NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations set to take over UMF Radio Stage at Ultra 2020

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Now that Ultra Music Festival has confirmed its return back to Bayfront after its 2019 outing to Virginia Key Beach Park, the festival has started to drop 2020 festival news, heightening the excitement for the festival’s return. In September, Ultra unveiled its 2020 promotional theme, “We Return Home,” and now organizers have announced that for the first time, NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s label Gud Vibrations will takeover the UMF Radio Stage.

NGHTMRE and SLANDER have played Gud Vibrations shows together at Ultra festivals across the world, but this will be the first time the label will take over a stage at the Miami iteration of the festival series. In Ultra’s announcement of the label takeover, they promise the stage will showcase “high-energy bass.”

It has yet to be seen whether NGHTMRE and SLANDER will perform as separate acts on the Gud Vibrations stage, together, or whether they will do both a separate and joint performance to celebrate their label’s takeover. Gud Vibrations has curated some of the scene’s best bass music as of late, including enlisting Habstrakt for his label debut with “De La Street.” WAVEDASH and Shadient are other frequenters of the label. Time will tell which acts will be featured on the stage, but the announcement certainly builds the anticipation for Ultra’s forthcoming lineup announcements.

Photo credit: Tessa Paisan

Ultra releases Phase 1 lineup for Australia takeover

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Ultra’s first foray into Australian territory took place during its Road To Ultra series in 2018. The following year, the megafestival officially touched down in Sydney and Melbourne. Its debut run down under proved an overwhelming success, setting up its return for March 2020. Now, the first wave of artists for both Sydney and Melbourne have been revealed.

Eric Prydz will be performing twice at each event, once as himself and once under his darker Cirez D alias. The progressive house leader recently announced he’d be honoring his deceased superfan, James Lillo, in taking his ashes along with him for the journey. Lillo passed away from cancer not long after his diagnosis in 2016, inspiring Prydz to name a song after him.

Other talents making up Ultra Australia’s first phase billing include veterans DJ Snake, Zedd, Afrojack, and Dash Berlin, along with some house and techno representation from UMEK, Luciano, and Deborah De Luca. Tickets are available here.

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Ultra South Africa announces Phase 1 headliners: Jamie Jones, Dash Berlin, and more

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Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.

Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)

Ultra SA marks the return of Jeffrey Sutorius under his famed Dash Berlin masthead, alongside Hot Creations label head Jamie Jones’ first time playing in South Africa.

In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.

Ultra South Africa takes place February 28- 29 of 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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Ultra Worldwide will expand to Abu Dhabi; return to India in 2020

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The global expansion of Ultra Music Festival will continue in 2020 with an extensive tour that will see the renowned event travel to new parts of the world, as well as previous locations with a brand new look and feel.

For the first time ever, Ultra will land in the Middle East for Ultra Abu Dhabi on March 5-6, 2020. The oceanfront setting of this luxury vacation destination will be a return to the familiar for the festival that has held its flagship festival on the beaches of Miami for over two decades. More details surrounding this inaugural event will be available soon on

Immediately following Abu-Dhabi, Ultra returns to India after a three-year hiatus for Ultra India: Hyderabad & New Delhi on March 7-8, 2020. Back in 2017, Ultra hosted the first two performances of The Chainsmokers in India. One in Mumbai and the other in New Delhi. Now, they will add another stamp to their extensive passport with their first-ever event in Hyderabad.

These tour stops on the continent of Asia represent only a fraction of what’s coming up for Ultra Worldwide next year. The festival will return to Africa for events in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as Australia for Sydney and Melbourne. View the graphic below for the full tour schedule and note that it only covers February and March. Keep your eyes on Dancing Astronaut for more intercontinental iterations of Ultra Music Festival.

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Grabbitz and NGHTMRE unveil emotive, bass-fueled ‘Bruises’

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Grabbitz and NGHTMRE have teamed up for the first time with new Ultra Music release, “Bruises.” Grabbitz lends not only his production skills to the track, but also a compelling vocal line that he has dubbed one of his most “challenging vocal performances to date.”

A vocal-led introduction paired with an instrumental-paved pathway guides Grabbitz’s singing before yielding to an unrelenting bass drop. The crux of the tune overtakes the listener’s conscious thanks to punching melody fused with a searing bassline, giving the track versatility for both live performance and radio play. Indie elements fuse with a future bass foreground, giving both producers’ fanbases something to agree on in “Bruises.”

Grabbitz elaborates on this theme in an official release, stating, “There is just something special about ‘Bruises.’ It’s tough to pinpoint, but the raw emotion and high energy came together just right. It’s the perfect blend of our styles.”

Exclusive: Brooks and Jonas Aden devise mayhem with future house reunion, ‘RIOT’

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From his introductory Ultra Music Festival appearance in 2014 to his most recent ANIMA live spectacle this past March, Martin Garrix shows no mercy in implanting numerous striking, high-profile IDs during his annual display at the Southern Florida event. When the STMPD Records head honcho took control of the decks during the festival’s 2019 Virginia Key iteration, he brought with him a surreptitious new production that was almost instantaneously speculated by fans to be a forthcoming union between future house staples, Brooks and Jonas Aden.

Exactly five months to the day later, the duo is formally reuniting for the first time in three years for the official release of the Ultra enigma, “RIOT,” and therein adding a compelling outro to STMPD Records’ summer soundtrack.

While the shape-shifting sub-genre of future house may assume a myriad of aural identities, Brooks and Aden are two talents that have continuously abetted in its evolution. “RIOT” is a spotless illustration of that mastery, as the pairing puts forth lawless lyrics amidst a dark and intricate lead alongside a cataclysmic future house instrumental.

“RIOT” is out everywhere tomorrow, but available to stream exclusively through Dancing Astronaut today.

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Ultra Music Festival announces 2020 dates and return to Bayfront Park

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Miami—Ultra Music Festival is coming home. After tumultuous back-and-forth concerning the future of Ultra Miami’s venue, the beloved music festival will officially return to Bayfront Park in 2020. This past year, Ultra faced difficulties adjusting to its relocated host venue on Virginia Key Beach including stranded attendees, marine life impact, and other logistical issues that led to heated reactions from city officials and festival-goers alike. Despite the backlash and Ultra disclosing a voluntary termination of their license, the City of Miami ultimately voted to allow the festival to return to Bayfront Park.

Ultra 2020 will take place March 20-22. Ticket registration is now open here.

Ultra officially announced its dates for the upcoming year on July 30, a week earlier than previous years and undeniably to ramp up anticipation for its big homecoming. In 2020, Ultra will also bring back their ‘Mission: Home‘ sustainability and environmental initiative.

Insomniac is now a majority owner of Miami’s iconic Club Space

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Worldwide events powerhouse Insomniac have announced it has acquired an ownership stake in legendary Miami dance music institution Club Space.

All current management and operations of Space will remain the same, but this partnership will ensure the revered club, known for its days-long parties, will have a long-standing future in a market that is seeing many clubs of similar status being closed, including Brooklyn’s Output and Denver’s Beta.

“Space is one of the most iconic dance music venues in the US if not the world, and I’m excited that Insomniac is now a partner,” says Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella. “Davide, Coloma and Sinopoli have done an exceptional job revitalizing this venue to be better than it’s ever been. They are passionate people that care about creating experiences, and share the same core values that Insomniac lives by. The Space Invaders team will still be running the show and together we will set the bar for entertainment in Miami. Space is another important piece of the Insomniac vision coming together.”

“The Space Invaders” to which Rotella is referring are Davide Danese, Coloma Kaboomsky, and David Sinopoli who took over management of Space in 2016. Since their arrival, the club has been completely revitalized, offering some of the most memorable parties in the US.

From Dirtybird‘s epic annual takeover during Miami Music Week, to marathon extended sets from Dixon and a slew of other veteran selectors, Club Space maintains one of the strongest reputations in Miami. Now with Insomniac, the scope of their parties will only expand.

“Our Space Invaders team is excited about this partnership with Insomniac,” says Sinopoli. “We have admired their work for a while now, and over the past year have gotten to know everyone on their team. They are young, creative, and most importantly, their focus is on constantly working to provide the best possible experience for their guests.

“We have worked tirelessly over the past three years to renew the energy inside Club Space and maintain a calm, safe environment while curating a space where people can enjoy a wide range of entertainment. Our Space Invaders team will continue to book the music and operate the club exactly as we have been. We believe that through this relationship with Insomniac we can continue to grow and secure our home at Space with a partner who has an aligned vision of the future of the Miami music scene.”

While Ultrais certainly still the event most synonymous with Miami— especially now that the festival’s contract with Bayfront Park is renewed— Insomniac’s presence has been growing in Florida as of late. With Live Nation at their back, Insomniac managed a sold out EDC Orlando 2018 and will expand the event to three days in 2019. It will be the first three-day EDC ever hosted outside of Las Vegas. Now with Insomniac’s ownership of Club Space, the company has is successfully cementing itself in one of the country’s most beloved party meccas.

City of Miami votes to allow Ultra’s return to Bayfront Park in 2020

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Talk about a homecoming. In 2020, Ultra Music Festival will return to its iconic home at Miami’s Bayfront Park. The park has been the host venue for Ultra for more than half of the event’s existence, but after being forced out of Bayfront for a tumultuous 2019 outing at Virginia Key Beach Park, the event’s monolithic status on the festival circuit came into question for the first time in over two decades. A future return to Bayfront seemed even more unrealistic after Ultra voluntarily relinquished their license with the City of Miami earlier this year, to avoid any additional blow back from the Virginia Key event. However now, after lengthy discussions and debate among Miami’s City Commission, against all odds, Ultra is cleared to return to Bayfront Park in 2020.

On July 25, Miami’s city government officials voted 3-2 to allow Ultra Music Festival back to its beloved home, though, considerable financial and logistic stipulations must be met in order for Ultra to return to Miami. Shortly after voluntarily pulling out of Miami, rumors surfaced that Ultra had already honed in on a new venue in Homestead, likely at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Whether the news leak was an intentional bluff or not, it seems that the City of Miami was having second thoughts about giving Ultra the boot, and now, for better or worse, things are as they should be once again for Ultra Music Festival.

Deorro releases ‘All This Time’ ahead of global summer tour

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Nostalgia is the name of the game in 2019 and Deorro tugs at those familiar heart strings on his latest “All this Time.” The dynamic producer delivers a breezy sunshine anthem that feels perfectly at home playing on the boulevards of South Beach, Miami. “All This Time” is definitely a departure from his usual bounce-y sound, it’s gently progressive melodies and anthemic top line pulls you back to balmy summers past. A track from simpler times, when a soaring vocal hook and big progressive synths would send goosebumps down your spine. “All This Time” is a windows down, sing-a-long switch up for the Mex-American talent, but it is a welcome one — and a sign of his production finesse no matter what genre he takes on.

“I was in a nostalgic 2009 mood, and I really wanted to make something progressive, and at the same time I received the vocals for all this time, and they both fit together really well. It was an in the moment kind of thing, and I was really happy with how it was sounding as I was producing it. I really hope people like it and stay tuned for some behind the scenes videos of me making it because I actually recorded a lot of it and live streamed when I came up with the lead. Thank you! Enjoy.” – Deorro

Out now on Ultra Records.

Catch Deorro on tour throughout the summer.

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