Ultra Music Festival to Implement New Age Requirements

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Having been operational for 16 years, Ultra is set to change one of their long standing policies and make the annual event accessible to patrons who are 18 and over. Promotional fliers distributed at Electric Zoo this past weekend advertise tickets going on sale soon for next year’s festival illustrating that “the safety and security of our attendees, artists/performers, and personnel are our utmost priority and concern.”

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Electric Zoo Cancels Day 3 Due To Inclement Weather

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Unfortunately, it seems as though Electric Zoo is cursed on Sundays. Last year, Electric Zoo had to cancel their final day due to two drug-related deaths. This year, the festival was called off due to inclement weather.

Storms came through and festival goers were asked to wait in covered areas on site. However, at 4:40pm, Electric Zoo cancelled the festival due to flash flood warnings and thunderstorms. For now, they’ve released a statement on their Facebook to advise festival goers with proper precautions.

KiD CuDi Collapsed During Set At North Coast Music Festival

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Saturday night, at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, KiD CuDi collapsed during his performance of “Up Up and Away.” As seen in fan footage, CuDi steps down into the photo pit for his performance and even interacted with a few fans. After signing a fan’s album, CuDi is seen falling backwards into the hands of the security on stage. Soon after, he is carried out by staff. CuDi addressed the incident through a few tweets. Tweets and fan footage are embedded below.

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Flume: “I try to keep out of the EDM world”

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Having won an impressive four awards at the ARIA Music awards of 2013, including producer of the year, Flume has been stirring the pot within the EDM world. Harley Streten has made headlines yet again- but for what seems to be a rash expression of aversion for the culture that has helped him get to where he is now. In an interview with DigitalSpy at Reading Festival, the Australian instrumentalist reveals his disconnection to the EDM world stating the following:

Commercial EDM, the crowd is f**ked up kids basically. They don’t care about the music, they want to hear one or two songs and that’s it. I prefer to play to people who actually give a s**t about the music.

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TomorrowWorld Lifts CamelBak Ban

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Festival/concert safety. It’s been a topic of discussion lately, and promoters like ID&T and Made Events are doing everything they can to ensure that their events are safe. Recently, events like Mad Decent Block Party and Electric Zoo have released extensive “banned items” lists. Some of these items include kandi and CamelBaks.

These bans have raised health concerns for festival/concert goers. The banning of kandi really doesn’t affect your health but accessibility to water definitely does. TomorrowWorld followed suit, and fans definitely noticed. So, they took action.

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“The Distortion Of Sound” – A Documentary on the Quality of Today’s Music

Here’s an interesting documentary on the quality of music we listen to today. Not just talking about the artistry and instrumentation, but the digital compensations of the music you listen to. The evolution of listening to music has grown tremendously in the past 50 years and the technology of compressing files has flipped the entire music purchasing experience. Instead of quality, people are attracted more to the convenience of music.

The short documentary above gives insight into what artists think about compressed music today. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones, Slash, Steve Aoki, and more are all featured in the video. It’s insightful and while I have trouble agreeing with the views against conveniency, I think this video is an eye opener. Must watch for hardcore music fans.

Compression has stripped emotion from every note.

MTV Will Premiere “No Cameras Allowed” Festival Documentary

A couple of weeks ago, the internet was hit with “No Cameras Allowed,” a festival documentary following the adventures of James Marcus Haney. Sounds pretty basic, but it’s not. Haney, in “No Cameras Allowed,” traveled across the globe sneaking into music festivals and documenting his journey on film. The documentary follows Haney as he coordinates his ventures, as he photographs many events such as Ultra Music Festival, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury to name a few.

A few weeks ago, Haney’s the documentary preview was leaked through a YouTube account. Shortly after, the preview was taken down and reuploaded onto his Vimeo account. Now, MTV will be airing the full documentary on August 29, 2014 at 10PM/9PM Central Time.