Zedd And Katy Perry Will Perform One Night During Final Four Weekend

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With March Madness right around the corner, those attending the final four tournament are also looking forward to the other events tied into the tournament. Usually there is a large music series during the Final Four. Today, the first announcement of the three-day series was released. Zedd and Katy Perry will be performing on Sunday,

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Ultra Music Festival Releases 2019 Final Lineup

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Ultra Music Festival is almost two weeks away and what better way to grow the anticipation than finally seeing the full lineup. All the phases have come and gone and now the lineup is fully complete. Some of the additions added to the new lineup are performers such as Eric Prydz, Bonnie X Clyde, Cedric

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The ultimate getaway packing list: Dancing Astronaut’s guide to Costa Rica’s Envision Festival

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The ultimate getaway packing list: Dancing Astronaut’s guide to Costa Rica’s Envision FestivalEnvision EricAllenPhoto Beach Sunset 35

Envision Festival 2019 is just a few short weeks away, and as the festival gears up for it’s ninth edition—expected to be its largest to date—festival goers should be finalizing the logistics of making it to Uvita, Costa Rica, for what is widely considered to be one of the most unique, and refreshing festival experiences on the planet. This year promises a stellar slate of programming across the four-day event, running from February 28 – March 4. GRiZ, Tycho, Lee Burridge, CloZee, The Floozies, and Trevor Hall top this year’s musical billing, while the rest of the festival is weaved together by countless workshops, yoga classes, nature excursions, and performance art pieces. But above any of the programming or the unwavering sense of community that the festival has curated over the last decade, the festival’s location may serve as the centerpiece of the entire experience. Envision is hosted at Rancho la Merced, returning in 2019 for a fifth year at the venue. Rancho la Merced perches festival goers right where Costa Rica’s breathtakingly beautiful forest terrain meets the warm tropical waters of Playa Hermosisima—a setting unrivaled by most other festival experiences (real ones, at least).

Though what a tropical paradise like Uvita offers to festival goers is obvious on the surface, packing for the adventure, traveling to the festival safely and efficiently, and then maximizing one’s time at Envision Festival requires a lot of energy and focus, and for many, the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination winds up being. So for those who are prepping for their first Envision Festival, or even for seasoned pros making their returns to Rancho la Merced for this year’s event, Dancing Astronaut put together a list of packing essentials for this year’s Envision Festival.


A Bird’s Eye View

Packing for Uvita begins well before the suitcase is even broken out. Once attendees reach Envision Festival, the sheer volume of programming and the numerous experiences that await can be overwhelming if not thoughtfully considered beforehand. Plan out your festival experience, but leave room for adjustments. Planning out each day, from traveling logistics to festival activities, should serve as more of an outline than anything else. There’s a necessary fluidity that attending any festival requires of course, especially in a place as special as Rancho la Merced. Simply put—things are going to pop up. Moments of adventure waiting to unfold are sewn into the festival’s fabric, so allowing oneself to be flexible is important, but organizing a plan of attack each day can help make sense of all that Enivision as to offer from a programming perspective. Look at the festival from a bird’s eye view before packing for Costa Rica. Look at what each day at the event has to offer, the Envision website does a phenomenal job of offering scheduling information to attendees that cover the diverse array of workshops and movement sessions. Does the day start with yoga or a hike? When is the optimal time to head to the beach? With talks, and performance art, food, music, and so much more to consider, we recommend taking at least a methodical skim of each day’s offerings and making a mental note of points A, B, and C, and what gets you from each one to the next. If something interests you even a little, go check it out.

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Water Bottle

Your best friend on your trip to Envision Festival—we are eradicating dehydration in 2019. Bring a good, reliable reusable water bottle with you for two primary reasons. While the event’s lush rain forest and sun drenched beach venue are the perfect setting for crisp, cold tequila, March is typically the onset of Costa Rica’s dry season, and keeping oneself hydrated throughout the day is crucial. Since Envision Festival offers numerous watering stations across the festival grounds, the opportunity to fill up should never be passed up. The second reason a study, reusable water receptacle is necessary is largely related to the Envision ethos. One of the festival’s eight pillars is Eco Building—the tenet that attendees and organizers are committed to practices of sustainability and minimal impact, if any at all where possible. So bring a good water bottle, or Camelbak if that’s how you roll, and make sure your friends drink enough water. A hydrated festival weekend is a happy festival weekend.

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Gotta Get The Gear

Here’s the issue: packing for the beach, the jungle, a music festival, and a yoga retreat all at once.

An incredibly simple solution: pack light, pack for comfort, and be intentional.

Envision Festival, and, more broadly Costa Rica, offer such an amazing multitude of things to do, but from Tycho’s sunrise set to a spontaneous trek through the jungle with fellow revelers, one thing is key—comfort. Closed toed shoes for traversing through the jungle are recommended, but flip flops for the beach are a must-have. Plan out packing space accordingly. Seasoned Envision attendees also recommend headlamps, small locks for personal items, and sturdy sandals as additional simple lifesavers that first timers typically overlook. Also, despite it being the early part of Costa Rica’s dry season, consider rain-proofing ahead of time; after all, you’re in jungle. Pack Ziplock bags or a small dry bag, bring a light water resistant coat, or even a plastic poncho, but remember—pack in, pack out.

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Leave Extra Space

Envision Festival offers the attendee the chance to really steep themselves in Costa Rican culture, just take it from the festival’s founders, who have enveloped themselves in the Envision way of life. While festival goers are at Rancho la Merced, the opportunity to interact with locals, curators, vendors, and artists are frequent. Sure, a festival t-shirt or a lineup poster is cool, however when packing for Uvita, consider leaving a little extra space in the luggage to bring a small piece of Costa Rica home with you.

Cash

Experienced Envision attendees would advise first-time festival goers to bring more cash than they think they’ll need. ATM’s are few and far between, and having cash will come in handy—just plan ahead and have more than you might need. First timers may also look the opportunity to purchase local keepsakes and food, so having the proper amount of cash on hand is key.

An Open Mind

Back to the idea of looking at every piece of musical and cultural programming individually so as to not be overwhelmed by the collective mountain of it, first time attendees should aim to try and distill the Envision experience down as such: it’s an opportunity to try new things. Rancho la Merced offers the boundless adventure of sprawling rainforest to hike through and gorgeous beaches to wade in, the festival talent is perhaps one of the most diverse billings of the year so far, and Envision’s cultural appeals are some of the most sustainable and progressive offerings across the international events circuit. Opening oneself up to new opportunities is critical to the full Envision experience, from cleaning beaches and planting trees in Costa Rica, to intentionally making time for moments of meditative silence with a group of fellow festival goers. Make time to check out this year’s talks and workshops, covering everything from coastal regeneration to the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Definitely head to Tycho’s sunrise DJ set, but also make time to check out the regional Latin talent that is gracing Envision’s stages with an applied emphasis this year. An open mind is key to maximizing days and nights at Envision Festival—there’s no telling where one could end up and what one might learn along the way.

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Confusion About Ultra 2019 Lineup Amid NERO Tweet

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Just a few days ago, Ultra dropped phase 2 of their massive 2019 lineup. The lineup includes pretty much everyone you could possibly think of and is so long it could be a book. From Peekaboo, NERO and Space Jesus to Whipped Cream, 3lau, and K?D, this lineup covers the whole spectrum. Ultra is always

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Ultra Music Festival Releases Phase 2 Lineup

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For the last few weeks, Ultra Music Festival has been sharing some huge news for its 21st Miami edition. Today, the popular festival has shared some even more exciting news. The phase 2 lineup has officially been released, and it sure is a great one. The new extension of the lineup includes some fascinating names,

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Skrillex, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Florence + The Machine, and Bonobo top FORM Arcosanti’s 2019 lineup

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Skrillex, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Florence + The Machine, and Bonobo top FORM Arcosanti’s 2019 lineupSkrille Form Arcosanti 2015

FORM Arcosanti is back in 2019 for a sixth year in Arizona’s high desert, and this year’s music and cultural programming may result in the event’s strongest outing yet. Leading the lineup this year was Florence + The Machine, kicking off their North American summer tour from the experimental micro-city. The rest of the lineup, now delivered in full, includes intimate performances by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pussy Riot, Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Bonobo performing a DJ set, Snail Mail, DJ Koze, and TOKiMONSTA.

Skrillex will make his annual appearance at the three-day creative gathering—a favored testing ground for new material, where he live debuted tracks like his “Humble” remix and “Agen Wida” in years past. While Hundred Waters‘ Trayer will perform a solo set, the band is noticeably absent from this year’s lineup, as they’ve performed at each of FORM’s last five editions.

Beyond the music curated for this year’s event, FORM’s cultural programming has been announced. This year’s billing includes a variety of panels, poetry, workshops and discussions covering topics like architecture, design, and social justice with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and much more. FORM 2019 will also feature Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Ysra Daley-Ward and more, as well as demos of Tónandi, Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality collaboration with tech startup Magic Leap.

FORM is slated for May 10 – 12 in Meyer, Arizona. See the full lineup below.

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FORM Arcosanti announces Florence + The Machine as first headliner ahead of 2019 lineup

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FORM Arcosanti announces Florence + The Machine as first headliner ahead of 2019 lineupFlorence The Machine Line Credt Red Bull

FORM Arcosanti is prepping a return to Arizona’s high desert in May, and, coinciding with Florence + The Machine‘s announcement of their upcoming North American summer tour, the band has been revealed to be the festival’s first headliner for the 2019 iteration. FORM, now in its sixth year, occupies Arizona’s unique micro-city, Arcosanti, and just like the host venue, the event has built a rich artistic history of being anything but ordinary in a short amount of time.

Florence + The Machine top this year’s lineup which is expected to land in full in the first week of February. Past headliners have included Flying Lotus, Solange, and James Blake, along with annual performances by Skrillex and the festival’s curators and organizers, OWSLA-signed Hundred Waters. Florence, embarking on a 17-stop run alongside FORM alumni Blood Orange and Perfume Genius, is a a telling, and exciting lead announcement from FORM, signaling another impeccably programmed event slated for May 10 – 12 at Arcosanti.

Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Carl Cox, and more make up strong Creamfields 2019 billing

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Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Carl Cox, and more make up strong Creamfields 2019 billingCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields is a true UK institution, consistently booking talent to match its stalwart status. The festival continues this trend for its 2019 edition, with one of its first lineup revelations being Swedish House Mafia. Adding onto the hype was that Creamfields would be the only UK stop on the iconic trio’s reunion tour.

Now, they’ve revealed more headliners from their 300-piece roster, and it’s certainly not lacking in diversity. On the house and techno end, Carl Cox, Helena Hauff, Hot Since 82, Nicole Moudaber are some of powerplayers topping the bill. Paul van Dyk and Above & Beyond represent the trance side of things, while big room titans Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike making their way into the mix as well. The festival will take place on August 22-25, and tickets are available here.

 

 

Full Lineup:

Above & Beyond
Alan Fitzpatrick
Amelie Lens
Andy C
Annie Mac
Ben Nicky
Bicep (DJ Set)
The Black Madonna
Brennan Heart
Camelphat
Carl Cox
Chase & Status (DJ Set)
Crucast (Skepsis, Darkzy, TS7)
Bru-C
Mr Virgo
Lazcru & Window Kid)
Denis Sulta
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Enrico Sangiuliano
Faithless (DJ Set)
Fisher
Gareth Emery
Gorgon City
Hannah Wants
Headhunterz
Helena Hauff
Hot Since 82
Jamie Jones
Joseph Capriati
Kölsch
Len Faki
Marco Carola
Martin Garrix
MK
Nicole Moudaber
Oliver Heldens
Pan-Pot
Patrick Topping
Paul van Dyk
Pete Tong
Solardo
Tchami
Tiësto
Timmy Trumpet
Wilkinson (DJ Set)

 

H/T: DJ Mag

Photo credit: Andrew Mooney

Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium And Chris Lake Will Headline The 2019 Indy 500

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Over the past few years, the Indy 500 has invited big headlining acts to perform at the race’s Turn 3 infield called the Snake Pit. This year Skrillex will be welcome back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after his 2016 Snake Pit performance. Alesso, Illenium and Chris Lake are also scheduled to perform in front of

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Limited Martin Garrix appearance at Tomorrowland suggests Swedish House Mafia closing performance

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Limited Martin Garrix appearance at Tomorrowland suggests Swedish House Mafia closing performanceSwedish House Mafia Tomorrowland 2013

Since Swedish House Mafia‘s long-awaited comeback officially materialized, attention has turned largely to a cryptic roll out of tour dates on their website, with a number of major cities already in the trio’s cross hairs for 2019. Though, back in August of 2018, with the group’s triumphant reunion at Ultra still fresh in everyone’s minds, Steve Angello stated publicly that Swedish House Mafia would play Tomorrowland 2019 “by any means necessary” to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Since the Size Records boss’ declaration, there hasn’t been much evidence to confirm the Mafia will appear in Belgium this year until now.

Fans have begun noticing that this year Martin Garrix‘s annual headlining role at the festival has been slightly reduced. Garrix is heading up his label’s STMPD RCRDS stage, only playing a single set during weekend one. After closing out Tomorrowland three years running, fans are beginning to speculate that closing duties will be passed from Garrix to Swedish House Mafia this year.

The “Access” producer’s limited availability at Tomorrowland this year could simply be the result of scheduling conflicts, and Swedish House Mafia may still get a traditional announcement from the festival. However, something about Swedish House Mafia’s noticeable absence so far from Tomorrowland’s currently ongoing lineup roll out suggests there’s more to this than meets the eye.