RED, the organization created to combat AIDS in Africa co-founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, is once again taking advantage of the popularity of dance music by partnering with the Stereosonic Festival in Sydney, Australia for the second year. World AIDS Day is Dec. 1 and the event is available to livestream from Saturday through Sunday.
The Festival will include EDM stars David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun and Armin van Buuren. The livestream comes after the release of a remix compilation, Dance (Red) Save Lives, Vol. 2 that is available on iTunes.
Like the festival, this remix album was put together in an attempt to raise AIDS awareness and support the cause. It includes tracks from Tiësto, Icona Pop, and Major Lazer. "It helps that (RED) is organized by music people," Tiësto told Rolling Stone. "They know what they're doing, and they know how to incorporate music." Tiësto and (RED) note they want to create an AIDS-free generation by 2015. "It's definitely important that the EDM scene [is] involved with it," he says.
There are also remixes of other songs by some big producers. Avicii provides a take on Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild," DallasK's remix of Katy Perry's "Roar" and Swedish House Mafia's remix of Coldplay's track "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall."
"Dance music is infectious and we're using it to beat a virus that has killed more than 35 million people," Josh Neuman, the producer of the compilation and CEO of Recreation Worldwide, told Rolling Stone. All proceeds from Dance (RED) Save Lives, Vol. 2 will go to the World AIDS Fund.
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