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Pete Tong Moving To L.A

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The exodus of mainstream dance music artists and DJ’s from Europe to the U.S continues as veteran BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong has revealed that he will be the latest industry figure to move stateside following the success of several American projects. Confirming Los Angeles as his new base of operation Tong has explained the reasoning behind the move is a response to the growing popularity of electronic music in the United States saying “I’m looking forward to being based in Los Angeles. The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into unchartered territory. I feel now its essential to be in the middle of all that.”

Trying to embed himself into the lucrative American EDM scene seems to have been too big an opportunity for Pete to have missed and whilst he sounds excited about moving to L.A and the buzz the city brings it appears he seems even more excited about the prospect of being an outpost for European music in the U.S adding “LA is an inspiring and creative city where content is king and I look forward to giving the rest of the world a more detailed insight into what going on (in the USA) whilst also looking for better opportunities to represent all the brilliant new artists/ producers and DJ’s breaking through in the UK, Europe. I have been involved in radio throughout my career and I think this fresh perspective is going to enable me to make some very exciting shows.”

For those concerned that the move will affect his UK broadcast schedule, there’s no need to worry. The DJ will continue his regular shows, splitting time between the UK and the US.

To celebrate his move, he has announced an upcoming North American tour that launches from Los Angeles. You can check out the dates below.

9 / 20 – Sound, Los Angeles, CA 9 / 21 – iHeartRadio Festival Village, Las Vegas, NV 9 / 27 – Echostage, Washington DC 9 / 28 – All Gone Pete Tong arena, TomorrowWorld Festival, Atlanta, GA 9 / 29 – Garden Pool, El Paso, TX 10 / 4 – X Club, Charlotte, NC 10 / 5 – Story, Miami, FL 10 / 11 – Yost Theatre, Santa Ana, CA 10 / 12 – Bang Bang, San Diego, CA 10 / 31 – Vessel, San Francisco, CA 11 / 8 – Royale, Boston, MA 11 / 21 – Foundation, Seattle, WA 11 / 22 – Celebrities, Vancouver 11 / 23 – Beta, Denver, CO 12 / 6 – The Mid, Chicago, IL 12 / 7 – Elektricity, Detroit, MI

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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