EXIT Festival will offer coronavirus vaccines to international artists and festivalgoers

EXIT Festival will offer the coronavirus vaccine to international artists and festivalgoers attending the event this summer.

As well as offering 3000 free festival tickets to medical workers, the Serbian festival – which takes place at Novi Sad across 8th-11th July – has made the move ahead of the country’s plans to fully re-open on 21st June. 

As a “way to aid countries that currently have vaccine shortages,” the festival has worked alongside the Serbian Ministry of Health to organise “a few thousand” vaccine doses for international artists and visitors to the festival. Further information regarding the drive is expected soon.

In a statement, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said, “Serbia has been one of the global leaders in mass vaccination for months. Thanks to that, we have an ever-improving epidemiological situation and the plan is to open the country for gatherings, concerts and festivals on June 21. In this way, we show not only the care for the event industry that contributes so much to our tourism and economy, but we also fight for the mental health of young people.”

While it’s not yet clear whether there will be any limitations to the capacity of the festival (“this will be decided within state’s measures in the following weeks,” said organisers) 200,000 people attended in 2019.

Among many others, David Guetta, Paul van Dyk, Paul Kalkbrenner, Eric Prydz B2B Four Tet, and Honey Dijon feature in this year’s line-up. Last year, the festival was cancelled despite initial plans to reduce capacity by 90%.

At the time of writing, more than a fifth of the population of Serbia has received two COVID-19 vaccinations.

Elsewhere, in the UK, it has been announced that a 10,000 capacity COVID pilot festival will take place next month as part of the government’s Events Research Programme. So far, the UK Government’s Events Research Programme has seen a total of 58,000 people attend events ranging from the BRIT Awards and two large club events in Liverpool. As of 21st May 2021, just 15 COVID-19 cases had been detected from the trials

Unsound announces dates and theme for 2021 event

Unsound has announced the dates and theme for its 2021 event.

Set to return to Kraków, Poland between October 13th-17th, the theme for this year is dəəp authentic, a “response to a hyperreal situation as parts of the world begin to transition into a new phase, in which many are vaccinated and our year-plus-long immersion in virtual living is raising new questions.”

According to the festival, dəəp authentic also refers to the “gradual shift back from online to IRL events, a phrase that involves a questionable binary – for the online world is also ‘real’, and the IRL has long been digitised, distributed and mediated.”

With more information expected soon, a limited number of passes to this year’s festival will go on sale in June.

As part of the announcement, the festival has also made a call for entries from artists, writers, theorists and activists in response to the theme, with a focus on presentations that blur the line between the discourse and performance programs. Between three to five entries will be included in the 2021 program and participants will receive a fee of 2000 PLN (approximately £385) each. Comprising an initial proposal of fewer than 500 words, including links to supporting media, submissions can be sent to deepauthentic@unsound.pl. The submission deadline is 25th June.

Last year, the festival moved online with Unsound Intermission, presenting an array of immersive content, music, talks and visual art across 11 days. Featuring Objekt, Violet, Opa, Eris Drew b2b Octa Octa, LSDXOXO and more, the 17th edition of the festival took place in 2019.

In other European festival news, Serbia’s EXIT Festival will offer the coronavirus vaccine to international artists and festivalgoers attending the event this summer

Rebel Technology Black Edition DIY Modules

Barcelona-based synth maker Befaco let us know that they are now shipping a line of Eurorack modules created in collaboration with Rebel Technology.

The Rebel Technology Black Edition modules include: Klasmata, Logoi, Stoicheia and Phoreo.

Pricing and Availability:

The modules are available now with the following pricing:

Stoicheia Kit 100€ +TAX
Phoreo Kit 105€ +TAX
Klasmata Kit 105€ +TAX
Logoi Kit 105€ +TAX

Insomniac’s Day Trip Festival reveals stellar inaugural lineup: Tchami, Diplo, Claptone, AC Slater, and more locked in

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Insomniac’s long-awaited house soirée, Day Trip is now just a little more than one month away and the events giant has finally dropped the lineup nearly a year after the festival’s announcement. After cancelling some of the biggest events on last year’s calendar, including Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape Psycho Circus, EDC Orlando, and Dreamstate SoCal, fans are now biting their nails in excitement over the house-anchored festival.

The lineup boasts some of dance music’s most in-demand names on two stages, including Diplo, Chromeo, and AC Slater, as well acts like Meduza, Matroda, and Nitti Gritti and Party Favor‘s Grammy-nominated collaborative project SIDEPIECE, to name a few. In typical Insomniac fashion, the lineup includes heavy-lifting back-to-back sets from Tchami and Wax Motif, Dombresky sharing the decks with Noizu, and Lee Foss performing alongside John Summit. Staying true to the festival’s tagline, Day Trip will authorize “house music all day long,” both July 3 and 4. While Day 1 tickets have already sold out, fans can still grab tickets to Day 2 here on Friday, May 28.

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Watch Hybrid Minds from DJ Mag HQ, this Friday

The drum and bass duo will play a throwback set from #DJMagHQ

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 – 13:51

Every week, we invite some of the world’s best DJs to live stream exclusive DJ sets on our Facebook, Youtube and Twitch channels.

This Friday, DJ Mag teams up with Hybrid Minds for an exclusive one-hour live stream from our London headquarters.

To celebrate their new single featuring Grace Grundy the duo will play a special throwback set. Check out the single here.

Be sure to tune in from 19:00 (GMT) this Friday at djmag.com/hq, the DJ Mag Facebook Page, or the DJ Mag YouTube Channel

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Don DiestrO just wants “Trust” on sizzling summer track [Video]

A careful craftsman of West Coast-vibes, LA-based R&B singer/producer Don DiestrO graces the airwaves with the crown jewel of any Summer 2021 playlist in his new single “Trust”.  

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Sultry and evocative, “Trust” is a Summer fling-based track with staying power.  The thoroughly enjoyable cut showcases the carefree excitement of a newfound love juxtaposed against the careful exploration of existing emotional trauma.  Never heavy handed or overbearing, the track is so light and replayable that it serves as a brilliant audio backdrop for cruising down the 405.  With an accompanying visual featuring just that, as well as gorgeous California sunsets and back-and-forths with co-star and influencer Sydney Stanford, the track just overflows with authenticity and heart.  With a chorus consisting of “I know you don’t wanna take no risk, but you gotta put trust in this,” the pen game of DiestrO is fully on display as the airy and addictive song is backed up by thoughtful lyricism.  

After starting his career as a West Coast trap producer, Don decided to follow his heart and begin making inspired R&B showcases that illustrate complex feelings.  With a forthcoming EP due out in June, “Trust” is the perfect jumping off point for new fans to the West Coast singer, as well as previously released standouts like “Belizean Queen” and “Skin Too Black” that illustrate DiestrO’s limitless musical charisma.  

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Premiere: Cloonee and Wade invite Spanish influence to new tech-house joint, ‘Mi Amor’

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Whatever Cloonee seems to touch, quickly turns to tech-house treasure. Rapidly rising to stardom among house and techno circles through a run of delectable dancefloor jump starters, the UK-producer has quickly made a name for himself in the underground, with no signs of slowing. After a year away from touring, Cloonee returns to the game with friend and Spanish producer Wade in tow, to debut their electrifying new collaboration “Mi Amor.”

After supporting one another in setlist nods and dabbling into previous collaborations attempts, the two finally found common ground over a brassy horn sample, which grew into a track designed to hook audiences in from first listen. “Mi Amor” brings elements of both artist’s prowess by targeting the signature four-on-the-floor thump at its core, complemented by a sultry vocal line and reverberating horn sample—introducing a flair of Latin zest to the tune.

In just the past year, Cloonee has continued to drop some of his largest tracks to date, including a cheeky club shaker “Pop It,” and recent summer anthem “Sun Goes Down,” all while garnering steady support from an impressive list of artists like Green Velvet, Chris Lake, Solardo, A-Trak, and Solomun, securing sway amongst some of the industry’s most revered figures. 

Stream “Mi Amor”, exclusively on Dancing Astronaut’s SoundCloud, ahead of its release on CLNE.

Featured image: Chris Baker/Wade

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Sign Up For Free Ableton Loop Create Event, Being Held June 26-27

Sign Up For Free Ableton Loop Create Event, Being Held June 26-27

Ableton has announced that registration is now open for Loop Create, a free online event for music makers scheduled for June 26–27, 2021.

The event offers an opportunity to connect with musicians from around the world, to learn new music making techniques and more.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“At Loop Create, you’ll meet a wide variety of music makers, each with something new to share. The day will be packed with hands-on sessions and discussions in a range of formats, as well as opportunities to soak in a presentation or performance. You can get inventive with recording, learn the secrets of sound effects and samples, and talk about all kinds of creative concepts with a global community of music makers.

Loop Create is open for registration wherever you live in the world. That’s why the eight-hour program runs twice, making a total of 16 consecutive hours – so that you can join from whatever time zone you’re in without missing anything. It’s free to attend – to take part, all you have to do is register.”

Registration is open through June 20. Details on the event schedule and session are still to be announced.

Lisa Bella Donna Live Performance In The Moog Sound Lab, ‘Ascension’

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Moog Music shared this video, featuring synthesist Lisa Bella Donna performing Ascension live in the Moog Sound Lab.

The performance features the classic lllP Moog modular system, Moog One, Subsequent 37, Subsequent 25, and the Moog semi-modular family (Matriarch, Grandmother, Mother-32, DFAM, and Subharmonicon).

Here’s what Bella Donna has to say about the performance:

“As a longtime electronic music composer and sound designer, I have always regarded my synthesizer studio as a personal “sacred space.” A special place where I can be free and open to create whatever music that needs to vessel through in the moment. To explore the wild, wonderful wilderness of sound and synthesis. A place to find inspiration and to evoke artistic ascension. To create and to be playful in the process.

I wanted to project a piece that expressed my happiness and gratitude to get to be creative with my friends and colleagues at Moog. It’s always so much fun to bounce ideas and create a special atmosphere together, each time we have the opportunity to create these pieces.

It’s been a year of challenge and tribulation for all of us in the world. I am so grateful to see the other side of this chapter unfold into promises of new horizons of making art out in the open again. I hope the spirit of this piece inspires a desire for you to turn on and turn up your art with sound and music.”

Ascension comes from the album of the same name, which is now available via Bandcamp. You can preview it below:

Wave Racer flexes his sonic dexterity on ‘What Are We Waiting For?’

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Wave Racer‘s fresh, new expansion of his catalog was not short-lived. The Australian producer, born Tom Purcell, delivers another new single, “What Are We Waiting For?,” offering yet another example of Wave Racer’s impeccable knack for sound design. Purcell says of the track,

“This is the result of a creative exercise involving deliberate restriction—a proof of concept to prioritize process over materials…Composing this ended up challenging my own hesitations surrounding my creative process, hence the title. More broadly, it’s just a really sonically interesting instrumental track, I guess like a study in sound design process, which was super helpful for me.”

Landing on the heels of his widely welcomed comeback single, “Left Behind,” the electronic beatsmith has not only delivered an aced follow-up, but he’s also announced his first headline shows since 2015’s Flash Drive tour. Wave Racer also recently blessed the stage on Porter Robinson‘s Secret Sky Digital Festival. Now, the venerated producer is scheduled to perform at The Lansdowne in Sydney on July 9, and also at The Northcote in Melbourne on July 15. Stream “What Are We Waiting For?” below.

Featured image: Pitch Studios

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