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Movement Festival Stage Lineups, Programming and Ticket Giveaway

Barclay Crenshaw - Jacob Mulka

Barclay Crenshaw – Jacob Mulka

Here we go, it’s time to properly prepare your Movement weekend! Festival organizers Paxahau just released all festival info including set times, stage programming, official apps for iOS and Android and more. Read on for ALL info including our ticket giveaway for 2 GA passes to the weekend.

This year’s Movement Festival will include the festival’s original five stages and will feature new designs and elements for the Red Bull Music Stage, Stargate Stage and the Pyramid Stage. More information will be posted to the festival’s social media channels following the set times announcement.

This year’s stages are as follows: Movement Stage, Red Bull Music Stage, Stargate Stage, Pyramid Stage and Resident Advisor Underground Stage. Red Bull Radio will be live streaming from the Red Bull Music Stage throughout the festival weekend on

Detroit Yoga Labs will once again host Movement Yoga on-site, taking place on Sunday (May 27) and Monday (May 28) at the Pyramid Stage.


Win 2 GA Tickets to Movement Electronic Music Festival Detroit 2018 (Contest on
Day 1 (Saturday, May 26): Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke will close out the Movement Stage for the first time. The Movement Stage will also feature performances by Justin Martin, Solardo, and Dirtybird’s rising star Fisher. Meanwhile, Carl Craig and friends will take over the newly-designed Stargate Stage for another edition of Detroit Love; and the Resident Advisor Underground Stage will host one of Detroit’s most celebrated labels, Interdimensional Transmissions, for a day reminiscent of the group’s famous warehouse parties, featuring performances by Ectormorph – live, Marco Shuttle, Helena Hauff and many more; festival favorites Maceo Plex, Ida Engberg, Christian Smith and Lee Burridge will all take the helm performing on the newly-designed Pyramid Stage.

Day 2 (Sunday, May 27): the Movement Stage will feature a rare b2b closing set by Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers. Meanwhile, legendary French producer, DJ and radio host Laurent Garnier makes his long-awaited return to the festival for closing duties on the Red Bull Music Stage; featuring additional performances by Modeselektor
(DJ set), Shigeto – live, and Avalon Emerson just to name a few; Sunday’s Pyramid Stage is stacked with global talent from start to finish, featuring Nastia, Tiga, Marcel Dettmann and Nina Kraviz to close it out.

Day 3 (Monday, May 28): Movement 2018 closes out with a special performance by all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the legendary hip-hop group’s 25th anniversary and their classic debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); Meanwhile, one of the most talked about Techno artists in 2017, Charlotte de Witte makes her Movement debut on the Resident Advisor Underground Stage; plus, Mad Decent label boss and producer Diplo returns to the festival for a closing set on the Red Bull Music Stage following acclaimed jazz and hip-hop quartet BADBADNOTGOOD; and, the Stargate Stage will host some of dance music’s brightest young talent out today, including REZZ, Mija, and J.Phlip.

Full schedule and set times can be found at

Movement 2018 Single-Day, GA Weekend, and VIP Weekend Passes are now available at A limited number of the coveted Club313 Passes remain.

Download the Movement 2018 App to customize your schedule, discover new artists, view the festival map and much more. Now Available for iOS and Android smartphones.

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Cover pic: Barclay Crenshaw – Jacob Mulka

Ticket Giveaway: Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Mamby on the Beach 2018


Mamby on the Beach, Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival, takes place Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th, on the grassy fields and sand-swept coastline of Oakwood Beach in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Backed by a stunning view of Chicago’s skyline and the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan, the Beach Stage showcases the best in indie, electronic, and hip-hop. Headlining is hometown hip-hop icon COMMON and one of the hottest rising stars in the game, RUSS. The Beach Stage will also host a live performance by acclaimed UK house duo GORGON CITY, along with ROY WOOD$’, whose smoothly textured hip-hop promises to hit you right in the feels. Brotherly synth rock trio AJR join the roster, along with the impeccable rap lyricism of Savemoney’s TOWKIOMOON BOOTS will also perform with a full band, while ascendant Chicago producer WHETHAN returns with his wavy soundscapes. Additional acts include the infectiously groovy UK duo HONNE, soulful sounds from JAMILA WOODS, PIVOT Gang’s JOSEPH CHILLIAMS, and more.

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Ticket Giveaway: Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Spring Awakening Music Festival 2018

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Recently Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival announced the daily artist lineup and release single day tickets for 2018.

The lineup features EDM heavyweights such as Tiësto, Hardwell, Afrojack and Kaskade, as well as a selection of house and techno artists including Sasha & John Digweed, deadmau5, Lee Burridge, Lee Foss, Dubfire, Pete Tong, Josh Wink and more.

The 2018 edition of Spring Awakening Music Festival takes place Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th at the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago. Don’t miss a beat and follow Spring Awakening on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.

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Mamby On The Beach Announces Common, Spoon, Richie Hawtin, Duke Dumont and more for 2018 Edition


Mamby On The Beach, Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival, just announced the lineup for its senior edition, taking place Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th, on the grassy fields and sand-swept coastline of Oakwood Beach in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Backed by a stunning view of Chicago’s skyline and the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan, the Beach Stage showcases the best in indie, electronic, and hip-hop. Headlining is hometown hip-hop iconCOMMON and one of the hottest rising stars in the game, RUSS. The Beach Stage will also host a live performance by acclaimed UK house duo GORGON CITY, along with ROY WOOD$’, whose smoothly textured hip-hop promises to hit you right in the feels. Brotherly synth rock trio AJR join the roster, along with the impeccable rap lyricism of Savemoney’s TOWKIOMOON BOOTS will also perform with a full band, while ascendant Chicago producer WHETHAN returns with his wavy soundscapes. Additional acts include the infectiously groovy UK duo HONNE, soulful sounds from JAMILA WOODS, PIVOT Gang’sJOSEPH CHILLIAMS, and more.

Meanwhile, the Park Stage provides a sonic landscape with headlining performances by indie rock favorites SPOON – stopping through Chicago as part of their nationwide co-headlining tour with dreamy lo-fi heroes GRIZZLY BEAR, along with energetic rockers COLD WAR KIDS, and high-energy art pop bandST. LUCIA. Additionally, genre-bending duo TUNE-YARDS, and singer-songwriter duo OH WONDER will dazzle the crowd with their defiant alt-pop sound. Swervy beatsmith SNAKEHIPS brings the vibes, while supporting acts carry this stage home with performances by Swedish songstress LÉON, outspoken rapper/songwriter CUPCAKKE, Louisville rapper JACK HARLOW, Savemoney crew member KAMI, and more.


This year, industry leaders MIXMAG and BEATPORT team up to host the Mamby DJ Tent, a stage dedicated to the very best in house and techno, with headlining performances by RICHIE HAWTIN and DUKE DUMONT. The Mixmag x Beatport Tent will also host Innervisions founder DIXON, indie-tronic sensation JAI WOLF, South African trailblazer NORA EN PURE, and Canadian producer VANIC. Life & Death label boss DJ TENNIS and WALKER & ROYCE will drop some groovy deep house, along with longtime favorites JAX JONESGENE FARRIS, and Chicago techno legends DJ HYPERACTIVE,HIROKO YAMAMURA, plus more.



In 2018, Mamby will expand its footprint to include a new Community Village dedicated to local and national nonprofit organizations with progressive missions. The Community Village will host a stage featuring talent from Young Chicago Authors and other surrounding neighborhoods.

As previous attendees will remember, Mamby is far more than a gathering of diverse musical acts on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Since its inception, the Mamby experience grows each year, expanding its roots to encompass a variety of experiences that connects attendees with art, culture, and the community in ways like never before. With the continual addition of art installations, volleyball, a water balloon fight, yoga, nutrition and wellness workshops, beautification stations, poetry slams, a variety of local food vendors, and more, Mamby is proven to be unlike any other music festival in Chicago.

For a chance to win tickets and help raise money for Chicago’s Bronzeville community, join the Mamby Plunge on Saturday, March 24th. All who raise $125+ and participate in the plunge will receive exclusive Mamby merch and a two-day VIP pass. ENTER HERE.


Claude VonStroke, Loco Dice b2b The Martinez Brothers and Wu-Tang Clan Headline Movement Detroit 2018


Movement Electronic Music Festival, one of the longest-running and most-acclaimed music festivals in the world, announced full lineup for 2018, led by Dirtybird boss and festival favorite Claude VonStroke, a rare b2b performance by Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and a special performance by all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the legendary hip-hop group’s 25th anniversary as the closers for each of the festival’s three nights. The festival is scheduled to return to Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2018.

Festival organizers Paxahau revealed over 85 acts in today’s lineup announcement, including BADBADNOTGOOD, Carl Craig, Charlotte de Witte, Diplo, DJ Premier, Ida Engberg, Inner City (live), Justin Martin, Laurent Garnier, Maceo Plex, Mija, Nina Kraviz, Rezz, Seth Troxler, Shigeto (live), Tiga, Too Short and many more. Complete lineup listing can be found below.

In keeping with the tradition of providing the best festival experience, this year’s event will include the festival’s original five stages and will feature new designs and elements for the Movement Stage, Red Bull Music Academy Stage, Stargate Stage, Pyramid Stage, and the Resident Advisor Underground Stage. More information will be posted to the festival’s social media channels and website soon.

Movement 2018 3-Day GA Weekend Passes and 3-Day VIP Weekend Passes are now available for purchase at Payment Plan options are also available.


New Device That May Help Cure Tinnitus Unveiled


Millions of people worldwide are suffering in various degrees of the medical condition known as tinnitus. Known popularly as “ringing in the ears” or “phantom sounds,” the American Tinnitus Association defines tinnitus as ” the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present.” While the condition may be either temporary or chronic, in worse cases, it is a debilitating condition that affect one’s day-to-day life.

Sadly, a number of those suffering from the disease are music artists. Due to the nature of this disease, it can affect their artistry and livelihood. And while there have been some success stories, other artists who are found suffering from it are forced to leave the industry altogether.

Despite the situation at the moment, there is possible hope on the horizon. Researchers from the University of Michigan and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, have recently developed an experimental device that aims to at least alleviate tinnitus. What this device does is that it delivers 30 minutes of sensory stimulation, alternating between brief audio tones (transmitted via headphones) and light pulses to the patient’s neck or cheek.

The device, which patients can administer themselves at home, disrupts the synchronized firing of neuron networks in one part of the brain, an act that is believed to be the cause of tinnitus. About 20 people were tested with the device (after first achieving successful results on guinea pigs) who used it for half an hour each day for one month. The results show promise: two participants reported being completely cured, while 11 others reported a reduction in volume or pitch.

At the moment, there is no word yet as to when the device will be introduced to the general market but already, there is excitement generating around the device. Needless to say we continue to insist on the vital need and use of hi-fidelity ear protection in any kind of environment where loud noise and music can damage one’s hearing.

H/T: Newsweek

Hi-Fidelity Earplugs Are The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Music Lovers

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, especially as they usually “have everything” already and the idea of venturing into the uncharted waters of, say, buying them some collectable fragile vinyl records seems like a daunting task indeed!

Here is where our Holiday Sale for 2017 comes in, giving anyone 15% off any DownBeats earplugs purchased from the site with promo code ‘holidays17’ through December 24th! A pair of transparent hi-fidelity earplugs that make the perfect stocking stuffer for any music snob who still wants to be able to be able to hear after their favorite DJ and/or band has stopped playing! A pair of earplugs for the smart and health-conscious music lover.

People who wear earplugs to a show may find themselves the butt of a couple jokes now and then, but tinnitus — the ringing in your ears after a loud concert — is no joke. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders notes that ‘long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.’ Considering most clubs and concerts expose you to levels of sound over 100 decibels, it’s reasonable to assume that just one show can permanently damage your hearing if you’re not careful. – Mashable

If you’ve gone to see music, you’ve almost certainly had a sonic hangover. You’re standing up front, loving every minute of the show. Maybe you don’t notice it at first, or maybe you begin to feel like your ears are hurting a little bit. It’s afterward when it really appears – you step out into the world and suddenly you can’t hear sounds the way you could when you entered the show. It’s like the volume of life has been turned down. Or, worse yet, you can only hear one thing – a constant ringing in your ears.

The sonic hangover is a medical phenomenon that occurs because of loud noise exposure. Inability to hear after a show is called Temporary Threshold Shift, while ringing in the ears can be an early sign of tinnitus, a type of hearing damage that is permanent and long term. DownBeats solve both of these problems, helping you to avoid concert hearing loss. DownBeats also improve audio quality by ensuring that your ears aren’t fatigued. Better sound, better health – what more could you ask for?


Calling DownBeats “ear plugs” isn’t really the best description. That’s because DownBeats don’t stop sound in its tracks like a traditional foam ear plug. Instead, DownBeats filter sound, ensuring that the highest quality sounds are reaching your ears while the harsh noises and feedback are left out with the crowd.

DownBeats take the sound, reduce it an overall 18 decibels, and channel it acoustically into your ears, making sure you have the optimal resonance in your ears at a sustainable level. Try them for yourself – you won’t be disappointed. That’s a guarantee.

To receive 15% off your DownBeats earplugs simply use promo code ‘holidays17’ at checkout when purchasing directly from our online store!

DownBeats & 6AM Launch Ultimate Ticket Giveaway for 2018


Hello DownBeats and 6AM followers! We have decided to give back to you this holiday season with a special Ticket Giveaway valid for anyone anywhere in the world.

On Christmas Day we will be selecting one winner and gifting them the 6AM & DownBeats Ultimate Ticket Giveaway prize! Entering is simple and so is the concept: the winner will receive one ticket of choice per month in 2018 for any electronic music event in the world worth up to $40USD, ticket fees included.

To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below.

Please note: If you are having difficulty opening/entering this contest via cell phone, try the following:

  1. Open this link directly on Safari or another designated web browser (not through the FB or Twitter apps)
  2. If the above fails, try via desktop computer.


2018 Ultimate Ticket Giveaway by 6AM & DownBEats (Contest on

1) Must be 21+ to enter contest

2) One event of choice per calendar month anywhere in the world ($40USD per event max)

3) Winner may exchange 3 monthly event tickets for 1 festival ticket worth up to $120USD max (this can be a single-day festival ticket and/or ticket for the entire festival)

4) Winner must submit the event he/she wish to attend. Approval of each event is at the discretion of 6AM Group.

5) Tickets are NON-transferrable as it will be purchased under the winner’s name

6) 6AM and DownBeats are not liable for anything that occurs following the purchase of the event, it is merely a gift and once gifted the responsibility is solely on the winner of the giveaway.

6) The events are valid for the 2018 calendar year only



ADE Draws In A Record 395,00 Visitors for 2017 Edition [Photos]

In its 22nd edition, Amsterdam Dance event drew in a record of 395,000 attendees this year, once again proving to be the largest club festival and the most important business conference for the world of electronic music.
Overall, the event brought people together from over 90 different countries, as well as 7,200 representatives of the worldwide electronic music industry , all of whom traveled to atten the conference.
Marocco was under the spotlight of this year’s ADE Global Year, the region highlighted as one of the next up-and-coming hotbeds for electronic music thanks to its diverse local scene filled with musicians  crafting a mixture between local sounds and dance floor beats. Morocco lies in a central and unique cultural position between Africa, Europe and the wider Islamic world, incorporating ancient musical cultures with a deep and rich flow of dance and repetition. With its stunning international festivals and young Moroccan producers, its modern 21st century dance community is set to keep influencing electronic music in the years to come
Moreover, a special pavilion was hosted to showcase China this year. For the first time ever during ADE, this pavilion was constructed for a country with dedicated lectures, forums and debates for professionals working in the Chinese dance music industry. France and Belgium also took the opportunity to focus a bit more on themselves at this year’s event too, with dedicated events relating to both countries.
Known from Biënnale, the development of pavilions represented by countries will be the next logical step for ADE. Within the last 25 years electronic music has drastically grown internationally and with such unique sounds and mixed with many different genres, it is expected for more countries to host their own pavilions for the years to come.
More artists participated in the ADE Sound Lab this year too, sharing insights into their DJ and studio set ups. These included heavyweights in EDM, techno and house such as Martin Garrix, Richie Hawtin and KiNK, Soulwax and Tiga, Surgeon, Lady Starlight, Oliver Heldens and more.
The night program included cross overs with different genres and special productions at unique locations. Some examples include Underworld, who performed at the cycle passage of Rijksmuseum, Jameszoo and the Metropole Orchestra, as well as Colin Benders at Rembrandthuis.
Age boundaries were also pushed at this year’s ADE. Martin Garrix, 20, was voted again the most popular DJ of the world during ADE week and went on to host an all-ages concert, allowing teenagers to attend with parents. There was also a free festival called Hangover at NDSM, which took place across the river for the first time that was visited by many families. On the final night composer Philipp Glass, 80, performed at Melkweg, drawing attendance from people of all ages and walks of life.
As always ADE continued to go beyond the mere focus on the music and business side of things, by also showcasing the importance of health, underscoring why our minds and bodies are far more important than anything else. With a staggering 30% of electronic artists having experienced mental health issues at one time or another, the importance of caring for your mental and physical health in our often highly demanding industry, has never been so key! The ADE Pro Health Block focused on caring for your mental and physical health, enlisting the help of The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) to bring together a panel of industry pros to share their views on subjects such as dealing with depression and anxiety.
Moreover, ADE continued to focus on the importance of caring for hearing safety and dealing with tinnitus. Wearing ear plugs has always been an important and crucial part of the music experience, and especially so within the electronic and dance scene. ADE continued to put needed emphasis on he subject by regularly reminding attendees to wear ear plugs to protect their hearing so as to be able to continue to enjoy the sound of the music we love so much. As always, DownBeats staff were happy to see the strong emphasis on hearing protection throughout the week, as well as the general importance given to the subject of body and mental health.

Amsterdam Dance Event and ACS Custom Team Up for 15% Off All Custom ACS Products During ADE

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The summer is ending, that means the Amsterdam Dance Event is nearly upon us. We are excited and looking forward to this special gathering of the dance music industry with people from across the planet!

ACS Custom – the world’s leading brand in custom made hearing protection and in-ear monitors (IEMs) will also be at ADE. While DownBeats provide an important and inexpensive hi-fidelity hearing protection solution for those attentive to the needs of their hearing protection, we cannot but underscore how important custom ear plugs are. We always advise anyone who asks us to adopt an ideal two-pronged solution to protecting their hearing: have customs, but always carry back-up DownBeats with them just in case!

ACS hearing protectors and IEMs are custom made with comfortable soft silicone, bespoke for your ears only. The ACS Pro Series hearing protection earplugs have a range of 6 different interchangeable high fidelity attenuation filters, to give you the choice of the safest protection for any musical environment.

For over 23 years ACS Custom products have being used by professional orchestras, DJs, rock bands and music lovers alike. Check the ACS website for more details on their product range

And… the best thing about going to ADE is DISCOUNT!

All the delegates and attendees have the opportunity for an exclusive 15% discount on all custom ACS products during ADE! This is further proof to the attention to detail from the team at ADE, as well as the importance they place on hearing protection.

Head here to purchase a pair of $9.99 hi-fidelity DownBeats ear plugs for ADE.