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Jul 17

Giveaway: Tix + Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In Hollywood And Oakland

Heads up, trance family California! Cosmic Gate is returning this August for a string of shows as part of their Start To Feel North American Tour.

The legendary duo be playing on Aug. 1 at the Hollywood Palladium and on Aug. 2 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, with Armada's rising star Andrew Rayel opening. Tickets are available here.

We here at LessThan3 are proud to announce that we've teamed up with Insomniac Events to give away one pair of tickets to both the Hollywood and Oakland stops on the Start To Feel tour. As an added bonus, both winners will score a meet & greet with Cosmic Gate and signed copies of their new album on Armada, Start To Feel.

Enter our contest by using the embedded LockerDome widget below (Note that it may not show up if you're using a mobile device or running an ad-blocker). One winner for each of the events will be emailed at 12 p.m. PDT on July 30 when the contest ends. Good luck!
Ticket Giveaway & Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In California in LessThan3's Hangs on LockerDome
Cosmic Gate & Eric Lumiere - Falling Back [Wake Your Mind]
Aug 30

Daily Newsbyte 8.30

Welcome to The Byte, man. This is a very special place somewhere between reality and fantasy, and the positive vibes will totally open up your... ah, f*ck it. It's news.

We've got new music from deadmau5 and Cosmic Gate, the Beyond Wonderland Bay Area lineup, a new vid from GRiZ, and more in today's Newsbyte: Burning Man Edition.

Moar Mau5 Music And Metaphor5 For Your Mauth... and Ears

deadmau5 went on another overnight tear on SoundCloud last night, uploading each of five curiously named tracks which culminate in one most out-of-the-box prog-mau5 production.

The lead-off, Nyquist, is an ethereal, atmospheric tune ready to interlude two epic tracks or stand just fine on its own. As for the name, maybe he drank a ton of NyQuil during production, which explains the endlessly mellow vibes... or he's talking about this guy right here. The next to be posted on his overnight rampage, Errors In My Head, is a roughly 90 BPM groove taken to dark indie dance territory and given a vocal placeholder from his collab with Kaskade from way back when, I Remember, labeled as "NeedsAVocalButThisWillDoForNowStep."

After dealing with the errors in his head, Joel dealt with the errors in his baked goods with Erorrs In My Bread [sic], an instrumental take on the previous. Terrors In My Bed surfaced next and shares a lot of the sonic qualities of the previous two, however at an elevated BPM and with some creepy background voices. Finally, Sparrows Made Of Lead sees Zimmerman satisfied with the pieces all the way back to Nyquist and combine them for a deeply layered and multifaceted track that will fit in beautifully among the rest of his recent all-night production/upload sprees.

Beyond Is Back

Insomniac announced the lineup for the Bay Area's brand of Insomniac party, Beyond Wonderland in Mountain View, CA, and it looks like the Silicon Valley crowd will be getting down with Avicii, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Jamie Jones, Headhunterz, and more for a pleasingly diverse lineup for what is, let's face it, not necessarily always the most beefed-out lineup in the Insomniac arsenal. Although it's not one of the EDCs or LA's legendary Nocturnal Wonderland, Bay Area dance music fans definitely have a reason to be thankful today. And they also have a reason to grab tickets here. Inspect the lineup below, and we'll see you in the Bay Sept. 28-29.

Cosmic Gate Is Making Big Moves

Armada Records announced yesterday on their blog that German duo Cosmic Gate, or Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems, will be joining the family and opening their own label, Wake Your Mind Records.

Cosmic Gate's first single on the new imprint, titled So Get Up, premiered on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show, and is the perfect high-profile, high-energy number to open up shop with. Pick it up when it officially drops on the brand new Wake Your Mind Records on Sept. 23.

Griz Goes Deep In Debut Video

For his first official vid, Detroit's dance music rookie-of-the-year GRiZ takes a moment to reflect on his production approach and recent rise to fame before a long string of tour and live footage spills out across the screen set to Smash The Funk, taken from his free Mad Liberation EP. GRiZ had this to say with the upload:

"This video is a look into my brief voyage as an artist and also behind the scenes of three sold out Colorado shows (Boulder, Denver, and Red Rocks.) I also wanted to do something completely different and have fun with the video so I took some old gear that had seen its day and retired it to the shooting range (it looks pretty badass in slow motion). I also talk a bit about what music means to me and where I have come from. Nearing the first anniversary of my debut album Mad Liberation I wanted to release this video that has been a journey itself to create."
Pick up Mad Liberation for free here, and check back at the same place around September for his next EP, Rebel Era. As if that weren't enough, the dude is heading out on tour across the US as well, from San Diego to St. Louis beginning Oct. 10. Check out the dates and locales below, and enjoy the video beneath that.
deadmau5 - Nyquist
deadmau5 - Errors In My Head
deadmau5 - Erorrs In My Bread
deadmau5 - Terrors In My Bed
deadmau5 - Sparrows Made Of Lead
Jul 31

LT3 @ Global Gathering 2013

There are a multitude of festivals to choose from in the UK, from tiny affairs with an attendance of a few hundred right up to the behemoth that is Glastonbury. But when it comes to big EDM festivals with a big lineup, there are only a few that really stand out, and Global Gathering is certainly one of them. Now in its 12th year, the festival is one of the highlights of the summer, with a stellar ticket full of big names that once again attracted a sold-out crowd of over 50,000 to Long Marston Airfield, deep in the heart of England.

Having won “Best Dance Event” in the 2012 UK Festival Awards, the organizers were keen to keep things fresh and exciting for this year’s event. Global managed to strike a near-perfect balance of mainstream and underground, providing some amazing performances for the more casual EDM fan while also keeping the die-hard ones happy until the early hours. LessThan3 attended for the Friday half of the two-day event, and as our first UK festival, we couldn't have asked for anything better.

To kick things off, right in the middle of a glorious (and unusual) warm summer’s evening, was Plan B's headline set on the main stage. Following on from Disclosure and Rudimental, the crowd was warmed up by some stunning beat-boxing from Faith SFX--forget some poor impersonation of an old drum machine. This guy could put most synthesizer designers out of a job. Plan B then launched into a set, which largely comprised material from his multi-platinum-selling album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, his soulful vocals searing across the packed arena as the sun finally set. Easily the biggest crowd-pleaser of the night was End Credits, the collaboration with Chase & Status, which catapulted Plan B into the mainstream.

Attention then turned strongly to the various arena tents dotted across the site. First up was the simply and aptly named House arena and Bingo Players, who had the crowd moving with some funky and melodic house, including some of their famous bootlegs--their Cold As Oi mashup threw down a storm.

The Godskitchen brand was what started the festival in the first place, and so much attention was on the tent, almost a hall of fame for the greats who've played the festival and the club over the years. After an evening of solid trance from the likes of Orjan Nilsen, Cosmic Gate, and Lange repeating his back-to-back set with Andy Moor, Ferry Corsten headlined the tent with an epic set including some unknown gems and some recent hits, such as Orjan’s XIING, his own F The Bull$h1t, and some reworks of all-time classics, notably the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike rework of Rock Your Body Rock.

Back in the House tent, special guest Sander van Doorn was ramping things up with some prog house, paving the way for the headline act, while in the Digital arena, Seth Troxler, this time with his clothes on, was keeping things deep and stylish, headlining a tent which was rammed throughout.

The Gods arena continued to get more and more exciting, as one of the true legends of the scene was taking to the decks. Paul Oakenfold has played so many UK festivals that you’d think he’d just go through the motions, but his set was one of the most creative of the weekend. Starting with some big room trance--the Blasterjaxx remix of Adagio For Strings, a firm crowd favorite--things nicely slipped into the Fluoro psy-trance realm, with a few tracks from Symphonix and DJ Fabio to end the set.

The peak of the night, however, was about to take place in the House arena. The tent was rammed to the edges, the crowd literally spilling outside, all of them awaiting the arrival of Nicky Romero. Taking the crowd into the early hours of the morning, his set has its fair share of underground house tracks, but the mainstream side of things had a well deserved outing. I Could Be The One proved a firm crowd favorite, almost symbolic of the whole festival: a crowd willing to experience something new and unknown, but also up for a good sing-along to a recognizable synth hook.

Global Gathering proves that when it comes to hosting a major EDM festival, experience counts. With Creamfields and SW4 just around the corner, Global have some major competitors on their hands. But given what was on offer this weekend in Warwickshire--the sell out crowd, the stellar lineup, the chilled yet energetic atmosphere, and of course, some amazing music--Global Gathering is a festival that will be around for many years to come.
Ferry Corsten - Global Gathering 2013
Paul Oakenfold - Global Gathering 2013
Andy Moor b2b Lange - Global Gathering 2013
Cosmic Gate - Global Gathering 2013
John O'Callaghan - Global Gathering 2013
Orjan Nilsen - Global Gathering 2013
Jun 28

Daily Newsbyte 6.28

Happy Friday! Today, we've got new videos from Flux Pavilion and Cosmic Gate, a new preview from Orjan Nilsen, and the set times for TomorrowLand. Have a great weekend, and don't forget to load up on weekend anthems with Friday Favorites.

TomorrowLand Is Almost TodayLand

Festival organizers released the official set times today for TomorrowLand festival July 26-28 (full schedule here), with the main stage getting its closing set from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and Steve Aoki on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights respectively.

Fans also got a quick taste of the official anthem for the Belgian festival. Named for the location of the all-new TomorrowWorld counterpart in Georgia, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's Chattahoochee won't premiere until tonight on Pete Tong's Radio 1 show, but we've got a preview right here from the good folks at TomorrowLand, featuring Mike and Dimitri running from natives, dinosaurs, and who knows what else.

Care To Go Yachting With Cosmic Gate?

Didn't make it out to German duo Cosmic Gate's yacht party during Miami Music Week? No worries. They're reliving it, and you're invited. The latest video from the guys is a black-and-white yacht party set to their single Crushed, which can be picked up here.


Everyone's favorite baby-faced production prodigy Orjan Nilsen previewed a peppy little piece of prog house today. Titled XIING, the long-awaited track got its first play on Armin van Buuren's Essential Mix a few weeks back. XIING comes on the heels of the immensely popular Violetta and is the third track off his forthcoming studio album. The single for XIING will be released July 8 on Armind, and check back for an official release date for his full album.

Melt Faces? Nah. Flux Wants To Smash Them

Following up on the success of his Blow The Roof LP, Circus Records head Flux Pavilion unveiled the simultaneously violent and sexy video counterpart to Do Or Die, featuring vocals from Childish Gambino. In the initially high-society-themed vid, Flux offers himself a chance to ruin a party with his bass-heavy beats. The elite cross-section of guests lose all control during the vicious drops, and their spastic movements cause them to cease enjoying their fancy-pants day in the sun. Watch the vid below, and pick up the LP here.
Orjan Nilsen - XIING (Preview) [Armind]
Mar 19

Marquee’s Masterful Compilation Series

Marquee has solidified itself as having several of the most premier EDM venues in the world. With locations now in Las Vegas, New York, and Sydney, the club conglomerate has been able to prove that they're serious about electronic music and incorporating a unique experience for all of their events.

In an attempt to move beyond the walls of their world-class venues they have released Marquee Volume 1, the first installment of a compilation series boasting tracks from notable artists such as Hardwell, Fedde le Grand, Erick Morillo, Gareth Emery, and many others.

The compilation also includes some previously unreleased tracks and mixes from Joachim Garraud, Cosmic Gate, and EC Twins. All in all, Marquee Volume 1 does a great job of showcasing the artists and general ambiance that Marquee has been developing for the past few years. Stay tuned for more installments in the ongoing series.

You can grab the compilation here.
Digitalism - Zdarlight (Fedde Le Grand & Deniz Koyu Remix) [Black Hole]
ATB feat. Ramona Nerra - Never Give Up (Stefan Dabruck & Tocadisco Remix) [Black Hole]
Dash Berlin ft. Kate Walsh - When You Were Around (Ferry Corsten Fix) [Black Hole]