Detroit’s spring and summer festival season is already heating up as today, Movement announced its first phase of performers for its 2014 installment, which takes place in Detroit over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.
Ready to relive all the madness from this year’s massive TomorrowWorld festival? The inaugural US edition of TomorrowWorld that took over Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, earlier this year and drew 140,000 revelers as well as world-class DJs like Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Steve Aoki, released their official 17-minute recap video.
Mysteryland, the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, announced today that tickets will go on-sale this month for its US debut next year, which takes place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23 to 26, 2014. As reported earlier, the event will take place in Bethel Woods, New York, the exact same site as 1969’s historic Woodstock Festival.
Stereosonic, the roving festival that makes its way through five Australian cities, is off and running, having hit Sydney and Perth this past weekend. As expected, the 60,000 fans in Sydney alone were not disappointed, with huge sets from the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, and more.
Back in September, we hitched a ride down to Chattahoochee Hills, GA, to catch TomorrowWorld in its inaugural US incarnation. Among many other highlights, we were psyched to get the chance to speak with Dim Mak head honcho, DJ, and producer Steve Aoki, who told us all about how his label rose to prominence in the electro-house underground and how Los Angeles’ club scene is constantly evolving. Peep the video interview below.
This past weekend, a slew of indie rock and dance music’s finest dropped anchor on a land mass in the middle of San Francisco Bay for the city’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival. Tastes at TIMF tend to hew toward guitars and drums, but there’s always a good helping of turntables, drum machines, and synths as well, as evidenced by this year’s inclusion of artists like ADULT., James Blake, DJ Falcon, Major Lazer, and more. As such, we’ve managed to pull together a nice collection of our favorite pics from the event.
Last weekend, from September 27-29, Dutch concert promoters ID&T brought TomorrowWorld, the American spin-off of their legendary Belgian event Tomorrowland, to Chattahoochee Hills just outside Atlanta for the first time ever. We went down to check out the action, and we can say the festival was nothing short of breathtaking in every possible way. Being a brand-new festival, at least for the American market, nobody really had any idea what to expect, but Tomorrowland has a reputation for being one of the most unique and well-thought-out concert experiences around the world, so the stakes were high. Concert-goers and overnight campers were treated to three full days of amazing music consisting of over 300 DJs and performers. The crowd seemed like an embassy of the world with tens of thousands of dance music enthusiasts proudly waving flags from all over—even from places as far off as India and Australia. TomorrowWorld‘s production and setup was extremely meticulous and considered, with mind-blowing visuals and fireworks going off for what seemed like an eternity every night. All together, the experience truly felt like walking into a fantasy world where everyone could forget about real life and do nothing but dance and love life. Patrons could even visit the bookstore, go for a swim at the pool club, enjoy a beer at the Belgian beer cafe, or even send some outgoing mail at the Post Office, if they were so inclined. The festival site was so large that it took about 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other, and even involved crossing a bridge that ID&T built to cross a river. But that’s to say nothing of the music—our highlights of which follow, along with a slew of crowd shots from the weekend by Film Magic.
Ideally, music festivals are designed for attendees to enjoy, well, music with friends and strangers alike, bonding and dancing over days, evenings, and weekends of good times and good tunes. But music festivals are not always all sunshine and happy days; there are always complications—people getting too drunk, too high, or just acting a fool, and in light of the recent events at some of the summer’s biggest festivals, an increased police presence is likely to be felt going forward. Luckily, the so-called “Festival Lawyer” has put together five quick tips of what exactly to do if you, or one of your friends, gets approached by a police officer at an upcoming festival.
Seattle’s Decibel Festival, now in its 10th year, has built itself up from a small homegrown event to one of the US’s premiere underground dance parties, spreading more than 100 artists over five days and countless venues throughout the city. Despite a pretty steady stream of rain over last weekend, little could dampen our spirits for the festival’s decade-celebrating installment. Here are some of our highlights. — Ken Taylor and Steven Dermody