By Elias Leight

Originally published in Rolling Stone on March 29, 2018

Kaskade and Marshmello will be among the big-name DJs and electronic music producers performing at this year’s Electric Zoo festival on Randall’s Island in New York City.

The initial lineup also includes the “Fk a Genre” producer Mija, Dutch arena-dance star Martin Garrix, dubstep pioneer 12th Planet, the dance chart mainstays Cash Cash and the Mexican-born production duo Boombox Cartel, signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label. More than 50 additional artists will be added as part of the second phase of the lineup announcement.

Each year, Electric Zoo also allows labels to take over stages and showcase a variety of their DJs and producers. This year, progressive house trio Above & Beyond’s long-running Anjunabeats will helm one stage. Anna Lunoe, who hosts a weekly electronic music show on Apple’s Beats 1 when she’s not releasing music through Skrillex’s OWSLA and the Dutch dance institution Spinnin’ Records, will also host a survey of her own Hyperhouse label.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Electric Zoo. Kaskade also played Electric Zoo’s first edition a decade ago, though Marshmello was still in high school at the time, so this will be his first year performing at the festival. Electric Zoo takes place over Labor Day weekend, from August 31st through September 2nd.


By Kat Dein

Originally published in Billboard on March 29, 2018

Electric Zoo is turning 10, and that calls for a big celebration. It’s a vibrant birthday theme in 2018, and the phase 1 lineup announces a few fun back-to-back sets, plus highly anticipated sets from some of the scene’s favorites.

KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix and Porter Robinson‘s Virtual Self take four of six headline spots. The last two remain a mystery, but you can also pencil in a teeth-knockin’ b2b from 12th Planet and Doctor P, and a three-way groove journey from Andrew Bayer b2b Ilan Bluestone b2b Jason Ross. Plus, exciting sets from Alan WalkerAnna LunoeGryffink?dManila KillaMijaTroyboiand so many more.

Stages will be curated by Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats, Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, Anna Lunoe‘s Hyper House and techno and house party collective Sunday School, among others. More fun is yet to be announced, including two more stages and more than 50 acts. It’s all coming back to Randall’s Island in New York City during Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 to Sep. 2. Tickets are on sale now. Check the full phase 1 lineup below.


AMFAMFAMF Presents FriendShip Announces Sold-Out Inaugural Cruise

MARCH 12, 2018









AMFAMFAMF presents FRIENDSHIP—the new music cruise experience that will take place aboard the Celebrity Equinox December 11-15 from Miami to the Bahamas—has announced today (March 12) cabins are no longer available for its inaugural sailing. 3,000 shippers who signed up at www.thefriendship.com were given first access to cabins for FRIENDSHIP’s maiden voyage of which sold-out within less than 48 hours.

Curated by DESTRUCTO (aka Gary Richards, founder of HARD Events), FriendShippers will cruise out with some of the best international music acts aboard a glamorous ship to sea.  The four-night venture will set sail from Miami to two private island beach parties in Coco Cay, Bahamas where currently Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s parent company is building a new pier.

FRIENDSHIP is the perfect setting to make new friends and gather with old ones.  In addition to a bounty of stellar music programming, Celebrity Equinox—the #1 ship according to Cruise Critic–captures the very essence of premium cruising. Shippers can delight in multiple exceptional dining venues, 13 bars & lounges and health & wellness amenities including Canyon Ranch SpaClub & Fitness Centers. Enjoy craft beer and comfort food in the new Gastrobar, sip refreshing frozen cocktails on the pool deck at Slush or for a unique experience at sea, feel grass beneath your feet at the relaxing Lawn Club. Every imaginable comfort complimented by Celebrity’s unrivaled guest services promises an unsurpassed cruise experience

Fans interested in new adventures for 2019 can sign up at www.thefriendship.com.

Gary Richards was named President, North America, of LiveStyle in September 2017. FRIENDSHIP is a new property from the recently launched AMFAMFAMF, a LiveStyle company. Stay tuned for further details.


About LiveStyle, Inc. 

Positioned to be one of the world’s largest music event producers, LiveStyle boasts a wide variety of leading live music properties.  LiveStyle produces and promotes single and multiday music festivals across North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. North American key operating entities include Made Event, React Presents, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, and MMG, along with festivals and brands such as Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening, Sensation, and Life in Color. In Europe, the company boasts key operating entities such as Monumental, B2S, ID&T, i-Motion, and Q-Dance, and festivals and brands including Decibel, Mysteryland, Awakenings, Back-To-School, Air, Qlimax, Nature One, Sensation, as well as the innovative ticketing service Paylogic. In Brazil, LiveStyle owns PlusNetwork which has produced the enormously successful Tomorrowland Brasil festival and tours by internationally acclaimed DJs and artists. Further, LiveStyle has a 40% participation in Rock in Rio, held biannually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with spinoffs in Lisbon and Portugal. Together with the Belgian Tomorrowland organization, LiveStyle launched TomorrowWorld, the first international version of the Tomorrowland festival, and also promoted the first South American Tomorrowland festival. LiveStyle continues to work with the Belgian Tomorrowland organization as its international partner to bring Tomorrowland to new territories outside Europe and to return to the USA and Brazil. LiveStyle also owns and operates Beatport, the trusted global home of electronic music where fans, DJs, and creators connect, discover and participate in the evolution of dance music culture.


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By Nick

Originally published in This Song Is Sick on March 6, 2018


Gary Richards is well known throughout the electronic music community as one of the most influential people in the industry. From curating some of the best lineups on the festival circuit, to (creating/starting) some of the most coveted events we’ve ever seen.

Just a few months back it was revealed that Gary would no longer be working with HARD, the company he founded and ran for over 10 years. This understandably left fans a bit uneasy and confused about what he would be up to next. It was announced soon after his departure from HARD that Richards would be assuming the role of president of LiveStyle North America, a company vastly larger than his previous one.

With many more resources now at his fingertips, fans began to speculate what Gary’s next move would be. He eventually started to tease and build up hype for some new company, event, or something else called AMF, short for All My Friends. We once thought this may have been his new cruise ship festival that would rival Holy Ship!, but that theory was debunked when he officially revealed Friendship a month ago (which looks epic, by the way).

However, this still left everyone wondering what AMF ultimately was. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Gary Richards for a one-on-one intimate interview shot in our office here in Denver, where he discusses what’s happening with AMF, Friendship, as well as some music collaborations he’s been working on as Destructo.