Three-day Woodstock 50 festival confirmed, dates and location revealed

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After months of frantic speculation, confirmation of an official Woodstock anniversary event has been confirmed by the legendary music festival’s co-founder, Michael Lang. Lang confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, noting a new location for Woodstock 50, as well as the dates for this year’s event.

Many were hoping Woodstock 50 would return to the event’s original home in Bethel, New York, which eventually would go on to host Mysteryland‘s U.S. offshoot for a number of years. Instead, Woodstock 50 will be hosted in Watkins Glen, New York across August 16, 17, and 18. Lang also confirmed more than 40 acts have already been booked, noting a well-rounded lineup of rock, hip-hop, pop, legacy acts and reunions from the original festival in 1969 is already locked in for the 50th anniversary. Organizers have been tight-lipped about talent for this year’s event, though the lineup and tickets are expected to land sometime in February.

In regards to Woodstock’s infamously disastrous ’99 venture, Lang was quick to address concerns, explaining, “Woodstock ’99 was just a musical experience with no social significance. It was just a big party. With this one, we’re going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we’ll have control of everything.”

Woodstock 50 is also expected to be livestreamed online this summer. Stay tuned for details.

Steve Angello officially confirms, ‘Swedish House Mafia is in the studio again’

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The Mafia can no longer move in secret, and it appears perhaps they’ve given up on trying. The cat’s out of the bag.

Swedish House Mafia‘s 2019 comeback is imminent, and now Steve Angello has confirmed the trio are in the studio together working on new music. Rumors of a reunion started the moment they took the stage at Ultra in March, and now with mysterious ads, possible big brand partnerships looming, and festivals already lining up to host a potential Swedish House Mafia performance, it looks like Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello are aiming to pick back up right where they left off. The only thing missing was confirmation of impending studio work and now Angello has put us at ease. The Size Records helmer recently told Swedish news publication Dagens Nyheter

“Yes, absolutely, Swedish House Mafia is back. Now during summer everyone is traveling a lot, but we’ve entered the studio. I can’t really say much more, but we’ve decided that: ‘Here we go.’”

During the trio’s comeback performance earlier this year, fans had already spotted unidentified originals placed throughout the set — perhaps a fully fleshed-out Swedish House Mafia release is also underway in 2019.

H/T: Dagens Nyheter 

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Zhu officially confirms Tame Impala collaboration is underway, announces new label

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Zhu confirmed a big collaboration and primed 2018 as another banner year the Mind of a Genius producer. Right as the calendar flipped, rumors of an impending collaboration with Aussie psychedelic rock luminaries Tame Impala began to circulate, with video clips capturing the alleged ID beginning to trickle in soon thereafter.

During a recent performance in China, Zhu took the opportunity to officially confirm to fans that the collaboration does in fact exist and it is underway, and later confirmed in a statement by the “Waters of Monaco” producer’s management team.

Zhu’s exciting news didn’t stop there though. The aforementioned performance in China came as part of a launch event for a new Chinese electronic dance music label called Liquid State, which will host releases from Zhu, Alan Walker, and burgeoning Chinese artists, among others in 2018. Liquid State is backed by Sony and Chinese streaming and tech powerhouse Tencent Music Entertainment. The new imprint will develop dance content with the intent of leveraging Tencent’s streaming services QQ Music, Kugou Music, and Kuwo Music to distribute said content. The move was effectively sealed by a reported 10% equity swap between Tencent and Sony’s licensing partner, Spotify, in December. Tencent, by comparison, boasts nearly double the users as Spotify across their three platforms.