UK officials to train bouncers, security guards to respond to terror attacks

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As an effort to combat terror attacks at entertainment based events, UK authorities have declared their intent to train nightclub bouncers and security guards to respond to terror threats. While details regarding the format of the training remain unknown, the preventative instruction is timely with Britain’s threat level set at “severe” — an indication that such an attack is likely.

“Vigilance in the public space is critical, and there are many, many more private security guards out there than there are police officers,” the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner noted at the National Security Summit that took place earlier this past week. “We are looking at how we can train them [security guards] more effectively to be a better part of the national armory that we have against terrorism.”

Nightclubs and concert venues have become increasingly popular targets for terrorism, with attacks carried out at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May, and the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016. Once trained, security personnel will become another line of defense in the event of a terror attack.

H/T: Mixmag

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Sasha unveils dates for two additional ‘Refracted: Live’ UK shows, releases new single, ‘True’

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After witnessing sell out success at London’s Barbican Hall in May, Sasha has announced two UK shows for 2018. The producer is bringing his ‘Refracted: Live’ series to The Roundhouse London on Saturday, February 17 and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Sunday, February 18. Bridgewater Hall is the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s primary venue, rendering Sasha’s upcoming performance all the more noteworthy.

“The moment we walked off stage at the Barbican we were saying — we have to do this again. We didn’t really have a plan in place. We had no idea the response to those shows was going to be so amazing. So this is [the newly announced dates] Round 2, and we’re getting to perform at two more iconic UK venues. We are looking to change the show slightly to incorporate some new music and make these shows as special and unique as the Barbican ones in May. We can’t wait!” – Sasha

Sasha has announced his intention to include new music and surprise guests as integral “Round 2” additions.

The Welsh producer appeared on stage alongside members of his production team, Charlie May (“Spooky”), Dennis White (“Thermal Bear”), and Dave Gardner during the Barbican shows. An 8-piece string section, live vocalists, and a percussionist rounded out the group, as Sasha played the piano and an assortment of other instruments, electronic and otherwise. The legendary performances have since been released on Blu-ray.

The additional shows would be good news on their own, but Sasha sweetened the deal pairing the announcement with a new single. Sasha’s latest is dubbed “True” and is currently available to stream ahead of its Friday, October 13 release. Featuring the London-based trio Dems, “True” is a minimalistic record whose richness lies in its otherworldly vocals and instrumental layering.

Tickets to the ‘Refracted: Live’ February shows will be available for purchase on Friday, October 13 at 10 AM.

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[WATCH] Manchester hosts first learning disability rave

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A Manchester charity called Manchester People First recently teamed up with club promoters Meat Free to host a rave for people with learning disabilities called Under One Roof.

BBC Stories created a short film about the July evening, showing people with learning disabilities enjoying an evening created just for them at Texture nightclub.

The three-minute video focuses on Shane, an aspiring DJ with a learning disability. He says that going to a regular rave or nightclub can be hard for people with disabilities, because “people bully you if they’ve had too much to drink.”

Fortunately, groups like Manchester People First and Meat Free are coming together to host events like this one where people with disabilities can be feel secure knowing they’re in a safe space with people just like them. It also creates a fun environment for their support workers, who can enjoy the party with the people they look after.

Alice Woods of Texture nightclub says their mission with the event is to create an “inclusive, fun environment with really good music at its core.” She said they had been looking for a way to expand that past their regular dance community and thought this would be the perfect event to add to their roster.

After the success of the first event, Meat Free posted on their Facebook page that they would be announcing their next Under One Roof party soon.

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The Warehouse Project releases heavy opening weekend lineup – Ben Klock, The Martinez Brothers, and more

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The Warehouse Project has given music fans something to look forward to come its opening in September. Two LCD Soundsystem shows on September 16 and 17 have already sold out, already signaling a bountiful season for the Manchester promoters.

House and techno fans are allowed their time to revel in The Warehouse Project’s opening glory the following weekend, where its first dance acts have officially been unveiled. Eats Everything will be headlining on Friday, September 22 alongside The Martinez Brothers and a back-to-back from Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping. Saturday brings an even larger menu of artists – 11 in total, which include the likes of Ben Klock, Peggy Gou, Ben UFO, and more. The weekend is going to be a surefire success, bringing top-quality acts to the locale.

Full lineups and tickets can be viewed here.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Ariana Grande’s label donates $500k to Manchester Memorial Fund

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Ariana Grande’s benefit concert for victims of the Manchester terror attack, which took place after her concert in the city on May 22, is set to take place today, June 4. Ahead of the show, her record label Universal Music Group also showed their support for the city and Grande’s initiative.

The label donated $500,000 to the We Love Manchester Memorial Fund, stating they were “proud to stand with Ariana Grande and its other performing artists in their support for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.” Twenty-two lives were claimed that night along with an additional 59 wounded.

Grande will be joined by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharell Williams, and more at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on the 4. All proceeds of the event will go to the British Red Cross’ Manchester Emergency Fund.

H/T: NME

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Ariana Grande’s label donates $500k to Manchester Memorial Fund

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Ariana Grande’s benefit concert for victims of the Manchester terror attack, which took place after her concert in the city on May 22, is set to take place today, June 4. Ahead of the show, her record label Universal Music Group also showed their support for the city and Grande’s initiative.

The label donated $500,000 to the We Love Manchester Memorial Fund, stating they were “proud to stand with Ariana Grande and its other performing artists in their support for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.” Twenty-two lives were claimed that night along with an additional 59 wounded.

Grande will be joined by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharell Williams, and more at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on the 4. All proceeds of the event will go to the British Red Cross’ Manchester Emergency Fund.

H/T: NME

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A few days ago, Manchester became the victim of an ISIS-claimed terror attack that took the lives of at least 22, injuring another 50. The attack targeted an Ariana Grande concert, with majority of the causalities being teenagers. In light of the vile attack, the city of Manchester rallied together, with different communities uniting to aid the authorities in disaster relief and rehabilitation services. Support is pouring in from all over the world, and now Ariana Grande is planning to return to the scene to help contribute to mending Manchester.

Sharing a lengthy, heartfelt statement on her Twitter page, the pop star announced that she plans to return to Manchester in the near future for a benefit concert and to spend time with the families of those affected. Read the full statement below:

 

While further details are awaited, it is heartwarming to see the entire global community come together in a show of resilience and solidarity.

Via: EDM Sauce

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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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Ariana Grande, others speak out following Manchester tragedy

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Explosions rocked Manchester Arena at following Ariana Grande’s performance late last night in a tragic turn that made many music lovers’ worst nightmare a reality.  As of publication, 22 have been proclaimed dead with dozens more are injured after the apparent suicide bombing. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and a 23 year old has been arrested in connection to the attack.

The Manchester bombing hits close to home for the music community as we are reminded that even attending a concert, which is supposed to be an escape, puts people at risk at our current day and age.

Grande took to Twitter to express her devastation shortly after the bombing.

Ariana Grande TWEET

Fellow artists such as Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix are taking to social media to show support for Grande and attendees. Dillon Francis has even promised to pledge money to relief funds following the incident.

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Martin Garrix

Markus Schulz, whose upcoming project “The Nine Skies” was in part inspired by terrorism, also took to Twitter to express his disbelief and condolences.

Marcus Schulz

Fans and artists alike have come together in a show of strength and hope during this sad time for Manchester victims and the industry as a whole. We are glad that the electronic music scene has banded together to provide such overwhelming support, but devastated that it has come to this.

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