Lightning in a Bottle may be one of the coolest American festivals you’ve yet to hear about. Taking place in Southern California, the multi-day festival is akin to a mix of Burning Man’s community with Boulder, Colorado’s music scene. Known for its glitch-hop and downtempo-driven lineups, countless art exhibits, yoga sessions and theatrical performances, the Do Lab’s full-fledged festival is a one-of-a-kind experience.
This year’s lineup features visionary Nicolas Jaar, bass music champion Rusko, glitch-hop/dubstep star Griz, downtempo/ambient producers Emancipator and Tycho, Paper Diamond, Pantryraid, Eskmo, Kastle, Gigamesh, Goldroom, and many more. The Do Lab always makes a point to highlight upcoming and under-appreciated talent, and this year’s lineup is no exception. If you’re in search of a festival off the beaten path of the larger, house-centric raves, look no further than Lightning in a Bottle, taking place July 11th through July 15th.
Though the Phase 1 lineup was leaked last week by Avicii, Ultra officially announced the complete Phase 1 today. While the headlining acts haven’t changed, Ultra has included a plethora of new “live” acts for the first installment of their lineup. DA favorite Disclosure have been added, along with Major Lazer, Modestep, and Rudimental. Check out the full lineup here. In tandem with their Phase 1 release, Ultra has already begun hyping Phase 2, claiming their intentions to create “a lineup that will fuse the mainstream and the underground…a lineup complete with an unprecedented array of Deep House and Techno artists.” With Richie Hawtin on the bill and Carl Cox returning with his famous stage, Ultra is laying the foundation to fulfill this promise. The biggest question on my mind remains: where is Pryda?
Ultra has also released the official Phase 1 teaser video, and as expected, it’s quite tantalizing. Watch the video above, and start preparing for the Phase 2 announcement.
Ultra Music Festival organizers promised “something else to share” in terms of their 2013 plans, and we can finally reveal what they’re up to. Taking a page out of Coachella’s book, Ultra Music Festival 2013 — the 15th anniversary of the event — will be held on two back to back weekends anchoring Miami Music Week, March 15th-17th and March 22nd-24th. At this point in time, it’s unconfirmed whether both lineups will be truly identical or not, but it’s safe to say that there will be quite a bit of overlap between the two festivals. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, October 17th, though we don’t know exactly what time yet. Be sure to check back for more information — we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
Update: Watch the full announcement video below.
Update 2: UMF has just posted another update on its Facebook page clarifying confusion about the multiple weekends. It sounds like the lineups will be relatively similar both weekends, but set times and stages will change from one week to the next. Ultra enthusiasts who simply have to be there will also be able to buy passes “at a slightly discounted combined price.” Check out the full update on Ultra’s Facebook page.
At Dancing Astronaut, we know that going to live shows is a community experience at heart. You compete with friends to be the first to find out about events. Then one of you jumps on the tickets for everyone when they go on sale. Then you figure out the rest: carpools, hotels, sharing key tracks with that one friend who just needs a little convincing… the list goes on.
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Calling all lions, tigers, and bears: opening day for Electric Zoo is fast approaching and the set times have finally been released. Our most notable observation from the announcement is that the main stage closers are not who we anticipated. In fact, it seems Made Event is giving progressive house the finger — a rare and potentially controversial choice within the festival circuit. Pretty Lights is closing out Friday evening over David Guetta, Above & Beyond instead of Axwell on Saturday, and Skrillex over Tiesto on Sunday. We’re pleasantly surprised by this decision and equally curious to see the reaction from fans.
Another observation worth noting is the absence of Kavinsky who was originally scheduled to perform on Friday at the Fool’s Gold Clubhouse. We’re not sure what happened there, but we are disappointed.
Finally in conjunction with the set time announcement Made Event has released their mobile app, which is available for Android or iPhone. The app allows you to create a custom schedule, includes a map of the grounds, push notifications for breaking festival news, food and art information, and more. You can download the free app from Made Event’s website, here or via the app store on your phone.
Read on for the full list of set times — and be sure to check DA often in the lead up to the festival for our own tips and suggestions. Happy planning! (more…)
We have exciting news for New York residents — or at least Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Knows, and Alesso do. Taking a page from the SHM playbook, Sebastian Ingrosso has just announced his latest puzzle, and it is not as secret as it seems. The cube holds the letters to form the names of Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, and Otto Knows with the question “All mixed up on Halloween?” in front of the NY skyline. If the event does fall on Halloween weekend as the teaser implies, it will coincide with the launch of Sensation USA — another very high profile New York event. We aren’t sure of any other information just yet, but with the recent Avicii Radio City announcement, something tells us that this venue is going to be big. If you’re trying to party Swedish style on Halloween this year, it’s probably best to hold off on making plans just yet.
Update: There’s a new clue that just hit the web, and it entails dialing a phone number: 855-ALL-MIXED-UP
Update 2: New Rubiks cube available above… Do we see the letters for ‘Pier 94′?
The last time Dayglow came to New York City, it was Alesso and Benny Benassi going hard in the paint at Pier 94 — on New Years Day. Dayglow is returning to the Big Apple on July 15th, and it is relocating to to Brooklyn. The festival will be taking place at the new BK Festival Grounds on Stillwell Avenue. Like another Brooklyn-bound festival — and continuing a trend we are not exactly fond of — Dayglow isn’t announcing the headliners just yet. However, given the number of events taking place, you might be able to figure it out by process of elimination. Tickets are on sale today at Noon EST, and we’ll have the lineup info ASAFP.
Update: Chuckie has taken to Twitter and declared: “Dayglow party in NYC?! Count me in…” It’s still not a 100% confirmation, but things look likely, especially considering his followup Tweet of “Where Brooklyn at!!!!!”
Update 2: (June 25) We can now confirm to you exclusively that Dayglow Brooklyn will be headlined by Chuckie, with support from Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, as well as Dayglow resident DJ David Solano.
Update 3: (July 13) Uh oh, Dayglow Brooklyn has been postponed due to a “last minute reversal in granting the event its sound permit.” Organizers promise to honor existing tickets on the new date, and that refunds will be given for those who can’t make it.
It’s official, folks. The set times for EDC Las Vegas are here. As we expected, there are plenty of excruciating choices to make (the most noteworthy being between Armin or Richie Hawtin on Saturday night). What we didn’t expect are some of the surprise sets — Steve Aoki, for example, will be performing twice (once with Afrojack and once with the Blue Man Group). We’ll also be getting a special guest on the dubstep stage.
You probably won’t be able to see every single minute of every single one of your favorite artists. But really, that isn’t a reason to be sad. Every single DJ at EDC is worth the price of admission, and there won’t be a bad set the entire weekend. This is the biggest dance festival in North American history, backed by Insomniac’s legendary production. This is where stars are born and legends make history. This will be a weekend you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Click past the break for the full schedule. Let us know where you’ll be and which slot times you’re most conflicted about in the comments. See you all in Vegas!
Advance tickets for the 2013 installment of the Indio-based Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival went on sale this morning at 10am PDT as planned. With no knowledge of the lineup and eleven months away, eager concert-goers swarmed on the availability – a testament to the unrivaled experience the desert-based festival offers. Just four hours later, the Coachella team confirmed that GA tickets for both weekends were sold out.
VIP and Lake Eldorado tents and teepees for both weekends are still available for those inclined to spend a bit more money. If you missed out on the GA pre-sale, you’re going to have to wait for the general sale scheduled for early next year.
As promised, Goldenvoice has finally shed some light on the cryptic tweet sent out Friday. The 2013 installment of the Indio-based Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will again take place over two weekends – April 12-14 and April 19-21 – and advance ticket sales begin Thursday, May 17th at 10am PDT. GA tickets will sell for $349, while a VIP ticket will set you back $799. However, you won’t get hit with supplemental service charges and various fees this year. The advance sale opportunity is scheduled to run for one week but we doubt the ticket allotment will last that long — general sale will happen early next year.
This announcement debunks all rumors floating around – third or fourth weekend, fourth day, etc – with the only major variation from last year’s format being the fully-loaded ticket price. Perhaps there are more announcements in tow for Goldenvoice, so stay tuned. Head over to the Coachella website for answers to frequently asked questions regarding next year’s festival.