Opening day rewind: listen to live Ultra sets from Alesso, Tiësto, Dog Blood, and more

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Opening day rewind: listen to live Ultra sets from Alesso, Tiësto, Dog Blood, and moreUltra Music Key Biscayne Resident Backlash

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 1Nora 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.

Nora En Pure, Main Stage

Dog Blood, Main Stage

Nicky Romero, Main Stage

Alesso, Main Stage

Tiësto, Main Stage 

Fedde Le Grand, Main Stage

Malaa, Worldwide Stage

Louis The Child, Live Arena

No better way to ball: Summer Splash Las Vegas announces stacked lineup with Diplo, Kygo, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, ZEDD, Alesso and more

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No better way to ball: Summer Splash Las Vegas announces stacked lineup with Diplo, Kygo, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, ZEDD, Alesso and moreSkrille April 2016 Billboard 1548

Back for its 12th season, Las Vegas’ best kept secret, Summer Splash Las Vegas has revealed this summer’s programming with a star-studded cast of the world’s most in-demand DJs. This year’s staggering lineup features Diplo, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, Kygo, ZEDD, Major Lazer, Alesso, Galantis, Dillon Francis, among many more soon to be announced. Along with sets at Encore Beach Club, Marquee Dayclub, Hakkasan, Intrigue and XS, they will be breaking in the booth at KAOS, the Palms’ cutting edge new game-changing venue which opens this spring.

KAOS is expected to be the hottest new spot on the club circuit with a mesmerizing state-of-the-art dayclub/nightclub hybrid design and a stellar lineup of resident talent booked for its inaugural season. Perhaps equally as exciting as the grand opening is the club’s partnership with Summer Splash, allowing attendees to be one of the first to experience Vegas’ newest entertainment hotspot.  

With four different Summer Splash trip dates to choose from in July and August, there’s no excuse for your crew to not take advantage of the best value in Vegas. The real kicker though is the deal—in fact, it’s kind of mind boggling. There’s really no other way to squeeze as much out of Vegas without breaking the bank. A Summer Splash VIP package includes five nights of hotel lodging at the Palms in addition to complimentary VIP entry—that’s right, skip all the insane Vegas lines. What’s more, Summer Splash patrons get access to six clubs and four pool parties soundtracked by some of the most popular DJs on the planet, with performances from some of the biggest artists in the world. Best of all, the price for all of that is less than most other weekend festivals in a stadium parking lot, and there are no competing sets, which means you get to catch everything. It’s the best way to do Vegas, simple as that. Learn about VIP packages and reservations and see the full Summer Splash 2019 lineup here. Summer Splash is an exclusive event that sells out every year and Tier 1 prices go up after April 5 so gather your crew and reserve your spot today.

Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s classic festival anthem ‘Calling’ gets a bass upgrade from YULTRON

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Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s classic festival anthem ‘Calling’ gets a bass upgrade from YULTRONYultron Live 2

European house music has proven to be a versatile foundation for trap and future bass founds. Low end-leaning remixes of house classics aren’t a new thing—Dillon Francis took on Steve Angello‘s beloved “Knas,” Carnage famously stepped up to Hardwell‘s “Spaceman,” Skrillex once took on Avicii‘s “Levels,” and RL Grime essentially started the electronic trap movement behind his reinvention of Benny Benassi‘s enduring “Satisfaction.” The latest producer to take on a certified house gem is YULTRON, laying his own buzzing spin on Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s once inescapable hit, “Calling (Lose My Mind).”

The original, an undeniable main stage anthem in 2011, paired Sebastian Ingrosso with then up-and-coming fellow Swedish dance act, Alesso. The Ryan Tedder-assisted track effectively launched Alesso into the globetrotting superstar he has become today. Now LA-based producer YULTRON has stepped up to “Calling” with a buzzing, percussive update, complete with a vibrant first break and a footworking, double-time outro to close the remix. It’s hard to approach a venerated classic with a courageous remix effort, but YULTRON does Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso justice on his new rendition of “Calling.”

EDC Las Vegas unveils full lineup featuring deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tchami x Malaa + more

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EDC Las Vegas unveils full lineup featuring deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tchami x Malaa + moreThe Holy Mountain For Insomniac Events 1 Min

The wait is finally over. The EDC Las Vegas 2019 lineup is here.

After an initial reveal on March 26’s Night Owl Radio episode with EDC founder Pasquale Rotella, the festival has unleashed its full offerings, spread out over the weekend of May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three days are rife with talent as usual, kicking off with a Bill Nye-hosted opening ceremony. The initial evening will thrill with performances by deadmau5, Alesso, Above & Beyond, and an “old skool dubstep set” from Skream and Rusko. Saturday will see acts like Claude VonStroke, Kayzo, REZZ, Nero, and Charlotte De Witte take the stage. On EDC’s final day, festival-goers will be treated to sets from Armin van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Illenium, What So Not, and countless others.

Tickets are available here.

EDC Las Vegas unveils full lineup featuring deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tchami x Malaa + moreEdc Vegas Lineup 2019

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Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineup

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Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineupDjsnake Veld

A veteran of Toronto’s electronic events circuit, VELD Music Festival will bring a balance of dance and hip-hop acts to Downsview Park for the the festival’s 2019 iteration. The first phase of the two-day affair’s lineup features headliners Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, and Tiësto. Alesso, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, Ekali, FISHER, Shiba San, and Gryffin comprise just another handful of VELD’s additional electronic talent.

On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.

Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineupVeld Music Festival

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 rosterLollapalooza 1

Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

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Alesso releases first new music of 2019, ‘Progresso Volume 1’ mixtape

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Alesso continues to raise the bar with each successive release. His latest effort, Progresso Volume 1, is a three-track EP that follows the Swedish DJ’s previous smash single, 2018’s “REMEDY.” Progresso Volume 1 signals a deliberate sonic shift from the vocal-centric construction of “REMEDY,” in its foregrounding of energizing synth work and beat arrangements that render each of the mixtape’s three cuts ready for main stage play.

“PROGRESSO” immediately sets the tone for the mixtape. The opening song’s chord progressions are decidedly dance-worthy, and the brief vocal that enters at the tune’s mid-way point functions as a plot twist of sonic sorts that slows “PROGRESSO” to stage a momentous build and subsequent drop.

The EP’s second inclusion, “CONFESSION,” delves into the traditional affective progressive sound characteristic of Alesso’s early productions. “TIME” is somewhat of an outlier in the context of the three-part project. Unlike the preceding numbers, “TIME” relies on a looping vocal hook throughout its run time and relaxes the faster pace that “PROGRESSO” and “CONFESSION” set. If any song on the mixtape gravitates toward pop-electronic hybrid designation, it’s “TIME,” which winds down the energy-spiking showing.

Altogether, Progresso Volume 1 is a high-intensity inaugural installment in Alesso’s new Progresso mixtape series.

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

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.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

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.

Photo credit: Jorge Meza Photos

Alesso announces new mixtape, ‘Progresso Volume 1’

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Alesso announces new mixtape, ‘Progresso Volume 1’Alesso Press Shot

Alesso‘s name is one that has been noticeably absent from recent electronic release circles. The dance pioneer, however, is poised to soon offer his first solo original production of 2019, Progresso Volume 1. The mixtape follows Alesso’s preceding contribution to Ninjawerks Vol. 1, “Tilted Towers.” The adrenaline-spiking single prescribed a walloping dose of big room sound to the compilation, which Astralwerks and Ninja jointly debuted in part in December 2018.

Prior to the Fortnite-inspired track, Alesso dropped “REMEDY,” a sultry, vocal-centric sing-a-long friendly tune that accounted for Alesso’s last single of 2018. Progresso Volume 1 remains elusive in its track list, but as the mixtape’s title indicates, the project will surely fuel streamers’ speakers with some new progressive house material.

Alesso Performs at Venezuela Live Aid Concert to Support Humanitarian Efforts

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Over this past weekend, Alesso took part in the Venezuelan Live Aid Concert in Cúcuta, Colombia, a city near the Venezuelan border. The live event was free to the public and all funds to produce the event were done through donations. Over 30 artists performed donating their time to participate in the concert benefit including

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