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There are hundreds of shows and parties happening each night at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, and figuring out how to get into them is half the battle. Popping in and out of venues hosting open parties is a strategy many festival-goers take up in order to remain fluid and avoid waiting in the long lines that can haunt many shows.
But many of the free events still require that you sign up in advance to get on the list, meaning that some planning is required.
Keeping track of all your options can become a challenge, especially if you are with a big group and eyeing a variety of different shows. One nice solution we found was a website/service called RSVPster, which, for $30, automatically RSVPs you for all the free events, parties, and shows that require registration. It then sends those registration details (aka a bar code/ticket) to an Eventbrite app on your mobile phone.
Introducing Jaunted’s Cultural Tune-Up, a monthly playlist-based guide for today’s music loving traveler. Each installment spotlights songs you need to hear, by artists you need to know, from places you need to visit. Spanning pop to hip-hop, up-and-comers to chart toppers, and small towns to major cities, Cultural Tune-Up explores the world through one of our most underutilized travel tools: the sense of sound.
FROM: Copenhagen, Denmark
FEATURED TUNE: "CPH Girls"
Practically the Justin Bieber of Denmark, Christopher has made a massive impression on the music industry in his native land. We picture listening to his hit “CPH Girls” (an homage to the females he aspires to court in his hometown) while dancing around the aptly named Christiansborg Castle – certainly some quality content for your Vine account. It’s an impressive property that has been around for centuries and currently houses parliament and the prime minister’s office. When inside, guests are asked to wear slippers so the floor doesn’t get scratched up, which would inevitably happen if you were getting down to some of Christopher’s music.
Other hot spots in Copenhagen include: Tivoli, the city’s best-known attraction and essentially a glorified amusement park; Arbejdermuseet, a museum that tells the story of Copenhagen’s working class from 1870 to the present times with evocative exhibits; and the enigmatic Warehouse 9, an infamous but underground Danish performance art venue offering a gender-bending perspective for Copenhagen’s queer community.
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Google just posted several top ten lists exploring the year in search, including one dedicated to the most searched for Music Festivals of 2014.
It comes as no surprise that Coachella topped the list. Thanks to a lineup that features the biggest names in music - Pharrell, Arcade Fire, Lorde and Lana Del Rey headlined in 2014 - and a celebrity following that includes Jared Leto, the Kardashians, and Twilight alums, Coachella has become the year's hottest ticket.
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The Solaris Winter Festival is returning to Toronto this winter where headliners Kaskade and Skrillex will be joined by Adventure Club, Boys Noize, Tchami, 31au, and many more acts for two days of non-stop EDM.
The event will take place on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27 at the Direct Energy Centre. General Admission tickets are still available for CAD $129.50. Tickets can be purchased online at inktickets.com. All tickets are two-day passes.
On Thursday, one of Hollywood's biggest and best film festivals, AFI Fest, kicks off and its not too late to get in for free.
This year's festival highlights include Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, and The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg. Among AFI Fest's other special events is On Acting: A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
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Next month EDC Orlando returns with two days of music, carnival rides, pyrotechnics, interactive art installations and special effects at Tinker Field.
Taking place on Nov. 27 & 28, the Electric Daisy Carnival makes the audience the headliners, by striving to "create an environment where you can celebrate life, love, art and music, and be the truest version of yourself." EDC 2014 makes it easy to find something to celebrate with three stages, a full amusement park, fully stocked bars, free water stations, one-of-a-kind art pieces, theatrical performers roaming the grounds and, of course, dozens of musical acts.
The King is back!
The other day, we wondered if virtual reality will ever make waves in the travel industry. For the music industry, the answer is yes. For those of you who remember when Tupac and Michael Jackson arose from the dead, the same kind of thing is in the works to revive Elvis’ career from the grave. Only this time, the idea is not to make a surprise appearance - the goal is to put the King back on tour.
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Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.
We know how it goes at the airport. It’s noisy, it’s crowded, and you’re just trying to do your thing until it’s time to step aboard and head out of town. The live terminal entertainment is usually pretty limited, but thankfully Maan Hamadeh recently stepped up Prague's Václav Havel Airport to take things to the next level.
The pianist performed his take—and takes—on Beethoven's Fur Elise, and then he moved onto that Celine Dion song from Titanic. As wonderful as the performance was we could have gone without My Heart Will Go On—it will be in our head all day long.
Anyway, take a moment to watch the clip from the airport, as it will likely put a smile on your face—or at least make you want to take up the piano.
[Photo / Video: Maan Hamadeh via YouTube]
[Photo / Video: Maan Hamadeh via YouTube]
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Last month, when we previewed our attendance at the Rainforest World Music Festival, we anticipated that it would be one of the best events of the summer given its location on the island of Borneo and its lineup that brought in bands from all over the world. We’re happy to report that despite the “on-paper” promise and high hopes we had set for RMF - typically a travel no-no - the festival weekend exceeded absolutely every expectation.
Why? The first and foremost reason is because it is exactly as advertised in terms of its exotic setting and multi-cultural lineup. They call it the Rainforest World Music Festival for a reason. Located at the Sarawak Cultural Village about 45 minutes from Kuching, the festival takes place in the shadows of Mount Santubong, where the rainforest spills down to the coast. The rainforest serves as a backdrop for the two stages, and across the street is the beach and the calm waters of the South China Sea.
We've been pretty vocal about our excitement for the season of live music, aka summer, and have dished on a number of opportunities to get into the spirit in the coming months. That, coupled with our upcoming trip to discover new realms at the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, it's time we pay homage to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, a place that sparked our appreciation of the world's musical offerings.
If you think the name - or the fact that it's a museum - makes it sound like a snooze, we've got an eye-opening wake up call for you: It is one of the most engaging displays of culture we've ever visited, and a must for any self-professed music lover.
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A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."
The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.
Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.