Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tragedy Strikes At Burning Man Festival

A woman was killed at Burning Man just after midnight the morning of August 28th.

According to Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham, Alicia Louise Cipicchio, a 29-year-old resident of Jackson, Wyoming, suffered fatal injuries early Thursday morning after falling under a large vehicle at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada near the Center Camp at the festival.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident but
Burning Man organizers are continuing to work with law enforcement to
investigate the accident.

This is an unfortunate event but not completely uncommon as deaths do happen at
Burning Man due to the location of the festival.

Humboldt General Hospital is more than 120 miles from Black Rock City, but travel time is more than 6 hours because of the roads. The shortest travel time also adds 100 miles to the trip, and while the hospital has a helipad for air transport, dispatching and getting there still takes time.

Burners should be aware that medical care beyond what volunteer doctors and health-care workers provide can be tough to get quickly and that while the most recent death before today was in 2007 when an attendee fell under a trailer, the risk Burners take when migrating to Black Rock City is very high.

Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and camp mates of the victim.

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Burning Man 2014 Theme Caravansary
Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with
acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock
(aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

Electric Zoo Returns To New York With New Safety Measures

Returning for its 6th year, Electric Zoo is set to feature over 145 of the world’s top producers and DJs across six stages on Randall’s Island Park in New York.

For three days, a thumping lineup of the world’s best DJs and electronic music acts will descend on New York drawing thousands of fans who want to see
international DJ heavyweights like David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, A-Trak, and much more!

While Electric Zoo organizers are optimistic about the 2014 event, the memory of what happened in 2013 still lingers.

Just last year, two Electric Zoo attendees died as a result of drug overdoses, causing event organizers to shutdown the event early.

In an effort to increase safety and in light of the recent surge of alcohol and drug-related incidents and accidents that have flooded music festivals, Made Event, promoters of
Electric Zoo, have launched a campaign called Come to Life, requiring all attendees to watch a two minute film–“The Molly”–before entering the festival gates. The PSA
emphasizes being totally present in the moment rather than relying on other substances to enjoy the show.

In addition to the PSA, “zookeepers” will be on hand providing water and electrolytes for those in need. Made Event has also instituted background checks for all festival vendors and employees, hired more undercover police officers on-site, added drug-sniffing dogs, and banned the use of CamelBak water packs that may be used to smuggle in illegal drugs.

With all of the new safety measures and a killer lineup, this year’s Electric Zoo is sure to be one to remember.

Electric Zoo 2014 logo
via (Made Event)

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All About Burning Man

It’s that time of the year again. In honor of the Burning Man festival beginning today in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, we’d like to answer a few common questions about this special event.

What is Burning Man and where does it take place?
Burning Man has been around for over 25 years is now one of the most famous art and music festivals in the world. The event takes place in a temporary city called Black Rock City (or The Playa as it is otherwise known) that is built in a barren stretch of desert and comprised of various self-sustaining camps or

When does Burning Man take place?
Burning Man begins the week prior to Labor Day and runs through the Labor Day weekend. In 2014, the Burning Man dates are Monday, August 25th to Monday, September 1st.

How big is the festival?

In 2013, nearly 70,000 people traveled into Nevada for the event and it brought an
estimated $55 million in economic impact to Northern Nevada, up from $44 million in 2012.

Is it just a bunch of hippies hanging out in the desert?

No. Tech moguls, socialites, heirs and heiresses, and Hollywood starlets have all been
attendees of Burning Man.

How do people get around on The Playa?
Due to the delicate nature of the Black Rock Desert as well as the dust levels, burners are asked to only use their vehicles to reach their campsite and either walk or use bicycles to get around following their arrival.

What’s the deal with the 10 Principles of Burning Man?
The 10 Principles of Burning Man were written by Burning Man Founder, Larry Harvey, in 2004 and were crafted not as strict rules of how people should be and act, but as a
reflection of the community’s spirit and culture as it developed since the event’s founding.
The 10 Principles of Burning Man are as follows:

1) Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No
prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
2) Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
3) Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social
environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or
advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the
substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
4) Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner
5) Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift
to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
6) Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce,
promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of
communication that support such interaction.
7) Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume
responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to
participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance
with local, state and federal laws.
8) Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
9) Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that
transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is
invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
10) Immediacy
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our
culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Burning Man 2014 Theme Caravansary
Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with
acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock
(aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

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The New York Film Festival Announces Full Lineup of Films

Attention all film buffs! The Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the full lineup of films that will screen at the 52nd New York Film Festival.

Founded in 1962, when only one other U.S. film festival was the San Francisco International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival takes place in and around Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. This year, the festival will run from September 26th to Oct. 12th.

In addition to the three previously announced films including Gone Girl,
Inherent Vice, and Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, the festival will feature 27 other titles that will play over the course of 17 days.

Check out the full 52nd New York Film Festival lineup below:

Director: David Fincher

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu

BELOVED SISTERS (Die geliebten Schwestern)
Director: Dominik Graf

THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue)
Director: Mathieu Amalric

Director: Olivier Assayas

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Director: Bennett Miller

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Adieu au langage)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie

HILL OF FREEDOM (Jayuui Eondeok)
Director: Hong Sang-soo

HORSE MONEY (Cavalo Dinheiro)
Director: Pedro Costa

Director: Lisandro Alonso

LIFE OF RILEY (Aimer, boire et chanter)
Director: Alain Resnais

Director: Alex Ross Perry

Director: David Cronenberg

Director: Asia Argento

Director: Mike Leigh

Director: Abel Ferrara

THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (La Princesa de Francia)
Director: Matías Piñeiro

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Director: Eugène Green

Director: Yann Demange

Director: Nick Broomfield

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Director: Oren Moverman

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit)
Directors: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

TWO SHOTS FIRED (Dos Disparos)
Director: Martín Rejtman

Director: Damien Chazelle

THE WONDERS (Le meraviglie)
Director: Alice Rohrwacher

72 Hours Prior To The Event Start, Jabberwocky Festival Cancelled

Jabberwocky Festival ticket holders left stunned as event is cancelled only 72 hours prior to start.

Jabberwocky Festival Lineup
Jabberwocky Festival(Photo : Courtesy of ATP, Primavera Sound, Pitchfork)

Summer and Fall are popular seasons for music festivals and this past year has been no exception. With so much competition for ticket sales and artists, it is no surprise that some festivals don’t have the outcome event organizers intended for.

With just 72 hours until the event start, event organizer All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) announced that London’s Jabberwocky Festival was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

In a statement on their website, ATP wrote:

We have put everything into promoting Jabberwocky, and despite healthy ticket sales; all our efforts could not take those sales to the point that we needed to finally stage the event. Over the past month and all the way up until this moment we have tried every possible course of action to follow through in delivering Jabberwocky to you, but the position we unfortunately find ourselves in as a result of a succession of events that have lost money in an increasingly aggressive festival market, means we are no longer able to do so.

With some festival-goers and bands were already in or in-transit to London, many performers are scrambling to play other shows in the area to appease those who now no-longer have a festival to attend.

While the cancellation of the Jabberwocky Festival came as a surprise to ticketbuyers, those in the music industry were not surprised at the announcement due to both venue issues and financial problems ATP has faced leading up to the event. Jabberwocky was initially meant to be held at the Olympic Park in London, where ATP briefly sold tickets for it but then the event was re-announced at the ExCel Centre in Docklands in East London, a conference venue more known for dental industry conference showcases than concerts.

Despite this recent cancellation, ATP still has 10 concerts listed on its website, including a festival in Iceland next year, headlined by Belle & Sebastian. ATP stated all of the future festivals will go ahead as planned but will festival-goers trust the firm enough to buy tickets for the special events?

The company has already survived one liquidation with its reputation intact among music fans and bands, but at that time, few fans lost money. This time, some might.

While ATP has told fans who bought tickets from a company called Dash to contact it for a refund; Dash is telling people that ATP has their money. “We are very keen to learn where the money has gone!” Dash says in a statement on its Facebook page. It is considering legal action to get the money back.

Just one more example of a Special Event gone wrong…

Outside Lands Festival Takes Steps To Increase Safety

On Friday, August 8th, thousands of people will descend on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 2014 Outside Lands music festival.

Featuring over 80 acts across three days – including Arctic Monkeys,
Macklemore, Kanye West, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – executive vice president of Another Planet Entertainment, Allen Scott, spoke with SF Weekly recently to discuss a few changes that are being put into place for this year’s festival to help ensure the safety of those in attendance:

Smile! You’re On Camera
“We added video surveillance on-site this year,” stated Mr. Scott. “We continue to add tools to be able to respond and become more efficient at addressing any

Let Your Totem Flag Fly Free, But Not Too High
Totems were a topic that came up for Mr. Scott when discussing this year’s Outside Lands and decisions were made as to just what these totems could be made of and how high they could fly. “It’s a way to express yourself but also a way for people to find you,” said Mr. Scott. “This year we decided that totems can be no taller than six feet, half an inch thick, and must be made of light material like swim tubes, light plastic, or balloons. No wood or metal or PVC.”

More Water To Keep Festival-Goers Hydrated
“We’re upping our refillable water stations. We’ll have three tanks throughout the festival with eight kiosks on each tank,” stated Scott. “In the past we used five-gallon tanks like what you have in your office, this year we’re using 2,000-gallon tanks”

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Outside Lands Music Festival Lineup
Outside Lands 2014 Lineup