Northwestern University: Archive of Berkeley Folk Music Festival fully available online

Northwestern University: Archive of Berkeley Folk Music Festival fully available online. “Fifty years ago today [October 8], the famed Berkeley Folk Music Festival opened its annual concert series for the 15th and final time, presaging the sunset of a creatively and politically impassioned folk revival in America….A half century later (almost, if not quite, to the day), Northwestern Libraries has finished a massive grant project to digitize the festival’s archive, which resides in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives.”

The Guardian: V&A and Glastonbury festival to launch new digital archive

The Guardian: V&A and Glastonbury festival to launch new digital archive . “Most festivalgoers’ memories after Glastonbury are a little hazy – or not fit for public consumption – but London’s V&A museum is preparing to publish some of the more tangible and presumably family friendly ones as part of a new online archive project.”

Trill: World’s Biggest Music Festivals Cancelled Over Coronavirus Fears

Trill: World’s Biggest Music Festivals Cancelled Over Coronavirus Fears. “Many major festivals have obviously been postponed due to Coronavirus, but as the US surpasses the 2 million mark for positive test results for the virus it seems like some festivals are now taking the decision to cancel for good. Two of the biggest to have announced a cancellation are Coachella and Stagecoach, musical festivals taking place in California. ”

CNET: Minecraft’s Deadmau5-headlined virtual music festival looks bonkers

CNET: Minecraft’s Deadmau5-headlined virtual music festival looks bonkers. “Taking place June 25 to 28, Electric Blockaloo is Minecraft’s first virtual music festival, featuring a whopping 850 performers on 65 stages. Just like a real festival, you can design your own campsite — and then there are a bunch of features that are very much not like a real festival, taking advantage of the crazy virtual world of Minecraft.”

Pitchfork: Lollapalooza 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Pitchfork: Lollapalooza 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19. “The city of Chicago is canceling Lollapalooza 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The decision was announced today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The lineup for Lollapalooza 2020 was never announced. According to the mayor and DCASE’s announcement, Lolla will host ‘a weekend-long livestream event’ from July 30–August 2.”

Let’s Rock Lockdown: Retro festival goes online in special show tomorrow (Bucks Free Press)

Bucks Free Press: Let’s Rock Lockdown: Retro festival goes online in special show tomorrow. “The 80s LockdownFest will feature appearances by Tony Hadley, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Jason Donovan, Toyah, Hue & Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond, Five Star, Then Jerico and more. The evening will be hosted by Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips and the fun kicks off at 7pm on YouTube and across all the Let’s Rock locations Facebook pages. The 80s Lockdownfest online festival is completely free to enjoy – but the Let’s Rock team raise thousands of pounds for charity every year, so music fans will have the option to donate to Child Bereavement UK.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s biggest electronic music festival Big Burn Istanbul goes online

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s biggest electronic music festival Big Burn Istanbul goes online. “Big Burn Istanbul, which has hosted more than 65,000 music lovers over the past three years and stands out as the city’s most anticipated electronic music event, will go online due to COVID-19 measures. Big Burn Istanbul Digital Festival, Turkey’s first-ever digital electronic music festival experience, will go live with 16 hours of performances on two different stages.”

Tubefilter: YouTube To Stream Coachella For 10th Year Running, Announces Doc About Festival

Tubefilter: YouTube To Stream Coachella For 10th Year Running, Announces Doc About Festival. “YouTube, which has long streamed coverage of Coachella — the trendy music festival that has become a buzzy scene for influencers and marketers alike — has created a documentary about the event. Titled Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert, the YouTube Originals film is slated to premiere on March 31 — roughly a week ahead of the annual event, which kicks off on April 10. The film will discuss how the festival was shaped, with never-before-seen footage, artist interviews, and more. It will feature performances from Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, BlackPink, the Pixies, Bjork, Madonna, Radiohead, and more.”

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals. “It would be simplistic to put Instagram forward as a reason that ‘ravebox’ clubs, built on the traditional model of sensory deprivation rather than epic visual spectacle, have been in decline for the last decade, while – in the UK for example – epic, ‘tabula rasa’-style venues like Printworks and The Warehouse Project attract huge numbers. Not when there are factors like greedy developers, rising overheads and other changing habits to take into account. But when the ‘traditional’ club space, all sensory deprivation and communal experience, doesn’t fit the needs of much of the audience, it’s almost certainly a factor.”

University of California at Santa Cruz: Library awarded grant to digitize 670 tapes from Cabrillo Music Festival

University of California at Santa Cruz: Library awarded grant to digitize 670 tapes from Cabrillo Music Festival. “UC Santa Cruz has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize 670 audio recordings featuring a wide variety of works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music from 1964 to 1990.” The project is expected to be complete by April of next year. There wasn’t too much about the festival itself in this announcement from UC Santa Cruz, but apparently it’s a festival for contemporary symphonic music..

YouTube Blog: YouTube delivers Coachella 2019 to millions of global music fans with official two-weekend live stream

YouTube Blog: YouTube delivers Coachella 2019 to millions of global music fans with official two-weekend live stream. “For the ninth year in a row, YouTube continues to take the magic of Coachella beyond the Indio desert and into the homes and phones of millions of people around the world with the exclusive two-weekend live stream of Coachella 2019. … YouTube Music is turning it up a notch at Coachella 2019, making sure music fans — no matter where they are — can enjoy the world’s preeminent music festival in convenient and immersive new ways.”

Los Angeles Times: YouTube to livestream Coachella set of K-pop band Blackpink in Times Square

Los Angeles Times: YouTube to livestream Coachella set of K-pop band Blackpink in Times Square. “Seeking to strengthen its ties to the music industry, YouTube said it will for the first time stream a performance from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Times Square in New York City.”

YouTube: YouTube To Stream Coachella For Ninth Year, Will Vend Tickets To YouTube Music Subscribers

Tubefilter: YouTube To Stream Coachella For Ninth Year, Will Vend Tickets To YouTube Music Subscribers. “For the ninth year running, YouTube will serve as the exclusive livestreaming partner for Coachella — the California music festival set to be headlined this April by Ariana Grande.”