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.
Ultra Korea attendees guests have been given an excellent replacement for Martin Garrix‘ recent cancellation in Porter Robinson. The icon between hits like Language, “Shelter” with Madeon, and brand-new Said The Sky festival will be playing a double header at the event, keeping his Virtual Self slot as well as his new set at the main stage under his prime moniker. Garrix had been forced to back out of the event on account of an ankle injury acquired during a Vegas performance that needed surgery.
Porter’s surprise announcement is the latest in a flurry of news surrounding the artist. He recently confirmed to his fans that new music was under way, and also that he’d be opening his own festival to encourage earlier arrivals and music discovery. Second Sky takes place June 15 in Oakland.
since @martingarrix won’t be able to play at ULTRA KOREA, i’m going to fill in for him with a Porter Robinson DJ set.
… and because I was already on the lineup with my sideproject VIRTUAL SELF, that means I’ll be playing two completely different sets in a row on the mainstage!
In the five years since Porter Robinson released his groundbreaking WorldsLP, the forward-thinker has kept himself busy with expanding his creative horizons. He linked with fellow visionary Madeon for “Shelter,” created a new alias, Virtual Self, and carved out an impressively successful debut behind the new moniker. He’s launched a new festival brand which takes place in Oakland this month, and now, he’s finally returning to just being Porter Robinson; and with that, new music is confirmed to be underway.
The “Spitfire” producer took to social media to announce his return to the studio, to many fans’ excitement. It is worth noting that while Robinson has steadily produced new material over the last five years, he has not released any work under his own name since 2014. Robinson was tight lipped about an intended release date, though, with his Second Sky festival around just the corner, that seems like the perfect testing ground for some new, unheard material.
Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky festival has been one of the most anticipated moments on the summer events circuit since it was announced back in March. The inaugural single-day event, hosted by Goldenvoice in Oakland, kicks off on June 15 with a stellar lineup curated by Robinson himself. The “Ghost Voices” producer is slated for two Second Sky performances, one as Virtual Self and the other a Worlds revival set, bringing the beloved live album performance back for the first time since 2017. Best of all, Virtual Self is actually the festival opener.
It is almost unheard of these days for a headliner—no less the festival’s curator—to open their own event, though the reason behind the scheduling is actually quite altruistic, not to mention smart. Robinson’s early performance is meant to encourage early attendance at the event, ensuring fans are there for the other early acts booked for the day. This year’s programming includes performances by G Jones, Nina Las Vegas, Cashmere Cat, and a late addition of Madeon, just weeks ahead of the debut of his new live show at Lollpalooza. Second Sky’s doors open at noon on June 15.
the idea behind having Virtual Self open Second Sky is to encourage people to arrive early & watch all the other acts that i love! https://t.co/FFuOL3THGt
On May 28, the internet was thrown into a buzz with the promise of upcoming new material from Madeon—dubbed the producer’s “good faith era.” While the roll out of a new project is currently upon us, not much more is known about “good faith” or the project’s complexion. However, as cryptic messaging from the French wunderkind continues to trickle out ahead of an official release, an Instagram account, @goodfaith.world, has really set the rumor mill ablaze.
The Instagram account has posted the blank lead image of Madeon’s impending new project a number of times, though, its the tags on each image that may paint the actual picture. While the social media profile seems nondescript and unofficial, tags on the images point to possible collaborations with Lady Gaga, Porter Robinson, Lemaitre, and more, and while there isn’t a ton of factual authenticity to go on as of yet, something about a stellar cast of superstar collaborators on whatever this project actually is seems highly likely. Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but you can see the screenshots below and decide for yourself.