Porter Robinson announces Nurture Live tour in Miami in October
DJ / producer Porter Robinson is one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from the EDM bubble of the early 2010s. The 28-year-old debut EP, fire eater, was released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in 2011. The work featured on the record was quite iconic of the American-style dubstep (AKA brostep) popular at the time, but with a few frills that softened the genre’s hard edges.
Then, in 2014, Robinson changed his sonic direction when he released the Much More Relaxed Worlds on Astralwerks. It has been warmly received by critics and fans alike, with the single “Lionhearted” in the lead. He then embarked on the fan-favorite world tour which brought an immersive experience to the album’s musical narrative.
He was riding so high on this hit that everyone expected him to release his highly anticipated second album a few years later – but it never came to fruition. Of course, there were singles and his very popular Virtual Self project. But behind the scenes, the artist was experiencing crippling anxiety to match the success of Worlds.
“I was very depressed and very anxious. I was terrified of leaving my parents’ house,” said Robinson. Billboard‘s Katie Bain last month.
The release of the eponymous five-track EP Virtual Self in late 2017 – which drew inspiration from ’90s and 2000s rave music and Eurodance – seemed to reinvigorate Robinson’s creativity. Seeing him perform the project live was a revelation about how much he had grown as a musician since his fire eater days. It was obvious he wasn’t looking to retread old land, even if that meant losing fans along the way. Instead, he made the kind of music that appealed to pop synth and anime lovers.
The wait for Robinson’s second album finally ended last month with the release of Feede, produced by indie rock label Mom + Pop. The album builds on the foundations established by Worlds, with tighter song structures and pop hooks.
During his performance at his Secret Sky virtual music festival last month, audiences got to see Robinson live singing and playing the piano in addition to his usual synth and MIDI setup, all set to spectacular visuals.
Perhaps it was a taste of what fans have been waiting for so far that Robinson announced his Nurture Live tour. The 30-date tour kicks off September 23 in Eugene, Oregon, before descending to Florida: first in Orlando on October 29 at the Orlando Amphitheater, then at the Fillmore Miami Beach on October 30.
The pre-sale for the Nurture Live tour begins Wednesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. (Register at nurturelive.com to access it.) This is followed by an AEG and Spotify pre-sale on Wednesday, May 13, with tickets finally available for the general public on Friday. , May 14, at 10 a.m.
Here are the full dates for the Nurture Live tour:
- September 23 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
- September 24 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
- September 26 Spokane, WA – Spokane Pavilion
- September 29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
- October 1 Los Angeles, California – Los Angeles State Historic Park
- October 6 Columbus, OH – Express Live
- October 7 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
- October 8 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
- October 9 Chicago, IL – Navy Pier
- October 11 St. Louis, MO – The Factory at The District
- October 12 Detroit, MI – The Masonic
- October 14 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live!
- October 15 Washington, DC – The Anthem
- October 16 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
- October 17 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
- October 21 Brooklyn, NY – Avant Gardner
- October 22 Brooklyn, NY – Avant Gardner
- October 23 Brooklyn, NY – Avant Gardner
- October 25 Pittsburgh, PA – AE Internship
- October 27 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy Theater
- October 28 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
- October 29 Orlando, Florida – Orlando Amphitheater
- October 30 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
- November 2 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
- November 3 Austin, TX – ACL Live
- November 5 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
- November 6 Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory Pavilion
- November 9 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
- November 12 Phoenix, AZ – Rawhide Event Center
- November 13 San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Porter Robinson. With Jai Wolf. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 30 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. The presale begins Wednesday, May 12 at 10 a.m., the sale to the general public begins Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
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