Amsterdam Dance Event’s second phase of artists: Peggy Gou, San Holo, Sam Feldt, and more

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Europe’s globally attended industry-oriented festival and conference week, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), has released its second arm of genre-traversing musical meat for the affair’s 24th edition.

Among the production’s most recent wave of names is Carl Craig, Catching Flies, DJ Seinfeld, San Holo, Peggy Gou, Steve Aoki, Dubfire, as well as dozens more, scheduled to stretch across its five-day tenure this October 16-20. Alongside the performer additions comes the next leg of conference speakers, including Nastia, Hannah Wants, and Lisa Ellis, SoundCloud’s global head of music and artist relations.

The new names join the ranks of ADE’s hotly anticipated first wave, namely Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Netsky, and Carl Cox, just to name a few from the multitudinous menagerie of upper-echelon muscle.

This year’s installment will feature France as the festival’s focus country, along with the return of the endeavor’s live showcases at historic Amsterdam venues, Melkweg and Paradiso. ADE’s first wave of artists is available in full here. Explore the lineup additions and purchase tickets to the festival here. The complete artist roster and 2019 festival program is expected to be finalized in coming weeks.

Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + more

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + moreCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.

Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.

The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.

Full list of newly added acts:

Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.

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Check out these top notch sets from Circoloco’s Halloween warehouse party lineup

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Check out these top notch sets from Circoloco’s Halloween warehouse party lineupCircoloco Halloween

While the vast number of halloween parties drawing top tier talent all around America, the anticipation may be at its highest in New York City. However, of all the wild yet intimate club shows and raucous warehouse performances in store for this weekend, it’s possible that the hottest night out this weekend may be Circoloco‘s Halloween warehouse show. With their killer lineup of Peggy Gou, The Martinez Brothers, Virgil Abloh, and Blond:ish all throwing down in a warehouse at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (pictured below), the Teksupport hosted event is slated to be a special one.

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In preparation for the event, we’ve compiled some of the best sets from the Ibiza party legends’ New York lineup.

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This stunning set is impressive for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it’s not often that so much techno talent comes together in one location – and what a location it was. In the disused printing press facility that is Printworks London, the DJs put on over six hours of entrancing house, techno, and everything in between. If The Martinez Brothers can channel a similar energy this weekend, Brooklyn is in for a treat.

Peggy Gou x Boiler Room @ Dekmantel 2017

Peggy Gou has seen a rapid ascent in the world of house and techno over the past couple of years, and one can only think that it has something to do with her live sets. Touching on acid, disco, jazzy house, and more, Gou flexes her mixing prowess at the Boiler Room stage at Amsterdam’s Dekmantel Festival. Filmed in the classic Boiler Room style, it’s easy to see how good of a show the DJ puts on from the fans behind her alone.

Virgil Abloh b2b TaEast @ Boiler Room Weekender

Another Boiler Room veteran, Kanye West’s creative director and one of Time’s most influental people of 2018 always keeps fans guessing with his sets. From underground trap music and Kanye tracks to acid and techno beats, expect a diverse selection from this cultural magnate this weekend.

Blond:ish @ Untold Festival Romania

If this set is any indication, Blond:ish will be providing a more textured sound than her lineup counterparts. Bringing the sounds of the underground to Untold Festival’s beautiful Romanian forest location, grooving basslines and an atmospheric vibe lead to a calming yet engaging set. Hopefully bringing similar energy to Brooklyn Navy Yard, Blond:ish is an underrated act to look out for this weekend.

Tyler, The Creator, Virtual Self, DJ Koze, James Blake and more top III Points 2019 lineup

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Miami’s III Points has announced its sixth annual lineup set to take over the Wynwood district of the city next year February15-17.

With over 100 artists on the bill, III Points is an eclectic who’s who collection of indie and electronic music heavyweights alike. SZA, Tyler, the Creator, A$AP Rocky, and Erykah Badu top this year’s bill with pleasing additions from Virtual SelfJames Blake, Beach House, Blood Orange fresh off the release of Negro Swan, and many, many more, anchoring the earlier end of US festival season next year.

The roster’s underground dance talents are also in top form, including a booking from rising superstar Peggy Gou, Yaeji, DJ Koze, Ben UFO b2b Joy Orbison, DJ Stingray, Honey Dijon, Keinemusik and more. Tickets to the festival can be purchased here.

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LSD, Gorillaz, Bob Moses, and more grace FIFA 19 soundtrack [Stream]

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FIFA 19 players will come for the video game, and stay for the soundtrack.

A varied assortment of selections from different genres ranging from indie rock to hip hop, FIFA 19 sees sonic appearances from artists like Bob Moses, Gorillaz, Childish Gambino, Death Cab For Cutie, and more. Electronic music notably figures on the soundtrack with increased prominence through FIFA 19’s inclusion of LSD‘s debut single, “Genius,” Peggy Gou‘s Nina Tune production, “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane),” Gorillaz’ “Sorcererz,” and Moses’ “Heaven Only Knows.”

The EA Sports game will make its official debut on September 28, but fans can preview the soundtrack now via Spotify.

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Secret Project will bring Bonobo, Carl Cox and more to new Los Angeles block party

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Secret Project will bring Bonobo, Carl Cox and more to new Los Angeles block partyCarl Co Space 4

2018 has seen Los Angeles’ electronic music scene receive a lot of close attention. Most recently, the Gary Richards-backed All My Friends Festival brought a tailored music experience downtown LA, and now Secret Project has announced its impending arrival this fall.

Courtesy of local party promoter A Club Called Rhonda and Factory 93, Secret Project will bring some of the electronic underworld’s most venerated artists to a block party taking place in the area surrounding Chinatown’s Naud Street, including DJ sets from veterans Carl Cox, Tale of Us, Bonobo, unique b2bs from artists like Dixon and Âme, and live performances from Bicep and Stephan Bodzin. 

The event will not only be led by music, but local businesses and culture to bring the experiential two-day event together. Attendees will be able to experience unique food and drink experiences thanks to curating from David Chang’s high end restaurant Majordōmo and famed mixology bar Apotheke. All of this over October 13 and 14 will be a celebration of a neighborhood — like many on Los Angeles’s east side — that has been invigorated in transformation in recent years.

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Techno party in Spanish castle fleshes out strong underground lineup

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Techno party in Spanish castle fleshes out strong underground lineupCastle

With the rise in popularity of Croatia’s pristine nightlife scene and Ibiza’s continued reign as a clubbing hotspot, grandiose locations for house and techno are becoming commonplace in the electronic music ecosystem. Following this trend, Into the Valley festival has taken residence in the thousand-year-old Castle of Sohail on Spain’s Andalusian Coast for the fourth iteration of the event.

Acts like Floating Points, DJ Seinfeld, Peggy Gou, and Amelie Lens will be performing at the three day event on the alluring Castle, Theater, and Beach stages. Taking place from September 28th to 30th, Into the Valley festival is slated to be one of the top underground events of the season, looking to “further develop the format known as boutique festival and to invigorate the electronic music scene worldwide.”


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Peggy Gou’s Acid Journey Remix of Shakedown’s classic ‘At Night’ is here, and it was well worth the wait

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Peggy Gou‘s reworked a crowned jewel of the underground, embedding the captivating crossover style she’s dubbed “Acid Journey” on Shakedown’s “At Night.”

Taking to her Instagram to express her happiness of working on the track, Gou’s quite proud of this one, as she should be: “Sometimes it’s not easy to do a remix when the original is too good already its pressure but because the original sounds, the stems are good it wasn’t also difficult either if that makes sense.”

An iconic track from the Swiss brothers Mandrax and Seb K, Gou’s been playing this track out for a bit now in her live shows. As the track finally sees the light of day in full on the internet, it’s clear she’s delivered a seriously squelching seven-minute heater, lifting the iconic synth motif with her newfound rolling syncopation. Saturated synths and interplanetary breakdowns guide the listener through the number, and as Shakedown brings their good feels to the iconic ’80s track, Gou adds an irresistible after-hours charm.

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Ryan Hemsworth releases Peggy Gou bootleg in anticipation of USA tour

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Ryan Hemsworth released the latest in a series of bootlegs this week, tackling Peggy Gou‘s “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane).” From the start first week of April, Hemsworth graced fans with one new track a week in anticipation of an upcoming string of USA gigs.

For his third bootleg of this installation, the Canadian producer takes the groovy vibes of Gou’s original track, brings it to a downtempo feel, and adds an assortment of light percussion and synth melodies. Hemsworth will first hit U Street Music Hall in DC on April 27, making his way across the US through late May. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Beyond the headliners: DA presents the top 10 must-see acts of Coachella 2018

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America’s cornerstone music festival is fast approaching its Empire Polo Club descent. As Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival enters its 19th annual celebration, the festival reflects on music’s past, relishes in its present, and amplifies its future. It’s an exuberant apex promising the land of milk and honey for its frenzied fashion frolickers and music aficionados alike.

Those that secured passes this year conquered its fastest selling edition on record despite having endured a price hike. This year sees the Goldenvoice brainchild packing punches and taking names as per usual. Rock ‘n roll’s presence has dwindled, giving rise to rap, pop, and R&B. Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem are headlining. In the electronica arena, rising acts like Louis the Child, Alan Walker, AC Slater, Petit Biscuit, Whethan, Cash Cash, and San Holo are carrying the torch of a new era of radio-friendly, pop-centric dance music, which Coachella’s clearly noticing based on their booking choices. 

We here at Dancing Astronaut have taken to compile a complete list of acts we deem unmissable ahead of the gathering’s first weekend. By now the set times have dropped and there are inevitable conflicts, but these acts are among the most exciting debuts, performances, and compasses for where dance music has been and will shift in the years to come.

10) Ekali

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If a cosign from Skrillex doesn’t entice you, perhaps it’ll behoove you to know that the OWSLA signee Ekali sold out his Babylon tour through December of last year. Maybe you’d like to know that the trap maven moves through genres with ease, having collaborated already with TroyBoi, Denzel Curry, and KRANE. Last year, he released a huge collaboration with Zhu and dropped a wide range of mixes, including his three-hour-long Awakening mixes, a Diplo & Friends mix, and a Triple J mix. Ekali became a household name in the dance community in 2017, and accordingly, DA named him one of the producers of the year. This year, he’s moved from his 2016 DoLab performance slot to an afternoon slot in the Sahara tent and if that isn’t an impressive testament to his own, and a rising class of new dance acts’ versatility, growth, and impact in the modern dance realm we truly don’t know what is.

9) Petit Biscuit

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Nineteen-year-old Mehdi Benjelloun, known musically as Petit Biscuit, has already proven his music production talents are well beyond his years. Classically trained in the cello by the age of five, Benjelloun’s monumental remix of ODESZA‘s “Memories That You Call,” drew comparisons to the duo with a refreshing injection of poise. Not to mention, Petit Biscuit wrote, produced, and mixed his debut album Presence over the course of the last year, somehow finding a balance between high school exams and sold-out tours across the world. Petit Biscuit’s Coachella debut is a testament to a new class of classically trained electronic musicians. May there be plenty more to come.

8) Kölsch

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Just last year, Kölsch ran through a slew of high profile festivals, had a stellar BBC Radio 1, an Ibiza residency at one of the island’s most renowned new destinations, played the iconic DC 10, Berghain‘s Panorama bar, and performed on the Eiffel Tower for five million people around the world. With both ease and great comfort, Kölsch’s sets implement an articulate understanding of his surroundings, and though Coachella 2018 marks his debut at the festival, his ability to read the room will surely see that he delivers here and for the rest of the world in the months to follow.

7) Barclay Crenshaw

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Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, also known by his hip-hop alter ego and real name, Barclay Crenshaw, is elevating one of dance music’s mightiest messages. As the founder of the Dirtybird Campout, Crenshaw’s proven the Dirtybird flock is much more than a tantalizing tech house home base, but an embodiment of the true meaning of dance music. He’s bringing the tribe back to the dance floor and proving that love and passion, for music, but more importantly for one another, will see it all through.

6) Chromeo

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One could argue that a Chromeo set in 2018 is outdated. But, that would be to ignore the duo’s immense cultural permeability, not to mention their timelessness, and an ultimate ushering in of contemporary disco music. Chromeo’s releasing a new album in June. For now, they’ve released a new bop with D.R.A.M and renowned Prince and D’angelo collaborator Jesse Johnson for what appears to allude to their grooviest album yet. Their Coachella set will undoubtedly feature a plethora of classics and new material alike, and you’d have to be crazy to miss that.

5) Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)

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Keeping current and experimental with underground techno bookings proves to be no easy task. This year, Coachella’s dance bookings cater to the techno heads — see Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, and more — while simultaneously paying respect to the birthplace of the genre with the booking of Detroit Love. Detroit Love is a trio comprised of dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodymann. Ultimately, it’s small wonder Goldenvoice looked to this crew. If any group were to lay siege on the compelling concoction that is Motown, jazz, and techno, there would be no better choice than these homies from the “D.”

4) The Black Madonna

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In the era of #MeToo, where women are speaking out against their oppressors, The Black Madonna uses her music as a means to amplify the voices of the fringe dance community. Her sets raise up the central voices of club history — ones that have been forced to the periphery or silenced entirely — through a provocative exudence of acid house, disco, and outright emotion.  Her music seeps groove and love that’s made to replenish the soul.

3) Peggy Gou

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Peggy Gou is going to be here for a long time. Having graduated from the underground circuit with the highest honors of club-polished sounds in 2018, Gou brings forth sets that are a dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for the craft. She wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain, which she was, and along the way she also became the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix. Now, her Coachella debut solidifies that her electrifying electro and disco will only perpetuate her meteoric rise to stardom.

2) Alison Wonderland

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Alison Wonderland is speaking her truth. She’s just released her exquisite sophomore album, AWAKE, which is a compelling collection of EDM and hip-hop crossovers. From rappers to Grammy-award winning songwriters, Alison Wonderland is successfully holding the attention of her listeners, while offering one of the most refreshing perspectives of women in the genre’s history. It’s rife with sarcasm, and yet, poppy in its deliverance. The album sees Wonderland wielding her moniker’s trope as a weapon with ease, and it’ll be no surprise if she’s a household name come the end of the year. Considering how much the EDM world is a man’s microcosm, at least onstage,  the very presence of Alison Wonderland’s perspective tends to come off as a revolutionary, dare we say, awakening.


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Dancing Astronaut named REZZ 2017’s producer of the year, “The prodigy who exceeded all expectations,” we called her. And yet, to reduce REZZ to our expectations, in hindsight, feels wrong. She’s an artist. Mercurial and acting on her own unique vision. She’s promoting the consumption of water during her sets, like many, she’s working on the little things, improving her jumps during her sets, and she’s taking on the world. As the Coachella set times were looming we began to wonder if the outside world had caught up, whether it was ready to recognize Isabelle Rezazadeh’s global ascension. Having ripped into the scene three years ago with an unparalleled juxtaposition of industrial techno and pummeling bass,  REZZ carved an unforeseen niche in the mines of ominously-sinister, singular techno, and now, the world has taken notice. REZZ will close out the Sahara tent on Friday and the world will be watching. There are no doubts REZZ will continue her momentum into superstardom after this performance, and continue to exceed our expectations, but it’s probably time we let go of those and let the Space Mom do her thing.

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