So I would just like to start out by saying – Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas knows how to turn the fuck up. No questions asked. And I’m not just saying that because I’m from here but well… having gone to many of these Full Access, Prototype Industries, and Disco Donnie Presents, etc. shows – I feel like I’m deserving enough to be considered a bit of a connoisseur of the Texas EDM scene and can deem DFW as a huge factor of it. I had attended Meltdown last year and although they changed the venue this time around (which was extremely last-minute – two days before the show…YIKES!) there was no stopping to the crazy momentum they have kept up these past few years, especially with the big names they bring out.
Spring has sprung, summer is on its way, and with this, comes the unification of beautiful people all emerging together for the sole purpose of amazing music a.k.a. festival season. The EDM industry is broadening as a whole and because of this many different festivals have come about all across the US including one that is coming forth for its consecutive year, Meltdown. Meltdown music festival is happening on Saturday, the 27th of April at Quiktrip Park in Grand Prairie bringing Justice (DJ set), Flux Pavilion, Bro Safari, Gents and Jawns, + many more, and yes that’s Grand Prairie, TEXAS I’m talking about. MMIBTY has been representing a different side of the states for a while now; being a new writer, I would like to introduce a more southern aspect to things around here. Bringing together the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas EDM community – Prototype Industries, Full Access Events, and Disco Donnie Presents are presenting some big acts to Texas just like they have in the past with EDM related events such as, U.M.E (Ultimate Music Experience in South Padre Island, TX), Sun City Music Festival (El Paso, TX), and plenty of other headliners in Concert Halls/Nightclubs around this wonderful state. They don’t say everything’s bigger in Texas for nothing, that’s for sure.
So tomorrow is the supposed day the world is going to end. Some are doubtful, some are getting themselves prepared. For those who are the latter, we’ve prepared you guys an EDM survival pack. In this post, you’ll pick up some of the heaviest bass music tracks of the month so you can be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings. We’ve got some strong supporters to get us through the chaos, including Funtcase, 12th Planet, and Terravita. There are also plenty of other lesser known producers that are giving us aid for our uncertain future. Get ready for it….
We’re just days away from the NYC’s largest EDM festival and I couldn’t be more excited. Despite my (personal) issues at last year’s festival with the NYPD, I had to go back again to experience the incredible lineup that Made Event has put together for this year’s Electric Zoo. What’s more, the festival has followed in the footsteps of many others by putting together official afterparties for the first time. Spanning some of the best venues in NYC including the prominent Best Buy Theater in Times Square (formerly Nokia Theater) and the famous Roseland Ballroom, these afterparties are a surefire way to keep the party going long into the early morning, taking full advantage of NYC’s epic 4AM last call. Let’s take a look at MMIBTY’s picks for the afterhours festivities this year:
Friday 8/31 – 12th Planet, Araab Muzik, Mt. Eden, Netsky & Zeds Dead @ Best Buy Theater
What better way to kick off the first night of the festival with blaring dub in the wee hours of the morning? While Electric Zoo has had a relatively weak dubstep presence the past few years, they’ve stepped it up this year by inviting some of the biggest names in the genre to come perform. And grouping them all together for an afterparty may be a polarizing move for those who would be split between this afterparty and the Ferry Corsten and Michael Woods show at Roseland, but this is our pick for sure. Not only is Best Buy a much more intimate venue than Roseland but after finishing off the day with house, trance and Pretty Lights, chances are you’ll be interested in something a little heavier. Tickets are $45 for a limited time.
This pick is a hard one for me as Marcus Shultz, who will be performing over at Best Buy Saturday night, absolutely kills it live. But I like variety (and the Bingo Players) a lot so I have to pick the one with the most acts. Benassi is obviously a juggernaut but I think the real highlights of this evening will be the Bingo Players and Adrien Lux. While I’ve never had a chance to see either one of the latter, I can only imagine they’ll put on a hell of performance from what I’ve heard. It’s really a pick your poison kind of night. Tickets to either show will run you $55 for Saturday.
This show is a no brainer for me. An odd collection of house, electro, techno and disco (respectively) should provide for a very diverse and exciting way to finish off the last hours of the weekend. I’ve had the opportunity to see all of these acts and each one will definitely put forth a hell of a set. Tickets are $55 while supplies last and I don’t doubt this one will sell out with Labor Day the next day buying everyone another late night out. Make it down there early to catch Treasure Fingers!
Note to non-New Yorkers: Any and all drinks will run your wallet dry at these venues, so come fully lubricated. Also, not to sound like a bitch, but Roseland’s sound will make your ears bleed so you might want to consider earplugs.
All the info on every official afterparty and tickets can be found here. See you all this weekend you crazy kids.
P.S. Our friends at Magnum PR are looking to get the word out about their unofficial afterparty at downtown’s Webster Hall. On Friday night, they will be hosting one of our personal favorites Gramatik alongside Kid Koala and Paul Basic for the very low price of $5 for under 21 and $10 for 19-20 year olds with an Electric Zoo wristband, provided you make it there by midnight (so FYI you’ll have to leave Randall’s early to make it down there by 12). All the info can be found here.
This weekend some the world’s best DJs descended upon Red Rocks Amphitheater for three days of music, dancing, and good times to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Global Dance Festival. The promoter, Triad Dragons, transformed the venue into a three stage extravaganza highlighted with visual art installations, off stage entertainers, and vendors offering some of Colorado’s premier clothing and dance gear. We were given exclusive access to cover the event with us documenting the event through pictures and film, the photo galleries are attached below.
The largest annual electronic dance event in Colorado is turning ten this year, and the Triad Dragons plan to throw one hell of a party in its’ honor. Global Dance Festival transforms the Red Rocks Amplitheater in Morrison, CO into a three stage extravaganza featuring the best production, lineup, and location that Colorado sees all year. GDF uses each night as a platform to highlight the diversity within the electronic dance music (EDM) genre. And the artist selection could not be better this year.
The festival will open at 5pm on Friday and the party won’t stop until the clock strikes midnight on Sunday. Before the gates even open, Red Rocks will be alive, with the parking lots hosting over 10,000 tailgaters and party goers. Red Rocks offers free parking for its’ attendees and also still allows for the act of tailgating. Now if you have never been to Red Rocks before, we advise you to head there early and take in the sights and sounds of South Lot. Perhaps the biggest party happens before the show even begins, with the lots filling by early afternoon.
Friday opens the festival off with acts showcasing the best of house, electro, and everything in between. Headlining the night will be soon to be ex-SHM member Steve Angello. Steve was ranked #23 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 last year and also operates the hugely sucessful Size Records label. Also headlining Friday is Knife Party (made up of Swire and McGrillen of Pendulum), who are making their Colorado debut as they continue to have a break out year. Other acts to catch on Friday include Hardwell, Felix Cartal, Krewella, 3LAU, Harvard Bass, Ecotek, James Egbert, Jontron, and Dragon.
Saturday brings the powerhouse trio that is Above and Beyond to the Rocky Mountains. Ranked in the Top 5 for the past few years and currently taking the world by storm with their Group Therapy tour this will be the biggest act over the weekend. A MMIBTY favorite, Wolfgang Gartner, makes his triumphant return to Colorado after terrorizing the state with over three stops here in 2011. The rest of the lineup is somewhat all over the place with Mord Fustang bringing insane electro house and a likely on stage collaboration with Morgan Page and Nadia Ali. Other acts to catch include Dave Aude, Manufactured Superstars, EC Twins, Joman, and Hycloud.
The bass invasion occurs Sunday with co-headliners Excision and Zed’s Dead dropping heavy tunes all night long. Excision was just in Colorado it seems as he took over the Ogden Theater for an entire weekend while Zed’s Dead will bring along EP mate Omar Linx to crush Colorado once again. Dillon Francis will be teaching moombahton madness while acts like Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise, Figure, and Crizzly will continue the bass onslaught throught the evening.
The festival is offering both 3 Day and single day ticket as well as a VIP upgrade for each day that includes access to the first ten rows of each stage. Tickets can be found on Ticketmaster or at select retail locations all along the front range (LIST). Tickets are moving fast so be sure to pick yours up soon.
The set times can be found after the jump along with all of the need to know information regarding Global Dance Festival 2012.