It has been more than a year since Kygo descended upon NYC, selling out Barclays Center in May of 2018. Though for his upcoming return to the Big Apple this summer, he’s pulling out all the stops for a production unlike anything the tropical hit-maker has ever done before. Kygo will debut a new live concept, UTOPIA, on June 30 at one of New York’s largest venues, the Jacob Javits Center.
Kygo has commanded some prestigious stage moments in the past, from his performance at the Nobel Peace Prize presentation in 2015 to the Olympics closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, though UTOPIA looks primed to outdo them all. The event’s supporting cast includes a full orchestra, as well as performances by Cirque du Soleil, Kiiara, Jhart, Danny Verde, Leomeo, and more special guests.
Pre-sale registration is open now and tickets officially go on sale on Monday, June 10th at KygoNYC.com. Those that register for pre-sale will be entered into a drawing to win artist passes and a meet and greet with the “It Aint Me” producer ahead of the show. Best of all, the net proceeds from UTOPIA will benefit charities Stonewall Gives Back Initiative, LIFEBeat, and Trevor Project.
All roads lead to Redux? It sure seems that way in New York at least, given anonymous pictures of his visage all over town have been popping up on the web. It’s through mysterious campaigns like this that the dance world came to find out about stops on the Swedish House Mafia reunion tour, and Aphex Twin’s Coachella appearance. Now, what appear to be visual indicators of Kaskade‘s imminent arrival to the Big Apple is stirring a rabid frenzy among fans.
It all makes sense when thinking deeper, at least to followers of the super star’s social media accounts. He’s been hinting at another Redux show for quite some time, and recently began upping his interactions with those pointing out past promises he made to bring the show to the area and even re-posting speculative posts about potential shows in Brooklyn. This of course coincides with the announcement of a third Redux EP on its way.
The Funk Lords are headed to NYC for Halloween this year.
Chromeo have been tapped for Disco of the Dead at The Gallery Dream Downtown, just as they wrap on a nationwide tour in support of the their recentHead Over Heels LP. The plush hotel and nightlife spot, anchored in the Meatpacking District, will host the Big Beatduo on October 27, slated to headline the evening with a characteristically funky Chromeo DJ set.
Tully & Cam, Wizzy and Agua Sol are all lined up for supporting sets as well. The hotel features three rooms on three different levels, each characterized by their own unique experiential aesthetics. Dream Downtown is heading into their eighth annual Halloween celebration, and they are pulling out all the stops this year with Chromeo holding down Disco of the Dead 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
French house mastermind, Mercer, has crafted his latest dance-centric concoction in efforts to pay homage to the iconic New York nightclub-turned-Broadway-theater, Studio 54. The club, located in Midtown Manhattan, stood in its heyday as a beacon of the lush ’70s disco epoch that revolutionized the dance music scene at large forever.
“Studio 54” encapsulates this highly hedonistic time period with its sensational, violin-heavy instrumentation and plucky bass loops, accompanied, of course, with the four on the floor time signature which house music and disco notoriously reciprocate. Mercer is known for combining the “old school” with the “new school,” in other words, bringing his knowledge of the French Touch era (the Euro equivalent of disco) in forging his modernized, feel-good “neo-disco” club hits.
Mercer molded an advantageous place for himself in dance music with his decadently dancey sound and auspicious, longtime affiliates, such as Tchami, Malaa, and DJ Snake, with whom he formed the legendary Pardon My French collective in 2015 in the name of advancing the French house emblem.
Swedish superstar Alesso, took to Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s storied Central Park in early September to perform his brand new single, “REMEDY.” The performance was equipped not only with full-fledged live instrumentation, but also vocals from the track’s tender-voiced Conor Maynard. A patron of piano since the ripe age of seven, Alesso assumed his position on keyboard at the crest of the prismatic stage setup.
While the track is Alesso’s first release of the year, the artist has kept quite active on the festival front. To follow up his top-notch wrap-up of Electric Zoo‘s 10th anniversary installment (during which “REMEDY” made a notable cameo), his headlining seat at Imagine Festival will serve as the searing crescendo to Alesso’s full-bodied festival season.
Eric Prydz will go b2b to b2b…to b2b to b2b with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D alias come fall. The legendary duo will play two dates in Los Angeles and New York respectively, stopping by LA’s Hollywood Palladium on November 23 and 24, before collectively making their way to Brooklyn for two succeeding performances on November 30 and December 1.
Factory 93 will head the LA events, while Teksupport will handle New York’s. The masterminds behind the technics of Prydz’s EPIC shows will head the production of the b2b appearances, promising an “essential rave experience” guaranteed to “push the boundaries of how techno can be presented.”
Cirez and Beyer notably linked up for a sold out b2b appearance in March 2018 for Miami Music Week.
Tickets to all b2b dates will go on sale on August 3. Those interested in purchasing tickets to the LA b2bs can do so here, while those looking to attend the NY based b2bs can do so here.
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.
Recently A-Trak and Young Thug linked up for a throwback to the Low Pros days, dropping off their grinding new collaboration, “Ride For Me,” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1. The track was met with equal parts surprise and praise, with Young Thug delivering one of his most aberrantly eccentric vocal performances in recent memory, complemented by rising rapper 24hrs’ tempered contribution, all wrapped up and packed tightly into a slow-burning A-Trak trap beat.
The pair have now released an official video accompaniment that ties together genres, styles, cultures, and even generations. Thugger and A-Trak rope in a heavy dose of 90’s nostalgia, linking with renown skate video director and Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner for “Ride For Me‘s” one-of-a-kind concept.
The video clips together Gesner’s archived footage of legendary NYC skaters from two decades ago with cuts of A-Trak and Thug revisiting the same spots in the present day, filmed with the same Hi-8 camera, making the clips of 1994 and 2018 nearly indistinguishable. The feature’s visual aesthetics, which A-Trak describes perfectly as, “both nostalgic and post-modern,” play right into the track’s sonic appeal, juxtaposing a retro snapshot of life in the urban underground with a soundtrack of futuristic, new wave hip-hop.