The Guardian festival blog: Jay-Z in dispute with Philadelphia mayor over music festival | Music

Jay-Z is embroiled in a dispute with the mayoral office of Philadelphia after it announced plans to change the location of his music festival, Made in America. On Tuesday, a representative for Mayor Jim Kenney said this year’s festival would be the last to be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the centre of […]

The Guardian festival blog: Latitude festival – teenage fans bring energy to middle-class kingdom | Music

This time next year, you might hear some album-of-the-decade buzz around Solange and her leftfield R&B masterpiece A Seat at the Table. But featherlight blues and sober reflection are a tough sell live, particularly to holidaying punters drunk in rural Suffolk. “I want to turn this festival into church,” Solange informs the few thousand gathered, […]

The Guardian festival blog: Lovebox review – Childish Gambino leads diverse corrective to Trump visit | Music

The Trump visit – and subsequent protests – coinciding with Lovebox affected the festival in more ways than one. Besides SZA’s highly anticipated set being cut after just four songs, reportedly due to a late arrival because of the protests, the political events also inspired an air of resistance. From those donning anti-Trump protest gear […]

The Guardian festival blog: ‘He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!’ – the genius of Leonard Bernstein | Music

Marin Alsop: Bernstein the inspiration Bernstein was impossibly brilliant in so many different areas: a genius conductor, composer, author, pianist, thinker, activist, educator and entertainer. But for me, his genius was in connecting the dots between all of these. Everything he read and experienced influenced everything he thought and did. I think he once said […]

The Guardian festival blog: Wireless review – surprise Drake set caps rap’s Nato summit | Music

‘Do you do student discount?” asks a man buying a plastic bottle of rosé wine. The bartender frowns back at his man-purse. “Isn’t that Versace?” Yes, it’s Wireless, where statement garms, alcohol, and people under the age of 26 combine for three days of turning up. Once a generic grab bag of indie and pop, […]

The Guardian festival blog: J Hus removed from Wireless festival following knife arrest | Music

Rapper J Hus has been removed from the lineup of Wireless festival, following his arrest for carrying a knife. He was arrested in Stratford, east London, on 23 June and released on bail earlier this week, having posted a £100,000 bond. Under the bail terms he is forbidden from entering certain areas of London, including […]

The Guardian festival blog: Two attendees of disastrous Fyre festival awarded $2.5m each | Music

Two attendees of the disastrous Fyre music festival, which promised Caribbean glamour but delivered chaos, have been awarded $2.5m each in compensation and damages after they sued the organiser Billy McFarland. Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson each paid $13,000 for VIP tickets to the festival on the Bahamas island of Great Exuma, which, following promotion […]

The Guardian festival blog: Sticky Fingers withdraw from music festival after calls for boycotts | Music

Australian band Sticky Fingers have withdrawn from music festival This That following a public campaign calling for boycotts, after allegations that the lead singer Dylan Frost racially abused and threatened Indigenous artist Thelma Plum in 2016. This That posted a statement on Monday apologising to those who were upset by their initial lineup, and offering […]

The Guardian festival blog: Festival stages solely for female artists don’t solve music-industry sexism | Emily Reynolds | Opinion

What’s your fantasy festival lineup? Bob Dylan? The Smiths? bba? Bowie? If your dream headliner is more current, you have more of a chance if they’re male. Earlier this year, Wireless festival was criticised after announcing only three women – Mabel, Cardi B and Lisa Mercedez – in a lineup of 37 acts. Lily Allen […]

The Guardian festival blog: Wireless festival adds women-only stage in response to criticism | Music

Following criticism over its lack of women performers, Wireless festival has announced a stage that will exclusively feature female artists. Only three of the 37 acts announced in January were women: R&B singer Mabel, rapper Cardi B – who has since cancelled owing to her advanced pregnancy – and dancehall MC Lisa Mercedez. artists including […]