The Chainsmokers to Perform on the Edge of Space, Hardwell Joins Tiësto for a Surprise B2B Set, and More

From Hybrid Minds headling at London’s OVO Wembley Arena to Awakenings Festival celebrating their 25th anniversary with a three-day event, here’s this week in electronic music!

The Chainsmokers to Perform on the Edge of Space on a Stratospheric Balloon

“We have always dreamed of going to space,” says dance-pop duo The Chainsmokers, as they will soon become the first artist to ever perform in space. The milestone feat is set to happen in 2024 via space tourism company World View.

The Chainsmokers; Image acquired via Facebook.

The duo, consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, signed up to perform in a pressurized capsule attached to a stratospheric balloon. Launching over 20 miles above the earth’s surface, The Chainsmokers will perform during the six to twelve hours span of the flight. Fans can view their recorded performance and witness the duo’s trip to the edge of space. 

“We know the views of both Earth and space are going to be incredible and inspiring and we hope to leverage this flight for creativity on future projects,” read the artist’s statement regarding their forthcoming trip.

Hardwell Joins Tiësto for a Surprise B2B Set at Breda Live

Dutch legend Tiësto had a surprise treat for revelers at the annual Breda Live in the Netherlands this year. He was joined by another Dutch-native DJ Hardwell for a quick back-to-back set in early July. 

The longtime collaborators performed their hit 2011 collab ‘Zero 76’, ‘Reload’ by Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash, and their mixes of ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics and ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ by ABBA, as per The duo has previously played on the mainstage of Tomorrowland in 2014. 

This marks Hardwell’s return to the music scene after his brief hiatus. The DJ is currently on tour to promote his most recent record ‘Rebels Never Die’. 

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Awakenings to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Three-Day Event

The largest outdoor techno festival has returned with a bang! Awakenings Festival is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in style with a three-day event. The festival will take place in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, from July 29 to 31, offering revelers the opportunity to stay the night for the first time ever. 

With over 130 acts, Awakenings Summer Festival 2022 Camping Weekend aims to have “a summer like never before.” The massive lineup consists of a slew of new and upcoming talents. Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Ellen Allien, Skream, The Blessed Madonna, Nina Kraviz, and Imogen are some artists who will perform at Awakenings. These artists will occupy nine indoor and outdoor stages at the festival. The program will extend into the night (until 5 am) on Friday and Saturday.

“After two missed Awakenings Festivals, we’re happy and proud to announce that in 2022, we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary with the biggest and best festival we’ve ever hosted,” announced Awakenings Festival on their website. 

Read more about it HERE

Jersey Club Pioneer DJ Tim Dolla Has Died

DJ Tim Dolla, attributed to be one of the early founders of Jersey club, passed away on July 14. A pioneer of Jersey club, the musician launched one of the genre’s first Newark collective Brick Bandits, with Mike V in the early ’00s.

Tim Dolla started MC-ing during his DJ sets and MCs were central to the club scene. DJs would often instruct the crowd to do certain dance moves during sets, as per Resident Advisor. Then, as a producer, he made an enormous impact with his track ‘Swing Dat Shyt’. It focused on one of the genre’s popular dance moves at the time, and similar tracks from other producers jumped onto the bandwagon.

Fellow Jersey club producer Nadus, also based out of Newark shared via his Instagram: “I lived on your shoulder… Timothy “DJ Tim Dolla” Foster. Big brother. My mentor. Sensei. My OG. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for the time, the life lessons and laughs. I love you. May you find peace in Jannah. Tim Dolla Forever. Brick Bandits Forever.”

Read more about it HERE

Beastie Boys to Be Honored With Their Own Street Name in NYC

A street made famous by the cover of Beastie Boys’ 1989 second studio album, ‘Paul’s Boutique’ is being renamed ‘Beastie Boys Square’ in their honor.

Beastie Boys will be honored with their own street name in New York City’s Lower East Side after an initial proposal was rejected in 2014. The renewed application was approved by the New York City Council, which has ‘voted to officially bestow the name “Beastie Boys Square” upon the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street in New York City,’ according to Variety. 

The ‘Beastie Boys Square’ will honor the group and its members Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. The trio was previously honored in the area with a mural by artist Danielle Mastrion. Yauch died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 47. In 2013, a Brooklyn Heights park was renamed in his honor.

Read more about it HERE

Hybrid Minds Announce Wembley Arena Show

Drum & bass ensemble Hybrid Minds are set to host and headline at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on October 22. Becoming only the third ever DnB act to occupy the arena, Hybrid Minds’ performance is preceded by the release of their new EP ‘Tides: Part 1’ on October 21. 

RAM Records’ Andy C and Pendulum are the only other DnB acts to perform in OVO Arena Wembley. With a seating capacity of 12,000, it marks Hybrid Minds’ biggest show ever.

“We can’t quite believe we are saying this, but we are bringing our latest show concept Tides to Wembley Arena this October. We’ve got some giant visuals planned and will have a bunch of very special guests joining us too. We can’t wait for everyone to finally experience what we’ve been cooking up since Brixton Academy last year,” said the artists. 

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