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Imagine Festival Releases 2018 Lineup

Imagine 2018 Initial Lineup

Atlanta, GA (May 8, 2018) – Once viewed as a burgeoning new festival filling a void in the Southeast, Imagine Music Festival now celebrates its 5th Anniversary as one of the nation’s most anticipated electronic dance music events. Preparing for its biggest year to date, Imagine has released the first phase of its lineup which includes some of the biggest and most exciting talent from around the globe. Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21 through 23, 2018, the first round of headliners for the highly-anticipated music and camping festival include: Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead and special guest: Adventure Club. With still more headliners to be announced, this initial collection of top tier names are joined by over 40 additional artists.

Featuring four main stages, with more stages and artists to be announced, Imagine’s immersive aquatic fairytale will permeate the grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway – from the infield to deep into the early morning in the camping areas. Additional artists on the 2018 performer lineup include: Oceania Stage: 12th Planet; Bear Grillz: Liquid Stranger; Riot Ten; Zaxx; Eddie Gold; Kevin Flum; Leah Culver; Midnite Panda; Ra; and Sunday Service. Amazonia Stage: GRiZ; ZHU; Cashmere Cat; Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set); Ekali; Eoto; Lotus; Jai Wolf; SunSquabi; Higher Learning; Juju Beats; Levitation Jones; Protohype and Zen Selekta. Disco Inferno Stage: Green Velvet; Oliver Heldens; special guest: Noisia; Boogie T & Squnto; Chocolate Puma; EDX; Joker; Koan Sound; Shlump; Walker & Royce; Wax Motif; Afro Acid Block, with: Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit; Ariel; Exit 9; Halogen; Ployd; and White Rhino. Aeria Stage: Paul Oakenfold; Gabriel Dresden; DJ Dara; IV Lab; Bryson Taylor; and DaddyDough.

“Topping the prior year’s lineup has undoubtedly become a bigger challenge each year.” says Iris Presents founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. “Through many special requests, our fans and the Imagine Family have helped to curate another dream lineup. Our fan support has been an integral part in this festival’s growth and we cannot wait to welcome you all back for our best year yet.”

Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a third straight year this September 21-23, 2018, with early admission available on Thursday, Imagine continues to grow into the expansive venue further embracing the aquatic theme that runs throughout. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Imagine will be presenting fans with increased upgrades, based on feedback from its 2017 attendees. Imagine will continue to improve on the guest experience with more camping activities and services, additional entry and exits gates, improved VIP area, more custom stage designs and overall improvements to the site that will create better flow and shorter wait times. Throughout the aquatic wonderland there will be no shortage of aquatic creatures, dancers, cirque acts, art, workshops, the return of the Imagine 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 $219 for a 3-day pass and $285 for a 3-day pass with camping. VIP passes with express entry into festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $360 for a 3-day pass and $479 with a 3-day pass with camping. Several lodging packages are available, including GA Camping, VIP Camping, RV Camping, Unity Travel Qube village and Hotels. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Lights 2017 Official After Movie

Phoenix Lights 2017

Last month, Phoenix Lights took over the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona, with a stacked lineup featuring artists like Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, GRiZ, Zhu, Zeds Dead, STS9, Pete Tong, and more. We previously posted the unofficial Dancebreak recap video. In addition to the unofficial Dancebreak recap video, an official Phoenix Lights After Movie has been released, featuring the song “Traffic” by Loudpvck & Botnek.

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.

Finding Euphoria 2017

Alesso at Euphoria 2017

Earlier this month, about 50,000 music enthusiasts gathered at Carson Creek Ranch for the 6th annual Euphoria Music Festival, held from April 6-9, 2017. Tucked away along the Colorado River and on the outskirts of Austin, this year’s event included a diverse lineup of live music, DJs, and hip-hop artists, including artists like Alesso, Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies, Oliver Heldens, Moby, Papadosio, Yotto, Wiz Khalifa, and a slew of other musical talent. In addition to the music, Euphoria continued its successful Ecophoria initiative: a comprehensive program that aims to preserve Carson Creek Ranch and its surroundings. The Ecophoria initiative tackles some of the issues that affect music festivals by setting up donation bins drop-offs (to keep campers from leaving unwanted items behind), encouraging carpooling and recycling, setting up water stations for filling up reusable containers, employing a Green Team to manage waste and encourage mindful participation, organizing river cleanups, and more.

With the venue being so close to Austin, one might wonder how Euphoria could serve as a traditional escape from the mundane and normal life that many attendants tend to look for in a music festival, but upon arriving at Carson Creek Ranch, all doubts would be washed away upon seeing the musical sanctuary that hosts Euphoria. The festival features three stages, the largest of which is aptly named Euphoria, sporting pyrotechnics, fireworks, and a traditional array of lights and lasers to complement the musical performances. Due to unfortunate circumstances with flights, The Knocks were left grounded in Atlanta, with The Disco Biscuits filling in on Friday. In addition to the two sets of The Disco Biscuits, Pretty Lights Live closed out the main stage on Friday, putting on a display of live music, lights, and lasers—a relaxed way to kick-off an eventful weekend.

Pretty Lights Euphoria 2017

Pretty Lights closing out the main stage Friday night at Euphoria 2017

The weekend kicked it up a notch at the main stage on Saturday evening. Poolside put on a show that was naturally appropriate for an early pool party vibe. Towards the end of their set, the percussionist jumped out into the crowd to join the dancing fans and to preach a message of love and friendship. Artists Bakermat and Bob Moses continued the trend of live instruments mixed together with DJing as Bakermat incorporated a live saxophonist, while Bob Moses performed with a live guitar, drums, and keyboard. The tempo increased later in the night as Oliver Heldens and Alesso played the last two dance-heavy sets of the main stage. Meanwhile, Chromeo’s Sunday performance felt retro with their Nu Disco style.

The Elements Stage displays a large colored cutout of a coyote’s head, with lights projecting onto the cutout, and illuminated eyes that scan the crowds at night—watchful eyes overlooking the dancing madness of the weekend. Friday night, Chet Porter put on a sunset performance, which was followed up by heavier acts like SPAG HEDDY, Minnesota, Mija, and Knife Party. Saturday night saw a mixture of dance music like CID and Alan Walker, mixed in with some hip-hop and rap like Post Malone and Young Thug. Sunday’s Elements Stage worked its way through some crunchier sounds, with artists like BREDE, The Widdler, and ill-esha, giving way to more dance-centric artists like The Funk Hunters, Lost Kings, and the legendary Moby. Zeds Dead closed out the main stage Sunday night with a grimey dubstep set that had the whole crowd going wild.

Zeds Dead Euphoria @017

Z’s up for Zeds Dead, closing out the Elements Stage on the last night of Euphoria 2017

The Dragonfly Stage sits adjacent to the Colorado River, with crowds facing the river. At night, projected lights bounce around the amphitheater and onto the river behind the stage, setting the tone for an immersive musical experience. FKJ (short for French Kiwi Juice) took full advantage of the Dragonfly ambience, getting the whole place groovy on Friday night. Meanwhile, Prince Fox incorporated his signature style of remixing old pop tracks into contemporary dance tunes. Later in the night, Yotto took the crowd on a musical journey through trance and house music.

Yotto at Euphoria 2017

Yotto at the Dragonfly Stage at Euphoria 2017

With a weekend full of musical diversity, taking place on sprawling fields and along the Colorado River, we found our euphoria at Euphoria Music Festival. Did you find yours?

Sunset Music Festival 2017 Lineup & Info

Sunset Music Festival 2017 Lineup

Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL this May 27-28, 2017. The lineup includes artists like Major Lazer, RL Grime, Above & Beyond, Zeds Dead, Cedric Gervais, Dusky, Gareth Emery, G Jones, San Holo, MaRLo, Slander, SNAILS, Aly & Fila, Kill the Noise, Louis the Child, Yellow Claw, and many more. Tickets are currently available with 2-day GA tickets going for $159.95 (plus fees) and 2-day VIP tickets for $259.95 (plus fees). Included on the ticketing website are various other merchandise and offers, including locker rentals. Make sure to also check out SMF’s info pages, including their guide, safety, and location information.