festivals

Alabama’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival Ends After Weather-Plagued Event

The largest music festival in Alabama’s most populous city has announced that this summer’s event was its last, as weather issues had plagued the two days of shows. The Sloss Music & Arts Festival said in a recent Facebook post that it has decided to no longer hold the annual event, which began in 2015. News outlets report the festival operated smoothly during its first three years at the historic Sloss Furnaces site. But severe weather caused 2018′s mid-July weekend fest to shut down for prolonged periods and prompted complaints from attendees. Lightning delays had thousands huddling for shelter and they were encouraged to leave when the pauses were extended. Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Vic Mensa and other headliners took the stage both nights after weather delays, but 11 acts on th...

John Legend Calls Out Senators’ Treatment of Sexual-Abuse Accusers at Global Citizen Festival

When introducing a new song at the Global Citizen, Legend talked about how “frustrating” it can be to read the news, and the importance of acting on it. John Legend got political when introducing his new song “Preach” at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday (Sept. 29). “I wrote this song recently, it’s not out yet. It’s called ‘Preach.’ In the song we talk about how frustrating it can be to look at your phone, read the news, see what’s happening,” he told the audience assembled in Central Park. “See how senators treat women who come forward with sexual abuse claims. See how people ridicule young people who march for the right to go to school without getting shot up. See how people would denigrate those w...

Justin Timberlake Opens 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival Day 2 With Shawn Mendes Assist on ‘What Goes Around’

Justin Timberlake was already owning the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage with his epic opening set when he asked the crowd, “Can I do something special for you tonight?” Of course the answer was yes, and he didn’t disappoint with his special guest. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a big fan of this young man,” Timberlake said, milking the introduction. “He’s one of the coolest cats I’ve met, he’s very talented, and he’s about to bless you — please welcome Shawn Mendes to the stage.” Mendes hit the stage, guitar in hand, to help JT with “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” slowing down the already-downtempo song for an especially dramatic, gospel-like take on the FutureSex/LoveSounds single. The “In...

Ja Rule Looks Back at Fyre Festival Failure: ‘I’m Not Ashamed’

Ja Rule had a hand in the what became the disastrous Fyre Festival last year, but he still says his original idea for the music fest — a Caribbean getaway that didn’t even come close to delivering on its promises of a luxury experience — was “brilliant.” He addressed his involvement with the original festival plans in a new episode of Revolt TV’s Drink Champs. “I’m not ashamed of Fyre at all. Because man, the idea, it was brilliant. It was fuckin’ beyond brilliant … It was amazing,” Ja Rule said of the event that was scheduled to take place on the private island of Exuma on April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. He promoted Fyre Festival alongside entrepreneur Billy McFarland, who was recently charged with fraud for misleading more than 100 investors...

Jason Aldean Pays Tribute to Route 91 Victims & First Responders at iHeartRadio Music Festival, One Year Later

Almost exactly one year ago, on October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring 851 — the deadliest mass shooting by an individual ever in the U.S. Jason Aldean, who was onstage at the country concert when gunshots broke out, was back in Vegas on Friday night (Sept. 21) to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and to pay his respects to the victims and first responders on the scene that day. Before his set, Aldean joined Nashville radio host Bobby Bones to welcome dozens of Vegas police officers, firefighters and EMTs to the stage, and the T-Mobile Arena crowd erupted in applause and cheers for the hometown heroes. One audience member even started a “USA!” chant that reverberated through t...

Sam Smith Pulls Out of iHeartRadio Music Festival Due to ‘Unforeseen Circumstances’

Sam Smith, who was slated to perform Friday night (Sept. 21) at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival, announced around 9 p.m. PT, after the show had already begun, that he was forced to cancel due to “unforeseen circumstances.” According to his statement on Twitter and what Ryan Seacrest told the T-Mobile Arena crowd during the show, the singer had rehearsed for his performance as scheduled but something “transpired after rehearsal” that kept him from performing. “Dear all, Due to unforeseen circumstances which transpired after rehearsal, it became clear that I’m sadly unable to perform at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Vegas tonight,” his Twitter statement reads. “I am so so sorry about this and I want to apologise to all my fans. All my love, ...

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...

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