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Chris Lake @ Pacha NYC (03.22.14) [Event Recap]

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It was quite a treat to catch three of my favorite, super talented and super friendly DJ’s at Pacha NYC this past weekend. As part of promoting his new single in North America, Chris Lake took the decks at the legendary NYC megaclub with Moska and Helena. Lake has been up to big things, after completing his “Rising” Tour with TJR, Nom De Strip, and more in fall of 2013, he just released a catchy new single with a music video and another U.S. tour to match, “Helium.” Not to mention the charity event he just performed in California just days before this gig with Nervo, Michael Woods, Funkagenda, and more, to benefit the International Marine Mammal Project.
We kicked off the night with newcomer Moska, who is a Colombian California native who has been rising to fame since his collaboration remix with Tiesto last year.

His electro set featured some crowd favorites like Axwell’s “Nothing But Love” but ranged to more obscure remixes such as one of Fake Blood’s “I Think I Like It” which is an old favorite of mine. Chris Lake played his usual hits, of course his latest production “Helium” and more notably his fresh new remix of Indiana’s “Solo Dancing,” which is a great new tune. He took it deeper with a few tracks such as London Grammar’s “Hey Now” and even back oldschool with Pink Floyd’s “Brick In The Wall.” The night wouldn’t have been complete without a photo with the man himself, and then DJ Helena closed out the night.

-Elzz


Pete Tong’s ‘All Gone’ Pool Party @ The Surfcomber (WMC 2014) [Event Preview]

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Back at it again, year after year, Pete Tong brings us his legendary WMC pool party at The Surfcomber in South Beach with a slew of superstar and breakthrough rising DJs/producers. Pete’s pool party is a true staple of WMC as he is always showcasing the best talent at this event. This year the event boasts festival favorites like Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Michael Brun as well as upcoming NYC duo The Chainsmokers, techno masters such as Dubfire, Carlo Lio, Kolsch, Nathan Barato and deep house geniuses such as MK, Tube & Berger, and Oliver Heldens. They also boast “special secret surprise guests” which we can’t wait to unveil. This will surely be one of the most epic parties of the week! Get your tickets before its too late via Wantickets and be sure to check back with us post WMC for a full recap.

-Elzz


Afrojack makes an unforgettable Hakkasan LV debut [News]

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When Hakkasan grabbed a bunch of new artists to stack their residency list, they made sure to get one of the bigger names in dance music in Afrojack. Well, the time finally came this past friday for the Dutch master to grace his presence at the hot MGM Grand nightclub.

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With anticipation building from the crowd, Afrojack hopped on the decks during primetime, around 1:30. He wasted no time wowing the crowd with his music, and added to the allure of the first “Afrojack experience” at Hakkasan was the appearance of two male contortionists. During his set, a dozen of Hakkasan Nightclub’s cocktail waitresses joined Nick in the booth to present him a rather large bottle of champagne. In classic fashion, Afrojack took the bottle and sprayed it all over the crowd. Additionally, two new LED screens were unveiled at the rather popular club, which displayed stunning graphics and imagery. Just the first of many Afrojack events to take over nights at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas is in for a treat for the months to come.

Photo Credit: Al Powers

 -Veber


Ultra Music Festival 2014 Set Times [News]

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 It’s that time of year again! With leas than a week to go until UMF kicks off another year, we finally get our hands on the full list of set times (after the break). If any of you guys will be heading out to Miami for what is shaping up to be a historical WMC, be sure to reach out and meet up with our crew! For any other essentials pertaining to UMF make sure to download the Ultra App for more info including whipping up your own schedule for you and friends. Be sure to check back in for live coverage including live sets, photos, and recaps. See you soon Miami! 

 

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Flume announces upcoming world tour [News]

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The Aussie sensation known as Flume has had one hell of an impressive year. The dance music community has welcomed his production talents and abilities with open arms as he continues to innovate with new genres including his work under the alias What So Not. Fresh off the release of the music video for his “Space Cadet” track, Flume has come through with a 30 date world tour kicking off this spring in style! Be sure to catch Flume as he arrives to a city near you and trust us when we say you will not be disappointed. 

Tour Dates
Sat. March 29 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
Tue. April 1 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
Sat. April 5 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
Fri. April 11 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Mon. April 14 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Tue. April 15 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central
Wed. April 16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
Thu. April 17 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Fri. April 18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sat. April 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Seasons Festival
Fri. July 18 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. July 19 – Toronto, ON @ Time Festival
Sun. July 20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Thu. July 24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. July 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. July 29 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. July 30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Fri. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Tue. Aug. 5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thu. Aug. 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Thu. Aug. 14 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Fri. Aug. 15 – Biddinghuizen, AN @ Lowlands
Sat. Aug. 16 – Beaucaire, FR @ Positiv
Sun. Aug. 17 – Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, DE @ Dockville
Wed. Aug. 20 – Nice, FR @ Theatre de Verdure
Thu. Aug. 21 – Charleville, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 22 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 23 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
Sun. Aug. 24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Thu. Aug. 28 – Zurich, CH @ Open Air

-Jonka


The most sought-after party of WMC is here: mau5trap vs PRYDA [Event]

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Our mau5 ears shot straight up when we first caught wind of this elusive event just over a week ago via twitter. The mau5trap account tweeted a flyer that simply read “mau5trap vs PRYDA 03.27.14″ and left us all in a whirlwind as we were already scurrying to make a decision on what event to attend that night. Amongst all of the amazing lineups planned for that day, this one solidified the deal. The party will be held at a pop up arena at Ice Palace Studios in Downtown Miami from 10PM to 5AM, with no further details revealed, just a hint that there will be “special gue5ts.” We can only speculate that the record label head honchos deadmau5 and Eric Prydz will be in attendance. Will the current artists such as Hot Mouth, Tommy Trash, or Nom De Strip be going against Pryda friends Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander? Will they be spinning b2b? Perhaps testpilot will go back to back with Cirez D? We can’t wait to find out. Tickets for the 21+ event will go on sale Monday March 10th via Wantickets, in the meantime, peep some brand new Deadmau5 as he experiments with his techno moniker in Testpilot.

-Elzz


Electric Daisy Carnival New York 2014 Lineup Revealed [News]

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Less than an hour after Mysteryland uncovered the blanket, the lineup for EDC New York was revealed to the public. With even bigger names this year, EDC is making all efforts to trump Electric Zoo as the top festival in the tri-state area. While the zoo has some time to recruit, let’s break down what Insomniac Events has in store for Memorial Day weekend.

There are many familiar names in this year’s group. Superstars Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, and Steve Angello continue to remain faithful since the first edition back in 2012. And while those are some heavy hitters, Insomniac went above and beyond this year stealing Tiesto, Hardwell, Boys Noize, Krewella, Tommy Trash, and Sander van Doorn from Electric Zoo. We’re not sure as to how they managed to pull this one off, but the Randall’s Island faithful are surely in shock right now. With the move back to MetLife Stadium, and all this new added talent, EDC NY is rivaling Mysteryland USA for this coming Memorial Day Weekend. And as the ticket sales start flying, it’s decision time for all of you festival-goers. What’s it going to be? EDC NY or Mysterland USA?

-Veber


Mysteryland USA at the site of original Woodstock announces lineup [News]

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Since confirmation to take over the old Woodstock location at Bethel Woods, fans all across the globe have been waiting for a lineup announcement for the 1st edition of Mysterland USA. The wait is finally over, and this is one hell of a diverse lineup. Mysterland has more than covered its bases with this all star cast that spans across all genres of dance music. While Mainstage headliners Steve Aoki and Kaskade will catch your eye at the top of the bill, scroll down each day and see a vast mix of names featuring Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Moby, and Dillon Francis. The Boat stage is full of names as well with Big Gigantic, Dillstradamus, and Chase & Status

But don’t forget about the Sunday School mini-fest courtesy of MadeEvent. With three stages, deep and tech house heads will surely find nirvana. Heading the list are Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, and Victor Calderone. Other names to note are Booka Shade (DJ Set), Scuba, and a Jeremy Olander & Fehrplay b2b performance.To kickoff the festival on Friday night, a Holy Ground Opening Party will be hosted by Nicky Romero as a part of his Protocol Reboot campaign. A juicy lineup here as well with the likes of John Dahlback, Tritonal and Don Diablo. We waited quite a while for this lineup, but it was certainly worth the anticipation. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon, as they are expected to sell out fast! Catch the full lineup after the break.

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-Veber


Borgore @ Pacha NYC (03.06.14) [Event]

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The booty monsta makes his return to Pacha NYC this coming Thursday. Borgore has always been a fan favorite at BleedHouse, as he never fails to put on a show here in the big apple. Coming off brand new work with more on the way, Asaf is running on some serious momentum.  In anticipation for his gig, peep this hilarious interview he had with Pacha and make sure you get your tickets for what is sure to be another wild night in NYC.


-Jonka


‘Heartbeat’ Tour Takes On Webster Hall NY feat. Myon & Shane 54 with Late Night Alumni [Event Recap]

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This past weekend I stepped out on the town to check out the Myon & Shane 54 featuring Late Night Alumni show. Taking a break from the usual upscale NYC dwellings such as Marquee and Lavo, the VIP at Webster Hall was the next best thing, and it surely did not disappoint. The top shelf open bar was a plus, as well as a decent energetic crowd. Late Night Alumni took the stage around 12:30AM. They blew my expectations out of the water with their live performance.

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Hakkasan Group acquires Las Vegas-based AMG [News]

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Las Vegas has a new dance music giant in town. The Hakkasan Group continues their momentous growth with the acquisition of the Vegas-based nightlife and entertainment company Angel Management Group. AMG is known for the managing of venues like Hakkasan, Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace, Wet Republic, HQ Night/Beach Club at Revel and more. 

“Following a successful partnership with Angel Management Group, we believe the consolidation of its businesses will accelerate Hakkasan’s goal of creating a suite of multifaceted global lifestyle brands..” said Khadem Al Qubaisi, chairman of Hakkasan Group.

Neil Moffitt the founder of AMG and now current CEO of the Hakkasan Group will be spearheading the development of the growing hospitality groups brand as they try to make their mark in the industry. It will be interesting to see how far Neil will go with new concepts, hotels, and more acquisitions on the horizon. 

-Jonka 


Pete Tong revealed as burn Residency 2014 Headline Mentor [News]

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 The biggest global DJ competition known as burn Residency, gives young aspiring DJ’s the chance to win one of five available residencies in Ibiza, one of the world’s dance music capitals, as well as one lucky winner who will get a prize of 100,000 EUR and guidance from the world’s most renowned mentors at a unique boot camp in ibiza to to guide them on their path to a successful DJ career.

This year, the legendary Pete Tong revealed that he would be the headline mentor for burn Residency 2014. His world renowned BBC Radio 1 show, Essential Selection, has been running for 22 years and is a staple in the music industry for the freshest, most quality tunes in the electronic music world. Any upcoming DJ’s who would like to sign up for this once in a life time opportunity can sign up here. Being one of my idols, even I’ll sign up for the chance to be taught by one of the most knowledgeable and respectable DJ’s in the game. Good luck!

-Elzz


Myon & Shane 54 + Late Night Alumni @ Webster Hall NY (02.22.14) [Event]

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Presented by Area Event and Webster Hall, the successful weekly party known as Brite Nites will be hosting trance artists Myon and Shane 54, as well as special guests Late Night Alumni, this Saturday, February 22nd. Myon and Shane 54 rose to fame after being featured on the legendary Armin Van Buuren’s weekly Radio Show, A State Of Trance, numerous times for their excellent trance remixes. Late Night Alumni are known for their beautiful music and their work with Kaskade, such as the monster tune “Empty Streets.” Together the artists are promoting their new single “Heartbeat” with this North American Tour. Looking forward to a memorable night with quality music to appease all fans of trance alike. Get your tickets here for just $25 via TicketWeb.

-Elzz


Exclusive: Stafford Brothers & Robbie Rivera present #SomethingBIG Ep. 53 + SOL Republic Giveaway [Contest]

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Matt & Chris deliver another banging episode of SOMETHING BIG. Better known as the Stafford Brothers, the Australian duo never fails to disappoint each and every week with another FREE radio episode filled with unreleased heavy hitting bangers (track-list after the break). The duo has been on a roll lately including being classified by TMZ as party animals as they embark on their official Strip Club tour

Direct from his studio and in his own words, Robbie Rivera takes you through some of his biggest hits including a ‘behind-the-scenes’ take on ‘What To Do Now’, ‘It’s Dark’ and ‘Rock The Disco’. Syndicated around the world and available on iTunes as an exclusive podcast. We have also teamed up with the Stafford Bro’s and SOL Republic to offer a killer giveaway for a prize pack worth over $500 in goods. One lucky winner will take home new SOL Republic headphones and membership to the Stafford Brothers very own online DJ Master Course. Let us know what you think of this mix; Be sure to grab the free download and good luck in the contest!

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SFX Entertainment being sued, Co-Founders allege they were ‘Ripped Off’ [News]

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According to Deckstar president and co-founder Lawrence Vavra, Disco Donnie Estopinal’s manager Paolo Moreno, and his brother Gabriel, SFX Entertainment has allegedly not stepped up to the plate when it was time to give the co-founders their due shares. The three claim to be integral parts of the company who pointed CEO Robert Sillerman in the right direction in regards to purchasing the right festivals, ticketing companies and more worldwide. Meanwhile they have made some serious accusations against Robert including breaching contracts and fraud as the complaint reads:

 “Had they known that Sillerman’s true intentions were to use plaintiffs’ strategy, information, connections and access for his own gain, without granting plaintiffs any significant ownership interest in the venture, plaintiffs would not have entered into any agreement with Sillerman, and would not have undertaken to execute on the strategy for the benefit of SFX.”

It seems like the three’s claims have some kind of merit as they would have more knowledge about the EDM industry than the average person and allege that Robert was supposed to provide most of the financial backing while they instructed him on acquiring seven of the eight properties listed in SFX’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings for the IPO this past October. 

In response we reached out to SFXE for comment in which they replied with the short statement in their press release: 

“We will have no comment, other than to say we will vigorously defend this baseless lawsuit.”

Let’s hope this gets resolved quickly as shares of $SFXE were near a 52 week low today trading at approximately $7.76 in light of the lawsuit. Investors should be weary of jumping ship as the coming festival season should boost up that price again. 

-Jonka


Groove Cruise X 2014 (Miami –> Cozumel) [Review]

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Coming in not knowing exactly what to expect, I packed my bags and flew out to the ever sunny Miami Beach, Florida for the 10th Annual, but my very first, Groove Cruise. Upon checking in and then sipping on some coffee, I made some new media friends before the press luncheon and cruise tour. Exhausted from my travels, I took off and woke up just in time to hear the announcement that the ship was about to sail off…

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Deadmau5 playing a free show @ Ice Palace, Miami (02.15.14) [Event]

dm5  After voicing his distaste for high ticket prices and catering to a VIP table service crowd in Miami for his New Years day show at Mansion, he was invited to return to the city to perform a free show sponsored by Club Space. Presented by ampm and Jedi Kollective, deadmau5 will return to play at Ice Palace in downtown Miami. This 21+ venue will have a capacity for 4,000 guests. Registration begins today, January 28 at 2 pm ET via icepalace.wantickets.com. The free tickets will be charged a $1 processing fee, and those proceeds will go to Miami Children’s Hospital. Major props to Joel for looking out for his fans, as well as for his charitable actions. Good karma for 2014!

-Elzz


Daft Punk wins big at 2014 Grammys [News]

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Daft Punk represented dance music in style at the 56th annual 2014 Grammys Sunday night after taking home Record of the Year for their hit single “Get Lucky” followed by Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.” The robots remained quiet after the wins setting the stage for both Pharrell and Paul Williams to accept with speeches on their behalf. Guy-Manuel and Thomas also put on their second TV performance ever performing “Get Lucky” to the delight of dance music faithfuls around the globe.

Other notable electronic awards which were handed out before the show went out to Zedd for the Best Dance Recording with Foxes on “Clarity” and Cedric Gervais after his massive remix to Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.” Lets hope next year is an even bigger one for dance music at the Grammys as it continues to grow and gain respect amongst the music industry’s finest artists. 

-Jonka

 

 


Alesso’s Uprising: NYE @ Pier 94 New York [Review]

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That time of year where everyone has their night decided over months in advance, or is scrambling for last minute plans, New Year’s Eve is always a special time for nightlife around the globe. Here in New York, we had the pleasure of attending one of NYC’s best venues in Pier 94 for Alesso’s Uprising Tour.  Accompanying the head honcho were performances by Don Dibalo, Deniz Koyu and Clockwork. When one of dance music’s biggest names takes on the big apple you know you’re in for a treat.

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Hakkasan LV announces star studded 2014 lineup [News]

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After a successful year in bringing in some major acts, Hakkasan nightclub at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is here to announce their all-star lineup yet again.  All of the returning residents brighten up the cast from the start. Those coming back are Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Danny Avila, Bingo Players, Dada Life, MarkEteson, Fergie (DJ), NERVO, R3hab, Eva Shaw and Michael Woods.

However, it is the new names they have managed to grab that add fuel to this already massive fire. Taking household names from competing clubs, Hakkasan has bolstered its roster with Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Sunnery James & Ryan Maricano, and W&W.  They also plan to have several special guests throughout the year. One is Moby, a Grammy award-winning legend in the music industry.  Hakksan starts this highly anticpated year with the birthday celebrations on January 17th and 18th with Calvin Harris and Tiësto respectively. They couldn’t have kicked off their calendar any better.

Additionally, the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic Ultra Pool, will feature a handful of the above names, including Hardwell and Steve Aoki. To say that Hakkasan has upped the ante, is an understatement. With top tier competitors, such as Marquee and XS, Hakkasan is certainly heading to the front of the race, making the MGM Grand the place to be this year.

-Veber


SFX Entertainment & Clear Channel partner up, set to bring more EDM to broadcast radio [News]

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After more than a decade since selling the massive promotion company SFX Entertainment, Chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman has yet again struck a major deal with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Being one of the leading media companies in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other outlet, this deal will allow BeatPort’s top 20 to be featured more on the mainstream stations and will include a national DJ/Producer contest as well as an original live event series. “The framework we have established with Clear Channel, whose stations include KIIS-FM and Z100, brings the electronic music category to a broader audience and delivers on what we believe the young music consumer wants today.  It also allows us to amplify the promotion of DJ/Producers who are the life-blood of our industry” says Sillerman.

As for the DJ contest, the winner will have the special chance to appear at Mysteryland (SFX’s newest baby) on Memorial Day 2013 weekend at the original setting of Woodstock NY and will also be getting a recording contract with a major record label.

Ever wanted to bet on EDM? SFX Entertainment ($SFXE) is your best shot. After acquiring festivals, event planners, promotion companies, and ticketing outlets around the globe, there seems to be no stopping Sillerman from bringing SFX to the top as he did with Live Nation who is now seen as their biggest competitor following the purchase of 50% stake in Insomniac. Lets hope the arrival of electronic music into the core of the main stream will help it more than hurt it.

-Jonka


Daft Punk To Perform Alongside Stevie Wonder At The Grammys [News]

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According to Rolling Stone, set to air on CBS January 26th, Daft Punk will be performing live on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards show. The mysterious duo has been out of sight since the release of their ground breaking album, Random Access Memories. The album has gotten them five Grammy award nominations including Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Pop/Group performance for the breakthrough single “Get Lucky.” The lucrative performance will be a collaboration with the Legendary Stevie Wonder, and will also include Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, who both perform on the album, as well was session players Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim and Paul Jackson Jr. Being their first performance since 2008, we are all anticipating this to be one for the books, so be sure to tune in!

-Elzz


Alesso: Uprising @ Pier 94 NYC for NYE (12.31.13) [Event]

20131227-185317.jpgIf you’ve purchased a ticket to Pier 94′s New Year’s Eve special, you are in for a big treat. With Avicii and Afrojack ringing in 2012 and 2013, respectively, Alesso is here to close out this year and send us in to 2014 on a high note. Alesso won’t be alone, and he will be bringing a long an all-star cast to co-star this production. With Don diablo, Deniz Koyu, and Clockwork on the bill, pier 94 will surely be rocking all night long into the early hours of the morning.

Don Diablo is certainly a name for you to note, as he’s had an excellent second half of 2013 with the very popular Axtone hit ‘Starlight’. The next act, Deniz Koyu, will be playing at his second straight NYE show in NYC, but this time in one of Manhattan’s biggest venues. Playing many times in the Empire State, Koyu is certainly an fan favorite here. Perhaps what mixes this bunch up the most is Clockwork. Known for his extremely creative mashups, Mr. Steinway is one of the more diverse artists out there, and we are hoping to hear some beats associated with his “RL Grime” moniker as well.

As your main headliner for the night, all eyes will be on Alesso when he takes the stage. The “pretty boy” has come along way since pairing up with Sebasitan Ingrosso on the monstrous ‘Calling’, and in just a couple years he’s become the main attraction on NYE in NYC. We’ve been a big supporter of Alessandro since his first Electric Zoo, and he has never disappointed the NY faithful with past mind-blowing performances at EDC and Governor’s Island. Tickets are still available for purchase. Get yours now before it’s too late and hope to see you there!

-Veber

 


Henry Fong, Audien, Knife Party @ Pacha NYC (12.29.13) [BleedHouse Event]

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This coming Sunday night December 29th, our friends over at Pacha NYC are giving BleedHouse the honor to host as the deadly dub duo known as none other than Knife Party take the main stage. Opening for Rob and Gareth are the young guns in Henry Fong and Audien and our very own DJM2, Mitsko, Warren & Eman will be throwing down on the lower level. Be sure to grab your tickets asap and RSVP with us (bleedhouse@gmail.com) if you would like to get on the guest list for reduced admission. If all else fails be sure to mention BleedHouse at the door for some reduced admission as well. If you’re 18+ years of age be sure to join us on 46th St this weekend for what’s sure to be one hell of a night!

-Jonka