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Sensation unveils upcoming Dubai edition

By Beatport News Editors
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Sensation, the world’s leading dance event, has revealed its first-ever outdoor edition slated for Friday, October 31st in Dubai, U.A.E. Confirmed artists for their latest all-white party include Dutch dance phenom Martin Garrix, Roger Sanchez, An21 & Max Vangeli, and Hard Rock Sofa, alongside Sensation resident Mr. White.

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Electric Zoo 2014 unleashes first-ever live Reddit feed

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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Burning Man 2014 reopens, catch live stream

By Beatport News Editors
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Yesterday, the story broke across the Net that Burning Man was temporarily closed due to bad weather. Thunderstorms and heavy rains pelted The Playa and drivers were sent back to Reno for the night. Earlier today at 6:00 am, the stark site in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert reopened to welcome the over 60,000 revelers to move in.

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Hard on the Rocks: Mile High-jinks with Nero, Dillion Francis, Rudimental, Julio Bashmore, and Destructo

By Mary Fox
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When you’re seeing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre there are two things for certain. One, you know you will see a sight unlike any other, from the stage, the people, to the flaming boulders that created the organic venue. The other, you’ll have an unforgettable evening. When pulling up to the parking lots, you can already see the brilliant boulders peak over the hilltops. Ladies in bright neon and shirtless men gather around for prior celebration to Hard’s Denver installment, Hard on the Rocks. We sent Beatport correspondent Mary Fox along to dance her face off and file this report.

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DAT Music Conference: Techno, tube floating, and "limitless" craft beer in rustic Montana

By Steven Dermody
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Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.

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Tomorrowland: Bringing the world together over the past decade

By Natalie Wicks
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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.

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Beatport curates First We Take Berlin's local-focused lineup this fall

By Beatport News Editors
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Beatport and Traktor are proud to announce that they’ll be hosting two exclusive nights at the upcoming First We Take Berlin festival this fall, curating a hand-picked local selection of innovative dance music talent. Slated on Thursday, September 4th and 5th in Kreuzberg, Berlin, these night are a part of Berlin Music week and leads up to the giant citywide Berlin festival offering a very diverse musical lineup including jazz, indie rock, hip-hop, and experimental music, and takes place at over a dozen venues across the city. Beatport has been selected to organize the DJ and more dance music-focused portion of the festival and have chosen Berlin-born and -bred labels that have been very influential in the city’s scene including the legendary Get Physical Music label, Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir Music, and Wankelmut’s imprint on-the-rise Poesie Musik, among others.

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XLR8R delves into Amsterdam's Dekmantel festival

By Beatport News Editors
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If you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam this weekend, you’re probably headed straight to the second annual Dekmantel festival. Prominent electronic luminaries Ben Klock, Boddika, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Jeff Talabot, Nicolas Jaar, and Theo Parrish, among many others will all be on-hand to move the masses across fives stages curated by Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, and more. Sounds amazing. Yet, just in case you can’t make it, XLR8R’s got an in-depth interview with the founding trio—Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij, and Matthijs Theben Terville—behind the leading-edge, three-day event.

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