So much dancing. So little time. The sixth annual edition of New York’s Electric Zoo returns this Labor Day weekend to Randall’s Island Park—and what an impressive slate of electronic musical talent it is. Honestly, the only true question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing over the long holiday weekend? Take heart. We’ve culled the monolithic three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and now present to you our essential Beatport News picks for one of this year’s premier dance music festival. Enjoy!
Cue the entire electric animal menagerie. Like King Kong, New York’s sixth annual Electric Zoo festival takes over Randall’s Island Park this Labor Day weekend for three action-packed days of sun, fun, and raving frivolity. As luck would have it (for those of you that can’t attend), the massive outdoor event will also be the first-ever music festival to introduce live blogging via online community site Reddit. EZoo staff will curate social media posts from fans, artists, and attendees into an engaging, up-to-the-minute content stream: photos, video, and lots more.
Welcome to our action-packed Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex and Diplo opening their official Soundcloud account while dropping “Take U There,” James Murphy making music from the US Open competition, and Thump delivering their Electric Zoo freshman class picks. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
TomorrowWorld is just one lone month away before its triumphant return to Chattahoochee Hills on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. Taking place over the weekend of September 26th-28th, the second annual US-based festival has released a new trailer along with the theme of “The Arising of Life.”
Welcome to our tight Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Burning Man getting a rain delay, Basement Jaxx mixing it up for XLR8R, and lots more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Who’s sold the most records on Beatport since its inception a decade ago? And what’s Beatport’s best-selling genre? Would you believe it’s deep house? It’s true.
Like most globe-trotting DJs of his stature, David Guetta, 46, is spending the summer months in idyllic Ibiza. Why not? He can. Seasonally based in the splendid Spanish White Isle, the Frenchman currently hosts two weekly residences at Ushuaia (on Mondays) and Pacha (on Thursdays) respectively. Over the weekend, he jet-sets across Europe gigging wherever the tailwind takes him. And, as if his relentless touring schedule weren’t enough, he’s also carved out a sliver of time to collaborate with Swedish chart-topper Avicii on his new single “Lovers on the Sun” featuring singer Sam Martin. Interestingly enough, Guetta says he drew personal inspiration from some classic Morricone Spaghetti Western scores like 1964′s A Fistful of Dollars and 1966′s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Both were directed by Italian director Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood. We immediately perked up and wanted to know more about it.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Tomorrowland is widely considered by both critics and fans alike to be the premier dance music festival in the world. We sent Beatport correspondent Natalie Wicks into the belly of the rave beast to find out if the legend lives on just outside the sleepy little town of Boom, Belgium.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Hardwell and Tiësto talking TomorrowLand, Porter Robinson riding the technicolor bullet train with “Flicker,” exploring India’s blossoming dance scene, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.