Glastonbury Festival set to ban plastic bottles come 2019

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Glastonbury Festival is looking to implement a site-wide plan on plastic bottles come 2019.

Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis originally shared the news of the initiative with BBC Radio 6, describing it as “the big project,” in conjunction with the festival’s return in 2019. The festival isn’t set for 2018, as it is a “fallow” year, allowing for its grounds to settle.

Though the plan’s still in its early stages, its introduction would not be the first time Glastonbury’s integrated cleaner initiatives. The festival introduced free water refill stations in 2014, and its “Love the farm, leave no trace” policy, introduced in 2016, urged attendees to share transportation to the festival, limit litter, recycle, refill water bottles, and not to abandon their tents or urinate on the land.

While it remains uncertain whether Glastonbury’s progressive implementation will come to fruition in 2019, it will likely have large implications on the US festival sphere down the line. Companies like Goldenvoice, who puts on festivals like CoachellaFYF, Panorama, and more, as well as other US institutions, may see that they too need to follow suit.

Presently, Coachella asks that the plastic bottles that come in are empty and not above 40oz. The festival banned selfie sticks in 2015.

H/T: NME

Deorro kicks off 2018 with new single ‘Existence’ on Ultra Music

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Deorro makes his 2018 debut with another energy-filled track,  “Existence.” Released on Ultra Music, the American producer looks to pick up where he left off in 2017 with his debut album Good Evening and an expansive North American tour.

One thing the Deorro specializes in is giving his fans what they want. In the case of “Existence,” he stuck to his usual big room sound, employing heavy, reverb-filled kicks, vibrating synths, vocal chants, and an orchestral bridge for added drama. In addition to a Coachella 2018 appearance, Deorro will be taking Latin America by storm this spring, including performances at EDC Mexico, Lollapalooza Brazil, and more.

SNBRN talks family love, new tech house EP ahead of Groove Cruise [Interview]

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After hit release “Raindrops,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took off thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as SNBRN, has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety of genres something to like.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite book to what he has in store for 2018, and his responses prove that the producer is more than meets the eye. When he is not creating music, SNBRN is an avid reader and family guy, noting how much he loves playing in San Francisco because family is able to come to his shows.

The enigmatic producer has performed all over the world — including fulfilling his teenage dream of playing at Coachella. He is performing on the sold out Groove Cruise this year alongside the likes of Markus Schulz, Dada Life, Thomas Jack. With a new EP on the way, and upcoming tour dates with 3LAU, the house connoisseur is setting the stage for a big year ahead.

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You recently tweeted “Reading books is sexy!” What is your favorite book?

Now that’s a tough one! My favorite book to gift that I’ve read a million times is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative‎, and my current favorite book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

 

You became interested in music and music production at a very young age. Who and/or what genres of music were some of your inspirations for this interest? 

My inspiration as a kid came from rock music- Queen, Led Zeppelin & Sublime. As I got more into electronic music, Fatboy slim and Moby pretty much became my idols.

 

Do you have a favorite city and/or venue to play at? 

I would have to say San Francisco. Always an amazing vibe, and my family comes to every show. 

 

What has been the most exciting moment for you in your career so far?

Playing Coachella last year takes the cake! That has been a huge dream of mine since I was 16 years old.

 

What do you have in store for us in 2018?

I have passion project EP of tech house coming out early this year that I am really excited about. I’m also exploring new sounds and tempos for some bigger vocal singles coming out later in the year.

This Coachella lineup of AI generated artist names is outrageous

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Each year, a plethora of fake Coachella lineups circulate the internet. Reddit users and trolls of the deep web come together in an effort to dupe the masses, get a good laugh, or ultimately just embody a looming existential crisis vis-à-vis the curatorial form.

The latest pseudo-Coachella lineup poster, generated by AI community Botnik Studios, has to be one of the most unique lineups we’ve seen yet.

The online collective unveiled their very own Coachella 2018 poster comprised of entirely made-up monikers generated by a “neural network,” trained to analyze the names of existing musical acts, and the final result is pretty outrageous.

Botnik’s boasts headliners like Fanch, One of Pig, and Lil Hack, as well as what we think would be solid EDM mainstays like Fistopia, Maja, Thou Bald Lungo, Man Mist, Slup, Jonathan Is High, and Skin Clump. While these artists are in reality 100 percent fictional, we can imagine an alternate universe where some of the utterly outrageous acts could rule the world, and that’s pretty sick.

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Whethan has some fun with new Brockhampton edit

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“Made this for fun, hope you enjoy!” – Whethan‘s note to fans in his latest bootleg’s SoundCloud description.

The Chicago born producer unveiled his take on Brockhampton’s hit track “Stains.” According to a post on Facebook, this is his favorite track by the All-American Boyband. Whethan adds elements of a trap beat to the original, unfurling high-pitched synths and alternating electronic chords as the bass for a harmonizing flip listeners can easily vibe to.

Coachella 2018 sells out both weekends in record time

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Coveted tickets to Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival’s 19th annual event officially went on sale yesterday, Friday, Jan. 5, and have sold out in record time. Weekend One general admission passes, which go for $429, were gone within 35 minutes, with Weekend Two passes selling out within a matter of hours, according to The Desert Sun.

The 2018 edition of the Golden Voice and Live Nation-produced event, which boasts headliners The WeekndBeyoncé, and Eminem, will take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Travel packages are still available online.

H/T: The Desert Sun

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Jean-Michel Jarre set to play first North American Festival performance at Coachella

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Coachella is known for its combination of the hottest acts of current music culture paired with the most talented musicians in the emerging-mainstream. This year the festival has also included one of electronic music’s pioneers, Jean-Michel Jarre, who is set to make his U.S. festival debut at the Indio, California event. Jarre will be performing his ‘Electronica’ show, which he previously performed in North America on a nine-stop tour in 2017.

The French producer personally designed the impressive stage show and is well known for his prodigious ability to bring his productions to life in a live setting. Jarre will be performing at four North American shows around his festival performances, where he will be showcasing music from his two-part LP ELECTRONICA and most recent release OXYGENE 3, alongside classic material from milestone albums such as Oxygene and Equinoxe.

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Jarre is set to perform on both Fridays of Coachella 2018.

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Coachella releases 2018 lineup

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Coachella has released their lineup for 2018 featuring The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem. The lineup is the festival’s 19th edition.

Notable undercard acts on the bill include ODESZA, Kygo, Soulwax, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Black Madonna, and Maceo Plex, among a plethora of other diverse artists. Beyoncé was scheduled to headline the festival in 2017, but chose to forsake her performance due to an impending pregnancy.

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What will Coachella’s EDM programming look like this year?

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What will Coachella’s EDM programming look like this year?

Coachella‘s status as a music festival has grown to become larger than life since its humble, European-inspired beginnings in 1999, and their yearly lineup is both a cultural statement regarding the current state of music and a presage to future trends.

The behemoth brand has always integrated electronic music into their programming, with artists like The Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, and even Daft Punk helping to shape its reputation as an audacious tastemaker when it comes to curation. Until Coachella, electronic music had a hard time making it across the pond — it certainly never occupied such prime real estate as desert fields filled with upwards of 60,000 attendees.

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Coachella’s longstanding relationship with EDM has been as mercurial as the multifaceted genre itself, with its programming interests shifting in conjunction with the tastes of festival attendees. 2010 saw Tiësto occupy a sub-headlining set, playing after Muse on the festival’s main stage. Swedish House Mafia’s seminal 2012 performance has become solidified as one of mainstream house’s defining moments as a genre. Calvin Harrisiconic set in 2016 marked the first year that an EDM artist has headlined Coachella, a precedent that has since shaped the festival’s programming ethos. Its most recent iteration saw the most electronic artist names in both the second line and undercard areas of its lineup in its entire history.

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So, what will EDM look like at Coachella 2018?

As always is the case, Coachella’s internal forums and sub-Reddits have been crawling with speculation around the lineup since the end of last year’s festival in April. However, 2018 has been more silent in terms of credible rumors than in recent years. 33 names on the 2017 bill were confirmed by this time in 2016, including all three headliners. This year, a mere 8 names are confirmed, with only Beyoncé confirmed as a headliner due to her unexpected cancellation.

The Chainsmokers‘ potential elevation to headliner status catalyzed a lot of buzz earlier in the year, for example, but these rumors have since been proven insubstantial at best. Such hypotheses beg the question: Who aside from Calvin Harris does have the EDM star power to headline a festival as large as Coachella? One could only name a few potential candidates, really: the new ‘it boy’ Marshmello, Daft Punk, Zedd, and maybe Major Lazer or Skrillex off of a new album.

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The Sahara Tent

Most of the Coachella’s EDM selection tends to be confined to one of North America’s most storied destinations for the genre: the Sahara Tent. Since the festival’s recent attendance expansion, it has gone to great lengths to increase the amount of space between stages, removing bottlenecks and increasing traffic flow. However, it failed to predict that the jump in attendance would largely be from those looking to quench their collective thirst for EDM.

Massive acts like DJ Snake & Martin Garrix were placed one after the other in 2017, rather than being scheduled in conjunction with one another to help ease crowding. The same was true of Sahara mainstays Dillon Francis and Steve Angello, both of which played there once more at peak hours.

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The likely reason for this lack of counter programming stems from the fact that fans pay a great deal of money to see as much of their music of choice as possible, so directly countering EDM with more EDM would likely upset Coachella’s core demographic. Still, the Sahara Tent is nearly uninhabitable after sundown, and fans can’t even break into the tent to catch their favorite sets if this scheduling methodology persists.

Coachella’s online forum users have pointed towards the prospect of the festival adding another gargantuan tent similar to the current Sahara Tent, which could showcase similar styles of music while lessening the bottleneck effect in the Sahara. A more plausible option, though, would be the expansion of the current Sahara Tent to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Regardless of how they tackle it, Goldenvoice must, and likely will address the overflow of wide-eyed festival goers flooding into the Sahara Tent in dangerous fashion.

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Second Liners

With so many dance titans occupying the second line of Coachella’s roster over the past couple years, its seems like the event has almost jumped the gun just a bit. Booking so many of EDMs hottest names means that there are now far less to look at for 2018, assuming there are no repeats — quite the conundrum indeed.

ODESZA appears to be one of Coachella fans’ most sought-after artists. Fresh off of a new album and accompanying tour, which saw them incorporate a drum line and other exciting elements into the mix, the seminal indie/pop electronica duo is likely going to claim one of Coachella’s top spots come Spring of next year. One could even go so far as to wager that they will fill the third name on the second line and occupy the same main stage sunset spot that Porter Robinson & Madeon occupied in 2017.

Since Kygo’s ascension to national stardom that essentially began in 2015, the Norwegian giant has garnered hundreds of millions of streams and has since gone on to popularize the “tropical house” sound and captured the attention of the masses. A key second line slot seems fitting for Kygo in 2018 — a step up from his 2015 booking — and the artist certainly has the clout to headline the festival’s second biggest stage: the Outdoor Theatre.

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Eric Prydz is another name that hasn’t played Coachella in years, and has since accrued a massive increase in popularity among the dance music community. With the release of Opus in and the debut of his new Epic 5.0 stage setup, Prydz is certainly a candidate for high placement on Coachella’s 2018 poster — there’s even a good chance he could occupy a similar after-dark set on the Outdoor theatre, à la Justice in 2017. Or, perhaps Prydz could headline the legendary Sahara Tent during a main stage set from The Chainsmokers.

One of trap music’s most elusive figures, RL Grime, has been on his headlining Nova tour for the last two months, which features groundbreaking visuals that are rarely seen in the trap world, or EDM world at large. The LA native, who has redefined trap music’s fundamental style, always ensures his sets are filled with a tangible verve. He could very well close out the Sahara Tent or perform second to last on Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre, especially if he releases an album in the foreseeable future.

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Finally, after their meteoric rise to mainstream recognition since Group Therapy, Above & Beyond is also primed to their long-awaited return to the Polo Fields — maybe for 2018 after the release of their Common Ground album. The trio is known for filling their sets with tear-inducing moments aided by sentimental visuals, and like RL Grime, would make for perfect counter programming in the Sahara Tent or placement at the Outdoor Theatre.

GRiZ has never performed at Coachella and, fresh off of the release of his newest album Good Will Prevail, the Michigan DJ and saxophone master is definitely evolving into an excellent booking choice. With live, instrumental-centric sets that are full of insurmountable energy, it’s only fitting that GRiZ occupies a coveted slot on the lineup. GRiZ seems to be on the cusp of second liners — he may be closer to filling a high spot on the third line — regardless, he might make his debut at the 2018 iteration.

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Yuma Yuma Yuma

As Coachella’s electronic programming progressed through the years, organizers soon felt a need to incorporate a tent that captured the essence of the underground dance niche. Thus, the Yuma Tent was birthed in 2013. The stage’s indoor setup features awe-inspiring lighting schemes, air conditioning, a giant disco ball, and even giant beds that sore feet can head to rest and soak in the sounds of top underground talent.

In years past, the Yuma Tent has featured such legendary acts as J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler), Richie Hawtin, The Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson), Bicep, and Ben Klock, to name just a few.

So who will DJ in the legendary tent this year? Our bets are on the return of artists like those that comprise J.E.S.u.S. Others that are due for a return include Maceo Plex, Carl Craig, and Dubfire.

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Coachella’s Yuma tent selections continue to break ground within the electronic side of the festival sphere, but it will need to expand upon its current scheduling methodology in order to keep up with the growing factions that divide ‘popular’ underground leaders — like Hot Since 82, Solomun, and The Martinez Brothers — and their lesser-known counterparts.

Will bookers finally decide to pay homage to such pivotal acts as Len Faki, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd, Detroit Swindle, and The Black Madonna? The aforementioned underground acts have not typically made the cut in recent years; whether this is due to them not receiving an offer, or simply not wishing to play a mainstream festival like Coachella, is entirely unknown.

One thing that is for certain is that they would do well to expand their horizons in terms of the styles of techno and house they book, given the apparent lack of diversity in the Yuma Tent’s recent years. Ultimately, the stage is still defining its identity after only half a decade of existence, so who knows what it will have in store come April 2018.

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Undercard Hopes

Coachella’s most consistent aspect is its stellar undercard, and electronic music within this area of its roster continues to act as an integral force in its success. Acts like Nicolas Jaar, Tycho, Galantis, Kaytranada, Jai Wolf, and Four Tet all occupied its undercard last year. When one considers that even some of electronic music’s most established and hottest acts didn’t even make the second line, the festival’s depth becomes entirely apparent.

This year’s bill has the potential to showcase an array of tantalizing dance music up-and-comers. Some acts we predict will appear on the 2018 undercard include Virtual Self (Porter Robinson’s alter alias), Ekali, Big Wild, Gorgon City, Malaa, and Oliver, to name a few.

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A Cultural Phenomenon

Coachella holds strong in the festival sphere of influence, continually expanding its attendance rates and selling out each year thanks to bookings like Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

The festival is a glaring manifestation music’s current state and where its headed: this is especially true for its electronic programming, in which its talent buyers are faced with a more arduous task than ever to remain cutting-edge for the upcoming rendition.

Coachella’s upcoming lineup is most definitely going to be incredible no matter what, and we’re excited to see who makes the cut.

Coachella organizers announce huge 10-day festival in London, All Points East

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The creators behind the American cultural epicenter Coachella are launching a brand new festival in London next year.

Dubbed All Points East, Goldenvoice has announced the new festival will take place at London’s Victoria Park in May 2018.

In contrast to previous endeavors from the group, All Points East will be a 10-day event, with a satellite South By Southwest-style approach to events, whereas shows and more will be held at various venues outside of the main three-day event in Victoria Park.

All Point East’s first headliner is The XX, who will play alongside Popcaan and Lykke Li. Additionally, other confirmed acts include The National, the War on Drugs, Future Islands, Warpaint, The Districts, and many more to be announced.

All Points East will much more than a three-day musical experience, as it’ll also entail a four-day mid-week celebration complete with comedians, street food, and an outdoor cinema.

Tickets for the festival go on sale November 3, learn about presale tickets here.

 

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