When Swedish House Mafia first announced the Black Tie Rave concept, some fans were confused. Attending a rave in cocktail attire isn’t typical, but it is unique. Despite the confusion, as with everything the trio do, demand was high and the first round of tickets disappeared quickly raising over $437,000 in the process. Auction number two takes place this Friday beginning at 10am. We anticipate the demand will be similarly high, so prepare to bid quickly. The starting price is $100 and the proceeds will benefit both the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the Save the Children foundation – in memory of the lives lost in the Newtown tragedy.
“During the process of planning the Black Tie Rave, the Newton tragedy happened and we decided that as we had already raised more money than we had hoped for, that we would add Save The Children to the list of charities who will benefit from this event. Their work helping children who have suffered violence of all kinds is incredible and it felt right to bring them into what fundraising efforts we can achieve through this tour.”
As much as Hurricane Sandy victims could have used a water raft signed by Steve Aoki when the floods hit, the deflated vessel may help them yet.
This week, Ultra Music announced that it would auction signed artist memorabilia on eBay to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Ranging from an Araabmuzik-autographed MPC pad to Fedde le Grand’s personal UDG bag, the auctioned items can be viewed here. All proceeds will go to the MusicCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, so bid away guilt-free.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, members of the dance music community have stepped up to try and help relief efforts. For his part, Figure has released a free remix of Citizen Cope’s “Lifeline” but is giving fans the option to donate funds to the cause instead. He says, “This remix seems fitting for what’s going on today, so releasing it into the wild with hopes it raises awareness for our friends along the Eastern seaboard who need a little lifeline right now.” Even if it’s just the $1.99 you might have paid for the song on iTunes, we hope you all contribute.
The heavy bass and wobbles Figure applies to the song mesh well with Citizen Cope’s vocals. Wompy dubstep remixes of seemingly out of place slow songs often result in beautifully haunting renditions — “Lifeline” is no exception.