European Festival Awards nominations open 
and new voting system announced

European Festival Awards nominations open 
and new voting system announcedFollowing its successful fourth edition in January, the EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS, presented in association with YOUROPE and Eurosonic Noorderslag, will return in the New Year, with the gala award show which will open Eurosonic Noorderslag in style on Wednesday 15th January 2013 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen.

Nominations are now open and will run until September 27, 2013, during which time festivals can put themselves forward using the simple online form at eu.festivalawards.com/apply

UK Festival Awards nominations are also open – UK festivals should go to www.festivalawards.com/apply to nominate their events. International festivals can also get involved and nominate themselves for the Best Oversees Festival category. Last year’s winner was Benicassim in Spain.

Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, the European Festival Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

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Dance PORT Derida (2013-2014) is coming up

Dance PORT Derida (2013-2014) is coming upDance PORT  Derida (2013-2014)” is a year-long training program in contemporary dance. The program is found by Derida Dance Center and is sponsored by the „America for Bulgaria” foundation. For 3-th consecutive years Derida Dance Centre is the only place in Sofia which offers dance training on a daily basis for professionals and beginners with no previous experience. During the course of the program participants will be able to acquire a vast movement vocabulary and skills necessary for future development in the field of contemporary dance and physical theatre. An emphasis in the program in 2013-2014 will be the inclusion of more than 10 invited choreographers in the educational  and training modules.

Thanks to the partnership between the New York Live Arts and Derida Dance Center in 2014  will be implemented a series of workshops with guest choreographers from America.

The program Dance PORT Derida (2013-2014) is divided into two modules:

Module 1: Educational program for beginners
Module 2: A training program for professional dancers

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CO-LABOR

CO-LABOR CO-LABOR – a platform for interaction between artists from various locations and different cultures
CO-LABOR – a platform for presenting a great variety of different viewpoints and aesthetic movements in contemporary performance art.
CO-LABOR – six laboratories of dancers and choreographers from diverse countries, a video artist, a composer and lovers of contemporary dance.

Derida Dance Center
invites choreographers working  in the field of contemporary dance and performance to participate in the CO-LABOR project.

The chosen artists will be given the opportunity to realize their own projects in DDC’s studios throughout 20 working days.

Five-day laboratories are going to be organized simultaneously in which Bulgarian artists and contemporary dance lovers will be able to participate  under the mentorship of the selected resident.

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ARMADA MUSIC signs COSMIC GATE and announces WAKE YOUR MIND label

ARMADA MUSIC signs COSMIC GATE and announces WAKE YOUR MIND labelArmada Music is proud to announce the signing of German duo Cosmic Gate. The legendary project of producer/DJ duo Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems, is ready to take its next step: the launch of their own official label, Wake Your Mind Records. The first release, Cosmic Gate’s ‘So Get Up’, calls in a new era for the masterminds.

Working together since 1998, Cosmic Gate have been involved with EDM for more than a decade. Not only did their DJ sets stand out, so did their productions. From the early works of ‘Exploration of Space’ and ‘Fire Wire’ to today’s future classics, ‘Analog Feel’ and ‘Be Your Sound’. Last year, they released their fifth artist album, ‘Wake Your Mind’. They toured the globe, playing over 140 shows as part of the album tour, including their very special Wake Your Mind In Concert events. This year, they’ve got other plans with the ‘Wake Your Mind’ title.

Cosmic Gate: „We are super excited to start our own label. We’ve known Armin and the Armada crew for many years already, and now it’s time for our first big collaboration. So get up for Wake Your Mind Records!“

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Richard Durand & Eximinds Release ISOS: 11 Theme ‘Las Vegas’

Richard Durand & Eximinds Release ISOS: 11 Theme 'Las Vegas'In June of this year, Richard Durand presented the eleventh excursion of the In Search of Sunrise series that he conceived with Myon & Shane54, dedicated to ‘The City of Sin': Las Vegas. As tradition demands, this brand new volume also features an In Search of Sunrise anthem, which Richard produced with Eximinds. Finally available in its original, full length, the single release also features the brand new Organic Remix. 

There’s much more to the track than only the title, especially since it represents an entire mix-compilation. As Richard recently stated: “With electronic music in the United States having changed so momentously over the last couple of years, there really was only one choice when it came to the country for 2013’s ‘Search’. I’ve selected Las Vegas to be the focal point, as it’s a place where I’ve seen the sun come up many times over. It’s a celebration of everything that’s great musically about L.V. and the USA at large.” 

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Paul van Dyk collaborates with Christian Burns on „We are tonight“

Paul van Dyk collaborates with Christian Burns on "We are tonight"Chasing up hard on the heels of his and Arnej’s ‘W.A.O.2013’ festival theme  (MIXMAG’s August Tune of the Month – “an event anthem in every respect” says the mag), PvD has gone studio-side with Christian Burns. On ‘We Are Tonight’ – their debut track together – they’ve dreamt up a can’t-miss floor-strike…  

Released though Armada Music, on the production side Paul develops a vibrant slice of progressive-trance, marking ‘We Are Tonight’ out with air-cutting synths, angelic piano lines and full frequency bass-shake reverberation. With previous credits ontracks by Tiësto, Armin, Chicane and others, though its vocal, English singer-songwriter Christian reaches out to the heart of the club floor. A cornerstone track of his upcoming artist album, it culminates with its vocally rousing come-together-as-one chorus.

Working things just as hard at the end remix end, Walden vectors ‘We Are Tonight’ away from the Original’s big festival sound and out towards bigger room club space. Cutting and looping up its irrepressibly transmissible rock-edged vocals, whilst amping simultaneously through booming b-lines and double-doses of warping synths, it pitches ‘We Are Tonight’ sky-bound.

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COSMIC GATE to participate in Pioneer’s DJ Art Mix Project

COSMIC GATE to participate in Pioneer's DJ Art Mix ProjectNic Chagall and Bossi are thrilled to announce that they will be taking part in Pioneer’s new DJ Art Mix project. Based on the company’s celebrated CDJ-2000 Nexus model, the duo will work alongside renowned German urban illustrator Norm / ab_artig to custom design a unique Cosmic Gate CDJ. In a special month-long online auction, commencing mid-October, music and art fans will be able to place bids on Cosmic Gate’s and other participating DJs CDJs, with all proceeds channelled to VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

Alongside DJ/producers including Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Zedd and Kaskade, as well as industry establishments like Insomniac and Rukes, Cosmic Gate will be diving into the world of urban art to create a one-off CDJ. Using the CDJ-2000 Nexus as their canvas, they’ll work with Norm/ab_artig (whose previous credits include work for German premier league football team Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Ecko UNLTD fashion label). Together they’ll create the greatest (and rarest!) piece of Cosmic Gate memorabilia ever.

On announcing their participation in Pioneer’s Art Mix, Nic Chagall said: “although it’s early days we’ve already had a whole lot of ideas in mind as to the direction we’d like to take our design. We were immediately impressed when we saw Norm/ab_artig street art – we can’t wait to get working with him on it! Basically, this is where the beats will meet the streets!”

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LoopMasters: The Sample Boutique

LoopMasters: The Sample BoutiqueLoopmasters officially launched early in 2003 with the aim of producing flexible sample libraries for producers and musicians who required top quality playing from seasoned professionals to integrate into and inspire their music. From its inception, the company marched in sync with the sudden explosion of popularity of the computer-based DAWs like Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic, Propellerheads Reason or Ableton Live, to name a few. Loopmasters populated the market of pro-quality sound design and was among the first to release samples from renowned performers, producers and DJs such as Deadmau5, Re-Zone, Coldcut, Full Cycle, Mad Professor, Meat Katie, Santé, Dom Kane, Marshall Jefferson, Audiojack, Terry Grant, Steve Mac and many dance music icons. For the past 10 years, Loopmasters have provided customers with the best and cutting edge samples and music software that money can buy… and the beat goes on!..

The Loopmasters label continue close cooperation with known and established producers. The scope of musical genres released under this label covers various electronic music niches like Minimal House, Techno, Drum and Bass, Reggae as well as single-instrument sample libraries consisting of Loops and Sampler Presets.

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The Cut Up Boys – EDM Ibiza Tool Kit

The Cut Up Boys – EDM Ibiza Tool KitThe Cut Up Boys are responsible for some of MINISTRY OF SOUND’S biggest selling albums, having hit sales of over 1 MILLION records, the guys continue to hit No 1 in the Album charts time after time with each release of their now legendary “Mash Up Mixes”. As performers they have wowed huge, rocking, euphoric crowds worldwide with their innovative live shows.

Having had over 200 mixes broadcast on peak time BBC Radio 1, including the seminal „Cut-Up-Cuts“ for Judge Jules show. Remixing pretty much every EDM big hitter you can imagine (Avicii, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, David Guetta, Deadmau5, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Fedde Le Grand  etc) the guys are at the forefront of Electronic Dance Music production and performance, they are well respected in the industry as major players in the Main Room sound.

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Histibe presents Underground Dubstep & Breaks

Histibe presents Underground Dubstep & BreaksLoopmasters proudly bring you a fresh and exciting collection of Underground Dubstep samples from Internet and SoundCloud sensation Histibe. This Dark Gritty sound bank focuses on Hitibe’s Abstract and often cinematic tinged Dubstep sound and comes loaded with incredible unique sounds including Glitchy Dubstep Breaks, Filthy Menacing Bass and Epic Synth Melodies enabling all Dubstep and Breaks producers to create intense sonic battlefields ready for Underground Clubs Worldwide.

Histibe AKA Maksim Alekseenko is a Kiev-based Ukrainian music producer, DJ, sound designer, and songwriter that had been quietly but passionately doing his own thing for the past five years, creating exciting new electronic compositions for the new digital world. It soon became apparent that the demand for his unique take, on modern electronic production was even bigger than anyone could of imagined and quickly the word spread amongst online community’s and Sound Cloud surfers flocked to his page.

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