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Steve Aoki Launches New Latin Music Label, Dim Mak En Fuego

Since launching Dim Mak 24 years ago, Steve Aoki has done a lot in his career. Now, he’s opening up his new venture with Dim Mak En Fuego, a Latinx-focused imprint that aims to highlight Latinx artists from the underground.

Officially announcing our new latin imprint!!! go follow @dimmakenfuego & drop a 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ydhuom4G6M

— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) July 8, 2020

“We’ve been planning this for quite some time now. These things take time to build and it all started when I started doing more of the Latin collaborations — it was then that I started planting the seeds,” Aoki told Billboard. “I’ve gotten so much support from my Latin fanbase and I’ve built a bond with them and its culture. Their acceptance has not only helped me collaborate with Latin artists, but it’s also now allowed me to be part of the development and nurturing of Latin artists too.”

The first signing on the label is “anti-boyband” AQUIHAYAQUIHAY with their pop-tinged R&B track “Ya No Es Igual.”

“The idea of launching with AQUIHAYAQUIHAY really cements where we want Dim Mak En Fuego to land,” says Bryan Linares, En Fuego head of marketing. “We could’ve come out with a straight reggaeton record but coming out with them feels very authentic to us because we come from the underground.”

Check it out below.

 

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Imagine Festival Cancels 2020 Event, Moves To 2021

In what was sure to be one of Imagine Festival’s biggest years ever, COVID-19 struck and derailed plans. While the festival has hoped that things would be better, it’s now made the decision to cancel this year’s event and move it to 2021.

IMF announced in April, even after the declaration of COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic, that it was moving to the old site of TomorrowWorld — Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia. Unfortunately, coronavirus would have different plans and has hit the US with a massive second wave as many other countries around the world begin to open up.

“Just two weeks ago as the country began to re-open, and numbers started to look more encouraging, we had our artwork approved and ready for a spectacular lineup announcement,” the festival writes in its official statement. “We remained hopeful we could all come together again in the fall with the safety precautions set forth by the health professionals. Unfortunately, things have made a turn for the worse, and the number of cases continue to rise dramatically. This new rise in cases, and new projections from health professionals, make it extremely difficult to provide a safe environment with the unforgettable beautiful experiences we want you all to enjoy.”

Read the full statement from the festival for ticket rollover and refund information below.

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Excision Mourns Death Of His Dog, Reveals Reason He Took His Artist Name

Excision has revealed that his dog, Rex, passed away at 15 years old at the time that he was unveiling his new stage The Evolution at Thunderdome in January. Today would have been Rex’s 16th birthday.

It was also revealed that the pup inspired the name Excision in the first place, a name that has been with the producer for 12 years now.

RIP Rex.

Today would’ve been Rex’s 16th birthday. He was with our family from the very beginning of my journey in music & inspired the name Excision. He would be proud that even though we couldn’t be together in his final moments, we had 15k Headbangers at Thunderdome cheering us on. pic.twitter.com/8ISEe38nKj

— Excision (@Excision) July 7, 2020

Rest In Peace, we miss you, the goodest boy ever! pic.twitter.com/aTtRPyZaaC

— Excision (@Excision) July 7, 2020

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REPORT: Tron 3 In Development With Jared Leto, & Daft Punk To Score

It’s been 10 years since Tron: Legacy, seven years since we last heard new music from Daft Punk, but that could all be changing soon as @DRMovieNews1, a reputable source for movie news leaks, reports.

The movie news account claims that Disney has confirmed that ‘Tron 3’ is in development, info that comes from The Dis Insider. Jared Leto is also reportedly in talks to star, and the studio is “hopeful” that Legacy director Joseph Kosinski returns, as well as Daft Punk for the score.

Right now, however, everything about the film is muddled in rumors. The Legacy cast might return, Daft Punk might return, the director might return, it might be a rejuvenation of the cancelled ‘Tron: Ascension’ … nothing is set in stone.

But for a movie that pulled in $400 million at the box office and has had fans begging for a sequel ever since, it’s mindblowing there hasn’t been one yet. Let’s take this with a grain of salt, but we’re still on the edge of our seats.

MORE INFO via @TheDisInsider:

• More of a “sequel” than a “reboot”
• ‘Tron: Legacy’ cast could return
• COULD be a rejuvenation of the cancelled ‘Tron: Ascension’ which saw “The Grid invade the real world” & feature a rumored character named Ares pic.twitter.com/QMQWlTFWS2

— DR Movie News 📽 (@DRMovieNews1) July 7, 2020

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Illegal Desert Rave Thrown Outside Las Vegas Amid Pandemic

Illegal raves have popped up amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine — and one was spotted outside of Las Vegas over Fourth of July weekend.

With disregard to Governor Steve Sisolak‘s pleas for people comply with the state of Nevada’s health standards and not meet up in large groups, the multi-stage event known as The Final Fuse went down in the desert with hundreds of attendees.

KSNV exposed the unauthorized, ticketed event in a recent broadcast. Unfortunately, as reporters discovered, masks and social distancing were not enforced during the desert rave.

The event’s promoter, Malum Geminos, did not respond to the news station for comment.

This news comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise across Nevada. At the time of this writing, there are 23,791 total reported cases and 548 related deaths.

See the coverage below.

EXCLUSIVE: @LaurenNews3LV uncovers raves outside in the sand dunes outside #LasVegas in the midst of a pandemic — WATCH News 3 Live at 11 pic.twitter.com/QLN1pV7L0U

— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) July 6, 2020

Here’s one of many advertisements we found on social media promoting the desert rave. More at 10,11 pic.twitter.com/3lPq7qNYg8

— Lauren Clark (@LaurenNews3LV) July 6, 2020

Here’s some cell phone video I took when my photographer and I investigated a tip about a secret desert rave happening on the Fourth of July. We arrived to see hundreds dancing as we kept a safe distance. More tonight 10,11 pic.twitter.com/DUchBxHmjm

— Lauren Clark (@LaurenNews3LV) July 6, 2020

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Timmy Trumpet & Legendary Vitas Finally Release Stunning Tomorrowland ID

Last year at Tomorrowland, Timmy Trumpet invited a wildly unexpected guest to his set — Vitas. You might not recognize the name, but you’ll surely recognize the costume and voice. And if you still don’t recognize, then just check out this video.

Vitas is known for his wide vocal range spanning five octaves, and he’s also one of the few male singers to regularly use the whistle register — the highest register of the human voice. Combining that with Timmy’s hard hitting production gives us a uniquely one-of-a-kind collaboration that you won’t find anywhere else.

Sampling “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” giving way to the track title, gives the track a classical style while still combining it with heavily textured kicks just like you’d expect from hardstyle.

Check out “The King” from Timmy Trumpet & Vitas below!

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Dalai Lama Celebrates 85th Birthday With Debut Album, “Inner World”

Yesterday, The Dalai Lama released a unique album of mantras and teachings set to music, entitled Inner World. Released to honor his 85th birthday celebrations on July 6th, the album is be a great dedication to the decades of his vision and work for world peace and educating the heart.

When asked why he accepted the request to make the album, he answered, “The very purpose of my life is to serve as much as I can.” He also added, “Music can help people in a way that I can’t.”

The origins of Inner World began in 2015, when one of the project’s co-executive producers and a longtime student of The Dalai Lama, Junelle Kunin, wrote to him requesting his participation, by fervently explaining her feelings that an album would help people particularly who struggle with emotional stress. After reading her letter, his response was enthusiastic, saying, “This will benefit many people!”

She and her husband Abraham Kunin, both from New Zealand, spent the next five years working with a small team to bring the project to life. The Dalai Lama’s recordings have been thread through music produced by Abraham and performed on thirty-plus instruments by himself and a cast of collaborators from around the world, including a special guest performance from Anoushka Shankar on “Ama La.” The composer integrated the live performances with artful programming and production, building a peaceful bedrock for these mantras.

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UK Government Announces $2 Billion Rescue Package for the Arts

The UK government is saving the arts with a £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion) rescue package.

The new plan, announced Sunday night, aims to revive the British arts industry, which has suffered immensely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. No doubt, this rescue package will give the arts a necessary boost during these hard times.

The rescue package reportedly includes £880 million ($1 billion) in grants for venues, theaters, cinemas, galleries and more. Plus, there’s another £270 million ($336 million) in repayable loans to be distributed amongst art-focused institutions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries to gigs performed in local basement venues, the U.K.’s cultural industry is the beating heart of this country.”

“This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.”

 

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Madeon Calls On EARTHGANG For New VIP Of “No Fear No More”

Madeon’s Good Faith was four years in the making and the accompanying tour just deepened our love for him that much more. And while we obviously still want more, history has shown that it might be a while. That being said, the Madeon has called upon EARTHGANG for a new version of his album single “No Fear No More” that is just what the doctor ordered.

The overall structure of the song remains the same, but EARTHGANG gets some important real estate in the verses that separates it from the ethereal original and gives it an even more soulful hip hop bounce.

It’s not exactly new music, but it’s enough of a departure from the original that it feels like it could be. And honestly, we’ll take anything Madeon gives us at this point.

Check it out below! Also check out EARTHGANG’s other recent feature on Louis The Child’s debut album Here For Now here.

 

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Tomorrowland Reveals Spectacular ‘Around the World’ Virtual Festival Stages

Tomorrowland just revealed its stages for its upcoming Around the World event — and all we can say is wow. The screenshots below show off a virtual space with breathtaking views and architecture, living up to Tomorrowland’s dazzling reputation. Soon enough, fans will be able to experience a music festival in this wonderland.

The virtual lineup rivals any real-life Tomorrowland stage, featuring the usual suspects, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiësto, David Guetta, Afrojack, Vini Vici, Steve Aoki, and more. Plus, Yellow Claw, Charlotte de Witte, NGHTMRE, Oliver Heldens, Wildstylez, Nervo, San Holo, Eptic and the list goes on.

In addition to the 60+ acts over eight new and familiar virtual stages, Tomorrowland’s online experience also offers webinars, workshops and games for ticketholders. Open to all ages from all places.

This is one of the first paid livestreams we’ve seen from a major music festival over quarantine so it will be interesting to see how it goes. See ticket options and packages here.

“A new destination, a new home,” Tomorrowland shares.

Around the World takes place July 25 & 26.

Tomorrowland: Around the World Stages

A new destination, a new home. Welcome to Pāpiliōnem. Get your ticket for Tomorrowland – Around the World now at: tickets.aroundtheworld.tomorrowland.com

Posted by Tomorrowland on Monday, July 6, 2020

 

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Apple Music Launches Africa Rising Artist Spotlight & Playlist with Omah Lay 

Today, Apple Music has announced the launch of Africa Rising — a new bi-monthly artist program and playlist dedicated to identifying, showcasing and elevating rising African talent.

Nigerian-born, Afro-fusion singer and songwriter Omah Lay debuts the new program. Every two months, Africa Rising will feature a new artist selected by Apple Music’s team to help amplify their voice and their sound.

“I have always used Apple Music, seeing my favorite artists on playlist covers and features,” Omah Lay says — “but here I am looking pretty as Apple Music’s first Africa Rising artist. I am overwhelmed, dreams really do come true.”

Nigerian Afropop star Rema is also featured as part of Apple Music’s global emerging artist program, Up Next.

Explore Omah’s playlist here, which features a blend of pop, hip hop and R&B.

Also, listen to his full Apple Music interview with Nadeska Alexis here.

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Rony Rex & GIRLI Team Up For Electrifying Single, “Cold Feet”

Finnish-producer Rony Rex and London-based vocalist GIRLI have linked up for an electrifying club cut called “Cold Feet” that fuses deep house production with bubbly Y2K-pop sentiments. This is the first the time the two have linked up but is hopefully the first of many more tracks from these two talented artists.

GIRLI’s vocal is entirely captivating, riding perfectly over Rony Rex’s thumping bass line that can’t help but make you want to move. Here’s what GIRLI had to say about the track:

“This is about scoping someone out as soon as they walk in the room and knowing straight away, ‘I wanna kiss you’. It’s about how amazing it is to have an intimate moment and chance connection with someone you barely know and yet what brings you together is that you both share the same need and desire to be loved and wanted. That feeling of instant desire, wanting someone so bad as soon as you see them, it’s maddening but it’s also magic.”

Stream “Cold Feet” below!

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Sullivan King’s Screams Are Now Officially Available On Waze

So we’re all in love with Sullivan King’s screams, right? Let’s just establish that and get it out of the way.

Ever wanted more of it? Well, now you can! Okay, we’re done being an infomercial, but seriously, you’re going to get a lot more now that you can get Sullivan King screams as a voice option on Waze.

Last week, Sullivan King went viral with this video, annoying his wife with his best GPS impression, and now it comes available to everyone in all its glory. All you have to do is text the number in the tweet to get it for free! Check out the video below for a sample of what it will sound like.

Y’all asked for me to be ur GPS voice so I’m now a voice on Waze lol

Text +1 (305) 363-6351 to get it for freeeee yayyyyy pic.twitter.com/KfEWR5CYiS

— Sully (@SullivanKing) July 6, 2020

 

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Saint Punk Drops High Octane, Orchestral Bass House Tune, “Everybody”

How do you combine orchestral elements, high octane drums, a memorable vocal line, and an addictive bassline? Hell if I know, I usually just look at whatever Saint Punk has just dropped. One of our favorite artists of the year, and indeed one of our 40 artists to watch this year, Saint Punk just dropped a new heater called “Everybody.”

Just in time for the 4th of July weekend (even though you should have been partying in place), Saint Punk dropped something to raise the energy and really get the place moving. “Everybody” is so exquisitely textured from the bass to drums to the vocals and everything else. And any comparisons to other bass house artists can be tossed out the window, Saint Punk has a unique grit and sound to his mix that makes his creations all their own.

You can check out “Everybody” below, out now on Thrive Music!

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Oliver Heldens Throws Down Live Set for F1 Season Opening w/ Plenty of IDs

On July 4th, the Formula 1 Season Opening went down — and Oliver Heldens provided the soundtrack for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Like other F1 events, the Dutch Grand Prix taps into the dance world at every opportunity. In fact, the Ultimate Race Festival was set to go down this year, before coronavirus (COVID-19) hit. The lineup would have featured Sam Feldt, Lucas & Steve, Kriss Kross and more. Instead, fans were able to enjoy a Don Diablo set from home given the circumstances.

Fast forward to this weekend and Oliver Helden’s takes the stage, live from Circuit Zandvoort to celebrate the Formula 1 Season Opening with Heineken. Locked and loaded with plenty of Oliver Heldens and HI-LO IDs, the producer drops only originals into his lively set. The energy of the set is even more apparent when contrasted with the almost off-putting emptiness of the raceway and complete absence of a crowd in front of the massive stage.

Watch here!

Oliver Heldens – Formula 1 Season Opening with Heineken

 

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Malaa Reveals Remix for REZZ & Grabbitz Coming Soon

REZZ and Grabbitz recently unleashed their divinely heavy production “Someone Else” — and now Malaa is putting his own spin on it.

The masked DJ/producer just revealed his official remix for the collaboration is “coming soon.” Little details are given, so we’re not sure when exactly that is.

True to his brand, Malaa’s tweet has no frills, but REZZ follows up his announcement with a heart emoji.

Both Malaa and REZZ thrive in the darkness, as heard with their collaboration “Criminals,” and we expect this remix to hit just as well.

Stay tuned!

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— RΞZZ (@OfficialRezz) July 3, 2020

 

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Tom Morello, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, The Bloody Beetroots & Shea Diamond Team Up For Socially Conscious Collab

Though the bulk of the protests in June in response to the murder of George Floyd have subsided, the fight remains. Justice for Breonna Taylor and the many other POC who have wrongly died at the hands of police are still called for, and artists like Tom Morello, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, The Bloody Beetroots & activist Shea Diamond are doing their part with a new collab called “Stand Up.”

The lyrics are hardly veiled, with lines like “When I call the police will they just kill me? / Will they just kill you? /
When I call the police will they just protect me cause I’m white skinned too?” The message is clear as day.

All four artists will be donating 100% of their proceeds from “Stand Up” to the following organizations: NAACPKnow Your Rights CampSouthern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute – all of whom Morello hails “are doing great work combating racism, injustice, and police brutality.” KIDinaKORNER/Interscope will additionally donate an amount equal to the artists’ record royalties derived from streams of the track for a 3-year period.

On song’s genesis, Morello says:
“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.

It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”

Reynolds adds of the song’s urgency:
“When Tom reached out to work together with Shea Diamond and The Bloody Beetroots on this track I immediately went up into my room and wrote/sang the chorus and verse that day. This country certainly needs fixing, and I believe it will take people from all sides and colors to fix it.”

The Bloody Beetroots’ Bob Rifo on the track’s purpose:
“I was in my third month of quarantine and I was waiting for the right opportunity to present itself to reconnect to the world when Tom called me to work on ‘Stand Up.’ It is during times of turmoil and upheaval that we musicians have the responsibility to accelerate change with a loud and strong message for a better present and future. Today we can change this planet. This is our time. This is our turn.”

Diamond on allyship and her involvement on the song:
“When I hear people talking about being allies of the LGBTQ+ community, mainly in the Black and Trans community, it’s almost laughable. We watch them profit from our pain, making these surface level posts of solidarity – especially in music. When I think about Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter, you don’t get to see any representations of collaborations – many would never share a post, let alone do a song together. So when I heard Dan Reynolds wanted me on his song, I nearly flipped. I wasn’t surprised, though – he’s been so intentional in sharing posts, helping to raise money within our community and more. He really puts the A in ally!!! This is a proud moment in music history, and I feel honored to be a part of such an important song during this climate… we need to know where everyone stands in the music community, as music is an essential tool that can change the hearts and minds of so many.”

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Nicky Romero Gives Studio Tour Ahead of Armin van Buuren Collab

Step inside Nicky Romero‘s studio as he walks you through his newly redesigned production and live room.

In 2020, the producer stays pumping out music. His recent and consistent releases include “I See,” “Stay,” “Falling” with Timmy Trumpet, “Destiny” with Deniz Koyu featuring Alexander Tidebrink, and “Burning” featuring Jordan Grace.

Up next, is his collaboration with Armin van Buuren. “SO EXCITED! We’ve been friends for years but never worked on a track together, until now,” he shares. “‘I Need You To Know’ with @arminvanbuuren is dropping on Friday!”

Back to the studio though — more than likely, all of these productions came together in this exact space. He made it feel like home, the equipment is top notch, and gear heads will absolutely love to see what he’s working with.

Welcome to the Instigate Studios! Watch below and stay tuned for more coming soon!

Nicky Romero Studio Tour | Part 1: Production & Live Room

 

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Tycho, TOKiMONSTA, The Glitch Mob & More Remix ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ Game Soundtrack

The PS5 might be just on the horizon, but games like Ghost of Tsushima, from Sucker Punch Productions who are responsible for the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises, are still on deck for the PS4. Slated for release on July 17, Ghost is also getting an accompanying remix EP with some pretty big names.

Tycho, TOKiMONSTA, The Glitch Mob, and Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini have all contributed remixes to the game’s music, to be released as an EP titled Sound of the Storm – Ghost of Tsushima Soundtrack: Reimagined this Friday (July 10) via Milan Records.

Ghost Of Tsushima‘s real soundtrack will also release the same day as the full game.

Sound of the Storm – Ghost of Tsushima Soundtrack: Reimagined EP:

01 The Glitch Mob: “Saikuron”
02 Alessandro Cortini: “Bushido”
03 Tycho: “Ghost of Kodoku”
04 TOKiMONSTA: “The Ghost Burns”

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Vintage Culture Impresses With Vintage Culture & Friends 3

A Brazilian artist with worldwide scope, Vintage Culture is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Hot on the heels of his wildly successful remix of Maverick Sabre & Jorja Smith’s “Slow Down,” Vintage Culture enlists Gabe, KVSH, Dashdot, and Meca for Vintage Culture & Friends 3. The 5-track feat is out now via ONErpm.

Revered for his ability to dissolve the geographic and regional barriers that exist in modern music, Vintage Culture stays true to boundary breaking form in his Vintage Culture & Friends 3. An impressive blend of progressive house and nuanced pop, Vintage Culture flexes all he’s worth in his newest. A transcendent treat sure to take you to the crowd of your favorite summer festival, this EP is one to be kept on repeat.

“I created ‘Vintage Culture & Friends 3’ with my friends in music, Gabe, KVSH, Dashdot and Meca. They have joined me with the sole intention of making you Dance, and to help you forget the world for a while. We had a great time creating this music. Someday, when this is all behind us, we’ll be dancing together to these songs at our favorite parties. Strange times are upon us. And though we may sometimes feel alone, we’re in this together. We await reuniting with our friends and loved ones, we await dancing together, singing together – creating new memories with our best friends. Until that day – stay safe, stay hopeful, and be grateful for the friends in your life.” – Vintage Culture

Stream Vintage Culture & Friends 3 here, or listen to it below on Spotify.

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Flume, Pendulum Trinity & More To Play New Zealand Festival Next January

While the US is currently reeling from a second wave of COVID-19, which will no doubt be exacerbated by the numerous 4th of July parties over the weekend, other countries are faring much better. In New Zealand, there’s been a total of less than 1,500 cases of the virus, and only 22 deaths.

Due to the small number of cases, promoters The Edge and Green Room feel comfortable throwing the Bay Dreams festival on January 3 & 5 on the north and south islands. The lineup features a stellar array of names like Flume, Pendulum Trinity, Peking Duk, Blanke, GG Magree, George Maple, The Upbeats, Montell2099, Enschway, and more.

As recently as June, New Zealand’s border is “closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled.” So unless the US gets its cases under control, don’t count on being able to attend if you’re not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. For more on NZ COVID-19 restrictions, go here.

Check out the lineup below!



 

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New Socially Distanced Music Venue Set To Open In The UK This Summer

As the global pandemic rages on, some companies are rising to the occasion and adapting to the new world we live in. One of these companies, SSD Concerts, in partnership with the organizers of Newcastle’s This Is Tomorrow Festival, are opening a social distancing venue in the UK.

The new venue, called the Virgin Money Unity Arena, is built around creating a safe environment for fans to enjoy events without significantly increasing their chances of catching COVID-19. Fans will have divided into different viewing areas that are two meters apart, pre-ordered food/drink and bathrooms that have one way traffic to ensure safety.

Featuring performances ranging from live music to comedy, the Virgin Money Unity Arena will be a place for all types of events to safely conduct business within the recommenced safety parameters. When speaking with Mixmag, Managing director Steve Davis had the following to say about the new venue:

“Since all of our scheduled concerts have been postponed to later in the year and all venues in the city closed, the staff at SSD had a willingness to continue. We can’t be without music during these times so our only thought has been how can we bring music back to the British public safely and responsibly. We have been hosting loads of live sessions and DJ sets across our social media, supporting local artists and raising money for the NHS. Now, we’re taking it one step further as the UK slowly comes out of Lockdown.” – Steve Davis, SSD Managing Director

the summer lineup for the venue will be announced July 7th.

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REPORT: Essex Police Respond to Illegal Rave with 400+ People

Essex police responded to an “illegal rave” over the weekend with more than 400 people in attendance.

According to a report, revelers gathered in a woodland area in the village of Margaretting for the party, which started around 10:30 pm and continued into the early hours.

With about 100 cars parked down the streets, some blocking driveways, the party drew some unwanted attention from nearby residents who called to complain.

Police arrived and remained on the scene, but assessed the unauthorized event as a “low threat, harm and risk,” to the community.

It’s believed the partiers were from out-of-town — or even out-of-the-country.

District Commander for Chelmsford and Maldon, Chief Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes, said:

I’d like to thank local residents for their patience last night and throughout the early hours of this morning. We believe that this event was held and attended by people from outside of the county and our enquiries are ongoing to locate the people responsible for organising it.

To anyone thinking of hosting, or attending, an illegal rave or unlicensed event – know that you’re committing criminal offences and could face prosecution. During this time, you are putting people’s health and safety at risk, and undermining the hard work of our NHS staff.

Read the local report here.

Source: Essex Live

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Virtual Spring Awakening with Dr. Fresch, Claude VonStroke, Destructo & More [WATCH]

Spring Awakening is happening in a virtual space this weekend thanks to LiveXLive’s React Presents. The Midwest’s largest all-electronic music festival returns for the first time with a brand new, online experience.

The virtual Spring Awakening lineup features 22 artists performing from different cities across the globe. Today, Dr. Fresch, SNBRN, Goldroom, Claude VonStroke, Shiba San, Destructo, Westend, Gene Farris, Goodsex and Birthdayy Partyy are taking over starting at 4 PM EST.

Happy 4th of July weekend and Virtual #SAMF Day!

See the schedule below — and WATCH HERE!

Getting pumped for day 2 of the Virtual #SAMF 🔥

The stream starts at 3pm CT / 4pm ET with @VonStroke @ShibaSanMusic @destructoamf @goldroom @DrFresch @GeneFarrisChi and many more!

Tune in → https://t.co/UbrFZM7l2I pic.twitter.com/pfmWcYj0Cv

— Papi Spring 🌼 (@SpringAwakeFest) July 5, 2020

 

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HI-LO Gets Dark & Gritty with “Zeuz” Out via mau5trap [LISTEN]

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard from HI-LO — and the producer, better known as Oliver Heldens, just released on mau5trap.

“Zeus” is as dark and gritty as we’ve heard him take the techno project. With its distorted synths, hyper percussion, and overall high energy, the track has us missing raves badly — and sprawling over five minutes, the entrancing production keeps us guessing until the very end.

The collaboration with mau5trap feels instinctive, as the song joins other high caliber 2020 releases from i_o & Lights, deadmau5 & The Neptunes, Speaker Honey and more. Explore the roster.

Listen to the power of “Zeuz” right here.

HI-LO – Zeuz

 

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Kanye West Announces US Presidential Bid

Yesterday, amidst the 4th of July celebrations, Kanye West announced his US 2020 presidential bid via Twitter. Kanye, who is an active Donald Trump supporter despite his egregious crimes against the people of the United States, has not yet confirmed via other outlets that his tweet was sincere and not simply a joke.

Kanye’s 2020 presidential bid has been up for debate for several years. In 2015, Kanye announced during his MTV Video Music Awards speech that he had plans to run for office in 2020 and again in November 2019.

We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020

After Kanye’s announcement, Kim Kardashian endorsed the tweet with a post on her own Twitter. Even Elon Musk vocalized his support for Kanye’s bid.

While it still remains to be seen if this is merely a joke, Kanye’s late announcement leaves little time to register the proper paperwork to appear on the ballot for November’s election.

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Virtual Spring Awakening Kicks Off Today with Ookay, Bear Grillz, & More [WATCH]

Spring Awakening is happening in a virtual space today thanks to LiveXLive’s React Presents. The Midwest’s largest all-electronic music festival returns for the first time with a brand new, online experience over today and tomorrow, July 4th and 5th.

The virtual Spring Awakening lineup features 22 artists performing from different cities across the globe including Bear Grillz, Adventure Club, SNBRN, Claude VonStoke, Destructo, Krewella, Kavion, Gene Farris, Porn and Chicken, Goldroom, Regard, Vicetone and more.

Today Chicago’s own Porn and Chicken kicks off the stream — and tomorrow we’ll get a proper Birthdayy Partyy set for Independence Day weekend.

Happy 4th of July and Virtual #SAMF Day!

WATCH HERE!

Happy 4th of July and Virtual #SAMF Day ⚡⚡ Stream starts at 4pm CST / 5pm EST!

Tune in for free → https://t.co/ApBMDSWr3o pic.twitter.com/MzmiOsyb8l

— Papi Spring 🌼 (@SpringAwakeFest) July 4, 2020

 

Photo via Spring Awakening

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Listen To New Sets From Flume, Porter Robinson, & More For RADIO.com

Yesterday, RADIO.com hosted a Party In Place broadcast with some of the biggest names we’ve seen: Deadmau5, Disclosure, Flume, Major Lazer, Odesza, Porter Robinson, Rezz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Toro Y Moi. Though each artist only had about a 18-20 minute set, which is a bit disappointing, these are still new sets which should offset the disappointment just a bit.

So far, only a few of the sets have been uploaded to Mixcloud. Listen to Deadmau5, Flume, Odesza, Porter Robinson, and RÜFÜS DU SOL below!

Deadmau5

Flume

Odesza

RÜFÜS DU SOL

Porter Robinson

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Monstercat Celebrates 9 Year Anniversary With Compilation Of Classic ’90s Dance Covers

Over the last 9 years, Monstercat has become one of the most prolific labels and YouTube channels in dance music. With 30 compilations spanning 20-30 songs through 2017, and then rebranding with their Instinct and Uncaged dichotomy leading to even more music, there’s no denying the label’s influence.

Though Monstercat recently had to deal with a bad egg, their 9 year anniversary is still made special by a compilation of remixes/covers of ’90s dance classics, including “Sandstorm” and “Better Off Alone.”

Remixing/covering the tracks are some of Monstercat’s best and brightest, from Pixel Terror taking on “Sandstorm” to Half an Orange and Saxsquatch trying their hand at Daft Punk’s classic, “Around The World.”

All of these are sure to produce some modicum of nostalgia, no matter how you feel about the original artists or the new. Check out the compilation below!

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MK Unleashes Stunning Remix for Jackson Wang’s “100 Ways” [LISTEN]

Jackson Wang‘s viral hit “100 Ways” gets the MK touch with this brand new remix, out today.

The Detroit producer noticeably speeds up the track and adds in danceable dynamics, priming “100 Ways” for the dance floor. Elevated by bright piano chords and driving 4/4 energy, the song takes on new, magnetic life.

The remix couldn’t come at a better time either, as “100 Ways” just broke into the Top 30 for US pop radio — with Jackson becoming the first Chinese solo artist to be featured that high on the charts. MK’s remix also sounds like a sure hit!

“100 Ways” (MK Remix) is out now on 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music.

Jackson Wang – 100 Ways (MK Remix)

Get it: https://TEAMWANG.lnk.to/100WaysMKRmx