LISTEN: Beatloverz Playlist
Storming the electronic crowd of Europe yet again, Beatloverz returns with a force bringing it’s huge screens and sound-systems to Ahoy Rotterdam. Headliners include DJ Biggi, DVBBS, Franky Rizardo and Jay Hardway.
Find out more about the festival here, and check out our playlist below:
2014 Festival Highlights Of The Summer Season
With the Summer sun due to set, we thought we’d take a look back at our favourite moments from 2014’s summer season.
TOMORROWLAND’S 10TH BIRTHDAY
The world famous Tomorrowland celebrated 10 successful years as one of the most sought after electronic music festivals in the world, and what a birthday it was!
Taking place over two weekends instead of one, many DJs who had played over the years had returned to help blow out the candles, as well as some fresh faces. Relive some of those moments in the after-movie below, and don’t forget to join our mailing list for updates when available.
THE RETURN OF OUTKAST
Another highlight involving a birthday was the live return of Outkast, who this year were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their career. To celebrate the hiphop duo confirmed a 40 festival date tour including the desert delight Coachella and Bestival in the UK.
There are tons of excellent live videos on YouTube, a testament to their popularity amongst fans who are hoping for a new album (although this has unfortunately been denied by Big Boi himself)
Check out there performance at Lollapalooza below:
BESTIVAL’S HUGE DISCO BALL
As well as annually trying to break the world record for most people in fancy dress at a festival, Bestival gained another medal in the form of officially having the world’s BIGGEST disco ball on site.
Raised above the crowd and spun during Chic with Nile Rodger’s finale set, the huge sparkly wonder had a diameter of 10.33 meters and 2,500 mirrored tiles to shine.
We were in attendance and check out our photo below of the ball a couple of days before it was raised.
DOLLY PARTON’S SET AT GLASTONBURY
Despite being a long reigning legend, Glastonbury was Dolly Parton’s first festival performance and it will certainly go down in history as one of the most uplifting yet. With many countless highlights of a set that cheered up a very rain-soaked crowd, we love that the performance give birth to the two greatest Dolly GIFS ever
Taken from when Dolly hilariously played the Benny Hill theme tune on a saxophone. search YouTube for her festival performance and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
PARAMORE’S POWER CUT TRIUMPH
Reading & Leeds had an outstanding line-up this year however many were split on the high ranking of Paramore. Proving the doubters wrong and sharing some of their set with Queens Of The Stone Age, the most talked about moment was their lovely acapella performance during a power cut to parts of the sound system.
With the use of one microphone Hayley Williams and the boys performed ‘The Only Exception’ with the crowd joining in and the power cutting back in at the perfect moment.
Check out this moment below:
5 Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear this Autumn
After an unbelievable summer of music, we look ahead to a few of September and October’s most exciting new releases.
(1) SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land, 22 September
Recorded almost entirely on the island of Osea, off the Essex coast, SBTRKT’s second full-length offering makes the three-year wait since 2011’s From Arctic to Alpine feel totally worth it. Behind the mask, Aaron Jerome reckons Wonder Where We Land is a sonic progression from the UK bass sound that underpinned his thick-cut, and very successful debut. “The first album was about stripping things to the basics. With this one I wanted to make a more immersive record that fills your headspace.”
Joining him over an LP that feels more RnB than we’ve heard from SBTRKT before, Jerome’s guest vocalists this time round include the returning Jessie Ware and Sampha, along with, amongst others, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. “Never seen the colour yellow, never seen the sun”: Koenig’s brilliant vocals on the single NEW DORP. NEW YORK sit right at home between the heavy synths and unflinching pulse of Wonder Where We Land.
Be sure to catch SBTRKT at the Théâtre Trianon in Paris on 18th November – our guide, packages and all the details can be found here.
(2) Zola Jesus – Taiga, 6 October
Apparently, recording albums on near-inaccessible islands is in vogue. Sharing SBTRKT’s isolation-seeking artistic method, Nika Roza Danilova headed for Vashon Island in the state of Washington to put together what she thinks is her grandest, most straight-laced LP to date. “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals… It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”
If that’s true, then Taiga is gonna be one hell of a journey. It’s difficult to imagine tracks like Vessel from 2011’s Conatus being any more full of an artist whose classical and punk roots ring distinct in the background of her driving, grinding electro-pop style. That said, new single Dangerous Days feels like a brand new exploration for an artist whose style has grown and developed on every one of her four previous albums. The epic video for Dangerous Days signals exciting things to come.
(3) Alt-J – This is All Yours, 22 September
Holding a steady course through their own brand of progressive electro indie-pop into their second studio album would have been a daunting enough task anyway, even without the loss of guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury in January of this year. But that seems to have been a challenge the remaining members were more than up to, with This is All Yours looking every inch a worthy successor to 2012’s An Awesome Wave.
July’s release Hunger of the Pine retains the unpredictable and softly prominent vocals that characterised the band’s early sound, while the straighter pop sounds of Left Hand Free and Every Other Freckle show alt-J at their free-flowing best.
(4) Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!, 6 October
Steven Ellison’s Eastern-influenced, avant-garde blend of jazz, RnB, hip-hop and electronic music have consistently produced records that hold it all together in a mastery of timing and rhythm. Ellison’s newest collaborators – Snoop Dogg, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lemar – lend a mainstream endorsement toYou’re Dead! but Flying Lotus remains firmly within a realm all of its own, playing by conventions that no-one else has agreed upon and creating yet another work of genius.
The compulsive Never Catch Me, the album’s herald-bearer, pretty much says it all. Energy and density are not in short supply, and it’ll probably take a few spins to wrap our heads around the full album.
(5) Caribou – Our Love, 6 October, City Slang
Dan Snaith has kept us all waiting for four years. His fifth album since the switch of moniker from Manitobato Caribou, the 10-track Our Love mixes the clear-laden, minimal sound that has marked all of Snaith’s work with an even deeper and more soulful push.
The surface landscapes of short, simple vocal loops sit above uncluttered yet complex pieces, full of emotion and compelling rhythm. Can’t Do Without You and title track Our Love have rippled the wave ahead of the 6th October release date, and take it from us: the album does not disappoint.
Packages are still available to see Caribou live at Pitchfork Paris 2014 just a few weeks after the release of Our Love. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking yourself in here.
LISTEN: Transmission Spotify Playlist
If it’s trance and house accompanied by INSANE visuals you want, then Transmission is waiting for you in Prague! Find out more about the festival here, and listen to our spotify playlist below.
City Tours & Music Nights: Curate The Ultimate Festival Trip
If you’re heading over to Pitchfork Paris, or visiting Prague for Transmission, Vandit Night or Trancefusion: The Legends, why not make the most of the area during your stay.
Having recently teamed up with Excursiopedia, here’s an overview of the add-ons you can choose to make your festival trip eventful and full of holiday photo opportunities!
THE WONDERS OF PRAGUE
With all of our Prague festival starting at night, you have plenty of time during the day go and discover all kinds of sights.
With admission to the Prague City “Hop-On Hop-Off” Tour, you will get to see the much adored Old Town, the pretty Astronomical Clock and many more beautiful landmarks, in a city dripping in old relics and historical locations.
If you are looking to do something a little more active, there is also the Prague City Bike Tour, which includes a break at a river side pub where you will get to sample world famous Czech beer.
For the true thrill seekers there is also the chance to do a tandem jump, where you will leap from a plane 14,000ft in the air, and free fall for 60 seconds getting a view of Prague many would dream of. You also get a skydiving certificate and t-shirt when you land!
To find out more about these tours and experiences, you can book them as add ons for the following festival trips:
- Transmission / 25 - 26 OCT / Markus Schulz, John O’ Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Solarstone
- Trancefusion: The Legends / 11 OCT / Scot Project, Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E Push, Dave202
- Vandit Night / 12 - 13 OCT / Paul Van Dyk, Ben Nicky, Jordan Suckley, Maartendejong
THE ALLURE OF PARIS
There is plenty to see at Paris however the queues can be long for certain attractions, and it can get stressful planning when to see what. With Excursopedia’s add-ons there are two types of tours.
The city bus tour is in a panaromic bus giving you a full view of the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon Church, the Notre Dame Cathedral and much more.
If it’s a view from the top of the Eiffel Tower and a river cruise down the River Seine you imagine as part of your Paris trip, then there is also an evening tour option to that, when the city is beautifully lit up.
Paris is famous for having a great colourful palatte of food and entertainment to try and you can also experience this with the Excursopedia add-ons.
First up there is the Seine Dinner Cruises, were you get to enjoy a delcious and decadent three course meal as you drift peacefully by the famous sights of Paris.
If it’s more of a visual feast you desire, you can also get tickets and a table at the all-new Désirs cabaret show presented by the Crazy Horse Dance Troupe.
To find out more about these tours and experiences, you can book them as add ons for the following festival trip:
- PITCHFORK PARIS / 30 OCT - 1 NOV / Belle & Sebastian, Caribou, James Blake and Mogwai
Top 5 Things to see and do at Halloween In Europe
Remember the “Sistine Chapel” scene with the freshly dead corpses in the movie Jeepers Creepers? Well, the Capuchin Crypt in Rome is pretty close to a real-life version of that horrific flight of fancy.
The bones of 4,000 monks have become a chilling adornment to the walls of 5 tiny chapels underneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione die Cappuccini. There to remind us of our own imminent passing, the countless skulls, pelvises and limbs are accompanied by some of the most Halloweeny words you could imagine: “As you are, we once were. As we are, you shall be.” Yikes!
Rome has plenty of hauntingly beautiful churches and buildings open during the day, so make a photo-trip day out of it! Search Wikitravel Rome for some good advice on districts to visit.
2.Bloody Sexy Halloweekend, Prague, Czech Republic
A cash prize will be awarded to the best costume, along with other chances to win great prizes. Browse our ticket and accommodation packages here.
3.Samhuinn Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Walking the streets of Edinburgh can be a pretty dark experience at any time of year, with the Edinburgh Dungeon and Mary King’s Close showing that the city’s morbid past is still intact.
But the Scottish capital’s pagan roots really come alive on 31st October, where The Beltane Fire Society have revived the old celebration of Samhuinn (pronounced Sar-wayn). Marking the passing of autumn and winter, the fire-fuelled and body-painted parade is a spectacular site.
4.Awakenings London Halloween, London, England
Some of the meanest monsters of the techno scene are plotting once again, and stirring their cauldron with toil and trouble: Awakenings and LWE are returning to the Tobacco Dock in London for an extravagant celebration of all things dark and creepy.
Drumcode will be the ghostly captains for the night, steering a lineup of techno greats through the treacherous waters of London’s old trade yards.
5.Halloween Festival, Limoges, France
France is a bit of a newcomer to celebrating Halloween the modern way, but since 1996 one of its real triumphs has been the festival in the town of Limoges. Its street parade kicks things off in cackling style, and the festivities keep going long into the night with story-telling shows and special events taking over every shop and restaurant in town.
1st November – All Saints Day, or Toussaint – is a public holiday, and traditionally the day when people lay flowers and tend to the graves of loved ones who have passed. Nowadays it doubles up as an accomplice in the wild festivities the night before.
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GUEST POST: 3 Of The Weirdest Festival Fancy Dress Themes
My name’s Ian. I’ve worked for Jokers’ Masquerade fancy dress for over 10 years. I’ve seen all manner of different and unique fancy dress themes over the past decade. A little jaded at this stage, I do find myself groaning when T in the Park announce a superheroes fancy dress theme 3 weeks prior to the event.
Conversely, I occasionally still find myself startled by the unusual and far more original themes that arise from the brains of some festival organisers. These perhaps go a little beyond the tired superhero theme and suggest something so obscure that it makes me wonder how any one person can come up with a costume idea, let alone thousands of people!
Here I’ve picked 3 of the strangest festival themes from recent memory and implore you, please explain to me in the comments at the foot of the page what you did or would have dressed as. My mum tells me this is how I learn.
Secret Garden Party 2013: Superstition
I’m trying to picture in my head what you could possibly wear for a superstition theme. As I write this article I reason that I am perhaps a little too hard on Secret Garden Party for including their theme within the confines of this piece. However, as hard as I try, I can think of next to no costume ideas. Although a black cat is legitimate and reasonably easy to pull off, it seems that the number 13, a broken mirror and a ladder would be a little harder to execute in a field.
Standon Calling 2010: Murder On The Standon Express
On Twitter I often receive tweets from people looking for costume ideas. Some of us just struggle when it comes to discovering a solution to dressing up. I think having a theme as obscure as Murder On The Standon Express is effectively in detriment to getting people excited about fancy dress, and almost forces those in attendance to just ignore the theme and wear whatever they want. Having said that, is it really a bad thing?
Shambala 2012: Celebration
Am I being a little too hard here? A celebration theme is cool, perhaps a little vague, definitely easier than the neuroscience vs sexuality or whatever it was Latitude were up to in the Arts Arena in 2013. My only qualm is that Quality Street would have been a more plentiful option.
So if you were Ian, what would you dress up as using those themes? If you attended those festivals feel free to send in some pics for us to share!
Thanks for reading Ian’s piece and for all your fancy dress needs check out Jokers’ Masquerade here.
LISTEN: DCode Festival Playlist
Madrid’s biggest Rock and Indie festival is a fantastic end of summer closer, with a lineup featuring Beck, La Roux and CHVRCHES. Not only do we have packages on sale but our tickets include FREE after-party access, FREE drinks and many more exclusive treats!
Find out about our packages here, and check out our playlist below:
Beginner’s Guide To Ibiza: 10 Tips For Newbies
To celebrate the launch of our Ibiza Closing Parties packages, we thought we’d take some time aside to share some essential tips for first timers:
1- CHECK YOUR MAP: Ibiza is huge with clubs and parties scattered across the the island in hubs so make sure you’ve researched you’re area. Bora Bora & San Antonio are the main hubs, and check out the Ibiza Disco Bus that runs between all the main clubs in those areas.
2 - IT’S NOT ALL CLUBBING: If you want a break from it all there are tons of sightseeing oppurtunities! Cova de Can Marça are the biggest natural caves in the island, many visitors also try to find Atlantis, a hidden cove that only locals know about, and of course there are the huge and famous “Hippy Markets” that take place on Wednesdays & Saturdays. We have not even begun to cover the watersports fun you can get up to.
3- RESEARCH THE NIGHTCLUBS: Everybody wants to go to Pacha however if you are not prepared to pay €40 on the door and €12 a beer, there are some great alternatives. Essential Ibiza and Ibiza Spotlight have some good summary guides.
4- WATCH A SUNSET: Every tourist location has a tradition you must experience, and for Ibiza it’s watching a sunset in an open resturant. Some places even applaud the beautiful sight! White Ibiza have put together this helpful guide of good restaurants to visit.
5- GET SOCIAL: Follow all the clubs you like on Facebook and Twitter for extra drink deals, it might even be worth joining their mailing lists for extra updates
6- BRING EAR PLUGS: “Alright Grandad” we here you say, but have a read through this forum thread and you’ll thank us, the volume in some of the nightclubs can get insane.
7- BOOK AHEAD WHEN POSSIBLE: From resturants to transport, if there is an option to book a table or taxi somewhere do it! Don’t take illegal cabs!
8- DON’T DRINK THE TAP WATER: The tap water is only treated sea water so make sure you buy plenty of bottle water. It’s cheap and if you need to fill up large bottles, there are drinking water stations that will let you fill up 25 litres for just €2
9- EXPLORE THE BEACHES: Don’t just visit the one by your hotel, Ibiza has tons of beautiful locations, ask a local or get a ferry bus and just wander around.
10- RELAX AND HAVE FUN: Similar to New Years Eve there is always a lot of high expectations of how much fun and how wild you should be when you go to Ibiza. Remember it’s your holiday and you can get as crazy or as tame as you like, just stay safe, have fun and we bet you’ll want to come again! Browse our full range of Ibiza Closing Parties deals here.
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EDM IN INDIA: Unmissable Sunburn Events
Celebrated as India’s premier electronic music brand, Sunburn breathes electronic life into the many city festivals, club tours and arena gigs of India.
From the annual Sunburn Goa Festival to the DJ-centric ‘Sunburn Arena’, there are tons of great events happening this season, which are perfect excuses to visit and experience the beauty of India, along with the euphoria of EDM sounds.
Here are the top three events we recommend checking out:
Frequently featured on ‘Best Of’ DJ polls and adored worldwide, it’s often felt that any large scale electronic music festival would be incomplete without an appearance from the legendary Hardwell.
His energetic shows gain many in attendance both at festivals like Tomorrowland and Ultra, along with his video streams on YouTube attracting well over 80 million views.
Taking place in the Buddh International Circuit, which is the annual location for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix, join 40,000 ravers and enjoy Hardwell’s 3 hour non stop set!
With support coming from ‘Kill The Buzz’, find our more about the Delhi NCR stop in the ‘I Am Hardwell World Tour’ here.
2) AXWELL ^ INGROSSO AT SUNBURN ARENA
For many the end of Swedish House Mafia were sad times, but Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have begun a new chapter in the form of Axwell ^ Ingrosso.
Get ready to hear fresh tracks of their highly anticipated new album, as pyro displays fill the stage and the beat of the dancing fans feet are set to rock the stadiums of Bangalore and Mumbai!
Taking in place in open-top arenas welcoming many to dance under the night sky, find out about Sunburn Arena’s Axwell ^ Ingrosso tour dates here.
3) SUNBURN GOA FESTIVAL
And lastly aside from the epic events that Sunburn organise, who can forget Sunburn Goa, Asia’s LARGEST electronic festival in India!
Held by the beautiful Vagator Beach in late December, this exhilarating international get together is the perfect pre-new years eve round up, attracting beach and beat lovers who dream of escaping the winter.
The lineup has yet to be announced but previous headliners include the likes of Tiësto, Hardwell, Afrojack and Avicii. To find our more out this year’s 8th edition, click here.
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