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The 2018 edition of Amsterdam Dance Event is only a drum beat away and just like last year, Armada Music is bringing a spectacular three-day ‘Armada Invites’ marathon to the world’s biggest dance music conference. From Thursday, October 18 till Saturday, October 20, Armada Music welcomes three phenomenal line-ups into its home, filling out their own in-office club with slamming Trance (Thursday), insanely groovy House/Tech House (Friday) and some kick-ass all-round dance music (Saturday). On each day, all live sets will be livestreamed on Armada Music’s YourArmada video platform, on a custom-made landing page ( and on Armada Music’s Facebook page.


On Thursday, October 18, Armin van Buuren kicks off the ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon with a very special broadcast of his globally acclaimed radio show, A State Of Trance. From 17.00 till 22.00, both the club and the radio studio will be packed with Trance’s biggest artists, showering the crowd with blistering live sets and a truckload of magical moments.


One day later, on Friday, October 19, Armada Subjekt artists and household names such as Kevin Saunderson, Chus & Ceballos, Danny Howard, Low Steppa, Mambo Brothers, Raumakustik and more will take over the reins. From 15.00 to 23.00, they’ll be filling out the club with sizzling grooves and infectious rhythms taken straight from the House/Tech House realm.


And last but not least, the third and final installment of this three-day ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon completes the experience with a monstrous all-round line-up that includes global dance music stars such as ARTY, Fedde Le Grand, Firebeatz, Loud Luxury, Sultan + Shepard, Tom Staar and more.


Full line-up of ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ on Thursday, October 18 (in alphabetical order):



Full line-up of ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ on Friday, October 19 (in alphabetical order):

ATFC b2b David Penn

Chus & Ceballos

Danny Howard


Federico Gardenghi

Illyus & Barrientos

Kevin Saunderson

Lex & Wood

Low Steppa
Mambo Brothers
Marco Lys
Tim Baresko b2b Clyde P

Full line-up of ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ on Saturday, October 20 (in alphabetical order):


Clement Leroux

De Hofnar


Fedde Le Grand



Frank Pole

Kav Verhouzer
Loud Luxury
Sonny Bass
Sultan + Shepard
Tom Staar



About ‘Armada Invites’

‘Armada Invites’ is Armada Music’s main event brand, hosting events and stages all around the globe as well as the recurring livestream events in Armada Music’s own in-office club in Amsterdam that comprise exclusive showcases from some of the biggest and most talented acts in the world. World-renowned artists such as Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, Eelke Kleijn, Erick Morillo, Gareth Emery, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies and NERVO have already served as headliners in previous editions of ‘Armada Invites’, reaching a worldwide audience through the ‘Armada Invites’ livestreams on various platforms, such as Facebook and Armada Music’s own YourArmada video platform.


It’s been longer than your average since Pure NRG graced us with a single. In fact you’d need to cast back as far as the early months of summer 2017 to find the pair’s ‘Cala Blanca’ release. 

In their three-year/now-eight-track history, the group’s titles have always come with a certain enigmatic presence (‘Secret Of The Sahara’, ‘Era’, ‘Midnight Blue’, ‘Scarlett’ – you know what we’re saying!). Solarstone & Giuseppe Ottaviani’s latest enrapturer is no exception. Like a moth to the clubfloor flame, here comes ‘Chrysalis’.

As ever ‘Chrysalis’ sports the very finest of its respective producers’ dual sonic genetics. Riding on a base of bass & indomitable drum, it’s further hastened by an edged sub-melody and its no-prisoners pacing. Sky-bound from the off, it takes Pure NRG’s application of some cooler, more coursing sub-melodies to bring it equilibrium.

Break-side, it dials down the dynamism, drawing in zephyr-ish harmonies, which channel greater-yet texture to its mix. As sure as every chrysalis opens though, its chiming mainline rises, finally exalting in that elevating ‘butterfly’ effect. Experience Pure NRG’s ‘Chrysalis’ here for yourself today:


01:  ‘Chrysalis’ (Original Mix)


With September-end seeing the second edition of his concept album ‘Grotesque – Reworked & Remixed’ hit shelves & stores, into the autumn RAM turns up the release heat again. 

This time it’s single business that’s at hand and ‘Northern Star’ represents the Dutchman’s third union with Susana – the singer behind both ‘Someone Like You’ and the unforgettable ‘RAMelia’. 

When it comes to bringing ‘Northern Star’ its emotional heft, studio-wise RAM takes zero chances. He loads its production deck with a near limitless array of striking elements. Elevating key changes, chord progressions and savant-like techniques all play their part. Bass roll and percussive spur catalyse its purposeful tempo, while epic, reverb-heavy guitar riffs and luminous sub-melodies establish yet greater ether.

With her dazzling vocal performance, Susana catches the emotional current of RAM’s production perfectly. As ‘Northern Star’ flows into its drop, his production elements draw down, ultimately setting her voice against beat-free pianoforte and majestic orchestral strings. Susana bares her soul as never before with from-within lyrics and a delivery that’ll pull you in a thousand different ways… before sending you to the stars. 

‘Northern Star’ is out now and stream/purchase through this link:

BT & MATT FAX – The Noetic

‘The Noetic’ from BT & Matt Fax is a track that will have you lose yourself on the dance floor. This little piece of paradise is something no dance music fan wants to miss!

Listen to BT & MATT FAX ‘The Noetic’ HERE



A sonic journey tailor-made for the mind and soul, ‘The Noetic’ is a piece of paradise every dance music fan wants to lose himself in. Filled to the brim with the tender synth plucks and breathtaking atmospheres that epitomize the sounds of BT and Matt Fax, this song is flawless progressive Trance with a touch of magic.


When three musicians come together to make music, there are three perspectives, ideologies and agendas to balance. That may prove difficult for some, but for South African electronic band GoodLuck, it only rounds out their already broad-spectrum skill set and allows them to cook up tracks that strike a chord with fans from all over the world. Off the back of their nine #1 charting hits on national radio, they’ve gone for the double digits with the empowering ‘Chasing Dreams’, released on Armada Music.


Listen to GoodLuck – Chasing Dreams


Sporting an uplifting message that pairs well with the luscious vocals and amazing grooves, ‘Chasing Dreams’ sees GoodLuck conjure up something truly magical. Upbeat, uplifting and even a tad funky, this song helps fans become the dance floor maniac they always wanted to be.


Juliet Harding, lead vocalist GoodLuck: “When I wrote ‘Chasing Dreams’, I had this overwhelming feeling, one that we needed to share with the world. At the time, it felt like everything was working against me, and trying to stay positive and motivated was becoming harder and harder. There was a person who came into my life who really helped me see that freedom was the only thing I actually needed and that everything else was a choice. I also realised that true freedom was found in the journey and I really wanted to share this message with our fans. No matter how difficult the circumstances are, you always have a choice to keep following your dreams with an open heart and love in your bones. That’s the story of ‘Chasing Dreams’.”


Award-winning electronic band GoodLuck consists of Juliet Harding (vocals), Matthew O’Connell (sax, keys and backing vocals) and Ben Peters (the band’s producer and founder). With their internationally acclaimed release ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’, they held their own in the Top 5 of ‘Most Shazammed Songs’ for over two months, hit #1 on various radio charts and snatched up the accolade for most played song across all South African radio stations for the month of June in 2016. Having shared the stage with artists such as Bakermat, Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada, Lost Frequencies, Pharrell Williams and Robin Schulz, they are now globally recognized for their high-energy live shows as well as their distinct approach to electronic music, which shines through splendidly in their new single, ‘Chasing Dreams’.

WARP BROTHERS – Time & Space

If you’re looking for a strong Trance track that will make you forget about ‘Time & Space’ this is the track for you! Filled with a hard bassline, pulsating synth blasts and huge energy spikes this track will be adored by the rave fans.

Listen to the track HERE

Bringing back the Hard Trance sound with a modern twist, Warp Brothers add another fireproof layer to their sonic foundation that’s been standing tall since they emerged with their classic ‘Phatt Bass’ in 2000. Once again dealing in high-octane basslines, pulsating synth blasts and huge energy spikes, this cut will make fans rave so hard it may disrupt the ‘Time & Space’ continuum.


Richard Durand, that masterful DJ, relentless globe-circler and Level 5 caffeine enthusiast, is delighted to present the handshake single for his new long-player. A joint release between Holland’s Magik Muzik and the UK’s Outburst Records, Richard’s ‘The Air I Breathe’ also serves as his striking first time pairing with Ms. Christina Novelli. 

If you want a first taste of what the Amsterdamer’s first album in six years will look & sound like, here’s where you’re gonna get it!

From ‘The Air’s outset, Richard sets the most evocative of scenes, carving it deep with rolling bass concentration, echoic & deeper-timbered percussion and quick-release snares bursts. Moving from background to fore, its pads well up and Richard’s synths start their sweep, while Christina’s harmonic refrains begin to establish their presence.


Come the drop, Richard brings all the studio’s spotlights to bear on ‘The Air’s song. Christina burns up the room with a performance that lyrically is as emotionally searching as it is relatable, while its delivery is nothing less than heartrending. Supporting the chorus’ poignancies, one by one Richard reintroduces his production elements, ultimately tying them together to pull off the track’s final altitude-grabbing rapture.


New album account opened, ‘The Air I Breathe’ is available to stream/purchase here, now:




01: Richard Durand & Christina Novelli – The Air I Breathe (Club Mix)
02: Richard Durand & Christina Novelli – The Air I Breathe (Radio Mix)



‘Wild Wild Son’ is the newest track from Armin van Buuren with vocals from Sam Martin. With this calm and freeing track Armin van Buuren again shows a totally different side of himself and it is great! ‘Wild Wild Son’ is a refreshing masterpiece. The music video will premiere in the ASOT radio show.

Listen to Armin van Buuren feat. Sam Martin ‘Wild wild Son’ HERE

Helmed by sublime piano chords and Sam Martin’s guiding vocals, ‘Wild Wild Son’ sees Armin van Buuren go down the cross-genre road to come up with an absolute masterpiece. Moving, hopeful and honest, it’s a song you just have to let run free.


Applebum: The Beach Beyond

The Garden Resort, Tisno welcome the formidable party starters, Applebum for 5 nights of Urban, Soul & Electronic sounds on the stunning Adriatic coast.
Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd July, 2019

UK promoters Applebum have become the latest addition to The Garden Resort family, bringing their infectious and energetic attitude towards partying to Tisno for 5 nights of Urban, Soul & Electronic music from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd July 2019. 

Applebum: The Beach Beyond is the brand new festival project that has come to fruition from the magnificent minds behind winter snow event Rise Festival, Soundwave Festival (the iconic former Garden Resort event) and the founders of UK club brand Applebum.

The Beach Beyond is a hidden musical paradise nestled on the beautiful Croatian coastline of Tisno, blessed with crystal clear Adriatic waters, sizzling sunshine and star-lit night skies. It will welcome a diverse celebration of music in an idyllic and intimate setting with sun-drenched daytime sessions, dancing under the stars and boat parties sailing along the Dalmatian coast.

Noah Ball, Soundwave Co-Founder said: “After 10 incredible summers at The Garden Resort, Soundwave left Tisno in true style last summer, throwing one of our best festivals to date and signing off on what has been a fantastic journey for the brand. Now, after delivering some of the finest moments at The Garden Resort, Soundwave hands over the reins to a new wave of creatives and welcomes UK promoters Applebum to Tisno, bringing fresh energy, talent and ideas to this beautiful resort.”

Known for being one of the UK’s biggest Hip Hop and R&B parties, Applebum was conceived by two best friends over their deep love of Hip Hop and the legendary US group – A Tribe Called Quest. The name Applebum nods to one of the bands famous tracks and just like A Tribe Called Quest, Applebum keep fun, freedom, positivity and knowledge at their core . This exciting new venture to The Garden Resort, Tisno will be true testament to that and an exciting next chapter for this homegrown and much loved music brand.

With a community vibe of like-minded souls, the event will unite musicians, artists and travellers, to inspire new connections for a generation where collaboration is king, community is key and “we” is before “me.”  Actively encouraging knowledge and skills to be shared, Applebum: The Beach Beyond will provide a place to learn, contribute and create, with classes, talks and a pop-up studio on site.

This is an intimate yet epic journey of discovery, unearthing a new generation of talent from music, art and culture. Where the feeling of discovering a new favourite artist is only matched by rediscovering nostalgic sounds of the past. A place where breakthrough talent is given a platform to positively thrive alongside established artists and where audiences can feel part of growing something really special from the start, in a spectacular inspirational setting.

Jordan Hallpike, Applebum Co-Founder: “Applebum has always been about a celebration of the music we love, by the artists we love. We’ve been putting on parties across the UK for a number of years and have always dreamt of putting on a festival to showcase our passion and creativity. When the opportunity came along for us to work with Noah and The Garden team, we jumped at the chance. To be in the company of brands like Defected, Love International, Hospitality and Suncebeat is a real privilege and we plan to honour this and the memory of Soundwave by bringing some of our favourite talented artists to the resort. We’ll be announcing the first wave of acts very soon.”

Applebum: The Beach Beyond, goes beyond a holiday experience; it’s an experience where dramatic coastlines and breathtaking woodlands provide the backdrop to a party filled with fun, freedom and fuse friendships. Where choosing between dancing all day at the beach stage or wild swimming in the crystal clear sea is the hardest decision of the day and where dancing under the stars until the early hours of the morning becomes a nightly ritual.

It’s time to get ready for a place where genuine lovers of music, art and culture are encouraged at every step to go beyond what they know and who they know to make this the most inspired and life-enhancing journey with Applebum: The Beach Beyond. Let the music and the magic happen.

For more information on Applebum, The Beach Beyond, please visit:
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With no small sense of drama the next standalone to come from Lowland’s ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ LP receives its singles call-up today. Its occasion has – for the first time – put Lowland’s Petri Alanko into the same orbit as singer (and fellow Finlander) MARiANNA. 

A chanteuse of unparalleled style and creativity, together, on ‘Infinite Loudness’ the two have conspired one of those rare you’ve-never-heard-anything-quite-like-this numbers. A track that bucks convention, delights in the different and delivers something as memorable as it is unique. 

Tracking all of the minutiae inspirations, influences, undertones and sonic-salutes behind ‘Infinite Loudness’ is a task pretty much without end. Each play reveals new layers and nuances and gives ever-greater weight to its stunning complexity. Synth-pop shades, rock opera nods, trance-styled synths and darkly thunderous orchestral drums are but a handful of the heady elements that gather around MARiANNA’s vocal. 


And what a vocal it is. Drama is its watchword – an endlessly impelling follow-it-wherever-it-goes performance that brings her lyrics (even more symbolic than their title suggests) vividly to life. Brilliantly wrought, wrenching and intoxicating – a listening experience quite unlike any other, you can purchase/stream ‘Infinite Loudness’ here:


01. Infinite Loudness (with MARiANNA)