LA’s FUNKtastic Voyage with Justin Jay & Friends

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Justin Jay has captured the ears of music lovers by producing some of the dirtiest beats and made his way into their hearts by being one of the friendliest DJs out there. Last Saturday night, Justin Jay played to a sold-out crowd at the Roxy for his the Fantastic Voyage tour. Naming the tour after Lakeside’s track “Fantastic Voyage,” Justin’s goal was to transform the funky, friendly and groovy nature of the song into an experience his fans would never forget. In the chorus it says, “Get on up and jam y’all, Come on and ride on the funk y’all, Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage.” That’s exactly what happened Saturday night – but I’d call it a FUNKtastic Voyage. He also wanted this tour to have the same intimacy of the house parties he has been throwing in LA. Justin wanted to make sure his fans felt more than just fans, but that they were his friends.

IMG_4950The space inside the Roxy was small, which provided the intimate feeling that Justin Jay was trying to maintain. Ulf Blonde, the producer behind the “Blossom for Me” EP, started the night off and was followed by fellow Dirtybird, Sacha Robotti. By the time Justin Jay took the to the decks, the dance floor was packed and ready. His friends joined him on-stage, throwing white sailor hats to some of the audience members. A man dressed in a whale costume was dancing around the stage and with audience. Also, a giant Jack in the Box cardboard cutout was brought up on stage – although I couldn’t tell why. Pretty soon the stage was packed with friends and even some audience members. Everyone, either on-stage or on the dance floor, was jumping around and getting down with huge smiles on their faces.

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Justin’s set had this steady funky groove, varying from house to disco and more. Tracks he played for the night included his edit of “Whoomp,” “Rain Dance,” “Hit It,” and “Karma.” Vocalist, Josh Taylor, and guitarist, Benny Bridges, joined Justin on-stage to do a live performance of “Karma.” More musicians made appearances as well, playing the saxophone, trumpet, flute, bongos, synthesizer, and drums. Each musician was spotlighted for a short time during the set. While they were all playing, the crowd fed off their energy and you could truly see and feel what Justin Jay was trying to accomplish with this tour.

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The entire night had the energy of a house party crossed with a fun-filled, funky jam session with your closest friends. If you missed the show, you can listen to the Fantastic Voyage house party mix that Justin Jay released prior to the tour. It fully captures the essence of his set that night.

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For more information about the Fantastic Voyage tour visit http://justinjaymusic.com/

Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage Tour Dates
FEB 10 – Miami, FL @ Holy Ship!
FEB 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ EOS Lounge
FEB 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
MAR 3 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
MAR 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Mighty
MAR 5 – South Lake Tahoe @ The Loft Lounge
MAR 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Oak Lounge
MAR 11 – Chicago, IL @ The MID
MAR 12 – Detroit, MI @ Populux
MAR 18 – Miami, FL @ TBD
MAR 24 – Perth, Australia @ The Conservatory
MAR 26 – Woolongong, Australia @ The Grand Hotel
MAR 26 – Sydney, Australia @ Chinese Laundry
MAR 27 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Rabbit Eats Lettuce Festival
APR 1 – Brisbane, Australia @ TB Club
APR 2 – Melbourne, Australia @ Tramp
APR 8 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
APR 9 – Denver, CO @ Vinyl
APR 16 – Dallas, TX @ It’ll Do
APR 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
APR 23 – Toronto, ON @ Hoxton
APR 28 – Austin, TX @ Kingdom
APR 29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Effex Nightclub
APR 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Shady Park

Justin Jay Sets Sail to LA at The Roxy 2/27

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This Saturday, Los Angeles based DJ and producer, Justin Jay, will be playing a sold out show at the Roxy for his beloved hometown. Vocalist, Josh Taylor, and guitarist, Benny Bridges, both of whom are featured on the track, “Karma,” will also accompany him.

This will be the second stop on the Fantastic Voyage Tour, which is scheduled to stop throughout North America and Australia. Justin Jay’s ultimate goal is to bring his well-known house party vibes on this tour. He mentioned,

“Over the past couple of months, I started throwing a bunch of house parties in LA. House parties are really special for DJ’s because we can play songs we normally never get to play: from the tracks that are too weird and quirky for the big clubs/festivals, to the songs that are too cheesy and feel good for the cool-kid warehouse shindigs.

I like pushing myself to play crazy forward thinking music, but by the end of the night, I also want everyone (including myself) smiling, laughing and having a good time. Sometimes the songs that make me smile the biggest are also cool in their own cheesy way.

‘Fantastic Voyage’ is a song by the funk band, Lakeside and the name of my tour. Listen to it, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

Within the past year, Justin Jay has thrown down some of the most memorable sets of 2015. Releases such as the Mom, I Graduated EP and Momentum EP have captured the attention and excited fans and industry peers alike. It is without a doubt that this tour will fully embody what Justin Jay is contributing to music scene today while also reflecting what he will bring in the future.

Check out his Fantastic Voyage House Party mix to get a taste of what’s to come!

 

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FROM BERLIN TO LA | February 5th & 6th

 

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Thanks to a new partnership between Your Mom’s Agency from Berlin, the Goethe-Institut, Bold LA, and Raumfeld, LA has a new music event called From Berlin to LA. It is also supported by shesaid.so, Grimy, Native Instruments, XLR8R, FoF, Barkin Kitchen, Discogs and Amoeba.

From Berlin to LA will be a two-day event held on February 56th that is free to the public and hosted at a variety of venues around Los Angeles.  The event will be featuring artists such as Robot Koch and Perera Elsewhere.

Panels, workshops, and Q&A sessions on DJing and digital music production will also be offered all afternoon.

Full program schedule/RSVP links: http://yourmomsagency.com/fromberlintola-program-rsvp/
For more event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1132654800085603/

 

RE:CREATION LA Gem & Jam Pre Party :: SHPONGLE / ALEX GREY / OTT. / Russ Liquid / ANDREILIEN / Dirtybird / Antennae / Mimosa / More!

LA Gem & Jam Festival Pre-Party with Sacha Robotti & Shpongle
Friday, January 15 | The Belasco Theater |

LA Gem & Jam Preparty

The Do LaB, E-Vent Agency, Legion of Bloom, Grateful Generation, and Euphonic Conceptions Present RE:CREATION, the Official Gem and Jam Preparty. RE:CREATION comes to Los Angeles on January 15th bringing dancers, visual performers, high-end art gallery installations, and live electronic music coupled with cutting edge production and attention to every detail. Event go-ers are guaranteed an over the top experience.

3 Rooms of Music, Art, Vendors, Performers, and more until 4 a.m.!
+ visuals by Johnathan Singer – Live Visual Artist (GD50, Tipper)
+ Live Painting

Tickets available at http://bit.ly/LAGEMNJAM

The Official LA Gem and Jam Festival Pre-Party with
Shpongle (Simon Posford) DJ Set
Alex Grey + Allyson Grey
Ott.
Russ Liquid
Andreilien
Soulular

A BUN DANCE stage:
an-ten-nae
Mimosa
Huglife Music
Stylust Beats
Dreamers Delight (Lowtemp)

The Cruz Coalition stage:
Worthy (Dirtybird/Berlin)
Sacha Robotti (Dirtybird/Berlin)
IAMNOBODI (Soulection)
divaDanielle (InStereo Recordings / Camp Charlie)
DJ Loomer (The Cruz Coalition)
RYBO (Dirtybird/Desert Hearts)

CRSSD FESTIVAL: Lineup Announced

Odesza, Chet Faker, Loco Dice, Tale Of Us,
Gesaffelstein, Jamie Jones, 
Gorgon City, Claude VonStroke,
Green Velvet, Tycho, 
Hot Since 82, Ben UFO & More

CRSSD Spring 2016

While you were making plans for New Year’s Eve, the crew that puts on CRSSD Festival was already planning one of the main parties for the upcoming year! They released a stellar lineup for the Spring edition, which is set to take place on March 5th & 6th at the Waterfront Park in San Diego.

Bringing various talents across the musical spectrum, we guarantee that you will boogie for two days straight.  With acts such as Gesaffelstein, Hot Since 82, Julio Bashmore, Loco Dice, Chet Faker, Odeza, Skream, Green Velvet, and Colour Vision there is no way anyone should miss this festival!

Tickets Available at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1022387

For More Information: http://crssdfest.com/

CRSSD Festival Announces 2016 Spring Dates

CRSSD Returns To San Diego’s Waterfront Park March 5 and 6 Presented by FNGRS CRSSD

San Diego’s CRSSD Festival today revealed the dates for its 2016 Spring Edition returning March 5 and 6 to the city’s amazing Waterfront Park.

Although CRSSD only debuted this year, it has carved a distinct voice in the cluttered California festival market. It’s unique oceanfront location nestled on the steps of San Diego’s City Hall offers an intimate festival experience, with grassy stages, incredible sunset views over the ocean, planes soaring overhead and an unmatched downtown location, just steps from public transport.

More than its location, it is CRSSD adventurous booking policy that has turned the most heads. Rather than following the traditional EDM fare, CRSSD doubled down on edgy, experimental beatmakers, live acts and DJs – the likes of Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, DJ Harvey, Simian Mobile Disco, Nicolas Jaar, DJ Tennis, Bicep, Jamie XX, Bonobo, have all featured alongside Odesza, Chromeo, Empire Of The Sun, James Murphy, Todd Terje, Giorgio Moroder and many more. It was a statement of musical intent that immediately marked CRSSD as a unique festival experience in California.

CRSSD Festival offers craft beer, an extensive mixology program and a wide array of local food vendors to its 21+ attendees.

Tickets will are on sale now: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1022387

For more information, visit : www.crssdfest.com

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Lightning in a Bottle 2016 adds additional day plus 24-Hour Flash Ticket Sale

California’s premiere boutique music and arts festival Lightning in a Bottle just announced that a limited amount of discounted tickets for the 11th annual gathering go on sale starting Monday, January 4th at 10AM for a 24 hour flash sale. General Admission ticket sales will follow on Tuesday, January 5th at 10AM.

World-renowned innovators of transformational festival culture blending music, art, wellness and sustainability, Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle 2016 will take place over Memorial Day Weekend May 25 – May 30 once again descending upon Lake San Antonio recreation area in Bradley, CA. Previous Lightning in a Bottle installments have played host to internationally acclaimed talent and rapidly rising stars such as Flume, Odesza, RL Grime, Chet Faker, Amon Tobin, Moby, Beats Antique, Griz, Shpongle, Rusko, Bassnectar, and Tipper, and 2016 will be no exception.

The 11th annual gathering also brings new early arrival options and festival additions. Inspired by their experiences at outdoor psytrance Boom Festival in Portugal, Do LaB has had the goal to extend the length of LIB for many years. 2016 gates will open May 25th to Early Arrival Pass holders giving opportunities to explore connections within the community before turning the music on for the full festival adventure.

Wednesday and Thursday of LIB 2016 will be primarily devoted to setting up camp, meeting neighbors, and getting the lay of the land. The Temple of Consciousness, Village and Learning Kitchen will be the main focus during the day on Wednesday, hosting speakers, workshops, yoga and classes with special celebrations in the evenings. The Grand Artique will also be in full effect on Wednesday with their signature brand of frontier trading and shenanigans. Music will be added in on Thursday via the Favela and Pagoda Bar with Friday opening up to the rest of the stages and festival activities. With so many participants already acclimated and fully reeling in the LIB vibes, Do LaB hopes the entire festival experience will be electrified with more connective energy than ever before.

Those who wish to take advantage of the newly-extended LIB 2016 experience will have the option to add on an Early Arrival Pass to a 4 Day Weekend Pass purchase granting entry at noon on Wednesday, May 25th. This pass will be available during the 24 hour flash ticket sale, and is expected to go quickly. With the Early Arrival pass comes first dibs on campsites in the brand new centralized High Grounds Camp, located directly across the road from the main festival grounds, featuring an incredible view of the festival and providing the shortest campground walk to many primary festival attractions. Car camping is available in the High Grounds camp with the purchase of a Car Camping Pass. Early arrival RV Camping Passes will be available for the RV Campground. All other venue campgrounds will open up with the gates on Thursday.

To get inspired for LIB 2016, watch the newly released Official Lightning in a Bottle 2015 Video created by Media Stranger, featuring cameos from RL Grime, Zion I, Goldroom, avant-garde electro circus troupe Lucent Dossier Experience, and live art installations by Jef Logan among beautiful moments of festival attendees and the land. The video is only a small testament to what lies ahead at Lightning in a Bottle 2016.

Also new to 2016, Do LaB is proud to premiere the visionary video series Lightning Talks carefully curated from 2015’s Temple of Consciousness, Village, and Learning Kitchen lectures, workshops and speakers including Dennis McKenna and Dream Rockwell of the Lucent Dossier Experience. In years past the only way to witness these magical talks was by attending the festival in person, now you can relive the talk that changed your life or listen to a speaker you were dying to see but missed. By signing up for Lightning Talks, you’ll receive a new video every Tuesday from one of 2015’s highly talented presenters, sharing knowledge in the worlds of science, creativity, spirituality, love, media, healing, philosophy, and more! Sneak a peek at the first seminar from best selling author Neale Donald Walsch.

Much wonder awaits in what will surely be the most amazing Lightning in a Bottle gathering to date!  Memorial Day Weekend can’t come soon enough.

Purchase festival passes starting at 10AM January 4th via the Lightning in a Bottle website. There will be a limited number of the new Early Arrival Passes available – get one while they last!  RSVP on the LIB Facebook Event Page to connect early with your Lightning in a Bottle tribe and be sure to stay in the loop with lineup announcement and other news by signing up for the LIB newsletter.

STAY CONNECTED!
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Do LaB: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud |Twitter

City Hearts – Keeping Your Soul Warm in the Winter

For many of us in Southern California, the festival season concluded in early November with the winter installment of Desert Hearts.  Lucky for us, the Desert Hearts crew decided to keep the festival vibes strong through the winter season by announcing their second City Hearts – Winter is Coming Tour.

The first stop on the tour was at LA’s very own Belasco Theater this past Saturday night. Before walking in, we were presented with a beautiful metal Desert Hearts necklace. The crew decided to give away DH necklaces to the first 300 people to enter the event. Nothing says, “welcome to the Desert Hearts family,” than receiving one of their iconic DH necklaces. We went straight to the main floor and the vibes were strong. Everywhere you looked there was a special something happening that was absolutely captivating.

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A giant multi-colored heart encompassed the DJs with a beautifully lit up CITY HEARTS sign below them. The stage production was similar to that of the festival. On both sides of the stage were platforms where some performed light shows and where others just danced their little booties off until 4am. Throughout the night, aerial performers took to the stage, soaring high above the DJs and crowd. Also hanging high above, were the on-screen visuals. They were well thought out, artfully done, and just as mesmerizing as the beats and the aerial performers.

As you looked in the crowd, you could see that the attendees did not treat Belasco as just another venue. They treated it as their (festival) home in the city. Many of the people were decked out in their festival gear and smiles. There were even totems. Yes, totems… in a small LA venue. They were official Desert Heart Totems and there were many for you to choose from. The DH crew brought them and set them against the walls for the crowd. Paintings and live art also lined the walls on the sides and in the back.  The art was psychedelically spiritual and some of the most iconic art pieces were also screen printed on sweatshirts.

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The tone set by the steady house and techno beats blended with the positive attitude of the crowd resulted in those iconic Desert Hearts vibes that everyone talks about. The set times for the night were:
9 Desert Hearts Crew
11 Lee Reynolds
12 Porkchop
1 MikeyLion
2 Marbs
3 Deep Jesus

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Per usual, each DJ brought their personal style to the dance floor but kept the vibe steady. My personal favorite for the night was Lee Reynolds. He truly helped set the tone for the night and gave the dance floor that “home sweet home” feeling that all music lovers continuously search for. By the time Porkchop took the decks, the back of the stage was filled with people.  Throughout the entire night the dance floor was never empty, and the groove was never-ending.

Ultimately, this night was just what you needed to keep your soul warm and cozy in the winter. If the City Hearts tour is making stop near you, you owe it to yourself to go.

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Article by Dominica Murillo
Photos by Lily Colovic

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INTERVIEW: Mikey Lion Talks House, Techno & Desert Hearts

This past Tuesday (10/27) WOLFshoes and Ms. Indigo Jones spoke with Mikey Lion, one of the founders of the Desert Hearts record label and festival. They discussed the upcoming 3 year anniversary Desert Hearts festival happening November 5-9 at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. The festival will feature 100 hours of non-stop house and techno. “House, techno and love we are all Desert Hearts.” — Mikey Lion

For Desert Hearts tickets visit www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/960175.

The BPM Festival 2016 Announces Phase 1 Artist Lineup + Showcases

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The BPM Festival 2016
Phase 1 Artist Lineup & Showcases
January 8-17, 2016
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The BPM Festival: DJs Sound Off – Watch here!
3, 7 and 10-day festival passes are currently on sale at www.TheBPMFestival.com

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Announcing phase one of its artist and showcase lineup, The BPM Festival is excited to reveal the first names for its 2016 edition. Taking place January 8-17, 2016 along Mexico’s colorful Yucatán Peninsula, The BPM Festival creates an unmatched festival experience for underground dance music enthusiasts in the tropical paradise of Playa Del Carmen.

Presenting an all-encompassing roster of today’s leading artists together with the brightest emerging stars of tomorrow, The BPM Festival plays host to showcases from top record labels and underground party brands. With more than 375 artists performing at last year’s edition, The BPM Festival continues to demonstrate its prominence amidst the global festival circuit with its endless musical programming across ten days of day and night events across multiple venues.

Serving as the official ticketing platform for The BPM Festival 2016, Tixr is the only place to get your 2016 festival passes. Tixr is a revolutionary new ticketing platform that redefines the industry from interface to business model while making it easier, faster, and more fun for audiences to buy tickets. Established in 2013, Tixr’s founders have expertise in building secure, scalable technologies, and have designed Tixr to yield a superior product experience through a core team and a group of strategic investors dedicated to achieving one goal: to make Tixr the top choice for progressive event creators around the world.

The BPM Festival official travel portal is powered by Orbitz.com to offer the absolute best prices for flights and hotels for traveling to Playa del Carmen, and will refund the difference for users who find a lower price. By booking through the festival, users can find the best, most direct flights available, see how far each hotel is from all the main festival venues, and utilize a travel portal help section that includes all the need-to-knows about traveling to Mexico. Book your hotels, condos, and flights here.

3, 7 and 10-day festival passes are currently on sale at www.TheBPMFestival.com(Available while supplies last)

The BPM Festival 2016 Phase 1 Artist Lineup (in alphabetical order)
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ADAM BEYER
ADAM PORT
ALAN FITZPATRICK
ANDHIM
ANDREA OLIVA
ANIMAL & ME
APOLLONIA
ART DEPARTMENT
B.TRAITS
BAIKAL
BARBUTO B2B BORYANA
BEHROUZ
BILL PATRICK
BORIS
BUTCH
CARLO LIO
CASSY
CATZ ‘N DOGZ
CHAD ANDREW
CHUS & CEBALLOS
CITIZENN
CONTI & LEO
COYU
DAN GHENACIA
DANNY DAZE
DAVID GTRONIC
DAVID MAYER
DENNEY
DJ SNEAK
DJ TENNIS
DOC MARTIN
DOSEM
DROOG
DUBFIRE
DUSKY
DYED SOUNDOROM
EAGLES & BUTTERFLIES
EDU IMBERNON
GEORGE FITZGERALD
GORGON CITY (DJ SET)
GUY GERBER
HECTOR
HEIDI
HONEY SOUNDSYSTEM
HOT SINCE 82
IDA ENGBERG
JAMIE JONES
JAVIER CARBALLO
JOB JOBSEJOHN DIGWEED
JOSEPH CAPRIATI
JULIAN JEWEIL (LIVE)
JUSTIN JAMES
JUSTIN MARTIN
KENNY GLASGOW
KIDNAP KID
KIM ANN FOXMAN
LAUREN LANE
LEE BURRIDGE
LEE CURTISS
LEE FOSS
LEO LEAL
LOUIE FRESCO
LUCIANO
MACEO PLEX
MANO LE TOUGH
MARCO CAROLA
MARCO FARAONE
MARK FARINA
MARK KNIGHT
MATADOR
MATTHIAS TANZMANN
MAYA JANE COLES
MIDLAND
MIGUEL MIGS
MIGUEL PUENTE
MIND AGAINST
MISS KITTIN
MY FAVORITE ROBOT
NATHAN BARATO
NAVID IZADI
NICOLE MOUDABER
NITIN
NO REGULAR PLAY
OLIVER HUNTEMANN
OMAR LABASTIDA
OSCAR G
OSCAR L
PATRICK TOPPINGPAUL KALKBRENNER
PETE TONG
PILLOWTALK
PINTO
PLEASUREKRAFT
POPOFRAFA BARRIOS
RAMIRO LOPEZ
RANDALL M
RE.YOU
RENATO RATIER
RICHIE HAWTIN
RICHY AHMED
ROBBIE AKBAL
RUDIMENTAL (DJ SET)
RUSS YALLOP
RYAN CROSSON
SASHA
SCUBA
SECE
SHAUN REEVES
SHONKYSIANSKREAM
SOUL CLAP
SUBB-AN
SUPERNOVA
TALE OF US
THE DRIFTER
THE JUNKIES
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS
THUGFUCKER
TINI
TOM TRAGO
VICTOR CALDERONE
WAFF
WESKA
WOLF + LAMB
+ More to be announced!

The BPM Festival 2016 Showcases (in alphabetical order)
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YEARS OF MOON HARBOUR
ALL DAY I DREAM
ALL GONE PETE TONG
ANTS
APOLLONIA
BLACK BUTTER RECORDS
CIRCOLOCO
CREW LOVE
CULPRIT
DO NOT SIT ON THE FURNITURE
DRUMCODE
DUBFIRE: live HYBRID
DUSKY
EL ROW
ELLUM
ENTER.
FORM MUSIC
HOTFLUSH RECORDINGS
I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER
KALUKI MUSIK
KEINEMUSIK
KNEE DEEP
KRAFTEK
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH
LIFE AND DEATH
MAEVE RAVE
MUSIC ON
MY FAVORITE ROBOT
NO. 19 MUSIC
OCTOPUS RECORDINGS
PARADISE
PETS RECORDINGS
RUMORS
SCI + TEC
SKREAMIZM
SMOKE N’ MIRRORS
STEREO PRODUCTIONS
SUARA
tINI & THE GANG
TOOLROOM
TRANSMIT RECORDINGS
UNION
VATOS LOCOS
VISIONQUEST
WARUNG BEACH CLUB
YOSHITOSHI

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For more info, go to www.thebpmfestival.com.