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Caprices Announces Line-Up, Three New Stages & Double Weekend Format for 2020

Caprices, which will take on a new format for 2020 — Caprices presents Modernity. It will now take place across 2 weekends in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on April 17-19 & April 24-26, 2020

Secondly, Caprices’ Moon Stage from previous years will give way to two brand new stages, The Forest Stage and The Chalet Stage. Performers across the two weekends include Ricardo Villalobos, Archie Hamilton, Sonja Moonear, Magda, Traumer, Priku, Ion Ludwig, Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Behrouz, Adriatique, YokoO and more

Caprices is home to one of the most visually stunning music venues in the world, The Modernity Stage, a greenhouse-like structure that sits 2,200m above sea level offering panoramic views of the crystalline skies and snow-capped mountain vista. Three new stages will be in place this year — firstly a new daytime stage at Cry D’Er to complement Modernity, plus the Moon stage from previous years will give way to two brand new stages, The Forest Stage and The Chalet Stage. 

The resort itself boasts a broad selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre and a variety of entertainment including 140km of pistes, 100,000m² snow park, illuminated ice rink and an eco museum.

Caprices presents Modernity Festival

April 17-19 &  April 24-26, 2020

Crans-Montana, Switzerland


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For its 17th edition, Caprices presents its new concept: Modernity 2 X Higher, spreading over two weekends on April 17-19 &  April 24-26, 2020. Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Ricardo Villalobos, Adriatique will be amongst more than 53 of the most prominent artists of the moment, who will gather in Crans-Montana. Three new stages have been announced, one new daytime stage at Cry D’Er plustwo new night stages that will host various national and international festival and club brands.

Modernity 2 X Higher

Located 2,200 meters on the Cry D’Er terrace with a breath-taking panoramic view in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Modernity stage continues to attract more customers from around the world wishing to live this unique clubbing experience. For its 17th edition, the event’s organizing committee wanted to extend the festival over two weekends from April 17 to 19 and from April 24 to 26 in order to offer not 3 but 6 Modernity events. A second daytime stage, located in the Club Cry D’Er on the Modernity site, will be offered to the public in order to offer them a choice of programming.

The most influential artists on the scene responded to the call for the new concept. The first weekend of the festival will notably welcome artists such as Sven Väth, Adriatique, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Behrouz, Chaim, Yokoo, Lunar Disco, Parallells (Live), Guti (Live), Traumer, Archie Hamilton, Ion Ludwig, Britta Arnold, Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder and more.

On the second weekend, the mountains will vibrate with the sounds of Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Marco Faraone, Osunlade, Mathew Jonson, Magda, Agents of time, Michel Cleis, Alex Kostic, Skizzo, Steve Rachmad, Cesar Merveille, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and many more.

New Night Stages

Caprices’s Moon stage from previous years will give way to two new stages —  the Forest Stage and the Chalet Stage — which have been imagined and programmed in collaboration with renowned national and international festival and club partners. On the international side, you will find party labels such as: Esto Es Tulum from MexicoEpizode from VietnamPyramid from Ibiza, Gypsyland from Italy, Aum from ParisSlapfunk Records from Nethereland and many others. On the national side, the leading players on the Swiss scene will be associated such as the D! Club and Folklor of LausanneSecret Society of GenevaTerrazza of Zurich. The full programme for each evening will be announced shortly.

Maxime Léonard, in charge of the artistic part, comments “It is an immense honour for us to be able to bring together around the festival so many important artists / festivals / clubs on the international scene. It’s a huge sign of recognition for us! In addition, on the artistic level, this allows for extremely interesting sharing work, and allows us to offer programmes from recognized artists and newcomers from all over the world.”

























































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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes a third comeback

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market.

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement.

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

The Temple
The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark
The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn
A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

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Marco Carola’s Music On Festival returns to Amsterdam Loco Dice, Jamie Jones and many more

It’s never too early for the summer events season to start heating up. Marco Carola‘s Music On Festival is primed to usher in the summer vibes with a stacked billing for the event’s 2020 return to Amsterdam. Havenpark will host the May 9 – 10 event, named after Carola’s long running weekly Ibiza party, with some of the day’s top techno talent. This year’s lineup includes Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, Danny Tenaglia, tINI, Solardo, Stacey Pullen, Benny Rodrigues, Lauren Lane and many more.

Gearing up for its fourth run, Music On Festival is pulling techno haymakers from across the world—from Detroit and New York to France and Italy—for one of the most anticipated two-night events of the summer. See the full Music On 2020 lineup below.

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Awakenings Festival rings the techno alarm clock with this huge 2020 lineup

If you’ve ever hoped for a Tomorrowland of techno, then make room in your planner for Awakenings Festival, the world’s largest outdoor techno event. This year the Netherlands event celebrates its 20th edition with a lineup as deep as it is wide, presenting sets from the pound for pound techno icons like Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, and Derrick May alongside a true buffet of the genre’s new breed.

While Awakenings billed as a techno festival, its lineup builds a truly vibrant sonic collage within the genre. In 2020 fans can expect sets from 99999999, Richie Hawtin, Boris Brejcha, Ricardo Villalobos, Speedy J, Joris Voorn, ANNA, Charlotte De Witte, and Tale of Us among literally a hundred other DJs who sit at the top of the electronic game.

To celebrate having its roots planted firmly in Amsterdam’s techno culture, Awakenings took to the canal’s for this year’s lineup announcement with an hour-long acid journey from Reinier Zonneveld, whose electro-tinged brand of techno has gained him particular notoriety in the Dutch scene.

Checkout Awakenings Festival’s 2020 lineup below.

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Maceo Plex merges all three aliases in new live concept show, M³

Maceo Plex’s three aliases are set to converge in a kinetic live initiative that merges all of his musical identities into one for the very first time. Maceo Plex, real name Eric Estornel, will conjoin his three respective monikers—Maceo Plex, Maetrik, and Mariel Ito— in his inaugural performance as M3

Attendees of the seminal performance, slated for March 14, can expect M3 to be a potent blend of electronic styles, with industrial inflection from Estornel’s primary, techo-centric project, Maceo Plex, crepuscular live production from Maetrik, and electro from Mariel Ito. Estornel has designed M3 as a “three-part, multidimensional sensory experience” complete with not only lasers and graphic visuals but also “a live interactive holographic performance,” according to a press statement. The inaugural M3 event will be held at El Pueblo in de Los Ángeles Historical Monument. Of note, M3 will mark the first time that the outdoor space has hosted an event of this nature.

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Chris Liebing on Mental Health in Music, Trusting Your Instincts, and His Game-Changing New Album

When you’ve spent over 20 years at the top of your profession, it must be hard to find new ways to challenge yourself. A true superstar of the German techno scene, Chris Liebing is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world.

But instead of resting on his live show, Liebing ventured into the new ground to create by far his most cohesive and compelling album to date. Burn Slow sees him steering an enviable group of artists into the dark and cerebral territory.

We caught up with the techno legend and asked him about everything from the album as an art form to an artist’s responsibility to their fans, to how he plans on integrating his new music into his live show and to see just where his head’s at in the wake of releasing his game-changing record. 

First off, congrats on the album. It’s not really what I was expecting and I’m sure you’ll get that quite a lot but I’ve been listening to it on repeat.

Chris Liebing: Nice! That’s great to hear because that’s basically what it was intended for. Not necessarily on repeat, that’s a nice bonus, but basically listening to it from beginning to the end sort of thing.

It’s already exceeded my expectations because I really never expected that anyone would take the time to listen to an album from the beginning to end but apparently a lot of people still do. It’s great to hear.

Yeah, people have been talking about the death of the album since Napster, but I just haven’t seen that. What I’ve seen really is people doubling down on the album experience.

That is the first time I’ve heard that from someone, what you just said. I didn’t really realize that. You’re probably talking to more people than I am about things like this but I grew up with the album listening experience and I think the album format is just such an important format.

When I was sitting on this album I definitely put down my expectations of people actually listening in full. In these modern times, everything needs to be so quick, and every video on YouTube should only be like three minutes because nobody’s looking for anything that’s longer.

I thought this is kind of like something that is really out of fashion, so it’s really nice to hear what you just said that people are doubling down on it, that’s great.

Read more at Festicket

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Inside the Pink Bubble: An interview With Giorgia Angiuli

Giorgia Angiuli is an Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist. Angiuli’s love for experimentation started early on in her life, as she went from having a background in classical music to pursuing electronic music production as a career. The epitome of her experimentation can be witnessed in her live performances. She is known for using toys—yes, actual toys that sometimes people don’t even have a name for—images and scents to create multi-dimensional live sets. Some of the instruments she uses are the trumpet, sax, drum pad, keyboards, and her voice. The result is a journey of music genres varying between pop, techno and house.

Mixing and looping these into different arrangements electrifies the dance floor and leaves the audience thirsty for more after a night of dancing their asses off. Since 2013, Angiuli has managed to release tracks and albums on some of the biggest labels, such as Crosstown Rebels, Harry Klein, Kindisch, and Systematic and Suara. Her latest album “In A Pink Bubble” was released on Stil Vor Talent.

On a broader scale, Angiuli—along with her toys—has performed at some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world, including ones in Berlin, New York, Paris, London, Munich, Madrid, and Paris. Her global presence has increased thanks to her viral video clips that reflect her quirky persona as an artist and performer.

You come from a family of classical musicians; what made you switch to electronic music production?

I love music in all its shapes so at this moment I am just swimming in a new ocean… Actually, when I was a student I had a lot of prejudice against dance music. I thought that it was something vulgar and very easy to do. But I was completely wrong, every music has its own difficulties.

What I really love about dance music is the reaction of the crowd because you can immediately feel what they are thinking about your sound. Dance music is about instinctive reactions and feelings so if they dance, it means they are liking it 

Your identity as an artist is very much noticeable in all aspects of your persona —from the way you dress to artwork and the gear you use to make sounds. Can you tell us more about that?

I’ve been collecting toys for many years now. I know sometimes people look at my setup in a suspicious way, but I don’t care. It’s me. I love colors, I love toys and kawaii – cute outfit, I feel a bit like a Japanese girl 

I know that maybe with a black outfit and simple equipment everything could be easier but I don’t wanna change for the market rules.

“It’s difficult to have hobbies with my lifestyle”

You can read more about her interview at Projectrevolver

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Nastia launched new label NECHTO Records

Have you heard? NECHTO has seven releases planned, mostly by “unknown names” the Kyiv label says with 4 of them out there. Most of the producers hail from Nastia’s native Ukraine, such as Splinter UA, Voin Oruwu, Recid and Vitaliy Symonenko, while others like Knigi and Ben Khlifa are from Russia and Tunisia. Nastia herself will release music on the label under a new alias, SHEIS.

“NECHTO is an open platform for everyone, it’s a label with no pretences,” Nastia told Resident Advisor. “I want to use all of my power to push other artists who are new to this. I want make the process simple for them, and make everyone see how easy it is to release music if you just make good stuff.”

The first EP NECH001, a four-track EP credited to an unknown artist, is out December 13th last year.

Via: RA

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Two People Hospitalised In Stabbings At Mexico’s Esto Es Tulum Festival

Two people were taken to hospital after being stabbed at an ANTS party during Mexico’s Esto Es Tulum festival in the early hours of Monday morning. One has been left in a critical condition with a knife wound to the neck.

The two Mexican nationals were reportedly attacked by local cartel members who mistook them for drug dealers, according to Quadratin Quintana Roo.

The party was taking place at the Cenote Casa Tortuga venue, as part of the multi-event Esto Es Tulum festival, which started on December 27 and is due to the close of January 11.

In the wake of the attack, the festival canceled the Vatos Locos event which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday night, January 7

Read Esto Es Tulum’s statement below.

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Sven Väth’s 30 years old Top Chart from 1989

Sven Väth, the German DJ legend and three-time DJ Awards winner who’s career in electronic music spans well over 30 years! “Electrica Salsa” with OFF launched his career in 1986. Lovingly referred to as “Papa Sven” by his fans, Sven Väth has made his mark in the music community by being one of Germany’s “pop stars” in the nineties, running two famous night clubs in Germany, and starting his own company Cocoon, which encompasses a booking agency, record label, and a branch for events.

Sven Väth is a major proponent of vinyl, using only two decks and a mixer for his extensive DJ sets, his longest set having been 30 hours.

Here’s how Sven’s playlist looked like 3 decades ago, thanks to