Another iconic venue in NYC is shutting down. The Highline Ballroom just announced it’s being forced to shut down after the landlord decided to not renew the lease.
After 12 years of music and memories, Highline Ballroom will close. At least, for now. The team fully plans on reopening its doors at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District.
“Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease,” the venue shares in a statement. “For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building.”
Over the years, Highline Ballroom has hosted leading acts including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Rihanna, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Lou Reed and The Roots, just to name a few.
Stay tuned for the final show date and programming. Announcement coming soon.
I’m used to seeing ridiculously high mark-ups on brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga and the like, even on products as simple as money clips shaped like a paperclip. It’s also not uncommon for items like headphones to fetch high price tags with special components and superior quality and build. But somehow, I feel like the new $995 Horizon earphones from Louis Vuitton aren’t worth the components they’re made of.
That being said, the earphones are designed in partnership with Master & Dynamic, whose own headphones range from $200-600, so I could be wrong on that. They’re compatible with any Bluetooth device, though they’re “optimized” to be used with LV’s Tambour Horizon watch (starting at $2,450).
And because LV is focused on high quality and integrated fashion, the earphones come with a matching carrying and charging case that is très chic.
The earphones will be available in four colors — black, white, red monogram, and yellow and blue LV stripes. Stay tuned for an official release day to come later in January.
Holy Ship! is notorious for some unexpected back-to-back sets, and this one ranks up among the most unexpected. Both ZHU and Tchami were booked for Holy Ship! 13.0, but it’s safe to say that no one expected them to take to the decks together one afternoon.
For over an hour, the deep and sensual house legends played out some serious vibes in the hot ocean sun. Sometimes, it’s nice to just dance without a care without the need to lay it all out and go home sweaty and tired. That’s one of the benefits of Ship, though — your bed is never that far away.
Also catch that surprise horn line from Griz at 25:10!
Even since the release of his sophomore album Awake in 2017, Illenium has been pumping out new music. In 2018, he released “Don’t Give Up On Me” with Kill The Noise and Mako, “Sound of Where’d U Go” with 1788-L, “Gold (Stupid Love)” with Excision, “Take You Down,” “God Damnit” with Call Me Karizma, and a remix of Halsey’s “Without Me.”
Now in 2019, Illenium is starting off the year with a huge collaboration featuring Bahari entitled “Crashing.” The last we heard of Bahari in dance music was their 2017 collaboration with Grey, “I Miss You.”
We’ve tried finding a preview of this one but have come up empty handed. No doubt Illenium will slowly reveal some teasers over the course of the next week; but no matter what, we’re excited for this one.
Check out the track art for “Crashing” below, and pre-save it here.
The Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo project LSD just got a whole lot more thug. After releasing their song “Genius” in May last year, the trio have brought on an unexpected guest to amp up a new remix: Lil Wayne.
Of the original, Your EDM wrote, “‘Genius’ is a sexy, playful lovers’ anthem with a smooth, funky rhythm that’s destined to get stuck in your head after just one listen. The lyrics, the mood, well, everything is completely, uniquely original — with just the right amount of weird.”
The “remix” keeps the original beat for the most part, but replaces Labrinth’s verses with Lil Wayne. The effect is a lot less sultry and sexy, and more, well… Lil Wayne-ish. The Cash Money rapper puts his own special spin on the track that gives it an entirely different vibe and we’re all about.
Lil Wayne’s remix gets its own special music video, which you can see below.
LSD - Genius (Lil Wayne Remix) ft. Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, Labrinth - YouTube
Minimal Effort has become something of New Years Eve tradition for me. This year was my third year in a row attending the event put on by Underrated Presents. And out of the three years I attended, I would say it was easily my favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t know that everyone in attendance would agree with that statement.
Between this year’s treat of a well-executed Halloween event and the new open bar option for VIP, I had high hopes for Minimal’s NYE. Unfortunately, adding the new VIP packages and heavily promoting them seemed to be one new element too many for Minimal. I am not sure if there was a breakdown in communication with the security at the Belasco, but around 11:30 the GA line to enter was wrapped around one side of the block and the VIP line was spilling into the space of the venue next door.
Once inside, with five different stages and the always refreshing and visually stimulating vendor area at the center, Minimal Effort NYE was a blast! I started my night off in the dungeon of The Belasco with SuperFlu before quickly racing up to the ballroom to try and meet up with my friends to ring in NYE with Justin Jay. Unfortunately, I do not have the best sense of direction and ended up getting lost along the way (which isn’t a difficult situation to find yourself in the maze that is the Belasco) and I ended up at the main stage dancing 2018 out of my system to Sasha as the clock struck midnight. Personally, I actually enjoyed having this moment just to myself and felt like it kind of set the tone for the new year. I had a sense of well-being knowing I could take my life and happiness into my own hands and not sweat the small stuff such as getting lost in a maze of a venue. After Sasha, I split the next couple hours again going up and down the Belasco stairs so I could see both Hats & Klaps and one of my favorite Dirtybirds, Will Clarke, before ending the night with a bassy, grimy set by Skream. If there is one thing that Minimal Effort has managed to always get right it is always having a killer lineup that makes each year an irresistible techno retreat. But, having been to a handful of Minimal Effort events over the years, there are still some issues they need to iron out as they continue to grow and bring in larger and louder crowds.
This leads to the only other complaint I heard throughout the night: the open bar. While this seemed like a great idea when it was first announced, this new perk just didn’t quite live up to the hopes of those who spent the extra money. While I did not have access to the open bar, a couple of my friends purchased VIP tickets and their report of the new “Open Bar” was overwhelmingly unimpressed. Overzealous security, again, was the main source of complaint. Once in the bar area, you could not leave with any sort of liquid (including water) which meant anyone who had a mix of GA tickets and VIP tickets had to choose between being with their friends or staying where they could get a free drink. While I understand they don’t want one person in a group getting a VIP ticket and then supplying a large group of friends who purchased GA tickets with drinks throughout the night, the way it was handled made anyone I knew who had the VIP option not want to use it. Also, if an artist is DJing an event, I think we can all agree they should be able to access the VIP open bar. If not to get a free drink for their hard work, then as an extra perk for the fans in the VIP area who would have had a kick out of hanging out with them.
While neither the long line nor open bar missteps had much of an effect on my night, it was a sore spot amongst many who attended leading to several dissatisfied comments on the event’s social media. Overall, Minimal Effort NYE definitely has room to improve as far as organization and perhaps choice in staff and venue. But with the lineup these guys bring year after year, I honestly can’t imagine ringing New Years Eve at any other festival.
Note: I did not come up with the title to this review. I have to dedicate that to an amazing group of weirdos that have been my friends, family, and whose support was the only thing that kept me sane in 2018.
The Chainsmokers are in the studio with Blink-182.
Let’s just let that sink in for a little bit… Ready? Ok.
It almost seems surreal, to see the group who once did “Selfie” in the studio with one of the greatest pop punk/alt rock bands of all time. Yet, here we are. That being said, even these types of collaborations aren’t entirely foreign to The Chainsmokers, who have worked with Coldplay and Florida Georgia Line, and even have a song inspired by Beach House. Not to mention the collaborations teased back in 2016 with Linkin Park, Big Sean, and Weezer. (These might never see the light of day.)
While an Instagram post from Blink’s Matt Skiba simply shows them in a studio, a tweet from The Chainsmokers confirms that a song has indeed been written. “We can die happy now,” the duo writes.
Turns out, dreams can come true. As one redditor put it, “They went from writing about them to writing with them. If that ain’t a success story idk what is.”
This year marks the 24th iteration of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the largest conference and festival of its kind. With 2018 being yet another record breaking year for ADE, with attendance reaching 400,000 for the first time, it is no surprise that organizers believe they’ll be hitting the same numbers this year.
The multiple conference tracks and unique festival programing work seamlessly in tandem every year. The conference side is able to give a platform and voice to numerous matters that we face in the music industry such as business, cultural, and technological trends. Then the festival program is able to showcase the true diversity of electronic music and its many sub-genres. The organizers are committed to once again enhancing the daytime activities in 2019 through partnerships with cultural institutions and multi-disciplinary collaborations that engage with the broadest possible range of the creative industries. It is no mistake that this event continues to learn and grow from itself to improve.
Amsterdam Dance Event elevates music and business to another level that has yet to be matched by any other event. Because of that continued dedication the organizers have they are always met with excitement. With that being said the event organizers have officially confirmed that ADE 2019 will run from Wednesday, October 19th to Sunday, October 20th in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
The ADE Pass and ADE Conference Pass are now on sale. Single day event tickets along with different conference pass options will be available in the coming months so be sure to keep a watchful out for those.
Explaining the vibe of the track, Hal Ritson says: “The backing track is contemporary electronica crafted by Michele Balduzzi (AKA Phonat) – dubbed by Skrillex as the most underrated producer in the world and the vocals are radically re-interpreted as a female vintage soul song, recorded entirely on 1950s equipment.”
It sounds wonderfully light with its deft touches of electronica, and still empowering thanks to its soul meets disco roots. The collision of retro and current production techniques mean that ‘Heroes’ takes an irresistible new form, thanks to the collective.
We’re stoked to premiere this, and it is summed up perfectly by The Tribe Of Good: “The hallmark of a great song is that it can be performed in a totally different style, and not only still work, but can suddenly reflect new and different aspects of the writer’s original vision.”
With two weekends of programming to fill up, Tomorrowland often looks to its artists for inspiration. The annual Belgian festival just revealed all of its stage hosts for 2019, and it’s crazy who they’re bringing to the table.
A lot of familiar faces return for 2019, including Barong Family, Netsky & Friends, Anjunabeats, Monstercat, STMPD, and more. Each weekend will feature its own selection of hosts, with some appearing both weekends, like Smash The House, ANTS, and Q-Dance.
Weekend two will be big with A State of Trance, Axtone, and EPIC stages, as well as takeovers from Robin Schulz and Don Diablo.
Weekend one will be equally fun as Monstercat, Dirtybird, Martin Solveig, and Rampage Belgium deliver some heavier bass.
Tomorrowland brings back one of the festival’s favorite themes this year, The Book of Wisdom, updated for 2019. The festival will take place in Boom, Belgium from July 19-21 and July 26-28.