Spring Awakening Music Festival threw a 3-day house warming rager that had the Hoffman Estates Major in great spirts came Monday morning.
This year, the Chicago native festival, changed its location to the massive 27 acres Poplar Creek. Some may have liked the new location, others may have not liked the journey there… however way you felt, once you entered the gates of SAMF, you felt nothing but glitter, love, joy, and music.
Getting to the grounds, from the city…which for me, it’s what makes SAMF so special – CHICAGO… was a bit of a journey. Ubers were in the upwards of $130 and about an hour and a half commute, one way. Hopping on the train (The Blue line in this case) took about an hour and 45 minutes and only cost $10 (both ways!). So for our squad, the train was a no brainier. The festival also provided free shuttles from the final train stop to the grounds, dropping everyone off right in front of the gates.
Getting in the festival was amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful, the check-in security staff was kind and thorough. I always believe in the benefits of VIP tickets, and at SAMF they stand true. Speedy entry, designated food and bars and way better restrooms. So next year, and if you’re 21+, get yourself a VIP ticket. It’s worth it! If you don’t, but want to, you can always upgrade to VIP once you’re there. Also, an amazing feature that I have not seen at any other festival was the VIP areas between the two main stages were connected! Providing VIPers the ability to run back and forth, not be stuck in the crowds, have faster food and drink lines and less waiting for restrooms. Which, also takes away from foot traffic in the general area. SMART move SAMF! SMART! MOVE!!!!
We all know the music is amazing, the lineup was filled with heavy hitters and the last minutes changes were the cherry on top! How Spring Awakening stands out among the rest festivals is on how they care for their attendees. Everyone was educated on what protocols to follow, adapted quickly when changes needed to be made (parking on day one – I was told – was a bit hectic), and the level of medics available to care for any emergency was incredibly comforting.
Day one gallery:
As a whole, Spring Awakening 2019 gets a B+! Not to mention I got to celebrate National Bestfriends Day with one of my top 10! Who, BTWs, had never been to a electronic music festival before – The ability to see a festival from a newbie’s perspective is amazing! So next year, grab your bestfriend, plan to stay near the grounds, your energy level and patience will thank you. As always, Spring Awakening was an amazing experience and so happy to call this one of my favorite summer festivals!
React Presents and Jam Productions announce the 1st round of artist that will rock out Montrose Beach on Friday, August 23rd & Saturday, August 24th! As Chicago’s exclusive beach music festival, Mamby on the Beach will be bringing amazing artist to celebrate the new festival location, Montrose Beach.
The Mamby 2019 headliners are Brockhampton, Troye Sivan, ZHU, Sylvan Esso, Virtual Self, and Flying Lotus 3D. Supporting acts include Quinn XCII, Phantogram, Santigold, Justin Martin, DJ Seinfeld, Summer Walker, A R I Z O N A, Sofi Tukker, a DJ Set by Washed Out, NAO, WAJATTA (comprised of Reggie Watts and John Tejada), and more. More artists will be announced very soon.
A R I Z O N A
ELI & FUR
FLYING LOTUS 3D
WAJATTA (Reggie Watts x John Tejada)
WASHED OUT (DJ SET)
WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB
MORE ARTISTS TBA
While we still have a few months till we’re grabbing our SunBum SPF, favorite ASOS swimsuit, QUAY shades and sinking our toes in the sand… one thing is for sure; Mamby’s 2019 artist lineup is BEACHIN’!
React Presents is thrilled to announce the new location and dates for Mamby On The Beach 2019. Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival will return for its fifth year on Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th at Montrose Beach. The beautiful new location, conveniently located on the city’s Northside, will offer additional space to accommodate three stages, beach-friendly games and all-inclusive activities.
Mamby On The Beach yields a majestic experience unlike anything else in Chicago. This year React Presents is excited to partner with Jam Productions to feature an incredible lineup for the two-day festival, which showcases artist performances that represent a wide variety of musical genres. The lineup and tickets will be released on Monday, June 3rd.
Since its inception, Mamby called Oakwood Beach its home, a prime location boasting scenic coastal views with an unforgettable backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Over the past four years, Mamby has felt fortunate thanks to the endless support from the surrounding Bronzeville community, and continues to support Oakwood Beach through initiatives like the Mamby Movement Beach Cleanup. Now, as the festival continues to grow, React Presents and Jam Productions look towards the future and are excited to find Mamby a new home with a bigger footprint at Montrose Beach. The new location is a 15-minute drive from downtown Chicago and a 5-minute walk from the Redline Wilson stop.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL RECAP VIDEO FROM 2018
Montrose Beach will also provide more opportunities for Mamby’s famed More The Music series. Each year, the list of all-inclusive activities expands, with countless fun and games to explore, including silent disco yoga sessions, nutritional and wellness workshops, beach-friendly games, live painting, fire performances, tarot card and palm readings, meticulous art installations, and makeover options from the Braid Bar, Henna and Body Art Domes. A schedule and full list of More Than Music activities will be announced closer to the festival.
For attendees who want to take a dip in the lake, a barefoot stroll through the sand, or a musical romp alongside the festival’s exhilarated fans, Mamby will once again provide the perfect, sun-soaked getaway. Follow Mamby on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements, including the 2019 artist lineup and on sale of ticket options.
Spring Awakening Music Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s official after parties! Taking place at Chicago’s most popular nightclubs including Prysm, Spybar, Sound Bar, TAO and Electric Hotel, there are myriad shows throughout the weekend to keep the party going long after the festival ends. Tickets will sell out so grab yours now before it’s too late! Check out the complete list of after parties below.
THURSDAY JUNE 6: Pre-Party.
Dombresky & Gene Farris – Soundbar – Get Tickets HERE (21+)
With every release, Nora En Pure offers pristine productions and brings listeners deeper into her world. Her latest offering, ‘Birthright’, is an emotive single, which encapsulates her signature sound across its stunning soundscape. ‘Birthright’ is out now via Enormous Tunes.
Debuted as the opening track during her majestic performance at Coachella last month, ‘Birthright’ is built up around a memorable piano melody and infuses enlightening percussion and delicate synths with a soulful bassline, resulting in pure sonic bliss. Crafted to alleviate the listener’s stress and sorrow, ‘Birthright’ maintains a downtempo pace and radiates a positive glow across its duration.
Captivating audiences in her recent live performances, ‘Birthright’ also received its radio premiere from dance music authority Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. Following shortly after the release of her official remix for Grammy nominated duo SOFI TUKKER’s ‘Fantasy’, and with performances at the likes of Brooklyn Mirage for her Purified NYC event, XS Las Vegas alongside Fisher for Elrow, Amsterdam Open Air Festival and Spring Awakening Festival on the horizon, Nora En Pure’s indomitable work ethic continues to keep her at the forefront of the dance music scene.
24/05 – ROYALE – BOSTON, MA
25/05 – PURIFIED AT THE BROOKLYN MIRAGE – BROOKLYN, NY
26/05 – RHYTHM & VINE – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
27/05 – ELROW AT ENCORE BEACH CLUB – LAS VEGAS, NV
01/06 – KAUFLEUTEN – ZURICH, CH
02/06 – AMSTERDAM OPEN AIR – AMSTERDAM, NL
07/06 – ENCORE BEACH CLUB AT NIGHT – LAS VEGAS, NV
08/06 – RAVINE – ATLANTA, GA
09/06 – SPRING AWAKENING FESTIVAL – CHICAGO, IL
14/06 – JUMBO COUNTRY CLUB – BARRANQUILLA, CO
15/06 – SALON AMADOR – MEDELLIN, CO
16/06 – SHEPARD’S BEACH RESORT – CLEARWATER BEACH, FL
21/06 – EXCHANGE – LOS ANGELES, CA
22/06 – RYSE NIGHTCLUB – ST CHARLES, MO
23/06 – FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL – DOVER, DE
26/06 – HI IBIZA – IBIZA, ES
27/06 – EOS FESTIVAL – TAUFKIRCHEN, DE
This past weekend, Swedish House Mafia reunited for three historic sold-out nights at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, breaking the venue’s attendance record with over 115,000 fans attending the shows. See footage of the epic performance HERE.
Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso gave fans everything that has made Swedish House Mafia one of the most compelling live acts in the world – a stunning production, their classic hits such as “Don’t You Worry Child,” “Save The World,” and “One” plus a special first listen of some brand new music.
Fans from around the world travelled to be a part of the spectacular shows and were treated to a massive production featuring a 54 metre long and 17 metre high screen, a vast floating stage, three giant circular lighting rings creating Swedish House Mafia’s signature logo and three huge circles of fire that were suspended above the packed crowd.
Swedish House Mafia’s story so far has been one of amazing highs, with the trio achieving global success that propelled them to the forefront of dance music. Despite later facing difficult times that saw the breakdown of friendships along the way, Swedish House Mafia has put the past behind them, coming back together as artists, friends and family. Their return to their hometown marks the beginning of the next chapter for the iconic trio.
Photo Credit: Hannes Söderlund
Fans can catch Swedish House Mafia this summer and fall as they bring their incredible live show all over the world. Please visit http://swedishhousemafia.com/ for additional info, and watch for more from Swedish House Mafia coming soon.
Currently marching her way through her biggest North American tour to date with performances at Ultra Music Festival and back-to-back headlining weekends at Coachella including being one of the first artists to ever be live-streamed from the YUMA Tent, Nicole Moudaber continues her dominance in the techno-sphere with her ‘Seeing It Through’ EP, her first original release of 2019. Arriving through her tastemaking MOOD Records imprint on Friday, April 26, the three-track release also features her first single of 2019 as the EP’s eponymous title track. With all three fiercely produced tracks asserting Nicole Moudaber’s position among techno elite, her ‘Seeing It Through’ EP is sure to leave a mark on the dance floor this spring and summer season.
Kicking the techno engine into gear, title track “Seeing It Through” will be sure to cater to fans of her signature dark and driving techno as the EP opens with heavy kick drum thunder. Arriving as the EP’s shortest yet most powerful offering, the track makes a point to lace listeners into a hypnotic groove that will leave them in awe, classic Moudaber at her finest. Keeping her foot on the pedal in “Common Dreams,” the MOOD label head introduces an entrancing motif that builds with warm pads throughout. Wrapping up the release’s final stretch, “The Sun at Midnight” opens with a mood setting musical atmosphere that inspires mysticism and journeys into the unknown. Immersing her fellow passengers along for the techno ride, it is not long before the track explodes with punching synths and a reverberating kick designed for peak moments. Road-tested and primed to perfection on dancefloors around the world, Nicole Moudaber always finishes strong.
An unstoppable force in the DJ booth, studio, and on the air waves with her weekly ‘In The Mood’ radio show, Nicole Moudaber continues to make 2019 another year to remember. Playing over 110 gigs in 28 countries last year, it is no secret that she is an in-demand talent at festivals and nightclubs around the world. Next month, Moudaber’s global fans can look forward to her appearance at International Music Summit in Ibiza as she will celebrate the 5th anniversary of her radio show ‘In The Mood’, hosting and broadcasting live from the grand finale of the world-renowned industry event on May 24. Heading back stateside for the end of May, Nicole will once again team up with Dubfire and Paco Osuna to close out Movement Detroit for another edition of their epic B3B on May 26 before heading to New York City for another epic open-to-close set on May 31 at 99 Scott. Continuing her “always on-tour” mentality with confirmed appearances at Circoloco Ibiza, Creamfields UK, Ilesoniq, this summer, it won’t be long until the dance music pioneer lands at her faithful techno army’s doorstep.Nicole Moudaber’s ‘Seeing It Through’ EP will be available on Beatport via MOOD Records on April 26, buy now.
Nicole Moudaber’s ‘Seeing It Through’ EP Available on Beatport on April 26, 2019 Tracklisting: 1) Seeing It Through 2) Common Dreams 3) The Sun at Midnight
Nicole Moudaber Tour Dates:
April 26 Barcelona, Spain @ Pacha
April 27 London, UK @ EGG
May 3 Budapest, Hungary @ Premier Club
May 4 Amsterdam, Holland @ De Marktkantine
May 5 Loughborough, UK @ Forbidden Forest
May 17 Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy
May 18 Zurich, Switzerland @ Hive
May 20 Ibiza, Spain @ Circoloco at DC-10
May 24 Ibiza, Spain @ Dalt Villa
*May 26 Detroit, USA @ Movement — Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna
*May 31 New York, USA @ 99 Scott — All Night Long
*June 1 Ft. Lauderdale, USA @ Venue
June 7 Athens, Greece @ Blend
June 8 Toulouse, France @ Bricks Festival
June 9 Palermo, Italy @ Unlocked Festival
June 15 Amsterdam, Holland @ Mystic Garden Festival
June 16 Paradise @ Sonar OFF, Barcelona
June 22 Beirut, Lebanon @ AHM
June 29 Dublin, Ireland @ Higher Vision
July 5 Malaga, Spain @ Weekend Beach Festival
July 6 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg @ Philharmonie
July 7 Blankenberge, Belgium @ Beachland Festival
July 17 Ibiza, Spain @ Paradise at DC-10
July 19 Paris @ La ClariereJuly 20 Kołobrzeg, Poland @ Sunrise Festival
July 26 Derry, Ireland @ We Are Together Festival
July 27 Porto, Portugal @ Sound Waves EsmorizAugust 2 Ibiza, Spain @ Shadows
*August 10 Montreal, Canada @ Ilesoniq
Aug 20 Ibiza, Spain @ Resistance at PRIVILEGE, Ibiza
August 24 Daresbury, UK @ Creamfields
Aug 28 Ibiza, Spain @ Paradise at DC10+
more to be announced! *Denotes North American dates
BASSNECTAR and MAJOR LAZER will headline North Coast’s 10 year anniversary over Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31. Additional acts include Jauz, Jai Wolf, Tchami, Flux Pavilion, Big Wild, Gorgon City (Live), Snakehips, Trampa, Ookay (DJ Set), Yung Bae, Dirty Monkey, SG Lewis, Anna Lunoe, i_o, Melvv, SoDown, Ford, Inzo, Stratus, Align, Elevatd, GoodSex, Birthdayy Partyy, and Dee Mash. Counting over 25 acts encompassing a wide range of electronic styles will perform across two stages at the festivals new home.
The now 2-day festival will move to Huntington Bank Pavilion, located on Northerly Island in Chicago. Huntington Bank Pavilion is a massive outdoor amphitheater located on a beautiful man-made peninsula off the shores of Lake Michigan – where “Coasties” will now be able to enjoy a refreshing lakefront breeze along with a backdrop of the city skyline.
After touring his critically-acclaimed 2018 album ‘In My Last Life’ to sold out crowds across North America, Andrew Bayer unveils ‘In My Next Life’: a complete album of club-ready reinterpretations aimed squarely at the dance floor.
“Even though “In My Last Life” is experimental and does range through different tempos & styles, I did have the intention of doing club mixes”
explains Andrew, backstage at his sold-out Exchange LA stop.
Fans have enjoyed a steady stream of ‘In My Last Life’ single releases since August 2018 with several unveiled during Andrew Bayer’s performance at Above & Beyond’s landmark Group Therapy 300 celebrations in Hong Kong including ‘Open End Resource’, ‘Your Eyes’ and the only collaboration on the record, ‘Love You More’ with fellow Anjunabeats label-mate Genix.
Retaining the heavy vocal presence of Ane Brun & Alison May in each remix, Andrew has transformed one of his admittedly most challenging undertakings yet in ‘In My Last Life’ into a confident and accomplished club record.
“I have this masochistic backbone in me that I have to challenge myself at every turn, and that was the way to challenge myself with ‘In My Next Life’“.
Taking his ‘In My Next Life’ remixes and a host of new productions on the road this year, Andrew joins the Anjunabeats North American tour in Austin, Washington DC, Denver, Vancouver, LA (5/4) & San Francisco (5/10). Tickets available: http://anjunabeats.com/tour
ULTRA Music Festival made its indelible mark this past weekend on its new home in Miami’s picturesque Miami Marine Stadium & Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. With over 170,000 fans from over 105 countries attending across 3 days, the 21st edition proved to be the biggest yet for the World’s Premier Electronic Music Festival. Exclusive headlining performances from Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna, deadmau5, Galantis, GRiZ, ILLENIUM, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati,, Louis The Child, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, NGHTMRE + SLANDER present Gud Vibrations, ODESZA, REZZ, Richie Hawtin, Sasha | John Digweed, Testpilot, and Zedd helped mark a new chapter in the festival’s ever-expanding history.
The 21st edition featured 8 unique stages, all meticulously curated in sound and production. The world-renowned Main Stage provided attendees with yet another year of unparalleled performances with Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers closing the festival each night. To add a new dimension to the already scenic Miami Marine Stadium, the Live Arena hosted visually stunning and immersive performances from headliners Galantis, Gigantic NGHTMRE, GRiZ, ILLENIUM, Louis The Child, ODESZA, and the legendary Tom Morello. Canadian mainstay deadmau5 brought his highly anticipated Cube 3.0 stage to life for its worldwide debut on Saturday. Before taking the production across the nation on his Cube 3.0 tour, the Canadian native gave ULTRA patrons and livestreamers a first look at the new and improved version of his classic ‘Cube’. Positioning the globally revered producer dead center with a 360-degree swivel, the stage is both undeniably arresting and visually encompassing. Fellow Canadian, Lights, took the stage with deadmau5 to perform ‘Raise Your Weapon’, and an instant classic, ‘Drama Free’.
UMF TV provided a livestream across the 3 days of the festival, inviting viewers to experience the new venue in the comfort of their own home. Commencing daily at 5:00PM EST, the livestream broadcast one-of-a-kind performances from ULTRA’s new home to 30 million viewers worldwide. Performances from the likes of Tiësto, Alesso, Dog Blood, deadmau5, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers and Armin van Buuren were featured across the weekend, among many others.
ULTRA Music Festival once again featured a slew of unannounced surprises, with Armin van Buuren bringing out one of the weekend’s most intriguing guests, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. The two debuted a remix of the legendary rock band’s iconic song, ‘Jump’, which had the entire festival on their feet. NGHTMRE & Slander brought out NBA Hall of Fame member Shaquille O’Neal for nearly five minutes, in a fantasy back-to-back-to-back appearance. Martin Garrix filled the ‘TBA’ slot on his STMPD Records-hosted stage at UMF Radio on Sunday, Afrojack called upon Rae Sremmurd, and The Chainsmokers united alongside ILLENIUM to unveil their monstrous new collaboration.
For the first time in the event’s history, RESISTANCE reigned supreme on its very own Island, as it welcomed performances from some of house and techno’s most in-demand names. Often imitated but never outdone, Carl Cox’s Megastructure made its return to ULTRA Music Festival’s underground haven with standout sets from Belgian star Charlotte de Witte, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati, and Tale Of Us, rounding off the three-day festivities with a monumental B2B courtesy of techno titans Adam Beyer and Maceo Plex. Premiering at the event’s 21st edition, the Reflector stage dedicated its 2nd day to Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently, closing its debut with a B3B from Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber,and Paco Osuna. Other Reflector stage highlights included headline performances from Testpilot, Sasha | John Digweed, Sven Vath and Black Coffee. Offering revelers yet another brand new stage to enjoy, RESISTANCE Island welcomed the Arrival stage, provided by Burning Man’s PLAYGROUND sound camp, featuring euphoric performances by house and techno pillars including Alan Fitzpatrick, Cristoph, Technasia B2B Carlo Lio, and more.
ULTRA Music Festival’s new home on Virginia Key presented new and timely challenges to implement conscious environmental practices. ULTRA’s ecological commitments primarily focus on pollution prevention, nature preservation, waste reduction, community engagement, responsible resource strategies, and traffic mitigation. By minimizing any potential environmental impacts that may result from production, ULTRA will soon become an example for festivals around the world to follow. Following the festival’s conclusion, the Miami Seaquarium took to Twitter to commend the locations of the speakers and sound levels, reassuring concerned environmentalists of the safety of their animals post-event.
“Through its new sustainability initiatives, event organizers maintained the event grounds in good condition throughout the weekend. All crews, patrons and volunteers observed the event’s Leave No Trace initiative by keeping dance floors clear throughout the event and even usingpocket ashtrays provided by organizers to reduce cigarette litter. Cleaning crews worked tirelessly through the night following each event day and to ensure that Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and most of the surrounding perimeter areas were clean by 5:00AM.” – ULTRA Music Festival
“The required environmental management and remediation plan, not required of any other music festival to occur at these locations, was prepared, finalized and delivered to the City of Miami on time on January 28, 2019. During the proceeding months, weeks, and days leading up to the event, Ultra Music Festival has stood tall and worked with Cardno to meet environmental requirements of their license agreement, including construction, deconstruction and during the event on March 29 – 31, 2019.” – Cardno
“At all times during the production, event organizers operated real time compliance monitoring for noise impacts at both festival sites and in the surrounding areas. In our experience, this is unprecedented for similar events.” –Trinity Consultants
With the City of Miami, City of Miami & Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue working tirelessly to make the event and its attendees as safe as possible, 36 arrests – albeit mostly preventative ones – were made over the weekend, making the event one of the safest editions to date.
With the conclusion of the 21st edition of Miami’s very own ULTRA Music Festival, the event has confirmed their return on March 27, 28, 29th, 2020. **Pictures provided by Ultra Music Festival | Get in PR!