The lineup for HARD Summer 2014, taking place August 2 and August 3 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in Los Angeles, has been made public. While headliners include many of the usual festival suspects — Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack U, Tiësto, Axwell and Disclosure — the bill is rounded out with sets from techno stalwart Josh Wink, Belgian mashup kings 2manydjs and hotly-tipped newcomer Gorgon City. Full lineup is below. You can see a watch trailer here.
Saturday, August 2
Jack U| A$AP Mob | Axwell | Flosstradamus
Baauer | Tommy Trash | DJ Snake | Carnage | Jack Beats
Seth Troxler |Kill The Noise | Justin Martin | Pusha T
Tiga Vs. Audion | The Martinez Brothers | Josh Wink | Griz
What So Not | Tchami | Oliver | Dusky | Rustie | Bro Safari
Alex Metric | Lunice |The M Machine | Cyril Hahn | Henry Fong
Goldroom (DJ Set) | J. Philip | Aeroplane | Juan Maclean (DJ Set)
Justin Jay | Shift K3y | Twrk | Valentino Khan | David Heartbreak
Louisahhh!!! | Sharooz | Worthy | Eprom | Harvey Mckay |
Alesia | Etnik | Cut Snake | Alix Perez + More
Sunday, August 3
Tiësto | Disclosure | Nero | Dillion Francis
2manydjs | Martin Garrix | A-Trak | Chase &Amp; Status | Maya Jane Coles
Rudimental (Live) | Sub Focus | Brodinski | Clockwork
Destructo | Julio Bashmore | DJ Mustard | The Chainsmokers
Gorgon City | Cashmere Cat | Mercer | Hucci | Breach
Jesse Rose | Claptone | Danny Daze | Wave Racer | Jacques Greene
Kastle | Jimmy Edgar |Sharam Jey | 100s | Dj Slink
Trippy Turtle | Branchez |Milo &Amp; Otis | Etc! Etc! | Kill Frenzy
Shiba San | Hannah Wants | Blood Diamonds | Mr. Carmack
Vanilla Ace | Djemba Djemba | Wax Motif | Vindata
Kry Wolf | Cory Enemy | Bones + More
Miami and South Beach are an especially welcome winter relief. A late arrival provided just enough time to hit up The Clevelander for a quick interview with Sydney Blu following her performance at her BLU Party 5 Year Anniversary. She was delightful and candid about her career success in her home country of Canada, her relationship with deadmau5 and a famous lady who inspired her to do what she loves.
Wednesday was all about the Sirius XM Satellite Radio Music Lounge at the W Hotel. It featured free-flowing tropical cocktails and beer sponsored by Smirnoff and Heineken, A-list and emerging artists, high-profile drop-ins and networking from some of everyone’s favorites in the scene.
Early entertainment came from MOTi who jumped right in with the funk-ridden “Careless” by Dusky. A string of rousing sets started with the duo of Dzeko & Torres (above) who featured a rendition of the former Ultra Music Festival’s promotional track “Sparks.” The rapid-rising and enthusiastic Martin Garrix was briefly joined on stage by Afrojack (below) as he played their collaboration “Elephant.”
The event was a highlight but some particularly shining moments came from Seven Lions (below), who managed to meander through with an intro track like “A Thing Called Love” while projecting an emotive stature then transitioning into a dubstep track with appropriate head-banging and hair flinging antics.
A night out with close friends and family is usually how most people celebrate their birthday. But when you’re a millionaire baller DJ/producer like Tiësto — a guy who flies around the world in his private jet — you’ve got to roll a lot harder on your special day. Tiësto celebrated turning the big 4-5 this weekend by playing his residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas. At the stroke of midnight on Friday, Tiësto was treated to a massive fireworks display that illuminated the Sunset Strip. The birthday boy stood outside Hakkasan Las Vegas and posed for photos while fireworks light up the sky.
Coincidentally, Friday was also Calvin Harris’ 30th birthday. Harris was presented with a cake and got to pose with one of the dancers from the club.
Tiësto received birthday wishes from a variety of celebs who were in attendance, including pop star Joe Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame. Joe looks like he was having a blast, but give him some credit for .wearing earplugs and protecting his moneymaker.
Tiësto’s birthday party continued on Saturday night, and Joe Jonas returned with his brother Nick to whoop it up. Don’t they look like they’re having a blast?
What’s a birthday party without a cake? Nothing! Tiësto was presented with a massive four-tier cake, and he held it up in the air like he’d just been presented with the Stanley Cup. Talk about an Instagram moment.
When all was said and done, Tiësto put on his letterman jacket, a fashion staple every 45-year-old should have in their wardrobe, and proved once again that he had lived up to the motto emblazoned on his chest under his name: Work hard, play harder.
In 2010 Manchester club Sankeysannounced they were opening a New York City outpost in 2011. Read their press release: “Sankeys has been organically built around the great traditions of New York… this is now our way of giving New York back what it gave Sankeys, with my own futuristic twisted twist of course…” Sankeys NYC never happened, but word on the street is that the owners of Space, which as every Big Shot reader knows is widely regarded as one of Ibiza’s best clubs, are planning to open a 13,000 square foot club on the west side of Midtown (at 50th Street and 12th Avenue, to be precise) in the building that never became Sankeys NYC.
In related news, the New York Post reports that EMM Group, owners of Catch Roof and SL, have joined forces with Pacha NYC and RPM Worldwide partners Eddie Dean and Rob Fernandez to launch Finale at 199 Bowery, as a serious dance venue with cutting-edge sound, video and lighting. The club opens on Halloween night with Heidi Klum’s Party with Questlove, DJ Sinatra and Nervo. The place will officially open on Nov. 8 with R3hab behind the decks. Marquee’s planned relaunch as a palace for EDM is moving ahead, with plans to reopen early in January with Tiësto.
Meanwhile, District 36, a failed multilevel Midtown club on W. 36th Street with a kick-ass sound system, is up for sale, according to BlackBook.
After a long drought, New York City’s club scene could become a little more interesting with more places for DJs to play. But with massive investment by club owners in a shaky economy, odds are likely that these new clubs will be focusing on big-name talent and bottle service.
DJs regularly take to Twitter to express their feelings — to promote an upcoming release or show, vent or share thoughts or be a little silly with their followers. With Forbes (a business new and financial publication that’s become obsessed with DJ culture) recently publishing its list of highest-paid DJs (see below), we thought Twitter would be awash with commentary — both positive, negative and indifferent — from DJs.
Well, we scoured Twitter looking for opinions on the aforementioned topic and came up empty.
Aside from a congratulatory tweet from Dillon Francis and retweets of the article by Addison Groove and Funkmaster Flex, even the most opinionated jocks were silent on Forbes‘ list. Even more curious was that not one DJ had a word to say about DJ Pauly D of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame earning an estimated $11 million.
Perhaps the old proverb is true after all: when money speaks, the truth is silent.
Forbes’ List of Top-Paid DJs
1. Tiësto: $22 million
2. Skrillex: $15 million
3. Swedish House Mafia: $14 million
4. David Guetta: $13.5 million
5. Steve Aoki: $12 million
6. Deadmau5: $11.5 million
7. DJ Pauly D: $11 million
8. Kaskade: $10 million
9. Afrojack: $9 million
10. Avicii: $7 million
Can U Feel It-The UMF Experience will debut in over 500 theaters for one-night only across America on March 22. The film documents Ultra Music Festival 2011 and was shot in HD. The movie features an array of global dance music luminaries including Tiësto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Boys Noize and more. Watch the full movie trailer here: