Weekend Rewind: Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland claim EDC history as first female solo main-stage acts

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Weekend Rewind: Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland claim EDC history as first female solo  main-stage actsEDC LV 2016 Kinetic Field

With another chapter of EDC Las Vegas underway, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a watershed moment in the festival’s 20+ years running: Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland taking the main stage for ransom in 2016. They were the first solo female acts to do so.

Lunoe, known for her unorthodox—looney, if you will—strain of house and club stylings, isn’t necessarily your run-of-the-mill main stage artist; she herself attested the notion in an interview with EDC organizers at Insomniac shortly following the momentous appearance. Nevertheless, the OWSLA-aligned, Australian-bred Lunoe dug deep into her HYPERHOUSE crates for what proved a scene-altering set under the Electric Sky, despite some minor sound interference from the festival’s audio techs letting the opening ceremony music bleed in. But Lunoe, sleep-deprived and still acclimating herself to brand new CDJs, bulldozed through the accidental interruption like the tireless talent she’s proven herself to be behind the decks for over a decade.

Another culturally disruptive (for the better) Aussie and classically trained cellist, by the name of Alison Wonderland, further solidified the long-time-coming female ferocity sweeping over EDC, taking the main stage under her more-than-adept wing that Sunday. The melodic/experimental trap talent’s indelible legacy amongst women in dance music is still ever-blossoming. In 2018, she took home the highest paycheck in Coachella history to be issued to a female DJ, following her Sahara Tent performance, which amassed over 20,000 awe-stricken spectators. An outspoken advocate for mental health, Wonderland also secured an auspicious cover story this year for Billboard, wherein she traced her often tumultuous rise to EDM superstardom, and accredited music as her most vital vessel for forging human connection.

Here’s to these two torrentially talented tastemakers—as well as all the other convention-confronting women in dance music carving out a path for the often-overlooked female talent across the globe. Though the path is still largely untrodden, as Wonderland this year serves as the only female act on the main stage roster. The EDC Vegas side stages want for naught, however, as some of the most in-demand women in dance music (and acts in general), including REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, and Amelie Lens are effectively offsetting the overwhelmingly male 2019 makeup.

Stream Now: Alison Wonderland takes over EDC’s Kinetic Field

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Stream Now: Alison Wonderland takes over EDC’s Kinetic FieldAlison Wonderland

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas kicks off the first day of its 2019 iteration in fine style, featuring performances that span the electronic music realm.

One such artist is Alison Wonderland, who now takes the stage at the Kinetic Field to deliver a dynamic dollop of bass and energy straight into the ears and faces of thousands who’ve gathered hopes of hearing hits like “Church” and “Lost My Mind” live.

Stream her performance live starting at 10:45 p.m. PST, below.

Photo credit: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

Alison Wonderland is the face of a Forever 21 x Pepsi Collaboration

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Alison Wonderland is renowned for her stylish wear behind the decks, including long Adidas tees and sold out merch, with loads of fashion blog features over the years including theFashionSpot and Galore. Now, her pristine fashion sense has officially made her the face of a recent Forever 21 & Pepsi collaboration.

The exclusive collection features Pepsi x Forever 21 branded tees, crew necks, tie dye hoodies, and more. Wonderland is not only a face for the drop, but the producer also holds credit over the campaign’s theme song, “Peace”—a feat not many others in this position can say they’ve accomplished.

Additionally, Wonderland can be seen sporting the collection via large billboards in NYC’s Times Square. Check them out in this Instagram post, where she adds to the caption:

I am freaking out. Pls help. Am I dreaming: Y/N. Is this how I get my crush to notice me: Y/N

The Australian artist is journeying through her 2019 world tour, stopping in Tokyo’s Zozo Marine Stadium on May 11 before headline performances at Hangout Fest and EDC Vegas.

Diplo, Above & Beyond and Rezz headline 2019 edition of Imagine Festival

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Above the influx of summer festival lineups being released, Imagine Festival has placed itself in the top echelon of these events with their phase one announcement. Taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the September 20-22 weekend, the festival returns for its sixth year to bring festival goers together for one last weekend before the unofficial commencement of the festival season. The phase one lineup introduces a multi-threat combination of headliners including Diplo, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, and Zeds Dead, accompanied by a handful of surrounding support over the three days.

Festival attendees will find themselves immersed within the festival’s underwater fairytale theme, displayed in all areas from the Oceania and Amazonia stages, to the extravagant decorations that adorn the venue’s parameters. Complete with their very own campgrounds, Imagine Festival combines top-notch musical talent and production to temporarily submerge attendees into their own aquatic wonderland.

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HARD Summer drops 2019 roster, featuring Alison Wonderland, Tchami, Kid Cudi, RL Grime, and more

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HARD Events’ hallmark, HARD Summer will return to Fontana Speedway this August for its 12th year of multifarious musical mayhem.

The SoCal staple’s 2019 lineup is colorful and cold-blooded as ever, bringing major players primarily from electronic and bolstered by hip-hop. From the former of these realms comes Alison Wonderland, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, and a seemingly interminable length of others. And from the crest of HARD Summer’s rap/hip-hop current brings Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Sheck Wes, and more.

This year running the weekend of August 3-4, HARD Summer has long lived as a source of sonic foreshadowing of talent, particularly in the electronic space, showcasing acts like Skrillex and Diplo ahead of their rises to super stardom. Tickets to HARD Summer go on sale Friday, April 26 at 9 am PST. Additional festival information can be found here.

HARD Summer Music Festival 2019 Lineup:

12th Planet

Alison Wonderland

AMOK (Will Clarke + Sian)

Andre Power

Anna Lunoe

Anti Up

Armani White

A-trak b2b YehMe2

BAYNK

Benda

Black Caviar

Blanke

Blesst

Cam Girl

Candy Rain

Claude VonStroke

Dack Janiels

Dateless b2b Lucati

Diablo

Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)

Dillon Francis

DJDS

Dom Dolla

Dombresky

Dreamdoll

Droeloe

Duke Dumont

Excision b2b NGHTMRE

Flux Pavilion b2b Netsky

Flosstradamus b2b 4B

G Herbo

G-Rex

Gammer

Ghastly

Graves

GRAVEDGR

Habstrakt

Hekler

Herobust

Hucci

Jessie Reyez

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Juice WRLD

Justin Martin

KAIVON

Kasbo

Kayzo

Kid Cudi

Kill the Noise

Kyle Watson

Lauren Lane

LICK
Lil Mosey

Lil TJay

Loco Dice

LP GIOBBI

MadeinTYO

Major Lazer

Monki

Moon Boots

Ms. Mada

Mustard

Noizu

OMNOM

OOKAY (Live)

Rick Trainor

RL Grime

Robotaki

Sheck Wes

Shlohmo

SOSUPERSAM

Soulja Boy

Space Jesus

Subset

Subtronics b2b Dirt Monkey

Tommy Genesis

VNSSA

What So Not

Whethan

Young Franco

Yultron

ZHU b2b Tchami

Zia

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Watch Alison Wonderland’s Hard Hitting Set From EDC Mexico 2019

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Alison Wonderland has been releasing and touring like crazy recently. Putting out track after track and then continuing to throw down at some big festivals and shows. Sadly for some of us we are not able to attend every show in which this great artist is playing at. Luckily though we can now watch a

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Alison Wonderland longs for ‘Peace’ in new music video [Watch]

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Alison Wonderland is having a banner year in 2019. In addition to snagging the cover of Billboard‘s 2019 dance issue, a successful joint tour with Dillon Francis, and bookings on a number of top-tier festivals this summer, Aussie producer Alison Wonderland now tightens her commanding grasp on the global dance music scene with her latest track, “Peace.”

Never one to shy away from poignant notions within her music, Wonderland makes her listeners acutely aware of the emotions at war within her: “Right now I’m barely off my knees / But some day I’ll find peace.” The track breathes a vigor and an honesty into stereotypical dance pop, with its inspiriting vocal chants and nuanced, jouncing bass. See the new visual for “Peace” below.

KFC’s Colonel Sanders threw down a five-minute main stage set at Ultra, and artists weren’t happy about it

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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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Dillon Francis and Allison Wonderland Lose Their Mind at the Anthem in Washington DC, Photos by Chris Stack

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Honoring the ladies of dance music this International Women’s Day [Playlist]

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The music industry is filled with women whose lives revolve around their work and in bettering the scene in general, and they are more than worthy of daily recognition for their efforts. It hasn’t always been easy; even in 2019 quite a few feel the need to work double just to receive the same respect as their male counterparts, or even to be taken seriously in general. That being said, the most admirable thing about women in the industry is that the fight continues anyhow—artists like Alison Wonderland , Charlotte de Witte, REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, Sophie, and more continually break boundaries with their sound, while female publicists, managers, and others work nonstop behind the scenes to propel others careers without taking credit for themselves.

In recent years, some headway has finally been made industry-wide to respect and recognize these women. Public pressure has made for greater female representation on festival billing and greater respect across the industry, while others are seeing tougher consequences for misogynistic behaviors. There’s still a ways to go toward equality, but the optimism is high.

This International Women’s Day, we at Dancing Astronaut feel it’s necessary to pay our respects to these groundbreakers and boundary pushers, and thus present this playlist as a way to mark the occasion. The names above, plus Mija, Nora En Pure, CRAY, Honey Dijon, ANNA, and The Black Madonna are just a few of the many caliber acts featured.

We also recognize the ladies behind this very website who keep the lights on day in and day out: Robyn, Bella, Rachel, Farrell, Nellie, Natalie P, Natalie D, Jessica, Elizabeth, and Christina.

Our proverbial hats go off to all women today.

 

 

Photo credit: Shaky Knees