Tomorrowland Winter in France Canceled Due to Coronavirus Crisis

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Tomorrowland in France will have to wait until after the coronavirus crisis. Organizers of the electronic dance music festival announced Thursday that they have canceled the 2020 winter edition of Tomorrowland due to health concerns connected with the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

Tomorrowland Winter 2020 was set to run March 14-21 at the French alpine ski resort of Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski. But new regulations introduced by the French government have banned all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people, as part of efforts to contain the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

“Today, it is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that the French government has decided to cancel this year’s edition,” Tomorrowland organizers announced on the festival’s website Thursday. “Since Saturday we were in close contact with the French government about the impact of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and we finally received their official decision. The French government is taking drastic measures regarding the COVID-19 virus in France. Therefore they are enforcing the cancellation of large events, bringing together people from different nationalities on closed festival grounds and event locations.

Organizers said they would be contacting all festival visitors personally via email. It is unclear if and how those who have booked tickets will be compensated. EDM acts such as Armin van Buuren, Afrojack and Steve Aoki were set to perform at the Tomorrowland Winter festival.

This is only the latest French event to be shut down by the coronavirus. On Wednesday, international television market MipTV, set to kick off at the end of the month, was canceled, citing the new government regulations. France has also closed down schools in particularly hard-hit areas of the country and dozens of concerts, and cultural and sporting events have been cancelled or postponed France-wide due to the outbreak.

The next edition of Tomorrowland, set for July 17-19 and July 24-26 in the Belgium town of Boom, is still scheduled to go ahead as planned.

As of March 4, there have been 285 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France and four deaths, making it the worst-hit country in Europe after Italy.  According to the World Health Organization, more than 93,000 people worldwide have been confirmed infected by the coronavirus and more than 3,000 people have died from the illness.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Song You Need to Know: Perfume Genius, ‘Describe’

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What might emptiness sound like? That’s what Mike Hadreas, who records as Perfume Genius, sought out with producer Blake Mills on “Describe,” his latest single.

The song takes on a simple premise: the narrator is struggling in the midst of a tough episode, asking a loved one to help render the world for them. Much like the way Jeff Tweedy sought to sonically manifest his recurring migraines on Wilco’s A Ghost is Born, Perfume Genius manifests mental darkness on record, its sludge-rock low-end and languid tempo occupied by unfiltered chaos.

Hadreas and Mills, alongside drummer Jim Keltner and Pino Palladino on bass, use a frenetic arrangement with swirling guitars and shimmering synths to represent emptiness. It’s a jarring and moving juxtaposition, the song’s sonic maximalism taking up the space of a depressive episode. “His love, it felt like ribbons/An echo in the canyon,” Hadreas sings over a wall of noise. “Can you just find him for me? Can you describe them for me?”

“I started writing about when you are in such a dark place that you don’t even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like,” Hadreas said in a statement. “The idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.”

After a pop-perfect two and a half minutes, “Describe” segues into a drone (reminiscent of Mills’ 2018 instrumental album Look), with Hadreas mumbling indecipherably. It’s a haunting come-down after several minutes of the most piercing pop of this young decade.

Find a playlist of all of our recent Songs You Need to Know selections on Spotify.

 

Fuente: Rolling Stone

Lady Gaga Announces Six-City ‘The Chromatica Ball’ Summer Tour

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Lady Gaga has announced a special six-date summer tour dubbed “The Chromatica Ball.” The trek, presented by Live Nation, will kick off July 24th in Paris and continue through London, Toronto, Boston and Chicago before wrapping on August 19th in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

General tickets for The Chromatica Ball go on sale Friday March 13th in Paris, London and Toronto, and Monday March 16th in Boston, Chicago and East Rutherford via Live Nation. Fans can also access VIP packages, which may include premium tickets, a backstage tour, VIP parking and exclusive access to a pre-show lounge, special entry and more. Information on VIP packages is available here.

In addition, Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United States. Citi cardmembers can register now through Saturday March 9th at 11:59 p.m. EST to access the presale, which runs from Tuesday March 10th at 10 a.m. through Thursday March 12th at 5 p.m.

Every North American ticket includes a CD copy of Lady Gaga’s upcoming release Chromatica, which drops April 10th via Interscope Records. For all shows in the U.S., $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the singer’s Born This Way Foundation, which she founded in 2012 with her mother Cynthia Germanotta.

Lady Gaga announced the release of Chromatica after dropping a new single, “Stupid Love.”

The Chromatica Ball tour dates:

July 24 Paris, France – Stade de France
July 30 London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Aug. 05 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Aug. 09 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
Aug. 14 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
Aug. 19 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Fuente: Rolling Stone