For the first time in its twelve illustrious years as a pioneer in music festival culture, the award winning and globally acclaimed phenomenon, Bestival will be spreading its influence beyond the Isles of Wight in The United Kingdom this summer. From June 12th-13th history will be made as this iconic UK festival makes its highly anticipated North American debut in Toronto, Canada at gorgeous Hanlan’s Point Beach. Known far and wide for its incredibly immersive atmosphere, uncanny art installations, bewildering side shows and an always eclectic host of artists, Bestival is an otherworldly spectacle that you need to experience to believe.
This Thursday night, famed progressive house maestro, Steve Powers will be hitting LAVO nightclub for a very special hometown DJ set. Powers’ scintillating skills behind the decks and dedication to his craft has propelled him to worldwide acclaim. His incredible high energy and progressive stylings have captivated audiences all over the globe, from the grand opening of the Cirque Du Soleil inspired Light Nightclub in Las Vegas to playing a sold out show on the main stage of Chicago’s WaveFront Festival. Steve Powers has laid down some of the most heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled sets you will see anywhere.
As we find ourselves in the midst of an era marked by internet fame and Instagram, the game has changed as it paves the way from humble beginnings to international acclaim for young prodigies like Madeon.
While for most of us, the word "career" at 17 meant little more than muddling through high school and maybe a part-time gig on the side for those that were feeling really ambitious. These provincial ambitions are a far cry from the viral acclaim that Madeon received at such a young age with the whirlwind success of his first single, the aptly named "Pop Culture" which made major waves across the interweb. Shortly after, the fresh faced talent joined Lady Gaga on her 2013 Arena tour as a supporting artist, spinning tracks in colossal venues alongside a pop icon. Only three years later, he embarks on tour to promote his inaugural album, "Adventure", and we're sure he'll deliver nothing short of that eponymous claim.
As one of the most well respected and sought after names in dance music, Mark Knight has been topping charts and rocking clubs around the world for over a decade. This Friday night this London based legend will be bringing his Toolroom Records Live show to upscale venue, Marquee in Manhattan. Mark is a house heavyweight who has been responsible for some hugely popular tunes like 'Man With red Face’ and ‘Alright’, as well as discovering incredibly talented artists as the head honcho of the internationally renowned Toolroom Records.
He may be young but French DJ and producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known by his stage name Madeon, has skyrocketed to the top of the dance music stratosphere. This Friday April 24th, the superstar will be bringing his epic live tour to the always-raucous Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall for Girls and Boys. Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Madeon has established himself as one of the hottest young talents in the world. His first EP The City was received with great critical acclaim and his debut album Adventure has only built on Madeon’s already impressive reputation. In support of the release of his debut album, Madeon will be leading a 22 stop tour around North America, and he will be making appearances at huge festivals like Mysteryland and Sasquatch, having just finished up rocking Coachella last weekend.
In the mood to show off those great dancing chops or, just want to let loose at an awesome party this weekend? Then check out the Fade To Mind showcase presented by party aficionados Dark Disco at 88 Palace, located right in the heart of Chinatown this Saturday.
Led by Fade To Mind Records' founder Kingdom, Saturday's eclectic lineup boasts performances from the label's up-and-coming talent including DJs Bok Bok, Na, Rizzla, Prince Will (co-founder), and songstress-songwriter Kelela. As a DJ, Kingdom first garnered attention following various mixtape releases, showcasing his knack for melding grime, house, underground club, hip-hop and a myriad of other musical genres together to introduce a unique strain of EDM music. Upon graduating to mainstream success after the release of his That Mystic and Dreama EPs with London based music label, Night Slug Records, Kingdom ultimately relocated to L.A. where he launched FTM (NSR's sister label) with comrades Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom and Prince Will in 2011.
The 17th edition of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival succeeded again by showcasing world-wide talent, first class production and positive vibes from a more mature audience (thumbs up for the new 18 and over only policy). From humble origins (the first Ultra festival drew in about 10,000 people), this year’s three-day festival was nearly sold out with well-over 100,000 very happy fans attending the mother ship of both Ultra festivals (there are now nine Ultra “franchise” festivals worldwide) and EDM concerts.
Per norm, it was not so shocking for Ultra Music Festival to throw in a few surprises on top of their already top-notch production. With guest performances by celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher, Diplo, CL and Diddy, the festival truly exhibited prominence in the electronic festival spectrum. However, the real testament to this year’s rendition laid in the depth of talent attributable to the performances of the non-headliners and side-stage acts. With the inclusion of the Resistance stage, along with “live” performances (more than a dude spinning a disc or pressing playback buttons) throughout the March 27-29 weekend, it’s safe to say Ultra veterans or first-time festival attendees were satisfied in that they had the option to experience their favorite SoundCloud producers regardless if they played at 2 pm or 10 pm.
XXL Freshmen Class 2014 alumni and Funk Volume Records emcee, Jarren Benton, makes his way to Santo's Party House this weekend on his Slow Motion Tour —which started off last month, in L.A.— to bring NYC fans the explosive performance they've been awaiting for weeks.
For those of you who have yet to experience Benton's high energy performance and go-with-the-flow showmanship live, just imagine the excitement felt amidst a rave (hip-hop style), a beer chugging contest and a Juicy J showcase.
Maroon 5's highly anticipated worldwide tour is in full swing after kicking off this Tuesday, March 31st in San Jose, California. The superstars hit up San Diego next on Wednesday, April 1st, and bring back-to-back shows to L.A. on Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th.
If you haven't already, now's the time to mark your calendars and purchase your tickets to witness the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-Award winning, pop quintet bring their signature magnetic live performance to a city near you. Get info, a complete list of shows, and tickets here.
It is said that Benjamin Franklin once offered the pecuniary advice, “rather go to bed without dinner, than to rise in debt.” No demographic in the world sympathizes with this sentiment more than the broke New York City cosmopolite. Just kidding, that’s ridiculous.
But still, to weigh a fun-filled night of live music against having guacamole involved in your weekly burrito experience - those guac charges really add up - is no small task. Thus, the return of the Top 5: Shows Under $20. We’re just out here trying to keep your stacks high and entertainment even higher. The schedule is a little unbalanced this week with one show on Friday and four on Saturday but the quality remains pristine. We’ve got bowling with The Budos Band, a Foo Fighter, and a platter of rap, dance and rock. Take your pick, it’s almost free.