Justin Timberlake Reunites With That Super Bowl Selfie Kid

After getting more than enough time to do his Google research on that singer who took a selfie with him during his Super Bowl LII halftime performance, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna was reunited with Justin Timberlake Wednesday night when the Man of the Woods Tour stopped over in Boston. “Great time meeting @justintimberlake #manofthewoodstour !! #selfie,” McKenna wrote on his Instagram account which is aptly-titled selfiekid.

 

Great time meeting @justintimberlake #manofthewoodstour !! #selfie 👍🔥🙌🤳

A post shared by Ryan Mckenna (@selfiekid) on Apr 5, 2018 at 5:02am PDT

Timberlake liked the photo, adding, “Great finally meeting you!”

After taking the Super Bowl Selfie with JT, McKenna appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where the singer called in to invite Ryan and his family to his show in Boston, so the two can properly meet, and take a “second selfie together.” A “Backstage Selfie,” which is probably what JT shouted after the picture was taken.

If that offer wasn’t good enough, the NFL also came through with a gift for the “VIP experience” to a New England Patriots home game next season for McKenna and his family, as well as four pre-game field passes.

Instead of snapping another selfie with this kid, why couldn’t JT try and work something out with former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, who was standing just a few feet away

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Leaked Fyre Festival Pitch Deck Is Proof It was Doomed to Fail

For Fyre Festival story no. 439, we are treated to the leaked pitch deck potential investors were given ahead of the doomed event's disastrous kickoff and subsequent postponement. Monday night, Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton shared the Fyre Festival pitch presentation in full, calling it one of the “most preposterous” outside capital invitations he's ever seen.

There's a lot to unpack here, arguably too much to unpack, but here are a few selected bits of preposterousness from the Bilton-obtained Fyre Festival pitch deck:

  • There's a Rumi quote slapped atop a photo collage of what the organizers hoped Fyre Fest would be: “Come, seek, for searching is the foundation of fortune.”
  • In another slide, the Fyre team vows that the “actual experience” of the festival “exceeds all expectations and is something that's hard to put to words.” Additionally, this slide promises, Fyre will “IGNITE that type of ENERGY, that type of POWER in our guests.”
  • Explaining the Fyre vision, the pitch deck summarizes the Fyre goals while referencing the “five elements of the earth.” According to this particular slide, Fyre has a five-year plan aimed at traveling the globe to discover “untouched lands” and flip them into “unparalleled experiences.”
  • Fyre Festival is touted as “the cultural experience of the decade.” Can't argue with that.

The most notable part, however, is the designation of so-called “Fyre Starters.” Fyre Starters are described as “ambassadors” who are part of the “Fyre Tribe.” Starters of Fyre listed in the leaked deck include Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Ashanti, and more.

On Monday, TMZ claimed that claimed that Fyre founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland had been “barred” from attempting another festival in the Bahamas. Another festival, however, is apparently in the works for an alternate location and inaugural attendees have been offered the option of eschewing refunds in favor of VIP passes to the next one.

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Ja Rule and Billy McFarland Reportedly Barred From Attempting Another Fest in Bahamas

Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, founders of the failed Fyre Festival, have reportedly been “barred” from trying again in the Bahamas. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sources told TMZ they were planning to start enforcing a “stricter vetting system” for music festivals in the future, an overhaul that will include checking in with organizers repeatedly throughout any event's development process.

The reason the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism didn't intervene during the Fyre Festival's planning process, according to TMZ, is that they didn't have the authority due to its status as a private event. On Sunday, famous lawyer Mark Geragos filed a $100 million lawsuit against Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and the Fyre Media brand alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.

The suit, TMZ reported Tuesday, also alleges that Fyre attendees were locked inside the airport terminal “for hours” as security officials put up a fence around the building to make sure no one left the premises. Additionally, some attendees reportedly passed out due to lack of water while waiting for a departing flight. There was also, according to a photo, some sort of tiny fire fyre going on?

Burned Fyre attendees have two options, according to the New York Times' Joe Coscarelli. they can take their refund and get on with their lives, or they can pay it forward by receiving VIP passes for whatever the Fyre team is planning for 2018:

All bummers aside, at least we got some decent Twitter jokes and the Matt Skiba-provided nickname Lord of the Entitled Flies out of this.

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Sneaker Spaces: Take a VR Tour of Concepts’ Store and VIP Lounge

Boston is, arguably, the sneaker hub of America, playing home to brands such as New Balance, Reebok, Saucony, and Converse, and one of the world's best sneaker boutiques, Concepts. Founded in 1996 in the back of The Tannery, a premium footwear store, Concepts was a lifestyle offshoot that would boom into a global retailer with locations now in Dubai and New York City, as well as its hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Many people know Concepts for its sneaker collaborations, but on the latest episode of Sneaker Spaces, the shop's manager Deon Point gives a VR tour of its flagship location, as well as a tour of its VIP lounge and shopping area that not too many people get to see. To get a look at what's in store, watch the episode above.

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Insomniac and C3 Presents Release Single-Day Tickets and Lineup By Day for Middlelands 2017

In partnership with C3 Presents, Insomniac announced today that single-day tickets and the lineup by day for the inaugural Middlelands music and camping festival are now available. Inside the fantastical world of Middlelands, Headliners will experience five majestic stages, four days of camping in the forest, and three days of unrivaled music, fun and festivities across the enchanted Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds. Single-day general admission passes start at $95 before fees, while VIP tickets begin at $185 before fees. Single-day passes can be purchased HERE and VIP passes can be purchased HERE, with layaway plans available until March 31.

Over 150 of the world’s top musicians will descend upon Todd Mission, TX this May to showcase their infectious beats and roaring riffs across five Medieval-themed stages. The Middlelands experience will begin on Friday, May 5 with mesmerizing sounds from chart-toppers like Major Lazer, Marshmello, NGHTMRE, Crystal Castles, and Phantogram. On Saturday, May 6, Lords and Ladies can continue to curate their schedule with heavy-hitters such as Alison Wonderland, Bassnectar, GRiZ, Seven Lions and What So Not, while the inaugural festival is set to culminate on Sunday, May 7 with groundbreaking performances from Kaskade, Galantis, Rae Sremmurd, Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor), and Zhu.

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Slander & YOOKIE – After All (Kompany & Wooli Remix VIP) [Free Download] (Premiere)

Slander and Yookie’s collaborative track “After All” turned heads at the end of last year, with each artist attributing their various styles to their future festival trap banger that saw it’s time in the light for many of 2016’s final sets. After releasing their remix package with names like Xilent, PhaseOne, Habstrakt and of course Kompany & Wooli, fans were blessed with heavy hitting bangers that would leave them with knees weak and necks broken. After almost two months since their bass filled rendition of the tune, Kompany & Wooli are back with their VIP, completely re-imagining their past release for something even wilder. Combining dub breaks, future bass stylings and even more energy, this “After All” VIP is everything you could need. From absolutely gritty basslines to captivating melodies and filtered saws reminiscent of Louis the Child, Wooli and Kompany each showcase their ingenuity as rising bass talents in this new must have hit. Make sure to snag the free download below!

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Source: Slander & YOOKIE – After All (Kompany & Wooli Remix VIP) [Free Download] (Premiere)

Win Tickets To See Tchami At The Ogden Theater In Denver on 3/7

Tchami is bringing his Prophecy tour to Denver next Tuesday at the Ogden Theater. If you’d like to avoid ticket fees, we’ve teamed up with his team to give away two free VIP tickets to the event, plus some merch to sweeten the deal.

The contest is for a limited time only, so be sure to enter as soon as possible below.

Win Tickets To See Tchami At The Ogden Theater In Denver on 3/7 (Contest on Hive.co)

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Middlelands Reveals Official Fairground Map

If you’re going to Middlelands, you’ll probably want to take this down because the festival organizers have just released the festival map and the campground is massive! That being said, festival organizers are allowing attendees to bring their own bikes just to get around – just don’t forget your locks!

The top part of the campgrounds features a camping area in close proximity to a lot of the festive areas such as ‘Wheelhouse,’ ‘Fellowship Field,’ ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Shady Glade.’ As we move further south there’s even more spaces set up for activities, plus VIP camping areas and the main campground. Most of the stages seem to be congregated even further south.

Boasting colorful names like ‘The Stronghold,’ ‘Castle Northwoods,’ ‘Trinity Vale’ and ‘Middlelands Arena’ we can’t wait to see what the full stage production looks like as we get closer to the festival date. There’s even a little pirate-themed area which boasts its very own secret festival ‘outside’ of the main campgrounds.

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Source: Middlelands Reveals Official Fairground Map

Wobbleland Is A Bass Head’s Dream Destination Festival

If you’re a bass head in California, you’ve heard of Wobbleland. The festival that Vital Events started years ago has finally grown into a full-fledged 3-day event for the first time ever this year, and the booking team didn’t waste any time in filling up those time slots with the best that current bass music has to offer.

If you were looking for trap, boom: Party Favor, Quix, Jameston Thieves b2b Yookie, Valentino Khan.
If you were looking for bass house, boom: Sam F b2b Yntendo, Joyryde, Bishu, Datsik.
If you were looking for dubstep, well… there’s too many to count. It is Wobbleland after all.

From 7pm until 2am every night, thousands of bass heads poured into the San Jose City National Civic, adorned in kandi and Wobbleland & Damascus apparel, ready to headbang their little hearts out. Starting off the first day with four epic b2b sets, including a massive Phiso b2b Aweminus b2b Definitive set right in the beginning of the evening was a bold move, but it easily set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Luca Lush b2b Josh Pan was next, followed by KRANE b2b Alexander Lewis, and let me tell you… you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a man cover Keys N Krates’ “Dum De Dum” live with a freaking trombone. You just haven’t.

And as crazy as the first day was, the second day didn’t really let up at all. Starting off with Jameston Thieves b2b Yookie straight into an ear-melting set from Midnight Tyrannosaurus was just what the crowd needed to shake off the sleepy eyes from the night before. This was then followed by sets by Bleep Bloop, Jackal, Kayzo, Party Favor, and then Zomboy… so you can imagine how sore necks were after that. This was personally my favorite night of the show – too many homies to count.

For the final night, things seemed a little quieter, a little calmer (at least early on). Fans were noticeably tired and exhausted, but they paid for a 3-day ticket and they damn sure weren’t gonna let that go to waste. The night definitely started off slower than the previous two, with Bishu going into Woolymammoth. But by the time QUIX came on at 9pm, all bets were off. He threw down definitely one of the best sets of the weekend, determined to not be upstaged by who was on next… Trollphace b2b Trampa. If you were waiting for the hardest, most bass-heavy set of the weekend, you found it.

The rest of the night played out with Joyryde, Valentino Khan and Datsik in proper succession, breaking necks like you would only expect.

Of course, I haven’t even mentioned the VIP area with sets from Aweminus b2b Sudden Death, Cherney, Oolacile, Juju and more… but unfortunately, this spot was often overlooked in favor of the more grand main stage. Even still, all artists who played in the VIP area gave it their all and those in attendance were thankful for it.

Despite some issues with security throughout the weekend, most people would say that the first 3-day Wobbleland was an unadulterated success. The next major Vital Events show is Toxic Summer in just a few months! Will it be able to live up to Wobbleland? Damn straight, it will.

 

Photos via Scotch Photos, Jared

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Source: Wobbleland Is A Bass Head’s Dream Destination Festival

Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]

For years, Third Party has been steadily climbing the ranks with impeccable production and emotive songwriting, earning them a well-deserved place in the upper echelons of dance music. After constructing an early legacy with explosive solo releases and high profile remixes, the London-based duo went on to form their own imprint, Release Records, and have since worked with the likes of Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, and more. Now, all those years of work culminate in their debut LP, Hope.

The album’s title says it all, and this 11-track collection is formed around just that, to motivate and inspire fans to move persevere no matter what life throws their way. The music itself is everything you love about Third Party, packing everything from pounding electro to gorgeous progressive, chilling piano-driven house, and even tossing bits of acid into the mix.

Kicking off the album on a high note, “Without You” is an absolute monster of a tune, blaring a euphoric melody that’s enough to make even Dr. Scrooge himself crack a smile. The mood quickly bounds on to “Live Forever,” and as the lead single off the album, the track hasn’t lost an ounce of allure since we first heard it back in December. “Veins” continues the uplifting themes of Hope with a hint of nostalgia in the arpeggiated synthwork, which offer a subtle nod to turn-of-the-millennia records that form the roots the modern soundscape.

Considering this is dance music, what album would be complete without a dose of soul? “Guiding Light” seamlessly blends sultry vocals with the explosive vigor of bright-eyed synths supported by insatiable mids, all of which carry over to the tones of “Waiting.”

As a welcome mid-point, Third Party’s heavier leanings begin to shine through on”Arrival,” an electro-inspired demon that’s going to absolutely break crowds this festival season. It’s not hard to imagine what the boys were going for with this one; shimmering embellishments, laser assaults, and driving bass place listeners firmly into the realm of science fiction.

Next up, threading together nostalgic hits with a fat twinge of acid, “Get Back” is going to get your blood pumping just right. This gem is a proper throwback with delectable sequencing, ebbing fills, voluptuous risers, and a heavenly balance of tension and release. And we’d be fools to forget about Third Party’s collaboration with Martin Garrix “Lions In The Wild.” This main stage weapon remains the powerhouse anthem we know and love, now with over 17 million collective plays to date.

“Hurt” is by far the most pop-friendly track off the album, but despite being of a different cut, it fits in beautifully in the context of Hope. The arrangement’s piano arrangement is chillingly appropriate, each element is given plenty of space to breathe through the mix, and the vocals are simple, yet oh-so powerful.

Then it’s back to the arena-filling sounds of “Have No Fear,” boasting an enormity as befits its message. Oh, and take care your heart doesn’t crumble with the fresh VIP mix of “Everyday Of My Life.” Placing the remix of this iconic tune at the end of the album was no accident, and all the emotion you’ve felt throughout Hope is revisited once more in this certified tearjerker. Don’t worry though, they’re happy tears, we promise.

This is easily one of the best electronic dance albums we’ve heard in years, and we couldn’t be more proud to present the World Premiere of Third Party’s Hope, available tomorrow 2/24 on your favorite digital platform.

Prepare your ears for an over-the-counter dose of auditory bliss, and read on to hear Third Party’s thoughts behind the album, and what’s in store for 2017.

Congratulations on the album! I can honestly say it’s one of the best progressive works I’ve heard in the last couple years. How long have you guys been working on this and how does it feel to finally release it into the world?

“Thank you! We probably started the project about 18 months ago, that was when we really committed to the idea of doing an album and to have it finally finished is an amazing feeling!”

You’ve got a history of successful singles under your belt, what has been different about working on a full-length LP?

“The main difference is working out what your overall concept is, making sure all the tracks have the same feeling and can work as a body of work together. We hate seeing albums that are obviously just a load of singles stuck together without any real meaning of what the bigger picture is.”

The album’s namesake says a lot about the material, but can you describe the concept and what you wanted to accomplish?

“We came up with the title ‘Hope’ as we felt this represented what we wanted the message of the album to be as a whole. We want people who listen to the album to be inspired the way we were inspired by music we listened to growing up. Also from a human level, music has the power to create ‘Hope’ for someone in any aspect of their life, so if any of the songs can motivate/inspire/help anyone in anyway we will feel it was all worth it!”

I’m a sucker for “Without You”, but there’s something for everyone in ‘Hope’. What are your personal favorites from the album and why?

“Tricky question, we probably change our mind every week so maybe ask us later on in the year!”

What can fans expect from Third Party and RELEASE in 2017?

“We have a lot planned for 2017, we’re announcing an album tour very soon which includes our residency at Ministry of Sound where we’re back at on March 10th for a ‘Release’ night. Then we’re putting on our biggest show to date in Liverpool with a brand new concept called ‘The STAGE’ which we’re really excited about! It’s a big new custom made stage being made, we’re putting in a lot of work with our visual team to create the best visuals to fit with the music, which hopefully creates an unforgettable experience for the fans!”

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]