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UNUM Festival 2021 is 100% guaranteed to go ahead from June 3rd to 7th with the backing of the Albanian Ministries of Tourism, Environment, and Health. The gorgeous open air festival takes place over the stunning, sun kissed Albanian Riviera for five days of non stop music, dancing, relaxing and for the first time this year, will also include a special Culture Week offering with a rich array of art, performance and much more. The first headliners include Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Priku, Praslea, tINI, Sonja Moonear, Shaun Reeves, Raresh, Cesar Merveille, Dyed Soundorom, Leon, Nikola Vemic, And.Re, Cap, Alex Kostic, Rayo, Nikifor, Nemax, Fogg, George Adi, Hajdar Berisha, Hiroko Yamamura, Nikola Vemic, Dona K, Franco Cinelli and more to come. Say the team, “This event will 100% take place in a responsible way and Covid secure fashion as it has full government approval, regardless of restrictions in other countries. So even if it has to become an event for just locals or those able to travel, then this is what will happen. This is thanks to Swallow Events, our partners in this, providing their rapid testing service for the festival to ensure everyone who enters is tested and virus-free beforehand. We are taking all measures required to ensure safety measures are followed at all times and there will be zero tolerance on this matter.” In its first year, the close-knit UNUM was a brand new festival that made an immediate mark because it was a friendly coming together of real music lovers in an amazing region of the world. It played out on the beautiful, organic and natural Albanian Riviera with a world class line-up of house, minimal and techno DJs. The festival really shined a spotlight on Rana e Hedhun, the last untapped corner of Europe in the town of Shengjin, on the idyllic Albanian coastline. Music played, and will play again, across day and night, with blissful sunrise and sunset parties, water sports, plenty of local culture, food and drink offerings and a music loving crowd from all corners of the world. Beyond the music there is lots to explore in this natural paradise, from isolated bays and gold sand beaches to the Albanian Alps. This year, from June 2nd with support from the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the UNUM team will turn the city of Shengjin into a thriving destination of music, art and youth creativity for Culture Week. This is a brand new addition for 2021 that will be a meeting point of the artistic community, amazing names from the world of art, music and traditional Albanian culture that is founded on five pillars.short and long films, silent cinema, panel discussions, installations, street art, graffiti, murals, sculpture work artistic performances and much more from a team of professional artists from all over the world who will be invited to pitch to take part in the coming weeks. There will also be an alternative stage featuring performances from local and international artists, body painting, yoga, a game zone, tattoo area, chill out zone, ARTizan market with craft products and much more that will allow participants to immerse themselves as deeply as possible in the world of alternative art, meet fellow artists be inspired by the innovations of the Week. The countdown has now begun to what will be a first and unforgettable chance to dance this summer to a world class soundtrack in a thoroughly Covid-secure setting that will take your breath away.
The world’s largest floating electronic music festival launches from the Space Coast, aka Port Canaveral, FL aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas to Labadee’s Private Paradise with 96-hours of non-stop dance music across nine stages, Artist-led Activities, celebrities, and unrivalled onboard experiences like the FlowRider Surf Simulator, Perfect Storm Water Park, and the Whet Oasis Zen Experience, plus luxury dining and VIP exclusives.
Port Canaveral, FL (Jan 7, 2021) – Whet Travelpivoted in 2020 and produced some very successful virtual festivals. With over 9 million minutes watched, the company raised over $50,000 for those facing hardships due to COVID-19. Returning to their renowned oceanic events, the world’s premier electronic music cruise is blasting off from the real world in the most galactic-fashion in their 18 year history. Sailing from January 20th – 24th 2022, Groove Cruise Orlando launches from Port Canaveral in Florida, aka The Space Coast, and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity of escapist heaven featuring high seas luxury, around the clock entertainment and world-class dining all in a safe environment on board the Mariner of The Seas with $120 million in amplified upgrades. Dropping anchor in Labadee, the private paradise party experience will be brand new and completely exclusive to the #GCFAM, or the Groove Cruise Family. This Caribbean getaway features Dragon’s Breath Flight Line aka the world’s longest zip line over water at 500 feet up, the Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster, and relaxing private cabanas to mention a few.
Although the cruise is over a year away and things should be well back to ‘normal’, in lieu of easing concerns of a potential postponement or cancelation, Whet Travel has created a Cruise with Confidence and Best Price Guarantee to protect those who book. ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ Travel insurance is also available (for most states) for additional protection.
Groove Cruise has played host to some of the industry’s top DJ/producers, including past headliners Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Benny Benassi, Deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Jamie Jones, MK, KSHMR, Hot Since 82, and Green Velvet, and many more. The Groove Cruise community is accustomed to going out of this world with their eight costume theme parties as they moonwalk across nine dancefloors. The outrageous themes for Orlando will include Area 69, Fire and Ice, ‘80s Prom, and more. Alongside this, Groove Cruise is fondly known as the love boat and is known for having over 100 free weddings, engagements, bachelor and bachelorette parties.
“People used to want to go on GC, but once you have been it almost becomes a need. We need to feel the love and community and excitement that is missing from our lives. We’ve never seen so much negativity and low vibration in our lifetime than 2020 that is now spilling into 2021. This isn’t about GC anymore it’s about the community of people. The GCFAM are the most positive uplifting and hilarious group of people I’ve ever met and we will blast off together and get through this and sail again. Only this time it will be to a stunning new island destination on a ship bigger than we’ve ever sailed on in 18 years,” says Jason Beukema, the CEO and Founder of Whet Travel, Groove Cruise, and the Whet Foundation, “This is a huge risk especially with everything that is going on right now. Most people would say we are insane to relaunch a cruise right now. It reminds me back to the first GC charter in 2009 when there was absolutely no chance of failure. I would not succumb to the fear and take less risk and I won’t know. I trusted my intuition and let my heart and soul guide me and it’s never led me wrong. And the GCFAM deserves it. This cruise in 2022 is going to be our best and most impactful yet and I have zero doubts about that. Why? I believe in our mission. I believe in myself. I believe in our team. I believe in the cruise industry. I believe in Royal Caribbean. I believe in the GCFAM <3”. ️
The Mariner of The Seas is one of the most innovative ships in the cruise industry. It is operated by Royal Caribbean, which has won Best Cruise Line In The Caribbean and Best Cruise Line Overall in the Travel Weekly Reader’ Choice Awards for an unbelievable 17 consecutive years.
– The ship boasts action-packed experiences like:
– The Perfect Storm: plunge to the bottom of the dual racer water slides – Typhoon and Cyclone
– Sky Pad: spring sky-high on a bungee trampoline experience with a virtual reality headset option
– FlowRider: grab a board and hang ten on this surf simulator
– Laser Tag: grab a blaster and gear up for a glow-in-the-dark showdown in – Battle for Planet 2
– Rock Climbing Wall: reach the top and enjoy an unparalleled view 40 feet above deck
– Vitality at Sea Fitness Center: state of the art, fully loaded with the latest weight systems and cardio equipment
– PLUS: Ice Skating, Mini Golf, and a Sports Court
Places to relax your sea legs with:
– Full Service Vitality at Sea Spa: a luxurious lineup of signature treatments, massages, medi-spa, and salon services to make you glow
– 3 Pools and 6 Whirlpools: including the tranquil solarium pool for adults
– Suite Lounge: guests booked in Grand Suite level and above enjoy top shelf privileges, like complimentary breakfast and evening drinks in an exclusive, private venue
– Diamond Club: an exclusive lounge for Diamond level and above Crown & Anchor Society members, serving complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, and evening cocktails
– World Class Dining: complimentary options for everyone, every meal of the day. Plus, specialty restaurants to suit every taste like Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, Chops Grille steakhouse, and more — ideal venues for VIP gatherings
Onboard Shopping: from your favorite designer brands to art, jewelery, and electronics, never be without what you need or simply what you want
Alongside this, the Mariner of the Seas adds in some extraterrestrial perks like professional vocalists, dancers, ice skaters whose stunts will leave you breathless, vibrant parades through the Royal Promenade, high tech Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, nightclubs, and a Casino Royale where slots, tables, and tournaments await.
– Touching down at the Labadee private paradise party in Haiti, Captains will gravitate towards awe-inspiring activities like:
– The Dragon’s Breath Flight Line: the world’s longest zip line over water at 500 feet up
– The Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster: coast down Labadee’s mountainside at 30 mph
– Private Cabanas: unwind on one of the Caribbean’s sparkling beaches
– Boat and Island Tours
– Jet skis and Kayaks
– The Dragon’s Cafe: a local eatery featuring Labadee’s signature drink, the Labodoozie
In the wake of an uncertain year, Royal Caribbean and Whet Travel will be taking unprecedented steps to make the cruise experience “safer than Main Street,” as Royal’s Chairman and CEO Richard Fain recently stated. For example, Royal Carribean and Norwegian Cruise Lines created a Healthy Sail Panel of experts who submitted a 74 point document explaining what cruise operators need to focus on in order to sail safely; which was co-created with insight from the CDC. It was adopted by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) which represents all major cruise lines and will be followed as the cruise industry makes its return. Cruise ships are equipped with highly trained medical staff and are implementing comprehensive health and safety protocols in line with local and government regulations; to read more about this visit the Groove Cruise FAQs page. Alongside this, the COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccine’s are now being produced and distributed with both scoring over a 90% efficacy rate.
Their Pre Sale is already on the verge of sell out, that will give future Captains access to an exclusive 10% discount and first dibs on staterooms prior to the Public on Sale on January 19th 2021 at 3pm EST. T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2022…
The Subs join forces with Studio Brussels and Live Nation to plan one of the biggest post-covid parties in Belgium
I Want To Dance Again, a new year’s resolution you can finally keep! Let’s dance together again in 2021. When? As soon as the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we will schedule a date for the first post-COVID indoor rave without restrictions. A relief and reward for our massive efforts, after many months of dance deprivation. Together with The Subs, we will dance and party all night long at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp. The date is yet to be determined. The sooner, the better. Are you ready for a wild night out?
One day and night. Two stages. World class production and one of the finest locations on God’s earth… Newsman Park Festival in Leeds is going to be the huge release all dance music lovers need in their life in 2021 and it is 100% going to happen on July 10th having been sanctioned by all relevant authorities and will happen. Make sure you sign up now for the first set of tickets at https://www.seetickets.com/register/newsam-park-2021which go on sale next Monday 21st December at 5pm starting from £40.
The team behind the festival has used the last year to create something truly special featuring a world class line up that will bring everyone back together to dance once more. The likes of Sven Vath, Jamie Jones. Enzo Siragusa, Denis Sulta, Mello Dee, Folamour, Dan Shake, Nightmares on Wax and more are all playing across two gorgeous, natural stages in rolling green landscapes – The Garden and The Lake – with a final capacity to be decided closer to the time pending the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine program.
Although everyone fervently hopes the worst might be over, tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis at this stage so it’ is not about early birds – it is simply about being there. If you have already bought a ticket for the Saturday or Sunday ticket for next year already it will still be valid, if you bought a weekend ticket half the value will be refunded.
We will be dancing together again on the 10th July. Make sure you join in, because it has been too long.
As we all daydream of mystical beaches, magical experiences, and those metamorphic dance floor moments, the Envision team is on a mission; to make the 2022 return of their carefully crafted festival more permanent and impactful than ever before. Their Official 2022 Trailer has been doing the rounds and gives an incredible insight for what to expect. Ultimately, it features mind-blowing footage from the widely hailed 10-Year Anniversary event, one of the last festivals to take place in 2020, this video is an astonishing invitation to join the 11th edition of the experience, and it’s spectacular craftsmanship will leave viewers envisioning a new future.
Envision 2022 Tier 1 tickets are officially available in the new year, and you’re invited to join the journey ahead, which will culminate on February 21st – 28th, 2022 at Rancho la Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica.
“Envision is a community. We started as a dream, grew into a festival and have now ever-evolved into a thriving and holistic ecosystem. As many of our creative industries face unknown challenges and an uphill climb, we have something so much bigger to share. We are a beacon of light into a new way of living that empowers individuals, connects change makers and truly builds intentional communities that can be self sufficient.” ~ Josh Wendel, Envision Co-Founder
As one of the very few festivals to host a successful event in 2020, Envision does not take this privilege lightly. Envision sees it has a higher purpose, a wider reach, and a greater role to play in the global shift the world is experiencing. The energy, diligence and gratitude that is usually poured into their aftermovie recap was redirected and became the Official 2022 Trailer, leveraging rare 2020 festival content to harness the message of their vital work that will ring true and provide inspiration to a much wider-scale audience.
This latest live music adventure takes in world class sets in Ibiza, the Hollywood Hills of LA, Värmdö in Stockholm and Mykonos in Greece
MDL BEAST Freqways’s monthly online music and travel experience is returning for one final flight of 2020 on December 17th. Playing from 7pm (GMT +3) this time is another carefully curated mix of house and techno veterans and exciting contemporary stars with Marco Faraone, David Morales, Rebecca & Fiona, Omar Fayyad and Sultan & Shepard streaming from an abandoned hotel in Ibiza, the iconic Hollywood Hills, Värmdö in Stockholm and the gorgeous Mykonos, Greece. All streams are available to watch on the website as they are released, and on demand in the days after.
This online experience has become a much loved getaway for culture lovers all over the world, with the likes of Mark Farina, La Fleur, Nora En Pure and Martin Garrix having played previous editions. Offering something different than traditional live streams, each one comes from a stunning location, with multiple-camera angles and high definition video really showcasing the unique beauty and cultural offerings of each site. This last stream of 2020 happens at around the same time as the iconic MDL BEAST festival would have been happening. That has been postponed until next year because of the pandemic, but these streams continue to bring people from all over the planet together to dance and explore new regions of the world from the safety of their own homes.
Italian Marco Faraone is known for his visceral live techno sets. From vital local resident to globe trotting DJ and regular at the likes of BPM Mexico, Panorama Bar and Watergate, he has also released his standout sounds on the scene’s finest labels including his own essential Uncage Music. He will bring a varied techno masterclass with real knowledge and skill from an abandoned hotel in Ibiza, with all its stunning natural beauty, pine tree-lined hills, green-blue sea and long sand beaches.
Ossama Al Sarraf and Ned Shepard are Sultan and Shepherd. Soon after meeting they signed to John Digweed’s Bedrock label, Deep Dish’s infamous Yoshitoshi Recordings and Global Under and have gone on to collaborations with revered EDM artists such as Dillon Francis, Tiesto, and Kaskade, have remixed Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, and in normal times tour across the globe with stops at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and a residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Their remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” earned them a Grammy nomination and here they play from the the iconic Hollywood Hills on the southern slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, with the famous sign overlooking the city of dreams below it, complete with tall palms trees and gorgeous sunsets.
DJ and pop duo Rebecca & Fiona have been a key part of the Swedish and international scene for more than a decade. They have won two Swedish Grammy’s for their albums, have headlined with stars like Tiesto and had their own residency in Las Vegas at the famous Wynn Hotel. Combining big drums, warm bass and their sensitive vocals, the pair are true innovators in their field. They play live and direct from Värmdö in the middle of Stockholm Archipelago. The municipality is made up entirely of islands and boasts gorgeous coastal towns, rugged seas, lush green forest landscapes, historic sites and amazing architecture.
Grammy Award winner David Morales is true house royalty. The man behind the seminal ‘Needin U’ has continued to serve up essential house hits, from dark and tech edge to soulful and vocal, for many decades. A headliner at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals, he has remixed over 500 records and topped global charts. He plays from Mykonos, a paradise-like island in the Aegean Sea with pastel coloured villas, known for its summer party atmosphere, world famous beaches and landmarks such as the row of 16th-century windmills which sit on a hill above the town.
Also playing will be Dubai legend Omar Fayyad, co-founder of the Unfold party series and Analog Room resident, he has plenty of pedigree having shared the decks with the likes of Petre Inspirescu, Priku, East End Dubs, Mike Shannon, Dewalta, And Binh, to name a few.
This is one last chance to get away from the worries of the world, experience some beautiful new sights and sounds, all from the safety of your own home.
Freqways is MDLBEAST’s online music experience which launched in June 2020 as a response to the global lockdown. Inspired by airlines of the past, Freqways takes audiences on a virtual trip, with DJs performing from iconic locations around the world. It was created as a way to showcase destinations through music, art and culture.
MDLBEAST is a lifestyle and entertainment experience brand and a global creative platform setting the tone for music, art and culture. On a mission to shift the epicenter of underground music; MDLBEAST showcases local, regional and international talent through events and immersive experiences – online and IRL. MDLBEAST creates space for music, art and culture to permeate all aspects of everyday life. Starting with Saudi and echoing outwards – the platform supports artists in creating experiences that move people, and in turn, make people move.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2020 as soon as possible, and it’s time to say welcome to 2021 and to a real renaissance. These are the reasons why today Decibel Open Air 2021 reveals its first wave of acts.
Paul Kalkbrenner (live), 999999999 (live), Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Fisher, Gioli & Assia (live), Giorgia Angiuli (live), Kölsch, Michael Bibi, Pan-Pot, Reinier Zonneveld (live), Richie Hawtin e Wade: these are the first names announced by Decibel Open Air, the electronic music festival taking place in Visarno Arena in Florence Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th in September 2021. This first act is 40% of the full line-up. Many heavweights will soon be announced.
Decibel Open Air lineup is a spectacle, with many top players on stage. Paul Kalkbrenner is a real superstar, thanks to his 8 albums, his concerts in the most important festivals, his cult movie “Berlin Calling” and related soundtrack; Amelie Lens is a real techno queen: she plays in the best clubs and festivals, her Exhale parties and LENSKE (her label) releases are massive; charismastic and effective Ben Klock is resident at Berghain/Panorama Bar from its kick off in 2004; in 2015 his set won “The Essential Mix Of The Year” (BBC Radio 1); Fisher is considered of the global house superstars behind one of the biggest dance floor anthems of the last 10 years with “Losing It”; Richie Hawtin is a huge electronic music teacher, innovator and experimenter, in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Huddersfield.
Kölsch has built a reputation around his emotional brand of melodic techno, collaborating with the likes of Coldplay, Imogen Heap, London Grammar, Tiga and Michael Mayer; Solid Grooves boss, Dj Awards winner, Michael Bibi is a name a name that resonates with many for quality and something different: making music, playing music & a love for the party scene are the three things that motivate this man; Pan-Pot music placed a primacy on integrating electronic experimentation with minimal stylings while simultaneously establishing the ominous, murky sounds that have since become synonymous with their name; dutch techno master Reinier Zonneveld musical talent truly stands out during his live performances and he’s closing off this year with a new EP on his label Filth On Acid; Wade is practically unique, mixing convincing rhythms along with hip hop details, such as vocals and percussions.
999999999 is an italian techno duo, well respected in Italy and worldwide; multi-talented artists, musicians, producers and live act Giolì & Assia have plenty of strings to their bow; Giorgia Angiuli is a classically trained musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Very early on she developed a strong interest in electronic music and started to experiment with new live techniques.
Drumcode partner with Terminal V in the All-Nighter series next year
Terminal V gives us many reasons to be cheerful as they unveil the huge news that techno kings Drumcode are heading to Edinburgh for a huge All-Nighter takeover on Saturday August 14th 2021. Label head Adam Beyer plus Anna, Bart Skils, Ben Klock, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull and Layton Giordani will all play this sure to be an electric party after such a long break from action due to the pandmeic.
This brand new All Nighter series, which runs in addition to the bi-annuall festival, is about offering up a complete picture of leading underground artists and their influential labels. They offer a chance to hear world class DJs go deep into their own specific sounds, on their own terms. Of course, this huge session will go down at Terminal V’s regular home of The Royal Highland Centre in the iconic The Area V arena, which the world famous promotion converts with its next level production. The whole space becomes a sensory overload with light, visual and sound all adding to the always electric atmosphere.
Label head Adam Beyer leads techno from the front and has done for decades with his rolling, perfectly programmed and drum heavy sound. He has recently released his first solo production in 5 years – ‘No Defeat No Retreat’ was created during the Drumcode founder’s productive lockdown period and shows he is still in fine form having shaped the genre for years.
He will be joined by Berghain’s techno pin up and Klockworks label boss Ben Klock, a real powerhouse who has been driving the scene forward for years, as well as Brazilian Anna who has a distinctly funk laced style that is designed to pump large-scale parties. Dutch maestro and techno veteran Bart Skills also lines-up with his ever edgy sound, as does swedish Joel Mull, plus Alan Fitzaptrick and Layton Giordani.
This is another mouthwatering event from Terminal V planning to make up for lost time in 2020. There are only 5000 tickets available, on sale Tuesday Dec 8th for those who have registered at www.drumcode-scotland.com
Unum Festival is to return to the gorgeous beaches and pine forests of Shenghin on the Albanian Riviera from June 3rd to 7th 2021. After careful discussions with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, and the Ministry of Health, all necessary measures will be undertaken to ensure that rapid tests will be offered at the open air festival venue so that you can enjoy world class music in a stunning, sun kissed setting next summer. This makes Albania the first country in the world to approve of testing for social and cultural events.
The advancing technology and accuracy of rapid tests currently allows for results within 10-15 minutes, which is all that would be required to ensure you can enjoy the festival in the way it should be enjoyed. On top of that, vaccines will likely have arrived early next year so that plans for this small, perfectly formed festival are now well underway, all with the support and backing of the Albanian government.
In 2019, the close-knit UNUM was a brand new festival that made an immediate mark in its first year because it was a friendly coming together of real music lovers in an amazing region of the world. It played out on the beautiful, organic and natural Albanian Riviera with a world class line-up of house, minimal and techno DJs such as Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Butch, Margaret Dygas, Petre Inspirescu, Praslea, Sonja Moonear, Zip and more. Expect more of these cult underground selectors when the full line up is announced soon.
The festival really shined a spotlight on Rana e Hedhun, the last untapped corner of Europe in the town of Shengjin, on the idyllic Albanian coastline. Music played, and will play again, across day and night, with blissful sunrise and sunset parties, water sports, plenty of local culture, food and drink offerings and a music loving crowd from all corners of the world. Beyond the music there is lots to explore in this natural paradise, from isolated bays and gold sand beaches to the Albanian Alps.
Until next June, take care of yourself, family, and friends and save your energy for what will be some seriously good vibes for Unum 2021.