Ah, the unofficial end of summer – Labor Day Weekend.
There really isn’t a better party weekend to be had all summer long, and nobody does LDW like Las Vegas. Events giant Hakkasan has curated a stacked lineup in honor of the long weekend, bringing Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Illenium and more to the Strip from August 29 – September 2. Additional starpower for the weekend comes by way of performances from Tiesto, Playboi Carti, Tyga, and Lil Jon among others.
Between nightclub properties Hakkasan, JEWEL, 1 OAK, and OMNIA, there’s a taste for everyone, and that’s even before considering the poolside lineups at WET Republic and LIQUID. From Desiigner to Porter Robinson, there’s a party for everyone in Vegas this year for LDW, courtesy of Hakkasan. To see Hakkasan’s full lineups and purchase tickets, click here.
Summer has historically been a busy time for Porter Robinson. This summer brought Robinson’s first curator credits with the launch of his lauded Second Sky festival. In the summer of 2016, he and Madeon teamed up to give us the unforgettable “Shelter,” and now five summers ago on August 12, Robinson graced us with his groundbreaking debut studio album, Worlds.
The album, steeped in Japanese cultural inspirations, opened electronic music up to brilliantly new emotional complexities. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that World‘s glitching sound design and artfully retro sonic collages informed the creative precedents that dominate electronic music today, now half a decade later. The LP, released via Astralwerks, nearly instantly cemented itself as a modern day classic, and rightfully propelled Porter Robinson into conversations about the all-time greats. Revisit Worlds below.
The Las Vegas-based entertainment giant is blending top-notch dance and hip-hop throughout the month, with rhymers like Tyga, J.I.D., and Playboy Carti rubbing shoulders with Illenium, Nervo, and Party Favor across multiple stages in the four clubs, Wet Republic Ultra Pool, and LIQUID Pool Lounge. Hakkasan’s consistently well-rounded and tightly curated lineups continue to push through the hot summer months, and August might be the hottest month on the Strip yet.
Fresh off the heels of two ultra-satisfying setlist-tools-turned-official-releases, Skrillex has turned in a new visual feature to accompany one of his new Show Tracks, “Mumbai Power.” The video is a collection of clips from the road, from stadiums to street corners, festival stages to plane cabins, with a gang of Skrillex’s friends following him on his adventures across the world.
Kenny Beats, Porter Robinson, longtime touring teammate Team EZY, Mija, recent collaborators Kelsey Lu and Troyboi, and even Loki, all make appearances in the new visual cut. Fans and social media followers will surely recognize snippets of the globetrotting superstar and his crew throughout the video, recapping appearances in Japan, Korea, and India to the highly repeatable “Mumbai Power.”
Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky Festival has reached its conclusion, but the electronic music community is still reeling from the weekend’s performances, especially Skrillex‘s surprise set. The producer offered a little misdirection surrounding his involvement with the affair, tweeting that he wished he were at the festival. But sure enough, the OWSLA boss showed up disguised as a blow-up figure after Porter Robinson announced that an ominous special guest by the name of “DJ Potaro” was set to take the stage.
Fortunately, YouTube user, Myshonok, captured the entire set, allowing those who weren’t there (and those who were) to transport back to see the producer drop cornerstone selects from his catalog like “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” along with a litany of his newer releases.
Other highlights of the weekend include Madeon playing a back-to-back set with Robinson, and Robinson playing a full Worlds throwback set dedicated to the revered 2014 album release.
Electronic music lovers in San Diego know to look no further than Hakkasan Group‘s OMNIA night club. The multi-level club is revered for its opulent finishes and impeccable production. Known for securing a vast variety of acts, OMNIA will be kicking off perhaps its most heavy-hitting 2019 month yet this summer, thanks to forthcoming shows from Zedd, Porter Robinson, Chantel Jeffries, and more.
Zedd will be heating things up next month, indeed, with a Fourth of July celebration at the venue. July will also feature the debut of a new club night concept entitled Wild At Heart: sure to prove a tempting catalyst for the rowdier crowds to come out to play. Guests will enjoy a lengthy variation of themes, a robust talent roster, and an overall vivacious party atmosphere. Crankdat and Deorro will be making hotly anticipated appearances later in the month. Find general information on OMNIA, the club’s event schedule, and tickets available here.
It’s safe to say that Porter Robinson‘s first go at a festival, Second Sky, was a glowing success. The two-day event touched down in Oakland on June 15 and boasted a star-studded lineup including his Shelter collaborator Madeon, Cashmere Cat, and even a surprise showing from Skrillex. Robinson also took opening slots on both days of the event under his Virtual Self moniker to encourage early entry and music discovery.
One of the biggest treats for those in attendance, however, was the revival of Porter’s Worlds live set. The set was more expressive and ethereal than ever, with the musician immersing himself fully into the vibrant performance. Worlds sets aren’t common these days on the performance circuit, since Robinson’s been taking the better part of the last couple years promoting his iconic new Virtual Self project.
Those who missed both the event and its live stream are in luck; the set has since been uploaded to multiple platforms for listening pleasure, and the Twitch stream is now available on YouTube. Those lucky enough to be present can also relive this singular experience that took place that fateful evening in Oakland.
On Sunday, June 16, Skrillex sent out a telling tweet: “I wish I was at Second Sky Fest.” It was followed up six hours later by a “;),” with the iconic bass/crossover producer taking the main stage at Porter Robinson‘s debut festival shortly afterward for a surprise guest appearance. He performed an array of heavy bass tunes, with plenty of OWSLA representation throughout.
Porter Robinson and Skrillex have a long history together, with the latter actually being one of the first to break Robinson into electronic’s top tier with his prolific Spitfire EP being released on OWSLA. The label owner stayed behind after his impromptu set, telling fans later on through Twitter that Porter & Madeon’s joint set brought him to tears.
Second Sky took place on June 15 & 16 in Oakland, California.
As Porter Robinson‘s inaugural Second Sky Festival approaches, anticipation for the event’s special programming is reaching a fever pitch. Virtual Self is providing the opening performance, Madeon is expected to crowd test a slew of new material, and perhaps the most anticipated moment of all is Robinson’s Worlds revival set, the first of which he’s performed since 2017. Best of all, the festival has announced it will live stream via Twitch on June 15 so fans across the world can tune in to the day’s action.
Recently the “Ghost Voices” producer launched the Robinson Malawi Fund in honor of his younger brother and fans in attendance in Oakland as well as live stream viewers will be able to donate in real time.
Porter Robinson took to his social media platforms on June 5 to announce the launch of the Robinson Malawi Fund—an initiative focused on improving the survival rate of cancer patients in Malawi, East Africa. Started in conjunction with the University of North Carolina, the fund will work towards building resources to treat those inflicted by Burkitt lymphoma, a rare form of fast-growing cancer.
The Worlds producer’s younger brother Mark was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in November 2016 during Robinson’sShelterTour. With treatment from UNC’s hospital and combined support from medical staff, Mark has been cancer-free since February 2017.
While the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the United States is 90% or higher, for children in Malawi the rate dips as low as 29% and strikes as the most common form of childhood cancer. Dr. Kate Westmoreland leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi; with her leadership, the Robinson Malawi Fund aims to raise funds and awareness towards the cause and saves the lives of children around the world.
Second Sky festival will host a booth specifically for the fund where donations can be made. Robinson stated he will match all the proceeds made and hopes to raise $50,000 or more at Second Sky. Learn more about the fund here.