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Shaky Beats Drops 2019 Daily Lineup

Shaky Beats 2019 Lineup

Atlanta-based dance music festival, Shaky Beats, has dropped its 2019 daily lineup. The festival, which takes place May 10-11 in Atlanta Central Park, includes a Friday host of RÜFÜS DU SOL, Big Gigantic, San Holo, What So Not, Snakehips, Lane 8, Boogie T, Solardo, SNBRN, Dombresky, Moon Boots, Whipped Cream, GG Magree, Dirt Monkey, Win + Woo, Paz, Mantis, Eddie Gold, and Movin’ Keyz. Saturday, the festival will see the likes of Martin Garrix, Galantis, Fisher, Gryffin, Chris Lake, Big Wild, Ekali, Party Favor, CloZee, Vanic, Squnto, Ducky, Cray, Slumberjack, Midnight Kids, Zeke Beats, Xie, PLS&TY, The Funk Hunters, DJ Zoe Gray, and Airwolf.

GA, GA+, VIP, and Single Day tickets are available from the Shaky Beats ticketing website, with prices ranging from $95-412, depending on options. Additional festival information can be found on the Shaky Beats information page.

BUKU 2019 Reveals Daily Lineup & Talent Additions

BUKU 2019 Dog Blood

New Orleans, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced a handful of surprise additions to the lineup as well as the daily performance schedule for the festival taking place on March 22-23, 2019 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Two-day passes for the event are available now with single-day admission sales beginning on Friday, January 18th. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

BUKU 2019 Daily Lineup
BUKU 2019 Daily Lineup

The latest additions to the lineup of performers include: lyrical alt-rapper and Odd Future co-founder Earl Sweatshirt; Swedish DJ and producer Kasbo; experimental dance pop band Kero Kero Bonito; experimental low-fi soul and ambient artist Yves Tumor; jam-funk trio SunSquabi; UK house DJ Mason Maynard; and New Orleans swamp funk band The Iceman Special. These artists join a previously announced roster featuring: Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood (Skrillex x Boys Noize), Excision, Kevin Gates, GRiZ, RL Grime, Louis The Child, Ella Mai, $UICIDEBOY$, Playboi Carti, Dashboard Confessional, Fisher, Toro Y Moi, The Black Madonna, TOKiMONSTA and many more. Artists will perform across six unique stages at the venue set along the Mississippi River. The daily schedule is as follows and is also available here:

Friday, March 22
Lana Del Rey
Excision
Kevin Gates
RL Grime
NGHTMRE B2B Slander
Playboi Carti
Claude VonStroke
Fisher
Mayday Parade
Toro Y Moi
Death Grips
Denzel Curry
Ekali
TOKiMONSTA
Kero Kero Bonito
1788-L
Rico Nasty
From First To Last DJ Set (Matt + Travis)
Yves Tumor
Kidswaste
SunSquabi
Whipped Cream
Dounia
Mason Maynard
sfam

VIP-Only Lineup:
CharlesTheFirst
Dabin
Noizu
AF THE NAYSAYER

New Orleans Artist + Showcase Lineup:
bàwldy B2B Boarcrok
Freewater
The Iceman Special
Klutch
Lleauna
TRAX ONLY
Trombone Shorty Academy

Saturday, March 23
A$AP Rocky
Dog Blood (Skrillex x Boys Noize)
GRiZ
Louis The Child
Ella Mai
$UICIDEBOY$
Dashboard Confessional
Gunna
The Black Madonna
Earl Sweatshirt
J.I.D
Getter (Presents: Visceral)
Yaeji
G Jones
Liquid Stranger
Oliver Tree
Kasbo
Peekaboo
Papadosio
EARTHGANG
Roy Blair
Doja Cat
We Came As Romans
Mersiv

VIP-Only Lineup:
Duskus
Jantsen
Kittens
Xie

New Orleans Artist + Showcase Lineup:
Dohm Collective
Freewater
James Seville
Lil Jodeci
Malik Ninety Five
Thou
Tristan Dufrene
Unicorn Fukr
Upbeat Academy

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

Information on tickets offerings, travel packages and pricing can be found at http://bit.ly/BUKU2019Tickets. The first official BUKU 2019 after-parties will be announced in the coming weeks. The official 2019 BUKU Music + Art project trailer can be viewed here.

For additional info, visit BUKU Music + Art Project online or on the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @thebukuproject.

Imagine Goes All Out for 5th Anniversary

Bassnectar at Imagine 2018

Imagine Music Festival, hosted by Iris Presents at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, went all out for their 5th anniversary this past September 21-23, 2018, featuring some of the most popular artists in the electronic music world. The Oceania Stage featured a slew of artists like Bassnectar, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Kaskade, Galantis, Adventure Club, The Glitch Mob. The Amazonia Stage stayed true to its roots, hosting a variety of electronic fusion and jam bands like Griz, Zhu, Jai Wolf, Cashmere Cat, Shpongle, Eoto, and Lotus. Meanwhile, the Disco Inferno Stage featured some heavy-hitting bass artists on the first night, like Joker, Koan Sound, Shlump, Noisia, Boogie T B2B Squnto, before switching up to primarily House music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Disco Inferno played host to Green Velvet’s Lalaland on Saturday night, joined by Tiga, Walker & Royce, and Latmun. Sunday night was witness to Oliver Helden’s Heldeep Records takeover accompanied by Chocolate Puma, EDX, and Wax Motif. A slew of other artists filled in the gaps throughout the weekend, ranging from all sorts of genres like Trance, House, Dubstep, Freeform Bass, Drum & Bass, Electro Funk, and everything in between, including a silent disco that hosted artists late into the night when the main stages ended for the night.

Jai Wolf at Imagine 2018

Jai Wolf Performing at the Amazonia Stage at Imagine 2018

In its fifth year, Imagine made some noteworthy changes to the stage and visual design. The Oceania Stage got a significant facelift with the help of Algorhythm Designs. The new design featured a wide footprint with an aquatic theme, complete with sea-creature-themed dancers and performers, some of which performed from raised half-dome shaped pools on either ends of the stage. Because of the cost of the enormity of the 5th anniversary lineup, Imagine scaled back the scope of other stages, like Disco Inferno, Amazonia, and Aeria. The Disco Inferno Stage still featured stage design and pyrotechnics courtesy of Incendia, although on a smaller scale compared to last year. Similarly, the Amazonia Stage looked more like the design from 2016 than 2017, although still staying true to its Amazon-jungle theme with vines and foliage draped above the stage. Additionally, there was a smaller presence of live painters and artists that often painted in the vicinity of the various stages. While the toned-down scale of the stage design was a bit of an adjustment, many would argue that it was a worthwhile tradeoff, considering the depth of talent of musicians and artists booked for the weekend.

It looks like Imagine wanted to bring out the big guns for their fifth anniversary. From a music standpoint, they succeeded on that front. After that banger of a musical performance, it could be worthwhile to change things up and see what Imagine would look like in the future with a little less money spent on pricey headlining artists, while reinvesting that money into unique stage designs, art installations, and up-and-coming musicians and artists.

Imagine Music Festival Dancebreak Photo Album

BUKU Announces 2019 Lineup

BUKU 2019 Initial Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the first round of performers for the festival taking place on March 22 and 23, 2019. Now in its eighth year, the two-day event will return to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans after a sold out 2018 event. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

Artists announced on the 2019 lineup are: Lana Del Rey in what is her only currently-announced U.S. performance; hip-hop and fashion icon A$AP Rocky; the return and 2019 debut of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s collaboration Dog Blood; bass music torchbearer Excision; Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates in his first New Orleans play since 2016; a live performance by GRiZ who just released the first two tracks off of his upcoming 2019 album; RL Grime; Louis The Child; breakout R&B star Ella Mai; hometown horrorcore rap heroes $UICIDEBOY$; a rare back-to-back set from NGHTMRE B2B Slander; the first New Orleans play for Playboi Carti; emo mainstays Dashboard Confessional and Mayday Parade; Toro Y Moi who will release a new album in January; Claude VonStroke; Gunna; Fisher; the first New Orleans play for The Black Madonna; Death Grips; a unique set from Getter performing his critically-acclaimed new album Visceral; Ekali; Yaeji; Denzel Curry; a rare joint set from J.I.D and EARTHGANG; G Jones; Liquid Stranger; TOKiMONSTA; internet sensations Oliver Tree and Doja Cat; 1788-L; jam band Papadosio; Peekaboo; Roy Blair; a special set from We Came As Romans in memory of Kyle Pavone; a DJ set from Matt + Travis of From First To Last; Rico Nasty; Dounia; Kidswaste; Whipped Cream; Mersiv; sfam. VIP patrons will be treated to VIP-Only performances from: CharlesTheFirst; Dabin; Duskus; Jantsen; Kittens; Noizu; Xie; and AF THE NAYSAYER who is one of Upbeat Academy’s lead artist instructors.

The 2019 event will also feature a strong showing of local flavor with over a dozen New Orleans’ artists and showcases: bàwldy B2B Boarcrok; Dohm Collective; Freewater; James Seville; Klutch; Lil Jodeci; Lleauna; Malik Ninety Five; Thou; TRAX ONLY; Tristan Dufrene; Trombone Shorty Academy; Unicorn Fukr; and Upbeat Academy. Complementing the music acts will be the following graffiti artists and live painters participating in a Live Art Gallery: Art by Jay; Ceaux; Dvote; Fat Kids; Hugo Gyrl; Ink; J Hand Paints; Jedi; Knowla; Lipkis; Monica Kelly; Murky; Painter; PAWS; READ MF BOOKS; and Swan.

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project featured an expanded festival site that sold out with a daily attendance of over 17,500 guests, making it the highest attended BUKU to date. New additions included the Wharf Stage adjacent to the Mississippi River, a relocated main stage across the train tracks with the Market Street Power Plant serving as its backdrop, several new art installations, and an all new BUKU VIP Rooftop overlooking the main stage.

Tickets for the 2019 event will go on-sale Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10AM CT and include a variety of options for general and VIP admission as well as travel packages. VIP ticketing provides a host of special amenities that include exclusive VIP-only performances, premium viewing areas, as well as an open bar for guests 21+. When purchasing tickets, patrons should be mindful that BUKU is a 17+ event. More information on tickets offerings and pricing can be found at http://bit.ly/BUKU2019Tickets.

About Winter Circle Productions:
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of BUKU Music + Art Project and four-time recipient of the OffBeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now celebrating its 10th year anniversary as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced thousands of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. In July 2015, WCP joined AEG Presents to form and run its new Gulf Coast regional office, and in August 2017, took over a lease at the 1,200 capacity Joy Theater in New Orleans. In addition to concert production, the members of WCP founded the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production. www.wintercircleproductions.com

About AEG Presents:
AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Presents is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aegpresents.com

Goldrush 2018 Recap

Goldrush 2018 Girls

Goldrush returned for its second year to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center this past September 29-30, 2018. Did this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards for you? This year, some rainy weather augmented the stage production as lights reflected off the rain. Relentless Beats also made improvements to the layout of the festival, making crowds flow smoother from one stage to the next.

Goldrush 2018 Town

The Hideout stage and a rock climbing wall sit near the entrance to Goldrush, which leads into the main town area. This area like last year was breathtaking and incredible to see everyone all dressed up in their western attire. The town is breathtaking as it’s decked out with old western attire, including the crowd. The town featured various vendor booths and amenities, as well as a hangout zone with a giant chessboard, games, and plenty of seating for taking a break.

Next, the Pioneer Peak stage featured artists like Blossom, SoDown, Tookie, Virtual Riot, SayMyName, Black Tiger Sex Machine, TroyBoi, Rich The Kid, and Kevin Gates. The Pioneer Peak stage was quite a spectacle on Saturday, chock-full of eye-catching lasers. Unfortunately, the stage production was dialed back a bit due to the rainy weather. However, this did not hinder the artists from throwing down some great performances. Beyond the Pioneer Peak stage featured a spot for live artists to display their talents.

Beyond Pioneer Peak featured the Wagon Wheel and Golden Gorge stages. Night one featured Codeko, Said The Sky, Chris Lake, Slushii, Vince Stables, Deorro, and Deadmau5 at Golden Gorge, while the second night featured Loud Luxury, Ekali, Slander, Louis The Child, Illenium, with Steve Aoki closing out the festivities with his typical showmanship and shenanigans.

What do you think was it better than last year? Comment on our Instagram page what you think @dancebreakmusic. If you got a cold from staying with us while it was pouring, hope you feel better and stay hydrated!

Your Guide to GOLDRUSH 2018

Goldrush Festival Cowgirl

Will this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards? This is the second year of Goldrush in Arizona; 2017’s Goldrush kicked it off with a bang. Last year the headliners included: Migos, Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, RL Grime, Ghastly, Hippie Sabotage, Keys N Krates, Excision, San Holo, with a closing set by Marshmello! If you were there you would know it was an insane event, nothing like any other events this desert has seen. So, do you think this year’s line up will deliver?

Relentless Beats presents Goldrush 2018, which takes place on September 29-30, 2018 at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, AZ. This show is 18+.

This year’s Goldrush headliners are:

Day 1: Saturday – Deadmau5, Deorro, Vince Staples, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lake (OWSLA), Codeko, Slushii, Decadon, Juice Wrld, Liquid Stranger, Said The Sky, Squnto, Virtual Riot, Wifisfuneral, YOOKiE, Yung Pinch, Born Dirty, Yotto, Max Chapman, Moon Boots, Prok | Fitch, Sacha Robotti, Claptone

Day 2: Sunday – Illenium, Ekali, Steve Aoki, Porky, Louis The Child, Marbs, Kevin Gates, Rich The Kid, Slander, Guy J, Troyboi, Jpegmafia, SayMyName, Matroda, Loud Luxury, Medasin, SoDown, Tokimonsta, Leftwing & Kody, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds

Goldrush 2017 Stage Flames

A view from Goldrush 2017

We’ve put together information below on some of the crowd favorites that will be at Goldrush 2018.

Slushii – Genre: Trap – Julian Scanlan, aka Slushii, is a LA based EDM producer, vocalist, and DJ. After finding his sound in his remix of Zedd and Selena Gomez’s “I Want You To Know,” which was dedicated to his more light-hearted and future bass sound, this was his first official project under the stage name “Slushii.” That was back in 2013, since then Slushii signed to Red Light Management in February 2016 and soon after released his first single “Emptiness.” In 2017 he continued to create mesmerizing upbeat tracks, including collaborations with future bass DJ, Marshmello. Slushii came out with his debut studio album titled Out Of Light in August 2017. The album has 13 songs, including previously recorded songs “Dear Me,” “My Senses,” “Step By Step,” and “I Still Recall.” Each song consists of his own “cartoonish and pitched-up” vocals.

Slander – Genre: Trap – This duo met at their fraternity in UC Irvine and later graduated from Icon Collective together. They also became close friends with Tyler (NGHTMRE) at Icon Collective. Theirstage name, Slander, comes from their real names: “S(cott) Land” and “Ander(sen)”. In 2014 their remix of Showtek’s song “We Like To Party” with NGHTMRE had well over 12 million plays on YouTube and was what most credit as Slander’s rise to popularity. Since then there’s been an overwhelming number of collaborations with NGHTMRE, WAVZ, SNAILS, Yookie, Jinzo and many others. This duo brings the fire to the stage and you can clearly see them vibing off of each other, it’s electric! Head bangers get ready!

Troyboi ‘T-R-O-Y-B-O-I’ – Genre: Trap – One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets, this multi-talented musician specialises in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuse various textures from multiple genres and brands it as ‘My Style.’ TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He has already produced tracks with some very high profile artists and his collaboration with Flosstradamus ‘Soundclash’ is arguably one of the biggest anthems in the scene today. His style is undeniably his own, infectious to the ears and beyond stimulating to the mind. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream. Together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will NEVER want to get out.

SAYMYNAME – Genre: Hard Trap – Better known as Dayvid Lundie-Sherman: SAYMYNAME. As a result of years of hard work, working 35 hour weeks at Guitar Center, and his dedication to the studio in his spare time, he was signed by AM ONLY. After trying to figure out his sound with trap and hardstyle, his re-birth came about as he discovered #HARDTRAP. SAYMYNAME has been on the forefront as a pioneer of this sound movement. Numerous blogs and fans have labeled him as The Godfather of HARDTRAP. Keep an eye out for this young exciting act with his mesmerizing stage presence, ridiculous energy that has created a whole new movement, and enthusiasm that successfully converts brand new fans at every show.

Can’t wait to see who will be ending the festivities this year! What do you think? Illenium or Steve Aoki? Let us know on Instagram @dancebreakmusic!

If you haven’t already, grab your tickets from the Goldrush ticketing website. Enjoy Goldrush, stay safe and hydrated out there!

Goldrush Announces Final Lineup for 2018

Goldrush Cowgirls 2017

Phoenix, AZ – As time grows near for prospectors to head west, Relentless Beats has recently released several key updates for the second annual Goldrush Music Festival- mainly the final touches to its massive lineup, an artist by day schedule, the Desert Hearts takeover and after party. Returning to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona, this September 29th and 30th, one of 2017’s best received new festival experiences pushes further into the Wild, Wild West with a goldmine of electronic dance music and hip-hop talent. Showcasing artists across four stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, Goldrush has added: Deorro; Louis the Child; Rich the Kid; Ekali; Slander; Troyboi; Codeko; Decadon; Loud Luxury; Saymyname; Squnto; and Virtual Riot to the roster. With these artist additions comes the Desert Hearts Takeover all-;day Sunday and the Superstitions After-Party to close out the weekend.

These final additions to the Goldrush lineup join over 25 previously announced artists, which have now been slotted on their respective days. Artists by day are as follows:

SATURDAY
Deadmau5; Deorro; Vince Staples; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Chris Lake; Slushii; Codeko; Decadon; Juice Wrld; Liquid Stranger; Said the Sky; Squnto; Virtual Riot; Wifisfuneral; Yookie; Yung Pinch; Born Dirty; Claptone; Max Chapman; Moon Boots; Prok | Fitch; Sacha Robotti; and Yotto.

SUNDAY
Illenium; Steve Aoki; Louis the Child; Kevin Gates; Rich the Kid; Ekali; Slander; Troyboi; Jpegmafia; Loud Luxury; Matroda; Medasin; Saymyname; SoDown; Tokimonsta; Guy J; Leftwing & Kody; Mikey Lion; Lee Reynolds; Marbs; and Porky.

On Sunday, September 30th, the darling of the West Coast house and techno scene, Desert Hearts, will takeover the The Hideout stage. Featuring the DH family of: Mikey Lion; Lee Reynolds; Marbs; Porky and special guests: Guy J and Leftwing & Kody, the crew will bring its intimate experiences of sonic joy to Goldrush 2018. And once the festival is over, the party continues with the Superstitions After-Party- another Desert Hearts takeover featuring the original core four of the movement.

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 ticket 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. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the Golden Gorge stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. VIP options are available starting at $219 for a two-day pass, plus fees and you must be 18 for Standard VIP and 21 and up for Platinum VIP to purchase. Table service will be available at the Golden Gorge stage. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 (GA), $149 (VIP) and $79 (GA), $139 (VIP), 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.

Imagine 2018 Phase 2 Lineup: Bassnectar & More

Imagine 2018 Phase 2

Atlanta, GA – Dropping a first phase lineup that set the festival world abuzz, the 5th Anniversary edition of Imagine Music Festival has released the full roster of performers for its 2018 event, which returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21st through 23rd. Once viewed as a burgeoning new festival filling a void in the Southeast, Imagine Music Festival has positioned itself as one of the nation’s most anticipated electronic dance music events, as well as one of the last remaining of the independent festivals. Joining previously announced headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime; and Zeds Dead will be Bassnectar and Kaskade. And, special guests The Glitch Mob and Getter will be joining Adventure Club on the Oceania Stage.

Additional new artists to the lineup include: Green Velvet presents: La La Land; Latmun; Tiga; Boogie T & Squnto; DJSS; Yheti b2b Toadface; Kenneth Thomas; Weiss; Andy Bruh; Laser Assassins; Mantis; and NOA|AON, as well as local talent: Alex Lucas; Babey Drew; Heyz; Lost Seekers; Vivid; Zen Selekta and over 70 other artists. Additional music blocks will be provided by: Tech This Out Cru; Bass Family Block; Bel Air; Torch x Elevate; Native Groove Block; Afro Acid Takeover; and Atlanta Trance Family.

Featuring four main stages, 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. Previously announced artists on the 2018 performer lineup include: Headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime, Zeds Dead and special guest: Adventure Club. 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; 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; IVY Lab; Bryson Taylor; and DaddyDough.

Imagine 2017 - The Funk Hunters perform at Disco Inferno

Flames go off at the Disco Inferno stage as The Funk Hunters perform

“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 the 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. Payment plans are available for a downpayment as low as $66.55, where fans can elect for four low monthly installments. 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.

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.

Imagine Festival Releases 2018 Lineup

Imagine 2018 Initial Lineup

Atlanta, GA – 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.