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Elements Music & Arts Festival Announces Phase One Lineup for 2024

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Today, Elements Music & Arts Festival, the premier immersive electronic festival of the Northeast, has announced the phase one lineup for its 2024 edition returning to Long Pond, Pennsylvania on August 9-11. Elements is the ultimate arena of exploration, where music, community, art, camping, and adventure coalesce in perfect unison. Best described as an escape unlike any other, the festival is co-created by those who embark on the journey, fostering a home for childlike wonder and a creative space for like-minded individuals.

 

As Elements prepares for its most ambitious year to date, the festival has now released the phase one lineup, and will feature over 100 acts across multiple stages throughout its magical art-filled forest. Fans can expect the same level of world class electronic music talent that Elements has become known for curationally, where there is truly something for everyone.

 

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Headliners for the 2024 edition include some of the most electrifying names in dance music, from chart-topping stadium-filling superstar Illenium, to a Redux set from pioneering GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, the darker shades of forward thinking producers Liquid Stranger and LSDREAM, and the head-splitting sounds of Excision.

 

The depth continues with GRAMMY-nominated melodic bass pioneers Slander, a back to back from Black Book Records head Chris Lake and Hellbent Records boss Cloonee, hard hitting versatile trap producer TroyBoi, a back to back throwdown from Sullivan King and Kayzo, plus D&B favorites like Sub Focus and Dimension.

 

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The heavier leaning sonics will be well represented, led by the likes of Claude VonStroke’s iconic Barclay Crenshaw project, multi-talented French artist and Odyzey Music label head CloZee, standout bass producer Of The Trees, and multi-faceted rapper and producer Wreckno.

 

Fans will also find their footing behind familiar house favorites like the Desert Hearts crew of Mikey Lion, Marbs, Porky & Lee Reynolds opening the Thursday early arrival kickoff, plus Canadian production duo Bob Moses, ABRACADABRA icon BLOND:ISH, party-starting production duo Walker & Royce, emerging stars VNSSA & Nala treating fans to a b2b set, Chicago’s underground riser Azzecca, and melodic techno tastemakers Township Rebellion.

 

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Trying different things isn’t limited to the fans at Elements, where several artists will play rare sets under special projects showcasing another creative side of their style. This includes the otherworldly drum & bass sounds of Blanke: ÆON MODE, the live band performance of Boogie T’s Boogie T.Rio in addition to his individual performance, the sound healing and ambient bliss of LSDREAM’s Lightcode, and the techno-tinged frequencies of Slander Presents: Before Dawn.

 

“Elements 2024 marks our most diverse line-up, featuring a broad range of genres”, says Timothy Monkiewicz, Co-Founder of Elements.  “We’re pumped for our first-ever drum and bass takeover, and we have some secret sets planned from fan-favorite acts! Each year, we meticulously match the design and production of the stages to the talent we book to help take the beats to an interdimensional planet of immersive audio-visual experience.”

 

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The four primary stages at Elements are aptly named to each represent one of the key elements that define not only the event’s experience, but the very fabric of the natural world it celebrates. Fire is the home for thrill-seekers who thrive off moments of spontaneous fun, while Earth presents a psychedelic paradise of neon trees, galactic mushrooms, and airborne jellyfish. Air offers a temple of melodies tucked deep in the forest, while the sunshine playground known as Water is where acrobats, pirates, and clowns are ever abounding and swimsuits are heavily encouraged.

 

Festivalgoers can also explore a magical playground complete with Burning Man style art cars and rows of Vibe Villages, which are decorated theme camps created by guests. Elements will additionally showcase 3D video projection mapping, interactive performances, and large-scale art installations, plus a Health & Wellness lineup with yoga, aromatherapy, dance, comedy, sound baths, and multidisciplinary workshops.

 

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The yearly Art of Change program is a key facet of the festival’s community driven ethos, which was created to amplify marginalized voices. The 2023 edition focused on the LGBTQIA+ community while featuring workshops on Queer history, sexual orientation, and the essence of Drag, onwards to a Pride Parade. The festival’s Drag Brunch event donated funds from each drink sold to The Trevor Project, who provide crisis support for the community. More details and applications for The Art of Change program will be shared closer to the festival, while applications for Vibe Villages, Art & Visual Artists, Performers, and more are available now.

 

Elements has grown rapidly into an immersive multi-day camping experience, along the way becoming a staple of the festival circuit. The move to Long Pond has aided in this growth, with Elements now hosted in the woodlands adjacent to the raceway. The venue is powered by an onsite solar farm, further assisting Elements in its long-term sustainability goals.

 

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“The genesis of Elements has always been to constantly evolve, becoming more grand, more weird, and more wild each year,” says Brett Herman, Co-Founder of Elements. “Fans can expect a number of revamped accommodation offerings and more opportunities to participate and become immersed in the experience. We are blooming sonically as well, with expanded stages including an upgraded water stage. Whether it’s exploring unseen new magical forest areas or experiencing spectacular and interactive art, we encourage attendees to choose their own adventure from a smorgasbord of side quests.”

 

Tier One GA and VIP passes are currently on sale through the official Elements Festival website. Elements also offers a variety of options related to accommodations, which range from car camping to on-site glamping, nearby hotels, and preset RVs and tents for those seeking an elevated experience. Shuttle passes will also be available for those looking to avoid driving, which provide rides from a variety of major cities throughout the Northeast.

 

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Elements Music & Arts Festival 2024 – Phase One Lineup

5am Trio

Ahadadream

Austeria

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Azzecca

Barclay Crenshaw

Blanke: ÆON MODE

BLOND:ISH

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Bob Moses (Club Set)

Boogie T

Boogie T.Rio

Canabliss

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Chris Lake b2b Cloonee

CloZee

Cool Customer

Desert Hearts

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Dimension

Disco Lines (Sunset Set)

Dr. Fresch

Eli Fola (Hybrid Set)

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Excision

Golden Pony

Illenium

INZO

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It’s murph

Justin Martin

Kaskade (Redux Sunset Set)

Lee Reynolds

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Lespecial

Lightcode

Liquid Stranger

LSDREAM

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Marbs

Marvel Years

Matroda (Sunset Set)

Mikey Lion

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Of The Trees

Porky

Rome in Silver

Saka

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Slander

Slander Presents: Before Dawn

Space Wizard

Sub Focus

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Sullivan King b2b Kayzo

SunSquabi

Tape B

The Floozies

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Township Rebellion

TroyBoi

TVBOO

VNSSA b2b Nala

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Walker & Royce

Wreckno

Zingara

 

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Regional Acts

9B49

Dice Man

Earth Signs

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Koopmusik

Lady Harley

Lauchness

Max & Dana

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Milan

Miller

Papyon

Ziata

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About Elements Music & Arts Festival

Elements is best described as an escape unlike any other, a four-day music, art and camping festival and creative getaway designed for all those who wonder. What started as a humble one-day event in 2013 on the Brooklyn waterfront has grown into an immersive camping experience and staple of the North American festival circuit.

 

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Now moving into its seventh year, growing into its new prodigal home of Long Pond, PA, the fiercely independent event has remained true to its ethos of interactivity and connection, showcasing world-class electronic music amongst mind-blowing stage designs, large-scale art, roaming performers, culture and wellness forward programming, and boundless surprises. It is this creative spirit and forward-thinking experiential curation that fuels the brand’s ethos of consistent progress and evolution.

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Recording Academy Announces Global Expansion Efforts in Africa and the Middle East

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The Recording Academy, the organization behind the GRAMMY Awards, is embarking on a path to extend its efforts to support music creators on a global scale. The Academy has agreements with Ministries of Cultures and key stakeholders across the Middle East and Africa to collaborate on a framework to bolster the Academy’s presence and services in these rapidly growing music regions.

“This is exciting because music is one of humanity’s greatest natural resources,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “It is critical that the people who dedicate themselves to creating music have support, resources and opportunities, no matter where they are from.”

For the past two years, the Academy’s leaders have traveled throughout these regions, participated in listening sessions, received high-level briefings, tours, demonstrations, and obtained insight directly from both the governmental ministries and music creators driving innovation in these markets.

The Academy is working with the Ministries of Culture in Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Nigeria, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), and the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture in South Africa. Additionally, MOUs have been signed with Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Through these collaborations, and in alignment with our mission, the Academy looks to explore several key initiatives, including:

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Championing music creators at all levels, providing them with a platform and advocacy.

Empowering creators through enhanced training. Through its online learning platform, GRAMMY GO™, the Academy will look to provide educational programs and resources specifically tailored to the needs of music creators in these regions.

Producing original content that celebrates the rich musical heritage and dynamic emerging scenes of Africa and the Middle East.

Enhancing support for existing members. Cross-cultural learnings will benefit all music creators, and a presence in these rapidly growing music regions would provide numerous benefits to the Recording Academy’s current and future members.

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Advocating for strong Intellectual Property (IP) legislation and protections for music creators.

Fueling the music economy by collaborating with partners to develop and strengthen the creative economy in Africa and the Middle East.

As a cornerstone of this initiative, the Academy will publish a series of reports, highlighting the Academy’s research and insights into these music markets.

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to supporting music creators around the world,” said Panos A. Panay, Recording Academy President. “Our expansion efforts into these fast-growing regions reflect our commitment to fostering a truly global music community, where creators at every stage of their careers and from every corner of the world have the resources and support they need to thrive.”

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This exploration into the Middle East and Africa is only the first phase of plans to support music creators abroad and comes the same year the Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards®, and months after Seville hosted the Latin GRAMMY Awards, the first GRAMMY Awards show to be held overseas. Also, last year, the Recording Academy partnered with the U.S. State Department on an initiative to promote peace through music.

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Missing Malawi plane found, VP, ex-First Lady, others reportedly dead

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Malawi’s President, Lazarus Chakwera delivered the devastating news on Tuesday that his Vice President Saulos Chilima, along with nine other passengers, had tragically lost their lives in a plane crash.  (more…)

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Aircraft carrying Malawi Vice President goes missing

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An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others has disappeared after it failed to land on  the morning of Monday, June 10, 2024. (more…)

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DAVE GUY (The Roots, Dap-Kings) Shares New Single ft Clairo

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DAVE GUY (The Roots, Dap-Kings) Shares New Single ft Clairo

Dave Guy announces his debut album Ruby set for release on September 20th via Big Crown Records. Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, he explores New York Jazz and pushes the boundaries of the genre by incorporating shades of hip hop and soul, making it both unique and modern. Guy’s unmistakable trumpet playing,  distinct tone and sensibility, set him apart from his peers. This is what you get when someone hones their talent for years while rubbing elbows with the best of the best. He’s recorded on some of present day’s most iconic funk, soul and pop albums, and currently performs with The Roots live and on The Tonight Show. Now, Dave is ready to step straight to the front with a deserved light shining directly on him and his well-defined sound.

Today, Guy also shares the album’s lead single, “7th Heaven,” an anthemic tune with thundering drums, and dancing piano that Dave’s horn lines soar over. The ethereal vocals from Claire Cottrill (Clairo) balances the music and makes for an instant classic. The track is one of the first that Guy along with friends and longtime collaborators Nick Movshon and Homer Steinweiss recorded in the studio.

“It has a groove and is more in line with what the guys and I are known for with Menahan Street Band, but it is also in-your-face and catchy,” notes Guy. “It’s a bit of an ode to Tijuana Brass too, a Herb Alpert-esque track with a tight horn line and has that energy that pops.”

Listen to “7th Heaven” here: https://lnk.to/DaveGuy7thHeaven.

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Raised in NYC’s East Village, Dave was surrounded by hip-hop and the hustle that defined the city in the ’90s. In those formative days, he and his playing were influenced by jazz greats like Donald Byrd and Hugh Masekela but also by the Native Tongue sounds of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. His time at LaGuardia Performing Arts High School furthered this path. Dave remembers sharing playing time with Big Crown co-founder Leon Michels and drumming powerhouse Homer Steinweiss. “Being in the All-City Jazz Big Band, I would see them rehearsing all the time,” Dave recalls. “They were already doing things with the Dap-Kings back then—which was crazy.” It was here that Dave’s voice as a player began to take shape and continued to be refined through his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and The New School, and then playing with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, The Sugarman 3 and more and lending his playing to records from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Pharell, The, Lee Fields, Al Green, and many others.

As fate would have it, a classic case of “when one door shuts, another opens” was really what got the ball rolling on the album. “I never wanted to force my own project,” Dave explains. “There was always a lot going on between things—the timing was never right.” But then, The Tonight Show had to pause during the 2023 Writers’ Strike and, unexpectedly, there was a free moment. Within days Dave started recording at NYC’s fabled Diamond Mine studio with Steinweiss and Movshon. What started out as just looking to make music and create, quickly took shape and direction and they ended up laying down something wildly special and authentic. An album of songs that capture different moods and an invitation into the world as Dave Guy sees it and feels it.

Ruby is a record that mixes Dave Guy’s musical influences with the energies of the city that raised him. It also features stunning cover art by renowned NYC-based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams. Pre-save / pre-order Ruby here: https://bigcrownrecords.com/store/ruby.

‘RUBY’ TRACK LISTING

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01 – 7th Heaven

02 – Footwork

03 – I’ll Follow You

04 – Morning Glory

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05 – Pinky Ring

06 – Diamond Encore

07 – Still Standing

08 – Dave Wants You

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09 – Drony Boy

10 – Quesodillas

11 – The Green Door

12 – Ruby’s Rubies

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SECOND SEASON OF HIT INFLUENCER REALITY SERIES “FOLLOW ME” PREMIERES JUNE 13 ON CRACKLE

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Crackle, a division of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE), today announced the second season of the hit reality series Follow Me will premiere exclusively on the free streaming service on June 13. Sponsored by Mars Wrigley, the 10-episode series shows fans what it takes to build a brand as an influencer in the social media age.
Follow Me follows aspiring stars– from the worlds of Fashion, Comedy, Beauty, Cosplay, Skateboarding, Music and more. Each contestant brings their unique talents, backgrounds, and strategic approaches to success – as they engage in business-themed challenges throughout the Bethany Mota hosted series. Show participants work in the “creator’s studio” and compete in various social media-based challenges. Contestants have access to guidance from a global mix of top influencer guest judges who together have reached hundreds of millions of followers and billions of views – including Kika Kim, Jordyn Jones, and Jojo Sim. At the end of each episode, the contestant with the least number of votes is eliminated. The contestant with the most votes at the end of the competition will be crowned the winner by the judges and receive the $50,000 prize.
This season, contestants will once again be challenged to craft compelling content inspired by Mars Wrigley’s iconic brand portfolio, including favorites like M&M’S®, SKITTLES®, SNICKERS®, and HUBBA BUBBA®, alongside other esteemed brand partners including Valley Rays and Versus Games.
Produced by Venture 10 Studio Group and Wright Productions, the team behind the successful first season of Follow Me, which garnered over 700 million impressions and attracted millions of viewers in the 18-34 demographic, the upcoming season promises even greater excitement and engagement.
Executive Producer Rick De Oliveira, known for his work on reality hits such as The Challenge and Love and Hip-Hop Miami, expressed enthusiasm for the second season, “We’re taking Follow Me to new heights in Season Two. As we continue to push boundaries and create compelling content, we’re thrilled to have Mars back for another season as our main branded partner. As the program’s success grows, we’re committed to delivering many more hits for our partners with our dedicated team at V10,” he said.
In addition to Mota and De Oliveira, the series is executive produced by Chance Wright, John Stevens, Jason Newman, Derek Daugherty and Zach Kozek.
Crackle is available on a wide range of devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire, and Vizio, Samsung and Android TVs along with the Crackle YouTube channel.
Season 2 will also launch this July on the CW App.
The first season of Follow Me premiered in May of 2023 across a large group of platforms, including Amazon Freevee, Roku, Tubi, Samsung+, Pluto, and FilmRise, with a reach of over 290M homes globally. The first season featured eight contestants, including a model, personal trainer, gamer, dancer, among others, with branded moments from sponsors, including Mars Wrigley, Six Flags, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Dave & Busters, and Versus Games.
About V10 Entertainment
V10 Entertainment is a private equity backed media company focused on unscripted content production and investment in companies with owned IP or economic rights. In 2023, V10 acquired both Venture 10 Studio Group along with the studio’s flagship asset, Vin Di Bona Productions, producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos for ABC.
About Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) provides premium content to value-conscious consumers. The company is one of the largest Advertising-supported Video On Demand (AVOD) companies in the US, with three flagship AVOD streaming services: Redbox, Crackle, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. In addition, the company operates Redbox Free Live TV, a Free Ad-supported Streaming Television service (FAST), a Transaction Video On Demand (TVOD) service, and a network of kiosks across the US for DVD and Blu-ray rentals. To provide original and exclusive content to its viewers, the company creates, acquires, and distributes films and TV series through its Screen Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul TV Group subsidiaries. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.
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Social Trends: Will Smith’s ‘Bad Boys 4’ Triumph Amid Controversy

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Will Smith's 'Bad Boys 4' Triumph Amid Controversy

Will Smith’s latest film ‘Bad Boys 4’ has seen a successful opening, with many fans praising his charisma and talent. Despite the controversy surrounding his actions at the Oscars, social media users and fans have expressed unwavering support for the actor, highlighting his enduring star power and ability to draw audiences to theaters.

The discussion also touches on broader themes of celebrity culture, the impact of personal actions on public perception, and the resilience of Smith’s career in the face of public scrutiny.

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Will Smith attended a movie theater to watch the new ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ film with fans, who were unaware of his presence until after the movie.

The film has received positive reviews and performed well at the box office, with a strong opening weekend projected. Fans and followers have praised Smith for his down-to-earth approach and his ability to connect with his audience, emphasizing his enduring popularity and the public’s willingness to overlook past mistakes.

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