2018 marks New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo’s 10th birthday and be sure that it will be the biggest, wildest fiesta ever thrown down in its history. Taking place August 31, September 1 & 2 at Randall’s Island Park, ELECTRIC ZOO: THE BIG 10 will be a blow-out of epic proportions, featuring
As Shipwrecked Music and Arts Festival is set to take over Auckland, the popular festival cruise is currently undergoing quite a bit of issues. The festival which takes off just north of Auckland, New Zealand, will now be dry. While tickets cost up to $250, it’s still unclear at the time if festival attendees will
Novi Sad, Serbia’s award-winning Exit Festival has just announced its dance arena’s “heroes of techno” line-up.
Exit Festival will host Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Ben Klock, Amelie Lens, Danish DJ Anastasia Kristensen, Croatia’s DJ Jock, and Dusan Nikolic b2b Runy at its 2018 dance arena installment. In 2018, Exit will be holding five festivals in five different countries as part of Exit Freedom and promises “even more innovations” than in years past.
Exit Festival runs from July 12–15. More information and tickets are available here.
Costa Rica’s rising tropical festival, Envision, is just weeks away. In its eighth year, the festival continues its mission to awaken human potential with art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and fundamental connection with nature.
From Feb. 21-25, thousands will flock to Uvita to experience a stellar lineup of music, which has been announced in full. In addition to headliners Xavier Rudd, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis and more who were announced in August, Envision has revealed the addition of acts like TroyBoi and The Russ Liquid Test to the lineup.
“We really wanted to bring in best in breed artists from every corner of the globe,” says festival co-founder and music director Josh Wendel. “But we also wanted to create a platform for some of the best emerging talent in Costa Rica and its neighbors. In addition to being our most intentional lineup yet, the artists we’ve got coming for Envision 2018 are both world famous and driven to achieve the same impact we want to make in the world. Through language and culture we’re united by the dream we share, and that just makes the experience of coming together on the same dancefloor so much more special.”
Though Envision 2018 is already 70 percent sold out, four-day general admission tickets can still be purchased here.
How Day For Night festival achieved curatorial excellence
Houston, Texas’ Day For Night festival has established itself as an unconventional, hyper-sensory utopia. Bolstering an exemplary menu of avant-garde talent, the festival satiates thousands all while blurring the boundaries of performance and offering the utmost in aural phenomena in its industrial warehouse setting.
Day For Night prided itself on its snapshot booking in its third year, by and for the experimentally-inclined. Enlisting artists like Nina Kraviz, Kaytranada, Justice, Jlin, Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie, Solange, REZZ, Nine Inch Nails, Tyler, the Creator, and Thom Yorke, among others, the gathering has situated itself as an unorthodox standout from an at times mundane, and largely counterfeit American festival circuit.
In its immersively emblematic nature, Day For Night’s third edition was a polyamorous union of music, culture, and digital art. It was a multifarious destination, and offered its attendees a mode of escapism while simultaneously defying how they explored their own, as well as others’ relationships with art and reality.
Those who attended were immersed in an epicenter of capitalism’s desolation, i.e the former Barbara Jordan Post Office, only to enter a sprawling industrial wonderland; complete with capacious lasers, fog machines, and immersive visual art open to infinite interpretations. Despite its growing pains, Day For Night was an unparalleled destination in the American festival circuit, protruding the landscape with its singularity in 2017, as it likely will in years to come, too.
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Embracement of Reflection: Houston & Beyond
It would be naive to ignore how Houston’s rampantly evolving cultural and developmental environment shaped Day For Night. A look at almost any sect of the city points to hyper-gentrification and a lack of zoning restrictions that are rendering a city of cultural depth increasingly unrecognizable. Festivals have the potential to be the 21st-century’s greatest linking apparatus, and Day For Night embraced multiple methods of coupling reflection in an immensely immersive fashion. Summits delved into socio-political discourse by way of Laurie Anderson, Chelsea Manning, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and more. The gathering challenged its attendees toward an attainment of outward-awareness.
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Woven into the very seams of artistic discourse at Day For Night was a thread on how the world’s 24-hour loops and radical advances in technology and communication are seamlessly moving faster than behavioral evolution, rendering many helpless in the interim. In a hyper-connected sect of the world, it’s ironically never been easier for one to feel helpless. Day For Night ruminated on how these very advancements can work to foster connections and discoveries in the world which will propel us further as a collective entity.
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Post HTX Served As A Model Venue
“The way one sees things, and the expectations one brings to a performance, or any art form, really, is completely determined by the venue,” articulated David Byrne of the seminal group, The Talking Heads.
This phenomenon of a concert space shaping context, and in turn, enjoyment, is explored in Byrne’s book How Music Works. Surely, the way in which performances are perceived en masse is in relation to the space they’re experienced in. At times this is an obvious element. Take the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, for example. Burning Man’s sustenance relies on the desert space it resides in, and while this may be an extreme example, space is becoming a deeply entwined element in the worldwide festival circuit. The relationship between attendees and venues is why scenes blossom, and it’s why destination festivals are becoming increasingly popular.
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Day For Night’s decision to place a hyper-sensorial paradise across four stages in a dimly lit, abandoned post office was a masterful one. Ironically, the nucleus of the performance venue were the veins of the warehouse, many of which contained captivating art installations. Unlit hallways that separated the “blue” stage from the intimately circular “yellow” stage, for example, beckoned an art form in themselves. For in these empty spaces, attendees prepared to ascend into visual or aural titillation. Whether it be disco balls adorned from a ceiling in netting, illuminating an entire room, moving mechanical cranes paired to ominous music, or synced screens around a ground level stage, the once-vacant warehouse was flooded with an innate intertwinement of senses.
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Exemplary Curatorial Intent
A festival’s success begins in its curatorial intent. Founded in 2015 by the Free Press Houston and the New York-based creative agency Work-Order, Day for Night established itself as a visually immersive music and art festival from the very beginning. By embedding an exploration of the elements of light, space, and sound in its mission, Day For Night has transformed the festival landscape by combining new media art with envelope-pushing musicians. It may still be a young festival, but its surely created a unique experience. Day For Night’s careful selection of artistry and curatorial intent spoke to several sects of music, tech, and art lovers. Planning such a feat does not come without intent or without a deeply embedded audience understanding, though.
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Appealing to the experimentally-inclined, for example, Day For Night brought forth Nina Kraviz, who’s on the heels of a momentous 2017, and largely regarded as a queen of techno. The festival also booked her трип (or Trip) labelmate Bjarki. Jlin, who’s set ironically rivaled her longtime purveyor Aphex Twin‘s 2016 DFN appearance, was also a standout experimental act. Her album, Black Origami, was an exemplary experimental record of the past year. Additionally, artists like Forest Swords, Jenny Hval, Shlomo, and Roni Size, all capitalized on the use of live sets as a medium for either outward, emotive release or social commentary.
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Day For Night also booked standout artists like the esteemed Nine Inch Nails, who’ve been touring their immensely accessible EP Add Violence. Solange stunned in her Houston homecoming, merging art and popular culture with an affirming image of black pride and femininity. Cardi B gave the 12-minute performance of the year, encapsulating a tumultuous 2017 with her ominous hit “Bodak Yellow.” Tyler, The Creator gave a fervent performance which was brimming with tracks off his introspective new work Flower Boy. Pussy Riot, Pretty Lights, Justice, and REZZ — with her exceptional Mass Manipulation tour visuals — all expectedly stunned.
Day For Night displayed a keen understanding of the experimentally inclined, but also served as an apt pop culture gathering.In bringing together artists who continue to challenge the status quo, the festival’s curational intent was two-fold — displayed initially by the festival, and then, by each and every artist that performed.
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Embedding a Festival Framework for the Future
As more and more festivals continue to emerge on the American festival circuit, immersive affairs such as Day For Night will continue to be a saving grace. It’s one thing to have an exemplary understanding of an audience, but as festival-goers grow into an increasingly digitized world, a means of facilitating connection through art and performance will be needed more than ever. Day For Night blurred the lines between its attendees and artists, it’s an environment where everyone was on an even playing field, as an observer, student of performance, and the outside world itself.
In anticipation of Sunburn Festival 2017, KSHMR was hard at work in the studio to prepare his festival anthem “SHIVA” featuring Marnik and The Golden Army. The American DJ and producer KSHMR delivered a stunning performance at India’s iconic Sunburn Festival last week. By playing a mix of his recent collaborations including his song with
Gisbourne, New Zealand – Sexual harassment is no joking matter. During the Rhythm and Vines music festival in Gisbourne, New Zealand, some guy decided to run up and grope an unsuspecting female. The 20-year-old woman can be seen quickly turning around to punch the harasser in the face multiple times as well as her friend
Undoubtedly one of the biggest bass music festivals in the world, Rampage is nothing short of a paradise for low-frequency lovers. While the festival boldly advertises itself as the “biggest drum & bass and dubstep party in the world,” it has lived up to these claims with some stacked lineups over the years, with 2018’s lineup featuring names like Andy C, Camo & Krooked, and Pendulum.
The upcoming edition’s title track comes courtesy of the perennial duo of Murdock and Doctrine. Aptly titled “On a Rampage,” the energetic single features long, flowing chord-progressions and a sawing bass drop, making it a perfect embodiment of the spirit and ethos of this unhinged festival.
Each year, thousands of individuals indulge in an ever-expanding menu of festivals, and are in turn satiated by the five-star production prowess only a well-oiled machine could pull off. This list celebrates the unparalleled destinations. The selected festivals were not only the strongest standouts in their attention to detail, each went above and beyond in artistic and experiential curation; honing in on the role of their setting and, in turn, oozing unparalleled vibes from each and every fiber of their existence. These are Dancing Astronaut’s top eight festival vibes of 2017. Featured image courtesy of Juliana Bernstein
Moogfest, the self-prescribed “synthesis of music, art, and technology” is the perfect destination for forward-thinking individuals looking to experience more than a mainstage set at their next festival. By day, the Durham, North Carolina event is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, fans can enjoy cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Themes range from techno-shamanism to Sci-Fi wishes and Utopian dreams with an eclectic roster of artists to match its unique themes.
Electric Forest is a magical celebration of art, creativity, EDM, and jam bands all under one kaleidoscopic tree canopy. Each June, near 50,000 attendees flock to Sherwood Forest adorned in costumes as vibrant as the landscape for one of the most otherworldly festivals in recent memory. Boasting art installations, trading posts, wacky stages, and activities at every turn, Electric Forest made an immensely respectable decision in expanding from one to two weekends in 2017; preserving the integrity of the festival and keeping its beloved intimacy at an all-time high.
CRSSD Festival’s unique programming is an intriguing intersection of both mainstream and underground talents, which continues to propel the San Diego waterfront festival to statewide and international stardom. With a bill that featured acclaimed underground acts like Palms Trax, Hito, and The Black Madonna, as well as the infectious pop melodies of RÜFÜS DU SOL and Chromeo, it’s no surprise that CRSSD Festival has become a favorite among southern-California partygoers and will surely continue to in the future.
Year after year, Dirtybird’s west coast Campout bolsters an invigorating array of artistry amidst its beloved, intimate camp environment, fostering an unparalleled relationship between artist and attendee – or rather, camper and counselor. With the ever-increasing and deserved infatuation with the Dirtybird clan, it should come as no surprise that the campout is expanding to a bi-annual event, flying south to Florida this winter, and while it wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary for fans to expect a momentous 2018 from them too, 2017 will be pretty hard to beat. We have faith though.
The above mantra truly encapsulates Desert Heart’s ethos. Upon entering the intimate festival’s off-the-grid confines, a tangible feeling of connection and friendship immediately presents itself, carrying attendees all the way through 80+ hours of “house, techno, and love.”
Desert Hearts saw astronomical growth in 2017, with an expansive City Hearts tour across the U.S., record-breaking (and capped out) numbers at the festival, and of course, the debut City Hearts festival in LA. That said, the positivity that radiates from the festival’s founding crew remains undiluted — a trait that is increasingly hard to find in today’s festival sphere.
Held in Detroit’s historic Hart Plaza, Movement Festival is a physical manifestation of techno’s birth. The festival’s programming features an amalgamation of underground & globally recognized talent spanning a variety of genres and styles. Last year showcased acclaimed artists like Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, and The Belleville Three, while simultaneously boasting an ever-expanding plethora of undercards like DVS1, Drumcell, and AX&P; Movement sums up a genre of diverse musical styles in its immensely in-tune booking.
Centered around a rare heavenly phenomenon, Oregon Eclipse stands out from the pack due to its immensely global and collaborative nature. By combining the creative acumen of some of the world’s most innovative music festivals led by Symbiosis, Oregon Eclipse crafted an immersive environment with seemingly boundless opportunities. In a world where success is measured by the number of successful years that a festival can string together, Oregon Eclipse completely embraced its uniquely singular nature.
Sonus, organized by Time Warp, has become Croatia’s crown jewel of the underground. Thousands of party people from all over the world flood the picturesque island city of Novalja each August for five days and five nights to get their fill of house and techno by the beach, making for a wild week of debauchery and new friendships forged on a dancefloor.
2017 marked its milestone fifth anniversary, with the likes of Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, and more joining in on the celebration. If the multitudes of ecstatic faces and caliber sets say anything at all, it’s that Sonus is a destination festival not to miss.