plans for Fyre Fest 2.0 are already being made.

For those unfamiliar with Fyre Fest 1.0, the event was marketed as a world-class luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas. Organized by businessman Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the festival failed to meet any of the standards it promised, leaving fans and social media influencers alike stranded on an island eating sliced cheese from styrofoam boxes. The epitome of first-world-problems, the flop of a festival earned its own Netflix and Hulu documentaries that McFarland claims inaccurately portray him.

To set the record straight, McFarland is currently authoring a memoir titled Promythus: The God of Fyre. After failing to secure publishers, McFarland decided that he will self-publish his story. Explaining why the memoir is necessary for the success of Fyre Festival 2.0, McFarland stated in an email, “Putting in terms of Wolf of Wall Street, the Festival will not be a one and done event — it’s happening again, so the original story will lose the potential to be told and set the stage if it’s not done before the next events take place.”

Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Burning Man festival sues federal government, cites overcharging fees

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Burning Man festival sues federal government, cites overcharging feesBurning Man

Since 1990, the quite literally scorching Burning Man festival has drawn droves to the deserts of Nevada to celebrate the best of music, art, and the spirit of legendary event. The festival has historically hosted on public grounds, renting space from the government. Now, Black Rock City LLC (the company behind Burning Man) is suing the Bureau of Land Management for raises in fees and “inflated and unnecessary costs on [Black Rock City] without providing adequate justification.”

According to The Hill, the BLM’s overcharging has been an issue for four years and the lawsuit is Black Rock City’s “attempt to break the cycle.” However, despite the recent suit, the event brand has filed a total of six separate appeals in attempt to overturn the average $3 million annual cost it pays towards securing Burning Man festival grounds, as well as the BLM’s aggressively increasing fee for providing law enforcement and general oversight of the land. In 2012 BRC paid the BLM $1.4 million in total expenses. The following year the fee increased to $2.9 million with only a 4% increase in Burning Man attendees.

In a public complaint regarding the lawsuit, BRC writes that the BLM and interior department are guilty of “ongoing, unlawful, and prejudicial conduct … that threatens the viability of the iconic Burning Man Event.” The complaint also states that Burning Man has paid nearly $21 million since only 2015 to use the land required for the festival.

Burning Man 2020 begins in August with the theme of multiverse.

Photo Credit: Andy Barron

H/t: Reno Gazete Journal

Ultra Europe’s swelling phase 1 lineup features DJ Snake, Pendulum Trinity, and more

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This year’s highly anticipated edition of Ultra Europe will see the event brand’s return to Split, Croatia July 10-12. They’ve just unveiled the first arm of their 2020 artist ticket, and it’s clear UMF Europe means business.

Featuring some familiar faces from Ultra’s debut Abu Dhabi edition that was recently released, the genre-diverse roster includes DJ Snake, Afrojack, and Marshmello. Also present on the lineup is a rare, ultra-coveted sighting of the three original drum n bass dons of Pendulum. Plus everyone’s favorite cake boss, Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki. Ultra Europe’s commitment to consistently executing lineups full of chart-topping superstars is illustrated indisputably in its history, which includes additions like Hardwell, Above & Beyond, and Avicii, for starters. Knowing this, high hopes for the festival’s second wave are well warranted.

For tickets and the full phase 1 lineup head here.

Ultra Europe’s swelling phase 1 lineup features DJ Snake, Pendulum Trinity, and moreEurope Lineup Phase1 2020

Photo Credit: Ultra

Sonus returns to Croatia with first-phase lineup for 2020: Boris Brejcha, Amelie Lens, and more

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Sonus returns to Croatia with first-phase lineup for 2020: Boris Brejcha, Amelie Lens, and moreSonus Festival Feli Hohagen Photography 17

Sonus announces its return to the lush coastlines of Croatia for the distinguished house and techno festival’s 8th expansive edition August 16-20. Finding its way bag to Pag Island, Sonus 2020 just unveiled the first phase of their lineup, showing love to both rising tastemakers and veterans of the game alike with over 40 of the scene’s most enticing acts.

Front and center among up and coming talent are the likes of Amelie Lens, ANNA, and Charlotte de Witte, who’ve without question taken the global scene by storm. But Sonus also extends love to some of Europe’s more beloved regional acts like the Netherlands’ Reinier Zonneveld, and Berlin’s Berghain resident Kobosil, who released one of the underground techno tracks of the year in his remix of Rosa Anschütz’s “Rigid.”

If it’s the more old school sounds of the scene that float your boat, don’t fret. Sonus has you covered there as well. In 2020 the festival is slated to bring iconic sets from electronic stalwarts like modular synth lord Richie Hawtin, “Papa” Sven Väth, and Germany’s own Stephan Bodzin. What’s more, is the five-day festival takes place in a literal paradise with “first phase” tickets currently available for €159.

Full Phase One Lineup Announcement (in alphabetical order):

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Adriatique
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Amelie Lens
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Andrea Oliva
ANNA
Ben Klock
Boris Brejcha
Charlotte de Witte
Chris Liebing
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Dixon
Enrico Sangiuliano
FISHER
Giorgia Angiuli live
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I Hate Models
IMOGEN
Jamie Jones
Joseph Capriati
Joyhauser
KiNK live
Kobosil
Kölsch
Loco Dice
Luigi Madonna
Maceo Plex
Monika Kruse
Michael Bibi
Pan-Pot
Patrick Topping
Paula Temple
Reinier Zonneveld live
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Richie Hawtin
Richy Ahmed
Rødhåd
Seth Troxler
SHDW & Obscure Shape
Sonja Moonear
Stephan Bodzin live
Sven Väth
Trikk

Photo Credit: Felix Hohagen

Disclosure, FKA twigs, Anderson .Paak, Peggy Gou, and more heading to Lovebox 2020

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Disclosure, FKA twigs, Anderson .Paak, Peggy Gou, and more heading to Lovebox 2020Lovebo Festival

Lovebox Festival‘s 2020 iteration is led by a genre-fluid host of headlining acts. This includes respective genre stalwarts like Disclosure, Tyler, The Creator, and Khalid. Peggy Gou, Hot Chip, FKA twigs, Charli XCX, Mabel, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Jorja Smith, and Little Simz who will each appear at the London festival.

Formerly a two-day affair, Lovebox will expand to three days in 2020. The event will be hosted from June 12-14 in Gunnersbury Park. Additional waves of Lovebox’s 2020 lineup will be released in the time leading up to the festival’s return in spring. Former iterations welcomed the likes of Chance The Rapper, Green Velvet, FKJ, Jamie Jones, and Andy C.

Disclosure, FKA twigs, Anderson .Paak, Peggy Gou, and more heading to Lovebox 2020Lovebo Festival 2020 Lineup

Photo credit: Joseph Okpako/Redferns

Exclusive: Taiki Nulight pieces pernicious half hour to preview Light Bass party aboard FriendShip

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Exclusive: Taiki Nulight pieces pernicious half hour to preview Light Bass party aboard FriendShipTaiki Nulight

Among the dizzying array of non-stop curation to be soaked up aboard Gary Richard‘s 2020 All My Friends (AMFAMFAMF) FriendShip Cruise, AC Slater‘s LIGHT BASS Night Bass party pegged for Tuesday, January 7 should be a high-seas priority for any attendee. And Night Bass’s Taiki Nulight is about to show us why.

The garage house guru has patched together a painfully on-point mini mix ahead of the affair. A Night Bass day party, LIGHT BASS is positioned just ahead of Tuesday’s sunset, when some of EDM’s favorite creatures of the night, like Malaa, AC Slater himself, Chris Lorenzo, Wax Motif, Jack Beats, Phlegmatic Dogs, Volac, Flava D, and of course Nulight, will douse the deck in frenetic sonic shadows.

Nulight’s clearly got a good handle on what’s to come. He opens the mix with Chris Lorenzo’s Jaws movie-themed “Merky Water,” moving into a maniacal menagerie of Night Bass native offerings, from Shift K3Y, Low Steppa, and a sundry of other collaborations of his, like the long-awaited “Skank & Flex” with the one and only Wax Motif. If the mix is any indication, FriendShip is heading for dangerously danceable waters indeed.

Cabins for FriendShip are still available, but only just, with over 90% sold out. The festival cruise will embark January 6-10. Lineup and festival information is available here.

Chris Lorenzo – Merky Water
Taiki Nulight & Wax Motif – Skank & Flex (ft Scrufizzer)
Chris Lorenzo – nutty dub refix (ft Cause & Affect)
Taiki Nulight & Low steppa – Nose Powder refix 
Zeds Dead – Frontline (Taiki Nulight remix VIP)
Taiki Nulight & Inkline – ID 
Taiki Nulight & Shift K3Y – Lil Mama refix 
Taiki Nulight & Lo’99 – Dr. Sbaitso
Chris Lorenzo – Here Kitty (ft Dancing with white girls)
Taiki Nulight – Dats Right
Taiki Nulight – Ice Cream 
Chris Lorenzo – Bad (ft Chynna)
ID – ID (ID remix) 
Taiki Nulight & Dread MC – Kush refix 
Chris Lorenzo – Stereotypes 
Taiki Nulight – Back to you

Schedule is subject to change:

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Ultra announces Abu Dhabi debut with ZEDD, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, and more

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Ultra announces Abu Dhabi debut with ZEDD, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, and moreDj Snake Crouching Ultra Europe Rukes

As one of the most widely recognized electronic music festival brands on Earth, Ultra‘s events have spread from their Miami origins to the likes of Europe, Australia, China, South Korea, and more, not to mention their successful Ibiza-vibe Resistance events that take place all year long around the globe. As 2020 quickly approaches, Ultra has officially released a stacked lineup for their inaugural Abu Dhabi edition.

Phase one of the lineup includes Ultra veterans Afrojack, Alesso, Dash Berlin, Nicky Romero, and Zedd, among others. Also to make an appearance are DJ Snake and Major Lazer, creating a genre-diverse lineup suitable for fans of all kinds. With this being Ultra’s Abu Dhabi debut, they’re certain to have secured a lineup of massive proportions, and the event’s production value is sure to match suit.

Ultra announces Abu Dhabi debut with ZEDD, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, and moreUltra Abu Debut Lineup

Featured image: Rukes