Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Where snow meets dust: Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has evolved into a creative experiment

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In just four years, Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has transformed from a one-day, west coast gathering to a full-fledged soirée that takes place each spring in Vermont. While dancing, skiing and snowboarding has always been a part of Minus Zero’s DNA, the fest has since branched out to the art world in an effort to diversify its offerings.

2018 saw the introduction of a brand new experience at Dover’s Mount Snow Resort – a quaint mountain lodge along Vermont’s southern tip that played host to the inaugural X Games in 1995. By day, Mount Snow operated as a normal ski resort with supporting sounds from artists like Brooklyn-based Erika Mysti and Maria Ton. Come 4pm, the resort seamlessly transitioned into a music festival lover’s stomping ground flowing with food vendors, art, and local shops.

Additions to this year’s experience also included a slate of Burning Man-esque art installations, revamped stage designs and a special sunrise set at the very top of Mount Snow. Read on to learn more about Dancing Astronaut’s top moments from this year’s edition of Minus Zero.

Photo courtesy of ANDK Images w/ Ded Agency


Tipper brings a fully customized show to Minus Zero

By 10pm, the temperature has dropped to a mere 21 degrees and billions of microscopic ice crystals are plummeting to the ground. Thousands of attendees are camped around Minus Zero’s main stage, braving the elements as Tipper makes a dramatic entrance as one of the final acts of the evening. From customized visuals courtesy of visual artist Jonathan Singer to a deluxe stage setup inclusive of projection mapping, an LED wall and a laser show produced by Photon7, Tipper pulled out all the stops for his Friday closing set. A series of blue, red and green lasers penetrate each individual snowflake to create cones composed of glitter.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna of Ded Agency 


Claude VonStroke heats up The Barn 

Though normally used to store the resort’s iconic Bluebird lift chairs, Mount Snow’s Bluebird barn axed the chairs in favor of a den fit for Minus Zero’s day-into-night programming. Adorned with locally sourced wood cut into a series of hearts and two dancing figures, The Barn served as an indoor reprieve from Dover’s snow-soaked grounds and chilling temperatures. With Dirtybird head Claude VonStroke at the helm – along with other notable acts like Walker + Royce, Danny B and Human Resources – The Barn showcased the complete gamut of house, techno, tech house and funk.

Photo courtesy of Ded Pixel of Ded Agency


And at sunrise, we dance

A sunrise party at the tip of a snowy mountain is just one of the more special moments Minus Zero had to offer. At 3,586 feet tall, pedestrians could only reach the Summit Stage by way of a breezy, 15-minute ski lift trip. Featuring special guests hailing from the Brooklyn electronic music scene like Catori, Orijins and Holmar (formerly of Thugfucker), Sunrise Session provided an expressive outlet for fans more attuned to Burning Man culture. The sky is golden as festivalgoers clad in fur coats whisk the morning away to the sounds of melodic house and techno.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna w/ Ded Agency


In dust we trust

This year, Minus Zero expanded its scope by tapping Killington, Vermont art collective Playa Vibes to spearhead the festival’s art programming. With the help of other communities deeply ingrained in Burning Man culture like Heavy Meta, Trifucta, Orijins and The Hive, Playa Vibes created an all-inclusive playground that tipped its hat to art of all mediums: photography, live art, painting, light and music. Veterans and newbies alike were able to get a taste of the dust during Minus Zero’s first-ever creative experiment, which consisted of art installations, a yoga and wellness area, an artist gallery and an art car straight from the Playa.

Photo courtesy of NDK Images w/ Ded Agency 

 

Tipper releases multi-dimensional glitch-hop masterpiece with 4-track EP ‘Lattice’

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UK producer Dave Tipper has been relatively quiet since his solar eclipse special event, 4321, held last month in central Missouri. Now, the “godfather of glitch” has climbed out of the woodworks to release his 4-track EP, Lattice.

Chock full of material that the producer has been playing at his themed gatherings over the past year, Lattice does a tremendous job cataloguing the full spectrum of Tipper’s psychedelic bass-driven directionality as of late. The project is Tipper‘s third EP in two years, following the release of Flunked back in January, and 2015’s It’s Like.

From the EP’s leading track, “Lattice,” with it’s unpredictable half-time tempo, all the way to the closing track, “Dreamsters VIP,” which gives the original ambient track a bass-boosted hip-hop treatment, Lattice takes listeners on a wild sonic journey through time and space. The EP is both tribal and primitive, futuristic, and multi-dimensional, with frequencies that both confuse as much as they ignite curiosity into music production outside of the given norm.

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