Chicago dance music fans have another reason to rejoice for this upcoming festival season — Spring Awakening has just announced the first wave of its lineup for the three-day June festival. Well, not exactly. Earlier today, Clubtix accidentally uploaded an image which revealed the “first wave” of artists that have been booked for the three day festival that is set to take place from June 14th-16th.
The first wave of performers include: Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd, Nicky Romero, Porter Robinson, NERVO, among many others (see image above for full details). Early bird tickets have been sold out for a while now, but Spring Awakening will announce their full lineup and 2nd round of tickets shortly.
London-based Jacob Plant has released a pulsing production with “Shakedown” through non-other than Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records. Starting the track off with a surging buildup, Plant delivers a dubstep-certified output with plunging bass and electro style. The talented producer transitions from escalating progressions to stabbing synths before unloading crashing sub bass — satisfying dubsteppers and electro enthusiasts alike. A relentless yet infectious offering, “Shakedown” is powerful start to Plant’s year and, with future releases in the works, hopefully only a precursor of what’s to come from the rising producer. Listen the the track below by hitting that play button! Be sure to share it to your friends as well and let us know what you think about it..
Millions of people from across the globe tuned in to celebrate the typical Australia Day tradition – Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. After 1.5 million votes were cast, the very predictable first place winner was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ Thrift Shop featuring Wanz. It’s pretty easy to see how Thrift Shop won too, it is an incredibly infectious song that has taken the world by storm. It has a beat that makes you want to dance as well as catchy, nonsense lyrics. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been incredibly smart in releasing their most commercial song from their album The Heist as Thrift Shop has gained them greater recognition and millions of fans worldwide. If you’re a fan of Thrift Shop make sure you check out the album because it is filled with incredible songs with insightful lyrics.
EDM also did considerably well with tracks from Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Flight Facilities, Skrillex, Knife Party, the Bloody Beetroots and Avicii all ranking in the top 100. Though it was Sydney producer Flume who cleaned up in this years countdown with four tracks on the list. On Top ranked #67, Sleepless ranked #12, Holdin On ranked #4 and his remix of Hermitude’s HyerParadise ranked #18. After winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition to play at Field Day Flume has continued to soar and will only continue doing so! Check out his highest ranking track “Holdin’ On“:
Here is the full countdown:
#100: Everything Everything – Cough Cough
#99: M.I.A. – Bad Girls
#98: Kimbra – Warrior ft. Mark Foster & A-Trak
#97: Jack White – I’m Shakin’
#96: Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique
#95: Last Dinosaurs – Andy
#94: The Gaslight Anthem
#93: Snakadaktal – Dance Bear
#92: Lisa Mitchell – Spiritus
#91: Allday x C1 – So Good
#90: Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
#89: Chance Waters – Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue
#88: C2C – Down The Road
#87: The Bloody Beetroots & Greta Svabo Bech – Chronicles Of a Fallen Love
#86: Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
#85: Purity Ring – Fineshrine
#84: Hilltop Hoods – Rattling the Keys To the Kingdom
#83: The Jungle Giants – She’s A Riot
#82: Santigold – Disparate Youth
#81: Alt-J – Something Good
#80: Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids ft. Earl Sweatshirt
#79: The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
#78: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods
#77: Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got
#76: Illy – Heard It All
#75: Muse – Madness
#74: The Shins – Simple Song
#73: Ben Folds Five – Draw A Crowd
#72: Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats
#71: Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
#70: The Presets – Promises
#69: Matt Corby – Lonely Boy (Like a Version)
#68: Avicii – Silhouettes
#67: Flume – On Top ft. T-Shirt
#66: The Rubens – The Best We Got
#65: Grimes – Genesis
#64: Alt-J – Tessellate
#63: First Aid Kit – Wolf
#62: Kid Cudi – Just What I Am ft. King Chip
#61: Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
#60: Jack White – Love Interruption
#59: Cosmo Jarvis – Love This
#58: Mumford & Sons – Babel
#57: Seth Sentry – Float Away
#56: Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
#55: Knife Party – Internet Friends
#54: The Bamboos – I Got Burned ft. Tim Rogers
#53: San Cisco – Wild Things
#52: The Presets – Ghosts
#51: Birds of Tokyo – This Fire
#50: Asta – My Heart Is On Fire
#49: Thundamentals – Brother (Like A Version)
#48: San Cisco – Fred Astaire
#47: Of Monsters & Men – Mountain Sound
#46: Passion Pit – Take A Walk
#45: Chance Waters – Young & Dumb ft. Bertie Blackman
#44: Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun
#43: The Lumineers – Ho Hey
#42: MS MR – Hurricane
#41: British India – I Can Make You Love Me
#40: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
#39: Alabama Shakes – Hold On
#38: Grimes – Oblivion
#37: Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
#36: Miike Snow – Paddling Out
#35: 360 – Run Alone
#34: Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
#33: Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This
#32: Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)
#31: Alpine – Gasoline
#30: Bat For Lashes – Laura
#29: Loon Lake – Cherry Lips
#28: Django Django – Default
#27: Ball Park Music – Surrender
#26: Seth Sentry – Dear Science
#25: Skrillex – Bangarang ft. Sirah
#24: Chet Faker – I’m Into You
#23: Ball Park Music – Coming Down
#22: The Temper Trap – Trembling Hands
#21: Disclosure – Latch ft. Sam Smith
#20: Rudimental – Feel The Love ft. John Newman
#19: The xx – Angels
#18: Hermitude – HyperParadise (Flume Remix)
#17: Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune ft. Christine Hoberg
#16: Rudimental – Not Giving In ft. John Newman & Alex Clare
#15: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love ft. Mary Lambert
#14: Icona Pop – I Love It ft. Charli XCX
#13: The Black Keys – Gold On the Ceiling
#12: Flume – Sleepless ft. Jezzabell Doran
#11: Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch
#10: The Rubens – My Gun
#9: Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
#8: Frank Ocean – Lost
#7: Tame Impala – Elephant
#6: Major Lazer – Get Free ft. Amber Coffman
#5: Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
#4: Flume – Holdin On
#3: Alt-J – Breezeblocks
#2: Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks
#1: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop ft. Wanz
Three months on and sadly people are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately in the spirit of electronic dance music, Ultra Music Festival and their artists have decided to give back and spread the love by auctioning off memorabilia and experiences on Ebay for MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
The auction features memorabilia and experiences from Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, Alexandra Stan, Bloody Beetroots, Araabmuzik, Congorock, Freddie le Grand, Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi, TOKiMOSTA, Calvin Harris, DJ Muggs, Drop The Line, Alyssa Reid and MNDR.
For and EDM lover it is definitely worth checking out and all the profits go to an extremely good cause so head over to the auction and you just might pick yourself up something you will treasure forever.
Well, here’s a quick guide to a few hot spots around town for all music flavours and interests:
Indie Lovers: Sydney’s got some venues well up to the task to satisfy all your indie music needs.
- FBi Social, spin-off venue to local community station FBi Radio, gets its fair amount of amazing local and international artists on to its stages.
- The Exchange is made up of joint venues, Q Bar, Spectrum and Phoenix, all of which bring to you a variety of indie bands, hip hop and techno till beyond dawn.
- Club 77, your club of choice for a very messy night! This venue brings Goth metal, dubstep, rave and filthy electro you, can’t be expecting to leave Clubb 77 unscathed!
House and Electro Lovers: To all you ravers out there, here’s a few venues that will keep you up past 6am
- One22, located in a little hideaway on Pitt Street, is a jewel of solid house and techno beats blasting over an insane sound system.
- Spice Cellar, the home of legendary Sydney day club Spice, is a little classier than One22 but filled with the same filthy techno beats to satisfy any raver; Plus it’s a prefect midway point for any club and bar hopper.
- Not too far away form Spice Cellar is Civic Underground, set up with a crazy sound system it has been home to the likes of Kyle Hall and Rick Wade, Space Dimension Controller and Vladislav delay.
Mainstream Crowd Pleasers: These venues speak for themselves in what they have in store for you.
- The Marquee, found in Sydney Casino, The Star, this Las Vegas style venue brings in some major international acts through its doors. With it’s massive sound system and crazy set up its no wonder Djs such as Avicii and Calvin Harris have graced its stage. Be warned though, this place is expensive!! Entry alone averages $40, drinks at about $10 minimum and if your looking to book a table well you could probably travel Europe twice with what you need to drop.
- The Ivy is a little more affordable to an average person like us. With a number of different rooms to satisfy each electro, dance, mainstream taste, The Ivy boasts a high reputation for a good night out; just keep in mind dress code…they are VERY strict and if you can get yourself on a guest list your chances of finding your way inside will definitely double!
R’N’B and Hip Hop Lovers: There’s quite a few local gems in Sydney that give you great R’N’B and Hip Hop acts
- The Metro Theatre is the main venue of choice for major Hip Hop touring acts in Sydney with Kendrick Lamar cruising its stages during the summer.
- Goodgod is another decent location found amongst Sydney’s night life.
- Spanish Restaurants around Sydney also tend to book some decent live acts of Hip-Hop and R’N’B just be sure to check out their events pages online for specifics.
- Phoenix at Exchange also hosts monthly R’nB and Hip Hop nights
Dubstep, Trap and D’N’B lovers: If your looking for more bass in your nights there’s a few choice places you can head to.
- Chinese Laundry, don’t worry the name is not what you think! This venue is one of Sydney’s biggest and most rspected clubs. With an amazing reputation for great music and an even better night Chinese Laundry tends to be every clubbers starting point, attracting legendary internationals and local labels.