Ultra Music Festival announces their 2015 lineup!

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Apparently, I’m full of lineup announcements this week and today I give to you…

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…the 2015 lineup for Miami’s Ultra Music Festival!

It’s big, it’s loud, it’s an earthshaking EDM festival with thousands of fans coming in from all over the world! Ultra Music Festival 2015 is going to be 16th annual festival of its kind and boy oh boy is THIS the one I want to go to!

I’ve made the conscious decision that Miami is my favorite city in the world. I haven’t been very many places outside of the country yet and Paris has always been on my radar, but as of this moment…Miami is my #1 🙂

You’ve got the beach, exotic cars, very beautiful people, warm weather, parties every day, night life, and one amazing EDM festival every March! What more could you want?!

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Exactly!

So this year is going to be insane over at Ultra Music Festival, but I never had any doubts. Let’s check out the Ultra 2015 official lineup, shall we?

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So you’ve got your top DJs of course such as Hardwell, David Guetta, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Nicky Romero, Skrillex, and my favorite DJ: Tïesto!

Then I see a reappearing act in Avicii who had to cancel his performance last year and has been getting healthy ever since! He’ll be back and I’m sure better than ever this year!

avicii-djI can’t wait to see the reunion in Miami with his fans! 😀

You’ve got the broken pieces of the epic EDM trio Swedish House Mafia which is now “Axwell /\ Ingrosso” and “Steve Angello” all on his own! Steve is a beast as all EDM fans know, but I’m curious to see the other 2 follow behind him. I hope they’re equally as epic!

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At least they’re all still active in EDM (electronic dance music)

Then you’ve got more notables like Martin Garrix, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, Clean Bandit, Porter Robinson, and Kiesza!

AND then…I have to just mention that Krewella is on the 2015 lineup. Now I hope you all know that there was a “disbandment” that happened when DJ Kris Trindl was allegedly booted from the trio and now it’s down to sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf and some EDM producers that nobody will know about. I’m sad to see that they are no longer a trio, and I wasn’t really that excited when I heard the sisters’ first song as a duo. That’s not to say that I don’t love them and what was Krewella, but I’m not sure I’m going to love the new Krew. I don’t know, but I’ll have to wait, listen more, and see.

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Here’s more info about the breakup: musicrowgirl.com/kris-trindl-is-suing-krewella-for-kicking-him-out/ and take a listen to their first solo song without Kris here: krewella.com.

There is also an extended lineup of additional acts! Check it out:

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I see Breathe Carolina, DJ Snake, Matthew Koma, Laidback Luke, & Robin Schulz!

So this is actually the “Phase 1” lineup for Ultra and there will be a Phase 2 lineup announced soon!

Ultra will take place in gorgeous Miami, Florida from March 27th-29th! Tickets are still available, but hurry!! —–> www.ultramusicfestival.com/tickets

And while you’re at it, take a look at the incredible Ultra 2014 Aftermovie:

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One of these years I’ve gotta get to Miami for Ultra! Maybe I’ll start saving now and go to the festival in 2016 😀

Thanks Ultra for the impressive lineup and I hope to be there soon!

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Phil Collins makes a special appearance

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Phil Collins…remember him? Singer/Drummer for the rock band Genesis & solo artist?

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Oh yeah! THAT guy! (He’s on the left) LOL 😀

So it just so happens that Phil Collins made his first performance since he announced his retirement in 2011 and he hasn’t performed in public since 2010!

This performance was last week at Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida where his two sons attend middle school!

miami_country_day_schoolLooks like one heck of a middle school!

Phil performed two of his biggest hits with the middle school band! 🙂

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Mr. Collins gave a performance of 2 songs: “In the Air Tonight” and “Land of Confusion”.

Before the show, Phil said: “I was nervous you know. I’ve been doing this all my life but how good can it be? How good can it be tonight? All of these kids came up to me yesterday and were very pleasant and nice and polite and made me feel like part of the band.”

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Without further ado…here is Phil’s first live performance in 4 years:

He did a lovely job and the band sounded great! 🙂

I guess I got so lost in the music news shuffle that I didn’t know that Phil Collins retired, yet he did it in order to be a full-time dad. I have no complaints now that I know his reason 😀

And apparently he agreed to perform only because one of his sons asked him…so we all have his son to thank! HAHA

Since I’m so young…I wasn’t introduced to Phil Collins until I watched a movie called Tarzan from my friends at Disney. Phil was in charge of the soundtrack and did and amazing job.

Listen to “You’ll Be In My Heart” here:

Now I want to watch Tarzan! HAHAHAHA

Phil’s return to the stage came just days before Steve Perry of Journey performed for the first time in two decades!!! And surprisingly he sounded very, very good!!!

Check it out:

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Thank you Phil for the long-awaited performance and whenever you want to come out of retirement…WE’RE READY!!!

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Avicii replaced by Deadmau5 at Ultra

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A couple days ago before Ultra Music Festival  started, our beloved DJ: Avicii  was hospitalized yet released quickly. His press statement was not revealing at all saying “he’s fine” and it was mystery as to why he was put in the hospital in the first place! 😦

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Yesterday afternoon it just so happened that Avicii  finally gave us a press statement saying: “Avicii  has been diagnosed as having a blocked gall bladder and is currently being evaluated for a potential surgery to remove his gall bladder. He has had to cancel all his commitments for the week, including a highly anticipated performance last night at the Ushuaia Pop Up at the Avicii Hotel at SLS and his headline performance tomorrow at the ULTRA Music Festival.”

avicii-2Feel better soon Avicii  and I’m sad we won’t be hearing you at Ultra this year 😦

To replace Avicii  is Canadian DJ Deadmau5  to close out the show tonight at Ultra

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The main stage lineup at Ultra also includes Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Krewella, and Nicky Romero!

I’m excited for Ultra  to hear new song Legacy  with Krewella & Nicky Romero:

Here’s the official tweet from Deadmau5:

 

It’s really unfortunate to see Avicii  not able to perform in Miami for the throngs of EDM fans from all over the world, but I at least hope that Deadmau5  will hold a tribute and sample Levels  for the crowd:

And by the way…I was absolutely mesmerized by Tïesto last night! 😀

He closed out the first night of Ultra  with a world premiere song and an hour & 1/2 set! He did his incredible version of John Legend’s  All Of Me  and had the crowd roaring! He was just stellar as can be and I recommend trying to see that performance again when it’s posted on YouTube  after the festival 🙂

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Miami Ultra Music Festival COUNTDOWN

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If you ever wanted to go to Miami…this weekend is probably the best time to go!

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We are only 2 days away from the Ultra Music Festival 😀

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I can’t believe it’s already here and I really wish that I could be there with all the lucky people for the 3 day long rave in beautiful downtown Miami, Florida!!!

The festival is located in a venue called the Klipsch Amphitheater, which is an official Live Nation venue! Klipsch is an outdoor amphitheater located in Bayfront Park on well-known Miami street: Biscayne Boulevard

As you can see the amphitheater is surrounded by trees, ocean, beach, and high-rises:

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The Klipsch Amphitheater is in the park with the seats spread out like a fan 🙂

I couldn’t think of a better location for a 3 day rave! No way!

MiamiCHECK!  BeachCHECK!  ParkCHECK!  High-risesCHECK!

I don’t want to throw people off when I use the word rave so here it is:

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Now I like how it says sometimes take illegal drugs because I don’t want to go ahead and say that it’s always the case…but for this guy at the famous festival Coachella…it was!!!

That video always gives me a good laugh 😀

What I mean by rave is a sweet combination of neon lights, glow sticks, dancing, and electronic dance music or as we all like to call it: EDM

Check out this photo from a previous spring break rave *ahem* Ultra Music Festival:

ultra-music-festival-2013-650-430There’s a lot of lights at an EDM show! Just as it should be!!

Ellie Goulding was the first person to teach us how important Lights are! 😉

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So I heard today on Billboard  that everyone’s new favorite 17 year old DJ, Martin Garrix, spoke at a press conference today in Miami!

This doesn’t at all surprise me that he’s already in Miami considering I saw his fellow DJ-extraordinaire Afrojack post a picture with Martin at his very own party at Ultra last night on Facebook 😀

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.09.01 PMThere’s the selfie yet again! HAHA

Speaking of selfies, don’t miss my blog about them here: http://wp.me/p4hDFH-jE

And also…speaking of Afrojack, he just announced on Facebook that his very first full-length album Forget The World will be released on May 19th this year and is available for pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/ForgetTheWorldDeluxe

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Back to our young golden EDM boy, Martin!

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So there was a press conference held today at Miami’s Nikki Beach Club to discuss his upcoming projects including a very, very recently recorded collaboration with another musical golden boy: Ed Sheeran!!!

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Martin still needs to complete the track but I just wanna hear it!!!

While we are waiting for “clearance” from Ed’s record label Atlantic, let’s just be excited as heck to hear his voice on an EDM track! 😀

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Martin Garrix and his team AKA SB Management (Scooter Braun) were probed to answer questions about Martin’s future today as Scooter joked, “We have a plan. I’m just not going to tell you.”

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I bet everyone in Miami is dying to see Martin  this weekend if they didn’t already last night at his party!!! I know I would be! HAHA

The festival is running through March 28-30 AKA this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday!

Here’s the insane lineup for the 2014 ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.44.11 PMHere’s what each stage is looking like for Friday, 3/28:

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Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.54.39 PMHere’s what each stage is looking like for Saturday, 3/29:

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And here’s what each stage is looking like for Sunday, 3/30:

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Avicii, Tiesto, Hardwell, & Martin Garrix are my must-see guys for the weekend!

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Here’s a link to Ultra’s website for more info: http://www.ultramusicfestival.com/home

Please tweet @musicrowgirl with any of your updates from Ultra!!!

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Check out my blog about Avicii taking over Miami’s SLS Hotel: http://wp.me/p4hDFH-65

And here are special events at the SLS this week sent to me by an executive 😀

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Tickets available for those events @ http://sbe.com/nightlife/locations/hyde-beach

And check out all of the special events here:  http://sbe.com/nightlife

Can’t wait to see the ultimate spring break parties go down this weekend! 😀

And for all of us in the North that are not experiencing 80 degrees Fahrenheit and more…we always have the official Ultra Music Festival YouTube streaming channel to keep us warm: https://www.youtube.com/user/UMFTV

Avicii to launch new hotel in Miami!

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It’s time to talk DJs y’all! Today’s topic: Avicii

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Avicii is ranked #3 in the world when it comes to DJs. Ahead of him in the Top 5 are the #1 DJ: Hardwell and the #2 DJ: Armin Van Buuren. #4 is Tiesto and #5 is David Guetta.

You can see the rest of the list here courtesy of DJ Mag: http://www.djmag.com/top100

My favorite DJ out of that list has to be the king of trance…Tiesto! 😀

So where did this Swedish phenom come from?

avicii-joe-gazzolaName: Tim Bergling

Stage Name: Avicii

Stage Name significance: Derived from Buddhism upon the suggestion of his friend, with the word “Avicii” meaning the lowest level of Buddhist hell.

Inspirations: Daft Punk, Laidback Luke, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso.

Birthday: September 8, 1989 (age 24)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

His claim to fame: The monster dance hit “Levels”

Performance fee per night: $250,000

First show: 1,000 people in attendance

Celebrity engagements: Madonna hired him as the DJ to break her into the EDM scene

So basically Avicii is a superstar and nobody can get in his way!

The news just came out this morning that the global EDM phenom is launching “Avicii Hotel at SLS Hotel South Beach” from March 26 to 30, during the Ultra Music Festival!!!

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“I’m so excited to, for the second year in a row, launch the Avicii Hotel and get in front of fans on this amazing property during Miami Music Week,” said Avicii.

I have to give it to him! The Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world and he’s launching his own hotel sponsorship for the event! Well done, Avicii! 😀

This is the lineup for Ultra…

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Can you even believe your eyes?!?!?!

Tiesto…Zedd…Avicii…Armin Van Buuren…Alesso…Krewella…Martin Garrix…Hardwell…David Guetta…Afrojack…Nervo! OMG!!!

So let it be known that the top 5 DJs in the world will be there!!!!!!!!

Basically I plan on attending this every year at some point in my life haha 😀

I saw Krewella last year in Nashville and they were SO unbelievably amazing!

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There’s my sick Instagram from that night haha

I’m also super interested in that new Martin Garrix kid! A Scooter Braun artist that was signed at 16 and is an internationally known DJ! I remember watching an interview where he said that he would go out to play a DJ set in Ibiza on the weekend and be back in class with his schoolmates on Monday! He called that normal!

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Check out his amazing song “Animals” here:

https://soundcloud.com/martingarrix/martin-garrix-animals-original

So if you live anywhere near Miami or need a place to take a vacation…head down to the Ultra Music Festival on South Beach!!!

And don’t forget to say hi to Avicii for me!