Category Archives: Concert Reviews

We Tested DownBeats Ear Plugs Inside Berghain/Panorama Bar and Tresor Berlin

Berlin, Germany’s capital city and for some the techno capital of the world alongside Detroit, where the genre was founded. While Ibiza still holds a special place as the nightlife party destination most electronic music fans seek to travel to, Berlin’s never-ending focus on quality techno and underground house music (and the iconic venues that host these […]

DownBeats Miami Music Week 2016 Recap

As always, the yearly trek to Miami Music Week is filled with plenty of day parties, night shenanigans, 24-hour affairs, little sleep and a long series of unforgettable musical moments. For DownBeats, the week also becomes a key opportunity to spread awareness on the importance of hearing protection through several programs of promotion and coordinated ear […]

Minimal Effort Hits All The Right Notes on NYE

With plenty of New Year’s Eve party options to choose from in LA, local promoters Underrated Presents aimed to deliver big with the second edition of their Minimal Effort NYE production. Strong off of a successful Halloween shindig at the Belasco Theater, Underrated returned to the downtown venue this past Thursday with a massive line-up […]

Win A Pair of 2 Day Tickets to Reaction NYE

  Following the brilliant Freaky Deaky, Midwest dance music promoters React Presents are now looking forward to Reaction NYE. For the first time, the two-night event, happening on December 30th and 31st, will transform into an authentic warehouse-style party inside the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center – conveniently located 20 minutes outside of Downtown Chicago in Rosemont, […]

The Pilgrimage to Ibiza 2015

Ibiza, dance music’s undisputed mecca, is the destination of hundreds of thousands every summer who make the trek to the Balearic island for a dose of some of the best nightlife our scene has to offer. Home of iconic heavyweight clubs such as Space Ibiza, Pacha, and Amnesia, the island hosts weekly residency events as […]

Claude vonStroke brings the Dirtybird BBQ to the Windy City

In summer, Chicago transforms itself into the host of hundreds of day festivals, parties and BBQs. From major festivals to block parties, you will not find one weekend without an event that brings people together through music and food. Because of this and Dirtybird’s meteoric rise in popularity amongst dance music aficionados, it perhaps seemed strange that […]

7 Ways Summer Set Music Festival is Doing It Right

Summer Set is quickly becoming a mainstay in the Midwest festival circuit. Just in its fourth year, SSMF has elevated itself to a can’t miss on the summer schedule. Located about 45 minutes east of Minneapolis in Somerset, Wisconsin, the festival is situated on an enormous campground that’s ideally suited for this many people to […]

How To Survive WMC Without Breaking The Bank

Every year dance music fans weigh in on the pros and cons of attending Winter Music Conference in Miami, paying particular attention to how costly the trip can be. After making the trek to Miami for 8 separate WMCs over the span of 12 years, we decided to skip the usual recap and instead give […]

Ringing in the New Year, Dirtybird Style

  I’m going to come out with a (potentially) unpopular opinion: I usually hate New Year’s Eve in Chicago. I’ve dabbled with the different types of events that the city has to offer, from the $250 hotels black tie hotel parties down to dive bars with no cover. It’s cold, it’s hard to find a […]