The Best EDM Songs Ever & 9 More Things We Loved on the Dance Music Internet

1. 101 Best EDM Songs

Skrillex? Aviicii? Diplo? Yes, yes, and yes! See who made our list for the 101 best EDM songs of all time.

2. Daphni

The enigmatic producer returns with his latest mix album, Fabriclive 93. This hour-long collection of bright, shimmery tunes includes some Daphni originals. Stream the whole thing right now on NPR.

3. Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald

This techno masterpiece from Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald is the perfect cap to your weekend, and you can hear it exclusively on THUMP.

4. The world’s most beautiful festivals

Mixmag rounded up 20 of the world’s most astonishing festivals. We’ve got so much FOMO right now.

5. From day jobs to DJs

It’s really important as a creative artist to have the freedom to say no. If you transition too early and you’re depending on gigs for every penny, you can end up whoring yourself out, and playing places you don’t want to.

We spoke to six DJs and producers about how they made the leap from their professional working lives to creating and performing music full time.

6. The dance music dictionary

What words from the dance music world should be added to the dictionary? Mixmag has a couple of ideas.

7. Luttrell

On the latest THUMP exclusive stream, we spoke to Luttrell about his shimmery new EP, which you can hear right now.

8. SHYBOI

Dig in to this heavy set, recorded at Brooklyn’s Groovy Groovy party.

9. The Nines

We take a look at this Dallas nightclub, where BDSM meets Burning Man.

10. Jana Rush

The Wire has the exclusive stream of Chicago progressive footwork producer Jana Rush’s debut album.

Canadian Festival-Goers Are Worried About Tainted Drugs: VICE Survey

In The Festival Harm Reduction Project series, we examine drug use at music festivals and clubs across the globe, and explore what artists, organizers, harm reduction groups, and concert-goers are doing to make nightlife safer.

According to an exclusive survey conducted by THUMP and VICE, many Canadians attending music festivals this summer are concerned about harmful substances in their drugs.

In April, we ran an anonymous questionnaire asking people to share information about their experiences with drugs and harm reduction practices at concerts. Of the over 4,600 people surveyed across the country, 66.3 percent said they were worried about their drugs being contaminated, and 81.3 percent said they wanted to see testing services made more widely available at festivals and events. These findings seem even more vital in light of North America’s ongoing opioid crisis, which shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.

“We have a huge risk of ten, 20, 50, 100 people dying at festivals this year,” Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, told VICE Canada. “Hopefully it won’t happen, but fentanyl has changed the game in terms of the toxicity on the market.”

Though checking of drugs at festivals exists in a legal grey area, and the scientific community remains divided as to the reliability of consumer-grade kits, our results suggest there’s high demand for these services at festivals. Below are our biggest takeaways from the survey. THUMP will continue to report on harm reduction efforts in upcoming months, and look out for a VICE Canada feature on what festivals are doing to prepare for the threat of drug-related overdoses.


All illustrations by Emma O’Neill

The four most represented provinces were (in order) Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, which also happen to have the largest populations in Canada. Of the respondents, slightly under 60 percent identified as female. Over 63 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.

It’s important to note here that people who use drugs at festivals are more likely to volunteer for a survey about drug use than those who don’t. Of those who said they hadn’t, 43.7 percent answered “yes” or “maybe” when asked if they’d take drugs at a concert this summer.

In a study by Health Canada reported by Global News, 2016 saw a 43 percent increase over the previous year in the number of street drugs testing positive for fentanyl across the country. Of the 2,503 samples submitted to Health Canada by Canadian law enforcement agencies, the illicit drugs most frequently found to contain fentanyl were heroin, ANPP (4-anilino-n-phenethylpiperidine, an intermediate drug in the synthesis of fentanyl), cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Of those who responded to THUMP’s survey, only 21.7 percent said they’d buy from someone they just met—a finding harm reduction expert Julie-Soleil Musson said speaks to a greater public awareness today of the dangers of tainted substances. “I would have been surprised five years ago,” said Musson, who is the director of Quebec women’s substance abuse prevention organization Elixir, and also works with non-profit harm reduction group GRIP Montreal. “But I’m happy to see now that they’re concerned. It confirms they’re afraid of their drugs.”

Other substances survey takers reported using included cocaine, mushrooms, GHB, new psychoactive substances (MDA, MXE, 2C series), benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin), codeine, and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet).

While at least 2,458 Canadians died from an opioid-related overdose in 2016 according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, our results suggested that very few people use heroin and fentanyl at festivals (0.7 and 0.8 percent respectively). Additionally, where people did report using heroin at festivals, Musson pointed out that it might be used for medical purposes to treat addiction, as opposed to recreational ones.

Though paying a visit to the medical tent is crucial in the event of a drug-related emergency, it would appear that many Canadians are still hesitant about using these services at festivals, likely for fear of being stigmatized or facing legal repercussions. But in May, the federal government passed the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act into law, which provides those who call 911 for themselves or another person in the case of an overdose immunity from simple drug possession charges. “That helps a lot,” said Musson. “People might feel more comfortable approaching paramedics since they can’t be judged.”

Other forms of harm reduction practiced by concert-goers included using a buddy system, ingesting small doses of drugs, not mixing substances, using chill-out tents/areas, and drug-checking services at festivals where available.

Naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) works by attaching to the same brain receptors that receive heroin and other opioids, and blocking those compounds for 30 to 60 minutes to reverse the respiratory depression that can result from an opioid overdose. In Canada, these take-home kits are available at pharmacies without a prescription, and many provinces offer them for free. While not all experts agree on their effectiveness, an increasing number of venues across the nation now carry them, and provincial health services programs have stepped up their efforts to promote their use by civilians.

A staggering majority of survey takers told THUMP that they’d take advantage of substance checking at festivals if those services were available. Other suggestions given to improve their concert-going experiences included “amnesty bins” (containers where drugs can anonymously be dropped off before entering festivals), designated areas for doing drugs, free water/extra refill stations, and less aggressive, gender-equal security.

While GRIP Montreal and others are putting continued pressure on festivals to offer testing services, there are currently no provincial or federal laws mandating it. Canadian courts have yet to make a definitive ruling on whether workers or volunteers at these stations can be held criminally responsible for aiding or abetting possession, though most organizations that practice drug checking do not touch substances themselves as a precautionary measure.

“We have to create a context where [festivals] are criminally negligent if they don’t have these services there—we’re kind of in the opposite [position] right now, where they’re seen as negligent if they do have them there since they are so-called ‘encouraging’ drug use,” said MacPherson. “There should be a baseline all festivals have to put in place, just as they have to [in order to get a permit] with washrooms or water or food.”

Additional reporting by Allison Tierney.

Max Mertens is on Twitter.

Minors Can Now Attend Music Festivals in Wisconsin Without a Guardian

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 194 into law, reports the Dunn County News. The bill, which was authored by Republican Representative Rob Summerfield and Senator Terry Moulton, allows unaccompanied underage people to attend music festivals in venues with an alcohol beverage license.

Music festivals are the latest exception to the list of venues in which people under 21 years of age may attend without a guardian. The previous law stated underage attendees needed a parent, legal guardian or spouse who is of age to attend. The current exception only applies to minors attending music festivals with an expected attendance of more than 2,500 people.

The Governor supports the new bill as a means of increasing tourism. “Assembly Bill 194 allows music festivals, which are a big tourism draw for the state, to continue to operate and benefit both the local and state economy,” Walker said.

New Local Australian Policy to Allow "Stop and Search" for Drugs Without Cause

According to a report from the Herald Sun in Victoria, Australia and the Daily Mail, Victorian police and the state government are looking to enact a new, zero-tolerance policy toward drug users at music festivals. In particular, this new change would allow the police to stop and search attendees at music festivals or similar events without reason.

Currently, police officers need “reasonable suspicion” that someone is under the influence or selling drugs before a search. According to the Daily Mail, the government plans to target, “drug drivers, ‘bush doof’ ravers who party too far away from medical treatment if things turn sour and organisers of large events that don’t provide adequate help to festival-goers.”

“This is about protecting lives and ensuring music festivals are great places for young people to get together – not places for tragedies,” said Police Minister Lisa Neville to the Herald Sun.

Pill testing, an increasingly more utilized harm reduction option at festivals and events, “fell to the wayside.” Neville told the Herald Sun this is because, “not every drug can be effectively tested.”

Drug overdoses have doubled in the area over the last five years, with paramedics responding to more than 30 drug overdoses per day. More than 200 people were arrested on drug charges in January at Australia’s Field Day music festival.

25 Portraits Proving Moogfest is Everything You Want a Festival to Be

This post appeared originally on THUMP Canada.

Since its beginnings in 2004, North Carolina’s Moogfest has set itself from other electronic music festivals by not only offering an impeccably-curated lineup of artists, but keynote speeches and workshops featuring academics, futurists, political organizers, tech leaders, and more. The 2017 edition was no different, with performances by the likes of Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, S U R V I V E, and Talib Kweli, and speakers including REM frontman Michael Stipe, synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani, and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics’ Dr. Kate Shaw.

Photographer Matt Lief Anderson was in Durham this year to capture participants, and he explained his process to THUMP over email.

“Moogfest has such an array of artists, scientists, etc. I approach an MIT scientist differently then Michael Stipe with more even lighting and less dramatic contrast,” he said. “I think the photos should reflect the musicians’ personalities. Other times, I had scientists and speakers ask me to shoot them like a band. That was fun too. Just adding colored gels to my lights really changes a person’s vibe.”

Of all the subjects, Anderson added that one stood out in particular. “Despite his obvious success as a comedian, Hannibal [Buress] was your quintessential Moogfest attendee. Participating in the build-your-own synth workshop, spearheading a chat with Flying Lotus, playing the theremin at the Moogfest wrap-up party all on a whim—a true collaborator and experimentalist.”

Check out the portraits below, and read our coverage of Moogfest 2017 talks by Mykki Blanco and Ableton co-founder Gerhard Behles.


S U R V I V E

Suzanne Ciani

Sudan Archives

Taeyoon Choi

Bearcat

Michael Stipe (REM)

John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx)

Flying Lotus

Laraaji

Kill Alters

Suzi Analog

Circuit Des Yeux

Hannibal Buress

King Britt

Colleen

Michael Winslow

808 State

DJ Premier

Greg Fox

Vivian Thi Tang

Rasheedah Phillips (The AfroFuturist Affair)

DJ Lance Rock and Nanny Cantaloupe

Deantoni Parks

Dr. Kate Shaw (right)

There's Still A Lot of Money to Be Made in Dance Music, Report Says

Today began the tenth International Music Summit (IMS), where electronic music industry folk gather on its home base of Ibiza to talk the state of the business. To kick off the weekend conference, strategy and insight specialist Kevin Watson of Danceonomics shared his annual IMS Business Report, which reveals that despite any talks of slowing down, the industry is still growing. Here are some chief findings and interesting observations we gleaned from the report:

Electronic artists, put your music on streaming services pronto

According to the report, the number of paid subscribers to music streaming services grew a staggering 65 percent in 2016, from 68 million to 112 million. The report also found that electronic music generates 12 billion streams per month on Spotify. In the US, dance music’s share of total audio consumption grew from 3.4 percent in 2015 to 4 percent in 2016, with 57 percent of total “sales” from streaming—the highest of any genre in the country.

Latin American market is growing

Though the US and Europe lead in global electronic music streams, Mexico and Brazil are in the top ten at No. 4 and 7, respectively. Overall, Latin America has shown the highest regional music sales growth with total revenue up by 24 percent. On the live events side, the region has become an emerging hot spot with brands such as Ultra, EDC, and Tomorrowland holding festivals in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Social media is still a major key

EDM fans have been shown to be the most social group out of all music fans, so an Internet presence is crucial for artists. Of all the platforms to be posting on, Instagram is the most important. Looking back on the past three months, the report indicates that the most popular artists have seen the most growth of their online fanbases on Instagram; its growth rate is shown to be 11 times that of Facebook’s. Another interesting observation: The Chainsmokers are adding 28 thousand social media followers daily… guess people really do want to get “closer” to the duo. Better start working on those #selfies.

Gender diversity is still a #festivalproblem

The business report gave THUMP a shout-out by referring to its study last year on gender diversity at music festivals. Of 24 festivals in 2016, only 17 percent of performers were women. The highest booking percentage went to Berlin’s CTM Festival (45 percent), and the lowest to California’s Beyond Wonderland (3.2 percent). Recently, THUMP teamed up with Smirnoff in an effort to double the number of female headliners at festivals over the next three years.

Festivals are bigger than ever

That a lot of people go to music festivals these days isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but a comparison of the number of attendees at the three biggest dance-music events (Tomorrowland, EDC LA/Las Vegas, and Ultra) in 2008 and now reveals just how much the festival industry has grown. In 2008, attendees of the big three totaled 185 thousand people. This year, it’s 925 thousand—an increase of 500 percent.

Overall, the industry is still growing, but highest-paid DJs are making less money

According to the report, Forbes reports show that earnings for the top 12 highest-paid DJs (including No. 1–3 Calvin Harris, Tiësto, and David Guetta) fell by 1 percent in 2016 from $304 million to $300 million. Despite this, the global electronic music industry’s value is up 3 percent, increasing to $7.4 billion from last year’s $7.1 billion. This value takes into account aforementioned factors such as streaming, social media, and live events, all of which showed an uptick.

Manchester’s Parklife Festival to Go On as Planned in Wake of Terror Attack

UK music festival Parklife will go on as planned following yesterday’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.

Event organizers shared the announcement today, stating, “We are continually liaising with the security and local police to ensure the safety of our customers. We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice.”

The weekender will take place June 10-11 at Manchester’s Heaton Park, just four miles from where a suicide bombing in the foyer of the arena left at least 22 dead and 59 injured. The attack occurred just after 10:30 PM last night as patrons were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

“Our thoughts are with those affected as well as the emergency services working tireless to keep us safe in all that we do,” said Parklife staff in their note. They added that their social media pages are going silent for 48 hours in respect of the victims.

Parklife will be headlined by The 1975 and Frank Ocean. Other acts playing over the weekend include A Tribe Called Quest, London Grammar, Eric Prydz, Anderson .Paak, Dixon, and many others.

At Least Six UK Festivals Plan to Allow Drug Testing This Summer

This summer, at least six music festivals in the UK are aiming to make their events safer for attendees. As the BBC reports, events including Reading and Leeds Festivals are proposing a plan to allow drug testing this summer pending the support of local authorities.

Melvin Benn, the director of UK music promoter Festival Republic, estimates that the number of festivals involved in the scheme ranges anywhere from “six to ten.” At these festivals, attendees can have their drugs tested to see what exactly is in them. Testing will be conducted by The Loop, a harm reduction organization that conducts forensic testing of drugs at UK festivals and nightclubs and provides follow-up support.

“We talked about it during the summer of last year and the reality is that I took a decision that unless and until the National Police Chiefs’ Council supported the principle of it, it was difficult for us to move forward on it,” Benn told the BBC.

West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable Andy Battle told the BBC that his team are considering supporting the measure. “We can never condone the use of illegal drugs, but we recognize that some people will continue to take them and we need to adapt our approach in the interests of public safety.”

Last year, Cambridgeshire’s Secret Garden Party became the first UK festival to offer drug testing. Approximately 200 people used the service. During the first days and a half of the festival, more than 80 substances were tested, the Guardian reported; identified substances included “very high-strength” ecstasy pills as well as an anti-malaria tablet sold as ketamine, and ammonium sulfate sold as MDMA.

Live Nation to Offer $799 All-Access Pass to Over 90 Festivals Worldwide

If you love of music festivals and just happen to have a spare $799 lying around, Live Nation has a proposition for you.

The live events titan earlier this week introduced a “festival passport,” which for $799 grants its owner general admission to over 90 music festivals around the world, including Bonnaroo, EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, Lollapalooza Berlin, The Warehouse Project, and Falls Festival—even if the event has previously sold out. However, as it’s noted in small print on the official website, if the festival offers on-site camping, the pass holder must email Live Nation two weeks in advance to reserve campground space. The pass doesn’t include any airfare, lodging, food, parking, or transportation.

If you can afford all of that, Live Nation’s festival passport goes on sale Monday, May 22 at 10 AM PST.

Last summer, Live Nation partnered with IdentoGO, the company that conducts TSA pre-checks at airports, to issue festival entry fast-passes to pre-registered attendees with TSA pre-check.

We Spoke to the Inventor of the Weed Flower Crown About Getting High at Music Festivals

For two glorious weekends out of the year, Southern California’s Indio desert becomes the Promised Land at Coachella Music Festival. Gone are the concrete high-rises, worries of the 9-to-5 work week, and never-ending bills, replaced instead by three balmy days of live music, beautiful people, and mountain-lined horizons. At Coachella, you are the ruler of your utopian kingdom—or queendom—where anything is possible (unless you’re trying to see both Dixon and Richie Hawtin play at the same time).

But what’s a king or queen without a crown? The royal headgear has throughout history symbolized the power of its wearer, and was typically made using expensive metals and jewels. It’s since become a wildly popular accessory at music festivals like Coachella, though its materials (flowers) are far friendlier on hard-partying desert dwellers and their wallets.

Even a ubiquitous fashion statement such as the flower crown is prime for an upgrade, however, and California-based marijuana growers Lowell Herb Co. are happy to oblige. Last month, they announced they were selling a cannabis flower crown, which consists of white roses and leaves intertwined with a quarter-ounce worth of marijuana buds. The crown, which is part of a Coachella-themed promotion, comes as a bonus item with the purchase of pre-rolled joints containing their new “Coachella” marijuana blend, a combination of four strains which Lowell Herb Co. partner Sean (who requested we not use his last name) tells THUMP was created specifically to optimize the music festival experience by reducing anxiety and heightening the visual and aural senses.

Though the cannabis crowns are a first for the company, the team have numerous times in the past realized similar ideas and themed blends for special occasions, including a cannabis bouquet for Valentine’s Day. “We’re a flower-only company, which means we don’t really do edibles or concentrates or anything like that,” Sean says.

Edibles may not be Lowell Herb Co.’s thing, but their concept of wearables is certainly looking (and smelling) strong. THUMP chatted with Sean about the conception of the cannabis crown, festival-friendly weed, and ideas for their next novelty item.

THUMP: Who came up with the idea for this cannabis crown?
Sean: It was our publicist who came up with the idea. She’s a big fan of Coachella, and we’d previously done a Valentine’s Day bouquet that we came up with internally within the company, which was a big hit. We do blends all the time, like we’ll do a special blend for Election Night, or we’ll do a First Day of Spring blend, or a New Year’s Day blend, a Superbowl blend, or whatever, so people can buy pre-rolls of these blends for special occasions.

Photo courtesy of Lowell Herb Co.

So she was like, “Let’s do a Coachella blend and a crown to go with it.” So we all got together on the farm and we figured out how to make them, and we had our growers and smokers—let’s be honest, they do both—come up with a blend that they thought would be fun for listening to music at a big festival.

So this cannabis crown is basically an evolution of a now-ubiquitous Coachella accessory, the flower crown.
Yes, [our publicist] goes all the time and she’s going this year, and she was like, “This is what I want to bring for me and my friends.” And we were like, “Let’s do it.” We’re a pretty small company and we don’t plan things that far in advance, so we were just like, “Let’s get together this weekend and try to make this.” We thought maybe it would just be for her and her friends, but it caught on and other people were interested, so we made enough so other people could buy it.

What exactly is this “Coachella blend”?
We selected a group of strains that the farmers and the other creative people who work on the farm thought would work well for listening to music, but wouldn’t induce any kind of anxiety when you’re around big crowds of people.

[The farmers] talked about, and I would agree, that sometimes when you smoke and you’re in a crowd of people, you get anxiety and you want to go hide in your room. That’s not going to be a possibility at Coachella, and so they tried to take some hybrid strains that can make you a little more outgoing, or that calm your anxiety, and they blended them with strains that are a sensory-enhancer and are good for listening to a record or watching a visual performance of some kind.

They also picked strains, that they grew, that had an association with what you think of when you think of Coachella. The strains they picked were Dog-Walker, Single White Girl, Chocolate Hashberry, and Lenny OG. So those four strains make up the Coachella blend.

Photo courtesy of Lowell Herb Co.

What kind of music is best when you’re smoking this Coachella blend?
I would say something that has some depth to it, that has texture and levels. In my experience, sometimes you get something out of a record when you’re sober; and then when you’re really high you’ll hear more depth or get deeper into it and appreciate some of the other levels that are going on.

What’s the perfect high for a festival like Coachella?
I’d say euphoric, calming, and sensory-enhancing.

Who are your all-time favorite stoner musicians?
Me, personally, I’m kind of old [laughs]. I would say that I probably would go with Postal Service, who I really liked to listen to, and I guess I still do, when I get high. The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is another good one.

Do you think music sounds better when you’re high?
I think you get a different appreciation for it. Because music can just be the background noise in your life, but if you really want to get into a record, like delve into it, I think sometimes if you get high it allows you to tune out the world and really appreciate something.

How do you smoke during a festival so you can stay perfectly high all day without getting faded by the time the headliner plays?
Oh man, I don’t know if I have the answer to that. I would probably blow it [laughs]. I’d probably fall asleep before the headliner came on. I always smoke too much and then have to go home and go to sleep. Everyone has their own tolerance, right? There are some girls who work at my farm who can smoke all day and they’re just motivated, they’re working hard on the farm all day and they never slow down. Then there are people like me, like in the mid-afternoon, if I smoke a joint, I’m useless for the rest of the day. So it’s hard to say.

You have to know your own tolerance, you’ve got to know how cannabis affects you, and maybe just stick with more uplifting things. Indicas [a type of cannabis strain which is typically more physically sedating compared to more stimulating sativas] can be a real outing-killer; they’re better for when you just want to stay in for the night and chill and watch a movie, go to sleep early and get some rest.

Do you foresee a future when weed is legal at music festivals?
Absolutely, I 100-percent do. It’s ridiculous to me that alcohol is available for sale at basically every public event that we do, even events that are mainly for children, and sporting events—there’s alcohol served everywhere. But that cannabis is unavailable in all these places, and that people are forced to hit their vape pens in the bathrooms or go outside and sneak one real quick, it seems ridiculous to me. But we’re getting there.

Colorado is the first state to allow you to use cannabis in establishments, and I can’t imagine California’s going to be far behind. I’m really hoping that the day that cannabis is treated more like alcohol in all parts of American society and life comes soon.

So far, you’ve got weed bouquets and weed crowns… what’s next?
I guess we could try to do a cannabis dragon for the premiere of Game of Thrones… None of what we’ve done has really been well-planned or researched promotions. We were just like, ‘Hey, this is a cool thing we could do,’ and then a bunch of people had interest in it. 

We’re a flower-only company, which means we don’t really do edibles or concentrates or anything like that; we just sell fresh cannabis. So that kind of limits us. Maybe a Christmas wreath could be our next one.

A cannabis Christmas wreath!
We’re for sure going to do a Christmas blend. It’s Christmas Eve, it’s cold outside and you’ve got a fire going; you want to have a special Christmas blend to go with your eggnog. So maybe a Christmas wreath to go along with that.

Secret Garden Party Announces This Year's Festival Will Be Its Last

Photo courtesy of the festival

UK boutique festival Secret Garden Party will host its last edition this summer, according to an announcement posted by the promoters on the official website. The final hurrah will take place July 20-23 at Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire, England with performances from Crystal Fighters, Metronomy, Tom Misch, Bonzai, Peaches, and more.

“Whilst I have always known I was going to have to write this, it still feels strange,” wrote “Head Gardener” Freddie Fellowes. “We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that ‘All good things must come to an end.'”

Launched 15 years ago as an independent alternative to mainstream festivals juggernauts, Secret Garden Party has grown into one of the UK’s largest outdoor events with no branding or sponsors. Over the years, it has had performances from artists such as Faithless, Clean Bandit, Lily Allen, Florence & the Machine, The xx, Gorillaz, and more. Last year, it became the first UK festival to offer a drug-testing service.

“The Garden Party has defined and redefined outdoor events in the UK; we have all done this together as a collective of truly independent outsiders,” stated Fellowes. “I have never compromised our principles and I never will. SGP has always been a beacon of what you can do within those terms… What better way to honor the love that has been given to this project and wholly demonstrate this principle, than going out with a bang.”

However, as the website states, though this may be the end of Secret Garden Party, a new event replace it in the future.

To accompany the announcement, they have shared a special mix. Listen to it below.

Users' Personal Details At Risk In Coachella Website Hack

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Coachella organizer Goldenvoice yesterday confirmed that the festival’s website had been hacked, putting festival-goers personal information at risk. The hack has since been reported to authorities and is currently under investigation, reports Billboard.

Customers’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers are among the data compromised by the hack. Not everyone who bought a ticket to the annual festival in Indio, California should be worried, though, because accounts on Coachella’s website are totally separate from ticket purchasing accounts. Coachella.com accounts are used to customize lineups, activate wristbands, and post on the website’s forum.

Goldenvoice sent a message to Coachella.com account holders about the hack yesterday. “Be aware that you may be targeted by phishing emails sent from people impersonating Coachella personnel,” they said. “Please remember that Coachella will never solicit personal information or account information from you via email. Please exercise caution if you receive any emails or phone calls that ask for such information, or direct you to web sites where you are asked for personal or financial information.” They also said that “no financial information was accessed.”

This news follows a recent report on Motherboard that someone claims to be selling over 950,000 Coachella user accounts on the dark web.

The head of Coachella’s parent company, conservative Christian billionaire Philip Anschutz, was recently linked to right-wing groups that support anti-LGBT measures and deny climate change. The xx, Radiohead, and Justice are on the lineup for this year’s edition of the festival.

If you’re worried that your details are at risk because of this data breach, learn more about the invaluable resource in the hacking age, ‘Have I Been Pwned?’

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