Provoke Highlights


Looking back on the 1st year, Provoke sat down to go over the highlights, and picked out the top 8 moments…

1. Jed Harper, Dzeko & Torres – Diamond Rings (Michael Woods Edit)

Diamond Rings came about in the summer of last year, and gained quick support from Afrojack, Hardwell, Deniz Koyu, and Lazy Rich to name a few. It left a lasting impression, and is still being played by world touring DJs on the regular. It even conjured up an order of limited skateboards, one of which was stolen and currently hangs on the wall of Calvin Harris’ manager in LA…

2. Loud All Night w/ Chris Lake, Michael Woods, & Autoerotique

On March 31st 2012, Provoke threw their first concert, ‘Loud All Night’, which featured headlining performances from Chris Lake, Michael Woods, & Autoerotique. With over 2000+ fans in attendance, the concert resulted in one of the more memorable moments of 2012…


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3. Damn Kids living in the Beatport Charts

2012 was an important year for Damn Kids. Not only was 2012 the year that he started to gain support from the frontrunners of cutting edge dance music, but it was also the year that his music started destroying the Beatport charts.

Starting with his first release, Choke, and then fast forwarding through Yema, Udjo Buto, Govudoh, Jamana, Skeleton Key, Kavoda, & Deadman Walking; charting is what they all had in common.

Mentions in the ’10 Must Hear Bass Tracks’ & ’10 Must Hear Trap Tracks’ became a normality, and rightly so.

4. Northend Fall 2012 Tour

In Fall 2012, Northend embarked on this first Tour across Ontario, Canada, along with Chris Lake, Michael Woods, & TJR. Obviously, the 10 days also included 10 late nights; and 10 extremely early mornings.

5. Dada Land: Dada Life North American Tour: Guelph Concert Theatre

During the Dada Life ‘Dada Land’ North American Tour, the boys stopped at Guelph Concert Theatre along with 12th Planet to make sure every fan in the city understood the concept of ‘No Rules By The Rules Of Dada’.

In usual form, controlled chaos ensued, including ridiculous costumes, champagne blasts to the face, banana costumes; and 1000+ ear-to-ear grins.

6. AC Slater – Hood Anthem (Damn Kids Bootledit)

Original, Remix, Bootleg, Edit = Bootledit. You name it; and Damn Kids is banging it out in 30 minutes. Along with being a conveyor belt of original, forward thinking ideas, this on appeared one morning after AC Slater had posted a free download. 3 hours later, it was mastered and being passed around blogs, social media networks, and instant messengers across the interwebs.

7. Pleasurekraft at Space Ibiza Festival

In June 2012, Space Ibiza landed in Toronto at Sound Academy with Umek, Pleasurekraft, and Jay Lumen. The night was filled with unforgettable amounts of sub bass, intense breakdowns; and Kryoman running around in the crowd shooting people with lazer beams…

8. Swanky Tunes at Cobra

Thursdays at Cobra was one of those nights where you pack 500 sweaty ravers in room and put anything in front them and they’d eat it. So we fed them with debut performances in Canada from the likes of Swanky Tunes, Nicky Romero, Quintino, Manuel De La Mare and Prok & Fitch.

The night of Swanky Tunes something intense brewed. It was the middle of the summer, people had been dealing with overwhelming heat, the lanky Russian had just got off of an almost 24 hour flight from his homeland with zero sleep, and people wanted to let lose. And Swanky Tunes wasn’t fucking around. This was the first time anyone had heard ‘Sending My Love’ by Swanky Tunes & R3hab, along with countless other brand new tracks. Notice how no one is holding cameras? The room went into frenzy for 3 hours; and Swanky Tunes literally wouldn’t stop playing until the last raver was no longer standing…

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