GDD™ Morning Update: Ultra, Wynn Las Vegas, Apparat, Hot Waves, Infected Mushroom

• City of Miami tries to cancel 2nd weekend of Ultra Music Festival
Wynn Las Vegas announces lineup of 42 resident DJ’s
Apparat to Release New Album, Shares Free Download
Hot Waves 4 announced
• Infected Mushroom FungusAmongUS 2013 Tour


City of Miami tries to cancel 2nd weekend of Ultra Music Festival

The City of Miami is trying to cancel the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival.

Marc Sarnoff, the Miami Commissioner, has introduced a resolution which aims to slash the second half of Ultra on grounds that the “event will be disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid locked traffic.”

Miami New Times reports that Sarnoff’s decision to put the resolution forward was influenced by a meeting in December, during which local business owners complained about the second weekend of revelry being introduced.

The resolution also states that “consecutive weekends will cause disruptions in work in local offices and create difficulty in accessing residential buildings”.

This comes despite the fact that a study commissioned by festival organisers last year claimed that Ultra poured $79 million into the city’s coffers.

A decision on whether the resolution will be passed or not will be made on Thursday, at a meeting held at City Hall in Miami.

Fans are understandably up in arms about the decision to cut Ultra in half. With a line-up that boasts basically every big name in the dance music in the world right now, it looks set to be one of the biggest parties in the world.

The dance music community is fighting back. A petition (which you can sign here) has been started by fans to express their concerns and lobby the City of Miami to retract the resolution.

Some passionate comments have been posted to the petition, including one by Kristin Damiano, who wrote: “I’m signing because I’m attending ultra. This “second” weekend was technically the first weekend listed until they broke news that the weekend before would be ultra as well. I only see as it would be an unfair thing to cancel the festival after hundreds, probably even thousands of people have purchased tickets for this event.”

More news when we have it.

(via Mixmag)


Wynn Las Vegas announces lineup of 42 resident DJ’s

Wynn Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues will feature more than 40 electronic dance music DJ residencies at Encore Beach Club,SurrenderTryst and XS nightclubs throughout 2013. After an unprecedented roster in 2012, the venues have several returning as well as exciting new additions to fill the schedule of events during the year. The complete line-up of exclusive partnerships includes:

· Above & Beyond
· Adrian Lux
· Afrojack
· AN21
· Avicii
· Bassnectar
· Cazzette
· Cedric Gervais
· Chris Lake
· David Guetta
· Deniz Koyu
· Dillon Francis
· Diplo
· Dirty South
· Eric Prydz
· Fedde LeGrand
· Hard Rock Sofa
· Jermaine Dupri
· John Dahlbäck
· Knife Party
· LA Riots
· Lil Jon
· Loco Dice
· Madeon
· Manufactured Superstars
· Martin Solveig
· Max Vangeli
· Michael Woods
· Morgan Page
· Nero
· Norman Doray
· Porter Robinson
· Red Foo
· Rusko
· Sidney Samson
· Skrillex
· Steve Angello
· Sultan & Ned Shepard
· Swanky Tunes
· Wolfgang Gartner
· Zeds Dead

“2012 was a monumental year for both dance music and our nightclubs,” said Jesse Waits, managing partner of XS and Tryst nightclubs. “Our team has worked day and night to present an unrivaled roster of residencies again in 2013 including both major headliners and the DJs we believe to be the next superstars of this genre. We hope to maintain our reputation as the mecca of dance music through these exclusive partnerships.”

“Our reinvigorated and ramped up DJ roster offers the broadest representation of electronic dance music in Las Vegas,” said Sean Christie, managing partner of Surrender Nightclub, Encore Beach Club and the new Andrea’s vibe dining concept in Encore Las Vegas. “And with the addition of the hybrid dining/nightlife concept Andrea’s — our soundtrack is created by ‘musical chef’ Steve Angello and our resident DJs stop by to play sets — we continue to expand our market share and offer our guests a truly enjoyable entertainment experience.”

Encore Beach Club is open seasonally. Surrender is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tryst is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. XS is open Friday through Monday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Table reservations are highly recommended (Encore Beach Club and Surrender: 702-770-7300; Tryst: 702-770-3375; XS: 702-770-0097). For more information, visit

(via Examiner)


Apparat to Release New Album, Shares Free Download

Berlin’s Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has announced the impending release of Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre), an album based on the music he composed for Sebastian Hartmann’s theatre production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Apparently, Ring worked with a 30-piece ensemble to produce his original score for the play, which was commissioned by renowned German arts festival Ruhrfestspiele. “This is anything but conventional theatre. It’s a free space, where a bunch of freaks can go wild,” Ring said in a press release. “It starts with the lights and stops with the actual actors. At night, we worked on the music in the empty hall. It was kind of magical.” The finished work was recorded with members of Apparat’s live band, with Philipp Timm on cello and Christoph Hartmann on violin. Mute will release Apparat’s Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) on February 19, but you can stream and download our first taste of the music, “A Violent Sky,” below.

(via XLR8R)


Hot Waves 4 announced

Hot Creations sub-label Hot Waves will release its fourth compilation later this month.

Hot Waves Vol. 4 sees a number of new faces joining the label’s roster, with the likes of Lil’ Mark and Carlo Gambino appearing for the first time. A number of Hot Creations/Hot Waves regulars also feature, including label co-founder Jamie Jones, who turns in an edit of Alexis Raphael’sHNQO follows up last year’s Pain ‘n’ Love EP on Hot Creations with a track called “City Lights”. The compilation will follow the same pattern of previous instalments, with a vinyl sampler preceding the the full digital release.

01. Buckley feat Ives St. Ange – Back The Tower
02. HNQO feat. Bip – City Lights
03. Simon Baker & Robert James feat. England Brooks – Get Up High
04. Lil Mark – Fat & Destiny
05. Alexis Raphael – Rave (Jamie Jones Edit)
06. Human Life & Anabel Englund – Falling
07. Filthy Rich – Do It Again
08. Tom Ruijg – S For Sticky
09. Denney – Shake The Club
10. Julien Sandre & Dast – Reality
11. Blond;ish, Balcazar & Sordo feat. Bastard Love – Island Eyes
12. Carlo Gambino – Body 2 Body
13. Kameleon – Fuel To The Fire
14. Mike Gill – Furious
15. Mykel Haze & Marco Darko – Computer Love
16. Metrika & Bastard Love – Not My Lady

Hot Waves will release Hot Waves Vol. 4 on January 28th, 2013.

(via Resident Advisor)


Infected Mushroom FungusAmongUS 2013 Tour

Much can be said about Infected Mushroom. Over the years, they have amassed a following more loyal than that of many other artists and have reached the ever-daunting 1 million fan mark on Facebook. Their seventh studio album, Army of Mushrooms, was released on Dim Mak last year. Its experimental nature fused rock and multiple different styles of dance music, and solidified the idea that even in this day in age you don’t have to sacrifice artistic integrity to be successful. They are kicking off 2013 with their Fungusamongus tour, which will be traveling down the East Coast from Maine to Florida starting on January 10th. See the tour dates below and buy tickets here.

Tour Dates:
10-Jan Portland, ME State Theater
11-Jan Boston, MA House of Blues
12-Jan Burlington, VT Higher Ground
16-Jan Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (DJ SET)
17-Jan Rochester, NY – Mainstreet Armory (DJ SET)
18-Jan Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
19-Jan Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
31-Jan Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
1-Feb Tampa, FL – Ampitheater
2-Feb Pompano Beach, FL – Club Cinema

(via YourEDM)