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.
Sunbathing honeys. Booties grooving. Poolside beats under the sweltering Palm Springs sun. We sent Beatport News correspondent Airee Kim in the heart of the stark Cailfornia desert to sidle up to the Splash House festival with a neon green floatie on and a cool, coconut drink in her hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snagging a naming convention tip from the long-running Great American Beer Festival (and conveniently slated one week later), the fourth annual Great American Techno Festival kicks off this fall in the Mile High City featuring a diverse roster of homegrown American talent. Leading US-based techno luminaries including Pittsburgh Track Authority, NYC’s Bunker residents Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic, Throne of Blood’s own Ulysses, and electronic duo Blondes are just some of the 18 current acts already confirmed at various venues around the city over the weekend of October 9th to October 11th.
Stereosonic, Australia’s biggest dance music festival, has just revealed its massive 2014 line-up and they’re certainly pulling no punches. Marquee headline talent for day one includes Scottish fan favorite Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Disclosure, Diplo, Duke Dumont, RL Grime, DJ Snake, and more. While day two is certainly shaping up with LA-based dubstep powerhouse Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Hot Since 82, Carl Cox, Showtek, Porter Robinson, and Jack Beats among others.
Beatport has just revealed their official plan to host an exclusive stage at the sixth annual Electric Zoo festival, held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to 31st at Randall’s Island Park in New York. Over the massive, three-day outdoor event, their Riverside stage will present 25 leading electronic acts including German deep house hero Tensnake, Paul van Dyk, BT, Gorgon City, Bonobo, Jamie xx, and Gesaffelstein, among others.
During Tomorrowland’s massive second weekend in Boom, Belgium, one of the most memorable highlights of the entire event was the world’s reigning champ Hardwell and Tiësto going back-to-back to close-out the mainstage on Saturday night. “Tomorrowland, are you guys ready for some Hardwell/Tiësto/Zero 76 music?” Make some noise!” Hardwell shouted out as a quick intro.