The OFFICIAL 2018 EDC Las Vegas lineup is here, and it’s worth the wait

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“Headliners” rejoice, for Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ 2018 lineup has at last arrived.

Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella surprised EDC Las Vegas ticket holders with a unique Valentine that among other treats, contained candy hearts printed with the names of a select few artists scheduled to perform at the event’s 22nd iteration from May 18-20.

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A nod to his love for his patrons, Rotella additionally informed ticket holders that he would announce the event’s 2018 lineup on February 14 during Episode #130 of Night Owl Radio. Now released in its full form, the roster of talent for the festival’s 2018 edition features the likes of Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, Afrojack b2b SVDDEN DEATH, Zedd, Tiesto, and more.

History will be made as globally-renowned electronic artists convene for more than 25 b2b performances including Doctor P b2b Flux Pavilion, DJ Stephanie b2b Lady Faith, and 12th Planet b2b Kill The Noise. NGHTMRE & Slander and Tchami and Malaa will additionally present their Gud Vibrations and No Redemption tours, respectively.

Ticket holders will also see a series of artists make their EDC Las Vegas debut, including Charlotte de Witte, Moksi, Khalid, and more.

Those interested in purchasing tickets to the festival can do so, here.

 

Premiere: Sinden & BIJOU – Technique

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As g-house garners momentum in today’s dance music scene, genre mainstays Sinden and BIJOU continue to thrill with each new release. For their latest track, they’ve joined forces on a feisty, bass-ridden collaboration: “Technique.”

“Technique” kicks off with a pounding bassline and an underlying mysterious vibe that grows as the track progresses. A dark melody emerges from the introductory bassline, ushering in intense vocals that carry throughout the track. With these elements and builds that ebb and flow throughout the five-minute track, the two powerhouses demonstrate their prowess in today’s bass house scene.

The full 25-track EDC Mexico 2018 compilation will be out Friday, Feb. 16 and will include tracks from Gammer & Darren Styles, Illenium, R3HAB and more. EDC Mexico takes place Feb. 24-25 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.

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Insomniac announces inaugural EDC China to come 2018

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Insomniac has officially followed through on its promise that Electric Daisy Carnival would be expanding its range of events and productions to Asia in 2018, as the company just announced its inaugural EDC China is set to debut in Shanghai April 29 – 30.

“To bring EDC halfway around the world is a milestone for our entire Insomniac family,” Insomniac’s founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella said in a press release.

“China marks EDC’s sixth international location, and I’m excited to connect and create beautiful new moments with the country’s passionate and ever-growing dance music community.”

EDC’s China appearance is further proof of dance music’s global reign, far from the festival’s humble beginnings as a small crowd of dance music lovers in 1997 Los Angeles.

The inaugural lineup is yet to be announced, but tickets go on sale February 4 at 11 a.m. ET here.

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Beyond Wonderland SoCal drops stacked lineup including Tiesto, KSHMR, Alesso & more

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Beyond Wonderland Lineup

Insomniac is bringing Beyond Wonderland back for its eighth rendition in Southern California this March, and the two day festival just released a stacked lineup. The four stage festival will host over 60 artists with headliners ranging from Alesso and Seven Lions to Tiesto and KSHMR.

With artists specializing in bass, trance, techno, trap, house and hardstyle, this lineup almost certainly has something for everyone.

Beyond Wonderland Lineup

Beyond Wonderland will take place at NOS Events Center on March 16 and 17, and fans hoping to attend this year’s festival can purchase tickets here.

EDC Vegas releases camping map, outlines campground amenities

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Insomniac has released the camping map for Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ inaugural camping season, just days after Pasquale Rotella took to Facebook to announce that camping details were soon to come. The campground will accommodate campers via showers, restrooms, a medical tent, and a bar, all specific to the campground area.

Campers will be divided among four principal camp sections, Ruby, Citrine, Amethyst, Sapphire, and Moonstone. There will also be a Geode camp for those with RVs.

The campground’s sweet spot arrives in the form of a communal section intended for camper socialization. Entitled “The Mesa,” the area is the host of the Sol, Cascada, and Tierra Tents, as well as an Oasis Pool, a go kart racing track, a roller rink, zen garden, team sports court, farmer’s market, and more.

EDC Las Vegas will be held from May 18-20. Purchase tickets to the festival here.

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Dustycloud – Those Nights

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Tom Roy, aka Dustycloud, is sending wall-crumbling future house vibrations all the way across the pond to Insomniac headquarters. The Parisian DJ and producer has risen to prominence over the last year with guest mixes on NEST HQ and Dr. Fresch‘s Prescription podcast. Back in October, Roy added to his successes a bass-laden collaboration with Drezo called “House.”

Roy’s newest single, which Insomniac features as their track of the day, sees the producer further hone in on his ability to craft grungy bass lines with the structural components of a traditional house track. As future and G-house continue to infiltrate dance music, Dustycloud will be a name to keep on the radar.

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It’s a big year for Insomniac.

The electronic events enterprise looks not only to its 25th anniversary this year, but to international expansion which will see Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival event migrate to Japan and China in 2018. “We’re planning on announcing a few more international stops,” writes Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, in a recent Facebook post.

Rotella’s post broaches the festival’s international expansion, but additionally offers further details about this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas. Committed to continue bringing fans “all new experiences” in what Rotella calls the “Insomniac tradition,” EDC’s Vegas iteration will feature brand new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY.

“In addition to the new websites and the new looks, 2018 will continue our tradition to bring about all new experiences. EDC Las Vegas is going to feature COMPLETELY new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY, which is getting an open air style production this year. If you’re staying with us at our first-ever Camp EDC — or if you’re thinking about it — stay tuned because we’re about to drop details on more activities and amenities, including a full map.”

Electric Daisy Carnival events hosted in various locations will also see a resurgence of the “interactive art and design” additions characteristic of EDC editions in the “early days.”

While massive alterations to the structure of EDC Las Vegas and the event’s international growth are sure to keep Rotella busy, Insomniac continues to channel momentum via the opening of ACADEMY, a new “warehouse style club” now open in Los Angeles.

Rotella’s Facebook post furthermore serves to exhibit Insomniac’s revamped logo, the change made in honor of Insomniac’s 25th anniversary.

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Deadmau5 releases collaborative clothing line with Insomniac

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Deadmau5 has released an exclusive collaborative clothing line with Insomniac, to be released at his performance at Countdown NYE (NOS Events Center). The two-day New Year’s festival features anticipated headlining sets from deadmau5 himself, along with Porter Robinson, and artists like Diplo, G Jones, Noisia, Shiba San, and Jauz b2b Zeds Dead within its undercard.

Coming almost exclusively in black, the clothing line features two minimalist beanies in black and grey, a hoodie that features deadmau5 signature cuboid installation, and a bleached t-shirt showcasing the cube setup with the iconic mouse helmet resting atop. The showcase is a collaboration with the seminal counter culture design icon Rick Klotz, who amalgamates influences from streetwear, surf culture, and punk scenes in his designs.

2017 was a tremendous year for deadmau5. In the last quarter of the year alone, the Canadian DJ confirmed an album for Spring 2018, announced his own podcast, went full on techno in his final Radio 1 episode, in addition to raising $15,000 for Children’s Miracle Network through Twitch.

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio series of 2017 are…

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio shows of 2017 are…

Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli

Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?

Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.

Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order,  that have particularly stood out in 2017.

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Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)

Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.

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Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)

Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.

In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.

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The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)

Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.

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Diplo & Friends

Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.

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The Cookout

AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”

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Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)

Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.

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Radio One residency – deadmau5

Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.

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Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)

John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.

What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.

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EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)

This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.

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Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)

A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.

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