HOUGHTON FESTIVAL CONFIRMS IT WILL RETURN IN 2020

The spirit of Houghton is stronger than ever

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Following the forced last-minute cancellation of this year’s festival, the team behind Houghton has confirmed that it will return for 2020.

In a statement released today, the festival confirmed that next year’s edition will take place from August 6th-9th, 2020. Organisers of the Craig Richards-curated events also revealed that those who purchased tickets to this year’s sold-out event will be given priority when tickets go on sale. Everyone who did purchase a ticket for the 2019 event will be sent an email on Wednesday, October 9th giving them access to a link for tickets which will expire after one month.

“An enormous amount of work goes into the creation of Houghton and after many months of planning, preparation and subsequently building, the festival site was presented in all its glory,” reads the festival’s statement. “Suffice to say dismantling it immediately after building it was indeed surreal. That said we are confident that the decisions made at a time of extreme challenge were utterly correct.”

The statement continues: “We take great pride in our reputation and have made every effort to recover swiftly and with dignity. Understandably, the aftermath has been complicated but by navigating the cancellation process thoroughly and in a professional manner. We feel this extraordinary debacle has now reached a satisfactory conclusion and are delighted to announce that the festival will take place next summer.”

A number of the festival guides that were due to be handed out to attendees at this year’s festival have been circulated around various shops across the UK, and have also been made available via Juno to those who purchased tickets for this year’s event.

The festival’s statement concludes: “There are already high levels of anticipation for next year’s celebration, our collective excitement is held gently in suspension. With the benefit of a full dress rehearsal, we will return with an even greater sense of purpose.”

You can read it in full here.

ROBERT DEL NAJA TO TALK AT BRISTOL FESTIVAL SIMPLE THINGS EXT.

Squidsoup, the lighting designers behind Four Tet’s amazing live shows at Alexandra Palace, will debut a new piece.Robert-Del-Naja-Andrew-Melchior

Three-day Bristol festival Simple Things has announced its extended programme of events, talks, workshops and experiences that will run alongside the festival.

On October 17, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja will talk with frequent collaborator and creative technologist, Andrew Melchior (both pictured), while the following night, the festival’s opening concert will feature a world premiere of ‘10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid’, a new audio-visual work from William Basinski, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand.

Squidsoup, the UK-based, international collective of artists that arranged the light design for Four Tet’s stunning live shows at the Alexandra Palace, will also debut a “newly-commissioned immersive real-time spatialised sonic ecosystem”, with the accompanying music provided by Hyperdub’s Lee Gamble.

Fellow Hyperdub alumni Aïsha Devi will showcase ‘I Am Not Always Where My Body Is’, an unprecedented multi-user Augmented Reality experience on October 19; on the same day, Kode9, Hyperdub label manager Marcus Scott, and frequent contributor Cooly G will host a ’15 Years Of Hyperdub’ talk at Bristol IMAX.

Kode9 will also present a unique live performance inspired by video game music, accompanied by original visuals from legendary animator Kōji Morimoto and VJ by Konx-om-Pax, while Justin Barton and the late Mark Fisher’s audio essay ‘On Vanishing Land’ will be screened in pitch darkness.

To find out more about the festival’s extended programme, head to the Simple Things EXT. website.

SHELTER ANNOUNCES ITS GIANT 2019 ADE LINE-UP

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(Peggy Gou, Zip and Marcel Dettmann are amongst the names revealed)

Shelter in Amsterdam has announced its giant program for this year’s ADE.

Amsterdam Dance Event is just months around the corner and the Dutch capital is once again gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of ravers to the city for a week of dancing.

With that in mind, Shelter has announced its bumper run of events during ADE and they are as stacked as ever.

Wednesday will kick things off with an AUS Music event that welcomes FloorplanCinthie and label-boss Will Saul to the venue while Thursday sees Rush Hour and Rainbow Disco Club invite Antal, Danny Krivit, Jayda G and Wata Igarashi b2b Sandrien to play.

Friday is the big one, with Detroit-hero DJ Bone hosting his all-day Homeless Homies fundraiser. The likes of Peggy Gou, Dubfire, Ben Sims, Deetron and KiNK will all lay down sets to raise money for charity before Marcel Dettmann leads a 20-hour spectacular with Umfang, Miss Kittin, DJ Stingray and more.

Saturday we’re Cooking With Palms Trax before Zip, Margaret Dygas and Sammy Dee Get Perlonized on Sunday to close off proceedings.

That’s a lot to take in, we know, so head over to Shelter’s Facebook page for information on all the events.

Ultra Music Festival Is Relocation To A New Florida City and Venue in 2020!

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Following a challenging year with an unprecedented and hasty relocationUltra Music Festival has announced that it will not return to the Virginia Key location and will be seeking a new, permanent home in South Florida.

In an official statement released today, Ultra acknowledged the largely negative feedback to the Virginia Key location, which was stretched across a venue that at some points, took attendees 45 minutes or more to walk across. Additionally, due to its isolated location, ride shares were banned and provided bus transportation leaving the island and festival had extended delays that caused hundreds of attendees to walk across a three mile bridge.

“After listening to feedback from many of you, it is clear that the festival experience in Virginia Key was simply not good enough,” the statement reads. “This is Ultra Music Festival, after all, and our attendees expect us to deliver on our commitment to excellence. Being committed to excellence not only means constantly striving to become better, it also means being willing to change things when they are not working.”

Ultra has voluntarily terminated their license with the City of Miami, where the festival has been based for two decades. The statement was released strategically, the day before the Virginia Key commission was meant to vote on potentially revoking a year-to-year licensing agreement with the festival. The statement continues to allude to a new “unique and impressive” location in South Florida that will become the new, permanent home of Ultra for “many years to come”. According to Miami Herald sources, it is rumored that the Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race track located about 35 miles South of Miami, could be the new home for the festival.

The statement concludes with a promise to reveal details about the location and dates soon.

Though Ultra plans to relocate within South Florida, it remains to be seen how the annual Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference, both of which have traditionally been planned throughout the week just prior to the festival, will be affected.

See the full statement below.