Anticipation continues to build as Southern California electronic music lovers prepare for this weekend’s premiere Insomniac festival, Beyond Wonderland, taking place at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.
Featuring an iconic artist curating their own wish-list lineup, Meltdown is one of the world’s most anticipated music events each year. Previous curators includePatti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Ornette Coleman, and M.I.A. This year, it’s The Cure’s Robert Smith’s turn. “I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. More than 30 of my all time favourite artists – some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years – will make sure this 10-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the must-see event of the summer!” Smith said. First held in 1993, Meltdown initially took a contemporary classical direction, featuring composers George Benjamin and Louis Andriess as curators in its early years. In 1998 curator John Peel challenged this path, showcasing contemporary and cult indie acts that marked a major shift in direction for the festival which unfolds in London’s Southbank Centre over a week, one concert per night. Given the festival’s illustrious pedigree and its intimate format, it’s easy to see why it inspires awe and reverence, even for those who curate it. “As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself – this is really happening,” said Smith of the announcement, “and the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!” Royal Festival Hall June 15 – Psychedelic Furs & The Church June 16 – Placebo June 17 – The Libertines…
Lollapalooza is jumping off in Chile and Argentina, March 16-18 before hitting Chicago, August 2-5. It’s also popping in São Paulo (March 23-25, 2018), Paris (July 21-22, 2018), and Berlin (September 8-9, 2018), making it one of the most expansive music festivals in the world.
Throughout the past seven years, Miami Music Week has established itself as a “must” stop on the international music festival circuit. The annual bacchanal unfolding over the last week of March in the heart of South Beach is the perfect excuse to, as LMFAO succinctly put it, “Drink all day, play all night!”
EDC, among the first festivals to see the larger-than-life potential in a Las Vegas setting for rave culture, returns to “The Strip” this year, May 18th-20th, with one of the biggest lineups, featuring “more than 25 rare b2b performances, including Flux Pavilion b2b Doctor P, Solardo b2b CamelPhat, and 12th Planet b2b Kill the Noise.”