ADE 2017 Will Feature Four Events With Focus on Asia

That Asia is the next big market for the electronic music world doesn’t surprise most people, certainly not us at 6AM who have been involved with the region since our beginnings.

This is reflected by the attention the region is getting during this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), set to take place October 18-22nd throughout the world-famous Dutch city.

This year the festival programme includes four separate events specifically focusing on Asia:

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LOOPTOPIA Draws Over 32,000 Electronic Music Fans for its Debut Festival in Taiwan

Looptopia debuted in Taiwan last April 12, 2017. It was a jam-packed two-day debut festival that drew a crowd of 32,000 festival-goers and electronic music fans from Taiwan and the entire Asia region.

The multi-million dollar production boasted three stages where more than 50 acts performed for the debut festival. The festival’s success was no doubt a shining reminder of the growing influence within Asia’s dance music market, with Looptopia standing as the very first major EDM festival in the region, introducing fans the genre to the type large scale music experience commonplace in America, Europe and beyond.

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The Abandoned Building That Used to Be A Batman-Themed Nightclub

As a popular resort city in Thailand, Pattaya has its share of nightclubs that tourists frequent. But at one time, there was this one particular nightclub which stood out because of its unique concept, as shared by photographer Dax Ward in his photo blog.

In the 1990s, one of the most prominent nightclubs to open in the city was one that had a theme inspired by the DC Comics superhero Batman. While the concept behind it may have some sense since Batman mostly operates at night, he’s also not known to be the type of guy who enjoys parties, and would prefer to intimidate and chase down criminals to justice instead. Though it could be argued that his alter ego Bruce Wayne is seen as someone who loves to have fun, but that’s another story for another time.

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Despite the oddness of it, the Batman-themed nightclub quickly gained a following as one of the city’s hottest nightspots. It went all out on the Dark Knight-inspired theme. It even had its own “bat signal” to “signal” that the club was open.

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Unfortunately, it had a short lifespan. After just a year and a half in business, a circuit board overload caused a fire in the premises. Worse, the circuit board also handled the operation of the club’s electronic doors, causing the doors to shut with many still locked inside. Inevitably, many died as a result.

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

The tragedy sealed the fate of the once-popular landmark. It prompted an immediate shutdown of the establishment, never to reopen again.

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Photo by Dax Ward via Mixmag

Today, the old nightclub lies in an abandoned and decaying, at times haunting, state. The presence of numerous graffiti now replaced the people that used to hang out here. Nevertheless, it has managed to survive to this day as a memory of a wild and colorful past as well as its tragic, premature end.

9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight

Music festivals have been popping out everywhere and in different parts of the world, all with different concepts, lineups and offering diverse experiences from one another.If you’re one of the many people who has done their local and national festivals many times already, why not plan a trip with your friends or fly solo and find the inner music adventurer within you by attending a new festival abroad?

Enjoy beautiful sceneries and get lost in new countries and cities, all the while experiencing some of your favorite DJs in the process, some of which you may never get the chance to see back at home. From all over the globe, we give you nine of the most unforgettable festival escapes worth the flight:

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Yingyang Music Festival to be Held at Great Wall of China

Yingyang Wall CrowdFollowing a ground breaking start in 2014, Yingyang Music Festival is back at the Great Wall of China for their second installment. The three day festival will take place at the Great Wall of China in the Tianjin region this weekend from June 20-22, and is undoubtedly one of the most obscure and beautiful places to have an event for underground electronic music.

Yingyang Music festival is organized by The Mansion Cultural Centre Shanghai, a pioneering group in China with a dedicated vision of advancing electronic music in China. Yingyang Music Festival has stated on their official website that they have “received unprecedented permission from local authorities” to host the event, and will be allowed to keep the music going from noon on Sunday to 3:00 PM Monday afternoon, a 27 hour marathon to end the festival. (The music on day 1 will be ending at 3:00 AM according to festival organizers). Additionally, tickets have been limited to 2,000 attendees in order to ensure the protection of the historic Chinese landmark.

With over 50 artists from the local Chinese scene as well as international headliners, Yingyang Festival is a global attraction with the possibility of making a major positive impact on the electronic scene in China. For more information, make sure to stay up to date with Yingyang Music Festival and The Mansion Cultural Centre of Shanghai.

Yingyang Music Festival: Official Website | Facebook

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A Guy Called Gerald Tours Asia

Guy Called Gerald Asia TourA Guy Called Gerald or also known as Gerald Simpson will be touring different parts of Asia from the end of March to the beginning of April. Born in the UK, Gerald has set his influences far and wide the last few decades. He is well known for his Acid House vibes during the early 80’s and his track Voodoo Ray. Through the years Gerald has developed his own unique and eclectic taste in music that resonates with many music fans. Today he is still touring the world as an international DJ spreading the music culture to all, and his upcoming Asia tour will take him to great venues and enthusiastic crowds.

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Preview a Track from Satoshi Tomiie’s Second Album, New Day

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The immensely talented Satoshi Tomiie has revealed the details for his second album, New Day. With a release date set for May 18th on Abstract Architecture, New Day will end a sixteen-year album hiatus for Satoshi Tomiie. He is a true artist dedicated to his craft, and chances are he will deliver on a very memorable second album.

Thursday, 2am is the first single to be revealed off the new album, and from the first echoing chord we realize that every sound and texture has been carefully sculpted to perfection. Thursday, 2am is an excellent way to set-up the rest of the album, and leaves us excited for the full release.

New Day will be released first on April 20th as a limited edition vinyl sampler with remixes from Ron Trent and DJ Sneak. All other formats will be available on May 18th

Satoshi Tomiie on: Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor | Beatport

New Day Tracklist

  • Last Night (In This Dream I Watched A Film Of A Dream Within This Dream)
  • Landscape
  • Odyssey
  • New Day feat. John Schmersal
  • Nature Abstraite
  • Thursday, 2AM
  • Calm Me Up
  • Momento Magico
  • Wave Side Back
  • 0814
  • Sinfonia
  • Cucina Rossa

Future Music Festival, Singapore Cancelled

Fresh off the heels of a very successful few days at Future Music Festival Australia with Sven Vath, Art Department, and Apollonia, the upcoming edition in Singapore has been cancelled. Future Music Festival Asia has been refused a Public Entertainment License by the Ministry of Home Affairs, thus resulting in the cancellation. Read more

Art Department To Play at VOLAR


Art DepartmentThe music scene in Asia is steadily on the rise. The Canadian duo Jonny White & Kenny Glasgow, better known as Art Department, will be a making a quick stop in Hong Kong before coming back to Miami to reunite with other talented artists for WMC. Right now they are tearing it up at Future Music Festival in Australia along with Apollonia.

On Friday, March 13, their sounds will be heard at the well recognized club, VOLAR, on the busy streets of Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong.  This is the perfect timing for the duo to visit as Hong Kong is celebrating their annual art festival that showcases exhibits, art performances, and of course music.

March 13th- Art Department @ VOLAR, Hong Kong

Preview: It’s Time EP on Asia Music

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Asia Music is a record label that specializes in serious dance floor affairs. Look no further than having support from artists like John Digweed, Sasha, Dubfire, Jimmy van M, Danny Tenaglia and Guy J to name a few. Their releases encompass a spectrum of sound that feels so rich and full, resulting in a fantastic catalog with very talented artists. Soon to be released on Asia Music is Satoshi Fumi’s EP, It’s Time, with NiChiFanLeMei and our own Tenten One and J. Sanders on remix duty. Here’s the preview to the forthcoming release.
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