Las Vegas has certainly caught the dance music fever this past year with nightclubs like Marquee and Surrender scooping up big-name artist residencies and drawing massive music-loving crowds. But if you think Avicii selling out XS on New Years Eve was an impressive feat, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The newest creation in the city’s EDM explosion is brand new superclub Light, a Cirque du Soleil-inspired venue inside Mandalay Bay Hotel. Opening April 26th, Light will provide attendees with state-of-the-art interactive productions. And who better to announce a residency at this larger-than-life nightclub than dynamic duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike?
There’s a new man on the scene and he’s making quite a splash in the music world. The singer/songwriter has penned songs for top producers as well as wrote his own, released an EP this past August, and is set to release his debut album in the coming year. We’re talking about New York bred singer, Matthew Koma.
A true musical veteran, Koma explains that music has been a part of his life since he was a child. “I grew up in a pretty musical household. My brother was a drummer and we always kind of jammed and covered songs and stuff since we were really young, so it's sort of been one of those things that was always there.” He goes on to credit the songwriters and storytellers of music as his inspirations. To be specific, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen revealing he grew up listening to “classic stuff like that.”
It’s NYE and you know the drill:
Hot venue √
Sexy outfit √
Champagne at midnight √
What could possibly make ringing in a brand new year that much more spectacular? A performance by one of electronic dance music's hottest DJ’s? Absolutely! If you’re lucky enough to attend any of the NYE parties spanning across these five fabulous cities, you’ll be guaranteed beats, ball drops and a banging good time! Here’s a look at the Top 5:
Armin van Buuren – New York City
Don’t miss out on this adrenaline fueled electric dance party extravaganza presented by Joonbug.com. It all goes down at Pier 36, a 64,000 square foot pier that stretches out to Manhattan’s East River. There’s a 3-hour open bar taking place between 9:00 pm – 12:00 am. This event is strictly 21+. Several VIP packages are available and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Miami seems to be hotter than a typical summer day this month. As the biggest holiday is now days away, there's no doubt that bubbly will be flowing as revelers countdown to midnight and celebrate into the early morning hours of 2013. If that's not appealing enough, the hottest hotels house some of Miami's most exclusive and A-list nightclubs, who in true MIA fashion, are bringing in top notch DJ talent to shake things up on December 31! Read our round up below and for more information on hot and happening parties visit here.
The Fall 2012 phase of Bounce Music Festival is about to get in gear to rock a city near you. Hosting global superstar DJs, this year's festival welcomes headliners Alesso, Martin Solveig, Hardwell, Dada Life, Rusko, and Borgore.
Bounce kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26 in Raleigh, North Carolina with Swedish sensation, Alesso at the Longbranch of Raleigh. A second date on Oct. 26 will feature French producer Martin Solveig, Dutch master Hardwell, Deniz Koyu and Tim Mason at the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, Arizona. On Wednesday October 31st, Dada Life will be giving champagne showers at Pic-A-Chic Farms along with Borgore. The UK dubstep leader Rusko will drop the bass at the Limelight in Nashville, Tennessee as the last date of the tour on Nov. 19th.
When we think of the typical festival, we imagine sprawling fields tucked away somewhere in middle-America where music lovers campout in the impossible heats of the middle of summer. Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco - they all follow the same logistical style. So how would a brand new festival, in late September, tucked away in the southeast, fare against our learned expectations? We found out last weekend as we trekked to Bouckaert Park outside of Atlanta for Counterpoint Music Festival, realizing that some molds are meant to be broken.
Last month, we told our readers about the EDM revolution starting to take place thanks to music mogul Robert Sillerman and his big-picture thinking. The astute businessman, who made his millions by merging regional concert promoters to create Live Nation, has taken his talents to the electronic music realm and is
using the same successful model. His early August acquisition of “Life in Color” (formerly known as Dayglow) has helped steer the world’s largest paint party into the fast lane towards an incredibly bright future.
Once a standard college soiree with basic paint splatters and decent musical talent put on by Committee Entertainment, Dayglow served its purpose of entertaining attendees for a night of color-splashing on the dance-floor. But six years later and a new monkier, the event has grown into a world-wide phenomenon that attracts more than 500,000 people per year. With the most sought after DJs in the industry behind the decks and intensely high theatrical production, Life in Color has transformed into a highly in demand electronic event and, with the help of Sillerman, will only continue to flourish.
Presented by Area Event, the brand-new festival will invade Six Flags Great Adventure on October 6 in New Jersey for a day of electro-madness. Each ticket will include admission to the show as well as entrance to all of the Great Adventure rides, including the mighty Kingda Ka – the tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world.
And to get in the Halloween spirit, Electric Adventure will be immersed in Six Flags’ “Fright Fest” when the park is re-decorated with spider webs and smoke machines, and flooded with costumed monsters lurking around every corner.
Tickets for the event will go on sale next Tuesday, August 28 at Wantickets, Ticketmaster, and AreaEvent.
Governors Beach Club at Governors Island has provided an impeccable backdrop for Made Event’s musical offerings this summer. The beach-side venue has played host to every DJ imaginable, from June’s Benny Bennassi and Laidback Luke, to July’s Dash Berlin and Alesso. And when we reached August, the musical madness continued with Gareth Emery and his band of trance support taking the stage this past Saturday.
The trance genre is all about peace, love and positive vibes, and there was plenty of it to go around on Saturday. Openers Ben Gold, Blake Jarrell, Jermone Isma-Ae and Zack Roth all played superb warm-up sets, each with their own twist on the “trouse” sound.
Review by: Ian Micallef
Governor’s Island, a short ferry ride off the tip of New York City, has only recently turned into one of the biggest EDM hotspots of the Northeast. This summer’s lineup has dramatically increased and improved upon last year's. There were bigger names, a stronger setup, and even more shows. Governor's Island has already seen such stars as Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, Dash Berlin, and Alesso this summer. Additionally, Thomas Gold and Gareth Emrey will be also be headed to the once abandoned island in the coming months.