Last weekend was one for the books; not because it was Valentine’s Day, everyone’s favorite/loathed holiday, but because Paul Van Dyk graced New York City with another one of his 6-hour sets. Since PVD stopped by NYC’s Governor’s Beach Club this past August, the legend has been working on the third installment of The Politics of Dancing series. Originally set for a late-fall of 2013 release, fans still eagerly await the release of this highly anticipated album. While Paul Van Dyk’s Governor’s Beach Club set focused primarily on vocal trance tracks perfect for a sunny, Summer day, his Hammerstein Ballroom set relied more so on darker, instrumental tracks consisting of strong bass lines and beats.
Despite the advertised 9pm doors memo, at 9:45 pm, a massive line was still lined up outside the venue with no one allowed to enter. PVD took the decks at 10pm sharp and only then did security begin to admit attendees. Hammerstein Ballroom was looking scarce, but it was only a short matter of time until the entire main floor filled up with fans thawing out from the outside extremities. Getting inside, however, was only half the battle; an amoeba-esque mob of people cluttered the basement as Hammerstein struggled to keep the coat check process running smoothly. (more…)
One month ago, by means of an Instagram post, Paul Van Dyk told New York City, ‘#BeMyValentine.’ In other words, the trance legend informed his audience that he would be snuggling up to New York City Valentine’s Day weekend with a 6-hour extended set.
All those lucky enough to catch Paul Van Dyk the last time he spun a 6-hour set in NYC know that February 15th is not a night to miss! Prepare yourselves for six non-stop hours of foot-stomping, vocal-belting, pure trance.
Last month, Paul Van Dyk released his annual VONYC Sessions compilation album that celebrates 40 of 2013′s best tracks featured on Paul Van Dyk’s VONYC Sessions radio show throughout the year. Featuring Alex MORPH, Max Graham, Las Salinas, Giuseppe Ottaviani and many more, check out VONYC Sessions 2013 – Presented by Paul Van Dyk to get an idea of what February 15th’s show has in store!
Swedish House Mafia have announced that they will throw a Black Tie Rave on February 28th at Hammerstein Ballroom to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. Tickets for this epic event will be auctioned at Ticketmaster starting on Dec. 14th at 10am EST. Bids will start at $100.00 per ticket and fans can purchase a minimum of 2 tickets and maximum of 4 tickets.
Although the pricing isn’t the most pocket friendly, the trio will be donating 100% of the net proceeds to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief efforts. The group noted that “New York City has been a massive part of our journey and there was no better way to say thank you than to help out along with so many other worthwhile events. We had the night off in NYC before our Madison Square Garden gig…and what better way to spend it!”.
For more information, be sure to visit the event’s official website here.
UKF will returns to NYC this Saturday, Dec. 1 with a splash, as the brand hosts the official US launch of its bass heavy party to the historic Hammerstein Balloom in NYC with a crazy line-up boasting Chase & Status, Borgore, Bare Noize, Gemini, Delta Heavy, Dirtyphonics and Alex English. If you’re a bass addict, this is obviously the only place for you to be this weekend.
The filthy boys of Dirtyphonics bestowed an early Christmas present upon their fans today with the free download of their heavy electro track ‘I Need Your Love’. Deliciously dark, ‘I Need Your Love’ features a hypnotic vocal sample and grinding beat with all the grime we’d expect from the Parisians. Visit their Facebook page for a link to the free download, and be sure to catch Dirtyphonics when they roll into town this Saturday for UKF’s US Launch Party at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Justice is perhaps best known for their iconic album ‘Cross’ but also their provocative videos and dynamic live shows. Marrying electronic music and rock, their productions have been a quintissential part of young people’s music collections since their remix of Simian’s ‘Never Be Alone’ was created in 2003. Since then, they have become a stalwart of the scene with the subsequent release of ‘Cross.’ Their Grammy win in 2009 for their remix of MGMT’s ‘Electric Feel’ solidified their position as one of the more influential electronic acts of the decade.
Justice’s DJ set is available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info on SiriusXM On Demand. Additional info about their tour and to purchase tickets is available on Justice’s Facebook page.
Justice live! On Tour
Oct. 21 – New York, Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 22 – Montreal, Metropolis
Oct. 24 – Chicago Congress Theater
Oct. 25 – Asheville, Us Cellular Center
Oct. 27 – New Orleans, Voodoo Experience Festival
Oct. 28 – Houston, House of Blues
Oct. 30 – Austin, Austin Music Hall
Oct. 31 – Dallas, Palladium Ballroom
Nov. 3 – Los Angeles, Hard Haunted Mansion
Nov. 4 – San Fransisco, The Warfield
Nov. 8 – Guadalajara, Foro Alterno
Nov. 10 – Mexico, One Festival
While Afrojack caught a lot of grief for his contribution to Bad 25, the 25th Anniversary Special Edition release of MJ’s epic album, Nero’s ‘Speed Demon’ remix has been stirring up quite the internet buzz. And for good reason – the massive rework of MJ’s track (which is often remembered solely for its entertaining video) perfectly adds a dash of electro modernity without compromising the style and integrity of the original. Seeing how Nero’s ominous, futuristic sound and look have always had certain Tron-esc qualities, what could be more fitting than an 80′s meets 2012 remix?
Michael Jackson – Speed Demon (Nero Remix)
The ‘Speed Demon’ remix, as well as the rest of the special edition release is available now from iTunes here. And don’t miss Nero and Adventure Club at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 27th for Girls & Boys Halloween Meltdown (tickets here).
PS – the boys released the track ‘Won’t You (Be There)’ earlier this week and are giving it away for free since they love us all so much. Download it here.
Get your hopes up for an announcement of Act III of Cosmic Opera by watching the stellar recap video from Act II, featuring dBerrie, Zedd, Funkagenda and Fedde le Grand. The memories will be especially poignant if you were there to experience the awesome beats, fire breathers and roving performers. Enjoy!
Imagine it’s the weekend before Easter and Passover and you are stuck in NYC…what would you do? For hundreds of dance music lovers, the Thursday before this observant weekend meant praying at the alter of dBerrie, Funkagenda, Zedd and Fedde le Grand at the storied Hammerstein Ballroom for the second installment of Cosmic Opera.
With massive amounts of hype surrounding the first operatic act in February, with headliner Axwell and support from Deniz Koyu and Thomas Gold, creator Justin Cohen sought to maintain the level of expectation steady for the middle chapter of Cosmic. With a recap video that may have smoothed out some of the kinks that actually existed, the bar was set high going into the last Thursday’s show.
With several improvements being made, including the addition of LED light screens behind the DJ booth, additional speakers for increased volume in the gigantic ballroom and a rare 3D laser installment suspended high above the stage, Cohen had clearly worked to respond to naysaying comments stemming from February’s shows asserting that Cosmic Opera just wasn’t as special as he had promised it to be.
Much more review and photos after the jump! (more…)
To promote the forthcoming album, Felix is launching a special online contest where fans can win a wild assortment of prizes, including “a dinner date with Felix himself, along with VIP access to one of the â€œDifferent Facesâ€ tour dates; a custom, one-of-a-kind Felix Cartal cardigan complete with a hand-embroidered FELIX CARTAL patch; and a Different Faces singles prize pack featuring a custom FELIX CARTAL â€œDomoâ€ doll (from his previous â€œDomoâ€ single), a glow-in-the-dark â€œDon’t Turn On The Lightsâ€ poster and more.” Fans can enter by sharing the contest on Facebook or Twitter, or by purchasing the Different Faces pre-order. Full details on the contest can be found here.
â€œBlack To White,â€ the latest single from Different Faces is out and available now. It’s house-pop music with disco sensibilities.Check it out below.