Minus Zero Festival brings the heat with complete 2018 lineup

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For the past three-years, winter sports and music compatibly converged in Vermont under the auspices of the Minus Zero Festival.

The winter sports and music festival will host its annual fourth edition at Vermont’s Mount Snow Resort, offering attendees the unique opportunity to hit the slopes of Vermont’s Green Mountains in between sets spun by renowned electronic artists. Slated for April 6–8, Minus Zero’s 2018 edition will see festival headliners ODESZA, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, Tipper, Jai Wolf, and Rezz bundle up to bring their beats to Mount Snow Resort. More than 50 acts will provide support, including Pierce Fulton, Liquid Stranger, and Walker & Royce.

Minus Zero ticket holders will have access to at least two official after-parties each evening, a larger main stage, an increased number of bars and drink stations, and art installations curated by Incendia, TRIFUCTA, The Hive, and local Vermont collective, Playa Vibes. Attendees will also be able to experience The Barn, Minus Zero’s new indoor stage, complete with its own house oriented lineup.

Those interested in attending Minus Zero’s icy fourth iteration can purchase passes to the festival, here.

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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.

FORM Arcosanti delivers impeccably curated lineup including Chance The Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX and more for fifth annual installment

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It has been half a decade since Hundred Waters began bringing their creative friends to Arizona’s high desert micro-city, Arocosanti. Now, the OWSLA-championed trio have curated their finest lineup yet ahead of the fifth installment of FORM Arcosanti. The model-challenging festival alternative is gearing up for its biggest edition in yet, with a bill topped by newcomers Chance The Rapper, Charli XCX, The Black Madonna, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. FORM participants experience intimate annual performances by Skrillex and Hundred Waters, along with slated appearances this year by Mija, SOPHIE, Tennyson, Daniel Caesar and more. Local Arizona legends, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra are also scheduled to make their festival debut.

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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.

Drai’s Beachclub returns in 2018 with a massive flock of resident DJs

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Las Vegas’ Drai’s Beachclub has unveiled an enormous schedule of programming for 2018 featuring such notable residents as A-Trak, Destructo and Zeds Dead, to name only a few. The rooftop club’s doors open on March 2nd and will feature seven sparkling pools in addition to the high energy sets it’s offering.

With 30,000 square-feet of slip-proof pool deck acting as a festival grounds of sorts, attendees can relish in extensive guest service and luxury offerings, including complimentary towel service, 30 luxury cabanas and bungalows, 40 plush day beds, two full-service bars, 10 towering palm trees, a full-service gourmet café, and more. The club will also play host to a full menu of bottle packages.

Full Lineup Below:

4B

A-TRAK

ANNA LUNOE

APE DRUMS

AUDIEN

BENZI

CLAUDE VONSTROKE

DADA LIFE

DESTRUCTO

DEUX

DJ PAULY D

FELIX CARTAL

GTA

HENRY FONG

JAYKODE

JSTJR

KITTENS

MK

QUIX

SAK NOEL

SAVI

SHELCO GARCIA X TEEN WOLF

SHOWTEK

STOOKI SOUND

TROYBOI

TWRK

WALSHY FIRE

ZEDS DEAD

ZEISHA

Guy J on Tour: A retrospective of the progressive maestro ahead of his US jaunt [Exclusive Announcement]

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Guy J is returning to the United States for a brief, yet expansive tour.

An embodiment of the term “stalwart,” Guy J has been considered a leader in all things progressive since first being picked up by John Digweed over a decade ago. He worked closely with Bedrock for years as one of its most promising talents, culminating his successes into his very own Lost&Found sublabel.

Now, he can be seen leading the charge on progressive’s resurgence across the globe — including the United States. He brings a new layer of excellence with each passing year of tours across the region, introducing crowds to the best of the genre and assisting in building its budding popularity nationwide. His upcoming tour will likely see the icon playing a selection of fresh IDs from his own label, as well as recent releases of his own.

“I’m always excited to play in America, the scene over there is booming and its becoming a major place in the worldwide scene for underground music. As a result, it’s becoming more and more challenging, and I love it.” – Guy J

Dancing Astronaut decided to pick our top releases by the man himself in honor of his pending journey around the East and West Coasts.

 


1. Save Me

It would be ludicrous to put together a list of top Guy J releases without the record that started it all. “Save Me,” a high-charged number with warm padding and mystical melodies, marked his debut release on Bedrock – and thus secured him as an underground talent to be reckoned with.


2. Lamur

“Lamur” defines the term “bittersweet,” employing a lush, yet dissonant hook that flows along a gradual progression. Despite being a decade old, the piece still listens like it’s brand new.


3. Meridian (with Henry Saiz)

When Guy J pairs with Henry Saiz, the result is magic — as evidenced by the ethereal beauty, “Meridian.” The track was such a hit globally that it even earned a remix from Eric Prydz, and has since gone down as one of the most iconic pieces of Guy’s vast discography.


4. Lost & Found

As implied by its title, “Lost & Found” was a milestone release for Guy J — one that kicked off his endeavors in label ownership. Its hypnotic underlay and intricate synth work is irrefutably Guy J, and served as an indicator of the powerhouse status the imprint would reach.


5. Dizzy Moments

“Dizzy Moment” is a dizzy array of sonic layering and gentle, yet carnal percussion — all wrapped up into a hauntingly poignant progressive package. A national treasure upon its release, “Dizzy Moments” is now appreciated as a rare gem by progressive lovers in a live setting.


6. Diagonal

Moving into more recent territory, “Diagonal” served as an intriguing Spring single for Guy J. It’s part of his “MDQ” EP, inspired by Argentina. The track is highly minimal, yet is still overwhelmingly an aural treat, with deep grooves and satisfying pings of percussion.


7. West On Mars

Guy J’s most recent output marks his fabled return to Bedrock primary. “West On Mars” is the A-side of his eponymous EP, and it highlights what keeps the icon at the top today. Its futuristic vibe is paired with a memorable, robotic hook, making it excellent for peaktime hours. It’s safe to say that Guy J’s still got it, and is looking toward an even brighter future.

 

Tour Dates:

Feb 23 Spin Nightclub, San Diego, CA
Feb 24 Audio, San Francisco, CA
Feb 25 Focus OC, The Circle, Huntington Beach, CA
Mar 01 Rumor, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 02 Trade, Miami Beach, FL
Mar 03 Lot 45, Brooklyn, NY

Find out about ticketing and more on Resident Advisor.

Bonnaroo announces ‘The Other’ lineup

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Bonnaroo announced stage programming for The Other ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. The newly added dance tent likely formed as Bonnaroo’s answer to Coachella‘s storied Sahara Tent. Last year, Bonnaroo debuted the new stage concept — which replaced the festival’s beloved Kalliope Stage — and featured a diverse range of EDM acts such as Claude Vonstroke, G Jones and Getter, to name only a few. The addition was welcomed by attendees and The Other appeared to be one of the most frequented attractions throughout the four day weekend.

Now, the festival has released this year’s lineup for ‘The Other.’ Featuring acts like Kaskade, Virtual Self, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Big Wild and Shiba San, the festival is taking a forthright step into the electronic programming that’s become so popular at festival’s nationwide. It appears such programming has paid off, too, as the Tennessean reported last year the festival’s attendance had rebounded following a dull turnout in 2016.

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Bassnectar brings Freestyle Sessions back to Colorado with The Widdler, Pendulum, Russ Liquid, and more

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If last year’s experimental event was any indication, Freestyle Sessions proved to be Bassnectar‘s most authentic, under-the-radar event of 2017 among those in his cult family following. The specially-curated trilogy featured gobs of creative genre-mashing with countless throwbacks, rare Bassnectar live edits, and the perfect blend of old school and new school.

Now Bassnectar’s Summer Gathering event returns to Broomfield, Colorado’s 1stBank Center with three zany nights of deep sonic exploration. Like last year, the three themed nights will again be slated Freestyle, Dreamtempo, and Wildstyle, with three full-power Bassnectar sets, and supporting talent to custom fit the bill’s themes — including Mala (Digital Mystikz), Russ Liquid (DJ set), The WiddlerNightmares on Wax, CharlestheFirst, Dorfex BosPendulum (DJ set), The Librarian, and Gladkill.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 10am MTN, Thursday, February 22nd. Public tickets go on sale Friday February 23rd.

Ultra Worldwide announces Resistance Mexico City 2018

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Following its expansive debut at Ultra Mexico City last year, Ultra‘s Resistance production will return to Mexico City as a standalone festival from May 25 through May 27th at Club De Golf in Teotihuacán. The venue offers an open air atmosphere and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The event promises a colossal showing of techno, tech-house and house artists across multiple stages and state of the art production.

Pioneering a touring concept of underground talent, Ultra’s Resistance concept continues to infiltrate global markets with events in cities such as Bristol, Buenos Aires, Miami, Rio De Janeiro and Tokyo, to name only a small fraction of the hosted events.

Nicky Romero will bring two lucky fans to Ultra’s 20th anniversary in epic flyaway contest

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Dutch prodigy Nicky Romero hit some major milestones as of late, with his imprint Protocol Recordings putting out its 100th release — to say nothing of his latest release with Rozes, “Where Would We Be” — and, in just one month, he’ll head to the Main Stage for Ultra Music Festival‘s 20th anniversary. In honor of that celebration, Romero teamed up with leading audio loudspeaker company JBL to launch the “Ultimate Fan Fly Away” competition.

One lucky pair of dance music fans will win free flights, hotel accommodations, and full weekend tickets to the festival, all paid for by Romero himself. The winners will also get the experience of joining Romero on the Ultra MainStage for a meet & greet in front of 165,000 festival attendees and millions watching via Livestream.

To enter, visit this site and follow him on Spotify. Runner-ups will receive autographed JBL headphones.

‘Ketamine saved my life’: Users claim depression relief from the controversial drug

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Ketamine is sweeping dance floors as the world’s fastest rising party drug, recently surpassing MDMA due to the drug’s explosion of popularity in the 2010s. Beyond its recreational use, however, the drug ketamine has undergone promising clinical trials in Australia and America to treat depression using IV drips with micro-doses of Ketamine.

An anesthetic drug, Ketamine is now increasingly being used as a revolutionary — and sometimes life-saving — medication for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression, who are chronically suicidal or experience frequent psychotic episodes. After turning to every treatment on the market, including over 40 sessions of electroshock therapy, one member of New Zealand’s trials, Jemima Lomax-Sawyers, associates Ketamine with saving her life:

“I am so much more stable than I was a year ago. Stable to the point that I am able to make decisions about my wellness that I would not have been able to make in the past…Things feel lighter inside my head. I have more energy, I can concentrate better.”

That is why Sawyers and others like her are extremely concerned that New Zealand’s only Ketamine Clinic would no longer be accepting new patients, and that current patients may be taken off its lists once new treatment plans are agreed upon with the country’s Ministry of Health.

“For many of us, ketamine was our last chance, our only chance for living a life out of hospital, or even for living full stop,” says Sawyers. “[K]etamine gave me some hope back: the glimmer that I might actually be able to live life without the constant worry of relapse, hospitalisation, then having to pick myself up and put all the pieces back together again and again and again.”

Via: Vice