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Decadence AZ 2017 Final Lineup

Decadence Arizona 2017

Phoenix, AZ (November 2, 2017) – Relentless Beats has added a string of fan-favorite artists, to round out the lineup for Decadence NYE– Arizona’s largest two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler on December 30 and 31, 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival features some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists. Boys Noize; Duke Dumont; Loud Luxury; Madeon; Paz and Sluggo are the newest additions to nearly 30 previously announced artists. This year Decadence AZ will feature two main stages, each with its own vibe and musical appeal- Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with state-of-the-art production, dazzling carnival rides, an epic countdown & balloon drop, art walk, immersive decor, and much more.

Diamond Atrium: Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Deorro; Galantis; Loud Luxury; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); Oliver Heldens; Party Favor; Sluggo; Snails; Steve Aoki; What So Not; Zedd and Zeds Dead b2b Jauz.

Sapphire Ballroom: Big Wild; Bijou; Boys Noize; Chet Porter; Destructo; Duke Dumont; Gerry Gonza; Justice (dj set/AZ debut); K?D; Madeon; Paz; Petit Biscuit; Rufus Du Sol; Tchami; Tokimonsta and ZHU.

“New Year’s at Decadence is something that always should be over- the-top,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This year we are going beyond the world-class acts, to give our fans the most elaborate and immersive experience yet. Think of it as a ’Thank You’ for a great 2017 and a toast to an even bigger new year.”

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. Relentless Beats will be transforming Rawhide’s Frontier Hall into the Arizona’s biggest super-club for a decadent two nights. Guests are invited to indulge and live lavishly one last time, as they say good-bye to 2017 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year.

General Admission passes for Decadence AZ are on sale now for $189, plus fees for a 2-day pass. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Platinum VIP passes. Table service will be available at both main stages. Single day passes are now on sale for $109 and $119, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. Decadence Arizona is an ages 18 and over event.

Decadence Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Disco Inferno Heats Up Imagine Music Festival

Imagine 2017 - Nora En Pure performs at Disco Inferno

Last month, Imagine Music Festival took over the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, just outside of Atlanta, September 22-24, 2017. We gave a brief overview of the Imagine experience, which is hosted by IRIS Presents, Inc., the Atlanta-based dance music events and promotion company. This week, we dive deeper into the production and design of Imagine Music Festival, highlighting the iconic Disco Inferno Stage, a pyrotechnic work of art designed and built by the Incendia production team and their collaborators, led by Cory and Tyler Glenn.

Based out of Atlanta, Incendia has been heating things up lately on a national level as they utilize their artistic stage production talents at festivals across the country. The two brothers got their start in the Burning Man scene, where Cory frequently built art projects for regional Burns. After stumbling across the fire inversion technology that they now use in their stage designs and realizing they had a product that could appeal to a wide audience, they took it to the music festival scene, contributing to Imagine Music Festival from Day One. Tyler got an early start in the music business, running a club in Athens, GA at the ripe age of 20. It was this background in music business that gave him the opportunity to get involved with IRIS Presents just over four years ago, when he served as a talent buyer for the first year of Imagine, while also assisting the directors. While Tyler was focused on the music business, Cory was more involved in the artistic side of things. Together, they pulled Incendia into the first year of Imagine Music Festival, where they served a smaller role at the Historic Fourth Ward Park, Imagine’s original venue location. The first two years that Imagine was held at the Fourth Ward Park, Incendia setup misting systems for daytime cooling and fire lounges at night.

The lounges still make an appearance these days at Imagine, however, they are a small part of Incendia’s larger production. In 2016, Imagine moved to its current location, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, giving them a lot more area to work with. Disco Inferno made its first appearance at Imagine in 2016 and built upon its success this 2017. The 2017 stage featured a main half-dome decorated like a disco ball, where the DJs would perform from, as well as two small domes on either side of the stage. Each dome and the trusses above them sported various propane cannons for the pyrotechnic effects. In addition to the flames, the stage featured some more traditional productions like huge sound systems, LED walls, and other various lighting effects. The crew of 24 spent five days building the entire Disco Inferno Stage, working about 16-18 hours per day. It took about three days to break the stage down after the conclusion of Imagine. Of the 24, Cory’s team of about a dozen worked specifically on building the domes and pyrotechnic effects, as part of Incendia’s contribution.

Before the festival kicks off, the Incendia team goes through their safety check. Cory likens the detail and process to the pre-flight check that pilots conduct prior to flying an airplane. “We adjust everything to conform to all applicable standards. We do extensive system checks every day. We check for leaks. … We go around, we check the functionality of everything, make sure everything is dialed in correctly.” They do skin temperature readings with a laser thermometer to ensure that the pressure of the propane system is appropriately adjusted to the radius of the crowd. Once everything checks out, the crowd fills in and the flames start flying!

Imagine 2017 - The Funk Hunters perform at Disco Inferno

The Funk Hunters performing at the Disco Inferno Stage – Photo by Phil MacDonald

All of the fire controls are analogue. Cory expands: “We have like an arcade-style button box with different buttons representing different effects. We’ll sit there and try to anticipate the flow of the music,” adding that “it’s kind of crowd interactive as well; we can bring in friends, or other people in the industry … to play with the buttons and have fun with it.” There are a number of effects they can use, based on the build of the stage, but at Imagine this year, the main propane cannon behind the stage could shoot flames as high as about 100 feet in the air, a rough estimate, as Cory adds: “I’m not up there with a measuring tape, I like my eyebrows where they are.”

Imagine 2017 - The Funk Hunters perform at Disco Inferno

Flames go off at the Disco Inferno Stage as The Funk Hunters Perform – Photo by Phil MacDonald

Long before the festival starts, let alone is even built, Cory and Tyler plan the setup of Disco Inferno. Cory covers the pyrotechnic aspect of the build, while Tyler designs the stage and coordinates the logistics of LED walls, audio, truss towers, and crafting a budget.

When picking a stage location, Cory and his team have to be a little particular, as they have to take into consideration “flatness and proximity of flammable material.” The area must be flat for two reasons: 1) the dome structures they utilize do not have adjustable legs like many traditional stages do and 2) the inversion fuelings must remain flat to operate correctly.

Meanwhile, Tyler details his preparation, which includes a general high-level goal for him: “I really like to create a little bit more of the environment, a little bit more of an immersive experience.” He adds that a lot of bigger festivals tend to have two-dimensional stages. When he’s in charge of a stage, Tyler tries to “design something where people feel a little more comfortable,” so that that the attendants don’t “feel like they’re out and exposed in the middle of nowhere.” Tyler expands: “What I strive for is taking that out of there and getting people more of a space to feel surrounded and feel comfortable and therefore have a better overall experience.”

His process starts by creating a rough design in 3D format using Google SketchUp. His design is pretty close to the final product, but Tyler notes that his expertise only goes “so far in the realm of sound, video, lighting, and fire,” so he works with other people that specialize in those fields. Using Google SketchUp allows him to easily pass his 3D designs off to his specialists, as the SketchUp files are natively supported by Vectorworks, an industry standard product for stage design.

Imagine 2017 - Disco Inferno at Sunset

Sunset over the Disco Inferno Stage during Chris Lake’s set – Photo by Phil MacDonald

Tyler is able to bring his stage designs to life with the help of his industry specialists and collaborators: 4Life Entertainment provided lighting and video equipment and installation, while Liquid Lux Light Design and Adam Gray Lighting provided lighting design services, and Rhizome NYC took care of visuals. Meanwhile, Music Matters, a local audio company, provided the sound system for Disco Inferno, which included an array of Meyer Leopard speakers. He notes that this specific system was deliberately chosen for Disco Inferno due to its ability to project at a wide range. Tyler and his team wanted to make sure that, given the relatively large width and shallow depth of the stage, attendants would get the full range of audio frequencies regardless of where they were standing.

In addition to the main half-dome disco ball at the center of the layout were two truss systems that extended like wings on either side of the center stage, each hanging an array of speaker stacks and LED walls in ascending height. Further beyond the truss systems were two smaller pyro domes on either side of the stages—the smaller lounge-style setups that Incendia utilizes to fill smaller areas. The lounges feature misting systems during the day and flames at night. Two additional truss systems stood at the back of the dance floor, sporting additional lighting. The whole layout extends almost entirely 360 degrees around the dance floor, so that regardless of where attendants stand, they are able to look in any direction and feel immersed. The back lighting area served as the border of the Disco Infero dance floor, which featured live-painting on the first night from local artists, like Danny Sanzone, giving fans the opportunity to pull back from the main action, but still feel involved. The 360-degree layout was the brain-child of Tyler’s careful crafting and execution by his production team.

In spite of all of the planning, Disco Inferno did run into some issues this year. On night one of the event, the Disco Inferno Stage hosted a slew of bass and funk artists with a lineup that included Andy Bruh, Daily Bread, Squnto, Esseks, Yheti, Buku, ill.Gates, The Funk Hunters, Bleep Bloop, and Minnesota. It was then when issues with Disco Inferno’s power source became apparent. The stage briefly lost power several times on the first night, until the main generator was eventually swapped out with a backup one provided by the power production manager. It was later determined that the first generator had an issue with a loose cable connected to the engine control unit. Regarding the power issues, Tyler commented on the effect that Hurricane Irma, which made US landfall on September 10, had on Imagine:

“Being that we were just at the tail end of the hurricane coming through, our whole generator order that we already had in place got switched up, because everything gets dedicated down to disaster relief. As it should. So it was a little bit of a scramble there at the end to locate the power sources and everything like that. Thankfully, it was executed properly, and we did have a backup there to take care of that.”

Once Disco Inferno got the backup generator rolling, the rest of the weekend went off without issue. After the bass-heavy first night at Disco Inferno, things changed tempo, as nights two and three exhibited more House and Techno artists. Night 2 had performances from Alex Lucas, Ariel, Chris Lake, Nora En Pure, Claptone, and Gorgon City. Night 3 was dominated by the Dirtybird Players Stage. After a performance from Atlanta local, Wiggle Factor, Dirtybird artists took over the remainder of the night. Ciszak, Dateless, Will Clarke, Shiba San, and Claude VonStroke performed throughout the night at Disco Inferno, with Claude VonStroke closing out the festival. The Glenn brothers are both quick to point out that putting together something like Disco Inferno takes a lot of coordination from a large group of talented people. Tyler points to the serious focus from all of the individuals, “it was a very large group of friends that came together” to make the stage happen. Adding, “it wasn’t a whole bunch of hired help. Everybody that was a part of it was a part of it from the get-go and all the way through. We’re all part of a larger group of friends making an idea happen.”

The culmination of Disco Inferno 2017 was especially exciting for Tyler Glenn, as he got engaged at Imagine on Night 2. On Night 3, Glenn Goodhand, owner of Imagine and IRIS, gave a congratulatory shout out to Tyler during the closing ceremony of Imagine Music Festival, at Cory’s request. The two brothers plan to continue building Incendia and Disco Inferno, as Tyler notes, the goal is always “bigger, better, and larger.”

Editor’s Note: In 2017, even weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the US, Imagine still felt the effects of the storm. Through the American Red Cross, they setup a donation campaign for the Hurricane Irma relief effort. In addition to Hurricane Irma, during the festival weekend, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928. 3.4 million US Citizens were left without power and water, and limited access to food, gasoline, and other basic life necessities. It will take months to rebuild after the damage of Hurricane Maria. If you are interested in contributing to the relief effort in Puerto Rico, check this list of trusted organizations offering aid to Puerto Rico.

Goldrush Announces Themed Stages

Goldrush Music Festival 2017

Phoenix, AZ – Building off of the Wild West concept created for this brand new experience, Relentless Beats has announced details and the lineups behind the three main stages for the two-day event at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19, 2017. Tapping musical talent from across the globe, each of the four stages will have its own distinct musical focus and vibe, ranging from electronic and dance to hip-hop and bass and of course the RBDeep signature sounds of techno, house and underground. A fourth stage featuring local talent will be announced in the coming weeks. Goldrush Music Festival stages and lineups are as follows:

GOLDEN GORGE
A place thought long to be a myth exists in the deep canyons of the Wild West. With the sonic echo of loud vibrations, mesmerizing lights, and the most sought after resource in all of Arizona… pure gold, welcome to the Golden Gorge, featuring: Marshmello; Migos; Dillon Francis; Lil Uzi Vert; RL Grime; Drezo; Droeloe; Ghastly; Habstrakt; Hippie Sabotage; Judge; Keys N Krates; Lost Kings; Rezz; San Holo and a special performance by Excision.

Golden Gorge - Goldrush 2017

PIONEER PEAK
Law-abiding citizens and bandits alike gather from all over the Wild West to celebrate the finest in hip-hop, bass, and dirty vibes. Showcasing the O.G. pioneers, along with those trailblazing into new territory, Pioneer Peak will feature: A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Barclay Crenshaw; Blu J; Brillz; Flatbush Zombies; Francis Derelle; G-Buck; GG Magree; Injury Reserve; Lil Pump; Malaa; Mija; Party Thieves; Rich Chigga; Smokepurpp; $uicideboy$; Snow tha Product; SuperDuperKyle; and Ugly God.

Pioneer Peak - Goldrush 2017

THE HIDEOUT
Outlaws of techno, house, and underground rejoice! This RBDeep fueled sanctuary was built with you in mind. Gather with like-minded citizens of the West and explore the musical frontier with sounds from: Claude VonStroke; Bart Skils; Camelphat; Christian Martin; HOSH; Jeremy Olander; Justin Jay; Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds; Nicole Moudaber; Oona Dahl; Paco Osuna; Shiba San; Sonny Fodera; and Walker & Royce.

The Hideout Pioneer Peak - Goldrush 2017

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Global Dance Festival, BOO!, Decadence, CRUSH AZ and Phoenix Lights Festival.

Leading up to the inaugural Goldrush Music Festival, Relentless Beats will be hosting a series of Goldrush Expeditions. Kicking off with Ghastly, K?d and Fight Club at The Van Buren on September 30th, before journeying to Salt for Tacos y Tequila with TM88 this past Friday, the series includes a mix of showcases and a DJ competition, all building towards one of the biggest events the Valley has seen. The next expedition will be October 20th, at The Van Buren and feature: Drezo; Wax Motif; Gladiator; Nukid; and Gerry Gonza. A final expedition will take place the night before the festival with Gina Turner at BFF at Bar Smith. Finally, the Goldrush Music Festival DJ Competition Finals will take place November 4th at the Monarch Theatre, with the winner receiving a slot at an upcoming Relentless Beats festival.

General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $179, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Gold VIP passes. Table options overlooking the Golden Gorge stage are currently available. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 and $79, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

Imagine Music Festival: A Little Relief

Black Tiger Sex Machine at Imagine 2017

Imagine Music Festival, one of the largest independent music festivals in the United States, returned to Georgia’s Atlanta Motor Speedway, September 22nd-24th to give over 30,000 music-lovers and fun-seekers an experience they will never forget.

Founded by IRIS Presents, Inc. in 2013, the festival continues to thrive and attract a dedicated fan base.  Musicians, artists, performers, and merchants came together to form a festival themed around fire and water, with main stages Oceania, Disco Inferno, and Amazonia. Giant jellyfish floated through the air rippling as if they drifted along an ocean current. Mermaids walked the Earth, towering 10-feet tall, high above the heads of the crowd. Fire spinners put on flaming displays of spinning light that illuminated the grounds. This dichotomy created an atmosphere of balance and beauty.

Nore En Pure at Disco Inferno; Imagine 2017

Nore En Pure at Disco Inferno, Photo by Victor Tranfield (continue below)

The production alone was worthy of mention and the performances by a diverse group of electronic and instrumental musicians was not to be overlooked. Imagine boasted a plethora of headliners such as Above & Beyond, Tiësto, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Illenium, and many more. The crowd was surprised by unique sounds and unreleased tracks. Illenium wowed the crowd with a taste of his unreleased collaboration with Kill The Noise and tracks off his newest album, Awake. The Floozies played a newly released remix with Kendrick Lamar. The list goes on.

Illenium at Imagine 2017

All of the feels at Illenium at Imagine 2017, Photo by Victor Tranfield (continue below)

Imagine Music Festival kicked off just 12 days after Hurricane Irma struck the coast of Florida as a Category 4 storm, knocking out power to more than 12 million people in Florida. The destruction spanned from the Caribbean through the southeastern US, affecting millions and nearly every patron and participant at the festival. This however, did not stop Imagine Music Festival or its fans. Imagine was able to help provide support to the response and recovery efforts in communities devastated by this disaster by partnering with the American Red Cross with a donation campaign.

The Imagine Music Festival community is filled with a brilliant variety of freaks, geeks, nerds, and weirdos who all bring something special to the event. Running into long lost friends or brand new ones is not just possible, it is inevitable. The community buzzes with a sense of care and love. Stop and chat with an artist, dance with a performer, hangout with your favorite musician; it’s all possible with a sense of confidence, friendship, and a can-do attitude. It is this collective joy and compassion from one another that helps catapult the crowds of music lovers into a beautiful world of life, love, and music where all cares are easily forgotten.

In light of the recent darkness, patrons of Imagine Music Festival came together for a weekend of fun, love, laughter, and music. Another successful year for the Imagine team and another great experience for all those involved.

Stay tuned for additional Imagine coverage, detailing the experience of the Disco Inferno Stage, with commentary from Incendia owners Cory and Tyler Glenn. Scroll below the editor’s note for photos from Imagine.

Editor’s Note: Imagine Music Festival and its surrounding areas were directly affected by Hurricane Irma in the weeks leading up to Imagine. However, during the festival weekend, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928. 3.4 million US Citizens were left without power and water, and limited access to food, gasoline, and other basic life necessities. It will take months to rebuild after the damage of Hurricane Maria. If you are interested in contributing to the relief effort in Puerto Rico, check this list of trusted organizations offering aid to Puerto Rico.

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Day 1 Photos

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Imagine Music Festival 2017 Day 3 Photos

Dubstep and Dinos: A Look at Lost Lands

Lost Lands 2017 Lineup

Guest Post by: Jordan Miller, Madison Burr, and Tory Njardvik

Calling all Ragin’ Raptors, Basseontologists and Party-voures to join the prehistoric, head banging, good times at Legend Valley, Ohio this September 29th to October 1st. Hold onto your butts, and prepare to be transported back to the Cretaceous Age where dinosaurs will once again dance among us at this bass boomin’, boogie bustin’ Lost Lands Festival. It’s dinosaurs and bass; what more could you want?

Excision, the bringer of the bass and visual virtuoso, has brought together some of the filthiest names in the bass scene to create a prehistoric themed festival so heavy that it is guaranteed to leave even the most experienced head bangers sore. Excision, in true head banger fashion, will be headlining all three nights to ensure festival goers get a healthy dose of the legendary Paradox Stage while simultaneously getting the maximum usage out of their official Lost Lands earplugs, which are included with every ticket. The ear plugs are free of charge, but the neck braces are not standard issue. Newbies out there should consider picking up a neck brace from a medical supply store or snagging one from a free listing on craigslist, because you are sure to need one after this heavy, head banging hangout! Protip: get some rhinestones to bedazzle your neck brace or bring sharpies so all of your new friends can sign your brace, and remember, wear it with pride!

Aside from Excision and his neck breaking beats, festival goers will be able to bask in 500,000 watts of downright dirty bass while enjoying the musical stylings of Cookie Monsta, Kill the Noise, Slander, Snails and many more bass extraordinaires. The lineup is totally rexcellent it will surely delight dirty beat seekers and get those dino feet dancin’!

Dubstep has gone through a major revival this year and we are beginning to see more festivals catering to the heavier music scene. Moonrise and Insomniac’s Middlelands both had some heavier headliners, various non-musical activities, art and productions, but these festivals were not centered purely around dubstep, like Lost Lands. We are excited to be attending the inaugural year of Lost Lands and to check out a festival that is curated by bass heads for bass heads.

If you can’t get your Bassasaurus butt to Lost Lands, we will have post festival content for you to check out. And for those of you traveling back in time to dance with the dinos, check back after the festival to find yourself and your friends in our prehistoric people album.

Camping passes are currently sold out, but a variety of other passes, including general admission, are still available for purchase from the ticketing website. Before you dino-stomp your way to Legend Valley, make sure to check up on all of the festival information.

Gem & Jam Announces Phase 2 Lineup

Gem & Jam Phase 2 2018

After dropping a first phase lineup which boasted two nights of STS9, two nights of Lettuce and nearly 40 additional artists, Gem & Jam continues to surpass the lofty levels set last year. Returning to Pima County Fairgrounds for a second straight year- January 25 – 28, 2018, the four-day music and camping festival keeps the momentum going with a mix of fan favorites, including: Big Wild; Papadosio; Sunsquabi; Head for the Hills; Earthcry (of Papadosio); Dynohunter; Templo; Lapa (of Emancipator); Smash & Grab; Little John; Minions of the Moon; Bird Foot; Tony Inorbit; The Party People; Soul Catalyst; and Deadset. Additional artists will be added in the coming months.

Previously announced artists include: STS9; Lettuce; Greensky Bluegrass; Railroad Earth; Emancipator; Breaking Biscuits; Thriftworks; The Russ Liquid Test; Masego; Random Rab; Michal Menert; Flamingosis; John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing; Govinda; Jade Cicada; Maddy O’Neal; Saqi; Ill Esha; Charlesthefirst; Modern Measure; Bass Physics; Marvel Years; Zoogma; Blunt Force; Safis Lab; Flying Skulls; Skydyed; Kyma; Adem Joel; Electric Feel; Smokovich; Endoplasmic; The Bennu; Neon Prophet Band; Jahmontee; SuDs; M/Q; Truth Cartel and GonzoFuZe.

Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam. The multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options, including: onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, car camping and walk-in camping. Additionally, Gem & Jam will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors and much more.

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $199, plus fees. Camping options will be available starting at $55, plus fees. Included in these options are: Deluxe RV Camping, Standard RV Camping, Car Camping, Walk-In Camping and Ready, Set, Camp. Tickets are available online at www.gemandjam.com Gem & Jam Festival is an all ages event.

Gem & Jam is produced by Infinite Music Productions, Euphonic Conceptions, and Challenger Presents. Visit www.gemandjam.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GemAndJam, Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemJamFestival and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/GemAndJamFestival.

Imagine 2017 Schedule, Map, & App

Imagine 2017 Schedule

Imagine Music Festival is just days away, taking place this September 22-24 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia. In preparation for the event, IRIS Presents has released the official map of the venue and the full performance schedule, both of which are available from the Imagine Music Festival app, which is available for download from the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store.

In addition to the above festival information, Imagine has partnered up with the American Red Cross, which is now accepting donations for Hurricane Irma relief. Earlier this month, Hurricane Irma made its way through the Caribbean and the Southeast US, causing widespread destruction, especially in Imagine’s neighboring state of Florida. Donations will be used by the American Red Cross in its efforts to help bring relief to those affected by the hurricane.

Decadence AZ 2017 Initial Lineup

Decadence Arizona 2017

Relentless Beats has announced phase one of their lineup for Decadence NYE, Arizona’s largest music festival – a two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona on December 30 and 31, 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival will include two main stages, with some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists, including: in the Diamond Atrium: Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Galantis; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); What So Not; Zedd and Zed’s Dead and in the Sapphire Ballroom: Big Wild; Destructo; Justice (dj set/AZ debut); Petit Biscuit; Tchami; Tokimonsta and ZHU, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

“This has been by far the biggest year in Relentless Beat’s history,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It is pretty remarkable that we get to cap it off with our biggest lineup of 2017- setting the bar for an even bigger year next year.”

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. Relentless Beats will be transforming Rawhide’s Frontier Hall into the Arizona’s biggest super-club for a decadent two nights. Guests are invited to indulge and live lavishly one last time, as they say good-bye to 2017 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year.

General Admission tickets go on-sale Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. for $149, plus fees for a 2-day pass. VIP passes, with separate VIP entrance, two (2) complimentary drink tickets, a catered spread, massive VIP deck with assorted seating, two preferred main stage viewing areas, passed hors d’oeuvres, New Year’s Eve champagne toast, commemorative lanyard, and VIP restrooms will be available. Table service will be available at both main stages. VIP Platinum options are also available. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. VIP is reserved for 21+. Decadence Arizona is an ages 18 and over event.

Decadence Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Goldrush Music Festival Releases Full 2017 Lineup

Goldrush Music Festival 2017

Making the big event bigger, Relentless Beats has released phase two of it’s massive Goldrush Music Festival lineup. A completely brand new experience, the two-day event is heading to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19 and will be themed around a Wild West concept. Tapping electronic dance music and hip-hop prospectors from across the globe, performing on four stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, the phase two lineup includes: a first ever appearance of A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Bart Skils; Blu J; Brillz; Camelphat; Christian Martin; G Buck; Desert Hearts; Droeloe; Flatbush Zombies; Fransis Derelle; Ghastly; Habastrakt; HOSH; Judge; Jeremy Olander; Justin Jay; a special two-hour headlining set on the RBDeep stage, by Nicole Moudaber; Lil Pump and Party Thieves.

Phase two of the Goldrush lineup joins over 25 previously announced artists, which have now been slotted on their respective days. Artists by day are as follows:

SATURDAY
Migos; Dillon Francis; Excision; Claude Vonstroke; A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Blu J; Brillz; Camelphat; Christian Martin; Drezo; G-Buck; Habstrakt; Hippie Sabotage; Keys N Krates; Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds; Party Thieves; Rezz; Shiba San; $uicideboy$; SuperDuperKyle; Snow Tha Product; Sonny Fodera; The Underachievers and Walker & Royce.

SUNDAY
Marshmello; Lil Uzi Vert; RL Grime; Barclay Crenshaw; Bart Skils; Droeloe; Flatbush Zombies; Fransis Derelle; GG Magree; Ghastly; HOSH • Injury Reserve; Judge; Justin Jay; Lil Pump; Lost Kings; Malaa; Mija; Nicole Moudaber; Oona Dahl; Paco Osuna; Rich Chigga; San Holo; Smokepurpp and Ugly God.

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Global Dance Festival, BOO!, Decadence, CRUSH AZ and Phoenix Lights Festival.

General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $159, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides, plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag and festival concierge. You must be 21+ to purchase Gold VIP passes. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 and $79, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

Dirtybird Players Stage at Imagine 2017

IMF 2016 Disco Inferno

2016 marked the first year of Imagine Music Festival taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The larger venue allowed for an impressive layout of stages catering to specific styles of music: the Oceania Stage hosted an assortment of big names and headliners, the Amazonia Stage trended towards live music, funk, and glitch, the Aeria Stage had a slew of heavier drum & bass and dubstep, and the Disco Inferno stage naturally showcased an assortment of disco, house, and techno artists. Imagine will be building upon the success of the curated stages, notably with the Disco Inferno Stage, which will feature Claude VonStroke and the Dirtybird Players Stage.

Barclay Crenshaw, AKA Claude VonStroke, has been building the Dirtybird Records brand since 2005, specializing in a brand of house music that he’s dubbed “tech funk.” Some of the quintessential characteristics of the Dirtybird brand seem to revolve around having fun, being chill, and just doing your own thing. This is immediately evident given the events that Dirtybird Records has been throwing lately, namely the Dirtybird BBQ series and Dirtybird Campout. If the event names don’t make it clear, a primary goal is to elicit a laid-back feel, with a funky soundtrack of course. After Mixmag voted Dirtybird Records as the number one record label of the decade, Claude VonStroke was surprised and humbled, commenting that “We’ve always done our own thing, even if it wasn’t popular. It definitely wasn’t popular for a while, and it might not even be popular now, but we’re still just doing our own thing.”

Much of the success of Dirtybird could be attributed to this laid-back style of focusing on what’s fun and unique, not necessarily what’s popular or trendy. This style of recruiting artists, running a label, and throwing events should make any house music fan excited to see what’s in store this year for the Disco Inferno Stage at Imagine Music Festival. This year’s Disco Inferno Stage has an impressive lineup, including Dirtybird artists: Claude VonStroke, Shiba San, Will Clarke, Ciszak, and Dateless, as well as Gorgon City, Chris Lake, Claptone, and Nora En Pure. The Dirtybird Players Stage will take place on Sunday, September 24, while the remaining artists will perform at the Disco Inferno Stage throughout the rest of the weekend.

In addition to the music, the festival producers are expanding the stage. Glen Goodhand, Co-Founder of Imagine Music Festival explains what’s in store for this year’s Disco Inferno Stage:

This year’s Disco Inferno Stage will feature a giant disco ball center piece that shoots a 100 foot flame out of the top of it. Along with many other disco domes sprinkled in the crowd that will have water misting during the day and fire roofs at night. These will all be tied together with an elaborate truss system and massive D&B Audiotechnik sound system so everyone can hear and feel the beautiful sounds. A true 360-degree immersive experience.

Between the music, atmosphere, and stage production, the Disco Inferno Stage at Imagine Music Festival should certainly heat up the dance floor and get the crowd groovin’ and we can’t wait! If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, GA and VIP tickets are still available through the ticketing website. We hope to see you there!