Hakkasan reveals pool season opening dates, WET Republic lineup featuring Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Loud Luxury and more

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Hakkasan reveals pool season opening dates, WET Republic lineup featuring Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Loud Luxury and moreWET REPUBLIC Martin Garri Photo Credit Joe Janet 2

Pool season is officially upon us.

Worldwide hospitality giant Hakkasan Group, has delivered the dates and official lineup for this year’s daylife debauchery at WET Republic. The pool parties begin on March 8, drawing a stellar cast of talent for the 2019 lineup. Parties will run every weekend, with grand opening weekend officially designated for May 3 – 5.  Las Vegas’ favorite power players—Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and ZEDD— will soundtrack posh poolside festivities, along with a handful of exciting newcomers.

Among them is Loud Luxury, the Canadian college friends turned chart-topping DJ duo, who have officially acquired their first residency with Hakkasan. The residency includes performances at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, OMNIA Nightclub, WET REPUBLIC. The deal slaps them on event calendars alongside top-tier talent like Cash CashSteve AokiNGHTMRE, and more through 2019.

For the full lineup and tickets, click here. 

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland drop anticipated collab, Habstrakt returns, Oliver Heldens and Lenno team up + 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.

After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”

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.

Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix

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Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin GarrixTiesto Hakkasan

Las Vegas has always been host to entertainment’s cream of the crop — from Frank Sinatra to most recently Lady Gaga. However, in terms of electronic dance music, Vegas is more than just the big leagues, it’s the Hall of Fame. The world’s best all seem to make their ways to Sin City and 2019 is no different. Entertainment powerhouse Hakkasan Group has debuted this year’s talent roster for Wet Republic Ultra Pool, OMNIA at Caesars Palace, and of course Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. Topping the bill this year is seven-time Hakkasan resident, Tiësto, as well as returning resident headliner Calvin Harris, who is contracted through 2020.

Grammy-nominated producer ZEDD will return to Vegas in 2019, along with Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and a host of top-tier and up-and-coming electronic performers, ranging from new breakouts Loud Luxury to NGHTMRE, Illenium to Party Favor, and interestingly, Porter Robinson too. “Playing for the crowds in Las Vegas at these amazing venues is an honor for me. I’m fortunate I get to do it again in 2019,” says ZEDD of his return to Nevada for the upcoming events season.

See the full lineup for Hakkasan Group below and grab tickets here.

Hakkasan lineup 2019:

Calvin Harris
Tiësto
Zedd
Martin Garrix
Steve Aoki
Borgeous
Burns
Cash Cash
Chantel Jeffries
Crankdat
DJ Drama
Fergie DJ
Generik
Gryffin
Illenium
Jeff Retro
Lil Jon
Loud Luxury
Mark Eteson
Nervo
NGHTMRE
Nicky Romero
Niiko x SWAE
Party Favor
Porter Robinson
4B

 

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Ultra Miami delivers 2019’s phase one lineup topped by The Chainsmokers, ZEDD, deadmau5 (live) and more

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Ultra Miami delivers 2019’s phase one lineup topped by The Chainsmokers, ZEDD, deadmau5 (live) and moreUltra Music Festival 2018 Photo By ALIVE Coverage 2

Ultra Music Festival is going to be hard pressed to top last year’s Miami edition, but with the delivery of 2019’s first phase lineup it looks like the festival is aiming to do just that. This year’s event of course included Swedish House Mafia‘s not-so-secret headlining reunion and it was the last edition to be held at the festival’s longtime home at Bayfront Park. Now, with the move to Virginia Key, Ultra is pulling out all the stops, starting with a top-notch lineup that’s teeming with talent.

The first headliners announced include Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Tiësto, ZEDD, and Marshmello among others, and live sets are expected from deadmau5, who will be officially debuting the Cube 3.0 ODESZA, Louis the Child, and more. The first phase lineup includes a massive supporting cast as well, from Whethan to Jai Wolf, Kayzo to Phantoms with droves of acts in between. Shasha and John Digweed will share the stage, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, and Carl Cox are slated to bring the underground flavor, and deadmau5 will pull double duty as Testpilot at Virginia Key Beach & Miami Marine Stadium over the weekend of March 29 – 31. See Ultra’s full phase one lineup below.

Tickets to Ultra Music Festival 2019 are available here.

Afrojack, Dillon Francis, and more set to air live NYE performances on Sirius XM

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The holidays often bring young partygoers to their families and away from musical hotspots they might normally enjoy. For those in this situation who might have to sit out the major festivities, Sirius XM has volunteered itself to be the top virtual destination to be on December 31. The satellite radio/streaming giant is slated to air live concerts from a wide selection of global superstars.

For subscribers only, DJ sets will live on Diplo’s Revolution, which will broadcast performances by Afrojack, Dillon Francis, and Tiësto. Additionally, BPM will air a Galantis performance from Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Other genres will be represented by Post Malone on Hip-Hop Nation, Phish on Phish radio, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Classic Vinyl, and more.

Sirius XM has also announced the addition of a new station called New Year’s Eve Nation, set to launch December 28.

SiriusXM’s New Year’s Eve Lineup:

Galantis at Aragon Ballroom – BPM

Countdown NYE featuring Afrojack, Tiësto, Dillon Francis and more in San Bernardino, Calif. – Diplo’s Revolution

Post Malone at Barclays Center – Hip Hop Nation

Phish at Madison Square Garden – Phish Radio

Lynyrd Skynyrd at WinStar World Casino and Resort – Classic Vinyl

Willie Nelson at ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Willie’s Roadhouse

Nathaniel Rateliff at the Grand Ole Opry House – The Spectrum

Sevendust in Atlanta – Turbo

Margo Price at the Music Hall of Williamsburg – Outlaw Country

AJR at the Hammerstein Ballroom – Alt Nation

John Prine at the Grand Ole Opry House – Outlaw Country

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Count Basie Theatre – E Street Radio

Rick Springfield at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino – 80’s on 8

H/T: Billboard

The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]

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The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]Ninjawerks

In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1. 

Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.

The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.

Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”

Shaq recruits Diplo, Tiësto, and more for Fun House party concept in Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

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Shaq recruits Diplo, Tiësto, and more for Fun House party concept in Atlanta for Super Bowl WeekendShaq 2018 Billboard 1548

Shaquille O’Neal brings the party with him wherever he goes. Whether he’s joshing around with Charles Barkley on television or DJing at the world’s top festivals, if Shaq is around, it’s bound to be a good time. The future NBA Hall of Famer’s latest venture, Shaq’s Fun House, finds him in Atlanta, Georgia for Super Bowl Weekend 2019, bringing a star-studded lineup of support to local venue, The Battery.

Shaq’s Fun House — described as “part music festival, part carnival, part circus” — will take place on Friday February 1, adding to the Super Bowl festivities happening in Atlanta around the big game that weekend. Diplo, Tiësto, Migos, Lil Jon and more will join the Big Diesel in a larger-than-life one-night throw down and tickets are available now through Tixr — one of the fastest-growing ticket platforms in the country at the moment.

Grab tickets to Shaq’s Fun House here. 

Sevenn bridge bass and tech house in new single, ‘Lollipop’

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Sevenn continue to define their sound, and simultaneously push the modern electronic envelope in “Lollipop.”

A club-ready bass jaunt sure to bang on any half-decent set of speakers, the latest single to bear the Sevenn-stamp entices listeners with its tech-house-leaning rhythmic construction in the song’s opening seconds. Dark, low-pitched bass tones prove to be a characteristic of Sevenn’s continually expanding catalog, as further seen through the “Lollipop” lens. Sevenn lay down a similarly deep bass line on prior smash collaboration with Tiësto and Gucci Mane, “BOOM.” Now, the dance duo ground “Lollipop” much in the same vigorous vein.

Sevenn position a galvanizing vocal loop of the tune’s title, “Lollipop.” Just before the track builds, the production’s tech house influence is most audible, with clattering percussion and complex rhythmic arrangement. “Lollipop’s” moments of ascent eventually give way to potent pops of bass, which comprise the single’s drops, while adding a party-geared personality to the song. “Lollipop” is out now on Armada Music.

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Ring in New Years in Las Vegas with Calvin Harris, Tiësto, ZEDD, Kaskade, J. Cole, and more

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Ring in New Years in Las Vegas with Calvin Harris, Tiësto, ZEDD, Kaskade, J. Cole, and moreOMNIA Zedd Photo Credit Mike Kirschbaum 2

For dance revelers and hip-hop heads alike, one of the premier destinations for New Year’s celebrations is always Las Vegas. The Strip never sleeps and with Hakkasan Group‘s reliably stacked programming, the best of the best are lined up to be soundtracking the final club nights of the year. Party goers can expect to ring in 2019 with performances from ZEDD, Tyga, Tiësto Lil Jon, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and more at some of the country’s most in-demand super clubs — OMNIA, JEWEL, Hakkasan Nightclub, and 1OAK.

Festivities begin at MGM Grand on Saturday, December 29 with Party Favor, rapper Tory Lanez at JEWEL, and ZEDD kicking off New Year’s Weekend at OMNIA. Hakkasan’s collective New Year’s roster rounds out a massive year of performances along the Strip this year, and points to an even bigger year of billings ready to get underway.

See Hakkasan Group’s full lineup and schedule of artists and venues for New Year’s, and purchase tickets here.