After encouraging all fine and street artists, graphic designers and illustrators to submit their most creative and unique designs for the ‘Design the Next mau5head’ competition, deadmau5, in conjunction with the competition’s producers Talenthouse, has announced the grand prize winner is Lance Thackeray from the U.K. Thackeray’s ‘cheese head design’—which could be made with real cheese—will feature cheese holes and mesh indents, fiber optic whiskers (optional) and backlight eyes and mouth. It will be created and worn at a date on deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax tour this fall. The artist will also receive travel and hotel accommodations to a show stop of his choice as part of the prize.

Wrote the electronic music producer and performer via Facebook, “well.. we have a winner! and loads of great finalists selected by you guys! Amazing job on all of them you guys… wish i could make all of ‘em really…” More information can be found here and the winning submission is pictured here:

deadmau5 Announces Winner of "Design the Next Mau5head" Competition

Meanwhile, his most recent offering, the Live @ Earl’s Court DVD (Ultra Music), depicting his December 2010 sold-out show at Earl’s Court in London, hit stores this week and is only available in North America. Even more dates have been set for deadmau5’s massive North American Meowingtons Hax tour, which is named after his mischievous cat Professor Meowingtons. His massive trek through the U.S. and Canada now includes a high-profile performance at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia, MD. The Meowingtons Hax tour officially launches this Sunday, August 7 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, where he is an official 20th Anniversary festival headliner along with Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse and My Morning Jacket.

Support acts Excision, Tommy Lee & DJ Aero and Zedd have been announced for various dates of the tour. Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The shows are like no other—a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled upon the crowd.

As DJs and producers, Los Angeles’ Tommy Lee & DJ Aero’s sound is dirty, filthy, nasty electro-house. The duo essentially remixes music live and on-the-fly when performing as DJs, while creating, manipulating and incorporating visuals into their live DJ sets.

Zedd also joins deadmau5 on dates of the Meowingtons Hax tour.  Producing since 2009, he’s won two Beatport remix contests and released several official remixes for artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia. His single “Dovregubben” held the #1 position on Beatport’s Electro House charts for four weeks. One reason for his rapid development is undoubtedly Zedd‘s uniquely detailed and highly recognizable, playful style of electro house, he is an artist to watch.

deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES FOR 2011

August 7, 2011 Chicago Lollapalooza
August 11, 2011 Vancouver PNE Forum*
August 12, 2011 Vancouver PNE Forum*
August 14, 2011 San Francisco Outside Lands
August 18, 2011 Seattle Paramount***
August 25, 2011 Los Angeles Palladium
August 26, 2011 Los Angeles Palladium
August 27, 2011 Los Angeles Palladium
August 28, 2011 Los Angeles Palladium**
August 30, 2011 Denver Red Rocks
September 1, 2011 Phoenix Phoenix Convention Center
September 2, 2011 Las Vegas Cosmopolitan**
September 3, 2011 Las Vegas Cosmopolitan*
September 7, 2011 Atlanta Tabernacle***
September 8, 2011 Atlanta Tabernacle***
September 10, 2011 Columbia, MD Virgin Mobile FreeFest
September 13, 2011 Austin Austin Music Hall
September 14, 2011 Austin Austin Music Hall
September 16, 2011 Houston Verizon Wireless Theatre
September 17, 2011 Dallas Palladium Ballroom
September 18, 2011 Dallas Palladium Ballroom
September 23, 2011 Philadelphia Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier***
September 24, 2011 Atlantic City Borgata***
September 29, 2011 Montreal Metropolis***
September 30, 2011 Montreal Metropolis***
October 1, 2011 Montreal Metropolis***
October 5, 2011 New York Roseland Ballroom***
October 6, 2011 New York Roseland Ballroom***
October 7, 2011 New York Roseland Ballroom***
October 8, 2011 New York Roseland Ballroom***
October 11, 2011 Boston House of Blues
October 12, 2011 Boston House of Blues
October 13, 2011 Boston House of Blues
October 14, 2011 Boston House of Blues***
October 20, 2011 Detroit The Fillmore
October 26, 2011 San Diego Soma**
November 5, 2011 Toronto Rogers Centre***

Excision and Tommy Lee & DJ Aero will not appear on Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Virgina Mobile FreeFest

*Excision and Tommy Lee & DJ Aero will not appear on 8/11, 8/12 or 9/3

**Excision will not appear on 8/28, 9/2, 10/28

***Tommy Lee & DJ Aero will not appear on 8/18, 9/3, 9/7, 9/8, 9/23, 9/24, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/14, 11/5

Complete ticket and tour information is available at and