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Making its annual return to the NOS Event Center, Insomniac’s largest New Year’s festival brought the aliens and thousands of humans to ring in the new year at Countdown NYE this past weekend.

Two nights of incredible music and dancing brought in ravers and non-ravers for a massive celebration to welcome 2024. Here’s what we have to say about our experience at this year’s Countdown weekend:

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Orhun Uygur for Insomniac Events

Vibes: B+

After last year’s downpour, attendees were prepared for any chance of rain, but thankfully, the weather was in our favor over the entire weekend. Making it a more fashionable weekend than last year’s outfit trend of ponchos.

With good weather and incredible music, everyone was in high spirits, and we found the vibes in the crowd mostly friendly. As expected, none of the stages felt too overcrowded on day one, but the people came out on day two since it is one of SoCal’s biggest NYE events.

Even with the business of day two, there was plenty to keep the crowds balanced. The energy was high all weekend with rides, lots of photo ops, food, and the stacked lineup.

Attendees traded Kandi, admired each other’s outfits, and spread positive vibes throughout the event. Although we heard a few reports of pushing and shoving during busier sets, it didn’t seem as prominent due to the crowds not being nearly as dense as in previous years.

Production: A

Per usual, the production at Countdown is out-of-this-world, but this year was some of the best productions we’ve seen from the festival. The stages had added elements to them, making them appear more immersive.

We found the stage designs impressive, like the open-air dance floor at Galactik Gate. The fire across the DJ deck, the lasers against the night sky, and the sound quality made it one of the more frequent stages for many attendees.

From the stage design to other-worldly characters, such as robots and aliens, as well as many photo-ops and activations, everything had the familiar Countdown vibe but with a noticeable upgrade.

Mothership Stage had it all, with massive amounts of pyro, cryo, confetti, and lasers. The mainstage VIP area included plenty of photo opportunities and even an indoor and heated lounge area for attendees to hang out in.

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Orhun Uygur for Insomniac Events

Music: A

This year’s lineup was exciting, providing attendees with various genres and many notable artists, including Valentino Khan, Deorro, Eli Brown, 4B x JSTJR, Fisher, Nicole Moudaber, and more. With so many impressive names, it felt like many attendees, including ourselves, were splitting time between sets to see all the favorites.

The countdown had you covered with artists like Riot Ten, Svdden Death, Apashe, G Jones, and more if you were looking for some bass in your face.

Seeing how packed the Twilight Zone stage was for names like Eli Brown and Black V Neck proved how much techno and house have been influencing the dance music scene lately.

Those who saw Habstrakt Presents: Distorted Reality or the iconic Moksi set at Galactik Gate witnessed killer performances. To continue all that energy, the Deorro B2B Valentino Khan afters on night two was an insane way to close out an amazing weekend.

Venue: B+

Going into the venue, security didn’t seem to be checking bags. Although there were metal detectors and they were doing patdowns, there was no thorough bag search.

On day one, VIPs didn’t check bracelets often, but they did noticeably step up their game on day two. The bathroom situation only seemed super crowded in the main GA ones, and GA+ checked wristbands on those entering.

Regarding the festival layout, whether attendees are familiar with the NOS Center or not, everything was easy to navigate, and there seemed to be good crowd control in the way it was all spread out. There are plenty of amusements for humans, with rides like space swings, bumper cars, rave vendors, and an entire “Landing Zone” of photo-ops and extra-terrestrial beings to encounter.

Thankfully, there was also no shortage of heat lamps, so attendees could easily keep warm all across the venue and weren’t left without warmth for long.

Outside of the VIP water stations, there were only water stations on one side of the venue near the entrance, whereas it could have been more easily accessible to attendees to place water stations on both sides or throughout the venue.

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Demian Becerra for Insomniac Events

Overall: A-

Overall, the energy at Countdown this year was stellar, with impressive production to match. We enjoyed a slight decrease in crowds this year, and the forecast led to a more positive experience for all attendees.

Although there were reports of the usual issues, such as lack of service, stolen phones, and a few reports of car break-ins, Countdown still proved to be a great festival to celebrate the new year.

All images provided by Insomniac Events.

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8Kays & Juan Hansen Unveil ‘Falling Down’ EP

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The Ukrainian producer 8Kays, known for her captivating blend of Deep Melodic Techno and Progressive House, has unveiled her latest offering, the four-track Falling Down EP.

The title track, ‘Falling Down‘, is more than just a song; it’s a story.

From A Kyiv Apartment To Global Recognition

8Kays performs at Afterlife in Ibiza‘Falling Down’ has a profound history and a personal place in my heart“, 8Kays shared in a Facebook post. “It started as a chilled-home studio time in my Kyiv apartment, when I was spending casual time with my soulmate Diana Miro, who inspired me to draft a demo“.

I made it and [didn’t] expect nothing. And then after one year, it was like an idea to bring more in this arrangement“.

Love At First Sight

This raw, unburdened creation resonated deeply with Buenos Aires composer and recording artist Juan Hansen, who, upon hearing the demo, felt an immediate connection: “For me, it was like love at first sight… It’s not easy to find that on a track“.

Interestingly, Juan recorded his vocals for ‘Falling Down’ not in a professional studio, but in the living room of his manager’s house in Berlin.

It wasn’t a proper studio,” Juan reflects. “But sometimes those are the best things“.

Juan’s mesmerizing vocals lifted true magic to this work, making it special in my discography so far“, 8Kays added. “‘Falling Down’ has a profound history and a personal place in my heart“.

Chris Avantgarde Remix

Despite its origins outside the traditional Dance music realm, “Falling Down” pulsates with an undeniable emotional depth. The unique rhythm section, as 8Kays acknowledges, isn’t strictly danceable, yet resonates deeply with the current global climate and emotional undercurrents.

It’s still a special track in my sets“, 8Kays reveals. “I feel that people already start to recognize it“.

Adding further depth to the EP is the inclusion of the Chris Avantgarde Remix of ‘Falling Down’. Heard during Avantgarde’s set at Afterlife Tulum and also during Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 1143, this remix injects a dose of dancefloor energy while retaining the track’s emotional core.

Listen to the Falling Down EP on Spotify:

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EDMTunes New Music Friday – Week 15 (Part One)

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Listen to the most flavour-packed tracks we discovered this week.

Music makes the world go round. And in that regard, we’re constantly on the lookout for new, exciting tunes to share with our audience. We’ve found some that cause goosebumps, and make you open your eyes and get up from your chair to dance. So put on your best pair of headphones, or turn up your speakers, and enjoy this week’s New Music Friday.

Before we start, we had A LOT of great tracks this time! So much so we’ve had to do a part two. We hadn’t done that in a hot minute!

Here are our top picks for the best music we came across this week, in no particular order.

Nifra & Frank Spector – Comme Un Reve

Genre: Trance, Techno (Peak-Time)

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Kicking off this week, we’re not messing about. Nor are the artists involved. IDMA-nominated DJ and producer Nifra is releasing her latest banger, ‘Comme Un Reve‘, alongside Armada veteran Frank Spector. This one is for everybody warming up their engines for the weekend ahead.

A perfect hybrid capturing the power of Techno and the melodic essence of Trance, this track feels like a rollercoaster, going up and down in energy, and then throwing you into a proper state of trance during the weightless moment of the break just before the huge saws come back. Quite the experience. Would recommend.

NGHTMRE & Liquid Stranger feat. Mougleta – Restless

Genre: Dubstep

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If you saw the artists’ names and thought straight away, “This has got to be good“, ding ding! You’re absolutely right. We have a collaboration for the books out today as the genre-defining sound of NGHTMRE meets heavyweights Liquid Stranger and Mougleta on their latest single ‘Restless‘.

An undeniable powerhouse for packed festivals, the track hooks you from the very start with Mougleta’s vocals, warm piano chords, an irresistible buildup, and, well, a pair of drops that live up to what you’d expect from giants like these guys. Try not to headbang, it’s a challenge.

Mojave Max & HAWD HITTA with Rogelio Douglas, Jr. – Come With Me

Genre: Tech House

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Tonight’s the night“! Tech House has been on a roll on our New Music Fridays lately, with almost every week containing at least one track of the genre. We’re glad to announce this week is no exception! L.A.-based Mojave Max and Label Founder HAWD HITTA are joined by singer and songwriter Rogelio Douglas, Jr. on a groundbreaking triple instance, ‘Come With Me‘.

Hot groovy bass plucks meet laser one-shots, sexy percussion, and the energising voice of Douglas, Jr. to provide the necessary shot of auditive caffeine you didn’t know you needed. A Deep-House-infused intimate vibe dressed in the modern clothing of Tech House, this is.

Hot Pursuit – Poco Loco

Genre: Tech House

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And how about two Tech House belters one after the other? This one coming from the legendary Perfecto family of labels, we’ve got a track that is, well, perfecta. Over ten years after he started his journey on the music industry, producer Hot Pursuit brings the heat to our Friday with ‘Poco Loco‘.

This one is a lemon-face-inducing piece of Tribal-flirty goodness. Acid basslines drive you through the rhythmic rounds of percussion that set this one apart from the usual sound we’re hearing in the Techie corner of the Dance spectrum. And as playful as it is, it will have you begging for more.

KSHMR & 22Bullets – Devotion

Genre: Psytrance, Mainstage

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You wouldn’t say no to KSHMR, would you? Once a successful ghost producer — and one behind tracks like the global hit ‘Tsunami’ —, decided to make his alias and face public, and got even more success with it. He’s a prodigy and a master of the craft, and today he’s unveiled ‘Devotion‘, alongside Thai producer 22Bullets.

A track made for the largest festivals you can think of, this one is their take on the 90s classic ‘(I Wanna Give You) Devotion’. It is a nod to the past in more than one way, though, as it’s being released this year as a celebration of 10 years of the KSHMR project, which kicked off in 2014 with the release of ‘Megalodon’ — one of my favourites back in High School.

Finlay C – Last Time

Genre: Future House, Dance Pop

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From Techie that has you magnetised to the ground to an ethereal Future House tune that has the potential to make you touch the sky. That’s how we feel about Finlay C‘s new single ‘Last Time‘. This is the award-nominated producer’s debut release of his very own imprint, Dead Palm Records, which was launched to, in his words, “become the new home for feel-good Dance music“.

Uplifting vocals, off-beat chord plucks, a summer feel in every single element, and even strings. Because Finlay is going all-in on the feel-good attitude. We appreciate a smile! House is too sober nowadays, this one sounds like the credits after a happy ending of a movie. I mean that in a good way. Lovely!

CLICK HERE FOR PART TWO OF THIS WEEK’S SELECTION

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elrow Returns To Ushuaïa Ibiza This Summer With Spectacular Trilogy

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Get ready for an exciting summer in 2024 at Ushuaïa Ibiza, as the world-renowned elrow returns with three sensational events. Mark your calendars for three exciting Wednesdays: July 24th, August 14th, and September 4th, 2024. The trio of shows will feature an unparalleled fusion of multi-colored extravagance, different lineups, and surreal party celebrations. Close your eyes and get ready to be transported into pure imagination and creativity. elrow will join forces with Ushuaïa Ibiza to deliver a unique party series. Each event will boast its distinctive theme, lets dive into the three acts further.

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Wednesday 24 July – Delusionville by Ron English

Delusionville is ready to amaze fans, where inspiration is drawn from the POPaganda art movement of Ron English. The name speaks for itself as it will transport fans to a surreal dream world filled with an eclectic mix of art, music, and mayhem, all inspired by Ron’s vision.

Wednesday 14 August – Elrowcio

If you’re looking for a true Spanish experience, Elrowcio is the event for you. A perfect combination of flamenco, fiesta, and fun will immerse you in the vibrant spirit of Spain with the perfect combination of flamenco, fiesta, and fun. This event stays true to elrow’s signature electronic beats but also includes live flamenco performances and folkloric music.

Wednesday 4 September – Dance with the Serpent by Nychos

The last showcase of elrow is focused on the mesmerizing world of Dance with the Serpent by Nychos. Nychos explores symbolism and snakes, taking you into a trance-induced form of art and music. The theme of this elrow event is to encourage you to shed your old skin and embrace transformation on the dance floor.

elrow and Ushuaïa Ibiza parties have unmatched levels of creativity and innovation in event production. This summer, they plan to create fully immersive experiences that transport guests to new and exciting worlds. Expect extravagant designs, cutting-edge production, state-of-the-art sound, and mesmerizing performers at each event. Get your tickets for these events here. Take a look at Ushuaïa summer events below. Stay tuned to EDMTunes for all your upcoming summer festival and party updates!

USHUAÏA IBIZA 2024 – KEY DATES & RESIDENCIES
27 April: Ushuaïa Ibiza Opening Party
3 Jun – 7 Oct Monday: F*** Me I’m Famous! By David Guetta
7 May – 1 Oct Tuesday: Defected
15 May – 2 Oct (excl. 24/7, 14/8, 4/9)Wednesday: Tomorrowland Presents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
24 Jul, 14 Aug, 4 Sep Wednesday: elrow
20 Jun – 26 Sep Thursday: Martin Garrix
31 May – 13 Sep Friday (excl. 7/6) and Sunday 9 June: Calvin Harris
4 May – 5 Oct Saturday: Ants
14 Jul Sunday: Dom Dolla
21 July – 25 August Sunday: Swedish House Mafia
1 Sep – 29 Sep Sunday: Armin Van Buuren

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