Dim Mak Miami 2018 Recap Video Goes Live

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Steve Aoki has proven to be a cornerstone in the EDM community. Since its inception in 1996, Dim Mak has been one of the strongest, most well-known labels in the industry. Paving the way for the industry that we know and love today, Dim Mak has deep roots in providing the dopest sounds on the

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.

Overall substance use at festivals

More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.

Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.

Substances use per ticket type

There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.

On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.

Greatest substance prevalence per festival

Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”

Top festivals for each substance

Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.

While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including,  but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.

Via: TickPick 
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Ultra Angels: Here’s What It Takes To Be One Of Ultra Music Festival’s Dancers

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of the Ultra Angels? Ultra Music Festival’s Angels are the face of Ultra. Being at the forefront of the stage, Brittany Marsicek or BMARSZ, shares what it takes to become one of these select few ladies. Along with being the face of Ultra, the Ultra

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Ultra Korea 2018 Lineup: See Phase 1 Of This Year’s Roster

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Following Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018, all eyes are on the Road to Ultra as everyone is wondering whether or not Swedish House Mafia will be making an appearance on the Ultra Korea 2018 lineup. Tickets for Ultra Korea 2018 are currently on sale, and so far the lineup looks strong. Be sure to check

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Ultra 2018 Smashes Records With Over 60 Millions Live-streams and Over 150,000 Attendees

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Ultra Music Festival celebrated it’s 20th-anniversary last weekend, and to call the event a success is a serious understatement. Ultra Miami is by far one of the largest electronic music in the world, but now the brand caters to a global audience through its various festivals and unbelievable live streams. In 2018 the festival smashed

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Ultra 2018 Smashes Records With Over 60 Millions Live-streams and Over 150,000 Attendees

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Ultra Music Festival celebrated it’s 20th-anniversary last weekend, and to call the event a success is a serious understatement. Ultra Miami is by far one of the largest electronic music in the world, but now the brand caters to a global audience through its various festivals and unbelievable live streams. In 2018 the festival smashed

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Turn it up: Tiësto’s ‘I Like It Loud’ EP has arrived

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If the strength of an artist’s performance at Ultra Music Festival, the official opener to each festival season, predicts that of one’s year as Hardwell claims, then Tiësto is positioned to make nothing but power moves in 2018.

Tiësto’s no-holds-barred performance at Ultra 20 notably featured five new IDs, and the announcement that the festival favorite would drop an ensuing EP on the Friday following the conclusion of Ultra’s anniversary celebration. After the consecutive release of two singles that signaled the sonic leanings of the EP, “Dawnbreaker,” and “Coming Home,” I Like It Loud has arrived just in time to quell fans’ post-Ultra blues.

Although “Dawnbreaker” deviates from Tiësto’s recent gravitation towards the big room constructions characteristic of commercial festival sets in its more muted approach, one distinctly reminiscent of Tiësto’s trance beginnings, I Like It Loud is a product of palpable, main stage-oriented energy. The EP’s title anticipates the vigor of the production as a whole, one that is further supplemented by the two remaining tracks on the EP, the eponymous “I Like It Loud,” and “Break The House Down.” The first release since Tiësto’s fifth studio album in 2014, the songs that comprise I Like It Loud will render the EP a formidable force in the 2018 festival circuit.

Woman Attending Ultra Alleges That A Miami Officer Broke Her Arm

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Despite Ultra 2018 having the safest year ever, one Ultra attendee is suffering from injuries she never would have asked for. A woman who attended Ultra Music Festival said she will seek legal action against the Miami Police Department. Alessandra Hernani, 23, is alleging a Miami police officer broke her arm through excessive use of

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Andrew Rayel On How To Cement Your Legacy As An Artist: Miami Music Week Interview

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Andrew Rayel has seen a truly meteoric rise to glory the past few years. Starting off his career with support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto was no small feat, but how the artist has continued to grow to become one of Trance’s most beloved producers has been a meticulous process. Andrew

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Tiësto shines in new collaboration with Matisse & Sadko

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Tiësto is set to release a new EP on March 31. Ahead of time, he gave fans a preview of what to expect with “Dawnbreaker” — a collaboration between the electronic music legend and Matisse & Sadko, and it is out now on his label Musical Freedom.

This track is among the five new songs that Tiësto debuted during his set at Ultra Music Festival, and it is a divergence from the commercial and big room house the producer has been putting out as of late. The track is almost reminiscent of his trance roots, with high-pitched chords and an upbeat vibe. Tiësto fans of all varieties will certainly welcome this new EP if “Dawnbreaker” is indicative of the EP’s style as a whole.