Fyre Festival Founder Pleads Guilty to Ticket Scams for Coachella, the Grammys and More
The Fyre Festival saga is entrenched in our memories now. The founder, a scummy con artist by the name of Billy McFarland, is currently in the midst of a court case about the infamous festival. Beyond Fyre Festival, McFarland ran other scams for events like Coachella, the Grammys and more.
McFarland previously plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud for misleading Fyre Festival investors. He plead guilty to multiple counts of fraud before the Fyre Festival trial began. His latest guilty plea is for ticket selling scams he operated as he awaited trial for Fyre Festival.
McFarland apparently sold fake tickets to events such as the Met Gala, the Super Bowl, Coachella and the Grammys a company he created called NYC VIP Access. Fyre Festival customers received offers for these tickets, which turned out to be entirely fake. Overall, McFarland sold $150,000 in fake ticket sales.
McFarland previously faced up to 20 years in prison for the Fyre Festival shenanigans, but these new charges could add 75 years to his sentence. Thus, he could face 115 years in prison for all of his scams. Was it worth it, McFarland? Something about partying like a rock star?
H/T: Daily Beast
The Owner's Of Coachella Just Bought Firefly Music Festival
The conglomeration of music festivals continues. AEG Presents, famous for owning Coachella promoter Goldenvoice and running venues such as Red Rocks, has bought Firefly Music Festival.
Four years ago, Goldenvoice teamed up with Firefly promoter Red Frog Events to organize and promote the festival. Now, AEG will fully own Firefly, adding to a festival roster that includes Coachella, Hangout, Electric Forest and more.
Firefly has taken place in Dover, Delaware the past seven years, bringing massive acts like Paul McCartney, Outkast, ODESZA and more to The Woodlands venue. AEG told the Delaware News Journal that no major changes will be made, but some adjustments may occur. These changes include upgrading camping facilities and potentially cutting its Thursday programming. The biggest change will be the new dates: Firefly has moved to follow the week after Bonnaroo on June 20-23 next year.
There may be an urge to label this as the Coachella of the East, much like how Panorama in New York was labeled when it began a few years ago (in other news, Panorama will return next year). AEG told the Journal that Firefly will remain a unique festival and not simply become a Coachella clone. Electric Forest talent buyer Alicia Karlin will be the new talent buyer for Firefly, but she reassured the Journal that Firefly’s lineup will remain as diverse as ever.
H/T: Delaware News Journal
Photo Credit: Red Frog Events
LANY Enjoys Incredible Performance At Bonnaroo, Discusses Upcoming Album 'Malibu Nights' [Interview]
There’s no question to how amazing Bonnaroo was this year. The lineup was stacked, featuring Eminem, Muse, The Killers as the headliners, followed by dynamic acts like Kaskade, Bassnectar, Khalid, and arguably one of the best bands around, LANY. They’ve coined quite the iconic sound over the past two years, driven by 80’s esque drum & synth patterns, and of course the irresistible voice of Paul Klein that has created this electrifying atmosphere around everything they do.
Their self-titled debut album has enjoyed immense success, featuring hits like “ILYSB,” “Super Far,” and “Good Girls,” that has kept them touring the world over the past year and a half. 2018 has been quite the year for these guys, as they’ve headlined the biggest festivals, including Coachella, and recently enjoyed their very first performance on Bonnaroo’s main stage that was nothing short of spectacular.
We got to sit down with them right before they got on stage to talk about their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘Malibu Nights.’ It was a very inspiring conversation and we think you’ll really get a lot from it too. Enjoy!
You guys posted about these next couple of shows being the “the end of the Rose.” Can you explain what you meant by that?
“We believe it’s a new era coming up. We love art, we kind of consider everything we do art, whether that’s the music we make, or the symbolism that we can weave in and out of what we do. For the longest time, the rose was symbolic of the first season/era of LANY. That era is coming to an end because we’ve been working on album 2 and it’s time to step into a new season.”
Who are some artists you look up to or have had an influence on you as you’ve created ‘Malibu Nights’?
“We look up to bands like Coldplay and U2 because they’re bands that have always been able to stick around for a really long time. They always progress and evolve and those are the kinds of acts that we aspire to be like.
Most importantly, we never want to make the same album twice. We always want to grow and progress, which is what we hope we achieve with ‘Malibu Nights.'”
Is there anything (for example a person, a book, a podcast) that has inspired you guys right while working on this album?
“Right now we’re just devouring interviews. We love to listen to the way people think and talk, and love hearing their stories. We’ve also been really digging into podcasts, especially songwriter podcasts like “And The Writer Is.”
We’ve also gone on Youtube to watch old concerts, interviews, which has been very inspiring. There’s a lot to be inspired by.”
Can we expect any collaborations on this next album?
“Nope! Haha It’s just going to be us.”
How do you think Malibu Nights will progress you even further than your debut album?
“We just dug really deep. The songwriting is better. We are trying new things and new sounds. Jake actually plays so many drums on this album (laughs). Overall, we have been trying new stuff and we really believe this album is gonna be great. We feel like our reach is going to expand drastically. But we will talk more about it once we start releasing the songs.”
ODESZA Reveals How They Made Their Incredible Hit "Higher Ground" [VIDEO]
ODESZA are currently wrapping up an American leg of their tour, but that hasn’t stopped them from sharing some new content. In this case, they’ve revealed how they made their track “Higher Ground” off their last album A Moment Apart.
The video documentary chronicles how “Higher Ground” came to be, including how vocalist Naomi Wild got involved. ODESZA members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight describe how they retreated to Lake Chelan in Washington to brainstorm. Unfortunately, their initial efforts proved to be fruitless without many concrete ideas.
The doc then switches over to Naomi Wild, who lived in Los Angeles while coming up with the lyrics to what would become “Higher Ground.” She said the inspiration for the track came from attending ODESZA’s Do LaB set at Coachella in 2014. Then, she asked her manager to find a way to send the lyrics over to ODESZA.
Switching back to ODESZA, the doc brings it all together and shows how the production to “Higher Ground” formed. Just as all hope seemed dashed, the two heard Wild’s acapella and got hooked. They skipped dinner and worked to create the dreamy production for “Higher Ground.” The doc finishes with footage from ODESZA’s Coachella set this year, including Wild’s live appearance during their “Higher Ground” performance.
It’s an inspiring story, and proves that even the worst writer’s block can lead to something magical. Watch the making of doc to ODESZA’s “Higher Ground” below:
Cover Photo: Julian Bajsel
Listen To Zhu's Entire Surprise Set From This Year's Do Lab at Coachella [STREAM]
The Do LaB stage at Coachella doubled down at surprise sets this year. ZHU‘s surprise Blacklizt set from weekend one stood out as a favorite; now, you can listen to it in full.
The Do LaB SoundCloud posted ZHU’s full surprise set yesterday, much to our delight. The set runs a little more than 1.5 hours, and marks a departure from ZHU’s usual sound. ZHU played house and techno for most of the set before finishing with traditional cuts. The set’s inspiration comes from ZHU’s Blacklizt parties, where attendees must wear black and ZHU plays deeper music.
The Do LaB stage was chock full of surprise sets this year. Weekend one had The Black Madonna b2b Jackmaster, RL Grime, Ekali, The Martinez Brothers and Marques Wyatt b2b Doc Martin. Weekend two had TOKiMONSTA, Mija, MK b2b Will Clarke, Claude VonStroke, Bedouin and Bonobo. Perhaps the Do LaB will upload more of those sets in the future.
Check out ZHU’s surprise Blacklizt set at the Do LaB stage at Coachella below:
Kygo Just Teased Two of The Biggest Collabs of His Career
Kygo‘s Coachella set made the headlines when he brought out Ariana Grande to perform her new single “No Tears Left To Cry” during his main stage debut at the festival. Curious how that collaboration happened? A new video interview reveals the details… plus teases one of his dream collaborations.
Billboard interviewed Kygo during this year’s edition of the Billboard Music Awards and found out more about how he and Grande linked up. He revealed that both of their managers had been talking about a collaboration for a while. Then, the stars aligned: Grande released her new single “No Tears Left to Cry” the day before his set at Coachella weekend two. Grande premiered the track live during his set the following night, and the rest is history.
Kygo also talked about his dream to collaborate with Ed Sheeran. He revealed that while he and Sheeran talked about getting together in the studio, the two haven’t teamed up yet. He said Sheeran is very busy and hard to contact, so it’ll all come down to timing. Maybe for Kygo’s next album?
Watch the video interview below:
New Study Reveals Top 10 Music Festivals for Sex
The euphoria felt at music festivals can make sparks fly. So it’s no wonder many attendees have gotten it on at places like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Ultra and more!
“I was with a girl I just met and did her doggy style backstage during the concert.” – 28-year-old festival-goer
A recent study found that music festivals facilitate romantic connections, though some may be fleeting. Maybe you fall for someone in a crowd but “accidentally” lose them after a makeout sesh. Or maybe, you met the love of your life at a music festival and are still going strong. No matter which music festival or types of relationships we’re talking, there’s bound to be some hookups.
“Just met an awesome girl; we had sex in my tent, and we continued to hook up throughout the weekend.” – 36-year-old festival-goer
Tick Pick surveyed over 1,000 festival-goers about their willingness to have music festival sex, and the details about past hookups. Half of them expressed interest in getting down and dirty at music festivals from EDC to Coachella to Okeechobee and beyond. Some of these same locations are doubled up in Lovehoney’s research, too.
“The best place to have sex is during Bassnectar, in a hammock, hanging under the stage. The bass maximizes the pleasure.” – 45-year-old festival-goer
So, how many festival attendees have sealed the deal? Tick Pick found that 33.6% of concertgoers have had sex at a music festival. Among those people, Electric Forest was found to be the hottest spot for hookups. Makes sense — how’s about a late night stroll through Sherwood Forest? Bonnaroo’s massive campground culture also makes the fest ideal for intimacy.
The research also uncovered oral sex trends, favorite places to “do it,” the best music festival positions, and more. Check out all the findings below.
Top 10 Music Festivals for Sex
Top 10 Music Festivals for Oral Sex
Top Locations for Music Festival Sex
Favorite Music Festival Sex Positions
Source: Tick Pick
Beyonce's Coachella Performance Sets A New Streaming Record
Beyonce has been elevated beyond the status mere mortal. You've no doubt heard all about her acclaimed Coachella performance, which had audiences all ages, races, and genders enraptured. Perhaps you might have been in attendance, or perhaps you found yourself tuning in to the ficial Coachella livestream to catch her set. Should you fall into the latter camp, you are but one many. In fact, a staggering 458k simultaneous viewers tuned in to catch Beyonce in action, which set a new Coachella record.
In fact, Bey's numbers are the biggest since the festival kicked f their livestream eight years ago. Moreover, the massive rise in viewership marked a massive #75 percent increase in last year's headliner, Lady Gaga. All things considered, Coachella's livestream is looking to be on the upswing, with 43.1 million streamers across 232 countries, as per TMZ. Seems like Beyonce fever is at an all time high; it seems like any and all negativity directed toward "the queen" will be met with hostility, ostracizing, and worst-case-scenario, beheading.
Granted, it should be noted that Eminem put an embargo on the streaming process, so we'll never know if Em might have beat her record in the end. Either way, congratulations to Beyonce for blazing trails and withstanding the test time. It's not easy to unite the masses, but it would appear the world was indeed ready for this jelly after all. Catch Beyonce on her tour alongside husband Jay-Z, once On The Run 2 kicks f in June.
Toya Wright & Reginae Carter Looked Like Twins At Coachella
We just posted on the cute birthday message Reginae Carter sent her grandmother yesterday. We weren't sure how old Grandma Anita was turning, but nonetheless, she looks like she could be Reginae's aunt. Anita was seemingly on babysitting duties this past weekend as Reginae and her mother Toya Wright hit up Coachella for a "bucket list" trip.
The duo hit the festival grounds with their respective crews, and if it wasn't for their separate Instagram pages we wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Seriously the resemblance it scary, take a look below.
Here's both them posted up with their squad.
As Reginae stated yesterday, "the Family genes are incredible."
Russ To Struggle Rappers: "Stop F-cking Talking To Me"
Atlanta rapper, Russ, took some time from his set at last weekend's Coachella festival to send out a special message to all the rappers who have been annoying him.
In a video, posted by DJ Akademiks, Russ acknowledges that he might get his set cut f, but that he wants to share the message anyway. He states, "For all the rappers who be crying in my fucking mentions, but when we see you in person you turn into fucking pussies, stop talking to me, please." He goes on to add, "I never respond to y'all on Twitter. You're not getting a response out me. Y'all are fucking lame. Y'all are in the D-league rap. Stop fucking talking to me. And then when we see you in person, and we check you it's, 'Nah nah my fault, my fault.' Stop fucking talking to me."
Strong words from Russ here, but neglects to name and shame any perpetrators, so the beef is only really half-cooked here. The commenters on Akademiks' Instagram don't seem to appreciate the message either, with many commenters either not buying in to Russ' tough guy speech or simply not being aware who he is.
As seen by his speech, however, Russ doesn't seem to pay much mind as to what the haters are saying about him. So if you're camped out inside Russ' mentions all day, perhaps it's time to move on. You can watch the clip Russ' message to all the haters below.