Annand Oasis Curates Their First “Yoga Restival”

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Annand Oasis Yoga Restival

Words & photos by Casey McCune 

Event promoters are constantly looking to create new experiences for their attendees as we have all seen the additions of bigger stages, new locations, line up additions and surprise guests. Yet we are always left wondering if there is anything else out there. When I came across the announcement of a ‘Yoga Restival’ hosted by Annand Oasis, I was intrigued to say the least. The “line up” included not only music, but also a variation of yoga classes from an essential oil themed class to Thai yoga massage, and just about everything in between. Workshops such as hooping 101 and sound healing baths filled the sun soaked days as well.

Annand Oasis not only blurred the line between festival and retreat, they erased the line with their first ever Restvial. The 4 day event took place at Liberty Advance’s retreat center located in Boulevard, CA, about an hour east of San Diego. Here are some of the highlights we experienced over the 4th of July weekend.

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Yoga for All Levels

As a relative newcomer to Yoga, I was wondering how I would fair at an event like this. I quickly saw how silly my apprehensions were a few minutes into my first class. Instructors were very helpful and welcoming, assisting newbies like myself while keeping a good flow for the rest of the class. Offering classes of varying types from morning to night, Yoga Restival had something for everyone.

Sound Healing

If you have never heard of a sound bath you are probably in the majority.  Prior to the Restival, I had zero knowledge either.  I decided to check it out, why not, because when in Rome right? By the end of the weekend I had four sound baths under my belt.  The final one being while gazing up at the starry night sky on the last night at 11:11 when sound healer,  Shane Chunephisal took us on a journey and expanded our consciousness.

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Immersive Experience

Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life created an experience all its own.  Being only miles from the US/Mexico border and surrounded by nothing but rolling hills covered with large rocks, there was little to distract you from your intention of being there, relaxation.  With zero light pollution, the stars became an attraction all their own after the sun set.  Liberty Advance’s property, complete with swimming pool, open air showers, hot tubs, saunas and campground created the perfect atmosphere for a one of a kind escape.

The Music, Of Course!

After the sun set and the stars lit up the sky, the nights at Annand Oasis’ Yoga Restival were filled with music to perfectly complement the setting.  With DJs such as Desert Dwellers, Brad Moontribe, Aaron Jacobs and Ben Annand, the music kept us moving throughout the night.  Sitting outside on the balcony with my girlfriend Crystal, under the stars that could only be described as awe inspiring while listening to Ben Annand drop some deep atmospheric house, was by far one of the best memories of the weekend. Come for the Yoga, stay for the house music.

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Sunrise to Sunset

With a full line up of things to do from sunrise to sunset and beyond, I wasn’t sure how much relaxation I would actually get at Yoga Restival. While there was always something going on, the flow of the weekend was far from fast paced. Crystal and I chose classes we wanted to attend and in between we went swimming, cooked healthy meals back at our tent, explored the surrounding nature and danced the night away.

A far cry from the overly stimulating electronic music festivals I am used to, the Annand Oasis Yoga Restival was an experience I won’t soon forget.  We often talk about the vibes at festivals and events, of which I have attended a wide array, and yet I have never experienced a vibe quite like this. Being a yoga newbie at a yoga retreat I was weary of how I would find my place,  but in the end I left wanting more and looking forward to the next.

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Festival Fashion Spotlight On ‘SPIRIT FLAGS’

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With EDC just passing, festival season is heating up fast. With the season already in motion, festivals this year have seen an increased attendance and interest across the country. Festivals are the perfect place to let a certain part of your personality that others don’t typically see out on the prowl. We experiment with different versions of ourselves that don’t typically get out to play. Oftentimes we express those selves with the fashion that we choose. From elaborate outfits to something that makes you feel comfortable and free, what you wear truly affects your mood throughout the day and night.

Today we’re focusing on not only a new style of clothing, but rather an entire new concept. The Spirit Flag takes on a whole new shape integrating the design and nature of a flag and breeding it with a hood. The result? A colorful and comfortable lovechild that allows you the mystery of a hood but the freedom of a cape. That’s right people, you literally become a psychedelic flying squirrel. With multiple ways to sport your Spirit Flag, you can also become a wizard, a superhero, one of those Olympic guys that carry the flags, a fortune teller with a giant head-wrap, and just generally awesome.

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The Spirit Flag was introduced through a Kickstarter campaign that reached it’s goal within the first week. For donors to the campaign, the flags can be totally customized using a digital easel. That means that you can slap any picture or custom desgn on the flag and wear it as a statement. “Flags are epic and iconic.” the kickstarter states, “They have long been a symbol of unity to encompass the many passions, teams, and interests that identify us. Our mission is that it’s okay to be different and to share your true self. “

The Spirit Flag is a new product from Shirtwascash, an underground but established brand that sells all sorts of vibrant off the wall clothing. Though the Spirit Flag Kickstarter just ended, but you can still check out the campaign here or the Instagram account here. The flags will soon be up for retail on shirtwascash.com – and we can’t wait. If you happened to be in Vegas EDC week, you may have seen a few flying around the speedway. The flags certainly make you feel mischievous and playful.

We can’t wait to watch this brand grow.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: The 20th Anniversary of EDC In 10 Stunning Photos

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It’s said that a word can paint a thousand pictures, as well as a picture being worth a thousand words. While we usually convey our thoughts of post festival reviews in words sprinkled with a few pictures, this time we’re going for the latter. With a plethora of beautiful and enthralling images created at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, we felt it was only fitting to this time focus on the artful creation captured at the 20th Anniversary celebration of EDC. Scroll on to see our favorite moments at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway come to life in vivid imagery.

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WELCOME TO EDC 2016! THIS IS YOUR PLAYGROUND FOR THREE DAYS, MAKE IT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE. DO THINGS YOU’VE NEVER DONE, LOVE LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE, AND LIVE THE MOMENTS YOU COULD ONLY PREVIOUSLY DREAM OF. NOW GO, CREATE THE MEMORIES YOU’LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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BE FREE TO LET YOUR INNER CHILD WANDER AT EDC, JUST LIKE THIS ADORABLE GIRL IS WITH HER TWO JELLYFISH FRIENDS BY HER SIDE ALL NIGHT. ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE IN AWE AND AMAZEMENT BY THE ABUNDANCE OF SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND COLORS BEFORE YOU.

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YOU MIGHT BE ONE TO TRAVEL TO VEGAS AND ARRIVE AT EDC SOLO, BUT YOU’LL NEVER ACTUALLY BE ALONE WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY. AS SOON AS YOU GET ON THAT DANCE FLOOR, YOU’LL BE MAKING NEW FRIENDS THAT MAY TURN INTO FAMILY. SO GET MOVING, THEY’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOUR ARRIVAL.

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PUT YOUR OWN SPIN ON EDC AND IMPERSONATE YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO CHARACTERS FROM CHILDHOOD WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND WHILE DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY TO SOUNDS FROM A LARGER THAN LIFE GIANT NEON BOOMBOX IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. BECAUSE…WHY NOT?

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SUPPORT THE FEMALE DJ’S LIKE ANNA LUNOE, WHO WAS ONE OF TWO FEMALE ARTISTS TO HEADLINE THE MAINSTAGE KINETIC FIELD. YEAH, YOU’RE WELCOME.

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MOTHER DISCO BALL, TAKE US TO YOUR LEADER. UNTIL YOU’RE READY, WE’LL STAY WAITING AT THE NEON GARDEN STAGE GROOVING TO THE OUTER SPACE AND COSMIC SOUNDS OF OUR FAVORITE TECHNO AND TECH HOUSE EARTHLINGS.

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AS YOU MAY HAVE GUESSED, CARNIVAL IS IN THE NAME FOR A REASON. OUTSIDE OF THE STELLAR MUSIC LINEUPS, LIFE SIZE ART INSTALLATIONS, MORE VISUAL STIMULI THAN YOUR EYES OR BRAIN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH, OF COURSE THERE ARE CARNIVAL RIDES.

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HEY YOU! YA,I’M POINTING AT YOU! GET OFF YOUR BUM, LET GO OF WHATEVER IS MAKING YOU FROWN, AND COME DANCE WITH US! WE PROMISE IT WILL BE FUN 🙂 MY CUTE FLOWER KITTY IS PATIENTLY WAITING, BUT WATCH OUT FOR MY FRIEND WEARING THE KALEIDOSCOPE GLASSES, SHE SEES YOU IN REAL LIFE 3D RIGHT NOW.

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL AT EDC…YOU WALK RIGHT BY THIS HAPPENING. LOVE IS ALWAYS IN THE AIR UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY, THERE’S NO ARGUING THAT.

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LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, THIS PICTURE OF NEVADA’S FIRST LEGAL SAME SEX MARRIAGE WHICH WAS BROADCASTED LIVE, REALLY IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. AFTER THE RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS IN ORLANDO, IT IS INCREDIBLY HEARTWARMING AND ENCOURAGING TO WITNESS THE WIDESPREAD ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT AND LOVE THAT IS KNOWN TO TAKE PLACE AT EDC.

EDM BIZ 2016: Where History Meets The Future

Written by Lizzie Rose for Electronica Life

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The culture of EDM is constantly evolving, much like music itself. Tracing back a few generations, the steady flow of sound has taken on many forms, constantly in motion and adapting to certain tastes or styles from jazz to rock and roll, from pop to techno. Edm hosts a whole world in itself, as the sub-genre mainstream popular favorite traces through styles like techno, dubstep, house, trap, and countless others. EDMbiz was a two day conference taking place in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas preceding EDC weekend dedicated to exploring new possibilities of EDM culture while honoring the history of its development.

EDMbiz is where the history of EDM culture meets the human desire to evolve. Within the industry, we are constantly pushing for the next best thing or the album/artist that’s going to trump those before them, yet we have a fierce loyalty to our roots. This was apparent throughout EDMBiz while speakers like Michael Tullberg, Moby, Paul Oakenfold, Pasquale Rotella told of their experiences and insights while vendors in the Expo showed off new inventions, developments, and technologies.

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The highlight of the conference, for me, was the “Beyond The Boys’ Club: What’s Next For Women In Dance Music” seminar. Seven panelists sat at the front of the largest conference room debating the inequality, progress, and accomplishments of women in the industry. As the conversation fluttered from topic to topic, the bottom line that resonated with me long after I left was the message that it is so important for women to mentor and empower other women. I think this model can be applied to any industry caterpillar hoping to turn into a butterfly, collaborate with those more experienced than you to learn the foundations how to do something- and then add your own unique touch.

EDMbiz was a truly awesome experience- anyone interested in upping their game and moving forward in the name of shaping the future should definitely check it out.

Annand Oasis Presents Yoga Restival- Part festival, Part Retreat

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Yoga + Restoratives + Music + Dance + Pool Fun + Glamping

Celebrate your Freedom to Rest! To Restore! To Relax! To achieve balance in your festival experience, which will actually be a Restival experience ♥

The intention is to provide an event somewhere between retreat and festival where people feel a sense of community and connect on a deeper level, while also exploring more deeply some of the things we love – yoga, music and dance.

Intimate setting with only 100 tickets available!

Deepen your Yoga Practice – Inside Liberty Advance’s beautiful practice room we plan to have several yoga classes daily from a variety of yoga teachers and styles, morning and evening. We will also host an outdoor 48′ Yoga Dome. Enjoy classes on acro yoga, aerial yoga, yin, yoga nidra, kundalini, hooping, thai yoga massage, trigger point therapy, and essential oils. Listen to discussions on Ayurveda and Tantra.

Learn some new dance moves – That’s right, we are offering dance workshops to help inspire you to shake up your routine and try a few new moves! Bust them out at one of our night-time dance parties! in-between, RELAX! We have a saline pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen with a healthy meal plan available for purchase, outdoor showers, camping, glamping, nature hikes, meditation cave, stargazing and so much more to enjoy together!

For more info & to purchase tickets visit: www.yogarestival.com

 

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Why The World Needs Festivals Like Lightning In A Bottle

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Words by Crystal Garcia & Photos by Jacob Avanzato 

The world is a crazy and chaotic place to live in today. Terrible things happen everyday that just can’t be made sense of no matter how hard you may try. It’s difficult to open the news tab on your phone in the morning because you already know what you’re in for- murders, shootings, bombings, war, etc. We live in a world where this has become the social norm and we’ve grown accustomed to hearing horrible news while thinking to ourselves “that’s sad” or “that sucks”, and move on with our day’s, most likely never to ponder on it again. As the saying goes,”out of sight, out of mind.”

We continue moving through our daily lives as if the rest of the world is doing just as fine as we are. Flipping off and yelling at the car that cut you off on the way to work because he’s a dick for doing that to you. Avoiding eye contact with every face you pass on the street because who even does that anymore. Getting upset with the barista who must be incompetent for messing up your coffee order that requires more than ten words to pronounce.

But what if the driver who cut you off was speeding to get his epileptic son to the hospital? Or, what if one of those strangers you avoided eye contact with is suffering from severe depression and a simple smile could’ve changed their entire day? What if you knew the barista messed up your order because she had just spent the entire night awake watching over her dying father? While these are all hypothetical ‘what if’s’, they happen everyday in life without us realizing even in the slightest.

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In light of the recent tragedies in Orlando where fifty people were killed at a gay nightclub, a place where gay men felt safe to fully express themselves, it is more important than ever that we take these what if’s into account in daily life. What if the man that committed this crime who was full of fear and hate, was instead shown genuine kindness, compassion, and love throughout his life? Would he have still done it? There’s no way to know, but I can’t help but to think most likely not.

This is where Lightning In A Bottle, a “transformational” festival, becomes of utter importance in today’s world. Besides everything that makes up the four day festival aesthetically, the headlining artists, grandeur stages, psychedelic art and beautiful people, at the core of this festival is compassion, creativity, community and love. Without these components, the festival wouldn’t be a true LIB experience.

As I walked across multiple bridges on the vast festival grounds over Memorial Day Weekend last month, I stayed silent as I listened to the conversations of people passing by walking in the opposite direction, while hearing some of the most endearing words you would only expect to hear in some sort of Utopian land. Just a few of the discussions I heard included passerbyers saying “self care,” “so much fun” and my favorite words “love it all,” as two friends embrace each other with a hug and laughter, each with a twinkle in their eye and a permanent smile across their face.

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The humanly interactions were not only limited to words as it was completely normal for the person passing to look you in the eye and smile, in fact it would be quite odd if someone didn’t. It wasn’t any surprise for every single person passing to attempt to give you a high five, regardless of your skin color, religion, ethnicity, gender, or even if that hand of yours was the filthiest thing in the festival. It didn’t matter who you were before entering the festival or where you came from, you’re at LIB now. You are here. You are community. You are loved. You are family.

These inspirational moments carried on for me throughout the weekend, every day catching me by surprise right when I couldn’t imagine it possibly getting any better. I recall the first night when I found one of my best friends in a crowd of people exactly when I needed her most. I was enveloped in the most loving hug that left me in tears of happiness, which turned into three hugs because we both couldn’t get enough. Or when I took a powerful yoga class with my boyfriend Casey and it connected us in a way I otherwise would have never thought possible.

I’ll admit that I entered the festival that first day emotionally and mentally drained from life occurrences the weeks beforehand, but quickly found myself feeling much lighter and free by Sunday. The collective energy had peaked by the last day, and everything flowed naturally. I found my friends effortlessly and made new ones. Watched the last sunset filled with pink and purple hues atop the peak of a hill at the meditation outlook with Casey. We made it just in time to see Lee Burridge close out the Woogie Stage as we happily stuffed our faces with my favorite raw pad thai from l.o.v.e’s kitchen.

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We Drank delicious licorice tea in the ‘Om Shan Tea’ yurt as Chet Faker performed my favorite songs including ‘No Diggity’ on The Lightning Stage. Viewed Saturn through a telescope at the onsite Black Rock Observatory and burst into laughter after hearing the technician enthusiastically yell out “last call for Saturn,” as we laid out in a geometric dome art installation while looking at a plethora of stars sparkle in the dark night sky at 3 am. You get the idea, it was absolutely magical.

Many have their own perception of what a transformational festival is or isn’t. Some tend to think it’s a hippie type festival where hippies gather and do ‘hippie stuff’, others may think it’s just another music and arts festival amongst the influx of festivals offered today. I can’t tell you what LIB is or isn’t, as it’s a festival so complex that must be attended to truly understand. What I can tell you is that the experiences such that occur at LIB are what the world needs NOW.

You’re free to let go of your worries, fears, anxiety and stress, in fact it will be difficult not to. Your ego will want to judge the people you’re not familiar with, until you end up camped right next to them and realize they’re a few of the kindest people you’ve ever met. They’ll feed you food you would never otherwise dare try. Even when you resist they insist, so you succumb and are pleasantly surprised by how delicious it is. When you awake with a massive hangover the next morning, they’ll be right there with everything you need to recover and you’ll come to find how grateful you are for people you would’ve previously avoided eye contact with at all cost.

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You’ll be surrounded by a bunch of weirdos, and realize how much you now enjoy being the weirdo you’ve always been because you can’t remember the last time you laughed and smiled this much. You’ll be having a ridiculously fun time and suddenly be confronted with things in your life that you may have been ignoring and it’s probably going to hurt, but soon after you’ll be showered with love by a total stranger and realize everything that’s happened in your life has been leading up to this moment.

Now you’re fully present in the moment, the most present you’ve ever been in your entire life. Your heart will be so full that you think it’s going to explode, so you don’t know what else to do but frolic around giving love to anyone who will receive it. You’ll spend the rest of the weekend enjoying life for what it is basking in the company of strangers, astonished at how capable you are of feeling raw happiness and love.

You’ll return home to your parents wondering what’s happened to you and your friends not recognizing you. You’ll return to reality, but not without pondering what life would be if you could take your experience into daily life, constantly thinking “what if?” Quickly you come to find the world would be a different place if everyone was given the opportunity to have these experiences, and you make it a point to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice in the ‘real world.’ Suddenly your entire LIB experience makes complete sense and you can finally comprehend why they call it a “transformational” festival, because really…what else would you call this?

“You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one,
I hope someday you’ll join us,
and the world will be as one.”
-John Lennon

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Robbie Rivera’s ‘Bang 2k16’ track 16 years in the making & Juicy Music’s new look!

ROBBIE RIVERA UPDATES CLASSIC ‘BANG’ & LAUNCHES NEW JUICY MUSIC LOOK

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Back in the year 2000 Robbie Rivera became a worldwide-known artist with the track ‘Bang’. The single was released on multiple labels across the globe and sold over 250,000 vinyls and CD singles. ‘Bang’ reached Number 13 on the UK National Chart and was on rotation on major FM stations around the world. At only 26 years old, Rivera was invited to make appearances on the UK’s most important TV shows such as Top of the Pops, MTV Live, The Pepsi Chart Show, BBC Entertainment News and the morning show, The Big Breakfast. Fast forward to 2016 and Robbie Rivera has a Number 1 track on Beatport with a remake of his classic track ‘The Funkatron’ and now Juicy Music is proud to release the new version of ‘Bang’ on June 10.

Keeping the original piano riff and vocals, Robbie has added a vocal snippet and his emblematic tribal house beats to create the updated ‘Bang 2k16’, which has already seen support from Bob Sinclar, Pete Tong, Kryder, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo and more. ‘Bang 2k16’ will also launch Juicy Music’s fresh new look as Robbie moves on to the next step of his illustrious career. Make sure to pick up this fresh summer tune now on all digital retailers!

ROBBIE RIVERA 2016 SUMMER TOUR DATES
June 11 – The Grasshopper Underground – Detroit, MI
June 17 – Moon & Akuarela – Valencia, ES
June 18 – Pacha – Ibiza, ES
June 25 – The Grand – San Francisco, CA
June 26 – Bungalow Beach Club – Dallas, TX
July 02 – Wall – Miami, FL
July 09 – Haven – Atlantic City, NJ
July 10 – Corona Electric Beach – Chicago, IL
July 29 – Eve – Orlando, FL
August 6 – Analog – Brooklyn NY
August 7 – D’JAIS – Belmar, NJ
August 10 – Music on the Rocks – Positano, IT
August 12 – Opium – Barcelona, ES
August 14 – Golfo Aranci Music Festival – Sardinia, IT
August 20 – Foro Normandie – Mexico City, MX
August 27 – Imagine Music Festival – Atlanta, GA

CONNECT WITH ROBBIE RIVERA
Website: www.robbierivera.com
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Insomniac Reveals 20 New Additions for Electric Daisy Carnival’s 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas!

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New art cars, stage designs, brand new VIP amenities, trance brand Dreamstate, and more will take over the three-day festival

Las Vegas­ – Insomniac, the producers behind North America’s largest dance music festival, has released a sneak peek into 20 new over-the-top additions that fans can discover at Electric Daisy Carnival’s (EDC) celebration of “20 Years Under the Electric Sky.” From June 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fans will experience the festival like never before, with an expanded Carnival Square and EDC Town, even more theatrical performers, the chance to walk down Memory Lane, epic new stage designs and much more.

New additions to this year’s festival include:

1. EDC20 goes green! Festival food vendors will have their cooking oil transported and converted it into usable biofuel.

2. Tie the knot at one of two new EDC Wedding Chapels: The Chapel of Nature (organic and earth-inspired) and The Chapel of Future (modern technology themed).

3. Revamp your EDC look inside the kineticFIELD VIP Beauty Bar, where full-service hair, makeup and body art will be available by appointment.

4. Walk along the Memory Lane video tunnel and relive 20 years of EDC photography, graphic art and video footage, immersing Headliners in the rich history of dance music culture.

5. Insomniac’s premier trance brand, Dreamstate, will host a dedicated day at the circuitGROUNDS stage for the first time at EDC Las Vegas.

6. Propose a toast at the kineticFIELD VIP Bubbles Bar, where a special champagne-only menu will offer mimosas, Bellinis and bubbly by the glass.

7. The environmentally conscious nonprofit organization, Global Inheritance, will remind fans to keep Mother Earth in mind with a brand new Live Recycling Bin Painting art project, in addition to the return of the TRASHed Recycling Store.

8. For the first time, fans will be able to ride with Uber to and from EDC Las Vegas by car or chopper. A private Uber Lounge providing charging stations, shade and tunes will keep fans cool while they wait for their ride.

9. LA-based, Australian roast gurus at Longshot Coffee will wheel a mobile cart around the kineticFIELD VIP area, stocked with iced mochas, iced vanilla lattes and iced caramel coffee drinks for an extra boost of energy during the festival.

10. The EDC Parade returns, bigger and better than ever! The grand procession will weave through the festival each night near midnight with four brand new art cars, joining the fleet of 15 whimsical vehicles, and new, costumed performer groups, with many more surprises.

11. A fan favorite destination last year, EDC Town will once again take over the grassy area near cosmicMEADOW with all new attractions like the Little Red School House, where one-of-a-kind classes will be in session; EDC Theater, where fans can catch a magic show; or the EDC Saloon, where drinks will be served all weekend.

12. The U.S. presidential election is just around the corner! Register to vote inside Carnival Square at the HeadCount booth.

13. A new Art Car will join the roaming, weaving, fire-breathing family! Look out for Heathen & Kaliope, a giant red unit on wheels that resembles a fire truck and an animal circus cart all in one.

14. Put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up at the brand new kineticFIELD VIP Tiki Bar!

15. New performer troupes will surprise and delight guests as they dance among the crowd dressed as Fire Phoenix Stilters, Sunshine Harleys and Deep Sea Sirens.

16. The EDC20 festival guide will join forces with The Insomniac magazine this year! This collector’s item anniversary guide will feature all the essential festival info, plus exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes Insomniac stories and features on some of our amazing Headliners.

17. For the first time, neonGARDEN’s VIP lounge will feature plush daybeds surrounded by pool tables, a full juice bar, food trucks, and life-size games.

18. Vape Village welcomes all vapers to EDC Las Vegas with an array of premium liquids and name-brand vendors available to fill any empty pen, eGO device, mod or AVP.

19. Free high-speed WiFi will be offered for quick uploading and convenient communicating in the center of the festival at the colorful Carnival Square.

20. BRAND. NEW. STAGES.

In just 11 short days, more than 400,000 fans will race onto the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with smiling faces to begin the EDC20 celebration, where the rest of the surprises Insomniac has in store will be revealed.

A limited number of VIP and shuttle passes for EDC Las Vegas 2016 are available here. For the most updated details regarding EDC Las Vegas, please visit
LasVegas.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

Shpongle, PANTyRAiD & The Polish Ambassador Among Headliners for Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016

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The sixth annual installment of Enchanted Forest Gathering, Northern California’s celebrated music, yoga, flow-arts and conscious movement festival, has just announced its most heavy-hitting music lineup to date. Taking place July 22-24, 2016, the Gathering’s headliners include England’s forefather of psychedelic electronica Shpongle, the festival circuit’s unofficial Funkiest Diplomat The Polish Ambassador, plus MartyParty and Ooah (of The Glitch Mob) who combine forces as the melodic bass duo PANTyRAiD making a highly-anticipated return after a three year hiatus. Rounding out the electronic list of headliners is West Coast bass movement champion Minnesota and soulful Chicago trio Autograf.

Included among the much-hyped live acts headlining in 2016 is a three-hour, otherworldly trance set from groovy world-hip-hop fusion group Hamsa Lila, a vivid harmonic storytelling experience by ethereal melody-weaver Ayla Nereo,, and two passionately devotional music sets from Fanna Fi Allah – a leading representation of ancient Sufi Qawwali music. Grammy-nominated, drum and bass Reggae stylist Youssoupha Sidibe, indie-rock electronica band Lila Rose and ecstatic vocalist and innovative composer Suzanne Sterling will also deliver spirited live performances over the course of the weekend.

Joining the musical headliners for the three-day festival at the musically historical Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, Northern California are KRNE, Stélouse, Thirftworks, Bluetech, Morillo, Clozee, Love and Light, Matthew Human and Friends, Cello Joe plus many more! With over 50 acts playing across four alluring stages – the River Stage, the Hearth Stage, the Mighty Oak Stage and the Shower Party Stage – Enchanted Forest Gathering combines the close knit community vibes of a small festival with the upscale caliber of production and talent of a larger festival. The result is a unique, holistic, transformational experience that the festival’s founders have light-heartedly dubbed as “Sacred, sexy, silly and saucy.”

By day, Enchanted Forest Gathering provides attendees with a myriad of intellectual and body motivational activities including educational talks, forums, dance and flow classes, yoga, workshops and music at the River Stage. At sunset and continuing under the moonlight; the Hearth, Mighty Oak and Shower Party stages will play bassy-deliciousness for participants to feast their ears on until the wee hours of the morning. And for the night owls, the Nectar Temple healing area and the amalgamation of healing stones at the Crystal Dome will always be available for exploring. Continue on with a journey to the late night comedy stage or visionary art studio and splash around in the river, which will play host to its very own River Stage, a non-alcoholic elixir bar and lounge area for water immersion and fun whether you’re planning to relax or rage in its depths.

Throughout the weekend, Enchanted Forest Gathering will be both teaching and promoting healthy lifestyles. In addition to the stages for performances and music, the grounds will have a vendor area, home to organic food, craft and clothing vendors from local sources. All merchants will be encouraged to use biodegradable items and a “green team” will be working with the festival to help compost food waste and recycle. As always, the Gathering will be an alcohol-free event, allowing guests to focus solely on the experience and surrounding energy.

Tickets for the festival are available via the Enchanted Forest Gathering website. Following a very successful “Hurry-Up Homie Hookup” ticket pre-sale, passes for the 6th annual Enchanted Forest Gathering are on track to sell out. “The Time is Meow” General Admission 3-day tickets are on sale now with prices set to increase on April 1st and again each month until the day before the festival.

Stay tuned for more Enchanted Forest Gathering details coming soon! Subscribe to the event newsletter via the website and be sure to RSVP through the Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 Facebook event page!

Full lineup:

River Stage: Autograf, Andreilien, Reid Speed, Soohan, Drrtywulvz, Champagne Drip, Eurythmy, Saqi, Morillo, Psy Fi, Dragonfly, Irieyes, Brian Hartmann, Sharu, Manoj, Subducto, Quilici, Genji, Origin

The Hearth Stage (Live): Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, Fanna Fi Allah (2 sets), Lila Rose, Youssoupha Sidibe, Suzanne Sterling, Matthew Human and Friends, eO & Kyrstn Pixton, Cello Joe, AmaeLOVESLife, Freedom, Whiskerman, Masha Campagne, Christopher Worth, The Abe Train, Randy Todd, Elijah Ray, Shawn Barry, Marya Stark, Mama Crow, Maesyn, Cheraki, Buddhabee, Sweet Medicine

Mighty Oak Stage: Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota, Thriftworks, Bluetech, Stélouse, CloZee, Love and Light, Nominus, KRNE, Atyya, Living Light, Shamanic Technology, Sixis, Devin Kroes, Haana, Neptune

Mighty Oak Silent Disco: Nasja, Acacia Beats, YoHm, Soules, Syrius, Taotempo, more TBA

Shower Party Stage: Artists TBA

Bobby Nourmand Pays Homage to Billy Idol On “S I S T E R” Out Now

There’s no one in the game that pays artful homage to legendary acts quite like LA-based producer Bobby Nourmand. His tasteful interpretations of acts like The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Beatles have racked up over a million streams on SoundCloud, building a fanbase itching to hear his next deep, dark invention.

Out now, “S I S T E R” fuses together two artists, Bobby and Billy Idol, from two separate decades, in a calculated blend of deep house basslines, meticulously placed guitars and vocals, and Bobby’s iconic melodies. It’s a listening experience that begins with Idol’s original iconic grit, ultimately transcending into a modernly crafted story that builds with layers upon layers of increasing intensity.

About Bobby: 2016 has already showcased Bobby Nourmand as one of the most quickly rising producers in the industry, highlighted by the release of his first signed record, “S M O K I N’ J O E.” Released under The Magician’s Potion imprint, the track has amassed over 1,000,000 streams across SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify, with no sign of slowing down. Along with the track’s success, fans have also been introduced to Bobby’s live sets, which packed out houses at Exchange LA, The Delano Beach Club and FDR for Miami Music Week, and at Webster Hall for The Magician’s official EDC after party.

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