Gareth Emery energizes a sold-out Laserface show at Brooklyn Mirage

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Some came for the trance, others for the lasers. Regardless of the motivation, Gareth Emery‘s first-ever open-air Laserface production filled out a full house at Avant Gardner’s beloved outdoor venue Brooklyn Mirage on Friday, May 31, ultimately delivering a night to remember for many and solidifying Laserface as a one-of-a-kind show.

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Starting at 10 p.m., Mike Saint-Jules, Adam Scott, and Alastor warmed up a crowd that was becoming exponentially larger. By the time Alastor ended his set at 12:50 a.m., the anticipation for Laserface was at an all-time high as attendees packed themselves onto the ground floor and into all crevices of Mirage’s castle-like upper levels to prepare for the spectacle of light shows. Pitch dark lighting set the scene for Emery’s intro ID track, with the first few solo lasers of the night making their appearance before escalating into an on-slaughter of electric green and blue waves.

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Weaving together both trance classics and new releases from his latest LP with Ashley Wallbridge, Kingdom United, Emery delivered a euphoric brand of trance with mass appeal that had the audience singing and dancing along the entire night. Playing favorites from “Saving Light,” “Reckless,” and “Concrete Angel” to special remixes of Morgan Page‘s “The Longest Road,” his own popular cut of Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle on the Hill,” and Dimibo‘s psytrance remix of “Sanctuary,” the UK producer blended new and old over the two-hour set, catering to new ears and long-time fans alike. Straying slightly at times from his trance style, Emery also took risks by mashing up The Killers’ “Mr Brightside,” slipping in Daft Punk‘s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” and paying homage to Keith Flint with select Prodigy tracks. He closed out his Laserface set with title track “Kingdom United;” it’s uplifting vocals and accompanying confetti drop painted Mirage’s air with a rainbow spectrum of lasers and glitter— concluding on a feel-good high. STANDERWICK proceeded to close the night with an explosive performance that carried the energy until the very end.

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There’s no question that Laserface is a production that has allowed Emery to hone his craft of trance into an all-around art form that incorporates the highest-quality audiovisual experience. Leaving no room for doubt in the fact that Emery continues to solidify his stance as one of the prominent trance artists of the past decade, Laserface will undeniably be around for years to come.

Gareth Emery will bring Laserface’s first ever open-air show to the Brooklyn Mirage

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Debuting his Laserface live show back in 2017, trance visionary Gareth Emery has set his sights on even bigger and more extraordinary production scales since the concept’s inaugural show at New York’s Terminal 5. After working with laser expert and acclaimed show technician Anthony Garcia a.k.a. Nicelasers, the new and improved Laserface event features 10 stops including debut European and Asian shows. Laserface has already hit Dreamstate SoCal as well as San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Vancouver’s PNE Forum. With each location carefully considered by the team, Laserface joins the ranks of stage productions from electronic artists like Eric Prydz‘s HOLO and deadmau5‘s various Cube designs as setups with such advanced technologies that only specific venues have the capacity to host them.

Now, Emery will once again bring Laserface to New York in its first-ever open-air performance at the Brooklyn Mirage on May 31. With an upcoming joint album, Kingdom United alongside Ashley Wallbridge underway, the “Saving Light” producer and his newest concept show will encompass a world of fresh music, euphoric energy, and ethereal visuals. Laserface at the Brooklyn Mirage will see support from Standerwick, Alastor, Adam Scott, and Mike Saint-Jules. A performance that will be brought to life by cutting-edge laser technology, Laserface Brooklyn promises an experience that stands in a calibre of its own.

Buy tickets to Laserface Brooklyn Mirage here.

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NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + more

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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.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

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.

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + more

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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.

In one of the most anticipated releases already this year, Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd have teamed up for “Lost in the Fire.” deadmau5‘s “Midas Heel” and “Drama Free” have been re-released as part of Netflix’s Polar soundtrack. Calvin Harris taps Rag’n’Bone Man for the soulful “Giant,” and Don Diablo takes Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” to new heights with a spirited remix. In a powerful mega-collab, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and W&W have delivered the catchy “Repeat After Me.” Tiësto‘s “Grapevine” sees a fun reinvention by Tujamo, and Lost Kings drop “Anti-Everything” from their new Paper Crowns collection. After months of anticipation, the UK’s Gammer has finally unveiled his notable hardcore remix of Ran-D’s “Zombie.” STANDERWICK puts his stamp on Gareth Emery and Emma Hewitt‘s December release, “Take Everything,” and Luttrell returns with an ethereal number, “Into Clouds.” Party Favor throws it back to 2012 with a release of the same name, and WAVEDASH get heavy in new track, “Whiplash.”

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.


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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 52

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


It’s a good week for drum & bass. Hospital Records just unleashed a powerful collaboration between veteran producer Danny Byrd and fellow UK artist Ownglow. The two have crafted an infectious drum & bass number, filled to the brim with soulful vocals, enticing builds and an unexpectedly minimalist drop. All aspects of “Just A Step Away” work together brilliantly to result in a slice of drum & bass heaven.


Danish trio We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself (WATWFTCTKI) have returned with a sugar-sweet synthpop track called “Out of Doubt.” Following their laid-back April original, “Flashbacks,” the group take a more upbeat approach with their newest, incorporating shimmery synths and dreamy vocals. Though they only have a few releases, two have been in the past few months, so hopefully we’ll be hearing more from this talented trio soon.


Fox Stevenson has done it again. I never tire of this man’s seemingly endless talents, as he continuously releases heater after heater. Kicking off his latest with a gritty, rock-oriented introduction, the UK singer/producer dives into a dnb pattern that’s awash with deep, kicking bass sure to lure fans of all areas of dance music. “Bruises” is part of Pilot Records‘ forthcoming Destinations EP, with five tracks from “forward-thinking talents from all corners of drum & bass” like Feint, Ownglow, Vorso and T & Sugah & Bensley.


Voice sound familiar? Alpines vocalist Catherine Pockson is perhaps most known for lending her talents to Sub Focus‘ iconic 2012 track “Tidal Wave,” but she and bandmate Bob Matthews have been busy since then, most recently releasing a Live At Metropolis Studio album last summer. One year later, they’ve released a mysterious single, “Out of View,” via Untrue Records. This new piece of work gives off a dark vibe, highlighted by Pockson’s wistful vocals and a distorted bass.


In February, Bristol’s Standerwick teamed up with songstress Hailene for a heavenly Armind release, “Deep End.” The trance track just received a melodic dubstep rework from Tampa’s Trivecta, and it’s an impeccable re-imagining of an already stellar song. Trivecta taps into the heart and soul of the song and digs deep, pulling at the listener’s heartstrings by emphasizing Hailene’s vocals and a the beautiful melody he’s created.