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.

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EDC Returns to Las Vegas Bigger and Better Than Ever

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Electric Daisy Carnival is set to return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a bit over a month, and all signs point to the biggest and best show Insomniac has produced to date. Both GA and VIP tickets have been sold out for months, showing the trust fans have in Insomniac to deliver an experience that goes beyond what any other electronic music festival can offer. Pasquale Rotella, founder of Insomniac, revealed to us last week that the lineup for the event will not come until May 27th, but we already know it will feature the world’s leading DJ talent as well as a host of other performers and artists.

The real suprise will come with the brand new stage designs, which the production team has been hard at work on ever since last year’s festival ended. The visual component really adds another dimension of creativity, and if you’re like us there is nothing like walking in to the speedway and setting your eyes on these magnificent, colossal structures for the first time. You can also look forward to an expanded EDC Week on the Las Vegas strip, with more pool parties and club events than ever before so even if you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to the festival, make sure you come out to Vegas and join the party with the rest of your EDM family. From “dusk ’til dawn” the Electric Daisy shines bright, and we look forward to uniting under the Electric Sky once again.

Stay tuned with us on facebook as we’ll have all the details in the coming month, including a guide for you to have the best EDC Vegas experience possible!
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