Ultra Europe Releases 2015 Aftermovie

Following a third consecutive record-breaking edition in July 2015, ULTRA Europe, ‘Europe’s Premier Destination Music Festival’, finally reveals the eagerly anticipated official aftermovie, now available for all to enjoy in glorious 4K!
Documenting what is officially the largest electronic music festival in Croatia’s history, this breath-taking piece of videography is certain to whet the appetites of the scores of Ultranauts preparing to make the annual pilgrimage to the Dalmatian coast later this year.
Created and directed by Charly Friedrich’s critically acclaimed Final Kid team, the nine-minute masterpiece showcases the wild array of talent on show across at Destination ULTRA, as we witness superstar acts from all walks of electronic music such as Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell^Ingrosso, Carl Cox, The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta, Marco Carola, Solomun, Steve Angello and Tiësto bringing their signature sounds to the masses.
Kicking off in the heart of Split, the movie takes us on a journey across Destination ULTRA – Croatia Music Week, as we witness each unique event across the seven-day extravaganza. Ultranauts are instantly transported back to July 2015, as we witness the one-off yacht party at Zlatni Rat Beach, a sold-out ULTRA Beach party in Hvar and the unparalleled RESISTANCE-themed closing party that was held at an abandoned fort on the Island of Vis, all in the space of minutes of the movie starting. Additionally, we get a sneak peek inside the exclusive ULTRA campsite where the heart of the festival and all its attendees reside, before being taken to the main event at the Poljud Stadium to finish the film in true style.
Friedrichs’ inimitable methods of video production have become synonymous with the aftermovie genre over the past few years, and he outdoes himself once again with this beautiful offering – as he perfectly captures the spine-tingling atmosphere that was present across the entirety of Croatia’s Destination ULTRA week.
Tickets for Ultra Europe and Ultra Beach Hvar are now available exclusively from ultraeurope.com/tickets. With early bird tickets sold out for the main event in Split already, fans will have to be quick in snapping up the remaining few at €169, after which, the price will rise to €199. To help with the purchases, ULTRA Europe is now offering a payment plan, where fans can that split the total cost across four monthly instalments.
In a brand new initiative for 2016, group tickets are also on sale, with those who purchase five tickets at once receiving a sixth for free! All tickets are available to buy exclusively from ultraeurope.com/tickets.
For those looking to travel to any of the Destination ULTRA events, please visit travel2ultra.com for tips, exclusive packages and much more. For all further details and ticket information, head to ultraeurope.com.
About Destination ULTRA – Croatia Music Week 2016
Destination ULTRA – Croatia Music Week kicks off on July 14, 2016, with the official Opening Party at the Giraffe Palm Beach House in Split where, in July 2015, ULTRA Europe and techno label Cocoon teamed up to bring Sven Väth and a whole host of his label mates to jumpstart proceedings.
The experience will then move on to ULTRA Europe, the three-day festival at the Poljud Stadium, Split from July 15-17, where over 150,000 revelers are expected to witness electronic music’s most in-demand acts inside one of Croatia’s most majestic venues. Previous headline artists have included the likes of Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Axwell^Ingrosso, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Knife Party, Martin Garrix, Tiësto and Zedd and with the announcement of The Chemical Brothers only last year, there are guaranteed to be a few more surprises in store for 2016. Last year also saw the debut of the RESISITANCE concept at Ultra Europe, where the likes of Apollonia, Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, Solomun and many more, offered festivalgoers an alternative on Arcadia Spectacular’s inimitable ‘Afterburner’ stage.
Following on from four mammoth days of partying in Split, and in exclusive partnership with Yacht Week, the Destination ULTRA – Croatia Music Week festivities move onto a one-off Yacht Regatta on July 18, which will see Zlatni Rat Beach on the Island of Brač host one of the most unique parties of the week.
July 19 will then take us to the Island of Hvar for the fourth edition of ULTRA Beach, which will welcome over 5,000 people to the Hotel Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. Headliners in the past have included megastars such as Dillon Francis, Diplo, Fedde Le Grand and Oliver Heldens, and with all three previous editions selling out, ULTRA Beach is yet again expected to be one of the highlights of the week. Finally, on July 20, Destination ULTRA – Croatia Music Week will close the curtain on what is set to be an incredible seven days of partying, with its RESISTANCE Closing Party.
Destination ULTRA 2016 Dates:
July 14 – Opening Party @ Giraffe Palm Beach House, Split
July 15-17 – ULTRA Europe @ Poljud Stadium, Split
July 18 – Yacht Regatta @ Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brač
July 19 – ULTRA Beach @ Hotel Amfora Grand Brach Resort, Hvar
July 20 – RESISTANCE Closing Party
ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ is the global edition of the World’s Premier Electronic Music event, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL.
The ULTRA brand was founded in 1997 by Executive Producer, President & CEO Russell Faibisch, and began producing electronic music events in South Florida, which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.
The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its seventeenth anniversary from March 27-29, 2015 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival returns to Bayfront Park for its eighteenth annual edition, 18-20 March 2016.
Choosing to follow a unique, creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused around a true love for music, artists and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide™ brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, they are now the most international of any festival brand in the world by far. The event organizers continue to transport the unrivalled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and fans all over the globe.
Over the past seventeen years, literally thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BALI, BRAZIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA® events in BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, PERU, THE PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SEOUL, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND, TOKYO and the USA. Each and every new global edition is founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over seventeen years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.
In addition, the ULTRA brands pioneered the live stream experience, ‘ULTRA LIVE’ (whereby the festival is brought online to over 20 million unique viewers globally) and the audio broadcasting platform ‘UMF RADIO’ (syndicated to FM Radio in over 42 countries and reaching more than 22 million listeners weekly). Also UMF FILMS’ collaboration with FINAL KID has seen some of the most visually breathtaking festival aftermovies in the music space, including a feature-length documentary exploring the explosion of dance music, entitled CAN U FEEL IT, which premiered at the Ultra Music Festival, Miami 2012 and was exhibited in over 500 theaters across the Unites States.
In 2015, the ULTRA and ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ brands have continued to push the boundaries, bringing an unparalleled combination of cutting edge productions and the world’s best electronic acts back to previous strongholds and new frontiers across the globe. With its recent festival editions breaking records in JAPAN (September 2015), SOUTH AFRICA (February 2015), KOREA (June 2015), CROATIA  (July 2015) and BALI (September 2015), and with the addition of the many new ROAD TO ULTRA® events all over the world, the ULTRA brand has now united NINETEEN COUNTRIES across FIVE CONTINENTS worldwide.
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Tiesto & Oliver Heldens ft Natalie La Rose – The Right Song [Musical Freedom]

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Jonas Blue ft. Dakota – Fast Car [Jonas Blue Music]

Up-and-coming, London based producer, Jonas Blue has released a dramatic reimaging of Tracy Chapman’s classic song ‘Fast Car’. Teaming up with incredible young vocal talent, Dakota, Blue has swapped the original’s lilting guitar for an upbeat tropical house sound – and now he’s ready to unveil the official video.

Set in the dusty, sand planes of the US Midwest, the visual focuses on the classic story of boy meets girl, as an epic race across the dunes develops. After crashing her motorbike, one of the men, all of whom were trying to keep up on horseback, takes it upon himself to go to her aid. The two then spend the night under the stars in the desert, tapping into bohemian themes of freedom and love, before one last twist ensures adds to the hazy, dream-like nature of the video itself.

With the record itself already a certified global smash – it’s claimed the #1 spot on iTunes and certified Gold in both Australia Sweden, #1 iTunes Sweden, reached #3 on the UK’s viral Spotify chart, #2 on the US viral chart, #4 on the global chart and amassed almost 10 million plays on Spotify too – the official video is sure to add to the global buzz surrounding the single.


The Chainsmokers – New York City (Dash Berlin Remix & Video) [Armada]

The Chainsmokers have had a successful 2016. Their latest track “Roses” has reached the highest position on the Billboard charts they’ve ever seen, as well as a #1 on the Dance charts.

Now it’s time for Dash Berlin to take over their previous release “New York City” that came out in October last year.

The widely known producer from Hague delivers a new trancier interpretation that plays well off of the already carefully crafted melody in the original.

The Chainsmokers have also already been announced for Insomniac’s annual Crush Festival in February; they’ll headline the Dallas event, along with Lost Kings, NGHTMRE, and Slander.

Before that happened, we wanted to catch up with them and check in, see how things are going in the new year. “DALLAS! We are coming to party with you at the first ever CRUSH Texas. Bring your Valentine or bring the squad! emoticon heart ‪#‎CRUSHTX‬”, mentioned on their official FB page.

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Oscar & Deon – Killer (Official Music Video) [Avant/Garde]

It is always amazing to see fans and supporters wanting to contribute to our vision with their work. Even more amazing when the outcome of such effort is as professional as this.

When Poppy Buckley reached out to us asking if she could use Oscar & Deon‘s track ‘Killer‘, that had been released by us in mid 2015, for a music video for her film production degree, we didn’t think twice.

The outcome is an official music video that the artist herself describes as a video where she “tried and tested a lot of things with a main focus on mental health, with an experimental aspect to it.”




The world’s largest club-based festival, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), is set to take place this year from 19th October to the 23rd.

The organisers are expecting a total of 375,000 clubbers to hit its site for the 21st edition.

ADE director Richard Zijlma has said: “It is fantastic to see that Amsterdam has become a global destination for both music lovers and the music industry”.

Last year welcomed 2289 artists performing throughout 100 venues, with over 500 speakers taking part in the many conferences. Read our review of what went down at the 2015 edition.

Check out the festival’s RESONATE documentary, featuring cameos from Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, and KiNK.

More information on the event can be found here.

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Fedde Le Grand – The Noise (VIDEO) [Darklight Records]

A true dance music legend that needs little in the way of introduction, Fedde Le Grand is treating his global fan-base to yet another foot stomper in the shape of ‘The Noise’- out now on Darklight Records.

Download / Watch / Stream ‘The Noise’

Living up to its name in all the best possible ways, ‘The Noise’ is a supercharged and energetic dance record that, although a slight departure from Fedde’s usual production style, has been sending revellers into a bass induced frenzy the world over. Already catching the attention of industry heavyweights including Tiesto, Twoloud, W&W, and Dannic, Fedde has ensured his return to the studio has resulted in yet another main stage monster set to dominate the clubs all the way into 2016.

This latest release follows on from Fedde’s huge remix of Faithless’ magnum opus – Insomnia, a track that proved a firm favourite throughout his South American Ultra Tour this year and continues to wow crowds at Fedde’s show in all corners of the globe. Halfway through his current tour of Asia, with 7 mammoth shows remaining including Seoul, Beijing and Jakarta, Fedde will quite literally be bringing ‘The Noise’ to his remaining shows, cementing his DJ Mag Top 100 status and fuelling the excitement surrounding his full album release early next year.

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San Holo (ft. The Nicholas) – Can’t Forget You (VIDEO) [Spinnin]

‘Future Bass’ trailblazer and remix aficionado, San Holo is igniting the airwaves once again with his latest original installment, Can’t Forget You. Out via Spinnin’ Records, its available to download and stream now.

BUY: SAN HOLO – ‘Can’t Forget You’ [Spinnin’ Records]

Seamlessly weaving The Nicholas’ vocals with rich synth harmonies, San Holo’s new cut builds in emotion and energy from start to finish. With a thumping melodic topline propped up by chordal stabs and hammering percussion, ‘Can’t Forget You’ dabbles in the bubblegum-side of the genre whilst still maintaining some serious punch we know and love from the young producer.

Few can dispute the raw talent of Sander Van Djick aka San Holo. Still relatively fresh on the scene, his music has reached astounding levels of popularity– most notably his remix of Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode, which is currently resting at 52 million views on YouTube and forms one part of San’s wildly popular ‘Don’t Touch The Classics’ remix collection.

With a world tour this year across North America, Canada and Europe, his fans are as far reaching as they are loyal; a testament to both his popularity as a producer as well as his energy as a performer.

Having launched his label ‘bitbird’ at ADE this year, released his Victory EP on Monstercat, and with a string of sold out shows behind him (including a Tomorrowland debut) with more on the horizon in Australia and New Zealand, San Holo is certainly worthy of the ‘one to watch’ accolade for 2016.

27/11 – Mexefest – Lisbon, Portugal

28/11 – Project LAB, Poznan, Poland

26/12 – 1885 – Auckland, New Zealand

30/12 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Australia

1/1/16 – TBA – Perth, Australia

8/1/16 – Chinese Laundry – Sydney, Australia

9/1/16 – The Met – Brisbane, Australia

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Nero – Into The Night (Official Video) [MTA]

Nero have a knack for curating one-of-a-kind video content. Their new music video for “Into the Night” from BETWEEN II WORLDS album takes us back into their dystopian, cyberpunk world, only this time with an animated spin.

The vocal heavy single, featuring a rare duet from Nero, provides the soundtrack for an action-laden adventure with a heavy nod to classic Japanese anime series like Ghost in the Shell and Akira.

The trio even make a cameo one third of the way through, rocking the virtual stage in animated form. The video was directed by Markus Lundqvist and Dan Stephens (one half of the production side of Nero) with animation by Red Knuckles.

Nero said of the video: “It’s been a dream of ours to commission an animated official video for one of our singles. We’re very proud of this one.”

Third Party – Waiting (Official Music Video) [Armada]

With a signature sound able to rival the best, Third Party bring another one of their slammers to their very own imprint on Armdada Music.

Combining enthralling chord progressions with a vocal sound underlining the strength and prowess of this marvelous cut, ‘Waiting For You’ is what anyone would treasure; solid rhythms, a powerful melody, and the fact that it is more than capable of blowing your mind within any amounts of listens.

Below you can watch the official video via Armada.