Grandma Sentenced for Trying to Smuggle 155,168 Ecstasy Pills Into the US

Talk about a scene out of a movie! Canadian grandma Tina Howe has been sentenced to 6.5 years for trying to smuggle 155,168 ecstasy pills across the US border. After being released on bail back in 2007 Tina Howe went into hiding back in British Colombia until she was recently found by Canadian officials and extradited back to the US.

This originally took place back on June 23, 2007, at the Sumas border crossing when a hidden roof compartment in the Dodge minivan containing the ecstasy pills busted open and caused all the pills to scatter all over the freeway. According to the state trooper on the scene saw “a pink and blue haze of dust from traffic smashing the pills,” according to the Vancouver Sun.

The grandma made these trips across the border to save her son from being killed by drug traffickers in British Colombia that he owed money to. She had made two previous trips before getting caught.

Music Festivals You Can Take Your Kids To

Music festivals are often considered adult playgrounds where festival-goers aged 18+ can immerse themselves in music and creative energy. Thankfully there are festival organizers that welcome children and recognize that appreciation of the arts need not be limited to adults. Before a ticket is purchased, read the FAQ section of the festival’s website to see what will be allowed and to determine if the festival is a good fit for your child. Essentials to bring are hearing protection such as headphones, sunscreen, a wagon or stroller that can traverse rough terrain, appropriate clothing for the weather, waterproof garments, and blankets. Now that you have safety and wellbeing in mind, learn about festivals where children are welcome to engage and explore.

Coachella in Indio, California (April 14th–16 and April 21–23rd, 2017)

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is on many bucket lists. It draws the everyman, everywoman, and celebrities to Indio, California for two consecutive weekends of music and incredible art installations. There are different activities arranged for the enjoyment of parents and their children. Some of them include ferris wheel rides, foosball tournaments, a hula hooping competition, and a pie eating contest. Last but not least are the live music acts that will be sure to give your child an education in music.

Volt Festival in Sopron, Hungary (June 27 – July 1, 2017)

Sopron, Hungary is where you and your family will find a musical adventure of a lifetime. Drawing over 100,000 fans each year to listen to music at over approximately ten stages, the festival is known for the lush, green backdrop of the forest. This year Ellie Goulding, Martin Garrix, Lost Frequencies, and Sigala are some of the names that will bless your ears in 2017.

Astral Harvest in Alberta, Canada (July 14 – July 17 2017)

Astral Harvest, one of Canada’s most popular festivals, is held at the North Country Fair festival grounds every summer. Astral Harvest describes itself as “a celebration of music, art, knowledge, community, and the human experience.” Workshops, a bustling marketplace, art galleries, and a Fire Jam space for fire spinners are just a few highlights of the festival. Another hallmark of Astral Harvest is the Playground, a space and refuge for parents where activities for kids are planned and children can play games, do crafts, and rest. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

Camp Bestival (July 27-30, 2017 at Lulworth Castle, Dorset)

Camp Bestival is one of the few festivals that offers an area for mothers. The Bestival Mother and Baby Chill out area allows moms to change diapers, feed their children, and relax. Camp Bestival is truly a family affair, with a wide array of activities for all ages. Bikes, go karts, circus acts, fairground rides, face painting, a 10×10 sand pit, and two play areas where children can explore will keep kids occupied. There is also live music acts slated for children, but children can be found everywhere on the festival grounds.  

Lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois – (August 3-6, 2017)

Lollapalooza is for music fans of all ages! Kidzapalooza, presented by Lifeway Kefir, is a festival within a festival for parents who want to teach their kids what it’s like to experience one of the most special events in the world. Located in its own enclosed area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music on its own stage plus various activities including creating their own music, arts & crafts and much more.

Two of Europes Big Music Festivals Are Coming to Brazil

Brazil has definitely felt the effects of the EDM bubble with the loss of EDC Brazil which would have taken place earlier this month. It seems 2017 will be brighter in terms of EDM events in the south American country with 2 European festivals making their way down to the land of hot chicks and soccer.

Plusnetwork who is owned by Livestyle Inc which is formally known as SFX made an announcement that they will be debuting the Brazilian edition for two of Europes hottest music festivals (Welcome to the future & Awakenings Festival). The two festivals do not involve mainstream electronic music. Awakenings Festival takes place primarily in Spaarnwoude, Netherlands, and is one of the most popular techno festivals in Europe. Welcome to the Future is a music festival that usually presents a more diversified underground line-up in Amsterdam, from the grooves of Hot Since 82 to Chris Liebing’s more straightforward techno.

Awakenings Festival


Welcome to the Future

Evolution of the Rave Scene

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a rave as “a large overnight dance party featuring techno music and usually involving the taking of mind-altering drugs.” The definition is slightly outdated. Society now lumps all genres of electronic dance music under “EDM.” Drugs and alcohol are present, but when have they ever been absent from a gathering of adults wanting to cast off responsibility for several hours? Raves are not the only places people indulge and mind altering substances are not the prime motivator for seeking out beats late into the night.

989 Illegal Rave, Acid House from the From the Kinolibrary Archive Film collections

Acid house parties in the 1980s would give birth to a renaissance of electronic music that would shape itself into the genres we are familiar with today: house, techno, trance, breakbeat, etc. This music needed to be heard and what better place for it to be nurtured than at raves? Raves were portals to a world where rhythm, musical ecstasy, and abandon awaited those brave enough to cast off a normal bedtime. Often taking place in places without proper permits and without advance notice like in today’s social media playgrounds, these parties would go on until the sun rose. Today events usually take place in sanctioned spaces. Sometimes events have to be cut off before the witching hour, but the spirit of the rave hasn’t been extinguished.

rave scene

Feeling the nostalgia yet? No, well get ready to take a trip back to the past. Remember JNCO jeans, the wide-legged jeans that were a staple of raver wear? JNCO was founded in 1985 and its style of jeans was exported from California. They became popular among certain subcultures, including the skater and rave subcultures in the 1990s.

old school raver

Children of the night also came decked out in bright colors, costumes, and kandi. Regular shirts and pants were also part of rave attire, the same as it is today, for dressing to dance still takes priority over showcasing the latest in raver fashion.

raver chicks

The rave scene’s momentum hasn’t quelled into the 2000s. Sound ordinances, media exclusives about drug use at raves, and legal pressure dampened some scenes at the turn of the century but this just gave determined promoters the opportunity to grow the rave scene while adhering to laws in place, allowing for the rave scene to go more mainstream and be more accessible to the general public. Massive raves have given over to highly profitable music festivals and DJ tours that continue to draw hundreds to thousands of people. There is much debate over whether or not raves still exist. Some would argue that raves reached their peak in the 1990s. The music may sound different and those who embrace the nightlife may look different, but strangers still converge at designated spaces to dance and leave behind the day’s grind. Bass still rumbles and a new generation carries the torch for the party kids before them. Peace within one’s self can still be discovered, love can still be shown from complete strangers, unity still ties together a growing audience around the world, and respect is still pervasive in a scene that has continued to thrive.


EDM and the Money Makers That Come with It

The EDM bubble has been rumored to be on the verge of popping, but DJs that mix EDM continue to climb the ranks of celebrity and financial standing. Forbes recently made a list of some of the highest paid DJs in 2016. The highest paid among them are Avicii ($14.5 million), Afrojack ($15 million), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million), Martin Garrix ($16 million), Kaskade ($19 million), Skrillex ($20 million), Diplo ($23 million), Steve Aoki ($23.5 million), Zedd ($24.5 million), and Calvin Harris ($63 million).

The top acts command hundreds of thousands of dollars due in part to the bar set by payment from Las Vegas residencies. A quick glance at a list of DJ residencies in Las Vegas for 2017 will reveal many of Forbes’s highest ranking DJs. Listen to Steve Aoki explain the role of Las Vegas in dj payouts below.

These days a DJ who makes an appearance at a large venue or on the main stage of a festival doesn’t come alone. In addition to the sound crew, there may be visual artists and other professionals who will work together to create a sensational, audio-visual experience around the DJ. The expense of travel and movement of all that equipment has to also be taken into account. A couch is not considered adequate accommodations so add in the expense of lodging. Let’s not forget stylists, artist managers, and other essential staff. When considering what goes into not only booking but bringing a DJ to an event, it is easy to see how costs add up.


The entry-level DJ will quickly realize after starting out that before a steady income comes dues that must be paid. If a DJ is not established, he or she may be asked to play for free, in exchange for exposure and maybe a drink ticket or two. After some time spent working crowds and building a presence, what then would a DJ expect to be paid?

djingThere are several factors that go into how much DJs are paid: the type of party, the type of venue, the size of the venue, the duration of the time slot, and how far the DJ has to travel. A DJ who has asked to remain anonymous has said that he charges $150 an hour, but knows local DJs who are charging up to $250. He went on to say that a DJ of Tiesto’s caliber could command up to $300,000 for two hours. With this revelation, it’s hard to imagine the EDM bubble bursting anytime soon.

Overplayed EDM Tracks of 2016

It’s finally that time of year where we look back at all the awesome music festivals we attended, new favorite songs and EDM tracks that were so popular that it became annoying because they got overplayed.

Here are the top 10 songs that were 2016 most overplayed song:

1. The Chainsmokers – Closer ft. Halsey
2. Marshmello – Alone
3. Alan Walker – Faded
4. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down ft. Daya
5. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You ft. Justin Bieber
6. Martin GarrixIn The Name of Love ft. Bebe Rexha
7. Zomboy – Like A Bitch
8. Major Lazer – Cold Water ft. Justin Bieber & MØ
9. Hardwell – Live The Night ft. W&W & Lil Jon
10. Porter Robinson – Shelter ft. Madeon

Feel free to add more to the list as I’m sure there are a whole bunch more of EDM tracks that could be listed.

Music Festivals and Drugs Go Hand in Hand

The endless parade of music festivals and the growing drug culture has become part of life. There was a time when alcohol and Rock n Roll were best of friends, but now drugs and outdoor music festivals have taken these best buddies out. What exactly changed in the last decade that makes music festivals prone to particular drugs?

EDM isn’t just about music; it’s about the moment and experience. It’s a place for music, lights, dancing and drugs. The dilated pupils’ and euphoric smiles floating around, indicates the experience of attendees at fests. The choices of drugs vary from festivals to festivals as they promote feeling of closeness and bliss. It’s tricky to get stats on how many types of drugs are available or how many people do drugs but based on general perception we are going to talk about few of the most commonly used drugs at EDM festivals.

MDMA: The drug of choice at most of these music festivals. It can make lights look brighter and music sound better. There is also a belief that it can heighten the sense of touch to a new level that’s almost brooding. MDMA powder goes by “Molly” as a street name.

LSD: It’s a powerful hallucinogenic drug which means that the users are likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality. The experience of LSD is known as “Tripping” The trip can be good or bad but until you take it you don’t know how it will affect you and once it starts you can’t stop it.

Magic Mushrooms: They can give you a very good trip, making you feel confident, relaxed and in a good spirit. They can even make you feel like you’re dreaming when you’re actually awake. It is popular among music festival crowds as it enhances the perception of colors and sounds. Magic Mushroom/shrooms is a slang word for Psilocybe Semilanceata or liberty cap mushroom.

Cocaine: one the most commonly and widely used drug is Cocaine. It is a powerful stimulant with a temporary effect, which means it temporarily speeds up the way your mind and body works. It can make you feel on top of the world, very confident, alert and awake, but some people get arrogant, over-confident and end up taking very careless risks.

Marijuana: Marijuana (cannabis) provides a relaxing and emotive experience for the user, making it a common choice for festive goers who desire a deeper feeling of connection and intimacy with their surroundings and friends.

Whatever stats say there’s always a good number of people who want to stay sober and simply want to enjoy the vibe on their own high. Logically speaking it’s a single individual’s decision to enjoy music with or without drugs as they have become so common at EDM festivals.

Finally, we can end by saying drugs and music festivals go together like beer and cigarette and perhaps no place is as notorious for drugs as music festivals.

Artist Turns A Cement Mixer Into A Giant Disco Ball

Not many can think of making a giant disco ball out of a cement mixer. French artist Benedetto Bufalino let his imagination run wild with this one and went through with it!

The art installation called Disco Ball Cement Mixer was parked on a construction site in Lyon, France from December 8th – 10th.  Residents in the area couldn’t help but admire the creativity, while others made the most of a rare opportunity to dance in the beams of the oversized disco ball.

Check out the cool video below:

Skrillex Officiates a Marriage Proposal Onstage

Skrillex is truly the man! King of Dubstep helped a couple get engaged at the Your Paradise festival in Fiji on Thursday.

The groom-to-be, Malcolm, was invited onstage and provided a mic so he could welcome his now-financée, Jen, to the stage. She certainly went along with it—as did the crowd, who chanted her name. As soon as she figured out what’s going on, she dissolved into a puddle crying tears of joy.

Watch Skrillex officiate a marriage proposal onstage:

The Pros of Going to a Music Festival Alone

Music festivals are a huge undertaking. Most festival goers like traveling in a group. The idea of being one among thousands, possibly tens of thousands of people, can seem daunting, but there are benefits to doing it alone.

Doing what you want!

One of the biggest advantages of going solo is that you do not have to plan around others’ schedules. There is no need to split your time between sets or miss a DJ because your friends want to be elsewhere. If you want to arrive late to or leave early from an event, you can do that without worrying about what someone else wants to do.

You are more likely to meet new people

It’s too easy to stay in your comfort zone when you come to a music festival with a group of friends. If you come to a music festival on your own, you become more open to meeting new people. You aren’t beholden to one group. More often than not, one or more people from your group wander off, and you end up around strangers anyhow. Why not liberate yourself from a group and make an entirely new group of friends?

Spend less time waiting for female group members to use the bathroom

No matter what music festival you attend, you will wait for a female friend to do her bathroom business. Women just take longer. It’s a fact of life. Men are lucky. They can whip it out and pretty much be done. If the stall is a mess, no big deal. It can be a challenge to use the restroom at a festival when you are a woman due to bathroom facilities going to shit within the first few hours of a festival. If you don’t care to miss the opening of a DJ’s set from waiting for your female friend to get out of line and get out of whatever bathroom space, she has to enter, go to a festival alone.

Cease worrying about finding where your group is

It’s inevitable. One or more of your group will wander off or get stuck at a stage, leaving you to burn up your cell phone battery trying to message them if you want to connect up with them or vice versa. Totems, flags, and festival site landmarks allow for people to gather together but it is liberating to not chase after friends and collect everyone at the end of the night.

Going solo to a festival may leave you feeling overwhelmed at first since you don’t have your usual crew to hang with, but if you’re open to new experiences, you may find making new connections easier than expected. Pack your bags and try the solo festival life. You never know what will happen.