Buenos Aires is Shutting Down Electronic Music in the Entire City

Last year's Time Warp AR. Photo courtesy of Adán Jones

Last year’s Time Warp AR. Photo courtesy of Adán Jones

Following the tragedy of five deaths at Time Warp Argentina in Buenos Aires, the city’s municipal judge Roberto Andrés Gallardo has ordered the closure of all nightclubs in the entire city as the first step of an intended reform to cease “all commercial activity involving dancing with live or recorded music.”

The attack on electronic music as a community is evident. The closure of all clubs in the city, regardless of genre of music played, is intended as the first step toward first figuring out which of these venues play electronic music. It is reported that once the thorough investigation is done, only clubs playing electronic music will be forced to shut down, and will remain closed until specific laws are passed to curb drug usage at electronic music events.

Understandably, club owners in the city are not happy. Jorge Becco, the head of the Buenos Aires chamber of discotheque owners, went so far as to question the legality of Gallardo’s actions, “How do you obey a totally unconstitutional order like this one? It’s like shutting the vegetable store because you found food poisoning at the butcher shop.” The sentiment is shared by many of electronic music fans who have taken to Reddit and Facebook to voice their frustration and anger.

The latest move by the city comes after Federal Judge Sebastian Casanello targeted Dell Producciones, the local production and promotion company behind Time Warp. Several of DP’s management and staff have already been detained for questioning including DP attorney Maximilliano Avila and Carlos Maria Garat, the man in charge of the venue’s evacuation plan. The head of the company, Adrian Conci, is being held responsible by authorities for the five deaths at the annual festival and was last reported as still being wanted by the local police.

While it is totally correct for the city’s judiciary and police forces to want to prevent another incident of this kind from ever happening, the targeted closure of all electronic music nightclubs in the city appears to be a narrow-minded approach that doesn’t itself target the real reasons behind the tragedy. Reuters is reporting that several nightclub owners will refuse to follow judge Gallardo’s orders to close down, as they believe it is unconstitutional and inherently illegal.

Source: Reuters

Going to Ibiza? New Holiday Tax Goes Into Effect This Summer

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News has just come in that anyone traveling to Ibiza from July 1st onwards will be subjected to a new ‘Sustainable Tourist Tax’, with the funds collected going towards protecting the beautiful resources of the magical island. This is the latest change following news that local government will be forcing clubs to close doors at 6:30am starting this summer.

The tax is being excised by the government of the Balearic Islands, meaning that  it will be applicable to other Mediterranean islands that fall under its jurisdiction such as Majorca and Menorca. The tax will be collected at the traveler’s accommodation, and will vary depending on the type of housing chosen for the vacation. It will begin at €0.50 per day for hostels and campsites and go up to €2 for luxury hotels.

Anyone traveling to Malta will also be subjected to a similar tax this summer, with those 18 year olds expected to pay €0.50 per night from June. Mainland Spain and other Mediterranean locations are = not included in this new tax.

 

Back in 2002 the islands introduced a similar tax, but back then the results weren’t successful causing it to be canceled after just one season. At the time holiday makers decided to travel elsewhere as a result, with Turkey, Egypt and and Tunisia reaping most of the benefits. Due to recent reluctance of people to visit these latter countries, it is expected that tourism to the Balearic islands won’t suffer from this new tax. In fact, Spain as a whole is expected to have it’s most successful summer ever according to The

 

Source: The Independent

Your Complete Party Guide to Movement Detroit 2016

Photo by Bryan Mitchell

Photo by Bryan Mitchell

Movement Detroit is just around the corner, and this year the Motor City is peppered with more parties than ever. We have decided to save you the time and effort by grouping them all in one comprehensive guide to help you choose and plan your weekend with ease.

The list is sorted in order by day, with events displayed alphabetically. While most are after-parties, there are a few day parties too which are clearly marked to avoid confusion. The 6AM staff combed through the entire list and selected favorites that we recommend based on years of experience traveling to Detroit for Movement weekend.

Please be aware that some lineups are still TBD and some parties are altogether still yet to be announced. We will be updating this list daily to ensure it’s complete for your use. When preparing for your trip to Detroit, ensure you also take a look at our expansive City Travel Guide for tips on how to get the most out of your stay. Read more

Was Spotify Hacked? User Credentials Leaked Online

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A list of Spotify account credentials for hundreds of users was leaked to the website Pastebin in what seems to be either a security breach or a leak from the inside. These details include usernames, passwords, emails, and other account info – a number of users are reporting that their accounts were targeted as a result. Some cited changes to their music preferences, while others claimed they were unable to log in to their accounts as their passwords had somehow been changed.

As an anonymous victim reported In a statement to Tech Crunch, “I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices.”

This would neither be the first nor the second breach that Spotify has encountered thus far, so we can’t be 100% sure whether the data come from a new breach or was previously acquired and just leaked recently. Either way, it is definitely be possible that there are many more account credentials that may be leaked in the future.

Asked about the incident, a spokesman denied allegations that Spotify was attacked :

“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords.”

The page with the leaked information is dated April 23, although statements from many affected users indicate that the issues began last week. Some also said they received emails on Sunday, telling them that their passwords had been changed. As another user explained, “I was definitely hacked and later tried googling ‘Spotify hack news’ last night to no avail… I noticed it last night when I opened Spotify on my phone and saw someone was using my account somewhere else.”

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In order to protect the victims, we must refrain from posting a link to the Pastebin page to protect the victims (as many other sources have done). However, we will post a screenshot with all personal data censored out. Please remain on high alert if you notice that your account has been suspiciously accessed, especially if you’ve linked Spotify with your social media pages or you use the same password to log in to other websites. Several users have even reported suspicious activity on their Skype, Facebook, Uber, and even bank accounts. Even if your account was not tampered with, we highly recommend that you change your password immediately – better safe than sorry!

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Mayor of Buenos Aires Bans Electronic Music Festivals Following Time Warp Fatalities

Time Warp Argentina 2015. Photo by Margarita Fracman

Time Warp Argentina 2015. Photo by Margarita Fracman

On April 15th, reports began to arise that people had died following drug usage at Time Warp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to the reports, several other people had been rushed to the hospital as a result of complications caused by both drug overdose and festival conditions that included over-crowding and lack of easy access to water or other means of hydration.

Today the The Guardian reports that Buenos Aires mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, has put a temporary ban on all major electronic music festivals until new city legislature is passed to combat drug usage at these events.

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Five people have already been arrested following the events of that fateful weekend, where attendees reported being offered designer drugs including ecstasy pills, doses of LSD, marijuana, poppers and cocaine as well as suffering from lack of ventilation and an oversold festival that meant hour-long lines for water. Due to the incidents on the first day of the festival the second night was promptly canceled.

Time Warp issued the following statement via Facebook on the 21st of April. No further statement has been released since:

“We are dismayed and deeply saddened by the death of five young people at Time Warp Buenos Aires. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased and the five visitors who are still under medical treatment. We pray for their quick recovery.

The German Time Warp companies, “Planwerk Events GmbH & Co KG“ and “cosmopop GmbH“, were not in any way involved in the local organization and planning of the festival. We are listening to your complaints. At the moment we are trying to get a clear picture.

The organizer of the event will refund the money for the second day, corresponding to the value of your ticket. Please email info@multiticket.com.ar to obtain your refund.

We will keep you updated.”

Poll: How Do You Listen To Your Favorite Music?

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Photo by Daniele Zedda

In today’s ever-changing spectrum of technology, there are several ways one can listen to their favorite music, ranging from vinyl to mp3, online streaming to CDs and yes even the age-old radio!

We would like to know what YOU, our readers, use to listen to your favorite music. You may choose more than one option if you use two or more of the mediums listen below.

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Solomun Announces +1 Guests for Pacha Ibiza, Including DJ Koze, Dixon, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth & Many More

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Solomun and Pacha Ibiza are teaming up again this summer for a potent residency that sees the German giant bring an impressive roster of guests to the club for his “Solomun +1” series.

The Diynamic Music head-honcho will start things off on May 22nd alongside Butch, and will continue through to October 9th when he will close things off with a solo open-to-close set. This summer’s long residency will be peppered with a list of impressive guests, including debuts by Richie Hawtin, Black Coffee and Damian Lazarus, and returns by the top-roster names such as Dixon, DJ Koze, Âme, Mano le Tough and Sven Väth.

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With Diynamic turning 10 years old this year, it is no surprise that label-mates H.O.S.H. and Adriatique will both be joining Solomun at key points of the season. Other illustrious names set to play the prestigious room include the influential Pete Tong, Life & Death label head DJ Tennis, Rumors boss Guy Gerber and a penultimate night set by Joseph Capriati.

Full dates are below:

OPENING PARTY: May 22 – Solomun +Butch

May 29 – Solomun + Adam Port
June 5 – Solomun + Dubfire
June 12 – Solomun + H.O.S.H.
June 19 – Solomun + Andhim
June 26 – Solomun + Adriatique
July 3 – Solomun + DJ Koze
July 10 – Solomun + Dixon
July 17 – Solomun + Damian Lazarus
July 24 – Solomun + Pete Tong
July 31 – Solomun + DJ Tennis
August 7 – Solomun + Black Coffee
August 14 – Solomun + Guy Gerber
August 21 – Solomun + ANNA
August 28 – Solomun + Richie Hawtin
September 4 – Solomun + Âme
September 11 – Solomun + Mano le Tough
September 18 – Solomun + Michael Mayer
September 25 – Solomun + Sven Väth
October 2 – Solomun + Joseph Capriati

CLOSING PARTY: October 9 – Solomun all night long

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“Dance Tonight” Event App Aims to Revolutionize the Electronic Music World

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Dance Tonight – a new event-driven app – has now launched in key US and European markets. Aimed to provide fans with the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to electronic music events in their area, Dance Tonight focuses on Underground, Indie Electronic and EDM with one simple user-friendly interface.

By integrating monthly top events from sources that include Dancing Astronaut, XLR8R, TRAX, Deep House Amsterdam, ROLLINGTUFF and Gotta Dance Dirty, Dance Tonight provides users with the ability to search events by location and date, buy tickets as well as bookmark their favorite artists and venues to be alerted of new shows as soon as they are announced. The app goes one step further, adding a social function that allows fans with similar interests to interact via direct messaging or city-wide after-party chats.

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The app, which is available for download for both iOS and Google Play Store, is live in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. Further cities will be added in the coming months as the platform rolls out with its expansion plans.

When introducing the ideas behind this new platform, Ryan Botwinick, President of Dance Tonight, explained, “We set out to create the most convenient way for our music community to plan their night out. I am very proud of our team and excited to announce that Dance Tonight App does just that. For the first time, a user can get all the information they need in a single place. The app helps promote the Dance Music scene as a whole as it drives ticket sales to multiple platforms, encourages communication between fans and brings together some of the most influential music media outlets as partner curators for the app. No matter what style of Dance Music you like, this app was created for you.”

Check out a video teaser below for an idea of what to expect from the app!

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Kraftwerk Brings 3D Tour Back To The United States

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Some of our favorite resident robots (no offense to our beloved Daft Punk) will be returning to the states yet again. Given the success of last year’s 14-stop tour, Kraftwerk has just announced that they will be playing a second round of gigs in the United States.

The tour, which will visit nine cities, begins in North Bethesda, MD on September 3, continuing on to Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, and San Diego, ultimately culminating on September 18 in Los Angeles. Tickets will be publicly available at 10:00 AM (local time) on April 29 (Friday) for all shows except Los Angeles, which will go on sale May 1 (also at 10:00 AM local time).

Scroll down to see all of the tour dates and to catch a video glimpse of what to expect.

 

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Tour Dates:

9/3 North Bethesda, MD – The Music Center at Strathmore
9/6 Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Peforming Arts Centre
9/7 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
9/9 New Orleans, LA – The Orpheum
9/10 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
9/12 San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
9/15 Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theater
9/16 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
9/18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

Marco Bailey brings Techno to Ibiza with MATERIA Residency

Marco Bailey. Photo via Marco Bailey Facebook

Marco Bailey. Photo via Marco Bailey Facebook

Despite Ibiza’s role as the mecca of electronic dance music world over, the sounds of techno seldom make their way to the island throughout the season, with parties gernally favoring house and tech house. In recent years, bigger names of the genre such as Marcel Dettmann, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing Ben Klock and Rødhåd have all paid visits to the island, as have a string of Detroit techno legends the likes of Robert Hood and Derrick May. Mostly, these have been guests at parties such as ENTER., Cocoon or Detroit Love – nights that cover techno but not in their entirety. The truth is that at least in recent years there hasn’t been a party solely devoted to “proper techno” throughout the island, despite the genre’s popularity and the vast amount of talent that represents it.

That is about to change with MATERIA, a brand new techno night presented by veteran Marco Bailey at Privilege‘s Vista Club on Sunday night. The residency will last 11 eleven weeks throughout the summer, showcasing sounds that focus on techno and nothing else. When announcing MATERIA, the Belgian artist said, “I want to present you all with MATERIA – a night that reflects our sound, a sound that creates a certain outstanding energy that penetrates the body and soul. For me, it is that special kind of energy we call TECHNO, a sound I have represented for over 15 years. MATERIA will be bringing music fans together worldwide, from Belgium to Spain to the United States to Japan – uniting us together as one”

This first summer residency for Bailey will begin on June 19th, and will feature quality techno acts such as Black Asteroid, Paul Ritch, Sam Paganini, Marcel Fengler, Carlo Lio, Shlomi Aber, as well as Markus Suckut, Vril and Sasha Carassi.

More acts are yet to be announced, but it’s already starting to look like MATERIA will be the techno hotspot on the island throughout this year’s summer.

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