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Northern Nights

 

NorCal’s boutique electronic festival, Northern Nights, turns 5 in the coming weeks. Having been before, we can say it is a splendid festival experience. The event organization in itself is something to behold; never a rush, never too far to go, never too crowded, and just right temperature-wise.

 

This years lineup boasts return acts in the glitch, bass, beats, and house scene as well as newcomers and well-deserved features. Justin Jay will definitely bring the house party vibes with his Fantastic Voyage team, The Range will have you swaying to his masterful beat-making, Moon Boots will have you disco bouncing, and G Jones will bring you right back down with all the heavy bass. Of course, the number one rule of music festivals is to follow whatever sound appeals to you – so get out there and find something new. The River stage chill zone is perfect for just that. To top it all off, one of our very own is on the bill; check out Starfari for scinematic soundscapes as you soak in the fresh NorCal vibes!

 

 

In terms of logistics, we recommend getting their early to get yourself a good campsite and that coveted “finally-made-it” excitement. Be sure to check out the Village areas throughout the day and night to get in on yoga and camp activities (or spend your time lifted by the 215 Lounge)! Remember to pack warm clothes as it can get quite chilly once the sun settles over that awe-inspiring Redwood Canopy.

 

 

 

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One thing that sets San Francisco apart, as far as cities on the west coast go at least, is its illustrious history. From the gold rush to the tech rush; from earthquakes to fires; from skyscrapers to monuments; the city has been through it all, and for that reason, has a lot to offer. Of the offered, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most sensational. The monument was built in 1915 for the World Fair, and I bet they would never have guessed, 100 years later, it would host the premier hip hop and eclectic soul collective in the world: SOULECTION.

 

Being born and raised in southern California, Soulection’s rise to international acclaim has been nothing less than a wild ride to watch and be a part of. When they come to town, no matter who of their collective will be selecting, we’re there. This time, though, it will be with the historic backdrop of one of San Francisco’s most admired treasures.

 

Best part? This event is only $20. $20 is a steal just for the lineup: The Whooligan, Sasha Marie, Mikos Da Gawd, and Ryury. I’ve included some music below if you need any more coaxing. Saturday night is going to be about the experience. Come one, come all!

 

 

 

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Just as the sun rises, so too does Oregon Eclipse near. With 7 stages each boasting a lineup worthy of an entire festival, we’ve decided it wise to feature our top picks by stage. Some we love. Some we just discovered. All essential.
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To start the series off, we begin with the Sun Stage’s smattering of psychedelic or Goa trance and all of its unrelenting drive and experimentation.

 

Marcus Henriksson

Marcus Henriksson is one half of Minilogue and Son Kite (the other half is Sebastian Muellert, in case you were wondering). Under the Son Kite moniker, they delved into the ambient spheres of psytrance. Now he also produces under the moniker Nobody Home. Suffice it to say, he is a legend in the scene and will definitely bring a lot of influence to his set.

 

Dark Whisper

Throw hints of world music and poignant commentary into psy-trance and you get Dark Whisper‘s messages of juxtaposition and self examination. Music and enlightenment are all we’ve ever asked for; come August we need just be.

 

Antix

The brother duo of Antix and Fiord are no strangers to the entire musical spectrum from dancefloor trance to dark psytech. Their DJ appearances definitely give light to this.

 

Perfect Ace

Perfect Stranger and Ace Ventura are perhaps the busiest DJ’s on the psytrance circuit and regulars of Symbiosis. Together, you can be sure they’ll be putting on a spectacle.

 

Shadow Fx

If you find yourself wandering the grounds in the wee hours, listen for the mellower melodies of Shadow Fx. His steadier and deeper progressive style is often reserved for the select few that are on the sunrise hustle.

 

Hallucinogen

Simon Posford’s (of Shpongle fame) Hallucinogen alias is one of the most influential leaders of the Psy-trance movement. This is a DJ set so expect to hear the evolution of the genre during it.

 

Killerwatts

Killerwatts is Tristan and Avalon. The duo has seen their share of Psytrance and all of its nested styles. They’ve made sure to keep all of the driving basslines that define it while adding their own prominent flair. Be sure to catch them both during their solo sets!

 

 

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SoCal’s favourite sleepless Spring soireé is back come March 31. And the 72-hours that the Desert Hearts crew has prepared is as House, Techno, Love as always. From Dirtybird All Stars to cool Suara cats, there is sound enough for everyone to enjoy and the famed one stage to let it all out on. In the 4 years since conception, the Desert Hearts family (also playing to their hearts content) has clearly defined itself as a proper host and fine selector.

 

And with partygoers dancing this way and that way all housed in a boutique environment, it’s hard to miss making a connection – one of the other primary reasons why Desert Hearts still continues to thrive. Get your tickets and come rediscover why We Are All Desert Hearts.

 

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Oregon Eclipse | Tickets

 

Remember Symbiosis 2016 and the ensuing creation of the Global Eclipse Gathering consortium? The mystery behind that was quickly cleared as news came in of a Total Eclipse passing over Oregon on August 21, 2017. More specifically, Big Summit Prairie (52,000 acres of flatland and a 52-acre lake) in Crook County falls under the Eclipse’s viewing path and will thus play host to our beloved traveling gathering’s next installment.

 

This year’s celebration will now span an entire week (August 17-23). Remember: it is a marathon, not a sprint. To put on a show of such magnitude,Global Eclipse Gathering has enlisted 13 well-known worldly experiences: Bass Coast, Beloved, Envision, Hadra, OMETEOTL, Origin, Noisily, Rainbow Serpent, Re:birth, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis, Science and Non-Duality, and Universo Paralello.

 

In short, mark August 17-23 off your calendar and get your Eclipse Viewing Glasses ready!

 

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For the past few years, Australia’s masked wonder, Golden Features has been leaving a lot of dark-industrial-tech in his wake. Recent EP ‘Wolfie/Funeral’ pushes his paces even further into a realm of deep bass. Control LA at Avalon is bringing him in at the end of the month alongside the trap and bass styles of Hoodboi and Alizzz for a night of heavy sound. Don’t miss out.

 

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Golden Features – Wolfie / Funeral

Alizzz – Ocean Drive EP

 

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Envision Festival | Lineup | Tickets

 

While most of the U.S. is trudging through a cold winter filled with rain, wind, and snow, Costa Rica continues to thrive in the warm, tropical climates of its eternal summer. Touted as one of the leading transformational festivals in the world, Envision is returning to the beaches of Uvita for its 7th annual celebration of music, art and sacred movement. Envision has certainly grown over the years, yet through careful curation and leadership it maintains the feeling of intimacy and mindfulness that have made the festival what it is today.

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