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VELD returned for its tenth edition at Downsview Park, Toronto last weekend for three days of a magical musical experience.

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VELD advertising.

For those of you who don’t know VELD is one of the biggest EDM festivals in Canada. Held at Downsview Park, Toronto, this fest previously followed the two-day module. After the pandemic, when we were deprived of partying INK Entertainment revamped it into three days of nonstop partying. As if the days weren’t enough, they teamed up with the hottest names in electronic music for the afterparties. Multiple clubs hosted these to give you a vast choice to pick from if your quota of partying wasn’t maxed out during the day. The city was bustling with energy and I don’t about you but I definitely did not sleep! Read on for some highlights through the weekend.

The Venue

Since VELD is one of the bigger EDM festivals in Canada, to accommodate at least 30,000 attendees a day it screams for ample space. Downsview Park is just the right fight. It is located well near a subway line making it convenient for festival-goers to have a safe journey to and from. As you enter the Park you cross a variety of food trucks that are there from start to finish. It is perfect for everyone to relax between sets, and enjoy the famous Canadian poutine to veggie stalls, you name it and there is food for everyone. As you cross the food trucks, on your right there is the Mainstage.

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VELD 2023 Map.

The setup was altered a little this year. If you are a regular at VELD you would have noticed the shuffling of the Sirkus stage and the Hillside stage. I would say I appreciated the change in scenery. The sound at the Sirkus tent was better than ever this year. The one thing I do appreciate about this festival is the immense amount of space there is to dance. And then retreat and sit on your mats to enjoy your food, music and Finale fireworks.

Stand Out Sets

Let’s dive into this year being the second year Ink Productions hosted VELD for three consecutive days. For the first 8 years (before the pandemic) this festival was a two-day affair. I dig the new format of this spanning across 3 days. Who says no to more days of our favorite artists, dancing and socializing? This also helps spread out headliners and reduces the clashes we usually face at festivals! With Gorgon City, Illenium, Rezzmau5, Above & Beyond, Bob Moses, Dom Dolla, Tiësto and James Hype headlining, it is difficult to pick the top sets of the weekend.


The highlight for me was the Sirkus stage – the domination of Tech House was unreal. Gorgon City and Eli Brown engaged the crowd from start to finish. There wasn’t a minute of either of those sets that I could stand still. If you saw me, you would have seen the trance these two acts had on me. Zedd and Illenium had the crowd reeling at the Mainstage. The nostalgia I have every time I see Zedd… it takes me back to simpler times. The crowd singing along and dancing to classics like ‘Clarity‘, ‘Beautiful Now‘ and ‘Spectrum‘ was a great way to see the sun setting on a lovely Friday evening!

The afterparties for Friday included Zedd at Rebel, Matroda at Toybox and Sosa at Vertigo.


Above & Beyond, Trance veterans returned to the VELD 2023 Mainstage on Saturday. This was their third appearance and have been playing at VELD since 2013. Obviously, that set was magical, with die-hard fans in jerseys, all the different A&B merch, and the unmistakable crying to the classics. There were shufflers with their choreographed dances, and honestly, the energy of that set, just like every other A&B set, was out of this world. Of course, we had a fan go up to the stage and push the button! All in all, a classic feel-good set by our favourite legends.

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The much-anticipated debut of Rezzmau5 was what all of Toronto was waiting for. Two of the biggest DJs in our times performing together in their hometown was a ray of hope and inspiration. That closing on Saturday hit differently. We hope to see more of Rezzmau5!

Tech house fans were in for a treat with the likes of Jauz off the deep end, Dom Dolla and Bob Moses. Sirkus Tent was definitely bustling with high energy and a magical evening.


The finale of the tenth VELD edition saw the likes of Tiësto, Sofi Tukker, and Timmy Trumpet on the Mainstage. The finale (Tiësto set), as always, was supported by fireworks. Sirkus was buzzing with Meduza and James Hype. We were saddened by Korolova‘s last minute cancellation, but CID stepped up to the occasion with an extended set.

The after-dark edition (APs) had the city packed. Fans had a difficult choice with Tiësto, Loud Luxury at Rebel, CID at Vertigo and Sullivan King at Toybox.

The tenth edition was a success and I had a great time. Can’t wait for 2024 as I am sure Ink Entertainment will be getting a bigger-than-ever lineup.

Stayed tuned to EDMTunes for all your musical updates.

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Afterlife Announces Second Miami Music Week Date

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In a thrilling statement, Afterlife, the renowned label and event promoter, has just unveiled its plans for a second date during Miami Music Week 2024. With a pulse on the beating heart of the Electronic Music scene, Afterlife has become synonymous with transcendent visual experiences and cutting-edge sounds. The anticipation reaches new heights as the announcement of a second date answers the prayers of thousands of fans who so desperately asked for another date.

As the magic of Miami Music Week approaches, Afterlife sets the stage for a sonic voyage that will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Quite possibly the single fastest-growing event inside Dance music, this 2-day extravaganza is set to be a memorable one.

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Miami Music Week events are pivotal, uniting global talents, setting trends, and creating moments etched in Dance music history. For an entire week, America gathers some of the biggest personalities in the scene for a week of connecting, partying, and making sure the best of the industry is ready to shine in the upcoming year.

Having not only one, but a second date added due to the high demand, speaks volumes about the work Afterlife is doing. The label owned by Tale Of Us has turned Melodic Techno into one of the strongest subgenres around. Now, they look forward to further cementing their legacy inside America during one of its most important weeks.

Taking over the Miami Marine Stadium, attendees to such an iconic week will have the chance to enjoy the performance of the moment.

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Tale Of Us, their very talented roster, and thousands of fans are ready to make these two of the most memorable days in recent dance music history. There’s no guessing what might happen. The ultimate audiovisual experience of dance music comes to Miami Music Week.

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What So Not, Trivecta, Henry Fong, and 4B Join Phase 2 Lineup For Pulse Event’s Spring Festival: Lunar New Year Celebration

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Pulse Events is bringing the heat with its phase 2 lineup for their Spring Festival: Lunar New Year Celebration at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner on February 18-19, 2024. Headlined by SLANDER and Alan Walker, this two-day event is not just about music but promises a full-blown celebration of Chinese New Year and the Lunar calendar’s spring. Tickets are still available for purchase on DICE.

The Phase 2 lineup introduces a mix of local Asian-American talent. SLANDER leads the charge on Sunday, supported by Trivecta and Samplifire. The Great Hall will also feature local talent REMIX and Jom Zeng B2B Zion. Sunday night at Kings Hall boasts dynamic performances from local acts like G-NET, Orlost, DYVERGENT, GRIMMACE, and PSYTOXI.

Monday sees Alan Walker in the Great Hall, joined by 4B, Henry Fong, 4YU, and CYBERPUNK. What So Not headlines Kings Hall on Monday, with support from SunRyse, Kasi Opi B2B Charmy, and closing acts Auxygen, Minijoy B2B 1MO.

Pulse Event’s Spring Festival goes beyond music, featuring a lively night market with Lunar New Year treats. Attendees can enjoy immersive experiences like a glam station, interactive photo booth, Kandi Bracelet stations, Spin The Wheel excitement, and a Fortune Wall for writing wishes.

Established in 2015, Pulse Events has emerged as a key player in the Asian-American electronic music scene, specializing in organizing concerts and live performances across North America and beyond. With a mission to pioneer cultural and media innovation, this event producer and promoter brand has successfully hosted industry-leading electronic music artists like Afrojack, Gryffin, KSHMR, Kill The Noise, Like Mike, Seven Lions, Vini Vici, Yellow Claw, and others. Pulse Events has also produced world tours for South Korean acts such as EXO and Big Bang.

Pulse Events aims to represent Asian-Americans within the global dance music community by paying homage to the Lunar New Year. In 2024, Pulse Events will further champion the Asian American market by holding more events and supporting youth organizations and groups that highlight Asian culture. In addition to dance music events, Pulse Events created the Krazy Super concert to promote K-pop music in New York and Los Angeles, uniting more fans who love Asian culture.

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Tomorrowland Turns 20: Meet This Year’s Stage Hosts

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The legendary Belgian EDM festival, Tomorrowland, turns 20 this summer! Booming with excitement, it’s set to be an unforgettable experience for fans in Boom, Belgium. Get ready for a stellar lineup of stage hosts igniting the party.

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Dive into the Vortex of Atmosphere Stage

The Atmosphere Stage, an iconic behemoth crowned by a soaring 105-foot tent and bathed in 12,000 dazzling LED lights, is a vortex of excitement. 26-year-old Andromedik, Belgium’s rising Drum and Bass star, will take over Atmosphere with “Andromedik Not Invited.” Having etched his name in history as the first Drum and Bass DJ on the Tomorrowland Mainstage since Netsky in 2018, Andromedik is ready to blow the audience away once again.

Amber Broos Takes Command

But hold on, the party doesn’t stop there! Amber Broos, a 21-year-old Belgian DJ and producer renowned for her fresh blend of Techno and Belgian Retro, will take command of the Atmosphere stage next. Get ready to be captivated by her unique sound, as she injects Tomorrowland’s 20th chapter with a vibrant jolt of energy.

Crafted by Masters: The Art of Stage Hosts

It’s no secret that the selection of stage hosts is the secret sauce of the Tomorrowland experience. Core, Afterlife, Lost Frequencies & Friends and many more add their own distinct flavor and talent to the mix. This festival has always been about embracing innovation and pushing boundaries. The 20th chapter promises to be a monumental testament to its enduring legacy.

Stay tuned! Tomorrowland will soon unveil more exciting announcements, introducing the diverse lineup of artists who will shape this momentous celebration. The anticipation adds another layer of excitement to this already eagerly awaited event.

Get ready to immerse yourselves in an unforgettable experience as Tomorrowland turns 20. Prepare for a world of music, lights, and unparalleled energy that only Tomorrowland can deliver.

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