GDD™ Morning Update: Dusky, Mysteryland, Low End Theory Festival


•  Dusky Announce Dusky presents Miami Show and 7-date March USA tour
•  Mysteryland‘s U.S. Festival, At the Site of the Original Woodstock, Announces Full music and Creative Lineup
•  The inaugural Low End Theory Festival announces lineup, location


Dusky Announce Dusky presents Miami Show and 7-date March USA tour


Continuing their rise as a leading underground force, Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell aka Dusky have announced a special Dusky presents show in Miami – the flagship event of a 7 date USA March tour, and their first ever Dusky presents show outside of the UK. 

Spearheaded by a special three-hour set from Dusky themselves, the Dusky presents Miami party will take place at Trade Downstairs on Saturday 29th May. The event will also showcase extended sets from Canada’s leftfield house/techno curator Matthew Dear (Audion) and the excellent Midland, currently on a run of rich form through his releases on his own label Graded.  

Shying away from the Miami trend of ramming as many guests on as possible for short sets, the intimate Dusky presents party instead invites respected artists to do what they do best and play longer, carefully considered sets. The show will also represent the apex of a 7 date USA tour for Dusky that includes shows at New York’s Output, New Orleans Buku festival and Miami’s Ultra Festival.

Having enjoyed two of the biggest selling deep house tracks of 2013 in “Careless” and Beatport #1 “Nobody Else”, Dusky have continued to surprise and excite in 2014 with the darker, forward-thinking “9T8″ taking things down a harder, techno route – earning support from names as diverse as Maya Jane Coles, Pete Tong, Boddika and Skream.

Dusky US Tour

Mar 19th – Boston @ Phoenix Landing

Mar 20th – NYC @ Output

Mar 21st – New Orleans @ BUKU Festival

Mar 22nd – Washington DC @ U Hall

Mar 27th – Hard Miami @ Grand Central

Mar 29th – Dusky presents… Miami @ Trade Downstiars

Mar 30th – Miami @ Ultra Festival


Mysteryland’s U.S. Festival, At the Site of the Original Woodstock, Announces Full music and Creative Lineup


The world’s longest-running electronic music festival, Mysteryland, announced its full musical line-up headlined by one of America’s most legendary artists, multi-GRAMMY Award nominated Kaskade. Mysteryland makes its historic U.S. debut over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. 

The festival delivers the same mixture of musical genres that has grown to be such a unique factor of this international event, and this first US edition will see a roster of top DJs and cultural acts all of who are ready to make this one very special inaugural edition.  With three days of programming and seven distinct musical arenas, the festival creates a melting pot of its famous stage-production and shows, together with over 200 of world-renowned DJs, local up-and-comers, colorful acts, and performers. 

Mysteryland USA will take place on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, with the campgrounds opening on Friday, May 23.  Limited on-site camping will be available on the sacred grounds of ’69 Woodstock at the Holy Ground campsite featuring an exclusive Friday night pre-party. Additional off-site camping will be offered through our local partner program. 

Musical Line-Up

This year’s headlining artists include trailblazing DJ-producer Kaskade making his much-anticipated headlining debut at Mysteryland and returning artist Steve Aoki, consummate party starter, set to bring his wild stage performance and high-energy music. 

On Friday evening all those who are camping on the Holy Ground are treated to a special pre-party hosted by Dutch phenom Nicky Romero’s ‘Protocol’ label, inviting some of his most talented residents to kick-start the festival.

The Mysteryland Main Stage, a newly designed stage set to debut in the US and represent the nomadic journey of the Mysteryland festivals, will host a plethora of ‘A-listers’ and up-and-comers. On Saturday, Mysteryland alumnus Steve Aoki will close the main stage, following performances by Nicky Romero, Showtek, NERVO, Fedde Le Grand amongst many others.

On Sunday, Mysteryland is proud to present a special closing set by the American powerhouse Kaskade.  The spectacle will continue with electronic music pioneer Moby, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and more.

The previously announced Sunday School Mini-Fest will host some of the best underground talent, divided over three extravagant areas. The Big Top tent will bring techno heavy weights Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot and many more.  The uniquely designed wood & mirrored Spiegeltent will host the only Visionquest showcase of the year featuring all four founding members: Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, Lee Curtiss, with fellow label cohorts. On Sunday, Spiegeltent will bring together fan favorites: Scuba, Heidi, Justin Martin, Cassy, and others. For the first time ever, Sunday School is presenting a Vinyl-Only stage by creating an intimate club environment to bring back this lost art and offer the experience of the warm tones and rich analog sound that only vinyl can offer. Special performances will include a back-to-back set between Carl Craig and Dutch legend Dimitri, a 20th OVUM label anniversary with Josh Wink, Lee Foss, Soul Clap, Victor Calderone and more.

One of Mysteryland’s signature stages, The Boat, which has traveled around the world from The Netherlands to Chile, will bring today’s current bass and trap sounds from the scene’s leading artists such as, Big Gigantic, Chase & Status, Zomboy, Paper Diamond, Bro Safari, and many more. For a very special closing set, The Boat is proud to announce the official debut of the Dillon Francis + Flosstradamus supergroup: Dillstradamus. Get ready to turn up!

For over 12 years Mysteryland has championed Q-dance, which explores the harder styles in dance music in an indoor tent, where all of those who are in search of faster BPM’s can escape and let loose. This will be Q-dance’s first Northeast showcase after its US debut in 2012, and an ongoing West Coast tour.

Artistic Line-up

In the past 20 years Mysteryland has developed into one of the most groundbreaking, trendsetting festivals in the world due to the diverse settings and experiential environments within the festival that compliments the festival’s cutting-edge musical programming.  This path of creativity will be continued for this year’s first edition in Bethel, NY, as fans will be able to discover new worlds and art.

Captivating art installations and theatrical performances can be found all throughout the festival sire, with unique pieces by Dutch artists Dadara, international flag artist Angus Watt, a wishing tree by Kate Raudenbusch, and The Lucent Dossier Experience known for their over the top, unique stage performances.

Exploration of the worlds can begin in The Healing Garden, a place to discover new ways of thinking and getting in touch with your spiritual side through yoga, meditation, and chill-out music. The Healing Garden is situated on the Ceremony Field, the site of the official festival opening ceremony. Additional areas include a romantic Love Chapel, a rodeo, the Mysteryland Post Office, the Confessional, a festival library, live painting by New York street artists which pieces are up for auction after the festival for charity, Sin Salida by native Amsterdam creative collective and, in true Mysteryland style, dozens of secret areas waiting for you to discover.

Holy Ground campers will be able to gather at the community-oriented Camping Circus stage. This area will host creative artists and alternative musical programming, including jazz and indie music throughout the weekend. 

Ticket Information

Phase 2 of the Mysteryland ticket sales start Tuesday, March 11, at 10AM EST via General Admission (Nomad) and VIP  (Bohemian Premium) tickets are available for both single day and weekend tickets. Limited on-site and off-site camping is also on sale with premiere Mysteryland B’n’B VIP tents almost sold out. For more info on ticketing and camping options, please go to the FAQ.


The inaugural Low End Theory Festival announces lineup, location


These days it gets so crowded at the Low End Theory in Lincoln Heights that by 11 p.m. the door guys stop letting people in. The long-running weekly beat music club, which helped propel the careers of Flying Lotus, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer and others, draws fans from around the world who line up each Wednesday. The goal: to gain entry to the second-floor room with a capacity of a few hundred, featuring gut-vibrating bass cabinets, sweat on the walls and nonstop rhythms.

It’s gotten to the point, says club founder Kevin “Daddy Kev” Moo, that some weeks it’s in their best interest not to provide too many details. 

“The fact that we can’t announce half the acts that perform at our weekly has forced the issue,” says Moo. “We need to have a larger forum for this — the demand clearly illustrates this.” 

Such volume is why Moo and his compadres in L.A.’s beat scene have launched the Low End Theory Festival, with the first one to occur June 14-15 at the Echo and Echoplex clubs in Echo Park. 

The lineup for the event has just been announced, and offers further proof of the depth of talent buzzing in the city — as well as the Low End Theory’s ability to surprise. 

Among others, the 26-act festival will feature the miraculous fingers and hands of turntable crew Invisbl Skratch Piklz, who have recently reformed to showcase their acrobatic scratching skills. Also: Odd Future affiliates the Internet (Syd the Kid, Matt Martians); L.A. abstract beat producer Nosaj Thing; the masterful performer Daedelus and his Monome; Dntel (a.k.a. Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service); bedroom electronica singer/producer Baths; instrumental hip hop producer/visual artist Teebs; and the utterly beguiling futuristic dub of Ras G. 

Moo says that for a city that’s producing so much innovative electronic music, it’s woefully underrepresented on the festival front.

“There does not currently exist a serious electronic music festival that happens in the city of Los Angeles on an annual basis,” he says. “The most notable electronic music festival in Los Angeles is Hard. Not to take anything away from what they’re doing, but that’s definitely more of a mainstream approach to electronic music. We are trying to showcase the underground side of all of this, and really present the sound of Los Angeles, to a large degree, and the sound of the West Coast.” 

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The goal, he added, is to make the Low End Theory Festival a destination for fans, many of whom have only experienced the club’s sets via its Internet podcasts. “We have a lot of fans that we’ve made outside of Los Angeles — people who have really discovered us through word of mouth, dug in deep on the Internet — and their entire experience and understanding of what Low End Theory is has been purely an online experience. Part of what we’re trying to create here also is a destination festival.” 

To further distinguish the Low End Theory Festival, the two days will feature beatmaking seminars by notable producers, who will guide would-be hitmakers through the creation of beats from scratch. 

Combined, says Moo, the festival is the next logical step for a thriving weekly club night that can’t last forever. Though he and the other residents — Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles and MC Nocando, all of whom will perform over that weekend, too — have no plans to quit anytime soon, he says that his hope is that the Low End Theory Festival will come to define the club in the years, and decades, to come.  

(via LA Times)