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The Festival File - Primavera Switches to Mobile Only Tickets, 5 Rappers Banned from Rolling Loud NYC, and more.

The Festival File - Weekly Festival News. Primavera Sound festival switches to mobile-only tickets, How food festivals can hurt the chefs, problems domestically and abroad for Rolling Loud Festival, Pharrell Announces Second Annual Something in the Water Festival, and more.

Primavera Sound festival switches to mobile-only tickets to combat bots and scalping

Popular Barcelona festival Primavera Sound has become the first major music festival to completely ditch paper tickets in favor of mobile-only ticketing, as reported by the BBC. It’s partnered with digital ticketing platform Dice, which will service Primavera Sound and all other Primavera events, like Primavera tours and the club night Nitsa at Sala Apolo, in Barcelona, starting in 2020.


New Music Festival, Down In The Reeds, Is All About Healing (And A Little About Plants)


How food festivals can hurt the chefs they’re meant to help

Food festivals are more popular and more elaborate than ever, but what’s not apparent to ticket buyers is that their growth has often been at the expense of the restaurants and chefs they’re supposed to promote.

“I’ve never worked a festival where it was particularly financially viable, but we just really love to cook with other chefs,” says Molly Maciejewski, executive chef of Sourdough in Madison, Wis. “I mean, exposure: I don’t know how you quantify that. The value of exposure gets overstated a lot by people who want chefs to work for free.”


A Hong Kong festival featuring Wiz Khalifa and Migos is canceled for safety concerns


Pharrell Announces Second Annual Something in the Water Festival

Pharrell Williams has announced the second year of Something in the Water, the multi-day music and culture festival that held its inaugural event this past April in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach.

Something in the Water 2020 will run in two parts. The music portion of the festival will be held Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th, preceded by the culture portion (April 20th-23rd) that will bring together “the brightest minds from the culinary world, technology, environmental sustainability, health and wellness, media and more,” according to a press statement.


Child dies after being ejected from New Jersey Harvest Festival ride

Amusement rides and games were closed Sunday, as well as a scheduled parade. The festival, run by the Deerfield Township Recreation Committee, remained open for all other scheduled events. Organizers posted their condolences on the festival website and stated that they will remain open to "offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy."


5 Rappers Dropped From New York Music Festival at Police Request

The performers were removed from this weekend’s Rolling Loud festival at Citi Field after the N.Y.P.D. said they had “been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide.”

The move came after Martin Morales, an assistant chief at the Police Department, sent the festival organizers a letter on Wednesday requesting the removal of five artists — 22Gz, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Don Q — citing safety concerns.


Petoskey's Festival on the Bay canceled after 17 years

“We probably should have ended it after 2018, but we tried one more year to turn things around and we weren’t successful,” Carlin Smith, the organization’s president said. “We lost money in three of the last five years, and the festival’s savings were depleted. The Chamber just can’t assume the financial risk of continuing to try to turn it around."

The festival was created in 2003 after a recommendation of the Hyett-Palma Study, a study conducted in 1999 on behalf of Downtown Petoskey which said the city should have a signature festival.


San Diego Film Festival Adds Environmental Focus

As in years past, the festival is focusing on several timely social initiatives, including those dealing with environmental and social-justice issues. The festival has rebranded this year to focus on a theme of “bringing the power of perspective,” says Mantooth. “Film is a unifying medium, and it’s really about creating empathy and finding common ground, and seeing that a new perspective can change the world.”

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