If you know Dutch dance festivals, it’s likely that Q-dance events are well on your radar. Over the weekend, the festival franchise held its Defqon.1 installment—and now there’s video of the epic Endshow and Closing Ritual. Fans of hardstyle, jump style, hard dance, hard dubstep—hard-anything, really—will dig the 30-odd minutes of extreme bass and melody that accompanies what is clearly one of the most over-the-top stage set-ups in modern dance-festival production.
Yep, President Obama’s got a new video, too, and it’s a doozie of a clip of him singing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Weird, huh? Peep it after the jump.
Finally, festival season is upon us. And there’s nothing more exciting than being surrounded by like-minded folks while listening to hours of music under the shining sun. That being said, seasoned festival-goers and new, shiny faces alike need to make sure that they are prepared in order to have a successful and enjoyable experience. There is nothing worse than getting halfway to your destination and realizing that you forgot to pack earplugs and extra cellphone power. That’s why we pulled together the brain trust and compiled a list of 10 festival must-haves that will keep you dancing and happy. Don’t get caught out!
Netherlands producer Headhunterz (aka Willem Rebergen) has often been cited as one of the leaders of the hardstyle genre and movement. He recently began his foray into curating through his own imprint, Hard With Style Records. In the midst of his current brief tour in the US, including a set at Electric Daisy Carnival last Friday in New York, Rebergen took the time to answer a couple questions about what he’s been up to recently, how he got his start in dance music, and his newly launched label.
The summer season is nearly upon us, and, like you, we can’t wait to get partying in the sun. Fortunately, there’s a slew of awesome festivals in our midst, a few of which have just announced their lineups. Without further ado, here’s a handful of gatherings we’re getting stoked on.
“No government. No rules. Just go out and have a good time.” That’s the opening salvo of Underground Zero, the first film we’d like to highlight in a new weekly feature called Friday Matinee, in which we’ll hip you to a classic dance-music film or documentary that you can absorb over the weekend.
We were cautiously excited to hear today that Diplo has apparently signed on with 20th Century Fox Pictures to both exec-produce and star in a film about dance music—a sort of 8 Mile meets Project X for the raver set, it would seem. While we can’t offer much more than that info, we’ve gotta say that these types of films have a history of ending up kinda silly when they hit the big—or small—screen. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a series of the silliest dance-music movies out there.
Sure it’s just February, but with festival-announcement season in full swing, it’s high time we took a look at the most promising dance-music gatherings of the year ahead. Whether it’s been going for 20 years, like Barcelona’s venerable Sónar Festival, or if it’s a relative newcomer to the scene, like Playa Del Carmen’s BPM Fest, if it rocks, it’s got our attention—and hopefully yours, too. Read on for a killer list of must-attend parties this year.
Oooh, boy, is this an exciting day. Not only do we have more news from the big gear-industry tradeshow NAMM, but we’ve also got lineups for Ultra Music Fest and Coachella in today’s wrap-up. See who makes the cut after the jump.
Folks, there’s been a lot of chatter about this Friday’s Mayan predictions. Whatever those prophecies may hold, we know one thing—we might as well go out with a party, right? So, in that spirit, we asked a bunch of DJs to tell us what they’d play for their last song on earth. Here’s what they came up with.