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Alberto Puts a Damper on Sunset Music Festival

SMF 2018 Day 1 Marshmello

Just over a week before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center began tracking an area of low pressure in the western Caribbean Sea, which eventually formed into the first cyclone of the season: Subtropical Storm Alberto. As the week progressed, Alberto tracked up the Gulf of Mexico, making a beeline from the Yucatán Peninsula to the Florida panhandle. Leading up to Sunset Music Festival, it looked like the Tampa Bay area would miss the brunt of the storm. On the first day of Sunset Music Festival, the weather mostly held off. It was cloudy all day, with some occasional drizzle, which gave attendees a reprieve from the typical Florida heat. For the most part, the weather was gentle and Day 1 went off without a hitch.

Aside from the weather, SMF rolled out some significant changes for 2018. In previous years, SMF hosted a wide variety of artists, hosting themed stages specifically for trance, house, bass, and mainstream music. However, SMF seems to have pivoted this year, favoring a very bass-heavy lineup that featured artists like Rezz, NGHTMRE, Slander, Excision, Illenium, JOYRYDE, Zomboy, Herobust, Borgore, and many other heavy-hitters. There was also the fan favorite, marshmello, as well as a mix of house artists like Destructo, Anna Lunoe, Wax Motif, and others. While there was a bit of variety of music, the focus on bass artists was undoubtedly obvious.

Additionally, in previous years, SMF had three stages: Sunset Stage, Eclipse Stage, and Horizon Stage.  In 2018, they added two new stages: Corona Electric Beach, a tropical-themed stage sponsored by Corona, and the Cool Down, Get Down stage, located inside of the Cool Down Tent. While the Cool Down Tent was present in previous years, this was the first year that SMF hosted a full lineup of artists inside the tent. The two additional stages were an odd choice, given that there seemed to be less variety in music this year, and it appeared that the production from the three original stages had been scaled back to allow for two more stages.

SMF 2018 Day 1

Gray skies do little to slow the party down. Photo by Rukes.

Although Alberto brought cooler temperatures and cloudy skies on Day 1, Day 2 was ultimately canceled, before doors opened, by the Tampa Sports Authority, in conjunction with the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue, due to a Tropical Storm Warning that was in effect until 5PM that day. Attendees were naturally frustrated, but the frustration was exacerbated by the fact that Sunday turned out to be a pleasant day with mostly blue skies. The silver lining is that artists and promoters across the Tampa Bay Area went into overdrive, quickly finding venues across the Bay Area to throw alternate parties. The Ritz hosted most of the Day 2 mainstage artists, including Excision, Illenium, Alan Walker, Ekali, 3LAU, Bonnie x Clyde, Zaxx and Warez. Bonnie x Clyde made an epic tour around Tampa Bay, hitting multiple venues and house parties. In addition to the parties, Sunset Events released their Refund Policy, which allows for 50% refunds on two-day tickets and 100% refunds on Sunday-only tickets.

Sunset Music Festival 2018 will undoubtedly be a memorable year, for better or worse. Although the weather put a damper on the festivities, organizers across the Bay Area pulled together to put on some alternate shows at the last minute. Aside from the weather issues, however, it seemed like Sunset Events made some questionable decisions with spreading the stage production thin and cutting back on music variety. They certainly have their work cut out for them in 2019, when they will need to breathe new life into the festival and ensure they have attendee confidence in the ability to make 2019 a more memorable year.

Suwannee Hulaween Releases All-Star 2018 Lineup

Suwannee Hulaween 2018 Lineup

Suwannee Hulaween continues to impress after releasing another all-star lineup for this year’s event. Suwannee Hulaween is a three-day music and art festival that takes place along the picturesque Suwannee River in Live Oak, Florida, October 26-28, 2018, with an additional pre-party day on October 25. The festival is the brain-child of The String Cheese Incident and features a variety of music styles including jam bands, rap & hip-hop, reggae, funk, electronic, and everything in between. This year’s event will feature three nights of The String Cheese Incident; as well as headliners Odesza (having just wrapped up their incredible A Moment Apart Tour); Jamiroquai, the British jazz-funk band currently on their first US tour since 2005; and R&B/hip-hop singer and rapper Janelle Monáe. Meanwhile, the underbill includes a slew of other artists like Tipper, Vulfpeck, STS9, Rezz, Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Action Bronson, Lettuce, Stephen Marley, Emancipator, Snakehips, Manic Focus, Clozee, Break Science, Sunsquabi, and many more.

Hulaween is a unique festival that combines set and setting with an incredible diversity of live music that attracts all sorts of music listeners, combined with a plethora of art installations, allowing attendees to get lost in an artistic wonderland for a weekend. This is one festival that you will not want to miss.  Tickets are still available from the ticketing website.

Lost Lands 2018 Lineup

Lost Lands 2018 Lineup

Lost Lands returns to Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio this September 14-16, 2018, with another heavy-hitting Dubstep and Bass extravaganza, featuring 1,000,000 watts of bass, dinosaurs galore, and an initial lineup featuring headliners of Excision (performances all weekend long), Flux Pavilion, Ganja White Night, Illenium, Jauz, Nero, NGHTMRE, Rezz, Rusko, Slander, Snails, and Zomboy, as well a slew of other bass-heavy artists. A variety of ticket packages are currently available, with Tier 4 GA tickets selling for $199 (plus $49.72 in fees) and VIP selling for $324 (plus $74.71 in fees).

Lost Lands is a three-day camping festival, with an option to purchase an additional Thursday pre-party pass. For people not interested in camping, hotel and shuttle suggestions and packages are available from the Lost Lands website.

Sunset Music Festival Releases 2018 Lineup

Sunset Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida for its seventh year, this May 26 & 27, 2018. The lineup is bass-heavy this year and features headliners Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, and Excision, with artists like Anna Lunoe, NGHTMRE, San Holo, Herobust, JOYRYDE, Slander, Space Jesus, and more rounding out remaining spots. Weekend tickets are currently on sale with GA selling for $164.95 (plus taxes and fees) and VIP selling for $259.95 (plus taxes and fees).

For more information, read up on the official press release:

Sunset Music Festival has become the staple in its hometown of Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium. What started as a single day event grew to a two-day fest by its third year and now Disco Donnie Presents and Sunset Events, purveyors of the festival in the Sunshine-State, are announcing an unprecedented lineup-up for their 7th consecutive year.

Sunset Music Festival returns under the Floridan sun for an electric Memorial Day Weekend on May 26 & May 27. Pushing boundaries, this years’ line-up represents the many facets of the festival and its inclusive and innovative spirit, adding R&B and Hip-Hop talent to the best of the best in dance music.

The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, and Excision are announced to headline the two day fest and will be joined by “Goresteps” own Borgore, Destructo, Anna Lunoe, Bonnie x Clyde, Canadian trap queen DJ Cray, Australia’s GG Magree, K?D, Baltimore’s GypZ and Elephante + many more.

Disco Donnie comments, “This year’s SMF lineup includes a lot of firsts to make the lineup our biggest yet — three top tier headliners, new genres like hip hop, a focus on female artists, back to back sets, stage takeovers by All My Friends and Brownies & Lemonade, plus some new surprises in store in coming weeks.”

John Santoro of Sunset Events adds, “I feel that we really dialed in the operations last year and can’t wait to show all the added toys we put into the festival this year for our family to enjoy. I hope everybody’s ready for an unbelievable festival. From the start in 2006 to now is simply amazing how our fans love for this festival made it grow to what we are all going to experience this memorial weekend. Can’t wait for memorial weekend and for all the memories to be made.”

Leading up to the festival, SMF released a series of comedic teaser trailers, featuring Levi & Flynn, a tale of two aspiring musicians, living in a RV in Tampa, who were mistakenly convinced they were booked to headline this year’s event, since the duo shared the same name as one of the 2018 artists, Hippie Sabotage. The videos were the work of Agata Alexander, Jason Kaye, Rob Michaelson, creators of the Hard Music Festival trailers.

This year will see the debut of two exclusive stage takeovers, where electro meets hip hop featuring Destructo & Yo Gotti at the All My Friends stage, plus A-Trak and YehMe2 will headline the Brownies & Lemonade stage. The two recently declared “We’re open for festival season” and they’ll be bringing their impressive energy to the party.

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup

After dropping a first phase lineup that would exceed most other festival’s full rosters, the three-day music and camping festival is releasing the next round of performers for its 2017 event. Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 22 through 24, 2017, Imagine has put an exclamation point on its performer lineup with a mix of new heavyweights, including:

Big Gigantic: Perennial fan favorites, Big G, has made a name for themselves by pairing electronic beats with their signature live saxophone and drums. Tracks from their latest release, last year’s Brighter Future that included a bevy of collaborators, is currently getting the remix treatment from acts like Luca Lush, Kasbo and Naderi.

STS9: Originally from Georgia and affectionately known to fans simply as “Tribe”, this tight knit group of electronic rock instrumentalists with a meteoric rise to fame, is now nearly 20 years into their illustrious career. Perfecting their self-described “post-rock dance music” through live rock instrumentation on one of their many tours, STS9 is one of the top-grossing live acts globally.

Claude VonStroke: A producer obsessed with the cross-pollination of genres, Claude VonStroke has made a name for himself as a house and techno pioneer with the chops to craft pristine, albeit laid-back remixes. This year, as the owner of Dirtybird Records, VonStroke will be joined by Shiba San, Will Clarke, Ciszak and Dateless on the label’s branded stage at Imagine.

G Jones: A favorite of the underground bass scene, G Jones has emerged as a staple on the festival circuit having played such notables as Bonnaroo, Euphoria, Camp Bisco and more. His unique blend of distorted bass and trip visuals make for one of the more energetic shows on the circuit.

Illenium: As a relative newbie to the game, Illenium has taken big strides since the release of his debut Ashes in 2016, having remixed Dawn Golden, ODESZA and Oh Wonder, amongst others.

NGHTMRE: Originally a trap and house producer, NGHTMRE released an eponymous EP in 2016- considered by many to be one of the top dance/electronic contributions of the year. The recently released “End of the Night” is a collaboration with Ghastly that is an epic example of what to expect at Imagine.

Additional artists new to the lineup include: Ciszak; Dateless; Hippie Sabotage; and The Funk Hunters, as well as local talent: Alex Lucas; Bandikook; Blunts & Blondes; Corey Von Waters; Daddydough; Daniels Jack; Deep Technicians; Devious; Domii; Exit 9; Flats Stanlie (theUntz Winner); Higher Learning; Jordan Gervais; Kevin Flum; Lucidea; LYFTD (theUntz Winner); Organik; Riven; Robbie Dude; Sejva; Space Kadet; Stranger Candy; Sylo; Teriyaki Noize; White Rhino; Yuki; and Zen Selekta. Additional music blocks will be provided by: Bass Family, Slow & Low and Trance Family.

Oceania Stage at IMF 2017

Oceania Stage at IMF 2017

Featuring over six stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, there will not be an inch of the festival grounds that will not be bathed in Imagine’s immersive aquatic fairytale. Previously announced artists on the 2017 performer lineup include: Headliners: Above & Beyond; Deadmau5; Tiësto; Pretty Lights Live and Gorgon City. Oceania Stage: Datsik; Deorro; Flux Pavilion; Seven Lions; Zomboy; 12th Planet; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Liquid Stranger; Marc Kitchen; Codeko; Fransis Derelle; Leah Culver; and Ying Yang Twins, with Pyramid Schemes. Amazonia Stage: The Floozies; Bleep Bloop; Minnesota; Rob Garza; Spag Heddy; Boogie T; Buku; Esseks; ill.Gates; Ott; Squnto; and Yeti. Disco Inferno Stage: Chris Lake; Claptone; Nora En Pure; Shiba San and Will Clarke. Aeria Stage: Netsky; Noisia; Planet of the Drums, featuring AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy and Messinian; Black Sun Empire; Andy Bruh; Bryson Taylor; Daily Bread; Eddie Gold; High Kalliber; Ployd; Ra & Adara; Sunday Service and music blocks by: Torch DNB and Wiggle Factor.

Disco Inferno Stage 2016

Disco Inferno Stage at IMF 2016

Imagine will be returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this September 22-24, 2017 for the fourth edition of the festival. The return to the venue means fans can expect plenty of upgrades, based in large part on feedback from its 2016 attendees. Expanded water stations, camping upgrades, improved VIP areas, shade and charging stations, food options, dancers, art, workshops, the return of the Imagine splash pool and of course an even bigger and better lineup. As one of the country’s last remaining independent festivals, Imagine creates an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more.

Tickets are available now starting at $163 for a 3-day pass. VIP passes, with front row pit access, an elevated viewing area, VIP (no line) access, air conditioned chill lounge, bottle service, cocktail service, complimentary champagne toasts, private security, clean trailer bathrooms with running water and air conditioning, giveaways, meet and greets, and more are available starting at $299 for a 3-day pass. Camping passes are also available to purchase as an add-on to the festival tickets with prices starting at $99. Four camping packages are available including GA Camping, VIP Camping, Easy Life Pre-Set Souvenir Tents, The Glamp Life Premium Tents, Geo-Dome Luxe Tents, GA RV Camping and VIP RV Camping. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

Full Lineup for Bassrush Massive 2017 Released

Bassrush Massive 2017 Lineup

Presented by Relentless Beats & Bassrush, the country’s leading bass music brand will be returning to Arizona on May 6, 2017 with Bassrush Massive. Featuring previously announced artists: Adventure Club; Flux Pavilion; NGHTMRE; and Andy C, Bassrush Massive has added several bass-centric artists to the lineup, including: Atlanta-based bass producer, Herobust; the God Father of hardtrap, SayMyName; Canadian producer, Phiso; and UK electronic music producer, Tisoki.

In anticipation of Bassrush Massive, Relentless Beats will be hosting the Hyper Future North American Tour which will feature sets by: Eptic, Must Die and Gentleman’s Club on Thursday, March 23, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., at the Monarch Theatre in Downtown Phoenix. This is an 18+ event. Full details for this event on the Road to Bassrush Massive can be found at www.relentlessbeats.com.

Beginning in the 1990’s, the Bassrush brand has evolved from its strictly drum & bass roots to include dubstep and other bass-oriented genres. Along with exclusive one-off events, Bassrush hosts stages at all major Insomniac festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando and Beyond Wonderland. In 2011, the brand expanded beyond California, hosting multi-date national tours for major artists including Skrillex; Excision; Datsik and more. In 2015, Bassrush Takeover made its way to Phoenix with a sold out stop at Monarch Theater.

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. Producing a more elevated experience for the attendees, the venue now hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Mad Decent Block Party, Global Dance Festival, Decadence and CRUSH AZ in partnership with Insomniac.

General Admission passes for Bassrush Massive Arizona are on sale for $55, before fees. VIP passes, complete with a preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, one complimentary drink, passed desserts, private restrooms and express entry are available starting at $85, before fees. VIP is a 21+ area. All ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Bassrush Massive is an 18 and over event.

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

Phoenix Bassrush Massive 2017

Bassrush Massive 2017

Bassrush, Insomniac’s internationally renowned bass music brand, will be returning to Arizona on May 6, 2017 in a massive way. Beginning in the 1990’s, the Bassrush brand has evolved from its strictly drum & bass roots to include dubstep and other bass-oriented genres. Along with exclusive one-off events, Bassrush hosts stages at all major Insomniac festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando and Beyond Wonderland. In 2011, the brand expanded beyond California, hosting multi-date national tours for major artists including Skrillex; Excision; Datsik and more. In 2015, Bassrush Takeover made its way to Phoenix with a sold out stop at Monarch Theater. Presented by Relentless Beats & Bassrush, the Arizona edition- Bassrush Massive will feature: Adventure Club; Flux Pavilion; NGHTMRE; Andy C and more to be announced.

“We couldn’t be more stoked to be again partnering with Insomniac to bring such a marquee brand to Phoenix,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “Bassrush always is one of the most anticipated events at any major festival and I know it is going to blow our fans away.”

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. Producing a more elevated experience for the attendees, the venue now hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Mad Decent Block Party, Global Dance Festival, Decadence and CRUSH AZ in partnership with Insomniac.

A limited number of pre-sale passes will go on sale for $45, before fees on Tuesday, February 21, at 10 a.m. MST. Fans can access tickets with the password WOMP. VIP passes, complete with a preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, one complimentary drink, passed desserts, private restrooms and express entry are available starting at $75 before fees for those 21 and older. The general on sale will begin on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. MST. All ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Bassrush Massive is an 18 and over event.

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