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Montreux Jazz Festival comes to people’s homes

SWITZERLAND
March 30, 2020

MONTREUX JAZZ Festival (cap. 20,000) is giving fans the opportunity to stream more than 50 legendary performances from the event’s history in the comfort of their own homes. For the first time, the festival is digitally releasing concerts from its archives, including performances from Quincy Jones, James Brown and Nina…

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Lowlands festival positively electric

NETHERLANDS
March 30, 2020

ORGANISERS OF the 55,000-capacity Lowlands Festival in Lake Veluwe, Biddinghuizen, are about to realise a dream, when works starts in November on what is being hailed as the world’s largest solar carport. The 35-hectare structure will consist of 90,000 solar panels, provide cover for 15,000 cars and generate around 35…

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Mallorca Live celebrates fifth birthday

SPAIN
February 21, 2020

THE 18,000-capacity Mallorca Live Festival has secured Pet Shop Boys to make their debut in the Balearic Islands for the event’s fifth anniversary. Taking place on 14-16 May at Old Aquapark of Calvià on Mallorca, the band  will headlining the Saturday night, performing their Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live tour,…

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Rolling Loud to Europe

PORTUGAL
February 21, 2020

WORLDWIDE HIP-hop brand Rolling Loud is launching a 40,000-capacity edition of the event at Praia da Rocha beach between 8-10 July. The festival will see A$AP Rocky, Future and Wiz Khalifa deliver headline performances, as well as appearances from AJ Tracey, Lil Baby and Giggs. “After five years of building…

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Bluesfest fired-up for Morrisette’s Little Pill

AUSTRALIA
January 29, 2020

ORGANISERS OF Byron Bay’s 25,000-capacity Bluesfest are relieved that they site they own has escaped the bush fires that have ravaged many parts of the country. Festival and Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm site owner Peter Noble plans to make a donation to the Australian Red Cross in recognition of the…

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EXIT celebrates 20 years of cultural achievement

SERBIA
January 29, 2020

TO CELEBRATE its 20th anniversary, the 50,000-capacity EXIT festival has invited back the artistes who delivered the most memorable performances at the event over the two decades. The annual festival, which takes place in the grounds of the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad between 9 and 12 July,…

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Nos Alive adds fourth day

PORTUGAL
December 16, 2019

LISBON’S 50,000-capacity Nos ALive festival is expanding to four days for its 2020 event to mark the numbers in the calendar year adding up to four. Next year’s edition will take place at Passeio Marítimo de Algés and commence a day earlier, running from 8 to 11 July. Among artistes…

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Festival X celebrates 100,000 in Year 1

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
December 16, 2019

AFTER A successful inaugural year, touring event Festival X will expand to two weekends and visit new cities with its 2020 edition. The first events took place between 28 November and 1 December at Auckland’s Spark Arena (cap. 12,000) in New Zealand, Brisbane Showgrounds (25,490), Sydney Showgrounds (10,000) and Melbourne…

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Boutique beach festival for ravers

ALBANIA
November 26, 2019

A NEW boutique electronic and dance music festival is to be launched in the coastal town of Dhermi next year. The 3,000-capacity ION festival is being organised by UK-based London Warehouse Event (LWE), the company behind the country’s Junction 2 (cap. 12,000) festival and scheduled to take place on 2–9…

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AEG and AmEx rebrand London’s Summer Time

UNITED KINGDOM
November 26, 2019

NOT ONLY has AEG secured a new naming rights partner for its 65,000-capacity series of summer concerts in central London, but its given the event a name change too. American Express has replaced Barclaycard as the headline sponsor and British Summer Time has been renamed American Express presents BST Hyde…

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Lollapalooza No 10 for Chile

SOUTH AMERICA      
November 4, 2019

The region’s oldest Lollapalooza festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary when the brand returns for three events next year, two across the same weekend. Lollapalooza Chile, which was launched in April 2011, is set to take place on 27-29 March at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, with a site capacity…

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Mad Cool cut in capacity

SPAIN
November 4, 2019

IN A move organisers say is to improve the customer experience, the Mad cool festival in Madrid is cutting its site capacity by 25 per cent, from 80,000 to 60,000. It is also adding an fourth day, a seventh stage and expansion of the catering and relaxation area. “All the…

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Legends come together for Pyramid performance

UNITED KINGDOM
November 4, 2019

ONE OF the world’s longest-established festivals and still holder of the largest ticketed site accolade, the 147,000-capacity Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary next year To mark the occasion, Emily Eavis, the daughter of founder Michael Eavis has broken with tradition to name  the artiste making the special guest main…

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Roskilde’s golden line-up

DENMARK      
October 11, 2019

THE 85,000-capacity Roskilde festival has announced the first headliners to mark its 50th edition. Located in the town of Roskilde, west of the capital Copenhagen, the 27 June and 4 July, will feature Taylor Swift, Mura Masa and Whitney. The not-for-profit event, which focuses on music, arts and activism, has…

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Creamfields boosts safety measures

UNITED KINGDOM
October 11, 2019

ORGANISERS OF Creamfields (cap. 70,000) has invested £2 million ($2.45m) into improving the site’s facilities and security for what they describe as a better customer experience. Proposed improvements for the festival include 24-hour security patrols, CCTV in the car park, increased visibility of welfare staff and incentives to recycle. The…

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Triple threat for NYE

AUSTRALIA
October 11, 2019

THE ORGANISERS of Victoria’s Beyond The Valley (cap. 16,000) and Perth’s Origin Fields (15,000) festivals have teamed-up to launch a new one-day dance event in Brisbane. Wildlands will take place on 28 December in Brisbane showgrounds, and will feature artistes such as Tyler, The Creator, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Skepta…

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Bluesfest boost to local economy

AUSTRALIA
September 12, 2019

BYRON BAY’S 25,000-capacity Bluesfest brought more than A$83 million (US$57m) to the New South Wales economy this year, a new report reveals. The economic impact study, commissioned by the event’s owner Bluesfest Group, has found that spending by the organisers alone in the Byron Shire area was approximately A$2.6m (US$1.7m),…

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Changes planned for Sziget 2020

HUNGARY
September 12, 2019

THE 90,000-capacity Sziget festival is planning changes for next year’s event, including making some tickets more affordable. The seven-day event takes place in August on an island located in the Danube river and has been running since 1993. The site layout for the 5–11 August festival is also being changed…

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Selwyn Sands expects third sell-out

NEW ZEALAND
September 12, 2019

PROMOTER DAVID Parlane of 3 Coins Gentleman Events says he expects another sell-out year for his 10,000-capacity festival Selwyn Sands. The one-day event, which takes place annually near Christchurch, was launched in 2017 and has sold-out for the past two years. This year’s edition featured Little River Band, former Noiseworks…

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Lowlands trials cashless

August 19, 2019

NETHERLANDS A cashless payment system will be tested at this year’s 65,000-capacity Lowlands festival, which organisers intend to roll-out throughout the event next year. Lowlands festival director Eric van Eerdenburg says the new cashless system was developed by CM.com and does not rely on RFID technology or internet connectivity. The…

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