This Week in Music 3/26-4/2
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DEADMAU5 ADOPTS VERIFIED FAN SYSTEM TO THWART SCALPERS ON CUBE V3 TOUR
We’ve all been there: watching the clock countdown as you wait for concert tickets go on sale. You have 3 tabs open, ready to hit refresh the second the clock hits 10:00 a.m. Everyone in your groupchat is also ready to scoop them up before they sell out. 10:01 hits, Ticketmaster crashes, next thing you know, the concert is sold out and scalped tickets are being sold on Stubhub for 4x the price.
deadmau5 knows this is a major problem and is taking steps for his Cube 3.0 stage show to keep the ticket scalper bots at bay. In a video shared via his social media accounts, deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) said that the “crazy number of tickets that are ripped off by bots” had made problems leading up to previous tours. By utilizing the Ticketmaster Verified Fan technology, he hopes to ensure that more tickets will find their way to his fans first and foremost.
The Verified Fan system calls upon attendee hopefuls to register ahead of time so that Ticketmaster’s algorithm can analyze them and verify their legitimacy. Registration for deadmau5′ Cube V3 tour closes on April 1st, 2019.
BASSNECTAR-HEADLINED END OF THE RAINBOW FESTIVAL POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
End of the Rainbow, the Sasquatch-replacing festival set to happen at the majestic Gorge Amphitheater over Memorial Day Weekend, has been “postponed indefinitely,” according to an email received by ticketholders. It reads:
End Of The Rainbow event, planned for Friday, May 24th through Sunday, May 26th at the Gorge Amphitheatre, has been postponed indefinitely with an undetermined date. Your original tickets will not be honored for the new date if rescheduled.
End of the Rainbow was built on a desire to create a special event for all attendees at The Gorge. Due to unforeseen complications and key artist cancellations, we have been forced to reschedule. We will promptly refund all tickets & shuttle accommodations while we work to schedule a new date. We understand how disappointing and inconvenient this is, but this is not the end of End of the Rainbow. Stay tuned”
End of the Rainbow’s official website is down, and its social media accounts have been taken offline. Bassnectar was scheduled to headline the rap and dance music-focused festival, and Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Griz, Trippie Redd, Flosstradamus, STS9, Santigold, Gogol Bordello, Tom Morello, Trippie Redd, Vic Mensa, Flosstradamus and more were also set to perform.
You can still get your fix at the Gorge at Paradiso! Catch Skrillex, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland + More. Click here for more info!
DAVID GUETTA SUED BY DANIEL BARON OVER PLAGIARISM CLAIM
South African producer Daniel Baron has filed a lawsuit against David Guetta, claiming the superstar plagiarized a melody of his track “Children of the Sun” (2016) in Guetta’s 2018 hit “Light Headed” featuring Sia.
Daniel Baron’s “Children of The Sun” was released in 2016 and stands out as the producer’s most successful release to date. He felt a “mixture of shock, disbelief, and honor” when he heard “Light Headed” for the first time. Baron claims Guetta heard his song when he traveled to Johannesburg in 2017 for Ultra South Africa, as it was enjoying extensive radio play at the time.
“We went about it quietly, we didn’t want to put it in the public eye at first,” said Baron about the way he and his team tried handling the situation in December 2018. “My team sent him a formal, legal letter just kind of alerting him, and also alerting him that I would like to be credited on the song as well… we sent it to everyone we could think of that could get to him.. and we got nothing back.”
MALAA STAGED HIS OWN ARREST AT BASSMNT SAN DIEGO
A performance by the infamously masked DJ Malaa at Bassmnt in San Diego was cut short by the cops – or so it appeared. Fans captured video of the masked DJ/producer getting taken into custody. However, they have been quick to point out some inconsistencies.
The first thing to point out here is that the arresting police officers did not remove Malaa’s mask prior to cuffing him and escorting him offstage. Since Malaa wants to keep his identity secret since it is a key element of the Malaa brand, it would have made for a convenient oversight on their part. In addition, none of the officers tried to stop the audience from recording the scene. It’s seemed that fans were encouraged to get as much captured. It has also been pointed out that one of the cops was recognized from a viral video and is an actor.
A staged detainment certainly fits well within the rest of the themes around the Malaa project. Between efforts with titles like Illicit EP and Illegal Mixtape, the G house/bass house artist certainly hasn’t tried to avoid any association with criminality. You can watch a video of the stunt here.
EDC LAS VEGAS LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
EDC Las Vegas will deliver on its kineticENERGY theme with momentous performances across eight iconic stages from the likes of Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Armin Van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Illenium, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, and Tiësto, Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke’s Get Real, Deadmau5 brings along his new cube 3.0 stage, and Gorgon City b2b CamelPhat will bring the house and underground sounds to kineticFIELD for the first time ever, while A$AP Rocky, will showcase the best in hip-hop during a special performance at cosmicMEADOW.
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Days on the Green Festival Phoenix
April is almost here! Join us at our next event, Days on the Green in Phoenix! Get ready for the inaugural Days on the Green Music Festival, a 2-day weekend event taking place on April 19 – 20, 2019! Come for the good vibes and chill with the best of reggae, alternative, & punk performances!
Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, Payment Plans & Ticket Packages. On Sale Now! Go to www.Unity.Travel/DaysontheGreen
EDC Las Vegas
Book your hotel room for EDC with us at some of the best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip for significantly below market rate! Traveling to EDC Solo? Book as part of our Solo Traveler Program!
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Ever After Music Festival
Ever After Music Festival is an experience for all to share. A fantasy getaway experience with the sounds, the stunning visuals, and high class performances for you to have an unforgettable weekend.
Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, QUBE Tent Rentals, Group Camping, RV Camping, Single Camping Passes, Tickets & Payment Plans. ON SALE NOW!
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The annual Washington festival at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater returns June 14-15 with what is sure to be another stellar year, and it’s more affordable than ever. Cabanas, Tables, Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, GA wristbands, VIP passes, Camping Passes, and all packages are ON SALE NOW!
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Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Stay at the Route 6 Ranch, the official campgrounds of Cavendish Beach Music Festival in, Prince Edward Island this July 5-7, 2019. Catch Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Eric Church + more!
QUBE Tent Rentals, Camping Passes, RV Camping, Festival Tickets, and Payment Plans! ON SALE NOW! Go to www.Unity.Travel/CBMF!
Big Dub Festival
4-day annual music & arts festival with camping, multiple stages of music, theme camps, daily activities, yoga, meditation, late night parties & more! Camping Passes & Festival Tickets ON SALE NOW!
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Imagine Music Festival
The aquatic fairytale comes alive with multiple custom stages, world-class production, and a unique variety of dancers, cirque acts, art, workshops, food trucks and even a giant splash pool!
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