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MTV Award Show Implements Major Adjustment To Award Ceremony

Michael Crescitelli

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Beginning in 1984 the annual MTV Video Music Awards have had their share of dramatic performances and character moments. As the channel’s largest annual televised event, the music awards present MTV with the opportunity to premiere major announcements to their largest target audience of the year. On some occasions it’s the debut of a movie trailer or a music video, band reunion or shock performances; whatever the unveiled product is, MTV has its eyes fixed on mass exposure and broad appeal.

This year, MTV decided to take a stand on the precipice of post modern discourse and try to bridge the gap between conformists and nonconformists by changing the title of its signature award. The “Moon Man”, as it has been known since the award’s inception in 1984, has been the prize trophy awarded to individual winners in their respected nominated category. The choice of “Moon Man” as the award statue was mimicked after the introductory clips of 12 men walking on the moon MTV would broadcast during its genesis in the early to late 80’s. Thus, the Moon Man became the official mascot for MTV both as a symbol and a tangible recognition of achievement in award ceremony settings.

Last week, it was announced by MTV President Chris McCarthy that the moniker of the “Moon Man” would be changed to “Moon Person.”

Speaking with the New York Times in an interview, McCarthy said, “Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”

McCarthy states in the interview that the awards show, available for broadcast on 79.2% of American household televisions, has suffered a 5-year decline in ratings and that decline has prompted the Viacom owned company to do all it can to reverse the trend of fleeting audiences. The company hopes that the change will appeal to young adults and the channel can be seen as inclusive, resulting in a more diverse and perhaps a larger populated audience.

The change in ceremonial statue gender follows MTV’s earlier decision to dissolve the separation between actors and actresses, doing away with gender isolated categories at their MTV Movie Awards.

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A-Trak & Baauer Announce Fall Tour

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Both A-Trak and Baauer have made a name for themselves by never conforming in a sea of DJ/producers. Neither of them could ever be pinned to just one genre or trend, and that same versatility makes them an interesting match. Now the two pioneers have announced a special B2B Fall tour hitting select cities across the US, including two festivals.

A-Trak has had a strong year of lifting up DJ culture between Fool’s Gold’s acclaimed DAY OFF parties and the first annual Goldie Awards held this year in Brooklyn. In addition, A-Trak’s latest single “Believe” featuring Quavo and Lil Yachty has amassed over 10 million plays worldwide.

Baauer released his highly-anticipated debut album, Aa, last year to critical acclaim. He brought along on a star-studded list of collaborators like M.I.A., Pusha T, Future, Rustie and more, and made his late night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing “Day Ones” with Leikeli47.

View the five-cities tour below. Tickets available now.

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Escape: Psycho Circus Gears Up For Another Haunting

Bradley Callison

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Back for the 7th time and with over 100,000 attendees last year, the likes of Alan Walker, Eric Prydz, Flosstradamus, Jamie Jones, Rezz, Tiësto and Zedd will be present to ensure Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus will be another great Haunting. Underrated yet extremely talented artists Luca Lush and Detlef will make their Insomniac festival debuts, while three of the four devilishly designed stages will host an Insomniac fan-favorite brand. Following last year’s massive turnout, the Ghouls’ Graveyard stage will expand with a larger footprint and lineup to present a Bassrush Massive takeover. Special b2b sets will include: Ray Volpe b2b Tisoki, Original Sin b2b Tax Man and Angerfist b2b Miss K8. Iconic brands Basscon and Audiotistic will host The Chopping Block each night, featuring an unprecedented performance from Boys Noise. What I am looking forward to most is the fact that Factory 93 will curate the Cannibals’ Tea Party stage with highly anticipated collaborations from Jamie Jones’ Paradise and Nicole Moudaber’s MoodZONE with performances from Joseph Capriati, Green Velvet, Paco Osuna, Nathan Barato, Carlo Lio and more.

Start concocting your soundtrack to Halloween with the Escape: Psycho Circus 2017 playlist, here and snag a ticket to the fright fest here.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Escape: Psycho Circus on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To stay up to date with the latest Insomniac news, visit www.insomniac.com.

Photo Credit: Tyler Hill

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Wynwood Fear Factory 2017

Carlos Martins

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It is time to get spooky, Halloween is right around the corner! Being the largest music & Halloween-themed festival in the Southeast region, Wynwood Fear Factory is back to Miami this year scarier than ever. If you live in Florida you are not going to want to miss this event. Known for the best Miami Music Week events, Diskolab is taking over Miami on October 28th and October 29th with this second edition of Wynwood Fear Factory. The 2-day festival is going to take place at the RC Cola Factory located in Miami’s Wynwood Art District well-known for showcasing some of the best street art as well as great nightlife spots. RC Cola is going to have 4,000 square feet of scare zones and haunted areas. The festival presents a stacked and diverse line-up this year; it features some of the biggest EDM acts such as DJ Snake, Porter Robinson, Martin Solveig, Steve Angello, and Oliver Heldens, as well as the renowned rapper Wiz Khalifa. You can watch last year’s after movie and have an idea on what to expect.

Single and two-day general admission and VIP tickets are currently available. GA tickets are 18+ ages, VIP Tickets are 21+.  Go get your tickets now before they sell out!

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