Saturday [1.21] – Ben Nicky, Kristina Sky @ Avalon
1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 [10pm-6am, 21+]
Ben Nicky – Counting the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Gareth Emery as firm supporters of his sound, and with his music “an essential part of my live sets” for Paul Van Dyk – it’s easy to see how Ben Nicky has tattooed his mark on the scene to become one of the most sought-after uplifting and psy trance DJs on the circuit right now. Armed with a catalogue of productions signed to the biggest labels on the planet including Ultra, Spinnin, Armada, Vandit Recordings and more, Ben has taken his blistering DJ sets to the world’s biggest clubs leaving no continent untouched. From the US to Australia, India to Argentina, Ben Nicky’s name has become synonymous with the kind of once-in-a-lifetime sets that has seen him play at iconic festivals like Nature One, Tomorrowland and A State Of Trance, as well as world class venues like Godskitchen and Ministry of Sound. Now boasting over a quarter of a million online followers, Ben Nicky’s reach is truly global; as one of the few people who can lay claim to a live mix on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Mix’ show, multiple Beatport #1s, an iTunes #1 collaboration with Paul Van Dyk and a bootleg for Calvin Harris that was played by BBC Radio 1 for an impressive ten weeks straight, Ben Nicky has a legion of fans who have propelled this DJ to successes of global proportions. His productions have featured on the compilations like ‘Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul Van Dyk’, ‘Dave Pearce’s Trance Anthems’ and the world-renowned Ministry Of Sound’s ‘Trance nation’ CD, and it’s undeniable that the current tour schedule is an exhausting read. With his Head F**K brand going from strength to strength as a platform for his mashed up, twisted and often unexpected DJing style, Ben Nicky’s online and offline entrepreneurial skills have pushed him into the upper echelons of world class trance DJs– if you’ve not yet been introduced to Ben Nicky’s sound then you’ve got to ask yourself just one thing: why not?
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Kristina Sky – With records out on Armin Van Buuren’s Armada, Paul Van Dyk’s Vandit and U.S. mega-label Ultra, while holding a coveted residency at the world-famous Avalon Hollywood, it’s easy to see why Kristina Sky is one of America’s brightest shining Electronic Dance Music stars. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she’s been DJing to thousands of passionate dance music fans since 2002, coast-to-coast in the U.S. and around the world—from China to the Philippines, Ecuador to Guatemala and Canada to Costa Rica. Handpicked to play Armin’s ASOT550 in the Netherlands, Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival and North America’s biggest music festival, Coachella—sharing the stage with legendary acts like Madonna and Daft Punk—Kristina is undoubtedly one of America’s most beloved EDM ambassadors. Her live set recordings, guest mixes and popular radio show, TRANCELATE, generate tremendous support from her ever-growing fanbase—broadcasting worldwide via satellite, FM and the internet. It’s really no wonder that Kristina’s uber-dedicated fans voted her #39 in America’s Best DJ Poll 2013 and have kept her in the top ranks of the highly regarded Tranceaddict Top 250 DJ Poll for six consecutive years (#74 in 2012), while VIBE Magazine named her one of 30 DJs to watch in 2014! Her DJ sets are unforgettable and energetic journeys through the best of dance music and her production sound ranges from warm and groovy progressive-house to emotional, melodic and uplifting trance. Playing alongside many of the world’s top DJs, while also gaining their support on her tracks, it’s only natural that she’s made quite a name for herself in the global dance scene. If you haven’t had a chance to experience one of Kristina’s live sets yet, anyone who has will tell you that you’re missing out. Her passion and love for the music is undeniable and her ultimate goal is clear—to move you on that dancefloor and leave you with a memorable soundtrack to nights you won’t forget.
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