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Freaky Deaky – 2 Nights at Aragon Ballroom

Lines formed outside The Aragon Ballroom whilst we stood in a chill that embraced a left over pizza feel and drowned in blank stares. We waited in the excitement like an electron moving from the next level of sub-shells. Igniting bonds that integrated the relationship of inebriation.

Patted down and taking pictures within the crowd. The mask seems to break the ice of the enigmatic intimacies a stranger’s caressing eyes.
Inside the venue, the atmosphere was gorgeous – like an Italian country side or an opera house colliding with lasers of the future. Fantasies rang between these walls such of an historical novel. When the music struck me as I entered the pathways into the theatre; I became alive!
Crowds adorned in costumes and swaying into the music. The electricity of souls singing with a freedom which has became found started to reflect upon the endless smiles. Halloween allowed an escape of the alter ego and the one day out of year that the world can become in touch with their sexuality and not be shunned with disapproval. A happiness was instantly felt and we made our way through the crowd to get closer to Klingande as their saxophonist soloed before our eyes.

Oliver Heldon came ready for the night. OH was displayed behind him as my mind began to drift with the Oxygen and Hydrogen mixing with the music. The bonding of hydroxide; the acidic feel traveled deep down and moved me within the aggressiveness of triple drums patterns and melodic rhythms.

I was completely in the moment when suddenly, I fucking found him! Standing above on the balcony. The world stood in slow motion and the music became deafened to my ears. Everyone was smiling but there he was! Just there; staring at me!
Standing out like a bloody lion amongst a herd of zebra. Dancing with his single red balloon. Gleaming with reflections of lasers.
Just standing.
With his

Jaws inspired deep house rhythms began streaming through the air. Sound bites Stripped away into the crowd who became consumed deep within its surrender.
The beauty that was hidden by the media. Was it all along the emotion of happiness we should be awarding? Was it not just as pertinent as the sadness which my adolescent overlooked in a stubborn focused Amy Whinehouse obsession. Those who found themselves intrigued with unworthiness. A running lie an award for nothing that would serve real substance for humanity as an evolutionary species. Realness was just to understand companionship vibration and happiness! Was something happening here ? A return to mother earths rehabilitation. A disturbance of our character pealing it from our core. The light, the being, the realness undermined we are grounded within a core of a red light.

During the second night I found that Dillon Francis seemed to have drawn in a harder crowd. His music selection was diverse blends mixture of pop, rap, dance, and dub. He had every single person in the room singing along to Kendrick Lamar and relentlessly threw down drop after drop. His music took his fans out of their brains and into the repeating patterns of dubstep growls and high energy dance beats.

The night shuffled by as we swam through the Halloween creatures. Costumes, brightened faces, and the thrill of being the mysterious woman behind a painted face liberated us from ourselves. The change of representing something other than a face pushed the ego to take a back seat to this new character. Our bodies shuttled the costumes of our own choosing and the separation opened me to understand our bodies as just that but a vessel in which we can utilize for only a short period of time. Halloween was a time to of complete displacement of how what we define in ourselves as a being. In hopes of what this separation of ego will eventually teach us to perceive.
Photo Credit: George Mulcahy | Freaky Deaky


ZoukOut: Asia's largest beachfront music festival

What’s better than a music festival? A music festival ON A BEACH!

ZoukOut, Asia’s largest beachfront music festival and only dusk-to-dawn dance festival, has announced that it will be returning again to Siloso Beach in Sentosa, Singapore from December 8-9, 2017. Now in its 17th year, Asia’s longest running dance music festival is raved about by top DJs in the global clubbing circuit and is sworn by legions of fans as a must-attend party location.

After already announcing some of the biggest names in dance music from around the world including Marshmello, Flume, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, R3HAB, Yellow Claw, Robin Schulz, Claptone, Gui Boratto, DJ Snake, Amelie Lens, and MaRLo, ZoukOut has now finalized their lineup with the addition of a takeover from 88rising that will include Keith Ape, Rich Chigga, Higher Brothers and Joji.

ZoukOut also continues to roll out more details related to guest experience. This includes a partnership with AJ Hackett Sentosa that will allow guests to take on their 50m tall Bungy Jump Tower, Giant Swing, Vertical Skywalk and 40m long Skybridge at the festival.

Tickets are now available for purchase on ZoukOut’s website. As the >Official Card for ZoukOut 2017, DBS Live Fresh Cardmembers & all other DBS/POSB Cardmembers are entitled to purchase discounted tickets. This promotion is valid for all DBS/POSB cards issued from Singapore only. They include:

    • Single Day, Day-1 tickets at SGD 124.20* (R.P: SGD138)
• Single Day, Day-2 tickets at SGD 133.20* (R.P: SGD 148)
• A set of four 2-Day tickets at SGD 800* (R.P: SGD 228 each)

For more information on full ticket prices, click here. Official hotel packages which are bundled in with ZoukOut tickets are also available here, which includes packages with W Singapore Sentosa Cove Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Genting Hotel Jurong, and Park Hotel Alexandra. Hotel packages include 2 tickets to ZoukOut 2017, daily breakfast and daily transfers to ZoukOut.

Events Music Nightlife


During the month of November, Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in Chicago will showcase a wide swath of diverse international and regional musical talent in venues throughout one of America’s greatest cities. The city of Chicago is in the midst of a creative renaissance where artists of every discipline are building strong, supportive communities that are making a cultural impact both regionally and beyond. In an effort to celebrate this creative class, today Red Bull Sound Select launched CHOOSING CHICAGO, which will shine a spotlight on six creatives that exemplify the innovative spirit unique to the windy city through seven weeks of bespoke social content centered around these creatives on Red Bull Sound Select’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram. These hand picked creatives are representative of the burgeoning scene of young creatives in a variety of unique disciplines from cross stitch to footwork and everything in between. Content to be released daily at 1pm est from October 23rd until December 8th, 2017.
The CHOOSING CHICAGO creatives who have taken Chicago by storm include Emma Mckee, aka The Stitch Gawd; a cross stitch artist who’s needles hook up Chance The Rapper, SZA, DRAM and more. Esperanza Rosas (better known to her fans as Runsy), is a south side illustrator who initially garnered attention for drawing as a Chief Keef stan but is becoming nationally recognized for her Mexican inspired, feminine focused and often times political artwork. Zoe Rain; a music photographer who  hit the streets of Chicago after getting acclaim as Macklemore’s personal photographer. DJ Taye, the youngest member of footwork music label Teklife, is bringing footwork and his DJ skills to the next generation.  And finally, Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey, the creators behind “Brown Girls”, a sex positive comedy/drama series set exclusively in Chicago, which was recently picked up by HBO.
All portraits taken by Zoe Rain.
Emma Mckee AKA The Stitch Gawd
Esperanza AKA Runsy
Zoe Rain
DJ Taye
Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey
Ticket Information:
Music fans can purchase tickets by signing up for Red Bull Sound Select, which is free to join. Tickets to Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in Chicago are $15 (plus fees and taxes) or less per show and limited to two tickets per night, per person. To sign up for Red Bull Sound Select and to purchase tickets, please visit
Red Bull Sound Select is an accelerator for music artists. We support them by collaborating on ambitious projects and ideas; using the strength of our global network together with a collective of artists, creatives and events to accelerate their growth. The network consists of 22 city residencies, 200+ events each year, 250+ artists, 50 partners and a growing list of our own festivals like 30 Days and 3 Days.
Red Bull Sound Select has released several two-song digital singles from its top hand-picked artists, including:
Jazz Cartier “Nobody’s Watching” produced by Mike WiLL Made-It
Montell2099 x 21 Savage’s “Hunnid on the Drop
Sampa the Great’s HERoes Act 2 EP featuring Estelle, produced by Rahki
Xavier Omär’s “Afraid” featuring GoldLink, Hit-Boy and Bizness Boi
Pell’s “Patience” /“Late At Night” featuring MNEK, produced by London On Da Track
Tennyson’s “Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid with Mr. Carmack
Mick Jenkins’ “Drowning” featuring BADBADNOTGOOD
River Tiber’s “Illusions” featuring Pusha T, produced by River Tiber, KAYTRANADA & Doc McKinney
Gallant’s “Skipping Stones” featuring Jhené Aiko
G Herbo’s “Lord Knows” featuring Joey Bada$$

DISKORD drops their EP Ceasefire Out now on Circus Records

2017 has been a huge year for the UK bass duo DISKORD. They kicked things off with the continued growth and support of the collaboration with Flux Pavilion “Locked In”, they then collaborated with JVST SAY YES for the inaugural Twonkilation release from Brillz. Their second EP “War” (including “Electrify” and “War”) dropped in May to rave reviews, it was then swiftly followed by their huge single on Deadbeats, “Blood Brother” their collaboration with Zeds Dead and Reija Lee, fast becoming one of the anthems of 2017.

October sees this gold rush continue with the release of their new EP Ceasefire on Circus Records. Featuring 4 fresh originals and a remix of “Electrify” by label mate DMVU this 5 tracker spans trap, bass house, future bass and dubstep. Each track is delivered in their own unmistakable sound, DISKORD have that rare ability to nail all styles to the highest level.
Stream on Soundcloud here
Support on all platforms here


DeadBeats & Chicago Music Festivals Ticket Giveaway

We teamed up with DeadBeats to give away a pair of tickets to DeadBeats Chicago at Navy Pier. To enter the giveaway go to our facebook page and see the pinned post. The winner will be announced at 7PM on October 18th.




October 12, 2017  SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAMF) is thrilled to announce the 2018 dates and location for its seventh annual installment, taking place June 8, 9 & 10. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Discounted General Admission and VIP Early Bird tickets are on sale now! This limited Early Bird special will be available for 3 days only (October 12-14), and includes layaway options starting at $59 for 3-day tickets. Head over to now to secure your tickets at the lowest available price, courtesy of React Presents.
In 2017, Spring Awakening debuted brand-new stage designs and expanded its footprint across the park. Once again, the two main stages – appropriately named Solstice and Equinox – stood as homebase for the event’s biggest names and performances. The Solstice Stage hosted headlining performances by Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Alesso, Afrojack and more, while Excision, GRiZ, Galantis, Datsik, Galantis, ZHU and more held it down on the Equinox Stage.
A variety of electronic music genres were showcased at the two tented stages with branded takeovers by Anjunadeep, Sunday School, Dancing Astronaut, Body Language, Bass Kitchen, and Trance Arena – which featured a surprise daytime set by Armin Van Buuren! This was the first time in Spring Awakening history where a headliner performed multiple sets in one weekend.
Today we invite fans to relive the spectacle and thrill of Spring Awakening with the premier of the 2017 Official Aftermovie. Featuring a complete and inclusive look at the festival’s shining moments and unforgettable performances, the aftermovie is sure to help attendees ride out the upcoming months in anticipation of SAMF 2018.

Don’t miss a beat and follow Spring Awakening on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.

Deadbeats Chicago

Our quintessential, faithful, electronic favorites return to Chicago this fall for their latest tour. Their Northern Lights circuit in 2016 brought us ethereal waves of electricity and of course, a massive amount of bass. Zed’s Dead brings to us this year, Deadbeats, making its stop in Chicago October 21st. Switching it up for us in 2017, they bring with them to Navy Pier an eclectic mashup of greats we already know, and of course some little or lesser known. This group of artists will give you an evening that will specially deliver something you’ve been missing, with a little something you know and love. The boys bring with them this time, Ghastly, Ghostface Killah, K?d, Eprom, and Diskord–the kind of lineup that makes for an alluring night, basically.
A heavy bombardment of tempo and a deep cathodic pulse represent electro-house great Ghastly. A hard house producer and crowd favorite, Ghastly’s coming back to Chicago for a fall show this time, however.
Ushering in a new wave of electronica, K?d provides a majestic fulfilling wave, breaking sound barriers and hearts. This heavy mystical dub is a perfect fit for the rest of the staggering performance, and will undoubtedly be a new favorite for you if they aren’t already.  Also appearing is Eprom, an artist you’ll definitely want to see, featuring music you won’t hear often. It’ll capture your attention, with an array of wild space trap type beats that you’ll have to see to believe.
The Chicago show is also treated to a gross amount of bass from Diskord, and a swirling echoing dub; fitting with the theme of our lineup this year you can expect a mixture of trap and cerebral rhythms.
Special to Chicago, ZD and React bring to us classic rhymer, Ghostface Killah. If the night wasn’t already teeming with must-see acts, Ghostface is that old school hip hop you didn’t know you were missing.
This display of unique musical talent has so many different things to offer, there’s something for everyone to not only enjoy, but to love. Come to Navy Pier October 21st and become a part of the love that happens when divergent forces merge. And of course, it’s a chance for everyone who appreciates Zed’s Dead to join together.
It’s a mixture of old and new, in a venue with even more history than the artists that visit it and will represent a memorable fall event for everyone who attends.