Linkin Park’s One More Light tour has been cancelled following the death of Chester Bennington, TMZ reports. The 41-year-old singer hung himself, and was found yesterday at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates. The One More Light tour was slated to kick off on next week (7/27) in Mansfield, MA and … More »
Ultra Europe celebrated its fifth year of production this past weekend in Split, Croatia.
Though the lineup was enticing, featuring industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Steve Angello, and Tiësto, it seems that the DJs booked for Ultra Europe’s fifth year wouldn’t be the only ones “performing” at the festival.
One couple proved to be a little more adventurous, or alternatively, a little more oblivious to their surroundings than most, venturing away from the set to satisfy their sexual urges. Yet, with thousands of people gathered in Split, privacy was not to be found, and the couple was subsequently caught doing the deed. While the probable embarrassment of being discovered is only temporary, YouTube videos have a bit of a longer life, making for a comical kind of cinematic souvenir for the filmed couple.
Via: Rave Jungle
Madame Tussauds New York caught a lot of blowback this week for its new Beyoncé wax figure, which looks nothing like Beyoncé and more closely resembles any random caucasian woman. This whitewashed Queen Bey wasn’t the first unrecognizable Beyoncé wax figure at Madame Tussauds location, but it was easily the worst. (Pictured above is … More »
Secret Solstice: 3 days of music and daylight in Iceland
Iceland is a magical place. The tourist destination has long been known for its idyllic and photo worthy landscapes.
After the tours and the waterfalls, there’s a rich music culture and an appreciation that runs across generations. It’s why the lineup for the country’s largest festival, Secret Solstice, included The Prodigy, Anderson Paak, Foo Fighters, Chaka Khan, Rick Ross, Young Ma, and Dubfire. On an island of only 330,000, most of the music that gets consumed here is consumed by everyone, no matter the age. Young fans crowded Chaka Khan, while some of the more daring adults got deep in the pit for The Prodigy, thrashing along with kids who weren’t even born when Fat of the Land was released.
Now in its third year, Secret Solstice has grown into an established event for both the people of Iceland and the visitors who descend on its capital city of Reyjavik for the summer solstice. For 3 days of endless daylight, a crowd of nearly 20,000 fills the city sports complex and the surrounding fields with music from all corners of the world. The best and brightest Scandinavian find themselves following up rap legend Pharoahe Monch, or cult phenomena Ata Kak, the Ghanian cab driver made famous by Awesome Tapes from Africa, who’s music somehow found its way into the ears of highschool age Icelanders that shouted every word he hyperactively rapped.
Photos courtesy of Secret Solsitce and Damien Gilbert, Birta Ran, SOLOVOV, Asgeir Helgi, AKA Photography.
The Black Madonna and Seth Troxler kick off Hel
The festival was complete with its own late night dance club so when the curtains closed on the main stage, most found their way home but for everyone else there was Hel.
Thursday’s night pre-party kicked the place off with a grungy array of house and techno. The Circoloco crew with Troxler at the helm painted Reyjavik’s sports complex in a haze of their signature red. Inside it was 3am. A smoldering cavern of drum beats stomped out by Icelanders of all ages. Outside the sun sat at the horizon, casting the outdoor smoker’s area in a perpetual dawn.
In the nights that followed, Hel would pack to the brim for John Acquaviva, Lane 8, Kiasmos, Livia, Dusky, Dubfire and more.
Ata Kak comes all the way from Africa
As the story goes, Ata Kak’s Obaa Sima was discovered by Awesome Tapes from Africa in a Ghanian marketplace. The cab driver turned rapper is now a cult sensation — and a world traveling artist with a seriously dedicated fanbase. Listen to the tape that made him famous.
Pharaoh Monche gets the f*ck up.
Pharoahe Monch had one of the festival’s rowdiest crowds, a far shot from the Bronx native’s home and his late nineties hit. But there was no shortage of knowledge or fandom for the rest of his catalog and his performance stood as one of the festival’s most memorable.
Iceland and London steal the show.
The former with their stripped down but infectious verses:
And the latter with her airy vocals and honest hooks.
And London’s Novelist kept the crowd locked in to his venomous flows.
Into the volcano
A day in the glacier
The festivals other excursion/music experience, dropped 100 of us at the top of the world’s largest glacier, where we then descended deep into a manmade ice cavern. Beers were chilled in the glacier itself. Day 1 was a strictly dance music affair, while day 2 featured XXX Rottweiler — the ruthless rappers who call Iceland their home.
Closing out with Anderson Paak
The Los Angeles rapper brought along The Free Nationals for his Iceland debut. And the response was nothing short of historic. Paak, who’s skillset far exceeds his MC talents, fed off that first time energy and spent time playing the drums in a fervor while huffing and puffing out every verse.
As the sun refused to set on the final performance of the day, a small contingent of the crowd headed back to Hel. Dubfire was closing. And if the sun never sets than there’s no reason to go to sleep. At least not in Iceland. And definitely not during Secret Solstice.
David Letterman inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, and a few months from now Eddie Vedder will be there to celebrate a similar honor for the late-night TV icon. Letterman will become the 20th recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this … More »
Just hours after news broke of Chester Bennington’s tragic suicide, tributes poured in from all over the music world. Names such as Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Nickelback, Justin Timberlake, and rock legend Lars Ulrich all paid homage to the immensely talented vocalist, whose music with Linkin Park helped many a struggling teenager.
Gracious, kind & humble. A rare combination in Rock & Roll. Deeply saddened… pic.twitter.com/cVtNEzrjHD
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.” – Chester Bennington. Rest easy sir. pic.twitter.com/RLhmf0UR0B
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
RIP to Chester Bennington and my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the Linkin Park family. Truly unique, humble frontman.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 21, 2017
However, a recent interview given by Mike Shinoda draws attention to the fact that his troubled ex-band member was deeply affected by the late Chris Cornell’s suicide, and was probably a contributing factor to Chester’s untimely demise which- disturbingly- fell right on Cornell’s birthday.
The interview talks specifically about their Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on May 18, where they played “One More Light” to honor the “loss of a friend.”
In the words of Mike Shinoda, “When we were doing a soundcheck; Chester couldn’t even make it through the song. He was getting halfway through and getting choked up and even when we did play the whole song and it was live on TV – or filmed for TV – he kinda just stopped before the end. He missed the last couple lines of it – he just couldn’t finish the song.”
He further goes on to say, “When you’re dealing with something so deep as losing a friend or in this case even just somebody you admire, one of the things you can do is to reach out to people and offer them a community. Let them know we’re a family, we’re a community, we care about each other.” This poignant statement rings especially true in light of the recent tragedy that has befallen the influential band.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 20, 2017
Vice Media created Thump in 2013 as an outlet dedicated toward quality dance music journalism. It’s since become a highly respected player within the electronic community at large for its clever content and well-rounded music curation.
Alas, it appears the saying “all good things must come to an end” applies in the website’s case, as Vice has chosen to shut it down as part of a company-wide restructuring which saw the layoff of 2% of its staff. About 60 employees in total were cut from the company, with electronic music the stories related to dance culture now being absorbed into the fold of Vice’s primary outlet.
Thump ended its run with plenty of wit in the form of a “final post” that paid homage to Arca1000000’s intriguing taste in boots, per a Tweet from one of the site’s editors, Michelle Lhooq.
H/T: Resident Advisor