Transmission Returns to Prague, Unveils New Theme

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After a very successful, first-time edition in Bratislava, the famed trance festival Transmission returns to it home base of Prague, Czech Republic for it’s 11th edition on October 25th 2014. The festival has garnered rave reviews from attendees, and performers alike truly being an experience like no other. The grand production of Transmission has not been imitated anywhere else, providing an astonishing visual spectacle by Dutch VJs Vision Impossible to complement the music that we all come for: real trance! Headliner Markus Schulz has many times expressed just how much he loves Transmission, and recommends his fans across the globe make the trip at least once in their lifetime. It’s that special!

To top it off, a new theme has been announced: Seven Sins! We can’t wait to see what the creators will imagine and how the DJs will adapt their sets in accordance with this theme. Some dark and twisted sounds would certainly seem appropriate and we are definitely looking forward to that. Rank1,The lineup, as usual features some of the very best Trance DJs, this year with Solarstone, Bryan Kearney, John O’callaghan, Photographer, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and of course the return of Markus Schulz as the headlining act! To start things off Thomas Coastline will spin a warm-up set and MC da Silva will be hosting throughout the night. Finally, the icing on the cake will be a special portion of the show featuring special effects and pyrotechnics all set to a mix recorded by the legendary Rank1: safe to say this will be a dream come true for any trance fan!

If you fall into that category, now is the time to get your tickets! The date is quickly approaching and you don’t want to miss out on this massive celebration at the O2 Arena. Once you’ve got those, sit back and enjoy the spectacular aftermovies from last years edition and Bratislava below to get a taste of what is waiting for you in Prague!
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LED Presents Finger Lickin’ LA: Review + Photos

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Finger Lickin’ at the Shrine Expo Hall lived up to the LED standard. Despite competition for attendance on the Memorial Day weekend with LED USA in San Diego, and many others hitting the road for Vegas, this highly anticipated event did not fail to deliver in production value, electrifying music and a young crowd filled with an inspiring level of energy. The event was headlined by Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, alongside Wolf Pack, Vicetone, and other talented newcomers to the game.

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The duo Vicetone launched the night’s festivities with hypnotizing vocals, soaring melodies and cheerful tones, providing an exceptionally rhythmic product which got the entire crowd bouncing. Despite the varied sounds among the other acts that night, the crowd which was very receptive.

Wolf Pack picked up where Vicetone left off, blasting some big room beats while sustaining high energy throughout. A highlight of the set was “Anubi” by Dannic vs Mark & Kremont which was a fresh track. Wolf Pack was a hard act to follow for the remainder of the night.

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Next up, Caked Up. These guys are definitely from the new breed of EDM artists that sprung out of trap’s exploding popularity. The duo put out a genre-hopping, hype-loaded set that set the room off. High points: taking the stage to the theme from Harry Potter (biggest chills of the night, not even kidding), dropping What So Not’s – “Tell Me” (the infectious rolling bass on this song is something you can only appreciate on a big sound system) and slipping in classic 90s hip hop like “Jump Around”. It was a unique mix. For those really paying attention to detail, it seemed as though Caked Up put a great amount of preparation and creativity into their one-of-a-kind set.

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All of these acts of course were only setting the stage for the belles of the ball- Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. When they came on stage, it was readily apparent who the crowd saved their Saturday night for. These guys jumped around, spread their incredible energy to the crowd and made it clear they were going to ensure that everyone got their money’s worth when they jumped down to the crowd and poured Grey Goose into the gaping mouths of attendees. I got a mouthful of Grey Goose despite my best protests and saw first hand the amusing chaos which was Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. They played their top-charting hits with crowd-pleasers like mashups of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and “Turn It Up”. They also dropped the recently released “Tremor” which is a collaboration with the ever-youthful Martin Garrix as they encouraged the crowd into one of the largest moshpits we’ve ever laid eyes on.

After this madness, Don Diablo distinguished himself with his dream sequence-esque tunes, and surprised us with some gnarly drops, changing the pace of the roller coaster of a night. Ultimately, if we had to define this party in one word it be this: Fun. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
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Armin van Buuren Reveals Reasons Behind Ibiza Residency Move

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This summer starting June 26th, Armin van Buuren will be taking his Ibiza residency to the Ushuaia Beach Hotel where some of his A State Of Trance radio shows will be broadcasted. The new location features a large outdoor stage in a poolside setting and has already been the home to some of the world’s leading DJs such as Avicii and David Guetta, and this summer will also see Hardwell hosting a residency.

Armin’s reason for moving, however, had more to do with an incident at the previous venue, Privelege Ibiza, as he made clear to us when we sat down with him before his Armin Only: Intense performance in Los Angeles:

“To be honest with you I would have preferred to stay at Privilege. I like Ushuaia, I think it’s a good move, but I like Privilege for trance. It’s such a beautiful venue, but we had a big falling out after an incident that we had at the last show last year so we just couldn’t work with them anymore. You don’t treat my staff like that. You just don’t. Every person that works for me needs to be taken care of. I don’t want to go too much into detail, but I’m just really angry at them.”

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He went on to explain that past incidents with event promoters, including one that forced the cancellation of the Los Angeles date for Armin Only: Mirage in 2011, have affected the way he handles his tours:

“That’s the reason I have my own team now. That’s the reason why I don’t make money with the Armin Only shows. That’s the reason I fly 35 people in. I want to have full control now. I want to make sure that nothing goes wrong. It’s my responsibility towards the fans. If you take yourself seriously, then it’s the only way to go. We learned a lot from that experience.”

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Armin van Buuren is an artist who continually pushes to deliver the best experience possible for his audience, and for that we owe him all our respect.

For the full interview with Armin, connect with EDM World Magazine and stay tuned!
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