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COVID-19 Tour and Festival Cancellation Updates

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Updates for March 13, 2020:

The Birthday Massacre and JULIEN-K have postponed their tour and Ryan Shuck (of JULIEN-K) commented, “My friends, fans, and touring comrades: Many of you have read the succinct (and obviously heartbroken) post from The Birthday Massacre. Our tour has been postponed. We hope. We have had multiple RECENT cancellations on what WAS a very successful tour – there was no way to move forward after these developments. Unfortunately no matter how much we WANT and INTEND to tour through this ‘hyper-manic situation’ (no, I am not discounting the real virus that is hurting some people, I am referring to a media-driven melt down of the world economy) – Julien-K will not be able to tour w our friends The Birthday Massacre this Spring, and thus it’s financially & logistically impossible for us to play any other shows we have booked currently.”

Alice Cooper has postponed his Spring 2020 headlining North American tour and is rescheduling all dates for Fall 2020. Details will be shared as soon as possible. A statement reads, “Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19, the health and safety of our fans, local venue staffs, as well as the health and safety of our band and crew, is of utmost priority. Information regarding previously purchased tickets and VIP packages will be available soon at alicecooper.com. It is recommended that those who have tickets should retain them, as they may be valid for the re-scheduled shows. Let’s get through this together and resume rocking later in the year.”

Korpiklaani has postponed their upcoming tour dates, but dropped another video for their hit song “Beer Beer.” The new lyric video called “Pivo Pivo” can be seen below. The group commented, “Today we release our Slovakian ‘Pivo Pivo’ from our dear friend Milan | Achsar. We had timed this for our upcoming shows in Slovakia, however due to the current situation, we have had to reschedule to September. For our UK shows we had to postpone, we ask for more patience.”

The Dollyrots have postponed their Spring tour. The band shared the following words, “In the wave of the current health crisis, we’ve come to the difficult decision that moving forward with our Spring tour isn’t in the best interest of our fans, friends, and family. As much as we regret how this may affect the venues, support bands, and even our crew and bottom line, we feel that carrying on would be an irresponsible move. It’s not just a flu, it’s serious and highly contagious. And with the lack of widespread testing being offered by our government and healthcare system we also can’t confidently know what the true risk is for exposure.”

Chilliwack & Streetheart’s Casino Rama Resort show has been postponed. The venue is working with the artist’s team to reschedule the performances and will share details as soon as possible. Ticket holders may hold onto their original concert tickets as they will be honoured for the rescheduled performance date or they may seek a refund.

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– Canadian rocker Matthew Good has postponed his “Moving Walls Tour” and will be rescheduling all dates where previously purchased tickets will be honoured. Matthew Good notes, “There’s nothing more important than human life. Given the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been decided that it is best for all to postpone my Moving Walls tour. New dates will be announced as soon as possible. I’m being told that you should hold onto your tickets, as they will be honoured at the rescheduled shows. Your ticket seller will be in contact with further details.”

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The Night Flight Orchestra has postponed their European headlining tour featuring One Desire. A comment reads, “Hello all you Midnight Flyers! We’re all extremely sad to inform you that we have to cancel the remaining dates of the ‘Aeromantic Experience Tour,’ at least the part on the European continent. Due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. the Coronavirus and the various restricitions that it’s brought upon us), we simply can’t continue. Although we tried until the very end. Thank you so much to all of you who came out to see us, who danced your asses off and shared the euphoria. We love you. The remaining dates will be rescheduled, and hopefully we’ll even get to revisit a few places again.

On a positive note, we’ve already booked studio time, and we’ll enter the studio as soon as we get home. Even though we’re currently prevented from touring, we’ll make sure we’ll come to you in some way or form – not only sound wise but also visually. No one can tell how long this whole situation will go on, but we promise that we’ll keep bringing The Aeromantic Experience to you, no matter what happens.“

Updates for March 12, 2020:

Billie Eilish’s “Where Do We Go” North American shows have been postponed until further notice with tickets to be honoured for the rescheduled dates. Eilish commented, “I’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. we’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. please keep yourselves healthy. i love you.”

STYX has postponed their scheduled March concerts due to health concerns of their fans, crew and family. The shows are being rescheduled and will be announced in the coming weeks.

– The remainder of the Letterkenny Live! 2020 Tour has been postponed. A press release reads, “Due to the rapidly-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, it is with great sadness that we have collectively made the decision to postpone the remaining North American dates of the “Letterkenny Live!” 2020 Tour, beginning with Buffalo, NY tonight. The health and well-being of the fans and everyone involved with the tour is top of mind, and as such, we feel that exercising extreme caution is the best decision for the safety of all. Rescheduled tour dates will be confirmed and announced soon. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.”

– Including tonight’s show in Calgary, Alberta, the rest of The Glorious Sons’ popular “A War On Everything Tour” has been postponed. At this time, all dates will be rescheduled so fans are advised to hang on to their tickets as new dates will be posted in the coming weeks.

New York band Jim Andralis & the Syntonics, set to release their 11-song (10 originals and 1 Lori McKenna cover) album, My Beautiful Enemy, on March 27, 2020, have cancelled their release show with special guest Bridget Everett. It was to be held at Joe’s Pub in NYC on March 28th.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were scheduled to perform at Casino Rama Resort on March 21st and 22nd, but the shows have now been postponed. The venue shared the following:

“Casino Rama Resort regrets to announce that the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons concerts scheduled for Saturday, March 21(8PM) & Sunday, March 22 (5PM) have been postponed. Mr. Valli has been advised not to travel given current travel advisories. The casino is working with the artist’s team to reschedule the much-anticipated performance and will provide details on the rescheduled date as soon as possible. The casino and the artist apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause and Mr. Valli looks forward to performing at Casino Rama Resort at a later date.”

– Montreal-based event promoter, evenko has issued the following statement regarding the COVID-19 situation:

“evenko has taken note of the measures put in place by the government of Quebec to suspend the events of more than 250 people for a period of 30 days. The company understands and respects the government’s decision to take the necessary steps to control the risk of the virus spreading. Specific information for each event will be communicated as soon as possible. In the meantime, ticket holders are invited to keep their tickets for future events.”

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– In a post shared via Facebook, Canadian heavy metal icon Devin Townsend has confirmed a postponement to his upcoming tour. The post reads:

“It is with immense disappointment that I have been put in the position to announce the postponement of the remaining dates on my Empath Vol. 1 North American Tour due to Corona Virus. With the travel ban In effect from Europe and the consequent chaos that has brought to travel plans, as well as the increasing social unrest, combined with the fact that half of this crew is either European or from the UK, it put us in a tenuous position. Several of the dates have been cancelled by the state, and I suspect many more to come. This is a postponement, not a cancellation. And your support has been tremendous thus far. The best it’s been in North America. Thank you and immense apologies to those who were looking forward to it. Also, apologies to our fantastic crew and incredible band for the loss of income. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the short notice. This came up overnight in a chaotic flurry of new information.”

– The 2020 JUNO Awards have just been cancelled. A joint statement regarding JUNO Week 2020 reads:

“Through our collaborative discussions and with input and guidance and the full support of our trusted partners, including the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we collectively confirm the cancellation of the 49th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week activities in Saskatoon due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities. We know this is the right decision based on the information we currently have and are continuing to receive. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

We salute and appreciate all the 2020 nominees. CARAS will continue to explore options to coordinate an alternative way to honour this year’s JUNO Award winners and Special Award Recipients and support the creators and participants that so greatly benefit from the work done by CARAS and the JUNOS.”

– The Progressive metalcore band After The Burial (Sumerian Records) have cut shot their current EU/UK tour with Make Them Suffer, Polar, and Spiritbox due to Coronavirs concerns.

The group commented, “Due to the foreseen travel ban, we’ve been forced to cancel the remaining dates of our European tour with Make Them Suffer, Polar, and Spiritbox. It’s a horrible situation, and we wish it wasn’t the case, but unfortunately it has come down to this and we have to air on the safe side. We offer our apologies to all the fans that didn’t get to catch us on this tour, and we hope it won’t be too long until we can return.”

Greg Dulli has cancelled his UK/European tour. The artist commented, “Due to the recently announced travel ban we must sadly cancel our March/April European dates. We sincerely apologize and are already working on rescheduling our European tour for later this year. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. We remain hopeful that the North American tour will proceed as planned beginning in Minneapolis on April 24th. We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it develops. Stay safe everyone.”

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The Electric Highway Festival Announces Final Lineup for 2024

The Electric Highway Festival announces the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival held in Calgary, AB on April 4, 5, and 6.

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The Electric Highway Festival is excited to announce the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival, which will be held in Calgary, AB, on April 4, 5, and 6 at Dickens (1000 9 Ave SW). This is the biggest festival lineup yet, with 23 bands playing over three days.

Canadian Juno Award-winning Vancouver band Anciients will headline the whole festival. They will be joined by various Western Canadian bands, including Dead Quiet, Empress, Flashback, Buffalo Bud Buster, and more. Newly added to the bill are returning bands La Chinga, Hombre, and Set & Stoned, along with festival newcomers Prisoner, Passing Pluto, and Mors Sanctorum.

The final festival poster is now available. The festival artwork was created by Saskatchewan tattoo artist Roman Corkery (check him out). Besides being a fantastic tattoo artist, Roman is also a talented multi-media artist. The Festival thought it was time to have a full-on space theme. With Roman’s love of creating space-themed art, he was the perfect artist to tackle the idea, and the result was outstanding.

All festival tickets and passes are now available at presale pricing, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets. 2024 Festival t-shirts are now available for presale as well. Order now to save some money, and be sure to get the size you want. The Electric Highway Festival hosts various genres that range from Desert Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom, Sludge, Trippy Psychedelic, Surf Rock, Acid Rock, Noise Rock, Fuzz Rock, Space Rock, Blues Rock, Heavy Psych, Heavy Blues, Southern Rock, Fuzzy Punk, Sludgy Hardcore bands and variations of any of the previously mentioned styles.

The 2023 edition of the festival featured Californian headliners Sasquatch, one of the event’s past favourites, laying down their brand of fuzzy, kick-ass Desert Rock & Heavy Psych with direct support from Vancouver’s La Chinga who returned for their 4th appearance on the Saturday night. Black Mastiff returned to headline the Friday night with Calgary’s Gone Cosmic and HypnoPilot headlined the Thursday show with support from Citizen Rage. These were just a few of the wicked bands that played at this past year’s The Electric Highway.

The Electric Highway is excited to announce once again that New Level Brewing is not only the top sponsor but is also the preferred beverage provider for The Electric Highway and all the bands on the bill. New Level Brewing is a Calgary-based award-winning Craft brewery. New Level is known for bending the rules of the style guidelines to create bold beers that are just a bit different from what you may have had before. Specializing in unusual ingredients with eye-catching packaging, New Level’s craft beer and sodas are worth checking out. You can find New Level on all social media or their website at https://www.newlevelbrewing.ca/

The Electric Highway would also like to announce that Crooks Hollow Studio is their newest major sponsor. The festival is so excited to have them on board! One of Calgary’s newest state-of-the-art studios with top-of-the-line equipment will take a recording to the next level. Drummers will especially love this studio, with acoustics tailored to create the perfect big drum sound. Crooks Hollow Studio will be providing top-level backline equipment to this year’s festival, as well as technical support.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to check out the Festival’s Expo taking place all three days at Dickens. The Expo features some of Calgary’s most interesting and unusual creators and unique small businesses. There are still limited spaces available in the Expo. Contact the Festival for more information.

The Electric Highway Festival Lineup By Day:
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Thursday, April 4:
Hombre (Calgary)
Solid Brown (Calgary)
Set & Stoned (Calgary)
Owls & Eagles (Calgary)
Black Daggers (Red Deer)
Prisoner (Calgary)
Mors Sanctorum (Calgary)

​Friday, April 5:​
Buffalo Bud Buster (Calgary)
La Chinga (Vancouver)
Flashback (Calgary)
Pharm (Kelowna)
The Getmines (Vancouver)
Blacksmith and Brewer (BC Sunshine Coast)
Atomic Yeti (Saskatoon)
Passing Pluto (Calgary)

Saturday, April 6:​
Anciients (Vancouver)
Dead Quiet (Vancouver)
Empress (Vancouver)
Gnarwhal (Yellowknife)
Tebby and the Heavy (Edmonton)
Musing (Calgary)
Stone Spear (Kelowna)
Conjure Hand (Victoria)

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.

The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.

On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.

With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!

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Pearl Jam Announce ‘Dark Matter’ Album Details and World Tour

Rock legends Pearl Jam have revealed details of their ‘Dark Matter’ album, and a full World Tour for 2024. Get all the details here…

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Pearl Jam will release their twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, through Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on April 19, 2024, and launch a 35-date worldwide tour this May. To celebrate the news, the band have shared the title track with the album marking the band’s first release since the critically-acclaimed Gigaton in 2020.

Recorded in Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played with producer Andrew Watt at the helm. The musicians faced one another in the same space and communicated sonically at the highest level. Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks.

Speaking about the album, frontman Eddie Vedder said:

“I’m getting chills because I have good memories. We’re still looking for ways to communicate. We’re at this time in our lives when you could do it or you could not do it, but we still care about putting something out there that is meaningful and that we hopefully think is our best work. No hyperbole, I think this is our best work.”

Check out the title track here:

Continuing, guitarist Jeff Ament added,

“What Ed said about getting us in a room at this point, we felt like we were about to make a really important record. A lot of that had to do with the atmosphere Andrew set up. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of our history, not only as a band and how we wrote songs but as players. He could pinpoint things we did on old songs to the point where I was like, ‘What the fuck is he talking about?’ His excitement was contagious. He’s a force. I just want to say thanks for keeping us on track. I couldn’t be prouder of us as a band. I feel so grateful for the fans, but mostly for my brothers and these people I’ve made music with.”

The band is celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter on April 20. Only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores at www.recordstoreday.com.

Dark Matter Track listing:

1. Scared of Fear
2. React, Respond
3. Wreckage
4. Dark Matter
5. Won’t Tell
6. Upper Hand
7. Waiting for Stevie
8. Running
9. Something Special
10. Got to Give
11. Setting Sun

In support of Dark Matter, Pearl Jam will head out on a world tour this year. Their global tour, hitting nine countries and 25 cities, kicks off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, North America including their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena. The tour continues with performances in the UK and Europe, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November.

Tour Dates:

05/06 – Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/04 – Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/10 – Portland, OR Moda Center
05/13 – Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
05/16 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
05/18 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum
05/25 – Napa Valley, CA BottleRock Festival **
05/28 – Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
05/30 – Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
06/22 – Dublin, IE Marlay Park
06/25 – Manchester, UK Manchester Co-Op Live
06/29 – London, UK Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
07/02 – Berlin, DE Waldbühne
07/03 – Berlin, DE Waldbühne
07/06 – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
07/08 – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
07/11 – Madrid, SE Mad Cool Festival **
07/13 – Lisbon, PT NOS Alive Festival **
08/22 – Missoula, MT Washington-Grizzly Stadium
08/26 – Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Music Center *
08/29 – Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
08/31 – Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
09/03 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
09/04 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
09/07 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
09/09 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
09/12 – Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena
09/15 – Boston, MA Fenway Park
09/17 – Boston, MA Fenway Park
11/08 – Auckland, NZ Go Media Stadium Mt Smart
11/13 – Gold Coast, AU Heritage Bank Stadium
11/16 – Melbourne, AU Marvel Stadium
11/21 – Sydney, AU Giants Stadium

* Rescheduled date from 2023
** Festival dates are already on sale

Special guests Deep Sea Diver (North America Leg 1), Glen Hansard (North America Leg 2), The Murder Capital (UK/EU), Richard Ashcroft (Dublin and London) and Pixies (Australia and New Zealand) will serve as support for these dates.

To pre-order your copy of Dark Matter, head over to here.

Pearl Jam ‘Dark Matter’ Album Artwork

Pearl Jam ‘Dark Matter’ Album Artwork

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