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
Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.
The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.
2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.
Dallas is prepping its premier end-of-year festival, Lights All Night, with plenty of firepower for its tenth installment, running December 27-28. The first phase of the New Year’s Eve weekend event has arrived, showcasing plenty of top-tier muscle.
Skrillex will continue his lauded 2019 event/release return with a headlining appearance on the affair’s first night alongside Virtual Self, while Bassnectar and Louis The Child take night two for ransom. The weekend-long effort will also receive ample support from the roster’s underside, which includes fervently in-demand acts like AC Slater, Elephante, Herobust, Kayzo, Zomboy, and more. Slater will be setting up shop with a Night Bass stage takeover, while GRVDNCR Records will host its own dubstep-directed stage.
Tickets to Lights All Night officially go on sale Thursday, August 22, but interested parties can register for pre-sale now, here.
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For Lorin Ashton, widely known as Bassnectar‘s wide and unwavering following, a destination festival headlined by Ashton himself (among a number of resounding guests) on a Cancun resort is nothing short of an earsplitting fantasy.
The four-day festival’s second charter will summon Sub Focus, GRiZ, Caspa, and Claude VonStroke to its sandy forefront. VonStroke will be bringing a highly potent dose of his Dirtybird crew to the beachfront endeavor’s new location, the Grand Oasis resort (a departure from last year’s touchdown in Riviera Maya), too, including longtime label habitues, Justin Jay, Christian Martin, and Worthy.
Per Bassnectar’s website, he and his team have rented out the entire Grand Oasis property for the occasion, likely in response to last year’s installment prompting a number of noise and behavioral complaints from various Rivera Maya non-Deja Voom vacation-goers staying near the festival.
Deja Voom is sold out, but those interested can join the festival’s waitlists for particular packages of interest here.