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Laroc Club in Brazil receives big names for Carnival 2018

11/02/2018
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About Laroc Club

The Laroc Club occupies an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters, being six thousand square meters of built area, amidst a lush landscape and a first world infrastructure. It is the first sunset club in Brazil, a house dedicated to electronic music, built on the banks of the D. Pedro I Highway, in the city of Valinhos, just ten minutes from Campinas and just under an hour from São Paulo.

Its sensorial and emotional appeal generated by the Laroc environment provides a greater appreciation for all elements present in the events that are huge LED panels, first world sound system, pyrotechnics, performances, paper rain and other devices make the shows true spectacles, which refer to great festivals of electronic music.

Laroc before completing one year of inauguration already participated in the voting of the 100 best clubs in the world, by the renowned magazine DJ MAG.

carnival schedule

The line-up begins with the Swedish Alesso, kicking off at carnival celebrations on February 10. DJ and Swedish music dance music producer Alesso ranked 15th in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list in 2014. His songs became known for having original productions and remixes with big names in electronic music, such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and Sander van Doorn. The last great success of the Swedish in Brazil is the partnership in “Is That For Me” with Anitta, in less than 24 hours, the song entered the first place of Spotify Brazil and is listed among the most touched in the rankings of countries like Portugal , Hungary, Taiwan, Sweden, Indonesia, the United States and Italy.

On Carnival Saturday, February 11, Laroc Club hosts the Frenchman Valentim Brunel, better known as Kungs. DJ and producer released their first album ‘Layers’ in 2016 following the hit “This Girl,” a partnership with Cookin’ on 3 Burners that became an international hit with over 162 million hits on youtube. The single “I Feel So Bad” earned him the gold record in France, his home country, where he also won the “Electronic Album of the Year” award at the French Grammy Awards.

To end the intense carnival weekend, on February 12, Laroc is pleased to present Armin Van Buuren. He has been voted # 1 DJ in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 by DJ Magazine’s TOP 100 DJs, and currently has him third in the ranking. Van Buuren is leading the A State of Trance, a weekly radio show with about 25 million listeners a week in 26 countries, being one of the most heard programs in the world. The DJ performs more than 150 shows a year at festivals and renowned venues around the world. Armin is back in Brazil for the 11th consecutive year to bring his unmistakable trance with energizing sets.

Local artist will complete the lineup. On February 10 DJs Viktor Mora, The Juns, Dj Samhara, Pic Schmitz and Adam Saville. On February 11 DJs Gabriel Boni, KVSH, VINNE, Dre Guazzelli, Luí Torcatto and Renato Naya. And finally, on February 12, DJs Bruno Martini, Wrechiski, Rodrigo Vieira, Marcelo CIC and Renato Naya.

More info can be found on the official website: www.laroc.club/en/

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Lollapalooza 2018 Argentina bigger than ever

11/02/2018
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Lollapalooza 2018 will count with more than 100 bands and will last three days for the first time in Buenos Aires in its 5th edition. Lollapalooza offers 12 hours of music per day, it starts at 12:30 hs and finishes at 1:00 am. Lollapalooza had sold out the tickets of day 1 and the general pass, entrances for day 2 and 3 are available tough.

Stages

This year Lollapalooza will count with 5 stages Two Main stages, Perry’s stage, the Alternative Stage and the Kidzpalooza for the youngest ones. Perry’s stage host electronic artists all day.

Lollapalooza’s stage size exceeds any other stage of Argentina´s events. They are colossal and the quality of the music is unique too, the sounds pounds on your chest, it´s incredible.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of this festival distinguishes for its quality and variety. Last year they offered “The Food Trucks Camp” where the most renowned chef´s and restaurants offer their most relevant gastronomic proposals. The gastronomy central sector was called “Lollapalooza Food Town” and included “Street food Argentina” that had regional gastronomy, on the other hand, other food trucks provided food from cities like Paris Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Naturally the “Green Spirit” was also present and it extended proposals for coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and naturists.

LOCATION

Lollapalooza is held at the “Hipódromo de San Isidro”, a lovely fresh and green racecourse. It extensive field is full of relaxing spots, entertainments and different gastronomic sites.

Electronic Artists Resume

Lollapalooza offers diverse electronic music types and artists. We will hear the best EDM from Hardwell, DVBBS, DJ Snake. For the trap, trip hop and dubstep lovers Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, Yellow Claw and What So Not would appear at Perry’s stage. The remarkable tropical and deep house of Kygo is another quality leap of the lineup. Then Deorro, Galantis and Cheat Codes are in charge of the progressive house mixed with captivating pop voices.

Friday

The electronic line up of the first day will be led by the hardstyle EDM of Hardwell, one of the most successful DJ’s of the moment. DVBBS is another highlight of Friday, this two DJ’s make an explosive progressive house and they also include some techno and dubstep in their shows. Alison Wonderland will stand out with her trap and trip-hop. Her music is also influenced by elements of the acid house and she also plays with mysterious atmospheres. The bass and post-dubstep will be represented by What So Not. Unstable beats and experimental sounds are protagonists at his set join by girly voices. Shiba San’s deep house is another a particular proposal. He distinguishes itself for creating a personal sound that is obscure and embracive.

Saturday

The French producer of EDM and trap oriented, DJ Snake, is the most known electronic artist of Saturday line-up. His famous hits will put everyone to dance. Yellow Claw, is a duo which combines a wide range of electronics genres like trap, dubstep, big room house, and hardstyle. Their shows are powerful and really entertaining due to the diverse rhythms. Nghtmre’s future bass and trap music will surprise more than one with his precise use of synthesizers and a large variety of sounds. Louis The Child is composed by two DJ´s that make future bass too. Their style is softer and has a slower rhythm. Finally, Deorro’s seductive EDM pop and progressive house will invite us to move.

Sunday

Kygo is the Sunday electronic star, his renowned deep house and tropical house songs will hypnotize the public. The Norwegian DJ characterize for its catchy rhythms that enchants the audience. The dance-pop music and voices of Galantis conformed another attractive show thanks to their stimulating and uplifting sounds. If you want to boost your energy to its top level I highly recommend you listening to Dillon Francis dubstep. I think he would be one of the most acclaimed DJ of the edition, and I hope he plays some songs with Nghtmre. The danceable songs of Cheat Codes, the American trio, that combines pop voices with friendly melodies. Alan Walker, the youngest DJ in the lineup, will present his popular electro house.

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Squarepusher, Floating Points, Tzusing added to Sónar Hong Kong 2018

10/02/2018
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Another two-dozen names have been joined the March festival’s bill.

Sónar has announced another two-dozen acts for its Hong Kong festival on March 17th.

Topping the list are Squarepusher, who plays his first show for 2018, and Floating Points giving a solo live performance. Recent Breaking Through subject Tzusing leads an extensive list of artists based in the region appearing at the one-day event, including Romi B, Kelvin T, Steve Yau and PUSH. Showcases also come from Seoul Community Radio and local label WM Records.

They join previously announced acts Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna, Laurel Halo, Heidi and Mount Kimbie when the festival returns to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park for its second edition.

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Fighting the tide: Underground dance music in the Bay Area

10/02/2018
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In Oakland and San Francisco, cities once defined by radical creativity, electronic artists are finding it ever harder to survive. But as Matt McDermott finds out, they’re not giving up just yet.

The push and pull between San Francisco’s past and future is on plain display in The Mission. The neighborhood’s parallel main streets, Mission and Valencia, reveal the city’s messy, diverse underpinnings and beckon towards a whitewashed present. Walking on Mission, you see discount shops, open-air produce markets, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Just a couple of blocks away on Valencia, it’s single-origin coffee, boutique clothing stores and towering lofts for the city’s moneyed class.

I meet San Francisco-based music journalist, DJ and label owner Chris Zaldua at the Latin American Club, a watering hole that gestures towards the city’s fading bohemia, on 22nd street between Mission and Valencia. “The main reason everyone wants to live here and the reason that it’s so fucked up is because it’s a bubble,” Zaldua says. “There is no other place like it in The States. It has the high-roller financial energy of Manhattan… but it also has this free-spirited creative, living-on-the-edge undercurrent that makes it such a weird place. So many musical, artistic, literary traditions and scenes have thrived here—there’s a history that has coexisted with the strivers, the hustlers and the moneymakers. At different points in history they’ve been symbiotic to greater and lesser degrees. Right now it’s a low-point.”

A few notes on San Francisco. The peninsula city is just seven by seven square miles—it doesn’t crack the top 100 largest US cities measured by area. It’s devastatingly beautiful. The ride in on the Bay Bridge is among the most dramatic preambles to an urban environ I’ve experienced. Sometimes the fog rolls in as you crest the hills over Hayes Valley and the city feels alive with mystery and promise. You can walk or take public transportation damn near everywhere. There’s also rampant homelessness. It’s the most expensive place to rent in the US.

Zaldua talks about the city like a spurned lover, with a mix of affection and chagrin. “Everything I love about the Bay Area is also what makes it so hard to be here. Rent is the obvious one. Space. The city is so beautiful because it was built in a certain way… That’s the trickle-down thing that affects everything else. That makes it hard for artists, for waiters, for teachers… for all these people that cities need to thrive, it becomes an inhospitable environment. So much of the culture that San Francisco is historically known for has been pushed out.”

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CTM Festival 2018: Five key performances

10/02/2018
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CTM, Berlin’s festival for “adventurous music and art,” offers a wide variety of musical experiences. This year’s action, which ranged from Chinese club experimentalists and Holly Herndon’s utopian ensemble to gabber and hardcore infiltrating Berghain, was centred around a single theme: “Turmoil.” The word was interpreted in many different ways across the ten-day period. In a world of precarious employment, physical displacement, emotional detachment and hyper-digitization, the current cultural moment is filled to the brim with turmoil. But its connotations aren’t all negative: “turmoil” can also serve as a creative catalyst, and during CTM’s daytime lectures it was often cited by artists as a powerful source of inspiration. Indeed, the music I found myself enjoying the most contained an optimistic energy. My highlights were those moments when all pessimism faded away and pure joy erupted on the dance floor.

Here are five key performances from CTM 2018.

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Kraftwerk among acts announced for Dimensions Festival 2018

10/02/2018
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The Croatian festival, which kicks off Wednesday, August 29th, has revealed its first wave of DJs and live acts.

Kraftwerk will play the opening concert for Dimensions’ latest edition.

The quartet, who last month won a Grammy Award for 2017’s 3-D The Catalogue album, will perform at the Croatian festival’s amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 29th. They’ll be joined at the concert by Moodymann, the saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Josey Rebelle and Debora Ipekel.

Over 100 other artists have been confirmed for the Pula-based event’s seventh edition. Among the DJs listed are DJ Stingray, Courtesy, Nina Kraviz, The Bug, Helena Hauff, Anastasia Kristensen, DJ LAG, Paula Temple, Detroit In Effect, Vladimir Ivkovic, Jon K, dBridge, Peggy Gou, Darkhouse Family (AKA Earl Jeffers and Don Leisure), Sonja Moonear, Skee Mask, Lena Willikens, Peanut Butter Wolf, Billy Nasty, Nicolas Lutz, Marcellus Pittman, DJ Python, Saoirse, Hunee, K-HAND, Petar Dundov, Alexander Nut, Bonobo, Eddy Ramich and Craig Richards, among others. Discwoman’s Umfang and Volvox, will also DJ, as will the full Hessle Audio crew—Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. Maximum Joy, Jon Hopkins, Amp Fiddler, Azymuth & Marcos Valle, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Underground Resistance’s Depth Charge, The Exaltics, Heinrich Dressel & Teslasonic, Ariwo and Jan Kinčl & Regis Kattie are among the live acts locked in.