5 Mixes to Warm You Up for Sun City Music Festival

5 Mixes to Warm You Up for Sun City Music Festival

This weekend in El Paso, TX is going to be a scorcher, and in more ways than one. On September 5 and 6, Sun City Music Festival is coming to town for its fifth year at Ascarate Park with an artist roster packing more heat than the weather forecast.

Hardwell and Armin van Buuren have been tasked with headlining the event, with a strong supporting cast that ranges from main stage heavyweights Galantis, NERVO, Dash Berlin and DVBBS to bass-mongers Brillz, Borgore, Jauz and Zeds Dead; along with a Beatport stage boasting some solid house and techno. To prepare for the festival, we’ve compiled a few mixes that will get your ears and muscles warmed up for the long days and nights ahead.

[Photo by Rukes]

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LANE 8

Before he officially starts on his US tour next week, Lane 8 is bringing major house heat to Sun City. The San Francisco-turned-German transplant will be hitting the festival’s first day on the Beatport stage just as night falls, setting the tone for Claptone, Hot Since 82 and Dubfire.

Having recently released his debut album, Rise, there’s high probability that Lane 8 will bust out more than a few cuts to celebrate, but the 90-minute slot gives him ample space to explore the deep, dark and progressive corners of the house spectrum to fit the occasion. His latest mix for Anjunadeep makes for a good primer.

When: Saturday, 8:15 – 9:45pm
Where: Beatport Stage

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As GTA’s mantra goes, “Death to genres,” and it definitely applies to their mixes. The boys are less concerned with labels than they are about making dancefloors move with a widespread arsenal packed with everything from jungle terror and big-room to ear-wormy rap acapellas and a lot of bass.

With a primetime slot booked at the Main Stage, GTA’s set will seem less like a regular festival gig and more like a massive, raucous house party with thousands of your friends. Let the debauchery commence.

When: Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30pm
Where: Main Stage

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ODESZA

For those looking to take the first day relatively easy, Odesza’s headlining set atop the Bass Dunes stage will be a dreamy session beneath the stars.

The Seattle-hailing duo have been on the ascent for nearly three years, and can already count appearances at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle among their achievements; but their second album, 2014’s In Return, helped elevate them to a new level of stardom with its experimental-yet-accessible approach to chilled-out bass music. Catch them in El Paso before they jet off on the next big step in their career: a bona fide world tour.

When: Saturday, 12:45 – 2am
Where: Bass Dunes Stage

NERVO

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In a packed touring schedule between dates at Electric Zoo and their Omnia Las Vegas residency, Mim and Liv of NERVO are squeezing in an appearance at SCMF with their newly released their debut album, Collateral, in tow.

The Australian twin-duo are tasked with following high-octane acts such as Jauz, Borgeous and Zeds Dead on the Main Stage, so expect to hear them at their energetic best before handing the floor over to headliner Hardwell. The latest episode of their Nervo Nation radio show is an example of their ability to pick out the hits that will get the crowd’s hands up in the air from start to finish.

When: Sunday, 11:30pm – 12:30am
Where: Main Stage

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ADAM BEYER

El Paso is a long way from Stockholm, but leave it to Adam Beyer to bring the essence of Swedish techno overseas to Sun City.

The Drumcode boss is bringing his room-filling, heads-down sound to the Beatport stage on SCMF’s second day alongside partner Ida Engberg and fellow techno torchbearer Chris Liebing with a peak-time slot prime for late-night dancefloor demolition. What better way to close out the weekend than in a blaze of glory?

When: Sunday, 11pm – 12:30am
Where: Beatport Stage

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Mysteryland 2015: How Holland’s Oldest Dance Festival Does It Differently

Mysteryland 2015: How Holland’s Oldest Dance Festival Does It Differently

While there’s no shortage of audacious, spectacle-heavy summer festivals on offer, with event franchises like Tomorrowland, Ultra and EDC gradually spreading their tentacles across the continents, it’s easy to forget Mysteryland was one of the first.

The Amsterdam mainstay threw its 22nd annual party over the weekend, extending from its traditional one-day format into a camping weekender for the very first time. Given the level of detail that ID&T weaves into the rolling green plains of the Voormalig Floriade, you really do need the luxury of two days to explore it all.

With all the hype that’s built around the ostentatious stage designs and YouTube simulcasts of Ultra Miami and Belgium’s Tomorrowland in recent years, Mysteryland has certainly lost some lustre as an international festival favorite. That’s definitely a shame, as Mysteryland arguably offers the best experience out of them all for the more seasoned clubber seeking a sprawling, large-scale festival experience.

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The mainstage designs of Tomorrowland and Ultra have taken their cues from Hollywood summer blockbusters these past few years, employing so much spectacle it becomes almost numbing. In contrast to those behemoths, Mysteryland might seem even a little quaint.

The main stage featured the same design seen at its US edition this year – a pair of Trojan Horses locking eyes over the central booth. Instead of audacious spectacle, the main stage made its mark by deviating from the standard-issue lineups of its peers.

Saturday was the day that most closely resembled your regular EDM festival (albeit with a little less star of the power that’s purchased with Avicii, Guetta and the like). Dutch ‘future house’ favorite Oliver Heldens ushered in the headliners, followed by Laidback Luke, Nero and Nicky Romero, before a closing set from Alesso. In general, the DJs showed a little more restraint than expected, with less of the absurdity that’s begun to characterize mainstage EDM in 2015.

It was Sunday, though, where Mysteryland really mixed it up. The masked Claptone was an early wildcard at 1pm with house music on much more classic bent, followed by the reunited Deep Dish, who dropped 90 minutes of trance-y house and progressive. US prodigy Porter Robinson followed immediately after in live mode, with the more mellow selections from his Worlds album seamlessly seguing into anthems like “Language,” as well as UK drum n’ bass favourite Netsky, who also performed live with a cast of MCs and vocalists in tow.

Main stage scheduling has become so predictable in 2015 that it’s almost unthinkable to expect euphoric drum n’ bass alongside groovy house, but at Mysteryland it seamlessly transitioned into EDM headliners like Martin Garrix, who closed the weekend.

Meanwhile, the excess of the Q-dance stage was a weekend-long talking point. As divisive as hardstyle is, it’s remarkably popular in the Netherlands, accounting for as many as a third of the tickets sold to Mysteryland. The stage design this year was stunningly simple and effective; the face of a monkey that grew even more mesmerizing when lit up at night by red and blue lights, as smoke billowed out its nose and flames shot overhead. Whether you love or loathe hard dance, the synced lights and fireworks of the ‘Endshow’ are a marvel.

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While Tomorrowland is expected to deliver bigger and better mains stages each year, Mysteryland instead concentrates on the small touches; creating an otherworldly atmosphere across the natural beauty of the Voormalig Floriade. The north of the grounds is dominated by a man-made pyramid formation crafted by Dutch farmers, and you can climb to the top for an aerial view of the festival. It’s dotted with flags in circular formations that can be admired from a distance, and looking up towards the pyramid at dusk is a breathtaking sight.

To the left of the pyramid is a lake that’s peppered with floating colored spheres, which light up vividly after sunset. To reach the mainstage, you cross a smaller lake via a zig-zagging platform, which is set so low that it appears as if punters are walking on water. Mysteryland is full of serene moments like these, and it definitely makes for a contrast from the bombast of flame-throwers and CO2 cannons.

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The charm of Mysteryland is found in the colorful details, although the arts and culture element of the festival appeared a little lighter than in previous years. (The change might have something to do with the departure from ID&T of Duncan Stutterheim and Irfan van Ewijk, the co-founders who championed the more cerebral side of the festival over the years.)

However, there was still an impressive number of immersive art installations to be found deep into the forest. Across the Voormalig Floriade, walkways were lined with giant red hearts and a Healing Garden offered rest and recuperation, while costumed performers appeared at every turn.

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While the side stages of the major festivals often seem like an afterthought, at Mysteryland the crowd is spread evenly across the grounds, with each of the 15 or so stages proving to be consistently well attended.

Turning the corner of the pyramid that overlooks the Q-dance arena revealed a stage that blasted out party hip-hop for the whole weekend. And while the standard EDM can be heard at the mainstage in the south of the grounds, the HYTE tent catered for those who enjoy their tougher techno, with the likes of Chris Liebing, Planetary Assault Systems, Jeff Mills and Pan-Pot ensuring the party was moving non-stop during the festival.

Nearby, a stage constructed of several shipping containers boasted a ‘Vinyl Only’ selection of performers over the weekend, while arenas curated by Joris Voorn and Beatport catered for deeper dancefloor sounds. Elsewhere, the ubiquitous Spinnin’ Records and Steve Angello’s label Size Matters ensured all the crowd-pleasing boxes were ticked.

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A concrete bunker delivered rumbling bass music and broken beats, while a sprawling area was curated by Amsterdam’s famous LBGT Milkshake Festival, whose stage resembled an oversized pink children’s toy house. Hidden deep in the woods somewhere between the mainstage and the HYTE tent was a tiny yet impressive stage curated by the Kojade performance art collective, with a cast of elaborately costumed dancers and live percussionists complimenting its slinkier house sounds.

If you’ve ever complained of feeling ‘old’ at one of the larger dance festivals, Mysteryland is a welcome surprise. There’s a truly varied range of ages amongst the tens of thousands that attend, with newcomers partying alongside veterans who’ve been at nearly all of the parties in its 22-year history. Sometimes, the original is hard to beat.

Follow Angus Paterson on Twitter. Mysteryland 2016 is set for the weekend of August 26-27; find out more at the official festival website.

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Watch Fatboy Slim Create a Giant Human Rave Smiley

Who better to break the UK ‘human smiley record’ than acid house ambassador Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim? At last weekend’s Creamfields weekender in the English countryside, the DJ and producer rounded up bleary, barely-slept ravers to take part in his feat.

Coined the ‘Random Act of Smileyness,’ Cook apparently got the idea from watching a YouTube video of someone herd sheep into a smiley formation. Heading into the Creamfields early on Sunday morning, he managed to recruit enough human bodies to make his record-breaking attempt. “Will swap selfies for your body,” he quips. You can see what went down in the video below.

Fatboy Slim has taken the smiley theme further this summer with themed ‘Smile High Club’ festival stages, bringing the likes of Duke Dumont, Paul Woolford, Breach, The Magician and Destructo to join him at Creamfields. The ‘Smile High Club’ also hit SW4 in London with Gorgon City vs. Pete Tong, Hannah Wants, Eats Everything, Todd Terje and more.

The Idea came from someone herding sheep into a smiley pattern :)Thanks to everyone that took part in this epic Random Act of Smileyness at Creamfields…

Posted by Fatboy Slim on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Porter Robinson Teams With Tokyo Brand Galaxxxy On New Streetwear Line

In news we should’ve seen coming, Kawaii enthusiast and all-around sharp dresser Porter Robinson has collaborated on a new clothing line. The vibe? You guessed it: streetwear straight out of Harajuku, Tokyo’s hub for weird and wonderful fashion.

The project sees Porter getting together with his “absolute favorite Japanese streetwear brand” galaxxxy to create a unisex hat, hoodie and long tee bearing the distinctive Worlds design. It’s a “super-limited run” so expect super-comitted fans to be rushing this store link right about now.

Meanwhile, the Worlds album recently hit its one-year anniversary, and the producer has been on a seemingly non-stop tour. This summer alone, he took the Worlds live show to Australia, Japan (aka, his happy place) and Europe, with North American festival dates at HARD Summer, Outside Lands and Moonrise. Following a main stage slot at Mysteryland in The Netherlands this weekend, the roadshow carries on to the likes of North Coast, TBD Festival and TomorrowWorld in September. Pay special attention to what the star of the show is wearing.

!! porter robinson worlds x galaxxxy !!announcing my collaboration with harajuku brand galaxxxy, my absolute favorite…

Posted by Porter Robinson on Friday, August 28, 2015

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HARD Has Dropped its 2015 Day Of The Dead Lineup

HARD Has Dropped its 2015 Day Of The Dead Lineup

After a purportedly leaked version of HARD’s forthcoming Day Of The Dead festival popped up online, organizers have gone and revealed the real deal.

As one can see by comparing the two versions (official one below), they actually stack up quite well. Despite Zhu already stating that he wouldn’t be there, the two have ample crossover in artists such as Deadmau5, Skrillex, Claptone, Nero, Flying Lotus, Gesaffelstein, Future, Method Man and Redman, Jets, Hot Natured, Groove Armada and Luciano. Also included on the bill are Club Cheval, A$AP Ferg, Jackmaster, Pete Tong, George FitzGerald, Juicy J, Valentino Khan, Oneman, My Nu Leng, Felix Da Housecat and plenty more.

Following the deaths of two women at HARD Summer earlier this month, fans wondered if Day Of The Dead would be going on at all, as LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis called for a ban on all electronic music festivals until officials could recommend safety improvements.

As reported yesterday, the weekender (held over Halloween weekend on October 31 and November 1) is still happening at the Pomona Fairplex, but it will be vastly different from last year’s. As per a compromise between officials and HARD owner Live Nation, the daily attendance will be reduced by nearly 40% from 65,000 patrons to 40,000, in addition to shorter overall hours and a raising of the minimum age for festivalgoers from 18 to 21.

Other mandated changes include more cooling stations, more free water, more security and more medical services. HARD will also comply with the request to distribute information “warning of the dangers of party drugs like Ecstasy.”

View the HARD Day Of The Dead 2015 lineup below and head to the main website for tickets.

[Photo by Rukes]

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CRSSD Festival Announces Killer Phase II Lineup

Following swiftly on the heels of its successful debut in San Diego back in March, CRSSD Festival returns to San Diego’s Waterfront Park October 10-11 and if the first phase lineup didn’t sway you, then today’s announcement should.

The ‘Phase II’ lineup includes Tchami, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Route 94, Autograf, Oliver Nelson, Jonas Rathsman, Jai Wolf, Banks, SNBRN, Wax Motif and a DJ set from FYF standout Nicolas Jaar, amongst many others. CRSSD will also feature a surprising collection of b2b sets including Classixx b2b Holy Ghost, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle and Goldroom b2b Le Youth, along with live performances by The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio, ZHU, Panda Bear, AlunaGeorge, Hercules & Love Affair, Baio and more.

Already-announced DJs include some of the biggest names in festival-friendly electronic music, including Ben Klock, Todd Terje, DJ Tennis, Mano Le Tough, Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, Bonobo, Jacques Greene and Giorgio Moroder.

Apparently Amtrak drops festival-goers off just steps from the grounds in Downtown San Diego, so if you find yourself in Southern California Oct. 10-11, you have no excuse.

For tickets + more info click here.

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Kaskade is Headlining a Free Block Party in One of His Favorite Cities

Kaskade is Headlining a Free Block Party in One of His Favorite Cities

Just weeks before his upcoming album release and promotional tour, Kaskade has revealed a new headlining date at a block party-style event in one of his favorite cities.

Next month, on September 4, Kaskade is returning to Provo, Utah – home to Brigham Young University, which he briefly attended, and to some of his collaborators such as Adam Klopp and Wild Children – for Rooftop Concert Series’ final event of the year. “Me. Big speakers… you get the idea,” he previewed.

Opening for the progressive house maverick are some more local acts with whom he’s worked: Two Nations, who appear on the new album, and The Brocks, who collaborated on pop-infused track “Summer Nights” back in 2014. The best part? The party’s free.

In the meantime, fans patiently await the arrival Automatic, which drops September 25 via Warner Bros. Already, he’s shared tracks off the album such as “We Don’t Stop,” “Disarm You,” “Never Sleep Alone” and “A Little More.”

Considering Kaskade’s record-breaking Coachella crowd this past year, and the cancellation of his ‘Redux’ set during the festival with organizers stating “it just wouldn’t be safe,” hopefully Provo can avoid the fiasco of what happened the last time he held a block party.

[Photo by Mark Owens via Kaskade’s Facebook]

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Movement Festival Heads Back to Europe With a Killer 2015 Lineup

Movement Festival Heads Back to Europe With a Killer 2015 Lineup

After its stateside sibling logged in another massive year in the birthplace of techno, Movement Festival Europe is readying for its tenth anniversary edition by sharing the first names on its 2015 lineup.

The event is scheduled to take place at Lingotto Fiere in Torino, Italy on Halloween (October 31). Going 12 hours strong from 6pm-6am, its five stages will host a roster of house and techno’s rising stars and heavyweights, from Chris Liebing, Derrick May, Len Faki and Marcel Fengler to David August, Robert Hood performing under his Floorplan alias and Tale Of Us.

Also advertised on the lineup is a back-to-back set between Mathew Jonson and Minilogue, in addition to showcases for Innervisions (featuring Âme, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz as Schwarzmann and Mano Le Tough) and ‘The House That Chicago Built’ with Windy City luminaries Lil’ Louis, DJ Sneak and Derrick Carter. More artists are soon to be announced.

View Movement Europe’s initial tenth anniversary lineup below and head to the official website for tickets and other information.

[Photo via Movement Europe’s Facebook]

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AIR Festival Debuts Next Month with a Cast of House and Techno Heroes

AIR Festival Debuts Next Month with a Cast of House and Techno Heroes

With massives such as Tomorrowland and Awakenings in the rear-view, a new event is giving European dance fans something to look toward in the upcoming festival agenda.

As Resident Advisor reports, AIR Festival is set to make its debut next month on September 5 at Dreiländergarten in Weil am Rhein, a town located on the German, French and Swiss border. The one-day collaboration between Swiss nightclubs Hinterhof and Nordstern will bring their house- and techno-leaning bookings to the open-air venue, where they’ll host approximately 30 DJs across three stages.

Techno heavyweights such as CLR boss Chris Liebing, Gaiser (in live mode), Len Faki, Marcel Fengler and Tommy Four Seven lead the way; while heading the house contingent are Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Fur Coat, Sascha Braemer and Radio Slave. Others due to perform on the day include Bella Sarris, Nastia, Adriatique, Andrea Oliva, Oliver Koletzki and more.

View the full lineup for AIR Festival’s debut below and head here for tickets.

[Photo via Chris Liebing’s Facebook]

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Hear Kygo’s New Track, “Nothing Left,” feat. Will Heard

As he prepares to close Lollapalooza’s Pepsi Stage in  Chicago on Sunday (August 2), Norwegian ‘tropical house’ producer Kygo partnered with Uber (?) to debut his latest single, “Nothing Left,” at a secret performance at Chi-town’s Emporium Arcade Bar.

“The track got such an amazing reception when I played it for the first time in Chicago last night and I just hope everybody else is as happy with it as I am,” Kygo told Billboard.

The live show was streamed via Uber’s Periscope account, and featured British singer Will Heard, whose vocals also grace Kygo’s new single, which you check out below.

“With this single I really experimented with some new stuff so it’s a little slower and not my signature sound,” he told Uber (?) regarding the song’s departure from his typical tropical vibe. “It’s a little different, but I’m super happy with the way it turned out and how this track developed.

Kygo will headline Lollapalooza’s official afterparty at the Concord Music Hall after his performance at the festival Sunday night, and has a round of dates coming up, including a headlining gig at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, Shambala Festival and Lollapalooza Berlin.

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Transylvania’s Untold Festival Offers ‘Pay With Blood’ Option

Transylvania’s Untold Festival Offers ‘Pay With Blood’ Option

Untold is a festival in Romania that allows attendees to ‘Pay With Blood.’

Yup. Inspired by the region’s legendary nobleman, Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula, Untold has partnered with Romania’s blood transfusion institute to launch Pay With Blood, a slogan that sounds a lot like something our parents used to say when referring to the cost of our schooling.

The festival features headliners Armin van Buuren, Avicii and David Guetta, and boasts sponsors like McDonalds, Durex and KFC, and runs from July 30 – August 2 in scenic Cluj-Napoca, and will offer a 30% discount to anyone who donates blood at one of the country’s 42 blood centers, and free one-day tickets to anyone who donates blood at a mobile unit in Bucharest or at the blood transfusion centre in Cluj-Napoca.

“We were talking about how to incorporate Dracula into our festival and after seeing the numbers and how behind Romania was in blood donations we had this idea,” the festival’s PR manager Stefana Giurgiu said. “Considering many youngsters in Romania don’t donate blood and our festival is aimed at youth they saw the opportunity.”

45 people had signed up and given blood by noon on the campaign’s first day, and the festival estimates that it will attract “500 Romanians who pay their ticket to the festival by donating blood.”

There is no word as to Vlad’s set time, we’re just hoping they raise enough blood for a B2B with this DJ.

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Hear Hudson Mohawke’s Beats 1 Mix

Over the weekend, Hudson Mohawke dropped his official Beats 1 Mix, tackling the newly launched global streaming station’s answer to BBC 1’s Essential Mix with plenty of new jams and unreleased gems.

Across the seamless 22-track, 60-minute mix, the Scottish Kanye affiliate and LuckyMe boss delivered selections from Boys Noize, Salva, Lil JaBBa, Koreless, A.G Cook and Redinho, alongside plenty of unreleased material and choice cuts from HudMo’s sophomore album Lantern.

Listen back to Hudson Mohawke’s Beats 1 Mix below, check the full tracklisting below, and catch him live this summer at LA’s Hard Summer on August 2 and San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival on October 17.

Hudson Mohawke’s Beat 1 Mix tracklist

LiL JaBBa – SooTh
Koreless – TT
S-X – Voodoo
LiL JaBBa – BraSS TaX
Elijah Blake & Dej Loaf – I Just Wanna (Salva edit)
Dorian Concept – Clap Track 4 (Redinho Remix)
Boys Noize – The Fix
Hudson Mohawke – Steve Poindexter Edit
LE1F prod. Lunice – Umami – unreleased
TNGHT – Amo Bishop edit – unreleased
Mike Will Made It ft The Weeknd & Rae Sremmurd – Drinks On Us (Salva Edit)
Hudson Mohawke – Sex – Bonus track to Lantern
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
Kid Kamillion – Somewhere (Jesse Slayter Remix)
A.G. Cook – Razor Spin
Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath (Gammer Remix)
Mark Breeze – Trying to Reach You
Hudson Mohawke – Shadows
Hudson Mohawke – OOOps
Lil Baby Angel – @ Cartier
Gammer – Melancholy
Hudson Mohawke – Falling From The Roof

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Ableton is Offering a ‘Summit for Music Makers’ in Berlin This Fall

Producers who didn’t make the cut this year for Red Bull Music Academy’s annual beat-making boot camp have another chance to perfect their craft with Ableton, which has just announced its first ever “summit for music makers” in Berlin this fall.

The music software company’s event, called ‘Loop,’ will take place at Radialsystem V from October 30 to November 1. According to its official website, the summit is described as a “collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow” through a series of “performances, talks and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity and technology.”

So far, artists such as Holly Herndon, Robert Henke, Dauwd, James Holden, Henrik Schwarz and Matthew Herbert are signed up to handle the summit’s various talks and discussions, of which topics include “Flow,” “Creative Blocks and Strategies for Overcoming Them,” “Loops and Repetition in Electronic Dance Music” and more. View the primary program here. Attendees will also have full access to nighttime events presented by the CTM Festival.

Ableton has allotted 400 spaces for the summit, which will be distributed via a ticket lottery. Winners will be notified by email, and will have one week starting from August 14 to reserve their slots by purchasing a ticket. General passes cost 250 Euros, but participants between 18-25 years old can buy them for 100 Euros.

Register for Loop here.

[Photo via Loop’s website]

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I Love Techno Festival Leaves its Longtime Home in Belgium

Ahead of I Love Techno’s 2015 return on December 19, organizers have announced that the festival is leaving its longtime stomping grounds in Ghent, Belgium.

I Love Techno has been considered a staple in the Belgian techno scene, with a history stretching back twenty years, when its first annual edition was held in 1995 at the Flanders Expo Centre. Now, as Resident Advisor reports, the event is headed to Montpellier’s Parc Expo in southern France, where one of its offshoots has been held since 2011.

That first festival in 1995 hosted heavyweight headliners in Dave Clarke, Jeff Mills and Daft Punk with a staunch focus on techno, but since then, organizers have expanded the breadth of I Love Techno’s lineups. Last year, the genre was well represented by Rødhåd, Len Faki, Paula Temple, Happa, Daniel Avery, Gesaffelstein and more; but also on the bill were acts such as Gorgon City, Duke Dumont and Clean Bandit. In previous years, Disclosure, Baauer, RL Grime, The Bloody Beetroots, Nero and Steve Aoki have also performed.

The musical expansion is what one former festival organizer, Peter Decuypere, says has contributed to lower attendance numbers and the festival’s overall decline in its home country, according to Belgian publication Het Laatse Nieuwes. “The map was redrawn by dubstep and electro. I think that caused a lot of damage to the I Love Techno brand.”

Meanwhile, the 2015 I Love Techno lineup has yet to be announced.

[Photo via I Love Techno’s Facebook]

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