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Historic Golden Gate concert series confirmed

Independent US concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment (APE) has unveiled a new annual concert series, kicking off in August with California natives System of a Down and Deftones.

Golden Gate Park Concerts at the Polo Field, the San Francisco-based producer’s newest venture, is designed to offer an exclusive offering of “once-in-a-lifetime music programming” at one of the most culturally rich parks in the US.

The first-ever stand-alone ticketed show in the park, set for 17 August, will follow the 2024 edition of the three-day Outside Lands Music Festival (225,000-capacity). While most infrastructure will be removed between weekends, the new series will utilise the main stage in the picturesque park.

Last September, San Francisco’s municipal board authorised APE’s plans to hold additional concerts in the Polo Fields, approving up to three ticketed shows for three years during the weekend following the festival. Per the agreement, APE will also be responsible for producing “complimentary concerts” at three downtown spots for the same duration.

“Outdoor music, whether it is a large festival or smaller performance in a plaza, make our city and our neighbourhoods more vibrant and supports our local economy,” Mayor London Breed said at the time.

“I’m glad that Another Planet Entertainment will be building on the success of Outside Lands to bring more music and excitement to our city, including for our downtown, to create more memorable experiences for everyone who lives, works and visits San Francisco,” she added.

“We wanted to host something unique and rare, not just an artist that’s on tour”

Outside Lands has pumped over US$1 billion into San Francisco’s economy since its inception in 2008, according to the festival.

The Mars Volta, Viagra Boys, and VOWWS fill out the day’s all-ages, rock-heavy programming, set to run from 15:00 to 22:00. Curating a specialised and extraordinary program was of utmost importance to APE, president of concerts and festivals Allen Scott told Pollstar.

“We wanted to host something that is unique and rare,” says Scott. “Not just an artist that’s on tour and it’s another stop for them.”

Two additional shows could be announced for the Friday and Sunday slots around the 17 August show.

Presale begins Thursday (11 April), with general sale to launch the following day (12 April). GA tickets start at US$169, with VIP options starting at $399, plus fees.

The world-renowned urban park’s Polo Fields have a long history with iconic music offerings, like 1967’s Human Be-In gathering, which fueled the hippie counterculture movement and featured Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. WOMAD, the world’s festival, landed in the Polo Fields in 1993, bringing Peter Gabriel and Ziggy Marley to the park. And in 1996, the socio-political Tibetan Freedom Concert series hit San Francisco, highlighting the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, and Yoko Ono.


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Festival Focus: Life is Beautiful, Off the Record

Las Vegas street festival Life is Beautiful has released details of its daily music line-up ahead of day tickets going on sale tomorrow.

The festival, promoted by Another Planet Entertainment and Las Vegas-based Life is Beautiful LLC, takes place from 23 to 25 September across 18 Las Vegas city blocks and will this year feature performances from Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Major Lazer, The Lumineers, G-Eazy, The Shins, Flume, Empire of the Sun, Jane’s Addiction, Bassnectar and more.

Life is Beautiful launched in October 2013 and bills itself as an “annual celebration where people from all walks of life – generations, orientation, race, religion and nationality – come together and create an experience centred in music, art, taste and ideas”. In addition to live music, it includes art installations, gourmet food stalls and seminars from “thinkers, doers and talkers” from the worlds of entertainment, business and science. (Major Lazer photo by Jared Eberhardt.)

Major Lazer, Coachella 2010, Jared Eberhardt

The teams behind three independent UK festivals, From the Fields’ Kendal Calling and Bluedot and Liverpool Sound City Ltd’s Sound City, have partnered with music magazine Louder than War for a new multi-venue festival for emerging music.

Off the Record, taking place in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, on 4 November, will feature a line-up chosen by 30 ‘national curators’ (including Guy Garvey, Lara Baker, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy and Tim Burgess) and also include a conference segment with delegates from the agency, promotion and label/publishing A&R.

Dave Pichilingi, Sound City CEO, says: “We’ll be keeping the line-up top secret until the morning of the event because we know that you trust us and we trust you to be interested in the future,” adding that festival will be a celebration of the new, and not the comfy cushion of the old”.

Grace Jones, Carriageworks 2015, Bruce

Afropunk and FYF Fest headliner Grace Jones will headline the second Metropolis festival in Dublin this November.

The indoor event takes place in array of warehouses and venues in the Royal Dublin Society Showground from 3 to 5 November. Also on the bill are DJ Shadow, Solomun, Moderat, SBTRKT (DJ set), Booka Shade, BadBadNotGood, Crystal Castles, The Sugarhill Gang, Fatima Yamaha, Fakear, Girl Band and more “to be announced”. (Grace Jones photo by Bruce/kingArthur_aus on Flickr.)

Biffy Clyro, Ancienne Belgique 2013, Kmeron

This week’s Boardmasters festival in Cornwall will be the venue for the debut of the “UK’s first immersive music video”.

Created by Biffy Clyro and Samsung using virtual reality (VR) technology, the installation will allow viewers wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets to appear alongside Biffy Clyro in their video for ‘Flammable’, which sees the band playing in a perspex box suspended above an abandoned warehouse.

The ‘Hypercube’ will also appear at Glasgow Summer Sessions and Bestival.

Ross Cairns, creative director at Samsung, says: “This project was born out of a desire to bring the best parts of live music to an audience so people can feel closer to the band than ever before. Biffy were the perfect partners for this.

“From inception we focused on marrying music and technology to appear effortlessly synchronised. We’re delighted to bring the wonders of virtual reality to a generation of music fans in this way and demonstrate how we are empowering people to use technology in a way that allow them to experience the extraordinary.” (Biffy Clyro photo by Kmeron.)

Molly Hatchet, Azkena Rock Festival 2009, Alberto Cabello

Close to 1,200 people have signed a petition addressed to ‘music festival organisers’ calling for the minimum age for UK festivalgoers to be raised to 21.

The petition was created by Chris Bell, the father of 17-year-old Megan Bell, one of two people who died at this year’s T in the Park.

“I strongly believe that an adult would not experiment [with drugs and alcohol] or adhere to peer pressure like a child would,” writes Bell. “Children as young as 14–55 are attending these events unsupervised [and] parents are not aware of what they are up to while they are [there]. Please help me in changing all of this.”

White Miles, Raise a Little Hell tour 2015, Julio Gómez Braojos

Another 10 names have been added to the 10th-anniversary edition of Welsh metal festival Hard Rock Hell.

Molly Hatchet, Warrior Soul, White Miles, Leader of Down, Broken Witt Rebels, Cherry Grind, Red Spektor, Cross Eyed Mary, Bright Curse and The Bad Flowers are the newly announced acts for the festival, which takes place from 10 to 13 November at the Haven Hafan y Mor holiday park in Pwllheli. (Molly Hatchet [top] and White Miles photos by Alberto Cabello and Julio Gómez Braojos, respectively.)


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