Avicii Brings EDM to Arenas on True Tour

Avicii Brings EDM to Arenas on True Tour

Platinum-selling producer and EDM megastar Avicii has just announced that he’s due to embark on a North American tour later this year.

The tour, which is set to visit Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, and Brooklyn, and kicks off this April, promises to “showcase an all new, world class production” and will be making further stops across the country that are yet to be determined/announced.

A press release promises that Avicii’s True tour will be feature the Swedish star’s most recent releases off the album True, including his first release and eternal radio-bothering country/dance crossover mega hit “Wake Me Up.” Reaching number one in over 81 countries worldwide and selling nearly 3.7 million downloads in just the United States alone, his first single has become a global phenomenon with over 245 million Youtube views for the music video worldwide.

The album was released just last September and features songwriting collaborations with country-pop singer-songwriter Mac Davis and Chic’s Nile Rodgers with appearances from Imagine Dragons, Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, and bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski as well.

In addition to the #TRUETOUR dates, he’ll also hit the festival circuit this year, including a headlining spot at the Ultra Music Festival Phase 1, which is scheduled for the weekend of March 28th at Bayfront Park in Miami.

Avicii has just finished the Australian leg of his True tour, which featured stops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and a whole host of EDM talent. Will Sparks performed at the Sydney and Perth shows, while Melbourne’s Joel Fletcher accompanied Avicii in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Brothers Tyrone and Jesse Taylor aka New World Sound made appearance at all of the Australian shows and Throttle stopped by in Sydney and Melbourne.

Atlanta’s Tomorrowland Features Tiesto, Avicii, Steve Angello

Atlanta’s Tomorrowland Features Tiesto, Avicii, Steve Angello

Back in April it was announced that one of the largest EDM festivals in Europe — TomorrowLand — would launch a U.S. version this year. Dubbed TomorrowWorld, the Atlanta festival now has a lineup, which features Tiesto, Avicii and Steve Angello, among many others.

The festival will be held at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga. As a much better point of reference, this is just outside of Atlanta. The three-day festival will take place September 27-29.

Other notable artists include David Guetta, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Axwell and Steve Aoki. There are a ton of ticket options available, and seem to start around $130 for a single-day pass or $350 for a three-day pass. A press release reports that there are three-day passes available for $250, but there currently are none available on the website. Packages range up to over $5,000 for what’s known as a “Full Madness Comfort (VIP) + DreamVille Relax Room.”

It should be noted that unlike many festivals, there is a minimum age of 21 for TomorrowWorld.

““Three days of madness…” said the official website of the festival when it was first announced, “each day TomorrowWorld offers you the greatest artists, representing the very best of your favourite music genre; whether it’s house. progressive, techno, dubstep, trance, hardstyle, electro, minimal or any other genre… Be prepared to get blown away by an incredible TomorrowWorld 2013 line-up…”

When the festival was announced at an event in Miami in April, Michiel Beers — the co-owner of the festival — said that no detail was overlooked when planning the event.

“We will create a fairytale world from the smallest detail to the biggest stage,” he said.

At the announcement, it was revealed that 50,000 fans are expected to attend the event. While this will make one of the largest EDM festival in the U.S., it is much smaller than the original Tomorrowland, which typically hosts around 180,000 people.

Wynn Las Vegas to Host EDM Residencies with Avicii, Steve Angello, Skrillex

Wynn Las Vegas to Host EDM Residencies with Avicii, Steve Angello, Skrillex

Wynn Las Vegas will host 42 electronic dance music residencies throughout 2013, with artists including Avicii, Skrillex and Steve Angello.

The number of residencies is up from 34 last year, and a release says that the residencies will be held in both “daylife and nightlife” venues, including Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst and XS nighclubs. Other notable artists appearing throughout the year include David Guetta, Afrojack, Bassnectar, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Zed’s Dead, Dirty South, Diplo, Knife Party, Cedric Gervais, Martin Soveig and many more.

Additionally, a few non-EDM artists also will participate, including will.i.am, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri and Red Foo from LMFAO.

A few of the early dates have been announced already, with Avicii performing January 18, January 25 and February 2. Afrofack will appear January 12 and January 19.

“2012 was a monumental year for both dance music and our nightclubs,” said Jesse Waits, managing partner of XS and Tryst nightclubs, in a statement. “Our team has worked day and night to present an unrivaled roster of residencies again in 2013 including both major headliners and the DJs we believe to be the next superstars of this genre. We hope to maintain our reputation as the mecca of dance music through these exclusive partnerships.”

Sean Christie, managing partner of Surrender and Encore Beach Club also spoke of the new dining concept in Encore Las Vegas called Andrea.

“Our reinvigorated and ramped up DJ roster offers the broadest representation of electronic dance music in Las Vegas,” Christie said in the statement.  “And with the addition of the hybrid dining/nightlife concept Andrea’s — our soundtrack is created by ‘musical chef’ Steve Angello and our resident DJs stop by to play sets — we continue to expand our market share and offer our guests a truly enjoyable entertainment experience.”

deadmau5, Avicii, Tiesto Highlight Phase 1 of Ultra Music Festival Line-Up

deadmau5, Avicii, Tiesto Highlight Phase 1 of Ultra Music Festival Line-Up

The initial lineup up this year’s Ultra Music Festival has been released, and it features deadmau5, Avicii and Tiesto, among many others.

Organizers are calling the announcement the Phase 1 lineup, and others artists that will perform at the Miami electronic festival include Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim, Swedish House Mafia, Hot Chip, Afrojack, Crystal Castles, Yeasayer, Matt & Kim, Calvin Harris and Thievery Corporation.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the festival, and will be the first incarnation to feature two weekends, March 15-17 and March 22-24. The event is held in Bayfront Park in Miami. Unlike the two-weekend event Coachella, Ultra will not feature the same lineup both weekends, and the lineup announcement does not say which acts will play which weekends. However, at least some artists will play both, as it was previously announced that deadmau5 will headline both Saturdays of the festival.

Russell Faibisch, President and CEO of the event released a statement about the need for the festival to expand to two weekends.

“After an extremely successful 2012 edition of Ultra in Miami, and the continuous overwhelming demand by disappointed fans that were unable to attend because of the early sell out, we’ve decided to do what Ultra has always consistently done throughout the years, pioneer, and push the EDM movement forward,” he said. “So we are adding a second weekend of Ultra. This is a unique concept from anything ever done before in our space, as it will be two weekends… two unique experiences. There are A LOT of incredible plans and surprises lined up for everyone attending our 15th year anniversary!”

The 2012 version of the event attracted 165,000 attendees, and many tickets were sold before the headliners had been announced. Phase two of the lineup is expected to be released early next year.


Concert Review: Avicii at CounterPoint Festival in Atlanta

Concert Review: Avicii at CounterPoint Festival in Atlanta

Atlanta welcomes electronica in a big way with the advent of the first annual CounterPoint Festival just south of the airport in Fairburn, Georgia. Literally tucked in the middle of nowhere, the festival takes root on an expansive farm that sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Unlike last weekend’s Music Midtown, CounterPoint has room to spare as it sprawls comfortably over the rolling landscape.

The day started out a bit rocky. Heavy storms moved in, forcing the festival staff to clear out the crowd to the parking area until the rain had subsided. For those who did make it in for Friday’s festivities, I hope you were camping. Getting into the day parking area clocked in at over an hour wait. Why you ask? They did a search of every vehicle coming in, slowing the parking process to an utter crawl. In the seven festivals I’ve attended this year, not a single one did a car-by-car search. This was completely uncalled for.

Thankfully, this annoyance was the low point of the day. As the rains had subsided, the music was back in full bloom. Solid sets were unfurled by Crystal Castles and Theophilus London (filling in for M83), but the meat of the line-up was still to come.

Night fell as the lights came up for Avicii. The Swedish DJ has really taken off in the last few years. Earlier this spring, he headlined an arena tour, was featured at Coachella, booked for October’s Austin City Limits, as well as introduced his latest work “Le7els” to his European contingent. There are few names in EDM that garner as much respect.

The first thing you noticed was, of course, the crowd. At CounterPoint, weird is definitely the new cool. I felt a bit like Don Draper at the hippie bar. Not that I was wearing a 60s suit, mind you. That would have fit right in. Normal and old (post-30) just doesn’t jibe with this crowd. They came in decadent costumes, furry headdresses and minimal clothing. Have nothing more than a bra and panties clean — no problem. In fact you may just be overdressed. This was an event to see and be seen. People watching had become an art form.

As the cool of evening settled in, Avicii wasted no time converting this open field into a thriving dance club. He painted the sky with his brigade of lights. He dropped layer after layer of throbbing bass that even earplugs couldn’t save you from. He whipped and spun, pumping his lone fist in the air. This was his club and his dance floor even if it didn’t have a ceiling.

He bled one song into the next, inviting contemporaries as well as the classics. Florence + The Machine visited through “Say My Name.” Smokey Robinson showed a little cool soul with “Tracks of My Tears.” We even had The Who show up through “Baba O’Riley (Teenage Wasteland).” Never let it be said that Tim Bergling (better known to the layman as Avicii) doesn’t have a stellar catalog of music. Though he sliced through his record collection, in the end, every song was morphed into one of his own. The beat just swallowed them whole, pushing them forward over the next pulse and thump. Avicii did give us some of his signature spins like “Seek Bromance” as well as “Levels” which proved definite crowd favorites.

As enthralling as this waterfall of beats was, it would have been nothing without the light spilling out from every pore of the stage. Avicii stayed tucked within the shadows as the video boards flickered and streamed. The spotlights shot out over the crowd in feverous frenzy, highlighting this gyrating sea of fans. The lights bobbed and weaved as the beats evolved. The shinning flurry seemed to take on a life all its own.

Avicii’s goal at CounterPoint seemed to be to help his fans loose themselves in the music. I’d say he succeeded and then some. I can’t imagine the challenges that come along with taking a club sound and introducing it to the wilds of an open-air festival, but he made it work. Avicii was dubbed the world’s number 6 spinning maestro last year by DJ Magazine for good reason. The top 5 better watch their backs.

Avicii Takes Mix Tables on Road for Fall Tour

EDM mainstay Avicii will take his massive production around North America later this year for a fall tour.

The tour, which will include major markets as well as many stops at colleges across the country, will kick off August 31 at the Marquee Night Club in Las Vegas. The tour is then scheduled to run through Avicii’s already announced performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 12. In between, the Swedish DJ will also visit Miami, Las Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta.

Avicii will bring his giant DJ booth that is shaped like a head around to every show. He debuted the setup at his two Coachella performances this year, and says it has taken some time to get used to the large scale production.

“Over time I’ve gotten more relaxed behind the decks; it’s a different setup than I’m used to,” he told Billboard recently. We’re always making changes. It’s crazy to see how [the show] keeps getting better and better.”

He also told the magazine that he is very excited to play the New York date, which will take place at Radio City Music Hall on September 27.

“There’s a bunch of dates [on the tour] I’m looking forward to, but definitely New York most of all,” he said.

Avicii undertook what was called the “world’s first-ever electronic dance music all arena tour,” early this year, and performed his DJ set at large arenas all around North America. All of the dates this year have been supporting his single “Levels,” which was officially released in October 2011, though it had already become a hit around the world by that time. The song features samples from Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.”

The artist also has released a number of remixes this year.

Tiesto, Kaskade, Avicii Featured at Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival

Tiesto, Kaskade, Avicii Featured at Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival

The lineup for this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced, and will feature Tiesto, Kaskade and Avicii, according to MTV News.

One of the biggest dance music events in the world, this year’s festival will be held from June 8-10 in Las Vegas. In addition to the above names, festival goers also can expect to see Afrojack, Steve Angello and Above & Beyond, among many others.

The festival will take place on three main stages set up on the 1,000 acres of the infield at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The performances will feature pyrotechnics and a carnival culture. The event is expected to draw 300,000 attendees over the three-day weekend, which is up from 240,000 last year.

Pasquale Rotella, founder of organizer Insomniac Events, spoke to MTV News about what fans can expect when they attend the event.

“It’s about the whole experience,” he told the news network. “We are not a concert. We are so much more than that – it’s about the production, it’s about the art. The music being played is the soundtrack to your experience for the evening.”

He went on to say the production will rival the Olympics.

“I’ll have over 500 theatrical performers,” he said, “over 30 carnival rides, hundreds of EDM acts, large-scale art installations, tons of special effects, massive enough fireworks to rival the Olympics… plus much, much more.

Other acts that have been announced thus far include Armin van Buuren, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Chase & Status, David Guetta, Erick Morillo, Sebastian Ingrosso, Benny Benassi, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Porter Robinson and Richie Hawtin.

The Electric Daisy Carnival was originally held in southern California in 1997. It was held at various venues before being moved to Las Vegas last year. Additionally, a two-day Electric Daisy Carnival will be held in New York next month, and another event is scheduled for Puerto Rico later this year.

Avicii Takes Electronic Dance to North American Arenas

In what is being touted as the “world’s first-ever electronic dance music all arena tour,” Avicii will perform in arenas around the country starting in May.

The Swedish DJ and producer will begin the tour May 17 at Houston’s Reliant Arena, and the last stop currently scheduled for the tour will be at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on July 4. Other cities the tour will visit include New Orleans, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Boston and Quebec City, and more dates are expected to be added soon.

Additionally, Avicii will perform at this year’s Coachella Festival on April 15 and April 22. This year’s event will feature identical lineups two weekends in a row.

The “AVICII – LE7ELS” tour will be presented by At Night and Ash Alliance, along with Goldenvoice, which also produces the Coachella Festival. Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett spoke of his excitement about the tour.

“Goldenvoice is excited to be working with Avicii on his North American tour,” he said. “We can’t wait for his Coachella performance, from what we’ve seen and heard it’s going to be a highlight.”

At the end of this month, Avicii will play a handful of dates in South Africa before heading to Asia for a short tour. Around the same time as Coachella, he will play a small number of U.S. dates in Las Vegas (April 13); Bridgeport, Conn. (April 17); Kingston, R.I. (April 18) and Lafayette, Ind. (April 25).

Before the arena tour, he will head back to Europe for a few dates in Italy, Prague and Sweden.

The single “Levels” was officially released in October of last year after already becoming a hit around the world. The song features a vocal sample from the Etta James song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” Avicii also released the single “Fade into Darkness” in 2011.

Ultra Music Festival Grabs Headliners Avicii, Tiesto, Kraftwerk

Ultra Music Festival Grabs Headliners Avicii, Tiesto, Kraftwerk

Miami’s electronic festival Ultra Music Fest has announced a 2012 lineup that will feature Avicii, Tiesto and Kraftwerk, among others. The three-day festival will be held from March 23 to 25 at Bayfront Park, which is in downtown Miami. Tiesto and Kraftwerk will headline the opening Friday show along with Skrillex, and Avicii will headline Saturday with Justice. David Guetta and Kaskade will headline the closing Sunday night show. Other notable acts from the festival’s extensive lineup include New Order, Neon Indian, Fatboy Slim, M83 and Duck Sauce. This lineup has been announced as “Phase One,” with “Phase Two” promised to be announced soon.

Next year’s festival will be the 14th installment of one of the most successful music festivals in the country. Last year’s event, held at Bicentennial Park, saw about 150,000 music fans attend the three-day event. The move to larger Bayfront Park was sparked by the high-attendance. Bayfront Park had previously been home to the event before it was expanded to two and three day events.

Additionally, the festival is held during the annual Winter Music Conference, which focuses on electronic music and has been held in Miami since 1986. Events held during the conference that coincides with the festival include seminars, panels, workshops and the International Dance Music Awards, though admission to the festival does not include admission to the conference.

The Ultra Music Fest began as a one-day event on South Beach in 1999, and continued to grow until it began being held over two days in 2007. This year was the first time the festival expanded to three days, and was more successful than ever. A press release states that this year’s event was “the first ever, and only 3-day music festival of its kind to completely sell out 150,000 tickets six weeks in advance.” The press release also promises that the Ultra Fest team will be “transforming and customizing [Bayfront] park in a way never seen before.”