Another destination festival meets its demise, as Above & Beyond cancel ‘Anjunabeach Riviera Maya’

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Another destination festival meets its demise, as Above & Beyond cancel ‘Anjunabeach Riviera Maya’Above Beyond 2014 1

A destination festival, when well-executed, is a dreamy experience indeed. Those lucky enough to make it to one often find themselves surrounded by natural beauty they rarely, if ever, get to see, and equally inspiring sets by artists on the bill.

However, as proven by Fyre Festival and the multitudes of other failed attempts at organizing an Instagram-worthy event in recent years, planning them is quite a difficult feat. Sometimes, poor enough planning even leads to them being labeled as fraud, like the recently-failed XO.

Above & Beyond‘s destination festival has become the latest casualty in the game; although, the difference here is that luckily the trio and their Anjunabeats colleagues realized it was failed before proceedings truly began. Much like how they first announced this concept gathering — to take place on the picturesque Riviera Maya — they also announced its demise through their artist subreddit. They’d taken in a ton of negative feedback from fans regarding price, accessibility, and beyond, and ultimately decided to can the idea before trying (and failing) to go through with it.

Their statement:

“We heard from some that the price point felt too much of a stretch, or that this event felt too exclusive, and were disappointed that this amazing experience wasn’t accessible for more people. All this feedback we have taken to heart. We can only do what we do when we have your support, and you’ve told us loud and clear that we got this one wrong.”

Via: r/AboveandBeyond

Looks like XO Festival just pulled the Fyre alarm

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Looks like XO Festival just pulled the Fyre alarmLudacris Live Credit Ap

It’s like it was yesterday when the world watched droves of festival goers get dropped off on an island that was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience, known as Fyre Festival. As it goes, outlandish promises of high profile influencers, a stacked line-up, and top of the line amenities, the organizers bamboozled people out of thousands of dollars for just one ticket…until they arrived at the island to find that not even one stage was set up and that their food options we’re comparable to elementary school cafeteria fare.

Well, it seems that not everyone can learn from past mistakes and this time the California rap festival known as XO Festival has gone down in fyre too. XO promised music from the likes Ludacris, T.I., Funk Flex, Biz Markie and other impressive hip-hop billings along with perks like a foam pit, indoor ice rink, color arena, and more. Ticket sales ranged from $375 to $2,495…sounding familiar yet?

The ticket holders to XO lucked out slightly compared to their Fyre counterparts considering the festival has been cancelled ahead of time. However, the festival claims they are still planning it and have turned to citing “fake media” for the festival’s ultimate failure.

The venue, Contra Costa Event Park, pulled out because of “the promoters’ lack of fulfilling contractual obligations,” many artists like Dangermaker also pulled out saying there was “no compensation for us, no contract, no details,” and it was even discovered that Ludacris was already performing at a different event that same weekend. There is also speculation that one of the promoters, known as Sami Habib, could really be the alias of Habibullah Qadir, according to Amplify, who has over 40 felonies for scamming people on high-end properties. Festival goers beware, there are more Billy McFarland’s out there and the signs aren’t always obvious.

Childish Gambino to host three concurrent ‘Summertime Starts Here’ events this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, and London

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Childish Gambino to host three concurrent ‘Summertime Starts Here’ events this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, and LondonHttps Image 2018 07 Childish Gambino Summertime Magic Feels Like Summer Summer Pack Stream 00

New York, Los Angeles, and London will serve as the sites of three concurrent Childish Gambino events the weekend of July 14 – 15, as the “This Is America” producer brings his enigmatic Summertime Starts Here event experience series to each city in staggered intervals.

Summertime Starts Here initially debuted in New York on July 13 at Union Square, and will remain in the ‘Big Apple’ into Saturday, July 14, where the second day will commence at Fort Greene Park from 12-4 PM EST. Los Angeles will also receive the Summertime Starts Here experience on July 14. The West Coast edition of the event will take place at California’s Santa Monica pier from 12-4 PM PST. On Sunday, July 15, Gambino’s nomadic fan event will relocate to Fairfax High School from 12-4 PM PST.

Last but certainly not least, London will also be privy to Summertime Starts Here, with the UK version occupying Gunnersbury Park from 1-10 PM GMT. Although Gambino shared little detail about the specifics of the Summertime Starts Here series, each event will supposedly be free of charge. It is unlikely that Gambino will perform live in each city, given the overlap of the three events, though if any mortal man could do it, it would be Donald Glover somehow.

The Summertime Starts Here run follows the July 11 release of Gambino’s new EP, Summer Pack.

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H/T: Billboard

Seismic Dance Event announces house-heavy inaugural lineup

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Seismic Dance Event announces house-heavy inaugural lineupAnna Lunoe Live 1

Seismic Dance Event is a new festival hosted by local Austin, Texas promoter RealMusic Events. Known for their house-oriented electronic lineups, Seismic Dance Event seems to the pinnacle of their love for hard beats and dirty grooves.

The lineup features house music heavyweights and newcomers, with big name talent like Anna Lunoe, Green Velvet, and Duke Dumont alongside some smaller, but still reputable names such as Amtrac, Hotel Garuda, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more. Hosted at the scenic Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, this lineup and location pairing makes Seismic Dance Event one of fall’s most intriguing festivals.

Seismic Dance Event announces house-heavy inaugural lineupSeismic


Featured image sourced from Anna Lunoe’s Facebook

Relive your favorite sets of Electric Forest 2018

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Relive your favorite sets of Electric Forest 2018Electric Forest 2018 Marshmello

Electric Forest has just wrapped its 8th annual gathering, and the Insomniac/Madison House produced event seems to grow exponentially with each passing year. Complete with spectacular new stages, yet another expertly curated 2018 line-up, and new crevasses to explore at every corner of the grounds, it’s no wonder Sherwood Forest is a place that draws world-class visual and musical artists to showcase their work.

Living up to it’s promise to offer a truly unforgettable, always changing festival experience, EF boasted a completely revamped Ranch Arena stage, which played host to resident headliners The String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar, along with Marshmello, ZHU, and Galantis, to name a few. The expansive Tripolee stage continues to add new visual dimensions to its world each year, with artists like CloZee, Netsky, Herobust, Jauz, and Testpilot revealing a new chapter into its rich story. Step deeper into Sherwood Forest to find The Observatory and Forest stages, which hosted several secret sets and a Desert Hearts takeover throughout the weekend. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the Forest, however, was the Carousel Club, a brand new circus tent stage experience that played host to renegade artists featuring the Saturn-sounds of rising act Desert Dwellers.

For those who weren’t so lucky to have witnessed the weekend spectacle live and in-person, DA has compiled a list of streams from Electric Forest 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments. This post will be updated as more sets become available.

Electric Forest 2018 Live Sets

Bassnectar (First Weekend, Ranch Arena)

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Bassnectar (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

SoundCloudMixcloud | YouTube (Part 1Part 2Part 3)

Boogie T (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)


BUKU (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)


CharlesTheFirst (First Weekend, Tripolee)


CloZee (Second Weekend, Jubilee)


EPROM (First Weekend, Triploee)


G Jones b2b EPROM (Second Weekend, Tripolee)


FISHER (First Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

Get Real (Second Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

Green Velvet (First Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

Green Velvet b2b Kerri Chandler (First Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

GRiZ Chasing The Golden Hour (First Weekend, Triploee)

SoundCloud | Mixcloud | YouTube

GRiZ (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

SoundCloud | Mixcloud | YouTube

GRiZ Live Band (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Hotel Garuda Farewell Set (First Weekend, Tripolee)

SoundCloud | Mixcloud | YouTube

Jade Cicada (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

MixcloudYouTube (Partial)

Jauz (First Weekend, Tripolee)


Keys N Krates (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)

YouTube (Partial)

Kyle Watson (First Weekend, Forest Stage)


Malaa (First Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

Marshmello (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)


Mat Joe (First Weekend, Forest Stage)


MAXIMONO (First Weekend, Forest Stage)


Mija (First Weekend, Tripolee)

Mixcloud | YouTube (Partial)

Mikey Lion (Weekend 2, Forest Stage)


Moody Good (Weekend 1, Tripolee)


NeLLe Wilson (First Weekend, Good Life Village)


REZZ (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)

YouTube (Partial) | YouTube (Full)

San Holo (First Weekend, Tripolee)

YouTube (Partial)

Shooka (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)


Space Jesus (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)


Spag Heddy (First Weekend, Tripolee)


Taheo (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)


TESTPILOT (Second Weekend, Tripolee)

Mixcloud | YouTube

The BCE Project (First Weekend, Good Life Village)


The BCE Project – Chill Set (First Weekend, Good Life Village)


TRANTIC (First Weekend, Grassroots)

SoundCloud | YouTube


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Afrojack the tax fraudster? The Dutch government is investigating

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Afrojack the tax fraudster? The Dutch government is investigatingAfrojack G Star Raw

Let Afrojack‘s current plight serve as a reminder to be careful about choosing a reliable tax adviser — especially while wealthy.

Per Dutch media, dance superstar Afrojack has been entangled in a tax fraught case brought on by his financial adviser, Frank B. The producer had allegedly been using shell companies and havens like Cyprus to avoid taxation over the years, per the case opened by the FIOD, Holland’s version of the IRS. They began investigating those around him — most notably, his former tour manager Hugo Langras — in May. Langras offered nothing else to the media aside from the fact that his home had been searched.

A statement from Afrojack’s team expresses the artist’s personal shock and denial of the charges. He personally has nothing to hide, they’ve advised, and are confident that he will come of out this cleanly.

Frank B. was called “the tax specialist for the stars” in the Netherlands, overseeing the finances of not just Afrojack, but also Tiësto, Patricia Paay, and more. Time will tell if more familiar names are implicated in Frank’s ongoing scandals.


H/T: De Telegraaf

Featured image supplied by Afrojack’s team

Porter Robinson confirms Virtual Self tour speculations with the Utopia Tour

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Porter Robinson confirms Virtual Self tour speculations with the Utopia TourPorter DJ Mag Photo Photographer Credit Jasmine Safaeian @yasi E1531422686448

Confirming Reddit’s speculations about a forthcoming Virtual Self tour, Porter Robinson has released a full set of North American dates to make up the Utopia Tour.

The tour will kick off Aug. 31 in New York City at Electric Zoo and make its way across the continent through early October. Attendees of the tour stops can expect to see a combination of two sets in one: a techno, two-step and trance portion from the technic-Angel moniker of Virtual Self, and everything from jungle to hardcore from Pathselector.

Dates marked “CLUBSYSTEM” will be either an intimate club show or a show without custom stage setup.

Friday, Aug. 31 Electric Zoo – New York, NY
Saturday, Sept. 1 Riverworks  – Buffalo NY
Sunday, Sept. 2 New City Gas – Montreal QC
Monday, Sept. 3 Echostage  – Washington DC (CLUBSYSTEM)
Thursday, Sept. 6 Royal Oak – Detroit MI
Friday, Sept. 7 Aragon – Chicago IL
Saturday, Sept. 8 Armory – Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, Sept. 11 The Complex – Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, Sept. 13 WAMU – Seattle WA
Friday, Sept. 14 Commodore – Vancouver BC
Saturday, Sept. 15 Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB (CLUBSYSTEM)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 Emo’s – Austin TX
Thursday, Oct. 4 Bomb Factory – Dallas TX


Featured photo by Jasmine Safaeian

Detroit Sound Conservancy launches Kickstarter to reconstruct iconic Detroit sound system

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Detroit Sound Conservancy launches Kickstarter to reconstruct iconic Detroit sound systemClub Heaven Sound System

“Detroit’s sonic story is not over,” and the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) will see to the longevity of that “sonic story” via the restoration of one of Detroit’s most iconic techno sound systems, that of the now closed Club Heaven.

A non-profit group that supports Detroit’s “sonic heritage through outreach, preservation, education, storytelling, curation, and innovation,” the DSC looks to not only recover, but preserve Club Heaven’s sound system via a newly launched Kickstarter campaign that will fund the system’s renovation.

Seminal artists in Detroit’s techno movement, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson gifted the sound system to the DSC in 2017. The system previously occupied a Detroit basement for approximately 20 years before May and Saunderson transferred ownership of the sound system to the DSC. Now,  the group aims to rebuild the system via “electronic archaeology,” which entails replacement of the system’s cables, drivers, amplifiers, horns, and speaker cabinets.

“Since our founding in 2012, Detroit Sound Conservancy has preserved and celebrated Detroit music history from below,” the DSC said. “This means we spend our time telling stories that have rarely been heard outside of our own neighborhoods and local communities and have yet to be included in standard depictions of Detroit’s musical history. This includes stories of Detroit’s queer dance ecosystem from the late 1960s to the present day in which Club Heaven is a key moment.”

A prominent nightclub that doubled as a “safe space” for the queer population in its hey day, Club Heaven served as a sonic sanctuary for black LGBTQ youth, while simultaneously offering an outlet to DJs, club promoters, dancers, and other frequenters of the Detroit club circuit.

Donate to the Kickstarter, here.

Photo Credit: Mixmag

H/T: Mixmag

American man, 26, dies after attending Ultra Europe in Croatia

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American man, 26, dies after attending Ultra Europe in CroatiaUltra Europe 2015 Day 2 25

It’s somewhat counter-intuitive to think of a musical festival, a place for unparalleled celebration, as a place from which one may never return. Nevertheless, year after year, due to exhaustion, overheating, and/or drugs, a small number of festival-goers tragically validate this bleak reality.

As Ultra Europe 2018, held in the Croatian city of Split, came to a close, a 26-year-old American man was confirmed dead after attending the festival. According to local authorities, after falling ill, the man was rushed to the hospital on Saturday, where he eventually died the following day. The U.S. State Department confirmed the death to Daily News, saying, “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. The U.S. Embassy in Croatia is providing consular assistance.”

The man’s official cause of death is still pending an autopsy.

It’s worth noting that over the weekend, temperatures reached over 86 degrees Fahrenheit in Split, making drug use especially risky, drastically increasing the likelihood of dehydration in any case. Local media reported that, in addition to the singular death, an additional 24 attendees were hospitalized, with 60 additional incidents requiring attention onsite. A whopping 305 individuals were arrested at Ultra, with one incarceration involving a man found with 49 kilograms of marijuana (roughly 108 pounds) on his person.

Via: Daily News

Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival pack

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Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival packUnnamed 2

Pretty Lights knows festivals. The Denver-based electronic veteran has made a career of headlining them, curating his own festivals, and designing his shows specifically for the outdoors, making indoor shows a rarity in his repertoire. With an upcoming string of performances at his home turf of Red Rocks Amphitheater approaching in August, Pretty Lights has teamed up with apparel company Akomplice to release a unique capsule pack of necessities geared at today’s modern festival-goer.

The festival survival kit includes all the finest camping event accouterments, from walkie talkies to bandanas, a reliable grinder, light refraction tools, and even palo santo to ward off bad vibes. The items in the limited release pack are ready for camping, festival music, and creativity, along with a handy dopp kit to pack it all in. Available on July 13 at 11:30 AM PST, the new Pretty Lights Akomplice merchandise can be purchased here.

The full kit includes:

  • An iconic WWII trench lighter.
  • The signature AK grinder.
  • Palo Santo to light and clear your energy.
  • Festival Walkie Talkies
  • Channel 1 for Pretty Lights fam to connect.
  • Channel 2 for special announcements from Pretty Lights.
  • A bandana to protect your face at shows.
  • A crystal x-cube to refract light at shows.
  • A dopp kit for everything to live within.
  • A notebook for high-vibe, magical ideas.