Illenium is stepping into 2019 prepared to host his biggest continental headline show to date. The producer confirmed he will be performing at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sept. 21. He previously announced he would be performing at the iconic venue during one of his three sold-out shows at Terminal 5, also in New York City, this past fall. He will join the small list of electronic music artists who have performed at Madison Square Garden, including the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, and Zedd. His New York City show will immediately be followed by a two-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater Oct. 11 and 12.
Pre-sale began March 13, while general on-sale commences March 15. Tickets are available here.
So stoked to announce I will be playing Madison Square Garden on 9/21 and Red Rocks on 10/11 and 10/12!! Presale starts Wednesday at noon. Use password PRAY TIX → https://t.co/SPpysQ4hmy pic.twitter.com/mMnusVoly6
— ILLENIUM (@ILLENIUMMUSIC) March 12, 2019
The burst of public energy came shortly after Robyn’s Honey tour stop in NYC, with Twitter catching some special moments of concert-goers bouncing to “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” on the A train platform at 34th Street stop. These two hits off the Swedish pop star’s 2010 Body Talk album gave late-night commuters a glimpse of collaborative cheer that occasionally materializes in the metropolis’ murky subterranean holdings.
Robyn’s Honey tour celebrates her eighth studio album, released last year, and her first since Body Talk in 2010. She wraps up the North American portion of her tour on March 14 in Toronto before heading off to conquer the European leg.
— Stacey Anderson (@staceykanderson) March 9, 2019
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Good news for Illenials: it won’t be long before Illenium returns to New York City. The Awake producer concludes a consecutive three-night run of performances at Terminal 5 on December 15. Although Terminal 5 originally announced two Illenium dates, slated for December 14-15, the rapidity with which the tickets for both events sold prompted the venue to add a third set.
To those who didn’t get the chance to attend one of Illenium’s Terminal 5 dates, Illenium will revisit New York in 2019 to play a headlining Madison Square Garden show. “Yo, I got some news today that I’m not really supposed to tell anybody, but I really want to tell you,” Illenium told the crowd at Terminal 5’s December 14 booking. “I’m coming back next year and playing Madison Square Garden.” The Madison Square Garden appearance will mark the largest solo billing of Illenium’s career to date, placing Illenium among the ranks of other electronic entities to also play The Garden, like Swedish House Mafia, LCD Soundsystem, and Jack Ü. Illenium’s forthcoming 2019 MSG show evidences not only the “Feel Good” hit-maker’s popularity, but that of the dance genre, as DJs attract crowds large enough to fill arenas that accommodate tens of thousands.
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As live performance venues continue to look for new and innovative ways to immerse their attendees fully in the experience, the company behind Madison Square Garden looks to take things up a notch.
The company has planned an ambitious new project in Las Vegas: an 18,000-seat, dome-shaped performance venue in The Venetian called the MSG Sphere. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Madison Square Garden Company execs James Dolan and David Dibble explained that the unique venue walls will be made up of massive screens and 157,000 ultra-directional speakers. Dibble noted that the gigantic video screens will arc up over the audience “like a planetarium times ten” to create an all-encompassing experience, with the speaker system embedded in the walls behind the screens. The flooring, too, will be part of this immersive experience.
“We have developed a haptic flooring system,” Dibble told Rolling Stone. “It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but the lowest bass response, instead of being transmitted through the air, is literally transmitted through the floor, directly into your feet or onto the chair in which you sit, and it’s a remarkable experience.”
The MSG Sphere is set to open by 2021, with another similar model planned for East London.
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Fans of Childish Gambino are in the midst of getting what the artist has said will be the project’s last and final tour — but there apparently could be new music coming down the pipe from the “Redbone” hitmaker. During a recent tour stop in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Gambino performed a massive unreleased track for the lucky audience. “This is some new shit I’ve been working on,” the artist told the crowd before launching into the soulful four-to-the-floor ID.
Despite Donald Glover‘s earlier promises to eventually retire the Childish Gambino project, there’s now another unreleased song to add to a growing stack of future heat that reportedly includes an entire joint album with Chance The Rapper. Until Glover decides to discontinue the venture, fans will no doubt be waiting to gobble up the latest and greatest from his musical alter ego.
“This is some new shit I’ve been working on.” — Childish Gambino pic.twitter.com/9GC0bO3SZq
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) September 15, 2018