Very weird things banned from music festivals – BBC Newsbeat

Organisers haven’t confirmed why but it could be down to Glass Animals, whose fans like to bring the spiky fruit along to their shows.

The band’s drummer called the move “fruitist” saying “watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?”Here are some other outlawed items you were unlikely to be packing in the first place.

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Game of Thrones-inspired festival coming to Ontario town | CBC Books

The creators behind the Festival of Wizardry, a weekend celebrating the world of Harry Potter, are bringing a Game of Thrones-inspired festival to Blyth, Ont. in Huron County.

The Festival of Thrones is for fans of medieval fantasy, like George R.R. Martin’s series-turned-television show Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.

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Tom Hanks to unveil first book of short stories at London Literature Festival – The i newspaper online iNews

Tom Hanks will read his first collection of short stories, each themed around his passion for typewriters, when he makes a special appearance at the London Literature Festival. The Oscar-winning actor will reveal the inspiration behind his foray into fiction at the Southbank Centre event on November 1.

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Night Nation Run draws 8,000 for running music festival | TribLIVE

What cool event idea!!

Because it wasn’t just the electronic dance music reverberating through the air, causing the sidewalks to pulse under your feet. It was the mass who showed up—millennials, the older and wiser, those still occupying strollers, and everything in between—who not only caused traffic to stop, but inspired a wall of curious onlookers along N. Shore Drive. iPhones in the air, waiting to capture the moment when 8,000 people shot out from the starting line under fog machines, spot lights, and enough energy to short circuit the grid as Night Nation Run officially unleashed itself on the city.

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Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu

Underemployed artists during the Italian Renaissance took to the streets, typically outside of Cathedrals, to showcase their talents using two materials: chalk and the pavement.

For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.

During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.

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The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their ‘post-racial’ promise?

Festival issues, including diversity, run much deeper than just the performing lineup.

In the heady optimism of the early Obama years – which coincided with the stateside festival industry’s sixfold attendance boom – the phrase “post-racial” began to creep into the lexicon, and music festivals began promoting themselves as spaces where lofty ideals could be realized. On grassy fields and under big tops, differences of race, gender and sexual orientation are supposedly set aside in pursuit of a diverse, multicultural harmony-via-hedonism. In terms of race, this has proven to be a half-truth. O

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Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.

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