50 Most Common Music Festivals in the World: The MFW50 Annual Report for 2016


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It is that time of year when the employees at Music Festival Wizard crunch the data from millions of visitors to establish the most well-known festivals of 2016. Our methodology is straightforward — we take the data from 5.7 million festival fans that visited the site and see who rises to the top.

The MFWizard50 is divided up into our 3 most common music festival regions: North America, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe. Information is taken from the starting of July 2015 (when we posted our 1st 2016 festival) to December 31, 2016.

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Most Popular Festivals in North America 2016

It was good year for rookie fests. A significant New York City festival is often going to make a enormous splash, and the inaugural Panorama (#11) generated adequate buzz to flirt with a leading ten spot. The organizers of Coachella (#1) returned with the Desert Trip Festival (#28), aka Oldchella, that brought legendary names to the desert for a fall festival. Florida’s latest entry into the festival market place, Okeechobee Festival (#24), completed close to the middle, whilst electronic festival newcomer Sundown (#13) in Southern California, made a surprising burst towards the leading of the list.

There’s dozens of genre-certain festivals for nation, electronic, metal, and jam, but when it comes to hip-hop, the festival globe falls quick. Our data from this year show fans hungry for much more hip-hop with the Minneapolis primarily based Soundset (#5) landing a leading 5 spot and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (#34) landing .

  1. Coachella Music Festival 2016
  2. KAABOO 2016
  3. Outside Lands 2016
  4. Bonnaroo Music Festival 2016
  5. Soundset 2016
  6. Governors Ball Music Festival 2016
  7. Osheaga 2016
  8. Austin City Limits 2016
  9. Snowglobe 2016
  10. Bottlerock 2016
  11. Panorama Music Festival 2016
  12. Lollapalooza Chicago 2016
  13. Sundown Music Festival 2016
  14. South By Southwest (SXSW) 2016
  15. Electric Zoo 2016
  16. Voodoo Knowledge 2016
  17. FYF Fest 2016
  18. Summerfest 2016
  19. Joshua Tree Fall 2016
  20. Shaky Knees Festival 2016
  21. Electric Forest 2016
  22. Welcome to Rockville 2016
  23. Hangout Festival 2016
  24. Okeechobee Music Festival 2016
  25. Sasquatch 2016
  26. Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
  27. Picture Festival 2016
  28. Desert Trip 2016
  29. Bumbershoot 2016
  30. Firefly Music Festival 2016
  31. Mysteryland USA 2016
  32. Joshua Tree Spring 2016
  33. California Roots 2016
  34. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2016
  35. North Coast Music Festival 2016
  36. Euphoria Festival 2016
  37. Lightning in a Bottle 2016
  38. The Wrecking Ball 2016
  39. Sonic Bloom 2016
  40. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2016
  41. SweetWater 420 Festival 2016
  42. Boston Calling 2016
  43. Burning Man 2016
  44. Quebec City Summer Festival 2016
  45. Ohana Festival 2016
  46. Mountain Jam 2016
  47. Woogie Weekend 2016
  48. Bunbury Music Festival 2016
  49. Northern Invasion 2016
  50. Gasparilla Music Festival 2016

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The MFWizard50: Most Common Music Fests November 2016 (Europe and North America)

Vito Valentinetti Sonar Barcelona-12Welcome to the MFWizard50 — our month-to-month semi-scientific analysis of the most well-known festivals on Music Festival Wizard. Every month, we crunch the numbers and take stock of what’s taking place in the globe of music festivals. 

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Leading Picks for Events At The XLIVE 2016 Conference

xlive-2016-lineup-posterThe live event production conference, XLIVE 2016, will be kicking off at the Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas from December 5-7, 2016. Previously identified as IMFCON and IFFS, the newly minted XLIVE is three days of conferences, workshops, and keynotes. As veterans, we know you can not hit every event, but here are a couple of that that MFW employees would like to attend.

Sunday Night Celebration At Hakkasan
December four, 2016 10:00pm

It is a conference attended by music festivals organizers, so you can bet there’s going to be plenty of parties. Commence your Vegas trip off appropriate with this opening evening shindig exactly where your badge gets you VIP entry.

Exhibit Hall Opens
December 5, 2016 12:00pm

In between panels, the exhibit hall is the place to be for networking. There’s over one hundred businesses here displaying off the latest in the reside event industry. Make positive to discover the Startup Showcase and catch a demo from these innovative businesses.

Press Pass – The Impact of Media Relationships On Festivals and Live Events
December five, 2016 3:30pm-4:ten pm

For you reside event folks that are wondering how to give us media folks all the warm fuzzies, this panel is a must. Russel Ward, owner and founder of the superb Confluence, will be heading up a panel of professionals to go over creating relationships with the press.

We Built This City On Rock &amp Roll – Making use of Festivals as a Catalyst For Inspiring and Revitalizing Communities
December 5, 2016 three:30 pm-four:ten pm

Festivals can not only bring cash back to a city, they can bring hope and pride. This panel will check out methods for using festivals as a catalyst for inspiring community development and improvement.

How Far We’ve Come – From Holograms to Wristbands, What’s Subsequent in Reside Occasion Tech?
December 6, 2016 12:20pm-1:10pm

We’re tech geeks here at Music Festival Wizard – I even spoke about festival technology final year at this conference. There’s often something shinier on the horizon and this panel will illuminate the latest tech coming to a festival close to you.

The New Reality – How AR/VR Are Defining The Subsequent Generation of Festivals
December 6, 2016 5:00pm-5:50pm

Like I just said, we’re tech geeks, and virtual reality is on its way to becoming the next festival frontier. This panel will discover the prospective cost and encounter barriers on bringing this tech to the reside expertise.

Game On – How The Downtown Grand Became The Hub For The Las Vegas eSports Scene
December 6, 2016 11:25am-12:ten pm

Extended mocked as fringe events for gaming nerds, eSports has gone mainstream about the world. Along with that newfound reputation, comes chance. In “Game On”, two Las Vegas vets will tell the story how the Downtown Grand became the initial casino to open an on-website eSports lounge whilst also applying to turn out to be the 1st casino in America to offer betting on a reside eSports tournament.

Beer Necessities – How Beer Festivals Have Emerged As A Global Phenomenon
December six, 2016 5:00pm-five:50pm

Seeing as 65% of the MFW owners are amateur beer brewers and 100% of our employees loves beer festivals, we’re not shocked to see the craft beer industry exploding. There’s definitely no confirmation of this, but we’ll just assume there will be a kegger at this panel.

Baller Status – How VIP Experiences Are Influencing The Festival Landscape
December 7, 2016 2:00pm-2:50pm

Back in they day, VIP meant skipping to the front of the line and a maybe a devoted space. Oh, how the times have changed, and VIP perks have evolved into their own art kind. This panel takes on the evolution of festival pricing and dips into strategies on how to supply VIP packages without having alienating your basic admission crowd.

XLIVE 2016 Featured Speaker Lineup
Billboard and Hollywood Reporter President John Amato
Eventbrite Co-Founder &amp CEO Julia Hartz
Red Frog Events Co-CEO Ryan Kunkel
Founders Entertainment Co-Founder &amp Partner Jordan Wolowitz
Food Network &amp Cooking Channel New York City Wine &amp Food Festival Managing Director John Trumble
AEG/Goldenvoice VP of Worldwide Partnerships Caroline Frye Burruss
Soundslinger/Okeechobee Music &amp Arts Festival Founder/Chief Inventive Officer Paul Peck
Charleston Wine + Meals Executive Director Gillian Zettler
Creative Artists Agency Head – CAA Culinary Andrew Chason
AEG Senior Vice President Global Partnerships Mark Faber
Newport Folk &amp Newport Jazz Festivals Executive Producer Jay Sweet
Live Nation VP Strategic Initiatives Tobias Ekman
C3 Presents President of Shaky Festivals Tim Sweetwood
AC Entertainment &amp Forecastle Founder &amp Captain JK McKnight
ESL/Turtle Entertainment America CEO Craig Levine
Twitch VP &amp eSports Evangelist Andy Swanson
Airbnb Head of Worldwide Hospitality &amp Strategy Chip Conley
AC Entertainment Vice President Strategic Partnerships Jeff Cuellar
WME/IMG Global Head of eSports Tobias Sherman
Noise Pop Industries Founder Kevin Arnold
Delaware North Chief Advertising Officer Todd Merry
City Winery CEO Michael Dorf
SFX Entertainment Managing Director – North America Jacob Smid
Anheuser Busch Worldwide Director – Innovation Tina Wung
Chipotle Manager – National Events Scott Robinson
Osheaga Music &amp Arts Festival Director of Marketing &amp PR Sandra Rinaldi
Delaware North CMO Todd Merry
NCompass International Co-Founder &amp CEO/President Donna Graves
Robot Picnic President Philip Blain
SnowGlobe Music Festival Chief Advertising Officer Jeff Lesan
Prime Social Group Managing Director Adam Lynn
The RKET Group President Ryan Kruger
Zeitgeist Artist Management Owner Jordan Kurland
Eventbrite Enterprise Technique &amp Solutions Manager Biasha Mitchell
Nation Music Association Director – Digital Method Meryl Johnson
542 Entertainment President Billie Jo Aasen
City Parks Foundation Basic Manager – Central Park Summerstage Bruce Wheeler
Downtown Grand Hotel &amp Casino Las Vegas Chairman Seth Schorr
Ticketfly Head of Festivals Jeff Kreinik
Northside Media Group Founder Scott Stedman North Coast Music Festival Companion Max Wagner
Brewgaloo/Higher Raleigh Merchants Association Executive Director Jennifer Martin
DoStuff Media CEO Scott Owens
Toronto International Film Festival Branded Content Lead Evan Dell’Aquila
Treefort Music Fest Founder &amp Producer Lori Shandro Outen
Republic Reside Sponsorship &amp Strategic Partnerships Adam Grosze
Bumbershoot Music &amp Arts Festival/A single Reel Executive Director Chris Weber
Las Vegas Convention &amp Guests Authority VP Worldwide Organization Sales Chris Meyer
Global Citizen Festival Occasion Director David Beame
CID Entertainment CEO Dan Berkowitz
VR Playhouse CEO Christina Heller
Eventbrite Head of Music Marketing Shana Fong
Gilroy Garlic Festival Executive Director Brian Bowe
MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Operations Director Matt Manza
The Wine &amp Food Foundation of Texas Executive Director Peggy Hanley
Kaboo Del Mar Festival SVP Advertising Brian Wingerd
Middle Waves Music Festival Co-Chair Alison Gerardot
Insomniac Events Director of Business Development Joe Silberzweig
Major Events International President Stephen Millard
Halifax Pop Explosion Festival Executive Director James Boyle
Fest300 Creative Director Eamon Armstrong
SFX Entertainment &amp Electric Zoo Director Adam Richman
TuneIn Sr. Director Artist Partnerships &amp Branded Content Charles Raggio
542 Entertainment COO Cory Popiuk
Barcelona Enterprises CEO Alan Semsar
Ticket Galaxy Head of Music Partnerships Aatish Patel
MCP Presents Festival Operations Director Val Harris
Winter Craft Beer Festival Co-Founder Ross Bowdey
Bacon &amp Beer Classic/Cannonball Productions CEO Kate Levenstien
Middle Waves Music Festival Co-Chair Matt Kelley
POP Montreal Director of Brand Partnerships Olivia Diamond
Left Hand Brewing Company Community &amp Events Manager Josh Goldberg
The Why Co. Founder Jacob Matthews
IWSC Group CEO Allen Gibbons
Narus Advisors LLC Companion Chris Grove
Kona Brewers Festival Executive Director Kate Jacobson
Vindiego Wine &amp Meals Festival Executive Producer David Fraschetti
Motley Brews Senior Event Manager Lee Flint
Mohegan Sun Public Events Manager Krista Could
CLEVR CEO Japheth Dillman
Vinofest DC Founder Justin Harrison
Big Texas Beer Fest Co-Founder Chad Montgomery
Fuse Social Media Manager Frankie Greek
Fountain Square Music Festival Executive Director Adam Pedersen
Feathr Co-Founder &amp President Aidan Augustin
Tiqiq CEO Jesse Lawrence
Diageo Worldwide Senior Brand Manager – Smirnoff Justin Medcraft
Blur Parties/Toast Nebraska Vice President Stacy Leners
Treefort Music Fest Co-Founder &amp Associate Producer Drew Lorona
Dancefestopia Music Festival/Borda Productions Co-founder &amp Festival Organizer Doug Bordegon
Urban Seed VP Of Culinary Partnerships Jolene Mannina
VFD Marketing Managing Companion Elie Deshe
Northern Nights Music Festival Co-Founder Andrew Borgelt
Taste Of Pennsylvania/CrocodileDog Advertising and marketing Owner Matthew Davis
Gaming Study Partners Managing Director Alex Igelman
The Confluence Founder Russell Ward

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What’s Taking place This Weekend: Music Festivals for October 14-16, 2016

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October 14th is National Mother’s Day in Belarus, National Desert Day in the United States, and the begin of yet another weekend of music festivals around the world. This weekend’s Rocktober schedule attributes fests from all over The Americas, like Argentina, Mexico, and the USA.

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Boomtown Fair 2016 raises practically 100K for neighborhood and global charities

around the festival site

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August 2016
Matterley Estate, close to Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HW, England MAP
from £170 for the weekend

day-to-day capacity: 60000

final updated: Fri 22nd Jul 2016

This summer’s edition of Hampshire’s largest festival, BoomTown Fair raised £98,654 for several nearby and worldwide charities along with essential aid and awareness.

Charity, education, awareness, along with nearby engagement, are a massive element of the ethos of Boomtown and the 60,000 capacity theatrical and immersive festival also donated money to regional communities, supported a lot of nearby firms and supplied tickets for neighborhood residents. 

The new Speakers’ Corner welcomed a variety of talks including a drug awareness message from Wendy Teasdil, the mother of Ellie Rowe Maisie Williams discussing the developing refugee crisis and formal education Jess Thom speaking about living with Tourettes, as properly as The White Ribbon Campaign launching their Secure Event Guide advertising awareness of sexual harassment and assault of ladies at events.

Dave Boardman from the White Ribbon Campaign mentioned, “BoomTown Fair in Hampshire, one particular of the UK’s greatest and brightest festivals, is top the way with employees and volunteer training, data on how festival goers and others can support alleviate the issue and hopefully reduce down on incidents.”

The festival has numerous techniques to raise money and help such as £2 ticket donations, guest list donations, stewarding partnerships, onsite installations, a platform for awareness raising talks at their Speakers’ Corner talks tent, and post event salvage operations such as eight bags of unclaimed clothing have been donated to Trinity Winchester.

Support for refugees included:

  • A group of regional neighborhood volunteers from Twyford collected 160 sleeping bags, 85 tents, 58 roll mats, 13 self-inflating mats, 17 rugs/blankets, plus quantities of miscellaneous clothing, shoes and wellies, canned food, pots and pans, lamps, pumps and chairs – all of which were donated to L’Auberge des Migrants in the Calais Jungle.
  • Really like Support Unite raised £2,410.
  • Assist Refugees raised £500 by way of their festival-wear stall, promoting unsuitable clothes that had been donated to their warehouse in Calais.
  • Refugee Community Kitchen raised £280.
  • Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution collected tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs, sleeping mats and clothing for Syria with the Portsmouth based Dont Hate Donate charity.

This year BoomTown matched the guestlist donations to generate £10,000 which will be split amongst the parishes bordering the festival site to invest in projects to advantage their communities, and Hampshire Air Ambulance had been donated £7,255 through the ongoing stewarding partnership.

In the months prior to the festival the BoomTown KidzTown team held free of charge household carnival workshops at the Discovery Centre for Winchester families alongside local charities Naomi Residence and Blue Apple theatre, where the youngsters get to showcase their costumes and newly developed expertise at the festivals’ Sunday KidzTown carnival.

Neighborhood businesses were supported by the festival like a variety of nearby Meals Traders, and Hampshire primarily based Marketplace Traders made up 15% of the festival’s market stall holders.  £46,380 was raised for Oxfam through the stewarding partnership, with a additional £15,000 raised by means of their district themed Oxfam Shop, located in Mayfair Avenue. The multi-charity beneficiary stewarding organisation, My Lead to also accrued £5,165 for a variety of UK primarily based and international charities.

The festival also supported worldwide charities which includes the TEMWA Charity who ran the festival’s onsite Lost and Identified for which BoomTown donated £5,000 towards the charity and a further £500 was raised through grateful festival goers providing donations for getting reunited with their belongings! The develop crew from the South American styled location, Barrio Loco, raised £1,640 for Alianza Arkana, a ground-breaking grassroots project operating with indigenous communities in the Amazon in Peru whose way of life is below threat from growing development and industrialisation.

The year’s environmental initiative with Power Revolution led to 72,000kg of Co2 emissions accounted for by means of travel carbon offsetting ticket donations of £3,600. Boomtown also teamed up with Enjoy Your Tent to bring a new initiative for the festival this year, with the notion of giving cheap ‘disposable’ tents much more sentimental value to encourage men and women to take duty for their belongings and take them property.

Purple Neighborhood Fund, raised £489 promoting their handbags, belts and jewellery made from ring pulls. In addition to the funds they also collected 5kg of ring pulls.

BoomTown Directors Lak Mitchell and Chris Rutherford, said, “It is a privilege to be a position to be capable to support so many charities, locally and across the globe, the dramatic increase in funds raised that we can achieve in one particular year alone, is astounding. We appear forward to the future and raising even much more income, awareness and supplies for the now important function several of these charities are fulfilling.”

Boomtown continues to function closely with the regional community, listening to feedback and implement alterations and applying policies to guarantee the disruption caused by the festival on the neighborhood community is minimised.

BoomTown are at the moment on the lookout for their major charity companion for the 2017 occasion and are hunting for Winchester or Hampshire based charities, to apply or make a suggestion contact  local_neighborhood@boomtownfair.co.uk

BoomTown Chapter 9: ‘Behind the Mask’ will return to the Matterley Estate in the South Downs National Park from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August 2017. Tickets go on sale at 7pm on Tuesday 1st November, and eFestivals will have links to get them then.

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August 2016
Matterley Estate, close to Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HW, England MAP
from £170 for the weekend

everyday capacity: 60000

last updated: Fri 22nd Jul 2016

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Apple Music Festival 2016 Roundhouse competitors win tickets

The world’s greatest pop acts in a medium sized venue in Camden? Oh, go on then

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Apple Music Festival kicks off tomorrow (18/9) with Elton John performing the 1st of 10 gigs in 10 days at The Roundhouse.

The legendary songwriter and piano player, who is also performing a UK tour which you can get tickets to, is not the only large name to be producing an look in reasonably intimate surrounds (the roundhouse holds 1,700 individuals and most of these artists could fill Hyde Park).

Britney Spears is going to be playing her initial UK gig in 5 years in the venue. Fans will be eager to hear songs from her new album Glory alongside her timeless pop hits. It’s a quite cool way to make a comeback rather than slamming on 4 dates at the 02 which she’d sell out.

The 1975, who impressed at The Mercury Prize on Thursday (15/9) will be a enjoyable a single to watch. Matt Healey, who claimed he would have spent all his winnings on drugs in an interview with NME that evening, will be his usual extroverted self. At the awards he left the stage to climb on to a a table of VIPs where they were dining watching the band and grabbed their wine before downing it all. He’s the most rock n roll frontman in pop, it really is good to see somebody that is not pretending to not appreciate themselves on stage and the band are unmissable on this form.

Alicia Keys, who just played the Champions league final and released a new album, which she told me in an interview with The Line Of Ideal Match is all about New York: “The album is quite a lot about New York,” she tells me. “It is about how it has produced me who I am, how it is made me see the world, created me the woman I am, the artists I am, and created me sonically who I am.” It is also an album she believes wholeheartedly in and is likely to make her performance all the far more riveting. “Oh my god this album is so crazy. I really like it so considerably! It is definitely the ideal physique of music I’ve ever done,” she mentioned.in the Roundhouse is a tantalising proposition, particularly considering that she has no other UK tour dates announced.

Here’s the full line up

Sunday 18 September: Elton John
Monday 19 September: The 1975
Tuesday 20 September: Alicia Keys
Wednesday 21 September: OneRepublic
Friday 23 September: Calvin Harris
Sunday 25 September: Robbie Williams
Monday 26 September: Bastille
Tuesday 27 September: Britney Spears
Wednesday 28 September: Michael Bublé
Friday 30 September: Chance the Rapper

Ticket details

As with the iTunes Festival, tickets to the Apple Music Festival are totally free. Nevertheless, you have to “win” tickets by entering via Apple Music on the Apple Music app. You will want to be signed up to Apple Music to do it (See what they’re undertaking there? -Watch out Spotify!).

You can also apply by way of ticketing app Dice. Go to the and choose the act you want to win tickets for. This will ask for your mobile quantity to text you a link to the relevant web page of the Dice app, or prompt you to download it.

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Guns N&#039 Roses Slash Duff Axl reunion 2016 Stadium net worth

Bruce Springsteen is second place to them with $ 33 million

Guns N' Roses Slash Duff Axl reunion 2016 Stadium net worthPhoto: Wenn

Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime stadium tour has netted a miraculous $ 117 million plus in income.

The recent tour which featured classic members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese at one particular point looked like never happening.

Slash and Axl had been at war with every single other and it looked dead and buried with Axl saying to Billboard in 2009: “One particular of the two of us will die prior to a reunion.” 

For fifteen years Axl toured as the only original member of Guns N’ Roses. Chinese Democracy – the overproduced stadium rock album – was the only new LP he released in that time arriving fifteen years after 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident.

But miraculously, Coachella 2016 and this subsequent stadium tour marks their very first shows with each other in 23 years.

The funds produced from the stadium tour is a outstanding $ 11.six million at MetLife Stadium, New York from one hundred,177 fans at two concerts. $ 117 million for the general tour. This is unprecedented stuff – they sold one million tickets.

As Alex Turner mentioned: “Rock ‘n’ roll wil in no way die!”

Under is Billboard’s hot list, the highest grossing North American summer season 2016 tours ( compiled 30 Aug – 5 Sep):

1.    Guns N’ Roses – $ 116,835,698
two.    Bruce Springsteen &amp The E Street Band – $ 33,632,390
3.    Barbra Streisand – $ 26,638,090
4.    Celine Dion – $ 24,689,892
5.    Kenny Chesney – $ 17,926,699
6.    Billy Joel – $ eight,871,419
7.    Metallica – $ five,158,790
8.    Juan Gabriel – $ 3,482,694
9.    Keith Urban – $ two,770,077
ten.   Dave Matthews Band – $ 1,467,185

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Spice Girls reunion 2016 confirmed in video, Geri, Emma, Mel B

It looks like the reunion may possibly be beneath the name GEM

Spice Girls reunion 2016 confirmed in video, Geri, Emma, Mel B Photo: Twitter

It looks like that considerably-anticipated Spice Girls reunion is virtually definitely taking place – but with only three of the five original members.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the pop group’s debut single, ‘Wannabe’, and rumours have swirled for several months now over how they program to celebrate. Victoria Beckham politely ruled herself out of proceedings relatively early on.


Now although, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner (formerly Halliwell) and Mel B have appeared with each other in a video teasing a reunion beneath the name GEM.


“We’ve been thinking,” they say in the video. “We have the greatest fans in the complete complete planet. You’ve stood by us for 20 years, and we want to say a huge thank you. We’ve had our ups and downs but you’ve constantly been there and we want to celebrate and have a celebration, and when we do you are all invited.”


Then the following message seems on the screen: “Happy 20th birthday to all our fans. This is a celebration for you! We hope to inform you soon what you want, what you actually really want.”



Fingers crossed.

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Neil Young + Promise of the Genuine Roskilde 2016 Friday night

Neil Young + Promise of the Real Roskilde 2016 Friday night Photo: Alexia Arrizabalaga

Neil Young + Guarantee of the True gave a triumphant efficiency at Roskilde day 3 last night. Opening with a solo acoustic set that included the classics ‘After The Gold Rush, ‘Heart Of Gold’, and ‘The Needle And The Harm Done’, Young then spent the subsequent two and a half hours blasting by means of a set accented by politically and environmentally conscious songs with his full electric band, who were the most spectacular guitar band of the festival so far.


Wearing a t-shirt with the logo from his new album reside album Earth, Young’s set – in keeping with the album – portrayed a man nobly stirred by the greatest injustices on the planet. This is a band who really have anything to say. The anti-war sentiment on ‘Western Hero’ shone with devastating realism in the following verse: “And on the shores at Normandy He fought for you/ he fought for me/ Across the land and on the sea/ But now he’s just a memory.”


Meanwhile, on ‘Mother Earth (Organic Anthem)’ the words: “How lengthy can you give and not obtain/ And feed this world ruled by greed” are a powerful message to be belting out to the tens of thousands of individuals there, and it really is specifically relevant at a festival that’s won an award for its green operations.


Musically the set was, as already indicated above, a jaw-dropping display of guitar virtuosity. But importantly it wasn’t the Neil Young show. He gave the stage away to Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas, on so a lot of occasions – it was as if he’s showcasing the next generation of guitar greats to the world and providing them his blessing. The extended jam’s for the duration of songs saw Young and Nelson egging each other on to generate the most extraordinary on-stage chemistry. Meanwhile, the rest of the band, are musicians Young seemed to have an immense time playing with, too.


They only began touring with Young last year when he was touring his album The Monsanto Years but they are up there with the greatest of Young’s backing bands – including Crazy Horse. Their most impresive technical moment was the outro to ‘Seed Justice’ which led into a strong rendition ‘Keep On Rocking In The Totally free World’. Soon after this cut he bowed out with grace as he proudly roared the words Guarantee of the Genuine. Absolutely everyone in the festival was won more than by them and more than the moon to see them return with ‘Love And Only Love’ for an extended encore.


At most festivals, Neil Young’s set would be the end of the night. But, soon after almost 3 hours of Neil Young, Tame Impala had been merely a five-minute walk away playing to the largest crowd to have gathered at Arena (the second largest stage) all weekend. “We played right here in 2010 but this is next level” stated Kevin Parker as he was humbled by the turnout. It was nearly not possible to get close as the crowed lapped up the blissed out psych pop of cuts like ‘Let It Occur, ‘Feels Like We Only Going Backwards’.


Elsewhere, new band Vehicle Seat Headrest, led by 23-year-old Will Toledo who made 12 albums on BandCamp ahead of obtaining signed, created a robust case to be hiked up the bill next year. They played to a packed out Pavilion stage at two.15am and there was a sense among absolutely everyone, who eluded the likes of James Blake and M83 to see them, that it was a excellent decision. The Pavement-esque four piece have constructed some impressive songs that are projected with so much vigour thanks to lead guitarist and backing singer Ethan Ives’ power complimenting Toledo’s. Their bassist largely just stands there in a nonchalant cool way while the drummer is self-confident and has a microphone and routinely ups the power of the show encouraging the audience to dance.


The way their songs construct with the loud quiet dynamic, the sharp lyrics that ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, typically within the exact same song, make them a single of the most impressive indie bands to have come out of America since Christopher Owens’ Girls.


James Blake’s set, which went on beyond the finish of Automobile Seat Headrest’s, was an emotional experience. Prior to he played ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ he produced a speech honouring his band for generating his electronic music achievable reside but he could hardly get a word out to commence with due to the hysteria in the crowd. The Tv camera on the large screen honed in on certain audience members faces who looked across to Blake with astonishment and also tears in their eyes in reaction to just how brilliant he had been. There was no limit to the adore.


Earlier, in the day Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufield produced the most impressive sound for two individuals on stage playing acoustic instruments imaginable. The bass from the baritone sax interacting with former Arcade Fire violinist’s playing was the most goosebump-inducing encounter and a fantastic way to expertise the Gloria stage. The Gloria stage is a single of the only indoor spaces to watch bands in the festival and is blessed with mystical decorations and ambient lighting.

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100 Nights of Summer time Highlights From NOS Primavera Sound 2016

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Editor’s Note: This post was initially published on our mini-web site 100 Nights of Summer time. I’m at present traveling across Europe to 15 festivals in 15 weekends in 15 countries. See more pictures and stories from last year’s adventure here.  -VV

100 Nights of Summer has landed in Portugal for the annual NOS Primavera Sound Festival. The smaller sized sibling of the Barcelona mega-festival requires location in Porto’s lovely Parque da Cidade (City Park). It also occurs to be across the street from the beach. Here are just a few of my preferred moments from the weekend. Keep tuned for a a lot more in depth assessment later on this week.

Friday, June 9

five:30 pm

Welcome to Portugal!


Every single seat is a good seat

Kick off your shoes and throw down a blanket. The two primary stages at NOS Primavera Sound really feel like a picnic at the park and are set on a gentle hill with optimal views of the bands. So comfortable, you may possibly fall asleep.
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#festivallove @ Deerhunter
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Meet a festival fan: Juan from Portugal (on the left)

“I’m not normally like this, but festivals make me more expressive…and I’ve also had a handful of drinks.”  – In response to my compliment about his sick dance moves for the duration of Deerhunter.
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Parquet Courts

Saturday, June ten


The individuals of Porto live like there’s no tomorrow

– Lisbon festie explaining to me the difference between the two cities.


Destroyer and sunny skies


Brian Wilson performs all of Pet Sounds

I know he’s a legend and all that, but I need some far more Dinosaur Jr.
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Crowdsurfing @ Dinosaur Jr.


Battles blows my thoughts

I’ve listened to this NYC band on the web, but often it takes a live expertise to genuinely connect with an artist. Battles wins the award for my top set at NOS Primavera with their crazy power performance.
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Three feathered fans attempt to uncover a spot on the grass prior to legend PJ Harvey requires the stage.

Sunday, June 11


Flower crowns all about

Two festivals in a row have featured these flower crown creation stations. I’m calling it a trend of the season due to the fact I’m a self-declared festival professional and can make bold statements like this.

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Modern Family members cameo

“Our mayor appears just like Phil Dunphy from the show Contemporary Family members.” This was told to me from a fellow reporter throughout a press conference. I’ll let you determine for yourself. Bonus points to the paparazzi shooting a image from above the fence.
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All festivals ought to be employing reusable cups

This is how you hold a festival clean and reduced your environmental footprint. Charge a $ two.50 deposit for a reusable cup. The NOS Primavera Sound grounds have been spotless all weekend.
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“It was wonderful. I liked it a lot and the music was good.”

– Working with fellow press reporters on our testimonials.


Ty Segall killing it again

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Late night snacking

Slow roasted pork. Cured meats. Soft cheese. Yum. Vito Valentinetti NOS Primavera Sound-19

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