Just a few weeks away from hectic holiday season, Insomniac has finally confirmed their White Wonderland New Year’s Eve celebration. Lineup rumors and concerns about the event’s absence in the NYE events roster can finally be laid to rest, as the full overlay of headliners has been unveiled. This Southern California event stays true to tradition by asking attendees to dress in all white attire to ring in 2014 with their headlining talent and a strictly 21+ crowd. This year, ATB, Congorock, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Laidback Luke and Steve Angello will light up the stage at the ‘New Year’s Eve gala.’ Tickets will go on sale on November 23rd here.Posted by
In what has proved to be the year of the album, the dance community has seen full-fledged studio output from both legends and newcomers alike. Released in May, Armin van Buuren’s Intense has maintained its place amongst the best-received, even holding its own against the hype of the month’s most-anticipated but now surprisingly forgotten Random Access Memories. Yet though attention spans are short the king of trance’s legacy is long, and for his latest endeavor he has invited a colorful host of characters to share in the spotlight with Intense: The More Intense Edition.
While the first release already included as unlikely a combination of collaborators as Nervo, Miri Ben-Ari and Trevor Guthrie, the official remix album features over a dozen artists on both sides of the progressive/trance divide. Ørjan Nilsen’s rework follows Michael Brun’s, Andrew Rayel segues into W&W, and on the bonus edition Dannic finds himself surrounded by the likes of Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Aly & Fila and more. With 11 Intense tracks remixed by 18 artists and two brand new Armin tunes besides, The More Intense Edition at the very least holds up to its name: This is not your average remix package.
Although best known for their more melodious and dreamy trance style, German duo Cosmic Gate’s remix of Armin’s “Pulsar” takes a different direction. The intro contains full-bodied, progressive trance synths along the lines of what fans would expect from W&W. Its high-powered buildup creates expectations for an even heavier drop, until listeners are pleasantly surprised with a more subtle, bass-filled drop. This is very unlike what we’ve heard from Cosmic Gate in the past. About halfway through the track, the melody dies down into absolute silence, and once again builds back up. The second time around, Nic and Bossi provide listeners with the heavy kicks and stabbing percussive synths which they had patiently awaited.
Want a surefire way to kick off TomorrowWorld 2013 right? Look no further than the hero Ferry Corsten, hosting his own Full On Stage on Friday, September 27th. With such a killer lineup, it might be hard to choose which artists to see…so why not stay the whole day? Given the history of Full On, Ferry will make appearances during other artists’ sets, making for some awesome b2b moments and ear-to-ear smiles. The energy levels will be through the roof at this stage from start to finish. With the the mighty Shogun kicking the stage off, followed by greats Solarstone and Sied van Riel, who needs coffee?
Trance heavyweights Cosmic Gate grace the Dancing Astronaut Radio decks for the 71st edition of Axis. Known for effortlessly combining main stage energy with a beautiful trance foundation, the duo showcase a collection of 12 tracks from a variety of artists and genres including “What We Did” from Vitodito & Daga, Mat Zo’s “Pyramid Scheme” and remixes of their own “Crushed” and “Storm Chaser” by Rafael Frost and KhomHa. Combining their trademark brand of soaring trance with the heavy hitting electro house that defines EDM’s sound in 2013, Claus and Stefan have curated a flawless mix that ebbs and flows between ethereal melodies and feverishly frantic drops.
As Cosmic Gate embark on their Wake Your Mind in Concert tour, the duo want to invite a handful of lucky fans to share a VIP experience at their performances in Toronto, New York or Los Angeles. Not only will winners receive a pair of VIP tickets to the show of their choice but they will also meet up with Claus and Stefan for some pre-show drinks.
Contest information and entry after the break.
Tomorrowland might be over but that doesn’t mean the magic has to end. In the days since the festival closed its doors livesets from the adult playground have begun to make their way onto the internet. So far Steve Angello, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke B2B Sander van Doorn B2B Dimitri Vegas, Nicky Romero B2B David Guetta B2B Afrojack have shared their sets, but now we have some additions to a list already spotted with big stars. Click below the jump to check out Cosmic Gate, Sebastian Ingrosso, Thomas Gold, Steve Aoki, and Markus Schulz’s performances.
It would require fingers and toes to count the amount of times “Animals” was heard, and the same could be said for anthems such as “Cannonball,” “Clarity,” or “Play Hard.” Beneath the most played tracks at Tomorrowland, however, certain drops stood out with significance, truly making an impression on Tomorrowland and its crowd. These tracks influenced the festival on a level only comprehendible for those immersed within its sets, stages and, most importantly, the dreamworld experience in which they created.
Dancing Astronaut was on the ground to catch the moments where select records made an impact and became symbolic of dance music’s greatest weekend; here we proudly present our soundtrack to Tomorrowland 2013.
Though ASOT 600 feels like ages ago, every new release of a track premiered on The Expedition brings the memories right back. One such tune is KhoMha’s remix of Cosmic Gate’s “Storm Chaser,” which ASOT 600 NYC attendees heard played out for the first time by none other than Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten in their first stadium appearance as New World Punx. KhoMha played up the bassline on his remix, stripping out layers of the melody and leaving only a well-crafted teched-out intensity in its place. Proving KhoMha as one to watch, his remix can be purchased as part of “Storm Chasers” remix EP on Beatport.
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At 12:45 Sunday afternoon, a voice cut across an edit of Hard Rock Sofa & Dirty Shade’s “Collapsar,” causing a still-filling Ultra Mega Structure to turn toward the sound.
“Good morning Miami!” the voice rang out. “Are you ready for The Expedition?” Heads started nodding. “Are you ready for 11 hours of A State of Trance?” A yes-shaped roar emerged.
The voice was Armin van Buuren’s, the set was Tritonal‘s, and the effect was pandemonium. Projected on screen from the on-site ASOT studio, the patriarch of the trance family beamed down at the crowd, encouraging them to give it up for their fellow Americans, the trance team from Texas that kicked off the live ASOT 600 experience and played the first of the day’s ten sets.
The episode saw Tritonal, W&W, Cosmic Gate, ATB, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, and Markus Schulz all taking to the decks, hitting the crowd with wave after wave of the sonic sounds of today’s trance. Hop below the break to journey to Miami on The Expedition.