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Festivals

TomorrowWorld's 2014 lineup arrives, featuring Avicii, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and more

By Jacob Schulman
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Prepare for the madness. TomorrowWorld’s first lineup announcement is here — and it’s huge. Avicii, Bassnectar, David Guetta, Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Diplo, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and Zedd are among the festival’s announced headliners, while countless other acts will also touch down in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia (southwest of Atlanta) for the second stateside incarnation of Tomorrowland on September 26-28, 2014. Up-and-comers Andrew Rayel, Dyro, The Chainsmokers, and TJR are also on the bill, alongside established names like John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, and Laidback Luke.

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Music News

Deadmau5 fires back at Arcade Fire's 'real instruments' comments

By Beatport News Editors
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Today, it’s Canadian dance-music god Deadmau5 in a grudge match against Canadian indie-rock gods Arcade Fire. You may recall recently, when, during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set, frontman Win Butler took a couple cheap shots at dance music’s rise to prominence by, one, bringing some pretty rough Daft Punk imitators onto the stage with him to play a slowed-down version of “Get Lucky,” and two, shouting out “all the bands still playing instruments at this festival.” Well, Deadmau5, being the confrontational guy that he is, has fired back at the band on—you guessed it—Twitter, saying, “arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?” among many other things.

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Think you know your stuff? Take a Diplo trivia quiz!

By Beatport News Editors
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Before the internet became the world’s largest repository of unnecessary lists, it was the world’s largest repository of unnecessary trivia quizzes. Well, consider today a step back in time to the golden age of simple tests of knowledge, as you show yourself (and, presumably, those with whom you’ll share such a thing on your Facebook page) just how well you know producer/DJ/impresario Diplo.

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Moving Pictures

Skrillex unveils final Takeovers wrap video from Barcelona; watch all four now

By Beatport News Editors
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Skrillex may just deserve to take a break finally. After all, the guy’s just wrapped up the release campaign for his first full-length album, scored numerous magazine covers, and held down a residency tour of four major cities around the globe—but of course, he’s not even close to being done yet. In the midst of his continually ramped-up activity, his Nest HQ portal found the time to release another after-video of his final stop on the Takeovers tour, from Barcelona.

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FACT takes a look at the new stars of album art and design

By Beatport News Editors
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Despite the claims of many that the art of the album sleeve is lost within the digital world, there are still a number of brilliant artists working to translate the themes of our favorite music into things of visual beauty. Like Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver before them, today’s cover artists use all manner of techniques to make our favorite tracks pop—particularly if you find them on the shelves of your local record shop. In that spirit, FACT has gone and plucked a handful of the most prolific and thought-provoking visual artists working today in the medium of album art for a series of interviews.

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Festivals

Ultra Music Festival releases wrap video of 16th edition entitled U Are Beautiful

By Beatport News Editors
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Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”

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Festivals

HARD Red Rocks returns with Nero, Dillon Francis, and Rudimental; get tickets now

By Beatport News Editors
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There’s no better place to see the stars—and a show—than at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s one of the main reasons why HARD is returning to this idyllic, open-air amphitheatre for its second year on July 31st. This time out, UK electronic act Nero and American moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis, 26, will share headline duties alongside special guests Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore and Samo Sound Boy. Get tickets here now.

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