Live Nation is expanding the reach of its electronic music branch via Live Nation Electronic Asia, a new electronic-focused events division that will aim to meet the continent’s increased demand for large-scale dance music events.
Jim Wong, an independent promoter in Hong Kong will head the division, drawing on his comprehensive experience in the electronic music industry as he supervises the division’s overall development. Wong is notable for his orchestration of more than 500 concerts, festivals, and club bookings in Hong Kong and Mainland China over the past three years.
Live Nation Electronic Asia intends to broaden Asia’s accessibility to electronic music events “through both concerts and festivals.” Tiesto will appear in Shanghai in October as Electronic Asia’s inaugural performer in promotion of his next album, Clublife Vol. 5: China. The Tiesto led tour will span eight total dates across the continent.
Tiesto’s billing will be joined by a Creamfields Festival in Hong Kong from December 15-16. Another Creamfields Festival will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan on December 17.
In an Instagram Live address to his fans on August 6th, Electric Daisy Carnival‘s owner and poster boy, Pasquale Rotella, discussed myriad issues concerning the dance music industry, his company Insomniac, and it’s relationship to HARD Events, and big changes on the horizon for EDC structuring and mission. Here are a few keys highlights from the address.
EDC New York may not be returning. The company is putting forth new efforts to desaturate the U.S. festival market that it helped to over inflate, focusing more on “quality over quantity of festivals.” This also means downsizing certain festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland from a three-day festival to a more boutique, limited capacity sized event.
Focus will be put on EDC Las Vegas’s transportation system, especially leaving the festival. Rotella doesn’t want to make an official public statements until all changes are solidified. However, EDM Sauce ventures to conjecture that major changes may include the rumored possible future venue change to Las Vegas’ new NFL stadium.
EDC will not move to two weekends and will not be changing the experience inside the festival. Rotella emphasized that the EDC brand and experience will always stand for electronic dance music, stressing that attendees likely won’t be seeing hip-hop on the lineup beyond producers bringing out live guest appearances, a decision that belongs to the artist.
Pasquale spoke to Hard Summer Music Festival founder Gary Richards leaving HARD Presents for LiveStyle. Rotella clarified that Insomniac has actually owned HARD for the past few years, based on a creative partnership Insomniac has with Live Nation Entertainment, the event conglomerate who purchased HARD from Gary Richards in 2012. HARD was able to operate on its own up until this year when Richard’s contract ran out.
On June 12, 2015 during that year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, 24-year-old Nicholas Austin Tom overdosed after ingesting MDMA. His parents are now suing the production companies behind the event, Insomniac Holdings and Live Nation Entertainment, alleging that the two companies were unprepared to offer adequate medical assistance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when their son needed it most.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Tom suffered a seizure and then collapsed after ingesting the illicit drug. Other attendees were then slowed in their attempts to get him to the proper personnel by the large crowds and loud, disorienting music. Further, upon arriving at a medical tent, the lawsuit claims it was unattended and Tom was left alone for 30 minutes—during which, he died.
Tom’s parent’s lawsuit claims that Insomniac and Live Nation didn’t have proper medical supplies or trained staff available on-site to properly administer to their son, though during 2015, there were more than 1,400 medical calls placed, with more than 24 attendees admitted to the hospital and 0 other casualties.
At the time, an Insomniac spokeswoman issued a statement reiterating the company’s zero-tolerance regarding illicit drugs at their events.
“Due to enhanced security procedures, no bags or backpacks will be permitted into the venue except for small personal bags or purses (12″x12″x6″ max) or clear 1 gallon bags. All bags will be subject to a search. We encourage you to not bring in any bag whatsoever and make use of the express ‘no bag’ lanes.”
The statement was originally posted on Sasquatch Music Festival’s Facebook wall, but it has since been hidden. The extent of the new guidelines and how they will affect individual festivals has yet to be seen.
Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA