Pretty Lights Announces “Illumination Tour”

Posted By: Rudy Kizer On:

Though no Indianapolis date was announced, we still hold hope that a big-room date can be added soon. Having seen Pretty Lights at a couple of different festivals, I’d relish the chance to see him do his thing, long-form, as a headlining act. Press release follows…



Tour Launches In August With Two Nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
And Includes Stops At Electric Zoo Festival In NYC & Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium

Pretty Lights will be previewing material from the forthcoming album on the “The Illumination Tour,” which launches with two sold-out hometown shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 17 and 18. Tickets go on sale today for the remaining shows on the first leg of the headline run (August 23 – October 6) with the exception of Mobile, AL (on sale July 2) and San Francisco, CA (on sale July 13).“The Illumination Tour” will include stops at the legendary Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles (9/15), Boston’s TD Garden (10/31) and Detroit’s Compuware Arena, where the outing wraps up on November 17. Pretty Lights will also be playing numerous festivals, including Electric Zoo in New York City on August 31, North Coast in Chicago on September 2 and CounterPoint in Atlanta on September 29. The tour will feature a wide range of support acts including DJ Shadow, 12thPlanet, araabMUZIK, Marty Party, Zion I, Big Gigantic, Lotus, and more plus PLM artists, Paul Basic and SuperVision. See below for full itinerary and support acts.

“I’ve been hard at work on a new album for more than a year.  I’ve completely switched up my process of producing and composing. It is being created from all originally composed samples off of self made vinyl and all analog modular synthesis,” says Derek Vincent Smith, the innovative electronic music producer behind Pretty Lights. “It’s prolific, conceptual, consistent, yet extremely diverse, and a real substantial piece of music you can sink your teeth into. The Illumination Tour will be the place to hear (and see) a lot of what this upcoming PL release has in store.”

“Smith, the mastermind behind the increasingly popular electronic music project Pretty Lights, made good on his promise to create a massive multi-sensory concert experience,” said The Oklahoman in a live review. “[He] opened his set commandingly with his pulsing, moody single ‘I Know the Truth,’ as the lights winked on in the vast LED cityscape behind him. The atmospheric urgency of the dubstep-leaning track whipped the already excitable crowd into a full frenzy.”

The Lincoln Journal Star called Pretty Lights’ show “the most impressive contemporary dance party Lincoln has seen, perhaps, ever,” noting: “Smith’s a master at mixes, blending vintage funk, soul and rock sound with synthesized noise and hip-hop beat, and his elaborate show allows him and a lighting engineer to manipulate the lights to add to the mood and dynamic.”

Pretty Lights has given away more than 2.8 million free album downloads to date. For more information on Pretty Lights and Pretty Lights Music (PLM) – the record label founded by Derek Vincent Smith – visit www.prettylightsmusic.com, where all PLM music can be downloaded for free.

 August17 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre SOLD OUTw/The Grouch & Eligh, Lee Fields & The Expressions18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre SOLD OUTw/Michal Menert, Gramatik, Paul Basic, Break Science, SuperVision, Eliot Lipp

23 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre w/araabMUSIK, Paul Basic

24 – Columbia, MO @ Midway Festival, Midway Festival

w/Curren$y, Coyote Kisses, Keys N Krates, Paul Basic, Spankalicious

25 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheater w/Big Gigantic, araabMUSIK, Paul Basic

26 – Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music Festival

29 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion w/12th Planet, Paul Basic

30 – Charlottesville, VA  @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion w/12th Planet, Paul Basic

31 – New York, NY @ Electric Zoo



1 –  Pittsburgh, PA  @ Stage AE w/Paul Basic

2 –  Chicago, IL  @ North Coast Music Festival

5 –  Missoula, MT  @ Big Sky Brewery Amphitheater w/Zion I, Paul Basic

6 –  Boise, ID  @ Knitting Factory w/Zion I, Paul Basic

7 –  Salt Lake City, UT @ Audio Circus w/MiMOSA, VibeSquaD, Opiuo, Paul Basic

8 –  Reno, NV @ Summit Pavilion w/Marty Party, Stephan Jacobs, Paul Basic

9 –  Blue Lake, CA @ Blue Lake Casino w/Stephan Jacobs, Paul Basic

13 ­- Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater w/Emancipator, Paul Basic

14 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center w/DJ Shadow, Marty Party, Paul Basic

15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium w/DJ Shadow, Marty Party, SuperVision

16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Dayclub

18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre w/araabMUSIK, SuperVision

19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Convention Center w/araabMUSIK, SuperVision

21 – Austin, TX @ The Backyard w/araabMUSIK, SuperVision

23 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center w/araabMUSIK, SuperVision

25 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater w/araabMUSIK, SuperVision

26 – Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre w/Lotus, SuperVision

28 – Starkville, MS @ MSU Horsepark Arena w/Lotus, Wick-It, SuperVision

29 – Atlanta, GA @ CounterPoint Music Festival



2 –  Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre w/12th Planet, SuperVision

3 –  Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena w/12th Planet, SuperVision

5 –  Mobile, AL @ Bayfest

6 –  New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World w/12th Planet, araabMUSIK, SuperVision

31-  Boston, MA @ TD Garden



1 –  Portland, ME @ State Theatre

2 –  Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

3 –  Columbia, SC @ The Township Auditorium

4 –  Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Union Center

9 –  Columbia, SC @ The Township Auditorium

10- Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum

13- Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium

17- Detroit, MI @ Compuware Arena

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