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Winter Music Conference Organizers Announce Dates and Schedule of First-Ever Virtual Edition

Amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Winter Music Conference has officially gone virtual. The conference, which is one of the world’s foremost hubs of electronic music culture, education, and technology, was forced to pull the plug on its 35th anniversary in 2020 due to the impact of the virus. Organizers of the Miami summit have now repurposed the event for the digital space and, in doing so, democratized it and made it more accessible for the dance music community at large. Presented by Pioneer DJ, Hopin and 5th Dimension in partnership with EDM.com, Spotify, Beatport and a bevy of other major music brands, the world-renowned convention will take place virtually on May 20th and 21st, 2021. The first-ever virtual Winter Music Conference wil...

REZZ, Baauer, More to Perform at Porter Robinson’s 2021 Secret Sky Virtual Festival

Fans of Porter Robinson have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. We are finally reaching the highly anticipated pinnacle of the journey to his sophomore album Nurture journey, as the record is set to drop next Friday, April 23rd. To celebrate the release, Robinson has announced the return of his beloved Secret Sky virtual festival. The all-day digital music fest will go live the day after Nurture drops on Saturday, April 24th, and will feature a bevy of world-class artists. Featured on the lineup are Baauer, Boys Noize, Laxcity, REZZ, and Wave Racer, among other heavy-hitters. The event will be available to be viewed across any device with a web browser but has been designed especially for Oculus VR. The lineup for the 2021 edition of Porter Robinson’s...

Ozuna, Anuel AA, J Balvin, More Set to Headline Baja Beach Fest 2021

Baja Beach Fest hosts some of the best reggaeton and Latin artists around, with a mission to celebrate and uplift Latin culture. Hosted at Mexico’s Rosarito Beach, the multi-day experience incorporates incredible music, people, food, and culture. The event first launched in 2018, when it attracted 15,000 attendees at the beautiful beach in Baja California. With the event location only 30 minutes past the US-Mexico border, it is an easy road trip for Americans. Chris Den Uijl has even estimated that 90% of the festival’s ticket buyers live in the US. With much success their first year, the organizers of Baja Beach Fest assembled even more for the second edition by doubling the number of attendees, significantly expanding the festival grounds, and offering a stacked...

RÜFÜS DU SOL Announce Additional Southern California Headlining Shows

This past week beloved Australian electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL proved just how high the demand is for live music as it makes its comeback. The group sold out their November 12th and 13th performances at the 22,000-capacity Banc of California Stadium before tickets were officially released to the public. In response, the electronic demigods have added one final performance date on Sunday, November 14th. Tickets officially go on sale today at 12PM PT (3PM ET). The concert dates mark the first official electronic headline shows ever at the stadium, which serves as the home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC and the future home of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Angel City FC. RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Banc of California Stadium shows also mark the tr...

Miami’s Iconic LIV Nightclub Is Reopening This Weekend With Alesso and The Martinez Brothers

After a devastating year for live music venues, one of Miami’s most popular nightclubs is reopening with a few familiar faces. LIV Nightclub—located in Miami’s iconic Fontainebleau hotel—has invited dance music superstars Alesso and The Martinez Brothers to ring in its long-awaited return, which is going down this Friday, April 16th. Alesso is primed for a triumphant performance that night and The Martinez Brothers will follow suit on Saturday before the club ties a bow on its three-night run on Sunday. Alesso will perform at Miami’s famed LIV Nightclub on April 16th, 2021. Harrison Boyce It’s worth noting that LIV currently does not have any other shows planned, according to the club’s event calendar. Organizers may be using this week...

ADE Announces Livestream Conference Highlighting the Future of Events and Emerging Technology

While the in-person Amsterdam Dance Event festivities are still a full six months away, ADE is launching an upcoming livestream event to tide the music industry over in the meantime. This week, ADE In Conversation will feature a discussion around hosting events in a post-pandemic world as well as the opportunities for artists within the rapidly flourishing NFT space. Who better to explain the value of backing NFT technology than 3LAU, a crypto-power player who recently landed on Coin Telegraph’s Top 100 Notable People In Blockchain. He is joined by famed techno producer Richie Hawtin, who recently celebrated 303 Day with a series of NFTs honoring his Plastikman alias, and digital artist Mat Dryhurst.  The second panel consists of several high-profile event organizers sharin...

Eric Prydz is Performing Three Sets Under Different Aliases at Chicago’s Debut ARC Music Festival

The birthplace of house music is gearing up for a new festival arriving on its turf this fall. ARC Music Festival is set to land in Chicago’s Union Park, highlighting the many flavors of house and techno that have since originated from around the world.  Seth Troxler, Nicole Moudaber, Hot Since 82, Meduza, Camelphat, FISHER, and many more will take to the stages of this multi-day event, which promises a distinctly Chicago experience complete with local art and culinary delights. The debut edition promises a couple of unique “firsts,” landing ARC on the shortlist of festivals to watch. This will be the first festival in which Eric Prydz works triple time, offering a headlining performance as his namesake and another alongside Adam Beyer as Cirez D, before pl...

Pasquale Rotella Clarifies News Surrounding EDC Las Vegas Safety Plan

Despite Pasquale Rotella‘s triumphant announcement that the 2021 edition of EDC Las Vegas will move forward with its planned May 21-23 dates, many found themselves perplexed by the festival’s nebulous safety plan. The Insomniac boss recently took to Reddit to quell concerns surrounding conflicting reports on the promoter’s proposal. Rotella’s statement arrives after a turbulent week for the festival. Prior to the announcement that the event will officially take place in May, Live Nation posted a number of EDC Las Vegas-specific job listings, many of which included the phrase, “Travel required in May.” However, prospective attendees who believed they were safe to pack their bags had their plans quickly dashed by the news that Nevada state offici...

Unlocking the Potential of Healthcare Data at Zebra Technologie’s Free Webinar

On 14 April 2021, leading healthcare technology solutions provider, Zebra Technologies in partnership with IT News Africa will virtually demonstrate how to streamline workflows and significantly reduce costs in healthcare facilities as well as identify patterns to enable intelligent predictions. Under the theme “Patient Journey and the Digital Twins” this free and innovative webinar will empower the healthcare sector with technology solutions that enable them to instantly connect, collaborate and communicate with colleagues. Register and learn how to better support patients and improve performance with the insights that come from capturing real-time data in your emergency department or operating theatre.  /* custom css */ .tdi_3_66e.td-a-rec-img{ text-align: left; }.tdi_3_66e.td-a-rec...

Burning Man CEO Provides Detailed Update on Festival’s 2021 Edition

Marian Goodell, the CEO of Burning Man Project, has released a video providing an update on the decision to plan the festival’s 2021 edition. While it is still too soon to know whether or not there will be a gathering on the playa this year, Goodell did provide a timeline on when we can expect a definitive answer. New updates will be released weekly before the final decision, which she said will come between April 23-30. If the event is to happen, proof of vaccinations will be mandatory for attendees as per state requirements. There may be testing upon arrival as well. However, considering some countries do not have access to vaccinations, some will be unable to attend. There are also a number of countries that are not allowed to enter the US at this time, establishing an additi...

Destructo Will Not Plan FriendShip or AMF Festival Until 100% Capacity Can Be Achieved

FriendShip and All My Friends proprietor Destructo has announced that he will not compromise on a lower capacity installment of the popular cruise event or music festival. In a tweet, the renowned music producer and entrepreneur announced that he will not hold the FriendShip cruise or All My Friends music festival until pre-COVID attendance levels can be fully achieved. Destructo insists that the conditions must be equal to or better than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic before FriendShip or All My Friends can be planned. He went on to explain his reasoning in a self-reply to the tweet, writing that he “won’t produce a half baked version and compromise health and safety to make a quick buck.” The fan response to the announcement has been mostly positive and understan...

Coachella and Other Large-Scale Music Festivals Not Part of California’s Reopening Plan

The state of California is poised to reopen its economy by summer 2021, but it seems that large-scale music festivals and conventions will remain on hold for much longer.  June 15th remains the target date for statewide reopening without the tiered system, provided that vaccines remain readily available and COVID-19 cases continue to decline. However, festivals like Coachella might have to wait until October for a return to normalcy.  Citing COVID-19 safety concerns, Coachella organizers moved the festival from October 2021 to April 2022. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Large-scale conventions and events with a capacity exceeding 5,000 will not be allowed to operate without proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test for attendees until October. International atten...