Damian Lazarus and his Day Zero team have pulled in a top slate of artists for the festival’s 2020 Tulum edition. Several artists will be making their debut at Cenote Dos Ojos for the affair, with some notable additions including German pioneer Ellen Allien and SCI+TEC owner Dubfire—as well as Luciano, Concret, and Keinemusik member &ME. Black Coffee, Bedouin, Sidartha Siliceo, Francesca Lombardo, Serge Devant, and Audiofly make up a strong returning cast of talent.
The sunset-to-sunrise jungle gathering debuted at the tail-end of 2012 as a way to celebrate the new era brought about by the completion of the last Mayan calendar. Since then, it’s grown to become one of the top parties in Tulum, drawing in thousands of dance music nomads from across the globe each year to loose themselves amid immersive production and hypnotic music surrounding them. In September, Damian Lazarus found a second, equally magnetic home for Day Zero in Masada, Israel.
Damian Lazarus‘s Crosstown Rebels is, if not the most, one of the most respected record labels in dance music—not just because of its extensive, unmatched catalog from artists spanning multiple decades and continents either. Crosstown Rebels has a reputation of breaking artists into new sonic spheres; that’s exactly the case with Denney on his latest EP, Raven.
A quick listen through Denney’s prior releases will communicate a willingness to explore the realm of house and techno, but this EP has taken him further than he’s ever gone before in regards to the latter. With seasoned progressive veteran, D. Ramirez sharing production credit, the pair produced a couple of tracks that are perfect for the upcoming colder months: when both the days and the music get darker.
The EP, two years in the making, marks the second time the pair have appeared together beneath the Crosstown Rebels namesake. The duo teamed up for two original tracks in 2017: the Stranger Things EP.
Miami is generally known for three things: Ultra Music Festival, the Miami Heat and well, the Miami heat. But while the coastal city’s sauna-inspired climate can be a bit polarizing for much of the year, by the same stroke of its pen, it doubles as a sweet-spot winter festival destination once the temperature’s on the downward slide.
Enter Heart, a fresh face to the festival circuit that’s bringing its own brand of high-temperature intensity, with 63 techno, house and live electronic performances spread over a two-day tenure at the trendy Wynwood Factory, just a few miles from the heart of town. Much like the since-closed nightclub of the same name of which the soiree’s organizers derive, Heart Festival has the chops to pack a memorable lineup with a punch. Highlights include the fabled Sasha & John Digweed, Damian Lazarus, The Martinez Brothers, and Artbat—just to name a few.
Heart Festival is scheduled to pump December 6-7 during Art Basel 2019, a city-wide celebration of international multimedia and arts. Two-day passes are on sale now, here.
Damian Lazarus has been putting on his immersive party series, Get Lost, for the past 14 years. From its flagship edition in Miami, to locales like London and Mexico, his Get Lost party series has brought up to 24 hours of top class house and techno soundtracking to major markets around the globe. For the first time, Damian Lazarus will be bringing his Get Lost Party series to New York City— and the milestone event will be the first installment of its theatrical Get Lost Live concept.
Get Lost NYC will unfold across two days, with its new Get Lost Live experience kicking off the proceedings at 2pm on October 11. On October 12, the party will carry on with a sixteen-hour showcase of the top house DJs. Carl Craig, Felix da Housecat, Nic Fanciulli, Skrillex collaborator Kelsey Lu, the Martinez Brothers and more make up the debut billing. Of course, Lazarus himself will be performing a set of his own to keep the energy high. Tickets to Get Lost NYC are now on sale, and those looking to attend the unforgettable experience can buy tickets here.
Now the Mad Decent boss delivers a fresh remix package full of heavy hitters to put their original twist on his four-on-floor cuts.
Many of the remixes honor the house-heavy direction of the EP like Riton‘s remix of “Bubble Up” and Solardo‘s remix of “Hold You Tight.” South Africa’s Cueber even put some techno tinges on his own rendition of “Hold You Tight.”
However, there are also remixes on the EP fit the worldly catalog of Mad Decent. Haitian-born Michael Brun puts an upbeat dance-hall groove on “Give Dem,” and Mr. Pauer gives “Bubble Up” a fresh helping of Miami bass.
Damian Lazarus realized a longtime vision for Day Zero in 2019, successfully finding a second place that the iconic night-into-day party could call home in Masada, Israel. The venue, nestled between the Dead Sea and the Masada mountain, is a spot steeped in history and culture, connecting societies across Middle Eastern land for millennia. The site is also where ancient Jewish people famously fought off an invading Roman army many moons ago.
As Day Zero Masada draws closer to its September debut, Damian has announced its official lineup. Gorgon City, Marco Carola, and Jamie Jones all make for powerful headlining acts, set to bring fine flavors of house and tech to the stage. Representing Israel are Chaim and Magit Cacoon, while Bedouin, Monolink, and Satori will bring some mysticism into the fold.
Damian Lazarus launched Day Zero in the Tulum jungle in honor of the end of the current Mayan calendar. Intended to ring in a new era of humanity and promote spiritual rejuvenation, the night-into-day event has since become a cross-sectional mecca of the underground electronic and transformational festival movements.
After years of searching for another place Day Zero could call home, Damian has finally found an equally alluring—and culturally significant—location in Israel’s Dead Sea region that can offer guests a similarly impactful experience to that in the jungles of Tulum. Day Zero Masada: Dwellers of the Dead Sea will take place at the Masada Arena on September 27, at the foot of the historic Masada mountain. It’s a location rich with history, and one that has connected societies across the ancient holy land, Jordan, and beyond for well over a millennia.
Day Zero Masada: Dwellers of the Dead Sea will be produced by Israeli mainstays Tripping productions, and Belgium’s Criaturas—known for their work with Tomorrowland. Its inaugural lineup will be announced in the coming weeks, but given Lazarus’ prime curatorial track record, expect there to be a full slate of forward-thinking house, techno, and electronica to enjoy. Tickets of trust are available here.
It’s safe to say Damian Lazarus knows his way around a proper gathering. The world-renowned DJ and Crosstown Rebels label owner is behind some of the most sought-after events to date: Day Zero and Get Lost, in which he channels the ritualistic side of the rave into a carefully decorated, well programmed musical progression. Now, his repertoire expands with the introduction of Force Field at the iconic and newly revived Doctor Music Festival at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Force Field is almost like a festival within a festival. Taking place across all four days of Doctor as an entity of its own, guests will be completely immersed day-into-night musical programming set around a central, totem-like stage and paired with production by notable design company Criaturas. Its first wave of performers includes the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Black Coffee, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Âme, and many more. Damian Lazarus will also be reprising his Wizardry project alongside DJ Tennis and DJ Three for the inaugural event.
Tickets to Force Field can be purchased as part of the Doctor Music Festival ticket package, or separately. More information available here.
Kicking off this year’s festival season in true party fashion, North America’s premiere independent music and art festival, Lightning In A Bottle presented by The Do LaB is returning to Central California this Spring. Labeled the “baby Burning Man” by Forbes, Lightning In A Bottle will be moving away from their previous Memorial Day weekend