Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
May is looking good for all of you NYC concert goers out there. Not only are some big names coming through (M83, Norah Jones, Jack White), but a ton of awesome smaller bands. The end of May also marks THE BEGINNING OF SUMMERSTAGE, which should prove inspiration enough to get through this month at work. So, take a look at the list, pick some shows and start your summer off right! If we forgot anything, leave a comment and we'll put it up!
Japanther/Ritz Riot @ 929 XPO
Teen Daze/Supreme Cuts @ Glasslands
Active Child/Balam Acab @ Mercury Lounge
Boston plays hosts to a bevy of star-studded EDM acts in the coming months. Specifically, May & June offer up the likes of Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, and Laidback Luke (to name just a few)! With luscious tunes sweltering throughout the night, and the locales equally banging, the next few months are guaranteed to bring copious amounts of nocturnal wildness!
As is the nature of wickedly awesome fiestas, tix are scarce! The time is nigh to snag the goods, brace for mayhem, and rage volatile! May the coming months bring you plentiful shenanigans!
It has barely been a year since Rusko rattled Terminal 5‘s walls with his explosive dubstep masterpieces, but the English producer is returning to the big apple this summer to serve up another hearty helping of bass to the face.
That’s right dubstep fans, Rusko will be at Terminal 5 on May 13th, once again infecting the crowd with his wobbling and womping breakdowns!
The stop is part of his three-month-long spring tour which spans America from coast to coast, and even dips in to the Great White North for a few nights.
When the neighborhood kids have given up on trying to pry the last few Tootsie Rolls out of your plastic pumpkin candy basket, or after you just put your own little ones to bed in the wake of a sugar rush, let your goulish side come out on the dance floor this Halloween weekend. The HARD Haunted Mansion lineup is stacked with some of the world's best DJs, so come out whether you're in full costume or simply want to dance away the ghastly screams of the local youth.
Fatboy Slim will headline Friday night, supported by heavy hitters such as Rusko and Laidback Luke. Soulwax and Skrillex are Saturday's marquee performers, not to mention Major Lazer, Scream+Benga, and a dozen other artists guaranteed to get your alcohol-fueled body moving. V Squared Labs will provide the visuals, and seeing as it's Hallow's Eve, expect every beam of flourescent light to be appropriately spooky.
For tickets and more information on HARD Haunted Mansion 2011, click here.
Do you like your beats fast and your bass down low? Do you like to kick back to old school jams from one of the greatest hip-hop duos in the game? Then listen to these filthy new dubstep remixes of Outkast.
While Big Boi and Andre 3000 have split and probably won’t be hitting the studio together anytime soon, the production crew of SMKA has created a refreshing alternative.
Using beats from DJ prodigies like Rusko and Dillon Francis, SMKA has executed this dubstep project in a flawless fashion.
View the track list below and download The Dub Below on Bandcamp.
You didn’t think electronic music was going anywhere, did you?
Sounds of dub step and electro beats can be heard playing in the background of everywhere from shopping malls to restaurants these days; and that’s not even including your weekly house music hot spot. Festivals such as Coachella, Bonaroo, Electric Zoo, and Ultra have been getting rave reviews from electronic music enthusiasts, gathering tens of thousands of people every year. Although an amazing experience, these festivals tend to last for days, draining both mind and wallet. Taking that into consideration, the people over at Skullcandy are treating EDM fans to a one day festival to keep the music flowing beyond their stylish headphone gear.
As the humidity approaches unbearable and the summer days officially press on, we wanted to give you all a chance to chill out with the cooling sounds of a few dance worthy notables. With only ten days until Camp Bisco X, the anticipation and excitement surrounding the tenth annual, 3-day festival is growing at an immense pace. Thousands upon thousands of music lovers of all ages will gather at Indian Lookout Country Club on July 7 – 9 for intensive, 72 hour crash course on dance, jam and electronic music. Tickets and camping passes are still available on the CBX, so grab yours today and don’t miss this legendary event. In the In the meantime, while you're waching the clock tick at work or wherever you are, here’s some of our top draws for the upcoming weekend.
"Believe it or not, we at Insomniac are actually announcing the Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 line-up!"
The moment that thousands of anxiously waiting EDC revelers from around the world have been expecting for weeks-on-end is finally here: the official EDC line-up and time slots. With less than two weeks remaining until the June 24th kick off of the 3-day festival, it's about time this epic news be revealed.
Last year EDC received strong criticism after a 16-year-old girl died of an ecstasy overdoes during the event. A highly publicized investigation followed suit and a local legislation called on a temporary moratorium on all LA-based raves. This event, among others, created an environment that made producing the Electric Daisy Carnival at an appropriate venue in LA an insurmountable challenge for 2011. However, the show must go on, and so it will in another world-class destination-- Las Vegas. With such epic line-ups running from dusk till dawn, EDC will be sure to light up the Nevada desert with beats, dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and the greatest acts of our electronic music generation.
Already feeling that summer buzz-kill from missing out on Coachella and Sasquatch this year? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of festivals fixing to satisfy that music-hungry appetite at a much lower price than Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Check out these upcoming music festivals that will tune your ears in to some audio bliss.
What: Pitchfork Music Festival
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 15-17
Who: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Thurston Moore, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhunter, Superchunk, Ariel Pink, Curren$y + more!