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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.

Phoenix Lights 2017 Full Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2017 Lineup

Phoenix Lights, presented by Relentless Beats, has announced the final round of artists for their third annual event. The two-day music festival taking place in Downtown Phoenix on April 8 – 9, 2017, has added over 25 artists to an already massive roster, which includes: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, STS9, Vince Staples, ZHU, Illenium, Keys N Krates, Oliver Heldens, Pete Tong, Thomas Jack, Coyu, Ekali, Ganja White Night, Grum, Hucci, Josh Wink, the Knocks, Pig&Dan, Robotti vs. Sirus Hood, Shaun Frank, Tokimonsta and Unlike Pluto. Newly announced artists for the 2017 festival are: 21 Savage, Griz, Zeds Dead, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat, Justin Martin, Lane 8, Tchami, Tiga, Asadi, Billy Kenny, Codeko, Crizzly, Dr Fresch b2b Bijou, Felix Da Housecat, Go Freek, Helena Legend, Jax Jones, K?D, Loudpvck, Low Steppa, Manilla Killa, Said the Sky, Viceroy, Vindata and Wingtip.

New this year, Relentless Beats premiere house, techno, and underground brand, RBDeep, will host a stage during the festival boasting performances from some of the biggest names in the scene. Artists slated to take the RBDeep Stage include Justin Martin, Lane 8, Pete Tong, Tiga, Billy Kenny, Coyu, Felix Da Housecat, Go Freek, Jax Jones, Josh Wink, Low Steppa, Manilla Killa, Pig & Dan, Sacha, Robotti vs Sirus Hood, Viceroy and Wingtip On Sunday, a special stage hosted by Universatile Music, Phoenix’s premiere hip-hop brand, will include performances by Tokimonsta, Cashmere Cat, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Griz, and more.

Finally, amateur DJs or those just looking for that big break, can take part in Relentless Beat’s First Encounters DJ Competition on March 9th, where the grand prize is an opening slot at this year’s Phoenix Lights Festival. Details will be announced in the coming weeks at www.relentlessbeats.com.

The multi-stage festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park, an urban setting in Downtown Phoenix. The 32-acre park located on the “deck” over the Interstate Highway 10 Papago Freeway Tunnel, between 5th Ave. and 3rd Street, is the home of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center, McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and Burton Barr Central Library. First dedicated in 1992, the park is located near the Central Station METRO Light Rail and bus transfer stations and is surrounded by libraries, museums, educational facilities, and the arts district. Building off of this momentum, fans can expect top-level talent, cutting edge visuals, unique stage design, interactive experiential installations and more.

General Admission tickets are on-sale for $159 plus fees for a single 2-day pass or $280 plus fees for two 2-day passes. VIP passes, with a separate VIP entrance, two (2) complimentary drink tickets, a catered spread, massive VIP deck with assorted seating, premium main stage viewing area, passed hors d’oeuvres, commemorative lanyard, and VIP restrooms are available for $349 plus fees. Table service will be available and VIP is reserved for ages 21 and up. Single-day tickets are now available for Saturday and Sunday, at $89 and $79 respectively. VIP single-day tickets are also available for $189 and $179, respectively. Tickets will be available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com. Phoenix Lights is an ages 18 and over event.

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

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 3 Artists

Euphoria 2017 Full Lineup

Following two dynamic phases of artist announcements, Euphoria Music Festival has revealed the third and final phase and completed its lineup for the sixth annual event on April 6 – 9, 2017. The third and final phase of artists include: Chromeo, Knife Party, Moby (DJ set), Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, Auto Body, Bakermat (Live), Lost Kings, Russ, Chet Porter, FKJ, Minnesota, Prince Fox, Turkuaz, Eric Dingus, Forgotten Space, Magna Carda, Melvv, Montu, Abe Masaryk, Resonant Frequency, Thoreau, and Whereisalex.

“From top to bottom, this is Euphoria’s most amazing lineup to date,” says festival producer Mitch Morales. “We have major players, institutions, exciting up-and-comers and even a GRAMMY nominee – all of which cross a multitude of genres, yet still reside within our euphoric musical vibe. I cannot wait to host our festival family, both new and old, again this April.”

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. Price will remain frozen, until December 16th. Euphoria will be continuing its partnership with Affirm, offering clear, simple financing to split Eventbrite orders into 3 or 6 monthly payments. This offers patrons the most flexible option yet for affording festival passes. Tickets are available online at www.euphoriafest.com. Euphoria is an ages 18 and over event.

Relentless Beats Announces Crush 2017

Crush 2017

Relentless Beats and Insomniac Events have announced the 8th annual Crush Arizona, which takes place February 18, 2017 at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center. This year’s event will feature Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo, DVBBS, GTA, Jason Ross, SayMyName, W&W, Yellow Claw, and more.

“When I started Crush 9 years ago, I never would have thought it would have become one of Arizona’s most anticipated events,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It’s amazing to see how it has grown and become a big part of what Relentless Beats does.”

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 just 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; CRUSH, Mad Decent Block Party, BOO!, Global Dance Festival and Decadence.

General Admission passes go on sale tomorrow, December 14th at 10AM (MST), for $63 or a “Couples Pack” for $100. VIP passes, with preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, one complimentary drink, passed desserts, restrooms and express entry are available starting at $109. VIP is 21+ area. Tickets can be purchased online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Crush Arizona is an 18 and over event.

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.

Euphoria Music Festival 2017 Phase 1 Lineup

Euphoria Music Festival 2017 Lineup

Euphoria Music Festival returns to Carson Creek Ranch outside of Austin, TX this April 6-9, 2017. Euphoria will be celebrating its 6th anniversary. Last year’s event welcomed 52,000 fans and injected about $18.3 million into the local economy. The Phase 1 lineup includes a diverse mix of music with artists like Alesso, Pretty Lights (Live), The Floozies, The Knocks, Bob Moses, Papadosia, Young Thug, Unlike Pluto, Dr. Fresch, and many more. There will be two more phases of artists announced.

Tickets are currently on sale, but take note, prices will increase on November 18th. 3-day GA passes are currently selling for $129 (plus $29.62 taxes and fees), while VIP “Fly Life” passes are selling for $249 (plus $42.52 taxes and fees). 4-day GA festival and camping passes are selling for $229 (plus $40.37 taxes and fees), while 4-day Fly Life camping and festival passes are selling for $399 (plus $58.64 taxes and fees). A range of other options are also available from the ticket purchasing site.

Okeechobee 2017 Lineup & Tickets

Okeechobee 2017 Lineup

Soundslinger, LLC, is bringing Okeechobee Music Festival back to its 600-acre property at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida. Okeechobee Music Festival had a wildly successful inaugural year, with an incredible blend of music, dancing, art, yoga, and food. 2017’s event will take place from March 2-5, featuring artists like Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, Flume, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Proter Robinson (Live), Young The Giant, Griz, Soja, Snails, Waka Flocka Flame, Porter Robinson (Live), Sleigh Bells, Louis The Child, and many more.

A limited quantity of both 3-day and 4-day Early Bird festival tickets as well as Early Bird VIP packages are on sale now via OkeechobeeFest.com. Early Bird 3 day GA price is $229, Early Bird 4 day GA price is $249, and Early Bird Eternal Sunshine VIP price is $599. Once the limited quantity of Early Bird tickets are sold out, additional GA tickets will be available at the Tier 1 price. Additional major artists and other news to be announced in the coming weeks.

Okeechobee’s festival site has been carefully prepared to capture the natural beauty of the sunshine state, and give the festival an intimate feeling. Building upon the epic experience that greeted patrons in its inaugural year, Soundslinger has further invested in new art, amenities and infrastructure for Okeechobee’s second annual edition. An assortment of spectacular multi-media immersive art installations dot the landscape, including unique pieces commissioned specifically for the festival with an emphasis on upcycled materials. Patrons will stumble upon large scale structures and small intimate interactive pieces as they experience the artistic heart and soul of the festival in ChobeeWobee Village, or spend time exploring the majestic Sunshine Grove through every hidden hammock, grove of palms, and secret pathway throughout the festival site. When hunger strikes after an afternoon of dancing, a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida’s most popular food trucks and artisanal purveyors will be on hand to satiate the most voracious appetites and discerning palates. Meanwhile, Yogachobee offers a place for healing, exploration, and reflection on the epic musical moments and experiences, with yoga, meditation, permaculture workshops, speakers and more.

Watch the Okeechobee 2016 After Movie

“We are excited to build upon the success of OMF 16. This year’s lineup is great and we have more surprises to come. We are opening up more of our amazing property for people to explore, and continuing to invest in art and the overall festival experience. Can’t wait to open the doors on March 2nd!”
– Kevin Collinsworth (Soundslinger CEO)

In addition to continuously improving the festival operations, logistics & overall fan experience, an ongoing endeavor of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is to do everything possible to respect and cherish the natural beauty of the festival site, the surrounding area, and the earth as a whole. Each year the festival will make progress towards the eventual goal of being a carbon neutral event while utilizing as many biodegradable, repurposed, recycled & sustainable materials as possible.

4-Day GA Passes include parking, tent camping, and access to all four days of the festival. Fans can make the most out of their weekend with the Eternal Sunshine VIP Experience, a variety of Tent and RV Rental options, the Eternal Sunshine VIP Boutique Camping Experience, or a Super VIP Luxury Tour Bus package called The Grand Kachobee. These ticket and lodging packages are customized to give each fan an experience that they will never forget. Detailed information is available on the website.

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.