It’s almost April 14 and for Game of Thrones fans, eyes have anxiously been fixated on that date as it marks the premiere of the final season of the hit HBO series. Surrounding this hype is a vast array of promo, of which includes a recent re-creation of the show’s iconic theme song in conjunction with Mountain Dew’s new Thrones-centric ad campaign.
The theme song “remix” consists of one lyric—”Dew,” eventually making way for Migos to hop in for some bars delivered from atop the iron throne. The “Dew” singers include NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, EDM power-duo The Chainsmokers, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt jr, and more.
The Chainsmokers are clearly huge GOT fans themselves, paying tribute to the series during their Ultra Music Festival 2019 set (see the pair holding swords and playing an electronic cover of its theme at 1:11:30).
Other than transportation issues on the first day of the festival, Ultra Music Festival had a seemingly successful debut at its new Miami Location in Virginia Key. The festival reported that they saw over 170,000 attendees at the festival this year, up 5,000 attendees from 2018. Despite doors being closed less than 72 hours ago, Ultra has already announced its 2020 dates, although they have yet to confirm the location. With that, next year’s iteration of Ultra is set to take place on March 27, 28, and 29, 2020.
Former Miami Police Chief and now Head of Security for the music festival, Ray Martinez commented on the festival’s intention to return to its Virginia Key location next year.
“It was a great event in a beautiful location, and we look forward to being here next year and producing — and even improving on — our event and our festival,” Martinez said.
Ultra’s marketing and new media manager posted on Twitter following the festival, where he pointed out that details surrounding the Virginia Key location were pulled together by the festival organizers with just four months of planning time. With a year to plan, 2020 could be Ultra’s biggest year yet.
Ultra Music Festival 2019 has come to an end, and with that, endless IDs have surfaced, giving the electronic music community plenty to anticipate in the months to come. The Chainsmokers were among the artists to debut new music after an unexpected announcement that the duo linked up with none other than Illenium for a forthcoming track in the middle of their set.
The new release was debuted at the 42-minute mark of The Chainsmokers’ Ultra set, and it’s a recognizable blend of the artists’ styles. The vocals are undeniably catchy, as one would expect in a Chainsmokers’ track, but Illenium’s signature echoed layering of the vocals transports the listener to another realm. The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart also sings on the song, which falls into a chilling future bass drop.
Alex Pall and Taggart noted that this is the first time they’ve ever debuted a track at Ultra Music Festival. They did not announce when fans can expect the track to be released, but given they recently announced another full-length album in 2019, it would not be surprising if the track is set to be featured on the compilation in the year to come.
The painstakingly slow pace with which Swedish House Mafiaindividually announced each of their upcoming 2019 performances contrasts with the unanticipated rapidity of the supergroup’s cancellation of all upcoming shows—effective immediately. Swedish House Mafia have been a highly sought lineup inclusion since their landmark reunion at Ultra Music Festival in 2018. The “Greyhound” producers recently topped Ultra Europe‘s 2019 lineup, as well as Ultra Korea, Lollapalooza Berlin, and Creamfields’. Now, instead of “Save The World” at festivals across the globe, Swedish House’s unexpected and incredibly swift cancellations presents these festival organizers with a new challenge: “Save The Lineup.”
Swedish House Mafia have also backed out of their singular headlining shows. Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello were slated to take the decks in a number of cites worldwide, ranging from Mexico City to Stockholm. Swedish House Mafia jointly broke the news of the cancellations during an interview on BBC Radio 1.
“You know what they say, three’s a crowd. We found that to be true as we plotted our comeback tour,”
Steve Angello said. The Size Records figurehead confirmed that he will continue to solo produce and release music.
While each member of the Mafia stated his regret that the reunion effort will not in fact come to fruition during the interview, Axwell and Ingrosso also expressed their optimism for the future. The pair previously shared their plan to press pause on their Axwell ^ Ingrosso project, in order to devote the full scope of their focus to the revival of Swedish House Mafia. “We will now, in fact, be taking our old project off the shelf. We thought about doing a countdown to a bunch of new dates for Ax and I, but we thought the idea seemed kind of unoriginal” Ingrosso said during the BBC Radio 1 interview. Further along in the interview, Axwell, who mainly kept quiet during the discussion, coyly mentioned that he believes all of life is a simulation and he’s a big fan of April Fool’s jokes.
Fresh off the heat of their brand new single, “Kills You Slowly”, The Chainsmokers have been paving their musical trajectory into the indie-pop landscape, a contrast from the energetic bursts of EDM melodies and mainstage anthems that they initially pursued.
The two, Alex Taggart and Andrew Pall have stirred commotion with news of an upcoming album, in addition to a jam-packed summer season of performing at club residencies and music festivals. Now heading into one of their biggest performances of the year, the duo are slated to close out the Ultra Music Festival mainstage on Sunday March 31.
To catch The Chainsmokers in action, tune into the Ultra livestream below.
Ultra Music Festival stands to mark the officiation of festival season, welcoming thousands of fervent attendees to witness a culmination of their favorite artists and new music alike. Known for bringing out the largest and most popular artists in the scene, the 2019 edition has slated the legendary Armin Van Buuren to close out the Ultra Live Arena. Due to the unfortunate circumstances that left Eric Prydz to cancel all Miami shows, Armin has promised a special A State of Trance extended set to complete the weekend, concluding Ultra Music Festival in unforgettable fashion.
Those who are unable to attend the festival can catch Armin’s closing performance on the Ultra livestream below.
Ultra Music Festival‘s second day of production was nothing short of explosive. Martin Garrix fans found an unexpected new Garrix single on major streaming platforms everywhere just minutes after Garrix took Ultra’s main stage. Sound familiar? It should have, for that single was none other than Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris’ collaboration, “Mistaken,” which comprised the opening of Garrix’s Ultra set. Garrix’s swift progression from the live debut of an unreleased ID, to the formal release thereof, however, was but one of the many noteworthy electronic developments of Ultra’s second day.
From deadmau5‘s presentation of the cutting-edge technology that is Cube 3.0 for the very first time during his main stage closing set, to Zedd’s gritty remix of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Save to World,” not to mention Illenium‘s Ultra debut, day two of the Miami flagship kept live streamers and attendees alike engaged in their uncertainty of just what would happen next. Relive the festival’s momentous sequel to day one with sets from Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Illenium, NGHTMRE & Slander (Gud Vibrations), Tchami, deadmau5, and Martin Garrix.
Ultra Music Festival has grown to be one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, making the city of Miami a temporary home for the thousands of individuals that come flocking into the city. After the first day of the festival at their brand new location on the Virginia Key, festival-goers weren’t the only ones that had a lot to say about their experience thus far. Upon the festival’s main stage was KFC’s mascot, Colonel Sanders, who held a five-minute slot amidst the afternoon. Though the festival was characterized by a number of memorable artist sets, the promotional tactic was criticized by a number of artists, including Louis The Child and Alison Wonderland.
Speaking on the issue, the artists note that Ultra holds one of the most impactful platforms in the electronic music scene, and their stages should support hardworking, talented artists that work for the opportunity to perform at these events. Between the chaotic transportation issues at the end of night one that left thousands of attendees to make the hour long trek to the mainland, it looks like Ultra is just getting started.
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Ultra Music Festival is well underway, marking the 2019 edition as a historical one with their move to the Virginia Key island. With numerous highly anticipated performances still yet to come, deadmau5 will take the stage to debut the latest of his large scale production endeavours with the Cube 3.0. After the recent announcement of his upcoming fall North American tour, the Canadian producer will unveil his stage set up, in all its grandiose at the Ultra Live Arena on Saturday, March 30.
To see the Cube 3.0 in action, tune into the Ultra livestream now.
From main stage marvels like Alesso and Tiësto, to collaborative heavy-hitters like Dog Blood, Ultra‘s opening day of production attracted choice electronic acts to the Miami flagship’s newfound home of Virginia Key. For dance music diversion, look no further than Dancing Astronaut’s live set roundup from day one of Ultra Music Festival.
Set highlights include Dog Blood playing out their latest single, “Turn Off The Lights,” and Alesso exerting the main stage strength of cuts from his recently released EP, Progresso Volume 1. Nora En Pure, Nicky Romero, and Fedde le Grand each follow suit, lighting up Virginia Key and streamers’ speakers with their masterful mixing techniques and energetic stage presences. A thunderous day two of Ultra Music Festival festivities awaits, with Zedd, Tchami, Martin Garrix, 3LAU, and more scheduled to appear.