Phoenix’s second annual Lost Lake Festival reportedly cancelled

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Emerging crossover festival brand Lost Lake has reportedly been cancelled ahead of the event’s second annual installment. The multi-day festival, still in its infancy, came by way of powerhouse event promoter Superfly — the organizing body behind massively successful event properties like Outside Lands and BonnarooDancing Astronaut has reached out to Lost Lake representatives for comment, though at the time of publication, no response has been received.

Superfly is expected to release an official statement on festival’s cancellation, though the cause behind shuttering Lost Lake is likely due to poor ticket sales following last year’s impressive reported turnout of over 45,000 attendees. The inaugural installment brought a well-rounded blend of talent including Chance The Rapper, ODESZA, and Major Lazer to the Valley of the Sun. While this year’s edition is no longer taking place, hopefully Superfly still plans to continue breaking into Phoenix’s largely untapped festival market in the future.

Check back for updates, the story will be updated as new information is received.

Major Lazer and Rudimental team up with Anne-Marie and Mr. Eazi on ‘Let Me Live’

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Major Lazer cemented themselves as the deliverers of chart-topping summer tracks with their 2015 track “Lean On,” which recently hit its 1 billionth stream on Spotify. On their latest, they’ve teamed up with UK group Rudimental to deliver another summer heater, titled “Let Me Live.” Both parties have proved themselves collaborators extraordinaire — with Major Lazer working with every artist from Ariana Grande to Travis Scott to Ellie Goulding, and Rudimental with Ed Sheeran and Macklemore — and “Let Me Live” continues that legacy.

Enlisting vocals from Anne-Marie, an artist Rudimental helped launch into now full-on pop stardom, as well as Nigerian singer-songwriter Mr. Eazi, “Let Me Live” is a reggae-pop crossover track that isn’t trying to impress for radio play, but might accomplish just that with its laid-back demeanor. Also featuring vocals from the iconic South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo“Let Me Live” is world music on a true global stage.

Major Lazer take on classic OutKast sample in new “Fire (Spotie) remix

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Random White Dude Be Everywhere. 

Diplo has been on an absolute tear lately. In the last two weeks, he’s dropped a radio-ready party cut with Lil Pump for Deadpool 2, he’s debuted an already highly acclaimed disco project dubbed Silk City with Mark Ronson, delivered a summer time jam with frequent collaborator MØ, oh… and scored the World Cup’s 2018 anthem with a comeback-primed Will Smith. But Diplo’s month-long flexing spree wouldn’t be complete without a Major Lazer giveaway, so now the trio have come through with a boisterous dancehall remix that’s perfect for Memorial Day Weekend poolside playlists.

Taking on Jus Now, Dismantle, and Busy Signal’s “Fire (Spotie)” anchored around he horn breakdown of OutKast’s seminal “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” Major Lazer inject the uninhibited dancehall belter with an additional burst of dance floor appeal and a wild modified jungle break. The original tune, which came by way of Trinidad-meets-UK duo Jus Now and Busy Signal, who famously lended vocals to Major Lazer’s groundbreaking “Watch Out For This,” is now getting a full circle remix from Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, as the Mad Decent helmer just continues to be the summer’s gift that keeps on giving.

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Major Lazer links up with Sean Paul for ‘Tip Pon It’

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“Tip pon” that repeat button, for new Major Lazer has arrived.

The trio imbues this week’s New mMusic Friday” with saucy island attitude in the form of “Tip Pon It,” Major Lazer’s latest, and notably, the group’s first collaboration with “Temperature” hit maker, Sean Paul. Paul’s inimitable vocals takes center sonic stage, supported by a thumping, moombahton flavored background beat, and climbing rhythmic rises that demand the occasional shake of the hips, at the very least.

It’s doubtful that anyone will be surprised if the song becomes a festival set favorite this season.

Creamfields announces unmissable 2018 lineup

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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.

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More information and tickets are available here.

MHD – AFRO TRAP Part.7 (La Puissance) [Major Lazer Remix]

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Notorious for churning out unexpected collaborations of the globally influenced variety, critically acclaimed trio Major Lazer flips French rap sensation MHD’s “AFRO TRAP Part.7 (La Puissance).” Translating to “The Power,” the track oozes confidence and raw energy. Major Lazer puts an Afrobeat spin on the original, which is part of a popular video series that has reached viral streaming numbers on YouTube. Additionally, the new remix soundtracks Puma’s latest “Be The One” campaign, visible above.  The new rework is the first single of a forthcoming remix pack, which is under wraps until February release.

Alongside the new remix, Major Lazer recently released a new collaboration with Cashmere Cat and Tory Lanez, which was co-written by pop magnates Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. Based off their recent offerings, the trio is not slowing down anytime soon and is set for a globe-trotting 2018.

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Cashmere Cat enlists Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and more for new mega collaboration, ‘Miss You’

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Cashmere Cat is ramping up to have a huge year in 2018. Just ahead of the start of his co-headlining road stretch with MØ, the Norwegian beat maker has roped together a star-studded outfit for a new collaboration dubbed “Miss You.”

The track features contributions from Major Lazer and rapper Tory Lanez, is co-written by radio hit gurus Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, and was debuted as Zane Lowe‘s World Record on Beats 1.

Warm melodies and breezy percussion arrangements complement singalong-primed vocal work and an infectious hook that’s destined for near immediate air wave domination this spring. Cashmere Cat and company navigate their way through a relatively formulaic surefire hit without sounding like there are too many cooks in the kitchen.

Paired with a serene lyric video to accompany the release, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and Cashmere Cat find mass appeal harmony on “Miss You.”

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Major Lazer – Go Dung ft Kes

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Major Lazer released a new track to Soundcloud yesterday entitled “Go Dung” as a free holiday gift for fans. The track features Caribbean soca pop group Kes, who inject their signature Trinidad & Tobago rooted vocals into the track blessing it with palpable rhythm.

Major Lazer’s keen ability to pull from Caribbean cultural elements and install them into their own body of work has allowed them to pave their own path within EDM, and the group — comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire — is likely to reach a new pinnacle in the genre with each successive release.

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Diplo plans to bring Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan in early 2018

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Diplo‘s long-running Mad Decent Block Party will break new international ground in 2018, with plans announced to touch down in Pakistan early next year. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event brand has expanded well beyond its humble Philly street party origins, growing into a 20+ stop mini-festival circuit by 2014, charting a cruise ship the following year, reaching Red Rocks, and eventually, India back in 2016. The label showcase scaled back down to a tightly curated two-city 10th anniversary this year, though the Major Lazer frontman officially revealed plans to ramp things back up with the Block Party’s Pakistani debut in February, breaking the news to fans via Twitter.

With MDBP’s newest stop just over one month away, expect firm dates and a lineup to land very soon. The upcoming event comes almost exactly two years after Diplo’s first career visit to Pakistan, playing a show alongside Elliphant and local Pakistani musicians Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi in the country’s capital, Islamabad. Diplo’s new venture in the Middle East could also signal more exciting news for Mad Decent Block Party’s stateside edition coming later in 2018.

H/T: Billboard

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How Superfly’s inaugural Lost Lake Festival put Phoenix on the map as the next big festival spot in the U.S.

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How Superfly’s inaugural Lost Lake Festival put Phoenix on the map as the next big festival spot in the U.S.

This fall, Superfly Presents, the masterminds behind North American festival giants Outside Lands and Bonnaroo set their scopes on a new, emerging entertainment market that they were banking on being the next big festival-hosting city in the United States: Phoenix, Arizona. While most picture Phoenix with a skewed vision of the “wild west,” Superfly was planting its flag in a burgeoning hub of vibrant art, food, local music, and tourism marketability as the home for their newest concept, Lost Lake Festival. The result was not only another overwhelmingly successful event for the organizers, but in turn, positioned Phoenix to strongly attract additional large scale events in coming years to coincide with the city’s exciting, growing social scene. If Phoenix wasn’t on the festival map before, Lost Lake unquestionably changed that notion. The inaugural Lost Lake didn’t just bring in an enticing lineup and top-tier liquor sponsors, the event was a masterfully curated three-day experience, from logistics to programming, that used the host city’s aesthetic as an intrinsic factor in the festival’s appeal.

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Stellar inaugural lineup

Led by top-notch headliners that included Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and Major Lazer, Lost Lake delivered a well-rounded blend of talent that paired top electronic acts like Odesza and Big Gigantic with satisfying, multi-generational tastes of hip-hop from Lil Yachty to Ludacris. Folk rockettes HAIM performed one of the highlight sets of the weekend, along with a raucous showcase from Run The Jewels and a lesson in R&B excellence from The Roots. The lineup curation was designed to span the spectrum, from Huey Lewis and the News to A Tribe Called Red with so many genre-hopping performances in between. What’s more, local Phoenicians and Phoenix-bred acts like Playboy Manbaby, Kongos, and Bogan Via shared the stage with nationally touring acts including Tritonal, Danny Brown, and Crystal Castles, celebrating the city’s animated music and arts scenes, hopefully encouraging other large-scale festivals across the country to adopt similar programming practices.

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Big on local programming

Beyond a phenomenal three-day lineup, Lost Lake applied heavy emphasis to balancing the inherent corporate sponsorships that come with a large-scale music event with locally sourced arts, attractions, and businesses tucked into their FOUND Marketplace. Lost Lake also incorporated interactive art installations across the festival grounds at Steele Indian School Park located in central downtown Phoenix. From pyrotechnic lilypads floating across the venue’s serene lake to paintings created by some of Phoenix’s top muralists sprinkled throughout the grounds, Lost Lake was a sight to behold. When fans weren’t busy enjoying life-sized LED playground equipment and backyard games, attendees could peruse local bar and restaurant options that lined the event’s concession areas, pushing Phoenix’s developing culinary culture to the masses.  Lost Lake honed in on the city’s local charm with complementary programming that immediately established Phoenix’s character as a major element to the new festival brand’s identity.

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Perfect location, aced logisitics

Most large-scale festival events struggle with logistics planning, even beyond their infancy. None are immune to all production issues, however Lost Lake’s inaugural run proved to be incredibly calculated and organized, even as it ran directly anchored in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown district. No training wheels necessary. Public transit access ran without a hitch, and on-the-ground festival operations were aced. Attendees were well-informed and considerately directed by festival staff, and local infrastructure was more than adequately prepared to accommodate Superfly’s Arizona debut. On-site logistics were matched by a pristine venue, and Arizona’s mid-80’s autumn season proved to be a perfectly pleasant festival backdrop. Other events that have tried to stake their claim in Phoenix have suffered from incredibly poor planning, unsavory venue selections, and even worse weather, though Lost Lake managed to navigate Phoenix’s stereotypical “drawbacks” with near perfection. Trash and recycling receptacles dotted every free space at the festival, again encouraging similarly scaled events to take similar measures not only for the attendance experience, but also out of respect for the city and the venue alike. The result made a profound difference.

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Keep your eyes on Phoenix

Superfly Presents has already established itself as one of the top names in the business, putting on some of the most sought-after events of the year in North America. Expanding their vision to include a largely untapped market in Phoenix proved to be a significantly successful move, and likely put Phoenix on the map in a major way. And while other dance-centric festival events have sprung up in Phoenix in recent years, like Goldrush Festival, Mad Decent Block Parties, and Decadence offshoots, Lost Lake brought an entirely different vibe to Phoenix that included a heavy appreciation for the city’s narrative and identity, and likely lit the beacon for other major cross-genre multi-day events to begin flocking to the Southwest too.

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