Shambhala 2018 is fast approaching, and it’s safe to say it snuck up on a lot of us. Many would argue that we’ve left the thick of festival season, as we approach the final months of summer post-EDC and Paradiso. We would say quite the
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Redefining what's possible in the Oregon nightlife market (and beyond)
Running a successful club in 2018 is a tall order, forcing a venue to answer a handful of key questions. Can you bring in enough headliner-quality artists to regularly draw a crowd? Can you balance the price of first-rate talent with the cost of running
USC Events has long been hinting at a special guest set to be announced the weekend of Paradiso, and up until now, your guesses were as good as ours. Anyone with the Paradiso 2018 app woke up to one hell of a surprise announcement this
Seven Lions kicked off his Chronicles tour with a stop in his hometown of Seattle, playing to a completely sold-out local crowd. One of the things that set this concert apart from so many others was the great attention to detail. Upon entry, fans were
Last week, the folks over at Bass Therapy unveiled the first ever release on their fledgling label, and now, the floodgates have officially opened. Next up we have SVPERVILLAIN’s Noise U Scream, a metalstep banger that’ll be sure to have you in the circle-pit. The track kicks
Every year, DMNW and USC Events do everything in our combined power to provide fans the chance to win the Paradiso giveaway package of a lifetime, and we’re back at it again with the 2018 DMNW All-Inclusive VIP Giveaway! One lucky winner will get 4 Celestial
Foundation Nightclub has made a point to feature some of dance music’s biggest rising stars this year. This Friday, they’ll be doing just that, with mau5trap’s own BlackGummy taking over the decks, along with Attlas, Electrocado, and local favorite, Tollefson. Tickets are already on Tier
DMNW is thrilled to announce, officially, that we have our first taste of the 2018 Paradiso lineup, with three killer headliners unveiled by the folks over at USC Events: Deadmau5, DJ Snake, and Armin Van Buuren. The launch of the Paradiso lineup is always one
Excision has long been a favorite of the DMNW team, with his large-scale, creative tour setups, and his genre-defining style of production. Now, he’ll be bringing all that and more to the Gorge, unveiling his latest festival venture: Bass Canyon. Set to run from August
Lucky 2018 is almost upon us, and we’d be willing to bet that there are more than a few people out there still trying to figure out a way to go. If you’re short on cash, we have exactly what you need: The chance to
Everything we’ve seen so far of the Lucky 2018 lineup has shown a clear commitment toward an eclectic mix of artists. Now, we have the full roster of artists, and that theme is even more prevalent now. Alongside a tranced-out Bliss stage, we’ll also be
It’s been an exciting week for local ravers who have Lucky marked on their calendars every year. First, USC Events announced the event itself, promising the lineup to follow soon thereafter. Now, we have our first taste of that lineup, in the form of a
It feels like just yesterday that we left the Farm behind, and closed up shop on yet another incredible Shambhala Music Festival. Now, it’s already time to start planning for next year, as general public tickets for the 2018 iteration of Shambhala go on sale
If biopics and TV shows have taught us anything, it’s that there are essentially two possible outcomes when it comes to the music industry: “Making it,” or failing miserably, alienating all your friends, and pulling a sink out of a wall in a drug-fueled rage.
Before we packed up and headed out to Salmo River Ranch for Shambhala this year, we all already knew that this year was going to be the biggest in the festival’s 20-year history. Each stage promised new, exciting additions, the lineup was out of the
Shambhala Music Festival is celebrating its 20th year in 2017, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them in those festivities. To that end, we chatted with a handful of their stage directors, asking them two simple questions: What does the 20th annual Shambhala
Pretty Lights has always been a Northwest favorite, with a crossover appeal and hip-hop aesthetic that’s made him into one of electronic music’s premier talents. That’ll all be on display this weekend, as he hosts a cadre of artists at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Suffice it
Time to turn up the funk!
Here at Dance Music Northwest, we’ve made no secret of our love for Shambhala Music Festival. In the spirit of that love, we’ve teamed up with them to bring you the latest edition in their pre-festival mix series, featuring Fractal Forest headliner (and PNW favorite),
This year's Paradiso just got even better!
One thing all major music festivals seem to have in common is a way for fans to experience the fun from the comfort of their homes. Paradiso joins that crowd today, as USC Events has unveiled the festival’s first ever live streaming experience! Day 2
Many of our favorite weekend festival experiences take place in regions where the sun shines and summer reigns supreme. Paradiso is of course no exception to this, held at the Gorge Amphitheater in what amounts to the desert of Eastern Washington. This year more than
Bassheads, prepare for glory and life-sized dinosaurs!
Excision has long been teasing at his planned bass-centric festival for awhile now, billed as an experience made for bassheads, by bassheads. Now, we finally have all the information for Lost Lands in hand, and it’s everything fans possibly could have hoped for. Headlined by
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: Shambhala Music Festival has unveiled their 2017 lineup, and it’s massive. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the BC-based festival has gifted its loyal fans with the biggest assemblage of artists they’ve ever featured. And what better way to
Lucky has been a Northwest staple for years now, as the region’s premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration for ravers. In the spirit of that, we’re teaming up with USC Events to give you the chance to win two VIP tickets! With a lineup that includes
We’re never shy about supporting our locals here at DMNW. That being so, we’re excited to announce that PNW label CODA is partnering is up with 8Stem for an awesome remix contest. For the uninitiated, 8Stem is a brand new Seattle-based app that allows you
The last couple years have brought a full-blown resurgence to the local trance scene. In that time, the folks at the Underground were hard at work bringing the best artists in the genre to town in an intimate environment, while USC Events utilized their own resources
Strap on those green suspenders: The countdown to Lucky begins now!
Each year, Lucky delivers a St. Patrick’s Day celebration like no other, bridging the considerable gap between March and the summer festival season. Past iterations have given us the likes of Pretty Lights, Dada Life, and Steve Angello, and 2017’s lineup brings us a collection
"A series of events designed to tell a story in the language we are best versed in: Music and atmosphere"
The festival scene throughout the last few years has evolved into something unrecognizable from its original form. Large-scale production values have taken center-stage, with most events doubling down on the idea that bigger equals better. That being so, it’s been exciting to see our own
A local favorite makes their Impossible Records debut
There’s nothing we love more here at DMNW than supporting our talented locals. The latest comes to us courtesy of KJ Sawka’s Impossible Records: Super Square. The Seattle-based progressive bass trio has long been a local fixture, opening for Marshmello at Bumbershoot just a couple months
Stay tuned for our all-inclusive Freaknight giveaway!
20th anniversaries are always an exciting affair. EDC Las Vegas celebrated theirs in style just this year. Shambhala’s two-decade party kicks off in 2017. For FreakNight, 20 years went by in a flash. In that time, we’ve seen everything from Nero’s live band on the mainstage,
Two Capitol Hill bars have a new way to keep their patrons safe
We’ve talked in-depth about the dangers of spiked drinks in the past. In Seattle, it’s become something of an epidemic, with The Stranger polling 10 separate people who were victimized just this summer. Local bar and nightlife spot Chop Suey is looking to solve that
If there’s one thing the Pacific Northwest has proven it loves, it’s bass music. Dubstep, trap, drum & bass, and beyond, it doesn’t matter; if it hits hard and inspires you to headbang, odds are PNW crowds will show up. It’s why our fair corner
FreakNight has been a Seattle fixture for years, as the go-to Halloween celebration for the Northwest’s rave scene. USC Events has also made a habit of gifting us with bigger and better lineups on a yearly basis. In 2013, we got Dash Berlin, Destroid, and
Contrary to popular belief, bass music is alive and thriving
The prevailing opinion among many so-called “experts” over recent years is that dubstep is a dying genre. We’re here to refute this claim. In fact, we’re of the opinion that bass music is experiencing a golden age the likes of which the genre’s never seen. It’s
Upper Left has been one of our favorite companies here in the PNW, dating all the way back to their first events in Seattle last year. Shows like the Dirtybird BBQ, Joule, and most recently, DMX at Aston Manor, all have made them into one of
Within dance music, we’ve become accustomed to a certain kind of DJ. We’re all plenty familiar with the 18-year-old who pumps out a hit single, immediately goes out on tour to all the major festivals, and then has every aspect of his or her life
Upper Left takes us back to basics
The dance music scene is changing and there’s no denying it. The concept of bigger festivals with insanely priced headlining DJs is dying. In its place is something far better though: A return to basics. Artists are starting to focus more on musicianship rather than
Grab your best board shorts and tank tops
The Northwest’s music scene is nothing if not eclectic. The hip-hop scene is led by the likes of Blue Scholars and Macklemore (among tons of other talent), while rock music has been buoyed by legends like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. Suffice it to say, we’ve never been
Everything you need to know (including the best way to buy the cheapest tickets)
Ahh yes. Festival Season. That special time of year when the weather starts to get warmer, and the summer planning begins. Let’s not forget one of the most exciting parts of that either: The lineups. We’ve already gotten them for festivals like Shambhala, FVDED in
We hope you didn't sleep on tickets, because this one is huge
It may only be Spring, but that hasn’t done anything to temper our excitement about Shambhala this August. As one of the best festival experiences you’ll ever find, it’s a festival unafraid to push boundaries when it comes to its lineups. Last year, we were
If Ultra Miami taught us anything last weekend, it’s that live electronic performances constitute the future of our scene. Breathe Carolina is a group that’s been far ahead of that trend, ever since they first started out back in 2006. Their unique blend of rock
Everything you need to plan the perfect Paradiso experience
Festival season is beginning to kick into full swing, and with it comes the first chatter of news concerning Paradiso. Ever since it first started gracing the Gorge back in 2012, it’s become the premier destination for all Northwest ravers come June, getting bigger and
It's time to start dreaming of festival season.
We’ve made no secret of our love for all things British Columbia as of late. The rave community up in the Vancouver and Victoria neighborhood is one that’s thriving, thanks in large part to the efforts of companies like Blueprint Events. Last year, we got
The Northwest has made no secret of its bass-heavy leanings. Go to any festival, club, or massive featuring an act within the genre and odds are you’ll see a packed crowd. It’s why events like Safe in Sound and Bass Academy are so insanely well-received,
Talking trance, Lucky, and everything in between
It’s always a pleasure chatting with a DJ doing big things. What’s even better though is talking to a whole tour’s worth of artists, and that’s exactly what we did with the Anjunabeats Tour leading into their big weekend here in Seattle. It’s a conversation
Buckle in, Trance Family: This one's going to be huge.
Seattle’s electronic music scene is one that’s been focused on bass music throughout its history, and for good reason. Safe in Sound has packed WaMu with sell-outs in consecutive years, Excision sold out Foundation Nightclub in minutes, and bass stages across every local festival are consistently crowded
Who are your must-see artists?
With Lucky 2016 set to pop off this Saturday, the last piece of the puzzle is schedule of artists itself, courtesy of USC Events. They’ve of course obliged us with plenty of time to spare before the big day, dropping set times on Monday evening
Along with Good Vibe Tribe and the run of Q residents.
Our friends at Upper Left have never been shy about bringing our fair city the best the PNW has to offer in the realm of killer music. Already we’ve seen them take off with solid wins from the Dirtybird BBQ, Pet Cemetery, and ODESZA’s sold-out after-hours
Drummer KJ Sawka dishes on the long-awaited reunion
Of all the huge acts out there, there are few whose absence has been felt quite as much as Pendulum, the legendary drum & bass band that helped revolutionize live electronic music. The last release came in the form of 2010’s Immersion album, and while they’ve popped
You're not going to want to miss this South African duo.
Of all the local music coming out of the Northwest, nothing has caught our eye more than the releases we’ve seen from KJ Sawka’s Impossible Records label. When last we spoke with Sawka, he was just beginning to build the label from the ground up, as
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that’s always jam-packed with plans. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, an elaborate gesture, or expensive jewelry, there’s never any shortage of things on the to-do list. For rave couples though, this special holiday is something entirely different. Typically, the plan