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TEG MJR introduces new hip-hop festival for Oz/NZ

A new touring hip-hop festival spearheaded by TEG MJR is coming to Australia and New Zealand this year.

Light It Up will hit arenas in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Auckland in early September.

American rapper Wiz Khalifa tops the lineup for the event, delivering his first headline shows in Australia since 2015.

Rae Sremmurd, Lola Brooke, Hooligan Hefs, Youngn Lipz and DJ BeastMode are also set to join the six-city tour.

The festival is co-produced with Switch Events, the team behind Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube’s recent sold-out Australian tours

The TEG MJR festival is produced in collaboration with Switch Events, the team behind Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube’s recent sold-out Australian tours.

In other Australian festival news, Falls Festival announced earlier this month that it would not be returning for the 2023/24 season.

This will mark the first time in 28 years – outside of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021 – that the travelling festival will not usher in the new year.

See dates for Light It Up below.
September 02 – Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney, Australia
September 03 – Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
September 05 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Adelaide, Australia
September 06 – RAC Arena – Perth, Australia
September 08 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
September 10 – Spark Arena – Auckland, New Zealand

 


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Wiz Khalifa show cut short after rumours of gunfire

Rumours of gunfire cut short a Wiz Khalifa concert in Indianapolis on Friday night, causing fans to flee the venue by climbing over seats and fences.

According to a statement from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at approximately 10:28 pm at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville when “a disturbance” was reported from the outdoor venue’s lawn seating area.

“Security staff responded quickly, and all the subjects nearby began exiting the area on foot. The emergency action plan was initiated and followed, and all gates including non-public exits were opened,” the statement said.

Three people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, though the cause of them remains unknown

“Police staff deployed multiple quick response teams and swept the area. No weapons were found.”

Authorities added that three people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, though the cause of them remains unknown.

The incident at Ruoff Music Center is the third of its kind to happen at a music event in the US this summer, with the most recent taking place in Pennsylvania earlier this month.

Reported gunfire sent festivalgoers into a stampede at the state’s Musikfest on 13 August, prompting police to temporarily shut down the area.

 


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Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa to play CoD fan event

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have been announced as joint musical headliners for Call of Duty XP 2016, a fan convention for the Call of Duty (CoD) video-game franchise.

The rappers will close the event on Sunday 4 September at The Forum arena (17,505-cap.) in Inglewood, California, following in the footsteps of Kanye West, who headlined the last CoD XP in 2011.

“Call of Duty XP is the ultimate Call of Duty fan experience,” says Rob Kostich, executive vice-president and general manager for Call of Duty at publisher Activision. “It’s going to be an amazing time for our fans, even more so now with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa there to cap this epic, multi-day event.”

“It’s going to be an amazing time for our fans, even more so now with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa there to cap this epic, multi-day event”

Call of Duty XP 2016 will also feature the Call of Duty World League Championship (first prize: US$2 million) and the world première of the multiplayer mode for new game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

According to Statistic Brain, over 252 million Call of Duty games have been sold worldwide since 2003.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are currently co-headlining the Merry Jane/Live Nation-promoted High Road tour, which will stop at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (18,000-cap.) in Ridgefield, Washington, tomorrow.

 


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