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New Spring Awakening

April 1, 2019

UNITED STATES      MORE THAN 90 artistes will appear across five stages at this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, after the electronic music event announced a move to a new site. The festival switches to Poplar Creek, a Northwest Chicago suburb, which boasts 27 acres, which…

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Montreux ‘pulls out the stops’ for Elton farewell

April 1, 2019

SWITZERLAND THE MULTI-venue Montreux Jazz Festival is to host Elton John this summer as part of the Rocket Man’s final tour, with shows upgraded from arena dates to a stadium. Part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, the concert will now take place on 29 June at the 15,000-capacity…

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Carbon: how low can Flow go?

February 22, 2019

FINLAND      Although attendance grew by 3,000 people a day to 84,000 in 2018, Flow Festival, near Helskinki, says it managed to reduce the volume of waste it produces by 21 per cent, while all waste was used either for energy production or reused. The event, headlined by Cardi…

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Unum aims to launch new Albanian scene

February 22, 2019

ALBANIA                A new house and techno festival launches at the beach site of Rana e Hedhun, Shengjin, on the Adriatic coast, this May, with the aim of stimulating a new contemporary music scene in the region. Unum has a capacity of 20,000 but co-organiser…

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Øya advises Oslo on sustainable events

February 22, 2019

NORWAY                The 15,000-capacity Øya Festival, has been invited to join the advisory board for the city of Oslo as it becomes European Green Capital this year. The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ award by festival environmental…

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Primavera embraces the ‘new normal’

February 5, 2019

SPAIN      Barcelona festival Primavera Sound (cap. 35,000) is promoting an equal gender line-up for this year’s event. Under the banner The New Normal, headliners include Solange, Tame Impala, Cardi B, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Future, Janelle Monáe, Nas, and Rosalía. “Primavera Sound is the holy grail for artistes…

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Plant returns to land of ice and snow

February 5, 2019

ICELAND                Forty-nine years since Led Zeppelin’s first performance in the country, founding member Robert Plant is returning to headline Secret Solstice, in the capital Reykjavik. Plant and his Sensational Shapeshifters band will be one of the headliners at the 12,000-capacity event, which takes…

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Woman-only camp offers safe space

February 5, 2019

UNITED STATES               Acamping area just for “women, women-identifying and non-binary individuals” has been revived for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival  (cap. 100,000), following a successful pilot scheme at the Tennessee event two years ago. Organisers say SheRoo will act as “a place…

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New rock festival for Malaga

January 2, 2019

SPAIN      A new rock and metal festival Malaga will see stages split between the backdrop of the Costa del Sol and a historic castle. Rock the Coast takes place between 14 and 15 June, at the site of the Mare Nostrum, with one stage onside the Sohail Castle. The…

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Epicenter set to break new ground

January 2, 2019

UNITED STATES                Anew three-day festival in North Carolina is being launched by producer Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP). Epicenter Festival will be held at the newly-created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina between 10 and 12 May. Festival producer Danny Wimmer says,…

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Superstruct goes with the Flow

January 2, 2019

FINLAND               The owner of Hungary’s 70,000-capacity Sziget Festival and Sonar Barcelona has acquired a stake in Flow Festival (cap. 10,000) as its line-up is announced. Superstruct Entertainment, led by Creamfields founder James Barton and backed by private-equity firm Providence, has entered into an…

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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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