Shaken by the loss of one of the scene’s most prodigious talents, figures from across the EDM community are more actively opening up about their own mental health issues — and trying to prevent such losses from happening again.
Headlined by Radiohead, Die Antwoord, Deftones, and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men, and flanked with an underground house and techno lineup of Jamie Jones, Skream, and Kerri Chandler, the 17,000 capacity event in central Reykjavik was housed in a national sports complex, which at times felt a little overwrought by the volume of attendees and the size of the headliners.
From April 29 - May 1 on the Moapa Valley Indian Reservation about an hour outside of Las Vegas, Further Future returned for its second year, and sought to expand on its unique concept of futurism conveyed through pioneering music, fascinating TED-style talks, wellness classes, and masterful pop-up gastronomy.
As the first parties at the lascivious house and techno beach festival BPM got underway on Friday, an hour south on the Yucatan peninsula, deep in a thick Mayan jungle visionary house DJ/producer Damian Lazarus brought his infamous Day Zero party concept back to Tulum.
With the dust having barely settled on the Playa from this year’s Burning Man, the unrelenting West Coast festival scene threw another eccentric event for the left field art and music community that shambles from desert to lake to forest in search of something more than a sound system and an expensive light show.