Today’s mid-week update features the Full Flex Express tour, UMF Poland, Congorock, Live Nation x Cream, Pete Tong, and Anonymous. Please read on after the jump.
Full Flex Express – Skrillex, Diplo to Tour Canada on a Train
Skrillex, Diplo and a handful of other artists will hit the road – 0r rather, the rails – for a six-city trek through Canada this July, which will see the artists traversing the Great North not by bus but by train, Pitchfork reports.
The Full Flex Express tour, which kicks off July 13 in Toronto, will feature Pretty Lights, Grimes, KOAN Sound and Tokimonsta as openers. The cadre of performers will travel on a private train together between each city, and shows will have multiple stages, like a mini-festival. It’s reminicsent of last April’s Railroad Revival Tour, on which Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show played outdoor shows from San Francisco to New Orleans with the train visible during the performance. Both the Railroad Revival Tour and the Full Flex Express find a predecessor in the Festival Express tour, which took Janis Joplin, the Band and the Grateful Dead across Canada in 1970.
7/13 Toronto, ON – Fort York
7/14 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest %
7/15 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
7/18 Winnipeg, MB – Shaw Park
7/20 Edmonton, AB – Kinsmen Park
7/22 Vancouver, B.C. – PNE Coliseum
% = without Grimes
(via Rolling Stone)
Ultra Music Festival reveals first European line-up
Having come up with a winning formula Stateside, Ultra Music Festival is now looking to the dance music Mecca of Europe. Instead of muscling in on the already festival-overloaded destinations like Germany or The Netherlands, Ultra’s heading to Warsaw in Poland for its first European outing in July.
The first round of names has now been announced, and it’s certainly a case of Miami déjà vu. Tiesto, Avicii, Afrojack and Above & Beyond will headline, while other big draws include Knife Partyand a back-to-back set from Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso (wonder how much you save on leaving Axwell out of the equation?). The Carl Cox & Friends arena features Richie Hawtin, Magda, Sven Vath, Art Department and more, for those who prefer dance music on a less ‘mainstage’ tip.
The two-day UMF Poland event will be located at the Hippodrome, a racetrack in Warsaw that’s twice the size of Miami’s venue Bayfront Park.
Day 1 – July 13
Steve Angello B2B Sebastian Ingrosso
CARL COX & Friends
Day 2 – July 14
ABOVE & BEYOND
AN21 & Max Vangeli
CARL COX & Friends
Plus many more TBA
Congorock – Ivory Video
“This is life, it’s beautiful,” begins the video for Congorock’s “Ivory.” “There’s nothing better than something like this.” It then centers on a young, dreadlocked man polishing off a 40, smoking something, downing some pills, riding a bike, wooing a lady — y’know, kids’ stuff. All this transpires while Congorock’s hypnotic electro-house track builds in the background.
“With this song, I wanted to create a sound like elephants charging on their hunters,” Congorock tells Spinner. “I’ve always been fascinated by such big and powerful animals that can still be victims of human greediness. The young boy in AG Rojas’ video reminds me of an elephant: So much power and anger, and ready to explode against his biggest enemy — routine life in a dead, middle-of-nowhere town in the countryside.”
It is worth pointing out that AG Rojas was the man behind Spiritualized’s epic “Hey Jane” video. Take a look at “Ivory” below, and, for a couple minutes, become engulfed in the aimlessness of youth.
Live Nation Entertainment buys Cream
According to reports, American firm Live Nation Entertainment has acquired top tier UK promoter Cream Holdings Limited.
The deal marks the coming together of two of the world’s biggest forces in live music events. Live Nation Entertainment began in 2005 as a spin-off of the mass media company Clear Channel, then in 2010 merged with another huge player in American music events: Ticketmaster. Today they produce around 22,000 concerts and festivals around the world each year. Cream Holdings Limited is the company behind the Creamfields Festivals, which according to PR Newswire lured in a total of 350,000 fans around the world in 2012, and 100,000 in the UK alone.
The acquisition is a natural move for Live Nation Entertainment given what’s happened with electronic music in North America over the past two years. Events like Identity Festival, which they helped produce, have become enormously popular and proven the commercial viability of electronic music events in the US.
“With this acquisition, Live Nation further establishes its position in electronic music and expands its concert platform,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation. “We intend to launch new festivals in key markets in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.”
Cream founder James Barton is now president of a new segment of the company called Live Nation Electronic Music.
(via Resident Advisor)
All Gone Pete Tong Back At Pacha
Pete Tong will be returning to Ibiza this summer for a Pacha residency.
Pure Pacha All Gone Pete Tong will kick off on May 25 with Calvin Harris, with the residency running for 19 weeks.
Finishing up on September 28, the residency takes in the cream of the crop of dance music, old and new, with the likes of Madeon, Groove Armada, Maya Jane Coles, Sasha and Laurent Garnier appearing throughout the season.
For more information click here.
Hacking collective Anonymous take down Virgin Media in response to Pirate Bay ruling, Pirate Bay not happy
Hacking collective Anonymous have taken down Virgin Media’s website, in response to the recent ruling that forced Virgin and every other UK Internet Service Provider to block access to filesharing giants The Pirate Bay.
Virgin were the first UK ISP to put a block on the Swedish website, and true to form, Anonymous were quick to take credit for taking their website. “#Anonymous have just taken down #VirginMedia website again”, they posted on Twitter, “because of their involvement in the #Censorship of The Pirate Bay.” You may remember that when fellow filesharing hub Megaupload was taken down earlier this year, Anonymous hacked a series of US government websites in protest.
Interestingly, Anonymous haven’t received support from The Pirate Bay for their actions. Yesterday, TPB posted the following on their Facebook page:
“Seems like some random Anonymous groups have run a DDOS campaign against Virgin media and some other sites. We’d like to be clear about our view on this:
“We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us.
“So don’t fight them using their ugly methods. DDOS and blocks are both forms of censorship.
“If you want to help; start a tracker, arrange a manifestation, join or start a pirate party, teach your friends the art of bittorrent, set up a proxy, write your political representatives, develop a new p2p protocol, print some pro piracy posters and decorate your town with, support our promo bay artists or just be a nice person and give your mom a call to tell her you love her.”
Virgin’s statement on the attack continues the relatively mature stance they showed with their response to the high court ruling against the Bay. Speaking to The Register, they stated that “Our website, virginmedia.com, has been the subject of denial of service attacks so we took the site offline for a short period of time. We’re aware some groups are claiming the attacks are a result of the recent High Court order which requires ISPs to prevent access to The Pirate Bay.
“As a responsible ISP”, Virgin continued. “Virgin Media complies with court orders but we strongly believe that tackling the issue of copyright infringement needs compelling legal alternatives, giving consumers access to great content at the right price, to help change consumer behaviour.”
(via Fact Mag)