Superfly’s Denver-based mega-music festival will be called ‘Grandoozy,’ line-up to follow

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Superfly Presents — the organizers behind festival titans Bonnaroo and Outside Lands — have been working for over a year with the City of Denver to bring a brand new super festival to Colorado. Last August, Denver’s city council voted 10-3 approving the festival for 2018.

In a recent press conference, Superfly has now announced Denver’s newest festival will officially take place on September 14-16, 2018, and the name has been revealed as Grandoozy Music Festival. The best news, however, is that the monstrous line-up announce is only a few weeks away with a reveal slated for March 20th.

The three-day festival will bring 30,000-60,000 attendees to Overland Golf Course, located just south of downtown Denver, and is projected to generate $2 million in ticket sales. Attendance is expected to double in the festival’s second year.

The festival will not host a camping site, but will include culinary, art, beer and outdoor experiences in addition to it’s multi-genre music experience.

The city’s approval granted Superfly a five-year contract at the golf course. If all goes well in its first year, the mainstream festival experience will be something Coloradans can look forward to every September.

5 artists not to miss at BUKU Music + Arts Project 2018

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Attendees will encounter live musical acts from all along the electronic, indie rock, and hip-hop/R&B spectrum upon entrance to the urban playground, which is set against the backdrop of an abandoned early 20th Century power plant and a warehouse featuring the city’s most iconic Mardi Gras floats. It’s a difficult feat to single out a mere five must-see artists, given the plethora of incredible talent slated to perform for this year’s sixth edition. Indeed, while there are innumerable exceptional artists which are not on this list, here are five artists Dancing Astronaut recommends making a point to see.

Tickets for BUKU are available here.

Walker & Royce

Photo courtesy of Walker & Royce.

With releases on Relief, This Ain’t Bristol, Pets Recordings, and many more, Walker & Royce join the BUKU line-up after the recent release of their genre-defying debut album Self Help, out on Dirtybird Records. Their iconic live DJ sets invite listeners on an out-there trip through the quirks and quips of an act on the tip of modern house music’s tongue. The result is a journey whose stops are as fit for introspection as it is for peak club moments. Head to BUKU’a new riverside stage, The Wharf, and arrive ready to be lured into deep contemplation with club-ready grooves on top.

 Jade Cicada 

After developing tendonitis in his arm from years of viola playing, underground bass producer Jade Cicada took it as a sign to put down the strings and pick up the laptop. His music is a reflection of a few spiritually-attuned ideals, as well as a constant homage to those who have inspired him.  Jade Cicada’s name implies virtues like wisdom, peace, and rebirth, and he brings these to his experimental sound design that utilizes break beat, lo-fi synth work, and low tempo bass lines. He’ll be providing an immersive bass experience to fans at BUKU’s iconic Float Den.

 Virtual Self 

Photo credit: Steven Lawton/Getty Images

Virtual Self is a bright new act that needs no introduction. As the brainchild of Porter Robinson, the quirky dance music project authentically incorporates IDM, jungle-inspired drum breaks, era-accurate trance super saw sections, early hardcore and j-core elements — all morphed into something that sounds robust and thoroughly produced. Exposed, vindicated, and honest, Robinson is poised as a tastemaker to influence dance music trends. Come experience Virtual Self’s US festival debut before Robinson brings his brand new headlining act to every major festivals across the country, including Spring Awakening, Bonaroo, and many more.

 Black Gummy 

BlackGummy began as the brainchild of Los Angeles-based electronic music producer Iman Marouf, who “discovered” the entity seen in his performances during a trip to the Middle East and Asia. He spends almost all of his time locked away in his studio, crafting new productions that attempt to lend a voice to the enigmatic persona that is BlackGummy. When he’s not in his studio, he is either performing alongside “the idol” in nightclubs and venues, and second, to search the four-corners of earth for more clues into his alter ego’s vague origins. Catch BlackGummy at BUKU’s VIP Back Alley stage.

 Illenium (Awake Live) 

Illenium performs at Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival , 2017. Photo credit: FilmMagic.

Illenium‘s prolific outpouring of captivating remixes and haunting originals has garnered him a devoted following and has seen him rise quickly in the ranks of the dance music community. He has distinguished himself from the future bass herd through his unrivaled ability to create an immersive emotional experience of highs and lows that pulls on the heart-strings and leaves listeners awestruck. Bringing his Awake Live tour to NOLA this March, Illenium’s stunning live performance will incorporate a keyboard and drum pad framed by cutting-edge lighting and visuals to immerse listeners in captivating melodic bass. Illenium headlines the Power Plant stage on Saturday, March 9th.

Shambhala unveils REZZ as first of 2018 headliners

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When REZZ made her extraordinary debut appearance at Shambhala Music Festival in 2016, her beloved performance was widely regarded as one of many breakout moments in her, at the time, short career. The mau5trap signee was also among Shambhala’s most anticipated returning artists among organizers and attendees in 2017.

Sadly, REZZ was instructed not to travel to last year’s event when the festival faced imminent cancellation due to raging wildfires in the area.

Now, less than 200 days out from Shambhala’s return, organizers have made a special, unexpected announcement that REZZ was the first of the 2018 headliners to be announced.

Affectionately known as “Space Mom” by fans, the Canadian-bred female powerhouse talent tweeted to her cult following over her shock and gratitude at the sudden festival announcement.

Shambhala will return to Salmo River Ranch near Nelson, British Columbia this August 10th–13th, 2018. Tickets and ShambhaLodging camping packages are available online.

Photo cred: Rukes


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Backwoods unveils initial 2018 line-up, announces move to former Wakarusa grounds

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When Wakarusa announced the cancellation of its annual event due to legal/financial woes, faithful attendees were heartbroken. No longer would they be mining for quartz in the rivers twisting through Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, stumbling upon waterfalls around every bend, or taking in scenic views of Mulberry Mountain. Wakarusa would become nothing more than a storied legend.

Wakarusa attendees can now revel in the fact that another bass-and-jam-heavy production company has picked up the baton to showcase three full days of “good music, good people, good times.” Such is the driving philosophy behind Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain — which has uprooted it’s gathering place in Shroud, Oklahoma to Middle America’s storied venue for it’s third annual event — taking place April 20–24, 2018.

Backwoods has earned a reputation of showcasing some of the country’s top rising electronic talent, alongside nationally-renowned artists, stunning visual production, and now has the shiny allure of a gem venue. Included in the phase one line-up are headliners STS9 and The Floozies, alongside jam band heavy weights Papadosio, All Good Records‘ very own Sunsquabi, and electro-funk rising stars Zoogma. The bill include a heavy helping of bass music with Figure, Space Jesus, Yheti, and a very special late night series from ThazDope Records, and more.

Attendees can also take advantage of activities such as helicopter rides, hoop workshops, yoga classes, interactive art installations, and a vast array of food and shopping vendors. Limited pre-sale tickets are on sale now, starting at $184 with the option of pre-party and RV upgrades.

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Coachella releases 2018 dates & advance ticket sale information

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Although it’s been less than a month since this year’s gathering of Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival, fans of the momentous festival will want to start booking their 2018 trips this week. Held annually in the deserts of Indio, California, Goldenvoice’s premier event is sure to sell out within minutes. Coachella 2018 will be held over the following weekends: April 13-15 and April 20-22, 2018.

Advance passes will go on sale beginning Friday, June 2 at 11 AM PDT. This Friday will also be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Payment Plan.

Further festival information is available here.

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