Live Nation just bought the majority stake in Isle of Wight Festival

Massive live entertainment company Live Nation have just bought a majority stake in the iconic Isle of Wight Festival.

Live Nation will work with Isle of Wight festival’s leaders John Giddings and Solo Music Agency in continuing the 45 year legacy of the Isle of Wight festival. The festival has been compared to Woodstock and is widely credited as the UK’s first major music festival having hosted Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Sex Pistols and many more legendary acts old and new.

The Isle of Wight Festival’s founder, John Giddings said: “After 15 hugely successful and glorious years, we have been looking at how we can elevate and take the Isle of Wight Festival to the next level. This partnership with Live Nation will give us the ability to access the company’s scale and talent pool, bringing more acts and a better experience to the UK.”

Live Nation UK’s Chairman, Denis Desmond added: “John Giddings and the Solo team have developed the Isle of Wight Festival to be one of the most iconic festival brands in the world and it’s fantastic to be able to add it to our growing and diverse portfolio of festivals.”

With the Isle of Wight festival added to Live Nation’s global roster of live music and entertainment they now have a portfolio include over 86 events around the world. Live Nation already have stakes in Download, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds, Bonnaroo and many more, and now they have another internationally renowned  festival bringing 100 acts to eight stages on the Isle of Wight this summer. Roughly 42,000 people are expected to go and see acts like David Guetta, Run DMC, Arcade Fire and Rod Stewart.

SXSW acts are cancelling after being banned from entering the US

Trump’s restricted immigration ban is still causing friction across the US as now one of the world’s biggest festivals, SXSW, is losing some of it’s foreign acts.

One of the latest acts to be denied entry into the US is United Vibrations, a band made up of brothers Ahmed, Yussef and Kareem Dayes. NPR announced that the 3 had been denied entry at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection because their Visa Waiver Program was revoked.

In a group statement, United Vibrations said: “We are sad to announce we will NOT be performing at SXSW in Texas because our ESTA’s have been revoked under the new Executive order. We were looking forward to connecting with our brothers and sisters stateside to share our music. Why weren’t we let in? Our names? The music? The color of our skin?”

Another act of Yussef Dayes, Yussef Kamaal, have been affected by the ban which Yussef believes is due to discrimination of “religion and race”. Other artists affected by the ban include post-hardcore band Massive Scar Era who wrote a statement about the experience on Facebook, reading:

After providing all necessary paper that proves that we are performing at SXSW under B1 visa, after showing officer the SXSW official waver that proved we don’t need p2 visa to perform in SXSW! Even after calling the festival infront of the officer!!!! USA denied us Massive Scar Era to enter !!!!!!

My passport (Egyptian) couldve been the issue. Our bassist is first nation! He is allowed to get in and work in USA whenever he wants to, the officer told him that his official first nation card ( releases by the canadian government) doesn’t prove he is first nation and he needs to get DNA test (lol) he told him that he did this already to get the card in the first place!

RIP USA SXSW

So far at least 7 artists have been denied entry to the US, resulting in the cancellation of their spot at SXSW. The massive American music festival has become renowned for it’s massive setlist including artists from all across the globe and promoting undiscovered talent across their stages. Unfortunately this year that sense of global unity has been tarnished by new president Donald Trump’s executive order.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Billboard: “If an individual is a member of an internationally recognised entertainment group, they must apply for and be granted a P-1 visa.”Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

We will have to wait and see whether more artists are affected and how this impacts the SXSW festival as it continues over the next few days.

Glastonbury 2017’s line up has leaked, but is it real or not?

Following BBC’s accidental leak of two headlining acts at this year’s Glastonbury festival, a full line-up list has leaked onto the web raising many eyebrows.

The line up for this year’s globally renowned Glastonbury festival has leaked onto the web via line-up site Clashfinder, revealing the acts including Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and The Jacksons headlining the evenings. The setlist shows a promising, yet believable, selection of acts throughout the 3 days; however the daughter of the festival’s founder, Emily Eavis has said steadfastly that it is not real.

If the line-up is real then the BBC got it right when they accidentally announced Ed Sheeran, however their other leak Green Day doesn’t make it into the possibly fake list. Emily Eavis denounced the list on Twitter, saying: “Don’t believe everything you read, our line up has not been leaked. The actual line up will be with you soon! #fakenews”.

Although the line-up may not be the real one it’s likely that a lot of the artists seen on the list will end up featuring at the festival. Here’s the “fake” Glastonbury 2017 schedule:

Friday, June 23

Pyramid Stage

11.30am-12 noon: Junun

12.25-1.15pm: Kate Tempest

1.45-2.45pm: Kris Kristofferson

3.15-4.15pm: Clean Bandit

4.45-5.45pm: Craig David

6.30-7.30pm: The Maccabees

7.55-9.15pm: Elbow

10-11.45pm: Radiohead

Other Stage

12.15-1.20pm: Feeder

1.50-2.45pm: The Coral

3.10-4pm: Cage The Elephant

4.25-5.20pm: Circa Waves

5.50-6.50pm: Liam Gallagher

7.15-8.15pm: Courteeners

8.45-9.45pm: Royal Blood

10.30-11.45pm: Chase and Status

West Holts Stage

12.50-1.50pm: Wyld Stallyns

2.30-3.30pm: Seu Jorge

4-5pm: Samm Henshaw

5.30-6.30pm: Gallant

7-8pm: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

8.30-9.30pm: Blood Orange

10.15-11.45pm: Jamiroquai

John Peel Stage

11-11.40am: Cigarettes After Sex

Noon-12.40pm: Vant

1-1.40pm: Hooton Tennis Club

2.10-3pm: Fat White Family

3.30-4.20pm: DIIV

4.50-5.40pm: James Vincent McMorrow

6.10-7pm: Danny Brown

7.30-8.30pm: Everything Everything

9-10pm: The Hives

10.30-11.45pm: Run the Jewels

Park Stage

11.30am-12.15pm: The Parrots

12.45-1.30pm: The Lemon Twigs

2-3pm: Margo Price

3.30-4.30pm: Shura

5-6pm: Poliça

6.30-7.30pm: Anohni

8-9pm: Mark Lanegan

9.30-10.30pm: Regina Spektor

11pm-12.15am: Orbital

Saturday, June 24

Pyramid Stage

11-11.45am: Omar Souleyman

12.05-12.50pm: Twin Atlantic

1.15-2.05pm: Laura Marling

2.30-3.30pm: Blossoms

4-5pm: HAIM

5.35-6.45pm: Van Morrison

7.20-8.35pm: Kaiser Chiefs

9.15-11.45pm: Foo Fighters

Other Stage

11.30am-noon: Metric

12.30-1.10pm: Sundara Karma

1.30-2.30pm: Rag’N’Bone Man

3-4pm: The Kills

4.30-5.30pm: Slaves

6-7pm: Metronomy

7.30-8.30pm: Stormzy

9-10pm: Boy Better Know

10.30-11.45pm: Alt-J

West Holts Stage

1-2pm: United Vibrations

2.30-3.30pm: Canalon de Timbiqui

4-5pm: Afriqoui

5.30-6.30pm: Toots and the Maytals

7-8pm: The Avalanches

8.30-9.30pm: Solange

10.15-11.45pm: The Jacksons

John Peel Stage

11-11.30am: Clean Cut Kid

11.50am-12.20pm: Cabbage

12.45-1.25pm: The Wytches

1.50-2.40pm: Spring King

3.10-4.10pm: Tom Chaplin

4.40-5.30pm: The Temper Trap

5.50-6.40pm: Crystal Fighters

7.10-8.10pm: White Lies

8.30-9.45pm: Crystal Castles

10.15-11.45pm: Bonobo

Park Stage

Noon-12.40pm: The Big Moon

1-1.45pm: Whitney

2.10-3pm: Temples

3.30-4.30pm: Preoccupations

5-6pm: Mitski

6.30-7.30pm: Spoon

8-9pm: Local Natives

9.30-10.30pm: Teenage Fanclub

11pm-12.15am: The Jesus and Mary Chain

Sunday, June 25

Pyramid Stage

11-11.45am: Black Dyke Band

12.15-1pm: Seasick Steve

1.30-2.15pm: Father John Misty

2.45-3.35pm: Barry Gibb

4.20-5.30pm: Diana Ross

6-7pm: Lorde

7.45-9pm: The XX

9.45-11.15pm: Ed Sheeran

Other Stage

11-11.40am: Foy Vance

12.10-1pm: British Sea Power

1.30-2.10pm: Rat Boy

2.40-3.30pm: Grizzly Bear

4-4.50pm:The Shins

5.20-6.20pm: You Me At Six

6.50-7.50pm: London Grammar

8.30-9.30pm: Imagine Dragons

10-11.15pm: Justice

West Holts Stage

12.30-1.30pm: Golden Rules

2-3pm: Rationale

3.30-4.30pm: BadBadNotGood

5-6pm: Netsky

6.30-7.30pm: Empire of the Sun

8-9pm: Royksöpp

9.45-11.15pm: Kraftwerk

John Peel Stage

11-11.30am: Emerging Talent Winner (name TBC)

11.50am-12.30pm: TOY

1-2pm: Thee Oh Sees

2.30-3.30pm: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizzard

4-5pm: Parquet Courts

5.30-6.30pm: Wiley

7-8pm: Glass Animals

8.30-9.30pm: Warpaint

10-11.15pm: The Flaming Lips

Park Stage

Noon-12.40pm: Sunflower Bean

1-1.45pm: Honeyblood

2.10-2.55pm: Agnes Obel

3.15-4pm: Angel Olsen

4.30-5.30pm: Sleaford Mods

6-7pm: Real Estate

7.30-8.30pm: Of Montreal

9-10.15pm: Fleet Foxes

Dead rock legend Ronnie James Dio is going on a world tour from beyond the grave

Rock and Roll legend Dio is coming back for a headlining, world tour with former band members as the Dio Disciples.

That’s right, Ronnie James Dio is coming back for a posthumous tour of the globe. The former rockstar is breaking new ground as the first rock ‘n’ roll artist, if not first artist ever, to tour globally after their death.

Now before you get concerned about zombies, or the ethics of having a skeleton come on stage for a tour, The Dio and ex-Black Sabbath frontman will be reincarnated via a holograph. The singers holographic form was created by ‘Eyellusion‘ in collaboration with Dio’s widow and manager, Wendy Dio. The RJD hologram was unveiled last year at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival and has since made appearances elsewhere, like the Pollstar Live! awards in LA.

Jeff Pezzuti said that a new hologram was being created for the tour, saying: “The tour is currently being routed and we are hoping to make an announcement for an end-of-year kickoff in the coming months. This is not just about the US. It is truly a world tour. Ronnie’s fans are spread around the world and we intend to bring this exciting show to as many as we can. The show will not only feature Ronnie and his band but also live singers like Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens [formerly of Judas Priest] and others to complete the overall show vision.”

You can see in the video from the Pollstar Awards! how scarily lifelike the hologram is, and it’s assumably going to get even more convincing with the upgrades for the world tour.

Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldey said to Rolling Stone after his first performance with the hologram: “It was very surreal. I could see him – he was moving and singing – but I couldn’t touch him. It was surreal almost to have him here again.”

Past hologram shows have included the fictional band members of Gorillaz in concert and the also deceased 2Pac. Whitney Houston was also due to go on a holographic tour however there were doubts about the quality of her hologram and the idea was eventually scrapped.

BBC Slip Up Big Time Accidentally Announcing Ed Sheeran and Green Day for Glastonbury

The BBC announced Foo Fighters as headliner for Glastonbury on Friday night, but managed to let one slip when mistakenly announcing Ed Sheeran and Green Day also.

With the recent announcement of the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury, came more excitement when the BBC accidentally announced at a show on Friday, that Ed Sheeran and Green Day would be joining them among the line up. This of course was immediately retracted by the BBC when they said “A previous version of this story mistakenly said Ed Sheeran and Green Day have also been confirmed. This is an error and was not based on any official sources”. Could this really be just a mistake, the idea of Green Day at Glasto hasn’t even been overly rumored, therefore the BBC must have plucked this name out of the clouds. It seems unlikely.

Ed Sheeran headlining Glastonbury would make logical sense however with his new album coming out this year and the success of his chart topping singles, it also fits in that his new music for 2017 has been, needless to say, more upbeat than any of his previous music, suggesting maybe he is getting ready to keep crowds dancing and on their feet. Even though this now still remains a rumour with the BBC retracting their statement, I think Ed Sheeran is a very likely candidate for the UK’s favourite festival.

Amongst the fun of Friday nights tongue slips, came the possibility of an extra long Foo Fighters set, Dave Grohl has reportedly asked Eavis if he could play a three-hour long set for his headliner slot with the Foo’s and Michael Eavis has said ‘Yes’. Among other acts announced for the 2017 line up are ; Radiohead, Wiley, London Grammar and The Avalanches.

So with a recent NME  Award and plenty more surprises to come, who else can we expect for Glastonbury and will we see Ed and Green Day on the famous triangular stage? We will have to wait and see.