“Live Nation Entertainment has completed a long-anticipated deal to take a controlling interest in C3 Presents, the Austin-based festival promoter that produces Austin City Limits Fest and Lollapalooza and over 1,700 other concerts and events.”
Austin-based company C3 Presents, now wholly owns the BDO after Australian director AJ Maddah transferred his shares to the American company only nine months after he took control of long-time co-owner Ken West’s half of the business.
“C3 Presents is proud to own Big Day Out, one of the most iconic and established festival brands in the world. While we intend to bring back the festival in future years, we can confirm there will not be a Big Day Out in 2015,” read a statement from the festival’s new owner, published by Fairfax Media.
“We love working on BDO and are excited about the future,” they added. However, the company would not set a timeline for when the long-running summer festival would return, nor commit to the event’s traditional run of cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, and Auckland.
A source told Fairfax Media that Maddah was unable to meet his obligations to pay half the debts incurred in the disastrous running of the event in 2014. It was marred by record low crowds, alleged unpaid debts to contractors and unhappy punters.
West’s business partner Vivian Lees sold his half to C3 in 2011, marking the end of an era for the Australian music industry’s equivalent of Vegemite.
Maddah is understood to be now focusing on the Soundwave heavy rock festival, one of Australia’s most successful in recent years, although in a further blow to the 41-year-old music promoter, the hard rock Warped tour he brought to Australia will also not go ahead in 2014.
UK Police have arrested a man over the death of Robert Hart at the Parklife music festival in Manchester.
The 26-year-old festival-goer was punched to the ground just before headliner Snoop Dogg took to the stage, and was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries four days later.
A 31 year-old man was arrested in Cheshire on Saturday June 21 on suspicion of his murder.
Police and Parklife bosses have thanked the public for their help in the ongoing investigation, which they have stressed is still very much ongoing.
They also thanked the Manchester Evening News, which put an e-fit picture of the suspect on every billboard in the city.
Detective Inspector Richard Eales said: “Over the last two weeks, we have received a huge amount support by both the public and the media for the appeal to help find the person responsible.
“We now have a man in custody but that doesn’t mean the investigation is at an end.
“We are continuing to investigate and we are renewing our appeal for information or any relevant footage.”
Parklife festival director Sacha Lord-Marchionne said: “We’re delighted someone has been arrested.
“Robert’s death didn’t just devastate his family, it touched 70,000 people who attended the event.
“I cannot begin to imagine what his family are going through.
“I think, as is always the way in Manchester whenever there is a tragedy, the whole community has come together.
“I want to thank every single person who attended the event for their support.
“And also the media for publicising the appeal, especially the M.E.N
“I walked through Manchester and saw the evofit on every single billboard.
“Everyone has been behind it and without their help no doubt we wouldn’t have seen this arrest today.
He added: “We will continue working closely with the police as we have been doing over the past two weeks.”
UK Police say crime at last week’s Download rock festival is expected to be lower than last year.
Tens of thousands of fans travelled to Donington Park, with up to 35,000 camping on the site, to see acts including Aerosmith, The Offspring and Linkin Park.
Police officers and officials from North West Leicestershire District Council worked with the festival organiser’s private security to help visitors stay safe and reduce the risk of becoming victims of crime.
During last year’s festival, police recorded 294 crimes, overwhelmingly thefts from tents, people and cars.
Police expect crime levels at this year’s event, which took place at the weekend, to be lower than last year. The final tally of offences is still being worked out.
Inspector Johnny Monks, who was in charge of the force’s crime prevention operation, said: “It’s been a really good event with a great atmosphere and low levels of crime reported to us.
“The success of our operation lies in our great working relationship with the organisers, Live Nation.
“The festival passed off without major incident and although it is too soon to give definite crime figures, early indications are that crime is down significantly.
“Officers worked hard day and night patrolling car parks and campsites and they talked to hundreds of rock fans, swapping hats, giving ‘high fives’ and having their picture taken.
“We used Facebook and Twitter to give out crime prevention advice before the event and we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from fans thanking us for our friendly policing style.
“It has been a great success from a police prospective and planning has already begun for next year.”
John Probyn, chief operating officer at Live Nation, said; “We want our customers to come and enjoy every aspect of Download Festival.
“A positive approach to crime prevention and close working relationship with Leicestershire Police enables us to maintain a high level of safety and security for our customers and their possessions.”
City officials have taken the unfortunate incidents during Ultra weekend in Miami, that have caught fire on social media, as a sign the event is too unruly and should be denied future permits to operate in the city On March 30th, 2014 CBS Miami referenced the issues in this article. A hearing is scheduled for April 24, 2014 with a petition going from the organizers of Ultra to keep the festival in Miami.
Electronic Music Alliance (EMA) has recently helped form an EDM specific “safer party life” coalition of several established groups who have been working within the festival and event safety sphere for years to create more intra-dialogue and action for industry safety best practices, to address alcohol and other drug use with health-centered educational messages, and provide onsite harm reduction. These groups include DanceSafe, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Mutual Aid Response (MARS), Zendo Project, The Festival Lawyer, and AFP Creative. The coalition is advocating for better peer education, on-site drug information and checking, literature on hydration and heatstroke, free water, sexual health resources, “chill out” spaces, mobile outreach teams and education about state and city Safe Harbor (“Good Samaritan”) laws which prevent individuals from being prosecuted if they or a friend is experiencing an overdose and they call 911 or ask for medical assistance.
“Our coalition has come together to advocate for the EDM community. Large festivals are a crucial way for young people to gather, socialize, and hear the music they love,” says Monica Salazar, Co-founder of the Electronic Music Alliance. “We hope the City of Miami and Ultra will develop a better working relationship to make the event safer for both local citizens and attendees.” Missi Wooldridge, Executive Director of DanceSafe adds “Large festivals like this have the power to be such positive forces in their community, especially when event safety is prioritized and drug education and harm reduction measures by an organization such as ours are included from the outset,” Coalition members point out that, The Event Safety Alliance, has compiled and recently released an event safety best practices ‘Event Safety Guide’ intended for use at live entertainment events. Joseph Pred, Founder and CEO of MARS and a delegate of the Event Safety Alliance expressed hope that “the City of Miami and event organizers could benefit from adopting these best practices, not just at Ultra, but at all temporary mass gatherings in Miami and throughout the United States.”
Some city officials blame Ultra’s problems on alcohol and other drug use by attendees. The coalition of group stresses that providing honest and accurate drug education information could change much of the culture of the event. The coalition also strongly recommends including established onsite harm reduction groups such as DanceSafe into Ultra and future events. “People at these events may be drinking or using other drugs. Especially for young people, having access to information that will help keep them safe and show them they have nothing to fear from bringing a friend to receive medical assistance will help save lives,” says Stefanie Jones of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Our coalition of organizations stand ready to help them and other event organizers make those changes for better, safer events.” says Janine Jordan Chair and Co-founder of the Electronic Music Alliance. “ We want promoters and cities to work together because we want EDM events welcome in cities across the globe”.
Glastonbury revellers are set for a wash-out after weather forecasters issued a yellow warning with heavy rain expected to pour over Worthy Farm on Saturday.
The first sight of lightning has been reported during Rudimental’s set on the Pyramid Stage this afternoon.
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the South East, which could see heavy rain showers accompanied by thunder and lighting on Saturday. Sunday and Monday morning are looking dry with sunny spells.
“A slack area of low pressure is expected to extend eastwards across southern UK on Friday and Saturday, bringing with it moist and deeply unstable air,” the Met Office added.”Daytime heating will assist the development of heavy showers and thunderstorms.”
Glastonbury-goers were warned to expect a predictably British affair in the weather stakes but have at least been able to pitch their tents on dry ground and enjoyed two days of sunny weather that came to an end yesterday as rain began to pour over Somerset.
However, a return to the famous mud bath of 1997 seems unlikely but the prospect of rain comes after the wettest winter on record, with Somerset bearing the brunt of the flooding.
This year’s festival will see Metallica, Kasabian and Arcade Fire headlining the world-famous musical extravaganza, with other major acts on the bill including The Black Keys, Massive Attack and Pixies. Kaiser Chiefs kicked off Glastonbury Festival 2014 with a short, sharp blast of anthemic rock earlier today.