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From July 8th through the 10th, a steady techno drone settled over Oak Canyon Park. It marked the second coming of Woogie Weekend. If Lightning in a Bottle is the well traveled eco-conscious older sister with worldy experience, then Woogie Weekend is the laid back little brother with really good music taste.

 

While LIB seeks to educate and inspire, Do Lab’s Summer campout instead focuses on calming and inviting atmospheres. Think grass, shade, fair weather, water sports, mini golf, hammocks, room for plenty of activities, and colorful decor to ease the eyes. Leisurely strolls and plenty of comfy seating only added to the chill-out camp vibe.

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Summer is in full swing and if you’re planning to be in Oak Canyon Park this weekend, you’d be hard pressed to find yourself amidst a bad time. This is one stacked lineup. Below are several artists we definitely recommend you check out over the weekend in between all the activities. Honestly though, don’t miss anyone if you can help it.

 

Friday

DoubtingThomas
Preferring to stay out of the limelight, Doubting Thomas has slowly and surely come of his own with his unique approach to mystic and mellow minimal house sounds.

DoubtingThomas – The Changes

 

Extrawelt
This duo has been going strong for over 10 years; and for good reason. They consistently stay ahead of the electronic music curve in producing a deep and technical sound that never stales.

Stephan Bodzin – Blue Giant (Extrawelt Remix)

 

Mark Farina
The father of downtempo house meets acid goodness Mushroom Jazz. ’nuff said.

Mark Farina – C’mon Playa

 

Saturday
Beacon
This New York outfit melds sleepless city vocals with complex hypnotic elements to great effect. Playing live, they’ll be sure to set you in a most welcome spacey rhythm.

Beacon – Escapements

 

Oceanvs Orientalis
Straight from their mouths: Oceanvs Orientalis blends itself with the archaelogic tunes of mankind’s cumulative musical history and in this very context believes that “everything comes from the east”. Don’t miss out on their orchestral-dance style.

Oceanvs Orientalis vs. Heimat – Gardens of Bablyon

 

Oliver Huntemann
Perfectly seamless. German. Techno.

Oliver Huntemann – Kiez

 

Sunday
Kidnap Kid
Now in the full swing of his career, UK based Kidnap Kid has established himself as a standout in the emotional house scene. His sound takes on aspects of Balearic, Traditional, and Garage all to induce a stellar “get-lost-in-your-head” flow.

Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To

 

Rampue
After missing him at Further Future, we’ve had a Rampue sized hole in our hearts for his distinct minimal tribal techno style.
Once more with visa issues.

Rampue – Adagio for Phoenicopterus

 

Rodriguez Jr.
There’s never not enough room for Minimal Techno. And when it comes from this star producer (live!), there’s no reason to miss out.

Rodriguez Jr. – Capitelle

 

 

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Music as smooth and awakening as his name. Hailing from South Africa, Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo (that’s right his middle name is “Innocent”), better known as Black Coffee has been putting out his brand of eclectic beats and productions since 1995. With 5 albums under his belt, Black Coffee is arguably the biggest electronic producer to ever come out of the cradle of civilization.

 

His African heritage can be heard throughout most of his productions as he uses many loops and drum patterns rooted in the rhythms of his roots. Black Coffee really shines in his excellent use of female vocalists that meld perfectly over his multifarious beats. Songs like “Superman” featuring Bucie and Gratitude with Rebecca Murray perfectly weave each vocalist’s stylings throughout each layer and texture of the rhythmic backdrops. It is this sonic marriage that gives Black Coffee’s tracks more depth and distinction over the next guy.

 

Black Coffee – Monkey See Monkey Do

Black Coffee Feat. Bucie – Turn Me On

 

Take a look at his amazing DJ skills from his Boiler Room set in his home country of South Africa

 

 

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UR Art is the brainchild of Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y), and John Wander. The Santa Monica based Summer festival series is now in its third year and continues to draw attention to its message of sustainable power, artistic freedom, and community wellness. On top of that, the series features leading musicians from the deeper spectrum of house and techno under the open air of a beach city sun.

 

All of this is hosted inside Bergamot Station, a re-purposed train station now art center. This Sunday (July 3rd) will feature John Tejada, Hoj, Clint Stewart, and WXC (John Wander b2b Luke Cheadle). Come through to celebrate freedom, art, music, and social purpose.

 

John Tejada – Endorphins

Terrence Parker – Alarm the Sound (John Tejada Remix)

Clint Stewart & The Reason Y – Audable Flares

 

 

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Admit it – you hate the Electric Daisy Carnival. The candy bracelets, the furry boots, the PLUR! You were over all the pageantry long ago. Nothing gives you more anxiety than the thought of a massive overcrowded dance music festival filled with sixteen year olds in banana hammocks and lingerie dancing to commercialized electronic music.

 

What if I told you that you were wrong? That underneath all the superficial annoyances there really is an experience unable to be replicated anywhere else? Here’s how to make the experience actually fun for you and most of all here’s why EDC still matters and how to survive the debauchery.

 

Why It Matters

 

Production Value
This year was EDC’s 20th anniversary and they sure as hell showed it. Each stage showed the attention to detail of a finely tuned exotic car. Not only looking amazing but sounding amazing as well. You might say I’ve been to a few clubs and festivals in my time and you can definitely say that I’m a huge sound whore. If I’m paying money to listen to music then the music better be delivered to my ears optimally without my having to camp out in the front row. Organizers spared no sonic expense; they placed speakers affixed to the stages as well as throughout the crowd so no matter where you stood you were able to hear the music clean and clear. I constantly found myself “dance-walking” between stages. Even the bass and the low frequencies could be absorbed way in the back as I tried to circumnavigate to my destination. This brings me to my first tip: Do yourself a favor and wear earplugs tuned for the festival life. Nothing blows more than waking up the next morning being hard of hearing as the music from your hotels’ pool party bleeds into your econo-suite. I lied. Waking up 10 years later and discovering you have tinnitus blows way more.

 

Now that we’ve gone over substance let’s talk about style. Like I said it was EDC’s 20th anniversary so every stage from the Bass Pod to the Cosmic Meadow was the most elaborate and decorated it has ever been. One standout was the hardstyle stage. Say what you will about the genre itself but the stage aka “Wasteland” was modeled after a post-apocalyptic dystopian San Francisco akin to what the city by the bay must have looked like after the most recent Godzilla film or maybe just three years from now when the tech bubble bursts. Every stage was carefully crafted to fit the aesthetic of the music. LED walls, flamethrowers, fireworks, acrobats, dancers, fireworks, strobe lights, and oh did I mention fireworks? Apparently EDC 2016 had the 2nd biggest fireworks display anywhere ever with the first being the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Do yourself a favor and check out each stage for at least a few minutes. Despite your own personal musical taste each stage offers a spectacle all its own.

 

Your favorite genre is out in full force
Almost every type of electronic music under the sun is represented in some way. You can go to EDC and have any kind of time you want. Both old school and new school heads will rejoice. There’s legendary sets like Caspa b2b Rusko, Armand Van Helden, and Eric Prydz and new up and coming superstars like NGHTMRE, Hannah Wants, and Coyote Kisses. Wherever you fall on the spectrum from elderly bitter techno-head to main stage basic bro to trance4lyfe kandi kid, The Electric Sky has got you covered. The best part of most music festivals of this size is always the eclectic mix of talent spread out over the raver landscape. If I get bored of dubstep I can go listen to techno. If I get bored of techno I can go listen to trap. If I get bored of trap I can go listen to psy-trance? Then again I was bored of trap 3 years ago. If you dig electronic music in any of its forms then this is simply the place to be.

 

How to Survive

 

Invest in Your Hotel Room
Before and after the festival you are going to want to be as comfortable as possible (be sure to sleep in an actual bed each night). If you end up squeezing 10 people into a room with one king bed, you’re going to have a bad time. Make your lodging your oasis in the desert rather than just another sand dune. Nothing beats laying at the pool or jumping in the jacuzzi with a stiff cocktail while recovering from the night before.

 

Attend EDC in a small group
Nothing is more annoying than trying to bounce from stage to stage pushing a train of people. EDC is crowded (like 100,000 people crowded!) and having to keep track of everyone whilst walking between stages can be an absolute NGHTMRE, especially after you’ve all had a few *ahem* …beers. Also don’t be afraid to set a hard meeting point and go off and watch a set by yourself. This can be a great way to connect with the music or get into a DJ you’ve never seen play before.

 

Wear Your Gym Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking and dancing in the heat so lightweight breathable workout shoes are clutch.

 

Leave Early
This is a big one. Make sure you get the hell out of dodge by 3:30 am. Just wait until the closing artists come spin in your town. I’m telling you it is not worth it staying until the sun comes up. There are only 2 freeways leading to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway which creates a massive traffic jam. Some friends of mine were stuck in traffic for 4 hours trying to get out of the venue. Believe it or not, an Uber ride back to the strip is only about $25-$30 so try and avoid driving yourselves at all costs.

 

That’s it. Now you know. An amazing time can be had at EDC no matter how old you get if you follow these simple rules. I hope I was able to break any preconceived notions or anxieties you had. The crowd is not all teenagers giving each other light shows; the music is not just “Now That’s What I Call EDM Vol. 19”; and if you do it right, then Vegas does not have to be your own personal Vietnam.

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Treasure Island 2016 is happening! For its 10-year anniversary, this lovely island festival was almost a no-go. Luckily, the city and event planners were able to make it happen. We can’t reiterate enough how great this compact festival is. 2 stages. 1 silent disco. No set-time over lap. Smaller crowds. A whole lot of sea breeze to cap off the indian Summer. The lineup this year is as exceptional as always; featuring artists from all across the spectrum.

 

 

Of all the festivals we’ve been to, this one is definitely among the easiest to survive and relaxing to be a part of. Tickets are still on sale! Do NOT miss your chance to go to this festival its last time on the actual island.

 

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Now in its second year as a standalone festival, Woogie Weekend continues to gather artists that could hold their own on parent festival LIB‘s lineup. The event is even hosted at LIB’s former home: Oak Canyon Park, Silverado Canyon. Anyone who’s stopped by the Woogie stage at LIB knows the sound and the vibe: funky and carefree during the day; deep and dark at night. And this year’s lineup is definitely influenced by a playa touch. Luckily, there’s water all around to help manage that hot summer sun (or an unpredictable muddy cuddle puddle a la 2015).

 

The event runs July 8-10, 2016 with 2-day and Sunday tickets available, so there’s really no reason not to check out at least Sunday (Rampue, Rodriguez Jr., Kidnap Kid, and TEED are among our must sees of the weekend). With a lineup this good at a $160 all weekend ticket price, this is perhaps the most “worth it” festival bill we’ve seen this year.