Touring circus – Generating Company http://generatingcompany.co.uk/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 19:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Touring circus – Generating Company http://generatingcompany.co.uk/ 32 32 CTS Eventim Expands to NA with Big Apple Circus Agreement https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/25/cts-eventim-expands-to-na-with-big-apple-circus-agreement/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/25/cts-eventim-expands-to-na-with-big-apple-circus-agreement/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:04:20 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/25/cts-eventim-expands-to-na-with-big-apple-circus-agreement/ “North America is the world’s most attractive market for entertainment and ticketing,” Schulerberg said in a statement. “The eventim.com platform puts us in an ideal position to take advantage of the reboot there. Selling tickets to Big Apple Circus is a first step on this journey. We are already in discussions with partners and potential […]]]>

“North America is the world’s most attractive market for entertainment and ticketing,” Schulerberg said in a statement. “The eventim.com platform puts us in an ideal position to take advantage of the reboot there. Selling tickets to Big Apple Circus is a first step on this journey. We are already in discussions with partners and potential customers to make our state-of-the-art ticketing systems available to them soon.

The Big Apple Circus is co-produced by an entertainment veteran Michel cohl, a longtime promoter of bands like The Rolling Stones who briefly served as president of Live Nation in 2008. For much of the past decade, he’s produced touring shows through his company S2BN and a recent installment. $ 10 million from the Small Business Administration under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program would indicate that the company made at least $ 20 million in 2019, based on application rules.

Cohl has formed a joint venture with CTS Eventim to produce content called EMC Presents with the goal of bringing leading international artists to stages in the United States and Canada, according to a statement from CTS Eventim.

If other deals with Cohl continue, this type of business activity could be very useful for CTS Eventim as it tries to expand in the United States, although it does not solve a bigger hurdle that is facing the German ticket agent – the sites hold the ticketing contracts in the United States, not touring shows. Ticket contracts for large venues only become available when the old contracts expire. To grow, CTS Eventim will have to try to remove Ticketmaster customers one by one, an effort that will take a lot of time, money and resources with no guarantee of success.

CTS could also grow through an acquisition, but the only ticketing company available in the United States that would put CTS Eventim in the same league as Ticketmaster would be AXS, owned by AEG and a source said Billboard there is no interest at AEG.

CTS Eventim’s growth plans aren’t just tied to the US This summer also saw the launch of Eventim Live Asia. The new company, based in Singapore and run by the former Live Nation Jason miller and focuses on developing opportunities in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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“It’s not normal” – A night of audiovisual surrealism with Negativland and Blevin Blectum – Slog https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/its-not-normal-a-night-of-audiovisual-surrealism-with-negativland-and-blevin-blectum-slog/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/its-not-normal-a-night-of-audiovisual-surrealism-with-negativland-and-blevin-blectum-slog/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:15:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/its-not-normal-a-night-of-audiovisual-surrealism-with-negativland-and-blevin-blectum-slog/ PHOTO BY JEFFREY MARTIN On Thursday night at the Clock-Out Lounge, electronic musician Blevin Blectum helped us escape reality as venerable jammers of Negativland culture immersed us in it so deeply and unsettlingly, that we had to laugh not to cry. … or maybe die. Blevin Blectum Photo by Jeffrey Martin Before an almost packed […]]]>

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On Thursday night at the Clock-Out Lounge, electronic musician Blevin Blectum helped us escape reality as venerable jammers of Negativland culture immersed us in it so deeply and unsettlingly, that we had to laugh not to cry. … or maybe die.

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Blevin Blectum Photo by Jeffrey Martin

Before an almost packed crowd of mostly middle-aged people, many of whom were attending their first show since the pandemic began, Blevin Blectum (Seattle’s Bevin Kelley) made his computer generate more fascinating sounds than the Most millions of other people. using the same tool to do it on planet Earth. A friend who had never seen her on stage said to me: “It’s amazing. It’s like Naked City, but with electronic music. He was right. Like a John Zorn of the laptop, Blectum went from a brilliant idea to WTF? Idea to Brilliant Idea every 15 seconds with an anti-logic that tickled the funny bone in your brain.

Blectum’s ensemble started out with weird sci-fi movie drones, then quickly moved into otherworldly atmospheres and jittery rhythms that evoked Haruomi Hosono’s film. Cochin’s Moon. We were also lucky enough to have Uranus Circus techno, pixelated angel dust iced sweet pre-rock pop songs, and a Meat Beat Manifesto-style electro-funk banger with a feminist female voice proclaiming: “Men are just desserts”. Like pioneer synth composer Suzanne Ciani on DMT, Blectum was apparently trying to put as much crazy creativity as possible into her 30-minute set. (Here’s a PSA: Blectum has an insanely idiosyncratic new album titled Deep bone now with his musical partner Kevin Blechdom. It’s their first release in 20 years and it’s quite a comeback. Want a crazy escape? To dig.)

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Mark Hosler from Negativland Photo by Jeffrey Martin

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Negativland returned to Seattle as a tight trio, with Mark Hosler as the only original member still on tour. He was accompanied by Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker and video and light artist Sue C. This line-up makes the most interesting music of audiovisual subversives, with Leidecker bringing his spacey funk leanings to augment the spoken word snippets that dot it. together. The work and spirit of Wobbly collaborator Dieter Moebius infiltrates the sound architecture of Negativland to a startling effect. Sometimes, however, the music diverts into the chillout vibes of the rave era, the haunting trip-hop of Future Sound of London to ISDN, or the improbable fantasy genre I’ll call “house music from horror movies”. Hilariously (to me, at least), Negativland even made their 1987 hit, “Escape from Noise,” as if they were a classic rock band rubbing shoulders with glories of the past.

Just as important as the sounds of Negativland are the intricately woven words drawn from I don’t know where, which overlap the distorted rhythms and distorted tones like a perfectly unreasonable schizoid conversation between dozens of strangers. Much of the set derived from Right wrong, a 2019 Acute Dissection of Cognition and Reality Itself ™. Some examples of safe sampled voices: “There is no sound. Completely made up of the human brain ”; “We are all in this cultural trance”; “The world is billions of times more complicated than we realize”; “If it’s not about me then why the hell am I going through all of this?” “; “The ability to live a normal life has disappeared”; “So don’t you think we’ll all become statistics?” ”

Negativland has made a rewarding career as prodigious consumers of media that digest and recontextualize them, emphasizing the insane absurdity of mediated reality and the infinite malleability of perception and “truth”. As a disembodied voice said last night, “It’s not normal.”

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Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” to resume shows in Houston on November 13 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/cirque-du-soleils-alegria-to-resume-shows-in-houston-on-november-13/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/cirque-du-soleils-alegria-to-resume-shows-in-houston-on-november-13/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:28:05 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/24/cirque-du-soleils-alegria-to-resume-shows-in-houston-on-november-13/ In November, the circus arts production company will resume its world tours from Houston, Cirque du Soleil said in a statement. On HoustonChronicle.com: Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston with ‘Alegría’ Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” will relaunch performances at Sam Houston Race Park, where the production was forced to stop performing in March of last […]]]>

In November, the circus arts production company will resume its world tours from Houston, Cirque du Soleil said in a statement.

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” will relaunch performances at Sam Houston Race Park, where the production was forced to stop performing in March of last year due to the pandemic.

“It is important for us to reopen Alegría in Houston, where it all ended in 2020, ”said Mike Newquist, senior vice president of touring shows for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “The city has always been extremely supportive of our productions over the years. We want to give our local fans the chance to relive the live entertainment and enjoy Alegría the way they were meant to before the pandemic. “

With the combination of spectacular acrobatics, fantastic stages, elaborate costumes and startling music, audiences can find themselves completely immersed in another world: the kingdom of Alegría.

“At the heart of a once glorious kingdom that has long since lost its king, Alegría witnesses the power struggle between the old order and a new movement seeking change in the hope of a better future,” describes the ‘announcement.

“Alegría,” which translates to “joy” in Spanish, has been viewed by more than 14 million people in 255 cities around the world since the show began in 1994, according to the announcement. The production’s soundtrack is Grammy-nominated and continues to be Cirque du Soleil’s most purchased soundtrack.

The show, which Cirque du Soleil describes as its “most iconic”, was recently “reinvented for a new generation”.

“In 2019, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Alegría was re-staged under the marquee in a whole new light, ensuring that all of its components – staging, music, acrobatics, sets, costumes, lighting (and) makeup designs – would also be inspiring to today’s audiences. they were at the time of the original creation, ”says the ad. “Revived by a troupe of 53 acrobats, clowns, musicians and singers, Alegría remains timeless and imbued with a joyous magical feeling.”

Cirque du Soleil resumed its off-tour shows in Las Vegas in June, including “Mystery”, “O”, “The Beatles LOVE” and “Michael Jackson ONE”.

“Alegría” will be his first touring show to resume performances. In January of next year, Cirque du Soleil also plans to relaunch the touring shows “LUZIA” in London and “KOOZA” in Punta Cana.

Cirque du Soleil started in 1984 in Montreal with just 20 artists and has since grown into a world-renowned live entertainment company whose performances have been watched by over 200 million people around the world.

“Alegría” is the group’s 44th production since the creation of Cirque du Soleil.

The show will run from November 13 through December 12 at Sam Houston Race Park in Northwest Houston.

“Acrobatic training for our performances in Houston is currently underway at our international headquarters in Montreal,” said Newquist. “The intermission is finally over.”

For more information and to obtain tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

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Ireland’s biggest circus is looking for a few clowns to join its team https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/irelands-biggest-circus-is-looking-for-a-few-clowns-to-join-its-team/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/irelands-biggest-circus-is-looking-for-a-few-clowns-to-join-its-team/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:27:20 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/irelands-biggest-circus-is-looking-for-a-few-clowns-to-join-its-team/ The famous Irish circus is looking for clowns to join its team. Tom Duffy promises some amazing shows over the next year or so, and as part of it all, they’ll need help with a number of roles. Performers have roles in all kinds of fields – with truck drivers, mechanics, billers, electricians, and general […]]]>

The famous Irish circus is looking for clowns to join its team.

Tom Duffy promises some amazing shows over the next year or so, and as part of it all, they’ll need help with a number of roles.

Performers have roles in all kinds of fields – with truck drivers, mechanics, billers, electricians, and general operations managers needed to keep the show on the road.

Among the long list of vacancies they have are some “hilarious” clowns, but they have warned that no old jokes will be accepted.

They said: “Ireland’s favorite circus will be back on the road soon, touring towns and villages across the country.

“We now have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Heavy Truck Drivers – Trailer towing experience is required.
  • Factors – Experienced billers are needed to complement our billing team.
  • Mechanical – preferably with previous experience in a circus.
  • Electricians – preferably with previous circus experience.
  • General circus agents – previous circus experience is preferred.
  • Clowns – you must be hilarious … no old jokes accepted !!

“For most positions, we can provide good quality accommodation and a fun working environment, with the ability to see all counties across the country.

“If you are interested send us a message with confidence, or an email to info@duffyscircus.com”

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Feld returns on international tour to Abu Dhabi https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/feld-returns-on-international-tour-to-abu-dhabi/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/feld-returns-on-international-tour-to-abu-dhabi/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:00:36 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/23/feld-returns-on-international-tour-to-abu-dhabi/ In another big step backwards to normalcy, Feld Entertainment has resumed its international tours with the September 2-11 broadcast of Disney on Ice’s production “Find Your Hero” at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The troupe, made up of performers and production staff almost exclusively from Europe, is set to swing from October […]]]>

In another big step backwards to normalcy, Feld Entertainment has resumed its international tours with the September 2-11 broadcast of Disney on Ice’s production “Find Your Hero” at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The troupe, made up of performers and production staff almost exclusively from Europe, is set to swing from October 28 to January 31. 2 via the United Kingdom, then to the Nordic countries and to the rest of the continent. It’s all in Disney on Ice’s traditional European calendar, but after a two-year hiatus, said Rob McHugh, senior vice president of international sales and business development for Feld Entertainment.

As with his U.S. Disney on Ice and Monster Jam units, Feld uses the safety protocols and procedures he developed before helping bring traditional live family entertainment back to the road a year ago.

“I watched with enthusiasm as our US team air shows both under COVID restrictions, and now, with most of the US at 100% capacity, with a few restrictions here and there. There has been a lot of learning from my side as well as the rest of the company, but the international has been a different struggle and a different challenge, ”said McHugh. “This event in Abu Dhabi, it has actually been canceled three times. We said, ‘We’re going, we’re not going.’ “

Rob McHugh, Senior Vice President of International Sales and Business Development for Feld Entertainment
Rob McHugh, Senior Vice President of International Sales and Business Development at Feld Entertainment

For the 13 limited capacity shows from September 2 to 11, Feld teamed up with a partner – SES Live, based in Dubai – with whom he worked for about five years in Doha, Qatar and Dubai (also part of the United Arab Emirates), but not in Abu Dhabi, McHugh said.

“The decision to primarily use staff based in the European Union was due to travel restrictions and the tour route related to COVID,” McHugh said in a follow-up email.

“We had challenges… trying to make this happen (amidst) travel restrictions, quarantines etc but in the long term working with the local government in Abu Dhabi and our partner , we were able to make it happen and we pulled it out, ”he said. “We had some difficulties during the rehearsals. We had to get some new ice coolers, but we were able to do the rehearsals. “

About 30,000 tickets were sold for the Abu Dhabi shows, a spokesperson for Feld said. This followed the expectations of McHugh, who said around 17,000 tickets were sold on the second day of the race.

Although the Etihad Arena, which was completed in March 2020 but only opened in January, has a capacity of 18,000, it has been reduced for “Find Your Hero” to 3,400 a show, as 6 feet have been kept between the pods which were sold in groups of two, four and six, said McHugh…

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Your pleasure hurts: discover the dark side of animal circuses https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/your-pleasure-hurts-discover-the-dark-side-of-animal-circuses/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/your-pleasure-hurts-discover-the-dark-side-of-animal-circuses/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:45:08 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/your-pleasure-hurts-discover-the-dark-side-of-animal-circuses/ Your pleasure hurts elephants Elephants are very social animals that live in matriarchal herds, sharing maternal responsibilities for the babies of the herds. In the wild, they spend their days socializing, grazing on trees and shrubs, playing in mud and water, and exploring vast habitats. On tour with circuses, they spend the vast majority of […]]]>

Your pleasure hurts elephants

Elephants are very social animals that live in matriarchal herds, sharing maternal responsibilities for the babies of the herds. In the wild, they spend their days socializing, grazing on trees and shrubs, playing in mud and water, and exploring vast habitats. On tour with circuses, they spend the vast majority of their lives in chains, unable to take more than one step in any direction. Coaches use fear and pain to force them to perform. The exhibitor who supplies elephants to Loomis Bros. was repeatedly caught hitting elephants in the face and jaw with hooks.

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Your pleasure hurts tigers

In their natural habitat, tigers are top predators that control large areas and raise their young. In circuses like Carden, they are locked in cages. They are whipped to force them to do tricks they do not understand. No matter how long they are in extreme confinement, tigers never lose their genetic impulses.

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Your pleasure hurts zebras

UniverSoul continues to force zebras to perform even though, as a prey species, being in close contact with humans – which they consider to be predators – is very stressful. Circuses put these sensitive animals in danger: Frightened zebras have escaped from UniverSoul and have crossed the city streets twice. Zebras that escaped from other circuses suffered fatal injuries. The crazy look on this scary clown’s face is what zebras must feel in circus arenas.

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The Liverpool acrobat who wowed the judges of Britain’s Got Talent puts on a stunning new show at Palm House https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/the-liverpool-acrobat-who-wowed-the-judges-of-britains-got-talent-puts-on-a-stunning-new-show-at-palm-house/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/the-liverpool-acrobat-who-wowed-the-judges-of-britains-got-talent-puts-on-a-stunning-new-show-at-palm-house/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:06:09 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/22/the-liverpool-acrobat-who-wowed-the-judges-of-britains-got-talent-puts-on-a-stunning-new-show-at-palm-house/ 09/22/2021 A Liverpool acrobat who wowed the judges of Britain’s Got Talent has created a stunning new spectacle using the glass dome of Sefton Park Palm House as an aerial stage. Paul Curran won a standing ovation and four up votes when he delivered a stunning performance with his acrobatic partner Katy Thompson in 2016. […]]]>

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A Liverpool acrobat who wowed the judges of Britain’s Got Talent has created a stunning new spectacle using the glass dome of Sefton Park Palm House as an aerial stage.


Paul Curran won a standing ovation and four up votes when he delivered a stunning performance with his acrobatic partner Katy Thompson in 2016.

The couple followed that up with the coveted golden Slovakia’s Got Talent buzzer and continued to tour the world with their incredible routine.

But Anfield-born Paul always dreamed of designing a special show for the city, and having performed there before, the Palm House was high on his wishlist.

When the lockdown meant touring for most live theater artists, he saw a chance to finally put it in place using some of the best local talent.

“I was playing with my other acrobatic partner Louise Dutton in China when the Coronavirus first hit there in early 2020,” he explains. “We walked out of the stage and were told the next show wasn’t going to be, to pack our things and wait at the hotel.

“We were supposed to do 60 shows over three months there, but in the end we did six, and then we were stuck in the hotel for about three weeks waiting for them to bring us home.

“When I got back to the UK, because of the virus, I suddenly had access to these most amazing, world-class artists here in Liverpool.

“Everyone was feeling a bit depressed and a lot of people were leaving the industry, so I figured that once we got over that, we’ll have to get everyone back to work and give them something for what they’re doing. lead.

“I’ve always wanted to put on my own show in Liverpool, I have a little notebook and write down my ideas and things that have inspired me for years, so now was the time to do it.”

The result is Ooh La La Cabaret which will take over the Palm House this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

The show will feature 10 different performers including a DJ, showcasing a spectacular range of circus and acrobatic skills, there will be showgirls at the door and a fiery performance when the audience arrives.

“We took inspiration from different traditional forms of entertainment like burlesque, cabaret, circus, drag, and we mixed it all with a modern twist,” says Paul. “There is a very sensual sexy side even if there is no nudity, everything is done with a lot of taste, we rather rely on professional talents of very high level.

“I don’t think anyone at Liverpool has ever put on something like this, there will be so many different specialty numbers.”

The performers rehearsed at the Airborne Academy, which is run by friends from Paul’s time as a gymnast and trampolinist.

He started at 13 to learn trampoline at the Anfield Youth Center next to the Vernon Sangster Sports Center, where the coach took him under his wing and let him help with lessons in exchange for free practice.

After representing England at home and abroad, he returned to JMU to study fine arts.

“When I graduated, a girl I was training on a trampoline told me she wanted to learn to dance, she was too embarrassed to go alone, so I said, ‘I love dancing, I will come with you ‘.

“I went to Millington Dance School in Bootle and I think because of my training in gymnastics I had a lot of skills that transferred. They asked me to enroll, I went to summer school and never left – a year later I was teaching for them!

“I realized that I liked to play, so I stopped competing as a trampolinist and started learning other disciplines of aerial, trapeze and dance and it all combined with playing with Katy. “

Katy is pregnant right now, so although she will be there at Ooh La La Cabaret to help her out, she can’t really get in the air or do any stunts, so Louise will be Paul’s partner in the show.

He says he can’t wait to see it all in such a beautiful setting.

“I feel so lucky to be able to do it in the Palm House because it’s such an amazing place and it’s the perfect structure for it. You can’t use a cherry picker inside because of the old Victorian doors, but there is a rotating ladder that goes around the building’s cast iron frame, allowing us to get up and rig a lot more easily.

“At night, with all the lights on, it’s going to be awesome. I have been to many shows around the world over the years and this one is some of the best.

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Ice-T and Body Count, Devo, Flaming Lips, K. Flay and Blackstarkids close Riot Fest https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/ice-t-and-body-count-devo-flaming-lips-k-flay-and-blackstarkids-close-riot-fest/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/ice-t-and-body-count-devo-flaming-lips-k-flay-and-blackstarkids-close-riot-fest/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:52:28 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/ice-t-and-body-count-devo-flaming-lips-k-flay-and-blackstarkids-close-riot-fest/ Ice-T performs with Body Count on stage at Riot Fest. Sunday September 19, 2021 at Douglass Park in … [+] Chicago, Illinois Photo by Ethan Chivari After a stretch where performers were forced off the road amid a pandemic in America, an interesting trend began to emerge on the festival stage as live music began […]]]>

After a stretch where performers were forced off the road amid a pandemic in America, an interesting trend began to emerge on the festival stage as live music began to return this summer. Young artists who emerged just before or during the pandemic, cultivating massive audiences online through YouTube, Twitch and streaming services – but who were denied the opportunity to road test their creations in the studio for nearly a year and a half – suddenly were able to book what would become some of their first concerts.

Artists would spend years perfecting their sound and developing a stage personality, moving from small venues and clubs to theaters and opening up niches before appearing on the stage at a festival. But at Lollapalooza this year, the amorphous do-it-yourself mashup specialist presented their very first festival in Chicago, a huge coming out night. Last weekend at Riot Fest, the Kansas City Blackstarkids trio performed for the seventh time in their career.

“These are our first shows. So it’s not even like a readjustment, it’s just like an adjustment. This is something that we were so excited to do. It’s just a rewarding feeling for me, ”Ty said. “Honestly being the exact opposite of the concert experience has been crazy. Because we’ve all been to concerts most of our lives and it’s fun. But being able to actually play was something totally different, ”added Deiondre. “It was just a bit long in coming – making these albums and not being able to release them in front of the world on stage,” Gabe added. “I also think the tours have just helped our mental health. Because you don’t like your music when you keep making albums. So when you go back to a song and play it live, it’s like, ‘It was a big time in our lives!’ “

The young group absorbs elements of hip-hop, pop and indie rock, creating a sound impossible to classify. They go one step further by incorporating a wide range of references to television, film and other pop cultures. Performing as a five-piece band on stage Sunday at Riot Fest, Blackstarkids incorporated a Chicago-specific label from a Chief Keef mixtape into their live set, catering to the local crowd.

After a series of mixtapes, the group prepares the release of their first full album Puppies forever October 15 via Dirty Hit ahead of tour dates this fall alongside Glass Animals and beabadoobee.

“Really, looking at everything, everything seeps in. And then you start listening to your own music and forming your own tastes and that’s where you find A Tribe Called Quest, which is the biggest influence on us as a band. But also Beastie Boys, Toro Y Moi, Blood Orange, Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future, ”explained Ty, who expressed his disappointment with the absence of the Riot Fest sets earlier in the weekend of Smashing Pumpkins and Lupe Fiasco. “But pop culture as a whole. We grew up in the 2000s and we took everything: TV shows, movies, everything. We were just kids consuming all the media back then. Zoey 101. Cartoon network. As for the movies, Scott Pilgrim vs the world, Bad girls. Diary of a weakling child, these movies and books. Lots of things, ”he said, as Gabe checked the name further. iCarly and Malcolm in the middle.

For young artists in the age of streaming, it has become incredibly difficult to monetize recorded music. Touring became the most important source of income, a nightly opportunity to sell branded goods directly to an engaged fan base.

By only now hosting their first live sets, Blackstarkids are citing their label to keep them afloat with live performances off the table amid COVID.

“The way these streaming services pay, you can’t live on it. They pay you pennies, ”Ty said. “Shout out at Dirty Hit. Fortunately, they took care of us throughout the pandemic and made sure we were straight. But, before that, there really wasn’t any money coming in. The only way to make money is through shows and merchandise – and you really sell most of your stuff at shows anyway.

This week, Blackstarkids will release their latest single “ACAB”. Opening with an incisive guitar riff, the catchy new track makes a statement.

“It was inspired by pretty much everything that happened,” Ty explained. “All of our lives growing up we have known the relationship between the black community in particular and the police. But just seeing how the country reacted to the death of George Floyd, and the protests that we had in our town that we have witnessed, seeing the interactions of the police with the people of our town – that was just kinda our reaction to what we saw and experienced as a result of this.

“All stand up for Illinois’ new national anthem,” said the always-quoted Ice-T Sunday in Chicago’s Douglass Park on stage at Riot Fest, featuring the controversial 1992 single Body Count “Cop Killer.”

Well ahead of its time, Ice-T’s lyrics have always channeled the socially conscious sensibility of the best punk rock, highlighting the relationship between the police and the black community decades before it made headlines. , with Body Count’s unique fusion of hard rock and rap, proving to be equally influential.

Body Count kicked off their set by giving Slayer’s “Raining Blood” a spin on its own, with guitarist co-founder Ernie C ripping through the thrash metal classic from the start.

Onstage at Riot Fest, Ice-T was wily, entertaining, and precise throughout Body Count’s hour on the Riot Stage.

“You have to wait for some pop,” rapper Sunday joked, “setting the stage for“ Drive By. ”“ But it’s Body Count… We’re going to play songs for the pit! ”

The mosh pit raged as the band made their way through tracks like “No Lives Matter” from their 2017 album. Thirst for blood, with Ice-T’s daughter and five-year-old wife Coco Austin briefly appearing on stage before “Talk Sh-t, Get Shot.”

“Riot Fest, how are you feeling today? My name is K.Flay and I am very happy to be here with you on this beautiful Sunday!

Born in the suburbs of Chicago, the singer, rapper and rocker walked 60 minutes of music on the Roots stage on her return to the festival, a thrilling bassline to “Good Girl” as K. Flay spun her a dervish. turner across the stage. just during “FML”.

In the middle of his set, K. Flay played an old commercial for the ’90s ABC Friday night TV programming block TGIF, one that featured the vocal styles of Full house star John Stamos, one more in a long tradition of Stamos references by Riot Fest, who already featured a butter sculpture of the actor in 2013 followed by an art installation inspired by Stamos years later.

A highlight on Sunday at Riot Fest was the return to the Devo Synth-Pop New Wave Heroes Festival.

The group began with “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)” and “Peek-a-Boo”, rolling out their biggest hits soon after, donning their red energy domes before “Girl U Want” and their iconic yellow jumpsuits before their unique interpretation of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

“Here’s one we’re working on…”, reflected frontman Mark Mothersbaugh in a fun, funny version of “Whip It”.

After a set that opened with frontman Wayne Coyne expressing disappointment at the lack of vaccination in his home state of Oklahoma, the Flaming Lips deftly went through an hour-long set on the Roots stage, a late addition to Riot Fest replacing Pixies.

“Scream!” Coyne said, wearing a mask on stage as he incited the audience.

Spending the majority of his time on stage in his patented plastic bubble, Coyne seemed mesmerized by the rise of a harvest moon in the southern sky, with the fall season officially set to start on Wednesday.

“Now it’s barely happening, but there’s a beautiful fall moon about to rise there,” Coyne said on the festival stage on Sunday. “I can’t imagine a nicer night to attend a festival as beautiful as Riot Fest. Riot Festival changes the meaning of the word “riot”. When we say ‘riot’ we mean ‘beautiful’, ”the singer said as the band entered their 90s biggest hit“ She Don’t Use Jelly ”.

On Sunday at Riot Fest, the Flaming Lips featured dueling percussionists alongside new multi-instrumentalist Micah Nelson, son of Willie.

For his part, playing the insane frontman of an acid-fueled circus show during uncertain times, Coyne was the epitome of positivity as the group forced fans to think with a synthesized rendition of “Do You. Realize ?? “

“When you go back out into the world, try to remind yourself that we’re not going anywhere if we think, ‘I’m right and fuck you,'” he said. “Thank you for showing the world that the Riot Festival has always been the coolest and greatest punk rock festival there has ever been. Thank you for taking care of each other. “

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Barry Ashworth on the impact of Covid on the mental health of musicians | notice | Opinion https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/barry-ashworth-on-the-impact-of-covid-on-the-mental-health-of-musicians-notice-opinion/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/barry-ashworth-on-the-impact-of-covid-on-the-mental-health-of-musicians-notice-opinion/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 05:33:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/21/barry-ashworth-on-the-impact-of-covid-on-the-mental-health-of-musicians-notice-opinion/ Dub Pistols frontman Barry Ashworth exploded a fortune on his drug deal with Geffen in the 2000s and was previously named Caner of the Year by Muzik magazine. Ahead of his third fundraising walk, he discusses his recovery, as well as the music industry’s issues with mental health, addiction and suicide. Music has always had […]]]>

Dub Pistols frontman Barry Ashworth exploded a fortune on his drug deal with Geffen in the 2000s and was previously named Caner of the Year by Muzik magazine.

Ahead of his third fundraising walk, he discusses his recovery, as well as the music industry’s issues with mental health, addiction and suicide.

Music has always had a long history with artists and teams suffering from mental health problemswhether it’s alcohol and drug abuse, performance anxiety, or the constant pressure to be the best.

Another important factor in this regard is the strains of touring and burnout. So many artists suffer from mental health issues with the ups and downs, touring and late nights and generally the lifestyle. I have witnessed it firsthand.

Suicide is another major problem in our industry, certainly after The death of Keith Flint and during the Covid. It has been isolation and not knowing what the future really holds. It really hit me that if I can be affected then a lot of people can be badly affected as well.

I started working in clubs in my early twenties, organizing different parties. It was stressful – one day you have a lot of money and all it takes is a bad night and you lost everything. There was drink, drugs, and late nights. Anxiety, paranoia, and descent put you in a headspace of negativity and make you really vulnerable.

I lost some friends. There was an addiction in my family and one of our relatives overdosed and died on the couch with us one night. I once received the Caner of the Year award from Muzik Magazine, but I didn’t want to take it because I didn’t want to be responsible for just one person starting to use drugs. What I chose to do with my own life was my decision. I knew the effect it had on me and the damage it had on others.

My relationship with drugs has cost me dearly. That was the reason I blew up the money from my seven-figure deal with Geffen Records. It was 2001, our Dub Pistols record was in the US charts and it all started to implode. Our Six Million Ways To Live record was canceled, the tour was interrupted and we lost everything. We came back to the UK broken, we couldn’t get another deal, we had no money and were addicted to alcohol and drugs.

A lot of people who I thought were my friends have stopped calling. It was a huge wake-up call. A friend had a note and said to me: ‘Barry, you need help’, I managed to turn the tide in two years.

The arts and hospitality industry had a horrible year financially, being the first to be confined and the longest confined. This had a huge effect on many artists and crews mentally, who had their livelihoods but also their identities taken away.

Over the past year I have spoken to artists and you can hear the desperation in their voices

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Over the past year I have spoken to artists and you can hear the desperation in their voices, the anxiety and the stress levels. So many people are living on a knife-edge with their finances and they have lost their livelihoods. There weren’t many people whose sanity was not affected. A lot of people don’t know what the future holds, and of course, it’s going to have a psychological effect on you. People lost their sense of their worth and it broke them.

Someone close to me committed suicide, and these stories kept passing by, as if they were the case every day with someone committing suicide. I called people everyday to check on them, and a lot of them couldn’t talk to me because they were in such a dark place. I got into myself last year too and found out for the first time that I felt paralyzed and numb in my mind.

People always say you should reach out and let people know. The problem is, when you enter this state, you can’t actually speak; you don’t want to talk, you pull out and it’s very hard to get by.

Everyone needs to feel good, but you can’t always feel good. For each top, there is a bottom; some people’s lows are much deeper than others. You just have to be able to look after each other.

I got involved with Tonic Music about eight years ago. I met the The founder of Tonic Steph Langan and we talked about helping people recover through music and how it can uplift you. I heard about their workshops, helped with fundraising and when they asked me to be a patron, I jumped at the chance.

When people shut up, that’s when you need to start worrying about them. Therefore the Toned jumper launching the program during lockdown really made the difference. I use the Tonic program to focus, keep busy, and help me feel like I’m doing something right. Over the years, I have done parachute jumps, charity concerts, streaming concerts, and auctions.

I wanted to do something I had never done before, I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker, so when I decided to do a wing walk two years ago, it was just me. It went really well and I thought it would be great to make it an annual event, invite some of my industry colleagues and see if we can raise some more money then we decided to form the Flying Circus and we succeeded.

This year will be the third edition of Barry’s Flying Circus, my great charity walk. I will be joined by my mate Bez, alongside 40 wingers, on September 28-29 and the two of us aim to raise £ 80,000!

Doing the Tonic Rider peer groups, led by musician and psychotherapist Adam Ficek, was a revelation. We took a trip with optimistic people one week, down the next. Right now the whole mental health issue is huge and it won’t go away even now that events start to return to normal.

Our fundraising with the Wing Walk will allow the Tonic Rider program to continue to provide free and direct mental health support to professionals in the music industry, through peer support groups, d ‘Mental health first aid training and musical performance anxiety workshops, among other services, as well as online resources and site support this year and beyond.

We are still on the road to recovery, but the problem now is funding. With the cost of Covid and Brexit, there is a huge gap at a time when it is needed more than ever. But it’s amazing how generous people are – it’s overwhelming and heartwarming to get that support from people.

We hope that people will do what they can and give what they can, however small. And if they need help, then the Tonic Music For Mental Health charity is here for them.

Click on here for Barry Ashworth’s Just Giving page.

Click on here for help and advice from Tonic Music.

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Cabot Circus in Bristol to host free gift of fish and chips this week https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/20/cabot-circus-in-bristol-to-host-free-gift-of-fish-and-chips-this-week/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/20/cabot-circus-in-bristol-to-host-free-gift-of-fish-and-chips-this-week/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:31:52 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/09/20/cabot-circus-in-bristol-to-host-free-gift-of-fish-and-chips-this-week/ Few things beat a good plate of fish and chips – and this week, hungry Bristol shoppers will be able to enjoy it for free. Hundreds of servings of the classic dish will be handed out at Cabot Circus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22. You’ll have to be quick if […]]]>

Few things beat a good plate of fish and chips – and this week, hungry Bristol shoppers will be able to enjoy it for free.

Hundreds of servings of the classic dish will be handed out at Cabot Circus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22.

You’ll have to be quick if you want to get the most out of the giveaway though, as there are only 300 servings up for grabs.

READ MORE: Tried the best pizzeria because it makes a long awaited comeback

The event is hosted by towing provider Green Flag, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary by teaming up with fish and chip touring experts The Frying Squad.

The bosses of Green Flag decided to hand out fish and chips to mark the special occasion, as the business started over a Bradford chippie in 1971.

The vehicle recovery provider also carried out an investigation and found that Bristol residents voted fish and chips as the most British dish – beating the Sunday roast.

Their research also found that more than half (59%) of Bristol residents believe that eating fish and chips by the sea is the best way to enjoy the meal.

Mark Newberry, Commercial Director at Green Flag, said: “It is very exciting to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

“Since the company was founded over a fish ‘n’ chip shop in 1971, we have always had great ambitions here at Green Flag, using our network of independent local salvage experts to provide a excellent service and great value breakdown spanning approximately five decades later.

“We want everyone to come together and celebrate this milestone and enjoy a fish and chip lunch from The Frying Squad, on us.”

The free fish and chips will be distributed at Cirque Cabot on September 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

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