Long-time promoters Disco Donnie Presents and Feyline have teamed up to produce ultimate destination festival experiences through their new brand, Festication.
Disco Donnie Presents and Feyline have over 75 years of combined experience and have produced thousands of events and festivals. The promoter powerhouse team has relationships with some of the finest resort properties around the world, combined with access to some of the best talent, production personnel, and equipment in each locale.
Festication aims to change the face of Destination Festivals by raising the bar for attendee experience and setting a new standard for these productions. Each event offers a different rhythm so you can do what you like most. With top-notch music experiences from today's best headliners, adventure tourism, numerous excursions, and excellent gastronomy, we have everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience.
The first two Festication events, Illenium's Ember Shores and Excision's Paradise Blue, have been announced with plenty more in store for the future.
Disco Donnie Presents
Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) is an award-winning and recognized leader in electronic dance music event production, founded by veteran promoter James "Disco" Donnie Estopinal. Since the company's inception in 1994, DDP has sold over 17 million tickets producing over 17,000 live events, arena shows, and outdoor festivals in over 100 markets around the world including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Panama. Annually, DDP is responsible for organizing and promoting nearly 1,000 club events across the U.S. ranging from Portland, Columbus, Houston, Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas, and St. Louis to name only a few. He is also known for producing major festivals such as The Day After, Ultimate Music Experience, Sun City Music Festival, and most recently Ubbi Dubbi, Sunset Music Festival, Ember Shores, and Freaky Deaky.
Founder and CEO, James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is considered one of the godfathers of U.S. electronic dance music, evolving over the past 27 years to become one of the top dance music promoters globally. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco Donnie coupled eccentricity with ingenuity to create elaborately themed parties that charmed patrons, garnered an international following, and unwittingly became a catalyst for a national debate over the First Amendment right to expression.
In 1999, Donnie first partnered with Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, and worked together on EDC Los Angeles, Nocturnal Wonderland Los Angeles, and Beyond Wonderland Los Angeles. In 2008, the duo merged officially, setting their sights on strategically developing the Insomniac brand throughout the world and making Insomniac a household name. Working together, the pair ushered in events such as EDC Orlando, EDC Dallas, EDC Puerto Rico, EDC New York; Beyond Wonderland Seattle; Nocturnal Wonderland Austin, and co-founded Electric Forest. The partnership also produced hundreds of club shows annually in markets across the U.S.
In 2012, DDP shifted its focus to the genesis and development of SFX Entertainment, as the first company to sign with founder Robert F. X. Sillerman; a media entrepreneur with a vision to invest nearly a billion dollars in electronic dance music to bring the world's leading promoters under one roof.
Disco became a part of LiveStyle in 2017, which housed a worldwide portfolio of top-tier event companies including, Disco Donnie Presents, React Presents, Life In Color, Made Events, ID&T, Tomorrowland, Sensation, TomorrowWorld, Beatport.com, Electric Zoo, Awakenings, Q-Dance, and more.
After shelving the Something Wicked and Something Wonderful brands, Donnie partnered with a sister company in 2018 to bring Chicago's Freaky Deaky to Houston, Texas, selling 50,000 tickets in its first year. In 2019, DDP announced Freaky Deaky Texas and Ubbi Dubbi, both wholly owned by Disco Donnie Presents. Ubbi Dubbi is Disco Donnie's newest festival brand which takes us into a world curated by two whimsical imaginary characters known as Ubbi and Dubbi. The new brand took the EDM world by storm, gathering 45,000 attendees in its inaugural year.
In 2020, James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal announced he re-acquired sole ownership of Disco Donnie Presents (DDP), the namesake company he founded 26 years ago. This historic acquisition concludes an epic eight-year journey through being the first company acquired by SFX, surviving SFX's subsequent bankruptcy, becoming a part of LiveStyle, and finally buying his company back and delivering fan refunds in the face of COVID-19 festival cancellations. Dedicated to continuing to serve the EDM community, DDP created No Parking On The Dance Floor, a new brand that brought 25+ drive-in shows to fans across the U.S. through April 2021.
In 2021, Disco Donnie Presents was finally able to move forward with club shows and festivals once again. In the first week of April 2021, he launched Ember Shores in partnership with Illenium. This announcement marked the company's first all-inclusive destination music festival, set for December 2021 in Cancun. Ubbi Dubbi returned in April 2021 as the first festival back in the US with 60,000 tickets sold and the company's first festival camping experience. With the company back in Donnie's control and the events world returning to its former glory, DDP plans on rapid expansion of new festival brands and show concepts in 2021 and beyond.
Since its establishment in 1967, Feyline has been synonymous with music culture in the United States. It was that year rock & roll legend Barry Fey threw his first show in Denver, becoming the first promoter to bring The Doors outside of the state of California. Soon after, in 1969, Barry became the first promoter to bring Led Zeppelin to North America. Feyline and Barry Fey would continue to build upon it's accolades within the industry, always keeping in mind, what for him was the most important aspect -- The Fans.
Through Feyline, Barry Fey helped usher in a golden era of touring in Rock & Roll and simultaneously produced many notable events across the country. In 1983, Steve Wozniak and Feyline hosted the 'US Festival,' featuring Rocks biggest stars, an event that brought out 375,000 people that Sunday, and set the single day attendance record for a concert in the United States. Simultaneously U2 and Barry Fey produced the famed "Under A Blood Red Sky" concert film that Rolling Stone has coined as one of the top moments in music history.
Connections that developed between Barry and the numerous acts he worked with helped propel Feyline into the company it would come to be. Bands such as The Rolling Stones, U2, The Who, Led Zeppelin and many more trusted that Barry and Feyline would lookout for their best interests, at the same time putting on the greatest possible experiences for their fans. It would be this same ethos that helped launch Feyline into the 21st century.
Feyline went on hiatus after it's iteration; Fey Concerts sold to Universal in 1998, only to return in 2012 when Barry and his youngest son Tyler were sought after by now A&R and partner Danny Higginbotham to manage several young acts and the second generation of Feyline was born. The Company now incorporates methods from a successful past, as well as adapting to the ever-evolving future with a diversified focus. Feyline's enterprises range from events, management, consulting, investments and disruptive industry technologies. Feyline creates the highest quality experience for fans and artists in line with their foundational ethos of always putting the fans first.