‘Big Top’ coming to LA

August 5, 2013

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will perform a four-day “Big Top” festival to take place under a big top circus tent Oct. 17-20 at Los Angeles Historic State Park.

Big Top is a unique music and performance art festival founded and curated by the band, in association with Live Nation.

“These days a band is a fast machine, cramming in dates, cutting fat, making the most money it can. Far gone are the ancient days of the traveling troubadours, lingering in towns, meeting the people, entertaining for days,”  frontman Alex Ebert said in a statement. “If you tour, or you have been to a ‘professional’ show, you may have had the sense that something is missing from the experience…And so, here comes the idea of Big Top – a one-off experiment in reaching for a more colorful, soulful, way to tour.”

Big Top will continue the band’s tradition of curating a uniquely interactive experience for fans. Continuous entertainment and activities will transform a single location into distinct yet equally captivating environments by day and night. The outdoor space surrounding the tent will offer a carnival like setting with a farmer’s market, avant-garde performances, and games as well as local vendors, artisans, and charities. Within the tent, 360 degree tiered seating will allow for intimate performances in the round.

During the day, selected films and visual art installations as chosen by the band will be highlighted. At night the tent will present an eclectic mix of featured artists to perform, entertain, and inspire. Ultimately, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will take the stage surrounded by fans on all sides to bring this fantastical adventure to fruition.

The Zeros performed Sunday, Aug. 4 in the Hollywood Bowl on, in front of 14,000 people.

“Concert-goers exiting the Bowl were greeted by circus performers on stilts dressed in black and white outfits looking like something out of a Tim Buron film to promote the event that will feature the band in a more intimate setting along with other musical and comedy performers, acrobats and puppeteers, a farmers market, beer garden, late-night entertainment and other activities,” the LA Times wrote.

Tickets for Big Top will go on-sale on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. PST at www.livenation.com.

Source: Community Music

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