Bacardi announces talent line-up for unprecedented weekend of musical
collaborations at Virgin Festival Toronto
TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Building on the success of the BACARDI(R)
B-LIVE(TM) event at last year's Virgin Festival in Toronto, Bacardi announced
that it's coming back to the Festival to wow concert-goers with headline DJ
performances from international superstar, Moby, and Canada's hometown hero,
Deadmau5. The two will perform on the BACARDI B-LIVE stage on Sunday,
September 7, 2008. European sensations, Switch and SebastiAn, who have both
been electrifying dance floors around the world, will kick-off BACARDI B-LIVE
on Saturday, September 6.
Today's announcement adds to the already announced stellar international
line-up for Virgin Festival Toronto, set to rock Toronto Island Park on
September 6 and 7, 2008. Featuring Oasis, Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, Bloc
Party and many others, Virgin Festival is the music event of the summer.
Stellar Headlining Talent
A 25-country global program of music events, BACARDI B-LIVE features both
legendary international and local emerging artists, providing them with the
opportunity to join forces and deliver unforgettable performances. Showcasing
the latest DJ trends in electro, dance and mash-up, BACARDI B-LIVE will
feature six headliners including:
- DJ extraordinaire, New York City-based, Moby, who has been performing
for over 20 years and his 1999 blockbuster hit, "Play," has sold over
9 million copies worldwide. His latest release from March 2008,
entitled "Last Night," has thrilled audiences and critics alike;
- Deadmau5, the Juno-winning, creative ingénue who, in the past year,
has risen the ranks to be among the Top 15 DJs in the world as voted
by The DJ List. He is best known for running the gamut of beats
unlike any other and his unique visual style can't be missed;
- Switch (aka Solid Groove), the UK-based sensation who helped produce
M.I.A.'s smash-hit CD in 2007. Dubbed as the one to watch in 2006,
Switch has created his own type of innovative jacking house that
draws from all the best bits of electronic music;
- Parisian electro DJ, SebastiAn, who amazes dance crowds with his
cut-up techniques, funk detonations and break beats. His self-titled
demo tape has been played on dance floors around the world;
- Lee Burridge, a UK-based DJ who's listed among the Top 10 of DJ
Magazine's 2002 Top 100 Poll. With his versatile and unique sound,
Lee reads a crowd like no other and plays some of the most
mind-boggling, genre-bending and jaw-dropping records audiences are
ever likely to hear; and
- Chicago-based duo, Flosstradamus, who have blown away audiences at
Coachella and at South by South West. The two have been dominating
the dance scene nationwide with their tag-team DJ sets for just over
a year and they show no signs of slowing down.
"Each BACARDI B-LIVE event is tailored to a local audience, but around
the world, the result is the same - an unforgettable music performance," said
Steven Sadoff, Brand Manager at Bacardi Canada. "We put everything we've got
into BACARDI B-LIVE and with unbelievable talent like Moby, SebastiAn and
Deadmau5 performing at the Toronto event, we're sure that this year's
festival-goers will be blown away."
Unforgettable Experiences and Performances
The buzz about BACARDI B-LIVE keeps getting louder with today's news that
eight other major acts are also confirmed to get people dancing as they
showcase their talents with one-off collaborative performances at this year's
hottest music festival.
In addition to the six headliners, BACARDI B-LIVE will showcase:
- Drop the Lime, the undisputed, celebrated NYC Bass Heavy Champion who
has been touring the world;
- Canadian duo, Doman and Pettigrew, whose unique sound is also in
heavy demand in Central and South America;
- Let's Go To War, who will offer up a serving of "digital confusion"
to the Festival crowd;
- Mario J, a Toronto-based DJ who represents some of the best
- Sydney Blu, the female sensation who's been dubbed "Canada's First
Lady of the House";
- Nasty Nav, who has been rocking Toronto dance floors for over 10
- Evan G, who has been electrifying dance floors at literally every
club in the city of Toronto with his emphasis on dirty bass lines;
- Harmonik Rage, the "harmonic" duo who has thrilled crowds in Toronto
The BACARDI B-LIVE experience will feature a multi-level stage where DJs
will play all genres of music and infuse their performances with live
instrumentals, a custom live video remix wall, thunderous sound system, and
fully stocked BACARDI rum and mojito cocktail bars serving signature drinks
custom-mixed for the event. Those of legal drinking age at Virgin Festival
will enjoy a unique vibe at BACARDI B-LIVE - FREE of charge.
Bacardi's long-standing history rooted in rhythm dates back to the
company's inception in Santiago de Cuba in 1862, when the company was creating
and sponsoring private and public musical events around the world. BACARDI
B-LIVE is the latest example of bringing together a variety of musical styles,
sounds and experiences for local audiences.
"Working with Bacardi is a natural fit," said Andrew Bridge, director of
Virgin Festivals. "The BACARDI B-LIVE stage adds to the Virgin Festival
experience by delivering a unique combination of music and visuals. With
Bacardi's diverse line-up, concert-goers will not only see some fave acts, but
they'll be exposed to whole new genres of DJing that they'll be sure to fall
in love with."
Announcing the line-up is just the first step in creating a one-of-a-kind
experience that kicks off the BACARDI B-LIVE buzz that will continue to build
until Virgin Festival weekend. Stay tuned for more announcements around
unbelievable collaborations that will impress audiences.
The BACARDI B-LIVE tent is FREE and open to Virgin Festival
ticket-holders over legal drinking age. Tickets for Virgin Festival are
available at www.virginfestival.ca
BACARDI B-LIVE - Global
BACARDI B-LIVE is a constantly evolving global programme of music events
from the world's leading premium rum brand. BACARDI B-LIVE showcases leading
international and emerging regional artists, providing them with the
opportunity to collaborate, delivering exceptional audio visual experiences
and promoting spontaneity through audience participation.
BACARDI B-LIVE builds on the runaway success of BACARDI B-BAR, seven
years in the making and synonymous with outstanding parties, blending an
exceptional mix of renowned international DJs, acclaimed percussionists and
signature/outstanding BACARDI rum based cocktails.
For further information, log on to www.bacardiblive.ca
BACARDI is currently the number one premium international rum brand in
the world. Established in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardi, who revolutionised rum
by creating the world's first light smooth rum and the world's first white
rum, today BACARDI rum is sold in 180 countries around the world.
BACARDI rum is the authentic rum used in the Mojito cocktail, the
original rum used in the Daiquiri and is at the heart of the world's best
selling cocktail - BACARDI, cola and lime, known as the Cuba Libre.
BACARDI is a registered trademark of Bacardi & Company Limited
B-LIVE and BACARDI B-LIVE are trademarks of Bacardi & Company Limited
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY http://www.bacardi.com
About Virgin Festival Canada
Virgin Festival Canada has established itself as one of the top rock
festivals in North America. Since the first-ever Canadian Virgin Festival
launched in Toronto in September 2006, around 100,000 music lovers have lived
the Virgin Festival experience. This year Virgin Festival has already rocked
Calgary... next is Toronto. For more information, visit www.virginfestival.ca.
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For further information: on BACARDI B-LIVE, please contact: Caroline
Verboon, The Boom Effect, (416) 901-4030, (416) 452-4626 (cell),
firstname.lastname@example.org; Cameron Carpenter, The Boom Effect, (416)
912-0619, email@example.com on Virgin Festival, please contact: Chris
Baines, Virgin Festival Canada, Direct: (416) 607-8412, Cell: (647) 378-8859,