Chicago’s Spring Awakening Fest in a bind after preemptive location change announcement

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Chicago’s Spring Awakening Fest in a bind after preemptive location change announcementSpring Awakening 1

Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, is set on returning to Chicago for its eighth year this June–but with the festival’s home base for the past few years (after leaving its original Soldier Field housing), Addams/Medill Park, purportedly under construction, the fest has called an audible and has announced new digs at spacious Douglas Park.

However, it seems the Chicago-based event mega-brand, React Presents, jumped the gun big time announcing their relocation plans Monday, as the decision was apparently made without consulting the proper channels within the district. Now, the community and its officials are bristling at the sudden news.

To complicate matters further, Douglas Park has already played host to punk/alternative haven, Riot Fest this past September, and is hoping to celebrate its 15th anniversary by returning to the location next year. Riot’s organizers were praised by the community and its officials for working with the locals and community overseers prior to their move in order to assess environmental and community impact, highlighting the stark misfire on SAMF’s part. Although the situation may yet to have crossed over into irreparable territory, Chicago’s 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas issued some firm pushback in regards to Spring Awakening organizers’ actions, telling the Chicago Tribune:

There’s a lot of things to consider here, which makes me upset. There was a lot of work that was done to ensure that Riot Fest was successful and all of a sudden, we get this unexpected news release from folks who are coming in without going through any process. It’s completely wrong.

Cardenas attributes his concern with SAMF’s preemptive announcement to his not wanting to see the community, “taken for granted.” However, he conceded he would still be willing to meet with the festival organizers to rectify the situation should they chose to reach out for his approval.

via: Chicago Tribune

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Everything You Need For EDC Orlando 2018

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EDC Orlando is upon us and it’s time get prepared! Since you’ll most likely be at the festival all day, it’s essential to come prepared and ready to party into the night. Here are some things that I’ve found are essential to bring to EDC Orlando. Your wristband – This is a given but it’s

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Here are 5 Tips For a Memorable EDC Orlando 2018

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EDC Orlando is less than a week away! That means it’s time to start preparing for the ultimate experience at this year’s event. If you are a first-year attendee, then you probably don’t know what to expect. EDMSauce has got you covered! Here are our tips for making your experience a great one! Stay hydrated.

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Richard Branson promises brand new stateside music festival coming in 2019

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Richard Branson promises brand new stateside music festival coming in 2019Richard Branson Virgin Festival 2019 Stateside

When Sir Richard Branson announced the end of his UK-based V Festival last year, the Virgin Group founder ended a fest run that was more than two decades long. The festival’s creation in 1996 arrived in an entirely different landscape. Today, there’s a festival for every genre and atmosphere, and enough can’t-miss lineups to give fans year-long FOMO. In an effort to cut through the festival clutter, Branson and a select team will bring an entirely new concept stateside in 2019.

Virgin has been tight-lipped so far on specific details, but the event will reportedly take place over two days on the east coast. “Having a festival out in the middle of a field with dust and mud is something we’re steering away from,” said Virgin Produced CEO Jason Felts. “We’ll be announcing our first venue, which is world-class, with appropriate facilities versus just sort of putting up stages in the middle of a field.”

No matter how the details shake out, music fans should expect the unexpected from Branson and his team.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Fyre festival co-founder sentenced to six years in prison

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Fyre festival co-founder sentenced to six years in prisonFyre Festival Founder Sentenced Si Years Prison

Billy McFarland, the disgraced organizer of 2017’s now infamous Fyre music festival has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Billed as as ultra-luxe festival experience featuring names like Disclosure and Major Lazer, the ill-fated endeavor was a legal and logistical nightmare of viral proportions. The fest left defrauded investors and outraged fest-goers both clamoring angrily for their money back, with hundreds stranded on an island with everything from tent fires to packs of wild dogs.

McFarland and rapper Ja Rule’s joint dumpster fire set off a string of lawsuits and unfathomably shady business practices that culminated with McFarland’s arrest on wire fraud charges in June of of 2017. The disgraced businessman settled with the SEC for a whopping 27.4 million as part of his plea deal, which included a reduced sentence. The legend of the most epic fest fail of all time has only grown since, spawning everything from a sold out NYC merch pop up to a Hulu docuseries. The legal saga may be over, but the infamous tale of Fyre fest is sure live on.

Photo Credit: Natan Dvir

Childish Gambino Reschedules Tour Dates, Cancels Austin City Limits Performances

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Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File If you’ve been waiting to catch Childish Gambino on his This Is America tour, you’re unfortunately going to have to wait a little while longer. Due to a foot injury, Gambino has been forced to reschedule the remainder of his tour stops for the time being. All previously purchased tickets

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Imagine Music Festival: An Aquatic Fairytale [Event Review]

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This past weekend was the fifth anniversary of the Imagine Music Festival. Imagine takes place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and welcomed over 35,000 festival goers for four days of camping, workshops, and a killer lineup including acts like Kaskade, Armin van Buuren, ZedsDead and more. Imagine Music Festival was also my first ever festival and

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III Points Releases 2019 Lineup

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We have some good news for III Points fans. Today, III Points has released the official lineup for their 2019 event and it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss. It looks like III points is shifting their music festival to more Rap and R&B. The new lineup features rap artists such as Tyler the

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Ultra Music Festival Releases 20th Anniversary Aftermovie

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Ultra Music Festival has finally released the aftermovie we have all been waiting for. Reminisce the festival’s 20th birthday celebration in their latest flashback video. Produced by Final Kid, there is no doubt that you will enjoy all the beautiful moments that took place at this fantastic festival. Look back at some beautiful performances with

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Imagine Music Festival Set Times Are Here

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Imagine Music Festival is right around the corner! Get ready to spend three days in EDM heaven with sets from Armin van Buuren, ZedsDead, Alesso and more. With five stages going all night long, it bound to be a crazy weekend full of fun. Imagine Music Festival is taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

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