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BUKU Music + Art Project Announces Final Additions to 2018 Lineup

BUKU 2018 Final Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA (January 17, 2018)BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the final additions to the lineup for the annual festival, taking place on March 9-10, 2018 at Mardi Gras World in downtown New Orleans. Set across five unique stages, including the backdrop of an abandoned early 20th Century power plant and a warehouse featuring the city’s iconic Mardi Gras floats, the two-day event fuses a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, custom-made industrial art installations and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. The Buku Music + Art Project is an 18+ event.

To apply for media credentials, visit: http://thebukuproject.com/buku-2018-press-application/

Artists joining the roster include: chart-topping Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert; electronic producer Illenium bringing his full “Awake” production for a special live show; Montreal DJ and “vomit-step” pioneer Snails; Florida rapper and mixtape master Ski Mask The Slump God; Chicago rapper and poet Noname; synth-pop / R&B project Homeshake; Dirtybird house duo Walker & Royce; a B2B set from New Orleans DJs Nice Rack and Rusty Lazer; and exclusive VIP performances, hosted by Brownies & Lemonade and Space Yacht, featuring DROELOE, Melvv, Suicideyear, and a B2B set from electronic artists Eprom and Mad Zach; as well as a showcase curated by acclaimed local artist collective Pink Room Project.

The talent will join a previously announced lineup including: Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT, SZA, the U.S. festival debut of Porter Robinson’s project Virtual Self, A Day To Remember, Isaiah Rashad, Alison Wonderland, Rezz, Borgore, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Bonobo (DJ), Mura Masa, Ganja White Night + Boogie T, Little Dragon, Green Velvet and Jay Electronica to name a few. The complete list of performers can be found at http://thebukuproject.com/2018-lineup/.

A variety of ticket offerings and travel packages are currently available at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets. When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event.

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup + after-party announcements, ticketing, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms: Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project is presented by Winter Circle Productions, an AEG Presents company.

About Winter Circle Productions:
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of Buku Music + Art Project and three-time recipient of the Offbeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now positioned as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced hundreds of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. In July 2015, WCP joined AEG Presents to form and run AEG Presents’ new Gulf Coast regional office. Notable developments for WCP in 2017 include taking over a lease at the 1,200 capacity Joy Theater in New Orleans and contracting with Day For Night in Houston to associate produce the festival. In addition to concert production, the members of WCP founded the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

About AEG Presents:
AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Presents is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Live & Love Relentlessly at Decadence AZ 2017

DecadenceAZ 2017 Sunset

This past December 30-31, 2017, thousands of music enthusiasts took over the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, AZ, for Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, Decadence. Festival producers Relentless Beats and Global Dance pulled in 12,000 attendants per day, with a lineup that featured a cast of national acts including Armin van Buuren, Big Wild, Borgore, Boys Noize, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Justice, Louis the Child, Madeon, Oliver Heldens, What So Not, Zedd, Zeds Dead, Zhu, and many more. The two-day event featured two main indoor stages: The Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with the outdoor Ruby Courtyard and carnival rides.

Big Wild at DecadenceAZ 2017

Big Wild performing in the Sapphire Ballroom. Photo by Victor Tranfield

With a number of destructive natural disasters and unusual political phenomena in the US, many would consider 2017 a wild and tumultuous year. Perhaps that’s why 2017 also seemed to be a big year for music and festivals, as people search for a means of community, especially in the festival realm: a place to escape the distractions of the world and find love and peace. On that note, we reached out to several artists and people in the industry to ask them:

“Can you recall a particular moment that stands out, which happened in 2017 that you think exemplifies the unifying power of music?” Here’s what they had to say:

Snails
“The power of music is crazy. People can just forget everything and be with their friends and just have fun. That’s what it’s all about. A very special moment for me this year was pressing play at my Sluggtopia Red Rocks show in front of 10k people and everyone coming together for the moment and forgetting about everything else. Can’t wait for 2018!”

BIJOU
“For me that moment was EDC Las Vegas. This year has been an extremely difficult for many around the world. To have the opportunity to play on that size of a stage and watch every single person out there forget about all their problems and issues is truly empowering. It was a moment I’ll never forget and a moment that the music really brought everyone together as a whole. It’s really a beautiful thing that I feel like only music can do for such an audience.”

BIJOU DecadenceAZ 2017

BIJOU performing at the Diamond Atrium. Photo by Phil MacDonald

Thomas Turner of Relentless Beats
“When we announced Goldrush many were concerned overlapping fan bases might lead to an environment different than the one we have built in our electronic music scene. To witness it in fact be a cohesive event with many musical tastes coming together was such an amazing feeling. Arizona is really special place.”

Black Tiger Sex Machine
“It’s tough to single out a specific moment, so we are just going to choose our entire Midnight Terror Tour in 2017. We had the chance to play across all of North America in the span of a few weeks and it was our biggest tour yet. We always expect the smaller intimate shows to have a real unifying vibe, but we were so amazed to see these larger crowds coming together and enjoying themselves in such a positive way. And it wasn’t just one specific area. People all over are in tune with this idea of community and spreading positivity. It makes us really hopeful about the future, in spite of all the craziness that can happen in the world.

Music won’t hate. Music won’t judge. Music is here to stay. Music is our religion.”

While artists had the chance to reflect on the previous year, we spoke to festival attendants to ask the oft repeated New Year’s question: “what is your new years resolution?” While the festival’s name might betray a sense of extravagance, luxury, or self-indulgence, a fitting theme for an atmosphere of celebration, the reality is the responses were far humbler. In fact, festival owner Thomas Turner commented that Decadence was really about giving “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.” In other words, Decadence is less focused on self-indulgence and more of an unrestrained thank-you to the music community.

When festivalgoers were asked about their New Year’s resolutions, the responses resoundingly revolved around several key themes: self-improvement, self-love, helping those less fortunate, being more accepting, and being more environmentally conscious. When questioned, one festival attendant responded: “After 2017, I think we could all use a little more love.”

As thousands of people at Decadence danced, laughed, and celebrated the beginning of 2018 together, with a raucous celebration to end 2017, positivity was in the air; music enthusiasts radiated with a bright outlook entering the new year. Decadence Arizona 2017 was a magical weekend; take that magic that brings people together, share it with the world, and live and love relentlessly in 2018. Welcome to the future!

Editor’s Note: This was a collaborative article by Phil MacDonald and Victor Tranfield, with a special thank you to Caren West PR for assisting with artist relations.

DecadenceAZ 2017 Unicorns

Festivals: where magical things happen, like unicorns riding unicorns. Photo by Victor Tranfield

Phoenix Lights Announces 2018 Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2018 Lineup

Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM promoter, Relentless Beats, has announced the return of Phoenix Lights Festival, April 7 and 8, 2018. Showcasing the dexterity of their team with an 11th hour venue shift in 2017, Relentless Beats has found a permanent venue for its marquee festival in the custom-built Park at Wild Horse Pass. Specifically designed for Relentless Beats and its events, this brand-new venue provides the ability to expand and create the best possible fan experience, with limitless possibilities for Phoenix Lights and much more.

“Phoenix Lights has and continues to be an amazing event for us, each year growing bigger and better,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This growth has created the need to address our venue options so that we are providing a consistent foundation our fans can look forward to. It is in this spirit that I am excited to announce The Park at Wild Horse Pass as the location for Phoenix Lights 2018.”

Appropriately, Phoenix Lights will be the first of Relentless Beats’ marquee events to take place at The Park at Wild Horse Pass. Given that the event continues to outgrow its previous homes, it is no surprise that the lineup is reflective of this progress. Boasting over 25 artists, the first round of artists includes headliners: Diplo; Gucci Mane (AZ Festival Debut); Martin Garrix (AZ Festival Debut); and support: Autograf; Bad Decisions; Beats Antique (DJ set); Chris Lake; Goldfish; Gramatik; Joyride; Kasbo; Kuuro; Melvv; Minnesota; Morgan Page; Oshi; Seven Lions; and Zomboy. Additionally, Relentless Beats’ premiere house, techno, and underground brand, RBDeep, will return to host a stage with performances by: Bruno Furlan; Christoph; Eli & Fur; Huxley; Lee Foss; MK; Umek and Will Clarke. A second round of performers will be announced after the first of the year and will include national talent, spanning three stages.

The Park at Wild Horse Pass is a brand new venue experience, specifically created with Relentless Beats and its events in mind. The custom built park situated at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, is being optimized in order to provide the best possible experience for the Valley’s biggest promoter of electronic dance music events. To be completed in a series of phases over the course of 2018, with the first event being Phoenix Lights, the park is situated adjacent to Rawhide Event Center, on a mostly grass plot able to handle the steady growth of Relentless Beats’ marquee events, including: CRUSH, Phoenix Lights, Global Dance Festival, Goldrush and more. Carrying the full support of the local community, The Park at Wild Horse Pass will provide an experience that will be devoid of the sound and size restrictions that were often a hinderance at previous venues. The park is set to open in April 2018.

General Admission passes for Phoenix Lights Festival are on sale Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. for $119, 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. All details and ticket types are available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. Phoenix Lights is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Phoenix Lights Festival is produced by Relentless Beats. Visit www.phoenixlightsfest.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Instagram and Twitter at @PHXLightsFest and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PhoenixLightsFestival.

Okeechobee 2018 Phase 2 Lineup

Okeechobee 2018 Lineup

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has announced the Phase 2 lineup for Okeechobee 2018, which takes place March 1-4, 2018 at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL. The PoWoW! superstar mashup is set to include Snoop Dogg, as well as other headlining artists TBA. Additionally, Lil Dicky, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ski Mask The Slump God, The Funky Meters, Smino, NoMBe, Berhana, Liquid Stranger, and more have been added to the Okeechobee 2018 lineup. Tickets are still on sale with Tier 1 pricing set to end this Friday Dec. 15 at 11:59PM.

Phoenix Lights Returns in April 2018

Phoenix Lights 2018

As hints of an impending transmission began to trickle out over the airwaves, it can now be confirmed that the Lights will indeed return this April 7-8, 2018. Entering its fourth incarnation and coming off a year which saw Pollstar recognizing the festival for its amazing organizational dexterity (Phoenix Lights Shines In Rawhide), Phoenix Lights has emerged as the marquee event produced by Relentless Beats–nearly doubling each year and welcoming some of the biggest and most exciting talent the genre has to offer.

With the incredible support Relentless Beats saw from its fans this year, special pre-sale tickets for Phoenix Lights will be made available at the price of $109 for weekend passes, beginning Friday, December 15th at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. Phoenix Lights Festival is for ages 18 and over. Keep your eyes peeled as additional transmissions will be coming from Relentless Beats starting Monday, December 18.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2018 Announces Phase 2 Artists

BUKU 2018 Phase 2 Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the second round of artists for the annual festival, taking place on March 9-10, 2018 at Mardi Gras World in downtown New Orleans. The final phase of talent additions will be revealed after the New Year. Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the intersection of an underground warehouse party and major urban music festival. The two-day event fuses a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, custom-made industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

The latest additions to the lineup of performers include: Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos; the U.S. festival debut of Virtual Self, Porter Robinson’s new alter ego; Florida pop-punk-emo-metal heroes A Day to Remember; genre-bending electronic artist Rezz; Swedish electronic-indie group Little Dragon; a DJ set by British DJ/producer Bonobo; an extended collaborative set with Ganja White + Boogie T featuring a set by each artist and a B2B set together; a rare performance by legendary hip hop lyricist/producer Jay Electronica; electronic artists Snakehips; Gryffin; and Jai Wolf; house and techno pioneer Green Velvet; rappers Rich The Kid and Famous Dex; Vegas rockers Falling in Reverse; New York hip hop artist Princes Nokia; singer/songwriter Elohim; Dutch electronic artist Spag Heddy; rising West Coast rapper Lil Xan; Los Angeles emo revivalists Emo Nite LA; electro funk group The Russ Liquid Test; Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Nnamdi Ogbonnaya; local artists New Thousand; AF the Naysayer x Yung Vul; KTRL. B2B RedBarrington; and KiddLove; and the previously announced Soulection showcase will feature Sango B2B ESTA. B2B The Whooligan.

BUKU has also revealed the first VIP-only performances including EDM DJ/producers Graves and Medasin; experimental producer Ducky; industrial tech DJ/producer BlackGummy, electro DJ Squnto and local DJ TVBOO; as well as showcases from local trendsetters Freewater, Church* and BUKU’s non-profit partner Upbeat Academy.

These artists will join a previously announced roster including:

Bassnectar; MGMT; SZA; Alison Wonderland; Isaiah Rashad; Sylvan Esso; Flatbush Zombies; Borgore; Mura Masa; Bishop Briggs; Hippie Sabotage; Smino; Honey Dijon; CloZee; Jade Cicada; Zack Villere; and Bouffant Bouffant. The full lineup can be found here.

General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP, TOO BUKU VIP 2-Day Passes and Travel Packages for all ticket types are on sale now. When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event. More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets.

Inaugural Brainquility Music Festival 2018

Brainquility 2018

Brainquility Music Festival makes its debut this April 21, 2018, at the Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor, FL. The single-day festival, hosted by OnTap Music, will feature one stage and six artists, featuring Beats Antique, Lettuce, TAUK, Voodoo Visionary, MZG, and SIDETRAKD. “Brainquility is more than a music festival. It’s a collection of artists exhibiting the best of funk, jazz, and global fusion, bringing big sound sounds and a local artist vibe to Safety Harbor’s Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida.” General Admission and VIP tickets are currently available in the range of $55-$155.

Okeechobee Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Okeechobee Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival returns to Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida for its third year this March 1-5, 2018. The star-studded lineup includes headliners Arcade Fire, Bassnectar (two sets with a special full moon beach set), Halsey, and Travis Scott, as well as Khalid, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Zeds Dead, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, Big Gigantic, STS9, Local Natives, Gramatik, Illenium, Blackbear, Thievery Corporation, Tycho, Sylvan Esso, Judah & The Lion, Kyle, Misterwives, Sofi Tukker, Magic!, Lettuce, Billie Eilish, Ganja White Night (Live Set) B2B Boogie T and Dirt Monkey, Jai Wolf, G Jones, Big Wild, Denzel Curry, Pouya, Quinn XCII, Allah-Las, Nightmares on Wax (Live Band), Twiddle, and many more. As usual, Okeechobee will feature a PoWoW! Superstar Mashup set, consisting of many of the aforementioned artists. This is just the first phase of artist announcements, so expect more artists to be announced in the coming months. A range of ticket options are currently available for purchase from the ticketing website.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2018 Phase 1 Lineup

BUKU 2018 Phase 1 Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project, which takes place March 9-10, 2018 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, has released its Phase 1 lineup, which includes the likes of Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, Alison Wonderland, Isaiah, Borgore, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Hippie Sabotage, Smino, Honey Dijon, Soulection, CloZee, Jade Cicada, Zack Villere, and Bouffant Bouffant. A variety of ticket packages are currently available, with 2-day General Admission tickets going for $175 (not including taxes and fees). For more information, make sure to check out the official website and BUKU Facebook page.

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.