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This coming weekend in New York, the parking lot of Citi Field (baseball stadium where the New York Mets play) will be transformed into the Electric Daisy Carnival festival ground, featuring five stages, and a whole lotta DJs.
We choose five big acts we recommend you check out.
(Friday, 7-9 at Neon Garden)
The Sci+Tec head continues to push boundaries, both technologically and musically. Sandwiched between deep house maestro Seth Troxler and Richie Hawtin, Dubfire will play the first true night time set on the Enter stage. Expect some dark yet tasteful techno vibes.
The Bloody Beetroots Live
(Saturday, 10-11 at Circuit Grounds)
Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo has become one of dance music’s most impressive entertainers. Having been the center of every Beetroots-based project, like Death Crew 77, Bob is now bringing a different show to the masses. The Bloody Beetroots Live show will encompass a live synth player and drummer in which he will play tracks like the beautiful ‘Chronicles of Fallen Love’ featuring grammy-nominated singer Greta Svabo Bech.
12th Planet (pictured)
(Friday, 5-6 at Bass Pod)
Once a drum n bass kingpin, 12th Planet has established himself as one of the best dubstep artists in the US. A festival mainstay at some of the biggest and best, 12th Planet will be playing a late afternoon set at the Basspod area sponsored by Bassrush, who throw the greatest dubstep events in the US. Expect to hear some amazing hip-hop oriented Smog material.
(Saturday, 6-8 at Neon Garden)
Having recently announced his stunning residency at Ushuaïa this season in Ibiza, the Desolat king returns to EDC New York for the second year in a row. One of the most impressive underground DJs, Dice has unmatched stage presence and unbeatable finesse. He can play a tINI track into a TNGHT track, and make it seem completely natural. Oh, and stick around the Neon Garden to see him play B2B with none other than Carl Cox.
(Friday, 8:30-10 at Kinetic Field)
One of the most versatile artists in dance music, having found massive success with his Cirez D and Pryda monikers, Eric Prydz is a must-see festival DJ. He possesses the unique ability to integrate tracks from all three styles into his sets, and to absolutely amazing affect. He is coming off amazing appearances at both Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, so his festival chops will certainly be up to par.
Gigamesh is the stage name of Matt Masurka, an American multi-platinum selling music producer and DJ. His numerous remixes and two EPs have earned him a swiftly building reputation as one of the most versatile and consistent names in indie-dance music.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, it’s no surprise Gigamesh has developed a keen taste for funk, disco and pop. The sound is immediately recognizable in much of his music, however he maintains a flexible aesthetic. Gigamesh is an ardent fan of minimalist concert music, film scores, classic rock, italo disco, French house, Miami bass, and genre-bending electronic music. These elements have all combined to forge his all-inclusive approach to music appreciation and creation.
Gigamesh first gained exposure on music blogs for bootleg reworks of pop hits from Michael Jackson, New Order, The Clash, Stardust and dozens more. He went on to produce a #6 Billboard Single (also iTunes 2010 Pop Single Of The Year) and very well-received remixes for Foster The People, Two Door Cinema Club, Katy B, Theophilus London, Citizens, Grouplove and more. Now a multi-platinum selling producer and frequent member of The Hype Machine’s popular chart #1 spot, Gigamesh has firmly established himself as a respected trendsetter in modern dance music.
In October 2011, Gigamesh released his debut self-titled EP on Our Label International, which received wide acclaim in the disco and indie-dance community. Following his debut, Gigamesh began to develop a close relationship with French record label Kitsuné resulting in an invitation to perform on their highly-anticipated U.S. Club Night tour and the release of the “All My Life” EP by Kitsuné in May of 2012. In support of this EP Gigamesh has been touring the globe, including Asia, Australia, North America, and UK/Europe.
Gigamesh continues to gain recognition as one of the top producers of modern dance music going in to 2013. With no time to waste, Gigamesh is starting off the year by releasing a new single, ‘Enjoy.’ ‘Enjoy’ features a remix by Oliver and will be out on NYC’s fresh house label – Nurvous Records (Feb. 12th).
#3 BALATON SOUND
WHY: A beach holiday and mega-festival rolled into one, Balaton Sound boasts a 20-hour music schedule and a setting on the largest lake in Central Europe. Dance is the order of the day here:Avicii, Carl Cox, the various SHM members, Sven Vath and the Chemical Brothers have all appeared in previous years – even Snoop Dogg and Beastie Boys have dropped by. Chill out in a hammock, hit one of the special festival site pubs for a $1 beer (bless you, Eastern Europe) and have a sit down dinner at one of the legit four-walls-and-a-roof restaurants, or just rave ‘til dawn – the choice is yours.
#2 HOLY SHIP!
WHY: A lot of the festivals on this list are institutions: events that have run for years (sometimes decades) and had plenty of time to get it right, build a fan-base and earn their legendary status. Not Holy Ship. Hard Events’ latest festival came out of nowhere in 2012 and smacked jaws around the world straight to the ground. The basic premise? Three days on a luxury liner cruising the Caribbean, a rollcall of dance music’s biggest (and hardest partying) names spinning ‘til dawn and a beach party at a private, white-sand island in the Bahamas.
But it’s the little touches that really make Holy Ship! a bucket list worthy experience: with a tiny 2,500 capacity, punters rub shoulders with the DJs all cruise long. You can play poker with Zedd, enterDillon Francis’ miniature golf tournament on the ship’s deck, take mixing lessons with A-Trak or enter Diplo’s Mad Decent scavenger hunt.
No wonder, then, this year’s Holy Ship! sold out in 28 hours and left a 10,000 strong waitlist in its wake. But you need a look at those Caribbean paradise scenes to really see why Holy Ship! is such a must-do, so dive into the 2012 recap video below (hint: skip to the five minute mark to really get jealous).
WHY: What is it with Eastern Europe and smutty festival promo videos? Dive into one of KaZantip’s recap videos and you’ll see that the music isn’t the only (or even the biggest) attraction here. That having said, KaZantip still pulls more than 300 DJs over 14 dancefloors to Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula each year, the festival counting Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin and Skrillex among its line-up alumni.
But KaZantip isn’t your regular three day deal – it stretches over a whopping five to six weeks in the Ukraine’s summer. Most people pop in for a few days or a week, but if you’re really hardcore you could very well do the full six week challenge. There’s a big community element, too – festival-goers are called “paradiZers” and the festival declares itself a “virtual republic”, held on a 60,000 square metre piece of land. Basically, it’s an unashamedly trashy good time: the booze is cheap, the girls aren’t wearing a whole lot and the music is loud and goes for 21 hours a day, every day.
Gold Panda has unveiled a new track ‘Brazil’
The song is the first to be taken from the Essex-born, Berlin-based producer’s forthcoming new album ‘Half Of Where You Live’, which will be released on June 10 and follows his last LP, 2010′s ‘Lucky Shiner’.
The album, according to a statement, reflects his time spent touring the world in the last three years. ‘Brazil’ in particular was written about a trip he made to Sao Paulo: “It was mental,” he says, “we were nervous about going. People kept telling us ‘it’s not safe.’ It was fine, but the track reflects the sensation of traveling from the airport and hitting this sprawling metropolis, and the disparity between old Brazil and the new economically prosperous country. Like, I was drinking a daiquiri for $40 at the top of a skyscraper that looks like shit.”
Gold Panda has also announced that he will play a special Record Store Day gig on April 20 at Drift Records in Totnes. He is also lined up to appear at a number of festivals over the summer including Glastonbury, Portugal’s Optimus Alive and Lovebox in London.