XLIVE 2016: Industry Leaders to Share Latest in Festival Music, Food, Culture, “Live Event” Tech, Production, and Beyond


The glimmering strip of Las Vegas will set the stage this December 5th – 7th for XLIVE 2016: the unrivaled festival + live event convention & expo and largest of its kind in the world. Having already revealed exciting new expansions for the 2016 endeavor to include 140+ guest speakers, 80+ exhibitors and 40+ interactive sessions, the masterminds behind XLIVE are thrilled to unveil the esteemed keynote speakers, topics for discussion, and workshops designed to illuminate knowledge-seekers with the latest trends and technology across the many verticals of festival execution.

Coalescing speakers that represent a wealth of industry-specific companies and brands including Eventbrite, Goldenvoice,AirBnB, Insomniac Events, Live Nation, and SFX Entertainment – to name a handful, XLIVE 2016 will offer a broad selection of immersive experiences for attendees. With a curation that covers topics ranging from cutting-edge innovation such asAugmented/Virtual Reality, Use of RFID Wristband Technology, Event Mobile Apps, and Festival Live Streaming to the inspirational with Using Festivals as a Catalyst for Inspiring and Revitalizing Communities, and Creating Memorable Festival Experiences, XLIVE has ensured that each participant of the 2016 conference will have unprecedented access to essential tools and intelligence built to transform the current state of the live event and festival industry, ultimately catapulting festival-goer experience to the next level.

As night befalls enriching days, the spotlight turns to three distinguished keynote speakers, hand-selected to present at the close of each day. Transcending a multitude of facets within the festival community, the distinguished keynotes are among the most noteworthy vanguards within the industry. Beginning Monday evening December 5th, the opening keynote will be delivered by Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy with AirBnB. Looking ahead, Conley remarks, “I’m excited to take part in this years XLIVE event and connect with innovators who are cultivating big ideas that create extraordinary live events. Like Airbnb, XLIVE shares the same goal of bringing communities together through hospitality and providing unique and memorable experiences.”

In the days following, keynotes will be administered by Eventbrite’s Co-Founder & CEO Julia Hartz on Tuesday December 6th and commencing with a closing keynote Wednesday December 7th courtesy of Rikard Steiber, Senior Vice President of Virtual Reality at HTC. “Eventbrite shares XLIVE’s passion for the life-changing moments people experience at festivals and live events,” said Julia Hartz. “I’m excited to mix with the industry’s best and brightest at XLIVE 2016, and to share our vision for the critical role technology plays in the success of tomorrow’s live events.”

Other avenues up for exploration over the course of the three-day convention transcend a wealth of expertise from technology to constructing a festival from the ground up – the wide array of topics delve deep into the brilliant minds of luminaries who provide solutions and strategies to pressing issues facing event producers today and aspirant producers of the future. Integral topics for consideration include Baller Status – How VIP experiences are influencing the festival landscape, Noticing You, Noticing Me – Live event sponsorship activation strategies that make brands stand out, and Are You Experienced? – Getting ahead in the festival scene without a music industry background – an in-depth look at starting a music festival without having years of work experience with labels, agencies, talent buyers or venues.

Capitalizing on the craft beer phenomenon that has taken the nation by storm, XLIVE has even gathered a panel of experts to speak on the emergence of niche festivals surrounding interests such as craft beer, wine and food. Looking ahead to new frontiers in festival innovation, experts will discuss how to evaluate the market for Food & Beverage Festivals in order to predict trends, how to deliver personalized experiences to fans through beacons and geo-fencing, and also engage audiences on getting the most out of fan engagement through social media strategy. Look forward to topics such as these led by Biasha Mitchell – Strategy, Music & Live Entertainment, Eventbrite, Chris Hammond – Co-Founder, Wine Amplified Festival, Jake Schneider – Partner, Madison House, Jeff Lesan – Chief Marketing Officer, Snowglobe Music Festival, Pasquale Rotella – Founder & CEO of Insomniac Events — plus more guest speakers!


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A Letter From Chris Ramos On The Release Of ‘Emotions’ The EP




“The EMOTIONS EP is a culmination of countless hours, blood, sweat, tears and of course emotions that I’ve gone through over the past years. It balances on a tightrope between major and minor keys, jumps between progressions without hesitation, all while building infectious melodies and engaging vocals.

The first track ‘4U’ is a metaphor on life and good vibes. Starting with a simple but driving arpeggio, the song builds and builds just as we continue to grow as people. We’re all in this journey together. We don’t just live for ourselves, or our loved ones, but also for everyone around us. A simple smile, gesture, or action can go a long way, and positive energy can be infectious. This is what we live for. 4U.

We’ve all been there. Pressure building up before that pinnacle moment in your life. A speech. A performance. A life-changing risk. ‘Here It Goes’ addresses the fear we all feel when psyching ourselves out in front of that mirror before our big moment, and attacking it head on. At the end of the day, you need to live life to the fullest, face your inner demons and not look back. We’re not born to fit in, so be yourself and don’t refuse the opportunities life gives you.

Happy, sad. Bright, dark. Major, minor. These are just a few things that describe the single ‘Emotions’. An adventure of music, this track has a simple message with a less than simple execution. It’s about allowing yourself to reach an elevated consciousness; about a feeling taking over and not wanting it to end. When you finally hit that milestone, there’s a culmination of emotions that take over like a two-tiered chord progression, driving melody and layered vocal. Sparks come down your spine and goosebumps build all over. This is, Emotions.”

With love,
Chris Ramos

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Preview The Heartfelt Track ‘Emotions’ by Chris Ramos ft. Brenda Mullen



On November 7th, Canadian DJ/Producer Chris Ramos releases ‘Emotions’ ft. Brenda Mullen, the third and final release off his upcoming EP of the same title. Accompanied by Brenda’s soulful vocals, a catchy melody and glittering plucks lead the feel good single into a whirlwind of euphoria. With each beat, listeners are exalted to a higher state of feeling and positivity, creating the space for a heart full of EMOTIONS. Until November 7th, please enjoy the preview!


About Chris Ramos

For Toronto-based Chris Ramos, music has always been about the melody and emotion. As a classically trained pianist turned DJ/Producer/Songwriter, Chris has an ear for detail and a drive that keeps him locked in the studio day and night. Since releasing music at the tender age of 16, Chris has landed tracks on compilations reaching the top 10 on iTunes and has been featured alongside artists such as Tiesto, Kaskade and more. He has reached #5 on Beatport’s Progressive House Charts as well as the top 100 overall, and his tracks have been featured on top blogs such as DJMAG Canada, Vibe Magazine, and Earmilk.

2016 has been a huge year for Chris so far as he teamed up with DJ duo Tritonal and the hard hitting Shanahan on the melodically euphoric track “This Is Love”, earlier this year. Having recently rolled out a fresh new look and a brand new “EMOTIONS” Podcast, Chris is looking forward to releasing an EP of the same name and his most recent labor of love, very soon. Keep your ears peeled and heart open for the sounds of EMOTIONS soon to come your way!

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OUT NOW: Adam K & Soha’s First Release Since 2013, ‘Never Coming Home’ Remix




Legendary progressive house duo Adam K & Soha make their return with a stunning remix of ‘Never Coming Home’ by FWLR feat. Kinley. Complete with smooth bass lines and a melodic synth, complemented by Kinley’s soulful and soothing vocals, expect the classic euphoric Adam K & Soha sound that the world has come to love over the years. As the first release for the duo since 2013, ‘Never Coming Home’ is a beautiful product of the harmonious magic that takes place when Adam K & Soha join forces.

After partnering in 2006 and making their claim to fame with hits such as ‘Twilight’ and remixes of ‘4am’ and ‘Come Fly Away’, Adam K & Soha took a break in 2013 to pursue personal projects. The duo have since reunited and embarked on the REUNION tour after huge interest and demand by longtime fans. More tour dates are soon to be announced, as well as a multitude of new music releases and an upcoming EP. Stay updated on Adam K & Soha’s socials for more info!

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Recreating A Classic With The Remix of Sylvia Tosun’s ‘Underlying Feeling’, OUT NOW

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New York chanteuse, Sylvia Tosun announced her arrival in 2008 with the original release of her ethereal and seductive masterwork, ‘Underlying Feeling’. Propelled by the stunning Adam K & Soha remix, the track became a global dance floor hit, spending four consecutive weeks in the Billboard Dance Club Play Top 10. It peaked at #8 on the Beatport Progressive House Chart and hit #1 on the DMC World, UK, UK Club, World Commercial and World House charts. Now, on Black Hole Recordings, ‘Underlying Feeling’ hits dancefloors once again, with brand new remixes from Veniice Adam Ellis, and Octave Up, as well as a newly remastered version of the classic Adam K & Soha remix.

Sylvia Tosun’s talent is undeniable. A winner of a coveted scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, her ability to write and sing with power and emotion struck a chord with dancefloors everywhere. Her track ‘An Angel’s Love’ is now recognised as a genuine trance classic and has been followed by a string of hits in this genre including, most recently, ‘Winterburn’ and ‘We Bring The Love’ with Andrew Rayel and ‘Believe In Everything’ with Talla, 2XLC & Binary Finary.

‘Underlying Feeling’ was the first collaboration between Sylvia Tosun and producer / songwriter, Anton Bass. Its success paved the way for the launch of their co-owned indie label, Sea To Sun Recordings, as well as an ongoing, nine year partnership which has produced many notable releases for Sylvia Tosun, as well as the promotion and development of numerous other artists. The original ‘Underlying Feeling’, a deep and sultry dance track, took inspiration from a dictionary definition of love, discovered by Tosun and Bass, that described ‘a sense of underlying oneness’.

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The 2016 remixes are sure to reignite this special track and introduce it to a new dancefloor generation. Split over two releases, first up is one of LA’s hottest new names, Veniice, whose recent single ‘Coming Undone’ saw support from Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and many others. He takes a different direction with ‘Underlying Feeling’ delivering a fresh, new dance music sound; a sun-drenched remix that brings a new warmth to the original vocal. Combining influences from chillwave, ambient and tropical house, with sublime guitar soundscapes, the Veniice mix delivers a mature and unique sound, sureto gain much attention.

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CONTEST: Paul van Dyk & Alex M.O.R.P.H., “We Are” (VANDIT)

The time is right to join together in peace and humanity. Trance titans Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Paul van Dyk want to see who you are!

It’s easy:
1) Take a pic or 6-second (max) video clip (sans audio)
2) Tag your media with the hashtag #WeAre
3) Upload to your socials….that’s it!

Paul van Dyk, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and VANDIT Records will track your posts and select one (1) winner in each of the following territories for a very special backstage meet-and-greet with PvD and M.O.R.P.H. at a show near you coming soon: 1) North America; 2) Europe & the UK; 3) Australia; 4) Asia; 5) South America; 6) South Africa.

Hurry! Contest ends at 11:59pm EDT September 12th, 2016.

The new single from Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Paul van Dyk, “We Are” (VANDIT) is out on September 2nd from the forthcoming studio album, Not All Superheroes Wear Capes (VANDIT).

*Legal disclaimer: Prizes do not include ground transportation or accommodations. You must be age 21+ to enter this contest. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.


NINTH CHILD Releases “Together Apart”


NINTH CHILD – Inspired by a dream she had in early 2012 Natalia began to learn djing as a means of channeling unexpressed creative energy after long hours of solitude designing. Discovering bass music through the festival scene in her early twenties lends itself to Ninth Child’s dream like yet powerful sound: channeling other worlds and bringing a message through her music whilst entertaining rap/pop culture samples & heavy bass lines.

Thailand’s Wonderfruit Festival Releases First Phase Line-Up!


Wonderfruit Festival, the 4-day globally recognized “Celebration of the Arts” featuring world-premiere sounds and hypnotizing performances from all parts of the globe, returns this December 15-18 on the stunningly lush Siam Country Club fields in Pattaya, Thailand. After two successful years, Wonderfruit has made its name on the most distinguished lists of must-attend festivals in the world. This marks the third year for the transformational festival and there is no doubt that it will be a remarkable event for all who wander onto the field.
The first wave of musical performers includes headliner drum and bass group Rudimental; Kate Simko & The London Electronic Orchestra; Brooklyn’s esteemed dance producers Wolf + Lamb; Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and his project JUNUN featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express; RY X of The Acid; Matador; Guyanese dub music hero Mad Professor; and Scottish Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop group Young Fathers. The festival is still five months away, and like last year there is sure to be at least two more waves of performers.
Centered on six pillars: music, art, farm-to-feasts, wellness, workshops and family- Wonderfruit offers more than music; it’s a series of events including interactive art gatherings, food by world-renowned chefs, prominent speakers, yoga, Muay Thai courses, and much more. Boutique camping and nightly feasts, as well as healing camps and children workshops, will be available. For those who seek adventure and want to experience a culture that doesn’t hold back, mark your calendar and pack your bags. For an even more detailed look into the festival, check out our review from last year here.

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WOOGIE WEEKEND 2016, Wiggled Willfully Into Whatever You Wish


Written by Lizzie Rose

Woogie Weekend is one of the more unique festival experiences available to the modern festival goer today. After its debut last summer, the festival celebrated it’s second birthday in style by bringing in some of the freshest techno and deep house artists along with a return to an incredible venue. An entire festival descended from the vibe of the Woogie stage at Lightning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend definitely made it’s momma proud. Grass and trees decorated the landscape while a wooden bridge created a romantically lit path over a pond in the middle of the venue. Two stages played host to three days of music and vendors lined the perimeter in between. Captivating final touches decorated the space, with art installations seen earlier this year at Lightning In a Bottle and gorgeous hexagon accents lined with the signature Woogie colored stripes.

Now that the scene is set, lets discuss the vibe. “The Woogie” is more than just a stage at LIB or a festival, the word itself insinuates movement and flow and kind of makes you smile without knowing why. You can’t see “The Woogie” or touch “The Woogie” or even explain “The Woogie” but you know its real because it feels like baselines pulsing through your veins or the pressure in your calves while you dance. It leaves you satisfied with the experience yet wanting more.


The festival lineup was filled with an expansive amount of diverse talent and an array of different types of techno spanning from ambient to dark. Though each performance as unique in it’s own way, some certainly managed to stand out. Mark Farina played some captivating deep house with a modern disco feel that kept the energy high. Extra Welt was dark and pulsating, Damian Lazarus hit the crowd with hard upbeat techno, and Jon Hopkins mellowed the vibe with beautiful and melodic sounds. On Sunday, Lee Reynolds crushed it, pumping everyone up with a funky dance party and giving Desert Hearts life into the crowd, overpowering many sore feet and hangovers. TEED closed it off with his amazing musical transitions and an after hours set by Doc Marten brought back his old school roots keeping the party going while paying respect to the roots of the scene.

Woogie’s fashion vibe was filled with countless eccentric souls inspired to be colorful and free. Lots of funky clothing representing new adaptations to older styles of hippie chic fashions were extremely popular as well as modern glittering garments, a perfect expression of the enticing and flashy vibe apparent in the air. With the weather keeping everyone a sweaty shade of hot in the daytime, Woogie introduced many water based activities (like water balloon fights and slip and slides) allowing people to wear swimsuit/bodysuit type clothing, and allowed for total temperature comfort with only a light jacket at night. The freedom of expression at Woogie allowed individuals to get as creative as they wanted with their wear, giving a psychedelic color explosion feel to the crowds.


Woogie Weekend surpassed many challenges that a new festival often struggles with, with grace and finesse. The organization and layout of the festival were highly functional and all of the visual and audial artists seemed carefully chosen in line with the tailored vibe of the experience. The small and intimate atmosphere made it easy to feel safe and comfortable exploring alone, and the grounds were a canvas for creativity as festival goers shaped their realities. Whether you took a long romantic walk across the bridge, danced for hours with your friends, or even if you met someone new,  Woogie Weekend was willing and able to be shaped into any experience you desired.

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Shane 54 Relaunches International Departures & Offers FREE Mash-ups!


Wasting no time after the recent split of his former duo , Shane 54 relaunches the widely popular International Departures show, which also begins syndication next month (stations to be announced). International Departures quickly became a fan favorite due in part to the unique mash-ups aired, and now Shane 54 is happy to share that he’s going back to the roots of the show with new mash-ups!

When explaining why mash-ups are so integral to the show as well as his live sets Shane54 says, “When it works, a good mashup makes your hair stand up on end. All of a sudden one and one makes ten, and these songs are elevated to a different dimension.”

In celebration of the relaunch,he’s giving away free mash-ups from the last few episodes including releases from Seven Lions, Morgan Page, Little Boots, and more.

Staying true to his impeccable ear for creating mash-ups from different genres, expect the classic euphoric Shane 54 sound you’ve come to know. Only this time, Shane 54 helms the ship and invites you to explore this journey of new music with him.


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