Death threats for booking Kanye and other fun stories from Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis

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Death threats for booking Kanye and other fun stories from Glastonbury organizer Emily EavisGlasto 2019 Credit Getty

There are only a handful of festivals whose lineups make international headlines each year, and although Glastonbury classically sells out well before any of its talent is revealed, it seems like the UK festival regularly leads the pack when it comes to rumors and reveals. The mystique is well earned, however, as Glastonbury has shown a propensity to go for broke with booking both unexpected and legendary acts—for better or for worse.

In her new book detailing the woes that are booking such a culturally charged event, Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis highlights the trials and tribulations she’s faced with fans, industry egos and of course, mother nature. Read select excerpts below.

Kanye‘s 2015 headlining announcement results in death threats:

As soon as we announced that [Kanye] was playing, a petition sprang up – started by someone who had never been to Glastonbury – saying Kanye shouldn’t play because he wasn’t right for us. The media jumped right on it. Again, we had to reassure the people around the artist that it would all work, that these stories don’t reflect the attitude of people coming to the festival…

The criticism we got that year was pretty extreme. And a lot of it was quite personal, as people knew I booked the acts. I was an obvious target…

You can’t please everyone, and the haters tend to be the ones shouting the loudest. I actually had death threats in 2015, which seemed a little harsh – especially given that we had booked what we considered to be one of the most exciting and innovative artists of his generation. But it worked out for Kanye in the end.

How Yeezy led to Adele:

Kanye’s set also led directly to Adele agreeing to headline the following year. I’d been trying to persuade her, but I think she was unsure. She didn’t really need to do it: she was already playing stadiums, and with her it almost seems like the less she does, the bigger she gets. But I think that deep down she wanted to, as she’d been coming to Glastonbury since she was a little kid. I walked her on to the platform next to the stage just before Kanye came on, and we looked out at this huge crowd chanting his name. I said: “Are you ready for it? Come on. Next year?” And she looked at me with a twinkle in her eye and said: “I’m gonna do it.” It was such a brilliant moment.

Pushing on through the mud:

Part of the excitement of creating the festival year on year is that we don’t know how long it will go on for. It’s like walking a tightrope, trying to keep everyone happy: the crew, the local community, the neighbouring farmers, the council and the emergency services. In 2016, when we had the relentless rain and mud, it was one of the most challenging years we’ve ever had. I had a conference call with the authorities at 3am on the Wednesday, and some people were suggesting we should close the festival. It is really hard to make clearheaded decisions in situations like that, especially when everyone’s working incredibly hard and not getting much sleep. But we managed to convince them we were definitely going ahead, even if it did feel quite touch and go for a few hours.

Prince, Glastonbury’s white whale:

One evening towards the end of 2013, I was walking up the hill from the farmhouse with my husband, Nick, when we got the email we had been waiting for. I can remember exactly where I was when we read it, looking out over the valley below. The email said that Prince had confirmed to headline Glastonbury…

…The funny thing was that there was an incredible sunset that evening, and the sky was completely purple. It felt like a sign.

But only a few days later, we got a message saying Prince had changed his mind. One of the reasons was that, not for the first time, a newspaper had run a story saying that he was playing Glastonbury, which they used to do pretty much every year, along with the Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd rumours. His lawyers thought we’d given the story to the press to promote ourselves, which we would never do. Nor was it in our interests: we’d already sold all of that year’s tickets.

Glastonbury 50: The Official Story of Glastonbury Festival is written by Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily Eavis and is available now through online retailers and in brick and mortar book stores.

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Adele is making a drum ‘n’ bass record in spite of us all

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Adele is making a drum ‘n’ bass record in spite of us allAdele Fan Grammy Nominee

“30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you,” says Adele in a recent social media post.

However, nobody makes drum ‘n’ bass like the British, so even though she’s joking, Adele could probably cut a better dnb record than most. Who’s to say? Additionally, in a world where a rapper is topping the country charts and a teenage girl who gave Dr. Phil shit on TV once has a record deal with Atlantic, Adele going back to back with, say, Chase and Status barely sounds far fetched.

In a heartfelt note, the UK powerhouse singer/songwriter assured fans her highly anticipated next studio project 30 is underway, complete with a message of self-love after a personally tumultuous year for the legendary vocalist. Capped with a tongue-in-cheek joke about making a drum ‘n’ bass record (which probably already exists in an alternate universe), Adele officially announces her return, likely with another chart-topping LP up her sleeve.

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This is 31…thank fucking god 💀 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all. No matter how long we’re here for life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. 31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself. For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough. I’ll learn to love you lot eventually 😂 Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh ❤

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Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super Bowl

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Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super BowlTravis Scott Live 2

It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.

Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.

A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.

Photo credit: ABC News

H/T: Noisey

The most famous recording studios in the world

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most famous recording studios in the world

As a producer, it can be difficult creating a home studio. In an ideal world, a musician or producer would have a recording studio in their own living space. The goal is to get authentic, amazing sounding audio and minimize travel time. Looking at layouts for some of the most famous recording studios in the world might help. The infographic below shows the floor plans of studios responsible for recording some of the all-time greats: Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, The Beatles, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.

It also contains techniques to create a recording studio at home, the sound science behind recording music, and some of the best albums recorded at home.

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