In a message to fans on Insomniac‘s website, founder Pasquale Rotella announced, among other news, that Electric Daisy Carnival will not be returning to New York in 2017. After five years on the East Coast, the EDC will not hold a New York event in May. Instead, the EDC team is focusing on the original Las Vegas version of the premier electronic music festival (set for June 16th-18th, 2017) as well as expanding the event on the international stage (EDC Japan is on the books for 2017). You can read Pasquale’s statement about EDC New York below, or check out the full message here.“Although EDC New York 2016 was one of my favorites hosted in the Big Apple, we’ve decided to take a break in 2017. We hope many of you East Coast Headliners will join us in Vegas. We’ll have an art car sound system paying homage to New York DJs past and present. As I write this, I’ve gotta mention all the hard work and creativity going into the completely reimagined kineticFIELD, as well as an entirely new additional stage. The team and I are energized about an epic EDC Las Vegas 2017!”For tickets and information about EDC Vegas, head to the festival’s website.
[H/T Consequence of Sound] Former Heavyweight Champion boxer-turned-showbiz entertainer Mike Tyson is now taking a jab at the music industry with his own mini-festival. The sports star announced on Tuesday that a one-day music event will take place at his Tyson Ranch Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California on February 23rd, and will be titled, The Kind Music Festival. The event will act as more of a “pop-up” micro-festival, according to its website, but overall it looks to be pretty “awethome” as Iron Mike would say!Artists who have already been booked and confirmed for the one-day event include Miguel as the headliner, as well as Chicano Batman, Starcrawler, Yonee, Mac Ayres, and All My Friends Hate Me. The event is open to fans of all ages and will include designated “Hang Out Village” and “Chillville” areas filled with 100 specialty bean bags, massive inflatable rides, obstacle courses, and mazes. The “Fun Zone” will presumably not include sparring sessions with Mike, so don’t go getting too ambitious on vodka/Red Bulls, all you meatheads out there. Fans will also be able to enjoy food and beverages from food trucks parked on-site.There will be no sales or giveaways of cannabis products on site, although the 412-acre entertainment complex is hoping to develop into a cannabis research and design facility in the near future. Fans are encouraged not to bring any illegal drugs or paraphernalia into the event grounds. Tyson is, of course, no stranger to the world of entertainment. The former fighter rose out of tough Brooklyn neighborhoods as a teenager to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion boxer in history at age 21 back in the 1980s. He quickly punched his way to becoming one of the hottest pay-per-view entertainers in the sport before age and financial mismanagement sent his career into a downward spiral. Tyson has rebounded and rebranded in recent years. In addition to losing post-career weight and launching a theatrical production about his life, he’s also invested his newly earned money in the thriving cannabis industry with The Tyson Ranch. Tickets for the event will begin general on-sale on Wednesday, January 3rd, and can be found along with more F.A.Q’s by visiting the event’s official website.
The newly built large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ subsidiary Ferry Sunflower, was launched on September 15.Following the launching ceremony, the vessel, which has room for 20% more truck compared to its old namesake, departed the Nanko Sunflower Terminal in Osaka Prefecture for the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.With a length of 192 meters and a breadth of 27 meters, the new ferry features a gross tonnage of 13,659 tons. It has a capacity to carry over 700 passengers and 121 large trucks.Together with its sister ferry, the Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15, the units will enhance their role in promoting a strong modal shift from long-distance transport by trucks to ocean transport by ferries driven by the need to reduce environmental impact.