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Wuhan set for VAC Music Festival in August in outdoor venue

Wuhan’s Vision and Colour (VAC) is central China’s largest dance-music festival, attracting 50,000 ravers over two days for a bill of local and international talent.

The 2019 edition took place in Wuhan just a couple of months before that city became the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the live music industry was put on indefinite pause.

Indefinite, that is, until now, when VAC may become one of the first large outdoor festivals to take place as lockdown restrictions ease. VAC 2020 is due to take place on 21-22 August, although strict 14-day quarantine laws for people travelling to China have nixed the international element.

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Jazz Re:Fest to stream with MQA and Bluesound partnership

Another festival forced to switch from offline to online this year is Jazz Re:Fest in the UK. Its 2020 version will be held on 23 August, with four hours of performances streamed from a two-stage set in The Mill studios.

That way, artists will be able to perform their 30-minute sets while the other stage is being sanitised and prepared for the next act.

The event will be streamed on the YouTube channel of its parent organisation Jazz Re:Freshed, but there’s also a partnership with hi-res music firm MQA and Bluesound.

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Outside Lands set for Inside Lands virtual festival on Twitch

One of the reasons Twitch is such a sensitive issue right now is that while rightsholders are pressuring it to strike licensing deals, a growing number of artists, DJs and even festivals are turning to the platform to reach audiences during the continued live-music shutdown.

The latest example is the US-based Outside Lands festival, which is launching a free virtual event called Inside Lands on 28-29 August. It’ll be streaming archive sets as well as exclusive new performances on its Twitch channel, along with artist interviews and coverage of “the festival curators, small businesses and community that make Outside Lands truly one of a kind”.