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Aussie Live Industry: New Festival legislation “unworkable”

<div>Aussie Live Industry: New Festival legislation “unworkable”</div>
A group of Australian industry organisations has penned an open letter to New South Wales (NSW) premier Gladys Berejiklian over the re-introduction of controversial festival licensing laws which were scrapped just a few weeks ago.
The Australian Festival Association, APRA AMCOS, Music NSW and Live Music Office signed the letter, which accuses politicians of a “total lack of respect for the live music industry” and demands a roundtable meeting to discuss “regulation and safety at music festivals”.
Under the newly drafted Music Festivals Bill 2019, it is an offence for any festival deemed ‘high risk’ by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) to take place without drawing up a safety management plan for approval first. Failure to do so is punishable by a twelve-month prison sentence.
The proposed legislation was drawn up following the rejection of previous licensing laws by the NSW Legislative Council. At the time, the Australian Labor Party stated they would not support any legislation which included a listing of ‘extreme risk’ festivals.

Download Madrid on hiatus

<div>Download Madrid on hiatus</div>
The organisers of Download Festival Madrid have announced that the event will not be returning for 2020, while the team works on remodelling the event.
The festival, an expansion of Live Nation’s Download brand, has taken place at the Caja Mágica, Madrid, for the past three years. The inaugural edition of the event “exceeded expectations” in 2017, attracting over 100,000 fans.
The 2019 edition of Download Madrid took place from 28 to 29 June, with performances from Slipknot, Scorpions, Tool and Sabaton.
The Download Madrid organisers shared the news via the following statement:
“We would have liked this statement to be the announcement of the fourth edition of Download Festival Madrid.

Dubai’s second Bao Festival cancelled.

<div>Dubai’s second Bao Festival cancelled.</div>
The electronic dance music (EDM) festival was set to kick off in at Dubai’s Meydan Grandstand on Oct. 4 with a headline performance by US DJ Steve Aoki.

Organizers took to social media to blame the last-minute cancellation on “unforeseen circumstances” and said that those who purchased tickets from Dubai.platinumlist.net will be refunded within 15 days.

Last year’s inaugural festival boasted a starry line-up of international DJs, including Martin Garrix, Dimirti Vegas & Like Mike, Afro Jack and Don Diablo.

Denmark's Northside to move site in 2021

<div>Denmark's Northside to move site in 2021</div>
Next year will be the last NorthSide at its current home, with the Danish festival upping sticks in 2021 in favour of a new, larger site elsewhere in Aarhus.
The festival, which started in 2010, currently takes place in the Ådalen river valley, near the Danish city of Aarhus.

NorthSide 2021 will occupy new greenfield festival grounds at Eskelund, also near Aarhus, which is more than twice the size of the Ådalen site – meaning “that a whole range of ideas and experiences which Ådalen could not accommodate can finally become a reality”, say organisers.

With recent cancellations of festivals in Huntington Beach, what’s the future for concerts on the sand?

With recent cancellations of festivals in Huntington Beach, what’s the future for concerts on the sand?
Sammy Hagar’s High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, the Like Totally Festival and On The Water Festival all were scuttled within the past five months.

Last week, a press release from the California State Parks announced that it would not be issuing a permit for the second annual Sammy Hagar High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, which was set to take place Sept. 28-29 at Huntington State Beach.

State Parks Superintendent Kevin Pearsall said the permit wasn’t issued because Freeze Management, the production company responsible for the two-day fest, failed to pay all fees for the festival, including those related to public safety. The company also failed to produce contracts for sanitation services and hadn’t provided safety documentation for the main stage as required by California State Parks and the Office of the State Fire Marshall, he added.
Freeze Management responded with a statement via email late Friday evening that read that it couldn’t “comment on pending litigation but there are two sides to every story” and that the event was officially canceled and refunds will be issued to ticket holders.

Spain's Monegros Festival back after 5 years break

<div>Spain's Monegros Festival back after 5 years break</div>
Monegros Desert Festival, owned by Elrow founders the Arnau family, is making a return after a lengthy break for its “biggest” edition yet

The last edition of Monegros festival attracted 40,000 fans to dance in the desert to sets by Skrillex, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and Boys Noize. The 2015 edition, which was to see a reduced capacity of 20,000, was “suddenly suspended” two months prior to the event, according to local media.

After days of teasing, the festival’s return was revealed on Facebook, with the bilingual statement: ¡Monegros ha veulto! Monegros is back!
The 2020 festival, which will include more than 20 hours of music, will take place on 1 August in the eponymous desert in northeast Spain, marking the 21st edition of the event.


Rock in Rio founder plans Chilean Fest.

<div>Rock in Rio founder plans Chilean Fest.</div>
Rock City-promoted Rock in Rio, founded by Medina in 1985, is the second highest-grossing festival in the world and the largest in South America. Rock City, in which Live Nation recently upped its shareholding to a majority stake, also operates a sister event in Lisbon, and formerly in Las Vegas and Madrid.
The Santiago de Chile edition marks the first expansion of the Rock in Rio festival brand within the Latin American region. Medina estimates investment needed for the new festival to be “nearly $150 million”.

The four-day event is billed for October 2021, just after the flagship Rio de Janeiro festival, with “practically the same line-up”. Drake, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Pink and Muse are among those playing Rock in Rio this year.

Why no insurer wanted to go near Fyre Fest?

<div>Why no insurer wanted to go near Fyre Fest?</div>
Fyre Fest. The infamous festival that spawned a thousand memes, and left the world obsessed from the influencer promo video start, to the documentary film finish. 

For those not in the know, Fyre as it became known, was the brainchild of US entrepreneur Billy McFarland. The man behind a number of failed projects managed to meet rapper J Rule, and the two decided they wanted to start a luxury music festival.

The pair launched the festival by paying the biggest supermodels in the world to go to an island in the Bahamas and film a video that was launched on social media. The names spoke for themselves - Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski. Combined the three have a social media following of more than 111 million on Instagram alone.

All the Music Festivals That Have Been Canceled in 2019

All the Music Festivals That Have Been Canceled in 2019
So far, 11 music festivals -- including Massachusetts' Mad Decent Block Party and Barcelona's Doctor Music Festival -- have called it quits in 2019, citing reasons from ICE-induced fear to endangered birds.


Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled as Concert Co-Founder Blames 'Unforeseen Setbacks'

<div>Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled as Concert Co-Founder Blames 'Unforeseen Setbacks'</div>
On Wednesday, it was announced that the beleaguered music and arts festival would no longer be happening after a series of troubles, including attempts by the festival’s former financier to cancel the event in court in May, set organizers back. The festival was originally scheduled to take place Aug. 16 through Aug. 18, and it was meant to serve as a tribute to the original event that took place in 1969.

“We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the Festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said in a statement.