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10 OF THE COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS IN HONG KONG
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10 OF THE COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS IN HONG KONG

Travel A trip to a vibrant metropolis like Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to one of the cool rooftop bars. Fortunately, the many skyscrapers in the city are perfect for this. Enjoy the best cocktails and delicious cuisine while gazing at all the beauty that this special place has to offer from a great height. To get you started and make sure you don't miss the best, read more about our 10 favorite rooftop bars in Hong Kong below.       SEVVA Located in Hong Kong's business district, the rooftop bar SEVVA is located on the 25th floor of the Prince's building. Guests here are treated to panoramic views of the iconic skyscrapers, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon, while sampling mouth-watering European and Asian dishes. While enjoying a classic cocktail you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and magnificent neon lights until the early hours of the morning. Keep in mind that this luxurious setting comes with relatively high prices and a dress code. But hey, you can certainly spoil yourself for an evening on holiday!   W Hong Kong After a day of strolling through the city, you probably want nothing more than a moment of rest. Let the infinity pool and the jacuzzi on the roof of the W Hotel be the perfect place for that. Guests of the hotel can enjoy delicious food and drinks here by the water. In need of some more partying? Usually the most spectacular pool parties are held here every month, including a DJ and lots of champagne. A little more patience and hopefully we can experience an edition ourselves soon.   EyeBar On the 30th floor of the iSquare building, right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station, you will find the spectacular EyeBar. Although a cold beer can of course also be ordered, you should really go for the exotic signature cocktails that are served here. If you visit EyeBar between 6 and 9 pm, you will enjoy the happy hour and at the same time experience how bustling Hong Kong transforms from day to night. A real win-win!   The Lawn The Lawn is a rooftop bar that has a completely different setting. The terrace is designed in such a way that guests feel as if they are walking into a cozy garden. With a large green lawn, various plants and comfortable lounge sofas, this is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. Add to that the picnic style cocktails and tasty bites and the relaxed atmosphere is complete. Perfect for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.   OZONE Perhaps not officially a rooftop bar as it is largely located indoors, but we should still mention OZONE. This sky bar on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world! And of course you want to have been there. The pleasant atmosphere, the delicious small snacks and the creative cocktails; it is the perfect addition to complete your trip.     Piqniq On top of H Queen's is the cool rooftop bar Piqniq. From here you can enjoy the mesmerizing view from Victoria Harbor up to the Peak. During the day you can quietly enjoy a snack and a drink here, after which this fantastic place is transformed into a vibrant party under the stars in the evening. Whether you are looking for some rest and relaxation or are looking for a hip night out, this rooftop bar has something for everyone!    Red Sugar The Red Sugar is located in The Kerry Hotel and has a beautiful adjoining terrace. The special thing about this terrace is that it is located on the water and you have a view of the harbor from here. Not only the impressive view makes the Red Sugar unique. It also has a very extensive menu, where craft beers, wines aged in oak barrels, trendy cocktails and the tastiest bar snacks can be found. This makes the Red Sugar definitely worth a visit!   Popinjays This contemporary lifestyle rooftop bar and restaurant on the roof of hotel The Murray presents European gastronomy with a touch of Hong Kong. Popinjays has a huge lifestyle atmosphere, which is in contrast to the bustling city around it. Enjoy the most Instagram-worthy views while sipping on specially designed cocktails or classic top-class spirits creations.   Skye Bar With the Victoria Harbor and Victoria Park in the background, SKYE is designed for the true global nomads of today. This awesome rooftop bar is located on the 27th floor of Pullman Hotels and Resorts. SKYE is known for its outspoken, creative, culinary and enticing services, making for the most unique experiences. In addition, it has a large illuminated bar and three private rooms, which you can reserve for some quality time. And last but not least, a DJ will play the best and tastiest records here every night!     Sugar This hip rooftop bar is located on the 32nd floor of Hotel EAST, with a dazzling view of the harbor. This place is suitable for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, where relaxation and socializing are central. Exceptional cocktails such as "Garden of Eden", "Swinging Monkey" and "Siu Tim 2.0", impressive wine list and tasty shared plates make this one of the most delightful places to watch Hong Kong's sunset. A trip to a vibrant metropolis like Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to one of the cool rooftop bars. Fortunately, the many skyscrapers in the city are perfect for this. Enjoy the best cocktails and delicious cuisine while gazing at all the beauty that this special place has to offer from a great height. To get you started and make sure you don't miss the best, read more about our 10 favorite rooftop bars in Hong Kong below.       SEVVA Located in Hong Kong's business district, the rooftop bar SEVVA is located on the 25th floor of the Prince's building. Guests here are treated to panoramic views of the iconic skyscrapers, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon, while sampling mouth-watering European and Asian dishes. While enjoying a classic cocktail you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and magnificent neon lights until the early hours of the morning. Keep in mind that this luxurious setting comes with relatively high prices and a dress code. But hey, you can certainly spoil yourself for an evening on holiday!   W Hong Kong After a day of strolling through the city, you probably want nothing more than a moment of rest. Let the infinity pool and the jacuzzi on the roof of the W Hotel be the perfect place for that. Guests of the hotel can enjoy delicious food and drinks here by the water. In need of some more partying? Usually the most spectacular pool parties are held here every month, including a DJ and lots of champagne. A little more patience and hopefully we can experience an edition ourselves soon.   EyeBar On the 30th floor of the iSquare building, right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station, you will find the spectacular EyeBar. Although a cold beer can of course also be ordered, you should really go for the exotic signature cocktails that are served here. If you visit EyeBar between 6 and 9 pm, you will enjoy the happy hour and at the same time experience how bustling Hong Kong transforms from day to night. A real win-win!   The Lawn The Lawn is a rooftop bar that has a completely different setting. The terrace is designed in such a way that guests feel as if they are walking into a cozy garden. With a large green lawn, various plants and comfortable lounge sofas, this is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. Add to that the picnic style cocktails and tasty bites and the relaxed atmosphere is complete. Perfect for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.   OZONE Perhaps not officially a rooftop bar as it is largely located indoors, but we should still mention OZONE. This sky bar on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world! And of course you want to have been there. The pleasant atmosphere, the delicious small snacks and the creative cocktails; it is the perfect addition to complete your trip.     Piqniq On top of H Queen's is the cool rooftop bar Piqniq. From here you can enjoy the mesmerizing view from Victoria Harbor up to the Peak. During the day you can quietly enjoy a snack and a drink here, after which this fantastic place is transformed into a vibrant party under the stars in the evening. Whether you are looking for some rest and relaxation or are looking for a hip night out, this rooftop bar has something for everyone!    Red Sugar The Red Sugar is located in The Kerry Hotel and has a beautiful adjoining terrace. The special thing about this terrace is that it is located on the water and you have a view of the harbor from here. Not only the impressive view makes the Red Sugar unique. It also has a very extensive menu, where craft beers, wines aged in oak barrels, trendy cocktails and the tastiest bar snacks can be found. This makes the Red Sugar definitely worth a visit!   Popinjays This contemporary lifestyle rooftop bar and restaurant on the roof of hotel The Murray presents European gastronomy with a touch of Hong Kong. Popinjays has a huge lifestyle atmosphere, which is in contrast to the bustling city around it. Enjoy the most Instagram-worthy views while sipping on specially designed cocktails or classic top-class spirits creations.   Skye Bar With the Victoria Harbor and Victoria Park in the background, SKYE is designed for the true global nomads of today. This awesome rooftop bar is located on the 27th floor of Pullman Hotels and Resorts. SKYE is known for its outspoken, creative, culinary and enticing services, making for the most unique experiences. In addition, it has a large illuminated bar and three private rooms, which you can reserve for some quality time. And last but not least, a DJ will play the best and tastiest records here every night!     Sugar This hip rooftop bar is located on the 32nd floor of Hotel EAST, with a dazzling view of the harbor. This place is suitable for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, where relaxation and socializing are central. Exceptional cocktails such as "Garden of Eden", "Swinging Monkey" and "Siu Tim 2.0", impressive wine list and tasty shared plates make this one of the most delightful places to watch Hong Kong's sunset.

Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem 2021 (FDFA)re- examines the PURPOSE of  the current fashion system
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Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem 2021 (FDFA)re- examines the PURPOSE of the current fashion system

Exhibition Arnhem, March 24, a new year, and a new world due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a time when people are looking en masse for a new form of reflection and immaterial possession through meaning, or PURPOSE.     Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year, together with designers and artists, investigates in a hybrid festival format how the desire for meaning manifests itself in fashion and design. And how the fashion system is reinventing itself.     The festival is all about PURPOSE, but certainly also about REPURPOSE and a reset of the fashion system in a contemplative way. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions.     The ten dimensions refer to domains such as consumption, equality, ratio, emotion, empathy and are derived from the Tree of Life of the Kabbalistic teaching, with the aim of finding a perfect balance through a combination of these dimensions, allowing visitors to see that contemporary ideas about meaning, sustainability and the fashion system, are not black and white, but rather look for a new balance.     FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, where online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Every week a number of dimensions from the overarching theme 'PURPOSE' are highlighted. FDFA offers depth on the theme every week by means of videos and hybrid events. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA.   The digital program consists of an opening week with designer talks on the theme PURPOSE within the ten dimensions. Throughout the month, the FDFA presents digital programs, such as video interviews with the talents within the dimensions, how they create videos about the creative process and craft with local Arnhem designers and substantive visual installations. The FDFA lets experts talk about the hacks for a sustainable, upcycled wardrobe, and where clothing comes from.     The FDFA gives a seminar on PURPOSE & RE-PURPOSE and within the themes talks are hosted about sustainable projects such as The Linen Project and Fashion For Good about the future of circular design and new biobased materials. The Linen Project is investigating whether it is possible to start the local production of flax, linen and (linen) products in a sustainable manner in the Netherlands, so that the quality and origin of the products can be brought back to a local level. On the interactive parts, workshops are given in crafts such as screen printing and knitting. During the Fashion Month, the final exam students of ArtEZ University of Arts and Rijn IJssel Creative Industry will show their graduation collections.   The physical program of the FDFA will consist of local, small-scale events with the local partners, a tour along different dimensions through the city, which can be taken alone, and a shop exhibition ArtEZ Toile de Luxe will be photos of ArtEZ Fashion Design Bachelor students. exhibited at various locations in the city center and the Modekwartier. Together with the PURPOSE exhibition, these form a route through the city. The program is continuous in the month of June.   The FDFA fulfills a regional platform function in the field of fashion, which links regional professionals and organizations in fashion and design and communicates current fashion and design themes. The role of the designer in the interaction with the user is central to the festival. This happens to a large extent during June Fashion Month, when FDFA bundles various initiatives and presents them to the outside world together.     The last generations in the Netherlands have grown up in a consumer society in which fast fashion, rapid trend changes and mass consumption are the norm. Property and capital are equivalent to wealth in today's Western culture. Due to the internet and social media, beauty ideals are taking on more and more unnatural forms worldwide. Driven by algorithms, the pressure to live up to these ideals is mounting. The performance society dictates an unending quest for perfection, but the downside of the quest is an increase in burnouts. And the use of antidepressants and drugs is on the rise. At the same time, a counter-movement is emerging in which the interest in mindfulness and yoga expresses itself in a search for a deeper form of meaning. In short, this group wants to rethink today's performance society. And they are trying to change the consumption patterns that underlie it.   The University of Utah concluded that spiritual experiences cause the brain to produce dopamine and provide much the same pleasure as with sex, gambling and the use of stimulants. More than ever, we seem to be looking for meaning and happiness in our lives. Happiness that we apparently don't find in our current, busy performance society. Following this trend, the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year focuses on the theme of meaning with its participating designers, artists, partners and the public on the basis of the ten dimensions.     Credits: Photography: Wendelien Daan © 2020 Styling: Mary-Lou Berkulin Models: Lisette Ros, Liv ten Thije, Robin Griffin Assistant Photo: Robin Griffin Arnhem, March 24, a new year, and a new world due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a time when people are looking en masse for a new form of reflection and immaterial possession through meaning, or PURPOSE.     Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year, together with designers and artists, investigates in a hybrid festival format how the desire for meaning manifests itself in fashion and design. And how the fashion system is reinventing itself.     The festival is all about PURPOSE, but certainly also about REPURPOSE and a reset of the fashion system in a contemplative way. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions.     The ten dimensions refer to domains such as consumption, equality, ratio, emotion, empathy and are derived from the Tree of Life of the Kabbalistic teaching, with the aim of finding a perfect balance through a combination of these dimensions, allowing visitors to see that contemporary ideas about meaning, sustainability and the fashion system, are not black and white, but rather look for a new balance.     FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, where online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Every week a number of dimensions from the overarching theme 'PURPOSE' are highlighted. FDFA offers depth on the theme every week by means of videos and hybrid events. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA.   The digital program consists of an opening week with designer talks on the theme PURPOSE within the ten dimensions. Throughout the month, the FDFA presents digital programs, such as video interviews with the talents within the dimensions, how they create videos about the creative process and craft with local Arnhem designers and substantive visual installations. The FDFA lets experts talk about the hacks for a sustainable, upcycled wardrobe, and where clothing comes from.     The FDFA gives a seminar on PURPOSE & RE-PURPOSE and within the themes talks are hosted about sustainable projects such as The Linen Project and Fashion For Good about the future of circular design and new biobased materials. The Linen Project is investigating whether it is possible to start the local production of flax, linen and (linen) products in a sustainable manner in the Netherlands, so that the quality and origin of the products can be brought back to a local level. On the interactive parts, workshops are given in crafts such as screen printing and knitting. During the Fashion Month, the final exam students of ArtEZ University of Arts and Rijn IJssel Creative Industry will show their graduation collections.   The physical program of the FDFA will consist of local, small-scale events with the local partners, a tour along different dimensions through the city, which can be taken alone, and a shop exhibition ArtEZ Toile de Luxe will be photos of ArtEZ Fashion Design Bachelor students. exhibited at various locations in the city center and the Modekwartier. Together with the PURPOSE exhibition, these form a route through the city. The program is continuous in the month of June.   The FDFA fulfills a regional platform function in the field of fashion, which links regional professionals and organizations in fashion and design and communicates current fashion and design themes. The role of the designer in the interaction with the user is central to the festival. This happens to a large extent during June Fashion Month, when FDFA bundles various initiatives and presents them to the outside world together.     The last generations in the Netherlands have grown up in a consumer society in which fast fashion, rapid trend changes and mass consumption are the norm. Property and capital are equivalent to wealth in today's Western culture. Due to the internet and social media, beauty ideals are taking on more and more unnatural forms worldwide. Driven by algorithms, the pressure to live up to these ideals is mounting. The performance society dictates an unending quest for perfection, but the downside of the quest is an increase in burnouts. And the use of antidepressants and drugs is on the rise. At the same time, a counter-movement is emerging in which the interest in mindfulness and yoga expresses itself in a search for a deeper form of meaning. In short, this group wants to rethink today's performance society. And they are trying to change the consumption patterns that underlie it.   The University of Utah concluded that spiritual experiences cause the brain to produce dopamine and provide much the same pleasure as with sex, gambling and the use of stimulants. More than ever, we seem to be looking for meaning and happiness in our lives. Happiness that we apparently don't find in our current, busy performance society. Following this trend, the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year focuses on the theme of meaning with its participating designers, artists, partners and the public on the basis of the ten dimensions.     Credits: Photography: Wendelien Daan © 2020 Styling: Mary-Lou Berkulin Models: Lisette Ros, Liv ten Thije, Robin Griffin Assistant Photo: Robin Griffin

DGTL announces the full line-up
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DGTL announces the full line-up

Music The return of DGTL Amsterdam is accompanied by an impressive line-up, making us forget about lost times in 2020. After being forced to cancel the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic, DGTL Amsterdam will return to NDSM Docklands on 11th & 12th Sept.            DGTL’s new line-up presents 83 names including some of the most esteemed and legendary house & techno DJ’s including our cover star Nina Kraviz making it one of the most eclectic editions to date.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, where everything DGTL has worked on in recent years has come together to create a new future. Despite the uncertainties that come with the pandemic, DGTL feels confident and eagerly awaits this summer. The new line-up came together without making any compromises and ties in nicely with the leap forward that DGTL is taking with its theme "A NEW CYCLE". Legendary tastemakers include Ricardo Villalobos, British DJ duo CamelPhat and the stage debut of Love Minus Zero; Tiga and Hudson Mohawke’s collaboration that was first presented last year.     With music, art and sustainability as the main pillars, the DGTL events have taken their own place in the festival landscape worldwide. DGTL is the first circular electronic music festival, with a strong focus on topics such as energy, sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. DGTL has already reached out far beyond its home base in Amsterdam with editions in Barcelona, Madrid, Santiago, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Bangalore (India). After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a year in which everything DGTL has worked on in recent years has come together. For more information, check outwww.dgtl.nl    DGTL 11 & 12 September 2021, NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam FULL LINE-UP:  https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/421732865305915/    DGTL is SOLD OUT The return of DGTL Amsterdam is accompanied by an impressive line-up, making us forget about lost times in 2020. After being forced to cancel the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic, DGTL Amsterdam will return to NDSM Docklands on 11th & 12th Sept.            DGTL’s new line-up presents 83 names including some of the most esteemed and legendary house & techno DJ’s including our cover star Nina Kraviz making it one of the most eclectic editions to date.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, where everything DGTL has worked on in recent years has come together to create a new future. Despite the uncertainties that come with the pandemic, DGTL feels confident and eagerly awaits this summer. The new line-up came together without making any compromises and ties in nicely with the leap forward that DGTL is taking with its theme "A NEW CYCLE". Legendary tastemakers include Ricardo Villalobos, British DJ duo CamelPhat and the stage debut of Love Minus Zero; Tiga and Hudson Mohawke’s collaboration that was first presented last year.     With music, art and sustainability as the main pillars, the DGTL events have taken their own place in the festival landscape worldwide. DGTL is the first circular electronic music festival, with a strong focus on topics such as energy, sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. DGTL has already reached out far beyond its home base in Amsterdam with editions in Barcelona, Madrid, Santiago, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Bangalore (India). After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a year in which everything DGTL has worked on in recent years has come together. For more information, check outwww.dgtl.nl    DGTL 11 & 12 September 2021, NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam FULL LINE-UP:  https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/421732865305915/    DGTL is SOLD OUT

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In conversation with Florian Picasso
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In conversation with Florian Picasso

Events A few weeks a go we had a delight speaking with Florian Picasso about his new projects and very special event he hosted on the 20th of February in Cannes.       Please tell our readers about your special event, that was on 20th February, and what inspired you to create such a cool event?   The event was a DJ set at our villa in Cannes, which is also known as villa Californie, where my great grandfather by adoption used to live and paint and we did it in our living room, today's living room. But when Picasso lived there, it was an atelier actually. So, we emptied the room and made it like if it was set in another year. I played the DJ set, jointly with the graphic artist Cyril Kongo, who painted a few pieces.    Cyril Kongo is a pioneer of the street art graffiti in France and he's the one who actually kind of developed this art back in the eighties. I respect him a lot, his life is not similar, but he's also Vietnamese. He moved to the Republic of Congo and that's why that’s his nickname, Cyril Kongo. He then came to France and since then he's been on the road, he's been collaborating with Hermes, Chanel and many more other brands. I really, really liked what he's been doing. And we had this project actually since Bali, we met in Bali two years ago. And then during Covid, you obviously have a lot of time to think of out of the box projects. This project of me doing a DJ set and Cyril the painting, we were meant to do it in Vietnam actually. But in the end, it didn’t happen. So I was like, okay, let's do it in Cannes in the Pablo Picasso atelier. And he said that's amazing because he is a huge fan of a Pablo Picasso. So it's a big opportunity for him as an artist. And we did it together with Pioneer. They gave us a lot of gears and now we’ve got paint on the gears as well. And the paintings on the gears are going to be sold in auction with Global Gift Foundation, which is a charity, and all the profits are going to go to an orphanage in Vietnam.     What inspired the event idea and what is the story behind it?    It was a 90 minute set and we’ve streamed it on our Facebook pages and jointly with all the partners. The event was on the 20th of February. We had to empty the living room and then we put some decoration, everything was very subtle. We didn’t want to go hard on the production aspect. It was very minimalistic actually, cause I wasn't able to focus mainly on Kongo’s art because he was painting a few paintings. The paint was going on the DJ booth, then he was going back to one painting. I also painted, which was fun because I've never done it and it's a fun experiment.     How did the current strange times influence your creativity and development of your artistic work?   You have more time to think of stuff, you know, like everybody's on the same page. I mean, just see when you tour and stuff, it's the way you're living and the way you are as an artist. And now everybody comes with new ideas and is trying to stay relevant and creative. So when you have time and creativity, you can do anything. At first I was like everybody, a bit down and depressed, but in the end you have to capitalize on time. Time is the essence of life. And I was like, okay it's tough, but again, I have to use this time to be creative and not to be depressed and so it came naturally to be honest.     What are your first experiences and memories with art and music? And what made you embark on a profession in this industry?   First it was more like a hobby, when I was 13. And then I really liked it and I was very passionate about it. And then when I grew older, I had to choose music or some other stuff. And I really wanted to make music and to live off my passion and that's it. But yeah, it came at an early age, the hobby, cause I wanted to be a cool DJ and have all the girls around me and eventually it didn’t really work out, but then I fell in love with deejaying and music production. So I decided why not to give it a shot.     Tell us something that that you wouldn't normally put on your resume or something that you don't mention a lot about yourself.   I'm a great chef. Usually I’m into French cooking, more like slow cooking style, like in the pot. I like to cook all day. I like the preparation, it's a bit like in a DJ set, you have to mix the ingredients and then you have to wait for the results. I like to do marinade stuff, experiment stuff and over cooking. So yeah, really traditional, like countryside issue food.     What is the biggest lesson you have learned in 2020? What is your outtake on 2020?   Time is real. Because obviously for some people, they think they've wasted a year or something. And don't take anything for granted.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music and art industry long-term, especially now with a year of no performances, no festivals, no concerts?   Well, it's great to develop new technologies. I've been in contact with people who are developing new ways to interact with the crowd online. And I've seen people really wanting to take it to the next level, so to be honest, I think we're going to have something, a new branch in the music industry. I mean, you have the live stream, you do that in the music studio, etc. But now people discovered that it's actually going to be very profitable. I'm not talking about doing a DJ set in the bedroom or in the living room, I’m talking about pure technology like Tomorrowland is doing. There are stuff I've seen from people in the industry that are mind blowing.   It's definitely not going to be the same. But there are some people, that I met actually on my trip to Dubai, working on a project and there are going to be some big names in the project. Like big Dutch DJs actually and it’s going to be a next level project. I mean, I'm not in the project, but I talk to people and it's serious and it's going to be like wow.     Tell us more about your collaboration with Cyril Kongo on this extraordinary event?   At first it was going to be only one painting, but we did eight, eight smaller because we thought one was going to be a bit boring for the audience. So we put canvases everywhere in the room and he was going around, so it was very dynamic.     What does music mean to you?   It means everything and nothing at the same time, because it's so abstract, but yet it's so concrete. Sometimes you can identify yourself with music and then you really feel like it makes you feel something. And sometimes music can be the opposite, it's something that you want to listen to and you want to disconnect. So there's this thin line between everything and nothing. So it depends on what your quest is, because sometimes you want to listen to some music and you want to feel something and sometimes you just want to relax and you don't want to feel anything. So I think that's the power of music and the power of art. If I compare it to a painting, even if you're not an expert and you're going to be facing a Picasso painting, it’s either gonna make you feel nothing or something. A few weeks a go we had a delight speaking with Florian Picasso about his new projects and very special event he hosted on the 20th of February in Cannes.       Please tell our readers about your special event, that was on 20th February, and what inspired you to create such a cool event?   The event was a DJ set at our villa in Cannes, which is also known as villa Californie, where my great grandfather by adoption used to live and paint and we did it in our living room, today's living room. But when Picasso lived there, it was an atelier actually. So, we emptied the room and made it like if it was set in another year. I played the DJ set, jointly with the graphic artist Cyril Kongo, who painted a few pieces.    Cyril Kongo is a pioneer of the street art graffiti in France and he's the one who actually kind of developed this art back in the eighties. I respect him a lot, his life is not similar, but he's also Vietnamese. He moved to the Republic of Congo and that's why that’s his nickname, Cyril Kongo. He then came to France and since then he's been on the road, he's been collaborating with Hermes, Chanel and many more other brands. I really, really liked what he's been doing. And we had this project actually since Bali, we met in Bali two years ago. And then during Covid, you obviously have a lot of time to think of out of the box projects. This project of me doing a DJ set and Cyril the painting, we were meant to do it in Vietnam actually. But in the end, it didn’t happen. So I was like, okay, let's do it in Cannes in the Pablo Picasso atelier. And he said that's amazing because he is a huge fan of a Pablo Picasso. So it's a big opportunity for him as an artist. And we did it together with Pioneer. They gave us a lot of gears and now we’ve got paint on the gears as well. And the paintings on the gears are going to be sold in auction with Global Gift Foundation, which is a charity, and all the profits are going to go to an orphanage in Vietnam.     What inspired the event idea and what is the story behind it?    It was a 90 minute set and we’ve streamed it on our Facebook pages and jointly with all the partners. The event was on the 20th of February. We had to empty the living room and then we put some decoration, everything was very subtle. We didn’t want to go hard on the production aspect. It was very minimalistic actually, cause I wasn't able to focus mainly on Kongo’s art because he was painting a few paintings. The paint was going on the DJ booth, then he was going back to one painting. I also painted, which was fun because I've never done it and it's a fun experiment.     How did the current strange times influence your creativity and development of your artistic work?   You have more time to think of stuff, you know, like everybody's on the same page. I mean, just see when you tour and stuff, it's the way you're living and the way you are as an artist. And now everybody comes with new ideas and is trying to stay relevant and creative. So when you have time and creativity, you can do anything. At first I was like everybody, a bit down and depressed, but in the end you have to capitalize on time. Time is the essence of life. And I was like, okay it's tough, but again, I have to use this time to be creative and not to be depressed and so it came naturally to be honest.     What are your first experiences and memories with art and music? And what made you embark on a profession in this industry?   First it was more like a hobby, when I was 13. And then I really liked it and I was very passionate about it. And then when I grew older, I had to choose music or some other stuff. And I really wanted to make music and to live off my passion and that's it. But yeah, it came at an early age, the hobby, cause I wanted to be a cool DJ and have all the girls around me and eventually it didn’t really work out, but then I fell in love with deejaying and music production. So I decided why not to give it a shot.     Tell us something that that you wouldn't normally put on your resume or something that you don't mention a lot about yourself.   I'm a great chef. Usually I’m into French cooking, more like slow cooking style, like in the pot. I like to cook all day. I like the preparation, it's a bit like in a DJ set, you have to mix the ingredients and then you have to wait for the results. I like to do marinade stuff, experiment stuff and over cooking. So yeah, really traditional, like countryside issue food.     What is the biggest lesson you have learned in 2020? What is your outtake on 2020?   Time is real. Because obviously for some people, they think they've wasted a year or something. And don't take anything for granted.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music and art industry long-term, especially now with a year of no performances, no festivals, no concerts?   Well, it's great to develop new technologies. I've been in contact with people who are developing new ways to interact with the crowd online. And I've seen people really wanting to take it to the next level, so to be honest, I think we're going to have something, a new branch in the music industry. I mean, you have the live stream, you do that in the music studio, etc. But now people discovered that it's actually going to be very profitable. I'm not talking about doing a DJ set in the bedroom or in the living room, I’m talking about pure technology like Tomorrowland is doing. There are stuff I've seen from people in the industry that are mind blowing.   It's definitely not going to be the same. But there are some people, that I met actually on my trip to Dubai, working on a project and there are going to be some big names in the project. Like big Dutch DJs actually and it’s going to be a next level project. I mean, I'm not in the project, but I talk to people and it's serious and it's going to be like wow.     Tell us more about your collaboration with Cyril Kongo on this extraordinary event?   At first it was going to be only one painting, but we did eight, eight smaller because we thought one was going to be a bit boring for the audience. So we put canvases everywhere in the room and he was going around, so it was very dynamic.     What does music mean to you?   It means everything and nothing at the same time, because it's so abstract, but yet it's so concrete. Sometimes you can identify yourself with music and then you really feel like it makes you feel something. And sometimes music can be the opposite, it's something that you want to listen to and you want to disconnect. So there's this thin line between everything and nothing. So it depends on what your quest is, because sometimes you want to listen to some music and you want to feel something and sometimes you just want to relax and you don't want to feel anything. So I think that's the power of music and the power of art. If I compare it to a painting, even if you're not an expert and you're going to be facing a Picasso painting, it’s either gonna make you feel nothing or something.

LUUK VAN DIJK LAUNCHES VIRTUAL DJ SHOW AT HOTEL HIDEAWAY
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LUUK VAN DIJK LAUNCHES VIRTUAL DJ SHOW AT HOTEL HIDEAWAY

Music Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Luuk van Dijk becomes the first DJ in the world to play a live set at Hotel Hideaway, this Friday (Feb 26th) at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT / 11am EST.      Created by the makers of Habbo Hotel - which has previously hosted VR performances from huge global superstars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gorillaz - Hotel Hideaway has become an increasingly popular hangout among young people. Well over a million users from the 17-25-year-old demographic visit the online world each month, from across the US, Europe and Asia.      Hotel Hideaway concert visitors and users will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with the artist ‘backstage’.The online community provides a vast new platform for Luuk tap into, connecting music lovers with a live showcase of original music from his label Dark Side Of The Sun. In line with the label’s creative direction, the experience will be supported by specially designed visuals by UBERKRAFT Studios that show a trip along the light and dark sides of the universe.     Van Dijk has quickly established himself as a trendsetter in the house scene with his infectious energy, distinctive sound and effervescent personality. Just 24 years old, he has also seen up close how the Corona crisis has affected his peer group. “We can no longer meet up as before,” he says, “we can’t all go to a club or a festival together.Corona makes you realize that making new friendships is more difficult and you see that people are still looking for ways to get together.     “Hotel Hideaway is one of the places where more and more peers come together and I also want to be where my fans are in times when I can’t be on stage. Hotel Hideaway is the perfect place to still have that connection with the audience.” To be able to enjoy this live experience go to Hotel Hideaway.   Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Luuk van Dijk becomes the first DJ in the world to play a live set at Hotel Hideaway, this Friday (Feb 26th) at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT / 11am EST.      Created by the makers of Habbo Hotel - which has previously hosted VR performances from huge global superstars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gorillaz - Hotel Hideaway has become an increasingly popular hangout among young people. Well over a million users from the 17-25-year-old demographic visit the online world each month, from across the US, Europe and Asia.      Hotel Hideaway concert visitors and users will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with the artist ‘backstage’.The online community provides a vast new platform for Luuk tap into, connecting music lovers with a live showcase of original music from his label Dark Side Of The Sun. In line with the label’s creative direction, the experience will be supported by specially designed visuals by UBERKRAFT Studios that show a trip along the light and dark sides of the universe.     Van Dijk has quickly established himself as a trendsetter in the house scene with his infectious energy, distinctive sound and effervescent personality. Just 24 years old, he has also seen up close how the Corona crisis has affected his peer group. “We can no longer meet up as before,” he says, “we can’t all go to a club or a festival together.Corona makes you realize that making new friendships is more difficult and you see that people are still looking for ways to get together.     “Hotel Hideaway is one of the places where more and more peers come together and I also want to be where my fans are in times when I can’t be on stage. Hotel Hideaway is the perfect place to still have that connection with the audience.” To be able to enjoy this live experience go to Hotel Hideaway.  

San Holo announces new album and single
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San Holo announces new album and single

Music On Feb 3rd, Dutch DJ/producer San Holo released find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) as the first official single of his new album bb u ok?– which is out from May 21st via his own label Bitbird.      The album will be released digitally and physically and can be ordered in combination with various merchandise via https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr.   Listen to single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)   "It's all about connections,"said San Holo of his new work. "The connections between people and their memories, between people back and forth and with themselves." On his debut "album1”, San Holo explored the virgin territory between EDM, post-rock and indie, which, in addition to rave reviews from fans, press and colleagues, also earned him the prestigious Dutch Edison Award and an International Dance Music Award. Album number two ‘bb u ok?’, on which, in addition to Bipolar Sunshine, he collaborates with the likes of The Nicholas, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Chet Porter, American Football and Mija & Mr. Carmack, deepens the unique sound that San Holo has developed for himself. Within his own musical spectrum, he finds room to spread his wings further while keeping both feet on the ground.   With its twenty songs bb u ok? is an honest and open album that asks existential questions about love, hope, loneliness and social expectations. The songs encourage listeners to keep a finger on the pulse of both themselves and those around them and observe how things are really going. The newly founded www.bbuok.com also conveys that message as an online platform. Musically, San Holo builds a world of its own on the album, with alternating organic soundscapes and full-band compositions. “I poured my whole heart into this album. Instead of talking about it, I'd rather people listen to it, hoping it will take them somewhere. They can decide for themselves what it means to them, just as it has its own meaning to me. That's the beauty of music.”   New album bb u ok? was mostly recorded in an Airbnb in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It was here where San Holo found peace to make this second album.  “These songs are about experiences, conversations and moments that I have shared with people all my life. I've never been very good at expressing myself verbatim. Words on their own never seem to really capture the gist of how I feel. Most feelings are so complex that it is almost naive to try to describe them in words. That's why I make music. It's the only way for me to really express myself.”     Single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) – Feb 3rd 2021 find your way listening link: https://sanholo.lnk.to/findyourwaypr  Album bb u ok? presave:https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr  San Holo shop: https://sanholo.lnk.to/collectionpr    On Feb 3rd, Dutch DJ/producer San Holo released find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) as the first official single of his new album bb u ok?– which is out from May 21st via his own label Bitbird.      The album will be released digitally and physically and can be ordered in combination with various merchandise via https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr.   Listen to single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)   "It's all about connections,"said San Holo of his new work. "The connections between people and their memories, between people back and forth and with themselves." On his debut "album1”, San Holo explored the virgin territory between EDM, post-rock and indie, which, in addition to rave reviews from fans, press and colleagues, also earned him the prestigious Dutch Edison Award and an International Dance Music Award. Album number two ‘bb u ok?’, on which, in addition to Bipolar Sunshine, he collaborates with the likes of The Nicholas, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Chet Porter, American Football and Mija & Mr. Carmack, deepens the unique sound that San Holo has developed for himself. Within his own musical spectrum, he finds room to spread his wings further while keeping both feet on the ground.   With its twenty songs bb u ok? is an honest and open album that asks existential questions about love, hope, loneliness and social expectations. The songs encourage listeners to keep a finger on the pulse of both themselves and those around them and observe how things are really going. The newly founded www.bbuok.com also conveys that message as an online platform. Musically, San Holo builds a world of its own on the album, with alternating organic soundscapes and full-band compositions. “I poured my whole heart into this album. Instead of talking about it, I'd rather people listen to it, hoping it will take them somewhere. They can decide for themselves what it means to them, just as it has its own meaning to me. That's the beauty of music.”   New album bb u ok? was mostly recorded in an Airbnb in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It was here where San Holo found peace to make this second album.  “These songs are about experiences, conversations and moments that I have shared with people all my life. I've never been very good at expressing myself verbatim. Words on their own never seem to really capture the gist of how I feel. Most feelings are so complex that it is almost naive to try to describe them in words. That's why I make music. It's the only way for me to really express myself.”     Single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) – Feb 3rd 2021 find your way listening link: https://sanholo.lnk.to/findyourwaypr  Album bb u ok? presave:https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr  San Holo shop: https://sanholo.lnk.to/collectionpr   

THE LAUNCH OF HYDEOUT: THE PRELUDE IS HERE
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THE LAUNCH OF HYDEOUT: THE PRELUDE IS HERE

Music Having already announced episodes with the likes of Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Tinashe and many more, Hydeout: The Prelude continues to raise the bar. Welcoming exclusive content from new additions and global rap icons Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy and The Kid Laroi, genre-defying producer TOKiMONSTA, as well as Bohan, Dombresky and a Monstercat label takeover featuring the likes of Sullivan King, Habstrakt, Kill The Noise and Pixel Terror, the Hydetribe will bear witness to over 40 enthralling episodes across a variety of genres. With an explosive global episode premiere locked in for January 29th, Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix is set to ignite the online sphere, with French viral hitmaker DJ Snake’s episode to follow on January 30th. The ever-evolving music hub promises to keep fans satisfied with a constant flow of exciting content rolling out through 2021.      Hydeout: The Prelude will take fans on a truly unique journey, bridging the virtual and physical realms with secret locations around the world. Stepping through the portal, users will be transported to every corner of the globe with Hydeout’s exclusive on-demand episodes. The digital dimension will span three different worlds, HydeCity, HydeIsland and HydeEscape, encompassing over 20 stages including Aqua Sphere, HydeAlley, Pandemonium, Sanctum, The Arch, The Mirage and many other secret on-location stages in HydeEscape.      It’s safe to say we’ve all been feeling the effects of a year without festivals, and Hydeout: The Prelude is here to fill that void. In order to bring us as close as possible to that festival feeling, the platform encourages self-expression through avatar customisation, avatar dance moves and chat rooms. The Hydetribe will also be invited to test their gaming abilities and link up with fellow users in three different Hyde.Games. Hyde.Hoops offers the chance to shoot some virtual hoops, Hyde.Attack will get hearts racing in an energetic game of dodgeball and Hyde.Chef is set to get mouths watering as users will serve guests traditional Singaporean dishes in a fast-paced memory game. Competing against other users from all corners of the globe, subscribers can win Hydecoins, giving them the opportunity to purchase additional episodes and avatar skins.      Created by Singapore-based HydeNSeek Entertainment, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Hydeout’s digital empire stays true to its roots, integrating Singaporean landmarks into its environments, as well as showcasing some of the area’s hottest talents. Ready to be explored by those who share an innate desire to connect with likeminded people, and become immersed in a dazzling world of entertainment, the Hydetribe can unlock the full Hydeout experience with a Season Pass for USD $49.90. With multiple new episodes to enjoy every week, users will have unlimited playback views for 5 days upon first play. Fans can also access the platform when they register for a free Pay As You Go Pass on hydeoutworld.com. Season passes are also available on Hydeout’s Official Ticketing Partners sites at Klook and Festicket.      “We are excited to support Hydeout: The Prelude, a fully immersive digital music entertainment platform which will feature music talents while showcasing Singapore’s iconic spots and attractions. Consumer behaviour has changed and it is critical to pivot and adapt to new event formats and business models. Hydeout: The Prelude is a good example of how our industry can innovate and leverage technology to reimagine what music events could look like in the future.” - Ms Jean Ng, Executive Director Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development for Singapore Tourism Board.     Are you ready to join the #Hydetribe? Having already announced episodes with the likes of Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Tinashe and many more, Hydeout: The Prelude continues to raise the bar. Welcoming exclusive content from new additions and global rap icons Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy and The Kid Laroi, genre-defying producer TOKiMONSTA, as well as Bohan, Dombresky and a Monstercat label takeover featuring the likes of Sullivan King, Habstrakt, Kill The Noise and Pixel Terror, the Hydetribe will bear witness to over 40 enthralling episodes across a variety of genres. With an explosive global episode premiere locked in for January 29th, Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix is set to ignite the online sphere, with French viral hitmaker DJ Snake’s episode to follow on January 30th. The ever-evolving music hub promises to keep fans satisfied with a constant flow of exciting content rolling out through 2021.      Hydeout: The Prelude will take fans on a truly unique journey, bridging the virtual and physical realms with secret locations around the world. Stepping through the portal, users will be transported to every corner of the globe with Hydeout’s exclusive on-demand episodes. The digital dimension will span three different worlds, HydeCity, HydeIsland and HydeEscape, encompassing over 20 stages including Aqua Sphere, HydeAlley, Pandemonium, Sanctum, The Arch, The Mirage and many other secret on-location stages in HydeEscape.      It’s safe to say we’ve all been feeling the effects of a year without festivals, and Hydeout: The Prelude is here to fill that void. In order to bring us as close as possible to that festival feeling, the platform encourages self-expression through avatar customisation, avatar dance moves and chat rooms. The Hydetribe will also be invited to test their gaming abilities and link up with fellow users in three different Hyde.Games. Hyde.Hoops offers the chance to shoot some virtual hoops, Hyde.Attack will get hearts racing in an energetic game of dodgeball and Hyde.Chef is set to get mouths watering as users will serve guests traditional Singaporean dishes in a fast-paced memory game. Competing against other users from all corners of the globe, subscribers can win Hydecoins, giving them the opportunity to purchase additional episodes and avatar skins.      Created by Singapore-based HydeNSeek Entertainment, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Hydeout’s digital empire stays true to its roots, integrating Singaporean landmarks into its environments, as well as showcasing some of the area’s hottest talents. Ready to be explored by those who share an innate desire to connect with likeminded people, and become immersed in a dazzling world of entertainment, the Hydetribe can unlock the full Hydeout experience with a Season Pass for USD $49.90. With multiple new episodes to enjoy every week, users will have unlimited playback views for 5 days upon first play. Fans can also access the platform when they register for a free Pay As You Go Pass on hydeoutworld.com. Season passes are also available on Hydeout’s Official Ticketing Partners sites at Klook and Festicket.      “We are excited to support Hydeout: The Prelude, a fully immersive digital music entertainment platform which will feature music talents while showcasing Singapore’s iconic spots and attractions. Consumer behaviour has changed and it is critical to pivot and adapt to new event formats and business models. Hydeout: The Prelude is a good example of how our industry can innovate and leverage technology to reimagine what music events could look like in the future.” - Ms Jean Ng, Executive Director Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development for Singapore Tourism Board.     Are you ready to join the #Hydetribe?

DGTL returns and starts a brand new cycle
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DGTL returns and starts a brand new cycle

Music   The world's first circular dance festival returns to the NDSM Docklands on 11 and 12 September 2021.   DGTL Amsterdam returns, putting 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror but taking lessons and insights from a year that has changed us all. A year of new opportunities, new promises and hope for a better world, 2021 presents a new cycle for everyone,  DGTL included. The festival will return to its celebrated homeland at the NDSM Docklands but for the first time, not as the official opener of the festival season. DGTL 2021 will instead take place on September 11th and 12th 2021, with presale tickets going live on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a prescient moment in time where everything DGTL has worked on over the last eight years comes together as a true springboard to the future. That future begins now, writing itself by announcing the first wave of DGTL 2021’s line-up:     Acid Pauli | Adriatique | Afrodeutsche | Ben Böhmer | Blawan | The Blessed Madonna & HAAi | CamelPhat | Colyn | David Vunk | DJ Assault | DJ Python | Egyptian Lover | Eris Drew | Honey Dijon | Ingi Visions | KI/KI | Luke Vibert | Mala | Margaret Dygas | Meetsysteem | MEUTE | Mind Against | Nicola Cruz | Nina Kraviz | Paula Temple & SNTS | Ø [Phase] | Ricardo Villalobos | ROD | Worakls     ‘Let’s rewrite our future. It’s time for a new cycle.’     DGTL Amsterdam may be moving itself to the end of the summer rather than its traditional place as the start of the festival season, but the circular message and identity of the festival stays absolutely central to its wider mission. Maintaining sustainable programming by combining international headliners with local talent, the team behind DGTL match this with their sustainable organisation methods. DGTL is the first electronic music festival to be produced in a fully circular manner, with an above-average focus on the challenges in the fields of energy, water and sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. After a year in which it has become crystal clear how fragile life is on our planet, these steps have proven more important than ever.     Watch the A NEW CYCLE video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqyC7p6qQ4     By shifting its focus to September, DGTL can take even bigger and better steps towards a sustainable return to the festival landscape, with production levels that promise to erase the memory of 2020. The presale starts on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     The world's first circular dance festival returns to the NDSM Docklands on 11 and 12 September 2021.   DGTL Amsterdam returns, putting 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror but taking lessons and insights from a year that has changed us all. A year of new opportunities, new promises and hope for a better world, 2021 presents a new cycle for everyone,  DGTL included. The festival will return to its celebrated homeland at the NDSM Docklands but for the first time, not as the official opener of the festival season. DGTL 2021 will instead take place on September 11th and 12th 2021, with presale tickets going live on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a prescient moment in time where everything DGTL has worked on over the last eight years comes together as a true springboard to the future. That future begins now, writing itself by announcing the first wave of DGTL 2021’s line-up:     Acid Pauli | Adriatique | Afrodeutsche | Ben Böhmer | Blawan | The Blessed Madonna & HAAi | CamelPhat | Colyn | David Vunk | DJ Assault | DJ Python | Egyptian Lover | Eris Drew | Honey Dijon | Ingi Visions | KI/KI | Luke Vibert | Mala | Margaret Dygas | Meetsysteem | MEUTE | Mind Against | Nicola Cruz | Nina Kraviz | Paula Temple & SNTS | Ø [Phase] | Ricardo Villalobos | ROD | Worakls     ‘Let’s rewrite our future. It’s time for a new cycle.’     DGTL Amsterdam may be moving itself to the end of the summer rather than its traditional place as the start of the festival season, but the circular message and identity of the festival stays absolutely central to its wider mission. Maintaining sustainable programming by combining international headliners with local talent, the team behind DGTL match this with their sustainable organisation methods. DGTL is the first electronic music festival to be produced in a fully circular manner, with an above-average focus on the challenges in the fields of energy, water and sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. After a year in which it has become crystal clear how fragile life is on our planet, these steps have proven more important than ever.     Watch the A NEW CYCLE video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqyC7p6qQ4     By shifting its focus to September, DGTL can take even bigger and better steps towards a sustainable return to the festival landscape, with production levels that promise to erase the memory of 2020. The presale starts on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.  

THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS
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THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS

Music Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry. Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry.

In conversation with Ofenbach
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In conversation with Ofenbach

Music We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week. We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week.

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