North America's first and only touring electronic music festival experience, IDENTITY, is set to take over Northern and Southern California this upcoming weekend. Last year each of IDENTITY's San Diego and San Francisco shows drew crowds of more than 15,000. With the 2012 New York IDENTITY leg selling out in just 24 hours, demand is expected to be similarly high for the California dates this year.
IDENTITY's line-up features the most cutting-edge acts in EDM presenting them in some of America's most storied venues, arenas that were long reserved for rock bands. Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Nero, Arty, Showtek, Noisia and more will be joining IDENTITY this summer. A talent break-down for each California show is listed below.
IDENTITY welcomes back Rockstar Energy Drink as its festival stage sponsor, as well as returning sponsors Emazing Lights, Slurpee, Let's Rage, Throwed and Unique Squared. IDENTITY will also have exclusive playlists on Rdio to accompany the festival. New to the IDENTITY festival this year are Miller Genuine Draft, TIGI Bedhead and LifeStyles Condoms.
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IDENTITY California Line-Ups are:
8/17 San Francisco - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, Hardwell, Bingo Players, Showtek, Noisia, Doctor P, Arty, Le Castle Vania, Eva Simmons, The Eye, Audrey Napoleon
8/18 San Diego - Cricket Amphitheatre
Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Bingo Players, Showtek, Noisia, Arty, Le Castle Vania, Eva Simons, The Eye, Audrey Napoleon
IDENTITY is set to make it's final stop on Monday 8/19 as the tour caps off its month-long journey in Phoenix, Arizona at the Pavilion Amphitheatre.
“The Glastonbury of dance festivals, this bold, colourful and gigantic event packs more into one electrifying day than other, lesser dance events would dare explore in their lifetime.” (Virtual Festivals)
For nearly two decades, ID&T’s Mysteryland has been THE outstanding highlight of the Dutch festival season. This year, on August 25th 2012, the nineteenth edition of the globally celebrated one-day event will once again take place at the stunning 163 acre space that is Floriade terrain, just a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital, Amsterdam. With even more investment, time and effort pumped into every last detail than ever before – including flawless production and beautiful art installations, to world-beating lineup, mind-blowing new stage designs and surprises galore – Mysteryland 2012 is guaranteed to be a sure-fire sell out.
Be sure to keep Saturday 28th April, 10.00AM CET firmly penned in your diary. This will be your opportunity to obtain passes to what will be, hands down, and as per usual - the most exceptional dance music event in the Dutch festival calendar. Tickets are priced at €75 and are available exclusively from the official Mysteryland website – visit www.mysteryland.com
Due to the sheer demand expected both internationally and domestically this year, ID&T have opted for a ‘first come first served’ queuing system powered by ticketing partner ‘Paylogic’, who’ve a proven track record in dealing with events of this size. The queue will start at 10.00AM (as soon as tickets go on sale), and the website will keep track of your position in line. BE WARNED – DO NOT press F5/refresh – this will automatically take you back to the end of the line, and diminish your chances!
This year sees the addition of the brand new and super massive ‘ Big Top’, the biggest tent ID&T have ever used. Inside, some of the hottest names in electronica will be tending to the decks and shaking Mysteryland to its very core. A-List guests in the brand new ‘Big Top’ will include Swedish wunderkind Avicii, Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, French house maestro Martin Solveig and Holland’s very own Hardwell. The closing of Mysteryland each year is always one of the many highlights where no expense is spared; the man honoured with the task of closing The Big Top is the nation’s favourite - the one and only Fedde le Grand.
The remainder of Mysteryland’s twelve stages are marked by diversity. A-Trak presents his Fools Gold Clubhouse stage with guests including Fake Blood, Tiga and Riton, while Loco Dice, Reboot and Simian Mobile Disco will be headlining the new open air Monade Stage; there’s Drum & Bass by UK bass legend Goldie; techno by stars such as Jeff Mills and Speedy J; the all time favourite Dirty Dutch Stage with music provided by the likes of Chuckie, Zedd, Dillon Francis and Porter Robinson; hardstyle from Headhunterz and Zany; deep house by Seth Troxler, Subb-an and Laura Jones…the list of international and homegrown heroes goes on and on! For full lineup and stage details, please see below, or visit the official Mysteryland website – www.mysteryland.com
The Mysteryland Experience
Aside from delivering a truly world class lineup of musical talent year-in year-out, Mysteryland is renowned for being a creatively diverse, forward-thinking and above all BEAUTIFUL festival that dedicates extensive effort and resources towards creating truly magical and breathtaking surroundings for it’s guests. Revelers can feel free to dive into a plethora of workshops and other interactive activities to pass the time, should the music get too much. So you can either dance into the night, or let your creativity flow; or both, it’s up to you!
Tree House Festival
This year Mysteryland organizers are creating a spectacular Tree House Festival comprising multiple canopy-high hangouts where party people can climb into, chill out and enjoy small concerts, spoken word performances and much more. This is a first for any dance festival in the world and it’s shaping up to be a jaw dropping addition!
Every year, Mysteryland producers ID&T NL work exceptionally hard to inspire all of their visitors and partners into embracing more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. With a solid aim to raise environmental consciousness among future generations, the festival is at the forefront of the industry when it comes to all things ‘green’.
Mysteryland offers a wide range of culinary delights; from pizza to pancakes, tapas to Mexican, vegetarian, vegan and organic; anybody who’s been to Mysteryland in the past can vouch for the fact that this festival has it all when it comes to cuisine. Another first this year is the introduction of the Bollywood snack bar 'Oelalal Masala Dosa' – providing yet more diversity for those in need of a bite to eat.
Just like years gone by, Mysteryland 2012 are providing some pretty amazing Sleepover Packages for its international guests – and some of the really lazy Dutch ones too! All packages include a full Mysteryland day pass, transfer to and from the festival, as well as access to the super secret after party in Amsterdam. Accommodation differs between just one overnight stay in a nearby hotel, to bungalows for you and your friends near the beach. For the first time this year they have also included the option of flights from London, Oslo and Copenhagen, so if all you want to do is party and think about nothing else – you can let them plan your entire trip! Travel packages go on sale HERE at the same time as all other tickets – 10.00AM CET, Saturday 28th April, 2012.
Keep right up to date with all things Mysteryland at the following online portals.
On Friday 27th January the Essential Mix goes LIVE from Hull City Hall as Porter Robinson joins Fedde Le Grand, Chuckie and Judge Jules for a very special night!
Tune in live from 11PM GMT on Friday 27th January to hear Porter Robinson live on Radio 1’s world famous Essential Mix, and listen again for 7 days after via BBC iPlayer. For full information on the entire event, click here.
This New Year's Eve, a number of this year's most highly regarded electronic music acts will be heading to Dallas to headline the event, which has quickly become one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the country. Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Dada Life, Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi and Porter Robinson round out the star-studded roster of "Lights All Night," a two-day event being held in Dallas on December 30th & 31st.
This year’s “Lights All Night” festival is set to be the biggest yet, with an explosive lineup that also includes: Sandro Silva, Diplo, Flux Pavilion, Excision, RJD2, Archnemesis, Crizzly, Big Gigantic, Bonobo, Paper Diamond, White Panda, Zoogma, Girl Talk, Ghostland Observatory, MSTRKRFT, Neon Indian, Pendulum, Caspa, Zeds Dead, The M Machine, Treasure Fingers, Kill The Noise, Savoy, Michal Menert, Nadis Warriors and Govinda.
The event will boast state-of-the-art production that is set to include a captivating light show, live dancers and a dynamic array of art installations. “Lights All Night” will showcase performances on three main stages, dubbed Dance Hall, Bass Hall and Groove Hall.
A suicide Tuesday is a slang term for the weekday blues one might experience after an especially good weekend of partying. For me, Tuesday is usually the day my ears stop ringing and the posts, texts and photos from my friends have all been exchanged and have slowed to a trickle of new updates. For the purposes of this blog, the Suicide Tuesday post is going to be a weekend recap of live shows and events; by Tuesday, official photos and videos are often up and the tracklist is usually already ascertained.
If you're reading this, I hope you made history this weekend along with Tiesto and over 26,000 other people, including yours truly. If you were unable to make it or, like me, dancing as close to the stage as possible, here is the complete scope of the maximal crazy finale. Skip to around 6:45 if you want to go straight to the fireworks. Wear a sweater, tis goosebump inducing.
Words can't describe how truly unforgettable this night was, so I won't even attempt it, but I'll let you relive it yourself. For a video of the end of Porter's set, videos of the full Dada Life and Tiesto sets, a full tracklist for Tiesto and a downloadable zip containing all the songs in his set, click past the jump.
Since the bass heavy parts tend to get drowned out in the Tiesto videos, the vids are more useful to gauge the size of the crowd and the energy of his show. However, we do have a full tracklist + downloads of all the songs if that's more your style.
Although I first snagged the tracklist here, Jon Rieks at thisrieks.com was kind enough to put up downloadable links to the entire set. I grabbed the few songs I didn't have already and threw it all together in a .zip (alphabetical, not in the order of the set...fml)
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that Tiesto has been on his US College Invasion Tour for the past month and half, hitting some of the biggest party schools as well as popular suggestions from college kids on his facebook page. It culminates tomorrow night in what is being billed as the largest single DJ show in US history when 25,999 fans and I show up to the Home Depot Arena in LA to see the likes of Porter Robinson, Dada Life, and Diplo as well as the god himself, Tiesto.
Continue past the jump for some huge jams from these artists to bump in your pregame, as well as some bangers that have been showing up in their recent mixes.
If you're as big of a fan of Porter Robinson as I am, then today is your lucky day. The 19-year old prodigy from North Carolina just released his new EP, and all I have to say: WOW! Not only are there some solid electro tracks with great vocals, but Porter also dabbles in some dubstep, and even Moombahton! There are also some noteworthy remixes by artists like Kill the Noise, Mikkas, and Knife Party. Please support the artist and purchase the EP on beatport, you wont regret it.
A second six pack coming your way, this week all from artists hitting the decks today/night at Insomniac'sAudiotistic Festival. Was super bummed to hear about Arty being forced to cancel due to visa issues, but still hoping to hear each of these tracks at some point during the night. Cheers!
This track is absolutely INSANE!!! Both drops are killers (especially with some real speakers n bass), just try and block out that it's Lady Gaga singing... or just start the track at 1:44... either works.
Most of us have already heard Porter Robinson's massive remix of this track, but recently released were 2 new remixes of the Spencer & Hill track Less Go! Chrizz Luvly ventures to go even one step dirtier than Porter and Glitter jumps in with a progressive mix. Enjoy.