Wormtown Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Max Creek, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Zach Deputy & More

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The Wormtown Music Festival in Greenfield, Massachusetts has announced the lineup for its 21st annual iteration. The event is scheduled from Sept. 13-15 at Camp Kee-Wanee. Attendees can expect a diverse range of music from the 19 acts that have been announced, with more bands yet to be revealed. Headlining the festival will be Max […]

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Association of Independent Festivals aims to ban single-use tents

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With bans of single-use plastics such as straws and bags becoming more common around the world, it only makes sense that this would extend into the festival and event sphere. With approximately 250,000 tents abandoned at UK festivals every year, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is looking to take action with a ban on disposable tents.

Imploring attendees to bring their tents and camping gear home with them, as well as pressuring major retailers to refrain from marketing tents as single-use or disposable, the AIF aims to “highlight abandoned tents as part of the single-use plastics problem.”

Paul Reed, the CEO of AIF, notes that forcing festival attendees to buy fancier or higher quality equipment is not the goal:

“The message here is not to buy a more expensive tent—with a single tent carrying the same amount of plastic as more than 8,700 plastic straws, festival audiences can take positive action and reduce their carbon footprint simply by taking their tent home and reusing it, ensuring that it doesn’t become a single-use item this summer.”

With debates on the sustainability of large-scale festivals in pristine locations (Ultra, Electric Forest) already ongoing, this is yet another step in the direction of environmentalism from the global festival community.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Australian music fans and lawmakers clash over festival scene

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In response to several deaths at local music festivals attributed to drug overdoses, the Australian New South Wales government has decided to buckle down on festival regulations with costly new measures that have caused the an uproar among the Aussie music scene. New South Wales’ live music market is the biggest in the country and the announcement has prompted both music fans and festival industry leaders to protest.

Beginning March 1, the new rules require festivals to individually apply for liquor permits and meet strict safety standards that include providing clear evidence of safety measures in an effort to create the country’s “first music festival-free zone.” Despite criticisms voiced by figures like Peter Noble, director of Byron Bay Bluesfest, New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian had no hesitation stating, “You can’t just make a quick dollar without thinking of the safety of young people.” Simultaneously, even political parties have been chiming in as well in light of the upcoming state election. As the status of the live music scene remains shaky, Australia’s beloved festival scene will remain a point of contention for everyone alike.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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Excision Releases 2019 Dates For Bass Canyon and Lost Lands

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We honestly don’t know how Excision does it. It seems as if the man is always touring and then on top of that, he’s started two very successful festivals. And now we have the 2019 dates for both Bass Canyon and Lost Lands. Bass Canyon will be held August 23-25 and Lost Lands will be

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Burning Man Announces new art installation, “The Orb”

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Burning Man wins for one of the most unique music festivals to date. This year’s festival is sure to be just as grand as the rest. Every year, Burning Man embraces its out-there location with over-the-top themes and art installations. In past years, we have seen Boeing jet nightclubs, scorpion cars and more. This year,

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Tomorrowland to look completely different in 2018

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The Tomorrowland you know and love is going to have a completely new look this year. Last year, the festival’s theme was circus-like while this year, The Story of Planaxis takes us on an aquatic journey. Festival-goers can expect a variety of nautical themed sets and stages that are bound to blow our minds. In Tomorrowland

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Study Says Going To Festivals May Help You Live Longer

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The next time you’re debating whether or not to spend money on festival tickets, science says you should… for your health. According to a recent study by UK music venue O2 and Goldsmith’s University associate lecturer Patrick Fagan, attending concerts and shows can boost your life expectancy by nine years. In addition to living longer,

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Solomun’s Diynamic Records is launching a new festival

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Founded in 2006 by Solomun and Adriano Trolio, the German powerhouse label Diynamic has undeniably positioned itself amongst the globe’s top imprints. With Diynamic festivals in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Brazil, along with two weekly residencies on Ibiza, Solomun’s events have become synonymous with a DIY techno attitude and their sold-out showcases across the world.

Now the Hamburg-based record company is launching its first London festival in partnership with UK party instigators Unleash, old friends of the label. The event will take place across two days at Greenwich Peninsula in Southeast London, September 8–9.

The festival will feature a custom designed main stage, being shipped from Diynamic headquarters in Hamburg, with a state-of-the art D&B sound system on top, along with award winning street food and delicious cocktails. No word has been given on when the official line-up is set to drop, but fans can sign up for the official pre-sale here.

Rail Camping Should Be Banned According To Our Readers

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Rail camping has quickly become one of the more controversial topics when dealing with different music festivals around the world. If you’ve been to any Bassnectar show before, you’re probably familiar with rail campers lining up hours before he’s set to go on stage. Nothing will get in the row of rail campers from being

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Dirtybird Campout Set to Rock the East Coast February 2-4th [Lineups + Ticket Details]

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As the birds get ready to flock to Florida, Head Counselor Claude VonStroke prepares his finishing touches of the first edition of DIRTYBIRD Campout East. Aside from the outrageous activities, infinite laughs, and all-night dancefloor shenanigans, campers can expect their favorite DJs to migrate with them to St Cloud, FL on February 2-4 as Claude

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