Music and technology combine in Google’s ‘first-of-its-kind livestream festival’

GOODFest is the newly revealed festival from Google that will livestream 5 different shows in a “celebration of progress, positivity, and the power of people to push the world forward”.

GOODFest hopes to spread good vibes and positivity with 5 different shows in 5 different cities livestreamed around the world. With the aim of bringing together music, technology and community the festival will raise money for non-profit organisations from ticket sales and online donations.

The “festival” will take place in 5 cities around the US and will each be livestreamed around the world so that everyone can be a part of the festival. So far 3 of the 5 sets have been revealed as well as the “cause” that their show will be in support of:

Playing for Generosity

Glass Animals – BAM Cafe, New York City on November 29th

Glass Animals will play a special intimate performance, plus Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Madame Gandhi, Shilpa Ray and other guests.

Playing for Humanity

Gogol Bordello – Music Box, New Orleans on December 9th

Gogol Bordello will join Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to create a one-off orchestration for The Music Box village.

Playing for Earth

D.R.A.M. – Neumo’s, Seattle on December 12th

D.R.A.M. will play with Hollis Wong-Wear and others.

San Francisco and Los Angeles dates and acts to be revealed.

GOODFest is hosted by Pixel, the new smartphone from Google which basically means – hosted by Google but look we have a shiny new phone you can buy. I won’t criticise Google’s blatant marketing via GOODFest however considering that each of the 5 shows will raise money for 5 different causes.

You can purchase tickets for the already revealed shows from GOODFest’s official site and stay tuned there for the upcoming date and act reveals or to set a reminder for the livestream.

Virtual Reality concerts are coming, with Universal and Avenged Sevenfold’s new VR platform

Virtual reality headsets are quickly going beyond gaming to create art experiences, development tools, 3D short films, and now VR live music concerts.

Universal Music Group have revealed that they’re working with metal group Avenged Sevenfold to launch a new VR gig platform – VTRGO VR. With the platform users can experience the concert up close and personal, in 3D without even leaving their home.

To celebrate the launch of their new platform Avenged Sevenfold will be streaming a live concert of theirs in 360° VR so that fans with virtual reality headsets can watch from home and get as close to the real experience without being there. The gig will also be streamed by VRLIVE to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets at the event.

VRLIVE’s founder and CEO, Heiner Lippman said: “We are excited about our partnership with Universal Music Group as it gives us the opportunity to provide the viewing audience with unprecedented levels of access. Virtual Reality is destined to change the media landscape, which will enable users to not just view entertainment, rather, it allows them to experience it, and VRLIVE will continue to transform how people view and interact with the world around them.

Whilst of course watching a gig through a screen isn’t as good as the real thing, even when you’re watching it through Nokia’s OZO VR-dedicated camera, it provides massive opportunities. We all want to see our favourite bands live but it can be expensive, sometimes timing doesn’t work out, maybe it’s too far away; a number of things can make you miss a concert you want to see and VR gives you another chance to experience it. Another unique advantage is, assuming VR concerts kick off, in the future when younger generations want to see our classic artists they can put on a headset and feel like they were there… or here?

Universal Music Group announced at the beginning of this year that they planned to start doing VR concerts and it seems they’re starting to move seriously into virtual gigs now. Who would you like to see play live in Virtual Reality?

Hospitality In The Park, Hospital Records Drum & Bass event in London

Hospital Records hosted their first ever Hospitality In The Park last weekend, a giant event in London celebrating the best in drum and bass music.

On the 24th September Hospital Records presented their first outdoor UK drum & bass event, marking their first step up from their massively popular drum & bass BBQ events. With 7 stages and over 50 acts the day was a hit for ravers, fans, and artists alike.

Hosted by Hospital’s events brand Hospitality, known around the world for their incredible music events, in Finsbury Park in London the day saw incredible performances from major acts like High Contrast and Modestep, to smoother flavours like Gentleman’s Dub Club who we got an interview with – check it out.

With the finest DJs providing the noise, 7 stages to choose from, fair ground rides, and a selection of renowned food vendors and hand picked craft beer there was something to please every drum & bass head. One Hospitality lover I spoke to at HitP said how amazing it was to see how far Hospital Records have come, adding: “It just goes to show there’s so many talented artists under Hospitality to [be able to] make this happen.”

Hospitality In The Park transformed Finsbury Park, London into a drum & bass dream for a dayHospitality In The Park transformed Finsbury Park, London into a drum & bass dream for a day

Whilst Hospitality In The Park 2016 is over we can’t wait to see what else Hospitality have to offer with their new scope and opportunities that came with Hospitality In The Park. Meanwhile Hospitality are holding loads of drum & bass nights at venues across the country, find out everything you need to know here:

Hospital Records presents Hospitality in the Park, drum and bass festival – Highlights from RouteNote coming soon

This weekend legendary drum and bass label Hospital Records host Hospitality in the Park, bringing together a load of the world’s hottest drum and bass acts to Hospital’s London origins.

Hospitality in the Park is a massive collection of some of the biggest names in drum and bass for one manic day of music, dance and good vibes. On Saturday the 24th London will come alive with the sound of drum and bass as Hospital Records presents their biggest event in over 20 years.

The line-up includes the cream of Hospital Record’s roster and talent from around the world with sets from High Contrast, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Modestep, DJ Marky, D Double E, Tim Westwood, and lots more.

This Saturday I (Jacca, writer of the words you’re currently reading with your eyes) will be at Hospitality in the Park to bring you the best highlights of the day and interviews with some of the brilliant artists that will be there. Check back on the RouteNote blog next week for our coverage of Hospitality in the Park.

Unfortunately tickets are all sold out but keep your eyes out for one of Hospital Records many other amazing events and festivals.

Madison Square Garden purchase 12% stake in Townsquare for more live events

The Madison Square Garden company have purchased a stake in media company Townsquare to “drive additional value and growth”.

In a big move for the Madison Square Garden (MSG) company they’ve acquired 12% in Townsquare, company behind radio stations, various digital assets and live events. Together the two companies will work to create more live offerings for MSG’s venues and more events for Townsquare.

It’s a big opportunity for both as MSG’s venues include the famed Madison Square Gardens, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre in New York, The Forum in California, and The Chicago Theatre and Wang Theatre in Boston. Townsquare’s events include Mountain Jam, WE Fest, the Taste of Country Music Festival and Country Jam.

The Madison Square Garden Company’s President and CEO, David O’Connor said: Using its diversified portfolio of radio stations, digital assets and live events, Townsquare creates compelling content that brings people together and builds communities. We understand and share their belief in the value of exceptional, live experiences, and look forward to working together through this new partnership – which is another opportunity that our partner, Irving Azoff, brought to out attention – to drive additional value and growth for both businesses.”

Chairman and CEO of Azoff MSG Entertainment, Irving Azoff says: “I have had the opportunity to work the Townsquare team closely this past year. These guys really excel and are a perfect complement to what we are building at Azoff MSG Entertainment. When this opportunity presented itself, my partners at MSG enthusiastically invested. I look forward to deepening our relationship and working on both existing and new projects with Townsquare and MSG.”

Look forward to some new events from Townsquare and MSG in the future.