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.