Outside Lands 2014 will be headlined by Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Possibly the only major festival where you can enjoy fine gourmet cuisine while rocking out to an eclectic variety of international artists, Outside Lands has now unveiled the 2014 line-up as it prepares to return to San Francisco this August.
We just can't express our excitement enough at the newly revealed line-up for Outside Lands this year. Topping the bill are the likes of Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; three very different artists which see the latter become the first act ever to headline twice following their incredible set in 2013. Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands are showing signs of development every single summer, and at much benefit for the city with a percentage of every ticket sale going to San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.
Take a break from skiing to catch some spectacular sounds from South Lake Tahoe's SnowGlobe Music Festival.
This summer may have been a great season for festivals everywhere, but SnowGlobe Music Festival 2013 proves that you don't need warm weather to have a sensational musical experience.
The beautiful city of South Lake Tahoe, California presents another end of year celebration from December 29th - 31st complete with its famous clear blue lake and snow-capped mountains as the back drop to one of the last musical events of 2013. Recently confirmed as headliners are Dutch electronic artist Tiesto and Chicago DJ Kaskade as well as hip hop legend Snoop Dogg who is currently performing under the name Snoop Lion as he embarks on a more reggae based music career. Moombahcore pioneer Dillon Francis will also make an appearance at the event, ahead of the release of his debut studio album, as well as Canadian duo Zeds Dead and Atlanta producer Treasure Fingers. There's more to come, however, as a new headliner will be unveiled on November 3rd 2013.
You can now watch the highlights of Belgium's TomorrowLand 2013 festival ahead of the US repeat this September.
Tomorrowland 2013 has re-lived its most memorable moments with a brand new 30 minute official after movie featuring clips of the best shows, sights and most ecstatic event-goers.
It really was a weekend to remember for this Belgian dance festival with some fantastic DJ sets being merely a bonus to an already incredible spectacle. Not only does it take place amidst an idyllic landscape in the town of Boom, but the sheer artistry and determination that went into building the terrific floating stages and flower decked arena was a vision to behold. The main stage in particular was a massive structure with several jaw-dropping features including amazing pyrotechnics, an erupting volcano and waterfalls which almost drew eyes away from the main acts; among which were Dutch DJ Tiesto, Swedish house producer Sebastian Ingrosso, the Grammy nominated Avicii and Sunday's main attraction David Guetta.
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The high earners on the list prove yet again that electronic music is booming (pun intended.)
House, dubstep, drum and bass – electronic music in various forms is thriving at the moment, as Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid DJ’s goes to show. The chart was topped by Scottish-born DJ Calvin Harris, who earned $46 million in the past year, thanks to high profile collaborations and six-figure nightly fees.
Harris, who prefers a low-key lifestyle most of the time, has played venues in Vegas, Ibiza and around the world.
“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells FORBES. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Maybe chance had something to do with it, but Harris’s talent and business savvy meant that in the past year, he played over 100 shows, with nightly fees upwards of $200 000. It was his collaborations with the likes of Rihanna and LMFAO, however, which boosted him to the top of the Forbes chart. Harris is followed closely on the Electronic Cash Kings list by Dutchman Tijs Verwest, better known by his stage name Tiesto. In 2012 and 2013, the DJ earned close to $32 million. Like Harris, the DJ attributes his success to the rise in popularity of various electronic music genres. For Forbes, Verwest commented: “In America, dance music is booming. At the moment … it’s the most exciting genre.”
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Sell-out Belgium music festival Tomorrowland looks forward to a massive weekend of dance excitement.
Tomorrowland is back with what looks to be one of their biggest weekends in history with tickets having been sold in the record time of... wait for it... one second!
This Belgian gathering will see a 200,000 strong international crowd once again this year all flocking to see some of the greatest dance and electronic artists of the world on the festival's massive range of stages. As well as the main stage showcasing some of 2013's biggest acts, there'll be fourteen others hosted by the likes of V Sessions, Cocoon Heroes, Bonzai, Star Warz and Samsung Secret Forest. The event will be spread over the 26th - 28th July 2013 in the town of Boom in the Flemish district of Flanders.
This year's main stage headliners include Dutch DJ Tiesto and Swedish house producer Sebastian Ingrosso for the Friday, while the Grammy nominated Avicii and trance DJ Armin Van Buuren are Saturday's main attraction. Sunday features a special triple DJ set from David Guetta, Afrojack and Nicky Romero which definitely makes any fast-thinking ticket holder even more lucky people.
Continue reading: Tomorrowland 2013 To Host David Guetta, Tiesto And Avicii This Weekend
Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the names confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in September. The two-day festival, set to be held on September 20 and 21, will also feature performances from Elton John, Keith Urban and a special pairing of Queen (with Brian May) and the former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
The main festival line-up was announced on Monday morning (July 15, 2013) in a press conference hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A final schedule will be announced closer to the festival, though Timberlake, Perry, Elton and Bruno Mars are likely to be the marquee names. The likes of Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Fun, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim Mcgraw, Ke&ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi are other high profile names to have been confirmed.
Last year's festivals played host to No Doubt, Pink, Usher and Swedish House Mafia though it will be remembered for Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown during Green Day's set. After smashing the band's instruments in protest of his set being cut short, Armstrong left the stage and was admitted to rehab the next day, cancelling his band's tour dates and promotional appearances.
The three day event went without a hitch in it's first ever stop over in Chicago
Despite already being a mainstay in the Las Vegas and Orlando music line-up, the Electric Daisy Festival has never ventured to the colder climates of up north, that is until this weekend when the EDM showcase took the Chicagoland Speedway by storm. The (moderately) colder temperatures failed to put off any festival goers at the travelling festival's first ever stop in Chicago.
Having already passed through New York with similar success earlier this month (May 17 - 18), the touring EDM showcase will hit up Vegas for the June 21 - 23 weekend, before heading out to Puerto Rico (September 13 - 14) and Orlando (November 8 - 9) later in the year. The festival will also be skipping borders as it moves to London for a one-day event on July 20, bringing all the electro-madness with it for the one off event. Festival goers this weekend were treated to such EDM mainstays as Calvin Harris, Dj Fresh, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Araabmuzik, La Roux, Tiesto and A-Track as well as a smorgasbord of other quality electronic music acts. As for the weather, although the heavens remained closed the temperature was still a far cry from the blistering Nevada desert heats, but this was a factor some say made the festival all the better.
EDC faithful DJ Gareth Emery, who performed in Chicago and New York and will be following the festival to Las Vegas, told USA Today, "When the weather is bad, the festivals can actually be better because people kind of huddle up together. It's probably one of the times where you want to be down in the middle. You don't want to be in the VIP; you get cold."
It's only April but Contactmusic already have one eye on the summer. specifically towards Creamfields 2013 which will be taking place at its usual venue near Daresbury in Cheshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August). And while much of the UK's music press will be off to Leeds and Reading, we're looking forward to something that bit more adrenaline-fuelled, weird and wonderful over at Creamfields.
Long since established as the UK's premier dance and electronic festival, Creamfields will be in full party spirit this year to celebrate its 15th Birthday, and the initial line-up is befitting such a milestone. Leading the charge for 2013's event are iconic dance pioneers The Prodigy headlining the Saturday night (24th August) with their only UK festival appearance of 2013. Still going strong and approaching their 25th anniversary, the band are still legendary for their incendiary festival appearances and we're expecting nothing less from their Creamfields headliner - true trailblazers! Supporting them on the North Stage that night will be French Wunderkind Madeon and Zane Lowe with DJ sets, while the South stage takes a distinctly more cutting-edge tack with Avicii, Knife Party and Nicky Romero. Steve Angelo and Benny Benassi head up the Size Matters tent, while Eric Prydz invites Marco Carola, Adam Beyer and special guest Maya Jane Coles to his Prydz Friends tent. Also heading up their own tents are Pete Tong and Annie Mac with impressive supporting casts, though personally, we're most excited about Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats stage: with Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Wyn and Gareth Emery giving us a night of exceptional Trance before Above & Beyond themselves come along to finish the whole thing off in glorious style.
Onto the Sunday (25th August) and the big name is undoubtedly David Guetta - arguably the biggest name in the world of electronic music right now - heading up the North Stage with a selection of tunes that have pretty much been resident on radios across the globe over the past few years. Though, he does face a little competition from Tiësto on the South Stage, as well as Groove Armada giving one of their ever-excellent and eclectic DJ sets in the Nation tent, and Sebastian Ingrosso proving that there is life after Swedish House Mafia as he fronts the All Mixed Up stage. Frankly, Sunday is full of mouth-watering clashes, with Richie Hawtin's intelligent Techno jacking the Enter stage around, Laidback Luke and Eddie Halliwell getting hands up in the air at the Super You&Me stage, Kutski, Andy Whitby and Alex Kidd pushing it hard and fast at the Goodgreef X-Tra Hard stage and Subfocus and Modestep bringing the bass tremors in the Speakerbox tent. And frankly, if you've got any energy left after that little lot, you're a stronger man than I am! An impressive line-up all round.
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"Elements of Life"
Alexandra Palace, London
Friday April 20th 2007
The word 'Legend' is bandied about in all walks of life.
I've heard people apply it to someone they've seen drink 10 pints without falling into a coma.
Some others would describe as a legend someone who has managed to crack reasonably funny jokes on TV for 30 years without being found out.
You might even be called a legend if you've managed to bed at least one person for every year you've been alive.
I even have a friend, in Scotland, who calls me a legend because I've managed to live this long without falling under a bus.
These definitions are all valid in their own way.
On the other hand you could do a simple search of the web and come up with a definition such as the following:
"..anyone or anything whose fame promises to be enduring, even if the renown is created more by the media than by oral tradition. Thus we speak of the legendary accomplishments of a major-league baseball star or the legendary voice of a famous opera singer. This usage is common journalistic hyperbole.."
Conferring 'legend' status upon anyone, or anything, therefore, is a totally subjective exercise and can only ever be the opinion of a fraction of the population.
That opinion will always be the subject of debate and discussion.
There are, however, a small number of individuals, in all fields of human endeavour, who have earned legendary status.
The reason they have achieved this high status is that they have transcended the norm.
They are perceived to have accomplished more in their chosen field than their peers.. they are generally accepted as leaders and trendsetters and where they lead others hope to follow, or at least to try and keep up.
So (and I am finally getting to the point, if you were wondering) is it right to call Tiesto a legend?
What a stupid question.. of course it is.
The facts and his accomplishments speak from themselves.
the multiple DJ of the Year awards he has won from Mixmag and other public forums
the establishment of himself as a stadium act (witness his opening of the 2004 Athens Olympics).
his best selling Cds (no other DJ has sold nearly as many)
the fanatical following he has garnered all over the world.
his devotion to trance music
his development of the genre as a mainstream, rather than second rate, clubbing experience.
the fact he draws more people to his gigs than any other living DJ
and so on and so on... I could go on for ever, really.
The simple fact is that he is the biggest DJ in the world and the reason is simple.
He gives people what they want to hear and he challenges and surprises them at times with things they didn't think they wanted, or realised they were hoping to hear.
Whether he's playing his own music, remixing the work of other people, or simply dropping tunes he knows people listening will know and love; he has a way of selecting and combining and mixing the tracks he plays which is simply unmatched by any other DJ on the planet.
From his first album (In My Memory, 2002) to his latest (Elements of Life, 2007) his talent and fan base have grown almost exponentially.
Whether he is playing to a few hundred people at a northern club, or over 3 billion worldwide watching the Olympics, he never gives less than everything he has and I have never spoken to anyone who has left one of his gigs disappointed.
So, you might ask, where does this leviathan of the dance music world go next?
The answer to that is.. he embarks on a world tour.. a multi-venue, multi continent, multi million dollar, all singing, all dancing, lights flashing, fireworks exploding world tour.
I went to the London show on April 20th.
Arriving at Alexandra Palace in north London at around 11pm (having only got lost twice on the way down from Leeds) the first thing I couldn't help noticing was the queue.
I have never seen a queue like it... there must have been about a ¬ of a mile of people snaking their way round the front of the building and down the driveway.
Impressive as the palace driveway is, it's definitely not the sort of place you want to be standing around in for 3 hours, in a t-shirt, when the temperature is close to freezing.
It's a shame the promoters hadn't thought about putting on some outdoor entertainers to relieve the extreme boredom and creeping hypothermia.
Given that Tiesto was due onstage at 12 midnight I couldn't help feeling sorry for the people who were obviously not going to be getting in until his set was well underway and, in fact, the last punters got in about half past one!
If this all seems a bit negative, so far, then I can only apologise, but if major sporting venues can get 100,000 people through the turnstiles in a couple of hours then why did it take so long to get everyone in here? I spoke to some people who started queuing at 7pm and didn't get in til midnight!
When you've paid good cash to attend an event you don't expect the people organising it to have so little consideration for you that they are prepared to leave you standing out in the freezing cold for up to 5 hours before they allow you into the venue.
The delay was, of course, caused by the body searches everyone had to undergo before being allowed in.
These searches are supposed to stop people taking illegal substances into the venue and they are a complete waste of time if the number of people who offered me pills and cocaine within the first 20 minutes of me being inside was anything to go by! All this, of course, has nothing to do with Tiesto
The ongoing tour is in support of his latest CD release 'Elements of Life' and is a mammoth undertaking involving a travelling crew of 35 and tons of sound and lighting equipment.
This concept album is based around the 4 elements; water, fire, earth, and air and is intended to show the interplay between them.
In fact the album is something of a departure from Tiesto's previous 2 artist albums in that it seems to be more experimental, as well as having more of a rock influence alongside the trance you would expect.
There are 12 tracks:
1. Ten Seconds before Sunrise
3. Can You Feel Me
4. Carpe Noctum
5.)Driving to Heaven
8.)Break My Fall
9.)In the Dark
11.)Elements of Life
12.)He's a Pirate (Tiesto Remix)
Featured vocalists are Brian Transeau (Break My Fall), Julie Thompson (Can You Feel Me), Jes (Everything), Maxi Jazz (Dance4Life) and Christian Burns(In The Dark).
All are excellent, as is the album as a whole.
You can definitely see Tiesto developing as an artist on this CD with his trademark trance build-up/breakdowns alongside anthemic rock-style riffs and arpeggios.
It might not strike you at first that this is a great album, but several listens should convince you that Tiesto is moving onward and upwards in terms of his musical development and producing abilities and it is going to be very interesting to see where he takes us (and himself) next.
The album formed the backbone of this live show with the tracks played at intervals amongst the usual floor fillers and crowd pleasers you would expect and there were stunning live performances from Jes (who also did a live set before Tiesto came on) and Christian Burns.
A huge screen at the back of the stage played non-stop images of the elements in their various guises and the accompanying lighting and lasers were amazing.
The sound was excellent, though it did tend to peter out somewhat towards the back of the hall.
My only criticism (and it's one I always make about these big events) is that the star of the show was poorly lit and impossible to see from most of the room. Why are there never side screens showing the DJ and why is he/she never properly lit?
I know the music is the point of the whole exercise, but being able to see the artist responsible would be a bonus too.
All in all this was a magnificent event, featuring great music, a fabulous crowd and an artist at the peak of his powers.
Opening with an energetic blitz of Wilde's decadent, party-hardylifestyle (cocaine, booze, puking, orgies, stage-diving, magazine covers,Ibiza beach parties), the film follows his descent into a strung-out hellof wheels-falling-off-the-wagon self-pity after going stone deaf -- andthus losing his livelihood and his only real talent. But writer-directorMichael Dowse then taps into the revitalizing potency of a metrical andmetaphysical epiphany that brings Wilde (played with frazzled, hyperactivecharisma by Paul Kaye) roaring back to prominence before he disappearswithout a trace at the height of his fame.
The title is Cockney rhyming slang for "it's all gonewrong," and Kaye -- with his scruffy hair, unevenly angular face andoh-so-British teeth -- rides his character's foolishness and vitality likea racecar with 100,000 hard miles on its tires. He just keeps pushing andpushing even though he knows in the back of his head something's goingto blow. Wilde is so fried he's barely able to form a coherent sentencewhen he's living what he thinks is the good life.
Bad genetics and loud music conspire to bring him downto earth, and once his hearing is gone, he nose-dives toward rock bottomand fights his sometimes comically depicted demons. His coke habit is symbolizedby a guy in a badger suit literally shoveling white powder in his faceand beating him up.
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Date of birth
17th January, 1969