Live Nation details Festival Passport expansion for 2018-2019 season

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Last year, Live Nation successfully launched its Festival Passport program, granting 1,000 lucky fans across the world access to over 90 of the company’s festivals at just one flat fee. The ticketing and events behemoth has announced the return of its one-of-a-kind access pass for the upcoming season, now with a major expansion in territory and new VIP option.

2,500 GA passes will be sold at $999 with just 100 VIP passes priced at $5,000. Though the GA price includes a $200 increase from last year, purchasers will now have over 100 of Live Nation’s unique festivals to choose from.

Both GA and VIP passes will be granted access to any of over 100 participating festivals worldwide, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Governors Ball, Sasquatch!, and Lollapaloozas in Germany, France, and the US.  New additions to the roster include Australia’s Sydney City Limits, China’s Creamfields, UAE’s RedFestDXB, Poland’s Impact Festival, and the UK’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions.

This year, in an effort to avoid scalpers and ensure that Live Nation is only accommodating fans’ needs, purchasers will have to pre-register through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform with their full legal names and photo ID. Registration is open now through April 12 at 11:00 PM ET/10:00 PM CT, with sign up here. Tickets are on-sale beginning April 17 at 8:00 am EDT, but be aware, Festival Passports sold out in under 24 hours last year, so purchasers must act quickly when the time comes.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

What So Not announces 30+ date ‘Beautiful Things’ world tour

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2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.

The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.

Purchase tickets to the Beautiful Things Tour here.

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Zeds Dead release their Lollapalooza 2017 set

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Zeds Dead are combining two of their fan-favorite things into one: their radio show and their festival sets. Zeds Dead Lollapalooza set was a success, showcasing the raucous performance that has made their festival performances legendary.

Luckily for those who couldn’t make it to Chicago’s top festival, Deadbeats Radio is there to provide the experience to all. While a powerful performance in and of itself, this edition of Zeds Dead’s radio show will have one overwhelming effect: most will put one a Zeds Dead performance on their must-see list.

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Watch Lollapalooza performances from San Holo, Gramatik, Jai Wolf, A-trak, NGHTMRE & More

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Chicago’s largest music festival celebrated it’s 26th year in Grant Park this past weekend, Aug. 3-6. Like any festival of this sheer magnitude, the whole Lollapalooza experience was an undoubted whirlwind of ups and downs for attendees — from a weather related shut-down on day one to the lucky fan who joined Run The Jewels on stage.

In case you missed the Lolla live stream, you can thank your lucky stars (or RedBull TV, whichever) because now full sets are becoming available online. Topping the 2017 bill were Muse, Arcada Fire, The Killers, and hometown hero Chance the Rapper. Also catch performances from dance music producers San Holo, 3Lau, Gramatik, Jai Wolf, A-trak and many more.

We will update this post as more performances become available.

 

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Watch Charli XCX and Halsey cover Spice Girls at Lolla

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Charli XCX brought the ’90s back with a surprise cover of the Spice Girls’ smash hit, “Wannabe,” at Lollapalooza this past weekend. To add to the girl power, she brought out forthcoming tour mate Halsey to perform with her. The crowd went crazy for the 1996 cover, especially when Halsey ran out on stage to join Charli XCX. Halsey wasn’t otherwise scheduled to perform at the Chicago festival.

Though both the performers and the crowd clearly had a great time performing the girl power anthem, the backing track and use of autotune held the cover back from what it could’ve been. We know both of these ladies have killer pipes — why cover ’em up?

The talented duo head out on tour together next month. Check out the tour dates here.

Featured image by Timothy Hiatt of Getty

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MUST LISTEN: DJ Snake’s entire Lollapalooza Set

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The 2017 rendition of Lollapalooza has come and gone, but thanks to the always reliable internet, the sets live on. DJ Snake had an epic show on Friday night that has been uploaded courtesy of Buzz_Lightyear. In typical Snake fashion, the set is high energy and the perfect backdrop for your weekend festivities. Listen to the full set below.

H/T: EDM Sauce

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MUST WATCH: Run The Jewels brought a fan on stage at Lollapalooza and he killed it

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Run The Jewels have made a hell of a lot of noise in today’s hip-hop.

Just this weekend Killer Mike and El-P’s committed vision has delivered yet another rad moment as the two brought up a random fan, Jacob Powell, at their Friday evening August 4 Lollapalooza performance to rap their track “Legend Has It.”

After spotting his sign in the crowd reading,”Let me rap ‘Legend Has It,’” the rapper duo told Powell to get up to the stage.

“Clear the motherfucking way,” Killer Mike said as he began to make his way to the barrier. “Get your ass to the stage.”

The crowd could hardly believe their eyes. Powell made it to the stage when El-P said, “You just happened to catch our eye the minute we were just about to do that song.”

Adding “We’re gonna help you do it a capella. The way that we like to do is that you take the center of the stage, you raise your hands to the sky and you say: ‘Chicago, make some noise!”

The city, understandably, lost their minds.  “You’ve got about eight bars maximum before you get the fuck off of here.”

Powell unleashed eight bars, with the help of the rap duo, wowing 60,000 plus people who closed out his incredible turn by chanting his name. In a moment that became an instant legend: Killer Mike lifted Powell, carrying him around the stage, ensuring jaws stayed glued to the floor—all while he continued to throw it down, without missing a word. Watch Powell utterly kill it for yourself here.
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Lollapalooza founder discusses new house focused project: “I hate EDM”

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Prior to Lollapalooza‘s milestone anniversary of 25 years just last year, the founder of the iconic Chicago festival Perry Farrell spoke with the Chicago Tribune about the legacy of the event and his plans for after.

Formerly a member of the rock band Jane’s Addiction and starting Lollapalooza on a whim, the world renowned festival has now expanded to six countries, reaching far beyond its original realms of rock and alternative music. Lengthening the festival to four days for the very first time this year, Lollapalooza is set to showcase a wide variety of names in the EDM realm such as DJ Snake, Justice, Porter Robinson, and Gramatik to name a few.

Revealing in the interview an understanding of the necessary changes that must come in the festival economy over a year ago, Farrell shared then he was working on a new “project” separate from Lollapalooza that will be a “completely new experience.” During the interview, Farrell suggested it would launch 6 months from now, although no further word has been made as of yet.

Expressing disinterest in EDM in general Farrell expressed an interest in keeping EDM at the door at the event, stating,

“The only way to change things is by changing things myself. At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away.”

To this day, Perry’s name is associated with the Lollapalooza stage that hosts the bevy of EDM talents during the festival, although he’s expressed he’s less than thrilled about what’s coming out of EDM.

“When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored,” he told the Tribune. “I like the adulation. But now you say, ‘Perry, what’s going on with your area here?’ Believe me, I’ve got questions myself. I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”

Farrell, of course, understands EDM’s role in expanding Lollapalooza’s reach over the years. A key to its growth has been its ability to book the types of artists most popular with its young fan base, with hip-hop and EDM leading the way. With nearly 40 percent of its ticket buyers reportedly under the age of 24, and 34 percent between the ages of 25 and 34, according to figures supplied by C3 in 2016, it’s no wonder Farrell is no longer identifying with their desires.

It should be interesting to see what comes out of the mastermind’s house music-centric project, after all, Lollapalooza was supposed to just be a one-time ordeal.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured image by Red Bull TV.

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Live Nation increases security measures in wake of Manchester bombing

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In wake of the bombing in Manchester last weekend at an Ariana Grande concert, Live Nation has increased its security measures in hopes of preventing future catastrophes.

A notice issued to venues reads as follows:

“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.

Live Nation is the company behind some of the country’s biggest festivals, such as EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and more.

View the full notice below:

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Featured image via Live Nation.

H/T: Your EDM

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