festivals

Chicago’s Lollapalooza Will Have More Security This Year

There will be more security at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, where Bruno Mars, Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys are among the headliners for the four-day event. The Chicago Tribune reports that upgrades include more police officers, new bag restrictions and airport-like screening at entrances to the Grant Park venue. The festival starts Thursday. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Friday there were no known threats to the festival. But it comes after gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas last October from a 32nd-floor suite. Authorities have said previously Paddock booked rooms overlooking 2017′s Lollapalooza, though he never showed up. A Chicago emergency management official, Rich Guidice, told the Tribune S...

Panorama Music Festival Teams With Postmates to Help Fans Avoid Food Lines

The app will send fans a time when they can head straight for a pickup window to grab their meal. Goldenvoice, who puts on New York’s Panorama festival, has teamed up with food delivery app Postmates to help attendees avoid waiting in line. Rather than missing a single song from their favorite performer during the July 27-29 festival at Randall’s Park, fans can simply open the Postmates app and via special geo-perimeter they can order and pay for food from their phones. The app will send fans a pickup time when they can head straight for the pickup window then immediately get back to watching The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, or any other act. This article was originally published by Amplify.

Hundreds Treated for Heat Exposure as Warped Tour Visits Tennessee

More than 200 people have been treated for heat-related illnesses at a music festival in Tennessee, with at least 20 taken to a hospital. Nashville Fire Department spokesman Joseph Pleasant said fire crews and Vanderbilt University Medical Center paramedics transported people to the hospital from the Warped Tour traveling punk rock festival at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Scattered showers provided some relief by midafternoon Tuesday. The National Weather Service said high temperatures for the day reached 92 degrees, with the heat index expected to climb to the upper 90s. THANK YOU NASHVILLE!today feat. acoustic @yellowcard set (@williamryankey) & beautifully obnoxious @gooddyeyoung hair dye. @hytchrewards taught us how to earn rewards & save the environment by car...

Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Loses $5M Lawsuit to Two Attendees

One of the plaintiffs, Seth Crossno, helped chronicle the disastrous Bahamian event on Twitter. The blogger who helped chronicle the disastrous Bahamian Fyre Festival and his friend have won a $5 million lawsuit against the event’s founder Billy McFarland.  Seth Crossno and co-plaintiff Mark Thompson, who both live in Raleigh, North Carolina, were handed a victory against McFarland last week, The News & Observer reports, after he failed to respond to court proceedings for over a year.  McFarland is currently in jail and due to be sentenced next month on two counts of wire fraud. Last month, prosecutors brought new charges against him, alleging he continued to scam people since Fyre Festival while out on bail.  Crossno and Thompson are the first of the festival’s victims to ...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones to Headline Indy’s First Holler on the Hill Festival

The two-day festival will take over the city’s oldest public park, Garfield Park. Promoter, MOKB Presents has announced the inaugural Holler on the Hill festival in Indianapolis, Ind. From Sept. 22-23, the brand new event will take over the iconic Garfield Park with headlining performances from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Moon Taxi, and Amanda Shires. The two-day festival will have a diverse mix of Americana, folk, and alt-country music from industry veterans to rising stars. Colter Wall, Jamestown Revival, Hayes Carll, John Paul White, and emerging British singer/songwriter Jade Bird will all perform at the debut event. Holler On the Hill expects to entertain an intimate 5,000 fans per with over 30 national, regional, and local performers that include Blitzen Trapper, Detroit Cobras, R...

Man Found Dead at Bonnaroo Music Festival

He was found unresponsive in one of the event’s camping sites. A man has died at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, having been found unresponsive Friday (June 8) morning in his car.  According to festival organizers, patrons approached the medical team in the event site’s Plaza 6 camping area requesting medical assistance for a 35-year-old man. The medical team responded and founded him unresponsive in his car upon arrival. The Coffee County Medical Examiner’s office later pronounced him dead. No cause of death has been determined. According to festival organizers, their understanding is the man’s car was running and the heat was on.  A spokesperson for the Coffee County Sherrif’s Department said the case is currently under investigation...

Eminem Brings His Army of Soldiers to Help Him Close Out Governors Ball With a Bang

Since his blistering sets at Coachella last April, Eminem has kept his hot streak as festival headliner intact after fiery performances at Boston Calling 2018 and most recently, Governors Ball. Despite the somber forecast, on Sunday night (June 3), fans trucked their way to the main stage to watch Eminem deliver a monstrous performance at New York City’s Randall’s Island.  At 9 p.m., revelers began clamoring for the self-proclaimed “Rap God” to wrap up what was already an action-packed weekend. After watching some of the genre’s brightest stars like Post Malone and Travis Scott take center stage on Friday and Saturday, fervent rap fans were salivating for a chance to see Eminem demolish what was left of Randall’s Island.  Like his Coachella sets, Eminem ...

Governors Ball NYC 2018: Eminem Shouts Out Nicki Minaj, Khalid Brings the Sunshine on Day Three

We’ve made it to the third and final day of Governors Ball 2018 (June 4), which was filled with a rollercoaster of weather changes. But despite receiving even more rain, all of the artists on the bill delivered rocking performances that made festival-goers temporarily forget about the slightly annoying forecast. Younger attendees came out very early for the likes of rising singers Billie Eilish and Khalid. The respective stages for Lil Uzi Vert, N.E.R.D. and headliner Eminem were all flooded with thrones of fans of all ages eager to capture the special moments on their phones. The Billboard team was on the island all day; here’s our hour-by-hour recap of what went down during Day Three of Governors Ball. Catch up on the highlights from Day One here and Day Two here. 1:58 p.m. Y...

Halsey Got the Governors Ball Main Stage Smoking With Her Best Hits — and Actual Fire

The ‘Eyes Open’ singer brought pyrotechnics and incredible vocals to her Saturday set. Halsey’s Gov Ball set on June 2 took place before sundown, but by the time she came out (at 6:52 PM) a more than sizable crowd had gathered. To kick things off, an enormous white curtain that covered the whole stage was dramatically ripped away, and the pop singer launched into an energetic performance of “Eyes Closed.”    Though she had just one backup dancer, Halsey managed to fill the stage with her strong voice, and by strutting around in a red bikini and iridescent cargo pants. A staircase on stage flickered with light in time with the beat, and periodically, pyrotechnics and smoke cannon jets came into play, elevating the otherwise minimalist set. During “Castle,” orange lights glowed behind the sm...

The Killers, St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man & More Bring Early Summer Heat to Boston Calling Festival

Boston Calling is a still relatively young festival, with an established date of 2013, but it continues to prove itself as one that’s not to be missed. Now a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, nearly 40,000 people flood the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston each day to soak up the sights and sounds of the famously versatile fest, which also features elements of comedy and film. The ninth Boston Calling (May 25-27, 2018) was headlined by Eminem, The Killers and Jack White, and served as the official kickoff of festival season for those who didn’t make it to Coachella. Also, the inevitable rain held off until Sunday, which is about all you can ask for. Top highlights of the weekend: Day 1: Enrolling in the Harvard School of Rock Portugal. The Man delivered a tight set on the Green...

From Farruko to Bomba Estereo and Gucci Mane: Neon Desert Music Festival’s Best Moments

The Neon Desert Music Festival — whose eighth edition took place in Downtown El Paso, Texas — is anything but typical. Attracting more than 20,000 people each day to enjoy music, art, food and more out in the streets of this border city, the fest features one of the most diverse lineups around, spanning rap, rock and Latin music in equal doses. Music fans from the area flocked to see performances by rappers like Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne, Latin trap/reggaeton artists like Farruko, Mexican indie bands like Caloncho, Latin rock pioneers Cafe Tacuba, and even some throwback alternative with Third Eye Blind. Check out the best moments of the weekend’s Day 1 (Saturday, May 26) and Day 2 (Sunday, May 27): DAY 1 1. Lil Wayne brings familiar faces While the world was talking about...

5 Seconds of Summer, Dua Lipa, Lil Uzi Vert & More to Play 2018 iHeartRadio Daytime Festival

The iHeartRadio Music Festival is set to return on Sept. 21 and 22 in Las Vegas. iHeartRadio has announced the return of the iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall, with some of music’s biggest names taking over Las Vegas on Sept. 21 and 22. In between the star-studded night shows, the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer, Dua Lipa, Lil Uzi Vert and more will be taking over the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Sept. 22 for the Daytime Stage. Dustin Lynch, Bazzi, Greta Van Fleet, Belly and Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots are also set to perform at the Daytime Stage, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Along with the performers, the Daytime Stage will also feature interactive experiences and fan zones from iHeartRadio’s brand partners. Tickets for the Daytime Stage at the...

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