The only thing better than a tropical vacation escape from winter’s icy grasp is a tropical electronic music festival themed vacation. This January, Mexico’s BPM Festival will bring 10 days of good music, good weather and good vibes to Playa Del Carmen for it’s 7th year of deep beats in the Mexican heat. Today, BPM has released phase 2 of their all-star lineup, which features Danny Tenaglia, Pleasurekraft, Luciano, Hot Since 82, and hundreds of other acts to make for the hottest winter dance music festival in North America. Grab 3 day, 7 day or 10 day passes here and watch the official teaser video to get an idea for what’s in store.
Now in its 25th year and still drawing thousands of artists, industry professionals and fans from across the globe, Amsterdam Dance Event remains crucial to the industry calendar. With a considerably more ‘work’ focused agenda than its American cousins, the play-hard factor of ADE remains a huge pull to labels, artists and even fans looking to get stuck in amongst this professional dance mecca. For 2013, however, the festival agenda has flown into positive overdrive. With a record number of parties from across the industry spectrum set to keep heads from pillows throughout the conference, our editors banded together to scope the events you should be hitting across the five-day event. (more…)Posted by
Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
Over 5,000 miles from home, Ultra Music Festival planted its roots in Split, Croatia last night kicking off its inaugural European event. Making way towards the sunny peninsula, we noticed much of the original Ultra allure intact. The event was properly marketed as a “destination festival” — flags of all nations were waving throughout the crowd from the main stage to the Carl Cox tent. As Miami’s annual affair brings some of the year’s biggest surprises and debuts, Ultra Europe did just the same on Day 1.
When they’re not spinning records and entertaining fans many DJs return home to their families to deliver a different kind of entertainment. They trade in their records for tutus and crowns, funny faces, cotton candy, and matching attire. In honor of Father’s Day we’ve decided to shift our focus from their DJ duties to their diaper daddy duties.
New York’s underground party brand Verboten has quite the summer in store for the New York dance music faithful. Kicking things off on the Fourth of July, they plan to throw a festival style event on the waterfront of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, with the opening event to feature Sasha, Maya Jane Coles, Davide Squillace and Bill Patrick. The second event will take place on July 27th and will host Luciano, Carl Craig, and Moodymann. These names are some of the biggest and best in the underground world, and we can’t wait to see what else Verboten has in store for the duration of festival season.Posted by
The lush green grass of The Empire Polo Club grounds swelled with half-naked twenty-somethings, bustling and buzzing like tributaries of people cutting through the crowd, flowing forth to the each of Coachella‘s six stages. The massive tents provided little relief from the desert’s sweltering heat, but underneath the Yuma tent, where Luciano would close that evening, was an air-conditioned safe haven. For those daring enough to brave the heat, the Sahara tent presented a spread of talent, including Boys Noize and Skrillex as the tandem Dog Blood. Our first day spent in Indio was defined by the Sahara and Yuma tents – and they will likely define the rest of our stay here.
Only days after The New York Times profiled some of the big changes going on in Ibiza this summer (particularly Pacha’s resistance to skyrocketing superstar DJ fees), the Cipriani hospitality group is announcing some exciting new additions to the nightlife landscape on the Balearic Islands this summer. Giuseppe Cipriani, along with former Pacha programming directors Danny Whittle and Mark Netto, will be opening Bomba Ibiza during the week of the International Music Summit on May 22nd.
Solomun, the king of the 2012 Ibiza season, has finally announced his new home for the 2013 Ibiza summer season. After rounding out a killer year with his Tuesday night residency at Sankeys, Mixmag‘s recently crowned #1 DJ and Diynamic label head will be taking over the very hot Sunday night spot at Pacha. Luciano announced his departure from this booking after three years of the Vagabundos Party at Pacha, but until now no one was clear who’d be following in his footsteps.
Solomun’s concept, “Solomun +1,” simply indicates his plan to invite one other guest each week — “someone who has inspired him and someone he enjoys to play with,” as Ibiza Spotlight reports. Pacha will make a few custom adjustments for the 20-week Sunday night run, including shifting the DJ booth to the middle of the dance floor and supporting a more sparse look that the Diynamic parties tend to favor.
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Luciano is out today with his first release of the year, a two-track experimental EP entitled Cachai/Dance Unity. Pete Tong premiered the very minimal “Dance Unity” on Radio 1 in January. Where “Rise of Angel” played beautifully to emotions, “Cachai” and “Dance Unity” play to deliberate listening and a mind open to futuristic and experimental productions. These tracks may not suit all tastes, but Luciano’s avant garde take on the tools in his digital arsenal certainly produce fascinating results.
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