Canadian EDM Superstars Datsik and Excision to headline the 2018 Ever After Music Festival in Kitchener

Toronto, ON (February 20, 2018) - One of Canada’s most highly anticipated music festivals, EverAfter Music Festival is back for it’s fourth consecutive year, with Canadian EDM heavy-hitters Datsikand Excision headlining the jam-packed lineup. Taking place in Kitchener’s Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Drive) from June 8 to 10, the three-day extravaganza will also include unforgettable performances from Claude VonStrokeFlux PavilionDoctor PIllenium, and many more. Marking the unofficial kick-off to summer, Ever After Music Festival is the ultimate escape from the daily hustle and concrete jungle, to the scenic landscapes of Bingemans where festival goers are transported to a utopian fairytale-themed paradise. The Ever After experience is unlike any other, where festival goers can expect theatrical performers, theme inspired dancers, state-of-the-art stage productions, exclusive VIP lounges as well as a waterpark, midway, games, and variety of vendors. Combining stunning visuals and high class performances, Ever After consistently brings in some of the biggest international EDM performers with previous headliners including ZEDDSkrillexBASSNECTARDiploDJ Snake and more. Quickly cementing themselves as one of the country’s top music events, EverAfter Music Festival attracts upwards of 40,000 festival goers from around the world.

“We strive to give an unparalleled, world class festival experience. We’re constantly on the pulse of the EDM scene and work to provide a line-up that combines a mix of emerging acts and EDM superstars,”says Ever After’s organizer Gabriel Mattacchione, President of Beyond Oz Productions Inc. “Ever After is an immersive, uncompromising musical experience. This year is guaranteed to be the most memorable one yet.”

Back due to popular demand, back-to-back (B2B) sets will be returning to the festival again this year, giving DJs the chance to share the stage and perform together for an incredible fan experience. This year,Ever After has planned a whopping seven B2B sets including Zomboy and Skism,  Flux Pavilion and Doctor PMidnight T and Megalodon, and more. Canadian EDM superstars, Datsik and Excision will be closing out the festival with their own B2B set, which is guaranteed to be a huge spectacle of lights and killer bass - a true basshead’s dream. Both artists have wowed crowds at festivals all over the world, and will now be returning back to home turf for a homecoming fans definitely won’t want to miss.

In addition to their incredible setlist, festival goers can also enjoy Ever After’s onsite waterpark, midway and games including inflatable football, a WipeOut obstacle course and more. For those who want the ultimate weekend getaway, the festival also offers offsite camping packages within a short walking distance of festival grounds so Ever After adventurers can keep the party going all night. In partnership with Unity Travel, campsites will be available in addition to cabins, containers, and RV spots for non-campers. Ever After prides itself for going above and beyond for EDM lovers music, by providing an exceptional weekend long festival experience. With incredible performances that will keep festival goers’ fists pumping and dancing day and night, Ever After Music Festival looks forward to pulling off  their biggest festival to date.

Tickets to the festival can be purchased by visiting

Tickets range from:

  • General one-day pass, $70.00
  • General three-day pass, $139.00
  • General three-day Rabbit Hole pass, $159.00 - Rabbit Hole pass allows for expedited entry into the festival and faster service at festival vendors, bars and rides.
  • VIP three-day pass, $184.00

Lucidity Festival Lineup Brings Fresh New Energy

SANTA YNEZ, CA — Lucidity aims to break barriers, set trends, and take a cutting edge approach to music bookings. The Lucidity lineup offers participants a chance to discover new favorites, explore up-and-coming artists and genres, and sample a taste of the festival season ahead.

The festival’s Booking Manager, James Spektrum, shares his excitement about the lineup: “We try to take a fresh approach to our lineup from year to year while still retaining the base identity that Lucidity has built up to this point. I feel like diversification is pretty key to retaining that vibe. We have Global and ‘West Coast’ Bass Music, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, House, Techno and just a touch of Psy. We really try to be conscious of curating and crafting a vibe that progresses throughout the day and from day to day.”

The eclectic mix of music on the Lucidity lineup is the delicious icing on a multi-layered cake of rich content offered at the weekend event in the hills above Santa Barbara. This intimate event allows the opportunity to discover hidden gems, where familiar favorites get sprinkled in with new surprises. The Lucidity Festival music lineup will no doubt inspire dancing, connection, and peak experiences no matter which stage attendees wander up to.

So who’s worth checking out this year at Lucidity Festival 2018: Rising Dawn? Topping the bill for the Lucid Stage is three time DMC world turntable-ist champion DJ Craze. This year they will bring in international artists like Spectrasoul from the UK along with Fracture, who is especially known for his high energy sets and cutting edge track selection. Both acts are tearing up the European and US Drum & Bass and Half Time scenes along with the off kilter funk of Shield from Denmark. And to round out the international artists is Basscoast's own The Librarian will be playing some deep cuts from her crates. Supporting acts pack in the flavor of this musical cornucopia, but that’s just the beginning.

On the Alive Stage, Afrolicious will represent the funk, along with Five Alarm Funk and many more. Dustin Thomas, Hot Buttered Rum, Iya Terra, and Liberation Movement will be sharing the spotlight and mixing up live music genres from reggae to bluegrass and beyond.

The bass and house beats at The Nook Stage will keep Lucidity Lovers dancing into the wee hours. Headlining this stage are Ardalan, J. Phlip, Mark Farina, Truth, DMVU, The Widdler and many more talented acts spanning all kinds of booty shakin’ bass of techno, house, dubstep and trap. This is where unfamiliar names become new favorites as the hours melt away on the dance floor. Check out Lucidity Festival on Soundcloud and give each stage playlist a listen.

There is much to be explored beyond the musical acts that grace the stages. Learning opportunities, yoga and movement, art and creative endeavors, community and even shenanigans await music lovers at Lucidity Festival: Rising Dawn. Lucidity places a big focus on the overall experience at the festival—from camps embedded within Elemental Realms, bold stage designs, a rich backstory with characters, and games woven into the fabric of the event. Each detail is a collaborative endeavor, and there is an invitation for all to participate in the dream.


This week, the team at West Coast EDM had the opportunity to chat with the ever-so-talented Sam Feldt in the midst of his U.S. tour and album releases. Yes, that's plural! Feldt released his debut album, Sunrise this October and his second, Sunset, just days ago. Each album consists of 12 signature melodic tracks, together forming 24 songs, symbolizing the 24 hours in a day.

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West Coast EDM: How did you get your start in music? Do you play any instruments?

Sam Feldt: When I was around 8 years old, I started playing the piano. I soon found out that just playing music was not for me. I wanted to make music too. That’s when I started music production. Around the same time, I started saving up for a DJ set and started playing DJ sets in my hometown.

West Coast EDM: Talk about your new album and what inspired it.

Sam Feldt: Sunrise to Sunset is an album about diversity and the fact that Sam Feldt music can be enjoyed both during the hours of Sunrise and Sunset. It’s been in the works for 2 years and I’m very happy that It’s out now for everyone to listen to.

West Coast EDM: Love the concept behind Fangage. What prompted the idea? Can you talk about how you were able to go from idea to company and can you talk about the successes it has seen?

Sam Feldt: Around 2 years ago, I saw that I had around 1 million fans on all social media combined. I had, however, no idea of who these people were or how to reach them. The only way I could reach them was paying huge amounts of money to Facebook and Instagram (to reach the people that already wanted to hear from me). For me, this was a ridiculous idea and I realized I had to regain control over my own fan base to be able to reach my fans directly. A year ago, my portal got launched and since then 20k fans signed up. In the past year, we’ve launched Fangage portals for 20+ other artists and influencers including Oliver Heldens, Headhunterz and many other DJ’s.

West Coast EDM: Can you talk about your style and how you see your sound developing over the next few years?

Sam Feldt: I would describe my style to be melodic, vocal and emotional. And I think it will remain that way since that’s the type of music that I like myself.

West Coast EDM: What city would you like to perform in that you have not visited yet?

Sam Feldt: Moscow, Russia

West Coast EDM: Which producers have inspired your style and who would you love to collaborate with?

Sam Feldt: My inspiration comes from anywhere. I listen to so many different style of music and it’s hard for me to pinpoint 1 producer as my main inspiration. I always look for interesting and unique collaborations, so working together with a rock band like U2 or a singer songwriter like John Mayer would be awesome I think.

West Coast EDM: What are your other hobbies outside of music?

Sam Feldt: I’m a big gamer! Playstation 4!

West Coast EDM: Where do you think you’d be now if not in music?

Sam Feldt: Graphic design - it has always been a passion of mine and I still design a lot of my own artwork.

West Coast EDM: What is one of the biggest challenges you've encountered throughout your career?

Sam Feldt: Coping with the struggles of touring and life on the road: little sleep, being away from loved ones and the pressure to perform and give everything you have at every show. In the end, however, it’s all worth it.

Well, there you have it! Be sure to catch Sam at his Miami, Atlanta, or Chicago stops if you haven't already. Trust us, it's a show you don't wanna miss.

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