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For those of you that didn’t know already, Insomniac has put together a documentary with live footage from last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival that took place at the Coliseum in Los Angeles last June, along with artist interviews and some other great festival content. The documentary will be reaching the big screen in 520 theaters across the United States for one night only on August 4th, but the premiere will be in Hollywood at Mann’s Chinese Theater next Wednesday, July 27th. Here’s where the cool part kicks in:

The lovely lads in a little group called SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA are giving us a pair of tickets for 2 of you lucky kids to see the Experience before the rest of the country. This is a HUGE opportunity and probably one of the best giveaways we’ve been able to do thus far, so get excited. Here’s how to win:

• ‘Like’ the Gotta Dance Dirty Facebook Fan Page
• ‘Like’ the Swedish House Mafia Facebook Fan Page
• Write your favorite artist that played at last year’s EDC and your favorite part about going to an Insomniac event on the Gotta Dance Dirty Fan Page wall.
• You must live within 50 miles of Los Angeles to enter
• Winner will be announced on Monday evening

Good luck! And remember if you don’t win, check your local theaters for the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience on August 4th!



Coming In Hot

It’s pretty much standard operating procedure for us here at GDD™ to leave for Vegas in the middle of the night. Nothing really beats pulling into Vegas at sunrise, begging to be allowed to check-in early, being denied, and then just getting cocktails and playing video blackjack at the bar until the pool opens. After our weekly VERSUS party in Santa Monica Jonah Berry, myself (Burn Unit, the artist formerly known as Matt Black) & Co. hopped on the 10E and headed towards our destiny in the desert. It wasn’t long – okay, like sixteen hours – before we were finally in a limo on our way to the festival. Traffic was pretty congested around the city but as we pulled closer and the excitement built it didn’t really matter.

First Impressions

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the entire crowd in line roared and started chanting. Finally walking through the tunnel and laying eyes on the new EDC festival home it really set in. Two of my favorite things in the world – Vegas and EDC – had collided to form a truly unique festival experience. We walked through the crowd for Bloody Beetroots and for the first time in well over a year I slightly enjoyed hearing ‘Warp‘ as we made our way towards the Circuit Grounds stage to check out the fellas in Cosmic Gate. The quality of the production all around me was incredible, there were dozens of people to buy waters from roaming the crowd, more than a few cops who actually seemed to be somewhat enjoying the sights and sounds, and rides everywhere. From top to bottom Insomniac had put together something special, considering every detail, and it showed from the beginning. We all knew this was going to be a weekend to barely remember but never forget.

Jonah: The Top 3

As Matt so eloquently described above, Insomniac outdid themselves this year and brought one of the best massive electronic events in the world to Las Vegas and succeeded. With production and talent being second-to-none, Pasqualle and the lovely people at Insomniac spared no expense on making the Electric Daisy Carnival the best overall experience you could ever ask for as a music and art enthusiast. Every direction I looked in I was dumbfounded by the sheer size of the stages, the fireworks that seemed like they lasted for hours, and the top tier artists on all stages at all times. Here’s a breakdown of my top 3 acts by day:

Friday — Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman — There’s not too much to say about Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman set that you don’t/should already know. The man is an audio/visual genius. After seeing the Plastikman show at Coachella a couple years back, I thought I pretty much knew what to expect from the show last weekend in Vegas, but once I glared upon that monstrous LED curtain while simultaneously getting rammed in the ear with body-vibrating Minimal Techno, I knew that Richie was about to amaze me once again. Lucky for me, I had remembered my Plastikman iPhone App, so I had a live streaming video of the man behind the curtain at all times. Lucky for the crowd, Richie came out in front of the curtain at the end of his set to prove he is, in fact, a human being. If you have not seen Plastikman, I highly encourage you to do so the next chance you get.

Saturday — Boys Noize It seems that it’s standard now for Boys Noize to make the top performances of any festival we cover. I can confidently say that the man is a living legend, and his song selection and powerful DJ prowess have never, ever let me down. His set commenced with a new track, unknown to me at the time, which repeated ECSTASY about 15-20 times before launching into a massive drop that nurtured the crowd’s need for a big-time Boys Noize banger. Despite some festival-goers losing their marbles just after this first drop, the set went on and was as relentless as ever, with the staples of a BN set bursting through the Vegas desert including “& Down,” “Yeah/Swoon,” and “My Moon My Man.” As long as Mr. Alex Ridha doesn’t start playing top 40 mashups, I’m pretty sure he’ll always be at the top of my list wherever I witness his performance.

SundayAfrojack — Like many artists at EDC this year, Afrojack was slotted for two sets: Saturday night at Kinetic Field and Sunday night at Cosmic Meadow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch his set on Saturday (though I heard it was fantastic), but fortunately I saw his set in its entirety early Monday morning at the Cosmic Meadow stage. It’s safe to say that the man is one of the best DJ/producers out there. With an arsenal of original tracks and a fresh Grammy under his belt, Afrojack is leading the charge across the ever-closing gap between Pop and House music. Thanks to the great people at Insomniac, we were able to watch this monuMENTAL set from the stage, as Afrojack wanted everyone up there to be right behind him for his entire set. He even moved his own monitors so the sound would project towards the people on stage and not him! There was ‘Bangduck.’ There was ‘Pon De Floor.’ There was ‘Take Over Control.’ And thank baby Jesus there was no ‘Sexy Bitch.’ I can’t wait to see this guy again.


My two colleagues above seem to capture the energy of the festival and the top performances of the weekend, but with the opportunity to have all-access coverage of EDC what really made this weekend for me was the level of ease we enjoyed every aspect that was put in to making the festival a resounding success. With the festival going from literally 8pm till sunrise, it was the first time I was able to witness Boys Noize and MSTRKRFT (you better believe I went to both) from dawn til’ the break of sunlight.

The production of the stages uniquely complimented each lineup accordingly – the BASSPOD shaped like a transformer Ferris wheel with the DJs performing in the center, the main stage given a huge upgrade in size that made you feel like an ant when you came near it. All I can say is that the production throughout the festival was out of control.

With attendance reaching around 80 thousand each day the new location at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway made the crowds flow easily as we maneuvered through the masses to reach every stage and attraction. The layout of the Speedway also made it possible for Insomniac Events to really capture the carnival theme, and in a town full of performers it was clear that all of the dancers, jesters, bikers, and even fish people were truly skilled and appropriately matched to the night’s festivities. As if that wasn’t enough, the pyrotechnics and fireworks were enough to hold us over beyond the 4th of July. Everything just seemed to go right all weekend, with the hundreds of amazing performances and the problem-free atmosphere making for a spectacular first year in Las Vegas. With the news of all the success traveling far and wide, we can only imagine how much is going to be put into next year!

Don’t just take our word for it – we were lucky enough to have our great friend and videographer Clare Wadsworth put together a highlight video of all we experienced during the weekend!

GDD ♥ EDC from Clare Wadsworth on Vimeo.

Fortunately @ EDC this year, many of the performances were captured on Sirius satellite radio, so you can relive some of the best sets from the weekend!

Benny Benassi
Cosmic Gate
LA Riots
Laidback Luke
Martin Solveig
Roger Sanchez
Sidney Samson
Steve Aoki

Las Vegas, NevadaInsomniac Events is announcing the highly anticipated final line-up of more than 100 artists at this year’s 15th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival, adding Above & Beyond, Benny Benassi and a second set from Afrojack to the much-anticipated prime Saturday time slots. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 24-26, 2011, and extending to three days for the first time, North America’s largest electronic music festival will offer a combination of world renowned artists and inspiring up-and-coming talent to provide an incredible musical experience for the festival’s more than 200,000 attendees.

Gotta Dance Dirty will be doing full coverage in Las Vegas of Electric Daisy Carnival, bringing you interviews with the artists, up to date reviews on performances and tons of photos from the stages and atmosphere. We also will be bringing out tons of new t-shirts and stickers for promo, so look out for the tut shirts and don’t be afraid to show some love! And don’t forget, if you wear your shirt Saturday and we see you, we’ll have goodies for ya!


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GDD™ nation we have a treat for you! For many/most, Swedish House Mafia is the biggest booking in the world right now. The trio of talent consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso has headlined festivals and club nights all over the world, and this weekend the guys will be heading out to the desert to headline Sunday night of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those that couldn’t get Friday off of work or didn’t want to blow their precious load buying a pass for all three days, we have a giveaway just for you. We will be giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to EDC Vegas for this Sunday!

Contest Instructions (follow closely!):
– ‘Like’ the Gotta Dance Dirty Facebook page
– ‘Like’ the Swedish House Mafia Facebook page
– @Tag both Facebook pages in your status, as well as @Tag the friend that you want to bring with you.
– Your friend that you @Tag must also @Tag both Facebook pages and you in their status back (IMPORTANT!)
– Winner will be chosen at random and announced Wednesday afternoon. Good luck!



Just last night, Insomniac Events announced this official press release:

Believe it or not, we at Insomniac are actually announcing the Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 line-up! All three days will be packed with world renowned artists as well as inspiring up and comers for an unforgettable musical experience.


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Once again, Insomniac raises the goosebumps on our bodies with another visually stunning teaser of whats to come at the end of June in Las Vegas.

Official Lineup / Rumors for Las Vegas EDC 2011

Friday June 24:
Tiesto (Confirmed)
Saturday, June 25:
David Guetta (Confirmed)
Sunday, June 26:
Swedish House Mafia (Confirmed)

Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Ferry Corsten, Skrillex, Paul Van Dyk, Feed me, Wolfgang Gartner, Robbie Rivera, Sander Van Doorn, Bart B More, Hernan Cattaneo, Drop The Lime, Cosmic Gate, Manufactured Superstars, Porter Robinson, Tritonal, High Contrast, Sub Focus (live), Doctor P & Flux Pavilion, Borgore, Andy C & MC GQ, TC

Justice (live), Zoo Brazil, Benny Benassi, Martin Solveig, Deep Dish (Sharam + Dubfire), Peacetreaty, 12th Planet, Felguk, Foamo, Kim Fai, MSTRKRFT, Bass Kleph, Riva Starr, Angger Dimas, Spencer & Hill, Style Of Eye, Benga + Skream (Possible Magentic Man?), Claude VonStroke, The Martin Brothers, Junkie XL, TAI, Fat Boy Slim, and way too many more.


On this wonderful Tuesday afternoon, I am pleased to bring you an exclusive new remix from the rapidly up and coming live electronic trio from Boulder, CO known as SAVOY.
The boys have been more than diligent in the past few months, with an appearance at the Electronic Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles in June and another YUGE main stage set at Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks back in July, among many other bookings all over the US.
This weekend SAVOY will be trekking over to the right coast for the famed Electric Zoo Festival in New York where they will be performing on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage on Sunday afternoon alongside Bassnectar, A-Trak, Aeroplane, Diplo, and more.
Many big things coming up for these talented Colorado boys, so make sure to catch them when they come to your town! (For all of my SB lovelies, they will be at West Beach Music Festival on September 24th; don’t sleep on it!)
gdd™ exclusive SAVOY remix:
The guys were kind enough to .zip up their debut EP and give it to all you guys for free! Just click to download.


Los Angeles! The Electric Daisy Carnival is 2 days away and I’m sure you are all as stoked as I am. I hope you’ve all put together your best tight n’ bright outfits and stocked up on lazers and glowsticks because this Friday and Saturday are going to be big ones. You might think that CONTROL would take a night off on this magnificent Friday, but then you would be incorrect. This week CONTROL will be going super late night with Villains headlining supported by ///BONES, Brazzabelle, Mr. White, and Hi-Deaf. So after you walk out of the Coliseum at 2am with ringing in your ears and rave muck on your shoes, hop in a cab and cruise over to the Avalon to keep the music going. Set times will be as follows:
+9:30-11:45 Hi-Deaf
+11:45-1:00 Brazzabelle
+1:00-2:00 Mr. White
+2:00-3:30 Villains
+3:30-??? ///BONES (let’s do it biggggg all you late night weirdos!)

Please RSVP names and pluses to jonah@gottadancedirty.com to be on our discount list for the evening. Our list will be free before midnight and $10 thereafter. All guests please enter through the left side Honey Lounge entrance.


Alright LA, were finally kickin this summer into bonkers mode. We got huge names coming in the next few months, and with EDC around the corner, I couldn’t be more excited for a sweaty season of boom boom. This friday at Control, I will be opening the main stage (from 9:30-11:30!) for heavy bass champions AC Slater and Rico Tubbs, along with a very special live set from Vandalism. This one’s sure to be a wobble fest, bass heavy enough to give us that earthquake we’ve been waiting for out here on the coast. To put the icing on the cake, our very own Dr. Schlongo will be tearing up the legit lounge room with Sean Slaughter and our thrashin’ friends, Valerna. I got some tasties for ya here, gettin you ready to lose your balance on the d-floor.

Get on the GDD Guest List this FRIDAY!
RSVP to JonahDancesDirty@gmail.com
Our discounted entry:
21+ $10 before 11pm :: $15 til 12am

18+ $15 before 11pm :: $20 til 12am

Remember to come to the Legit Lounge entrance and say your on the GDD guest list!
(Located to the far left side of your facing the building. You’ll see the side patio!)

ps – ///SUMMER 2010 Mix we’ll be up this week too! Woop Woop!

To keep you gettin ready for the festival masses, here’s an arsenal of summer slammers that have the epic build-ups that all follow with solid ass drops that definitely show off that the ‘siren-horn-alarm’ still can’t be beat. No matter what you say about dutch house and the likes, these producers are still stompin’ hard… I can’t fucking wait to see Afrojack @ EDC.
Check out the new stuff Afrojack and Aoki have been working on in LA, tracked previously called ‘TBA’ has now been officially titled ‘No Beef,’ coming out soon on DIM MAK recs.
• Afrojack & Steve Aoki – No Beef (HQ Rip) (link removed by request.)