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Ultra Worldwide announces Resistance Mexico City 2018

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Ultra Worldwide has announced the return of its Resistance concept to Mexico City in 2018. The underground techno, tech-house and house focused event returns as a standalone festival from the 25th – 27th May at Club De Golf in Teotihuacán.

Resistance made its Mexico City debut in 2017 as part of the larger Ultra Mexico City festival. Resistance Mexico City 2018 is the concept’s first foray into a standalone three-day festival and arrives as Ultra celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Since its debut, various Resistance events have been curated in Shanghai, Tokyo, the UK, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Chile, Ibiza, Lima along with the seminal Miami festival.

Ultra Music Festival continues to hold the title of ‘The World’s No. 1 Festival’ according to DJ Mag readers. As previously announced, Carl Cox, Resistance’s global ambassador, will host a Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna b2b2b at Ultra Miami’s Megastructure on Saturday 24th March. At Ultra Miami’s ‘Spider’, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Better Lost Than Stupid (Davide Squillace, Mattias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich), Sasha & John Digweed, Christian Smith b2b B.Traits, Carlo Lio b2b Marco Bailey, Technasia b2b Hector and Guti b2b wAFF have all been locked to play.

Line-ups for the standalone Resistance festival anticipated shortly.

The promo tweet can be found below:


Italy’s Polifonic festival books John Talabot, Carl Craig for 2018

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The second edition of the three-day event goes down in July.

Polifonic has announced the first names for its 2018 festival.

The three-day event, which takes place in the southern Italian region of Apulia from July 27th through 29th, has locked in the likes of Carl Craig, Elena Colombi, John Talabot, Mano Le Tough and Gerd Janson for its second year. Resident Advisor will curate a stage at the festival for the first time, which will run on the Friday and Saturday nights and host Phase Fatale, Freddy K, Dino Sabatini, Job Jobse, Dona, Yanik Park and Z.I.P.P.O.

Polifonic has also organised a warmup party featuring DJ Koze, Hiver and Futuro Tropicale, which takes place on April 19th at a Teatro Principe in Milan.

Tickets for the warmup and festival go on sale on RA at 12 PM CET on Wednesday, February 14th.

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Faithless to join Tiësto and Steve Angello for UK show in May

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Faithless have been announced for a DJ set at Creamfields Steel Yard London weekender on Sunday 27th May.

The iconic UK electronica outfit will join headliners Tiësto and Steve Angello in Finsbury Park as part of the Steel Yard’s second London edition. Tchami and Malaa have also announced the UK debut of their new ‘No Redemption’ live show for the Sunday.

Last year, during the superstrucutre’s innaugeral London outing, 15,000 people attended each day. Trance legends Above & Beyond will open the weekend’s proceedings on Saturday 26th in what will be their biggest UK show to date. You can watch our rcent in-depth interview with them here. 

While the Steel Yard itself was initially built to be an exclusive fixture of Creamfields Fsetival, it has since gone on to host massive events in Liverpool and London. Faithless reformed after a four year hiatus in 2015. Yesterday it was announced that they would DJ alongside Basement Jaxx at Aberdeen’s Enjoy Music festival in June.

You can buy tickets for Steel Yard London here.

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EPIZODE Festival 2017

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Running from New Year’s Eve through January 10th, EPIZODE strode into its second year with a sense of confidence that was reflected in a lineup stuffed with top-level names. The Vietnamese island of Phú Quốc, situated just south of Cambodia, was barely on the map ten years ago, but now a lucrative tourism boom has taken hold and resorts are springing up by the dozen. It’s still early days for the island’s industry, but the next few years could prove pivotal to its appeal as a destination.

The EPIZODE concept is a familiar one: a partnership of foreign promoters and organisers heads to an exotic location to showcase international artists to an international crowd. Comparisons with BPM Festival (formerly of Mexico, now of Portugal) were heard aplenty, although EPIZODE was thankfully free of the challenges that festival faced in January last year. (That said, the organisers included the teams behind Kazantip Festival and Moscow club ARMA, two promoters that have weathered their fair share of storms back home.)

There are many different ways to organise a beach festival, but the organisers opted for an intimate setting with three stages. Most of the structures were made out of bamboo. There were juice bars and thoughtful chill-out spots, which meant the predominant atmosphere onsite was laid-back and hippyish, boosted by a healthy contingent of international backpackers. Most reports suggested that last year’s much smaller crowd was largely Russian.

When an international party lands in the tropics there’s always a risk that local concerns will get overlooked, but a solid portion of Southeast Asian ticketbuyers had been drawn in by the efforts made to showcase talent from the region. While South Korea’s Peggy Gou—who played two excellent back-to-backs with Bambounou—might well be considered a European artist nowadays (she lives in Berlin), the likes of Hong Kong’s Ocean Lam and Jo.D demonstrated how forward-thinking music from this part of the world can be. The smaller Egg stage played host to many of these acts, and Lam and Jo.D in particular laid down impressive sets of electro and nervy acid.

As often happens at dance music events with so many heavyweight names, there were times when a kind of tech house homogeny took hold—the likes of Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice rolled out typically ordinary sounds. There were, though, plenty of distinctive performances. On January 6th, Denis Kaznacheev played a rich warm-up set on the Freesby stage, with playful, expressive strains of minimal that set the tone perfectly for Sammy Dee and Ricardo Villalobos. The Chilean was at the top of his game well into the morning, inspiring a feverish response from the crowd when dropping irreverent party material like the Thomas Bangalter/Bob Sinclar belter “Gym Tonic.” (Or was it Spacedust’s subsequent rip-off, “Gym And Tonic”? It was hard to tell.) He later returned for a picturesque sunset session where he had free reign to indulge his freaky side with all manner of abstract rhythms and tones.

It was often Freesby that was home to the festival’s best moments, particularly during afterhours sessions where the vibe would get very loose as the sun rose. tINI and Bill Patrick were on exceptional form on January 9th, whipping out Dexter’s “I Don’t Care” to great effect. Tyoma, part of the festival’s organisational team, made a memorable scene of the final sunset with daring but tender selections, veering from UNKLE’s “Rabbit In Your Headlights” to Brad Fiedel’s original theme for Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The ARMA crew took control for the final hours, with Hipushit in particular laying down some crucial slow and trippy tackle before Orgue Electronique fired up a live hardware acid set well past the curfew.

Unfortunately, I was forced to miss Call Super in a frantic dash to make a direct flight from Phú Quốc back to London, which, given the shockingly low prices, suggests that many more from the UK may make the trip out next year. EPIZODE’s small size and loose attitude is rare for a festival with such a weighty lineup and impressive production, and the question of where to go next weighs heavy on the team’s minds. (Musical director and resident DJ Roustam Mirzoev spoke of his desire to bring more live acts and bands into the mix.) All were in agreement that this second edition had been a success, and a step forward from last year. If it can maintain its cosy atmosphere and build on integrating with the South East Asian electronic music community, EPIZODE could become a truly unique festival within the increasingly hectic international circuit.

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DJ dies and more injured after stage collapses at Brazil’s Atmosphere Festival

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Kalleby Freitas da Rosa, 30, suffered fatal head trauma when extreme weather toppled the structure on Sunday afternoon.

A DJ has died and more were injured at a Brazilian dance music festival after a stage collapsed due to extreme weather conditions.

Kalleby Freitas da Rosa (AKA DJ Kaleb), 30, was standing behind the EDM event’s O Santuário Stage on Sunday afternoon when heavy rain and gale-force winds caused the huge metal structure to topple. (DJ duo Pura Vida were performing when it fell.) Da Rosa suffered head injuries and was immediately rushed to hospital, where he died on arrival. Three others were injured in the incident. The festival took place at Parque Estadual De Exposições Assis Brasil in Esteio, a municipality near Porto Alegre in the south.

Atmosphere Festival issued a statement via Facebook yesterday evening, which has been translated from the original Portuguese.

“We always cherish the security of our audience, following all the processes, reports and authorisations requested by the local authorities. And to our audience we will keep them informed of all our actions to keep the truth about the facts that have occurred. We’re sorry, we lost a friend, an artist. Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families. We thank the military brigade and the fire department for all their assistance.”

An attendee captured the moment the stage collapsed:

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Dekmantel reveals lineup for Selectors festival 2018

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The Dutch crew will return to Croatia for the event’s third edition next August.

Dekmantel has announced the lineup for next year’s Selectors festival, taking place at The Garden Tisno, Croatia, from August 23rd through 27th.

A number of DJs will make their Selectors festival debuts, including Donato Dozzy, DJ Harvey, Mr Scruff, Mafalda, Phillip Jondo, Elena Colombi, Zozo and Brilliant Corners’ Donna Leake. Return guests at the 2000-capacity event include Hunee, Lena Willikens, Antal, Sassy J, Gilb’R, I-F, Izabel, Orpheu The Wizard, Objekt and Marcel Dettmann.

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MUTEK confirms San Francisco festival for May 2018

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The experimental electronic event is sending out a call for proposals.

MUTEK has confirmed a new San Francisco festival set to debut from May 3rd through 6th, 2018.

It will be the first time the global experimental festival—which started out in Montreal—has happened in the US. The San Francisco edition will be co-directed by Surefire Agency founder Miroslav Wiesner and Gabrielle de Villoutreys. The initial lineup and venues will be announced in the coming weeks, while the festival will also set up a call for submissions and proposals from US-based artists on its Facebook page.

“The intersection of art, music, and technology combined with the adaptive nature of the city, its accessible size, the concentration of ideas and its constant supply of curious travelers make San Francisco an ideal location for the first American MUTEK edition,” says Wiesner. “The community needs this now more than ever as the old and the new establish their coexistence and find connections in culture and expression.”

The new festival was first teased in September, when MUTEK SF graffiti tags popped up around the Bay Area. It’s the latest in a series of new editions for the festival, which also launched in Dubai and Buenos Aires this year.

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South Africa’s Into The Castle festival cancelled as parent company ‘struggles to survive’

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“Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone,” posted Music Goes Further on Facebook.

Music Goes Further, the company behind the Into The Valley festival franchise, has cancelled Into The Castle in South Africa.

The one-day event was due to take place at Castle Of Good Hope in Cape Town on January 26th, 2018. In a statement posted to Facebook, Music Goes Further said the losses from the cancellation of Sweden’s Into The Factory festival in July, which totalled over €400,000, caused an “acute liquidity shortage,” forcing them to indefinitely postpone the forthcoming event in South Africa. The company also made losses of more than €150,000 at Into The Valley in Estonia, which was plagued by bad weather and small crowds.

“2017 was an absolute nightmare for us, and still is,” reads the statement. “The initiative is on a total pause at the moment and we are working day and night trying to clean this situation up. If we do not make it, it will be the end of our brands, Into The Valley, Into The Factory and Into The Castle, and also for us as festival organizers. It would be beyond sad but we could just never imagine such a series of large setbacks striking us one after another.”

The organisers add: “Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone. We need to take a big step back in order to be able to come back with new energy in 2018. It is our goal to produce a festival in Europe during 2018, but at this point it is too early to plan for this or make any promises. We keep toiling and praying for things to start moving in the right direction.”

Music Goes Further still owes money to artists who played at its previous events. They thanked the likes of Nina Kraviz and Larry Heard for waiving their fees and called on other artists to follow suit, saying “We hope that more artists will follow their example as this cancellation was really out of our hands. Doing so, and refraining the fee, would be vital and a huge help for us to get back on our feet.”

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London’s Field Day festival is leaving Victoria Park

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The festival will take place on June 2nd, 2018, at a new location.

Field Day is leaving its Victoria Park home in 2018.

The festival announced that its next edition will take place on June 2nd, 2018, at a new location somewhere in London, though organisers haven’t revealed where it’s happening yet.

More information as we have it.

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The xx announce Night + Day festival at Iceland’s Skogafoss waterfall

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The band will headline the three-day event in July, joined by acts like Floating Points, Call Super and Warpaint.

The xx will bring their Night + Day event series to Iceland’s Skogafoss waterfall from July 14th through 16th.

It’ll be the first time the spectacular site has been used for a music festival. The xx will perform live once, with band member Jamie xx also DJing. They’ll be joined by acts like Floating Points (who will DJ), Sampha, Gilles Peterson, Hunee, Benji B, Avalon Emerson, Warpaint, Kamasi Washington, Call Super and Axel Boman, who will team up with Robag Wruhme as part of a Pampa showcase. Some local artists have also been booked, including Högni, Orang Volante and Trip favourite Bjarki.

The band say they “fell in love” with Iceland during the recording of their latest album, I See You. Since that record’s release, they’ve toured the world and hosted a seven-night residency at London’s Brixton Academy. Read our review of the second Brixton show.