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Jamaica’s 2nd Annual Tmrw.Tday Fest Announces Diverse Lineup + Cannabis Garden

Taking place this May 1-6, Jamaica’s second annual Tmrw.Tday Fest recently announced the first part of their lineup for 2018 which focuses on house, reggae, wellness and includes new additions such as The Garden of Mary, a cannabis-centric garden that educates attendees on plant therapies.

Breaking the mold of the typical festival experience, Tmrw.Tday offers up a fully-immersive weeklong adventure of a lifetime with sun-drenched days, dancing beneath the stars, yoga, meditation, cliff jumping and cave swimming.

Last year, the inaugural festival started summer off strong, bringing an eclectic mix of underground and global talent. This year, it appears the creators are bringing even more heat announcing Audiofly, Wolf+Lamb and Lonely C of Soul Clap as house music headliners.

On the reggae side, BEENIE MAN, Chris Blackwell, Kabaka Pyramid, Gabre Selassie  and Teflon Zinc Fence will be bringing the Island vibez.

Outside of the realm of music, Tmrw.Tday encourages island voyagers to choose their own adventure, priming guests to leave the shores of Negril awakened and rejuvenated. Irie Soul Program Director Stacy Chang-Christoforou has partnered with pivotal figures in wellness to ensure each guest receives opportunity to celebrate self love and embrace positive change through empowerment, spirituality, yoga and meditation. Joining this year’s program is mystical guide and founder of Lightning In A Bottle and the Lucent Dossier Experience, Dream Rockwell.

Groundbreaking within the festival sphere and new element for Tmrw.Tday 2018 is the The Garden of Mary, an educational oasis inviting participants into the world of Alternative Therapies and Plant Medicines led by RAS IYAH V, President of the Ganja Farmers Association of Westmoreland. Enter the garden and take part in activations structured around responsible use of Cannabis as a vehicle for natural healing and growth. The Garden of Mary’s programming will include Speaker Sessions with Plant Medicine Experts, Reasoning Sessions with leaders of the Rastafarian Community and a deep dive into the wonders of Alternative Therapy and Natural Healing.

Ready to step outside your typical festival experience and into the festivacation of a lifetime? Purchase tickets here.

Life Will Find You Again this May 1st – 6th, 2018

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A Tale of Two Halloweens – Minimal Effort 2017

This past Saturday, Minimal Effort took over ENOX in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, for their All Hallow’s Eve party bringing along Lee Burridge, Damian Lazarus, Dusky, Claptone, MK, Brodinski and a host of other techno and house artists for the ride.

The newly-minted venue was impeccably on par with the underground warehouse vibes, hosting both indoor and outdoor stages. The outdoor stage was hard to miss as attendees were greeted by beams of light bouncing from a massive disco ball suspended over the outdoor stage upon entering the grounds.

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Being smaller in comparison to most festivals worked to the advantage of Minimal Effort, as they were able to curate almost seamless set times for each stage with every artist having an hour and a half, or more, to perform. Those lucky enough to be granted entry to the event enjoyed a grand display of some of the most talented DJs in the world right now, with top highlights including an incredible, pulsating set from Brodinski, a classic Dusky set and a beautiful house set from the legendary MK.

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Claptone, the international masked man of mystery, brought his famed Masquerade to the indoor stage of Minimal Effort, to the delight of many. And that is where things seemed to go downhill. About 30 minutes into Claptone’s set (or Lee Burridge if you were outdoors), the music came to an abrupt halt and everyone was informed that the event was ending and that it was time to exit for the evening. It was made known via Minimal Effort’s Facebook page that, beginning around 10pm, many would-be attendees were denied entry.

Fans, upset and with every right to be, made their grievances well-known, asking to be refunded for an event they were very much looking forward to attending.

How did an event with such an amazing lineup and spacious venue end its evening on a sour note?

Many in attendance that were informally interviewed during the early mass exit attributed the issues to “new venue growing pains,” stating that perhaps (read: definitely) there were still some issues to iron out.

This evening the creators behind Minimal Effort issued this statement via Eventbrite: 

“We want to address what occurred on Saturday night at Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve. Firstly we know and understand that we owe everyone negatively affected a sincere and deep apology. We are dance music fans first and promoters second, and it is our passion for the music that drives us to put our life savings and debt on the line to try to provide the type of experiences that we ourselves love.

We worked very hard following the shortcomings on New Year’s Eve to address all the issues at hand. As the more than 2100 people who enjoyed All Hallows Eve can attest we found a venue that gave attendees more space, better amenities and a production level on par with our vision. All of our venue permits were approved in advance by LA County.

Despite running a standard door count and not overselling the event, we were told at 9.45pm by the Sheriff and Fire Marshall that even though we had not reached our permitted capacity they would not let anyone else in. We had a permitted capacity of 3000, 2100 people were already safely inside, 300+ remained outside. Authorities told us we could either close the doors on the 300+ or risk shut down of the entire event. We complied, choosing the option we felt was the lesser of two evils.

We were then informed that we had to shut off sound and end the event at 1am so the venue would be entirely clear by 2am. The permit approved by the County allowed for amplified sound and for our event to run until 2am, but we had to comply with authorities on-site for the safety of everyone in attendance.

We understand that many of you have lost trust in our brand, but we also want to honestly and transparently communicate what really occurred. The truth always wins, and the truth here is that we were not at capacity, and we had a fully permitted event that should have been able to continue until the approved 2am end time.

We will be issuing full refunds to all those who purchased tickets and were unable to enter the event. Eventbrite will refund within 48 hours.

We will also be issuing a free ticket to our next event. We hope that those who were able to attend had an awesome time, and we hope see you at our next event.”

While there were clearly some major issues with the production of the event, the event itself was an incredible display of electronic music and a too short but sweet – for the most part – way to spend Halloween weekend. Here’s hoping Minimal Effort is able to make a comeback for their next party, I’m rooting for them.

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Puff, puff, PASS it Legally at this year’s Canna-friendly Enchanted Forest Gathering

Just ahead of one of the West Coast’s finest, intimate festivals, Enchanted Forest Gathering rolls out an expanded 215(Cannabis for those non-stoners)-zone for this weekend’s event. Now while smoking weed at a festival certainly is not new news, the initiatives EFG is implementing IS, and a perfect example of how the festival community may be shifting activations to embrace the legislation slated to go in effect next year, making weed legal for anyone in California, 21+.

TrailBLAZING the festival scene by hosting an on-site dispensary at last year’s gathering, this year The Emerald Forest (aka EFG’s Cannabis-friendly zone) will host that plus so much more. Partnering up with Cannacraft and Presto Doctor, the Emerald Forest is the place to be if you’re down to interact with 20 leading cannabusiness vendors, innovative keynote speakers, and some late night laughs courtesy of the new comedy stage, LOLounge.  Also found in the Emerald Forest this weekend is a full-service hookah lounge, alongside games and other activations.

PrestoDoctor will use their industry leading telemedicine technology to connects doctors to patients via iPads to offer free 215 prescription evaluations to attendees in celebration of the inaugural Emerald Forest – Pre-register online today to secure your on-site appointment.

Celebrating roots in Northern California’s Mendocino County, CannaCraft and the Enchanted Forest Gathering embrace the region’s heritage as the birthplace of Prop 215, the revolutionary piece of legislation that legalized the cultivation and sale of cannabis and cannabis products for use as medicine in California in 1996. Since that time, CannaCraft has become a worldwide leader in medical cannabis products; creating the popular brands AbsoluteXtracts, Care By Design, and Satori Chocolates, all the while, continuing to focus on patient wellness, education, and consultation and now bringing this movement to Enchanted Forest Gathering for a sublime weekend.

If weed just isn’t your thing, that’s perfectly fine too. EFG 2017 is foremost a festival that emphasizes incredible music, and this year is no exception. EFG is THE place to witness the only California and Oregon performance by godfather of glitch and bass music, Tipper, one of two appearances on the West Coast in 2017. Trust us when we say, you do not want to miss this.

Joining Tipper are Opiuo, Noisia, The Polish Ambassador, Tokimonsta, The Funk Hunters, Dimond Saints, The Floozies, The Pimps of Joytime, T Sisters, Sunsquabi, Scott Pemberton Band, and over 100 more musical acts.

Keeping the family vibes close but going big in production, EFG is a magical place to kick off your summer festival season. It’s not too late to join the party – VERY LIMITED tix for this weekend’s Enchanted Forest Gathering can be found here

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Escape to Mexico for a Hauntingly Amazing Weekend with Ondalinda – the latest destination festival

Wanderlusters rejoice! The lush beaches of Costa Cayeres, Mexico is the latest location to receive the destination festival treatment as boutique music and lifestyle festival Ondalinda  gears up for its inaugural debut Hallo-weekend 2016.

Taking place October 27th – 30th, Ondalinda’s aim is to awaken the senses of those who attend. On the grounds of one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations will arise a community bound by alluring music, captivating activities alongside the waters of Mexico’s coastline, and a deep dive into the local Huichol culture.

As the mainstream festival scene explodes with cookie cutter festivals, Ondalinda stands apart in curating an intimate, luxury experience and vacation rolled into one unforgettable weekend.

Transforming a private beachfront resort, Ondalinda will bring around 400 individuals together to experience an international music lineup that will include ethereal vocals and minimal production from Vienna duo HVOB, deep global instrumentations from Berlin based producer NU, groovy basslines from Barcelona’s own Audiofly, mesmerizing tribal soundscapes from female duo BLOND:ISH, and luscious deep house vibes from LA producer Sabo, along with LUM, Gandalla, MENDRIX, and The Happy Show.

Beyond the announced musical acts, those in attendance can look forward to no shortage of surprises along the way. They can also look forward to witnessing the legendary Mayan Warrior return to Mexico for the main event on Saturday night after its triumphant takeover of Burning Man 2016, which included a performance alongside the ubiquitous Robot Heart bus. Originally painted by visionary artist Alex Grey, the art car recently received millions of dollars worth of mind blowing improvements with awe-inspiring lasers and a visceral sounds system to transport onlookers to the very origins of Mexican culture.

In addition to the music, guests are also provided the opportunity to immerse themselves in complete relaxation and separation from the real world. Explore the transformative beaches of Careyes, travel the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean while paddleboarding or kayaking, or even journey beneath the surface and explore the colorful underbelly that awaits below while scuba diving. After a day of playing in the water, guests looking for rejuvenation call take part in jungle yoga while those seeking tranquility can enjoy spa services such as mud baths, massages, and ritual healing ceremonies.

Other highlights will include exquisite dinners hosted with delectable local cuisine, a cocktail party at Playa Rosa, an ocean sunset ceremony, and exclusive access to “El Cocodrilo” Beach Club every day from noon till sunset. Ondalinda will also join forces with Mexico-based entrepreneur and artist Philippe Moellhausen to transform Teopa Beach with monumental art pieces, vibrant decor, dazzling costumes, and indigenous live performances for guests to partake in.

Above all, Ondalinda aims to honor authenticity by showcasing the art and teachings of the local Huichol culture. A portion of net profits from the festival will be donated to the Huichol to support their mission to preserve sacred land through the organization UNESCO, and an exclusive collection of Huichol art by the name “Los Navegantes del sueño” will be displayed with never before seen masterpieces that reflect the cosmovision of this mystic community.

For more information on securing your tickets, please visit the Ondalinda x Careyes website. Please remember that space is limited and both tickets and accommodations are filling up fast.

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Thailand’s Incredible Wonderfruit Returns with Eclectic Phase 1 Lineup

Pattaya,Thailand – Embarking on its third foray this December 15th – 18th, Thailand’s globally conscious boutique camping festival Wonderfruit has announced its return to the paradiscal grounds of The Fields at Siam Country Club, revealing an eclectic first wave lineup and unveiling a new carbon footprint initiative. Centered on six pillars: music, arts, farm-to-feasts, wellness, workshops and family, Phase 1 features a roster of internationally-acclaimed musicians, speakers, workshops and activities designed to deliver another unforgettable holiday deep in the lush tropics of Thailand.

Musical headliners include live drum-and-bass ensemble Rudimental, along with Scottish hip-hop trio and Mercury Award recipients for Best Album Young Fathers. Rounding out Phase 1 is a genre-bending collection of artists including JUNUN featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra,Guyanese dub music hero Mad Professor, Brooklyn’s revered dance producers Wolf + Lamb, Matador, and Nastia, along with local favorites Rasmee Isan Soul, Zero Hero, Yena, Srirajah Rockers, The Superglasses Ska Ensembleand DJ Dragon – plus many more artists to be announced soon!

Looking forward to December the excitement surrounding the festivities is palpable, as headliners Rudimental explain:

“We’ve played festivals all over the world but never in Thailand. Wonderfruit sounds like an incredible party and holiday all in one – we can’t wait to go… Shout out to the organisers for pledging to be carbon neutral too.”

International catalysts of fostering a more eco-conscious society, festival organizers Scratch First pledge to offset this year’s carbon footprint by investing in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, a diverse ecosystem in Indonesia. Every ticket purchased plays an integral role in the preservation of a precious natural resource. With a vision of cultivating creativity and inspiring personal responsibility, Wonderfruit Festival is slated to cement its position as one of the top sustainable festivals in the world.

A homage to festival founders’ commitment to celebrating the arts, and to honor the annual village harvesting of rice– the grain steeped in Thailand’s rich history, The Farm Stage stands as one of four exhilarating stages. Inspired by ceremonial aesthetics, the newest Wonderfruit stage is the progeny of visionaries PO-D Architects x Thor, who utilize harvested rice as the principle build medium. Also new is cross-cultural collaborative art installation hosted by The British Council, where attendees are invited to assist in the creative process alongside designers. Arts are further illuminated by master puppeteer Nang Sako Talung Dharma, numerous pop-up theatrical performances and breathtaking art installations.

Souls aiming to rejuvenate the body can find balance with exemplary instruction from international Ashtanga masterDanny Paradise and Hatha yoga master Anastasis, who are spearheading the wellness schedule. Guests can partake in the inquisitive bike trails lining the venue courtesy of Life Cycling, learn the basics of Muay Thai with legendary boxer Buakaw, or take a lesson in the intricate art of floral sculpture from master designer Sakul Intakul.

Located at the heart of the festival, renowned farm-to-feast experiences return to whet the appetites of revelers with opportunities to engage in culinary workshops and sample sumptuous local faire. Wonderfruit welcomes back Bangkok’s famous Rocketfruit, unique blend of food, cocktails and hip-hop Straight Outta Thonglor (S.O.T), and luxurious, communal outdoor dining at Theater of Feasts – a four-day tour of gastronomic delights.

Lessons in sustainable living will be abundant at Scratch Talks, a Thai-based social enterprise forging change through the arts as a means to engage and create communities of sustainable and socially responsible growth. This will include interactive sessions from art collective Trash Hero, InfiniteEARTH founder Todd Lemons, and Natural Capital Alliance founder Alan Laubsch.

Other festival highlights returning in 2016 include high-fashion and beauty locales A Taste of Wonder and Wonder Salon, wellness environments The Healing Village and Camp Wonder, an interactive, kid-friendly area packed with activities for participants of all ages.

Plan your next escape this Winter – The journey to Wonderfruit 2016 begins now! For more information on securing your 4-day pass, travel and accommodations visit Wonderfruit’s website.

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Wonderfruit is produced by Thai-based SCRATCH FIRST, which seeks to provide a platform for creative cultures to come together and to be a catalyst for positive change. SCRATCH FIRST is a global pioneer in experiential movements, responsible for Asia’s first entry into the transformational lifestyle festival arena. It leads the way with stunningly built environments, highly curated festival offerings, and socially conscious and eco-friendly policies.

Artist of the Week: Octopus Recordings Founding Father Sian

It’s been some time since I’ve stumbled across an artist so unique that I was curious to dive deeper into the method behind the madness. This time around it is Dublin-born, Spanish-raised, Los Angeles-transplant SIAN who infuses his broad range of personal interests into each piece of music he creates, and does so seemingly effortlessly.
His interests? Quite fascinating. They range from entomology, cosmology and marine biology, to the social impact of the rave generation and those influences can be seen in each of his original tracks  — more about that last bit in our exclusive interview 😉
A master of modern, classic techno, Sian is a man wearing many hats these days. With releases of his own and a record label, Octopus Recordings – among the top 5 labels of the  in the world in its genre – and  touring like a madman, it’s safe to say Sian is on the fast-track to having a blockbuster year.
We sat down with Octopus Recordings founder  SIAN just ahead of his epic house and techno showcase at Exchange LA this Saturday to pick his brain on a few topics — Enjoy!
‘Out Is In’ came out fairly recently. I’ve read in past articles that you aim to title tracks in a manner that hint the inspiration behind the track, or the creative process. Is this one of those instances? If so, can you share the story behind ‘Out Is In’?
Indeed, this track is built around that big, freaky vocal.It mirrors the production in the way that it goes round and round, gets weird, loops back on itself and eventually makes sense! Also the way the vocal is processed, lots of strange frequencies and phasor effects, kind of feels creepy and a little surreal, like many of todays news headlines!
What criteria do you use when considering an artist for your label, Octopus Recordings? Describe a striking moment in scouting new talent – perhaps a time where you found yourself completely and unexpectedly blown away?
For me it´s all about dedication to one idea, sticking with your crew and living it, 100%. There are so many talented artists out there, but the sweat and blood needed is key for us.The amount of hassle, bullshit, stress, drama and failure in every artists career, can only be handled by someone who really really wants to make it.I have seen so many people drop out fast, due to things not going their way immediately.The times i have seen this spirit in people early on, I instantly wanted to sign them to our roster.
Being born in Dublin, raised in Spain and now based in Los Angeles – three very different areas of the world – what kind of similarities do you find among the dance cultures of the three locations?
It seems like wherever you go in the world, a lot of smart young, (usually good looking) people gather around the electronic music scene, it sounds naive to say it unites people of similar demographic,but it kinda does.We often remark on how in any City i play or live in,we see a lot of striking similarities, the way people dress, dance or play—it´s super connected somehow.
What is the best part about curating a showcase such as your upcoming one at Exchange LA this weekend? The most challenging?
The best part is being able to show off what we do and bring in artists that we genuinely want to hear,we are taking over the whole lineup, so it´s purely our vibe! The challenge is always about making it perfect and going off without a hitch,the lights,sound and vibe at our shows requires a lot of attention,and we really put so much into every party.
Much of your inspiration and unique style of production is attributed to interests ranging from entomology, cosmology and marine biology, to the social impact of the rave generation, however is there a person in particular that you’ve also drawn inspiration from in establishing your career?
I´m really into Cinema,i try to look up to directors like Ridley Scott or Nicolas Winding Refn for both career and artistic inspiration,i love their futurist and forward thinking aesthetic, and also how their success was won with time, and perseverance.
Speaking of the social impact of the rave generation…would you like to elaborate on this a bit more for fans? 
I think this music throws us all together and smashes down a lot of walls : gender, politics, religion, social class, etc.For example,growing up part time in Ireland we saw how people on all sides of borders,sexual orientation or income got down together, within a strictly Catholic country.
Summer is proving to be a busy season for you! What are you looking forward to most this summer? 
Yes! It´s great to see our hard work moving things along,i have some important shows like Mexico City,LA,New York,Chicago,Miami,Bogota etc.I am super stoked to get on the road and showcase what´s coming on the label and my own release schedule!
When the madness dies down later this year, what are you looking forward to most?
I am thinking around October or November i might try take a week off and go scuba diving in Oahu or Maui, but i say that every year,and the madness never ends.
Many thanks to Sian! 


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#FreeTheNipple at Enchanted Forest Gathering

Yes, you read that correctly. #FreeTheNipple, a movement championing freedom of expression for all by proclaiming women should have the same rights as men when it comes to walking around topless, has been sweeping the nation by storm and now, infiltrated the festival circuit as well.

While the majority (if not all?) festivals implement some sort of no nudity rule, NorCal’s Enchanted Forest Gathering does things just a little bit differently. Deep in the heart of Northern California out at Black Oak Ranch an intimate festival with a grand scheme.

Enchanted Forest Gathering’s mission has been to nourish and activate personal growth within its participants, inspire collective sharing and redefine conscious celebration. To that end, they have continued to build upon a safe and alcohol-free environment which serves as fertile ground for a new kind of festival experience and a container for an experimental way of life. This experiment inspires attendees to find deeper, more meaningful stimulation free of alcohol, setting a remarkably different tone for a gathering and encouraging new kinds of expression.

So bust out those nips and get ready to twerk your buns off  as Enchanted Forest Gathering gears up to celebrate its sixth year! 

The 2016 music lineup features over 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador,Ayla NereoHamsa LilaPANTyRAiDMinnesota, Fana Fi AllahAutografLila Rose, and Thriftworks. In additional to the stellar music, the festival offers a movement festival within a festival with over 50 movement classes for flow artists, yogis, and dancers such as the holistic Twerkshop, Yoga of Bass, Soul Moves and Intuitive Contact, coupled with over 60 educational workshops covering subjects around sexuality, science, spirituality, ancestral arts, wellness, nutrition and nourishment.

Full lineup for Enchanted Forest Gathering below!

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Full Music lineup:

River Stage: Autograf, Andreilien, Reid Speed, Soohan, Drrtywulvz, Champagne Drip, Eurythmy, Saqi, Morillo, Psy Fi, Dragonfly, Irieyes, Brian Hartmann, Sharu, Manoj, Subducto, Quilici, Genji, Origin

The Hearth Stage (Live): Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, Fanna Fi Allah (2 sets), Lila Rose, Youssoupha Sidibe, Suzanne Sterling, Matthew Human and Friends, eO & Kyrstn Pixton, Cello Joe, AmaeLOVESLife, Freedom, Whiskerman, Masha Campagne, Christopher Worth, The Abe Train, Randy Todd, Elijah Ray, Shawn Barry, Marya Stark, Mama Crow, Maesyn, Cheraki, Buddhabee, Sweet Medicine

Mighty Oak: Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota, Thriftworks, Bluetech, Stélouse, CloZee, Love and Light, Nominus, KRNE, Atyya, Living Light, Shamanic Technology, Sixis, Devin Kroes, Haana, Neptune

Mighty Oak Silent Disco: Nasja, Acacia Beats, YoHm, Soules, Syrius, Taotempo, more TBA

Shower Party Stage: Artists TBA