Groove Cruise Launches Global Aspiring DJ Contest

re you or someone you know the next superstar DJ? Got mad skills that need an audience? Then the sold-out Groove Cruise wants to hear from aspiring DJs as they launch their annual Undiscovered DJ competition.
Headlining the world’s premier electronic music cruise are internationally acclaimed artists Above & Beyond, KSHMR, Loco Dice, Markus Schulz, Nora en Pure, Roger Sanchez, Solarstone, Cocodrills, and 40 other artists who the winner of this new DJ competition will appear alongside.
If you have the skills to pay the bills, then you could earn a slot playing on the 16th-annual Groove Cruise sailing from Miami to Costa Maya from January 9-13, 2020 as well as a free stateroom for the winner and a guest aboard the Celebrity Infinity, as well as airfare for two (a prize worth more than $3,500!). What’s more, the winning mix will also be featured on Groove Cruise Radio with an audience of more than 100,000 subscribers. The second-place mix picks up a fantastic prize in the form of Two Adam Audio A8X Studio Monitors (valued at $2,000) courtesy of contest platform partner SoonVibes.
Mixes of 30-60 minutes focusing on electronic music must be uploaded by November 15.  Voting opens to the public from November 15 to 22, and the top 10 most popular mixes will go on to the second round November 23 to 26. The five final mixes will then be judged by a panel including industry experts, our partners at EDM.com, and Groove Cruise headliners, plus resident DJs and previous contest winners who have become Groove Cruise regulars!
The final winner will be announced on December 3. Complete rules and details are at GrooveCruise.com/DJcontest/

Solomun & Maceo Plex, Âme & Dixon Play Mexican Jungle in Tulum for New Year

Project Sound have been creating special, high quality events at the Riviera Maya for more than 12 years. Now they do so again with a trio of events and world class sounds from Solomon, Maceo Plex, Ame, Dixon and a New Year’s Eve line-up to be announced.
They are always respectful of the magic of the Mayan land and put together tasteful line ups in unreal locations, always with a focus on world class sound and production. This year, they once again invite more of the world’s best artists to a truly special location… deep in the mystic jungle of Tulum, Mexico at their specially built new club, Templo Xunanha.
On January 5th, it’s the turn of Solomun and his world-renowned +1 concept, which makes the trip over from its home in Ibiza and will see the Diynamic label founder play with Maceo Plex, the space techno pioneer behind the Ellum Audio label, all amongst the incredible nature of the jungle. 
Then, on January 6th, masters of deep house emotions and Innervisions founders Âme and Dixon will play back-to-back for an extended all night set that will find them go into every corner of their record bags to serve up a truly enchanting set. 
These parties are set to be historic nights in the heart of the Mexican jungle that will be talked about for years to come.

NuriaFest Announces Tiga, wAFF, M.A.N.D.Y., Satori live and Serge Devant For Festival on Island Paradise

NuriaFest invites Audiofly, Steve Lawler, Tiga, wAFF, M.A.N.D.Y., Satori live and Serge Devant play on November 22-23 in Abu Dhabi

This will be an immersive and dream-like island experience like no other. It is where reinvigoration, music culture and relaxation seamlessly intersect as you dance on flawless white sand beaches and soak in translucent azure waters under a golden island sun. Ignite your sense of adventure, this is not déjà vu; this is something you’ve never seen or felt before.

A short 15-minute boat ride off the shores of Abu Dhabi, you will discover Zaya Nurai Island. A piece of paradise like nowhere else, it offers 52 private villas, a world-class oceanside spa, five fine and casual food and beverage experiences, one-of-a-kind beach club, and a calendar of exceptional activities on land and sea. There are three ways to get to this magical island – by boat, helicopter or seaplane. Shuttle boats will be departing from the welcome center to the island and back throughout the entire festival time – inclusive of the pass.

Says Zaya Nurai Island General Manager, Adib Moukheiber, “Our goal is to create memorable island experiences like no other in the UAE. Zaya Nurai Island will play host to one of the most unique music festivals to ever take place in the region and beyond.”

The soundtrack comes from some of house and tech’s most celebrated names, with Warriors legend Steve Lawler fresh from another huge summer season on the White Isle, fellow Ibiza kingpins and Flying Circus duo Audiofly and Get Physical’s titanic M.A.N.D.Y. all bringing multiple house styles. Turbo Recordings head honcho and Canadian underground star Tiga always cooks up thrilling soundtracks, and a live show from Santori is one of dance music’s most essential experiences right now.  Add in wAFF, one of Desolat and Cocoon’s biggest techno talents, plus a set from Serge Devant and you have an on-point selection of globally-renowned names.

VIP packages including a weekend stay in your own private villa with an infinity pool are also available. For those who would like to stay on Saadiyat / Abu Dhabi mainland, NuraiFest is offering a number of special deals with other hotels. Offers are available on www.nuraifest.com

NuraiFest is capping ticket sales to ensure exclusivity. If you want to guarantee a spot, we recommend you to buy your tickets as early as possible to avail the early bird price advantage.

SXM Festival Returns in 2020 With DJ Tennis, Ricardo Villalobos, Enzo Siragusa, Blond:Ish, Loco Dice, Cassy, Sonja Moonear and More

SXM Festival has revealed who will headline from March 11-15 2020 on the Caribbean Island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.

In line with SXM Festival’s wide reaching curation, the deeper side of the Burning Man influenced house and techno scene will find its place once again on the beaches of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Bedouin will bring their mystic sonics to the event following a massive season for their Saga party in Ibiza. Blond:ish will return to the event following a Happy Bay triumph in 2019. Phase one also includes Israeli export and SXM favorite Chaim alongside YokoO, Luca Bachetti, Holmar, Sabo, Jan Blomqvist, Parallells, Sainte Vie and more.

The heights of the European underground will be on full display at SXM Festival, represented by the likes of the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos, Music On! boss Marco Carola, Panorama Bar resident Cassy and the eclectic sounds of Sonja Moonear. New SXM favorite Enzo Siragusa will make his return to the festival while fashion-forward tech house master Loco Dice is welcomed for his first session on the island. 
The international showcase continues with the likes of Crosstown Rebels mainstay Serge Devant, Lebanon’s Rony Seikaly, UK shapeshifter wAFF, and ambitious Berliner, Britta Arnold. 

The means by which these performances are spread across five days of peaks and valleys remains the true magic of the SXM Festival experience. Each set is thought of as part of an emotional odyssey taking travelers on a rhythmic journey through the natural beauty of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Attendees may find themselves dancing on the idyllic shores of Happy Bay at sunset, partying at a premiere nightclub until dawn, then being swept away for a Boat Party at or a popup sunrise soirée looking over the Caribbean. The ebb and flow of the event is what retains its uniqueness, with each bespoke performance just a quick trip away from luxury villas and world-class hotels in which to rest for the day ahead. Each aspect of the programming aims to build towards its infamous emotional crescendos like the exclusive clifftop Villa Party and peak time at Happy Bay. 

Since the devastating impact on the island by a series of 2017 hurricanes, SXM Festival has furthered its connection with the island and its dedication to the needs of the local community. In 2018, the festival created the Two Bunch Palms and Les Amis du SXM Festival Foundations with the immediate mission to raise funds to help those affected by Hurricane IRMA and as a future vessel to give back to causes important to the development and health of the island. The 2019 festival saw fans and artists join forces with both local governments to rebuild recreation areas, cleanup the island’s renowned beaches, and raise money for the year-round betterment of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. 

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Debut Lisbon Festival LXM Announces Full Line-up

Lisbon’s game-changing techno crew LX Music have announced the final line-up for their biggest ever event, LXM Festival, at Parque das Nações from December 13-15th, 2019.

Day 1 will be headlined by a show from the previously announced headliner Boris Brejcha as part of his latest album tour, with Ann Clue, Deniz Bul, Theydream, Der Dritte Raum (live), Wehbba, Alex Stein and Midinoize also playing.

Day 2, Saturday 14th, is when techno legend Paul Kalkbrenner, moody acid man Recondite and 50 Weapons star Benjamin Damage all play live, while house innovator Art Department DJs with the likes of I Hate Models and more.

Day 3 is when Berghain residents Ben Klock, RØDHÅD and Marcel Dettmann headline with a special closing show from Dax J plus Paula Temple, a live show from Answer Code Request and more.

The venue is a vast space on the Tagus River with striking design and stunning views.

LXM Festival
December 13-15th, 2019
Parque das Nações, Lisbon
https://lxmfestival.com/pt_PT/

Photo Gallery: Moga Festival 2019

Moga Festival is a stunning event in many ways – the food, the music, the local customs and traditions and talented artists, as well as the beautiful setting. 
Essaouira in Morocco is crazy-historic and has been used as The Red City in Game of Thrones. Palm trees and lush sunsets, beautiful sand beaches and old stone buildings ooze real atmosphere and the hot sun makes it a real desert escape. 
Music plays out on four different stages, there are 6500 people in all from many different countries and top sets from the likes of Behrouz, and Praslea, and many more all make it hugely memorable. 
The crowd is friendly and in the know and help make this a truly absorbing experience. 
We were there and here are some of the best photos. 
Photos by Oli Riley Photography, Juliet Airs and Momo Filali

10 of the Best Photos from Dockyard Festival

Dockyard x Mystic Garden is one of the most exciting and invigorating parties of the ADE meet up each year.

It pairs off industrial vibes with fairytale and dream like production, a world class crowd who know their music and love to dance and also this year showcased some cool new names that had been talent picked all year long.

Surgeon and Lady Starlight live was a real highlight, while Radio Salve laid down some heavy techno, Maxtrixxmann and Ellen Allien went back to back with a dark and twisted set of techno and disco, Eats everything layered up the bumping bass, Latumn and Joey Daniel were some new school talents who impressed, techno from Oscar Mulero and Paco Osuna and many more also made this a standout year.

These are 10 photos that really show you what an essential event this is.

Kaos Garden is the First Immersive Experience of Elrow Art

Following its US debut in Miami at Art Basel on December 6, elrow’art’s Kaos Garden will make its New York debut on three stages at Avant Gardner on December 14.

Famed Multidisciplinary artist Okuda San Miguel and Renowned Producer/ DJ Paco Osuna will represent, through avant-garde art and electronic music, their particular vision of ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ in an experience where the audience will be part of a great piece of interactive art.

elrow and Paco Osuna have curated a very special musical lineup featuring the trendiest DJS from around the globe: Lee Foss, Eats Everything, Latmun, and Jacky plus B2B sets from Jean Pierre and Jesse Collaso, and Charles Meyer and Joe Pompeo, as well as elrow residents Bastian Bux and De La Swing. Lee Foss’s Repopulate Mars crew will take over King’s Hall with its out-of-this-world vibe. The event continues elrow’s celebrated New York residency and provides New Yorkers a one of a kind experience unlike any they’ve had before.

For the first time, elrow’art takes over three stages at Avant Gardner, The Great Hall, Lost Circus, and elrow partners with Repopulate Mars for Kings Hall takeover

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Matthias Tanzmann Returns with New Album Round and Round

Round and Round comes three years after Momentum, Tanzmann’s last album and one that provided a snapshot of the deeper sounds he was enjoying at the time. This third full length is a more widescreen overview of his entire career and will be released one track at a time over the course of a few weeks and months.

The album was all written in the last year, but reflects every facet of the artist’s sound, so unfolds something like a career-long musical diary: from the collaboration with long-time friend and Poker Flat chief Steve Bug, which harks back to the early days of deep house, via newer connections and modern techno with Rebuke, tracks with old companions like Mathias Kaden, and on to new creative links with contemporary stars like Mihalis Safras and Black Circle.

This is an autobiographical album informed by another busy year of gigs at major festivals around the world, his famous Circoloco residency at DC10 and further Ibiza gigs everywhere from ANTS to Elrow to Music On. September also saw the release of the Better Lost Than Stupid album Wild Slide, a collaborative work with pals Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich that shows that decades after first starting out, Tanzmann is still very much at the forefront of the global underground scene.

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Ministry of Sound Head to Butlin’s Skegness with Sigma, Basement Jaxx, Tom Zanetti, High Contrast

Ministry of Sound are heading to Butlin’s Skegness for a massive weekender from November 22nd to 24th.

Headliners have been revealed as Sigma, Basement Jaxx, Tom Zanetti, High Contrast, Fabio & Groove Rider, Barely Legal and DJ Hype.

This unmissable experience will feature no less than six superb sarges hosted by Ministry of Sound as well as leading party brands Pretty Weird, Sleepin is Cheatin, Hedkandi, Euphoria, Throwback and Euphoria.

Next to the nocturnal dances, you can also look forward to day time raves, pool parties, and a non-stop mix of fun and games including pool halls, bowling, arcade game rooms, bars, big sports screens, seaside treats and much more across the site that means you can plot your own fun.

With comfortable and stylish accommodation on site, this is an essential adult playground for a weekend of dance music fun like never before.