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The Festival File - Woodstock 50 Cancelled, Global Citizen Lineup Announced, & more!

Your festival news for the past week, August 6th. Woodstock 50 is Officially Cancelled, Global Citizen Festival Lineup Announced, is Lollapalooza Paris even fancier than Coachella? How to be an environmentally friendly festival goer, Lebanon music festival cancels show after Christian pressure, and more.

Woodstock 50 Cancelled

It all started when the event's primary investor, The Aegis Dentsu Network, announced that they were going to withdraw their funding of the event and that the festival was subsequently canceled. That very same week one of the festival promoters, Michael Lang, a co-founder of the original Woodstock, said that they are a primary investor, but they don’t have the authority to cancel the event and that it was still on. 



Global Citizen Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for Global Citizen Festival in New York City was announced this past weekm featuring headliing acts including Quuen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and much more.  Global Citizen Festival is also a staple in festival humanitarianism efforts, boasting that "since 2012, 22.3 million actions by Global Citizens have helped generate commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion. These commitments are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people with interventions that range from vaccinating a child to providing one year of education."


Is This Parisian Festival Fancier Than Coachella?

Lollapalooza Paris' VIP experiences will give festival lovers a newfound joie de vivre. The event is held in the City of Light's picture perfect Longchamp Racecourse, a famous venue that has been hosting prestigious horse races since 1857. Despite it being every attendee and influencer alike's dream content, you'll instantly notice that very few people have their phones out in the VIP sections.


How to be an environmentally friendly festival goer

  1. One of the easiest is to bring your own water bottle.
  2. Ditch the individually wrapped foods and use reusable, sealable containers.
  3. If you eat at festival grounds, find the vendors that use more sustainable materials and practices.
  4. Do you really need that new festival shirt?  Globally, textile dyeing is the second largest source of water pollution behind agriculture.
  5. Transportation is still by far the greatest contributor to greenhouse emissions. Are some nearby friends going you can carpool with?


Lebanon music festival cancels show after Christian pressure

A multi-day international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it's canceled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online threats to stop it by force.


Replay FX festival draws gamers from around the world

Gamers said they came to the festival for myriad reasons, from trying out a console they had long wanted to get their hands on to reliving childhood experiences.

“I played these when I was a kid,” said Bob Calbert, 61, who attended with his grandson, Darrell. “It’s unbelievable.”

Dozens of booths also lined the floor of the convention center. Project Pinball, a nonprofit based in Florida that donates pinball machines to children’s hospitals, raised more than $1,000 at the festival, said Daniel Spolar, a Dormont native who runs the organization.

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