One of the world’s premier bass festivals, Belgium’s Rampage, is coming off of a major 10th anniversary outing in 2019. The lineup boasted a thick cast of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights including Andy C, Excision, Sub Focus, Dimension, and more. Though now, as the festival preps for the 2020 iteration, Rampage has revealed their first headliner—Pendulum, performing their Trinity Live concept for just the second time. And judging by the festival’s lead off booking, 2020’s talent roster is already looking mighty fine.
Pendulum Trinity feature’s the group’s original three members: Gareth McGrillen, Rob Swire, and El Hornet, performing atop a pyramid of LEDs, making for one of the most sensory-overloading live electronic shows of the last decade. The trio have only performed together one time outside of Australia in the last ten years, debuting the Trinity concept at London’s South West 4 Festival in early 2019. Now, the group is locked in for a headlining slot in Antwerp next year for Rampage, which takes place March 13 – 14, signaling to a massive low-end lineup soon to follow.
Now, the performance is coming to Netflix in a new documentary titled Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. The new visual details the showstopping 26-song performance, the likes of which featured a massive marching band, a three-song Destiny’s Child reunion, and appearances by the Lemonade singer’s younger sister Solange, and her husband, JAY-Z. Netflix has shared the documentary’s official teaser, which features a voiceover from influential poet Maya Angelou. Homecoming is set to debut on the streaming platform on April 17. See the trailer below.
The dance world is waiting on the edge of its seat, salivating over imminent new material from Dog Blood—Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s elusive, acidic side project. The pair recently linked in New Orleans to headline BUKU Music + Arts Project, reuniting for their first show since 2017, and only their second since 2015. Exceeding expectations, the duo used BUKU’s main stage as a testing ground for a trove of new, yet-to-be-named material, followed by a confirmation from Skrillex that new music is indeed underway, and landing soon.
Dog Blood’s performance at BUKU has been one of the most anticipated sets of the early part of 2019, along with Skrillex’s reunion with his former screamo outfit, From First to Last, which also took place at BUKU. As the Dog Blood’s performance schedule continues to materialize throughout the summer, expect more new music to debut from the OWSLA and BNR helmers. For now, get the first taste of new Dog Blood below and prepare for Boys Noize and Skrillex’s impending release—it’s bound to live up to the hype, and it could drop any minute now.
To officially mark the announcement, Ultra has released a new hype video confirming the Mafia’s return, set to the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote“—with the nostalgia turned up to 11. Though, there may be more to Swedish House Mafia‘s Ultra Europe headline. With Ultra Europe now confirmed and posters recently also appearing in Seoul, the possibility of a lineup-topping performance at Ultra’s South Korea stop could also be likely. But if that’s the case, two international Ultra appearances seems like it could stack up to something greater. In 2016, deadmau5 hit the road with Ultra to cover six stops on their Worldwide circuit, and perhaps Swedish House Mafia is preparing for a similar run.
Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Swedish House Mafia’s management concerning a possible Ultra Worldwide tour, though at the time of publishing has not received a statement back.This story will be updated as it develops.
Since Swedish House Mafia‘s long-awaited comeback officially materialized, attention has turned largely to a cryptic roll out of tour dates on their website, with a number of major cities already in the trio’s cross hairs for 2019. Though, back in August of 2018, with the group’s triumphant reunion at Ultra still fresh in everyone’s minds, Steve Angello stated publicly that Swedish House Mafia would play Tomorrowland 2019 “by any means necessary” to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Since the Size Records boss’ declaration, there hasn’t been much evidence to confirm the Mafia will appear in Belgium this year until now.
Fans have begun noticing that this year Martin Garrix‘s annual headlining role at the festival has been slightly reduced. Garrix is heading up his label’s STMPD RCRDS stage, only playing a single set during weekend one. After closing out Tomorrowland three years running, fans are beginning to speculate that closing duties will be passed from Garrix to Swedish House Mafia this year.
I’m not playing the mainstage this year! Only @stmpdrcrds stage weekend 1
The “Access” producer’s limited availability at Tomorrowland this year could simply be the result of scheduling conflicts, and Swedish House Mafia may still get a traditional announcement from the festival. However, something about Swedish House Mafia’s noticeable absence so far from Tomorrowland’s currently ongoing lineup roll out suggests there’s more to this than meets the eye.
You’d be hard pressed to find another pop star currently having a bigger moment than Ariana Grande. Through last year’s trials and tribulations, facing extreme lows and climbing to equally extreme highs, Ariana Grande has emerged in 2019 as one of the most in-demand musicians in the world, and she’s making all the right moves as she continues to ride the wave she’s on. Following a quick swoop in to a headlining slot at Coachella after Kanye West’s grandiose demands forced talks to fall through, the Sweetener singer has also reportedly been tapped to headline this year’s edition of Lollapalooza.
Varietyreports that Grande has been in talks with the Chicago festival for considerably longer than her Coachella negotiations took, and as a result, has already begun rescheduling dates on her current Sweetener World Tour to accommodate her high profile festival bookings. 2018 may have seemed like the year of Ariana Grande, but two weeks in to the new year and it looks like Grande has 2019 firmly under her thumb too. Expect an official announcement in the coming weeks.