Entries tagged with: Rock Werchter
Live Nation recently bought a piece of C3 which added U.S. festivals Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits to their portfolio. Now Live Nation got themselves Bonnaroo too!
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) and Bonnaroo's founding partners, Superfly and AC Entertainment, announced today the completion of a new partnership, through which Live Nation assumes a controlling interest in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.Bonnaroo happens in June and recently announced the 2015 schedule.
"The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment's world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few," said Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO and president. "We continue to expand the industry's most unparalleled and scalable festival platform all while driving strong revenue and growth for Live Nation on a global basis. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience."
"We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo," said Rick Farman, co-founder, Superfly. "Through this partnership with Live Nation, we're even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we've thoughtfully built over the past 14 years."
"Partnering with Live Nation is a milestone for Bonnaroo. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Bonnaroo experience in an exciting, powerful way," said Ashley Capps, founder, AC Entertainment.
Additionally, Live Nation now also owns a share of the Bonnaroo property, Great Stage Park, also known as "the Farm." With Live Nation on board, significant investment in the site and enhancements to the festival experience are planned. Superfly and AC Entertainment will continue to plan and execute the day-to-day operations of the festival and signature Bonnaroo initiatives, such as sustainability efforts and involvement with the Manchester community. Bonnaroo's non-profit arm, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, will continue to be a priority.
Founded in 2002 in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is globally recognized as an iconic cultural landmark of the festival scene, heralded for its peaceful vibes, flawless operations and once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations.
Live Nation also recently announced some new Philly venues.
Blur at London's Hyde Park in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Guess that post Olympics show wasn't Blur's last show after all...
Thank you for waiting... Rock Werchter is about to announce that Blur will headline next July. We're excited.. hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while. Don't know where yet, we'll tell as soon as we do..Belgium's Rock Werchter festival will go down from July 4-7 at Festival Park. So far, Rammstein is the only other act announced. More details on that fest to come.
Stand by.. [Blur]
The Rock Werchter 2013 trailer video and a video of Blur from that post-Olympics show are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The xx at Rock Werchter, 6/30/2012
Tickets to The xx's upcoming show at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on October 28 go on sale today at noon. Chairlift open the NYC show and others on the tour. An updated list of dates is below.
UPDATE: 2nd Paradise Theater show added.
Recently, Jamie xx was on Australian radio station 3RRR where he made a 30 minute mix which you can stream at their swite (starts at 2hr, 30min mark as Fader points out). And if you haven't heard it, you can stream The xx's new single "Angels" below.
The xx meanwhile are in NYC next week for a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on August 2. Montreal artist and DJ Jacques Green has been added to that show as opener. All dates and the Belgium pictures, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Other Lives at Rock Werchter 2012
Other Lives, who recently played Rock Werchter in Belgium (pictures in this post), are currently making their way around Europe, and eventually to Japan and, after taking a 2 month break, the band will head out on a fall tour of the US and Canada with Copenhagen's Indians. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on November 28 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on November 29. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Indians will be in North America even sooner for a previously discussed short run of dates that brings him to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 26 with Milagres and Zulu Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Indians recently released a new single, "I Am Haunted," which you can download below in exchange for an email address. If you missed it, two other Indians tracks -- "Magic Kids" and "New" -- are streaming HERE.
In other Other Lives news, a remix of their song, "Tamer Animals," by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project with Flea and Nigel Goodrich appears as a b-side to the new Atoms for Peace single. The a-side is a remix of Atoms for Peace's own song, "Other Side." You can stream the Other Lives remix below, where you'll also find the single's artwork. The single comes out on limited edition white vinyl on July 30 (sold out) and regular vinyl on August 6 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label for their 50WEAPONS series. You can order the regular vinyl issue here. As mentioned, Thom Yorke will do an Atoms for Peace DJ set at the final installation of this summer's Warm Up series at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss.
We also just mentioned that Thom Yorke will appear on the new Flying Lotus album.
In more related news, Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista announced their self titled debut LP today. It comes out October 2 via Temporary Residence. The cover art, tracklist and a video for "Static Light" are below. Live dates TBA.
A list of all Other Lives and Indians dates, more pics of Other Lives from Rock Werchter, the Atoms for Peace remix, the Indians MP3, and Ultraista album info below...
by Tim Griffin
Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..
Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others
I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:
- Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
- More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
- More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
- Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
- Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
- Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...
by Tim Griffin
The Cure & fans @ day 1 @ Rock Werchter - 6/28/2012
Flanders is a Festival! That was a new phrase to me prior to last week, and I've learned a lot since then underscoring the truth of it. For the uninitiated - Flanders (which includes Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven) is rife with more than 280 music festivals per year. Belgium's Rock Werchter is one of the biggest, with three stages spanning four full days of music. It's been around and growing since 1974, and as it has grown, its line-up has grown with it -- this year's included The Cure, Garbage, Justice, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and more, and that was just on day one.
I ventured to Belgium to cover Rock Werchter this year, and though exhaustion slightly delayed this report you're reading now, it was a great time, visits to Leuven and Brussels included (beautiful places to hang your hat for a visit). More pictures from the first day of the music festival along with some general shots from around Belgium, and video & the setlist from The Cure's set, below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.