The Killers, The 1975 to headline Riptide Music Festival 2019

Hold onto your surfboards Chum Club; 104.3 The Shark has announced the long-awaited lineup for the 2019 incarnation of their Riptide Music Festival. On Monday (Aug. 9), the South Florida-based radio station unveiled their rock and indie-centric lineup for the annual event.

Headlining the fall time festival will be The Killers and The 1975. Rounding out the roster will be The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottleman, K. Flay, Barns Courtney, SHAED, Reel Big Fish, Mogxn, Switchfoot, New Politics, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, The Band Camino, and many more.

The listing comes weeks after the radio station announced the return of their annual festivities. As with previous years, the station uploaded videos of crocheted versions of the musical acts, and let the listeners guess who will take the sandy stage in late-November.

Riptide returns to its longtime home of Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day event will take place during the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

Chum Club tickets have officially been classified as sold out, and early-bird tickets go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. local time.

With an epic lineup like this, it looks like it may be wise to get your tickets as soon as possible.

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Robert Smith continues to tease new music from The Cure

If word that the Cure were part of the latest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t enough to make your gothic little heart flutter then we’ve got even better news. On Friday (Dec. 14), the British band announced plans to release a new album in the new year. In a recent interview on Sirius XM, frontman Robert Smith confirmed that the group is mere weeks from finishing their impending new album.

“We’re going in about six weeks’ time to finish up what will be our first album in more than a decade,” Smith explains.

“It’s very exciting times for us all around.”

In the same interview, Smith reveals that he was inspired to return to the recording studio after playing the role of curator for the 25th anniversary of London’s Meltdown Festival.

“Seeing all these new bands inspired me to do something new,” he admits.

This isn’t the first time Smith has confessed that playing curator and performing at the Meltdown Festival influenced the band’s decision to head into the studio. In April, the musician told BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Shaun Keaveny that curating the festival ignited his passion to write new music.

“I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing songs,” Smith told Keaveny at the time.

“Funnily enough, doing this Meltdown thing has actually galvanized me and I’ve booked studio time for the band.”

The still-untitled record will be the band’s first new album in over a decade. The Cure’s last studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream.

With talks of a new record, it’s only logical that the band is beginning to announce tour dates. In September, Smith announced via Twitter that the group will embark on a 20-stop music festival tour during the summertime. The band has already been confirmed for Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portugal’s NOS Alive, Finland’s Flow Festival, and Spain’s Mad Cool Festival though we expect more to be announced throughout the rest of 2018 and well into 2019.

Slam Dunk 2019 add Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Saves the Day

Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day are just some of the latest additions to the 2019 Slam Dunk Festival lineup. On Tuesday (Nov. 20) festival organizers took to social media to announce the addition of 11 more acts that will make their way to the United Kingdom for the annual, springtime music festival.

“Being asked to headline Slam Dunk off the back of Gravity is a massive compliment on how diverse our band is, we’re very happy and honored that we get regarded as a headliner for Slam Dunk,” Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck told Metal Hammer about the recently announced news.

Mirroring Tuck’s sentiment is Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley: “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk next year! It’s always a blast to come overseas and sing Saves songs with all our fans. See you soon!!”

In addition to Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day, Glassjaw, Knocked Loose, the Get Up Kids, Turnstiles, Tiny Moving Parts, the Menzingers, I Don’t Know How But They Found Meand Slam Dunk veterans Trophy Eyes will round out the second wave of performers.

The newest additions will join previously announced acts All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of the Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies, and Silverstein on the upcoming event’s roster.

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2019 are currently available on the event’s website here.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.

SLAM DUNK 2019 SECOND WAVE:

Bullet for My Valentine
Simple Plan
Saves the Day
Glassjaw
Knocked Loose
The Get Up Kids
Turnstiles
Tiny Moving Parts
Trophy Eyes
The Menzingers
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

Nine Inch Nails add pair of North American shows to upcoming tour

If you had plans on seeing Nine Inch Nails any time this year in North America, then you better act fast. On Monday (March 26), the Ohio-founded band announced a pair of concerts at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The two shows will be the group’s only North American tour stops this summer while the rest of tour will find them performing across Europe.

The two newly added shows will take place on June 13 and June 15 right before they head across the pond for their previously announced tour. According to the band’s website and social media pages, the Vegas dates will be their only North American stops this summer, though there is no word if other dates will be added for the fall months. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. PST.

The Las Vegas shows will jumpstart the band’s massive summertime music festival tour across Europe. Nine Inch Nail’s European music festival itinerary will include performances at London’s Meltdown Festival, Prague’s Aerodrome Festival, Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.

The upcoming tour will be in support of the group’s third and final installment of their trilogy. The band previously released the first installment, Not the Actual Events, in late 2016 and the second installment, Add Violence, in July of 2017. According to an interview on BBC Radio 6, frontman Trent Reznor confirmed that the third installment will be released before the band embarks on their summer tour in June.

“We’re in the process of finishing this right now and should be out before the shows take place,” Reznor told the host.

No confirmed release date or title has been given for the trilogy’s final album.

NINE INCH NAILS SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES:

June 13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 22 – London, UK – Meltdown Festival
June 24 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
June 25 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
June 27 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live
June 29 – St. Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen
June 30 – Prague, CZ – Aerodrome Festival
July 02 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle
July 04 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 06 – Belfort, FR – Les Eurockeennes
July 08 – Werchter, BE – Rock Werchter
July 12 – Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive Festival
July 14 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 17 – Tokyo, JP – Sonic Mania
Aug. 19 – Osaka, JP – Summer Sonic Festival

M83 Announce 2016 Spring Tour Dates

Now that M83 have been announced for several music festivals in the spring, the electronic act has unveiled they will be hitting the road this year. On Tuesday (Jan. 12), the Anthony Gonzalez-led group announced a slew of tour dates which are set to begin in April. The band’s tour will officially kick off on April 6 at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans and wrap up a little over four months later on Aug. 15 at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Most of the stops will find the “Midnight City” group performing at some worldwide music festivals.

If it appears that your city isn’t on the list, don’t lose hope so soon. There are several huge gaps in the tour schedule, which can be seen below. According to several publications, the band will be unveiling several more tour dates at the end of the month, so keep an eye out.

Tickets for those non-festival shows are set to go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 13 on the band’s official website. Pre-sales will begin on Wednesday while general admission tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 15.  Check out the complete list of tour dates below.

M83 2016 TOUR DATES:

April 6 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
April 8 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
April 9 – Houston, TX @ TBD
April 10 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
April 12 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
April 15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
April 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
April 22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
April 23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
April 25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 27 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
April 29 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
April 30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
May 27-30 – The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
May 31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 4 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
June 6 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (with Tame Impala)
July 7 – Bilbao, Spain @ BBK Live Festival
July 9 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Festival
July 15 – Gräfenhainchen, Germany @ Melt Festival
Aug 10 – Oslo, Norway @ Øya Festival
Aug 11 – Gothenberg, Sweden @ Way Out West Festival
Aug 13 – Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival
Aug 15 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival

Previously, the band had been confirmed to make appearances at several high-profile music festivals including New York’s Governors Ball, California’s Coachella, and Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival. It was also revealed in a previous update that Gonzalez and company will be working on a brand new album; the follow-up to 2011’s hit record, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

 

Live Nation and Uber Team Up for Music Festival Transportation

It’s time to go to one of the biggest music festivals that you have ever been to, but sadly it’s out of your city and renting a car is completely out of the question because have you seen what they charge for one car at these places? And leaving the venue after the show, forget about it!

So what is a music lover to do?

Well, it looks like Live Nation and Uber have come up with some kind of a solution to this conundrum: team up and have Uber drivers give those unfortunate people a lift, at a charge of course.

Live Nation, in attempt to also get attendees to leave their cars at home and help those stuck in a bind, have revealed their new plan to add ride programs to several of their venues. The new program would include official drop-off and pick-up spots for Uber riders, so good-bye are the days of fighting fellow concertgoers for a taxi.

The Live Nation app will offer an Uber option which will means attendees won’t need to manually input a destination. The venue drop-off address will automatically be inserted when requesting a ride to a show at a participating Live Nation venue.

To help with the new program, Live Nation venues will begin to feature Uber signage or branded-booths to further assist attendees as well as have on-site staffers to help with promotional codes and such.

“Fans want the journey to and from a concert to be as smooth as possible,” said Russell Wallach, President of Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. “Uber offers a convenient alternative to driving for riders to any event, and we are thrilled about the experience this brings for all of our fans.”

“We’re excited to create this marketing partnership with Live Nation to provide a hassle-free experience for concertgoers,” said Amy Friedlander Hoffman, head of Uber’s West Coast business development. “Fans just want to enjoy the show, and the new Uber ride program means they can get in and out with the touch of a button.”

As of now, Uber is providing transportation to 20 music festivals as well as 62 Live Nation venues across the country. Check out some of the music festivals already benefiting from the union.

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) – New York, NY
Sasquatch! – George, WA
EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
Windy City Lakeshake – Chicago, IL
Farmborough – New York, NY
Faster Horses – Brooklyn, MI
Jamboree in the Hills – Belmont, OH
Watershed – Quincy, WA
HARD Summer Music Festival – Los Angeles, CA
Delaware Junction – Harrington, DE
Nocturnal Wonderland – Los Angeles, CA
Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA
Beyond Wonderland – Mountain View, CA
Route 91 Harvest – Las Vegas, NV
Escape: All Hallow’s Eve – Los Angeles, CA
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience – New Orleans, LA
HARD Day of the Dead – Los Angeles, CA
EDC Orlando – Orlando, FL
White Wonderland – Anaheim, CA

As of now, there’s not project time frame as to when all of this will officially be implemented.

If Music Festival Commercials Told the Truth…

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The weather is getting warmer which is a sure-fire sign that music festival season has arrived. In no time, our timelines and newsfeeds will be plagued with photos (mostly selfies) of people at the numerous music festivals the world has to offer.

With Ultra Music Festival already over (took place in March) and Coachella already half way through, there are many more coming our way within the next couple of months. Where else can you drink silly, listen to goo music live and hang out with your long list of biffles?

At least, that’s what the commercials for the festivals have us believing.

The truth is, high-profiled music festivals are usually packed with “celebrities” and people dressed as fairies, the heat that makes you feel like you’re literally walking on the sun, overpriced food and drinks, porta-potties that make you wish you didn’t eat or drink those expensive items, and if you live in places where random thunderstorms are common (what’s up South Florida), you have that added dread of “is it going to pour today, or not?”

CollegeHumor who we all know for making parody of things that we love, have decided to make their own music festival commercial for their own music festival, Opapotamus. Since parodying something usually makes it a little more honest, you can tell that this commercial will touch on all those aforementioned issues that we encounter when we go to a festival.

Side note, we know that music festivals are not all bad. We have mostly good memories from the ones we’ve attended in the past.

Check out the “commercial” below.