Introducing NuraiFest: Abu Dhabi’s first private island festival

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Words by Ben Jolley

A trip to Abu Dhabi next weekend could land you on a paradisal private island, as NuraiFest makes its debut on Zaya Nurai. The amenity-laden destination has made a name for itself as the Maldives of the Middle East in the five years since the luxury resort opened.

Running from noon until sunrise on November 22-23, NuraiFest brings a handful of the hottest names in tech-house to Abu Dhabi. DJs including wAFF, Tiga, Steve Lawler, Serge Devant, Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. are pegged to play across the weekend, accompanied by a live show from Satori. 

With a 15-minute boat ride off the shores of Abu Dhabi, you’ll land at the coveted Zaya Nurai. Self-described as “a piece of paradise like nowhere else,” it has 52 private villas, an oceanside spa, restaurants, beach club, as well as activities intended for both land and sea. 

“This will be an immersive and dream-like island experience,” writes Adib Moukheiber, Zaya Nurai’s general manager. “It is where reinvigoration, music culture and relaxation seamlessly intersect as you dance on flawless white sand beaches and soak in translucent azure waters under a golden island sun.”

Festival-goers will be able to travel to the island by boat, helicopter, or seaplane. Shuttle boats will be departing from the welcome center to the island and back throughout the festival. 

Tickets and reservations can be made here. Guests can book a 1-day, 2-day or VIP pass. The exclusive afterparty on Friday comes at an additional cost. There are also cabanas, teepees and VIP tables available.

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Rampage to host farewell tour stop from Noisia, Pendulum Trinity reunion, and more

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Perpetually confounding US festival crowds, drum ‘n’ bass is only just launching a forward foray in the states. However, it’s been a cornerstone of the European electronic music market for decades. Gearing up for its 11th year, Belgium’s token drum ‘n’ bass display, Rampage festival has been at the helm of spreading the genre’s good word and cementing its global audience.

The Antwerp affair has some serious selling points for its 2020 installment, landing March 13-14. In addition to hosting a slot on Noisia’s farewell tour, Rampage will see Pendulum’s Trinity alliance (featuring the iconic act’s founding three members, Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and El Hornet) reunite for their first performance outside the UK and their first rendezvous in the last decade. More genre staples like Dirtyphonics, Virtual Riot, Black Sun Empire, and Delta Heavy are also pegged for the 2020 Rampage ticket.

The impending arm of the festival promises next-level audio-visual production to complement its world-class roundup of drum ‘n’ bass firepower. The event will return to Antwerp Sportpaleis, one of Europe’s largest indoor event stops and self-described “rave haven.”

Tickets are available here.

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EDC Orlando 2019 Brought Expansion, Improvements, and More

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EDC Orlando 2019 was easily the biggest and best EDC Orlando to date. Insomniac came in with some major changes and improvements and they were noticed. From expanded grounds to an extra day, Insomniac lets its festival-goers they’re loved and it shows. Insomniac started the hype for EDC Orlando back in August when the lineup

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Drake claps back after being booed off stage, ‘Sorry kids, see you every year until you are 30’

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By now, you’ve heard that Drake appeared as the surprise headliner at Tyler, The Creator‘s annual Camp Flog Gnaw, and was subsequently booed off stage by overzealous attendees expecting Frank Ocean to cap the festival. Well, if anyone’s in their feelings, it certainly isn’t Drake. The 6 God took his bad night in stride, responding to attendees on Instagram with the type of casual energy only the biggest pop star of the decade could muster. It seems Tyler, The Creator extended his offer pretty considerably—naming Drizzy as Flog Gnaw’s resident headliner for the next 10 years. Drake broke the news via Instagram, claiming,”Plot twist…just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw sorry kids see you EVERY SINGLE YEAR till you are 30.”

Drake’s historical track record with public beef often finds him getting the last laugh, and with an artist of his stature, at this point it isn’t surprising. Put it this way, if the revelation of a secret child three weeks before an album release can’t stop that record from going five-times platinum, a bunch of salty concertgoers are barely a blip on Drake’s radar. Simply put, the man is likely too powerful to be stopped now.

Electric Forest approved for 10-year extension

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Electric Forest‘s hometown of Rothbury, Michigan will reportedly welcome the venerated dance music/jam band festival for another 10 years, thanks to the village council’s 5-2 vote on Monday in favor of extending event producers, Madison House’s permits.

The new permit’s body text allows for the potential of an additional early arrival day, which most recently has fallen on Wednesday; though, if Electric Forest’s producer’s comply in supplying the village with ample notice, the festival could begin on Tuesday for its 2020 installment, currently pegged for June 25-28.

The village will also collect a gradually rising surcharge from ticket buyers, to go toward county infrastructure—namely warranted road repairs from prodigious festival traffic. The surcharge will max out at $7.50 per ticket sold.

Council members Robert Fulljames and Village President Scott Beishuizen took issue with some the parameters of the extension. While Fulljames cited Madison House getting the “cheap” end of the deal, Beishuizen pointed out the lack of local vendors operating at Electric Forest in recent years.

Formerly Rothbury Festival (an all jam and rock roster), Electric Forest began in 2011. Organizers recently stretched the festival to two weekends in 2017 and 2018, though recently reverted back to a single-weekend format in 2019.

Find more information on Electric Forest, here.

H/t: Oceana County Press

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Amazon continues music expansion via Intersect Festival – with Gesaffelstein, Anderson .Paak, The Black Madonna and more

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Amazon seems to be making a serious move toward acquiring a larger stake within the music industry. On top of debuting its new lossless streaming service—the first ever offering listeners a high definition listening experience—they’ve now making a foray into festival territory via Intersect. The two-day affair will take place on December 6 and 7 in the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Talent bookers for the nascent festival have assembled a wide-ranging lineup with top tier talent. Headlining the festival’s first day are Kacey Musgraves and Beck, with electronic legends Gesaffelstein, The Black Madonna, Jamie xx, and SOPHIE all joining along for the ride. Day Two brings sees Anderson .Paak headlining alongside the Foo Fighters, Flying Lotus, Max Cooper, Kaytranada, and more.

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Tickets here

H/T: Rolling Stone

Diplo locked in for second Stagecoach appearance in 2020

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Diplo is a country artist now. A one-time fluke booking at Stagecoach Music Festival to get the after hours crowd going could have been chalked up as a fun publicity stunt. Though almost a year later, Diplo, or rather Thomas Wesley, has a growing catalog of country-leaning material and now he’s even locked in for a second outing at the most famous country festival at the US.

The three-day Goldenvoice affair, held at the Empire Polo Fields where Coachella takes place, turned in a thick 2020 lineup of country music power players topped by Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Thomas Rhett. Diplo is featured prominently in the undercard next to his holiness Guy Fieri, Mayor of Flavortown. Additionally, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are locked in for Stagecoach 2020, so expect the three to reunite for another live performance a year after “Old Town Road” changed the game. See the full Stagecoach lineup below.

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Okeechobee’s 4th run promises RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and more

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Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.

From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.

Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.

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M3F festival bags Bon Iver, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and San Holo for 17th edition

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M3F music and arts festival, a purely philanthropic affair, will return for its annual showing in Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park on March 6-8, 2020—with ample talent in tow.

The festival has secured headliners, Bon Iver and RÜFÜS DU SOL, alongside an audacious undercard that includes bitbird boss San Holo, reggae-ready Stick Figure, Local Natives, Sofi Tukker, and dozens more across a multitude of genres. In past years, it’s hosted the likes of ODESZA, Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi, The Avett Brothers, and more of some of the most in-demand acts music has to offer.

Since 2004, the festival’s organizers have directed 100% of their efforts yearly on behalf of a litany of local charities, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. M3F has raised over $2 million since its inception, with yearly returns increasingly sizably; 2019’s installment alone raised $509,000 according to organizers.

Tickets are on sale now: A good time for a good cause, available here.

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The Paradise reveals two-day festival lineup featuring Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Madeon, Jamie Jones, and more

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The Paradise Music & Arts festival will bring its roster of multi-genre talent to the Dominican Republic for two days of music, art, gastronomy, and local culture this December. The lineup features massive dance figures including Martin Garrix, Alesso, and Steve Aoki, reggaeton and Latin trap stars such as Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Anuel AA as well as additional electronic support from Madeon, Tchami, Bob Moses, and more. The Paradise will take place December 20-21 in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.

Formerly known as Electric Paradise, the festival’s fifth edition will be its biggest yet with an expansion from a one-day event to two days. Since the its inception in 2014, the festival has sold out every year.

This year’s The Paradise will host three stages including a live stage headlined by Bad Bunny and a dance stage. Guy Gerber‘s “RUMORS” will also return to the festival for a two-day takeover on the Electronic Paradise stage. Taking place on the Juanillo Beach, the Electronic Paradise stage will showcase the best of underground house and techno with performances by Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, and more.

GA and VIP tickets are currently on sale. Learn more about The Paradise and buy tickets here.

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