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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS REVEAL STUNNING REWORK OF 1999 CLASSIC “OUT OF CONTROL” FROM AUSTRALIAN ELECTRONIC PIONEERS,THE AVALANCHES
LEGENDARY ELECTRONIC DUO NOMINATED FOR THREE GRAMMY® AWARDS FOR ACCLAIMED ALBUM NO GEOGRAPHY 

Listen To “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” Here.

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Having supported The Chemical Brothers on their recent Australian tour, The Avalanches have produced a special remix tribute to the 20th anniversary of the classic album, Surrender. “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is a revelation. The Avalanches take the track on a trip towards a West Coast sunset. Along the way, they manage to tilt the claustrophobic electronic drive of the original off its axis, creating a gorgeous, pulsating drift of celestial house music in the process. Listen to “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” via Astralwerks HERE.

This remix of “Out Of Control” is an edit taken from a longer Surrender-inspired piece The Avalanches created that is due for release in the future.

“Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is accompanied by a brand-new screen print from original Surrender artwork designer Kate Gibb using the original film from 1999. Gibb has also helped to create a truly stunning visualizer for the track alongside graphic artist Jimmy Turrell – watch it HERE.

“Out Of Control” was the third single taken from Surrender and featured vocals by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. The deluxe reissue of Surrender – featuring hours of unreleased material and a blu-ray of the band’s Glastonbury 2000 Pyramid Stage headline set – is out now HERE.

The Avalanches latest album, Wildflower, was released to critical acclaim in 2016 via Astralwerks. Pitchfork called the album “better than just about any music ever made.” “Out Of Control” is the duo’s first official remix since 2013.

Just last week, The Chemical Brothers received three GRAMMY® Award nominations, rounding the duo’s total nomination count to a staggering 14. Their hugely acclaimed ninth album, No Geography, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, while single “Got To Keep On” received a nod for Best Dance Recording and the video for “We’ve Got To Try,” which was created in partnership with premiere auto racing group Formula 1, was nominated for Best Music Video. Of the clip, Rolling Stone said, “The electronic duo’s pulsating new song is intensified by its video.” The Chemical Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards. The 62nd GRAMMY® Awards will take place on January 26, 2020. 

Surrender 20th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue available now HERE.

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BILBAO BBK LIVE 2020

BILBAO BBK LIVE 2020

Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and Bad Bunny top the first confirmations for the 2020 edition of Spanish festival Bilbao BBK Live

Caribou, Four Tet, ionnalee|iamamiwhoami, Slowthai, Kelly Lee Owens, Whitney, Supergrass, The Rapture and many more acts also join the bill

9 – 11 July 2020
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Bilbao BBK Live reveals the first confirmations for 2020. Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and Bad Bunny top the bill at the Spanish festival, along with Caribou, Four Tet, Supergrass, Kelly Lee Owens, The Rapture, ionnalee | iamamiwhoami, Slowthai and many more.
 
The upcoming edition of Bilbao BBK Live promises to be the most complete and accomplished festival yet, as well as one of Europe’s finest. Taking place from 9 – 11 July, in a city complete with a rich cultural, artist and gastronomical history to explore, the first-wave line-up is vast and vital with enormous diversity and many of the scene’s most definitive DJs, live acts and bands all lining up to play.
 
Pulitzer Prize winning Kendrick Lamar brings his heart-stopping live show to Bilbao BBK Live for the first time. The most influential rapper’s political and social commentary and albums like DAMN and To Pimp a Butterfly have ensured his place amongst the all time greats. The Killers will make a welcome return to Bilbao, all the way from their native Las Vegas to serve up one of their thrilling live shows, with a brand new record under their arm and new songs to unleash.
 
Fellow headliners Pet Shop Boys are set to serve up their first ever Greatest Hits show. Since signing to Parlophone Records in 1985, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have racked up 42 Top 30 singles in the UK including 22 Top 10 hits and four number ones making them the most successful duo in UK music history. Expect a stunning headline set of golden pop gems from one of the world’s most cherished synth bands. Bad Bunny is set to be one of the festival’s most anticipated shows, having taken home the award for Best Urban Music Album at the Latin Grammy awards earlier this month and included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Next list, which spotlights the stars who are shaping the future.
 
Dream pop fans will be excited by the prospect of Caribou, who is riding high with his majestic new single ‘Home’, plus there’s music from electronic innovator Four Tet and Sweden’s music and audiovisual experimentalist ionnalee | iamamiwhoami. Intriguing and intoxicating techno with plenty of Eastern and traditional Arabic influences comes from Acid Arab, plus introspective, delicate and ambient electronics from Welsh star Kelly Lee Owens.
 
Newly reunited for 2020 and the 25th anniversary of their mythical ‘I Should Coco’ are Supergrass who will be performing as part of their upcoming tour, while The Rapture will also return to the famous mountain stage once more with their anthemic indie sounds. Rap and hip-hop will be well represented by names such as Slowthai and Tommy CashKaydy Cain will present Salsa Dura, and there’s plenty of room for new talents, such as Chico Blanco.
 
Elsewhere on the line-up there’s cult favourite Yves Tumor, critically acclaimed The Murder Capital, Chicago band Whitney, desert blues legends Tinariwen and Japanese pop act Chai. For those who enjoy synthesizers and guitar riffs alike, don’t miss El Columpio Asesino and León Benavente, and completing the picture there’s celebrated Spanish band HindsCalifato 3/4Dora, Yana Zafiro and Basques Omago.

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Khalid × JBL Fest

The 3rd annual JBL Fest wrapped up last night in Vegas, featuring three nights of epic performances from five-time GRAMMY nominee Khalid,popstar Bebe Rexha and hip-hop icons Run DMC. Celebrity appearances throughout JBL Fest included Priyanka & Nick Jonas, Shaq and the “Vanderpump Rules” cast.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur

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JBL Fest’s CLUB JBL

Last night, JBL Fest’s CLUB JBL Event brought together some of the hottest talent for live, VIP performances and appearances in Vegas. Priyanka Chopra Jonas took a break from promoting her latest movie to have some fun as the host of the night, showing up with her husband and surprise guest Nick Jonas. Additional appearances were made from the “Vanderpump Rules” cast alongside dynamic performances by Bebe Rexha and DJs Armin van Buuren and Tigerlily.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur.

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3rd Annual JBL Fest


The 3rd annual JBL Fest kicked off last night in Vegas with JBL REMIX, hosted by legendary NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (AKA DJ Diesel) and featuring an iconic throwback performance from Run DMC on the rooftop of Caesars Palace.

 
Just before Run DMC took the stage, DJ Diesel was seen catching up with fellow “Inside the NBA” co-host Kenny Smith in the VIP lounge.

 
Artist Cey Adams, who designed some of RUN DMC’s most iconic album covers, created an immersive experience with authentic graffiti tags, streetlamps and JBL-branded subway signs to transport guests back into New York City’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s.

 
*Note: The party continues tonight for CLUB JBL!, hosted by JBL ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas and featuring even more electrifying performances from Bebe Rexha, as well as fellow JBL ambassadors Armin van Buuren and DJ Tigerlily. Plus, the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” will walk the star-studded red carpet with a surprise guest you can’t miss.   
 
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*photo credit: Kevin Mazur

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REPUBLIC RECORDS ARTISTS PERFORMING AT ROLLING LOUD NY

On Baby Goth’s debut single “Swimming,” she details the power of manifestation. It’s a subject she’s particularly passionate about, as the Trippie Redd and Lil Xan assisted cut is an idyllic way to translate that to her fan base since she’s proof of that power. On her debut EP Baby Goth she holds a greater mission of making music to change lives. Baby Goth took her talents to Instagram, and over the course of a few years developed a sizable following thanks to her aesthetic and infectious series of covers, reaching the radar of the renowned Hitway Recordings in Los Angeles. Her EP BabyGoth introduces the world to a tangible artist whose music comes with a message with a mix of feelgood, emotional and manifestation songs. In addition to mental health awareness, Baby hopes to discuss subjects like medicinal marijuana, BDSM, and sexuality in her music. While her image is striking and her sound is charismatic, Baby Goth is an artist for the people. Get ready for the most relatable star on the rise.

LOUGOTCASH
SATURDAY, 2:00 PM


Buzzing Queens rapper LouGotCash recently released his debut mixtape Louniversal following it’s lead single “Too Turnt” [feat. Trippie Redd] . Straight out of the gate, the energetic anthem earned widespread critical acclaim and began putting up numbers. The 13-track project boast production from a-list producers London On The Track, J White Did It (Bodak Yellow) Gold E and Remy and includes buzzed about single “Thing For You”. With over 9 million streams on his breakthrough single “Make 10,” LouGotCash has put Queens back on the map for the culture. He’s been handpicked to open for everyone from T.I. to Plies and a fellow hometown hero 50 Cent endorsed him by predicting, “The young bull is ready.” Moreover, he has attracted the acclaim of HotNewHipHop, XXL, Genius, and more.
 

COI LERAY 
SATURDAY, 2:25 PM


New Jersey rapper Coi Leray has been building a buzz on the music scene for the past year.  Her new single “Huddy” has been gaining steady momentum. It currently has over 1.3 million views on youtube and is being played on radio stations across the country. Fresh off tour with Trippie Redd we’re gearing up to release her new single “Good Day” and we’d love to partner with Paper for the premiere. She was just included in Paper’s “Women in Hip-Hop” Feature and was also named one of Pitchfork’s “Rappers to Watch in 2019”. Recently, she released her debut label project EC2 (Everything CoZ 2) earlier this year. She’s definitely the next female rapper to take off. 
 

KEMBA
SATURDAY, 2:30 PM


It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx—the birthplace of hip-hop—home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with the album Negus. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage during an American Express-sponsored concert live-streamed online. He kept his head down and continued writing just as any true hip-hop hero would. 
 

POP SMOKE 
SATURDAY, 3:10 PM


Christened “Brooklyn Rap’s Homecoming King” by New York Times and averaging over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify already, Pop Smoke is undoubtedly the next breakout artist from Brooklyn.   Pop Smoke’s  2019 mixtape Meet The Woo has already racked up nearly 20 million total streams in addition to boasting high-profile cameos from Nicki Minaj and Skepta. In a stellar review, Pitchfork claimed, “The Brooklyn rapper makes good on the promise of ‘Welcome to the Party’ with a debut full of the hardest, dirtiest tracks he can manage.”


SKI MASK THE SLUMP GOD
SATURDAY, 5:25 PM 


With over 6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, SKI MASK THE SLUMP GOD has quickly become an inescapable and influential hip-hop force. Late last year he released his debut album STOKELEY which debuted at #6 on the Billboard top 200 charts. The project includes lead singles “Faucet Failure” and “Nuketown” which have garnered over 167 million streams and over 115 million streams respectively. Also in 2018 he released “Beware The Book of Eli” which includes lead singles “DoIhaveTheSause?” and “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle”. In 2017 he released ”You Will Regret (Reloaded)” which boasts three anthems that each cracked 100 million Spotify streams, namely “BabyWipe,” “Take A Step Back,” and “Catch Me Outside.” Applauded by Billboard, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, HotNewHipHop, XXL, and many more, he remains both a critical and fan favorite.
 

BLUEFACE 
SATURDAY, 5:25 PM


Blueface flipped rap upside down in 2019 with his own flow, flare, and fire. Dirt Bag yielded one banger after another with “Bleed It” [68 million Spotify streams], “Daddy” featuring Rich The Kid [49 million Spotify streams], “Bussdown”featuring Offset [14 million Spotify streams], and “Bussin”featuring Lil Pump [9.7 million Spotify streams], to name a few. As part of his recent inclusion on the XXL “Freshman Cover,” the outlet proclaimed him “one of the hottest new acts in the game” and claimed “the 22-year-old rapper has drawn comparisons to legends like E-40 and Juvenile due to the off-kilter flow that finds him rapping against the current of whatever beat he’s on.” Echoing this sentiment, Complex wrote, “his cadence—skittering and almost comical—doesn’t fit neatly into the current (or past) landscape of hip-hop. But that’s exactly what makes him so interesting.”


CASANOVA
SUNDAY, 2:50 PM, FASHION NOVA STAGE

Casanova 2X elbowed his way into rap’s competitive coliseum. Armed with the infectious warning shot “Don’t Run,” the Brooklyn rhyme rookie simultaneously made a name for himself and scored early success at radio and streaming platforms. His robust energy and primal charisma consumed the entire New York City tri-state area, convincing hip-hop heads to adopt his signature salute, “Boom Boom Boom!” Certified by the years he spent incarcerated, Casanova’s debut EP Commissary—featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Fabolous, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and G-Eazy—established him as one of hip-hop’s hottest rising stars. Off parole and ready to see the world, Casanova let his artistry fly first class with the release of his aptly titled Free At Last EP, released in 2019. The rapper is now releasing his second album Behind These Scars on October 11, which boasts two successful pre-release singles: “Coming Home” feat. Chris Brown and “So Brooklyn” feat. Fabolous, which have both earned millions of streams in just a few weeks. The latter track ignited the #SoBrooklynChallenge with over 35,000 submissions from thousands of fans and several famous faces who posted their best bars about what their hometown means to them atop the “So Brooklyn” instrumental. The challenge received entries from  Young M.A., Papoose, Memphis Bleek, Maino, Rob Markman, DMX, G Herbo, Wyclef Jean, Trae Tha Truth, Freeway, Cassidy, Bandhunta Izzy, Houston Rockets guard Iman Shumpert, and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram.

LIL TECCA
SUNDAY, 4:05PM

Hailing from New York, recording artist Lil Tecca is breaking through in 2019 with one of the biggest hits of the year and creating a genre all his own. Raised by Jamaican parents in Springfield Gardens, you can hear the dancehall influence sprinkled in many of his songs. He started rapping in his early teens, inspired by artists such as Speaker Knockerz, Chief Keef, and others. At just 16 years old, Lil Tecca has started to build a huge following online releasing singles “Count Me Out”, “Love Me”,  “Did it Again”, and “Molly Girl”.  “Did it Again” garnered a spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, landed in the top 25 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, #9 on Soundcloud Top 50 chart, and has garnered over 30 million streams and counting thus far. His current hit,Nearing 1-billion-streams worldwide, the lead single “Ransom” maintains its place at #1 on the Billboard Streaming Songs Chart for the third week in a row.  On the verge of being certified platinum, “Ransom”  ascends to #2 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs Chart & #4 on the Hot 100 Chart. The single has amassed over 500 million streams stateside and over 750 million global streams. It also secured the top spots at Spotify (remaining #1 for over a month), Apple Music and Soundcloud where “Ransom” holds the record for consecutive days at #1 on their Top 50 chart.  In addition, the single has landed in the Top 10 at Rhythm & Urban Radio and in the Top 40 on Pop Radio. He currently has 3 other tracks– “Out of Luck,” “Shots” and “Love Me” on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart andin the Top 50 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.


CITY MORGUE
SUNDAY, 3:50 PM, SAUCE STAGE


The melding of Rock and Rap is a concept that’s existed within the underbelly of music for decades, yet few have done what City Morgue is doing. When upstarts SosMula and ZillaKami come together, their fusion is seamless—oozing true skill with a reckless lack of fucks left to give. As the supergroup readies their collective debut mixtape City Morgue Vol. 1: Hell or High Water, the dynamic duo delivers a new and exciting vibe for any fan of true music—from hip-hop to metal. It’s City Morgue season. Get ready. Together they are City Morgue, and from the end of 2017, the two erupted Soundcloud with millions of listens. City Morgue’s first collective project to the streets City Morgue Vol. 1: Hell or High Water continues the movement that two have forged, with more tracks that reach a wider audience.

KASH DOLL
SUNDAY, 4:15 PM, SAUCE STAGE


Detroit rapper Kash Doll is on a serious roll. Her new album Stacked came out on October 4 and features songs with Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Trey Songz, Teyana Taylor, Summer Walker and more. This summer, she received a BET Award nomination for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” and earlier this year she toured the country with Meek Mill.


Detroit native Kash Doll has impacted the music industry with a commanding force, dropping street-earned truths with her throwback wordplay and powerful bars. The one-two combination of spirit and sass announced her as fiery female force in 2019 after quietly amassing 30 million-plus on-demand streams, garnering the BMI Social Star Award and “Issa Wave Award” at the BET Social Awards, and inking a deal with Republic Records. An unbelievable story brought her to this point. Losing her dad on just her first birthday, she always held down multiple jobs to support her mom and siblings. And at 18, she started investing in herself eventually opening two beauty bars and funding her own music career. She made waves on the 2014 independent debut mixtape, Keisha Vs. Kash Doll. Following 2016’s Trapped In The Dollhouse, she developed a presence as a touring force and earned coveted co-signs from Drake, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, and many more. The 2018 The Vault mixtape captured #1 on multiple mixtape sites as her debut single for Republic Records “Ice Me Out” and its 2 Chainz-assisted official remix clocked 18 million-plus total streams. Last year, Kash Doll also released a project solely for her fans titled Brat Mail to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 23 million global streams and features the break out single “Check.” Shortly before Brat Mail, Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody,” which racked up over 10 million YouTube/VEVO views independently. Outside of music, this boss runs Kash Doll Enterprises and does charity work around her hometown. Her city bestowed the “Spirit of Detroit” Award upon her.

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Splash House 2019

Splash House takes place every summer, once in June and August, within the Palm Springs region. It’s a poolside extravaganza where world renowned EDM artists perform well into the evening at participating hotel properties. After hours (which offers tickets for purchase separately from the weekend’s activities is held at the rustic Air Museum which transforms into a what many believe to be an alien mothership. If you’re seeking a good time with a both youthful yet mature crowd, then this is your locus.

Two of our squad members from 360 MAGAZINE drove down to immerse themselves in this one-of-a-kind experience.

Q. How does one prepare for SH?

A. Pack lots of water, coconut water, Powerade(electrolytes), light clothing and sunblock.

Q. Did you pack light? Did you bring snacks?

A. We stopped at the grocery story for snacks. Cheese and crackers, bagels, eggs, locks and lots of fruit.

Q. How was the drive on the way to Coachella Valley from LA? What time of day did you leave? What time do you recommend leaving?

A. The drive wasn’t too bad. We made it in 3.5 hours, considering we left during rush hour at 5:30pm. I highly recommend to take the day off work and get out to PS early in the day. To set in, relax and mentally prepare for an amazing weekend.

Q.Where did you and your friends rendezvous at?

A. We met at my friends hotel, the Renaissance.

Q. Did you feel the transportation provided was adequate?Or did you hang out at a certain venue or space while at the event?

A. The shuttles took us to different hotels and provided us with cold water which I thought was AMAZING!

Q. If you stayed overnight, was it at a participating hotel or Airbnb? Was it worth it? Did you feel like you missed out on any action?

A. We definitely didn’t miss out on anything by staying at a near by Airbnb. It was nice to disconnect and rest up for the next day.

Q. Where did you pull your inspo for your daily style from? Magazines? Previous festivals? Celebrities on Instagram? Was there a common thread at the festival?

A. I pulled my inspiration for my daily styles from the splash house website/instagram.

Q. Diplo was a last minute addition to the SH lineup, how did you hear about it? Announcement on site or word of mouth? Describe them in a few words.

A. I saw that DIPLO was added on the lineup through Splash House IG. Our most memorable moment at splash house was definitely DIPLO on set. He was magical!!

Q. Did you feel after hours was worth additional money? While at the Air Museum during the midnight hours, how did it make you feel?

A. The after hours is truly my favorite so it’s worth every penny!

Q. Overall crowd at SH was on a scale to 1 to 10, how would you rate if 10 being the highest?

A. I’m obsessed with everything about splash house so I rate it a 10. Bringing DIPLO out this year was dope!

Q. Please rate the performances which you saw and why you gave them that rate.

A. We only saw DIPLO and Ekali. They were sick.

Q. Would you attend SH next year and why?

A. I will definitely be attending next year, without a doubt!

Q. Is this the type of event you would go alone or with a group of friends/co-workers?

A. This is the type of event you go with your close friends.

Q. Would you attend SH next year and why?

A. This year was a step up from last year’s. And, we can’t wait for next year. Hope the lineup is just as great! Thank you so much SH!

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“Welcome To The West” 2nd Annual Festival

“Welcome To The West” Returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena for 2nd Annual Music Festival

Stage Tribute Planned to Honor Last Year’s Headliner Nipsey Hussle

After its sold-out inaugural year, Cabana Life Concerts is revving up for their second annual “Welcome To The West” music festival set for Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Friday, September 20, 2019, with tickets on sale to the public on June 7, 2019 available at https://thewestfestival.com.

The sophomore year continues to embody the full essence of being on the west coast; it is for the west, by the west, in the west.  Last year the event hit capacity after selling 5,500 tickets – a stellar achievement for a first-year festival.

It was just one year ago when Nipsey Hussle headlined the first ever “Welcome To The West” music festival.  After his tragic death in early 2019, producers are planning a main stage tribute in his memory stating, “It was truly an honor to have had such an inspirational and socially impactful artist play as our first headliner. We look forward to celebrating Nipsey Hussle’s legendary musicianship and remembering his positive influence on others, as the music community and beyond continue in mourning his passing.”

“Welcome To The West” exclusively embraces west coast culture and lifestyle.  Everything present at the festival is homegrown and strictly related to the west coast—this includes the lineup.  Every artist, product and vendor at this festival is from the west coast—it’s the only premium, all-inclusive west coast music experience on the market.  Ice Cube, Los Angeles resident, will be headlining the event. Other artists on the lineup include: Roddy Rich, Dom Kennedy, Too Short, DJ Quik, King Lil G,  and Malaynah, among others.

Cabana Life Concerts has been in operation for 3 years, hosting over 70 shows in that timeframe.  Cabana has worked with multiple arenas and nightclubs on both a domestic and international scale. They have worked with the likes of Gucci Mane and Ty Dolla $ign; if they’re in hip hop, Cabana Life has worked with them.

From legends past, present, and future, fans can catch them performing LIVE at the 2nd annual “Welcome To The West” Music Festival.  It’s more than music—it’s a brand, a culture, and a lifestyle.

For more information on Welcome to the West visit https://thewestfestival.com.

Homecoming

Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.
Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.
In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

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Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

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Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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