Dubfire is returning to LA for what could be argued has one of his more historic showing in the city in recent years. The icon and former half of Deep Dish will be one of a very select group of artists who have played under the Viaduct bridge in downtown, where he’ll be soundtracking the unforgettable venue with seven hours of minimal, techno, and beyond.
For a few years now, the Viaduct has served as a unique pop-up space in Los Angeles, offering fans an edgy outdoor location nestled beneath the iconic bridge and against active metro line tracks. Live acts have dominated the venue throughout its history, with Dubfire becoming one of the first dance music artists to play it. The show will take place on Sunday, June 30 from 3-10pm, with house/techno institute Underrated Presents playing host.
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As the impending summer swelter creeps forward, Toronto’s vast suite of electronic events is starting to come into view, most notably the return of the Electric Island series. The 2019 season introduces a selection of techno and house heavyweights, including the return of Dirtybird label-head Claude VonStroke and UK house hero Hot Since 82, in addition to newcomers like lo-fi producer DJ Seinfeld and a DJ set from George Fitzgerald. Electric Island celebrates with events on May 19, June 22, August 10, and closes its term with a special two-day finale on August 31 and September 1.
Marking the inauguration of the summer season, the event series rings in their opening date with headliners Dubfire, Âme and Bedouin, wrapping up an afternoon of hazy melodies with a steadfast of techno and house tunes. Each event reigns support from local and international favorites, including Toronto native Jonathan Rosa and female duo Carrera & Tavares to warm up the crowd amid a profusion of surrounding talent.
Ahead of the 2019 season, Dancing Astronaut is giving away a pair of season passes to the Electric Island events for one lucky winner – valued at over $400. Enter for your chance to win access into all events for you and a friend this summer.
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SXM Festival has a roller coaster of a year that has ended in triumphant success. Hurricane Irma ravaged its home of Saint Martin in 2017, leading to cancellation of its third edition. Regardless, the community or the event wouldn’t be let down, with both teaming up to repair the damaged caused by the storm and bring things back to normalcy. Now, SXM is returning for what’s looking to be a top make-up edition.
The billing for 2019 contains a nice slate of top talent so far, with Dubfire, Marco Carola, and Guy Gerber topping the list. They’ll be joined by other top talents as well, including Enzo Siragusa, Kora, Viken Arman, Apollonia, and more. Tickets are now on sale; grab them here, and watch this space as more names get released.
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The well-oiled, underground music brand out of Berlin, HYTE, has just announced it will be hosting its own stage in New York this year at one of the most anticipated events in New England: Electric Zoo. HYTE will be a part of the fest’s final day, Sept. 2, at the Sunday School Grove stage.
With the sublime New York City skyline as its visionary backdrop, the HYTE stage will tout an impeccable batch of techno-centric talent, including Dubfire in a B2B session with Chris Liebing, Pete Tong, and Gregor Tresher. Fit for the occasion, HYTE’s comprehensive configuration of international acts showcases both world-renowned warriors of their craft and clandestine club phenomenons alike.
HYTE is known for casting techno entrancements all over the globe, hosting stages in the US, Europe, and even Vietnam — corralling icons like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Maceo Plex to perform under its masthead.
Anyone remotely interested in dance music has probably heard of Deep Dish at some point. Though the duo — made of Dubfire and Sharam — went their separate ways in 2006 and have since evolved drastically in style, they were easily one of THE most iconic duos in dance music history, and largely credited for helping bring dance music into the mainstream when they were at the top.
They had a brief reunion in 2014, but have remained firm in their decision to continue on as separate entities. That’s why fans of the legendary group will be happy to know that the chance has risen once more to see these two behind the decks as one come July 13. Hot Since 82 has managed to reunite Deep Dish for a special edition of his Labyrinth night at Pacha, where they will be headlining.
The appearance comes at almost the exact two-decade mark since Deep Dish made their debut at the famed Ibiza superclub.
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Long admired for its picturesque landscapes, Iceland has grown to be a top destination among globetrotters and festivalgoers alike. Beyond landmarks like Blue Lagoon and tours of The Golden Circle, the country’s music culture is deeply embedded across countless genres and generations. The remote island of only 330,000 shares an appreciation for artists like Slayer, Gucci Mane, Dubfire and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, so it’s no wonder the lineup for the country’s largest festival, Secret Solstice, covered a breadth of musicians.
Already in its fourth year, Secret Solstice bathed in endless daylight as nearly 20,000 music fans from 32 countries and all walks of life gathered to celebrate the best and brightest of today’s artists.
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Secret Solstice was produced with the night owl in mind. Just as the curtains were drawn on the main stage, house and techno heads migrated to their very own late-night playground, Hel. Laugardalsholl Sport Center was transformed into a cavernous space as dark as the artists performing, such as Waff B2B Skream, Charlotte de Witte, Holmar, John Acquaviva, RPR Soundsystem and more. While techno is still growing in Iceland, Hel drew just the right amount of locals and travelers seeking a bit more from their festival experience.
With only 120 spots to fill, Into the Glacier has become a Secret Solstice staple. Accessible even to those not attending the festival, Into the Glacier embodies the quintessential Iceland experience: a deep excursion inside of a man-made ice cave, residing on Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Resting around 4,000 feet above sea level, the heart of the cave was tinged with rich shades of blue. It’s here – through winding tunnels and slippery slopes – that pulsing beats finally lead us to Dubfire.
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Serving as one of George Clinton & Parliament Funk’s final shows, the group took fans back in time as they performed celebrated hits both old and new, such as “Atomic Dog” and “Backwoods.”Immediately following Iceland rock band Stuðmenn, the Father of Funk graced Iceland with his coveted presence, lending his contagious energy and charm to thousands of fans before him.
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Thrash-metal is still alive and well – especially in Iceland. As one of this year’s major headliners, Slayer’s first and final Iceland performance was received by more than 17,500 fans – by far the largest crowd throughout the four-day festival. The band’s firepower is stronger than ever as they tear through their discography, ranging from “Payback” to “Angel of Death.” As the band prepares for its impending retirement, Secret Solstice attendees come together as history rapidly unfolds, officially marking the end of an era.
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Gucci Mane played host to one of the festival’s rowdiest crowds – a moment in time far exceeding that of any other rapper performing at Secret Solstice. Davis and his sea of fans feed off of one another’s energy as he puffs out every verse with vigor and relentless passion. A true craftsman in his field, the Atlanta rapper demonstrates utmost poise as he strides across the stage. It’s 11pm, and the sun is still shining.
Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.
No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out.
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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.
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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run.
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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.
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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn. With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.
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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.
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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist. She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.
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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachella “movin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.
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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year. The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.
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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.
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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.
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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self.
Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.
Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.
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Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music Capital
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