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Live Nation purchases stake in Insomniac Events

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It’s been fairly obvious for some time now, with the announcement of a EDC London, the presence of a HARD branded stage at EDC Las Vegas, and various other recent signals, but it seems the wedding between LA-based Insomniac Events and Live Nation is on the verge of being made official.

Kudos to Pasquale Rotella for doing things his way and getting to this point, and here’s hoping this only means bigger and better things for the famed events put on by Insomniac around the globe.

Via the LA Times:

Concert and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire a stake in the events company that puts on the Electric Daisy Carnival dance music festival, a person with knowledge of the matter confirmed.

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation would purchase a roughly 50% interest in Insomniac Events. The Los Angeles company produces electronic dance music concerts at venues across Southern California and elsewhere. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported news of the pending sale, said Live Nation is paying $50 million for the stake in Insomniac.


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GDD™ x TAVIK WMC Party Picks

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GDD™ x TAVIK WMC Party Picks

It’s a bit late, as WMC is definitely in full swing as music pumps from pool to pool along the beach and all throughout downtown Miami, but I always find it helps to go into a hefty weekend of partying with a solid plan in place. With that in mind, here our are GDD™ x TAVIK Winter Music Conference Party Picks, with one each for the day and the night, and maybe a bonus round in between here and there.

Wednesday Night

Another Reckless Night @ Electric Pickle (3PM-5AM)
Danny Daze, DJ Tennis, Doc Martin, Ellen Allien, Green Velvet, Huxley, Josh Wink, Lee Curtiss, Maetrik, Maxxi Soundsystem, Steve Bug, Ryan Crosson, Matt Tolfrey

Thursday Day

Dim Mak Pool Party @ Raleigh Hotel Pool (1PM-9PM)
Steve Aoki, Datsik, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dirtyphonics, Azari & III, Yolanda Be Cool, Felix Cartal, AutoErotique, Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Keys N Krates, Sound Of Stereo, TAI, Deorro, Dzeko & Torres, Botnek, Dan Sena, Kid Ikarus, Will Brennan, Bones

Thursday Night

Slap N’ Tickle & Bardot Living Room Session @ Bardot (10PM-5AM)
Flume, Shlohmo, Jerome LOL, JBZ

Friday Day

Pete Tong Pool Party @ Surfcomber Hotel (11AM-11PM)
Some very special guests and b2b sets… just trust us.

HARD Pool Party @ Raleigh Hotel Pool (12PM-10PM)
Felix Da Housecat, Baauer, Skreamizm, Clockwork, Just Blaze, Alex Metric, Destructo, Surkin, Oliver, Para One, Kill Frenzy, Jesse Rose, Light Year, Gina Turner, Samo Sound Boy

Friday Night
Lil’ Death Miami @ Jelsomino (10PM-5AM)
Secret Guests, Brodisnki, Para One, Surkin, Curses!, Staccato, Star Eyes, AC Slater, Strange VIP, DKDS, Tamara Sky

Saturday Day

Red Bull Breakfast Club @ 1111 Collins Ave. (330AM-7AM)
Baauer, RL Grime, Samo Sound Boy, Jerome LOL

Never Say Never @ SLS Hotel Pool (1PM-10PM)
Sasha, Guy Gerber, Adam Beyer, Thugfucker, Dusky

Saturday Night

Bromance & GDD™ @ Cafeina (10PM-5AM)
Special Guests, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Astronomar, Louisahhh, Wax Motif, Justin Jay, Mark Starr, Meech, Troy Kurtz, Bones, Burn Unit, Craig Williams, Pirate Stero, Bixel Boys, Rick Rude

Sunday Day

Last Resort @ Villa 221 (11AM-11PM)
Maceo Plex, Solomun, Dixon, Tale of Us, Soul Clap, Tiger & Woods, Heidi, Pillowtalk, Dusky, Huxley, Noir, Kate Simko, Blond:ish, J. Phlip, Nitin, Meech

Sunday Night

Hard 2 Leave @ Goldrush
Special Guests and lots of strippers

Hope this helps you shape up your plans if you’re going to be in Miami through the weekend!


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TAVIK Presents #GDDRV – Day 8

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We have arrived. There’s no better way to establish you’re officially in Miami then to hit Gigi’s in midtown next to Bardot and get some pork buns. One of my favorite meals of the year, which coincidentally leads straight into one of our favorite parties of the year, the traditional first Tuesday night of WMC outing at Bardot.

This year we were lucky enough to land a top heavy line-up curated by Alex Metric, complete with Oliver, Amtrac, UZ, Destructo, Aeroplane, and the man himself. Troy Kurtz and Trevor Bones got the party warmed up for Destructo while Jonah and myself played an admittedly awful game of pool as the event started to fill up. The man behind HARD Fest, Destructo, played a booty funkin’ set that really helped cultivate an amazing vibe that would survive the rest of the night.

As the morning hours creeped near Jonah and myself found ourselves in a raving electric golf cart in South Beach on our way to Story Nightclub, where an OWSLA takeover consisting of a properly weird Brodinski & Gesaffelstein b2b set as well as a headlining set by Skrillex were going down. With an endless amount of booze flowing backstage and no worries about where we had to be in the AM we stuck around until Alvin Risk teased the sun with his signature sound and we finally snagged a ride back home.


Not willing to give up on the night just yet, we headed for the beach to find various groups of other young revelers also foregoing a solid night’s rest in favor of the endless good times to be had. It was a long day indeed, but we knew it was just the beginning of our 6-day stint in Miami for Winter Music Conference, and with a solid slate of Wednesday pool parties quite literally on the horizon we finally headed back to the RV to get a few hours rest.

Make sure you’re caught up on the rest of the adventure by reading the TAVIK blog and stay tuned there for more updates, photos, and videos!


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TAVIK Presents #GDDRV – Day 7

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After a long day traversing the South and experiencing a part of the country most of us had never really seen before except on Swamp People on the History Channel – we travelled through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and nearly all of Florida in a day – we had finally arrived at Casa de Kurtz only two short hours outside of Miami. The promise of waking up to a home cooked breakfast had us all foaming at the mouth, as we were looking at the meal as a Last Supper of sorts. It’s a short jaunt to Miami from here, and even after six days on the road, we couldn’t be more excited to finally get to our favorite week of the year.

Winter Music Conference is a truly special time, where friends from all over the world converge, and friends from all over the world are made. Seminal songs of the coming year come out, legends are born, myths are created, artists take risks, and overall everyone just tends to have a really fucking good time.

We kick things off tonight with a little Gotta Dance Dirty showcase at our annual Tuesday night kickoff at Bardot near Downtown Miami (3456 N Miami Ave Miami, FL 33127). The bill is quite massive if we do say so ourselves, with Alex Metric, Aeroplane, Destructo, Oliver, UZ, and Amtrac gracing the bill. If you’re in town definitely make it over and if you recognize any of us don’t be shy! And stay tuned for our Day & Nite party guide, which will be going up a bit later today, to get all of our recommendations for the best daytime and nighttime gigs around town for each day left of WMC.

If you’re wondering how the first week of the TAVIK Presents #GDDRV tour has been, catch up on the adventure so far over on the TAVIK blog!


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TAVIK Presents #GDDRV: Day 2 + 3

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After the wild night, we packed up and set our sites for Austin. Trev took the wheel for the first 7 hours while Matt and Jonah went into a deep tequila-induced slumber, and as we write this Mr. Kurtz is pumping Tom Petty’s greatest hits and “driving us as fast as possible so we can catch Trinidad James” at SXSW.

First ever trip to Austin for all four of us. Needless to say we’re pumped. And keeping the buzz going after we just picked up a 30-rack of Coors Light next to the Sonic we just stopped at. Hear about our first night at SXSW and the awesome iHeartComix #SUPERPARTY…

Read the rest of the #GDDRV Tour Diary at!


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TAVIK Presents #GDDRV: Tour Diary – Day One

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Since the calendar flipped over to March a few weeks back I have barely been able to focus on Winter Music Conference. It usually invades my mind on an hourly basis throughout the first few weeks of the month, but this time around I know there is plenty of treacherous ground to cover before we even get to sunny Miami, FL, and as excited as I am for that, there’s a whole week of events before we ever set foot in that great city.

On Tuesday, we awoke to the task of procuring our vessel for the maiden voyage of the #GDDRV. Troy Kurtz and Jonah Berry set out on a mission to pick-up our…

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