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Creamfields scoops only UK Mafia show

December 4, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM    House music supergroup have announced they will headline (cap.) in 2019. Having only played one shows during a five-year hiatus, Swedish House Mafia have decided that headlining the 70,000-capacity Creamfields festival will be their only UK show next year. “We are excited to have Swedish House Mafia…

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Key solution to new Ultra home

December 4, 2018

UNITED STATES                The 50,000-capacity Ultra Music Festival will have an extended operating time next year, after its new site in Miami was confirmed. The dance event has been held annually in the city since 1999 and confirmed this month that it is moving…

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New Mac for Werchter Boutique

December 4, 2018

BELGIUM             Fleetwood Mac have been confirmed as one of the headliners for the the one-day Werchter Boutique (cap. 60,000) festival in June, featuring their new line-up The performance is part of a European tour that includes two nights at the UK’s Wembley Stadium (90,000)…

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Roskilde gears up for No 49

October 31, 2018

Denmark                The 85,000-capacity not-for-profit Roskilde Festival is preparing for another sell-out year for its 49th edition. Among the first wave of artistes confirmed for the event, which is located 34kms to the west of capital city Copenhagen and will be held from 29…

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Tool back after 13-year wait

October 31, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM             One of the highlights of next year’s 100,000-capacity Download Festival for programmer Andy Copping is the return of Tool to the bill. The 14 to 16 June Live Nation Entertainment-promoted event, which takes place at Donington Park in Leicestershire, will also feature…

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Kala Festival plans 30 per cent growth

October 1, 2018

ALBANIA    Following the success of this year’s inaugural Kala Festival, organisers plan to increase capacity by 30 per cent, from 1,500 to 2,000, for the 2019 event. Artiste appearing duing the seven-day event included Roy Ayers, Todd Terje, Tom Misch and The Black Madonna. The festival’s five stages set…

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Creamfields streamed to seven million fans

October 1, 2018

Denmark                More than seven million people tuned in from around the world to watch the live stream from this year’s Creamfields, held at Halton in Cheshire in August. Among over 300 artistes appearing were Carl Cox, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Giggs, Major…

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Younger acts prompt early Baloise sell-out

October 1, 2018

SWITZERLAND          The inclusion of some “younger acts” this year is credited with the Baloise Session series of concerts selling-out several weeks in advance for the first time. The 19 October to 6 November event, held at the Messe Basel, is configured for 1,500 people in an…

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Flexible lighting dazzles headliners

August 28, 2018

USA     Production manager Dizzy Gosnell designed lighting systems for the two main stages at Forecastle Festival (cap. 75,000) in Kentucky that aimed to dazzle in the daylight yet work with artistes’ touring systems and allow for quick set up. With performers including Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell…

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Landmarks shine bright, day and night

August 28, 2018

DENMARK      Singer-songwriter Rasmus Seebach chose a set which drew on some of Copenhagen’s best-known landmarks, including several iconic neon signs, for his latest tour. Lighting designer Jacob Baekmand says that the artiste requested a theatrical feel to the performance space and an LED which did not have the…

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Safety key as screens fly

August 28, 2018

ITALY      Performing at venues including Rome’s Stadio Olimpico (cap. 72,700) and Padua’s Stadio Euganeo (32,400), singer Vasco Rossi aimed for a stark, industrial style set using flying screens-cum-lighting pods as a key effect. Designed by set designer Claudio Santucci of Gioforma and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, the screens…

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Matthews follows Chorus Line

August 28, 2018

USA      Lighting designers Fenton Williams and Aaron Stinebrink needed a multi-purpose fixture to achieve a variety of effects including backdrop lighting and silhouetting for The Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow tour. The set comprised an upstage projection feature, around which the designers positioned 30 Chorus Line 16 LED…

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Bluesfest prepares for milestone

August 28, 2018

Australia       The 30th edition of Bryon Bay’s Bluesfest (cap. 25,000) is shaping up to be a “truly memorable” event, according to organisers. Having welcomed acts including Lionel Richie, Neil Young and Mary J Blige in recent years the festival has already announced Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and…

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All about sustainability

IRELAND
July 5, 2018

The historic 3,000-acre Curraghmore Estate in County Waterford will serve as the site for the debut of All Together Now festival, which aims to be environmentally sustainable. The 15,000-capacity music and arts festival, which is being organised by promoter POD Presents, will take place over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend from…

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Global Citizen Festival to celebrate Mandella’s birth

SOUTH AFRICA
July 4, 2018

The country’s leading promoter Big Concerts is to stage what it describes as the “biggest concert” ever to be staged in South Africa. The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 will take place on 2 December at FNB Stadium (cap, 94,000) in Johannesburg. Curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, the event will…

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DMZ bridges the divide

KOREA
June 22, 2018

SET in a disused railway station on the border between North and South Korea the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (cap. 5,000) may be one of the most ambitious festivals ever staged. Due to take place at Wolijeong train station in the Korean Demilitarisation Zone (DMZ), the event has been…

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Stockholm to stage Lolla

SWEDEN
June 22, 2018

Stockholm is to become the third European city to host international festival brand Lollapalooza, with the location being described as “the perfect match” by organisers. The festival, which is already held in Germany’s Berlin and France’s Paris, will take place at Gärdet from 28-29 June next year and consist of…

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Festival machine heads for chateau

FRANCE
June 22, 2018

The medieval town of Camon in the south of France will be the backdrop for the three-day Machine du Vin (cap. 10,000) festival. Having already staged events, featuring music and wine, across vineyards in Australia organiser Wine Machine is to hold the festival in the grounds of Abbaye Chateau de…

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Riding the waves

NETHERLANDS
May 22, 2018

More than 150 performances will take place across 15 stages during Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz (cap. 20,000) festival. Lauded by organisers Live Nation-owned Mojo Concerts as the world’s largest indoor music festival, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy (15,000) has been running since 1976. “Since our move to Rotterdam in 2006,…

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Festivals seek permanence

AUSTRALIA
May 22, 2018

Two of the country’s biggest festivals are seeking permission to make the site of their current events permanent. Splendour in the Grass (cap. 35,000) and Falls festival (16,000), both organised by Secret Sounds, are staged at North Byron Parklands in New South Wales. The site has been hosting the festivals…

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