Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Closeup Philippines brings you the hottest summer party of 2013, The Summer Solstice

Surging to the forefront of mainstream tastes, Electronic Dance Music, better known as EDM, has amassed an infectious movement that has rapidly infiltrated the Philippines.

Last year David Guetta and Alesso rocked the MOA Arena, earlier this year Swedish House Mafia made a stop in the Philippines for their One Last Tour tour, and next month Avicii will make his second visit to the metro. Other DJs that have stopped over include Porter Robinson, R3hab, Dirty South, Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten, and Alesso among others.

This April 27th, however, will see the largest EDM dance party that has ever rocked the country—because what’s better than partying with one international DJ? Seven.

AfroJack, Apster, Alex Gaudino, Cedric Gervais, Cobra Starship, Dev, the JumpSmokers, Sandwich, SpongeCola and UrbanDub will be summoning all music lovers, partygoers, adventure seekers, to the CloseUp Summer Solstice Music Festival for twelve hours of music, dance and fun.

From sunset to sunrise, the CloseUp Summer Solstice is 12-hours of non-stop music (4PM to 4AM) featuring the perfect mix of local flavor, mainstream hits, party-rocking beats, and remixes that will blow your mind—making it the must-go dance party of the summer.


Who better to headline an electronic dance music party than the man who can “Rock The House” himself—AfroJack. In less than two years, Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. With two Grammy Awards under his belt, Afrojack has collaborated with the likes of David Guetta (co-writing and producing the world-wide smash “Titanium”). In 2011 he co-wrote and produced “Give Me Everything” for Pitbull and Ne-Yo. Not to mention his work for Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” & his Grammy nominated remix for Leona Lewis’ “Collide”.

His DJ sets have fast become both iconic and unparalleled, providing an explosive take on the current state of dance music across the board. In 2012 alone he began his North American “Jacked” tour with multiple sold out shows featuring his growing posse of Wall artists. On top of his own shows he headlined both EDC NY & Las Vegas to over 300.000 people, as well as the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Tomorrowland and many other major festivals throughout Europe. The CloseUp Summer Solstice will be another milestone for Afrojack, as he headlines the first dance music festival in the Philippines.

Alex Gaudino

No music festival is complete without a DJ who knows how to make trademark summer tracks. If anyone can transform a Joan Jett classic, it’s Alex Gaudino. After propelling “I Love Rock and Roll” into the club anthem, the Doctor has been unstoppable creating hits such as “Destination Calabria” and “What a Feeling” featuring Kelly Roland. Even Pete Tong, couldn’t ignore him, dubbing him as “one of the most prolific producers in Italy”, and prolific he was, dropping beat after beat, collaborating with awesome artists Taio Cruz, Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Jordin Sparks, Mario, and Jay Sean.


The brightest star rising from the prolific Dutch House Scene, Apster has already turned the heads of big players Steve Aoki and Afrojack. Sheer talent has gotten Apster multiple collaboration with industry greats, propelling him into thriving international dance scenes including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Aruba and now Manila.

Jump Smokers --“Kings of the Dance floor”

Club rockers, chart toppers, floor fillers, remix masters, beat blasters and radio rulers—the Jump Smokers will definitely know how to work up a crowd. This three-man crew consisting of Flipside, Reydon, Roman and Johnny Digital, have been nicknamed as “Kings of the Dance floor” because of their dance club anthems. From Pitbull (“Don’t Stop the Party), to Usher, to RiRi and even Mariah, these guys can make any beat, and anyone dance. With more than 100 chart topping remixes to their name, they have brought energy and non-stop heat to dance music fans all over the world—their next mission: the Philippines.

Cobra Starship (DJ Set)

Promising to come out with an album a year, Cobra Starship has certainly earned the attention of fans and the support of the entertainment industry. From collaborations with Kara Dioguardi and Ryan Tedder to featuring Leighton Meester on “Good girls go bad”, Cobra Starship owns the dance anthems of this generation, with their sights set on owning the next wave of dance hits.

Cedric Gervais

As the youngest DJ to ever get a residency at Paris’ Queen club, Cedric Gervais has been a mainstay in high profile clubs Liv in Miami and Marquee in Las Vegas. The French DJ elevated the Miami and Vegas clubbing scene into out-of-this-world experiences, earning nods from Madonna along the way. Currently, his two hit songs “Molly” and his rendition of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” have topped various dance music charts.

DEV “Bass Down Low”

A small town girl with a big city attitude might confuse people, but there’s no mistaking the voice of DEV as she is the voice behind “Like a G6,” “Bass Down Low,” “In the Dark” and you may recognize her voice from several of the Cataracs songs.  As the only female act in the lineup, her talent is such that one is visually drawn to her performances, as they are audibly enchanted. This perfect mix puts DEV at an enigmatic distance while inviting people to dance with her, and she expects no less from you.


After being the first Filipino rock band to play international festivals Hollywood Bowl and the Clockenflap Festival sandwich plays for a music festival at home. Let a decade and five of pure talent and artistry ignite your Pinoy Pride as you reminisce love, loss and the NU years. More than a musical number sandwich is an experience.


With hit after hit dominating the MYX countdown and the MYX Music Awards, these boys from Ateneo have gone a long way form their earliest gigs along Katipunan covering Madonna’s “Crazy For You” to filling big-name stadiums and venues today. Passion and talent has Sponge Cola spreading the OPEM vibe to international performances including the Globe Concert in Taiwan, Du World Music Fest in Dubai, and even sharing the stage with Al Green and Lupe Fiasco.


Sharing the stage with awesome acts like Lost Prophets, New Found Glory, Simple Plan and Deftones, Urbandub has been working the international circuit touring Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. Though armed with a multitude of number of singles, Urbandub has stayed true to their indie roots.

Summer Solstice will take place on April 27th at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds. Tickets will be sold in all Ticketnet, Ticketworld and SM ticket outlets starting March 18th. GenAd tickets will be sold at PHP 2,000 and VIP tickets will be PHP 5,000. For additional information visit the CloseUp Summer Solstice official website

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