The city of Miami has spoken — and it means good news for Ultra Music Festival and their fans. As Rolling Stone reported, city officials have voted in a four-to one-margin in favor of keeping the electronic music event in Miami. Previously, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, the vote’s lone “nay,” and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado had called for the festival to be banned after gate-crashers trampled 28-year-old security guard Erica Mack and caused her severe brain hemorrhaging. She was hospitalized for several days with a broken leg and fractured skull, but is now at home recovering.
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.
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.
The beat goes on for Electric Zoo. New York City’s premiere electronic music festival is scheduled to return to Randall Island Park over Labor Day weekend (August 29-31) for its sixth annual event while ensuring the safest experience possible. According to an earlier Magnetic report, there was some concern that the event would not be granted permits after two drug-related deaths caused the cancellation of day three in 2013.
Watch out weekend warriors for LA’s own strawberry gang! When they attack, they go hard! HARD Summer just released its official 2014 lineup premiering in a new trailer and what an impressive list it is. Skrillex and Diplo (as Jack U), Tiësto, Disclosure, Dillion Francis, A-Trak, and more are playing one of Southern California’s premier electronic music festivals that’s slated to take place at the Whittier Narrows in El Monte, CA. on August 2nd and 3rd. Catch the full trailer now and get tickets here.
No, Arcade Fire didn’t literally have fun with Daft Punk—it’s likely that the real French house duo were nowhere in sight. But the Canadian indie-rock gods did play a little prank of sorts at their performance to close out the last weekend of Coachella, and it involved some Daft Punk lookalikes taking the stage with them.
Sad news for the city of Detroit and its die-hard music fans. The organizers for the original Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) have announced that it will not be returning in 2014 as planned. This morning, a statement from DEMF was issued in which fans were told that it would not be coming back this year.
Friday, Saturday, or Sunday: Which day’s lineup is best? You be the judge. Outside Lands 2014 has just released its daily lineups for the seventh annual music festival that’s taking place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 8-10. Top electronic acts including Disclosure, Tiësto, Cut Copy, Chromeo, and Flume will join main-stage contenders like Kanye West, The Flaming Lips, and Tegan & Sara, among many others on the stacked bill. The complete lineup for this year’s event is listed here and single-day tickets for Outside Lands 2014 will go on-sale today at 10 am PDT.
Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.
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.”