“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.
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Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA
Live Nation has come out with a novel idea. The event company and ticket platform has released something that they call the Festival Passport. It is exactly what it sounds like. A pass that allows you to travel to events all over the globe and gain access to over 90 different festivals. A Festival Game
The multi-facetted company AC Entertainment is one of the co-founding companies that launched one of Tennessee’s largest music festivals, Bonnaroo. Started 25 years ago by Ashley Capps, the company now has their hands in promotion, production, booking and marketing for festivals and clubs alike. The company decided to offer some stakes in Bonnaroo last year, an offer that Live Nation couldn’t refuse.
A deal was struck between the dominating Live Nation and the smaller AC Entertainment in the hopes of expanding with Live Nation’s market reach and allowing for more possibilities for AC Entertainment’s growth. Here’s what Capps told Billboard about the deal:
“Initially, the conversation with Live Nation was one of several that we were having as we contemplated how we wanted to grow and where we wanted to go as a company in the coming years. As we got to know the Live Nation team better, especially working on Bonnaroo, it became clear that our teams could complement one another very well. It seemed like a great fit for AC, for where we are as a company now and how we expect to grow in the future.”
The deal will still allow for AC Entertainment to act freely under Capp’s management and allow them to continue to do business under the AC Entertainment name. However, Live Nation now has the opportunity to tap into the AC Entertainments conquered markets in the Southeast region. Seems like a win-win, but we’ll have to wait and see how much tickets for next year’s Bonnaroo cost before ultimately deciding.
In late July, we learned that the family of an attendee who died after attending HARD Summer Music Festival was suing the promoters, Live Nation, on allegations of wrongful death, negligence, premises liability and public nuisance.
Yesterday, it came to light that another family was suing Live Nation, the mother of 19-year-old Emily Michelle Tran who passed away after the 2014 festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The coroner later confirmed that she passed away due to complications involving ecstasy.
According to LA Times, the lawsuit “said that the Beverly Hills company knew, or should have known, that raves like Hard Summer encourage the possession, distribution and consumption of illegal drugs like Ecstasy.” [emphasis our own]
As a raver of years and a part of this community, as well as a member of the media who knows how festivals like HARD operate, comments like this infuriate me. Say what you will about the medical preparedness of the festival, that can be objectively confirmed or refuted. But claiming that a festival willingly encourages the consumption of potentially deadly substances is wildly inaccurate and baseless.
The lawsuit further went on to accuse Live Nation of being “negligent, careless and reckless,” and having failed to provide adequate security and medical services. It also alleged that the company “knowingly oversold the event and created an atmosphere that was overattended, overcrowded and dangerous.”
The lawsuit also charged that Tran’s transport to the hospital was “negligently delayed.”
“They turned a blind eye to the known risks in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults, who believed they were attending a safe party environment properly staffed with adequate security services and emergency personnel,” said the lawsuit, filed by lawyer Arthur G. Lesmez on behalf of Tran’s mother, Julie, a resident of Anaheim.
Any concert promoter in Los Angeles, Southern California, or anywhere in the United States, especially with regard to dance music events, knows about the proliferation and popularity of substances like alcohol at their events. To assume, or accuse, event promoters of knowingly creating an environment that was at the same time dangerous and encouraged drug use is just wrong.
Staff Pro was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Representatives of Live Nation and Staff Pro declined to provide comment to the LA Times.
Those ever-increasing admission lines at concerts and festivals may soon become a little less stressful (and a little more safe), thanks to a new partnership between Live Nation and IdentoGO, the security pre-screening company used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Thanks to the new partnership, concert-goers can sign up for TSA Pre✓ at some events and festivals and apply for IdentoGO’s new Fast Pass program, which will allow TSA Pre✓ members to enjoy an express entry lane.
Live Nation’s President of Client Sales, Maureen Ford, said that the company is always on the hunt for new ways to streamline the concert-going experience for music fans. Fast Pass by IdentoGO will allow the team to get fans out of line and into the show faster than ever before.
Fans can sign up for the program at a pre-approved location. The fee is $85 with a valid ID and proof of U.S. citizenship. It takes about ten minutes to enroll and the membership lasts for five years. The Gorge’s Watershed Country Music Festival was the first major event to use the system.
LiveNation has just taken a big leap toward a quicker and more efficient system of entering events and festivals by partnering with IdentoGO, the company that assists airport TSA with their Pre-Check enrollment system. By signing up for the service, attendees will be able to bypass lengthy security lines simply by showing identification.
The TSA Pre-Check service and Live Nation FastPass offshoot utilize the same system, meaning that if you’re already an airport Pre-Check member, your benefits will automatically transfer over to the live show circuit. Signing up for Fast Pass takes around 10 minutes and costs $85 for a five-year period. Live Nation has said that it will also be providing onsite sign-up stations at certain events.
Maureen Ford, Live Nation’s President of Client Sales, said:
“Live Nation is always looking for ways to make the concert-going experience more seamless, and by offering Fast Pass by IdentoGO we can get fans out of line and into the show even faster, which makes this a really organic partnership.”
Members will need to show their nine-digit Known Traveler Number alongside a photo ID at events’ Fast Pass gates, allowing them to walk right into the show.
The new service has already been tested at Watershed Festival in Washington, and is planned to resurface at New York’s The Meadows and Las Vegas’ Harvest Country music festivals. Normal concert venues already incorporating Fast Pass lines are located in Dallas, Atlanta and West Palm Beach. If trial runs prove successful, Live Nation is expected to add Fast Pass gates to nearly every event and festival on their extensive roster, including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch! and Lollapalooza.