Just months before its annual event, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has officially released its 2020 lineup. Popular artists, such as Miley Cyrus, the 1975, Vampire Weekend, and Lana Del Rey are scheduled to perform at this incredible event. Additionally, some of our favorite dance music artists are also featured on the lineup, such as
“Out with the old and in with the new” goes the New Year’s adage, and it’s the latter half of the expression that best applies to newcomer of Philadelphia’s live event circuit, HiJinx Festival. From December 27 – 28, crowds of dance music enthusiasts set out for the Philadelphia Convention Center to witness HiJinx’s second annual iteration. Dancing Astronaut was among them, and after attending the Live Nation-organized event for the first time in HiJinx’s nascent history, can confidently assert the following: it’s no wonder that HiJinx’s sequel was sold-out.
The festival’s 2019 bass-riddled lineup was proof of Live Nation’s evergreen ability to land top acts, and further solidified HiJinx as one of the premier bass-centric events in the country. Topped by Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, GRiZ, and Excision and Slander, who collaboratively closed HiJinx with a back-to-back set, HiJinx’s 2019 lineup was a formidable followup to the festival’s 2018 billing, which packed its own one-two punch.
In 2018, HiJinx laid the foundation for its aesthetic identity with low-end heavyweights such as Bassnectar, RL Grime, and WHIPPED CREAM. As they did with the 2019 lineup, HiJinx organizers issued a nod to hip-hop and integrated the genre in the bass-leaning roster with the inclusion of artists such as Denzel Curry. Between 2018 and 2019, Bassnectar was the sole artist to receive an invitation to return to HiJinx.
For attendees, the festival experience is often not without token set delays and even last minute lineup changes. Not so, however, with the emerging Philly event, which went off without any hitches in a spacious venue that coalesced crowd members with various food and craft vendors.
HiJinx, as festival goers based in the Tri-state area can attest, bridges a once existent gap in this area’s live event circuit. Although New York is a Mecca for the stateside dance scene, particularly during the week between Christmas and New Year’s day, the events offered are mostly singular, standalone shows rather than multi-day festivals. Those seeking to attend an electronic festival during this timeframe must consequently look beyond the northeast’s offerings, and might consider mainstays such as Snowglobe Festival in California or Arizona’s fledging Decadence.
Live Nation’s sophomore installation of HiJinx Festival effectively broadens the stock of seasonal electronic music festivals available to dance aficionados, but is of specific benefit to those in the Tri-state area, for whom multi-day options have been traditionally limited. With each year to follow, HiJinx Festival will continue to progressively transcend its current emerging status, adding value to the festival circuit at large, and giving bassheads another extended opportunity to ride the rails.
A wonderland of low end artistry, HiJinx’s 2019 lineup additionally includes DROELOE, who recently wrapped their past, present, future EP series with the release of A Promise Is Made, CloZee, Big Wild, and dual riddim and dubstep experimenter, Subtronics, who partnered with GRiZ on the floor shaking “Griztronics.” Zion I, Kittens, SoDown, and The Underachievers will also cater to bass enthusiasts with resounding sets over the course of HiJinx’s two-day 2019 run.
To ready attendees for what will be, for some, the final festival of the decade, Dancing Astronaut has coalesced original productions from all of the artists slated to play HiJinx in one sprawling pre-event playlist. More information on the sold out event can be found, here.
Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.
Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.
Few DJs are known to be as politically and socially active as Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, but that doesn’t make it any less refreshing to see one of bass music’s finest putting his money where his mouth is. Just weeks after lending a hand towards educating today’s youth on climate change, Bassnectar steps up to bat again—this time to deliver nutritious meals and clean water to those in Flint, Michigan.
The charity drive starts at Freakstyle, a three-day Halloween-themed festival taking place in Grand Rapids starting on Oct 31. Bassnectar is known for collecting food donations at his shows but is doubling the goal for Freakstyle, attempting to bring in 5,000 meals for those in need. There’s even an incentive for those who really want to embody the spirit of the event, as there’s a limited-edition Bassnectar Freakstyle 2019 lunchbox for those who donate 20-plus meals or make a suggested cash donation.
After the event, Bassnectar’s non-profit, Be Interactive, will be teaming up with Conscious Alliance to collect and deliver an additional 30,000 meals to those in Flint.
“Years after the Flint Water Crisis, despite heroic activism and resilience in the city, lasting challenges remain. Bassnectar fans asked us to come together around the water crisis, and the opportunity is finally here,” said Lia Holland, Executive Director of Be Interactive. “Among their needs, this community lists food and water, and we are grateful to the inspiring kids and families of Flint for graciously welcoming our donation.”
Tickets for Freakstyle are currently sold out, but information regarding donations can be found here.
Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.
From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.
Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.
#ClimateStrike is spreading all over the world—as it should be. Climate change is a worldwide emergency, and generally, if one has the time to read about their favorite festivals and DJs, one should also have the time to learn how to do their part in reversing the damage we’ve done to our climate and planet.
Lorin Ashton—known best as Bassnectar—is doing his part by funding an online course on climate change. Using his nonprofit organization, Be Interactive, Bassnectar hopes this course will help overwhelmed high school teachers educate students about this threat to their future without adding to the teachers’ often excessive workload.
Malanka Riaboken of Guerilla Science designed the curriculum, and she was able to do so after Be Interactive opened applications for grants supporting pro-climate projects. Riaboken has served as an instructional designer for numerous institutions including the University of Arizona. Commenting on the newly launched online class, Riaboken explains,
“I stand by the saying that lack of education is the root of all evil. I just want science teachers to have what they need, for free, from a person who knows how to make quality academic lessons.”
This course is not the only thing Be Interactive is doing to combat the climate crisis. The organization also called upon other prominent members of the live music community to spread the word about climate change:
“We’re trying something new here,” Lia Holland, Executive Director of Be Interactive said. “In the ever-evolving Bassnectar experiment, we’re working to amplify creative and civic-minded fans. Could Bassnectar teach a course on Climate Change? No, but Malanka can, and we’re using the power of the music to enable and lift up her awesome work.”
The course is set to take four weeks to complete and is available to download here for free.
As surely as the clock will tick one year into the next into the next on December 31, Decadence Colorado will just as reliably be raging through that incipient stroke of midnight, a guarantee on behalf of its formidable faction of artistry.
Decadence will descend upon the Colorado Convention Center from December 30-31 for its ninth annual year of production. General admission and VIP passes to the holiday affair will go on sale at 12 pm MT on September 27. Purchase tickets to Decadence NYE, here.
Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.
Bassnectar isn’t your normal DJ. He makes his opinions known and always gives back whenever he can. In addition to the many curated events he puts on throughout the year, he has his own 501(c)3, Be Interactive. Their mission is to “inspire the empathic to make an impact through radical kindness, respectful creativity, volunteering, and