UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup
Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.
The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.
It strange when a whole festival season comes and goes without much mention of Skrillex. Amid what appears to be a relaxing, productive year off, which many believe Skrillex may be using to write a sophomore album, performances have been few and far between, and festival appearances have become a coveted rarity. FORM Arcosanti‘s billing this year included its annual set from the OWSLA boss, but the only other lineup to bear a Skrillex booking so far this year is Japan’s Fuji Rock, next to acts including Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan, and MGMT. Taking on Saturday’s sundown slot, Skrillex decidedly crushes his only major festival outing of the year, giving Japan one of his best performances in recent memory.
Creatively, Skrillex has always kept close ties to Eastern culture, and for his most recent visit, the “Would You Ever” producer connected with Japanese metal band X Japan’s drummer Yoshiki for the final minutes of his Fuji Rock performance. The pair play a live medley of both of their hits, with Yoshiki on paino and eventually drums and Skrillex on the guitar.
Spotify has officially teamed up with the leading music festival travel-booking platform Festicket, to help listeners find festivals that align with their listening habits. It’s appropriately called “Festival Finder,” and it seems really easy to use. Simply connect your Spotify account with Festicket, and the platform digs into listening history, coming up with ten upcoming festival lineups that the listener might be drawn to. Festival goers can also buy tickets and book travel arrangements on Festicket.
“We now offer over 1,000 festivals on the platform, and we know first-hand how overwhelming it can be when trying to pick out the one to go to. Our Festival Finder solves that problem by presenting a tailored list of festivals that best match your listening habits, including some under the radar gems that could soon become your new favorite festival destination.”
Sabban and Jonathan Younes founded Festicket in 2012, transforming their technology platform in the last six years into an intelligent engine for festival discovery.
EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.
An already-popular Amsterdam is filled to its very peak each October, when Amsterdam Dance Event settles into the city. The annual conference and celebration of all-things dance music has become the biggest and most influential of its kind, with countless artists, fans, and industry professionals coming together to build their networks and enjoy long hours of quality music at all of the Dutch locale’s dance clubs.
BangOn!NYC‘s beloved Elements Music & Art Festival brand is returning to its Bronx home at Hunts Point this year for the event’s fifth installment, and this time, they’re gearing up for their biggest outing to date with newly reimagined programming for the summer shakedown. Returning with four elemental-themed stages and New York’s iconic skyline views as the festival backdrop, Elements has tapped Bassnectar with the day’s headlining duties, along with performances locked in from Emancipator, Snakehips, and a Dirtybird Players showcase of Claude VonStroke‘s west coast house heroes.
Taking place this year on August 11, the festival is incorporating a heavier emphasis on emerging technologies and interactive performances, and visual arts. The single day event is bringing over 20 performers to Hunts Point this summer, with some surprises still yet to be revealed. Now, with half a decade of Elements in the books, expect BangOn to pull out all the stops on the the 2018 edition.
After selling out of GA passes to its milestone 20th birthday celebration on Thursday, February 22, Ultra Music Festival released the second phase of the lineup for its flagship Miami edition, slated for March 23–25.
Creamfields announced their 2018 lineup and it’s looking to be behemoth year for the Cheshire-based extravaganza. Rich in both depth and considerable breadth, the festival will bring together 300 artists across 30 stages from August 23–26.
Techno don Carl Cox will be making his return to the festival for the first time in over a decade, where numerous other artists will be making an appearance, showcasing the festival’s keen ability to tap into the full spectrum of dance music. From artists like Skream, Kölsch, and The Black Madonna, to The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, and Above & Beyond, Creamfields 21 promises to be an unmissable installment for all dance aficionados.
The weekend-long event applies meticulous focus on creating an inclusive, inviting, and creative space not only for performances and visual showcases, but for education and social discourse as well. This year FORM has partnered with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Chance The Rapper’s youth-empowerment initiative SocialWorks.
The fifth iteration of FORM is scheduled to take place from May 11-13.
Chicago’s electronic summer staple, Spring Awakening Music Festival, will return to the Windy City’s Addams/Medill park for its seventh iteration Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. The largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest, Spring Awakening has released phase one of its 2018 lineup, a sizable roster of mainstream talent topped by Afrojack, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, deadmau5, and more.
Championed as “one of the most seismic lineups for Spring Awakening yet,” the shock waves spurred by the festival’s first phase only increase in intensity given the reveal of the event’s six branded stage showcases: Trance Arena, Bass Kitchen, the techno oriented Requiem, Sunday School, HELDEEP, and DJ MAG.
3-day GA and VIP passes to Spring Awakening’s seventh edition are now available for purchase, here.