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Friday
Apr042014

Save Ultra 2015 - Our Work Is Never Over

I know the music has touched you. I know you’ve felt those moments, sober or not, where you melt into the experience. I’m here to tell you that you can have that tranquility in you all the time, and you already do. I felt it this weekend. I could tell some of you did too. If you keep thinking of the music and the lights as an escape from your normal “mediocre” life you will miss the mystery they’re really conveying. Constant change. Flow. Love.

Looking around the Bayfront Stage with Claude VonStroke followed by Adriatique, I could feel the compassion in the music in such an incredibly genuine way by so many people there. There's just something about people's eyes that soften when they finally feel the joy that comes with giving up questioning their place in the world.

As those sets wound down, we moved over to Mainstage for Above & Beyond, which was by far the most influential set I have ever seen. Yes, the visuals were amazing and I am a huge fan of theirs, but that wasn't why. The world had a message waiting for us.

“Feel the rain!” the world said. Yet people were fighting it, you could see it in their eyes. They didn’t want to be wet. This was not the Ultra they had imagined. They wanted to be somewhere else. And the world made that message even clearer when the rain stopped, the visuals came back kicking, and the people remained consumed by their own self-interests, not set on smiling until they got “where they were going.”

Delusion has a multiplicative effect. You see someone else miserable and you allow yourself to think, “well he’s miserable too, this is just how it has to be.” Or you say “look at her, she’s so gorgeous/rich/smart but she’s not even that happy. I have no chance.”

I’m not here to bash MDMA or alcohol, but merely to tell you that you will see a lot of benefit in your life if you take the time to reflect on the patterns of your emotions. Try to tell me one time where you felt an “up” with no “down” and you will search for centuries. What about those moments where you had a lot of money to spend; you had to figure out how to spend it all because you just couldn’t afford everything. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that you need anything outside of this present moment. The step towards your release from dissatisfaction begins right here, right now, with you and a beat. Focus on it. Questioning your place in a world so vast is to miss the point - you're here right now!

After the tragic incident last weekend, yes, Ultra must reassess their security practices. But why did that poor lady get harmed? Because people feed themselves with wants until they do wicked things. This is the same fundamental delusion that causes wars and homicides. There is no way to fight for what’s right in the world unless you love one another and have a means for changing people’s psychology. But we have those means. We have the music, the fast basslines, the fireworks, the endless stimulation and it’s all coming together to tell us to check our egos!

Once we begin to, we will find a purpose so pure for ourselves in this world. So here's to Ultra 2015 - Our Work is Never Over.  

By Edward Fancher 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Dance Biz Trio Sues SFX Founder Robert Sillerman

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that three dance music moguls are suing SFX Founder Robert Sillerman. Paolo Moreno, a former manager for "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, his brother Gabriel, and Lawrence Vavra, an artist manager, have filed a lawsuit alleging that Mr. Sillerman defrauded them of stock worth over an estimated $100 Million. 

The three claim that in emails Sillerman promised them cash, stock options, and more than 2.5 million shares in the corporation that they were later defrauded of through various financial shenanigans and unfulfilled promises. They allege that Sillerman approached them as members of a partnership that they were soon squeezed out of. SFX shares were down 8.20% on the NASDAQ today.

By Edward Fancher

Thursday
Jan162014

Wakarusa Festival Rolls Out Full Lineup

The full lineup to Ozark, Arkansas' annual Wakarusa Festival is finally here! Added acts include String Cheese Incident, Adventure Club, Infected Mushroom, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, EOTO, 3LAU, Claude VonStroke, Keys N Krates, Dopapod and many others. Add this to the previously announced acts below (click to enlarge) and we're in for a good old fashioned party! Grab your tickets to the four day festivities link under the lineup, and see you there!

Ticket Purchase

By Edward Fancher

Friday
Dec272013

Decadence NYE Denver Set Times Announced - See You There

The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. The hottest New Year's event to hit the states this year is finally coming together with an all-star lineup that goes from 7 PM to 2 AM each night, and set times without painful overlap. You can still purchase tickets and score an event discount on local hotels. If you're driving in, reserve your parking for a guaranteed spot next to the venue. Check below for the full scoop. Who's ready to ring in 2014 with Pretty Lights?!

Set Times (Click to Enlarge)

Venue Map

Prohibited Items

By Edward Fancher

Monday
Dec162013

NYE at Webster with Wolfgang Gartner, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein

Hours after the ball drops in Times Square the party goes on in the East Village at Webster Hall. Join us and the headliner Wolfgang Gartner, along with just announced support by none other than Brodinski and Gesaffelstein for some afterhours fun that not only goes until dawn but halfway into New Years' Day.

Silver Ticket Package (21+)

For only $150 plus service fees you can score admission and a top-shelf open bar experience that will have you trapped from 8 PM - 2 AM. And you'll score a membership card that will allow you free entry to Webster before 1 AM for the entire 2014!

After-Hours All Inclusive Package (21+)

For $99 plus service fees you'll be allowed entry after 3:30 AM and open bar from 4 - 8 AM. This package also includes the membership card that'll have you coming back to Webster every weekend next year.

- Add these awesome packages to your week of fun with Otto Knows and Alex Metric on the 27th (purchase tickets), and Baauer and Ryan Hemsworth on the 28th (purchase tickets), and you'll be signing off 2013 the right way. 

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By Edward Fancher