Pretty Lights – the musical vision of producer Derek Vincent Smith – will close out 2012 with four very special shows. On Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, Pretty Lights will play Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA with Bassnectar. Each artist will play both nights, with one headlining on Friday and the other headlining on Saturday. The two-night stand marks the first-ever electronic music shows at the historic venue, which has welcomed such iconic artists as Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Prince over the past four decades. Tickets for the Hampton Coliseum concerts go on sale this Friday, October 19, at 10 AM EDT at

Fans will be treated to “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights” on December 30 and 31 at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Though he has made appearances at NYC festivals such as Electric Zoo and Governor’s Ball, this will be the first Pretty Lights event in the city in over two years. Both nights will feature extended Pretty Lights sets, giving concertgoers hours of Pretty Lights classics, bangers and unreleased, new tracks in a more intimate setting. Single night or two-day passes will be available for purchase. Tickets for the Roseland Ballroom dates go on sale Friday, October 19, at 10 AM EDT at: (for 12/30) (for 12/31) pass for 12/30 & 31)

A free MP3 download of “So Bright,” a dark and soulful track from Pretty Lights’ forthcoming album, is available now at The video for “So Bright,” shot at Pretty Lights’ sold-out, two-night stand at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO in August, can be viewed at

Pretty Lights and Skrillex have put together one of the most compelling line-ups of the festival season for their own “With Your Friends Festival,” which will take place at The Lawn at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville on October 26 and 27. The event will feature each producer/DJ in a headliner slot with direct support from rap legend Nas, who will perform with a nine-piece band, and Santigold. Other artists include 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michal Menert, TOKiMONSTA, Eliot Lipp and TWO FRESH. Visit for additional details.

“The Illumination Tour,” Pretty Lights’ current North American headline run, will include a Halloween show at Boston’s TD Garden. The outing features a wide range of support acts including DJ Shadow, 12th Planet, araabMUZIK, Marty Party, Zion I, Big Gigantic, Lotus, and more plus PLM artists Paul Basic, SuperVision and Eliot Lipp. See below for itinerary.

Rolling Stone praised Pretty Lights’ performance at Electric Zoo in New York City, noting: “the real star on Friday was Colorado native Derek Smith, better known as the wildly unique and talented producer Pretty Lights” while The New York Times observed: “the set by Pretty Lights…slowed to a hip-hop swagger and flaunted rough tones and raspy voices.”

“Smith wowed the crowd with his Crayola-colored set of lasers and his ever-present grin of pure joy as he danced along to his own tunes,” said SPIN in a review of Pretty Lights’ show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “He continued to build a buzz while playing new tracks like ‘You Get High’ which grew to a fever pitch on fan favorites like ‘Finally Moving’, ‘Hot Like Sauce’ and ‘I Can See It In Your Face’, where a bevy of rainbow-colored lights illuminated Smith before fading to pitch black.”

Pretty Lights has given away more than 2.8 million free album downloads to date. For more information on Pretty Lights and Pretty Lights Music (PLM) – the record label founded by producer Derek Vincent Smith – visit, where all PLM music can be downloaded for free.

Pretty Lights – Upcoming Tour Dates


26 & 27 – Nashville, TN @ The Lawn at Riverfront Park – “With Your Friends Festival” with Skrillex, Nas, Santigold, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michal Menert, TOKiMONSTA, Eliot Lipp and TWO FRESH

30 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center

31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden


1 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre

2 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

3 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center

4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater

6 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

7 – Richmond, VA @ The National

9 – Columbia, SC @ The Township Auditorium

10 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum

13 – Birmingham, AL@ Boutwell Auditorium

14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

15 – Madison, WI @ Exhibition Hall

16 – Bloomington, IL @ Cellular Coliseum

17 – Detroit, MI @ Compuware Arena


28 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/Bassnectar

29 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/Bassnectar

30 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom – “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights”

31 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom – “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights”

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