Exclusive: Armin van Buuren reflects on 10 years of A State of Trance at Ultra

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Exclusive: Armin van Buuren reflects on 10 years of A State of Trance at UltraArmin Van Buuren

A State of Trance will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Ultra Music Festival in 2020. To commemorate the landmark, Dancing Astronaut got in touch with van Buuren to highlight some of the most resounding notches in ASOT’s history at the festival.

The flagship trance cornerstone, ASOT, bred by genre champion Armin van Buuren, recently ran its 950th radio show episode with the release of an official A State of Trance 950 three-part album and a live event celebration in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The ASOT event series is a sweeping, global arm of the outfit, hosting its annual A State Of Trance event in Utrecht that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world with live stream capabilities for those who can not attend. The ASOT hallmark event and its international gusto has led to shows from Sydney, Australia to Mumbai, India, to Mexico City, Mexico and a sundry of other scenic destinations around the world. This also includes the station’s very own sound stages at Ultra and Tomorrowland.

Today, van Buuren also unveils the full 2020 roster for the venerated ASOT stage, debuted through his radio show. Armin’s upcoming acumen includes the likes of Ilan Bluestone, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, and, of course, van Buuren himself, among others.

In celebration of the watershed 10-year anniversary for van Buuren and company at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the Armada boss has compiled a list of his favorite ASOT memories from bygone years. More information on Ultra Miami available here.

2011 – A State Of Trance makes its Miami debut with the ASOT 500 show.

AVB: “What a milestone! A State Of Trance in Miami in 2011 was the first time ASOT went overseas. I still remember how proud I was and how great it felt to see such a massive ASOT gathering in the States.

2015 – Eric Prydz plays his first set on any ASOT stage, with a menagerie of lasers, spotlights, and HD screens in tow.

I’m a huge fan of Eric Prydz, who I feel is a legend in his own right. Seeing him play at ASOT was amazing, and not just because of the surreal light effects. It showed to a lot of people how much crossover potential Trance music has, and we’ve continued down that path since.

2016 – deadmau5 makes his ASOT debut with a menacing techno set

You guys may remember the little back-and-forth Joel (Deadmau5) and I did over Twitter, which ended with me challenging him to come and play at ASOT700. Well, he took me up on the offer in the end and dropped a very cool, Techno-inspired set that ended with some heavy metal, paying tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy. I simply had to commend him for putting his money where his mouth is.

2018 – Above & Beyond make surprise ASOT performance for the first time since 2013

The guys from Above & Beyond and I go way back, and so I was stoked to have them on ASOT in 2018 again after having to do without them for five years. Loved their set too, but that’s kind of a given fact these days.

2020 Ultra remains the only North American festival to hosts an ASOT stage.

Ultra Music Festival and ASOT go together like bread and butter. I can’t thank the guys from Ultra enough for enabling me to host an ASOT stage in Miami every year and I’m looking forward to celebrating this amazing milestone of ten years at Ultra in style.

Kaskade Announces Redux 004 EP and 4-Date Tour

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Kaskade has officially announced that he will be releasing his Redux 004 EP. It feels like forever since his Redux 003 release. Fortunately, he is ready to give fans more music from this adored series and we are seriously excited. Along with this great news, Kaskade has also announced that he will be going on

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Bayfront Park reveals amphitheater solar upgrades in advance of Ultra’s 2020 return

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Bayfront Park reveals amphitheater solar upgrades in advance of Ultra’s 2020 returnBayfront Amp Solar Panels

With the countdown to Ultra Music Festival’s eagerly-anticipated Bayfront Park homecoming officially crossing the 50-day mark, the event’s downtown Miami venue is supplementing its historic amphitheater with a more eco-friendly approach.

FPL Connect, one of the Florida’s leading electrical service providers, shared an update on its Facebook page detailing an installment of 500 solar panels on the roof of the walkway that sits atop the FPL Solar Amphitheater. The company reported late last year on the explicit intention of these enhancements, in that they would provide research analytics as the panels produce energy on both sides and that FPL Connect would be placing solar trees throughout the waterside venue. The 250 kilowatts of clean energy that the solar panels are built to produce are set to provide more power required than that of the typical music concert. FPL Connect’s addition to Bayfront Park suitably corresponds with Ultra’s ‘Mission: Home’ initiative in an effort to behave more consciously towards the environment.

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To double down on already fever pitched levels of anticipation following the festival’s colossal phase two lineup reveal, Ultra released a video recently showcasing the bill of artists that will be making use of the amphitheater’s upgrades during the event’s three-day run in March. Flume, Zedd, Gesaffelstein, Madeon, Gryffin and Whethan were among just a handful of those names advertised in the clip, with a closing teaser that additional names are yet-to-be revealed.

Here’s your chance to win access to Miami’s LIV and STORY Nightclubs for the Big Game [Contest]

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Super Bowl Weekend 2020 is upon us, and ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers going head-to-head in Miami on Sunday, February 2, Miami is primed with a loaded roster of events in the lead up to the big game. Now, you’re in luck—we’ve partnered with Tixr to give you and a friend access to any event of your choosing from a stacked lineup of pre-Super Bowl events hosted between Miami’s legendary Story and LIV Nightclubs.

Alesso, DaBaby, Tiesto, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, and more are all fair game for you and a friend. Miami is promising a Super Bowl Weekend for the books, and for you and one lucky friend, it might be just that and a whole lot more. Click here to see the full roster of events, and follow the link below to read contest rules and enter to win.

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Madeon Announced to Perform at Ultra Music Festival 2020

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After 7 long years, Madeon will officially be making his return to Ultra Music Festival. The popular music festival announced on social media today that the talented star is set to perform on the Live stage this March. Not only this, but Madeon himself announced that he will be bringing the Good Faith Live Show

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III Points Releases Diverse 2020 Lineup

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Miami-based music festival III Points has officially released its 2020 lineup. It features incredible cross-genre artists such as The Strokes, Robyn, Green Velvet, Disclosure, Wu-tang Clan, and Chris Lake. If you are looking to attend a festival that is different from your typical dance music festival, then you should certainly check out this Miami music

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Miami’s III Points drops genre-blurring lineup topped by Disclosure, Wu Tang Clan, The Strokes, Robyn

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Miami’s III Points drops genre-blurring lineup topped by Disclosure, Wu Tang Clan, The Strokes, RobynWu Tang Rza Credit Gq Aust

Miami’s III Points Festival pulled out all the stops for its seventh run, taking place May 1 – 2 at Mana Wynwood. Rescheduling to make room for Super Bowl LIV, the festival’s 2020 lineup proves well worth the wait with The Strokes, Wu Tang Clan, Robyn, and Disclosure all commanding headlining slots, along with a thick supporting bill of electronic haymakers.

The lineup pulls from various ends of the electronic spectrum, with Chris Lake, Green Velvet, and Caribou rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kaytranada, Tycho, and Jimmy Edgar. III Points promises Amon Tobin’s Two Fingers showcase, and performances from Erol Alkan, 100 Gecs, Bedouin, Moses Sumney, and more. III Points ticket sales begin January 26, at 10:00 a.m. EST. See the full lineup below.

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Martin Garrix and STMPD RCRDS will reclaim the UMF Radio Stage in 2020

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Martin Garrix and STMPD RCRDS will reclaim the UMF Radio Stage in 2020Martin Garri Ultra

In September 2019, Ultra Music Festival released a promo trailer, revealing the festival’s upcoming “We Return Home” theme for a highly anticipated 2020 edition of the event. The motif stems from a hard-fought battle with the city of Miami to return to the event’s beloved home venue of Bayfront Park, following a disastrous showing in 2019 at Virginia Key Beach Park. The trailer came before the 2020 lineup was revealed, soundtracked by Martin Garrix‘s “Home” as the backdrop.

Now, fans not only know about Garrix’s headline DJ set, but its been announced that his imprint STMPD RCRDS is back for a second year taking over the UMF Radio Stage.

STMPD made their 2019 debut with an impressive lineup, featuring Julian Jordan, Lost Frequencies, Dubvision, and more. The festival previously announced a Gud Vibrations takeover and a techno-filled Resistance Miami lineup, proving for an exciting 2020 installment underway. Head to Ultra’s website for tickets.

Shaq rounds up Diplo, Diddy, Pitbull, Tiësto, and more for Super Bowl LIV party in Miami

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Shaq rounds up Diplo, Diddy, Pitbull, Tiësto, and more for Super Bowl LIV party in MiamiShaq Fun House 1

Shaq‘s Fun House is scheduled for another timely pop up—this time in conjunction with Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Aside from the big game’s numerals coincidentally matching up with the name of Miami’s most (in)famous club, Shaq’s larger-than-life party might be the biggest thing happening outside of the Super Bowl itself, capped with a billing of star-studded proportions.

Diddy, Diplo, Pitbull, and Tiësto lead the lineup, with support from Shaq himself as DJ Diesel, DaBaby, Carnage, and a yet-to-be-revealed special guest. The lineup also promises a second wave of artists, so look for more marquee names to be piled onto this one before the January 31 event. Tickets are on sale now.

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Ultra Music Festival Releases 2020 Edition Lineup You Can’t Miss

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Ultra Music Festival has officially started the day off on the right track. Today, the world popular festival has released its 2020 edition lineup and you certainly do not want to miss it. This lineup features many talented artists and a great amount of one-of-a-kind back to backs that you just cannot miss. They have

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