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Camp Bisco 2017 Lineup Revealed

Camp Bisco 2017 Lineup

Camp Bisco returns to Montage Mountain, Pennsylvania this July 13-15, 2017. After revealing this year’s lineup, it’s clear that the festival is staying true to its roots with Bisco veterans of The Disco Biscuits (naturally), Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gramatik, 12th Planet, Shpongle, Lotus, Paper Diamond, Break Science, and Beats Antique. The festival also includes some new and old faces, like Griz, Goldfish, Louis the Child, Opiuo, Team EZY, Kill the Noise, G Jones, Ganja White Night, and many more.

A variety of passes are still available, including GA, GA with Camping, VIP, box seats, travel packages, and RV passes. Tickets can be purchased from the Camp Bisco website. This is an 18+ event. Make sure to check out the rest of the information about Camp Bisco.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 Artist Preview

BUKU Music + Art Project 2016

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 is right around the corner. If you’re interested in attending, but haven’t purchased tickets yet, all ticket options are still available for purchase. Make sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly. BUKU is slated to be an incredible exhibit of music and art. Check out some of the artists that we’re excited to see.

Malaa
The mysterious Malaa broke into the scene in 2015 donning a black ski mask. The identity remains a secret, but the project seems related in some way to DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer, three artists that share the same manager, and have similar roots in the French House scene. Malaa regularly releases his Who Is Malaa mix series, showcasing his style. Malaa is scheduled to perform from 6:00-7:00PM on Saturday at the Float Den.

Chet Porter
Chet Porter’s releases go back to 2014, with his remix of The Chainsmokers’ Kanye. Since then, he has honed his signature, chilled out dance style. Chet Porter continues to rise in popularity as people catch on to his feel-good aura. His recent release, Stay, was released on the Foreign Family Collective label. Expect a good show of talent from this budding producer. Chet Porter will be performing Friday from 9:00-10:00PM at the VIP S.S. BUKU stage.

Grizmatik
Grizmatik is the collaboration project between GRiZ and Gramatik. Both artists have hugely successful solo projects, but occasionally join forces to “show you how to weaponize the Uranium and cause Electro Soul devastation.” Their jazzy saxophone sounds will surely complement the local New Orleans jazz scene. Grizmatik will be taking the stage from 7:45-9:00PM at the Power Plant.

Lane 8
Daniel Goldstein, better known by his stage name, Lane 8, hails from Denver, CO and is signed to Anjunadeep. He made headlines last year on his “This Never Happened” Tour, when he had all attendants place a piece of tape over the cameras on their phone, so that people spent the show dancing and listening to music instead of on their phones. This move was generally well received; Lane 8 was widely applauded by attendants for the positive effect this had on the event. Lane 8 exhibits a style that seems rarer in the dance music world these days: extended sets that take you through a gradual musical journey, drawing on traditional House and Trance styles. Lane 8 will be performing from 8:45-10:00PM on Saturday at the Back Alley.

Opiuo
Hailing from New Zealand, Opiuo describes his sound as “Broken-frog-stomping-funkadelic-hippo-hop-monkey-crunk-chunky-bouncy-stomach-morphing-bassdolloping-scrumptious-bowl-of-glitchy-bass-love.” Opiuo has been gaining a strong foothold in the US music scene recently, joining festival lineups that cater towards Bass, Glitch, Funk, and Dubstep styles. Opiuo keeps things fresh with his genre-defying sound. Opiuo performs from 6:30-7:15PM on Friday at the Ballroom.

Zhu
Zhu was thrust into the limelight in 2014 with his release of Faded. Although his identity is not a secret like some of his contemporaries, he puts the emphasis on his music and keeps the focus away from his personal identity. Zhu is now a household name. He draws influences from seemingly all styles of music, with a penchant for remixing classic pop and hip-hop songs with his dark style. One’s for sure, Zhu knows how to throw a late night party, which will be perfect for his 11:45PM-1:00AM set on Saturday at the Float Den.

CRUSH Arizona 2017 Artist Preview

CRUSH Arizona 2017

CRUSH Arizona 2017 is less than a week away, and this year its a lineup you’ll wish you had seen. The event will be at Rawhide in Chandler, the 18th of February. Tickets are still available if you haven’t purchased yours yet. Here’s a little preview of some of the artists that we are excited to see!

BTSM (Black Tiger Sex Machine)
Marc Chagnon, Julien Maranda, and Patrick Barry form the Canadian trio from Montreal. BTSM rocks various forms of aggressive and dark electronic music. Their live performance is unique. They perform as a three piece band with a special light show. Their performance is something you must experience. This trio is well known for their state-of-the-art tiger helmets. Some tracks we can’t wait to see BTSM perform are “Destroy It,” “Face Down,” and “Rapid Fire” with Dead Battery.

DVBBS
These brothers, Chris Chronicles and Alex Andre, are a Canadian electronic duo that was formed in 2012. They’re most famous for their international hit with Borgeous, featuring Tinie Tempah, titled “Tsunami.” This track hit number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and DVBBS is currently ranked No. 16 by DJ Magazine. In 2013 these brothers were awarded at the Canadian Urban Music Awards for their track “One To Watch.” Their latest album “Beautiful Disaster” has our favorites like “Ur on My Mind” and “Not Going Home” with CMC$ featuring Gia Koka. Other songs we’re excited to see them perform would be “Gold Skies” featuring Aleesia, “We Were Young,” “Raveology,” and “Never Leave.” These brothers bring a spark to every show they perform and I wouldn’t expect anything less when they perform at CRUSH AZ!

GTA (Good Time Ahead)
Matt Toth and Julio Mejia make up this dynamic duo. Their Miami heat of hip-hop and tropical vibe in every track is in your face loud. They love to play around with trap music, house, moombahton, funky eletro, booty bass, salsa, big room, and anything else they can put their flavor on. These boys have been busy making music for Warner Bros., A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold, Laidback Luke’s MixMash, Steve Angello’s SIZE, Diplo’s Mad Decent and more. They’ve also toured the globe with Rihanna for her 2013 Diamonds World Tour and with Calvin Harris & Tiesto on their Greater Than World Tour. They have also headlined their own Death To Genres Tour and Goons Take America Tour. Some tracks we’re excited to see this duo perform is “True Romance” featuring Jarina De Marco, “Little Bit of This” featuring Vince Staples, “Illuminate,” and “Help Me!” from Star WarsHeadspace.

SAYMYNAME
Dayvid Sherman, aka SAYMYNAME, was formed in 2013 from LA. He has performed at Insomniac’s Basscon, EDC Las Vegas 2013, 2014 and 2015! He is the pioneer of #HARDTRAP, which lead to his label of God Father of HARDTRAP. His remixes like “Propaganda” by DJ Snake, “Telephone” by DVBBS & Mike Hawkins, and “Roses” by The Chainsmokers are only a few that we can’t wait to see live. God Father Sherman brings fabulous stage presence and ridiculous drops and basslines which makes crowds go insanely crazy!

We can’t wait to see you at CRUSH AZ 2017 Friday, February 18th!

Diplo to Headline Wet Electric 2017

Wet Electric 2017

The country’s largest waterpark music festival returns Saturday, April 29, 2017, to Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona. Presented by Activated Presents and Relentless Beats, Wet Electric is pleased to announced Diplo as the first headliner to this kickoff of the Arizona Summer. In addition to the Mad Decent label head, Wet Electric will be announcing its biggest lineup to date in the coming weeks. As the 7th edition of this massive pool party, the event features world renowned artists and DJ’s, the largest wavepool in the country, waterslides, luxury cabanas, bars and much more. Wet Electric is a truly unique experience as it combines the thrills of a waterpark along with the sights and sounds of an electronic music festival.

“We are ecstatic to have Diplo grace the massive floating stage at Wet Electric,” says Activated Presents founder Steve Thacher. “Each year this party gets bigger and better and with this year the fan experience will be over the top.”

Big Surf Waterpark is located in Tempe, Arizona and features a 2.5 million gallon wavepool, which is the largest in the country. The park features rides, slides, and all the features of the waterpark. Wet Electric will be fans first chance to experience Big Surf for the season, which officially opens on May 6th.

Pre-Sale tickets are on sale now for $45 plus fees, before General Admission passes go on sale Friday, February 10th at midnight, for $55 plus fees. VIP passes, as well as the Super Party Pack Daybed Packages, Big Wave Cabana Packages and Big Baller Packages are available starting at $99 plus fees. Lockers are available for rent at $15 plus fees. VIP is 21+ area. For full details and to purchase tickets visit www.wet-electric.com. Wet Electric is an 18 and over event.

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

Shaky Beats Music Festival

Shaky Beats 2017

After a successful inaugural year in Downtown Atlanta, GA, Shaky Beats Music Festival will return this May 5-7, 2017. This year’s event will see the likes of RL Grime, The Chainsmokers, Griz, Zeds Dead, Kaskade, Gramatik, Bonobo, Galantis, Alison Wonderland, Claude VonStroke, Mija, and more.

Tickets are available for this 18+ event with General Admission tickets going for $165 (not including fees) and VIP tickets going for $399 (not including fees). Single day tickets will be available closer to the event. For all ticket purchasing options, check the ticketing website. For those of you attending the festival, make sure to check the festival information to be properly prepared for the event.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017

BUKU Music + Art 2017 Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project returns for the 6th time to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. The two-day event takes place March 10-11, 2017 and features a variety of music and visual artists. This year’s event includes artists like deadmau5, Grizmatik (Griz and Gramatik), Travis Scott, Run the Jewels, Zeds Dead, Tycho, Zhu, Jauz, Lil Dicky, Cashmere Cat, Malaa, Rezz, Big Wild,  San Holo, Lane 8, and more.

BUKU is held on the New Orleans riverfront, within walking distance of the Warehouse District and the French Quarter. In addition to musical performances, BUKU will feature art installations from local and national artists. Tier 3 General Admission passes are on sale for $189.99 (taxes and fees not included). GA Plus tickets are on sale for $289.99, while VIP tickets are on sale for $419.99. For a list of all ticket options, check the ticket website. If you’re attending the festival, make sure to check out the FAQs, travel information, lodging information, and safety information.

Euphoria 2017 Phase 2 Announcement

Euphoria 2017 Phase 2 Artists

Earlier this month, Euphoria Music Festival released the first wave of artists for Euphoria 2017 with headliners of Alesso, Pretty Lights Live, Young Thug, Bob Moses, Chronixx, The Floozies, The Knocks, and Papadosio. In the spirit of giving season, the producers announced a strong second wave of artists including The Disco Biscuits, Wiz Khalifa, Zeds Dead, Alan Walker, BadBadNotGood, Mija, Spag Heddy, Yotto, CID, Grum, Manic Focus, Petit Biscuit, Ganja White Night, Asadi, Codeko, Evanoff, Ill-Esha, Slaptop, The Widdler, Carlyle, Creation, Henna Rosso, Jamiroqueen and Lemurian.

In addition to the previously announced camping enhancements, direct shuttle service and added greening initiatives deemed “Ecophoria” – the festival will also be offering wedding ceremonies. Tapping into the power of music and community to evoke emotions and forge connections, Euphoria is creating a beautiful space for couples to celebrate their union. Full details can be found at www.euphoriafest.com/weddings.

General Admission passes are available now for $149, plus fees for a 3-Day festival pass and $249 for a 3-day festival pass with camping. 3-Day “Fly Life” VIP packages with preferred viewing areas, private bars, VIP restrooms and showers, concierge service, luggage drop off, and express entrance are available starting at $269 (without camping) and $419 with camping. The Early Entry pass, which allows Wednesday access for up to 2,500 fans is available for $30. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you can do so via Eventbrite.

Zen Awakening 2016

Zen Awakening 2016 Lineup

Zen Awakening Festival returns to Orlando, FL for its third year this November 18-20. Billed as “Orlando’s only transformational, music and arts festival,” the festival will feature a variety of DJs, jam bands, yoga, meditation, a water slide, a suspended tent village, Cirque performers, camping, and more. The festival focuses on personal transformation, healing, raising consciousness, selfless service, and community.

This year’s event will feature headliner Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, with other artists including Buku, Eliot Lipp, Spankalicious, Space Jesus, The Russliquid Test, Zoogma, Levitation Jones, Yheti, and many more. Tickets are still available with General Admission 3-day camping passes selling for $144. VIP TeePee camping options are currently sold out, however, Enlightened Glamping options are still available for groups of two ($850) or four ($1500). For more information, make sure to check out the rules and guidelines and camping information.

Bassnectar Bucks the Trend with Basslanta

Bassnectar in Atlanta

It seems that lately the general trend with music festivals has been: bigger, flashier, more lights, flames, fireworks, costumes, dancers, confetti, lasers, LED panels, etc. Often times it feels like the main attraction has changed focus from the music to the stages, marketing, and overall spectacle of the event. All those aspects certainly hold an appropriate place in the live music world; they serve as a useful tool to transport fans into another universe and provide extra visual stimulation to complement the music. But at what point does it all become too much? Can you really have too many lights, lasers, and the like? Bassnectar’s two-night “gathering” in Atlanta, GA earlier this month seems to confirm that, yes, there is such a thing as too many visuals at live music events.

Bassnectar announced the Atlanta gathering earlier this year, in April. The Bassnectar team tried to maintain as much secrecy about the event as possible, revealing only a GPS drop pin on a map, and a short description about how the event would differ from other music events: “We are going back to our roots – the underground parties of the 1990s: one room, one floor, no seats, sweat dripping from the ceiling, secret location…” The goal was to put the focus on the music and the people, and remove attention from the artists and the stage.

Just days after Labor Day, thousands of Bassheads descended upon the secret location in Atlanta for the two-night gathering with Bassnectar, Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Truth, Big Wild, Atliens, and Hustle Up. Although the event was not held in an actual warehouse (in 2016, the logistics of having an officially sanctioned event of this magnitude would make that quite difficult), it was clear that Bassnectar was trying to recreate the warehouse vibe of the old days.

As fans arrived at the location, they traveled down to the bottom floor of a dimly lit, wide open space. There were no gimmicks. No fireworks, costumes, dancers, or flames. Sure, there were lasers, lights, LED panels, and confetti, but all were used sparingly. Indeed, on the first night, Bassnectar played several songs with hardly any lighting at all for large swaths of time, occasionally illuminating a small array of lights to set the mood. At many points, there wasn’t much to see at all, but you could feel everything. With the focus on the environment and not the artist, the surroundings felt barebones and minimalistic, allowing the music to do the talking. A normal festival or concert is often tight and packed. This event felt looser; an emphasis on negative space with large open areas that echoed music off the walls and through your ears. The goal of the event was not to have a large group of people packed around a stage, but instead, a large group of people letting their senses run wild, roaming the dark space both physically and mentally—a paracosm.

Bassnectar is incredibly talented at creating a unique atmosphere for his events. It’s one of the reasons his fans remain so loyal and attend countless Bassnectar events across the country: each one is uniquely different. Much of this can be attributed to his obsession with sounds, samples, set and setting. He [thankfully] doesn’t spend much time on the mic, but when he does, Bassnectar is cool, calm, and collected. A stark difference from the crowd in front of him that is visibly going apeshit crazy for his performance. Basslanta is a quintessential example of Bassnectar’s passion for music, his fans, and being unique. It was a gathering that bucked the trend of bigger and flashier, and instead was an exhibit of how a properly balanced artistic event can foster a much more memorable experience.

Note: One of Bassnectar’s goals with this event was to maintain a sense of mystery, paying homage to the old days of underground parties that were secretive and revolved around the music, rather than the marketing. In writing this article, I wanted to highlight some of the positive aspects of the event, without revealing too much of the mystery. For the full experience, you should check out a Bassnectar event for yourself, if you haven’t already.