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The Festival File - Northern Nights' Compliant Cannabis Use, Miami Beach Pop Announces Lineup & More

Your festival news for the past week, August 12th. Northern Nights holds compliant cannabis sale & consumption, Miami Beach Pop Festival announces lineup, Live Nation acquires WE Fest, new experiential fitness festival coming to Dallas, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Nicole Byer to headline 2019 New York Comedy Festival, and much more!

Northern Nights Music Festival Holds Compliant Cannabis Sales & Consumption


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Event organizers essentially created a fully compliant, temporary dispensary within the festival grounds called 'the tree lounge', which included its own curated stage and slate of additional programming like CBD yoga and cannabis themed workshops. 

The event takes place on a county line. So while California law doesn't allow for the recreational consumption of cannabis and alcohol in the same place, event organizers physically placed the tree lounge in another county within the festival grounds, with alcohol consumption taking place in another county. 


Miami Beach Pop Festival Announces Lineups for First Year Festival

In it's first year, Miami Beach Pop Festival is holding a three day multicultural event between 5th and 10th streets in South Beach.  The event blends reggae, reggaetown, house, funk, soul, hip hop, afrobeat, indie, and more. 


Live Nation Acquires WE Fest


WE Fest, a country music festival that just concluded this year’s run Aug.1-3 at Soo Pass Ranch near Detroit Lakes, Minn., has been sold to Live Nation. The deal was announced Aug. 6 during an earnings call by the festival’s previous owner.


Scams Offering to Sell Festivals' Customer Data Highlight Ongoing Battle for Privacy

In an email obtained by Billboard, senders named "Jessica and Regina Thomas" wrote to an undisclosed list of music industry marketing professionals, saying: “We have updated Outside Lands 2019 Attendees List and we now have a total of 60,159 contacts who are attending Outside Lands 2019 event. Would you be interested in purchasing the list of Attendees with complete contact information for your future prospect, networking and various other post and pre-show Marketing initiatives.” According to the email, the alleged list would provide every attendee's full name, company, job title, email address, phone number and mailing address. 


Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Nicole Byer To Headline 2019 New York Comedy Festival

Festival goers can expect pop-up events, panel discussions, radio and podcast broadcasts, film screenings and live improv and sketch comedy at this year’s event, done in partnership with The Female Quotient, a woman-owned and led initiative centered on advancing women in the workplace.


Houghton Festival Cancelled Due to Weather

In a statement on the festival website, organisers said conditions had "dramatically worsened" and would deteriorate further into the weekend, with gusts of more than 50mph (80km/h), leading to the event's cancellation on safety grounds.


New Experiential Fitness Festival Coming to Dallas This Fall

As the focus on wellness-slash-self-care continues to intensify, fitness festivals have started popping up around the country. There’s Co:Labs in Los Angeles (Ludacris has been a performer) and New York City’s NY Fit Fest. Dallas has been a stop on Wanderlust’s mindful triathlon tour (swap cycling and swimming for yoga and meditation). 


Treasure Island Music Festival canceled for 2019 (and possibly forever)

The past couple of years have been rocky for the music festival, put on by Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop. As The Chronicle reports, they had to skip a festival in 2017 after they were forced to relocate off of Treasure Island to make room for a development project.

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