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The 2023 edition of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival radiated positivity all over The Farm in Manchester, Tennessee. This classic event has been a long-time favorite of many festival veterans because of the diverse lineup, immaculate vibes, and unique festival lay out.

The Farm provided the perfect place to reconnect with festival family, run around the wide open space and dance to music from Kendrick Lamar, GRiZ, Sofi Tukker, ODESZA, and so many more top-notch artists.

Check out EDM Maniac’s Festival Report Card below to read more about our thoughts:

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Photo by Taylor Regulski

Vibes: A+

If you didn’t catch it in the intro, Bonnaroo’s slogan is “Radiate Positivity” and this festival lived up to that ethos. From the employees at security to festival attendees to artists on stage, everyone had a smile on their face and the high-fives were plentiful.

We loved seeing all of the hugs and hearing all of the “Happy Roo”s, especially after someone says it’s their first Bonnaroo.

It was a sold-out year for Bonnaroo which means some of the crowds were cramped. Although being cramped is never fun, mostly everyone was polite and said “excuse me,” when moving through the masses, which was essential in creating a feeling of safety.

The thing that was so special was the forever-flowing love and support for the LGBTQ and trans communities throughout the weekend. Queen Big Freedia opened the Centeroo gates on Thursday afternoon with the Pride Parade in tow, setting the precedent for the weekend of over-the-top glam, acceptance, and of course, glitter.

The messages of so many artists who spoke up on behalf of the trans and queer communities were so honest and authentic. Being in the thick of Tennessee was often times heavy but so many artists like Sheryl Crow, Paramore, GRiZ and Sofi Tukker reminded us that the queer community is powerful, united, that EDM doesn’t exist without queer folk, and that trans rights are human rights.

Production: B+

The What stage brought insane production with a notable ODESZA finale on Saturday night, complete with fireworks, lasers, and confetti. ODESZA always has such extraordinary performances.

All of the stages had ample room to dance and boogie, however, we were a little disappointed that This and That Tents had removed their side screens. Just one screen in the middle of the stage was available which meant that viewing the show from the sides of the crowd was more difficult.

We were also a little disappointed in the Foo Fighter’s performance. The alternative rock band closed out the festival on Sunday night on the main stage sans a grand finale.

We were looking forward to a notable end to the weekend with pyrotechnics and an over-the-top light show but we were left wanting more.

The festival was anticipating severe weather later that night, which was probably why the performance was lacking, so we can’t blame the festival for prioritizing safety.

For that same reason, late night sets were cancelled on Sunday night which was upsetting but understandable.

Overall, the production was great; lasers could be seen from miles away and bass could be heard and felt from all the way in the campgrounds without sound bleed.

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Music: A

The diversity in Bonnaroo’s lineup is unmatched. It is one of few festivals where you can listen to rock, pop, house, bass, bluegrass, and country all in one place.

The Other stage has been making its name as the EDM stage at Bonnaroo for quite some time now. The bass was bumping and the house was flowing all throughout the weekend with performances by Subtronics, Diesel, Wax Motif, MK, Zeds Dead, and so many more.

Zeds Dead also had a notable sunrise performance at the late-night stage, Where In The Woods, immediately following their Thursday night closing set.

Paramore was a highly anticipated set by many Bonnaroovians and they did not disappoint. The band played Bonnaroo in 2018 but purposefully skipped their most famous song ‘Misery Business’ stating they were sick of playing it, with Hayley Williams saying “Isn’t it funny; getting sick of the song that made you famous?”.

This time around, the group did not hold back in giving the crowd what they wanted, playing “Misery Business” towards the end of their 75 minute set.

Of course, there were some disappointments, one of which was Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who canceled all of their upcoming performances, including their sunset slot at Bonnaroo.

Luckily, our favorite saxophone-playing, rainbow-brain-having DJ (GRiZ) offered to play his ‘Chasing the Golden Hour’ set in their place.

The multi-talent included a very special “Freefall” remix at the end of the set to remind the band that we love them, we miss them, we support them and we will be waiting for them whenever they decide to come back.

Venue: A

Bonnaroo goes above and beyond to create an unsurpassable experience for all attendees. Driving through the entrance of Roo is like entering an adult playground.

Bonnaroo’s campgrounds are superior to many other festivals. The grounds are split into different plazas that include unique themes and activities.

Plaza 3 included the House of Yes which hosted the annual Pride Parade and other LGBTQ events throughout the weekend. Plaza 5 offered free breakfast tacos, courtesy of Cracker Barrel, all weekend long. Free food at a festival?! Unheard of.

The festival seemed highly sponsored this year with corporate labels scattered throughout Centeroo, but we appreciated how interactive they were.

There were opportunities to get our game faces on with Hulu’s escape room and Sonic’s mini golf. Verizon provided a place to relax and recharge. Liquid Death tempted us to sell our souls in a house of tarot and palm reading. It was really fun to see the sponsor’s creativity in involving the attendees at their booths.

I also really appreciated the ample shade and misting fans. With temperatures reaching over 80 degrees, it was hot in Tennessee, but the festival provided plenty of opportunities to keep cool.

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Photo by Taylor Regulski

Overall: A

Bonnaroo has been one of our favorite festivals for a long time and they continue to defend that title. Bonnaroo holds our values of peace, love, unity, respect, and responsibility to an exceptional standard.

Bonnaroo is known to be a spectacular festival primarily due to the attitudes of attendees and good vibes. I can attribute the positivity to the attentiveness of the festival organizers. The festival continues to exceed expectations in providing not only a fun festival but a safe festival. Happy Roo!

Featured photo by Nathan Zucker

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DJ Snake Announces Final Show At Stade De France In 2025

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DJ Snake, the legendary French DJ and music producer, has announced his final show at Stade De France on May 10, 2025. The news of his retirement is a surprise and fans worldwide are preparing to say goodbye.

Throughout his illustrious career, DJ Snake has redefined the sound and style of EDM, becoming an icon in the industry. The Pardon My French boss has inspired countless artists and has helped bring us Tchami, Malaa, Mercer, and many more.

As the world prepares for his final show, fans are already reminiscing about Snake’s unforgettable performances. From his electrifying sets at festivals like Coachella and Tomorrowland to chart-topping hits like ‘Lean On‘ and ‘Taki Taki‘.

But it’s not just his music that fans will miss. DJ Snake’s energy and charisma on stage have made him one of the most captivating performers in the world. His infectious personality and genuine love for his fans have made him beloved, and his final show promises to be a night to remember; grab tickets here.

As the date draws closer, fans can expect to see more tributes and celebrations of DJ Snake’s incredible career. From social media posts to tribute shows, the world will be saying goodbye to a true legend of EDM.

In the end, DJ Snake’s final show at Stade De France in 2025 will be a bittersweet moment. While it marks the end of an era, it’s also a chance to celebrate his legacy as of one of EDM’s most influential artists.

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Subtronics Came Out The Gate Swinging At His First Cyclops Dome

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Renowned riddim maestro and internet troll, Subtronics, hosted the first annual Cyclops Dome at Tacoma Dome on November 24-25 2023.

Feeling winter cast it’s shadow on Washington state, Subtronics brought an inferno of heat to Tacoma for an extraordinary weekend of music.

With support from MARAUDA, Of The Trees, Lil Texas, Black Carl! B2B Austeria and many more, the lineup was stacked from beginning to end.

With a capacity size double that of the Hampton Coliseum, the Tacoma Dome was the perfect spot to host nearly 20,000 headbanging riddim rats throughout the two-day event.

Also home to events like Excision‘s Thunder Dome, the event venue defended its reputation as a legendary electronic venue. The Tacoma Dome is quickly becoming a bucket list venue for music lovers across the board.

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The expansive layout of the venue gave room to dance and play without running into other ravers, which happens too often at indoor events.

Not to mention that Subtronics’ lasers were nothing short of mind-blowing. Every single beat drop was paired with hundreds of lights and streams of color perfectly timed to create visual and audio ecstasy.

I go to a lot of Subtronics shows and this production was one of the best I’ve seen.

The unique hypnotic visuals for the LED screens behind his decks elevated the psychedelic journey to a whole new level.

Particularly noteworthy for me, personally, were the projections of Subtronics, (real name Jesse Kardon) playing live on the display. The passion and intensity he poured into his performance enthralled the crowd, and you could see the love he has for the community written all across his face.

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For night one, Jesse focused on showcasing his newer tunes while night two was dedicated to some iconic throwback tracks.

In a refreshing new approach, he didn’t have his typical deck-hopping ADHD style. It was really special to hear some of my favorite songs played out live in their entirety without the abrupt shifts between tracks.

The king of VIPs premiered his new Rezz collab, a “Mind Pluck” VIP, “Omnidirectional” VIP, and a MAURAUDA collab.

Jesse has a knack for creating an intimate connection with his fans; always offering something new and sneaking glimpses into what’s next from Subtronics. Cyclops Dome was no exception. From VIPs to new artist collaborations, the night was engaging and full of suspense.

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One memory I will hold near and dear to my heart is swaying left to right with my best friends, tears in my eyes, signing “Into Pieces” at the top of my lungs just to immediately go zero to one hundred when the beat dropped.

The love from everyone in that crowd lifted my spirits and made me so grateful for the EDM community we have built for ourselves.

Cyclops Dome has become Subtronics’ new baby and it’s obvious how much time and attention he put into bringing an unforgettable night to his fans.

After the finale, the DJ announced his 2024 dates for Cyclops Dome which will occur on November 14, 15, and 16 2024. See you next year!

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ASOT Unveils Full ‘DESTINATION’ Rotterdam Lineup

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After lifting the tip of the veil on the line-up during Amsterdam Dance Event, A State of Trance has now revealed all of the performing acts at its inaugural edition in Rotterdam, ‘DESTINATION‘. A staggering 57 artists have been revealed for the two-day event in February, catering to demand across the musical spectrum. 

Armin van Buuren will be performing on both Friday and Saturday, with special plans in the making for each set. Additionally, the event will see iconic Trance acts such as Cosmic Gate, John O’Callaghan and nilsix return, as well as new generations making waves within the genre by way of Ben Hemsley, Benwal and Eva Vrijdag taking the stage. A State of Trance DESTINATION will also play host to various subgenres, with Colyn, Innellea and Mees Salomé representing their ethereal sound while HI-LO, Maddix and MORTEN provide a harder alternative. Notably, NWYRW&W’s alter ego, known for their thumping take on Trance music — will be making a comeback after a hiatus that spanned approximately five years. 

Check out the full lineup below!

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With the move to Rotterdam, A State of Trance is at the dawn of a new chapter in its existence. Throughout the past two decades, van Buuren’s brand has always managed to stay relevant and the DESTINATION line-up is a testament to their capabilities. The line-up sees the return of icons of the trance scene, as well as offering a platform for the artists that are drawing in the future generation. All the while, A State of Trance continues to include alternative subgenres that seamlessly connect with the core of the brand.

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Tickets for A State of Trance DESTINATION in Rotterdam are available via the official website of the event.

Stay tuned for more news!

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