Don't Kill Live Music, a petition railing against the Australian government's stifling festival and venue regulation, has now reached over 100,000 signatures.
Various festivals in Australia have been cancelled after the New South Wales government instituted oppressive licensing laws, which have been described by the petition as a "war on music and culture". One law includes an increased police presence, which added a higher cost to festivals, exemplified by Mountain Sounds cancelling because they were told to pay an extra $200,000 for 45 more police officers.
Charges related to the deaths at the 2010 Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany have been dropped against seven defendants. A remaining three defendants will now face charges in the case.
The 2010 Love Parade ended with the deaths of 21 people and injuries of around 500 others following a stampede caused due to overcrowding at the event.
The Chemical Brothers have been confirmed as the latest headliner of this year's Creamfields.
The pair will return to the festival to headline the Horizon stage on 24th August, and follow on from headline announcements such as Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5, both of whom will appear as UK festival exclusives.
Next year’s edition of Boomtown will see the introduction of a new stage dedicated to techno and electronic music.
Area 404 is the newest of the festival’s 14 districts and will feature headline sets from Carl Cox, Amelie Lens and Four Tet.
Also confirmed to play are Ben UFO b2b Joy Orbison, Eats Everything, Mall Grab, Skream, Dense & Pika, Claude VonStroke, Erol Alkan b2b Boys Noize, La Fleur b2b B.Traits, Sama’ and Enrico Sanguiliano.
Laroc and Ame, two of Brazil's leading clubs, have announced a new three-day festival for 2019 with Seth Troxler and Dubfire among the headliners.
Carnaval will take over the neighbouring venues, one hour's drive out of São Paulo, from 2nd - 4th March, with 30 DJs set to be involved in total. DJ Snake, Camelphat, Alan Walker, Diplo and Hot Since 82 are already confirmed for the event's debut edition.
Glastonbury’s Beat Hotel will launch a new festival in Marrakech, with dates set for 28th - 31st March 2019.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is back for a landmark 20th year! From humble beginnings, it’s gone from being pretty much a garden party to now welcoming 5,000 revellers to the Herefordshire countryside. The family-run event has proved without a doubt that it can stand the test of time, and returning to what can still be described as the quaint, boutique festival for a second year in a row feels like something of a homecoming for DJ Mag.
The specially brewed Nozstalgia beer is flowing freely, and the locals are as friendly and up-for-it as ever. As always the rolling kicks of psytrance emanate from the Coppice stage (carefully placed slightly away from the rest of the fest) throughout the day and night, while there are daytime dub offerings down at The Elephant’s Grave.
The highlight, however, comes as somewhat of a surprise on Saturday afternoon. Attracted purely by the fantastic name, Pengshui — the new rap/metal project from MC Illaman, Submotion Orchestra’s Fatty and Pravvy Prav — tear apart the Garden stage, and on their very first show!
Shambhala Music Festival has revealed the stage splits for its summer 2018 edition.
A recent poll of Instagram users revealed that 73% of clubbers wouldn’t decide against going to a festival with an all-male line-up.
The question was posed to ravers as part of a series of polls posted to the social media platform by Electronic Beats over the last few weeks. While 72% of respondents said they were aware of the gender equality discussion within the music industry and 76% said that it was a subject they cared about, only 27% of those who responded said that they would choose not to go to a festival if it had an all-male line-up.