The world’s ‘most international festival brand,’ Ultra Music Festival, has closed out an elephantine 2017 Asia tour, witnessing more than 400,000 people attend 17 events across a four-month period on the continent. The numbers are evidence of Asia’s classification as a quickly expanding market for the electronic dance music industry, leading the franchise to accordingly host a total of 17 different events in Asia from June to September, designating 2017 as a banner year for international dance music events falling under the UMF umbrella.
As shows in Bali, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Taiwan sold out across the board, those that did not physically attend the live music events still made their presence felt via respective live streams, where more than 25 million people tuned in to watch live streams of the events in China, India, Japan, and Singapore.
Ultra Music Festival developed several new events of international focus this year, adding Ultra China, Road to Ultra India (touching down in Mumbai and New Delhi), and several Resistance shows in Bali to its list of Ultra Worldwide affairs. It has been a year of massive expansion for UMF, with the brand initiating its inaugural visit to India.
Ultra Korea and China performed equally as well, drawing crowds in the thousands for Ultra Korea’s sixth anniversary, and Ultra China’s first.
All eyes may now rest on Ultra’s domestic Miami edition, set to celebrate its 20th anniversary from March 23-25 in 2018.
Dirtybird Campout, Southern California’s wildest adult summer camp, is preparing for its third installment this weekend, October 6-8. As has been established in its past editions, the campout will be packed with childhood nostalgia, scrumptious BBQ, and earth-shaking beats. Furthermore, this year will be its biggest yet, with a move to a larger venue at Lake San Antonio. Adding to the label’s nest of talent, acts like Amtrac, Coyu, and the Desert Hearts crew will be joining the house haven’s music lineup with more special guests still to be announced. Ahead of this weekend’s bonfire debauchery, we’ve teamed up with Dirtybird for an ongoing interview series spotlighting both the imprint’s own stars and the myriad of world-class artists on the concert’s bill.
Brother and sister act Tennyson represent a step outside the status quo when it comes to electronica. Hailing from Canada, the two wield their vast experience as musicians (they began as buskers) into their work with full blinders on toward whatever tropes are taking over the contemporary dance space. What results is rich, fluid bass music whose experimental flair involves everything from jazz to glitch elements. Their eclectic, yet avant-garde take on production has made them a well-loved act in the underground indie realm despite having only gotten started in 2013. The past year in particular has been bountyful for Tennyson, with a remix signed to Fool’s Gold records and collaborations with Mr. Carmack under their belt, in addition to a brand new EP titled Uh Oh!, whose release is on the horizon.
Given Claude VonStroke’s outspoken love of the lower frequencies of music, it makes perfect sense that the fledgling duo were handpicked to appear at this year’s Dirtybird Campout. The two sat down to answer camping-related inquiries, as well as provide us with an inkling of what’s coming down their pipeline.
How long have you been performing for & how did you get your start? Very first Tennyson performance was in 2013 around Christmas time. We had a jazz cover band before that so we had all the instruments we needed.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it? Luke: The release at end of this month will be the first!
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career? Tess: Our first tour with Ryan Hemsworth was a huge step. The exposure from playing those shows got us a ton of new listeners, and we made a lot of great friends as well. Luke: “Like What EP” changed a lot of things for us, it’s probably the reason we had fans in Asia and Europe.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick? Tess: Psy (Gangnam Style!) Luke: Yeah, probably Psy too.
What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout? Tess: I really love playing outdoor music festivals. There’s something nostalgic about sitting on dry grass and smelling trees while listening to music. I think it’s because when we were kids our parents took us to a lot of smaller outdoor music festivals so they will always have really nice warm vibes for me. Luke: Kickball.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick? Luke: Matthew Dear, Deebs, Justin Martin
What are three essential items you wouldn’t go camping without? Tess: Three packs of tiny camping cereals. Luke: Porlex, Aeropess, Coffee
Do you have a favorite (or funny) camping memory? Tess: Our family attended this tiny music festival in Alberta when we kids and Luke and I both brought our best friends. We met all the other kids who were camping and when the sun went down we organized a massive game of hide-and-seek tag. I love the kid feeling of like hiding in the trees somewhere with your friends and catching your breath because you’ve been running and the whole time there’s been a band playing music in the background.
“Take The Ride” tour, an event series created by Desert Hearts, has been a huge success in 2017. Instead of taking time off as the year winds down, the Desert Hearts crew is finishing the year with a bang, throwing a day-long festival in downtown L.A. branded as City Hearts Festival. The Nov. 12 event goes beyond tour shows to feature activities, performers, a healing village, and much more.
Day for Night has become known for it’s state-of-the-art lighting productions and art installations on par with Coachella and Burning Man, while retaining an underground/indie festival ethos. The Day for Night Summit, a consciousness raising speaker forum, will kick off the weekend festivities on Friday, with prominent activists sharing their thoughts on the relationship between art, technology, and activism, featuring the likes of LGBTQ advocate Chelsea Manning and the political activist musings of Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova.
Joining the well-rounded list of headlining talent, which also includes Thom Yorke, Solange, and St. Vincent, are electronic music heavy weights G Jones, REZZ, Kaytranada, Marcus Marr, and Cashmere Cat, with an eclectic list of indie-rock appearances by Deep Cuts, True American, and spoken word artist Saul Wiliams.
Tickets to Day for Night 2017 range from $215 to $750 with fees. This year, a portion of the festival’s proceeds will help the Greater Houston Community Foundation aid people in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Undoubtedly leading the current revival of French house tastemaking comes two producers who are quite literally writing the trends in deep pulsating, bass forward house music. Today Tchami took to Twitter today to announce to fans the “No Redemption” North American tour alongside enigmatic house producer and fellow CONFESSION confidant, Malaa to cap off 2017.
The 11-city roll out will grace major Canadian markets Toronto and Montreal, while crossing the U.S. with the remainder of stops — with Las Vegas, Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago in the duo’s crosshairs. The “No Redemption” road stretch is pairing the dark, deep, and wildly unpredictable turns of Malaa with the symbolic religious sacraments of Tchami as he takes his constituents to church.
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