Here at EDM Sauce, and sometimes just as humans, we find ourselves stuck in our own world. Our own local bubble that keeps our imaginations limited and our tastes controlled. There’s a whole world out there of undiscovered music, and unattended music festivals. And by George! I think we found the best one just across the
Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA
Today is an exciting day, because today is the release of the bass don G Jones‘ VISIONSEP. G Jones has been creating quite the name for himself, being called a “studio wizard” by Rolling Stone, collaborating with the likes of Bassnectar, EPROM, and DJ Shadow, and getting booked at some major festivals like Coachella, Burning Man, and Lightning in a Bottle. Now, with the release of this new EP and the subsequent North American tour, he plans on keeping his success moving.
Throughout 2016, we got glimpses of what to expect from the 8 track EP. G Jones released six EP cuts to get us excited: “Pull Up,” “Helix,” “Fuck What You Heard,” “Collision Course,” “Lavender Town VIP,” and “We See It Clear.” As we have seen with these releases, G Jones is not afraid to push boundaries and create something undeniably unique. The newest additions, “Visions” and “Signal,” hold true to G Jones’ experimental bass drenched style. Check out the full EP and tour dates below:
VISIONS TOUR DATES
1/25 – Washington, DC – Soundcheck
1/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry at The Fillmore
1/27 – Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern
1/28 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
1/29 – Troy, NY – River Street Hall
1/1 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
2/2 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
2/3 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
2/4 – Tucson, AZ – Gem and Jam Festival
2/19 – Santa Cruz, CZ – Santa Cruz Music Festival
2/24 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
2/25 – Dallas, TX – Trees
2/28 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/2 – Iowa City, IA – The Blue oose Tap House
3/3 – St Louis, M – 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center
3/4 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
3/30 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre
3/31 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/1 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/6 – Whistler, BC – Maxx Fish
4/7 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
4/8 – Vancouver, BC – TBA
4/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/5-5/7- Todd Mission, TX – Middlelands
6/8-6/11- Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
As the progenitor of the incredible Confession label, and one fourth of the Pardon My French crew, Tchami has well established a sea of loyal fans for himself. Though he hasn’t himself particularly stood out in 2016, he’s still managed to be anywhere and everywhere people are willing to listen.
He’s just released a 2016 recap video that highlights just how far his influence reaches, from Lollapalooza and Red Rocks to across the sea and beyond. The video features an incredible new cut from the man himself as well which we frankly can’t wait for. Check it all out below:
Skrillex uploaded and deleted a video last night that chronicled his recent adventures in 2016, from Japan to Fiji and more. Followed by his trusted videographer and friend Jas Davis, the two create a unique aesthetic that no one could possibly recreate.
Between the tens of thousands of adoring fans who saw Skrillex play over the last year and the many destinations that he’s traveled to, there’s hardly anyone who could compare to the lifestyle that Sonny embodies.
It’s unclear why the video was taken down initially, but it was just re-uploaded to YouTube where you can watch the whole thing. We guarantee that watching the whole thing is worth it, and you might even catch what sounds like an insane unreleased “Purple Lamborghini” remix inside.
Filmed by Jas Davis
Edited by: Jas Davis & James Winterhalter
Adam Hyde of triple platinum electronic act Peking Duk has spoken out against government authorities who oppose the introduction of personal drug-testing kits at music festivals. The pill-testing kits have been distributed within certain festivals around the world, with an ever-controversial dialogue regarding whether or not they encourage drug use among young concertgoers.
Hyde told Confidential that he believes attendees will take drugs no matter what preventative measures are in place.
“A lot of kids out there are going to take drugs no matter what, which means young people are taking pills when they have no idea what is actually in them.
“We see a lot of young kids at festivals who are out of their minds and it’s just a really dark scene. Pill testing makes sense, it makes for a better environment and better control over the situation.”
To those like Imperial College London’s David Nutt, however, pill-testing has the potential for more harm than good.
“I think they give you a false sense of security. Roadside testing for users half an hour before they are going to pop it is a complete waste of time and may do more harm than good. I’m an enthusiast for testing as it’s done in the Netherlands and Wales, where you can go to a professional lab and find out exactly what you’re getting.”
Tomorrowland is one of, if not THE, biggest electronic music festival in the world. The festival, which was first held in 2005, recently expanded to two weekends. From July 21-23 and July 28-30 the best DJs and producers from all over the world will be performing in Boon, Belgium. Having a past of selling out
Music festivals have experienced a huge boom over the past five years. There are over 800 music festivals alone in the U.S., visited by over 32 million people, according to Nielsen Music. It’s a big business. But like any burgeoning business, oversaturation can be a bad thing.
Some festivals, like EDC NY and TomorrowWorld, have fallen on hard times and have had to cancel for a year or two. Others have found their stride and continue to push out stellar performances year after year. In an interview with Associated Press, Kaskade expresses these concerns for the future of music festivals, but he has hope that a shift in festivals will be beneficial.
“I feel like more and more cities, the place that I go sort of off the beaten path… okay, yeah, sure, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago… but there’s more and more like Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver that are starting to have these great festivals. Places you wouldn’t expect […] I think the reason they work is they’re specific to that location and the local promoters are really starting to curate an experience that speaks to the people in that market.”
A great example of this is the recently announced new festival Asteria in Florida, which is promoting itself as a boutique festival with big aspirations. Many of the performers are local talent, while some special headliners will be invited to draw more of a substantial crowd.
Kaskade’s thoughts, at least tangentially, go against recent comments made by old friend deadmau5, who has already declared the death of EDM. But at the end of the day, they’re both talking about the same thing. Where Kaskade is talking about festivals, deadmau5 is talking about artists and music.
“It already [died] in 2015. Where have you been?,” said deadmau5. “85 percent crossed over. It’s fucked. It’s out of the innovators’ hands; it’s not really grassroots anymore. I’m partially responsible – I’ve done my part to commercialize shit. Oversaturation.”
Listen to Kaskade thoughts below and let us know what you think in the comments.
More than any other festival, the headliner of M for Montreal is the city itself. Everything revolves around the city – from the spread out venues to the actual bus tour that doubles as a showcase. Granted, with a city as creative and vibrant as Montreal as it’s home, it’s little surprise that M for Montreal spends so much time lauding and showing off their city. The festival is spread over different neighborhoods of the city, taking time to show off everything it has to offer. One night you’ll spend in the downtown area’s big theaters, the next you’re in the Quartier des Spectacles never ending stretch of bars and then to Mile End’s quaint cafes for a quick acoustic session. The whole festival lives and breaths in these gorgeous rooms and dingy bars bursting with charm. It’s as much a tour of the city as it is a music festival.
The true magic, however, is not the poutine but the curation. In the era of festivals that tout over 500 acts in a few days, it’s wonderful to hear actually good emerging bands playing instead of a cacophonic, overwhelming mess that usually greets festival goers. It’s shocking to note that the vast majority of these bands are Canadian and many of them local. There’s a strong case to be made for Canada as the next indie hot bed – and M for Montreal is making it.
While there’s a ton of sweet voiced minimal pop stars coming up these days – KROY is something a little different. There’s a darkness that adds a touch of bitter to the candy coated synth pop that she’s peddling. Watch out for this one because she’s going to be huge and soon.
Though seeing him in a church moved this live experience go from ‘great’ to ‘one of the most memorable in a long while’ the plaintive folk of Leif Vollbekk has levels of transcendent loveliness that is immediately arresting.
Any band that features two different key set ups promises to be lush and loud, but Goenland doesn’t deliver noise – they deliver texture. I caught the band both opening for Martha Wainwright at the incredible Rialto as well as more stripped down at a cafe the next day and both shows were equally charming. Any band that can not just handle but thrive in such different environments is one to watch.
With the Australian festival season in full swing, we were truly hoping to avoid news like this, but tragedy has stricken Earthcore Music Festival in Pyalong, Australia, leaving one attendee dead and another hospitalized.
The first victim, a 25-year-old woman, was found dead at the scene on Saturday afternoon local time. At this moment police are still determining the cause of death, but they have already ruled out suspicious activity as probable cause. Another victim, a 22-year-old man was found shortly after and treated for suspected overdose and has been taken to Liverpool hospital for treatment. Authorities say he is in a ‘serious but stable condition.’
Another woman was forcibly removed from the festival after she bit a police officer and kicked another in the face; she’s being charged for assaulting police resulting in bodily harm.
Local authorities have also charged three individuals with allegedly supplying prohibited substances, six have been charged with possession, and another seven have been issued cautions for cannabis possession.