Earlier today, August 12, Shambhala organizers issued a pre-evacuation alert for the festival. The surrounding McCormick Creek wildfire has been spreading rapidly, jumping the Salmo river to inch close to festival grounds while adding toxicity to the air.
Risk of endangerment has ultimately led the iconic festival to proceed with an “early closure,” per a PSA on its social media pages and websites that was erected initially at 3pm PST. According to Shambhala’s statement, Saturday evening will continue as planned, but the closure will begin afterward. They also requested guests to begin packing up their campsites accordingly to prepare for a smooth exit.
Sunday’s programming is completely cancelled, though guests don’t necessarily have to be out that morning — they simply have to be prepared to leave in the worst case scenario. Shambhala clarified later on in the comments of their Facebook announcement that “This is not an evacuation, it’s an early closure. We begin egress as we normally would Monday tomorrow morning.”
Attendees of the fourth Moonrise Festival held in Maryland have been asked to evacuate the premises as of 6:15pm EST. Due to impending thunderstorms, festival grounds have been shut down indefinitely. The festival staff began directed attendees to leave, and after some protest, the grounds since have been cleared.
Although it was not yet raining when they made the call, the forecast predicts high speed winds, heavy rainfall, and lightning. Announcements have been made that indicate festival staff will guide everyone at Moonrise to a nearby area that is protected from lightning, which has since been revealed as the nearby Pimilco stadium. It is unclear whether or not the festival will resume; however, the skies do not look like they will clear up anytime soon.
It seems weather hasn’t been kind to festivals taking place across the globe this weekend. While the potential danger caused by lightning and harsh rains led to the evacuation of Moonrise, intense wildfires caused by dry weather in the Vancouver, Canada area also led to the early evacuation of Shambhala.
An evacuation alert has been issued at Shambhala Music Festival, today August 12, due to rising concern of the McCormick Creek wildfire and its jumping of the Salmo River.
While this evacuation order area does NOT yet currently include Shambhala Music Festival and mandate for its attendees to leave the premises, the McCormick Creek Fire Evacuation Alert area has been expanded to include the Salmo River Ranch as advised by BC Wildfire.
At this time the evacuation alert is merely a notification of risk in the area and not yet an order. Attendees should be aware of the rising concern, remain in communication, and stay informed as an evacuation order from the area may follow an alert, although often times an area may remain on alert for an extended period of time.
Evac order issued for Nelway area. Shambhala NOT currently included in order, but put on fire evacuation alert. Visit website for more info
DJ/Producer Marshmello has taken the electronic music scene by storm two short years after making his debut performance. The producer is famed for his anonymity thanks to his iconic helmet
For years the electronic music community has tried to coerce his identity out of him but Marshmello has stuck to his guns by steadfastly refusing to give up his identity as well as playing a prank or two on fans about it—like that time he had Tiesto pretend to reveal himself as Marshmello at EDC Vegas.
While the community was smart enough to determine that Tiesto was indeed NOT the famed producer, there has been increased speculation that Marshmello is Chris Comstock, otherwise known as Dotcom. This is thanks to Skrillex calling Marshmello “Chris” in an interview along with a discovery that Marshmello and Dotcom had the same exact tattoo.
Thanks to a recent Forbes article, we now may have the final substantiation needed to 100% confirm that Marshmello is indeed Chris Comstock/Dotcom. Forbes published a royalty monitor for Marshmello’s newest single “Silence,” which lists Comstock as the only songwriter on the track aside from Khalid. “Marshmello” is not credited anywhere.
For his part, the producer used his Twtitter account to address the Forbes publication, saying:
I don’t take my helmet off because I don’t want or need fame. I’m genuinely trying to create something positive for people to connect with
22,000 festival goers have been evacuated from Barcelona’s Tomorrowland Unite following a massive fire at one of the event’s stages. The festival was part of a global event series happening alongside Belgium’s Tomorrowland, which is currently in the midst of its second weekend continues its second weekend.
Eyewitness reports indicate that the fire ignited during a fireworks display, though there is currently no official confirmation regarding the cause of the inferno. Apparently consuming the stage in “a matter of seconds,” further onsite accounts claim that the stage at the Parc de Can Zam venue “just exploded.’ It is currently unknown whether any attendees were injured as a result of the fire.
Known as the seminal EDM event that has established a strong global presence for Miami, Ultra Music Festival is nearing it’s contract expiration with Miami’s Bayfront Park Management Trust.
A newly formed coalition of Bayfront residents, with a heavy collective financial hand, are petitioning the city to deny the renewal of ULTRA‘s contract — a festival that has brought hundreds of thousands of dance music fans together for over 15 years.
The petition is being circulated by the Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA), a group that has also demanded the city crack down on noise at clubs in the 24-hour entertainment district. The group says it’s interests lay solely with those of a growing class of residents in the heart of the city.
The petition, which is nearing 1,100 signatures, was delivered yesterday to Commissioner Frank Carollo at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Miami Herald referred to the move as merely the “latest salvo” in the growing feud between downtown’s residential community and its entertainment scene, which have had conflicting interests since the city’s recent condo and apartment tower boom.
In fact, the petition goes as far as to request bans on all music-related events in Bayfront Park, including the hip-hop festival, Rolling Loud.
We, the residents of Downtown Miami and its neighboring communities deserve to have daily access to Bayfront Park – our neighborhood park…Instead, since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud.
The neighbor alliance vows that it is no enemy of nightlife, citing their dedication to community service, education, and a focus on the needy in their neighborhood.
Ultimately, it would be impossible to dispute the downtown resident’s complaints. Yet, as the Miami New Times rightly points out, it remains difficult not to wonder: What exactly did you think downtown Miami was like before you moved in?
Downtown is not Miami Shores. It’s not Kendall. Like every major metropolitan center, it’s a big, busy, crazy, loud space that serves as a civic hub for the 2.7 million people who live in Miami-Dade County. There are tradeoffs to living in the middle of all that. An exciting, walkable lifestyle with gorgeous views of the bay, by necessity, comes with some noise, traffic, and general annoyance…Residents who bought downtown condos knew exactly what they were bargaining for when they signed their contracts.
But EDM enthusiasts and nightlife financial backers have recently fired back on the petition group’s Facebook page. Over all, UMF brings in a $79 million positive economic impact on South Florida.
In an age where “cash is king,” it will be interesting and unsurprising if the city rules in favor of Ultra Miami.
Just months after the music world lost Chris Cornell as a result of suicide, another beloved figure in rock has reportedly also taken his own life.
Chester Bennington, known for his role as the lead singer in Linkin Park, was found in the early hours on Thursday morning, July 20, in his Palos Verdes home. The cause of death has since determined to be from hanging himself. He’d been known to have substance abuse issues in the past, in addition to carrying around lifelong depression as a result of abuse “by an older male” in his youth.
Linkin Park quickly placed themselves on the map with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which contained their infectious breakthrough hit “In The End,” and drew in a large fan base for expertly combining together rap and rock elements into cohesive singles with often relatable subject matter. Their sophomore album Meteora, whose singles included “Numb,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and the Grammy-nominated “Session,” earned the ranking of 36 out of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade.
Bennington leaves behind his current wife, and six children across two marriages. Coincidentally, his passing falls on Chris Cornell’s birthday — a poignant parallel considering his heartfelt open letter to Cornell upon the news of his passing.
UPDATE (July 18, 9:48 PM PDT): Bjarki’s ex-label partner, Johnny Chrome Silver, has released a statement claiming responsibility for the comment addressed in the below story. In his response, Bjarki announces that Chrome Silver has been removed from the record label in every capacity and expresses support for the transgendered community. Read the full statements here.
The dance community prides itself on being a place where people are free to express themselves sans judgement. Beyond that, however, is its emphasis on inclusivity. Therefore, when these two essential foundations of the community collide, the latter ultimately takes precedence.
Unfortunately, prejudice against the LGBTQ community continues to run rampant across the globe, and thus, close-minded people still manage to infiltrate into electronic’s goodness from time-to-time. Icelandic techno DJ Bjarki now follows Ten Walls, Konstantin, and others who’ve found themselves embroiled in controversy over comments made against fellow humans who have no affect on their own personal lives.
When Resident Advisor posted a clip of trans DJ Octo Octa playing out her RA Sessions set, Bjarki’s record label bbbbbb in particular stood out among the array of transphobic comments posted: “Better to make it as a DJ to be a she than a he. She-man!” Word remains as to whether or not he was the one who actually posted the comment, or someone else he works with at the label, and the artist and his team have yet to make a statement. Promoters in New York, Washington, and LA are moving to cancel his upcoming gigs.
One key takeaway from this new controversy to note is that the dance music scene took off in the first place mainly because of grass-root participation from the LBGTQ and minority communities – equality lies at its core. Instances like this might make many feel ashamed the continued prevalence of such baseless hate in today’s climate, but at the same time, also shed light on the importance of keeping aware and diligent in efforts to combat it.
Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Bjarki’s representation for comment, and will provide further information when it is available.
For virtually anyone who’s been keeping up with the current state of EDM, the name “Proximity” might ring a bell. It belongs of course to the beloved YouTube channel, which has since grown into a behemoth organization with over five million subscribers – easily one of the largest dance outlets in current history.
Proximity has grown so large, in fact, that it has officially achieved its biggest milestone. As the clock struck midnight on the East Coast, the YouTube channel announced its new label partnership with none other than Geffen Records—no easy feat for what started as a humble social media page. Geffen’s power within the music industry at large is so immense that since its foundation in 1980, the label has signed the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, Elton John, and more.
The newly-inked deal makes Proximity the lucky seventh sub-label to join the Geffen family, which in turn is owned by Interscope. As a label, the entity will not only be able to continue its current legacy of breaking EDM’s next hits, but also use its clout to help sign artists and bring refreshing new talent into the electronic fold.
Its first signee named Bo Talks, for example, created a sunny, chilled-out new track for the label launch which features none other than the vocals of Sara Hyland from Modern Family. “You Know Anymore” plays with tropical, eletro-pop influences, making it a surefire piece that will attract a legion of fans.
Geffen wouldn’t forge such a deal with any YouTube channel with a sizable subscriber base. They know full well that with founder Blake Coppelson playing a key role, they can trust a successful batch of talent will be chosen to represent Geffen and Promixity’s now shared name.
“Proximity has been our family for a long time,” said Neil Jacobsen, President of Geffen Records of the union. “Blake is a brilliant music mind and I totally believe in him. Having a venture together is something we talked about for a long time and then BOOM – he delivered one of the best first listen hits I have heard in a long time in ‘Know You Anymore.’ Then we were off to the races.”
Coppelson’s ear for what will make the electronic community tick is almost uncanny. When he first started posting to his channel in 2011, he had already honed in artists like Lemaitre, 3LAU, and Chris Lake. Other major acts he began promoting early on in their careers include Madeon, Matthew Koma, Kill Paris, and Minnesota. Since reaching the 1 million subscriber mark in 2014, his rate of new followers has increased dramatically and thus has led to Proximity being a hub for brand new music by the top players in the game. As recently as July 14, he helped unveil a brand new Galantis record.
“It’s humbling to be able to work and partner with a label like Geffen,” said Coppelson. To his mind, the label has a catalogue of previous releases that are “extensive and legendary.” Besides which, he sees the move as just a next step for the burgeoning dance music brand’s continued growth.
“Spearheading the label is one of many steps to continue furthering Proximity’s global presence in the music scene and expanding from just a curation outlet,” said Coppelson.
This new partnership between Proximity and Geffen is certainly unprecedented, and speaks to the opportunity one can make for themselves using internet and social media platforms. Its development will be one to watch, and as we observe how an influential YouTube channel establishes itself as a major part of the music industry.
A headline this week made waves in the rapidly evolving streaming industry when Vulture claimed Spotify has been paying producers upfront for their services whilst placing fake artist alias’ on premium playlists to maximize profit for the streaming service and minimize artist payouts.
The article written by Adam K. Raymond included the following allegation: “This upfront payment saves the company from writing fat streaming checks that come with that plum playlist placement, but tricks listeners into thinking the artists actually exist and limits the opportunities for real music-makers to make money.”
A Spotify spokesperson has denied the allegations in an email to Billboard, saying:
“We do not and have never created ‘fake’ artists and put them on Spotify playlists. Categorically untrue, full stop. We pay royalties — sound and publishing — for all tracks on Spotify, and for everything we playlist. We do not own rights, we’re not a label, all our music is licensed from rightsholders and we pay them — we don’t pay ourselves.”
In response to Raymond categorizing Spotify individuals gaming the system, the spokesperson said the following, “As we grow there will always be people who try to game the system. We have a team in place to constantly monitor the service to flag any activity that could be seen as fraudulent or misleading to our users.”
Raymond has since revealed he cited an article from 2016 published on Music Business Worldwide for background on Spotify’s practice. According to his article, Spotify did not initially respond to his questions about the allegation.