WOW: Bestival Is Leaving The Isle Of Wight For Dorset

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Big news from Bestival founder Rob Da Bank — the massive Isle of Wight festival is moving to Dorset in 2017 (the same place where Camp Bestival currently takes place):

Hot off the press – yes Bestival is moving… We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we’re super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure. We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017.

We remain fully committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music, charities and projects and will be giving Islanders an exclusive ticket offer for the new site. Plus we’re working towards a new event for the Island. Watch this space.

Bestival takes place 7th to 10th September; while acts won’t be announced until (probably) sometime in the next few months, you can pick up your tickets well in advance.

Little Simz Announces ‘Welcome To Wonderland’ Event (Roundhouse Rising)

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UPDATE: Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins is joining Little Simz for her Roundhouse event (below). Get your tickets for that here.

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Despite a somewhat relatively quiet 2016, it’s clear that Little Simz has been working hard this year. Case in point: the London emcee has announced her new album titled Stillness In Wonderland, set for release early next year…in addition, that album will also be accompanied by a big event titled Welcome To Wonderland: The Experience (above), which will take place in Roundhouse 12th February and will see her joined by a slew of special guests. Finally, Simz will also be releasing a freaking comic book, written by her manager Eddie ‘Versetti’ Smith and drawn by McKay Felt.

Lots happening for the young star in 2017.

BBC’s Sound Of 2017 Longlist Revealed

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BBC’s highly-coveted Sound Of… series is officially back in effect, which sees a slew of bloggers, DJs and presenters picking the acts they feel will see success in the new year. Now, we get to check out their longlist for 2017, which includes some of our favourites: AJ Tracey, Anderson .Paak, Dave, Nadia Rose, Ray BLK, Stefflon Don and more.

You can see the full list below; the five finalists will be announced in January, with the winner’s unveiling on the 6th of that month. Read more on BBC’s Sound Of here.

AJ Tracey
Anderson .Paak
Cabbage
Dave
Declan McKenna
Jorja Smith
Maggie Rogers
Nadia Rose
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Ray BLK
RAYE
Stefflon Don
The Amazons
The Japanese House
Tom Grennan

Fabric Will Reopen

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Some great news this week: Fabric will be allowed to reopen their doors, following being shutdown a couple of months ago after drug-related death. Naturally, there will be new standards that will be met to keep Islington council off their backs:

  • If you’re under 19, turn away (during the best hours, anyway). Under 19s are banned from entering Fabric on the weekend — between 8pm on Friday and 8am on Monday.
  • If you’re found in Fabric with drugs (or you try to buy it), you’ll be banned from the venue for life.
  • Fabric will also be upgrading both their ID scanners and surveillance in an attempt to keep these new policies upheld.

Islington Council and Fabric have also released a joint statement on the judgement:

Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm.

It also recognises that there needs to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability.

The authority welcomes Fabric’s acceptance of all these matters. It is now satisfied that Fabric’s directors and senior management understand precisely what has to be done to ensure that Fabric is a safe environment for young clubbers, and that zero tolerance to drugs means precisely that.

America Proves It’s As Dumb At England

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Yep.

After one of the most off-the-wall campaigns in America’s history, we witnessed America follow in the footsteps of Brexiters by voting Donald Trump into their White House as the next president. According to various sources (including Trump himself), Clinton has already called in her congratulations, as did President Barack Obama — the latter also invited Trump to meet with him at the White House this Thursday to begin transition preparations.

Overall, the Republican party won across the board: they were able to maintain control of the Senate (51 seats to 47 for the Democrats) as well as the House of Representatives (236 to 191).

So…what happens next? As it was in London, many in the major cities are now losing their minds, wondering how far back their country will regress. Here are five promises that Trump has made during his run for president:

  • He promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) as soon as he got in office;
  • He promised to block Muslims from entering the United States under the suspicion of terrorism;
  • He promised to build a wall to keep undocumented Mexicans out of the country, a move that many of his supporters felt would bring back jobs to American citizens. He also promised to make Mexico pay for said wall;
  • He promised to reduce taxes, specifically in regards to the wealthy;
  • He promised to review (and possibly steer America away from) the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP…he’s also expressed his discretions to China in regards to this. [It should also be noted that Clinton kind of agrees with him in regards to TPP.]

Hopefully, Trump and his team (including Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie?) will deliver more information on his game-plan to the public soon. He’ll have plenty to get ready for before he’s sworn into office January 20th.

What Happened At Boiler Room’s Weekender In Pennsylvania?

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This past weekend, Ray-Ban teamed up with Boiler Room to create a new Weekender event in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, which saw appearances from Blood Orange, Kamasi Washington, Mixpak and more. On the surface, it looked like a different angle to urban festival approach (think Red Bull-style events), bringing much of what’s been popular in your city to the country for a (freaky) getaway. Seemingly all of a sudden, everything shut down: police and security at Split Rock Resort (where it took place) became aggressive, seemingly to gays and people of colour…many were arrested and phones were snatched inexplicably, including a 19-year-old black woman that was held on $50,000 bail. You can read a great editorial on that here.

So…what happened? According to performing acts, attendees and even Boiler Room staff, the conservatism found in that area (*ahem* White Trump voters *ahem*) wanted the progressive, culturally-forward crowd out of their community:

Here’s an additional quotes from an unnamed Boiler Room employee:

Overall, security was pretty horrifying… [Black attendees] were shaken down a lot more often and much harder than everyone else. The cops definitely made no attempt at de-escalating situations with people of color, from what I noticed. I overheard a security guard mocking a queer person of color Friday night after he went through a checkpoint. It wasn’t blatant… he made a limp wrist gesture behind the guy’s back as he walked through, after submitting to a search.

Since then, Boiler Room has released a lengthy message in regards to the sad turn of events. You can read that in full below. Our opinion: much like the UK, it’s probably best to keep all of our stuff when it’s accepted…no point in risking a visit to Klan/EDL territory.

As is now well documented, our inaugural Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender event was terminated early after issues with the local security and law enforcement. Following an unnecessary display of force against attendees present, we had no option but to shut down the music halfway through the second night of the festival.

At around 2am on Sunday morning, a security search escalated quickly and abruptly, leading to one arrest and a number of physical confrontations. Following this, we were informed by on-site security that reinforcement from local police forces would be called into the resort.

We believed that having such a deployment of law enforcement to deal with a peaceful and respectful crowd was not in the spirit of the Weekender. Before this situation occurred, not a single arrest was made, nor medical attention required for the 3000 attendees at our event. That speaks for itself. After the performances were canceled attendees were given time to vacate the premises, as the only course of action that would keep that incident isolated and prevent further problems.

We are deeply sorry this happened: for those who traveled long distances to the Weekender, and had to deal with an unexpected and unpleasant situation instead of the safe, open, inclusive environment we spent a year working toward. Our intention of the Weekender was to provide a space which amplified the amazing music and message of the artists and creative minds we work with, and who trust us to promote them through our channel. We do not take lightly how that was compromised.

We believe the actions of the local security on site at Split Rock were wildly inappropriate, breaching clear terms outlined with them. We made the call to prematurely ensure the safety of our guests, collaborators and all artists present – our absolute number one priority.

The atmosphere from guests at our Weekender was respectful, peaceful and immensely friendly. It was the best crowd we could have asked for, a truly diverse blend of people. We want to extend thanks to everyone who dealt with the shutdown in a mature, good-natured manner.

We apologize for the silence over the past two days: it was imperative that we spent the time gaining more information on the matter, gathering facts, consulting those affected, and building a clear picture of what transpired, especially given the legal implications for those cited or arrested.

The first thing to address is those who were directly affected by the conflict. A woman in custody remains in a county jail. We are in contact with her family, and are doing what we can to assist her case moving forward. We heard a few hours ago that she is being released today. Another guest suffered grievous bodily harm from the head of local security at the resort; we too will be assisting him throughout the legal process.

The second is an unexplained and unauthorized increase in heavy-handed policing and outward displays of aggression by Split Rock’s security team from the beginning of Saturday’s programming. Split Rock steadfastly insisted on using local law enforcement and local security, instead of our intention of bringing in trusted staff from New York. Those local law enforcement and security showed a shocking lack of respect and professionalism to our attendees. We established a detailed framework for how they were to act and keep the event running safety and smoothly; these protocol were consistently broken, and we will be investigating our recourse in this respect.

Boiler Room wholeheartedly rejects the approach taken by the law enforcement and security at Split Rock, and any kind of underlying intolerance and hatred that may have underpinned their aggression. Again, we are deeply disheartened by the situation that took place at our Weekender, and will be taking every necessary course of action to help those affected, and follow due process with the local police.

The Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender was built in tandem with a diverse network of collectives, labels, parties and creatives from across the United States, who we are proud and humbled to support. The entire point of this event was to unite these various corners of the underground, do something that we believe furthers the culture, and fosters understanding and inclusivity. Thanks to all who came and made it what it was.

– BR

OPINION: Brexit Is Never Going To Happen…

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…or at least, it looks increasingly unlikely that it will never happen. Here’s the latest development:

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May declared that she would invoke Article 50 by the end of next March, officially kickstarting the UK’s departure from the European Union. Well, the High Court recently ruled that — in order for this to happen — May now has to have approval from Parliament. You can read the full Judiciary Summary here.

Now, the government did confirm that they would attempt to appeal the decision with the Supreme Court, which should be taking place next month; if the Supreme Court rejects the appeal, then the next attempt would probably be made in front of the European Court of Justice. Then…what if they also reject an appeal?

As far as why we feel that this could further lead up out of the situation that the Brexiters have put us in, any further delay in Article 50 will only open a lot of eyes as to why this was all a bad idea in the first place: the Pound is losing its worth, we know UKIP (as well as others, such as the former mayor of London) lied and companies (and countries) have already alluded to making things difficult for British citizens if it all eventually goes down. Hopefully, May (who was a Remainer, mind you) and the government will find a way out of this mess…before our passports become worthless.

ALSO CHECK OUT:

UK Set To Lose £18 Billion Thanks To Brexit

Apple Has Increased Prices In The UK (Thanks To The Pound’s Declining Value)

R.I.P. Vine

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Yep. Presumably thanks to parent company Twitter’s declining revenue stream (more on that in a moment), pioneering video app Vine revealed that it will official meet its demise in the coming months. It’s really not all that surprising, either: other apps like Snapchat (especially Snapchat) and giants like Facebook and (its own acquisition) Instagram have adopted the video-at-will format, giving users more reasons not to leave their own services.

As far as Twitter, it’s certainly been fighting a losing battle as well: they recently announced losses of £83 million for the most recent financial quarter, and — as a result — they’ve decided to cut 9% of their global workforce (specifically, 347 jobs). Whether or not this could mean the same fate for Twitter is certainly yet to be seen.

You can read Vine’s official announcement below.

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.

What’s next? We’ll be working closely with creators to make sure your questions are answered and will work hard to do this the right way. We’ll be sharing more details on this blog and our Twitter account, and will notify you through the app when we start to change things.

– Team Vine & Twitter

Kanye West Vs. JAY Z: What Is Going On?

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We’re not even going to kid ourselves: Kanye West’s roller coaster personality of self-love and a***ole logic is very well known and documented, and while his many peers, friends and supporter defend him for it, it’s clear that others (including some peers, friends and supporters) can get pretty exhausted by it. Willie Scott — a man who West considered his stepfather at one point — attributes it to how West’s late mother, Donda, raised him:

Kanye didn’t want me with his mother or any man for that matter. He was wrapped up into his mother. We went to a counselor to see if we could get him on the right path. But Donda wasn’t interested. She wanted ME on the right path. And that is what the dilemma was.

He was a beautiful kid, but he was aggressive and he was self assured. He told me in front of his mother that he didn’t want to have to do anything he didn’t have to. She would make excuses for him. She would describe her son as a “genius”.

So, yea…we all know Kanye. Unfortunately, it now seems as if a project we’ve all hoped for — the sequel to 2011’s Watch The Throne — won’t be happening as a result of Kanye’s actions. At least that’s only one side of the story.

During a recent Saint Pablo tour stop in Seattle, Kanye West announced that Watch The Throne 2 isn’t happening because of JAY Z, not him, and for two reasons — JAY’s TIDAL exclusivity and unwillingness to work with Apple Music, and JAY not showing concern for Ye’s wife Kim Kardashian being held hostage in Paris. He also mentioned that his daughter North has yet to have a play date with JAY Z and Beyoncé’s child Blue Ivy. Check the clips out below…he also explains what happened with Drake’s ‘Pop Style’, and how JAY Z’s alliance with Meek helped screw up that collaboration:


Welp. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, what does JAY think of it? According to a close source (via Page Six), it’s not just the rants and airing out of personal business — JAY is simply tired of Kanye has a human being:

JAY can’t stand him… He looks at him as this crazy, eccentric motherf***er he can tolerate in small doses. Kanye is a nut job. Everyone knows that.

The reality is that JAY doesn’t want that much to do with him. He likes his own space and is private. They’re very much not the same person. JAY’s immediate circle is very insular, and Kanye is just a guy who always wants something in the spotlight.

As far as their kids are concerned, we would imagine that JAY (or Beyoncé) is looking for Blue Ivy to make any appearances on reality television, either. Hopefully, Kanye’s next attempt to reach out to his “big brother” will be behind the scenes and not for the world to see. They can talk about their reunion to fans or press at a much later time.

A$AP Rocky Feat. A$AP Mob & Skepta – Money Man (Short Film)

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A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes must be nearing touchdown. Yesterday, A$AP Rocky & Co. premiered a new short film titled Money Man at East London’s Brewhouse, which also came courtesy from AWGE’s Dexter Navy. The 12 minute clip holds two tracks — ‘Money Man’ and ‘Put That On My Set’ — both of which is presumed to appear on the forthcoming project. ALSO: The short film also stars actor Said Taghmaoui (our eyes also spot members of Section Boyz and Boy Better Know).

Check it all out above; hopefully, Cozy Tapes will arrive sooner than later.

BON IVER NEWS: The New Album, New Visuals & Artwork Symbolism

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UPDATE: Some fans got some dope footage of Justin Vernon performing a techno set in Berlin. Check those clips out below.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Bon Iver has a brand new album titled 22, A Million. In addition, we also have a bunch of new lyric visuals to accompany the project for ‘715 – CR∑∑KS’, ’29 #Strafford APTS’, ’21 M◊◊N WATER’ and ‘666 ʇ’.

Speaking of: Brooklyn-based, Minnesota-born artist Eric Timothy Carlson is behind all the weird numbers and symbols that make up 22, A Million…in a recent interview with Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, Carlson broke down the collaboration:

The songs were all numbers from the start, multiple numbers at first. So we would listen to each song, talk about the numbers, talk about the song, watch the lyrics take form, makes lists, make drawings. Real references and experiences are collaged in both the music and the artwork. I was able to interview and interrogate each song—digging into weird cores—and by the end of each visit, each song would develop a matrix of new notes and symbols.

You can check out all the latest lyric clips and stream the new album (via Apple Music) below.




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