Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Though it took until the week of to sell out, expectations ran alarmingly high for Eric Prydz’ return to New York City. On the day of the show, nearly every dance music enthusiast without tickets was clamoring for a last minute chance to see the one and only Pryda.
While there was no shortage of hype for the show, there was a shortage of space at the venue, Beekman Beach Club, which filled up quickly and felt at or near-capacity by midnight. If you did your homework, this wouldn’t have been a surprise; Beekman has had its fair share of misfortunes this summer. Unfortunately for excited Pryda fans in New York City, the night did not exactly go according to plan.
Five minutes before Showtek was set to perform on the Rockstar dubstep stage at Identity Festival Wantagh, they were told that they would have to play mainstage because Madeon missed his flight. Many of you probably recognize the name ‘Showtek’ from recent collaborations with Hardwell and Tiesto, but what you don’t know is just how hard these Dutchmen go. Consisting of Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, the two brothers are not only bringing hardstyle to the USA but they brought the crowd to life before Eric Prydz, and surprised many attendees with their skills. If you’ve never listened to hardstyle then you must read below the break for 5 tracks you need to know.
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!
With EDC NY under our belts, the festival season is about to get into full swing. There’s an insane amount of festivals taking place this summer, and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Luckily for you, we’ve collected them all together for you in one convenient location where you can find lineup info, dates and venues, and of course, our own take on what sets each festival apart from the rest. Click through below for the entire list, but be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be updating this as more festivals are announced!
After a pretty successful tour last summer, we had a feeling that Identity Festival would be back, but what we didn’t expect was its announced headliner. Eric Prydz will officially be headlining the event when it kicks off on July 19th, and he will be joined by Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Arty, Noisia, Showtek, and “many more.” We’ll admit that the initial lineup isn’t the most impressive we’ve ever seen, but the fact that Eric Prydz AKA Pryda AKA Cirez D will be making his way to the United States for it is pretty damn incredible.
Tickets for the event are on sale right now, so head over to LiveNation for the details. Did we mention they’re only $25? We’re working on nailing down the finalized lineup but check out the dates and locations past the break.
“Where My Head’s At” is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that gives readers a quick glimpse into an editor’s personal music tastes and how they developed. Subject matter will be all over the map, but we want to let you get a feel for individual editors, and where their heads are at.
Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) may have been crowned America’s Best DJ this summer, but he’s held the top spot in my mind — and iTunes library — for years. I was a hip-hop-obsessed high schooler until I stumbled upon Beatport and, with it, Kaskade’s 2006 album, Love Mysterious. As soon as I heard the lush, guitar-laden “4AM,” I was hooked. Kaskade’s sound and skills have grown exponentially since then, with more down-tempo tracks giving way to pounding, club-ready singles and a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix that I still can’t stop talking about. He’s now struck the perfect balance: ethereal synths and breathy vocals supported by basslines with just the right amount of party-starting kick. I’m all for Dutch or dubstep during a night out, but Raddon’s music has the ability to transcend circumstance: “Don’t Stop Dancing” will sound just as good on a Sunday afternoon as it did the night before.
The September 4th Identity Festival show originally scheduled to take place at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernadino has been moved to the Palladium in Hollywood. As of now, no specific reason for the move has been given, but we doubt too many folks will complain as most San Bernadino EDM events usually attract the LA crowd anyway. The official statement reads, “With the holiday weekend commute and traffic expected we decided it was best to be in the thick of Hollywood for IDENTITY in its inaugural year.” If you havent bought tickets for the Los Angeles show on September 4th, they are still available here.
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Hopefully you scored your $20 tickets to IDENTITY Festival yesterday, because today that deal got a little sweeter for fans in the tri-state area. The one and only Avicii was just added to the Jones Beach show on August 21st, along with the Manufactured Superstars. The Disco Biscuits have also been added to that same show in addition to their existing appearance at the PNC Bank Arts Center. For now, tickets are still available, but seriously, if you haven’t bought yet, what are you waiting for?
Update: At long last, we’ve finally gotten word of LA’s lineup. When the touring megashow hits the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernadino on September 4th, you can expect the usual lineup, albeit without headliner Kaskade (and Avicii). Though this might make some LA partiers a bit upset, on the upside they’re selling tickets for the same $20 everyone else had access to yesterday all day tomorrow, July 17. Hit this link if you’re game.Posted by
The ID Festival is just over a month away from rolling into cities across America, and headliner Kaskade has just dropped this three minute video clip talking up the show. He points out that this is unlike anything he’s ever done in the past, and that the whole tour bus / traveling stage setup is “very rock and roll.” The mega DJ goes on to mention that he’s putting together some special stuff in conjunction with some of ID’s other big acts (fellow headliner Steve Aoki got a curious shoutout), and seeing him chat in an intimate setting has us even more excited about what’s in store. Check out the whole video to see for yourselves, and don’t forget to hit this link to purchase tickets before other people realize how awesome this is going to be and they all sell out. Thank us later.