Moonrise Festival CANCELLED

It is with a heavy heart that we regret to announce the cancellation of this year’s Moonrise Festival. Although we have put everything we had into this event trying to make it happen we have hit a roadblock that we just cannot overcome as the final permit needed will not be approved. 

We are devastated by what has happened but with just under 3 weeks out from this event we cannot move forward without this final permit. We want to both thank and apologize to the fans, the artists, all members of the media, and everyone else who have supported this event. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. We have battled to keep this event alive and we are absolutely crushed by this turn of events.

Refunds can be received from directly from the Ticketfly webpage or through the outlet that you purchased your ticket from. 

We are working on some alternative events in the area that will feature artists who were scheduled to perform on the festival. Please stand by for further information on these events as information confirms.”

After many rumors of cancellation, Moonrise Festival has officially announced that it will have to cancel the festival due to not securing a permit. The festival was supposed to take place on the 8th & 9th of June in Port Covington, MD.

Via: Moonrise Festival

 

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Is It The End For IDentity Festival?

Last week, rumors began circulating after a flyer with Identity Festival’s 2013 line-up began floating around various social media sites. Turns out, not only is the line-up fake, but ID Fest will more than likely not be returning to the US this year after all.

Identity Festival hit the states back in 2011 and was known as the first touring festival that featured only electronic music. The tour hit over 19 cities in its first year and featured headliners such as Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii, Steve Aoki, among others. Then, in 2012, ID stopped in 15 cities and brought artists such as Arty, Bingo Players, Eric Prydz, Excision, Hardwell, and more.

While many were hoping for yet another year of the touring festival, it seems as though Identity has reached its end. While there hasn’t been an official statement regarding the festival’s demise, Neha Modi, manager of the festival’s Twitter account and digital director for Synergy Global Entertainment, had this to say on her own personal Twitter:

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The festival’s bio said the following: “OFFICIAL Twitter of IDENTITY, which was the first ever touring electronic only festival from 2011-12. Account was managed by @nehamodi.” As you can see, the bio is written in past tense, which doesn’t look good for ID’s future. Also, both the festival’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have had no activity since December. Modi later told her followers that “whatever you read, it’s not true,” meaning that any so-called “leaked line-ups” are not to be taken seriously.  Other people, like Jonah Berry of Infamour PR, have also chimed in on the matter saying that they have yet to hear anything about the festival’s return.

With all this being said, and the fact that at this time last year tickets were already on sale, I think it’s safe to say that Identity Festival is over for good.
-Kochie

Pharrell Williams Featured On “The Collaborators” Fourth Episode

Neptunes lady-killer Pharrell Williams is featured on the fourth episode of The Collaborators. Pharrell speaks of the moment where he met the robots at a Madonna party, where he offered his services even by playing tambourine. After explaining to them that he was “at this Nile Rodgers place” they decided to bring him into the production. “They wanted to go to a place where the liveliness of music moved people”.

Pharrell goes to explain that his ideal place to listen to “Get Lucky” would be with his girlfriend at a beach.
“This music is beyond 3D, it’s like 4D – it’s in your mind”, Pharrell says, “people lost respect for the groove, everything is so synthetic, its just missing the gut”.

Pharrell describes Daft Punk as a gift to humanity, when asked where he thinks the robots will go next, Pharrell answers “Up,” without hesitation. “That’s where they belong. We’re lucky they hang out on the planet. They could just get back on the spaceship that brought ‘em here. But they chose to stay.”

If you missed the preview at Coachella or during SNL, check out the video and tell us what you think.

The robots are most definitely bringing soul back to EDM.

20th Century Fox Acquires Rights To EDM Movie Featuring Diplo

20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to a currently untitled feature film about the Electronic Dance Music craze featuring one of EDM’s biggest stars, Diplo. The film is being written by Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones with Underground’s Trevor Engelson producing. Underground is teamed with Diplo and Kevin Kusatsu, his business partner, both of whom are executive producers in the film. The film, as described by many, will be a blend on “8 mile” and “Project X” and is based around 3 kids trying to get into a Diplo’s show. Kusatsu told The Faderin an email that the story is “like Eminem and Christopher Walken at a Manchester rave.”

No expected date for the film just yet.

Nile Rodgers Featured On “The Collaborators” Third Episode

In this third segment of the Creators Project series, they focused in on Nile Rodgers, famed American disco guitarist. Many people see the name of an artist on an album and forget that it takes way more than just the artists themselves to produce something great. In this case, it’s not just Guy and Thomas held up in a studio month after month; it’s a whole team of producers and musicians working to bring one of the most anticipated albums in the Electronic Music community to life.

Nile Rodgers has been in the music industry since the 1960’s, working with artists such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, and Madonna. One of his most famous claims to fame was Chic’s biggest hit, “Le Freak,” which in the end made Rodgers an icon for his unique style of sound. Rodgers’ collaboration with Daft Punk was something to be expected, “Ninety percent if not higher of all recordings that I’ve ever made in my life have been the result of a very impromptu initial meeting that feels so natural and so organic that you have to take it to the next level,” Rodgers says. After just barely missing each other years ago, the French DJ duo called up Rodgers and finally they were all in the right place, at the right time. Meeting up at Jimmy Hendrix’s legendary Electric Ladyland was an enthusing moment for Rodgers, not only because he grew up in that very neighborhood, but also because it was that exact location where he recorded his first Chic single. Rodgers goes on to talk about the evolution of “the robots” and how their music has come a long way. I for one am more than ecstatic to hear what these three, and the rest of the collaborators, have in store for Random Access Memories.

May 21st can’t come soon enough!

-Kochie

Pre-order your copy of the album here:
http://www.myplaydirect.com/daft-punk

Golden Globes Producers Planning EDM Awards Show

According to a report by the New York Post, Dick Clark Productions, the producer of the Golden Globes is looking to jump on the EDM bandwagon “the producer of the Golden Globes is looking to cash in on rising ratings and advertiser demand for TiVo-proof TV events with a first-of-its-kind awards show to celebrate vinyl-spinning DJs”.

Dick Clark Production, who since being acquired last year by investment firm Guggenheim Partners has hit record ratings in its other award shows, the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. The production company is now looking to expand and capitalize on the booming EDM community. The New York Post reports that Dick Clark Productions is currently on the hunt for a TV network to pick up the awards show.

Dick Clark CEO Allen Shapiro declined to comment on the plans but did say, “They [marketers] want to be associated with live events, with a young audience and that interests us as well”.

Magnetic Music Festival

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Disco Donnie is at it again! For the first time ever, Disco Donnie Presents will be teaming up with Liquified to bring you Magnetic Music Festival. This multi-stage festival is set to take place in Atlanta, GA, home of Liquified, on April 20th of this year. But what makes this festival so different from all the other festivals that are popping up all around us now a days? According to sources, this event will not only be held at a new 88-acre state-of-the-art complex, Kennesaw State Sports and Recreation Park, which includes a 16,000 person stadium equipped with a very expansive stage, but will also bring you an exclusive 3D design at the Forcefield Main Stage, brought to life by video mapped visuals. The state-of-the-art production that will go into this pretty unique experience was made especially for MMF, everything down to the sound, stage designs, and lighting. All this, along with an already amazing line-up (seen below), is sure to make this festival incredible.

Even though this is DDP and Liquified’s first time joining forces, it was a partnership that was bound to happen. Liquified, founded by Damian Murphy, can also be known as the pioneer in bringing EDM to Atlanta, but their history doesn’t stop there. Dating all the way back to 1989 in Manchester, England, Liquified has had their hands in the Miami scene, as well as Orlando (FL), Charlotte (NC), and Greensboro (SC), before finally settling down in ATL. DDP on the other hand is award winning and world renown when it comes to EDM event production. With over 10,000 events in over 100 countries all over the world, the only way you haven’t heard of Disco Donnie is if you’ve been living under a rock for the last 19 years. Damian Murphy himself says it best: “Dance music culture has exploded globally, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of this scene. Joining forces with Disco Donnie Presents is a natural partnership, which allows us to bring this amazing new festival experience to Liquified’s home base.” With such a dynamic dual like this, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect at lot more from both of them in the years to come.

 

Line-up includes:

Flux Pavillion; Dash Berlin; Zeds Dead; Markeus Schulz; Adventure Club; Cazzette; Funtcase; Flosstradamus; Kazell; Darth & Vader; gemNeye; Bad Robotz; MK Ultra; Satoru; Sorted; Patrick Morgan; |ZERO|; Dunsker; Luis Valencia; Syl-o; Van Baümer; V3RSATILE; Midnite Panda; Krushmode and Sugar Kayne.

Tickets:

GA: $65

VIP Gold Package: $165

VIP Cabana Package: $2,200 for an 8 person private suite

Ages 16+

Tickets are available online at www.magneticmusicfestival.com or by calling 1-877-725-8849. Tickets will be available at the gate, but are subject to availability.

(More details to come soon!)

– Kochie

Daft Punk’s Long Awaited Return

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After many rumors and speculations, today, finally some light was shed on the topic of the iconic French duo Daft Punk. This morning the French duo posted a picture on their website announcing their switch to Columbia following the announcement of their new album due to be released in the spring.

Are you ready for their long awaited return?