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    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd

      Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28.
      Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
      His representative said in a statement: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
      "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."
      No cause of death was announced, and Avicii's representative said no further statements would be issued.
      The superstar DJ behind some of the decade's biggest hits The electronic dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour, had struggled with some health issues in the past, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
      He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly because of the health problems.
      "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," he said at the time.
      Avicii's Wake Me Up breaks a million Avicii sixth on DJ rich list Avicii recovering after an operation
      Who was Avicii?
      One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008 He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking  
       
      He later announced a return to the studio, and released a new self-titled EP in 2017.
      The EP, Avĩci (01), was nominated for a Billboard music award for top electronic album just days before his death.
      As well as working with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, Avicii collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.
      Former Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules, who often performed alongside him, said his biggest achievement was being the first electronic dance star to break America.
      "He was the first huge commercial star," Judge Jules told the BBC. "He really became someone who couldn't go out on the street, he was so heavily recognised."
      Other leading electronic artists wrote tributes to Bergling after the news of his death.
       
      Singer Dua Lipa tweeted: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."
      US band Imagine Dragons tweeted: "Working with him was one of my favourite collaborative moments. Far too young. The world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art."
      "No words can describe the sadness I'm feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away," offered DJ Zedd, while singer Adam Lambert, who collaborated on the track Lay Me Down, called him "a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit."

      An enchanting artist
      Analysis by Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter
      At Avicii's last ever show in August 2016, one crazed fan climbed a 100ft-high (30m) scaffolding tower, just to get a better view.
      That's not something that happens that often during a DJ set (who needs to see the stage anyway?) but it was a testament to Avicii's ability to enchant an audience.
       
      Confetti cannons and bass drops aside, his shows encapsulated the inclusive, everyone-welcome philosophy that led him to collaborate with Coldplay, Nile Rodgers and Antony Hegarty as well as bluegrass and metal musicians in the studio.
      That final show, at Ushuaia Ibiza, was a two-hour greatest hits set, featuring crowd pleasers like Levels and Wake Me Up alongside his remixes of Robyn and Dizzee Rascal.
      But the DJ, who famously let the cat out of the bag when he revealed most major DJs pre-programmed their sets (comments he later walked back), was also known for dropping unexpected, whimsical tracks into his performances. A bit of Smokey Robinson here; a dash of Chicago there.
      He approached it all with an energy and optimism that permeated his own recordings. It's no surprise he was one of the most beloved DJs on the circuit.
      More about Avicii on BBC Music
      Avicii in his own words
      To Billboard Magazine in 2016: "When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price - a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me - but it was the best journey of my life" Post-retirement on his website: "[Creating music], that is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do... The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new." Prelude to music video for hit The Nights: "When I was 16, my father said, 'You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.' That's when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make."  
        Source: BBC
       
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      One of Australia’s biggest Dance Music events arrives this weekend: ‘A State of Trance 850’ Sydney + ‘Istoria 2018’ Melbourne.
       
      Armin caught up with Aussie winner of the ‘F1 Chinese GP’ Daniel Ricciardo over the weekend and also DJ’d in the actual ‘Red Bull’ Garage!

      Photos: Armin van Buuren’s Facebook Page  
      Watch Videos here:
      Armin on the Grid: https://www.facebook.com/arminvanbuuren/videos/10155484375353316
      Armin DJing in the Garage: https://www.facebook.com/arminvanbuuren/videos/10155484232388316
      ASOT850 Sydney this Saturday features: Armin van Buuren, Gaia, NWYR, MaRLo, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben de Ronde
      Istoria Melbourne this Friday features: Armin van Buuren, NWYR, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben de Ronde
      Latest single: ‘Sex, Love & Water’ feat Conrad Sewell is OUT NOW
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       ‘A State of Trance 850’ Sydney is excited to announce the addition of NWYR to the ASOT Line-Up
      Joining: Armin van Buuren, Gaia, MaRLo,Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben de Ronde
      Armin van Buuren, is thrilled to have some of his favourite artists join the ‘A State of Trance 850’ Sydney line-up including:
      NWYR, Gaia, MaRLo, Ørjan Nilsen, Will Atkinson and Ruben De Ronde, playing alongside the five times #1 DJ in the world. 
      Fans can enjoy the best Trance, Progressive and Psy for one huge night.  
       
      More information can be found atwww.astateoftrance.com
       
      ‘A State of Trance’ started as a radio show by Armin van Buuren and is now being broadcast in 84 countries, with over 37 million listeners every week.
       
      ‘ASOT’ is the largest music platform in the world with worldwide festivals. 
      Last year ASOT celebrated its 15-year jubilee. 
       
      Every year tens of thousands of fans from all over the world come together during the various ASOT festivals.
       
      Tickets available now via Ticketbooth: https://www.ticketbooth.com.au
       
      Line-up ‘A State of Trance 850 Sydney’ Sydney Showground - April 21, 2018:

    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Rave Radio are back with their new single, Morning Light - a summer House anthem, featuring vocals from MANBN. The Australian DJ duo combine live performance elements with high-octane EDM sets. They are kings of the viral Facebook video, raking in 19 million plays with their top Facebook video, and they’re now establishing themselves as fully fledged artists.
      Rave Radio’s previous single Carry You is on MTV’s daily rotation and peaked at #6 on the Aria Club Chart. Prior to that success, their single Turn Me Out racked up over 3.5m plays on Spotify. It’s clear these guys aren’t messing around! As we look to the future, Rave Radio will continue to dominate stages with the delivery of their incredible live experiences.  Meanwhile, fresh material will build momentum on the key streaming platforms and radio-waves – the future is looking bright!
      Rave Radio layer MANBN’s glorious top line over luscious guitar picking, as the tight percussion builds into a euphoric chorus of funky bass, vocal chops and groovy drums. Morning Light channels the warmth of an uplifting, pacific sunrise. It successfully cements Rave Radio’s position at the fore-front of popular dance music, and does so with pristine execution – the final product is a gem soaked in irresistible flare!
      Links available here:
      Spotify
       
      YouTube:
       
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      PRESENTED BY SYMBIOTIC 
      The much loved, chart-topping trio return to Melbourne and Sydney for two massive headlining shows over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend!
      Jono, Tony and Paavo, the globe-trotting dance music phenomenon known as ‘Above & Beyond,’today announced that their ‘Common Ground’album tour will visit Australian shores, in conjunction with promoter, Symbiotic. 
      Melbourne’s Hisense Arena is first up on Friday 8th June, while Sydney (where the boys chose to host their 150th episode of ‘Group Therapy Radio’) gets Common Ground on Saturday 9th June at the Exhibition Halls at Sydney Showground.
      With previous Above & Beyond dates at ‘Allphones Arena’ and the ‘Sydney Opera House’ selling out in minutes, fans should register for pre-sale access now, to avoid disappointment at: aboveandbeyond.nu/australia. 
      ‘Common Ground,’ the fourth studio album from Above & Beyond, was released January 26th on the band’s own ‘Anjunabeats’ imprint and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  The album includes the 2017 festival anthems: 'My Own Hymn,' 'Northern Soul,' 'Alright Now,' 'Tightrope' and new songs with longtime collaborators Justine Suissa (‘Naked’ and ‘Cold Feet’), Zoë Johnston (‘Sahara Love’ and ‘Always’) and Richard Bedford (‘Happiness Amplified’ and ‘Bittersweet & Blue’). 
      The latest single from the album is: ‘Cold Feet,’ featuring the un-mistakable vocals of dance music icon Justine Suissa, a longtime collaborator and member of the band’s cult ‘OceanLab’ project.
        ABOVE & BEYOND ‘COMMON GROUND’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
      Friday 8th June – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
      Saturday 9th June – Exhibition Halls, Sydney Showground
      For those who register, pre-sale tickets go on sale: Wednesday 4th April at 10am AEST 
      General on-sale opens: Thursday 5th April at 10am AEST 
      For more info, go to:
      www.symbiotic.net.au
      www.facebook.com/symbioticpresents
      www.instagram.com/symbioticpresents
      http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu
      https://www.facebook.com/aboveandbeyond
      https://twitter.com/aboveandbeyond
      https://www.instagram.com/aboveandbeyond
       
    • BrendanClay
      By BrendanClay
      So, as the dust has settled on our recent Attic event headlined by Laurence Guy—our fourth instalment—I am making available my recorded set from the evening.
      I opened up shop for the first hour on this occasion, so, accordingly; this is very much a lower, slower effort—105 BPM upwards—though, in doing so, I did my best to retain a lot of the melodic elements that make up our "Attic sound".
      I really enjoyed putting this one together and kicking off the night in a method that I saw fit—and what an evening it turned out to be!
      I hope you enjoy this one, all the same.
      Comments and feedback—and if you really enjoy it, bookings—are always welcome!
      'till next time!
      : Tracklisting:
      01 : Voodoo Whiskey - 'Poolside' (Original Mix) [Midnight Riot]
      02 : Atjazz - 'Open A Window' (Original Mix) [Atjazz Record Company]
      03 : Shur-I-Kan - 'Remember' (Original Mix) [Dark Energy Recordings]
      04 : Ben La Desh & Plan d'Aqua - 'Crackstate' (Original Mix) [Ism Recordings]
      05 : Ethyène - 'Rains Over Occident' (Original Mix) [Editorial Records]
      06 : Saine - 'You Can Count On Me' (Original Mix) [Masterworks Music]
      07 : Deephope - 'Transition' (Original Mix) [Deep Site Digital]
      08 : Luvless - 'Down With You Baby' (Original Mix) [Tsuba]
      09 : Kolja Gerstenberg - 'Mmmh Jaaazz' (Original Mix) [Smile For A While]
      10 : Ethyène ft. Folamour - 'Why My Love' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
      11 : Tour-maubourg - 'Hang On' (Original Mix) [FHUO Records]
      12 : Closed Paradise - 'Secrets' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
      13 : Daniel Leseman - 'On My Mind' (Original Mix) [Outplay]
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