Set to run from 10 – 17th August in Budapest, Hungary’s Sziget Festival features some of the globe’s most exciting and established acts, including Florence and The Machine, SBTRKT and more.
Dancehall daddy Diplo, signed to Secretly Canadian as Major Lazer, will headline the final day of the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Bestival this summer.
Joining Diplo on the Sunday are Kaytranada, Trippy Turtle and Artwork amongst others.
Meanwhile, Thursday sees Jackmaster & Oneman present their four-deck Can U Dance show; DJ Harvey takes over Friday with his Discotheque, and JME and Skepta present a day of UK urban culture on the Saturday.
On Monday, Dec 30, a dance music bash will be cracking the Big Apple into a pulp. Major Lazer with Boys Noize, GTA and DJ Snake are throwing down their high energy DJ sets at Pier 94 for the musten’t miss affair Stateside of the season.
Barcelona's annual festival, Sonar enters its 20th year in 2013.
To celebrate they have drafted in a monster line up and moved house for the day time revelries.
CCCB in Montalegre, Barcelona has always been the proud foundations for Sonar by Day. This year however Fira Montjuic in Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona will play host to the party.
The new location allows more ravers into the pit, with the four stages including 'SonarVillage', 'SonarHall', 'SonarDome' and 'SonarComplex' now with increased capacities.
Diplo has announced a new festival, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party.
The LA-bred titan, who last week teased the return of the Major Lazer animated series, revealed the two day festival constitutes his label Mad Decent first serious foray into festivals, following their successful Mad decent Block Party event series, and the line-up illustrates Diplo's shared interest in electronic and hip hop artists.
2017 was an odd year for Major Lazer as their fabled fourth studio album, 'Music Is A Weapon', never materialised, and instead the group released their 'Know No Better' EP featuring a disparate selection of collaborators from Nicki Minaj to Travis Scott — as if Diplo had scrolled through his Blackberry randomly selecting artists to work with. Some critics felt that the EP was by no means the group's finest work, falling some way short of their previous output and lacking any real cohesion.
The group's fourth album may now never see the light of day after Diplo admitted he's lost faith in the album format, and recently lambasted the commercialisation of DJ culture, which he described in a recent interview as "cheesy" and "embarrassing". Hopefully, this awakening of sorts might propel the group to new heights and deliver the album we all know they can.
Elsewhere, the group delivered an eye-opening documentary, Give Me Future, about their groundbreaking concert in Cuba, which attracted 500,000 people and saw the group become one of the first US acts to play in Cuba since diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were reset under the Obama administration.
While at one time Major Lazer seemed destined to be a Diplo side-project devoted to futuristic versions of Jamaican dancehall, made alongside UK producer Switch, it’s become very much the Mad Decent founder’s primary concern these days.
Three albums deep, the most recent of which ‘Peace Is The Mission’ dropped this year, Major Lazer may have lost Switch along the way but have since become a fully-fledged band, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire now permanent fixtures.
Diplo’s restless inquisitiveness has seen him explore many forms of the world’s electronic music, and similarly the sound of Major Lazer has expanded in recent times to take in fizzy EDM, more contemplative sounds as on the quietly anthemic ‘Get Free’, and the pure pop of ‘Lean On’ with DJ Snake and MØ, lifted from the new record ‘Peace Is The Mission’.
That record also has guest spots from mainstream chart-pop singers like Ellie Goulding and Ariana Grande, as well as former Clipse MC Pusha T. Clearly on a creative run, Major Lazer have already suggested that 2015 might yield a second release with the title ‘Music Is The Weapon’.
The fact the band have hit the Top 100 in addition to separate showings from bossman Diplo and also Jack U, his duo with Skrillex, suggests that they’ve become a hugely popular entity in their own right. Diplo might generate headlines for his controversial comments, but Major Lazer have clearly got it going on.
Bestival head honcho Rob Da Bank has just announced eleven more acts for this summer's event.
Beck and Foals have both been confirmed as headliners for Thursday and Saturday nights respectively, joining Friday headliners Outkast who were already announced.