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Bonnaroo 2021 Canceled Due To Flooding From Hurricane Ida

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Bonnaroo 2021 Canceled Due To Flooding From Hurricane Ida

The Tennessee festival grounds are "flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely," Bonnaroo organizers said in a statement

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 03:23 am

The 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been canceled due to flooding from Hurricane Ida, festival organizers announced on Tuesday. The Manchester, Tennessee, fest, which featured headlining acts like Megan Thee Stallion, Tame Impala, Lizzo, Foo Fighters, Tyler, the Creator, and others, was set to take place this weekend (Sept. 2-5).

In a statement shared on Instagram, Bonnaroo organizers said the storm's heavy rainfall waterlogged the festival grounds.

"We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo," the post read. "While this weekend's weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely.

"We have done everything in our power to try to keep the show moving forward, but Mother Nature has dealt us a tremendous amount of rain over the past 24 hours, and we have run out of options to try to make the event happen safely and in a way that lives up to the Bonnaroo experience."

This year was supposed to mark Bonnaroo's official return after it was canceled last year, like many other festivals, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Bonnaroo festival was slated to take place last June, but it was postponed to September last year and then again rescheduled to September 2021. In their Tuesday statement, festival organizers said Bonnaroo would return to Tennessee in June 2022. According to a post on the festival's website, full refunds for this year's installment will be issued to ticket holders.

"Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time," the post concluded.

Hurricane Ida, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, swept through the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and is currently headed toward the northern Mid-Atlantic.

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Las Vegas Shooting: Recording Academy Issues Statement

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Las Vegas Shooting: Recording Academy Issues Statement

MusiCares to work with the music industry to provide support to those in need who have been affected by deadly Las Vegas shooting

GRAMMYs/Oct 3, 2017 - 03:07 am

As of Monday afternoon, CBS News has reported that 59 people have died and 527 have been injured as a result of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 1.

Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow has issued the following statement:

"The Recording Academy is deeply saddened by the unthinkable tragedy that occurred last night in Las Vegas. As members of the music community, we will come together as we always do in defiance of this senseless act, and provide love and support to those affected. The Recording Academy’s charity, MusiCares, will be working closely with the music industry to provide trauma counseling and support to those in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this harrowing time."

Additionally, executives at BMG — the label home to Jason Aldean, who was performing during the festival at the time the shooting occurred, have also issued a statement, expressing their condolences to the victims of the shootings.

"We are horrified by the events in Las Vegas overnight and relieved to report that all of our people have escaped uninjured," said BMG CEO BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. "Too many others were not so fortunate. We send our condolences and best wishes to all of those affected by this dreadful act."

"While our artists and staff are safe, our hearts are broken for those listeners in our extended family who just wanted to share a night of great music and the camaraderie that is the hallmark of country music," said Jon Loba, executive vice president of BBR Music Group.

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Red Bull Music Announces London Launch Events Featuring Alicai Harley, Aphex Twin & More

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Red Bull Music Announces London Launch Events Featuring Alicai Harley, Aphex Twin & More

Among performances, the fest will host GRAMMY winner Aphex Twin's first show in over a decade

GRAMMYs/Jun 18, 2019 - 11:49 pm

Red Bull Music Festival is headed to London for the first time, featuring performances, conversations and more with more than 100 artists. 

16 events, including live shows, club nights, concept shows, workshops and talks, will take place from Aug. 20 to Sept. 14. The fest will launch with a DJ, production and engineering workshop for female and female-identifying music creators, featuring Alicai Harley, Lil C, Tiffany Calver and more, and will close with GRAMMY winner Aphex Twin's first show in over a decade.

 Ms Dynamite, Shy One and So Solid Crew are among other artists set to perform. An exhibition on music journalist Joe Muggs and photographer Brian David Steven's new book about U.K. sound system culture is also on the schedule. 

Tickets will be available June 20 at 9 a.m. For more information, visit the Red Bull website

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 Bonnaroo Virtual Fest To Feature Laura Jane Grace, David Lynch, Charli XCX, Nubya Garcia & More

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Bonnaroo Virtual Fest To Feature Laura Jane Grace, David Lynch, Charli XCX, Nubya Garcia & More

In addition to live content, archival Bonnaroo sets from Metallica, Beastie Boys, Alabama Shakes, Tears For Fears, Run The Jewels, the xx and more will be streamed during the three-day online event

GRAMMYs/Sep 16, 2020 - 11:33 pm

Today, Sept. 16, Bonnaroo announced a star-studded three-day "Virtual Roo-Ality" fest, streaming on their YouTube channel Sept. 24–26. The event will feature both live and archival music sets, as well as programming like Hayley Williams' Sanctuary of Self Love, which she has hosted at past Bonnaroos.

David Lynch, Laura Jane Grace, Charli XCX, Nubya Garcia, Tank and the Bangas, Chromeo, CloZee, Billy Strings, Big Gigantic, Ashley McBryde, Denzel Curry, Jamila Woods and many more will make live appearances during the weekend. As for the archival sets, of which over a dozen will be aired, Metallica (2008), Alabama Shakes (2015), Tears For Fears (2015), Run The Jewels (2015), the xx (2015), Nile Rodgers & CHIC (2018) and the Beastie Boys (2009) will be featured. The Beastie Boys show was their final live performance and will be its full-length streaming premiere.

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Bonnaroo 2020 was originally slated for June 11–14 with Lizzo, Tame Impala, Flume, DaBaby and others on the stacked lineup. It was later postponed to Sept. 24–27 due to COVID-19. Like other festivals, it has since been pushed to 2021 and, now, the virtual event will offer a musical balm during these live-eventless times.

The entire three-day event will be streamed on their YouTube channel, and some content will be available after on-demand. The event is free to tune in to, but Bonnaroo will be fundraising for voting rights org HeadCount.org and the ACLU. As their website explains, "donations collected during the weekend for these and additional organizations will be made by the Bonnaroo Works Fund, whose mission is to foster community, creativity and positive influence."

The schedule will be announced soon. For the full lineup and more info on Bonnaroo Virtual Roo-Ality Lineup and Bonnaroo 2021, visit their website.

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U.K.'s Download Festival Announces Lineup For Virtual Festival: KISS, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down And More Confirmed

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U.K.'s Download Festival Announces Lineup For Virtual Festival: KISS, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down And More Confirmed

The three-day online event, taking place June 12-14, will also feature performances from Korn, Deftones, Babymetal, The Offspring, The Pretty Reckless and others

GRAMMYs/May 30, 2020 - 08:33 pm

Download Festival, the celebrated rock festival in the U.K., has announced the lineup for its Download TV virtual festival. The three-day online event, running June 12-14, will feature headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down, who were all scheduled to headline this year's Download Festival before it was canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other confirmed Download TV artists and performances, which will broadcast exclusively via YouTube, include Korn, Deftones, Babymetal, The Offspring, The Pretty Reckless, The Darkness, Bowling For Soup and others, in addition to as-yet unannounced "special guests," according to the Download Festival website.

Viewers can tune into the Download TV online festival weekend via Download's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. 

Download TV will feature content blocks, split into daytime and evening programming, comprising "music, special interviews, unseen performances, and exclusive footage," according to the Download Festival website. 

All three headlining sets will comprise footage from previous performances. On Friday night (June 12), the festival will show footage of KISS's headlining set from Download Festival 2015. Saturday night (June 13) sees Iron Maiden sharing "nostalgic performances" and snippets from their ongoing Legacy Of The Beast World Tour, in addition to "something just for Download TV," according to the festival's website. System Of A Down closes the virtual weekender Sunday night (June 14) with footage from their performances at Download Festival throughout the years, including sets from 2005, 2011 and 2017.

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Download TV will also feature interactive content throughout the weekend, including tutorials, artist interviews, special live performances, mindfulness sessions, cook-alongs and more. The online festival will also share fan-created content via their social channels. 

Download TV is the latest virtual festival to come from the metal and rock worlds. This weekend, bands like Darkest Hour, Tesseract, Twelve Foot Ninja, O'Brother and Silvertomb, as well as members of GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Anthrax and more, will be slaying the virtual stage at Slay At Home, a metal and art online festival benefitting MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

To view the full lineup for and to learn more about Download TV, visit Download Festival's official website

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