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This past weekend, Elements Music Festival returned for its fifth year of celebrating music, art, and wellness with almost double the attendees from last year—which created some changes throughout the whole festival to say the least.

Looking forward to a stacked multi-genre lineup, the EDM Maniac team geared up to check out our first Elements Music Festival. Check out our 2023 Festival Report Card:

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Courtesy of Elements Music & Arts Festival // Jamal Eid

Vibes: A

The energy from attendees was truly filled with love and appreciation of what a dance music festival is supposed to feel like. 

Moving through crowds was pleasant as most people used manners and said “excuse me”. Whether you were headbanging to Level Up or groovin’ at Noizu, attendees shared a mutual respect for giving others space. 

Beyond the music, there were plenty of activities to get attendees involved with one another. Whether it was one of the workshops held at the Wellnest or silly games and activities at the FunBox, interacting with the Elements community made the experience that much more special.

Let’s not forget LSDream’s Lightcode on Sunday morning that had over 4,500 RSVPs on the Elements app. This magical experience truly brought the community together and set up for a perfect last day.

There were silly totems, kandi trading, and smiles throughout the whole festival. The community at Elements has us counting down the days till next year.

Production: B-

Each stage embodied a different Element: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air, plus the Wub Hub. 

While each was designed in its unique way and was equipped with pyro, lasers, projectors, and more, there were some downsides throughout the four days. 

The main stage (Fire Stage) had a gorgeous design structure that was incredible to view during the day or night, but the DJ and middle screen were set a bit farther back so if you were on either far side it was impossible to see.

The Fire Stage was also split pretty much directly down the middle leaving the right side for VIP only. While a perk to VIP, this also made half the crowd extremely empty during smaller sets.

There was major sound bleed between the Fire, Earth, and Wub Hub stages making it harsh on the ears while walking throughout. Also, there were more than a few cases where CDJs cut out in the middle of a set.

The Air Stage left us in awe as it was perfectly placed in the middle of an enchanted forest surrounded by lighting and decor that truly set this one apart from the rest.

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Courtesy of Elements Music & Arts Festival // Adi Adinayev

Music: B+

Elements Music Festival pulled together a competitive and diverse lineup for 2023. With 75+ artists across five stages, attendees were served with music of all kinds. 

House, dubstep, experimental, techno, jam bands, and more; there was diversity in all sorts of genres and representation of multiple ethnicities and genders. 

Unfortunately, due to code red weather concerns the festival was evacuated on Saturday night for about an hour and a half. This cut multiple sets short, but luckily Elements was able to adjust and reopen the festival grounds with updated set times for headlining acts.

We saw a vast array of local and upcoming talent, artists we hadn’t seen before all while ending the night with headliners such as Skrillex, Subtronics, and Chris Lake. 

Sets ended at 2AM, but the campgrounds were filled with sound camps throwing down renegades until the sun came up.

Venue: C+

This year’s Element’s Music Festival was held in Long Pond, PA at the Pocono Raceway. There were some changes made from last year’s set up to accommodate the increase in attendees but this left both pros and cons. 

There was plenty of space at each stage and you never had to wait in line for bathroom, food, or drinks for more than a couple minutes. 

The Fire stage and Earth stage were primarily built on rocks and gravel leaving not many places for attendees to take a rest and sit. On the other hand, the Air stage and Wub Hub were built in the forest creating a magical atmosphere. 

After some rain, walking paths quickly turned into puddles and mud making it difficult to walk through smaller spaces. 

Forest areas were completely decked out with art installations that truly made you feel like you had stepped into another world. 

Getting into the campgrounds was a struggle for most attendees. Waiting lines were extremely long and left attendees with little to no direction. Security into the campgrounds and into the festival was extremely inconsistent between days.

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Courtesy of Elements Music & Arts Festival // Jake West

Overall: B

Overall, Elements Music Festival was a great experience. 

Weather interrupted Saturday night causing all attendees to evacuate the festival grounds. Everyone leaving through one entrance at the same time felt like a major safety concern. 

While we understand the need for the evacuation, we felt there should’ve been a safer and more convenient way to do so. 

There were also major inconsistencies in security while entering the campground and festival grounds each day. 

The experience, music, and energy of Elements truly stole our hearts, and we hope to see some logistical improvements in 2024.

Featured image provided by Jake West

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Teamworx and Yam Refaeli Join Forces on Heartfelt Single ‘Until We’re Falling Down’

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In a remarkable fusion of creativity and technology, a collaborative initiative has emerged, bringing together five individuals from diverse artistic backgrounds to create a poignant musical experience. The team includes the dynamic DJ duo and producers, Teamworx (Ben Azoulay and Saar Lagziel), the renowned singer/songwriter Yam Rafaeli (X-Factor Israel finalist), and the visionary project leaders, Tamir Yeshayahu and Idan Shakorka.

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Their journey took a unique and exciting turn as they delved into the creation of a song that transcends conventional boundaries. Leveraging the power of AI video technology, they artfully reconstructed the events of a tragic massacre, weaving together a narrative that seeks to leave a lasting impact.

The accompanying video is not for the faint-hearted, as the combination of evocative visuals and a compelling storyline ensures that no eye remains dry. The creators acknowledge that not everyone may be able to watch the entire clip due to its emotional intensity.

The genesis of the song lies in heartfelt conversations with survivors and extensive research across various networks. The lyrics encapsulate a range of emotions, from profound sadness and anger to a resilient hope that authentically reflects the human experience in the face of tragedy.

Beyond being a mere composition, the song holds a profound purpose—to inspire people to sing, dance, and engage with the accompanying video. The vision is to spread this musical tribute to dance floors across the globe, fostering awareness and creating a lasting memorial for friends lost on that fateful day.

At the heart of the song’s narrative are the stark events of October 7 at the Nova Festival. The lyrics vividly address a horrific massacre where over 300 attendees, seeking nothing but the joy of dancing peacefully, lost their lives at the hands of Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.

Yam Rafaeli’s impactful vocal delivery, combined with Teamworx’s masterful production, creates a connection that transcends the auditory experience. For those seeking a deeper connection, a compelling 3-minute video clip accompanies the audio, providing a visceral and emotional visual experience.

As the creators aim for the song to find its place in the playlists of renowned DJs and resonate across global dance floors, “Dance until we fall” stands as a powerful artistic endeavor—a tribute, a call to action, and a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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Fred again.. Samples Baby Keem in Stellar ‘leavemealone’

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I can’t really begin this article without commending Fred again.. for his insane production and mixing skills. Ok that feels better… Fred Again.. brings out an unique blend of Baby Keem’s ‘South Africa’ and ‘Bullies’ to craft ‘leavemealone’. The Atlantic Records track is a nasty electro journey with Jungle influences and incredible melodies. The result is 3:43 minutes of pure goosebumps.

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The song introduces a blend of Baby Keem’s original tracks in a masterful positioning, adding reverbs and stuttering that makes transitions seamless. The build up is as emotional as it is sick in the best way possible. It’s so good you just want to cry on the dancefloor as you keep dancing and your tears turn into joy. The hip hop elements fuse with the Electro and UK style in a very dynamic composition. Fred again.. really outdid himself with this one. The repitches and stutters are so well presented it is truly a Grammy-worthy situation.

Baby Keem

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The American Rapper is known for his role on the Black Panther soundtracks, as well as credit contributions for Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. His free flowing style with heavy trap and bass influences made him the right candidate for the UK producer Fred again.. to ascertain his prowess and construct this masterpiece of a track.

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The UK producer and DJ just gets better and better. He worked with Skrillex and Four Tet for ‘Rumble’. Besides, he produced happiness anthems like ‘Delilah (pull me out of this)’ Fred again.. is a force in this era. Alone this year, He managed to book an eight-night residency at the Shrine in LA. And, gave us three nights at Forrest Hills Stadium. Moreover, he is now a nominatee for Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s Grammy Awards for Actual Life 3 (January 1- September 9 2022). His ability to develop story like songs and albums that feel like intimate journal entries is such a beautiful ability.

Nevertheless, we present you ‘leavemealone’:

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Summer Camp Festival Evolves Into New Concept, Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie

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Summer Camp Festival in Illinois has had an impressive 22-year run. The creators will enter an exciting new era in 2024 with their new festival concept: Solshine: A Music and Arts Reverie. Debuting at Summer Camp’s beloved venue of Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, the first-ever edition of Solshine will take place from Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2024. There will also be a pre-party on Thursday, May 23.

The festival has expanded from 2,000 attendees in 2001 to over 25,000 attendees in 2023. They present a cross-genre music lineup and experiential programming helped cultivate a dedicated fanbase and inclusive community. Over the years the festival also hosted a wide variety of music acts including Tom PettyZac Brown Band, SkrillexDiploGrizGoosePretty Lights, SubtronicsPrimusWillie Nelson & FamilyLiquid StrangerRebelutionREZZSlightly StoopidSTS9The Disco BiscuitsExcisionZeds Dead and many more.

Looking toward the future while celebrating the past, Summer Camp’s organizers will channel their flagship event’s longstanding legacy into their new Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie concept. The festival will host a diverse, cross-genre lineup of musical acts spanning jam bands, electronic, bluegrass, funk, rock, and everything in between. In addition to its music programming, the Solshine will offer a variety of workshops, food & craft vendors, and activities – the heart and soul of what made Summer Camp a ‘home away from home’ for attendees who returned year after year. 

Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie will also retain Summer Camp’s core ethos of building an inclusive community around music. Through its mission of sustainability, the festival will aim to inspire attendees to live a life of intention and purpose to create a positive impact on the world. To capture this spirit, the festival will host the coveted experiential art area The Illumination Woods, and the permanent garden SOULPATCH as a dedicated area to increase knowledge of permaculture and sustainability.  

Tickets are available here!

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