5 Bass-Laced Dubstep Festivals You Should Rage At This Summer

Dubstep has always been a premier genre in electronic dance music. With an ever-growing and more diverse community, dubstep festivals have been increasingly popular. Here are the five best festivals to headbangers at.

EDC Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC for short, is the granddaddy of all electronic music festivals. This festival will be celebrated on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from May 20-22 this year. Dubstep DJs such as Virtual Riot, Kai Waichi and Marauda will perform at the festival’s Basspod stage. If listening to heavy bass is tiresome, do not worry. EDC Las Vegas showcases the best stages for of all existing electronic genres. For instance, the festival has stages for trap, house, future bass and techno. For tickets, camping and hotel deals, visit EDC’s website for more info.

Sunset Music Festival

Sunset Music Festival is South Florida’s premier bass music festival. The festival takes place behind Raymond James Stadium in Tampa from May 27-29. Bass music artists such as Monxx, Shiverz and Borgore will be performing. Sunset Music Festival will hold up to four stages this year. For example, the Eclipse stage, will showcase the best artists in bass music. For hotel bookings and admission, head over to the festival’s website.

Electric Forest

The 10th annual Electric Forest will excite nature lovers and bass enthusiasts of all kinds. The festival takes place at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan from June 23-26. Electronic fans will experience the sights of exotic set designs accompanied by pulse-pounding bass. Dubstep artists such as 12th Planet, Liquid Stranger and Moore Kismet will be highlighting the resort grounds this summer. For more information, visit the festival website here.

Dancefestopia

Dancefestopia is a go-to festival for Midwest ravers. The festival takes place from September 6-11 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dubstep artists such as Barely Alive, Sullivan King, Aweminus and He$h will be performing on stage. More information can be cited on the festival’s website.

Bass Canyon

This festival is a non-negotiable for headbangers. Bass Canyon will take place from August 22-26 at the Gorge in George, WA. The lineup has yet to be announced, but it will feature sets from bass titan and event organizer Excision. For details on camping and general admission, head over to Bass Canyon’s website.

Aminé Delights The Fillmore With Charm And Charisma

Aminé Delights The Fillmore With Charm And Charisma

On Monday March 21st, 2022, a breeze of excitement rushed through the Fillmore Auditorium.

Aminé is a Portland-based rapper, singer and songwriter. While playing basketball in high school, he rapped for fun. After graduating in 2012, he decided to make rapping his passion. After releasing his first two mixtapes independently, he signed a deal with Republic Records. With the label, he released his debut hit single, “Caroline”, which became an instant success.

The Openers

The room darkened as 454 stormed the stage to open the show. He had a very chill and relaxed vibe that soothed the Monday-night crowd. Draped in a grey long sleeve shirt and denim jeans, he performed songs like “Pisces” and “4 Real” that contained a soft R&B feel with a hip hop tempo. 454‘s style of music emulated popular hip hop artists such as Tyler, the Creator and Polo G. His performance was very calming, and it resonated with the contention of his crowd.

After a very brief intermission, British rapper AJ Tracey and his DJ quickly rushed onto the stage. With a calm and confident presence, he blazed through his set with an energetic voice that matched his grimy beats. During his set, Tracey asked the crowd kindly to open up the mosh pit. The crowd delivered a pit with intensity and passion as he performed his drill-infused song, “Pasta”. Towards the end of his set, Tracey brought out fellow rapper, Swoosh God, as he performed his smash track, “Just Do It”. He then saluted the crowd and told them that they might be his favorite crowd on the tour so far. Overall, AJ Tracey’s fiery performance turned the mood of the crowd from relaxed to hyped-up. Getting nods from artists like Skepta, it was clear why his performance on-stage cemented his status as a UK hip-hop icon.

Aminé

After 15 minutes of stage setup, the crowd roared with anticipation when the lights dimmed down. Following this development, a miniature set design of the city of Portland, Oregon lit up the center stage. In front of a podium that read “The Best Tour Ever”, Aminé‘s DJ, MadisonLST, appeared before the crowd. For the next 15 minutes, he mixed together some favorite hip hop hits to hype up the audience. This included throwbacks such as Soulja Boy and Sammie’s “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” and Kanye West’s “Runaway”.

After a barrage of hip-hop’s notable hits, the crowd went into a frenzy. Emerging from the Alberta Market stage prop, Aminé rummaged through the stage with excitement and energy. Dressed in a bright orange jacket, he opened up with his “Mad Funny Freestyle”, invigorating the phone-savvy crowd. He followed up with his hit “Shimmy”, as the audience’s sang-along to the lyrics that echoed throughout the building. Shortly after performing a few of his songs, he talked about the set design for his tour. It was designed around his childhood in Portland. This included a sign of Woodland Park and a giant statue of his dog, Oliver.

What made the night really special was Aminé‘s relationship with his fans. He really helps his audience to feel special about themselves. Throughout the night, Amine or MadisonLST would shout “You’re beautiful!”, to which the crowd responded with “I know”. He also had a lucky fan sign a patch on his pants and took a photo with him on stage. His on-stage attitude defines his amazing persona, not just as an artist, but as a human being as well.

Aminé delivered a breathtaking and vibrant performance for the Denver crowd. He proved that he is so much more than the rapper who wrote “Caroline”. Aminé is an artist in his own league, and his unique on-stage presence reflected his modesty and creativity as a performing artist.

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5 Sizzling Festivals From the Bahamas That Will Spice Up Your Future Vacations

5 Sizzling Festivals From the Bahamas That Will Spice Up Your Future Vacations

The Bahamas has always been a premier destination for tourists around the world. One of the largest reasons people come to the country is due to its open and vibrant music scene. Here are five festivals from The Bahamas to make your next vacation memorable.

Junkanoo

Junkanoo is the most popular annual festival in the Bahamas. The festival is celebrated in the town of West Grand Bahama from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day. The festival showcases the best of Bahamian music and costume design. Junkanoo showcases various genres of music, such as rake ‘n’ scrape, reggae, and calypso. Famous Caribbean-based groups, such as the Valley Boys and the Shell Saxon Superstars, provided the festival’s widely known “Junkanoo sound”. The sound derives from West African folk music and consists of instruments such as goatskin drums and cowbells. To find out more about this annual extravaganza, look at the Junkanoo page list of the Government of the Bahama’s website.

Groove Cruise

This festival is far from your average cruise party. Since 2004, Groove Cruise is a one-of-a-kind five-day experience for EDM fans who like to party on the seven seas. The festival ship sails from Miami to the town of Freeport in the Bahamas. In previous years, iconic DJs in the EDM scene, such as Claude Vonstroke and Above and Beyond, have performed on the decks of the Royal Caribbean. The festival has not released any information regarding its concert dates for its nineteenth rendition in January of 2023. For more details on room reservations and pre-sale tickets, head to Groove Cruise’s website.

Days of Summer Music Festival

Days of Summer Music Festival is an essential festival for hip hop fans that are heading to the Bahamas. Host DJ Khaled and his merry band of hip hop superstars will take over the Norwegian Sky ship from July 1st through the 4th of this summer. Festival attendees are spoiled with gorgeous amenities with every reservation. This includes 24-hour room service and artist meet-and-greets. Lil Baby is the only artist on the lineup this year. However, there are more hip-hop acts to follow the 27-year old rapper on the lineup of this seaworthy festival. For information and cabin reservations, check out the festival website.

Eleuthera Pineapple Festival

Located in the town of Eleuthera, the Pineapple Festival is a unique experience for both music and food fans. The festival contains fire dancers, pineapple eating contests, and a wide variety of music talent. Local artists D-Mac and Puzzle have graced the festival’s main stage with their unique style and sound. Lineups and dates for this year’s festival have not been announced. It is expected to be held early in the coming June, 2022.

Rock Boat

The 22nd annual Rock Boat will delight rock fans of all spectra. The festival takes place aboard the Norwegian Pearl from January 22-28 in 2023. Rock Boat will sail from Miami and land at both Puerto Planta in the Dominican Republic and Nassau in the Bahamas. Neon Trees, NEED TO BREATHE, and Lit will take center stage at the festival. For more information on waiting lists, cruise amenities, and activities, visit the festival’s website.

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Sullivan King Demolishes Mission Ballroom With Bass, Metal And Mayhem​​

Sullivan King Demolishes Mission Ballroom With Bass, Metal And Mayhem​​

A brutal snowstorm reared its ugly head around Denver on Saturday, February 11th, 2022. However, it wasn’t able to stop another fantastic bass music show from happening. 3,000+ headbangers sold out and packed the Mission Ballroom with passionate energy. The master of low resonance and heavy metal was about to take center stage. 

Keaton Prescott, better known as Sullivan King has been singing and playing guitar since he was a teenager. To add onto his acoustic skills, he has been a DJ and producer under the Sullivan King project since 2014. Since, the ICON Collective graduate has performed at several bass music festivals such as Lost Lands, Ever After and Moonrise Festival. His unique fusion of metal and bass music has received nods from dubstep giants such as Excision, and has made bass-hungry fans salivating for more.

The Openers

Draped in a long, gray hoodie, jet-black jeans and a kelly green hat, Local DJ PAWS had the first start the show. His energetic presence ignited the bass-savvy crowd as he supplied a unique blend of dubstep, hardstyle and trap sounds into his mix. After his set, he congratulated the crowd for braving the cold weather and cited the Mission audience as “the greatest crowd [he’s] ever performed in front of.”

A wave of excitement fell over the crowd as Layz was the next act up. She came in with a very youthful and ecstatic presence. The 21-year old Maryland native then proceeded to take the stage by storm. Visuals of lightning bolts and mosh pits from the crowd complimented her musical style of heavy dubstep. Layz‘s performance was a massive reason to get excited about the future of bass music. Her radiant positivity and skills on the decks were simply electrifying.

Following Layz was Blanke and Trivecta playing a back-to-back set. Aside from their usual musical styles of future bass and midtempo, their set was an opposition of dubstep bangers. What made Blanke and Trivecta‘s set special was the way they portrayed themselves as friends on stage. Their bond really personified their set together, as they both consistently hyped each other up at every bass drop. The Australian Blanke and the Tampa native Trivecta‘s unorthodox pairing proved to be a success with Denver’s gathering of headbangers.

Sullivan King

Conclusion

It would be safe to assume to Sullivan King turned a nasty blizzard outside into a winter wonderland of bass inside of Mission. His on-stage attitude, laced with head banging, intense excitement and frantic guitar-playing spoke just as loud as the music he played. If Eddie Van Halen is an icon of rock, Sullivan King is surely an icon of the bass music scene. At this show, he carried an unmatched and energetic performer that all DJs in this scene strive to duplicate. Sullivan King has really been a pleasure to follow over the years as both a performer and a producer. When he started out with his project, his metalhead persona brought heavy rock fans to EDM shows. Now, because of shows like Saturday’s at Mission Ballroom, they grace the white and red baseball jerseys that bare his name.

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Yung Gravy Smothers The Boulder Theater With Comedy And Passionate Energy

Yung Gravy Smothers The Boulder Theater With Comedy And Passionate Energy

Yung Gravy Smothers the Boulder Theater with Comedy and Passionate Energy

If one word was, to sum up, Yung Gravy’s performance at the Boulder Theater on November 2nd, 2021, it would most definitely be lighthearted. The artist from Rochester, Minnesota wasted no time showing a relaxed, yet childlike presence on stage. He truly delivered a memorable performance in front of a vibrant audience.

Matthew Hurai, better known as Yung Gravy has been a professional hip-hop artist since 2016. He broke into stardom back in 2018 thanks to social media platform giant, SoundCloud, who helped promote his first platinum-certified single, “Mr. Clean”. Since then, Yung Gravy has performed and sold out several shows across the U.S. As well, he has an upcoming debut tour in Europe next year. His unique sound pairs 1950s oldies music as well as 1970s soul music with modern, trap-infused beats.

To start off the evening, Yung Gravy’s DJ, Tiiiip, appeared before a rowdy crowd of predominantly energetic Boulder students. He mixed together popular songs from a variety of eras, including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”, to hype up the eager audience.    

Shortly after Tiiiip’s solo set, Yung Gravy approached the stage in a calm, yet collective manner as hundreds of spectators screamed with uncaged excitement. The stage lights dazzled on Yung Gravy as he opened his set with his funk-laced banger, “Gravy Train”. He directly followed up with his breakout hit, “Mr. Clean”, which ironically coordinated with his soothing voice that echoed through the speakers in between songs. 

Aside from how Yung Gravy portrayed himself as a performing artist that night, seeing him humbly portray himself as a person became an intriguing part of his set. Throughout the set, he discussed his perennial love for sports, which energized the college football-crazed crowd. To play along with Yung Gravy, Tiiiip enthusiastically threw on the NFL on Fox theme, as a wave of kids jumped up and down with excitement. Yung Gravy also portrayed his friendly demeanor when he let his DJ and his producer rhyme with him on stage during select songs. Yung Gravy displayed his romantic and softer side, as he gracefully tossed roses that were directed towards the younger women in the crowd.

To settle down his vivacious spectators, he performed sentimental songs like “Charlene” and established a more soothing mood to his set in contrast to the vibrant club anthems that he started the show with. 

Conclusion

Aside from his musical performances, Yung Gravy’s infamous on-stage segments were the most unforgettable part of his set. These sudden antics consisted of jovial throws of both water bottles and carrot cake into the audience. Shortly after supplying the audience with perishables, he proceeded to show off an unexplained tattoo of Martha Stewart’s name inked on his upper shoulder before performing his song with the famous Food Network’s star name in the title.

Yung Gravy’s merry persona may make him one of hip-hop’s funniest live performers, but his passionate and fan-appreciative performance on-stage that night in Boulder was no joke. With joyful energy that distinctly matched the power of his tender heartbeat, he not only showed that he was a talented performing artist but showed that he was a master at crowd control as well.

Hurai’s performance style resonates with fans not only in the hip-hop community but also connects with fans that carry eclectic tastes in music. For that reason, his live performances, such as this one, are the coating to mainstream hip-hop’s turkey. With this type of charismatic performance, he likely won’t be leaving the music industry alone anytime soon.