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Sep 08

Insomniac Announces Scary-Perfect Headliner For BOO!

Few acts conjure up imagery of creepy crawlies and spooky tings quite like Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen's Knife Party, and Insomniac has the duo locked down to scare the sh*t out of BOO!'s debut attendees Oct. 31.

Shortly after announcing its first-ever Halloween event in New York, Insomniac shared news today of their picture-perfect booking of Knife Party, who will showcase their wealth of new material to the crowd at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY on Halloween.
Classics like Centipede and Internet Friends exemplify the duo's soft spot for sinister subject matter, and with a debut LP on the way, they surely have a sizeable selection of spine-chilling vibes ready to create an unforgettable Halloween and the first of many from Insomniac's BOO!

More info on the complete lineup will be revealed soon. Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 at 12 noon ET (9 a.m. PT).
Sep 04

Electric Forest Spot Secure For 10 Years

A new deal signed between event organizer AEG Live and owners of its longtime home at the Double JJ Ranch has locked in Electric Forest's location for the next decade.

According to Michigan news outlet MLive, the deal was confirmed Sept. 2 by Norm Halbower of current ownership group Antler Bar Amusements LLC. The resolution comes after a lengthy legal dispute over the ownership of the property itself. The former owners of the property failed to pay $7 million in debt before a May 19 deadline, leaving a new ownership group in charge amid a flood of reports that Robert Sillerman's SFX was attempting to take control. Halbower assured, however, that the festival will continue as usual.

While the current owners of the property appreciate the financial value of the festival, they appreciate its cultural value as well. Halbower attended the festival this year and summarized his experience for MLive:

"I'm 72 years old and I attended the festival this year," he said. "It was such a pleasant experience. I met educated people from all walks of life, including architects and brilliant minds of stage and theater. The show the festival puts on is a sight to see." With their new deal, this is a sight both parties can enjoy for the next decade.
Check out the full lineup here, although tickets have completely completely sold out.

BONUS HUMOR: Read the 12 best fan reactions to SFX' rumored attempt to control Electric Forest
Aug 29

Escape All Hallows’ Eve Lineup Announced

Insomniac revealed their horde of ghouls and ghosts who represent this year's musical talent at their newly renamed Escape All Hallows' Eve Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Formerly known as Escape From Wonderland, the two-day Halloween party returns this year to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. with a well rounded music selection and even two chances to catch Richie Hawtin's famed Enter performance (pictured, above).

Friday night's notable acts include Dash Berlin, Hot Since 82, Orjan Nilsen, and a DJ set from Moby, while Saturday's highlights will come from Laidback Luke's Super You&Me gig, Tiga, Steve Angello, Duke Dumont, and Oliver Heldens, to name a few.

View the complete lineup below (click to enlarge). Pick up two-day passes here, Friday passes here, and Saturday passes here.

Aug 29

PREMIERE: Destructo feat. YG – Party Up (Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh Remix)

Remember Destructo and YG's gangsta G-house collab, Party Up? Stupid question, of course you do! Well, UK natives Vanilla Ace (pictured, right) and Dharkfunkh (pictured, left) have teamed up to unleash their own hood version of the tune, and LessThan3 has the exclusive first listen.

Opening the action with a series of eerie, ominous synths, the duo quickly throws down an irresistibly infectious bassline that even has my pasty white boy self throwing up gang signs. The vibe is similar to Destructo's original party anthem, but there's definitely some extra grit and style thrown in for added measure, and when it comes to G-house, it's all about the grit and style. If you're looking for a track to keep the party rolling late into the night, this is it.

You can pick up the Vanilla Ace and Dharkfunkh remix, as well as remixes from GTA, Earstrip & Torha, and Thee Cool Cats, when Destructo - Party Up feat. YG (The Remixes) drops Sept. 9.

Destructo feat. YG - Party Up (Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh Remix) [Insomniac/Interscope]
Aug 27

Insomniac Announces BOO, A Halloween Massive In Brooklyn

East coast ravers have a new option for their Halloween haunt this year when Insomniac busts out Boo, a brand new one-night event coming to Barclay's Center in Brooklyn Oct. 31.

Insomniac's editorial team shared the news today along with several wicked-good horror puns on their site, but no information has been made available beyond the event's location and date of Halloween, in addition to it being 18-and-over.

Boo should also scare Made Event and parent company SFX, as this is Insomniac's first foray into the East coast Halloween game and could be a deliberate attempt to frighten off Robert Sillerman's event giant. According to SFX' most recent quarterly report, SFX and mass media company Clear Channel have plans to "... host two new EMC (Electronic Music Culture) festivals near Halloween in 2015." An annual report released in December lays out the company's currently held trademarks, including an interesting spin-off on Electric Zoo: "Electric Boo."

By launching this year, Insomniac will get a 12-month jump on Made and SFX while effectively derailing their brand concept by taking the term "Boo" for themselves.

Read Insomniac's post here, and check back for more info on Boo.

Jacob Marmor contributed to this report