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Lost Nomads Festival set for Dubai debut

Electronic music festival Lost Nomads has announced details of its inaugural Dubai edition.

Staged by Farra World, the brand will make its UAE debut on the exclusive Soul Beach on 11 February.

Headlined by Dennis Cruz, Andrea Oliva, Apache, and Cuartero, ticket prices start at 200 dirhams (€50), with VIP options also available.

Organisers describe the festival as “a meeting point where those attending can expand their senses in some amazing locations around the world”.

The first edition of Lost Nomads took place in Morocco’s Agafay desert in June 2022

“It is one of the most exclusive beach clubs and restaurants… located on a paradisiacal beach bathed by crystal clear waters and white sand,” says a statement.

The first edition of Lost Nomads took place from 11-12 June last year in Morocco’s Agafay desert, 40 minutes from Marrakech.

Capacity was limited to 2,000 people per day, with the line-up including Black Coffee, Agoria, Themba, Angelos and Amine K, among others.

 


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Barcelona Beach Fest will not take place in 2023

Barcelona Beach Festival (BBF) will not be held in 2023, promoter Live Nation has announced.

The electronic dance music event, which draws around 70,000 fans to Platja del Fòrum each July, featured superstar DJs such as Marshmello, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Aoki and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

However, organisers say the city council has refused to grant the relevant licences to enable this year’s event to go ahead.

“We communicate with great sadness to the music lovers who have been part of this amazing family during all these years, that due to the refusal of the city council of Sant Adrià de Besòs to grant us the necessary licences, and the impossibility of finding another location with the ideal conditions to make possible the celebration of the festival within a workable timeframe, this year the BBF will not take place,” says a statement to fans.

“The whole BBF team is working hard to find a new location”

“During the seven years of the festival we have not created any problem or had any incidents within the community, and we have always respected all safety regulations, as well as the natural environment of the beach.”

First staged in 2014, the festival has welcomed the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Alesso, Axwell & Ingrosso, The Chainsmokers, Lost Frequencies, Kygo, Don Diablo, Oliver Heldens and DJ Snake.

On a more positive note, promoters say they are hopeful of finding a new site to host the event next year.

“The whole BBF team is working hard to find a new location and as soon as we have one, we will let you know,” adds the statement. “In 2024, we will spread smiles again, from wherever it is, so that music will never stop being our best way to celebrate life!”

 


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One killed as strong winds hit Medusa Festival

Organisers of Spain’s Medusa Festival say they are “devastated” after one person died and more than 40 others were injured after high winds caused a partial stage collapse.

The 50,000-cap electronic dance music festival was set for 10-15 August in Cullera, near Valencia, but was curtailed just after 4am on Saturday (13 August) amid gusts of wind exceeding 50mph according to Spain’s meteorological agency.

The victim was a 22-year-old man, according to the Spanish Civil Guard, while three of the casualties suffered serious injuries.

“Due to a strong gust of wind, the main entrance and the main stage of the Medusa Festival in Cullera fell to the ground,” a spokesperson tells CNN.

Eyewitnesses reported a sudden sandstorm hitting the venue, which was subsequently evacuated.

“The safety of our attendees has always been an absolute priority for us”

Posting on social media, the festival’s management expressed their “deepest and sincere condolences to the families and friends affected by the fatal consequences”.

“It’s a very painful moment, difficult and heartbreaking,” says the statement. “A terribly sad and disheartening moment for relatives, friends. A moment no one should ever know.

“The safety of our attendees has always been an absolute priority for us…  The adverse and unexpected weather conditions that were predicted continue to happen throughout the day force us morally and responsibly to end our 2022 edition. It’s a day of mourning and of respect to those affected.”

First held in 2014, the event has welcomed DJs such as David Guetta, Marshmello, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo and Hardwell.

 


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DEAG acquires majority stake in Airbeat One festival

DEAG has acquired a majority stake in Airbeat One, an electronic music festival which takes place annually in northern Germany.

Founded in 2002 by Music Eggert, the festival typically attracts around 60,000 visitors to Neustadt-Glewe in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern each year.

According to DEAG, Airbeat One is now the largest electronic music festival in northern Germany and one of the largest in Germany.

Following the acquisition, Sebastian Eggert from Music Eggert becomes managing director of Airbeat One GmbH, the new organiser of Airbeat One.

With his team, which will remain entirely with the festival, he will continue to run the event in the long term.

DEAG says it expects the takeover to create “synergy effects in the live entertainment business as well as positive impulses for the ticketing business, especially for DEAG Group company I-Motion”– organiser of electronic music festivals Nature One, Mayday, Syndicate, Toxicator and Ruhr-in-Love.

DEAG says it expects the takeover to create “synergy effects in the live entertainment business”

In addition, the company hopes the acquisition will result in “significant cost synergies as well as added values in purchasing and artist acquisition, among other areas”.

Oliver Vordemvenne, MD of I-Motion, says: “We are all delighted about the partnership and the co-operation with Sebastian and the whole team, who have built up one of the biggest electro music festivals in Germany and inspire thousands of fans from all over the world every year.

“Airbeat One is an excellent addition to DEAG’s portfolio. With Airbeat One, we unite two of the most successful electro music festivals in Germany under one roof and are excellently positioned in this field with now a total of six electro music festivals with over 200,000 visitors annually. With the acquisition of Airbeat One, we have also created very good conditions for the further expansion of our business activities.”

Sebastian Eggert, MD of Airbeat One, adds: “We are all very pleased to have DEAG as a strong partner for the further development of Airbeat One. We share the same vision for the festival with a clear focus on the visitors and want to continue to offer them an exceptional customer experience in the future. We are strongly rooted in the region of northern Germany and will stay here for the long term and drive our growth together with DEAG.”

 


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Made Event acquired by Avant Gardner

Electric Zoo promoter Made Event has reportedly been acquired by the investment group behind Brooklyn music venue and nightclub Avant Gardner.

Billboard reports the $15 million deal was struck earlier this month. The next edition of Electric Zoo 3.0 will take place at Randall’s Island Park in New York City from 2-4 September, headlined by Porter Robinson, Armin Van Buuren and Martin Garrix.

Launched in the US 2009, international editions of the electronic music festival have also been held in Mexico, Brazil, Japan and China. Its Cancun edition is scheduled for 1-5 December.

Made was previously part of LiveStyle, which rose from the ashes of SFX Entertainment in 2016

The promoter also has upcoming shows with the likes of Galantis, Tiesto and Above & Beyond at the Brooklyn Mirage and Alan Walker at The Grand Hall, Avant Gardner, which opened in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the summer of 2017.

Made was previously part of LiveStyle, which rose from the ashes of the ill-fated second incarnation of Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment in 2016. SFX had acquired Made three years earlier.

In 2020, Made Events announced a strategic partnership with the Netherlands’ ID&T, aimed at expanding both firms’ events portfolios internationally. ID&T signed a partnership agreement with leading live organisation Superstruct Entertainment last year.

 


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Electronic music festival Sophie to debut in Spain

New electronic music festival Sophie will debut this summer in Malaga, Spain.

The 40,000-cap outdoor event will run from noon to 2am over nine consecutive Sundays from 3 July to 28 August, with the opening day to be headlined by German musician, DJ and producer Paul Kalkbrenner.

Other acts set to appear over the series in Torremolinos include Luciano, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Apollonia, Damian Lazarus and Enzo Siragusa. Up-and-coming underground artists such as Traumer and Chris Stussy will also feature.

“With Sophie, we have created a unique environment that connects with nature and with our inner being”

“Torremolinos is a special place for its privileged location, its good Mediterranean gastronomy and its great cultural programme,” says a spokesperson for organiser Sophie Group. “It also has a magical light capable of traversing and transforming.

“With Sophie, we have created a unique environment that connects with nature and with our inner being, and that through the music of each selected artist, highlights Sophie’s values to feel alive and loved, following the rhythm of our hearts.”

 


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LN Electronic Asia reveals new label partnerships

Live Nation Electronic Asia (LNEA) has entered into a multi-year global licensing and distribution agreement for its recently launched Fabled Records label.

The promoter’s Asian electronic dance music division, LNEA is partnering with global dance label Astralwerks and Capitol Records China (CRC), which are both divisions of Universal Music Group.

Under the new agreement, Astralwerks and Capitol Records China will collaborate on the global release and distribution of Fabled Records artists and projects globally. The partnership will see all organisations working together to advance the awareness of Chinese electronic music and artists worldwide.

“Fabled Records and our whole division at LNEA are committed to bringing the best artists and music from Greater China to the global stage”

LNEA’s management company, Dancing Dragon, was formed in August 2019 to meet the rising demand for electronic dance music in the region, and has signed a roster including Chinese EDM artists and producers Chace, Beauz, Carta, and Yåko, who will release music via Fabled Records.

“Greater China dance music has grown tremendously in the past decade, particularly in the live and club sectors of business,” says Jim Wong, MD at Live Nation Electronic Asia, Dancing Dragon Management, and label head of Fabled Records. “It has influenced a lot of artists, adults, and teenagers in Greater China to start listening, engaging and producing dance music.

“Fabled Records and our whole division at LNEA are committed to bringing the best artists and music from Greater China to the global stage.”

 


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NI’s Belsonic team launches Emerge Music Festival

The team behind Northern Ireland’s Belsonic concert series has unveiled the new two-day Emerge Music Festival.

The 20,000-cap electronic music-focused event will be held at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast from 27-28 August with headliners Eric Prydz, Disclosure, Peggy Gou and Patrick Topping.

The first year will see more than 40 acts across three stages, including the likes of Kettama, Mall Grab, Michael Bibi, DJ Seinfeld, Dusky, Special Request, FJAKK and Rebekah.

“The electronic music scene is one that has grown steadily in Belfast over the 30-odd years that I’ve been promoting in the city”

“The electronic music scene is one that has grown steadily in Belfast over the 30-odd years that I’ve been promoting in the city with my Shine brand, and it’s grown exponentially over the last few years,” says co-promoter Alan Simms of Shine Productions. “Belfast is one of the most fertile and dynamic scenes of its kind in the UK or Ireland. We’ve promoted many large scale outdoor electronic events in recent years but always wanted to do a huge multistage event of this kind.

“Feedback from our audience suggested that a huge appetite exists for a unique production of this kind in Northern Ireland. We’re lucky to have some of the world’s biggest names in dance music on our inaugural line-up of Emerge Music Festival, most of whom we’ve been working with since their very first club shows in the country.”

Day tickets are priced from £55 (€66), with weekend tickets available from £95 (€114).

The 15,000-cap Belsonic returns to Belfast’s Ormeau Park from 13-26 June with headline acts such as Iron Maiden, Gerry Cinnamon, Calvin Harris, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Capaldi.

 


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MUTEK ES welcomes Pat Quinteiro as new director

MUTEK’s international network has named Pat Quinteiro as the new director of its Spanish platform, MUTEK ES.

Quinteiro has been in charge of press and PR of the MUTEK Barcelona festival of digital creativity and electronic music since its second edition. It will celebrate its 13th event from 7-13 March, when acts will include Anz (UK), Ascendant Vierge (BE), Astrid Sonne (DK) and Bendik Giske (NO).

“It is an honour to assume the direction of the project with which I have undoubtedly felt more identified in my entire career.,” says Quinteiro. “I feel very proud of the impact that our model of institutional cooperation and alliances – through our values ​​with private brands – is achieving in our creative and professional community.”

“Consolidating everything achieved under the direction of Alberto Nerone and continuing to amplify it will be one of my main missions”

Quinteiro, who succeeds Alberto Nerone in the role, has also directed the MUTEK ES Symposium on gender and diversity for the past three years and is a representative of the SheSaid.so global community of women in the music industry.

“Working with a real and effective gender perspective for our community, promoting initiatives and creating institutional synergies that promote equal opportunities for creators of diverse gender identities and/or underrepresented scenes is a founding mandate of our entire international network and one of the main objectives of the work we have been doing at MUTEK ES.

“Consolidating everything achieved under the direction of Alberto Nerone and continuing to amplify it will be one of my main missions.”

Launched in Canada more than 20 years ago, the MUTEK network has grown to span the US, Europe and Asia and will also host festivals in Montreal, Mexico, Japan and Argentina in 2022.

 


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Let us dance, says UK electronic music sector

Some of the most prominent artists from the UK’s dance music sector have joined forces with festivals, nightclubs and industry figures to issue an urgent plea for support from the government.

The #LetUsDance campaign urges the government to recognise dance music clubs and events as an important part of the nation’s art and culture in parity with the wider live music sector, to ensure equal access to support.

The campaign also encourages fans, artists and industry professionals to post a photo from a recent club night or dance festival, along with the #LetUsDance hashtag, with a note supporting its place within arts and culture. Supporters can also send a letter to their local MP to emphasise the importance of the sector.

The call for support comes following the live music industry’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, which preceded the announcement of a £1.57 billion support package for Britain’s arts and culture sector.

However, the government narrative to-date on the allocation of this support has been unclear, and appears not to include nightclubs, dance music events and festivals.

The Night Time Industries Association states it is “keen to gain assurances from government that dance music venues and nightclubs will be eligible to apply for the funding”, fearing it may “be reserved purely for venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the West End”.

“We call on the government to recognise this sector as a significant part of the nation’s art and culture, and ensure fair and equal access to the support offered to the wider live music sector”

The campaign is supported by artists including Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack, Thom Yorke, Simone Butler of Primal Scream, Caribou, Four Tet, Norman Jay OBE, Daniel Avery, Charlotte de Witte, Pete Tong and Andy C.

“Nightclubs and festivals are the beating heart of the UK dance scene; providing collective joy to millions of fans each year, providing employment and incomes for an interdependent network of hundreds of thousands of people, while contributing hundreds of millions to the economy,” says Greg Marshall, general manager of the Association for Electronic Music (Afem).

“We call on the government to recognise this sector as a significant part of the nation’s art and culture, and ensure fair and equal access to the support offered to the wider live music sector.”

Sacha Lord, founder of the Warehouse Project club nights and nightlife advisor for Greater Manchester says he is “astounded and confused” that the government’s arts rescue package does not include the UK dance music industry.

“There has always been an elitist snobbery towards electronic and dance music, however, I would argue that this sector reaches more people in terms of culture, as some of our theatres do,” says Lord.

“I call out the government, not only to recognise this part of the industry, but also put in place guidance and support to protect our venues, festivals, artists, freelancers, and supply chain. That is why today, I’m fully backing the #LetUsDance Campaign.”

There are over 1,600 nightclubs across the UK, which play a significant role in supporting the wider night-time economy that generates £66bn in revenue per year (6% of the UK’s total).

 


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