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Nile Rodgers throwing FOLD Fest in Long Island w/ Beck, Chic & more; Duran Duran releasing new LP, playing, touring

Duran Duran 2015

Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side.” First single “Pressure Off” is set to pop later this week.

In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD (“Freak Out, Let’s Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers’ group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:

AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

Says the press release, “Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist’s distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style.” Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 – $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.

Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.

Fold Festival Nile Rodgers

Duran Duran – 2015 Tour Dates
06/20 Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar By Night Festival
06/27 The Hague, Netherlands @ Night At The Park
06/28 Kerry, Ireland @ Killarney Festival
08/05 Riverhead, NY @ FOLD Festival
08/06 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center
09/01 Ibiza @ Ibiza Gran Hotel
09/05 Gibraltar @ Gibraltar Music Festival
09/11 Isle Of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/20 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ***
09/23 Puyallup, WA @ Washington State Fair *
09/25 Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
09/26 Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival
09/27 San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre **
10/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ***
10/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Greek Theatre, Berkeley ***
10/03 Rancho Mirage, CA @ The Show Agua Caliente Casino **
11/27 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
11/28 Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
11/30 Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
12/02 Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
12/04 Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
12/05 Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
12/06 Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro
12/08 London, UK @ O2 Arena
12/09 Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre
12/11 Nottingham, UK @ Capital FM Arena
12/12 Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena

* w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers
** w/ Clean Bandit
*** w/ Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Clean Bandit

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