Breakaway Music Festival announces two feverous lineups for Columbus & Grand Rapids

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Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.

The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.

Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.

Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.

As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.

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Ekali Informally Announces Upcoming Collaboration With 1788-L

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Ekali is one of bass music’s fastest rises stars. His innate ability to merge a staggering amount of elements into his songs and sets has helped him gain notoriety FAST. It seems that the artist has no shortage of new music he is working on either. A mysterious newcomer, 1788-L has also been the talk

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Beyoncé takes the throne, Ekali sends it, David Byrne rewrites history & more: Here’s everything that happened at Coachella day 2

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Ekali played to a packed Sahara tent in the middle of the afternoon

As if closing out the Do LaB tent wasn’t enough of an achievement, Ekali’s Sahara tent set was a testament to his massive growth and range as a producer. With over 20,000 in attendance, it’s for certain that Ekali’s destined for a monumental year, and to that, a congratulations is in order.

When you bring @denzelcurryph to your @coachella set and he incites a riot 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Party Favor delivers a star-studded set

Party Favor‘s set was filled with surprises. Dropping off a fervent performance with surprises from Tyga, Jamie Foxx, and Rich The Kid, Party Favor saw that things got a even hotter out on the polo fields.

OSCAR WINNER @iamjamiefoxx #coachella @ohdagyo

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Louis the Child brought out Joey Purp and debuted some new music

EDM’s fastest rising duo, Louis the Child, dropped their new original and confirmed a new remix of a new Khalid song.

MØ brought out Diplo and Charli XCX

Danish pop artist  graduated from her “Lean On” performance two years ago at Coachella with Major Lazer and blew the crowd away with her main stage sunset performance, where she even managed to bring out a few friends along the way. In addition to performing a solo rendition of the Justin Beiber featured “Cold Water,” MØ brought out Charli XCX for “Porsche,” and danced onstage with Diplo for their collaboration “Get It Right.”

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David Byrne rewrote history

Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne took the stage with a performance of past and present classics in Stop making Sense fashion, even finishing on a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” listing names of black victims of police violence with an absolutely epic drum-heavy rendition.

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Beyoncé took the throne

Queen B delivered. As expected, Beyoncé’s headlining performance was nothing short iconic. Undoubtedly, it’ll go down as one of the greatest Coachella performances in history with Beyoncé standing as the first ever woman of color to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she quixotically squealed, when talking about the phenomena.

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Moving through her performance with poise, hair flowing, barely seeming to break a sweat, Beyoncé’s energy and the performance’s production proved she’s one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace the stage. The New York Times has even gone so far to call her bigger than Coachella in their latest editorial.

She opened with a performance of “Crazy In Love,” brought out her husband JAY-Z for one of their many collaborations “Déjà Vu,” had her sister Solange come out for “Get Me Bodied,” and then she did the unthinkable. She saved humanity. I mean—and then she reunited Destiny’s Child.

Although rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion have been circulating for months, nothing comes close to the real thing. The trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”

“I was supposed to perform last year but I got pregnant, thank God,” Beyoncé said before closing her set with an a cappella rendition of her uplifting “Love On Top.” “I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me. I want to sing this last song to all my incredible, beautiful fans. Loyal fans. Ride or dies. I love y’all.”

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Ekali & Medasin – Forever ft Elohim

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Ekali and Medasin teamed up with Elohim to produce a stunning new original, “Forever.” With heartwarming lyrics, dreamy chord progressions, and relaxed beats, “Forever” is a moving creation with a delicate feel, bound to stir the hearts of listeners across the world.

Elohim’s smooth, airy vocals add a soothing dimension over breathtaking instrumentation, as the renowned artists master a sound that is both uplifting and melodic.

Canadian producer, Ekali, is known for his distinct, harmonic future sound, and has garnered worldwide support for hits such as his mesmerizing collaboration with Zhu, “Blame,” as well as his alluring single, “Past Life.” With innovative American producer, Medasin, the team has engineered a track that will undoubtedly captivate fans upon first listen. Ekali and Elohim are set to make appearances at Coachella this weekend bringing passion into their performances that will surely be full of surprises.

Ekali & Medasin – “Forever” (Feat. Elohim)

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Ekali is Vancouver DJ/producer Nathan Shaw; perhaps you heard “Babylon,” his trap crusher with Denzel Curry? Medasin is an unnamed Dallas DJ/producer fresh out of his teens. They’re dropping a track together today ahead of Coachella this weekend, and it’s a thing of beauty. More »

Ekali, Medasin and Elohim Drop Chilled Out New Single Via OWSLA – ‘Forever’

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When I first realized that the new single Ekali would be dropping before Coachella was his long-awaited collaboration with Medasin and Elohim I was expecting something insanely heavy. The universe has a funny way of defying your expectations but delivering exactly what you need at the moment though. The new collaborative single called ‘Forever’ is

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Beyond the headliners: DA presents the top 10 must-see acts of Coachella 2018

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America’s cornerstone music festival is fast approaching its Empire Polo Club descent. As Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival enters its 19th annual celebration, the festival reflects on music’s past, relishes in its present, and amplifies its future. It’s an exuberant apex promising the land of milk and honey for its frenzied fashion frolickers and music aficionados alike.

Those that secured passes this year conquered its fastest selling edition on record despite having endured a price hike. This year sees the Goldenvoice brainchild packing punches and taking names as per usual. Rock ‘n roll’s presence has dwindled, giving rise to rap, pop, and R&B. Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem are headlining. In the electronica arena, rising acts like Louis the Child, Alan Walker, AC Slater, Petit Biscuit, Whethan, Cash Cash, and San Holo are carrying the torch of a new era of radio-friendly, pop-centric dance music, which Coachella’s clearly noticing based on their booking choices. 

We here at Dancing Astronaut have taken to compile a complete list of acts we deem unmissable ahead of the gathering’s first weekend. By now the set times have dropped and there are inevitable conflicts, but these acts are among the most exciting debuts, performances, and compasses for where dance music has been and will shift in the years to come.

10) Ekali

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If a cosign from Skrillex doesn’t entice you, perhaps it’ll behoove you to know that the OWSLA signee Ekali sold out his Babylon tour through December of last year. Maybe you’d like to know that the trap maven moves through genres with ease, having collaborated already with TroyBoi, Denzel Curry, and KRANE. Last year, he released a huge collaboration with Zhu and dropped a wide range of mixes, including his three-hour-long Awakening mixes, a Diplo & Friends mix, and a Triple J mix. Ekali became a household name in the dance community in 2017, and accordingly, DA named him one of the producers of the year. This year, he’s moved from his 2016 DoLab performance slot to an afternoon slot in the Sahara tent and if that isn’t an impressive testament to his own, and a rising class of new dance acts’ versatility, growth, and impact in the modern dance realm we truly don’t know what is.

9) Petit Biscuit

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Nineteen-year-old Mehdi Benjelloun, known musically as Petit Biscuit, has already proven his music production talents are well beyond his years. Classically trained in the cello by the age of five, Benjelloun’s monumental remix of ODESZA‘s “Memories That You Call,” drew comparisons to the duo with a refreshing injection of poise. Not to mention, Petit Biscuit wrote, produced, and mixed his debut album Presence over the course of the last year, somehow finding a balance between high school exams and sold-out tours across the world. Petit Biscuit’s Coachella debut is a testament to a new class of classically trained electronic musicians. May there be plenty more to come.

8) Kölsch

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Just last year, Kölsch ran through a slew of high profile festivals, had a stellar BBC Radio 1, an Ibiza residency at one of the island’s most renowned new destinations, played the iconic DC 10, Berghain‘s Panorama bar, and performed on the Eiffel Tower for five million people around the world. With both ease and great comfort, Kölsch’s sets implement an articulate understanding of his surroundings, and though Coachella 2018 marks his debut at the festival, his ability to read the room will surely see that he delivers here and for the rest of the world in the months to follow.

7) Barclay Crenshaw

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Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, also known by his hip-hop alter ego and real name, Barclay Crenshaw, is elevating one of dance music’s mightiest messages. As the founder of the Dirtybird Campout, Crenshaw’s proven the Dirtybird flock is much more than a tantalizing tech house home base, but an embodiment of the true meaning of dance music. He’s bringing the tribe back to the dance floor and proving that love and passion, for music, but more importantly for one another, will see it all through.

6) Chromeo

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One could argue that a Chromeo set in 2018 is outdated. But, that would be to ignore the duo’s immense cultural permeability, not to mention their timelessness, and an ultimate ushering in of contemporary disco music. Chromeo’s releasing a new album in June. For now, they’ve released a new bop with D.R.A.M and renowned Prince and D’angelo collaborator Jesse Johnson for what appears to allude to their grooviest album yet. Their Coachella set will undoubtedly feature a plethora of classics and new material alike, and you’d have to be crazy to miss that.

5) Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)

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Keeping current and experimental with underground techno bookings proves to be no easy task. This year, Coachella’s dance bookings cater to the techno heads — see Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, and more — while simultaneously paying respect to the birthplace of the genre with the booking of Detroit Love. Detroit Love is a trio comprised of dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodymann. Ultimately, it’s small wonder Goldenvoice looked to this crew. If any group were to lay siege on the compelling concoction that is Motown, jazz, and techno, there would be no better choice than these homies from the “D.”

4) The Black Madonna

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In the era of #MeToo, where women are speaking out against their oppressors, The Black Madonna uses her music as a means to amplify the voices of the fringe dance community. Her sets raise up the central voices of club history — ones that have been forced to the periphery or silenced entirely — through a provocative exudence of acid house, disco, and outright emotion.  Her music seeps groove and love that’s made to replenish the soul.

3) Peggy Gou

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Peggy Gou is going to be here for a long time. Having graduated from the underground circuit with the highest honors of club-polished sounds in 2018, Gou brings forth sets that are a dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for the craft. She wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain, which she was, and along the way she also became the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix. Now, her Coachella debut solidifies that her electrifying electro and disco will only perpetuate her meteoric rise to stardom.

2) Alison Wonderland

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Alison Wonderland is speaking her truth. She’s just released her exquisite sophomore album, AWAKE, which is a compelling collection of EDM and hip-hop crossovers. From rappers to Grammy-award winning songwriters, Alison Wonderland is successfully holding the attention of her listeners, while offering one of the most refreshing perspectives of women in the genre’s history. It’s rife with sarcasm, and yet, poppy in its deliverance. The album sees Wonderland wielding her moniker’s trope as a weapon with ease, and it’ll be no surprise if she’s a household name come the end of the year. Considering how much the EDM world is a man’s microcosm, at least onstage,  the very presence of Alison Wonderland’s perspective tends to come off as a revolutionary, dare we say, awakening.

1) REZZ

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Dancing Astronaut named REZZ 2017’s producer of the year, “The prodigy who exceeded all expectations,” we called her. And yet, to reduce REZZ to our expectations, in hindsight, feels wrong. She’s an artist. Mercurial and acting on her own unique vision. She’s promoting the consumption of water during her sets, like many, she’s working on the little things, improving her jumps during her sets, and she’s taking on the world. As the Coachella set times were looming we began to wonder if the outside world had caught up, whether it was ready to recognize Isabelle Rezazadeh’s global ascension. Having ripped into the scene three years ago with an unparalleled juxtaposition of industrial techno and pummeling bass,  REZZ carved an unforeseen niche in the mines of ominously-sinister, singular techno, and now, the world has taken notice. REZZ will close out the Sahara tent on Friday and the world will be watching. There are no doubts REZZ will continue her momentum into superstardom after this performance, and continue to exceed our expectations, but it’s probably time we let go of those and let the Space Mom do her thing.

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It Appears Ekali x Medasin Collab Will Be Dropping Before Coachella

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Ekali has had a truly meteoric rise to glory over the past 2 years or so. The producer has found a niche with his exciting tracks which incorporate a wide array of styles, making for a truly unique sound. He has been billed for a set at the world famous, Coachella and has promised new

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​Zeds Dead share full lineup for 5th annual Red Rocks event, ‘DEADROCKS’

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Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead are bringing their annual Deadrocks show to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, and for their fifth occasion, the boys are surely pulling out all the stops. The two-day event boasts a hefty list of line-up support, with G JonesEkaliPsymbionicMad Zach and Deadbeats Records artist DNMO on July 2nd, and RuskoEPROMHabstraktUm..,  and Chuurch on July 3rd.

Over the years, the Deadrocks event has become a sold-out family affair for Zeds Dead fans as they travel from all corners of the US to ascend upon one of the world’s most prestigious outdoor venues. Why? Because “DC” and “Hooks,” as the boys’ individual nicknames go, have been known to bring out surprise guests, premiere unreleased music, and unleash top-notch visual production upon their audience. One can bet the 2018 gathering will take no short cuts in celebrating Deadrocks’ fifth birthday, either.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Ekali & ZHU – Blame (Hunter Siegel Remix)

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Ekali x Zhu

In the final days of 2017, Ekali and ZHU surprised the world by releasing their long-awaited collaboration, “Blame.” In the months since, the song has been heard in DJ sets across the world, thrilling listeners and inspiring producers to craft their own takes on the track.

The latest of these is Hunter Siegel, who’s released a slow-burning electro bootleg of the song. The Canadian producer has left many of the song’s original aspects intact, using the chorus as a place to put his own stamp on the collaboration. He chops up ZHU’s vocals and contrasts them with heavy layers of electro synths, giving the drop of the song an entirely different feel.

“As soon as I heard this tune drop I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and it came together perfectly,” Siegel shared in the song description.