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Relentlessbeats & Surreal Partnership for Goldrush AZ

Goldrush Surreal Partnership

Phoenix, AZ (October 26, 2017) – Relentless Beats is pleased to announce its partnership with Surreal, a fundraising platform that works with festivals and musicians to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with proceeds benefiting a charity of its choice. Beginning with Goldrush Music Festival, a two-day event at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19, 2017, Relentless Beats and Surreal have created five separate artist-based experiences which fans can enter with one winner chosen for each. Each winner will receive a VIP ticket to Goldrush Music Festival for themselves and a friend, as well as the artist experience they entered. Net proceeds from the campaign will benefit Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

Utilizing the lineup from Goldrush Music Festival the artist-based experiences are to include: a Wild West photoshoot with Marshmello; a backstage BBQ with Claude VonStroke; skydiving with Ghastly; an on-stage soundcheck with Keys N Krates and a meet & greet with Droeloe and San Holo. Running from October 26th through to November 10th, fans can enter by submitting a mail-in entry or through several different donation tiers.* The various tiers include: one entry for $5.00, 6 entries for $20.00 or 25 entries for $50.00 into any individual experience. Additionally, a fan can also donate $15.00 and receive one entry into each of the five experiences.

After announcing Goldrush this past summer, Relentless Beats made quick work of building the hype for this brand new festival by announcing over 50 artists, including headliners: Marshmello; Migos; Dillon Francis; Lil Uzi Vert and RL Grime, as well as special performances by Excision and Claude VonStroke. The fully immersive two-day festival will welcome electronic dance music and hip-hop prospectors from across the country to discover and experience world class DJs, on four distinct stages. Fans can visit www.givesurreal.com for full details and to enter.

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.

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About Surreal:
Surreal is a fundraising platform that partners with festivals and music artists to offer their fans unforgettable experiences, with proceeds going to the charity of their choice. To participate, anyone can donate as little as $5 for a chance to win the experience –providing an engaging way to create positive exposure, raise awareness, and make a difference in the world. Follow us on Instagram.

About Childhelp:
A national nonprofit organization founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. Visit www.childhelp.org for more information.

*A payment, purchase, or donation is not necessary for entry, nor will it improve your chances of winning. For details on how to enter without making a donation, see the official sweepstakes rules.

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.

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.

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.

Moonrise Phase 1 Lineup 2017

Moonrise Phase 1 Lineup 2017

Moonrise Festival returns to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland this August 12-13, 2017. The two-day music festival will feature DJs, live bands, and performing artists performing on different four stages. The Phase 1 lineup has been released and features artists like Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Carnage, Excision, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Gramatik, Flux Pavilion, and many more. Tickets are currently available from the ticketing website, with 2-day GA tickets selling for $159.50 (not including taxes and fees) and 2-day VIP passes selling for $274.50 (not including taxes and fees). Additional information is also available through the information and FAQ pages.

The 2016 Imagine Music Festival Experience

Imagine Music Festival 2016 Mainstage Pyrotechnics

Imagine Music Festival celebrated its third year, last month at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Atlanta, GA. Previously held at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park in Downtown Atlanta, Imagine moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time this year, in order to accommodate larger crowds, camping, and later noise ordinances. In previous years, Imagine had to end at 11PM (with after-parties going later in the night), while this year, performances were allowed to go until 3AM (with after-parties like the Silent Disco going later in the night). On top of the new venue, addition of camping, and later sets, Imagine also added an additional day, making the festival a three-day event.

Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand, the founders of Imagine and the Atlanta-based Iris Promotions LLC and Iris Presents Inc., told the Atlanta Business Chronicle that previous years saw an attendance of 25,000-27,000. They expected to host about 30,000-35,000 fans this year. They were thrilled when the festival ended up hosting about 45,000 attendants, saying: “The magnitude of growth we experienced this year is humbling.” The couple are looking to continue the festival’s growth, noting that “The Atlanta Motor Speedway has endless potential and we look forward to growing into the massive site.”

In order to enter the venue, patrons had to navigate through a pedestrian tunnel that led underneath the speedway and onto the center field, making the journey feel like a portal into another realm. As soon as fans made their exit from the tunnel and onto the center field, they were immersed in an aquatic music and art spectacle. Imagine teamed up with AQUA this year, a special effects company that enhances concerts and festivals. The production company started years ago, in an effort to put their own spin on music events. “By combining lights, lasers and projections we can create 3D visuals, water holograms and mezmerizing [sic] fountains that dance to the beat of the music.” In addition to the visual aspect, AQUA also makes it a point to give back. For every ticket that is sold to one of their events, they donate one month of clean water to a person in need. Complementing the AQUA production and the general theme of water was a large pool in the center of the venue, which was open to the patrons. Additionally, a water slide was available for patrons to use near the Amazonia stage.

Zeds Dead Fireworks at Imagine Music Festival 2016

Fireworks going off at the Oceania Stage

With seven stages at the event, there was no shortage of music. Imagine has an eclectic mix of music ranging from Jam Bands and funk, to Disco and Tropical House, and the heaviest Bass and Dubstep music you’ve heard. The national lineup included the likes of Adventure Club, Benny Benassi, Borgore, Dillon Francis (and his House alter ego, DJ Hanzel, his first performance under that name), The Disco Biscuits, Excision, Gramatik, Nero, Steve Angello, Zeds Dead, 3lau, Dirtyphonics, Lotus, Thomas Jack, SNBRN, Snails, Keys N Krates, and many more. Iris also enlisted the talents of local artists, including Midnite Panda, Daddydough, Alex Lucas, Ployd, Scales (a regular performer at Iris-sponsored events), and more.

While the music selection was great, make no mistake, Imagine fans are some of the most passionate and they come to dance and party. On day two, Chris Lyda, Director of Public Relations at Iris Presents had to politely ask the crowd to tone down the excitement a bit, so that fans at the front row didn’t move the front barrier forward. Apparently patrons were dancing a little too enthusiastically on day one. It must be an interesting problem to have for the festival. On the one hand, it’s a sure sign that the music selection is on point, but on the other hand, the festival has to look out for the safety and well-being of others.

Imagine Music Festival Main Stage 2016

Caspa & Rusko perform at the Oceania Stage

Day One of the Oceania Stage had a great performance by Liquid Stranger early in the day. Following Liquid Stranger, Black Tiger Sex Machine took the stage as the day gave way to night. After BTSM, The Bloody Beetroots got a bit of a late start, but wasted no time turning up the speed once he got going, throwing down heavier and faster-paced music. While The Bloody Beetroots kicked up the tempo to get the crowd going, Caspa & Rusko slowed it right back down, playing a set that paid homage to older Dubstep, a style much more reminiscent of ten years ago. The duo kicked off their set with a newer tune, Blouse An Skirt, but made sure to throw in many of the original Dubstep classics like Woo Boost, Jahova, Pro Nails (Rusko Remix), and California Love (Rusko ‘Da Cali Anthem’ Remix). Caspa & Rusko demonstrated their true performance abilities by utilizing negative space, creating an atmosphere of suspense and tension, making the whole set more cerebral than an average Dubstep performance. Steve Angello followed Caspa & Rusko, while Borgeous capped off the night.

#rusko throwing down the classics at #imf #imaginefestival #wooboost #dancebreak #youredoinggreat

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Day Two at the Oceania Stage experienced some heavy sets early in the day, with Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta, followed by Doctor P. Over at the Amazonia stage, G Jones threw down some masterfully crafted bass tunes. Minnesota followed as the sun dipped low into the sky. He made sure to sync his music with the natural light around him; the later in the night he went, the heavier the music became. The live band Papadosio changed up the pace a bit as they played their funkier songs.

Over at the Disco Inferno Stage, Dillon Francis made his debut performance under the alias DJ Hanzel, his more House-y alter-ego. After DJ Hanzel, EDX adjusted the vibe when he got on and started playing his bubbly House tunes. The Amazonia stage continued the Jam Band/Funk theme with Lotus playing the midnight slot. In addition to the music, Lotus’ visual team does a great job complementing the mood of the music with their spectacular light shows. Back at the main stage Dillon Francis played for the second time of the night, this time as Dillon Francis. As he took the stage, he proclaimed “Fuck DJ Hanzel!” While most people in the crowd laughed, the joke was lost on some fans, not realizing that Dillon Francis and DJ Hanzel are the same person. While Dillon Francis has had mixed results in the past, he put on a good performance at Imagine as he warmed the crowd up for Zeds Dead to close out the night. Unsurprisingly, Zeds Dead put on a stellar show. Their years of experience as producers and DJs are evident in their performances, as they are able to smoothly transition between genres and keep the crowd engaged.

Zeds Dead at Imagine Music Festival 2016

Zeds Dead playing at the Oceania Stage

Day Three at the Amazonia stage saw rising star Opiuo play his multi-genre music, a style he describes as “Broken-frog-stomping-funkadelic-hippo-hop-monkey-crunk-chunky-bouncy-stomach-morphing-bassdolloping-scrumptious-bowl-of-glitchy-bass-love.” He was quite mobile on the stage as he bounced between drum pads, a MIDI controller, and interacting with the crowd. At the Disco Inferno Stage, local artist Alex Lucas played some fun tunes as his set gave way to SNBRN. SNBRN had an appropriately timed set that coincided with the sunset. Back at the Oceania Stage, pantyraid played their signature slow progressive bass music. The duo consists of Marty Party and Ooah (of The Glitch Mob), two producers who frequently work either solo or on other projects. Together, they make a powerhouse of a music team that puts out unique music and performances.

SNBRN at Disco Inferno Stage, Imagine Music Festival 2016

SNBRN at sunset at the Disco Inferno Stage

Over at the Amazonia Stage, Break Science showcased their fusion of styles as they moved between live instruments and DJing. Thomas Jack closed out the Disco Inferno Stage with an 11PM set time. His music matched his tropical attire, playing a relaxed House set continuously through the night.

Confetti at Borgore, Imagine Music Festival 2016

Confetti shooting off at Borgore at the Oceania Stage

Back at the main stage, Borgore demonstrated his technical abilities as he kept the crowd dancing through the night. His performance was quite a sight, as confetti blasted through the air and giant beach balls bounced above the crowd. After Borgore, Nero played a more theatrical set, reminiscent of a movie soundtrack. Nero made sure to include many classic Nero songs like Me & You, Reaching Out, The Recluse, and Promises, while also including some newer material like Satisfy.

Although Imagine showcases a range of top-notch artists and a variety in genres across seven stages, the selection of Excision for the closing set of the weekend on the mainstage highlights Imagine’s most represented demographic: Bass heads. Unsurprisingly, Excision threw down a heavy and grimey Dubstep experience that had the whole crowd going nuts, with no shortage of headbanging. As the night came to a close, festival founders Glenn and Madeleine came on stage to give a special thank you to the fans, staff, and performers, and to announce a quick encore by 12th Planet to close the night out.

Who's a #headbanger? #excision closing out #imf #imaginefestival #youredoinggreat #dancebreak

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The closing ceremony with comments by Glenn and Madeleine highlighted a feeling that I had the whole weekend: Imagine Music Festival is a family affair. The comments were a nice gesture, but more important was the festival as a whole. Although the festival hosted 45,000 fans, the event felt like a smaller community coming together to celebrate the hard-work and effort that Iris and their team invested into the festival. There is certainly some room for improvement; however, the missed opportunities were not unique to Imagine. For example, the placement of free water stations and the general layout of the venue could be improved, as well as an increase in staff. The issues pale in comparison to the overall success of the festival, and fans should be optimistic that this independent festival is produced by a passionate team of locals who wish to see the festival and the Atlanta music scene grow and thrive.

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