We've been waiting to hear what's in store for Independence Day weekend this year, and Pacha and RPM announced in early June that we will be celebrating 4th of July Dirty Dutch style with Chuckie, Gregori Klosman, and an unnamed special guest at Governor's Island. Chuckie is considered to be the father of Dutch House, a style that revolves around squeeky, high-pitched synths. If you're unfamiliar with him, you'll probably recognize his tracks, "Who is Ready to Jump" or "Make Some Noise." These tracks are perfect examples of Chuckie's work, and of his major contribution to Dutch House. Tickets can be purchased here.
Don't forget that Victor Calderone, Chus + Ceballos, Sian, Arjun Vagale, and Mike Frade will be spinning on Friday, July 5th. A Brooklyn native, Calderone will be coming home to perform for his fans here in New York. Introduced to New York nightlife at the young age of 15 by his older brother Cesar, Victor immediately developed a powerful zeal for dance music. Best known for his remix of Sting’s “Desert Rose,” he also remixed for artists like Beyonce, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson. As one of the most influential tech house DJs in the EDM community, his set should be pretty solid. To get a better feel for his sound, listen to “Let Me Set You Free” and “Deep Dark Jungle.” Presale tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets can be purchased here for $40 (not including tax).
And if that wasn't enough, the next day Gareth Emery will return to the Governor’s Island on Saturday, July 6th with Michael Woods, Ben Gold, Blake Jarrell, and Christina Novelli. In short, Gareth is a trance, house, and progressive legend. Currently at #14 in the DJ Top 100 Poll, Gareth has been producing for many years and has definitely earned his claim to fame. In 2010, he released tracks such as “Sanctuary” (featuring Lucy Saunders) and “On a Good Day” (with Above & Beyond). Two years later he came out with “Concrete Angel” featuring Christina Novelli, who we can expect to do a live performance of the song. And in 2013, Gareth collaborated with Krewella to produce one of his newest tracks, “Lights and Thunder.” The greatest aspect about Gareth is that he is open to playing many different genres as opposed to sticking to just trance. Listen to his live set from EDC NY 2013 and you’ll see what we mean. Tickets can be purchased here.
Finally, we will close out 4th of July weekend with Dirty South and special guests—a pretty safe choice considering he’s blown up in the last few years. We love Dirty South because in the past, he has come out with some banging remixes such as The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” (with Axwell) and Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home.” In 2012, we had “City of Dreams” on repeat for months because not only does it have catchy beats and a strong drop, but also the lyrics are quite meaningful. So much so that we couldn’t stop seeing them posted in statuses on Facebook. The song is on the more sentimental side for Dirty South and Alesso, but people adore this sentimentality because it often reminds them of themselves. Most recently, Dirty South released his debut studio album, Speed of Life, on March 5, 2013. The album is worth checking out if you plan on attending his show, as chances are he will drop at least one of the tracks from Speed of Life. Tickets can be purchased here.
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All events are 18+ to enter / Rain or Shine
• Ferrys leave every 15 minutes to Governor's Island
• Doors 4pm until Midnight
• VIP Table Reservations can be made here.