Eric Prydz‘ creativity knows no bounds. He imagines it, and sometime later, a team of technical geniuses make the most breathtaking interactive visual displays into reality. Now, with the impending debut of his “most technically advanced” live production to date, Prydz is set to outdo himself with EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE.
The new live setup will be unveiled at Tomorrowland which takes runs from July 19 – 21. The Elementsproducer teased his jaw-dropping new 3D visuals online, just a month ahead of the show’s official debut. Get a sneak peek below.
An electronic staple soiree on the Great Salt Lake shores, Das Energi Festival, will return to The Great Saltair Ampitheatre August 16-17.
With a lineup touting performances from house music heroes like Chris Lake, Tchami, and Lane 8, along with a bounty of bass acts too boot, like NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead, and TroyBoi, Das Energi is poised to Utah on the map as certified electronic dance music destination.
Since 2011, Das Energi has been congregating an illustrious litany of the most auspicious names in dance music. Last year’s installment saw appearances from REZZ, Kaskade, and deadmau5—to name a few.
Tickets to the 2019 iteration of Das Energi are on sale now, here, as well as general festival information.
San Diego’s biannual bedrock electronic music destination, CRSSD, has announced the first lineup phase of its fall run for 2019. At the top of the Sep 28-29 ticket sits indie sensations, Portugal. The Man, feverish house frenzy, Fisher, preeminent techno talent, Richie Hawtin, and more.
In just a handful of years since its harbor-side genesis along Waterfront Park, CRSSD has become a mainstay within Southern California’s festival front. Riddled with the niche, underground sounds that make dance music so beautifully beguiling, CRSSD’s curation has flourished in immaculately kept time with dance and indie culture.
Typical for each installment, CRSSD organizers will speckle its artistry across three stylized stages, as view of the picturesque Pacific glistens in their wakes. House heads would do well to flock to the The Palms, where Shiba San and Walker & Royce will hop on a back-to-back display. Techno is ever in the air at the City Steps, where Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, and more mavens of the moment will find their low-lit dwelling place. Finally, the Ocean View will house an amalgamation of experimental sounds from a-CRSSD the board, like Hot Chip, KAYTRANADA, and Portugal. The Man.
General festival information as well as tickets (available Jun 11) can be found here.
Oftentimes, the festival outfit plays an integral role in one’s attendance of the festival itself. In many cases, the drip—if you will, is a crucial element to one’s festival experience, and perhaps none understand that notion better than ZHU, who dusted any potential competition with his EDC getup.
ZHU hit EDC Las Vegas this year sporting a custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands, for one of the more creative outfits spotted at this year’s event. The jacket, a living festival homage, features fan-donated wristbands from previous EDCs, Dreamscape, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Tyler, the Creator‘s Camp Flog Gnaw, and many more. See ZHU’s festival fit below—which other wristbands can you spot?
The build up to Woodstock’s 50th-anniversary, commemorative festival has been a tumultuous one to say the least. But original Woodstock co-founder, Michael Lang, maintains the festival will go on as planned, sans funding from core initial investors at Dentsu Aegis Network (Amplifi Live).
It’s safe to say the two entities did not part amicably. Lang apparently went as far as to pen a five-page letter accusing Dentsu of “illegally sweeping” approximately $17 million from the festival bank accounts, according to reports from Pitchfork. The letter goes on to allege that Dentsu has employed various means of sabotaging Woodstock 50’s chances of survival following the media group’s departure, including indirectly obstructing ticket sales and urging both vendors and performers to sever ties with the festival.
“We also have evidence that Dentsu representatives have gone so far as to say that should the talent back out of Woodstock, they would be seen favorably by Dentsu and that this could result in their performing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where Dentsu is a major organizer,” Lang purportedly wrote.
Lang is now fervently searching to secure new funding, $30 million by Friday, to be precise, for the New York-held, August 16-18 affair to stay afloat, according to Billboard‘s reports from conversations with a spokesperson on Lang’s behalf. However, from whom Woodstock 50 will obtain its do-or-die backing is quite unclear.
Last week, it seemed help would come on the backs of New York-based event outfit, Superfly, after an announcement from Lang; though the event brand promptly issued a statement offically revoking any further involvement. While the situation seemed it couldn’t possibly grow more dizzying, the aforementioned Lang spokesperson also reported to Billboard that Dan Berkowitz and CID Entertainment, another festival/event production outlet, would step in to replace Superfly.
No one on behalf of CID has confirmed or denied their backing of Woodstock 50 as of yet. Though it doesn’t seem the festival in question has much of a sliver of opportunity should they dispel rumors of their involvement. The only truth to discern as of now from the road to Woodstock 50 is that the festival is already paved with precariousness, which is an unfortunate outcome for what once held the potential to be one of the best festivals of 2019.
Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.
Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.
The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.
Full list of newly added acts:
Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.
Call it—Woodstock 50 is dead before it even got off the ground.
The briefly-revived festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock event that took place in Bethel, New York, has officially been cancelled by organizers, shortly after online ticket sales failed to launch. Fears of a cancellation have been looming ever since ticket sales failed to launch and payments to participating artists were stalled.
The billing was set to include JAY-Z, Chance the Rapper, Dead and Company, The Black Keys, Halsey, and more. In the days leading up to the official cancellation of the event, the Black Keys pulled out of their performance due to “scheduling conflicts,” though now it seems like their move was a foreboding red flag.
Speaking to Billboard, a spokesperson from Dentsu Aegis Network, which funded Woodstock 50, said in a statement,
“Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.”
Before it even gets off the ground, it looks like Woodstock 50 might be a bust. According to Michael Lang, co-founder of the original 1969 affair and organizer of this year’s anniversary festival, concerns of the event’s cancellation are being dispelled as “rumors,” though an email went out to booking agents on Friday April 19 alerted recipients that online ticket sales have been postponed.
Woodstock 50 ticket sales were supposed to launch on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, though now with the online sale’s postponement, an air of uncertainty seems to hang over the festival. An email from Woodstock 50’s talent buyer to agents with acts playing the event this summer reads,
“There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”
With no new date announced and a clear lack of viable information reaching booking and management teams, concerns for the event—due to be headlined by JAY Z, Santana, Dead & Company, and Miley Cyrus—seem to be more than unfounded rumors. However, speaking to Billboard, Lang says, “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” adding that fears of an impending cancellation were, “just more rumors.”
Industry insiders guess that behind the scenes, Woodstock 50 could be combating issues with investors or host venue Watkins Glen International Speedway which may be the cause of the ticket sale delay. Time will tell, though Woodstock 50 seems to be on thin ice.
To the undiscerning eye, Lunchbox looks like any other festival bag on the market. However, the behind-the-scenes process of creating Lunchbox —the bag that aims to transform the festival experience— is hardly ordinary. The brainchild of entrepreneur and festival lover Tom Worcester, Lunchbox initially began as a solution to Tom’s own personal experience of difficulties with theft and security during Ultra Music Festival 2018. A strenuous journey of field research and countless prototypes later, the current Lunchbox for the official launch is the ninth iteration of the original product.
Lunchbox strives to be the best festival bag by providing functionality and design that checks off these three key points: anti-theft, water refill efficiency, and security line-proof. Arguably the best feature of Lunchbox is its anti-theft qualities. Built with military-grade 1680D ballistic nylon, the exterior shell doubles as both water-resistant and cut-resistant. A secret bonus of the exterior panels is it masks as a fake pocket that easily alerts the wearer to pickpocketing while it’s happening, but simultaneously conceals and protects their belongings. Even better, Lunchbox employs inverted zippers that rest on the wearer’s back to ensure maximum protection — a smart, but rarely used idea.
However, the feature that Tom feels the most passionately proud of is Lunchbox’s advanced water refill technology, which the team patented. Unlike the standard set-up, the Lunchbox hydration bladder sits horizontally in a dedicated water compartment so when the wearer goes to refill water, they can slide the Lunchbox off one shoulder to the front of their body and have the bladder automatically sit upright. The water bladder itself also uniquely lacks a nozzle cap and opts for a sliding clip that seals in a tight, foldable bladder opening. With these hassle-free functionalities, Lunchbox aims to reduce water refill time to just 15 seconds and transform the water refill experience from the fumbling mess it currently is to an efficient and seamless part of the festival.
How does Lunchbox add up against pre-existing popular choices? The competitor landscape is indeed oversaturated, but not necessarily with quality festival bags. Hydration packs mainly fall into one of two categories — trendy and functional, but rarely have overlapping qualities. Leading manufacturers like Vibedration and iHeartRaves value aesthetic, sporting hundreds of flashy, stylish skins and designs whereas the popular mainstay Camelbak very much leans on water filling capabilities as its strength. However, neither completely take into account the significant issues of theft and leave that gaping hole for festival-goers to experience firsthand.
Where Lunchbox truly triumphs over its competitors is that every aspect of it has been designed with the user in mind, with every possible festival scenario of inconvenience thought out and combated with a functional solution. From loop-in night-proof EL wires to help locate squads to side pockets for sunglasses, and hidden pockets for easy access to phone chargers, Lunchbox doesn’t overlook any detail that would make a festival attendees experience even just incrementally better and that fact truly epitomizes the statement of: a festival bag made by a festival-goer for festival-goers.
The whole foundation of Lunchbox sits on giving back to the live music community and Tom avidly makes that a point when he talks about wanting to partner with artists on exclusive Lunchbox skins. “Aspirationally what we want to do is partner with artists and then take a percentage of the sale, if not the whole thing, and donate to a charity that they [the artist] cares about”, Tom says. At the core of Lunchbox’s mission, Tom and the team want to improve the festival experience by extending not just their product, but also their operations to bigger horizons. “We want to be partnering with these festivals, take over their operations, take over the Lunchbox water line, put these bags in the hands of medical and security for visual identification. Later on, we want to figure out how to work in the international market where we’re targeting international festivals like Ultra Europe and figuring out how we can reduce the risk of traveling to these destination festivals.” With big ambitions in mind, the best of Lunchbox is yet to come.
The Lunchbox team will be at Bonnaroo, Firefly, EDC Las Vegas, Governors Ball, and more. Check out Lunchbox here.
Mad Decent Block Party may be making a return and Diplo wants the party to be bigger than ever. The California producer has reportedly been building an ambitious proposal aimed at throwing what’s being called a “Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival” with SGE Entertainment—the company that produced festivals like Lost Lands and Moonrise. Luckily, the mouthful is being shortened simply to “Mad City.” Diplo’s infamous block parties grew from his a small Philly outdoor affair and skyrocketed in popularity to a circuit of block parties and eventually an ill-fated cruise. Despite 2018 only seeing one Mad Decent Block Party, it seems the event brand could be gearing up for its biggest iteration yet in 2019.
If approved, the “Mad City” festival will take place at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts on July 20-21 with a proposed capacity of 37,000 people—the largest festival the city would host. Major Lazer and Billie Eilish will reportedly headline with Diplo acting as a main curator. Performances are expected to last from noon until 11pm on both days.
Diplo’s lofty sights have already seen pushback; the team’s initial application has been rejected by the Brockton License Commission on the basis of being too big to handle in regards to safety. Initially, Diplo planned on announcing a complete artist roster on March 25, but the opposition from city officials against the festival will most likely set their team back a bit.