Coachella 2018’s MASSIVE line-up revealed

Every act at this year’s Coachella has been revealed and includes everyone you could want from David Byrne to SZA, Tyler the Creator to ODESZA, Jamiroquai to alt-J.

Coachella has got to be one of the biggest festivals in the world, and if you don’t believe us just look at this year’s line-up. The festival is so vast that it takes place over 2 weekends with the same acts, just another chance to get the incredible Coachella experience.

This year’s line-up is incredible with artists old and new, near and far, spanning every genre imaginable. There aren’t many places in the world where you can bop along to rappers like Vince Staples and Tyler the Creator and then move on to watch the legendary electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre the day after seeing Talking Heads genius David Byrne.

Not just about music the festival also celebrates art with art installations set up by various physical artists. The music festival will take place in the Empire Polo Club in Coachella Valley in California in April. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 5th at 12PM PST at coachella.com but they will no doubt be flying out so be quick!

Here’s the line-up in alphabetical order if the poster is too overwhelmingly impressive for you:

  • 6LACK
  • A Perfect Circle
  • AC Slater
  • Alan Walker
  • Alina Baraz
  • Alison Wonderland
  • alt-J
  • Alvvays
  • Aminé
  • Angel Olsen
  • AURORA
  • Avalon Emerson
  • B Boys
  • Bane’s World
  • Barclay Crenshaw
  • Bedouin
  • Belly
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Benjamin Clementine
  • Beyoncé
  • Big Thief
  • Black Coffee
  • blackbear
  • Bleachers
  • Boogarins
  • BØRNS
  • BROCKHAMPTON
  • Buscabulla
  • Busy P
  • Cardi B
  • Carpenter Brut
  • Cash Cash
  • Cherry Glazerr
  • Chic ft. Nile Rodgers
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Chris Liebing
  • Chromeo
  • Cuco
  • Daniel Caesar
  • David Byrne
  • Declan McKenna
  • DeJ Loaf
  • Deorro
  • Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)
  • Django Django
  • Dreams
  • Ekali
  • Elohim
  • Eminem
  • Fazerdaze
  • FIDLAR
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flatbush Zombies
  • Fleet Foxes
  • French Montana
  • Giraffage
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • HAIM
  • Hannah Wants
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Helado Negro
  • Highly Suspect
  • HITO
  • Hundred Waters
  • Ibeyi
  • Illenium
  • Jackmaster
  • Jacob Banks
  • Jamie Jones
  • Jamiroquai
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • Jason Bentley
  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Jessie Ware
  • Jidenna
  • John Maus
  • Jorja Smith
  • Joseph Capriati
  • Jungle
  • Justin Martin
  • Kali Uchis
  • Kamaiyah
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Kelela
  • King Krule
  • KITTENS
  • Knox Fortune
  • Kölsch
  • Kygo
  • LANY
  • LÉON
  • LION BABE
  • Los Ángeles Azules
  • Louis the Child
  • LP
  • Maceo Plex
  • MAGIC GIANT
  • Marian Hill
  • MHD
  • Michael Mayer
  • Migos
  • Miguel
  • Mild High Club
  • Moon Boots
  • Moses Sumney
  • Motor City Drum Ensemble
  • Noname
  • Nothing But Thieves
  • ODESZA
  • Oh Sees
  • Omar-S
  • Otoboke Beaver
  • Pachanga Boys
  • Party Favor
  • Peggy Gou
  • Perfume Genius
  • Petit Biscuit
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Post Malone
  • Priests
  • Princess Nokia
  • PVRIS
  • REZZ
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  • Ron Gallo
  • Russ
  • San Holo
  • Señor Kino
  • Sigrid
  • Sir Sly
  • Skip Marley
  • Slow Magic
  • Snail Mail
  • Snakehips
  • Soulwax
  • St. Vincent
  • Sudan Archives
  • SuperDuperKyle
  • SZA
  • Talaboman
  • Tank and the Bangas
  • Tash Sultana
  • The Black Madonna
  • The Blaze
  • The Bronx
  • The Buttertones
  • The Delirians
  • The Drums
  • The Marías
  • The Neighbourhood
  • The Regrettes
  • The War on Drugs
  • The Weeknd
  • THEY.
  • Tom Misch
  • TroyBoi
  • Tyler, the Creator
  • Vance Joy
  • Vince Staples
  • Westside Gunn + Conway
  • Whethan
  • Wizkid
  • X Japan
  • Yaeji

Google Translate goes on tour introducing multi-lingual concert shows

In an epic re-imagining of what Google Translate could be used for they’re going on a music tour around Europe.

It’s been 11 years since Google Translate first launched to help the world understand each other. An 11-year career is taking Translate on tour, exporting a Swedish band with shows being translated across 3 languages.

Google cite musical prominence from bands such as Abba, The Cardigans, producer Avicii and many more as evidence of the excellence in Swedish music. However it can be harder for foreign speaking artists to break in a very English-speaking dominated industry. Google Translate to the rescue.

The Translate Tour will see up-and-coming Swedish indie pop band Vita Bergen perform their latest single ‘Tänd Ljusen’ in 3 languages across 3 cities. Over the course of a few days Vita Bergen will visit London, Paris, and Madrid to perform in the 3 different languages.

It seems Google aren’t just trying to show off how well their translation software works, but also spread culture and show the extent of possibilities with Translate. Google will also be inviting people all around the world to tune in and watch the barrier breakdown as one Swedish band goes multi-lingual.

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William Hellström from Vita Bergen will be performing his song in English, Spanish and French

Google updated Translate’s system last year from a phrase-based translation which translated recognisable phrases. Now using their Neural Machine Translation it reads the entire sentence so it can account for context and grammar for far more accurate translations.

Google said: “Using this updated version of Google Translate, the English, Spanish, and French translations of the song were close to flawless. The translations will also continue to improve, as the system learns from the more people using it.”

Vita Bergen’s release event will be live-streamed today at 5PM CEST.

Start buying concert tickets on YouTube with new Ticketmaster partnership

YouTube have partnered with Ticketmaster to offer tickets to gigs straight from their massive video platform.

YouTube is no longer just for watching live shows that you missed or want to reminisce over gigs you’ve seen, now you can secure your place at future concerts from the video site. A new partnership with Ticketmaster will see concert details and purchases implemented into YouTube.

YouTube say that they’ve been experimenting with ways they can offer tickets to fans on YouTube. Ticketmaster marks their first ticketing partnership and will see hundreds of artists offer tickets for their upcoming US tour dates. Tickets will show up on certain artists’ official music videos where a simple click will take you straight to Ticketmaster to buy tickets.

YouTube said: “YouTube’s massive fan base paired with Ticketmaster’s global roster of concerts and security of verified tickets means we can easily connect a fan’s discovery of music on YouTube to their ability to purchase concert tickets.”

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YouTube have slipped into the music streaming sphere thanks to their music offering with video, providing a revenue source as well as a listening platform. Certain streaming services like Spotify have been advertising concert dates and tickets on their platform for a while now.

YouTube say that they are “just getting started”. Soon they will expand the feature to all artists with Ticketmaster shows in North America. They also say that they have plans to carry on and expand this feature globally.

Over 1 million people attend Ultra Music Festivals this year… again!

Ultra Worldwide have just completed their world tour for 2017 and have revealed incredible statistics about just how many people love their festivals.

On Saturday, 14th October Ultra Brasil closed their second annual festival, marking the end of Ultra Worldwide’s massive 2017. The festival organisers saw a monumental year that had over 1 million people dancing across 45 events in 20 countries all around the world.

Ultra Brasil saw the culmination of Ultra Worldwide’s expanded efforts, which saw over 90,000 people come together for one festival in Rio De Janeiro’s Sambodromo. It followed the debut Ultra Mexico by just one week as well as a variety of RESISTANCE and Road To Ultra events that took place over ten days across 7 countries. Ultra dominated Latin America this year.

With such an impressive row of events out of the way Ultra wanted to show off a little of their pride in how successful the year has been. For the second year in a row Ultra Worldwide have drawn over 1 million people from around the world. Here’s a rundown of their stats for 2017:

Ultra Worldwide 2017 General

Total global attendance: 1,000,000+
Total number of events: 45
Total number of new events in 2017: 23
Country count: 20
Total number of festival event hours: 554
Total staff employed worldwide: 10,000+

Ultra Worldwide 2017 Media

Livestream hours broadcasted via UMF TV: 143
Livestream hours viewed to date: 3,000,000
Total number of artist appearances: 1,028
Total ULTRA Passport holders: 300,000+
UMF Radio country distribution: 62
UMF Radio estimated weekly listeners: 32,693,400

Spotify launch music festival in UK to replace cancelled Apple Music Festival

Just days after Apple Music’s London Festival gets shelved Spotify step in with ‘Who We Be’ festival, the streamer’s first UK live music show.

Apple’s London music festival has been cancelled after it’s annual run, but no worries as their biggest rival has jumped straight on the case. Barely half a week since Apple cancelled their Apple Music festival streamer No.1 Spotify announced Who We Be, a UK festival hosted by the streaming legends.

Who We Be will take place on the 30th of November, again in London but this time at Alexandra Palace. Performers will include a curated selection of the grime and rap scene in Britain with Grime legend Dizzee Rascal, Manchester MC Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Giggs, J Hus, and Stefflon Don all for free.

The festival gets its name from Spotify’s popular, curated Who We Be playlist which is followed by 140,000 listeners. Lucky for those listeners, Who We Be followers get first access to tickets when they go on sale on September the 11th, next Monday.

“THE UK’S #1 HIP HOP & GRIME PLAYLIST IS COMING LIVE TO ALEXANDRA PALACE
ON 30TH NOVEMBER 2017″

BBC step up to replace Glastonbury as the festival takes a hiatus

The BBC are stepping up to fill the Glastonbury-shaped hole in 2018 as the festival takes a break for fallow.

Glastonbury announced earlier this year that they would be taking a break for a year to allow the festival site to recover and be reborn out of the mud, its first chance to rest since 2012. With a giant gap in live British music next year the BBC have stepped up to the plate and are planning to hold 4 giant events across the UK.

An expansion of the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, they will be holding the ‘Biggest Weekend’ at locations in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. 175,000 tickets will be made available for the massive event which will take place next May on the bank holiday weekend, 25th-28th.

It hasn’t been revealed where in each country the festival will take place nor which acts will play, but you can bet it will be a range of massive artists. Whilst BBC’s events normally feature one or two of their popular radio platforms presenting music, the Biggest Weekend will feature concerts from Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music.

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With increasing crowds, Glastonbury’s aftermath is hard for the fields to recover from

The director of BBC Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, says this will be the BBC’s biggest music event ever, saying: “BBC Music has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC. We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK.”

The festival will be covered by the BBC’s TV channels BBC2 and BBC4, as well as rolling coverage featured online on the BBC site. And speaking of TV – the festival is part of a new, larger commitment to music from the corporation who have also recently announce their first music-focused programme since Top of the Pops ended over 11 years ago. The program will broadcast 6 episodes this summer with interviews, comedy sketches and, of course, live performances.

Love Supreme Review – The amazing festival’s 5th anniversary proves Jazz will never die

Britain’s greatest celebration of jazz returned for its 5th year last weekend and saw jazz legends from back in the day and rising stars alike put on a killer festival.

Up near the Brighton coast for the past 5 years a small festival has been held as a showcase of the amazing jazz, funk and soul artists around today – particularly jazz. Set on the beautiful grounds of Glynde Place Love Supreme never fails to provide an incredible weekend of music, community and an overall atmosphere of pure, unfiltered beauty.

Of course it’s unfortunately too late in the timeline for the legends like Miles Davis and John Coltrane (although the dedication is right there in the festival’s name). That said, the templates and precedent set by the golden age of jazz is seen ever clearly in the range of incredible and talented acts performing every year at Love Supreme.

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Herbie Hancock – A true jazz legend

 

This was my second year at Love Supreme after being blown away by the location, music and ambience of last year’s festival. This year Love Supreme managed to secure a couple of old-school legends for the bill with jazz guitar virtuoso-come-R&B star George Benson taking the main stage and legendary keyboardist and jazz-fusion innovator Herbie Hancock.

George Benson lit up the crowd with nostalgia as young and old alike came together to sing and sway to his soulful crooning that, at 74, sounded as quality as ever. Herbie Hancock opted for the more personal Big Top stage, the biggest of their tent stages which was perfect for diverse and intimate jazz that emanated from Herbie and his talented band which featured Terrace Martin on the drums.

 

 

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Christian Scott performed with his full heart and soul

 

 

The Big Top also played host to Christian Scott who blew away audiences with his incredibly powerful and intimate tracks. As he has become notorious for, Scott went off on monologues describing his connection with each band member and the stories behind some of his songs. Putting context behind the players you’re watching and the composition’s you’re hearing give a whole new dimension to Scott’s pieces however the staff clearly weren’t ready for such a long talk as Scott was being rushed off stage towards his last song.

Kamasi Washington was back for another year, upgraded from the Big Top to the main stage. However deserving I feel Kamasi is of any notoriety I felt that the stage didn’t suit Kamasi’s epic pieces and powerful builds with restricted sound. Last year’s performance blew me away thanks to the intimacy of the Big Top and Kamasi’s absolute power over the sax, this year I didn’t stick around to the end of his set.

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Robert Glasper killed his set as always

Other notable acts include the Robert Glasper Experiment who shined with Glasper seamlessly moving between tracks and incorporating his renowned covers of Roxanne and Smells Like Teen Spirit, which got the crowd going wild. The Jackson’s rocked the main stage following their recent regrouping, which I heard was great – I however had other priorities.

Badbadnotgood were slated as my favourite to see after their recent album ‘IV’ blew my tits off with gorgeous jazz blended with hip-hop and electric noise. Whether it was the stage, set-up or their mood I don’t know but their performance wasn’t the blow-away event I was hoping for. Still a pretty wild ride, however.

When it came time for the night there was a choice between the great DJ’s on, including Nightmares On Wax, at the Green and Blue bar, hidden away between the woods. There was also a range of music in The Arena tent which became home to multiple dance trains and chants of “Ohhhh Jeremy Corbyn“.

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The Green in Blue bar was home to the nighttime ravers

I also had the pleasure of seeing my friends in Têtes De Pois play on the bandstand in the centre of the festival. The lovely Leeds lot played a killer set of their sophisticated originals and even a jazzed up cover of Redbone by Childish Gambino. Têtes De Pois got to play the Bandstand after winning a competition between 3 other artists to play there, the runners-up ‘The Thirteen Club‘ also happen to be a RouteNote artist I’ve liked for a long time – so that was all very cool.

What an incredible weekend we had at #LoveSupremeFest

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Now one of the things that made me fall in love with Love Supreme festival so much last year was it’s atmosphere. Thanks to still being a fairly niche event the crowds are normally dedicated fans and muso’s who have come to have a good time and enjoy great music. Young and old alike, t-totallers and joint smoking teenagers can all co-exist in a land where all that matters is amazing music, being happy and loving one another. Love Supreme never fails to create this ambience.

Beyond the music there’s the food and drink. Whilst the food was once again top quality from a MASSIVE range of independent outlets featuring everything from paella, black pudding hotdogs, duck burgers, and plenty for the vegan and veggies. Drinks were a different story: Of course we all know festival drinks are overpriced but £5.50 for a coke can’s worth of beer is quite honestly a joke, as is paying almost a tenner for a double with mixer. This resulted in many sneaking drinks in, which were thankfully allowed in the campsite.

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The gorgeous expanse of countryside that surrounds Love Supreme

And then finally the location. Set in a gorgeous valley surrounded by trees and hills with the glorious looking Glynde Place looking down over the festival. The surrounding countryside really completes the beauty that is held at Love Supreme festival.

Despite weather predictions the sun was blazing on both Saturday on Sunday, and I like to think the love and beauty that encapsulates Love Supreme helped clear the skies for my favourite festival on earth.

It truly is A Love Supreme.


Tickets for Love Supreme 2018 go on sale tomorrow – 06/07/2018 – for super early bird price of 30% off. Find out more at : www.lovesupremefestival.com

Spotify are taking their playlists to the stage with RapCaviar Live

Spotify are teaming up with “the heaviest hitters and hottest emerging artists in rap” to bring their RapCaviar playlist to audiences.

RapCaviar is the second biggest playlist on Spotify boasting more than 7 million followers tuning in to hear the latest and greatest in hip-hop. Inspired by the playlist’s popularity Spotify have teamed up with Live Nation to launch a series of hip-hop concerts spanning 6 different US cities.

RapCaviar Live will debut in Atlanta with rap legends and Atlanta locals Gucci Mane and Mike WiLL Made it performing on August the 12th. After Atlanta shows will take place in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto with the artists and dates to be announced by Spotify soon.

Spotify’s head of hip-hop, Tuma Basa said: “Proud to partner with Gucci Mane on this incarnation of the RapCaviar Vibe. Gucci was an early believer in what we are doing and it’s gonna be beautiful to see it manifest live. Taking RapCaviar on the road was just a dream for us a few years ago. This is an important milestone for Spotify, for RapCaviar, and for hip-hop in the streaming age.”

Special pre-sale tickets for Spotify Superfans are available now and tickets for the Atlanta show in The Tabernacle on the 12th of August will begin sale tomorrow. The tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster.

Spotify are introducing an easier way than ever to find and buy event tickets

Spotify are bringing you personal recommendations for gigs and making it easier than ever to buy a ticket straight from Spotify.

Spotify have partnered with AXS to offer personalised recommendations for gigs and simple, one-click ticket purchases. The global partnership will find gigs nearby to users and correlate the data with their users’ listening history to serve them up recommendations for live music in their area.

AXS are a subsidiary of AEG, an American entertainment company and the largest owners of sports teams and events in the world. AXS’ senior vice president Dean DeWulf said: “This integration enables a direct connection between the 100 million Spotify users and seeing their favourite bands live. Fans, artists, promoters and our venue clients all benefit from this aligned technology – it’s a natural fit that extends the reach of the AXS platform into the Spotify ecosystem.”

Together with Spotify’s lengthy knowledge users’ music tastes and AXS’ extensive music events the two can geographically target events for who is most likely to want to go. Spotify are also introducing one-click tickets which will allow users to buy concert tickets immediately through Spotify – no hassle required.

AXS shows will be imported into Spotify’s growing Concerts section. AXS shows will also be included on Artist Pages in their personal Concerts section so it’s easy to see when and where your favourite artists are playing. They will also come up on their mobile app under ‘On Tour’ on Artist Pages and on Spotify’s bi-weekly emails in ‘Concert Recommendations’.

Reportedly Spotify have featured over 150,000 artists’ concert dates in over 100,000 venues.

Cornwall’s Great Estate Festival kick off their first year as a “blazing success”

Imagine a world where books blossom from trees, buildings come alive and every little road you venture down leads to something exciting. I found myself absorbed in this world for a weekend at The Great Estate Festival in Cornwall, UK.

The festival itself was set on Scorrier Estate grounds, centered around an 18th century manor house and featured an array of performances from music to comedy, poetry to fiery burlesque shows; something for every taste.

Upon entering the grounds you are led down a long and winding path. Straying from the path, you arrive at a secret serene gin garden where the sun constantly shone and you could prepare yourself for the events to come. Not too far from there I stumbled across a humble setting of an outdoor bedroom where poetry was being held in the afternoons.

The three-day event was focused around the music, performances were split between two stages and an additional, mystical tent ominously named ‘The Portal’. At first I wasn’t sure where The Portal was, then out of nowhere I was drawn through it and found myself dancing to an amazing mix of the Talking Heads classic Once in a Lifetime from Hong Kong Ping Pong. The Portal also hosted a film screening with a Q and A session of Brown Willy, a comedy about two school friends who go on a disastrous stag weekend across Bodmin Moor. In the midst of that you could witness enthralling dance performances and DJ’s.

The Meadowlarks in action at Great Estate

On the main stage we were graced with phenomenal shows from Dr. Meaker – The Bristol based sound system made up of electronic and acoustic musicians, Echo and the Bunnymen – The iconic and inspirational post punk group,  and Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show. There were also other amazing artists like Showhawk Duo, bringing us 90’s club classics on two acoustic guitars and Meadowlark, a pair feeding you thick indie electronic sound.

Talulah Blue looking hot performing her burlesque fire act

Over in Madam Wong’s House of Wrong we were treated to the freshness of the BBC introducing stage, which hosted intimate acoustic shows from King Creature, Rosie Crow and Daisy Clark. Throughout the day the stage hosted comedy shows and a performer who mashes up vintage circus style with fire and burlesque, Talulah Blue. All the while this was going on you could book yourself in for a tattoo.

As dusk came closer, this tent got wilder with hard-hitting performances from RSVP Bhangra who gave out sonic hugs left, right and centre and guided you through the Bollywood-Dub experience. WAXX left us wanting more of their engaging mix of grungy pop punk. Bringing the festival to a close and headlining the second stage was If I Were King, a trio of amazing musicians delivering heavy bass lines with live looped hang drums, keys and synth wrapping around vocals and guitar; they’re like the soundtrack to a lucid dream.

There were many other things to keep you occupied over the weekend and plenty for the little ones too like face painting, bouncy castles and silent discos. The Sanctuary invited you to join in with morning yoga and chakra cleansing workshops and delicious, earth friendly treats from Archie Browns and the Nature Kitchen. Throughout the festival you could indulge in some vintage attire, hand-made jewellery all while witnessing camel races and Cornish wrestling.

RouteNote’s very own Lee from WAXX rocking out on stage

It’s safe to say that for a festival in its first year, it went down as a blazing success and the organisers are already planning next year’s endeavors. For more information visit greatestatefestival.co.uk. There’s still plenty of festivals left this year in Cornwall alone from Electric Beach Festival based on Great Western beach in Newquay to the renowned Boardmasters Festival, there’s still enough time to get involved.