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Voodoo 2017 Review

Mike Victorick

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Voodoo Music & Arts Festival 2017 Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

VOODOO GETS SPOOKIER EVERYTIME I GO BACK! THIS IS A GOOD THING! 

This was the first festival I ever attended. It was 6 hrs away but it was on Halloween and it was New Orleans, enough said! That was in 2012. Fast forward to 2017 and it is my first time back in 5 years. I’m not going to review each of the artist. I feel we know that it’s worth the ticket price alone to catch the likes of Kendrick, Foo Fighters, & Dillon Francis alone. What I want to talk about is the environment that C3 have created with this festival.

The cemetery leads to a haunted house right in the center of Voodoo! Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

New Orleans is the place to be on Halloween. It’s the setting of Anne Rice, clubs called the Dungeon, Trent Reznor(NIN) wrote some of his best work there. All things creepy are here! What is cool is the fact that the festival tries to bring this onto City Park grounds in the epicenter of the festival. Voodoo is not just 5 stages and more artist or acts that one could see in one weekend. Voodoo is an experience with music and art and a grave yard and even a HAUNTED HOUSE! Now I didn’t go in the haunted house. I was too busy lugging around my camera gear and computer. Everyone coming out of it seemed to have really enjoyed it though. I think that is what matters in the end.

RL Grime on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo 2017 Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

The stages are a bit smaller than the last time I was there but the production was still top notch. There was plenty of pyro, lighting, and loud sound for all to go around. The one thing I want to point out is this is the first time I went to a festival and didn’t experience any kind of sound bleed. It seems like they really figured this one out. If you want to get from the Altar(main stage) to the LePlur(edm stage) it takes a bit of a walk but well worth it. I’m sure the artist appreciated it as well.

Foo Fighters headline Saturday night at Voodoo 2017 Photo cred: Mike Victorick

Because Voodoo is a C3 event you can always count on the lineup being sort of a spin off of other large US festivals like Lollapalooza in Chicago or ACL in Texas.  The one thing you will see that is different is the culture that surrounds this festival and it’s city full of history. It could just very well be that us humans are interested in creepy cool. Voodoo is definitely creepy cool!

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Vujaday Adds Mark Knight, Atish, Behrouz To Barbados Fest

Bradley Callison

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This spring something new and exciting is taking place in Barbados. From April 4th-8th the stunning Caribbean island will be graced with a new week long music festival. Vujaday, which is defined as “an entirely new experience” and “like nothing you have ever seen or felt before,” will take place in a variety of unique locations around the island, leaving the first and last day of the week-long journey for travel.

Vujaday initially dropped their Phase One lineup back in November, which included Toronto electronic legend Art Department, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, Chicago house hero Green Velvet, San Francisco resident and Dirtybird favorite Justin Martin, Life and Death founder DJ Tennis, Crew Love members Wolf + Lamb, Lonely C (Soul Clap), Nick Monaco and The Fitness & Pony, Hot Creations founder Lee Foss, Brooklyn duo Bedouin, Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds from Desert Hearts, Italian electronic DJ Francesca Lombardo, Los Angeles house DJ Lauren Lane, UK electronic duo Solardo, and Nottingham tech house producer Latmun.

With the festival only a few months away, Vujaday has now returned with a stacked phase two lineup that includes Toolroom Records founder and a legendary name in the world of electronic music Mark Knight, San Francisco based house DJ atish, Toronto resident and Hot Creations signee Nathan Barato, Berlin house aficionada YokoO, Burning Man favorite Behrouz, Vienna based techno DJ Cassy, Brazilian born DJ Gaby Endo, New York resident and Ibiza favorite Salomé, renowned Canadian DJ Nitin, dreamy Toronto based project Lost Boy, and rising Miami house and techno producer m.O.N.R.O.E. To top things off, there will also be a rare B2B2B set with veteran DJs Danny Howells, Darren Emerson, and Dave Seaman.

The five primary events will run from Wednesday through Sunday during Vujaday with the largest event on Saturday. Events will take place on the Southern, Eastern and Western coasts of the island. More information related to specific events and venues is scheduled to be announced in the next few weeks.

An electronic event of this scale has yet to take place in Barbados, and is meant to create an unforgettable experience for locals and travelers. Locals will get the chance to experience techno and house DJs from around the world, many who have never performed in Barbados, while those new to the island will receive a much wider experience than they would normally get on a typical visit.

The team behind Vujaday will be bringing decades of experience in the festival and event space to the beautiful island of Barbados. This includes industry veterans that have been involved in the creation and operation of Toronto based events like Digital Dreams Music Festival, Electric Island, World Electronic Music Festival and All Day I Dream. Grab your tickets here for this special gathering and we’ll see you beach side.

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Grammy Nominee Elderbrook Starts North American Headline Tour

Carlos Martins

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You certainly heard that song last summer on the radio or at a festival. The singer of the smash summer dance track ‘Cola’ just started his North American headlining tour. He was nominated at Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance Recording as a featured vocalist on the summer dance hit song ‘Cola’ produced by the British producer/DJ duo Camelphat. Undoubtedly the biggest and most addictive dance music record of 2017, ‘Cola’ has captivated tastemakers, DJs and clubbers alike – currently sitting at #1 at US Dance Radio after reaching #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The song celebrates 55 million streams to date, and was the highest selling track on Beatport in 2017.

On Tuesday night, I had the chance to watch Elderbrook play his first show of his North American headlining tour in Miami. His live performance was incredible and full of energy. Here is a little preview of what he is able to do on stage.

Elderbrook is definitely one to watch in 2018! Make sure to follow him on social media.

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Ultra Music Festival Drops RESISTANCE Miami Lineup For 2018

Carlos Martins

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RESISTANCE has announced their stacked lineup for Ultra Music Festival 2018. As it continues to grow into its own festival within a festival, RESISTANCE will once again dominate two colossal areas of the festival this year.

In addition to welcoming back Arcadia Spectacular’s legendary ‘Spider’ stage for the third consecutive year, RESISTANCE’s global ambassador Carl Cox will again host the Megastructure on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

As expected, The Megastructure will welcome back some of the biggest names in house and techno across the first two days of the festival, with headliner sets form Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Josh Wink, Nastia .

The ‘Spider’ stage will run across all three days of the event, headlined by heavyweights including Better Lost Than Stupid (Davide Squillace, Mattias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich), Chris Liebing, Guti b2b wAFF, Hot Since 82, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Nic Fanciulli, Patrick Topping & Special Guest, Sasha & John Digweed, Stephan Bodzin (live) and many more. More names are due to be announced across both arenas in the coming weeks. Watch the RESISTANCE Miami 2018 lineup announcement video below.

RESISTANCE takes place at Ultra Music Festival which is an 18+ event during Miami Music Week on March 23, 24 and 25, 2018. Tickets to Ultra Music Festival 2018 are still available. The festival is 90% sold out so purchase them at ultramusicfestival.com now before it’s too late.

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