First of all, who knew Idris Elba (aka The Wire‘s “Stringer Bell”) was a fan of dance music? Second of all, who knew he had an English accent? Okay, the details: Last year, the native Londoner, along with the BBC, assembled a solid documentary on the history of clubbing—basically a top-20 countdown of the most significant events in dance music’s legacy.
Trance fans, get your warm-up gear on and tie up those laces tight, because things are about to get a bit faster on the dancefloor. Check out what Armin Van Buuren has in store, plus a whole lot more, in today’s roundup.
The DJs, producers, and fans are gearing up for what is sure to be one of the biggest events in dance-music history—September’s TomorrowWorld, which takes place outside of Atlanta. The lineup is stacked, with names like David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and tons more, but one name has definitely been overlooked so far—yours. And now there’s a way to rectify that as Q-dance, one of The Netherlands’ biggest gatherings, is offering up the chance to perform on their stage at TomorrowWorld, should you prove to be up for the challenge.
You read that correctly: one, there really is a My Little Pony convention in Houston, and two, at it, they hold a huge dubstep/electro/hardstyle dance party. Each year, Fiesta Equestria brings together some of the country’s most avid enthusiasts of the ’80s-era pony-doll phenomenon (aka Bronies) for a weekend of revelry, this most recent one having been held June 28-30 at Houston, Texas’ Westchase Marriott Hotel. So yeah, there’s the convention part of the gathering, but for our money, the real draw is the closing Pon3techtronica party—a rave to end all raves, featuring music from Mic the Mic, Odyssey Eurobeat, F3nning, and djtetsuo.
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!
These days, American festival culture can seldom be discussed without mentioning the name Pasquale Rotella. As CEO and founder of Insomniac, the company behind a surplus of festival brands including Electric Daisy Carnival and Wonderland, Rotella and his like-minded army have sewn the dance-music festival into the fabric of American culture—and it hasn’t gone unnoticed overseas, either.
With EDC’s European debut set to take London later this year, along with talk of further global expansion, Rotella’s consistent balance of positive and negative press has made him a key player in what many have dubbed the “great EDM arms race,” making him one of the more sought-after industry players to give underground raves a solid business plan to date. Beatport News caught up with the American entrepreneur to talk expansion, skepticism, and surviving the industry gold rush.
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.