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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Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineup

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Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineupDimitri Vegas Like Mike Tomorrowland 2018 EP

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of world-renowned Tomorrowland Music Festival, and just because this year’s iteration of the fan-facing festival is over, doesn’t mean the celebration of the organization’s anniversary is. Tomorrowland is continuing the celebration with a two-day takeover of Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). This is the Tomorrowland’s first time putting on a show at ADE, and on Oct. 17 and 18 there will be a two-day specially curated performance united by the theme: Our Story.

The event welcomes some of the biggest headliners from the festival’s history to the event, which includes Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto, to name a few. The event will also feature the Metropole Orchestra, whose students performed renditions of electronic music classics at the July edition of Tomorrowland.

Our Story takes place over two days, and the Ziggo dome features a 17,000-person capacity stadium. For those looking to attend Tomorrowland’s continued celebration of its 15-year anniversary, tickets are available here.

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The Dream Of 2010 Is Alive At E Zoo

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The early 2010s EDM boom hit while I was in high school. I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, DC, where nights were spent driving around aimlessly, blasting dubstep on garbage speakers. On weekends, the road extended toward the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, historic venues that were opening their … More »

ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019

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ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019Afrojack Press Play EP

Afrojack set the tone for the 2019 festival season in June: “I’m bringing back ‘Everybody F*cking Jump,’ ‘1 2 3 let’s go,’ ‘let me see your f*cking hands,’ and ‘heeeey hoooo’ this summer,” he tweeted.

Then, the not yet fully underway 2019 festival season offered electronic music enthusiasts a host of blockbuster lineups, with each individual event holding the promise of dance diversion. Electric Zoo was no exception.

Afrojack constituted an excitement sparking addition to the event’s 2019 lineup. Slated to dominate the Main Stage decks on August 31, Afrojack will revive the heart pumping, adrenaline spiking glory of electronic festival sets, to take attendees and the genre alike back to its buzzing roots. The immersive sound and momentous drops that catapulted “EDM” into mainstream centrality define the Dutch dynamo’s PrE-Zoo ORBIT Playlist, curated exclusively for Dancing Astronaut.

Afrojack hand picks 20 selects for a playlist that is rife with readily recognizable, time honored festival anthems like “No Beef,” “Turn Up The Speakers,” “Booyah,” and “Tremor.” Comparatively more recent cuts like “We Got That Cool” and David Guetta‘s RAYE feature, “Stay (Don’t Go Away)” add novelty to the animated assortment of songs.

Purchase tickets to Electric Zoo 2019, here.

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + moreIllenium

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 months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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.

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Reddit Chooses The DJ’s Who Proved Their Opinions Wrong After Seeing Them Live

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I have been following electronic music for as long as I can remember. I have been attending shows and festivals for well over a decade. If I can say one thing about how I have seen dance music change, it is how incredibly decisive fans have become. While this has created a community which debates,

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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’

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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’BJ The Chicago Kid Afrojack

BJ The Chicago Kid releases “Reach,” the final taste in preparation for his second long play, 1123, set to be released July 23 through Motown Records. The singer-songwriter teamed up with Dutch house factotum Afrojack for a driving four-on-the-floor backing to the soulful piano-accompanied ballad. With an incremental energy build, the Chicago-native crooner ups his emotive tone next to jazzy snaps for an inspirational, uplifting atmosphere.

“Reach” is the third single from BJ’s upcoming project, following “Time Today” and the “Worryin’ Bout Me” featuring Offsets. The album is also set to feature Buddy, J.I.D, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, and more. BJ The Chicago Kid soulful prowess earned him three Grammy nominations on his debut In My Mind LP which featured Billboard chart-topping “Church” with Chance The Rapper and a collaboration featuring Kendrick Lamar, “The New Cupid.”

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PKCZ® link with CL, Afrojack to release high-action music video for ‘CUT IT UP’ [Watch]

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When a Japanese hip-hop outfit, PKCZ®, merged creative sensibilities with CL—memorable for her prior involvement on Diplo‘s “Doctor Pepper“—and Afrojack, the result was a robust hip-hop/electronic crossover: “CUT IT UP.” Together with CL, Verbal of PKCZ® infuses the dynamic cut with hip-hop energy through confidently delivered verses that lend a verbal edge to the track. The song’s melody exudes the inescapable appeal of a number certain to stay in streamers’ heads long after the play count timed out.

No stranger to the hip-hop/electronic hybrid form, Afrojack only amplifies the undeniable catchiness of “CUT IT UP” in his provision of a trap-leaning construction that complements the bold personality of the tune’s verses. The accompanying visual extends the flippant flair of the single’s lyrical content and arrangement to the official music video, which arrives as an exhilarating, action-packed effort.

Deliberately reminiscent of samurai film stylization, the music video focalizes samurai scenes. The visual features cast members from Kill Bill, along with sword-choreographer, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, whose appearances comprise the meticulously crafted concept video.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + moreA Trak

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.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

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.

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + more

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + moreCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.

Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.

The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.

Full list of newly added acts:

Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.

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