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DGTL Amsterdam reveals 2018 lineup

28/11/2017
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Jeff Mills, Honey Dijon and Laurent Garnier are among the names for next year’s festival at NDSM Docklands.

DGTL Amsterdam has announced the lineup for its 2018 edition.

Close to 70 artists have been booked for DGTL Amsterdam, which returns to the repurposed industrial space NDSM Docklands on Easter weekend, running from March 30th through April 1st. Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Speedy J, Maya Jane Coles, Job Jobse, Honey Dijon, Sandrien, Albert van Abbe and Floating Points, who’s going back-to-back with Hunee, will all DJ, while the likes of Recondite, Stephan Bodzin, Aleksi Perälä, Telefon Tel Aviv and Red Axes perform live.

Also confirmed are Âme II Âme, the DJ and live duo of Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann, plus full band performances from Romare and Dollkraut.

Read our five key performances review of DGTL 2017.

Tickets are available  on RA.

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South Africa’s Into The Castle festival cancelled as parent company ‘struggles to survive’

25/11/2017
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“Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone,” posted Music Goes Further on Facebook.

Music Goes Further, the company behind the Into The Valley festival franchise, has cancelled Into The Castle in South Africa.

The one-day event was due to take place at Castle Of Good Hope in Cape Town on January 26th, 2018. In a statement posted to Facebook, Music Goes Further said the losses from the cancellation of Sweden’s Into The Factory festival in July, which totalled over €400,000, caused an “acute liquidity shortage,” forcing them to indefinitely postpone the forthcoming event in South Africa. The company also made losses of more than €150,000 at Into The Valley in Estonia, which was plagued by bad weather and small crowds.

“2017 was an absolute nightmare for us, and still is,” reads the statement. “The initiative is on a total pause at the moment and we are working day and night trying to clean this situation up. If we do not make it, it will be the end of our brands, Into The Valley, Into The Factory and Into The Castle, and also for us as festival organizers. It would be beyond sad but we could just never imagine such a series of large setbacks striking us one after another.”

The organisers add: “Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone. We need to take a big step back in order to be able to come back with new energy in 2018. It is our goal to produce a festival in Europe during 2018, but at this point it is too early to plan for this or make any promises. We keep toiling and praying for things to start moving in the right direction.”

Music Goes Further still owes money to artists who played at its previous events. They thanked the likes of Nina Kraviz and Larry Heard for waiving their fees and called on other artists to follow suit, saying “We hope that more artists will follow their example as this cancellation was really out of our hands. Doing so, and refraining the fee, would be vital and a huge help for us to get back on our feet.”

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Subsonic Music Festival Fri, 01 Dec 2017 / Subsonic Music Festival 2017 at Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort

12/11/2017
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Subsonic is back from Dec 4-6, 2015, in the picturesque surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort. Subsonic is dedicated to all things beats and bass, and aims to bring together a unique line-up of international and local artists, in an immersive, multi-sensory environment with an unconventional edge.

Subsonic is camping with a luxurious twist – gorgeous campgrounds by the Karuah River, hot showers, and a laidback bar. Subsonic is a lifestyle festival, far from the city and the herd mentality. 3 days of music, camping and good times in an amazing location 3 hours North of Sydney.

Subsonic brings artists like Andrew Weatherall, Fred P and Pearson Sound together with lush greenery, a beautiful river and one of the friendliest festival crowds you could hope to find.

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MIRA Digital Arts Festival 9-11 Nov 2017

01/11/2017
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MIRA is a digital arts festival based on three connected areas: exhibition, divulgation and education, and is held anually in Barcelona (since 2011) and Berlin (since 2016). Focused on digital culture and technology’s new trends, the festival has a program where both classic and fulldome audiovisual shows, art installations, 3D sound shows, fulldome screenings, conferences, presentations and workshops can be found.

Electronica, virtual reality, 3D sounds, 360º concerts, performances and screenings, robotics, inmersive and interactive experiences, and new space, stage and light design are the anchors of a highly visual proposal. MIRA wants to make the audience feel closer to several worlds of tech creation within a digital art event aiming to become a platform for new talents as well as a showcase for world-known artists, and also create unique inmersive experiences through tech innovation and live visual plus music interlace.

MIRA promotes artistic collaborations and boosts the creation of new projects supporting relations between collectives, organizations and artists from the digital arts and technology fields. The non-profit feature of the festival helped by volunteers, makes the results being re-invested aiming to promote digital culture in the most sustainable way.

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Iceland Airwaves 1-5 Nov 2017

01/11/2017
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Iceland Airwaves is an annual music festival held in Reykjavík, Iceland in early November.

The festival spans five days (Wednesday – Sunday) and its main focus is showcasing new music, both Icelandic and international. The festival’s main sponsors are Icelandair and the City of Reykjavík.

The first show was held in 1999 as a one-off event in an airplane hangar at Reykjavík Airport. Subsequently, it has become one of the premier showcases for new music in the world, with hundreds of journalists and industry people in attendance.

Iceland Airwaves has become known for its intimacy and party spirit. The festival has been called “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar” (David Fricke, Rolling Stone) and an “unbelievable zest for music and celebration” (Jonah Flicker, Pitchforkmedia).

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (played Airwaves in 2004), The Bravery (2004) and The Rapture (2002) are among artists who played Iceland Airwaves before their careers kicked off – in each case the groups were playing their first shows outside their hometown, New York. Among other artists who have played Iceland Airwaves are Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles, Thievery Corporation, Sparta, Flaming Lips, Fatboy Slim, The Kills, The Stills, TV on the Radio, Keane, Hot Chip, Ratatat, Architecture in Helsinki, Klaxons, Wolf Parade, Kaiser Chiefs and local bands Sigur Rós, GusGus, múm, Singapore Sling, FM Belfast, Of Monsters and Men, Seabear, sóley, Sin Fang, Trevor Geir, and Retro Stefson.

In 2009, the festival was held from 14 to 18 October, featuring about 150 artists including Nina Kinert, The Cocknbullkid, Casiokids, Megaphonic thrift, Micachu and the Shapes, The Golden Filter, Metronomy, Golden Silvers, James Yuill, Postelles and Alaska in winter.

The 2010 edition of Iceland Airwaves took place on 13–17 October. The performers included jj, Robyn, Junip, Toro Y Moi, Timber Timbre, Rolo Tomassi, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hurts, Tunng, Alex Metric, Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie, Joy Formidable, Efterklang, Slagsmalsklubben, Oh No Ono, The Antlers and Hercules and Love Affair.

In 2011, Iceland Airwaves was held from 12 to 17 October. The performers included Björk, Sinéad O’Connor, Yoko Ono, Ólafur Arnalds, Of Monsters and Men, We Were Promised Jetpacks, 22-Pistepirkko, Tune-Yards, Beach House, Other Lives and Ólöf Arnalds.

In 2012, Iceland Airwaves took place from October 31 to November 4. Sigur Rós headlined the 2012 edition which included For a Minor Reflection, Kwes, Ghostpoet, Dirty Projectors, The Vaccines, Doldrums, Half Moon Run, Blouse, BOY, Sóley, Retro Stefson, Prins Póló, Samaris, Sin Fang, GusGus, Mugison and Ólöf Arnalds. Django Django and Swans were both scheduled but were forced to cancel.

In the year 2013, Iceland Airwaves Music Festival started October 30 and ended with the final concert of Kraftwerk at November 3. Other lineup artists: For a Minor Reflection, Retro Stefson, Prins Póló, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Agent Fresco, Yo La Tengo, FM Belfast, and Sykur.

Iceland Airwaves is promoted and produced by Iceland Music Export. and sponsored by its founder Icelandair, in cooperation with the City of Reykjavik.

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