Post Malone announces inaugural ‘Posty Fest’

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It’s beerbongs & bentleys, and in Post Malone’s own words, a “blockbuster lineup” for the chart topping rapper’s first-ever “Posty Fest,” a one-day music festival slated for October 28 at Dallas, Texas’ Dos Equis Pavilion. Malone will headline and curate the event, which will proceed with “many surprises in store,” according to Posty Fest’s official press release.

Tickets to the inaugural affair will go on sale on June 15 at Live Nation’s official website.

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H/T: Billboard

Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement [Event Review]

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Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement (Event Review)

When Pretty Lights announced his record label was evolving into the newly-minted Pretty Lights Movement, many caught a tiny glimpse into what Derek Vincent Smith had in store for the evolution of his growing family. It was around the time of his Episodic Tour: Season Two Premiere at The Gorge Amphitheater – followed by a series of constantly evolving, innovative live band performances that took place across the nation.

Dancing Astronaut was invited to attend the final episodic event of the tour at Whitewater Amphitheater in the small hill country town of New Braunfels, Texas, wherein we witnessed the raw energy of the live band, the regional beauty of small town hidden gem of a venue, and the sheer vitality of the Pretty Lights Family. Here are five reasons why Pretty Lights Live is more than a mere musical experience, but a way of living.

All photos courtesy of Press Pause

 

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1. The Pretty Lights live band experience

Smith’s creative decision to put the decks on the back-burner (and, yet, keep them front-and-center) takes his live shows to the next level. The stylings of the live band – made up of Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns — are spotlighted, as each member aids Smith in bringing the organic analog aspect of his musical stamp to life. In addition, each show features a heavy dose of amazing special guest talent. Whether the heavy bass beats of Ganja White Night, the soulful stylings of up-and-comer Maddie O’Neal, or the funk-driven glitch-hop of Aussie producer Opuio, the Episodic Tour was jam-packed with amazing talent conforming to a clear sound stamp and an accompanying vision of which direction these shows are driven.

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2. The PL Family

A heavy sense of family, community, and kindness among this close-knit group of Pretty Lights followers permeates the parking lots and showgrounds alike. The sheer feeling of euphoria and jovial admiration for their leader and their lifestyle is easily one of the most genuine and welcoming that any newcomer to this scene will experience. Take the Pretty Lights Illuminators, for instance, who are tasked with creating special activities, caring for their fellow attendees, or just generally spreading the good energy around each gathering. An emphasis on the small (yet out of this world) aspect of the crowds along these Episodic Tour stops likens them to an early Bassnectar following before it became too big to manage. Hard as it is to capture in words, experiencing is truly is believing with the PL Family.

 

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3. A sense of heady spiritualism pervades

Smith freestyles about crystal children, hyper-dimensional space, positive vibrations, and metaphysical energy whilst refracting light with crystals on stage. Essentially, his antics and overall outlook on life embodies the spiritual self-awareness that guides Pretty Lights shows and the people living within these spaces. Burning Man principles like radical inclusion and self-reliance, gifting, and communal effort  guide social interactions at these Episodic Tour stops.

 

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4. The venue(s)

The Pretty Lights team chose a wildly picturesque venue in Texas’ Whitewater Amphitheater for the final stop of Episodic Tour. Its breathtaking hill country views, fresh smells of nature, its friendly easy-going staff, and its setting along the Guadalupe river made the experience feel almost surreal, wherein attendees would float into the venue with new stranger-friends as they shouted their hellos to Smith himself across the river banks. Couple this with other world class venues such as Washington’s legendary Gorge Amphitheater, and one has a series of shows where attendees are guaranteed a weekend of re-connection with the earth.

 

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5. The production value

Pretty Lights’ Episodic Tour is not a typical large-scale electronic music festival, but the production value sure feels like it. For one, every stop along the tour offers rare tracks and unique flips catered to each location. The lighting show  — courtesy of LazerShark —  is one “not to miss” in the electronic music realm. Whether it’s the wall of lasers projected across the stage, the abstract, psychedelic visual displays, or how they become amalgamated into one with the analog sound, these creative, oft-times improvisational elements are at the forefront of cutting-edge performance in the electronic music world.

 

 

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SXSW Festival to hold FBI Director James Comey

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FBI director James Comey has just been announced as a featured speaker at the South by Southwest festival held in Austin, Texas on March 13th. The nine-day festival has been celebrated for being an all-inclusive, interactive event including music, film, and speeches from powerful figures.  The festival, which has been regularly pulling over 51,000 registrants a year, could be expected to have an even bigger pull now with the FBI director’s debatable topic of conversation, which will examine the tensions between privacy and national security.

Comey’s investigation into Senator Hilary Clinton’s emails, which made headlines around the world and shook up the presidential debate just last year, was blamed by Clinton supporters for the candidate’s loss in popular votes. Since the investigation has been dropped on Clinton, Comey has gained his own investigation by the U.S. Justice Department inspector general. examine the tensions between privacy and national security.”

With so much controversy surrounding the FBI director, it’s easy to assume that Comey will draw in quite a large crowd for his talk, which is reported to include Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst. The highly-anticipated speech will revolve around national security and citizens’ rights within in the context of consistently changing technology.

In addition to the FBI Director, South by Southwest will be hosting hundreds of music artists, influential speakers, and interactive workshops with globally recognized entrepreneurs.

H/T: Billboard

 

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Insomniac and C3 Presents announce new Texas festival, Middlelands

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Electronic music festival behemoth Insomniac Events and C3 Presents have announced their newest collaboration: a Texas-based camping festival, Middlelands.

Middlelands, dubbed ‘An adventure for the ages,’ will debut in spring 2017 in Todd Mission – a small city about 50 miles north of Houston – and offer a wide variety of artists, four nights of camping, expansive art installations and more. Considering Todd Mission is home to the Texas Renaissance Festival, Middleland’s seemingly Medieval theme seamlessly plays into the city’s history.

“Over the years, we’ve imagined building something new and unique with our friends at C3 Presents,” says Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac, in a press release. “Bringing together our teams will enhance the magic, diversity and community that can be created at a destination festival like Middlelands.”

For more information, head to Middlelands’ website.

Via: Billboard

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