Ultra calls out Key Biscayne mayor-elect for ‘defamatory’ remarks

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Ultra calls out Key Biscayne mayor-elect for ‘defamatory’ remarksUltra Virginia Key Statement 1

The going has certainly been tough for the internationally celebrated Ultra Miami to obtain new stomping grounds after the city stripped it of its longtime Bayfront Park housing this past September. The tumultuous process has reached new levels of discord after the Mayor-Elect of Key Biscayne Mike Davey issued the festival and its organizers some overtly captious remarks, characterizing it as a potential “disaster.” Ultra has recently zeroed in on Virginia Key—which is adjacent to Biscayne—as a potential dwelling place for its 2019 installment, hence the resentment.

Davey assigns his scruples with Ultra’s intended move-in to environmental impacts, a likely traffic influx, and “an increase in alcohol and drug-related violence.” Ultra organizers issued a lengthy response repudiating these accusations.

It is deeply regrettable that Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne have elected to publish statements that are knowingly false and misleading rather than to first seek to collaborate with either Ultra representatives or its City of Miami partners (if for no other purpose but to gather accurate facts and to gain an understanding of Ultra’s commitment and obligations respecting, traffic mitigation and environmental and historical preservation planning).

The statement tackles the delivery of the Davey-narrated public announcement, which Ultra affiliates have contended is misleading and inaccurate in its entirety. Ultra spokesperson, Ray Martinez went so far as to say it, “potentially criminalizes [Ultra’s] patrons.”

By opting to instead circulate what appears to be primarily stock photos (unrelated to Ultra) featuring used needles, polluted shorelines, traffic gridlock, by falsely and intentionally reporting that potentially hundreds of thousands of attendees will be converging on the Rickenbacker Causeway and by falsely stating that the City of Miami had purportedly evicted Ultra for environmental destruction, increased alcohol and drug-related violence, safety risks and by reporting other untruths is blatantly disreputable.

In the video, Davey also alludes to his concern for the sanctity of Virginia Key’s unique historical significance, and the potential harm he believes the festival could bring to the Key’s beachfront, specifically. It should be noted, however, Ultra has and continues to consult environmental authorities, civil engineers, and conservation experts in order to assess and subsequently mediate the event’s potential impact on its surroundings.

Davey isn’t alone in his scrutiny of the festival either, as Ultra already received thorough contest from the Virginia Key villagers after organizers released a draft of agreement plans for venue proceedings. An official vote on Ultra’s move to Virginia Key is slated for Nov 15.

Read Ultra’s full statement below:

It is deeply regrettable that Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne have elected to publish statements that are knowingly false and misleading rather than to first seek to collaborate with either Ultra representatives or its City of Miami partners (if for no other purpose but to gather accurate facts and to gain an understanding of Ultra’s commitment and obligations respecting, traffic mitigation and environmental and historical preservation planning). By opting to instead circulate what appears to be primarily stock photos (unrelated to Ultra) featuring used needles, polluted shorelines, traffic gridlock, by falsely and intentionally reporting that potentially hundreds of thousands of attendees will be converging on the Rickenbacker Causeway and by falsely stating that the City of Miami had purportedly evicted Ultra for environmental destruction, increased alcohol and drug-related violence, safety risks and by reporting other untruths is blatantly disreputable. The offending publication(s) by Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne is patently false and inaccurate and was made with reckless disregard of the truth. “It unfairly disparages our brand and potentially criminalizes our patrons,” says Ray Martinez, Ultra’s spokesperson. The publications made by the Mayor-Elect are believed to be defamatory, as are the horrendous images that were published in an effort to purportedly inflame and scare residents and stakeholders. Ultra condemns this conduct and cautions that such leadership is irresponsible and wrongful on multiple factual and legal grounds including that the disturbing images were not associated with the Ultra Music Festival brand.

Hannah Wants reveals her fight against breast cancer

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Hannah Wants reveals her fight against breast cancerHannah Wants Press Shot Dancing Astronaut Credit Insomniac

Hannah Wants has revealed to fans that she has been battling breast cancer in a lengthy statement on social media. The international DJ heroine has gone public with her diagnosis after 18 months, detailing to fans how the life-changing discovery actually wound up being a transformative experience. She describes the music industry’s toll and the impacts that her demanding touring lifestyle had on the cancer diagnosis, and how her holistic approach to a cure has now resulted in a more balanced and healthy way of life. A reduced touring itinerary and a spiritual focus have been key in Hannah’s battle as well. The post ends on a reassuring note, as it seems the UK house force is on the road to recovery.

Read Hannah Wants’ full statement below:

*SWIPE RIGHT* Pt. 2

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JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letter

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JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letterJay Z Live The Meadows 2017

JAY-Z‘s Made in America Festival will host its final iteration at the Ben Franklin Parkway from September 1-2, 2018, after which the annual Labor Day Weekend event will relocate.

Made in America’s need to identify a new venue for its succeeding years of production comes after a statement from the office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This is the last year MIA will be held on the Parkway,” the office proclaims, “It’s unclear how MIA will want to proceed in the future but the City is interested in discussing alternate locations within Philadelphia for future years.” Made in America’s coerced migration from the Parkway will disrupt the festival’s six-year streak at the locale, hosted in the heart of the city since its inception. The statement continues, “Over the years, tourism has grown overall and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”

While the office adds that it remains, open to the event continuing elsewhere, Made in America’s eviction from its long term home did not please festival founder and rap mogul JAY-Z, who since penned an open letter expressing his disappointment with the mayor’s ousting of MIA from the Parkway. The rap mogul counterclaims that Kenney’s move, “signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.”

“Made in America is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech, and perseverance for artists and music lovers,” JAY-Z writes. He continues, stating, “The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love.” HOV does not indicate whether his festival property will leave Philadelphia altogether, or how the event organizers plan to relocate the festival in the future. JAY-Z goes on to disclose that the Kenney administration even tried to put a halt on this year’s edition of MIA.

Nicki Minaj and Post Malone headline Made in America’s 2018 edition, joined by Ty Dolla $ign, Diplo, Meek Mill, and Zedd, among other artists.

Read JAY’s full letter below:

The Made in America festival is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech and perseverance for artists and music lovers. Philadelphia, an iconic city, represents those ideals. The location is integral to the pulse of the festival. The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love. The celebratory nature and essence of this festival has inspired locals as well as visitors from across the nation to enjoy Labor Day in Philadelphia.

We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.

In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.

Since 2012, Made in America, one of the only minority-owned festivals, has had a positive $102.8 million economic impact to Philadelphia and the festival has paid $3.4 million in rent to the City. Made in America employs over 1000 Philadelphians each day and 85 percent of our partners are Philadelphia based companies.

We have studies and reports that prove the festival significantly contributes to Philadelphia’s tourism bottom line. We cannot comment if the Mayor has reviewed any of these materials.

We consider this stance a failure on the Mayor’s part. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city? Do they regularly reject minority-owned businesses that want to continue to thrive and grow alongside his city’s people?

In addition to contributing to Philadelphia, since its inception, Made in America has donated $2.9 million to the United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Cause Village, the festival’s philanthropic footprint and hub for social action, averages more than 15,000 social actions taken over the two-days via ongoing partnerships with more than 56 charitable and activist organizations representing all causes.

How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city’s people as if we are disposable now that we have served our purpose? The city is right, in one respect, the first Made in America festival took place when there was a great need for tourism. By their admission, the festival first started as a “unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall.” Our question is, “How do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?”

We will discuss our options internally and handle accordingly.

H/T: Complex

Avicii’s family breaks silence with official statement thanking fans and artists for support, tributes & privacy

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The unexpected passing of Avicii, born Tim Bergling, has been a tumultuous wave of sadness for the worldwide electronic dance community. After taking personal time away from the media to grieve, the icon’s family has released its first official statement three days after he passed suddenly at the age of 28 in Oman.

“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother,” it reads. “We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.”

As of now, no cause of death has been released, although, authorities in Oman have ruled out “criminal suspicion” and a subsequent report via Billboard has noted that of the two autopsies conducted, nothing was deemed suspicious.

In the few days since the artist’s passing, musicians and fans all over the world have united in tributes, remembrances, and created a space for words of encouragement.

Read the statement from Avicii’s family in full below.

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.


Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.


We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.


With love,
The Tim Bergling Family

 

H/T: Billboard

Alice Glass accuses Crystal Castles co-founder Ethan Kath of alleged sexual, physical, and psychological abuse

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The former frontwoman of Crystal Castles, Alice Glass has released a graphic new statement further explaining her decision to leave the band in 2014. Glass notably departed from Crystal Castles to pursue a solo career that year.

The statement describes the prolonged sexual, physical, and psychological abuse allegedly inflicted by Crystal Castles’ co-founder, Ethan Kath, whose real name is Claudio Palmieri.

“Some of you may be aware that I’ve opened up about my experiences with abuse in the past.” Glass writes at the beginning of the statement, “I’ve been very guarded about the information I’ve given and I haven’t publicly named names — because I’ve been afraid. I’ve been threatened and harassed and as a result, out of fear, I’ve been silenced.”

Citing the various women that have shared their stories of sexual harassment or assault in the wake of the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein as inspiration for her to be “more direct, at whatever cost,” Glass offers a timeline of the abuse that she claims to have endured since meeting Kath when she was 15, then a student in the tenth grade. Glass reports that Kath was 10 years older than she the first time that he allegedly took advantage of her in the backseat of his car, a time at which Glass recalled herself as being “extremely intoxicated” from drinks that Kath had given her that evening.

Glass outlines the tenuous working relationship that formed after the initial alleged assault, stating that Kath would frequent the places that Glass herself did, his omnipresence ultimately leading to their eventual “reconnection.” “A lot of my friends from the punk scene had also been taken advantage of by much older men, so to me, it was a situation that was normalized,” Glass remarks. Glass and Kath later recorded their first EP, a product that resulted in an invitation for the duo to tour the UK.

Glass alleges that Kath was highly controlling, pressuring her to drop out of high school “only two credits away from graduation,” before supervising her behavior, dictating her eating habits, who she could talk to, where she could go, what she could say in public, and what she was allowed to wear. Glass accuses Kath of various instances of physical and sexual abuse, noting “He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.” Glass credits the songs that she wrote as reflections of her alleged situation: “I was miserable and my lyrics indirectly spoke to the pain and oppression that I was enduring.”

Upon departing from Crystal Castles in October of 2014, Glass said “For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC.” The decision to leave the band, however, was not easy for Glass, who concludes the new statement observing “Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made — that band was everything to me. My music, my performances, and my fans were all I had in the world. I gave that up and started over not because I wanted to but because I had to.”

Read Glass’s full statement here.

H/T: Pitchfork

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