Montreal’s Piknic Électronik welcomes Loco Dice, Öona Dahl and more for its 17th season

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Montreal’s Piknic Électronik welcomes Loco Dice, Öona Dahl and more for its 17th seasonPiknic Electronik

Tucked away within Montreal’s parc Jean-Drapeau is the seasonal infrastructure to Piknic Électronik, familiar terrain to the city’s steady events landscape. The series is no stranger to the area, returning for their 17th summer takeover on the island. The weekly Sunday sessions fulfills a variety of purposes, combining the facets of small-scale outdoor music festival with the appeal of a casual, and undemanding date in the park for many. On the other hand, those looking to continue their weekend festivities have found their calling, as they’re joined by thousands of like-minded individuals with the dancefloor in mind.

Running from May 19-September 29, Piknic combines their weekly curated programming with a handful of standalone “Off-Piknic” events to prime their selection of seasonal bookings. Each Sunday throughout the season welcomes thousands of attendees to the dancefloor in the airy openings of parc Jean-Drapeau. The 2019 summer lineup has thus far seen a diverse arrangement of artists, allowing visitors to discover and embrace local and international talent. The first three weekends brought out the musical prowess of Öona Dahl, the return of Hernan Cattaneo, and Loco Dice—three renowned artists within the community. 

Closing out with their season finale on September 29, attendees have the opportunity to attend a varied selection of events like the return of Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream series, and a co-hosted Piknic x Boiler Room event amidst their regularly scheduled events.

Tickets and season passes are available for purchase here.

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EDC Orlando unveils 2019 lineup, expands to three days

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2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.

The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.

An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.

Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.

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Stream Illenium’s hotly anticipated third LP, ‘Ascend’

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Denver bass/dance-pop phenom, Illenium, returns in efforts to reiterate why he’s among the most pressing acts in modern dance music, as his long-awaited LP, Ascend, lifts off on the newly relaunched Astralwerks.

Few musicians, let alone electronic acts, reach stream numbers in the billions, but Illenium’s ability to juxtapose introspective acoustic harmonies with vibrant festival-friendly elements has pinpointed the soaring producer as a global phenomenon, dissolving genre borders and appealing not just to fans of dance or electronic music, but those who simply seek out quality tunes. The release supports a who’s who of collaborators, featuring the likes of X Ambassadors, Bipolar Sunshine and of course, The Chainsmokers, whose contributing efforts to Ascend in the form of “Takeaway” sit in the realm of 50 million streams just weeks after the single’s release.

Illenium continues his North American tour this weekend at 515 Alive Music Festival in Iowa, before making stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three already sold-out shows.

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Gryffin details ‘Gravity, Pt. 2,’ securing Carly Rae Jepsen for ‘OMG,’ and reinstating his remix roots

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In just a handful of years, San Francisco native Gryffin has asserted himself into headliner-status prestige, aside some of dance music’s most critically acclaimed acts. To formally discover himself atop the electronic apex, Gryffin shaped out a formerly untrodden pathway early on in his career by establishing an exhaustive record of hungrily streamed indie SoundCloud-hosted reworks, for Grammy-associated talents such as Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo and the late Whitney Houston. After formally anchoring down with a batch of original productions, including his debut release “Heading Home” in addition to “Whole Heart” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, Gryffin was properly equipped to roll out the first segment of his freshman effort, Gravity beginning in late 2017.

Meticulously stamped with Gryffin’s rhapsodic acoustic arrangements, Gravity, Pt. 1 surfaced nearly one year thereafter, having spawned six imaginative productions including “Nobody Compares to You,” “Remember,” “Just For A Moment,” and perhaps Gryffin’s most famed original thus far, “Tie Me Down.” After a mild interlude following the album series’ first arm of releases, the producer sought to conclude what he started with another scattering of singles during 2019’s first half. Four tracks have been credited to Gryffin’s name since the year commenced, including numerous high-profile collaborations alongside Slander, Aloe Blacc, and most recently, Carly Rae Jepsen. Surprisingly enough, the fourth output from Gryffin in 2019 was something that his core audience had been longing for as he re-entered the aural avenue that helped jump-start his career with an official remix for Shawn Mendes’ hit single, “If I Can’t Have You” this past July.

As Gryffin set his eyes on the premiere of “OMG” just days before he was bound to appear at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, he noted to his fans that the album was still slated for an early fall release, though he was still fine-tuning the project’s final tracklist. During the Saturday afternoon preceding Gryffin’s sensational GRAVITY LIVE spectacle during Lollapalooza Perry’s Stage sunset slot, Dancing Astronaut took the chance to down with him to learn more about his plans for Gravity, Pt. 2, readying its coinciding GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage, honoring Avicii alongside Aloe Blacc at Coachella, and more.

During your Coachella set this past April, you treated fans to not just one, but two unreleased originals, including an early version of your ‪Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration, which is officially out now. How did “OMG” actually come together?

I basically had been working on that one for a while and the end of last year was when I really started finishing it. Ali Tamposi was the vocalist. She’s an incredible writer along with Andrew Wyatt, who are a lethal team that’s made so many smashes together. She was an amazing part of the song and she wrote an amazing record so once I finished the production on it, I was just sitting on it for a while. I was just trying to figure out what was missing in terms of who could cut it and some of the production elements weren’t quite there. I then played it at Coachella and as a Hail Mary. I messaged Carly’s team and said “You know what would be sick for this record is if Carly Rae Jepsen sung it.” Through some channels we got to her management and they were like “Hey so we actually really do like it and we’re going to play it for her. She’s super selective on this stuff.” Within the next day, they said that Carly loved it and wanted to cut it next week in LA. The next week I met her in the studio for the first time and we were cutting it and within the first five minutes of her singing the hook, I just had crazy chills. It felt really strong and I was so excited about it so it took me a couple weeks to finish it all up.

Towards the end of 2018, you released the former half of your debut album, Gravity and now you’re officially three singles deep for the latter portion of it with “All You Need To Know,” “Hurt People,” and now “OMG.” What can we expect from the remainder of the project and can you disclose any other collaborations you have in the works?

I’m basically finishing it up right now but I honestly can’t say anything about who’s on it. There’s some big things coming though and I’m trying to put it out in September because my tour starts in October. It’s just a matter of how fast I can finish up these records in the next few weeks.

This is set to be your first Lollapalooza appearance since 2017 and it wasn’t explicitly labeled on the lineup poster, so are we experiencing a ‘GRAVITY LIVE’ show or a Gryffin DJ set? Either way, what do you have in store for it? Any surprises we can prepare for?

So it’s going to be the live Gravity show. I’m going to have Quinn XCII for an edit of “Winnebago” and Elley Duhé is coming out for “Tie Me Down” so I’m really excited for that. For these multi-genre festivals, I try to always do it live and even though I’m on the Perry’s Stage, I felt it’s a better representation of my music.

Earlier this summer, you re-entered the remix game with your very first since 2017 with a spin of ‪Shawn Mendes‬’ “If I Can’t Have You.” What was the driving force behind the decision to release another remix and do you have a particular preference between doing those versus creating original music?

Nowadays I’m definitely a lot more focused on my originals with the album. I always like to do a remix because it’s fun and that’s how everything got started for me anyway… but I just haven’t prioritized it for a while. Shawn hit me up, asked me to remix it and we were communicating back and forth on feedback. It was a cool process working with him that closely and I just felt like it was a cool opportunity because I really liked the original. I immediately had an idea of what I wanted to do with it so it just worked out that way and I’m going to do remixes again for sure but right now it’s just total album mode.

Throughout the length of your career, you’ve obviously worked alongside a list of some impressive names. If you could narrow it down to just one, who was your favorite artist you’ve worked with?

That’s so tough because they’re all so different and awesome in their own ways. For a producer collab, working with Illenium was really cool because we just vibe on a personal level really well. We’re both from the Bay Area and we’re both chill people so it was a really fun process working on that record. On the vocal side, probably one of my best friends out of all them was Bipolar Sunshine. He’s one of my favorite human beings and he’s one of the coolest dudes ever. The Carly track was honestly really cool too because I had never really worked with an artist that was that big in the pop level so that was a cool experience. Even working with Aloe Blacc too.

That Avicii tribute at Coachella on the first anniversary of his passing was seriously nothing short of unbelievable...

Thanks man and it was Aloe’s idea too. I didn’t even put that on him at all. We were just planning to do “Hurt People” and he said to me “Hey, what do you think about this tribute?” So he was the one who pitched the idea and I had thought of it but I definitely wasn’t going to make Aloe do that. If he wanted to do it, I was down.

If you could pick just one release that you’re most proud of between all of your remixes, originals and collaborations, which would it be?

My personal favorite is “Nobody Compares To You.” That’s one of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever done because that was just a really meaningful record to me personally and I was really proud of that production. On the songwriter side, “Feel Good” and “Whole Heart” were both really fun to do. Honestly some of these upcoming ones too are big ones for me so I just really feel fortunate because lately I’ve been able to work with a lot of really cool artists on both the production side and singer/songwriter side so it’s been a good ride and I’m excited for the new music.

You’re set to premiere the official first performance of your GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage just a couple of weeks following Lollapalooza. What do you have in store that we may not be able to experience here in Chicago?

It’s basically going to be the most Gravity II show of the tour. I’m not going to play the full album because it won’t be out by then but I am going to sneak in three or four new records that people haven’t heard yet so I’m really hyped about that. I haven’t even been able to go there yet but my team wanted me to play there so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot a prep to do before then but everyone tells me that it’s the spot to watch music in the summer.

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Wolfgang Gartner to enter treatment program for drug addiction

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Wolfgang Gartner announced in the early afternoon, August 15, that he will be going off grid to enter a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. As a result, his upcoming gigs during this time have been cancelled.

“I’ve battled with substance abuse and addiction on and off for my entire life since I was 14 years old,” began Gartner’s statement on social media explaining his move to seek treatment. “In the past six months, I have fallen deeper into addiction than ever before in my life, and recently hit a point that people tend to call ‘rock bottom.’”

After realizing this low point, Wolfgang voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center. He noted in his status his intention to return stronger and “better than ever.”

Area 51-adjacent ‘Alienstock’ Festival potentially destined for disaster

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Storm Area 51 may have started out as an innocent joke when Matty Roberts created the Facebook group, but he now intends on realizing his pipe dreams of a Storm Area 51 festival by capitalizing on its virality in one gutsy—and perhaps brainless—move. In a matter of months, Storm Area 51 has went from a meme to an actual music festival dubbed Alienstock. The UFO-themed festival is slated to take place the same weekend of the original storming of Area 51 on Sept. 19-22.

Alienstock’s official website states, “We created the Viral Event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.’ After receiving mass support, we decided to create an experience that celebrates Aliens and the Unknown!”

The website further states, “We want to host a Festival in Rachel, NV.. the closest town to Area 51. They can’t stop us from gathering and celebrating Aliens! This event is taking place whether we set up or not- it’s basically its own entity now.”

However, the residents of Rachel, Nevada are less than happy about the news. With a population totaling less than 100, the town of Rachel has already warned potential attendees against making the trek to Alienstock’s destination—both cautioning against the town’s harsh environment conditions and making it clear that its residents will not be afraid to protect themselves and their property.

Rachel’s website states, “There is no gas and no store. The Inn is booked for that weekend. If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape. You must be prepared to be completely on your own for food, water, gas etc.”

WARNING: A dubious group claiming a connection to chaotic events like Burning Man and the Las Vegas Electric Music Festival has taken over this event. They threaten to ‘take over Rachel’ and claim that the residents are ‘on board,” the town’s website notes. “The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over. Law enforcement will be overwhelmed and local residents will step up to protect their property.”

H/T: Vice

ZEDD, Illenium, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson all locked in for Hakkasan’s Labor Day Weekend lineup

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Ah, the unofficial end of summer – Labor Day Weekend. 

There really isn’t a better party weekend to be had all summer long, and nobody does LDW like Las Vegas. Events giant Hakkasan has curated a stacked lineup in honor of the long weekend, bringing Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Illenium and more to the Strip from August 29 – September 2. Additional starpower for the weekend comes by way of performances from Tiesto, Playboi Carti, Tyga, and Lil Jon among others. 

Between nightclub properties Hakkasan, JEWEL, 1 OAK, and OMNIA, there’s a taste for everyone, and that’s even before considering the poolside lineups at WET Republic and LIQUID. From Desiigner to Porter Robinson, there’s a party for everyone in Vegas this year for LDW, courtesy of Hakkasan. To see Hakkasan’s full lineups and purchase tickets, click here.

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A$AP Rocky found guilty in Swedish assault case, avoids jail time

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American rap icon A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden following a street altercation earlier this summer, though he will avoid jail time. Rocky’s trial began July 30 in Stockholm, following the rapper’s detention in a Swedish prison for one month. After the three-day trial wrapped on August 2 the “Distorted Records” emcee was allowed to return to the US to await his verdict.

Rocky was initially detained alongside team members Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers for allegedly attacking Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30. Prosecutors allege that the trio beat, kick, and threatened Jafari with a bottle.

“Based on statements from two witnesses, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack,” the ruling said.

Because the court could not prove a bottle was used during the attack, Rocky, Rispers, and Corniel will not have to serve further jail time. The conditional sentence given to Rocky means that he will be subject to a probationary period of two years. The court awarded damages of 12,500 Swedish Krona ($1,300) to the victim, “for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering.” The defendants were also ordered to pay fees of 80,610 Swedish Krona (nearly $8,400) for the victim’s lawyer.

While Rocky’s lawyer maintains that the artist is “disappointed” with the outcome, the artist has evaded additional jail time in Sweden which means he can return to touring and creating music, though Rocky has clearly stated he will never return to Sweden.

H/T CNN

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The BPM Festival: Portugal reveals final September lineup

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In less than a month’s time, The BPM Festival takes to Portimão, Portugal for the third time. The weekend of Sept. 12-15, dozens of artists and thousands of fans will flock to the Algarve coast to experience performances by some of techno and house music’s hottest names.

The festival just revealed its final lineup additions: Alan Nieves, Andrew Meller, Archie Hamilton, Caleb Calloway, David Berrie, Eli Brown, Fatima Hajji, Gonçalo, Janson, JDP, Lee Jo Life, Luke Welsh, Kyle Hall, Macca, Mason Collective, Melé, Mobb Handed, Oli Blanc, Olli Ryder, Raul Pacheco, Ray Mono, Serginho, Silvie Loto, Sinisa Tamamovic, and Tiago Fragateiro. These additions round out an already stellar initial lineup, which can be viewed in full below.

Attractions also include 20 showcases taking place over the course of the festival, giving attendees endless opportunities to experience BPM to its full extent.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Secret Project’s 2019 lineup is underground perfection—Four Tet, Modeselektor, Honey Dijon, Daniel Avery, and more

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Secret Project broke ground in LA with its first edition, hosting some of the electronic underground’s finest selectors in Chinatown’s urban center while providing a well-rounded experience with craft food and cocktail programming. The tradition continues in October, and one could even argue that the Insomniac festival’s sophomore billing is even edgier than its predecessor.

Honey Dijon, Modeselektor, Four Tet, Nina Kraviz & Helena Hauff, and Daniel Avery are a few of Secret Project’s headliners, already capturing a wide range of electronic music spanning from the left-field to deep house. Another huge treat is Âme; while the duo’s regularly touring half Kristian carried the group’s moniker in 2018, this time sees a very rare live appearance by Frank Wiedemann. He’ll be playing back-to-back with KiNK for what’s set to be an exceptional live showing. Finally, festival bookers recognize a wide array of burgeoning and buzzy talents in the form of Jayda G, Mall Grab, Denis Sulta, Gerd Janson, and more.

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