City officials in Vietnam’s capital have instituted a city-wide ban on music festivals after an unknown substance claimed the lives of seven attendees and left five in a coma following Hanoi’s Trip to the Moon festival on September 16. All of those affected by the mystery drug, which were Vietnamese festival-goers between the ages of 18 and 30, tested positive for the substance. Officials are now investigating the source of the substance, as the situation marks the “largest mass death from drugs at a music festival” in recent events.
“They didn’t dance much, just swayed a bit and they didn’t like the lights shining directly at them,” an anonymous Trip to the Moon festival-goer told reporters. The very same attendee additionally stated that many fellow ticket holders appeared lethargic and disoriented and mentioned that the pre-entry security check was only cursory.
Vietnam remains an area in which the sale of illicit synthetic substances continues to grow in tandem with the increased popularity of electronic music events hosted in the country. Although Vietnam police previously uncovered and subsequently closed large-scale domestic labs, the drugs nevertheless infiltrate Vietnam through the borders of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand — three points that collectively makeup a drug hotbed otherwise known as “the Golden Triangle.”
Since dropping one of the most diverse sounding albums in recent memory in “Ultraviolet” 3lau is back to captivate the masses yet again. At the conclusion of his busy summer of touring and new music, the Vegas native announced on socials that he is already working on his next studio album. As many know, 3lau
Pendulum gave Reading Festival’s BBC Radio 1 stage a treat this weekend, with an hour straight of live favorites and deep cuts. For fans who couldn’t make it to the UK for their Pendulum fix, there’s good news — the band’s performance has appeared on YouTube in full. Their headlining performance tears through fan favorites from their 2010 LP Immersion like “Witchcraft” and “The Island Pt. 1,” alongside fan favorites like “Tarantula” and “Blood Sugar.” The crowd’s elated singalong with the vocal breakdown in “Watercolour” is a must see.
Rob Swire announced in 2017 that the live electronic pioneers were back, returning from a six year hiatus. The band announced tour and festival dates, with the promise that new music was in the works. So far, they’ve held fans’ appetites at bay with the release of an album’s worth of remixes in June of 2018 called The Reworks, with help from names like Noisia, Skrillex, ATTLAS and more.
Note – the first three minutes of the recording are audio only, before video kicks in.
Insomniac‘s trance brand Dreamstate has grown unbelievably over its short time on the dance circuit, expanding from its singular stage flagship event in San Bernadino to an international brand with festival stops in Australia and Central America — plus an ongoing rotation of themed events to boot. However, the aforementioned home of the brand remains as a steadfast leader of its events, and a good indicator of what’s to come. This year, Dreamstate bookers have picked quite the fresh lineup for the Southern California event’s fourth edition.
A variety of fresh, new acts have made the roster this time around — a usual for Dreamstate SoCal, which last year hosted the world debut of Key4050, among others. This year, Gareth Emery‘s new audiovisual Laserface show is indicated to be the most anticipated headlining performance, with other huge names like Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn‘s Purple Haze alias, and Ruben de Ronde likely joining van Dyk on the main stage. Two notable resurrections — First State, and Ferry Corsten under his System F moniker — are also on the list.
Two other notable new duos making their California debut are Gentech and Lost In Noise. The former is comprised of Mark Sherry and Scot Project, while the latter is a combination of Indecent Noise and Lostly. They’re joined by a multitude of other B2B performances as well, like Arctic Moon & RAM, Chris Schweizer & Heatbeat, and Sneijder & Sied van Riel, among others.
It’s also worth noting that there are fewer acts appearing on the lineup than usual. Pasquale and the Insomniac team have yet to reveal if they’ve scaled the event down to fewer than four stages, or if they’ve granted fan requests of longer set times — potentially to compensate for the wide array of B2B performances on the bill.
Due to take place on August 3 to 5, Another World Festival announced on Tuesday that the festival will be rescheduled for next year due to sheep feces found onsite. Organizers of the festival sent an email out to ticket holders claiming the event area “was not fit for purpose” due to “the distressing presence
Skrillex returned to the festival circuit recently, taking on Japan’s Fuji Rock with a widely acclaimed hiatus-ending performance. Warming an enormous crowd for Kendrick Lamar’s headlining slot, Skrillex’s set came littered with personal edits, mash-ups, newer material, canonized Skrillex classics, and best of all — a handful of brand new, yet-to-be-identified burners. While nearly everyone, from Fuji Rockers in Japan to eager viewers and listeners across the world, were just enamored to see the OWSLA honcho’s first main stage DJ set of the year, one onlooker in particular — Josh Pan — had their mind set on what’s coming next. The proverbial “soon” passed around by Skrillex fans seems to be closer than anyone thought, and those unidentified new tracks may be getting their names in the very near future.
In a social media post, in which Pan confirms new music of his own, the young experimentalist couldn’t help but share some words of endearment about his label head, though some key words in his post jump right off the screen,
“We’re both about to put out some crazy music this year. He’s back!!!!”
This year. He’s back.
It has been four years since Moore’s seminal studio debut, Recess, and it didn’t take long for fans to start calling for more. And while the former screamo frontman has delivered a steady stream of material in the last near half decade since his first LP, we haven’t been treated to a cohesive body of Skrillex work like Recess since. As it goes, earlier this year Diplo confirmed Jack Ü could once again return, though only after Skrillex finishes a full-length project he’s working on. We can take Diplo’s words at face value, though without any concrete details, the story behind Skrillex’s sophomore LP remains unsubstantiated. Now, with Josh Pan’s keen choice of words, it looks like “soon,” may finally have an expiration date.
It strange when a whole festival season comes and goes without much mention of Skrillex. Amid what appears to be a relaxing, productive year off, which many believe Skrillex may be using to write a sophomore album, performances have been few and far between, and festival appearances have become a coveted rarity. FORM Arcosanti‘s billing this year included its annual set from the OWSLA boss, but the only other lineup to bear a Skrillex booking so far this year is Japan’s Fuji Rock, next to acts including Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan, and MGMT. Taking on Saturday’s sundown slot, Skrillex decidedly crushes his only major festival outing of the year, giving Japan one of his best performances in recent memory.
Creatively, Skrillex has always kept close ties to Eastern culture, and for his most recent visit, the “Would You Ever” producer connected with Japanese metal band X Japan’s drummer Yoshiki for the final minutes of his Fuji Rock performance. The pair play a live medley of both of their hits, with Yoshiki on paino and eventually drums and Skrillex on the guitar.
The duo recently revealed that they would not be returning to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year streak of annual shows at the venue. The pair assuaged any disappointment that their announcement inspired among listeners in their promise that they had “something big in the works” instead.
Its been an absolute honor to perform at Red Rocks, and 2018 was our favorite yet! After an incredible 4 years in a row, we won’t be returning to Red Rocks in 2019, but we’ve got something big in the works. Stay tuned ⬡⬡
Fans have been waiting attentively to see what Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight’s next joint move will entail, though a festival venture seems like the most likely next move. ODESZA indicated interest in a festival featuring talent from their Foreign Family Collective label in a Reddit AMA hosted in 2017. Fans have speculated that the producers will not only debut a Foreign Family Collective festival in 2019, but will host the rumored event at another iconic outdoor venue — the Gorge Amphitheater, a space that ODESZA has yet to play.
Foreign Family Collective enjoyed an Electric Forest first in 2017 with ODESZA’s own stage, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, Kasbo, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Launching a festival-style event would be a logical progression, though as speculation continues to mount, ODESZA remain tight lipped. We’ll have to wait and see.
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Dreambeach Villaricos is a huge electronic music festival, held each year in the eponymous Spanish town. Held on the sands of the Almerian coastal resort, the festival invites a lineup absolutely packed with dance music superstars from the worlds of house, techno, EDM, trap, hardstyle, bass music and more. Returning after its 5th anniversary celebrations
Spotify has officially teamed up with the leading music festival travel-booking platform Festicket, to help listeners find festivals that align with their listening habits. It’s appropriately called “Festival Finder,” and it seems really easy to use. Simply connect your Spotify account with Festicket, and the platform digs into listening history, coming up with ten upcoming festival lineups that the listener might be drawn to. Festival goers can also buy tickets and book travel arrangements on Festicket.
“We now offer over 1,000 festivals on the platform, and we know first-hand how overwhelming it can be when trying to pick out the one to go to. Our Festival Finder solves that problem by presenting a tailored list of festivals that best match your listening habits, including some under the radar gems that could soon become your new favorite festival destination.”
Sabban and Jonathan Younes founded Festicket in 2012, transforming their technology platform in the last six years into an intelligent engine for festival discovery.