What the Fyre debacle says about the state of the modern music festival

For years now, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — the desert blowout that takes place every April on the manicured grounds of Indio’s Empire Polo Club — has been selling many of its passes before its lineup is announced.

But if that success indicates the event’s importance as what might be referred to as a lifestyle experience, Coachella has nothing on the Fyre Festival, which in 2017 sold out before its lineup was even booked.

– Los Angeles Times

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Skiing, with a side of wine or axe throwing: Winter festivals draw mountain lovers to resorts

Giddy from an evening spent sipping small-lot, Okanagan Valley wines paired with Canadian scallops, duck and lamb, I buckle my ski boots, affix a headlamp to my helmet, and prepare to ski from the mid-mountain Sunburst Lodge back to the base at Sun Peaks Resort. Using only the dim glow emitting from my head and the bobbing light cast by the skier in front of me, I swoop exhilarating turns down the inky slope, my fear firmly on hold thanks to the liquid courage innervating my bloodstream.

– Calgary Herald

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Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival menus released

Start making your foodie plan of attack by perusing the newly released menus for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The event will be held from Aug. 30-Nov. 12. Park admission is required.

This year’s festival doesn’t have as many new marketplaces as last year: the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar. The Festival Center Wine Shop will serve food and drink as well.

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5 Summer Music Festival Discoveries In 2018

Hot weather and pop music have always gone together.

Since the creation of Bonarroo in the early aughts, summer music festivals have edged toward the center of millennial culture — crowned by Beyonce’s appearance at this year’s Coachella. But they’ve also become a driver of live music sales — SXSW alone has boosted Austin’s economy by $350 million in 2018. As the mere number of festivals continues to grow, ranging in genre and location across the world, it has become impossible to absorb it all. But while the headliners grab all the attention, I’m more interested in the artists lower down the bill. So here’s a list of five pop and rock acts I discovered this summer at music festivals, mostly in the New York area:

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LA Film Festival announces its 2018 competition lineup

Alfred Molina, Michelle Monaghan and Common star in "Saint Judy," a world premiere in the L.A. Muse section of the 2018 L.A. Film Festival.

The L.A. Film Festival announced its 2018 competition lineup Tuesday, with 40 feature films, 41 short films and 10 short episodic works from around the world screening over the course of the eight-day event.

Of the festival’s films, 42% are directed by women and 39% are directed by people of color.

“Our mission of finding fresh new voices from different geographical and cultural axes remains true,” festival director Jennifer Cochis said in a statement. “These storytellers are united by their ability to transport, impact and inspire audiences with the power of their craft.”

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