Eric Prydz announces Los Angeles show for August

The date is in addition to events in New York and Chicago

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 13:47

Eric Prydz has announced a Los Angeles show for August 2021, adding a new date to a US schedule that already includes four events across two weekends in New York. 

The Swedish progressive producer and DJ teased fans with news last week via Twitter, but held back most details. More information has now been unveiled, confirming downtown venue 1756 Naud St. will host the event on 21st August.

Tickets go on sale at 12PM PDT on Thursday 3rd June, and heavyweight promoter Factory93 is partnering on the session. Prydz also recently confirmed multiple sets at new Chicago Union Park festival, ARC, reflecting all three of his aliases — Pryda, Eric Prydz and Cirez D. 

 

Bantum turns a ‘New Leaf’ with latest EP

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Ireland native Ruairi Lynch, better known as Bantum, completes his New Leaf EP rollout with the full three-track parcel, which manifests as a message: sonically, he’s headed in a new direction.

Highly influenced by electronic music fixtures such as Daft Punk, Four Tet, and Soulwax, the EP takes on an up-tempo, club-suited personality. Jumping in with the EP’s title track, “New Leaf,” Bantum kicks off the project with a layered beat and melodic synth incantation that make it impossible for listeners to sit still. Diving into the second track, “Give You Up,” the producer takes fans on a funkier journey characterized by a driving beat and crisp kicks. The finale, “Stutter,” is Bantum’s most foot-tapping beat yet, paired with sultry piano progression.

On New Leaf, Bantum reflected,

“I had this constant image in my mind of going back to a club or a party while writing the record. It’s funny that these are arguably the most danceable and upbeat tracks I’ve written when there’s nowhere to go yet to let loose! It’s been cathartic to produce this record and I can’t wait to play it live someday.”

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Okeechobee Music Festival locks in fifth anniversary edition for 2022

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Unlike many events, Okeechobee Music Festival was able to host its 2020 iteration right before the end of the world as we knew it. Fast forward two years, and the Insomniac attraction has confirmed its return to Sunshine Grove for its fifth anniversary from March 3 – 6, 2022.

Since its inception in 2016, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has fostered a tight-knit community brought together through food, music, art, and camping on the expansive meadows of Sunshine Grove’s 800 acres. In a press release, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella said,

“After this long year, I couldn’t be more excited to return to Sunshine Grove and be back in nature with all my Okeechobee friends and fam. This festival is all about music, camping out, and making s’mores while dancing in a jungle, grass fields, and on a beautiful beach. It was the last festival I attended before the pandemic hit so I can’t wait to be back!”

Pre-sale tickets to the Florida mainstay will be available on June 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT. For 48 hours, all that will be required is a $10 deposit. Details are available here.

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Global Dance Festival announces red-hot lineup featuring Illenium b2b Said The Sky b2b Dabin, plus Excision, Kaskade, and more

Global Dance Festival announces red-hot lineup featuring Illenium b2b Said The Sky b2b Dabin, plus Excision, Kaskade, and moreIllenium

Global Dance Festival will hit the ground running with a 2021 lineup touting a back-to-back-to-back enlisting Illenium, Said The Sky, and Dabin, as well as a slew of acts set to hit Empower Field at Mile High from July 23 – 24, such as Excision, Tiësto, Kaskade, Claude VonStroke, Gryffin, Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2021 John Summit, and many more.

Tickets to the Denver, Colorado festival will go on-sale beginning June 7. More information about the event is available at Global Dance Festival’s official website.

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When Truth x Lies ‘Preach,’ you better listen

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One of Dancing Astronaut‘s Artists to Watch in 2021, Truth x Lies are catapulting to Noizu‘s Techne imprint to “Preach” from a tech house pulpit. The bassline-led single, accented by a looping vocal sample, translates the two-man outfit’s astute approach to the underground from 2020 to 2021, formalizing their first one-off of the new year.

A welcome back is certainly in order for the duo that has steadily risen up the ranks since taking the title of  Insomniac‘s Discovery Project in 2017. After keeping the 2020 sonic presses hot with releases sprinkled across Insomniac Records, CID‘s Night Service Only, Space Yacht, IN / ROTATION, and SANS MERCI, among other imprints, one can only imagine what the tech house tacklers’ shared pipeline must be brimming with, and to assume that it’s already packed with some serious soon-to-be-heard horsepower is by no means a stretch of the imagination. For justification of Dancing Astronaut‘s branding of Truth x Lies as one of 2021’s acts to keep within your purview, refer to the one-off below.

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Coachella announces dates for 2022 festival

Coachella has announced dates for its 2022 festivals, with the beloved event set to run across the weekends of 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th April next year, at Empire Polo Ground, Indio, California. 

Variety broke the news yesterday following an announcement by promoter Goldenvoice. This is now the fourth time the event has been rescheduled as a result of COVID-19.

“Our desert homecoming is officially set for April 2022,” the Goldenvoice statement reads. “Our advance sale begins this Friday, June 4th at 10AM PT. More time to plan and more time to pay for your passes over time with our flexible payment plan options.” 

Coachella usually confirms its line-up closer to the time, long after each weekend’s 125,000 tickets have sold out. As such, headliners and other acts for 2022 are expected to be revealed in the new year.

Calvin Harris, Run the Jewels, Thom Yorke, Disclosure and FKA Twigs were all due to play in 2020. Although eventually cancelled due to coronavirus, the bill was criticised for the low number of female headliners. Last year, a new GV Black team was introduced to the organisation, to “expand representation of the Black community”. In March 2020, the festival’s 20th anniversary documentary, ‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’, premiered on YouTube, and the video streaming giant has now been confirmed as an official partner for the next instalments.

For tickets and more information, head to Coachella online.

DJ Lotus Bomb is the real “Queen Of Hearts”

DJ Lotus Bomb is carving her path on three different fronts as a talented Deejay and producer and singer. On her newest release titled “Queen OF Hearts”, she however stays behind the boards to craft an anthemic club banger that aims to rattle the speakers and keep the dancefloor packed to the brim. I must add, she is not a run-of-the-mill producer and she uses her unique and multi-talented background in classical music on this one. From fusing pulsating synths, cinematic textures, and thick four-to-the-floor drum grooves, DJ Lotus Bomb delivers the goods in copious amounts.

“Queen Of Hearts” is one of her new releases showcasing her foray into production after studying various instruments since she was a kid. From piano, violin, and the viola, she is versed in these instruments and even played first chair violin during her stint in the orchestra. For the most part, she is a full-time Deejay in the house scene in Miami and has built a 10-year resume. She is presently working on more musical projects so the possibility of more singles is quite high for the blossoming EDM producer.

Connect with DJ Lotus Bomb: Spotify | Instagram

Brooklyn Mirage to commence July reopening with MEDUZA, REZZ, Black Coffee, and more

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Beloved open-air oasis Brooklyn Mirage is readying its reopening with a series of shows that will formally welcome attendees back to the sprawling, palm tree-bedecked venue for cross-genre programming from July onward. Brooklyn Mirage events will formally resume with a July 1 grand reopening set from MEDUZA, followed by appearances from REZZ on July 2, Black Coffee on July 4, and Chris Lake on July 14.

On June 2, Brooklyn Mirage additionally revealed that a back-to-back set enlisting the live mixing expertise of none other than Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet under their Get Real alias would replace Dirtybird BBQ Brooklyn. The booty shakin’ beats can be caught on September 10. Following the pattern of daily show revelations set in place across June 1 – 2, live music lovers can likely expect more events to be announced in the days to come.

The Mirage’s reinstallation of live programming follows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s recent announcement that the city’s businesses and public venues can operate at full capacity without enforcing mask wearing or social distancing guidelines, provided that all attendees can provide proof of vaccination. In accordance with New York State mandates, all event goers must be fully vaccinated in order to attend events not only at Brooklyn Mirage/Avant Gardner, but also The Great Hall and The Kings Hall. The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after administration of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ticket holders will be required to show proof of vaccination via one of three mediums: CrowdPass, which captures a secure, digital proof of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination card; the New York States Excelsior Pass; or a physical vaccination card. More information about Brooklyn Mirage/Avant Gardner, The Great Hall, and The Kings Hall COVID-19 safety protocols and the refund policy is available here. Tickets to all upcoming shows can be purchased here.

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Spend July 4 weekend at Echostage; Club Glow taps NGHTMRE, Steve Aoki, Loud Luxury, and more

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Shortly after unveiling a talent-laden lineup for Echostage‘s grand reopening in June, Club Glow has tapped eight acts that will make a splash at the Washington D.C. venue from July 2 – 4. Joining Echostage’s roster of talent are NGHTMRE, Habstrakt, and WAVEDASH, who will appear on July 2, followed by Steve Aoki and Cedric Gervais on July 3, and Loud Luxury, Ship Wrek, and Cat Dealers on July 4.

The newly named holiday weekend performers join Echostage’s staggering event lineup, which currently spans live sets from Zedd, David GuettaTiëstoAlesso, and Tchami in June, fellow July appearances from Diplo and MEDUZA, and a slew of late summer and fall events that will call forth Dom Dolla and Sonny Fodera, Lost Kings and Sigala, Zeds Dead, and many more

Tickets to each of Echostage’s upcoming events, including the July 2 – 4 run, can be purchased here. Doors to each event will open at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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NTS Radio is looking for new residents and genre specialists

NTS Radio is looking for new residents and genre specialists to join its roster. 

The online network, which broadcasts from global locations and maintains bases in London and Manchester among other cities, has issued an open call. The statement invites interest from new ‘radio personalities’ and experts in styles such as alte, asakaa, jazz fusion, 2-step soul, 20s-70s blues, outsider country, highlife, min’yo, sanjo, nanyin, metal, classical, gnawa, amapiano, lovers rock, dub and reggae.

Anyone interested should first take a look at our recent feature about how to get your own radio show. Featuring insight from the likes Mari* (Worldwide FM), Fankie Wells (Foundation FM) and RBC (No Signal), it looks at the significance radio has played during the pandemic, and explores what new hopefuls need to get noticed. You can also read a recent interview with Jaguar, for more pointers, and read more about how independent radio has thrived over the past 12 months.

NTS applicants should submit their pitches here