VELD Festival announces first wave of talent topped by Armin Van Buuren, Illenium, Martin Garrix

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Toronto’s VELD Festival has announced the first phase of the event’s 2020 lineup, revealing some of the largest names in today’s electronic music landscape as headliners for the two-day event. Taking place at Toronto’s Downsview Park over August 1 – 2, 2020, Armin Van Buuren, Illenium, and Martin Garrix are among the top line talent for the festival weekend.

In addition to the headlining electronic acts, hip-hop artists Tyga and DaBaby will perform at the festival. Among the 40+ artists announced, VELD sees the return of a prominent house and techno crowd with the additions of Tchami, i_o, Camelphat, Eli Brown, among many others.

Canadian promoter, INK Events first brought VELD Festival to fruition in 2014, where the lineup was topped by steadfast artists during the boom of big-room music. Today, the event’s lineup is heavily focused around favored names in electronic music, along with rising forces in the hip-hop scene. View the full phase one announcement below. Registration for the ticket pre-sale is open here.

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Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]

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Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]Ekali Biseual

Ekali has long been a staple of the electronic music scene, consistently providing fresh, masterfully produced, emotion-evoking soundscapes that many hold extremely close to heart. His latest artistic achievement, a 12-track album filled—but not oversaturated with—complimenting collaborations and breathtaking originals, is a diverse masterpiece representing the pinnacle of Ekali’s years of hard work and evolution. A World Away is a beautiful and exciting journey from start to finish.

The anticipation for Ekali’s debut album has been building exponentially since he teased its release last year and an additional secret side project. The album was undoubtedly worth the wait, and not only meets, but exceeds expectations in every way imaginable, beginning with the very first track, Elohim collaboration “Fairy Tale.”

Self-described by Ekali as “my favorite song I’ve ever made,” “Fairy Tale” is a flawlessly mixed sonic cocktail overflowing with infectious lyrics and impeccable sound design. The sheer level of emotion and passion fans of Ekali have grown accustomed to has never been so explicitly felt than in this beautiful song that amply sets the tone for the remainder of the album. Ekali’s creative implementation of unique drums and blending of diverse sounds breathes fresh life into an increasingly stagnant and oversaturated genre of music.

The authenticity of this album is supported by Ekali’s character outside of his work. Ekali has always been a generous and passionate supporter of young musicians without the financial means to develop their craft. In early 2019, Ekali used funding from an edit pack he released to create a music studio space in Vancouver open to young musicians completely free of charge. Tweets from Ekali in July also indicate plans to reopen the charity studio in Los Angeles, developing a community for young producers to hone their skills and advance their craft. Ekali’s admirable character, charitable heart, and genuine care for the electronic music industry add a depth to his sound simply unattainable by artists lacking pure intentions.

A standout track from the album, Nitti Gritti collaboration “Power” adopts a more defiant tone, allowing Ekali to highlight his diverse production skills. This massive trap-fueled hit offers a listener a chance to collect oneself and refuel on energy before moving forward into another sure-to-be emotional half of the LP. Boasting massive low frequency hits in an encapsulating and invigorating drop, “Power” is truly a powerful piece that is sure to make its rounds in this year’s festival circuits.

This flawless album reaches its climax at its simultaneous conclusion with track 12, Illenium collaboration “Hard to Say Goodbye.” With both Illenium and Ekali being undisputed industry leaders of future bass, this highly anticipated collaboration released last November perfectly embodies everything these two talented musicians have worked towards their entire careers. “Hard to Say Goodbye” is an emotional masterpiece that concludes the album as strongly as it began.

For many artists, a full-length album is the penultimate achievement of their career. For Ekali, A World Away is a phenomenal commencement to the next chapter of his already-accomplished career. Whether it’s during those long car drives, sleepless nights, or just spending time with friends, this album is certain to be on repeat for many months to come.

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Firefly Music Festival Releases Exciting 2020 Lineup

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Recently, Firefly Music Festival released it’s 2020 lineup and it is certainly incredible. Popular and loved artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Billie Elish, Halsey, Khalid, Blink-182, and Maggie Rogers will be headlining the event. Dance music makers such as Illenium, Diplo, RL Grime, NGHTMRE, Loud Luxury, Petit Biscuit, Boys Noize, and Space Jesus

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Tomorrowland Releases Incredible Full 2020 Lineup

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Tomorrowland has seriously done it again. The world popular music festival has officially released its 2020 lineup and we couldn’t be any happier with it. This year’s lineup features talented artists such as Illenium, Nervo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Infected Mushroom, Oliver Heldens, Armin Van Buuren, and many more. You can check

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Tomorrowland releases full lineup ahead of 2020 edition

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Tomorrowland has been making headlines over the past few weeks, and now the festival has dropped perhaps the most newsworthy information yet. The Boom, Belgium-based event has released the full 2020 lineup one day after teasing that Eric Prydz‘s HOLOSPHERE live show was set to return to this year’s iteration of the festival.

Last year, Tomorrowland celebrated its 15th anniversary, and this year’s lineup is as momentous as the last. In addition to releasing the artists who will be playing, Tomorrowland has given a detailed breakdown of which artists will be featured on which stage by event day. This can be viewed here.

Highlights of the weekend include NGHTMRE going back-to-back with Jauz, Illenium, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Camelphat, and more. A few acts, including Armin van Buuren, will be playing multiple times throughout each weekend, just on different stages for each performance.

Unfortunately for Swedish House Mafia fans, the trio will not be there. However, Axwell will be playing a solo set.

Worldwide pre-registration for all Tomorrowland tickets and Dreamville packages is open now.

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India’s VH1 Supersonic drops lineup featuring Diplo, Illenium, Machine Gun Kelly, and more

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The VH1 Supersonic lineup is here, and a wide array of artists will be making their way to India to play the festival. VH1 Supersonic promises a stellar cast of talent hailing from a variety of genres. Electronic musicians are a heavy contingent with Diplo and Illenium as headliners, with Gryffin, Nitro Fun, and Zonderling will also be performing.

Other performers will include Machine Gun Kelly and Madame Gandhi in addition to a plethora of artists hailing from India. Further lineup additions are expected to land in the coming weeks. VH1 Supersonic will take place in Pune’s Mahalakshmi Lawns, running February 7 – 9. Tickets for the festival are available here.

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Decadence rings in the new decade in Chandler, Arizona – photos by jacobtylerdunn and Rukes

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BUKU 2020 ticket boasts Flume, Glass Animals, Zeds Dead, and more

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BUKU Music + Art Project has revealed its lineup for the 2020 edition. The New Orleans festival is pegged for this coming fall, March 20-21, 2020. The ninth annual BUKU brings yet another eclectic curation of music’s finest talent across the hip-hop, dance, and rock spectrum.

With Tyler, The Creator, Flume, and Illenium slated as headlining acts, the lineup reaches all niches—ranging from cornerstone DJ characters like Alison Wonderland, Chris Lake, and Zeds Dead to hip-hop’s hottest rappers including Megan Thee Stallion, Run The Jewels, and JPEGMAFIA. The programming proffers a more nuanced touch towards electronic sub-genres, with bass artists like Subtronics, Kayzo, and Space Jesus juxtaposing experimental favorites like Mija and Kaytranada.

General admission pre-sale tickets start at $190.

Pre-sale is available now, here. General on-sale begins tomorrow, December 13.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Travis Barker and Illenium release an anthemic pop-rock remake of ‘Good Things Fall Apart’

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Blink-182‘s famed drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with Illenium on a pop-rock remix of “Good Things Fall Apart” featuring Jon Bellion that showcases a viable dance music crossover. With Barker’s live percussion arrangement, Bellion’s anthemic vocals, and Illenium’s melody play, the kinetic remix fits like an effortless puzzle.

In a press release, Barker said, “In my head I pictured all these other parts and sounds from the moment I heard the song. I recorded drums first with all the other parts in my head and then built around it. It was such a well written song already it made my job easy.” A video of Barker drumming was posted on YouTube along with the edit.

This is a timely crossover as Blink-182’s collaboration with The Chainsmokers is set for release Dec. 6. The tune, “P.S. I Hope You’re Happy,” is part of their final set of releases for World War Joy.

Illenium continues his ASCEND Tour, with upcoming performances at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California on Dec. 6 and at Los Angeles’ famed STAPLES Center Dec. 7.

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