Festival Briefs: Isle of Wight Troubles, Solid Sound Returns, Horizon Moving, Country 500 Lineup

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Because MFW is based out of New England, love Wilco, and think that the MOCA (Massachusetts College of Art) is a wicked venue, we’re unreasonably excited for the return of the Solid Sound Festival from June 23-25, 2017. The Wilco curated fest skipped 2016, but will ironically roar its way back in 2017 with a solid roster of indie rock.

There’s trouble on the horizon for the legendary Isle of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom. Organizers are asking if the venue fees at Seaclose Park can be waived for next year, otherwise they may have to scrap the event. The first edition of IoWF took place from 1968-1970, then went on hiatus for the next three decades when it came back in 2002.

From the University of No Shit, comes a report that live music makes people happy. A 1,000 person study was released by Deacon University in Australia titled: “If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing“. We would have read the whole paper, but it costs $35 and we already know the ending.

The ski and snowboard festival, Horizon, has outgrown its previous home in Bankso, Bulgaria. This year, snow revelers will travel to Arinsal in Andorra high in the Pyrenees Mountains. This year’s lineup already includes Motor City Drum Ensemble, KiNK, Ben UFO, AJ Tracey, and Oneman.

If you thought the only thing missing from Daytona in Florida was a massive Memorial Day Weekend country music festival, wonder no more. Not only will Country 500 be back for a sequel to its triumphant debut season, they’ve already announced a lineup.

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