Australian music industry launches mental health helpline

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A new helpline has been launched this month, aimed to assist people in the Australian music industry battling with their mental health.

The is a free and confidential service that, as Support Act CEO Clive Miller explains, has been started “in direct response to requests from our colleagues working in music to help improve overall mental health and wellbeing.”

He added in a press statement that “Based on our consultations and research, we believe that a specialised service specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by artists and music workers will be enormous benefit to all people working in our industry.”

As members the Australian music industry, we’re thrilled to see this service up and running, with the UK having also launched their own service last year in

The helpline has been made possible by The Tony Foundation and Levi Strauss Australia, and as mentioned above, it is totally free and confidential. The number to call is 1800 959 500.

Bassnectar Fans Once Again Crowd Rail 8-Hours Before Bassnectar Goes On At Electric Forest

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This has been a point contention for several years now. Bassnectar fans covet the front row spot so much for their favorite artists that they set up camp on the rail and forgo hours other music to secure their spot at festivals.

Last night Bassnectar played at Electric Forest. Lorin acts as a resident the festival, and his presence each year brings thousands fans from around the country. Last year it was reported fans were present on the rail in the early morning, and this year nothing has changed.

Bassheads Crowd The Rail Hours Before Any Music Beings

In the below photo Bassheads are crowded around the main stage at 4:30 pm, a full eight hours before Bassnectar begins his set, and almost 4 hours before any actual music is played on the main stage.

This has been the source major criticism from the festival community as their presence has made it impossible for fans other acts playing the main stage to get front row for other acts. Also, the idea missing dozens amazing acts throughout the day to sit in the hot sun, doing literally nothing is hard for many rectify in their brains.

So are Bassheads just that committed? Or are they missing out on an incredible experience that Electric Forest fers?

Photo Via Justin Armenta.

RL Grime Threw Down A Wild Secret Set In Los Angeles Last Night: WATCH

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

There is just a little more than a month before the release RL Grime’s incredibly anticipated new album NOVA. The excitement surrounding the release is greater than ever, and RL is continually ramping things up. Wedidit threw a 10-year anniversary party in LA this weekend, and naturally, they had a special guest billing.

I think anyone with a functioning mind could have guessed that RL would fill that spot. Luckily Sidewalk Talk, the beloved YouTube channel, was in attendance and grabbed a full6 minutes RL’s set.

RL Grime – Secret Set

In celebrating 10-years Wedidit, RL Grime threw down tracks both old and new. It was an absolutely savage display whats to come. If you weren’t necessarily incredibly excited for Nova to be released here in just a few weeks, check out this 6-minute clip to change that. It sounds like RL Grime once again has his sights set on changing trap music forever, and we cannot wait.

Dusky, Loefah, Gorgon City and more confirmed for charity fundraiser

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Dusky, Loefah, Gorgon City, Klose One, Foreign Beggars and more have been announced for a forthcoming charity fundraiser held in the memory

Other artists on the mega bill include the likes Oneman, Zed Bias, Flirta D, Benton and more.

As part North London artist and creative crew ATG, Jan’s work as both a recognised talent on the scene and as a charitable figure working to help build an art school at a Nepal orphanage highlighted his dedication to his passions.

The day-to-night party held in honour Jan’s life and work will take place on July 7, with proceeds from the event donated to his legacy fund which will enable his work in both Nepal and Palestine to continue on in his name.

The ATG Day and NIght Charity Fundraiser takes place on July 7 at Park Royal Studios, London.

To grab a ticket to the fundraiser head over , and to read more about Jan’s legacy fund works take a look .

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A new festival initiative has launched to help keep you safe this summer

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

A new safety and advice platform has launched in time for festival season in order to help festival-goers stay safe and well-informed wherever they are this summer.

Focusing on risk reduction and packed full useful advice, the new non-prit campaign titled Festival Safe was brought together by Broadwick Live’s Jon Drape, who also directs UK festivals such as , and . It was also designed by festival organisers, industry pressionals and the emergency services to help ensure a fun and safe experience for anyone attending one the season’s many festival ferings.

Launching live at Parklife earlier this month, the Festival Safe hub fered up opportunities to learn about what to expect before you go, camping, crime, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, mental health and more.

Speaking on the platform Jon explains, “I’ve worked and attended hundreds different festivals and events over the years and I’ve literally heard it all from hypothermia in July to people not realising they have to bring their own tents.

“Eventually you see patterns emerge and festival goers making the same mistakes and getting in the same jams year in year out. It was at this point that I realised no-one had laid out a manifesto for how to have a great festival experience. That’s ultimately what Festival Safe is – a one-stop shop for how to have the best possible time. It’s not a rule book to batter people around the head with, it’s a considered and knowing guide drawn from decades collective experience, good and bad, to ensure everyone has an amazing time from first-timers to seasoned veterans.”

Head over to the to see the full guide and to take a look at the advice and already available on the platform.

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Underworld and Iggy Pop are releasing a collaborative EP

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and have detailed a forthcoming collaborative EP titled ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’.

The four-tracker came to life following, “a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums.”

Recording in the Savoy Hotel in London, Underworld’s Rick Smith initially invited American icon Iggy to collaborate on soundtrack material for Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting sequel , which Smith was overseeing.

Sharing a new track from the surprise project this week titled ‘I’ll See Big’, the new single follows up last month’s teaser ‘Bells & Circles’.

The new EP lands July 27 Caroline International. Check out videos for the first two cuts below alongside the EP’s artwork.

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First Ever Blockchain-Powered Festival 'OUR Music Festival' Announced

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Acclaimed electronic dance music producer, 3LAU, groundbreaking blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV, and the largest independent festival promoter in the US, Prime Social Group, have joined forces to change the way fans experience live music forever. Uniting the worlds entertainment and technology the partners will launch the first-ever “blockchain-powered festival network,” appropriately titled OUR Music Festival OMF].

The first OMF event will take place at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza on October 20 and will feature multi-Grammy winner Zedd and Platinum selling hip-hop artist Big Sean. The bill will be rounded out by some the hottest names in hip-hop and EDM and will be announced in the coming weeks.

OMF partners include digital marketing firm CrowdWaves, AM Only founder and Paradigm partner Paul Morris, as well as agency power players Lee Anderson, Hunter Williams and Sam Hunt.

After exploring the potential synergies between blockchain technology and the festival business, the partners have identified solutions to mitigate ticket inflation, counterfeiting, scalping, lack consumer control and dozens other inefficiencies that plague the industry. The OMF team ultimately believes that festival creators must place more power in the hands fans to spark a necessary evolution the live music space. Future editions following this year’s launch will see OMF leveraging the power Ethereum and smart contract technology even more. Fans could earn crypto-currency simply by participating in the festival ecosystem, thus providing value. As the tech behind OMF develops, fans may redeem OMF Tokens for tickets, VIP upgrades, exclusive access, merchandise, food, beverages, and more at future OMF festivals and partnered events.

In the long term, the OMF team is building technology that will enable token holders to influence festivals themselves, from the lineup to location. Following the inaugural event, the OMF Token will be available publicly, and the team will announce its partnerships with artists & festivals around the world.

OMF CEO Justin Blau (aka 3LAU) remarks “The blockchain space is littered with promises that lack real-world application. We’re throwing our first event this year to show our commitment to inciting change. While it will take time for OMF to reach its full potential, our team has studied blockchain-layered applications and legal compliance for years to facilitate realistic steps toward decentralization.”

Prime Social Group Co-CEO + Founder Adam Lynn states “With over 900 concerts and 50+ festivals produced in our career at PSG we’ve learned all the positives this amazing industry. We’ve also found some room for improvements and with the team incredible partners and technology experts, we are going to break down some barriers that we never would’ve thought had been possible. OMF will revolutionize the live events business in a major way and I am ecstatic to be part the team leading the charge.”

SingularDTV CEO Zach LeBeau adds “It takes vision and grit to bring something as special as OMF to fruition. With so many projects focused solely on their ICOs, being able to have a music festival this year itself is a huge step for all us. OMF is here and now ― it will only get better in the future with increased features and functionality.


Chuckie Campbell - Synesthesia (remix) feat. Talib Kweli

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

This “Synesthesia” remix is something you’ll want to hear if lush electronic along with hard hitting hip-hop/rap sounds up your ally. There’s lots excellent trap out there right now but I haven’t heard a song combining these two styles in a minute, it’s a refreshing listen to say the least. Both the collaborators go f in their respective areas for a good synergy, they were on the same page with what they wanted to accomplish with this remix and pulled it f. Chuckie Campbell’s take on “Synesthesia” with Talib Kweli on the mic is a prime late-night summer jam, so check it out right here and get down.

Haus of Panda Brings the House Heat with Newest Record

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Whats up dance music fans! Thanks so much for giving us your time for the day and allowing us to show you some incredible up and coming artists. Today, we are featuring an artist that is no stranger to His name is Haus Panda and he brings the heaviest, wubbiest, and most down to earth modern house music we’ve heard lately. His newest track, The Creeps 2018, really reflects a massive club track that will fill dance floors across the globe. The low-key wubs and four to floor beats are an ode to Haus Panda’s dance music potential and mastering ability. We implore you to check out the record below and let us know what you think!

Phonox locks in Move D for a string of all night long shows

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is heading to South London club Phonox this August for four all-nighter performances.

Taking over the popular venue every Friday from August 10 to 31, the and previous Phonox sell-out star will be the very first artist to play from start to finish for four consecutive weeks at the Brixton hotspot.

Discussing the new string shows a press release the club explained, “His return for an all night long set has been long awaited. It’s an absolute honour to have him with us for four…”

‘A Month with Move D’ kicks f August 10. Buy tickets to any the four dates , and watch Move D’s soul-shaking set in The Lab LDN below.

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Kojey Radical is heading on a UK tour

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East London musician, spoken word poet and visual artist is taking his innovative sound on tour this November, with a string dates confirmed across Dublin, Manchester, Leeds, London, Bristol and Birmingham.

Titled ‘Can I Speak’, the forthcoming headline tour will be biggest to date, following up from his 2017 sell-out performance at London’s Village Underground.

Speaking on the tour a press release Kojey explains, “I’ve been dreaming this tour for quite some time because it gives me the chance to really connect with new supports and take them on this journey with me. I’ve always said I wanted to retire as one the greatest live performers all time. This is a window into that legacy.”

The stormed into 2018 with a including his killer cut ‘If Only’, and is set to dominate festival season with confirmed shows at Bestival, Applesap, Boomtown and more.

Check out the ‘Can I Speak’ UK tour dates below, and grab a ticket .







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Benji B appointed as music director of Louis Vuitton

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has been appointed as music director at Louis Vuitton.

Tapped by his long-time creative collaborator and Louis Vuitton menswear designer , Benji’s new role at the Parisian fashion house has yet to be fully revealed. However an Instagram clip shared by Virgil looks on as Benji and BadBadNotGood hit the studio in preparation for Virgil’s debut fashion show as the lead menswear creative at the established brand earlier this week.

No stranger to the fashion industry, respected UK talent and boss Benji has previously soundtracked a slew fashion shows alongside a previous role under Phoebe Philo at Céline as musical director. And as comments, Benji is recognised by music and fashion followers alike for his work with Kanye West on both ‘Yeezus’ and ‘The Life Pablo’.

To catch Benji B on the airwaves tune into his Radio 1 slot and listen back to a selection his previous shows.

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