For those that we’re able to make the pilgrimage to Croatia this year for the 2018 installment of Ultra Europe, fear not, a major festival highlight is now available for your viewing pleasure. The festival took place from July 6 to July 8, and, aside from trance king Armin Van Buuren, featured headliners such as Axwell / Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Galantis, The Chainsmokers, and more. Now, Armin fans can enjoy his full 93-minute live set from Ultra Europe on YouTube.
Attendees can relive the riveting experience while others are guaranteed a deserved dose of delayed FOMO, as the video captures everything from the suspenseful intro to Armin’s stunning visual effects. And, let’s face it, the veteran DJ icon’s signature full extension of his arms atop the stage is one of the most entertaining things to watch, it never gets old. Armin Van Buuren recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his label Armada Music and he’s maintained a packed summer itinerary, heading to Belgium for Tomorrowland on July 21 and the UK for Creamfields on August 24.
Festival organizers have yet to formally release a complete stream schedule, but all Tomorrowland live streamed sets will nevertheless be available via Tomorrowland’s official website.
Tomorrowland will commence the first of its two consecutive weekends on July 20. The inaugural weekend of Tomorrowland’s 2018 edition will carry into July 22, with the second weekend slated for July 27-29.
Festival goers traveling to the second weekend of Tomorrowland, held in Boom, Belgium from July 27 – 29, may be facing flight cancellations following the announcement of planned strikes from Ryanair staff. Inbound and outbound flights from Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium are the specific locations in question due to a 48-hour strike between July 25 and 26. The strike was announced last week by the workers union representing Ryanair cabin and ground crews, Fórsa.
This marks the second strike by Ryanair employees this month — following a years-long conflict between the airline’s professionals, The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), and Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary. The first strike occurred in the Dublin airport on July 12 for a 24-hour period. The news is of course worrisome for artists and attendees traveling to the world-class EDM festival, the annual theme of which was announced as “The Story of Planaxis” earlier this year. For now, travelers headed to Tomorrowland may need to make alternative plans.
We are only a few weeks away from the most well known electronic music festival in the world. Tomorrowland hype is heating up, and for many, that means some intense FOMO. But do not worry if you cannot make it to Boom, Belgium later this month. Tomorrowland has its fans all over the world covered
Tiësto has dropped another EP — but not for the reason fans may think. The three-track EP will be featured as part of the official soundtrack for an upcoming animated film, Hotel Transylvania 3. While the film may be rated PG, the music is as hard as it gets.
The first track, “Seavolution,” is a festival heater primed for the main stage at Tomorrowland 2018, comprised of some heavy bass and trap beats, while the second track, “Wave Rider,” seems to be a continuation of the first put into hardstyle mode. Track three, entitled “Tear It Down,” is another big-room house track that takes listeners back to 2011 when the hard-hitting sub-genre dominated the electronic scene, with steady and loud kick-snare combos under roaring synths.
The films have been box office successes, starring Adam Sandler as the voice of Count Dracula and, in its third installment, will feature supporting roles from Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Joe Jonas, and more. Check out the trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3, premiering July 13 and catch Tiësto at select festivals around the globe this summer.
Dutch duo Lucas & Steve have been turning heads this festival season with their new track, “I Could Be Wrong,” featuring Brandy. The uptempo track provides feel-good house vibes with uplifting piano chords and R&B rhythms from the famed vocalist.
The new music video is a perfect way to take in some happy summer feels, as a group of brightly outfitted ladies hit the streets on their skateboards. Their journey takes them through palm trees, under bridges, and by the surf, impeccably in unison with the sunset.
Lucas & Steve are touring the globe this summer, stopping at Dreamfields in the Netherlands and Tomorrowland in late July.
DJ, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, it’s no question that Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, has risen to A-list status in the music and entertainment industry. So, it’s only fair that The Oxford Union — one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies — welcomes him as a guest on their Q&A series. Oxford Union has hosted a wide range of international guests at the University, ranging from prominent political figures to the Game of Thrones cast and John Mayer.
“I never imagined my career would take me somewhere like this.” – Diplo
In this 56-minute long Q&A, Diplo essentially sits down in front of a room of Oxford students (most of whom are itching for him to check out their USB or at the very least sign it), and explains who he is, what he does, and how he got there. For those readers who are unfamiliar with his back-story and are interested, this is probably as good as it gets. But for those who are well-informed on all things Diplo — DA has picked out eight facts that we found interesting about Pentz in this Q&A.
1. He almost drowned in the Ganges River because his crazy friend Brent said it was safe to jump in.
“I was for sure I was gonna die in this river…I remember seeing a little girl pointing at me from the riverside screaming that there’s a dead guy in the water.” This story stems from Diplo explaining his early days as a 19-year-old collecting records in India. “I decided I had to get rid of Brent, he was crazy.” (@ 3:30)
2. He paid for a $1000, 6-month trip to India by selling vinyl records in England.
He starts the Q&A by talking about his first time in England (in perfect context), explaining how he managed to travel around the country and sell 100 vinyl records that he collected from the depths of India. “Back then, people were actually buying and selling records.” (@ 6:00)
3. He never thought being a DJ could be considered a career.
“When I was younger there weren’t people that said you can make electronic music or you can be a DJ and that’s how you can live your life.” This stemmed from explaining why he moved to Philly after growing up in Florida, since you “kinda go there to die.” (@9:30)
4. To this day, his father still thinks he deals drugs.
He gets into talking about how as a young person it’s hard to get into a truly creative job while affording to pay the rent and such. He then asks the room if their parents are happy with them pursuing creative careers and while some are, it appears Mr. Pentz Sr. still doesn’t quite understand how his son pays the rent. (@11:15)
5. A writing opportunity for FADER turned into a trip to Brazil where he learned how to produce music.
After writing a cover story about Atlanta hip-hop, Pentz was given an opportunity to write about Brazil for the editor of FADER. However, the editor decided he was a much better writer and would write a story about Diplo going to Brazil. “I was fascinated by this music called baile funk…it’s a combination of almost heavy metal and miami bass.” He utilized the premise of a big magazine story to get into the studio with Brazilian artists and, without knowing any Portuguese, was able to communicate through technical music terms and learn production programs. (@ 13:00)
6. Tiesto experiences jaw pain from smiling so much.
No, we cannot actually confirm this, but damn if he doesn’t look so happy up there.
Tiësto images taken from his Facebook page
He did actually ask Diplo how he performs without the smiles, since (as fans will know) he’s always looking so calm and collected on the 1’s and 2’s. “Tiesto came by to me and he’s like ‘how do you always DJ…and like…you don’t haveta smile the whole time like I do…’ It’s a show sometimes…but it’s still fun for me.” (@22:30)
7. His very first gig involved “tape cassette DJing” and scaring families away from the pool.
A student in the audience asks about his very first gig, to which he explains how he had no idea what he was doing an ended up getting cut off by the hotel. “I played whatever records I had…I didn’t realize you had to create a rhythm and an environment.” He goes on to say how back then there were no real examples of who he could look up to as a DJ or how to make a living out of it. (@39:00)
8. His longest day job was at Subway…and he didn’t like it very much.
“We got robbed so many times I had to quit.” He reminisces on that experience in explaining how blessed he is to make music for a living. (@46:30)
Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label gears up for their very first stage takeover at Tomorrowland on the 20th of July with a special artist focus documentary series, marking a huge milestone for the highly respected dance label. Paying homage to the imprint, Musical Freedom artists take part in in-depth interviews and give a look behind the
A new insight into Nic Chagall and Bossi — known collectively as Cosmic Gate — has materialized.
“Materiameans ‘matter’. . . the substance . . . everything around us,” explains Chagall about Cosmic Gate’s latest album endeavor to a cameraman at the beginning of his group’s first ever documentary. It follows the duo across the globe in pursuit of finding deeper meaning musically, and the purveyance of the new message that they wish to spread to international audiences.
Polished cinematography and in-depth interviews expose a supergroup who, despite their stardom, remain more passionate and committed than ever to their craft and in creating a positive impact for their audiences. Their ultimate goal with Materia? To synthesize all of the elements, or “matter” of their past & present music into a modernized sonic story whose message points to the next step in the Cosmic Gate evolution.
Each track’s production, they state, is a product of intense writing and re-writing and collaboration with a selection of singers. These are then arranged carefully into album form, in which they use their “creative freedom” to branch out and fully embrace what they wish — be it softer shades of vocal trance, or rougher, more cavernous tunes for the main stage.
“We love DJing and the whole club scene . . . we love producing. It’s our world!” – Bossi
That said, Materia is distinctively Cosmic Gate; by encapsulating their aesthetic so concisely into this new project, in turn they hope to help push the musical envelope further into the future. We then see this taking effect in their sets as they tour through ADE, LA, London, and Tomorrowland performing their new music in narrative form. To their delight, emotions captured on their fans’ faces shows open acceptance for what they have to offer.
Materia – The Documentary will be available through all streaming platforms on June 8. In the meantime, Dancing Astronaut has the pleasure of debuting an advance stream of this stunning audiovisual tale.
Now that Ultra Miami and EDC Las Vegas are in the books the next mega EDM festival on the horizon is Tomorrowland. The iconic festival held in Belgium each summer has one of the biggest followings in the world, for good reason to. When it comes to event production nobody can hold a candle to