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

Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival pack

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Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival packUnnamed 2

Pretty Lights knows festivals. The Denver-based electronic veteran has made a career of headlining them, curating his own festivals, and designing his shows specifically for the outdoors, making indoor shows a rarity in his repertoire. With an upcoming string of performances at his home turf of Red Rocks Amphitheater approaching in August, Pretty Lights has teamed up with apparel company Akomplice to release a unique capsule pack of necessities geared at today’s modern festival-goer.

The festival survival kit includes all the finest camping event accouterments, from walkie talkies to bandanas, a reliable grinder, light refraction tools, and even palo santo to ward off bad vibes. The items in the limited release pack are ready for camping, festival music, and creativity, along with a handy dopp kit to pack it all in. Available on July 13 at 11:30 AM PST, the new Pretty Lights Akomplice merchandise can be purchased here.

The full kit includes:

  • An iconic WWII trench lighter.
  • The signature AK grinder.
  • Palo Santo to light and clear your energy.
  • Festival Walkie Talkies
  • Channel 1 for Pretty Lights fam to connect.
  • Channel 2 for special announcements from Pretty Lights.
  • A bandana to protect your face at shows.
  • A crystal x-cube to refract light at shows.
  • A dopp kit for everything to live within.
  • A notebook for high-vibe, magical ideas.

Burning Man announces a 100-foot-tall disco ball, known as The Orb

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Burning Man announces a 100-foot-tall disco ball, known as The OrbBurning Man Disco Ball 2018

Burning Man always proves to be a fascinating topic, as thousands of people from around the world strip away their normal lives and enter into the Playa. The theme of this year’s festival, the first since its founder Larry Harvey’s passing, is derived from Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 sci-fi work, I, Robot. Each year, inventive new art installations bring together Burning Man’s larger-than-life theme, from Boeing jet nightclubs to flamethrower scorpion cars, and this year will be no different.

Word has it that a giant 100-foot-tall mirror ball, known as The Orb, will be making its first appearance in the Nevada desert at this year’s burn. The structure was created by a team of Danish architects led by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, who together created a 30-ton inflatable — yes, inflatable — disco ball.

“The ORB is a mirror for earth lovers – reflecting the passing daytime, evolving life, and other art works beneath it – A new planet to sci-fi fans, a wayfinder for travellers or just a huge disco ball to those who love a good party. Visible from most of The Playa, it will help Burners navigate the desert and find way. At night, the ORB will blend entirely into its surroundings and become part of the desert. The ORB is a tribute to mother earth and human expression – designed to easily inflate and deflate, leaving no trace on the Playa.”

Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fall

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Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fallDel The Funky Homosapien Damon Albarn

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed in a new Beats 1 Radio interview with Matt Wilkinson that Del the Funky Homosapien has suffered severe injuries following his fall at the band’s performance from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival on July 7. Albarn confirmed,

“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”

“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”

The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”

Godspeed, Del.

H/T: Pitchfork

Featured Image: Jeff Kravitz

Julius Dein Literally Creates Magical Festival Experiences

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We all have had our own magical experiences on the grounds of a music festival. It could’ve been that special feeling watching your favorite artist close out the main stage, or getting a surprise marriage proposal on top of the grassy hill. However, have you ever experienced actual magic tricks at a festival? Street Magician

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More festivals sign onto Keychange initiative guaranteeing 50/50 gender balance by 2022: 100 total

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More festivals sign onto Keychange initiative guaranteeing 50/50 gender balance by 2022: 100 totalBestival Tom Martin

Keychange was launched at the end of 2017 to call attention to the continued lack of gender equality on festival lineups, and as a way to prompt promoters to take action in bringing more talented female acts into their roster. Within just a few months of its creation, 45 gatherings across the globe announced their pledge to ensure their rosters comprised of 50% female talent.

Since then, Keychange is entering its nine month mark with a doubled head count of participating promoters. 100 festivals have now pledged to book a balanced lineup by 2022. Head For The Hills, Field Maneuvers, Be Fresh, and others with be joining Bestival on the UK front, with other larger institutions like Berlin’s Jazz Fest, Sweden’s Indie Music Festival, and the international Music Cities Forum also joining the fray.

CEO of PRS Foundation Vanessa Reed, who helped launch the Keychange initiative, said the following about its growth: “I hope this milestone will encourage others to join in with this positive and increasingly popular movement for change.”

H/T: Magnetic Mag

Featured image credit: Tom Martin

First Ever Blockchain-Powered Festival ‘OUR Music Festival’ Announced

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Acclaimed electronic dance music producer, 3LAU, groundbreaking blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV, and the largest independent festival promoter in the US, Prime Social Group, have joined forces to change the way fans experience live music forever. Uniting the worlds of entertainment and technology the partners will launch the first-ever “blockchain-powered festival network,” appropriately titled OUR Music

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Insomniac announces fifth-annual 2018 We Are NRG lineup

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Insomniac‘s announced the lineup for its fifth-annual We Are NRG event, a two-day rave taking over the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California on June 22 and 23 with its hard-hitting bass and electrifying tunes.

Having hosting sold-out crowds in both 2016 and 2017, it’s safe to say that We Are NRG has undergone a substantial transformation since its humble beginnings.

2018 undeniably marks the festival’s most outright accomplishment to date with bookings from bass beneficiaries like Deorro, R3HAB, and 3LAU — it’s an absolute must-attend. In addition to the bevy of heavy-hitting top-tier talent, We are NRG attendees will witness performances from the swiftly ascending acts of the bass realm such as Whipped Cream, Jax Jones, Nero (DJ Set), Dr. Fresch, and more.

 

We Are NRG SoCal 2018 takes place Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Find more information here.

Photo Credit: Insomniac Facebook

Spring Awakening Music Festival 2018 Recap

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For three days straight on the weekend of June 8, the city of Chicago was filled with deep beats, pop-inspired melodies, and bass that reverberated through the streets. This is Spring Awakening, Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival. Located in Addams/Medill Park, the festival attracted concert goers far beyond the city limits to include residents from

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Phoenix’s second annual Lost Lake Festival reportedly cancelled

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Emerging crossover festival brand Lost Lake has reportedly been cancelled ahead of the event’s second annual installment. The multi-day festival, still in its infancy, came by way of powerhouse event promoter Superfly — the organizing body behind massively successful event properties like Outside Lands and BonnarooDancing Astronaut has reached out to Lost Lake representatives for comment, though at the time of publication, no response has been received.

Superfly is expected to release an official statement on festival’s cancellation, though the cause behind shuttering Lost Lake is likely due to poor ticket sales following last year’s impressive reported turnout of over 45,000 attendees. The inaugural installment brought a well-rounded blend of talent including Chance The Rapper, ODESZA, and Major Lazer to the Valley of the Sun. While this year’s edition is no longer taking place, hopefully Superfly still plans to continue breaking into Phoenix’s largely untapped festival market in the future.

Check back for updates, the story will be updated as new information is received.