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Music festivals face most unpredictable summer yet


Organizers at Canada’s summer music festivals say even as pandemic restrictions lift and live concerts return to some semblance of normalcy, it’s anything but normal behind the scenes.

While concertgoers descend on outdoor events, the people leading the country’s largest music gatherings are facing a long list of anxieties — from travel delays to COVID-19 illnesses — that have made putting together a festival even more tumultuous, costly and unpredictable.

Todd Jenereaux, executive vice president of Republic Live, said it’s impossible to narrow down his concerns ahead of the Boots & Hearts country music festival in Oro-Medonte, Ont. on Aug. 4. He’s confident the weekend will go off without a hitch, but getting to showtime won’t be easy.

“Things are as troubling from an industry standpoint as they were during the (height of the) pandemic, it’s just different,” he said.

“It’s not like a normal year. Our struggles have all been things that we’ve never dealt with before.”

In recent weeks, festival leaders have convened through texts and phone conversations to share the hurdles of running a successful event in 2022. They’ve talked about rising costs tied to inflation, supply issues for stage equipment and a shortage of experienced workers.

Each music festival has its own unique blend of problems to overcome, but common among them is the fear that something will prevent top-billed performers from reaching the stage.

That’s what happened with the Bass Coast electronic music festival in Merritt, B.C. earlier this month when flight delays left about half of their Sunday lineup stranded.

Despite having a contingency plan that asked musicians to arrive a day early, about seven acts wound up stuck at airports before showtime, said festival co-founder Andrea Graham.

“Flights were cancelled altogether

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BLACKPINK to release new music in August, plot enormous 2022 world tour

BLACKPINK will release new music next month, according to their record label, with a sprawling world tour also on the cards for later in the year.

It’s unclear exactly what, or how much new material will be released in August, however in a press release from YG Entertainment (via blackpink-new-music-world-tour-1235110815/”Billboard), it’s confirmed that BLACKPINK are in the “final stages of recording a new album”. The group – which consists of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa – released their first full-length effort, ‘THE ALBUM’, in October 2020.

YG went on to say that BLACKPINK’s forthcoming second album would kickstart “a continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year”, with the tease of “a lot of BLACKPINK-esque music [that] has been prepared over a long period of time”. It’s implied that the group’s new album will be just one of several releases planned for the 2022.

In addition to those “large-scale projects”, BLACKPINK will hit the road for an ambitious world tour – described by YG as “the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group” – that comes in a bid to “expand their rapport with fans worldwide”.

Word of BLACKPINK’s comeback first emerged back in April, when reports claimed that a new album could arrive “as early as June”. YG shot down the rumours of an album releasing that soon, but confirmed that BLACKPINK were indeed preparing for a return.

That return was also teased by Jennie during her guest appearance on the Game Caterers YouTube channel last March, where she said: “BLACKPINK is also making a comeback soon. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but since I’m the only [BLACKPINK member] here, I’ll just say it. Please look forward to it. Thank you very

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Blackpink To Release New Album In August; Announces World Tour Plans


  • Blackpink’s last musical project was in 2020
  • YG Entertainment says the group is in the “final stages of recording their album”
  • They will start their world tour by the end of 2022 

Blackpink’s entertainment label has confirmed that the group will return to the music scene with a new album. The new music project will release in August.

YG Entertainment said the quartet was in the final stages of recording their new album and would film a music video later this month. Jennie Kim, Roseanne Park, Lisa Manobal and Kim Ji-Soo will also embark on “the largest-ever” world tour by a K-pop girl group by the end of 2022.

“A lot of music in Blackpink’s style has been prepared with great effort for a long time,” the music label said in a statement, Koreaboo reported. “Blackpink will embark on the largest-ever world tour for a K-Pop girl group by the end of the year alongside their comeback to expand their communication and reach with fans across the world. We will continue large-scale projects for the group as well.”

Blackpink is yet to return to the music studio as a group since the release of their first studio-length album, “The Album,” in 2020.

“The Album” contains the smash hit “How You Like That,” which surpassed over 1 billion views on YouTube last November. It also contains Blackpink’s collaboration track with Selena Gomez, “Ice Cream,” which debuted at No. 13 on Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 2020.

Like most K-pop artists, the group took a backseat and stopped their activities during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020. Shortly after, the members started promoting their solo activities – Rose released her solo album, “R,” in March 2021, followed by Lisa’s successful solo project, “Lalisa,” in September. Jennie released

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Blackpink Announce Forthcoming Album, ‘Large-Scale’ World Tour

Blackpink will return with new music in August, according to an announcement from their music agency YG Entertainment. The company revealed that the K-Pop group — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa — are in the “final stages of recording a new album.”

The band’s new music will kick off “a continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year.” The press released added, “a lot of Blackpink-esque music has been prepared over a long period of time. On top of new music and large-scale projects, Blackpink will also go on the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group by the end of the year to expand their rapport with fans worldwide.”

Last week, the K-Pop group became the first-ever music act to reach 75 million subscribers on YouTube. The quartet has racked up more than 25 billion collective streams across less than 300 videos uploaded to YouTube since their debut in 2016. Last year, the four-piece unseated Justin Bieber as the platform’s most-followed artist. Now, he trails not-so-closely behind with just over 69.3 million subscribers, but with BTS hot on his tail with 68.7 million.

Blackpink’s first full-length album, The Album, debuted via Interscope in October 2020. Jisoo teased the group’s follow-up LP earlier this year in Blackpink’s deep-diving Rolling Stone cover story.

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“We don’t just receive a completed song,” she eplained. “We are involved from the beginning, building the blocks, adding this or that feeling, exchanging feedback — and this process of creating makes me feel proud of our music. If we just received pre-made songs, it would feel mechanical. I feel more love for the process, because we say, ‘How about adding this in the

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