Some music industry players are offering hopeful perspectives for a feasibly safe summer festival season in 2021. Now, whether Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino’s optimism comes from a place of altruism or desperation remains to be seen after the concert promotion titan recently reported a staggering near 100 percent loss in revenue. Though, despite steep losses in the second quarter of 2020 as live music generally remains at a total standstill, according to a memo sent to shareholders following the dismal earnings call, Rapino forecasts, “a robust outdoor summer season in 2021,” backing himself up with ticket-buyer data to support the claim. According to Rapino,
“Importantly, we remain confident that fans will return to live events when it is safe to do so. Our strongest indicator of demand is that fans are holding on to their tickets, even when given the option of a refund. Through the end of the second quarter, 86% of concert fans are keeping their tickets for rescheduled shows, demonstrating their continued desire to attend concerts in the future despite the current uncertainty.
Our expectations for a robust outdoor summer season in 2021 are also reinforced by the two-thirds of fans keeping their tickets for canceled festivals so they can go to next year’s show, along with strong early ticket sales for festivals in the UK next summer – for example, Download and Isle of Wight are pacing well ahead of last year.”
While Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger recently suggested live events might not return until 2022, and other venerated events like Glastonbury don’t see a 2021 recovery as likely, Rapino is banking on a considerable rebound in next year’s events circuit—perhaps because Live Nation might not live to see 2022 if COVID-19 isn’t under control by then.
Instagram recently introduced their new video feature Reels, effectively challenging TikTok to their own game as the Facebook-owned photo sharing app enters the emerging market of shooting, editing, and sharing 15-second audiovisual snippets.
Shorter videos on Instagram are nothing new, as Tessa Lyons-Laing, Director of Project Management notes that 45 percent of the clips posted to the platform in the last month fit Reels’ 15-second criteria. However, the new feature is set to give creators a slew of new app-based tools, such as AR effects or the ability to control a video’s speed, ultimately hoping to encourage artistic expression and exploration among Instagram’s billion global users.
Reels shares similarities with Instagram’s signature Stories feature, but differs in that it allows users to preserve their artistic creations beyond the 24-hour span. The feature was tested in various markets around the world this year but has now officially been launched in 50 countries worldwide.
The portal for Reels can now be found on Instagram’s explore page where it offers curated content based on the user’s existing preferences.
88rising and Mad Decent come together as Diplo and Joji convene on a brand new single, “Daylight.” The new collaboration finds Diplo providing a smooth production backdrop for Joji’s sultry vocal work, rounding out as an ultra-catchy pop piece that has serious summer airplay potential. Joji already has a solid track record for crossover appeal in dance music, but with a little help from Diplo, the pair seem to have a fledging hit on their hands.
Primed more for poolside playlists than pregames, “Daylight” offers another side to Diplo’s endlessly multi-faceted game, landing amid an array of summer projects for the Higher Ground helmer. Between Thomas Wesley material, his digital Fortnite residency, and even appearing in a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden, Diplo is keeping his foot on the gas in 2020, coming through with Joji in tow on his latest. Listen to “Daylight” below off Joji’s upcoming sophomore LP, Nectar.
Anderson .Paak is giving his police bruality-focused production, “Lockdown,” a second wind with three different versions of the single: an instrumental and an acapella rendition of the cerebral cut, in addition to a remix that features J.I.D, Jay Rock, and Noname.
The alternative stylings grace Lockdown (Remix Bundle), a package that also includes the radio edit of “Lockdown” and the video edit with Jay Rock. Racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement remain lyrical cruxes of the rework, on which the cast of invited collaborators also address the COVID-19 pandemic head-on.
“Lockdown” was released on Juneteenth in tandem with a music video that poignantly chronicled the experience of participating in a protest. The visual also paid homage to the black Americans who unjustly died in recent months and years, including George Floyd and Trayvon Martin.
In a mere 24 hours, Insomniac managed to completely sell out of passes to EDC Las Vegas 2021. After recently making the call to cancel the iconic festival’s 2020 edition, Insomniac decided to move forward with the 2021 installment from May 21 – 23, 2021.
It’s no surprise that the festival sold out so quickly; EDC Las Vegas tickets historically sell out in a matter of days. With next year hopefully proving a triumphant return from the COVID-19–derived ban on live music events—not to mention the festival’s 25th anniversary—rave fanatics across the globe scrambled to secure their passes as soon as they went on sale.
If you missed the rush up front, don’t panic yet. You can join the official waiting list here to be given the opportunity to purchase passes as they become available.
THANK YOU, HEADLINERS! #EDCLV2021 has completely SOLD OUT.
KSHMR has debuted the first production from his brand new side project, Dreamz, and his introductory release under the moniker shows that his venture into new territory is nothing short of quality. The opening Dreamz release is titled “Casual” and features esteemed vocal collective Nevve.
The track starts with an ominous yet catchy opening. A humming guitar drop with an edge blends with the single’s production elements to create an enamoring whole. “Casual” blends commercial crossover elements that are accented by unique flairs, staying true to KSHMR’s polarizing yet distinctive sound.
KSHMR announced his Dreamz alias on August 5, and did not wait long to offer listeners a sense of what the side project would sonically embody. Given the expeditiousness with which KSHMR moved to release Dreamz material, fan expectation to hear more music from KSHMR’s newly-minted moniker in the near future is certainly valid. For now, “Casual” is a satiating soundscape sure to hold fans over until the next glimmer of Dreamz sound shines through.