CounterPoint 2014: Back and better than ever

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When the creators of Tomorrowland announced that TomorrowWorld, the American edition of their festival, would be held in the Chattahoochee Hills, many wondered what would happen to the other festival that was previously held at the same location. After a wildly successful first year in 2012, CounterPoint Music Festival is back with a new venue and a massive lineup. From indie, chillwave and electronica to electro, hip-hop and trap, CounterPoint has covered every genre a modern-day music lover could want. There is, literally, something for everyone.

CounterPoint moved to its new home in Kingston Downs, Ga., and will be held on April 25-27. Advanced general admission tickets are currently $180 (plus fees) and on sale at the CounterPoint website. VIP packages start at $600. Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People and STS9 will be headlining the festival, but the fun doesn’t stop there.

As you read the 2014 CounterPoint lineup, it seems to get better as you go along. They have the perfect balance of different styles of music. Mainstream, underground: You name it, they’ve got it.

Outkast, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper and more if you’re a rap fan. A-Trak, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner plus many more if you’re an electro fan. Foster The People, Thievery Corporation, Sleigh Bells and others if you like indie. Nosaj Thing, XXYYXX and Shpongle for the experimental ones.

And there are more, of course. The lineup consists of musicians that many know and love, and then, there are musicians that many have never heard of. MCP Presents and C3 Presents, the companies in charge of the festival, always have a good ear for fresh and new artists. This is evident in the multiple festivals they produce yearly, and CounterPoint is no exception.

MCP and C3 have revived the Dirty South as a prominent player in the music industry. They continuously are bringing groundbreaking music to an area that is relatively underestimated and unknown. The south needed a diverse and unique music festival and they hit the nail on the head with this one.

CounterPoint will be held at Kingston Downs for the next 10 years, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to buy tickets. Early bird tickets have already sold out and the advanced tickets are headed in the same direction.

For a taste of what the first CounterPoint was like, read our review.

via Bionic Beatlab

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Sold out Disclosure performances a sign of Miami refining its taste in electronic music

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Disclosure sold out The Fillmore on Saturday night, but the music was hardly close to over after their live show at the iconic venue came to an end. To keep the party going through the night, Grand Central held the official Disclosure after party with special guest Samo Sound Boy, which sold out as well. The night was an intimate and sultry adventure that packed Grand Central to the brims and gave a listen into Disclosure’s musical discourse.

Photo by Jake Pierce

There was already a good amount of people at the venue when I arrived. Different groups scattered the floor; some were at the bar, some were on the dance floor and some lingered on the couches and in the shadows of the dark corners. Santiago Caballero was able to get the crowd going with some disco, deep house and even some electro house.

One of Grand Central’s greatest features is the back patio. Not many clubs have an outdoor area, and Grand Central perfects this space with the booths, bar, pool table and ample standing room. Other groups gathered outside for the more intimate space, but it wasn’t long before they quickly ushered in as soon as the faint sounds of Disclosure seeped to the patio.

Fresh off their newest release, a rework of “F for You” featuring Mary J. Blige, and the release of the music video for “Grab Her,” the anticipation and expectations for this performance were so high that it would’ve become overrated if the duo wasn’t so talented.

They played most of their debut album Settle throughout the night, and every time they dropped a popular song, the crowd went crazy. They also played a remix of “Renegade Master” that enjoyably, but strangely transitioned into a remixed version of “Latch.” Todd Terje‘s “Inspector Norse” was a nice surprise. What was interesting about Disclosure’s hour-and-a-half set was the select unidentifiable tracks. I found myself wondering what was coming through the speakers multiple times and not even Shazam could tell me what it was.

Looking around, the audience was young and full of energy. I was surprised by how many people were two-stepping. The dance floor stayed packed for the entirety of the set, and it was refreshing to see a Miami crowd so heavily invested into the music, even if they didn’t appreciate the lesser-known songs that were played.

While I believe that the two brothers are musical geniuses, I also think that their specialties thrive in their live shows where they are able to display their talents to the fullest. This is not to say their DJ sets are not good, but that they are not as emotional and intricate as the live version. I’ve been impressed every time I’ve seen Disclosure. They are talented regardless if they are playing live or not. I believe that if they put as much work into their DJ set as they did for their live show, they would be even more appreciated than they are today.

via Bionic Beatlab