Barrakud is back for 2014!

Barrakud is back for 2014!Taking place on the breathtaking island of Pag in Croatia from the 9 – 16 August, Barrakud is the ultimate festival experience for any electronic music lover, combining unrivalled beaches with performances from many of the biggest dj’s in the world.

Running over an extensive 8 days and 7 nights, Barrakud is renowned for its impressive lineups. From exhilarating beach raves to intimate boat parties, witness some of the worlds finest electronic music in a setting like no other. The 2013 edition showcased acts including Carl Craig, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Paul Klakbrenner, Ellen Allien, Danny Daze and The Martinez Brothers and with next years line-up promising to be the biggest to date, Barrakud is set to have one of the most sought after programmes on the Croatian festival scene.

More than just a festival, Barrakud offers like-minded music lovers and party revellers from all over the world the chance to escape to a magical island, and join together to forge new friendships and create unforgettable memories. 

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Barrakud is back for 2014!

Barrakud is back for 2014!Taking place on the breathtaking island of Pag in Croatia from the 9 – 16 August, Barrakud is the ultimate festival experience for any electronic music lover, combining unrivalled beaches with performances from many of the biggest dj’s in the world.

Running over an extensive 8 days and 7 nights, Barrakud is renowned for its impressive lineups. From exhilarating beach raves to intimate boat parties, witness some of the worlds finest electronic music in a setting like no other. The 2013 edition showcased acts including Carl Craig, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Paul Klakbrenner, Ellen Allien, Danny Daze and The Martinez Brothers and with next years line-up promising to be the biggest to date, Barrakud is set to have one of the most sought after programmes on the Croatian festival scene.

More than just a festival, Barrakud offers like-minded music lovers and party revellers from all over the world the chance to escape to a magical island, and join together to forge new friendships and create unforgettable memories. 

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Amsterdam Dance Event sets 2014 dates

Amsterdam Dance Event sets 2014 datesThe nineteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will take place from the 15th to 19th of October, 2014. Over the last three years the world’s leading event for electronic music has almost doubled in size, and ADE’s organizers are confident of maintaining above average year on year growth rates for the foreseeable future. At the 2014 edition, the organization expects 350,000 visitors from around the world.

The record breaking 2013 edition of the ADE focused on the 25th anniversary of dance music in the Netherlands, which was marked by a number of special events including the launch of the book Mary Go Wild, an outdoor exhibition, talk shows, special music events and several film screenings. The anniversary celebrations resulted in a wave of national and international media attention and emphasized the leading role that the Netherlands plays in the global dance music industry. In total 2,156 artists from around the world performed in 80 different venues at ADE 2013.

„The success of ADE and the health of the electronic music sector are inextricably linked,“ says ADE director Richard Zijlma.“Dance music is currently in the process of conquering the world, with more and more countries and industries getting involved. Consequently ADE has become a global knowledge and business platform that the world, and the Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular, all benefit from. It’s not for nothing that dance music is now an important part of the cultural policy of the Dutch government.“

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Amsterdam Dance Event sets 2014 dates

Amsterdam Dance Event sets 2014 datesThe nineteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will take place from the 15th to 19th of October, 2014. Over the last three years the world’s leading event for electronic music has almost doubled in size, and ADE’s organizers are confident of maintaining above average year on year growth rates for the foreseeable future. At the 2014 edition, the organization expects 350,000 visitors from around the world.

The record breaking 2013 edition of the ADE focused on the 25th anniversary of dance music in the Netherlands, which was marked by a number of special events including the launch of the book Mary Go Wild, an outdoor exhibition, talk shows, special music events and several film screenings. The anniversary celebrations resulted in a wave of national and international media attention and emphasized the leading role that the Netherlands plays in the global dance music industry. In total 2,156 artists from around the world performed in 80 different venues at ADE 2013.

„The success of ADE and the health of the electronic music sector are inextricably linked,“ says ADE director Richard Zijlma.“Dance music is currently in the process of conquering the world, with more and more countries and industries getting involved. Consequently ADE has become a global knowledge and business platform that the world, and the Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular, all benefit from. It’s not for nothing that dance music is now an important part of the cultural policy of the Dutch government.“

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And the European Festival Awards Winners are…

And the European Festival Awards Winners are...The best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2013 were revealed at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands, marking the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The ceremony also included some of the hottest new European artists with performances from Irish band of the moment Kodaline, Germany’s Milky Chance and Prata Vetra from Latvia who closed the show.



Germany proved it is a force to be reckoned within the festival scene, scooping a total of 5 awards; Best Indoor Festival going to Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival won Best Line Up, Melt! Festival got Best Medium-Sized Festival with the two most important industry-facing awards Promoter of the Year going to FKP Scorpio and the Lifetime achievement Award to Marek Lieberberg, founder of the twin Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festival.



Eastern Europe also did well in this year’s awards with the highly coveted Best Major Festival Award going to Serbia’s EXIT Festival, who will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2014. B.my.Lake in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and FUSION Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award.

The host country of the awards also scooped an award with Holland’s Lowlands being named the Artists’ Favourite Festival.

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And the European Festival Awards Winners are…

And the European Festival Awards Winners are...The best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2013 were revealed at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands, marking the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The ceremony also included some of the hottest new European artists with performances from Irish band of the moment Kodaline, Germany’s Milky Chance and Prata Vetra from Latvia who closed the show.



Germany proved it is a force to be reckoned within the festival scene, scooping a total of 5 awards; Best Indoor Festival going to Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival won Best Line Up, Melt! Festival got Best Medium-Sized Festival with the two most important industry-facing awards Promoter of the Year going to FKP Scorpio and the Lifetime achievement Award to Marek Lieberberg, founder of the twin Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festival.



Eastern Europe also did well in this year’s awards with the highly coveted Best Major Festival Award going to Serbia’s EXIT Festival, who will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2014. B.my.Lake in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and FUSION Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award.

The host country of the awards also scooped an award with Holland’s Lowlands being named the Artists’ Favourite Festival.

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Solarstone launches Pure Trance Recordings

SOLARSTONE launches Pure Trance RecordingsHaving championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and breath-stealing DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernized its origin sound. Now he is now thrilled to begin 2014 by announcing the launch, in partnership with esteemed Dutch music house Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.

The next natural progression in the movement, Pure Trance Recordings’ manifesto couldn’t be more definitive. The label will bring to club floors and festival speakers the very finest, highest quality, purely refined, intoxicating, hypnotizing trance from the scene’s most gifted music makers.

On announcing the birth of Pure Trance Recordings, Solarstone said: “The label is a natural next step in giving this music a visible platform”.

The last few months have been exceptional ones in the career of DJ, producer, composer and vocalist Solarstone. Fresh from rocking a sold out Pure Trance showcase at ADE 2013, he re-entered DJ Mag Top 100 DJs chart, and even more recently came #2 (behind Armin van Buuren) in the annual TrancePodium awards’, Producer of the Year cat.

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Solarstone launches Pure Trance Recordings

SOLARSTONE launches Pure Trance RecordingsHaving championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and breath-stealing DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernized its origin sound. Now he is now thrilled to begin 2014 by announcing the launch, in partnership with esteemed Dutch music house Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.

The next natural progression in the movement, Pure Trance Recordings’ manifesto couldn’t be more definitive. The label will bring to club floors and festival speakers the very finest, highest quality, purely refined, intoxicating, hypnotizing trance from the scene’s most gifted music makers.

On announcing the birth of Pure Trance Recordings, Solarstone said: “The label is a natural next step in giving this music a visible platform”.

The last few months have been exceptional ones in the career of DJ, producer, composer and vocalist Solarstone. Fresh from rocking a sold out Pure Trance showcase at ADE 2013, he re-entered DJ Mag Top 100 DJs chart, and even more recently came #2 (behind Armin van Buuren) in the annual TrancePodium awards’, Producer of the Year cat.

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Sied van Riel talks on „Rielism 2″

Just after New Year, Sied van Riel reveals the secrets behind the long-awaited “Rielism Part 2″. Tim Stark from Stark Profiles PR goes behind the scenes and talks with the talented Dutch trance music DJ and producer on how ideas become music and music reaches out to the hearts.

MIKA would like to thank Tim Stark and Sied van Riel for the wonderful opportunity to virtually join the conversation and share the insights with our readers.

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Sied van Riel talks on „Rielism 2″

Just after New Year, Sied van Riel reveals the secrets behind the long-awaited “Rielism Part 2″. Tim Stark from Stark Profiles PR goes behind the scenes and talks with the talented Dutch trance music DJ and producer on how ideas become music and music reaches out to the hearts.

MIKA would like to thank Tim Stark and Sied van Riel for the wonderful opportunity to virtually join the conversation and share the insights with our readers.

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