Identity Festival 2012 officially gets under way tomorrow, but if you’ve yet to purchase tickets, you might not have to. We’ve teamed up with festival organizers to bring Dancing Astronaut readers the opportunity to win one of two packages to make the experience that much better.
Two lucky winners will win a pair of general admission tickets to any Identity date of their choice (not including San Francisco, San Diego, or New York), an iHome iP4 boombox, a Remix watch, and some other miscellaneous rave goodies. All you have to do to enter is join through the Punchtab giveaway, and we’ll choose a winner by Monday morning. Full details below!
Insomniac made its first move in New York earlier this year with the inaugural EDC NY, and the massive event company looks to continue its American expansion. We’re hearing from sources familiar with Insomniac’s plans that the company will be bringing its Beyond Wonderland event to the San Francisco Bay Area this September. While this information is (for now) unconfirmed, we’re hearing that the event will touch down in late September, with Saturday the 29th being the most likely date currently being thrown around.
Beyond Wonderland has previously been relegated to San Bernadino, taking place at the NOS Event Center for the past three years, while one event was held in Seattle. Our sources could not pinpoint an exact location for the San Francisco event, but it’s safe to say it will be large. (The most recent installment drew over 45,000 people in March.) We expect to hear more soon, so stay tuned!
The latest Afrojack release has been a long time coming, but “Rock The House” is finally here. First debuted at Ultra Music Festival 2012 and showcased again at EDC Vegas and New York, Afrojack’s latest piece of musical magic has finally been released to the world on Beatport. Afrojack told Dancing Astronaut that it’s “really inspired by the old school Daft Punk harps and bigroom proggy sound,” adding that he “hope[s] everyone likes it.” Judging by the massive reaction the track has gotten on the festival circuit in its pre-release phase, it’s safe to say the response will be equally enormous.
Nicky Romero and Fedde Le Grand team up for their first collaboration since “Freaky”/”Slacking“, “Sparks,” which has been released today on Beatport through Fedde’s Flamingo Records. Featuring the vocals of Matthew Koma, the same vocalist on Alesso’s upcoming “Years,” the latest single from Nicky and Fedde combines powerful electro synths with a solid buildup and super catchy melody. You may remember “Sparks” for its awesome UMF teaser video or its placement in our very own Axis podcast mixed by Nicky himself, but either way, it’s in your best interest to hit the Beatport link below and enjoy this track on full blast.
Note: The original mix released today comes without the vocal from Matthew Koma
Afrojack is at the main stage of EDC Vegas 2012. He kneels behind the turntables with tour manager Ludvie taking in a tribute to, well, himself. A mashup of his biggest tunes blasts through the speakers, while an accompanying video (that he also made himself) is displayed on the enormous LED screens that surround him. Nick Van De Wall is smiling, and he’s mouthing along to the words just like the um-teen-thousand other people packed in to the Kinetic Field on the first night of EDC Vegas 2012. As usual, he starts off with a simple question: “Las vegas, are you motherfuckers ready for some Afrojack music?”
Nick Van de Wall passed the significant milestone of 1 million likes on Facebook earlier this week, and he has decided to release a 38 minute video showing the highlights of two of his biggest gigs of late — EDC Las Vegas and New York — in a new level of intimacy. He was generous enough to share the video with Dancing Astronaut readers first, so keep reading for some of the highlights.
Great Monday morning news for those of you who can’t make the trip to Belgium for Tomorrowland this year: the entire festival will be broadcast on YouTube for three days in July, the 27th, 28th, and 29th. Billboard.biz broke the news this morning on the “first-of-its-kind live-stream-meets-produced-program” opportunity, which will combine live music streams along with behind-the-scenes footage to give folks an unprecedented look into how things are going down for seven hours a day.
Tomorrowland’s founder Michiel Beers told Billboard that since they couldn’t sell everyone a ticket, “it was important to us to bring them something high-quality they could experience at home.” After the success of the Tomorrowland aftermovie last year on YouTube, the decision to use the world’s largest video sharing service was a no-brainer.
Sebastian Ingrosso has gone on record in an interview with BBC Radio 1′s Vernon Kay, discussing the rise of Swedish House Mafia and revealing some secrets about the trio. For starters, he says that the group will finally debut its newest track, reportedly titled “Don’t You Worry Child,” tonight at Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK. (You may remember that it was nearly completed around Coachella, but never came to fruition then.) He says that he’s actually working on it at the time of the interview, and that the guys will ride that out before starting to release more solo stuff.
When asked about their meteoric rise, he says that “it went big,” before adding that “we need to stop to breathe it in a little bit, ‘cuz everything went so fast… so big.” When asked about the highlights of their run, he mentions tonight’s Milton Keynes Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and the upcoming Friends Arena shows in Sweden. “I think looking back at it, every single show is a highlight.” He says it’s an “incredible feeling” to “make someone smile with something that you’ve created.”
Hear the whole interview for yourself at the link below, it starts around 1:47:30.
Via: BBC Radio 1
Well, it wasn’t slated to go live until tomorrow, but we’re pleased to inform you that you can stream the entire UMF movie, Can U Feel It, online right now. All it takes is a tweet or Facebook like and you’ll be transported to see the entire one hour movie. The folks over at Ultra even provided a handy checklist to maximize your viewing party potential, and promise to send out free gear and tickets to those who tweet photos with the hashtag #CanUFeelIt. So, take a break from the sun this Saturday afternoon and get your UMF on. You know you want to.
We’ve been fans of Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Radio podcast since the beginning, and we’re excited to inform you that episode five will be premiered not on iTunes like past episodes, but on SiriusXM’s Electric Area. The latest installment of the Swedish House Mafia member’s radio show will be aired for the first time today at 4PM EST, with replays happening Saturday at 9PM, Monday at 8PM, and Thursday at 11PM.
Of course, Refune Radio will also be made available on iTunes, though it won’t be until next Friday July 20th. In the meantime, feel free to subscribe to the show on iTunes — and it doesn’t hurt to subscribe to our own Axis podcast while you’re at it either.
Update: We’ve been tipped on a rip of the show that’s live on SoundCloud right now. Listen to it below.
You may have heard that Thomas Gold will be returning to New York’s Governors Island this August, but what you haven’t heard is that you have a chance to win a trip to the show courtesy of the man himself. A new contest on Thomas’ website will send one lucky winner and a friend to either his Governors Island show on August 12th, another pair to his show at Pacha Ibiza on the 24th with Axwell and Pete Tong. The winner will receive flights, accommodations, and entry for two people, while all entrants will receive a free five-minute mini mix of Thomas’ Axtone Presents Thomas Gold compilation as a consolation prize.