Top 5 Acts at Buku Music & Arts Project 2018

Written by Arooj Mustansir

After a whirlwind of heart stopping music and entertainment, the seventh annual Buku Music & Arts Project has sadly come to an end.  This year held major growth and expansion for the New Orleans’ festival in terms of venue size as well as the massive headliners they brought out.  However, they did not lose sight of the essence of the festival that makes it so special so the culture and vision of Buku is here to stay.  Not only was the atmosphere this year vibrant as ever, but the performances were some of the best in the festival’s history.  Here are our picks for the best acts this year.

 Bassnectar Family Photo at Buku 2018

Bassnectar Family Photo at Buku 2018

1.  Bassnectar

It is difficult to comprehend the insanity that was Bassnectar’s performance at Buku but one word that comes to mind when reflecting on it is RAW.  This was his first performance at the festival since 2015 so he made sure the highly-anticipated set was filled with greatness.  The no holds bar set started off with his edit of Pharoahe Monch’s ‘Simon Says’ into a ‘Raw Charles’ mashup that set an unwaveringly heavy tone for the night.  He then dropped a series of basshead favorites such as his ‘Cozza Frenzy Mega Bass Remix’, ‘Slather’, and ‘Hologram’ that kept the intensity and emotion of the crowd high.  Bassnectar’s ability to weave in soft and beautiful melodies along with filthy tracks creates a one of a kind sonic journey and this set was epitome of that.  It undoubtedly went down as one of the most monumental shows in Buku history. 

 Clozee at Buku 2018, Photo by Arooj Mustansir 

Clozee at Buku 2018, Photo by Arooj Mustansir 

2.  Clozee

 French goddess Clozee never fails to mesmerize us with her distinct sound that is bass heavy and meshed with an exotic flavor.  Her style combined with the warehouse vibes of the Float Den Stage gave this set an enchanting yet dark vibe that her other festival sets which usually take place outdoors do not hold.  She has already taken this festival season by storm with her multiple performances at Okeechobee and those along this set prove that she is unstoppable and quickly climbing to the top.  She even played at the after party at the Joy Theater that night which was just as versatile as her Buku set.  Clozee is certainly a master at her craft and we cannot wait to see all of the remarkable shows she has in store for us this year!

 Ganja White Night 

Ganja White Night 

3.  Ganja White Night

The wobble brothers have picked up an immense following over the past few years and their performance at Buku showed that their popularity is well deserved.  The captivating set was filled with their signature wobbly sound along with many tracks from their new ‘The Origins’ album.  One of my favorite moments was when they dropped their new collaboration with Zeds Dead ‘Samurai’ because the emotive piano intro draws you in and the intense drop that follows is so unexpected, yet both aspects of the song complement each other in a truly impactful way.  They played this along with many other new collaborations in the album with Caspa and Boogie T. What made this set even better was the fact that it was a back to back set with Boogie T whose infectious enthusiasm kept the energy alive the whole time.  The exhilarating show turned the Float Den into a sweatbox and was without a doubt a crowd favorite at Buku.   

 Boogie T at Buku 2018, Photo by Arooj Mustansir

Boogie T at Buku 2018, Photo by Arooj Mustansir

4.  Boogie T

 We knew that Boogie T had some serious heat in store for his hometown festival but we were not expecting him to hit us this hard with such pure flame.  The riddim extraordinaire has been on a roll lately from selling out multiple stops on his national Strikes Back tour with Squnto to becoming a staple in this year’s festival circuit.  He has worked tirelessly to establish himself as one of the most promising electronic artists in the industry and his hard work is finally paying off.  The most memorable moment that had everyone going wild was when he played his song ‘2KFO’ that has become one of this year’s biggest EDM anthems.  He ended the night by headlining the sold Joy Theater after party which was full circle for him considering how much progress he has made over the past few years. 

 SZA Performing at The Grammy's

SZA Performing at The Grammy's

5.  SZA

 R&B artist SZA’s sultry and melodic tunes were a refreshing break from the predominantly electronic acts at Buku.  The rising star debuted her first album ‘Ctrl’ last Summer and has already won multiple awards and landed herself on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  SZA has managed to build such a huge following in a short amount of time because her touching lyrics about emotional struggles hit home for so many people.  She commanded the crowd with her sultry voice and her soul roots shined through every song.  New Orleans has a rich history with R&B style music so SZA’s style was the seamlessly fit in.  With the amount of love she received during her performance and the massive growth in her career right now I would not be surprised if she becomes a returning act at the festival. 

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2018 Recap 

Written by Arooj Mustansir

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival outdid themselves once again this year by throwing their most legendary event to date.  From the music itself to all of the incredible people there, every aspect of it delivered and set the bar insanely high for other events.  Few festivals are able to have such immaculate production while maintaining intimacy but Okeechobee has mastered that.  There were countless surreal moments and parts of the festival that made it so memorable.  After reflecting on all of the magic ourselves, here is what we thought were the best parts of this year’s journey into the portal.

 

 Bassnectar's Full Moon Okeechobee Set, Photo by Live Edits Lab

Bassnectar's Full Moon Okeechobee Set, Photo by Live Edits Lab

Full Moon Beach Party

 My favorite part of the festival was kicking it all off with an unforgettable moonlit beach party.  The Thursday night festivities featured performances by Thriftworks, Opiuo, and Bassnectar.  Thriftworks started the night off strong with a glitchy experimental set which had a mysterious feel to it that kept the whole crowd engaged.  After that Opiuo switched up the mood with a funkadelic set that had everyone dancing.  The energy at that point was off the charts and Bassnectar knew exactly how to capitalize on it.  He played a one of a kind set with downtempo and freestyle elements throughout it.  Unlike his Friday night set, this one was designed to use minimal visuals in order to emphasize the environment that the nature and people there created.  Out of all the times I have seen him this was the first time I have seen him play a set like this and I was completely mesmerized.  Even though it had minimal stage production, the set still captivated everyone with its rawness and authenticity.  That night alone proved to me that choosing Okeechobee to kick off my festival season was undoubtedly the best decision I could have made. 

 

 Incendia Stage, Photo by DV Photo

Incendia Stage, Photo by DV Photo

Late Night Sets

Okeechobee was practically designed for night owls with all of the late-night madness present.  The smaller stages at the Moonlight Oasis kept the party going well after the main stages closed.  Attendees could choose to get lost in the flames and heavy sounds at the Incendia Stage or the house beats at Jungle 51.  I spent a lot of my time at the Incendia stage to catch secret sets from huge acts like Ganja White Night, Boogie T, Clozee, Zeds Dead, and many more.  It got very chilly at night so the heat from the fire along with the intensity of the music was the perfect way to stay warm and entertained.  The Jungle 51 stage was nestled in the palm trees in the opposite side of the grounds.  The sounds combined with the mystic beauty of the area definitely kept my adrenaline pumping well into the night.  The RV lot also featured unofficial DJ sets that went on for hours after the sun rose and all the stages closed for those that still had energy left.  My personal favorite was from up and coming producer Mersiv who blew everyone in attendance away with a relentlessly heavy set.  Festival goers were certainly able to make the most out of every minute there because it was a nonstop party from the moment the gates opened. 

 

 Photo by Eric Allen

Photo by Eric Allen

The Layout

Sunshine Gove is a massive venue and which means that it has the potential to get hectic and confusing but Soundslinger managed to create an organized layout for the grounds.  The campgrounds wrapped efficiently around the stages so the venue was easily accessible no matter where you were camped.  The venue itself was divided into the one section known as The Grove which was home to the 3 main stages and another section called the Moonlight Oasis which held the smaller ones. The main stage was moved to the Be stage this year and was further away from the other two stages which helped alleviate previous year’s sound bleed issues.  Although the Moonlight Oasis and The Grove were pretty far apart, there were so many intricate art installations along the way that the trek back and forth became its own adventure of constant discovery.  Each part of the festival grounds had something special to offer which made my time in Sunshine Grove that much more worthwhile.

 

 Photo by Arooj Mustansir 

Photo by Arooj Mustansir 

The Culture

What makes this festival stand out is the fact that it is able to maintain a transformative and sacred atmosphere while showcasing such huge names.  I can promise you that there is nowhere else on earth you can catch acts like Snoop Dogg and Hasley while being immersed in such a community and art based environment.  From wellness-oriented activities such as Yogachobee to constant reminders all around to stay present, it is clear that organizers worked extremely hard to implement transformational elements in the festival.  Every year I have attended Okeechobee I made some incredible connections with fellow attendees and this year was no different.  People were so welcoming and positive there and I did not run into a single rude or disrespectful person this year.  Even though this is a more mainstream festival, the crowd was still filled with loving and authentic people which is really commendable considering how negative crowds can be at festivals this large.  The overall vibe that the music and crowd created is more than enough to keep me coming back every year. 

Buku Music Festival Unveils a Lineup Filled with Insane Talent

Written by Arooj Mustansir

The city of New Orleans has always been a haven of culture and artistic expression so it is no surprise that one of its most cherished festivals is the epitome of that.  Buku Music Festival is back for its seventh consecutive year with a show stopping lineup featuring the likes of Bassnectar, A Day to Remember, Flatbush Zombies, Clozee, and Jade Cicada.  The lineup is abundant with an eclectic variety of electronic, rock, and hip hop artists which seamlessly complements the industrial ambience of the area.  The festival will be taking place from March 9-10 and we couldn’t think of a more ideal weekend getaway for musical thrill seekers.

 Bassnectar at Buku Music Festival 2015

Bassnectar at Buku Music Festival 2015

Located in Mardi Gras World which is the epicenter of mayhem in New Orleans, the cityscape festival is bursting with psychedelic warehouse vibes everywhere you look.  From the elaborate graffiti art at the Front Porch installation to cruises in extravagantly decorated boats on the Mississippi River, every aspect of the layout is engaging in its own way and tantalizes your imagination.  Buku’s 5 stages are crafted with unhindered creativity while staying true to the cities roots.  The Power Plant and Back Alley are outdoor stages featuring backdrops of the river and historical parts of the area giving it a rugged yet mystic vibe.  The Float Den and Ballroom are indoor stages that are known for their staggering production while still maintaining an intimate sweat box atmosphere.  If you secure VIP Tickets then you are also granted access to the Buku Rooftop which is taking place of previous years S.S. Buku Boat and will have exclusive sets as well as elevated viewing of the stages! 

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This is hands down our favorite city festival because it gives you an opportunity to experience heartfelt music in such an imaginative space all while being in one of the most entertaining cities on earth.  Not only is it a breathtaking place but it also always draws in some of the most loving and charismatic people around the country which makes it that much more worthwhile.  There’s always something going on in New Orleans so be prepared for a nonstop party well after the festival ends.  Tier 1 and Tier 2 tickets are already sold out so be sure to snag Tier 3 tickets here to be a part of the madness!

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Top 7 Reasons Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be a Once in a Lifetime Experience

Written by Arooj Mustansir

As the new year rolls in so do countless lineup announcements which can make choosing the best festival to attend seem a little daunting at times.  Well luckily for you we’ve scoured countless promising lineups from around the country and it is crystal clear that Okeechobee Festival is the event that you need to experience.  Legions of music lovers have made the wise decision to enter the portal the past two years of its existence and can attest to the unwavering magic it holds.  Like fine wine music events get even better with age so the renowned Florida festival isn’t holding back for Its third year.  It will be bringing out music industry heavy hitters and creating one of a kind experiences no other festival comes remotely close to matching.  Here are the top 7 reasons why Okeechobee Festival takes the cake in blowing us away with everything it has to offer.  

 

1.    Bassnectar Full Moon Set

 Photo by aLIVE Coverage

Photo by aLIVE Coverage

Bassnectar doesn’t need much of an introduction considering his groundbreaking music and unparalleled mixing speaks for itself.  The wizard has been a staple at every major electronic festival for years, so he will undoubtedly be making many appearances throughout the Summer to satisfy diehard bassheads.  However, one thing you can expect not to find anywhere else but Okeechobee is one of his regular sets along with a full moon set.  Yes, you read that right: A BASSNECTAR FULL MOON SET IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING!  You have a chance to watch the king of the sound harness celestial energy under beautiful Floridian palm trees to deliver an immense and invigorating performance.  This is the first time in bass history that he is playing this kind of set and attendees will be telling their grandchildren about it years from now because of what a rare opportunity this is.  A major reason Bassnectar has so many dedicated followers is because of the diversity he brings to every set so expect these two sets be their own unique journeys or better yet: come with no expectations.  There is honestly no better value at an event than to see such an innovative headliner twice so take the opportunity to witness it happen at Okeechobee.

 

2.    The Glimmering Beauty of Sunshine Grove

 Photo by Live Edits Lab

Photo by Live Edits Lab

After roughing it in the less than pleasant conditions many festivals face, when we come across an event that offers such a gorgeous location along with its top-notch production we can’t help but rejoice.  Sunshine Grove is an outdoor venue in the quaint city of Okeechobee known for its acres of picturesque greenery and glistening lakes nestled away from the chaotic atmosphere of Florida’s major cities.  It offers attendees an ideal escape from the hectic routines of daily life into a subtropical paradise while still being within a few hours of multiple airports.  A lot of festivals leave you feeling exhausted and drained afterwards because there is hardly any chance to unwind but after attending Okeechobee last year I came home feeling almost recharged and pampered.  This was because it felt like a relaxing vacation the whole time due to the beauty and radiance of the area.  This festival truly offers the best of both worlds in terms of lineup and location so look no further for your dream musical retreat. 

 

3.    Community Based Structure and Layout

The organizers created a dynamic layout that encompasses the most stunning and accessible areas of the grounds.  The festival is split into The Grove which is where the main stages are and the Moonlight Oasis which is devoted to creating an interactive and community oriented environment.  The stages at The Grove are easy to navigate around and will be the site of most headliner performances.  The Moonlight Oasis is home to Chobeewobee Village which is a setting where attendees can engage in activities that stimulate creativity.  From inspiring art installations to educational workshops, the goal is to provide you with insightful entertainment that will connect you with others.  One of the facets of the village is Yogachobee which features guided yoga classes and workshops designed to help you find peace, balance, and unity.  There is no better feeling than bonding with others through mind-blowing art and music and this festival gives you a chance to do just that. 

 

4.    Okeechobeings Radiate Love and Enthusiasm

One of the most memorable parts about this festival for me was that everyone I met was so welcoming and filled with life.  Maybe it’s the calming atmosphere that Sunshine Grove possesses or the incredible music but everyone seemed to be beaming with happiness and eager to spread it all around.  I left with multiple lifelong friendships and a newfound appreciation for the community that was formed at the event.  The thing about festivals is that when you are immersed in that kind of environment the attendees come together as a family and everyone looks out for one another.  When the environment is flawed or difficult to navigate in it can cause frustrations and tension amongst everyone, but because the grounds were so organized everyone had a positive attitude too.  Quality music brings quality people together so I’m expecting this year’s insane lineup to attract even more eccentric souls.  If you are looking for a festival where you can let loose with compassionate and free spirited people then this is the one for you!

 

5.    Massively Talented Artists from Every End of the Spectrum

 There is no question that Okeechobee Festival went above and beyond to cater to a variety of music tastes with this year’s lineup.  Not only is there a wide range of genres you can experience, but many of the artists on the lineup are icons which gives you the opportunity to see the best of the best all at the same place.  From Arcade Fire to Tipper and Travis Scott, there is no shortage of music legends to experience and broaden your tastes.  Although these huge names may attract a less experienced crowd to the festival, it gives them a chance to be exposed to a completely different world of music and expand their minds.  We all know how redundant it can get to go to an event where the artists are all from the same genre and have similar styles so this will certainly be a breath of fresh air.  Having all these acts play at the same location is likely to never happen anywhere else but in the portal so make sure you don’t miss out! 

 

6.    Stages Designed to Help You Discover New Music

 This festival is deeply rooted in connecting with nature and the stage setups are a reflection of that.  The Aquachobee Stage, Incendia Stage, and Jungle 51 draw you in with their mesmerizing layouts and also showcase many gifted up and coming artists.  Last year I stumbled across these stages and discovered many artists that blew me away with their skill and ingenuity and they ended up being some of my favorite acts at the event.  Stepping out of your comfort zones with music and seeing unknown artists can be a hit or miss but one of the most rewarding parts of the festival experience is unexpectedly falling in love with new sounds.  Be sure to explore the smaller stages in the Moonlight Oasis for late night secret sets and shows that will introduce you to future standout musicians. 

 Photo by DV Photo

Photo by DV Photo

7.    Collaborations on the PoWow Stage

 When a festival has a stage solely dedicated to giving artists an outlet to combine their styles there are bound to be memorable and exceptional experiences in store.  The PoWow Stage is home to collaborations between many amazing artists that you can expect to be nothing short of extraordinary.  If you love being surprised by unexpected performances from your favorite acts then checking out this stage is a must for you at the festival.  Snoop Dogg will be gracing this stage and with all of other the huge names of the lineup this year the possibilities of what can happen are endless!   

Grab your tickets here while you still can!

 

Festival Links:

Website: https://okeechobeefest.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okeechobeefest/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/okeechobeefest/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/okeechobeefest

Coachella Announces 2018 Lineup + Ticket Onsale

Los Angeles, CA (January 2, 2018) – Now in it’s 19th year, Coachella returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends set for April 13th – 15th and April 20th – 22nd. Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd will headline both weekends with additional performances by SZA, HAIM, ODESZA, Tyler, the Creator, Portugal. The Man, Kygo and more.(Full lineup as of January 2nd below).

 

Passes for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival go on sale Friday, January 5 at 12:00 PM PST at coachella.com, while supplies last. All taxes, domestic shipping and fees are included in listed pass prices.

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Okeechobee Music Festival Redefines Diversity with an Unprecedented Lineup

Written by Arooj Mustansir

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has melted our hearts yet again with one of the most exquisitely curated lineups 2018 has to offer.  The Florida festival demonstrated that versatility knows no bounds with a phenomenal lineup featuring Bassnectar, Hasley, Big Gigantic, Tipper, and even the one and only Snoop Dogg to name a few.  We almost thought we were dreaming when we realized that we have the chance to see so many iconic artists all at the same magical location!  Although many festivals strive to showcase a diverse group of artists, it is incredibly rare to see so many top of the line superstars from every major genre on the same lineup.  It will be taking place from March 1-4 and unless you are somehow content with missing a Bassnectar full moon set, I would make attending this festival one of your top priorities. 

 Photo by Live Edits Lab

Photo by Live Edits Lab

Not only are the performances at Okeechobee Festival bound to be monumental, but it also happens to take place at one of the most scenic festival grounds around.  Located at the seemingly remote yet accessible Sunshine Grove, the festival offers a perfect escape into lush greenery and endless palm trees and is still within driving distance of many major airports throughout Florida.  It is also surrounded by the dazzling Lake Okeechobee which is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the country.  It is the ideal location for those of you who want to soak in the sunshine and immerse yourself in the remarkable nature and music around you.

 Photo by Jamie Seed

Photo by Jamie Seed

Organizers at Soundslinger have worked tirelessly to create a layout for the festival ground that encapsulates its beauty and fully utilizes it.  The Grove is one of the main sections and features the Be, Here, and Now stages which are designed for nonstop entertainment that will keep you present and grounded in the moment.  The other section known as the Moonlight Oasis revolves around the lake and natural splendor of the area.  Whether you want to go for a swim and dance in the sands of Aquachobee, unwind and relax at Yogachobee, or move to the rhythm of one of a kind sounds at Jungle 51, there’s something for every adventurous soul out there.  The PoWow stage is notorious for its spontaneous collaborations between musicians so be prepared for once in a lifetime performances that will go down in history. 

 Photo by JorgPhoto

Photo by JorgPhoto

Okeechobee Festival is certainly on the path to setting itself as one of greatest festivals of 2018 with everything it has to offer.   With its show stopping lineup, idyllic location, and emphasis on community, do not be surprised if you leave feeling rejuvenated with love and newfound inspiration.  This event sold out last year and is expected to again so lock in your ticket here to secure your spot in the portal! 

Festival Links:

Website: https://okeechobeefest.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okeechobeefest/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/okeechobeefest/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/okeechobeefest

7 Reasons You Need to Be at Decadence to Ring in the New Year!

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1. The Headliners

It is well known that year after year Decadence has brought some of the biggest names in the industry to Colorado to help ring in the new year, and the 2017 installment of Decadence Colorado is no different! The headliners set to grace the stage Saturday include names like Bassnectar, Gramatik, Diplo and Justice. Sunday headliners include Odesza, Armin Van Buuren, Porter Robinson and Colorado’s own Big Gigantic. Each headliner is unique, bringing in their own sound, energy and vibe. Dueling stages titled “The Grid” and “The Vault” will play host to the heavyweights. However, the headliners aren’t the only artists that are packing a serious punch on this lineup. 

 

2. The Supporting Talent 

 

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The supporting talent for Decadence this year is just as strong as the headliners. The lineup features some industry breakouts that have made quite the names for themselves in recent years. Saturday the standout names includes The Floozies, Troyboi, Space Jesus, and Tchami. The Floozies have made quite the splash in 2017, playing festivals all over the country and even playing the Dew Tour in Breckenridge earlier this month. Troyboi sold out the Boulder Theater during his last trip to Colorado, and he’s sure to not disappoint at Decadence! Sunday features names including Elephante, an artist that has been up and coming out of Los Angeles, as well as Ecotek, Denver local and resident DJ at The Church and Temple Nightclub. 

 

 

3. The Schedule 

 

At most festivals when you see so many incredible names your first worry is “there’s no way the schedule will allow me to see everyone.” While of course you can’t see everyone that graces the stage at Decadence, the organizers do a pretty fantastic job scheduling artists with similar fan bases at the same stages. Also, in many cases large “headliner” names won’t all be in the last time slot of the night and have their sets earlier in the day with much less overlap. 

 

 

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4. The Production 

 

The Production at Decadence is absolutely mind blowing. Everywhere you turn in the venue there is something to look at. Each stage has lights and speakers going from the front of the room all the way to the back, ensuring you have a prime spot whether you are on the rail or towards the back of the crowd. Mind blowing visuals spread across the massive LED screens that make up each stage. No matter where you are standing in the venue, you are sure to experience fantastic sights and sounds!  

 

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5. The Silent Disco 

 

The silent disco is the best spot to catch some of Colorado’s most promising up and comers. In the past the silent disco has played host to names like J/Adore, Stélouse, and Toy Box, names that have since grown to be staples of the Denver music scene. The lineup for 2017 is no different, bringing names that are sure to turn into local staples! Some artists to watch out for include Boulder local Dak-Atk, the current resident of Beta Nightclub,Timba, and Denver locals Denur and Freddy Rule. Each Dj has their own unique sound and will be sure to get you moving on the dance floor! 

 

 

6. VIP & Cabana Experience 

 

If you want to ring in the new year in style, Decadence has got you covered. Their Vip experience offers you extra convenience and luxury. You’ll start the night by being led through a separate VIP entrance, making getting into the venue faster and easier. Once inside you are able to access exclusive Vip areas with elevated viewing platforms to ensure you get the best view in the house. The viewing platforms are available at each stage, guaranteeing you get great seats for every artist on the lineup! If you want to dive into 2018 in the chicest way possible, gathering a group of six and booking a cabana is for you! Cabana experiences offer your own private cabana box seating with complimentary champagne and your own catered bottle service. VIP packages go quickly, so if you’re set on going big this year, make your reservations early! 

 

7. The Atmosphere 

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The atmosphere at the City Beyond is unlike any other New Years Eve event in the country. The massive occasion attracts people from all across the country, making the crowd full of Denver locals and visitors alike. The City of Decadence welcomes its citizens and dazzles them from the moment they walk through the doors. The venue has interactive elements almost everywhere you turn, from massive art installations, lights, decorations, even characters walking around in full costume posing for pictures with the attendees. Adding to the atmosphere is a massive merry-go-round which is sure to trigger you favorite feelings of nostalgia. Even moving deeper into the dance floor the great vibes continue. Once of the best things about Decadence is that there is so much space in the venue you can find ample room to dance no matter which stage you are at. Everything about the event sets you up to have the best possible New Years!

 

Its not too late to get tickets! Grab yours HERE! 

By Madi Lawton

 

Desert Hearts Announces City Hearts Festival in Downtown LA

The Desert Hearts crew has been up to something special this past year. Not only have they taken on their largest tour to date, they’ve also created their own niche in the house and techno realm, and launched the Helping Hearts charitable division. Currently on their “Take The Ride” tour, the crew is bringing the complete Desert Hearts experience to the bustling city of Los Angeles with their brand new event, City Hearts Festival. This 10 hour open-air event makes its’ debut Sunday, November 17 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. Featuring groovy acts like Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and special guests Doc Martin b2b Marques Wyatt, don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable event.

The Desert Hearts crew is using the festival as an opportunity to engage their community for change and social action. With the launch of Helping Hearts, a charitable division of the Desert Hearts movement, 25% of ticket sales will be donated the Downtown Los Angeles Mission.

Tickets are available now.

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Desert Hearts’ 'Take The Ride’ Fall and Winter Tour Dates
Sept 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Terrace Afterhours w/ Lee Reynolds & Porkchop
Sept 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco w/ Crew
Sept 17 - San Diego, CA @ World Beat Center w/ Mikey
Sept 22 - Portland, OR @ Whiskey Bar w/ Crew
Sept 23 - New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den w/ Marbs & Porkchop
Sept 27 - Boston, MA @ Bijou w/ Crew
Sept 29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Cash Only w/ Crew
Sept 30 - London, CAN @ Rum Runners
Oct 5 - Nevada City, CA @ Haven Underground w/ Mikey
Oct 6 - Bradley, CA @ Dirtybird Campout w/ Mikey & Porkchop
Oct 7 - Austin, TX @ Ethics w/ Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lubelski, & Kevin Anderson
Oct 7 - Ensenada, MX @ Groove Cruise w/ Marbs, Lee Reynolds, & Rybo
Oct 11 - Tallahassee, FL @ Techyes w/ Crew
Oct 12 - Atlanta, GA @ MJQ Concourse w/ Crew
Oct 13 - Orlando, FL @ Vinyl Arts Bar w/ Mikey
Oct 14 - Washington, DC @ Flash w/ Crew
Oct 20 - Denver, CO @ The Church w/ Crew
Oct 21 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s w/ Crew
Oct 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Public Works w/ Crew & Special Guest
Oct 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Switch w/ Crew
Nov 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Magnolia w/ Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds
Nov 9 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Necto w/ Crew & Christian Martin
Nov 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ City Hearts Music Festival w/ Crew & Special Guests
Nov 17 - Houston, TX @ Cirque Noir w/ Crew
Nov 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Goldrush w/ Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds
Nov 25 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf w/ Crew
Dec 1 - Chicago, IL @ The Mid w/ Crew
Dec 2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Teksupport w/ Crew
Dec 3 - Burlington, VT @ Sunday Night Mass w/ Mikey Lion
Dec 7 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater w/ Crew
Dec 8 - To Be Announced
Dec 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Coda w/ Crew
Dec 16 - El Paso, TX @ Club Here I Love You w/ Lee Reynolds & Porkchop
Dec 29 - To Be Announced
Dec 30 - To Be Announced
Dec 31 - To Be Announced
Jan 1 - Seattle, WA @ Monkey Loft w/ Marbs
Jan 5-8 - Tamarindo, Costa Rica @ Ocaso w/ Crew

Written by: Kimberlyanne Tan

BUKU Music + Art Project Announces Phase 1 of 2018 Lineup

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 7, 2017) - BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the first round of artists for the seventh installment of the annual festival, taking place on March 9-10, 2018 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Phase 2 performers are expected to be announced after Thanksgiving and Phase 3 shortly after the New Year.

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. Each year, a portion of ticket proceeds from the event support The Upbeat Academy Foundation, an educational non-profit program for New Orleans youth that teaches the technical and creative skills of hip-hop music production.

Artists included in the Phase 1 Preview of the BUKU 2018 lineup are: visionary producer Bassnectar who will headline BUKU for the second time; indie favorites MGMT and Sylvan Esso; critically acclaimed breakout R&B/hip-hop/soul artist SZA; Australian DJ and producer Alison Wonderland; renowned hip-hop artists Isaiah Rashad and Flatbush Zombies; metal-influenced “gore-step” EDM producer Borgore; electronic and hip-hop producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa; British-born and Tokyo- and Hong Kong-raised indie-pop artist Bishop Briggs; EDM brother duo from Sacramento Hippie Sabotage; St. Louis futuristic funk and soul rapper Smino; genre blending DJ, fashion icon and trans-activist Honey Dijon; a showcase from Soulection, a progressive community and artist collective; entrancing up-and-comer producers CloZee and Jade Cicada; Louisiana native, LA transplant neo-R&B/alternative artist Zack Villere; and local DJ and designer Bouffant Bouffant.

New for 2018, the BUKU ROOFTOP will replace the S.S. BUKU riverboat. The multi-tiered structure and VIP-only space will continue to offer special amenities such as prime viewing of the main stage, seating and an open bar for guests 21+. Details for the VIP-only artist performances will be announced soon as well as other enhancements to the overall BUKU 2018 on-site experience.

General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP, and TOO BUKU VIP 2-Day Passes and Travel Packages for all ticket types are on sale now. When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event. The option to purchase passes using a Payment Plan is available to fans upon checkout.  Additionally, BUKU will again be offering an optional Collectible 3D Magnet which can be paired with a ticket, featuring BUKU’s iconic “moon-eye” illustration which has a new iteration each year.

More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets.

BUKU 2018 Phase 1 Lineup:
Bassnectar
MGMT
SZA
Alison Wonderland
Isaiah Rashad
Sylvan Esso
Borgore
Flatbush Zombies
Mura Masa
Bishop Briggs
Hippie Sabotage
Smino
Honey Dijon
Soulection
CloZee
Jade Cicada
Zack Villere
Bouffant Bouffant

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms:
Web: www.thebukuproject.com
FB: www.facebook.com/thebukuproject
Twitter: @thebukuproject
Instagram: @thebukuproject

*This content is a press release and is not original to Bass Feeds The Soul*

Relentless Beats Announces Final Lineup For Decadence Arizona

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Additions Include: Boys Noize, Duke Dumont, Loud Luxury, Madeon, Paz and Sluggo

Limited Amount of $189 Festival Passes Still Available

Phoenix, AZ (November 2, 2017) - Relentless Beats has added a string of fan-favorite artists, to round out the lineup for Decadence NYE- Arizona’s largest two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler on December 30 and 31, 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival features some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists. Boys Noize; Duke Dumont; Loud Luxury; Madeon; Paz and Sluggo are the newest additions to nearly 30 previously announced artists. This year Decadence AZ will feature two main stages, each with its own vibe and musical appeal- Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with state-of-the-art production, dazzling carnival rides, an epic countdown & balloon drop, art walk, immersive decor, and much more.

Diamond Atrium:  Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Deorro; Galantis; Loud Luxury; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); Oliver Heldens; Party Favor; Sluggo; Snails; Steve Aoki; What So Not; Zedd and Zeds Dead b2b Jauz. 

Sapphire Ballroom:  Big Wild; Bijou; Boys Noize; Chet Porter; Destructo; Duke Dumont; Gerry Gonza; Justice (dj set/AZ debut); K?D; Madeon; Paz; Petit Biscuit; Rufus Du Sol; Tchami; Tokimonsta and ZHU. 

“New Year’s at Decadence is something that always should be over- the-top,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This year we are going beyond the world-class acts, to give our fans the most elaborate and immersive experience yet. Think of it as a ’Thank You’ for a great 2017 and a toast to an even bigger new year.”

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. Relentless Beats will be transforming Rawhide’s Frontier Hall into the Arizona’s biggest super-club for a decadent two nights. Guests are invited to indulge and live lavishly one last time, as they say good-bye to 2017 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year.

General Admission passes for Decadence AZ are on sale now for $189, plus fees for a 2-day pass. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Platinum VIP passes. Table service will be available at both main stages. Single day passes are now on sale for $109 and $119, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. Decadence Arizona is an ages 18 and over event.

Decadence Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

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Snowta NYE Announces Their Second Annual New Year's Eve Festival

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Tickets On Sale Now

GA Passes and VIP Packages On Sale HERE

Enter to Win An Exclusive Flyaway Package HERE

Minneapolis, MN (October 31, 2017) - Snowta, the Midwest's largest indoor New Year's Eve music festival, has announced its second installment for this December 30 and 31, and will once again transform the Minneapolis Convention Center into a winter wonderland featuring live performances, art installations, interactive games, and pro athlete exhibitions. At the core of this one-of-a-kind, indoor festival is musical performances by bass-heavyweight Excision, with his custom stage production The Paradox, along with Pretty Lights (Live)Gucci ManePost Malone, and Ganja White Night. From top to bottom, the artist lineup features some of the top national (and regional) electronic, hip-hop and jam band talents. Snowta will also unveil a snowboard rail jam, pro skateboarding exhibition, alien lazer tag and human bowling. A place of innovation, connection, and community, Snowta NYE is special and one of the most unique indoor music festivals ever conceived. Produced by a team of festival and concert promoters with more than 60 years of combined expertise, Snowta NYE drew of 5,000 people in 2016. Based on this success (and rave reviews), the producers decided to expand this year's event to two days. Its rapid growth and unique mix of music, art, culture, and activities has made Snowta NYE one of the standout emerging music festivals in a very crowded scene. 

To celebrate Snowta's 2017 New Year's Eve line-up, the festival has teamed up with Your EDM for a special New Year's Eve Flyaway Sweepstakes! One winner and a guest will be treated to a very special New Year's Eve trip to Snowta, including roundtrip airfare, hotel, VIP passes, and a backstage artist meet and greet and NYE toast! For more information click here

"We have produced the largest EDM NYE event in Minnesota since 2010," says producer Alex Heiligman, "And we finally grew out of venues in the area and needed to find something bigger to match the demand. We have long talked about trying to fuse the amazing hip-hop and EDM communities here and thought of no better date to do it than the most celebrated night of the year in a true indoor festival setting." Alex also produces Infrasound music festival, listed as top 10 North American Festivals by UKF as well as #2 for the best festival sound system in North America on Everest.

Zack Chazin, the Snowta team's lead talent buyer, is a big part of the festival's success. In addition to helping curate Snowta NYE, Zack helps produce Zombie Pub Crawl (ZPC), in Minneapolis and 515 Alive in Des Moines, IA. ZPC currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most zombies in one place and this year's event drew 19,000 undead humans to downtown Minneapolis. In addition 515 Alive, the 2-day camping and music festival in 2017 realized its biggest year to date, drawing more than 20,000 partygoers. 

Last year, Snowta NYE established itself with a lineup that featured performances by Big GiganticTipperInfected MushroomWaka Flocka Flame and local favorites ProfBobby Raps, and Beak Nasty. In addition to this year's chart-topping headliners and an undercard jam-packed with artists that are thriving in their own lanes, Snowta NYE will make people's jaws drop with the main stage production. According to Zack Chazin, "We are stoked to have teamed with Excision's Paradox production crew to curate the main stage lighting and sound to be used by all main stage artists on both days."  Chazin adds that "Pretty Lights will be supplementing the paradox rig with his own lighting production, which will truly make for a one-of-a-kind Pretty Lights performance. Excisions' Paradox performance will also have some exclusive surprises that will make for one EPIC ball drop. Minneapolis can be a cold place in the winter, but Snowta's experiential mix of music, art, tech, and play will do more than its share to heat things up.  

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Freaky Deaky’s Colossal Lineups are a Force to be Reckoned With

Written by Arooj Mustansir

 

Freaky Deaky has revamped its annual Halloween extravaganza by revealing their plans to hold multiple events across the Midwest instead of their usual singular event in Chicago.  The events will be taking place on October 26-31 in cities with blooming yet intimate bass music scenes including Milwaukee, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor.  React Presents certainly outdid themselves in crafting multifaceted lineups for each city with tremendously gifted artists in the electronic music scene.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the lineups by city:

 

Milwaukee’s event will be taking place from October 27-28 at the Wisconsin Convention Center which is a stunning venue in the heart of downtown.  Day 1 will feature performances by Griz, Flatbush Zombies, Boogie T, and newly announced artists Opiuo and Plaid Hawaii which will surely have a funky and psychedelic vibe.  Things will get otherworldly night 2 with Bleep Bloop, Ganja White Night, Mija, Artifakts, and electronic music extraordinaire Bassnectar.

 Bassnectar at Freaky Deaky 2015

Bassnectar at Freaky Deaky 2015

Freaky Deaky will honor their Chicago roots with 2 events every night at renowned venues Concord Music Hall and Aragon Ballroom during October 27-28.  Kayzo’s Doghouse Takeover will bring the ruckus at Concord Music Hall the first night.  Gorgon City, Chicago native Lee Floss, and Kidnap Kid will close out the following night.  The Aragon Ballroom will be the spot for deep house junkies on the 27th with performances by superstars Oliver Heldens, Klingande, and DrezoDillon Francis, WhatSoNot, and Parker will bring their infectious sounds to the venue on the 28th.  With their dynamic and energetic performances, it will definitely be a night to remember.

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Michigan is known for its thriving music scene and React chose its premier music venues to host the events including The Intersection at Grand Rapids and The Necto in Ann Arbor. UK producer Zomboy will bring his heavy beats and EDM anthems to The Intersection on the 27th and Cash Cash will close out the festival at The Necto on Halloween Night.