Mysteryland USA Sustainability Initiatives 2014 – Happy Earth Day!

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Mysteryland USA 
May 23-26, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

Bethel, NY

Mysteryland USA Sustainability Initiatives 2014

Just in time for Earth Day, Mysteryland USA is proud to present its sustainability initiatives for 2014. Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe, this time choosing the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock, at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, New York, for its inaugural Mysteryland USA over Memorial Day Weekend 2014. The multi-sensory festival draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world by bringing both internationally renowned and talented up-and-coming artists to multiple stages, providing a culturally immersive and engaging experience.

But most importantly, Mysteryland is based on a strong philosophy: the Festival Footprint. Mysteryland USA focuses on being organized in a sustainable way by relying on local participation and interaction, with attention on the surroundings and community — as well as sustainable projects — during and after the festival. Be friendly to nature, be friendly to the people around you – it was part of the mantra of ‘69 Woodstock and this permeates into the ideology of the Festival Footprint. Mysteryland is proud of its Industry Green certification and winning the highest ranking for its sustainable efforts and involvement to date for its Netherlands show.

Mysteryland Sustainability Initiatives 2014 

● 10,000 HOURS Charity Event: 10,000 Hours is a project designed to create a feeling of unity between festivalgoers and their community. Participants sign up to donate their time towards bettering their surroundings. Every ID&T event has a charity day, and thus has volunteers that donate time. The goals are such that by the end of each year the festival will reach 10,000 hours of volunteer work amongst the new generation. In the US, ID&T will be joining The Allyson Whitney Foundation in their 5k run event on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in support of young adults with rare cancers. The Allyson Whitney Foundation will be running the event production, and ID&T will be bringing 50 participants to help with the event. Over 500 people signed up to partake in this event!

● Cup Program: The ‘Cup Program’ is a recycle and waste initiative. Any visitor who brings ten plastic water bottles to the specially marked tent (located inside Mysteryland) will receive a treat. This will reduce waste on the festival grounds, as well as sort plastic for recycling.

● Shuttles & Carpool: Mysteryland USA will be providing official Mysteryland shuttles to and from Bethel Woods Center For The Arts on both Saturday and Sunday. These shuttles will be round trip and leave from three locations: New York City Grand Central Station, New Jersey Newark Liberty International Airport, and Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Find more information at mysteryland.busbank.com.

Mysteryland also encourages carpooling, and provides carpool options such as RickyRides, Ride Joy, and Zimride, where Mysteryland carpool pages have been set up. This will reduce traffic into Bethel as well as reduce gas emissions and pollution. Find more information at www.mysteryland.us/en/info.

● Energy Management: Mysteryland will have a generator controller as a part of energy management. This helpful individual will monitor all of the generators used during the construction and live shows to ensure they are used for its sole purpose. Mysteryland believes in efficiently controlling energy while using less gas and therefore contributing to pollution-free air.

● Open Call: The festival’s open call program will feature local talent along with unusual and creative acts as part of of Mysteryland USA. This will give local talent exposure to an eclectic audience while immersing visitors in an alluring multi-sensory landscape.

● Sustainable Art Challenge: Mysteryland USA is partnering with MATTE FINISH creative agency and calling upon the creative young minds of American design schools and creative collectives, with the goal of creating the concept and design for a sustainable and functional installation to be displayed at the festival. Deadline for submission is 11:59PM EDT, April 25, 2014. For entry information and competition guidelines please click here.

● Food & Beverage Vendors: All food and beverage vendors are required to serve their products on biodegradable plates. This helps with waste management and recycling. The festival also encourages serving biological and fair trade food, working with Brooklyn’s native Smorgasburg (which will host its own Food Fest) is a part of this strategy. Good eats, yummy treats!

● Clean Vibes: Clean Vibes is Mysteryland’s recycling, clean up, and waste removal service. They will effectively manage waste collection and disposal throughout the festival. They will head the festival’s recycling program and set up “Green Teams.” The teams are responsible for pick-up, separation, and proper disposal of garbage. This will greatly reduce the ecological footprint of the festival.

● Water Project: ID&T launched its ‘Water Project’ in 2013, providing free tap water to visitors of every event and festival around the world that it produces. The vision is simple: “Water should be free and available for everyone in the world, and thus also at our festivals”. Mysteryland USA will provide free tap water to everyone at the festival and camping grounds, with water tap/refill stations located around the festival where people can fill up their water bottles and cups. The festival also aims to create awareness of the more sustainable alternative to bottled water-tap water. This will reduce plastic waste and increase safety of visitors by keeping them hydrated.

More more info on Mysteryland USA’s 2014 sustainability initiatives, please read here.

Festival information:
Mysteryland USA
May 23-26, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend 2014
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Bethel, New York
21+ festival

Mysteryland USA: Festival Survival Kits, Prrrly Bird Lockers & Transportation Info

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Mysteryland USA 
May 23-26, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Mysteryland Festival Survival Kits, Prrrly Bird Lockers & Transportation Info
 

With less than five weeks until Mysteryland USA descends on the original site of the Woodstock 1969 grounds at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel, NY it’s time for fans to begin to prepare for this historic pilgrimage.

Holy Ground Nomad GA campsites are sold-out but VIP Camping tickets are still available through the Mysteryland BnB package. If you still want that Woodstock-esque camping experience be sure to check out Mysteryland’s exclusive camping partner, Landers River Camping which offers the finest riverfront camping and includes free continuous round-trip shuttles to and from the festival grounds.

Festival Survival Kit

No camping gear? Fear not! Mysteryland USA has created the perfect DIY tent kit. The Festival Camping Survival Kits are available for either Holy Ground camping or Lander’s River Camping and are yours to keep after the festival and to use for many years to come. Reserve yours now, while supplies last!

The Festival Survival Kit ($175) includes:
1. Mysteryland branded two person tent
2. Two person air bed
3. Two sleeping bags

Prrrly Bird Lockers

Prrrly Bird lockers with universal charging stations are on sale now at a discounted price until April 20, 2014.   Having a locker is extremely convenient when it comes to storing your things safely at the festival and charging your phone to capture all those magical moments on Instagram. The Holy Ground lockers will be located in the campsite, while the Mysteryland lockers will be located in the festival grounds close to the entrance. For locker types and dimensions, click here.

Transportation Information

Those travelling by car are required to have a parking pass before they enter the festival grounds. Holy Grounds camping parking, weekend parking and day parking are available for purchase here.

Round trip daily shuttles are offered both Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 departing from New York City’s Grand Central Station, New Jersey’s Newark Airport, and Downtown Philadelphia. Tickets and more info.

Shuttle service will be offered Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26 for campers. Schedule and additional information coming soon.

Festival information:
Mysteryland USA
May 23-26, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend 2014
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Bethel, New York
21+ festival

Above & Beyond Announce ABGT100 at Madison Square Garden – October 18, 2014

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Above & Beyond Announce ABGT100 at Madison Square Garden
October 18, 2014
Iconic New York venue to host live broadcast of 100th Group Therapy episode
#ABGT100
[VIDEO] Above & Beyond #ABGT100 at Madison Square Garden NYC
Watch the trailer here!

Above & Beyond have announced that the 100th episode of their Group Therapy radio show will be broadcast live from the World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden – in New York City, on Saturday, October 18.

The Madison Square Garden gig follows last year’s sell-out ABGT050 show at London’s legendary 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace. Above & Beyond become the first British DJs to headline Madison Square Garden and this will be Jono, Tony and Paavo’s biggest headline show in the United States to date.

“To be able to bring this radio show to one of our favourite cities and one of the world’s most iconic venues is really a dream come true for us,” commented Above & Beyond.

Pre-sale ticket registration is now open at www.aboveandbeyond.nu/abgt100. Those who register by midnight on April 28 will receive a code for access to the pre-sale which commences on April 30 at 12 noon EDT, giving fans the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on-sale to the general public on May 1 at 12 noon EDT.

Watch the Group Therapy ribbons light up the New York skyline in the official ABGT100 launch video, which features Above & Beyond’s new single (and first vocal single of the year) “Sticky Fingers” feat. Alex Vargas. Watch it here.

About Above & Beyond

Over their three critically-acclaimed studio albums, along with their recent Acoustic project, Above & Beyond have continually been celebrated for placing real musicianship and songwriting at the heart of what they do. While their famed club mixes have resonated with the dance generation, the songs behind them have touched fans of all ages across the globe. As influenced as much by Jeff Buckley or Bon Iver as they are by their deep love of electronic music, Above & Beyond’s songs and lyrics have been sung back to them at the world’s biggest stadiums and stages – from Brixton Academy to LA’s Hollywood Palladium, to their famed 1 million people gig at Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

Instagram.com/aboveandbeyond

About Made Event

Made Event, founded by Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma and recently acquired by SFX Entertainment, are the premiere producers of electronic music events and creators of the Electric Zoo Festival. They stand at the vanguard of their field due to the world-renowned caliber of entertainment and expert production values they bring into a variety of distinctive and innovative venues. Established in 2009, the internationally renowned  Electric Zoo Festival is New York City’s largest music festival, with more than 100, 000 attendees and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. A new edition of Electric Zoo has been announced for Mexico City in May 2014. With over 20 years of combined experience, and nearly 500 events produced in New York City, Miami and elsewhere, Made Event continues to set the bar for quality electronic music events. It is also a regular contributor to New York-based art and culture charities.

Coachella ‘Disco Jaws’ Shark Art by NYC Artist Kevin McHugh

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Coachella Shark Art ‘DISCO JAWS’
On Display at YUMA Tent
By NYC Artist Kevin McHugh
Bringing awareness to SharkSavers.org, a program of WildAid
 
#DiscoJaws #SaveSharks  #SharkSaversHK #kkmchughnyc
#Coachella2014 #YUMATENT
 

Traveling between the worlds of NY nightlife, fashion and music Kevin McHugh became a fixture of them all.  After decades of managing the careers of influential artists and DJ’s such as Nicole Moudaber (Coachella 2014) and Danny Tenaglia (Coachella 2008), artist Kevin McHugh began a personal artistic exploration of his own along the way.

Inspired by his fishing trips with his father as a child, Kevin developed an interest in the beauty of sea life.  He began creating fiberglass renditions of sailfish and sharks, adorned with different materials: everything from iridescent mother of pearl and brilliant Swarovski crystals to leather and lacquer.  The pieces are meant to change the way people perceive the notion of trophy fish by transforming them into stunning works of art.

Conservancy and education has always been a part of Kevin’s work, and he has worked closely with conservation groups such as Shark Savers, The Billfish Foundation and the Ibiza Preservation Society. His next art/conservation project is slated for the UAE in conjunction with the WWF and will be focused on sea turtles. He has had 4 successful Art Basel shows courtesy of www.avantgallery.com.

ABOUT ‘DISCO JAWS’ Coachella Shark Art:

A one-of-a-kind fiberglass Mako shark sculpture, covered in over 6,000 glass mirror tiles, will be on rotation inside the Yuma Tent at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival 2014. Along with www.SharkSavers.org, McHugh hopes to engage audiences in a deeper understanding of these important apex predators and their dwindling numbers in large part due to the unimaginable practice of finning them live for shark fin soup. National Geographic puts the estimate killed at 100 million per year. For more info, read here.

Verboten April/May 2014 Culture Programming

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VERBOTEN APRIL/MAY 2014 CULTURE PROGRAMMING 

April 11 ‘Art is Verboten’ By Mike Dreeland
April 19 Wasabassco at Verboten: Danger! 
April 22 Music Unites: Youth Music Education
May 7 PopGun presents Adult.

 

After opening to critical acclaim, Verboten continues to elevate Brooklyn’s underground art and music scene with a variety of culture programming, including the launch of ‘Art is Verboten’ By Mike Dreeland, Wasabassco at Verboten: Danger!, Music Unites: Youth Music Education, and PopGun presents Adult..
April 11 ’Art is Verboten’ By Pop Artist Mike Dreeland
FREE ART SHOW 8:00PM-11:00PM with sponsored bar by Belvedere Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Veuve Cliquot
Defined as a 21st century artist by the nature of his work, M.Dreeland introduces a pop art style that mixes basic acrylics and techniques from old masters with hi-tech tools of the present and future. Modern technology, with the use of graphic design programs, has allowed M.Dreeland to spotlight a unique step and repeat style by using multiple layers and common objects. Thick paint and bold colors characterizes M.Dreeland’s work. M.Dreeland collaborates with the music and lifestyle team at Verboten on the launch of their eponymous nightlife venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to display custom M.Dreeland pieces within the venue.
April 19 Wasabassco at Verboten: Danger! 
NYC’s daring burlesque show Wasabassco returns to Verboten for its second run bringing extravagant acts, biggest props, and unique performances – striptease, aerial, fire and more. This month, Wasabassco presents “Danger!”, an evening of powerful women and dashing men throwing caution to the wind – because danger is sexy and sexy is their middle name. The non-stop action and circus-like energy will leave guests in awe and craving more of this ever-changing monthly event. Wasabassco’s Verboten shows are hosted by the fabulous Golden Glamazon herself, Sydni Deveraux. April 19 stars include Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Stache Novak, Perle Noire, Albert Cadabra, Poison Ivory, Donny Vomit and stage kitten Amanda Whip.

 

April 22 Music Unites: Youth Music Education
Music Unites is a national charity with the mission to raise academic and lifetime achievement for at-risk public school students through the support and creation of unique music education partnerships and programs. By providing free after-school music programs to youth through school-based partnerships, along with special monthly workshops designed in alignment with standards for career and college readiness, Music Unites also leverages student’s innate talents and elevates the next generation of performers by providing audiences, venues, and special performance opportunities, while at the same time enriching the listening experience of the public with performances from aspiring artists across a wide range of genres that exist in the increasingly diverse world of music. On April 22, Music Unites will host DJ lessons, vocal lessons, and sampling lessons at Verboten aiming to help educate and guide youth toward planning and achieving responsible goals for their future.
May 7 PopGun presents Adult.
Verboten is thrilled to present its first live concert in conjunction with PopGun. Hailing from Detroit, Adult. has put out a number of electrifying releases on the ever-adventurous Ghostly label, championing their influential electropunk sound. After taking the proper time to balance the visual and audible sides to their music, Adult. is ready to bring their intense live show on tour. This night is curated by PopGun, Brooklyn’s independent concert and party promotions company.
Verboten
54 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211