Area 51 festival fizzles out from low turn out

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Area 51 festival fizzles out from low turn outStorm Area 51

Born out of the viral “Storm Area 51” Internet phenomenon, organizers of the themed affair cancelled the festival following low attendance. Organizer Keith Wright brought the event to a halt Saturday, after its Friday commencement, featuring a headline performance from Paul Oakenfold, attracted approximately 500 attendees to the Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko, Nevada. Wright expected a party upwards of 5,000. The turnout disparity led full operation of the event to be infeasible.

“We put on a safe event for the people that showed up,” Wright told Time. “But we had to make the decision today because it costs tens of thousands of dollars to staff each day. It was a gamble financially, we lost.”

Lincoln County authorities reported six arrests as of September 19, mostly contained to a sundry of trespassing charges. A group of about 20 people reportedly “acted like they were going to storm” a gate surrounding the military base, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said the crowd “stopped short.”

Photo credit: Bridget Bennett/AFP/Getty Images

H/T: Time

NMF Roundup: Illenium delivers ‘Blood,’ Dillon Francis and Eptic link for ‘Let It Go’ on Monstercat + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium delivers ‘Blood,’ Dillon Francis and Eptic link for ‘Let It Go’ on Monstercat + moreIllenium Press Shot 2

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Topping this week’s list is Illenium’s dark new single, “Blood,” with vocalist Foy Vance, followed by Eptic and Dillon Francis’ new Monstercat collaboration, “Let It Go.” Eric Prydz has blessed the music world with a new Pryda compilation, PRYDA 15 VOL II, featuring songs like “The Riddle,” and GTA and Diplo have linked up for “Milky Cabrera.” Rusko and Subtronics are a force to be reckoned with on “Bounce,” and i_o delivers a new EP, featuring tunes like “Possession.” The Knocks keep the summer grooves coming with a VIP mix of “Awa Ni,” and Rinzen flips Lastlings’ “I’ve Got You.” Paul Oakenfold and Galestian have crafted a mysterious collaboration with “Summer Nights,” and Hermitude bring along BJ The Chicago Kid and Buddy for “OneFourThree.” Kaskade and Late Night Alumni create a dreamy masterpiece on “One Track Mind,” and Cosmic Gate breathe life into their new single, “Light Years.” Jack Beats and Dillon Nathaniel open up the dance floor on “Mind Sensation,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Quintino, and MAD M.A.C. build a main stage earworm with “Boing.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet

Paul Oakenfold set to make DJ history as the first to play Stonehenge

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Paul Oakenfold set to make DJ history as the first to play StonehengePaul Oakenfold Stonehenge

Paul Oakenfold will write a chapter in the live music history books when he becomes the first DJ ever to play Stonehenge this September. The exact date has yet to be announced, but most dance music lifers will have to wait for the video recording to experience the event – only 50 personally invited people will be on hand to witness the performance.

Fittingly, all of show’s profits will go to English Heritage, a charity working to preserve over 400 historic sites around the country. The veteran dance legend is no stranger to DJing awe-inspiring locations, with sets on Mount Everest and the Great Wall of China already on his rap sheet. Despite decades of shows under his belt, Oakenfold says Stonehenge will top them all,

“I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site. The energy there will be like nowhere else on earth, and this will be reflected in my music and performance. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge will be the most magical.”

The DJ will join an iconic list of past performers to grace the 5,000 year old landmark, including Jimmy Page, Hawkwind, and more. Just as exciting is the promise of more incredible events, with Oakenfold teasing a, “long-term vision of using amazing locations championing great artists and new music.”

Photo Credit: National Geographic



Paul Oakenfold – Only Us ft Little Nikki

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Paul Oakenfold – Only Us ft Little NikkiPaul Oakenfold Only Us

As house music continues to permeate through 2018, Paul Oakenfold has delivered his exquisitely melodic dancefloor memento, “Only Us,” via Tiësto‘s Black Hole Recordings. Oakenfold fittingly debuted the track during his set for Moscow’s World Cup Fan Fest.

“Only Us” is dance pop done right. With help from fellow UK-native Little Nikki, whose magnetic vocals deliciously accent the track’s momentous, one-night-only theme – accompanied by lofty, atmospheric synth chords and walloping percussion.

Oakenfold, a three-time Grammy nominee, has been an integral figure in the worldwide trance and house arenas for decades, acquiring lucrative residencies all over the globe in dance music epicenters like Pacha of Ibiza, Ministry of Sound in London, and most instrumentally, Cream in Liverpool. Before his ascent to dance music’s short list, Oakenfold worked alongside hip-hop icons like the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C as an agent/manager in the ’80s, launching his Perfecto Fluoro imprint soon after.

Paul Simon embraces dance on ‘Graceland – The Remixes’ featuring Joris Voorn, Photek, Groove Armada & more

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It’s probably safe to assume that when Paul Simon began to achieve fame and critical acclaim as a part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, he’d never anticipated he might someday release an electronic tribute album. But alas, that day has come.

Simon’s Grammy award-winning 1986 album, Graceland, has been re-imagined by several of dance music’s superstars.  

Though just five tastes of the album are available at the moment, as Graceland – The Remixes doesn’t officially land on Legacy/Sony until June, the glimpses into the record shine a new light on the artist’s folk and pop-rock sensibilities as Joris Voorn, Thievery CorporationPhotekGroove ArmadaPaul Oakenfold, and more are called upon to rework the mastery that is the great Paul Simon.

Graceland – The Remixes is out via Sony and Legacy on June 1.

Ferry Corsten and Paul Oakenfold team up for long-overdue inaugural collaboration

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Paul Oakenfold and Ferry Corsten are two mainstays that have pioneered the trance industry to where it is today. Though the two have never collaborated, a new Corsten initiative called UNITY has finally brought about a collaborative single called “A Slice of Heaven.”

Corsten created UNITY to bring together producers to collaborate for something bigger than themselves. With “A Slice of Heaven,” he and Oakenfold have partnered with VH1’s Save The Music Foundation to add support to the organization’s Music Tech Grant program, which to date has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments and equipment to more than 2,000 public schools across the USA.

Music has always been a release for me and dance music, especially trance, has always had a sense of community attached to it. Through UNITY, my aim is to bring together all of these people I have worked alongside through the years to create a project that reinforces that sense of being united and give young people the chance to make their own way in music.” -Corsten

Their track, “A Slice of Heaven,” features propelling trance synths and beautiful vocal breaks. Oakenfold commented on the long-overdue collaboration in an official statement about the track.

“Myself and Ferry have long spoken about getting together to work on music, and with the benefits of providing children with more opportunities to be educated through music, it was a no-brainer to finally make it happen.” -Oakenfold

The track is out now on both Flashover and Perfecto Recordings.