News story: £2.2 billion of new UK investment opportunities launched

first_img The portfolios we are showcasing at MIPIM represent the wide array of real estate investment opportunities the UK has to offer that can satisfy the needs of every type of international investor. These developments will create more jobs and homes for our residents, delivering essential infrastructure and I am incredibly pleased my department, in conjunction with Homes England and MHCLG, have supported their launch. Durham: Forrest Park; a logistics and light manufacturing business park on a 52-hectare site in Newton Aycliffe Harrogate: Future Park; a mixed manufacturing, leisure, retail, and technology development Swindon: Kimmerfields; a residential and commercial development with a hotel in Swindon’s business district Bournemouth: Winter Gardens; a residential development with restaurants, supermarkets and leisure space Oxford: a commercial development on the existing Culham Science Centre site on the outskirts of Oxford Bicester: Bicester Motion; a 444-acre ‘experiential resort’ comprising a hotel, conference centre and technology hub North Essex Garden Communities: three new garden communities across North Essex, providing up to 43,000 homes over the next 50 years Cardiff: a mixed office and multi-storey car park development in Cardiff Central Quay Milford Waterfront: a leisure-focused development in Milford Haven Barry Island: Nells Point; a beachside tourism development on Barry Island Swansea: Phase 2 of a mixed development in Swansea Central The four new projects will be combined with two existing projects in Anglesey North Wales. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: DIT will lead the government’s presence at MIPIM, where over 23,000 people are expected to attend, including investment representatives from over 100 countries.The UK government will host a number of panel sessions at the UK pavilion throughout the week, discussing topics including the opportunities for investing in the Northern Powerhouse and devolved nations, and the impact technology will have on the real estate sector in the future.The portfolios showcased at the UK pavilion have been put together by the DIT’s Capital Investment team which aligns with the greater governmental initiative to attract and support both local and foreign investment into infrastructure, property developments and energy projects throughout the UK.11 new investment opportunitiesWales Portfolio And This first Welsh portfolio presents a real opportunity for international investors to capitalise on our nation’s innovation and expertise. I’m delighted to present a broad range of projects across all parts of Wales which demonstrate our strengths in sectors ranging from tourism to business and clean energy generation. Each opportunity showcases what makes our beautiful, resourceful country such an attractive destination for investment and business and I look forward to discussing them further with potential investors. New £1.19 billion property investment portfolio launched in Wales Additional £1.01bn of investment projects launched in Durham, Harrogate, Swindon, Bournemouth, North Essex, Oxford and Bicester UK Government will showcase the projects at the world’s largest property exhibition MIPIM Cannes £2.2bn worth of new investment opportunities, which will create new homes and jobs, have been launched today (Thursday 14 March) by the Department for International Trade.Launched at international property event MIPIM, the new projects include an array of development opportunities in England and the government’s first Wales property investment portfolio.Among the new investment opportunities on offer to international investors is a 444-acre ‘experiential’ resort in Oxfordshire and 3 new garden communities in North Essex, set to create more than 43,000 new homes over the next 50 years.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said:last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Nadine Dorries’ statement on the Paterson Inquiry report

first_imgIntroductionThis morning, the independent inquiry into the issues raised by the disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson published its report.The inquiry was tasked with reviewing the circumstances surrounding the jailed surgeon’s malpractice that affected so many patients in the most appalling way.As the report states, between 1997 and 2011 Paterson saw 6,617 patients of whom 4,077 underwent a surgical procedure in the independent sector, and between 1998 and 2011 Paterson saw 4,424 patients at HEFT of whom 1,207 underwent mastectomy.ApologyThe report contains a shocking and sobering analysis of the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice. It sets out the failure in the NHS, the independent sector and the regulatory and indemnity systems. As a result of these failures, patients suffered unnecessary harm. Their testimony in this report makes harrowing, appalling reading.As such it makes for harrowing reading and it is with deep regret that we acknowledge the failure of the entire healthcare system to protect patients from Ian Paterson’s malpractice and to remedy the harms.Nothing I can say today can lessen the horrendous suffering that patients and their families experienced and continue to go through. I can only start to imagine the sense of violation and betrayal of patients who put their trust in Ian Paterson when they were at their most vulnerable. That the inquiry reports today, on World Cancer Day, makes this all the more poignant.I apologise, on behalf of the government and the NHS, for what happened, not least that Ian Paterson was able to practise unchecked for so long.The patientsI would also like to pay tribute to the bravery of all those former patients who came forward to tell their stories to the inquiry and whose anonymised accounts have been recorded in the report. I know this will make for difficult reading, as it highlights the human cost of our failure to detect and put a stop to Ian Paterson’s malpractice.There was a catalogue of failings that resulted in harm to thousands of patients, causing devastation to countless lives. Some of these patients were let down several times, not least by the providers and the regulatory system that should have protected them, and by the failure of the medical indemnity system to provide any kind of redress at the first time of asking.The reportFrom the outset Bishop Graham wanted patients and their families to be central to the inquiry’s work and to be heard. It was right therefore that patients and their families saw the report first, early this morning, shortly before it was presented to Parliament.Two aspects of the report are particularly striking to me: that the various regulatory bodies failed in their main tasks, and the absence of curiosity by those in positions of authority in the healthcare providers in the face of concerns voiced by other healthcare professionals.The report presents a tangled set of processes. Accountability was not exercised when it should have been. Some of the problems arose from not following through on established procedures, as opposed to insufficient procedures being in place. So, we must take full responsibility for what happened in the past if we are to provide reassurance to patients about their protection in the future.Government responseI am therefore very grateful that the suite of recommendations, based on the patient journey, present a ‘route map’ for government. The recommendations are extremely sensible, and we will study them in detail. I can promise the House a full response in a few months’ time.That response will need to consider the answers to some very important questions that cut right across the healthcare sector. Because – unequivocally – regardless of where patients are treated, and regardless of how their care is funded, all patients should be confident the care they receive is safe, meets the highest standards, with appropriate protections, and that they are supported by clinicians to make informed decisions about the most appropriate course of care.I am also very aware that it is not the first time that regulatory failure has been highlighted in an inquiry report.We have done much to make the NHS a safer system in recent years: revalidation, a reformed CQC, and work by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, to establish the Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework, to oversee medical practitioners in the independent acute sector.In the case of Ian Paterson the system did not work for patients. Recent events at Spire show there are still serious problems to address.Patient safety is a continual process of vigilance and improvement. The inquiry does not jump to a demand for the NHS and the independent sector to invent multiple new processes, but to actually get the basics right, implement existing processes, and for all professional people to behave better and to take responsibility.NHSE/I published a new patient safety strategy last summer, led by the National Patient Safety Director, Dr Aidan Fowler. It focused on better culture, systems and regulation. Very sensible yet familiar words. All things today’s inquiry says were not delivered. What we need now is action across the NHS and its regulatory bodies, and the same determination to change in the independent sector.ConclusionTo conclude, we are absolutely committed to ensuring lessons are learned and acted upon from the findings of this shocking inquiry, in the interests of enhancing patient protection and safety, both in the NHS and the independent sector.For today, I apologise again on behalf of the government and the NHS and send my heartfelt sympathy to the patients and their families for the suffering they have endured.last_img read more

Speech: Coronavirus debate: opening speech

first_imgMadam Deputy Speaker,The House meets today to debate the coronavirus pandemic once more.The peril of this pandemic has no short-term quick fix, but calls for ingenuity, commitment and resolve from us all.We have responded with one of the greatest collective efforts this nation has seen in peacetime.But this fight is not yet over, and the virus continues to spread.Cases, hospitalisations and, tragically, deaths are all rising.Yesterday, we learned that Liverpool Hospital Trust is now treating more COVID patients than at the peak in April.And across the UK, deaths have doubled in under a fortnight.StrategyAnd yet, just as the situation we face is grave, so the hope of a solution is growing.And, with every day, my confidence in the ingenuity of science to bring resolution grows.But until that moment, we must have resolve.Madam Deputy Speaker, we are focused on finding a long-term solution. We reject political point-scoring.And I call upon this House to work together in the interests of our whole nation – and indeed the whole world.[political content removed]Strategy and rebuttalAnd so we need this long-term solution, and I would say, like other liberal democracies around the world, we are wrestling with this question, as we have just wrestled in the last few minutes, with the question of how we keep people safe from this virus whilst at the same time protecting the important things in life: our liberties, our livelihoods and the things that we love.And that is what leads us to this strategy of suppressing the virus, supporting the economy, education and supporting the NHS to do all the things the NHS needs to do until a vaccine is available.And I reject the false choice that says we must pick a side – and choose between a healthy economy and a healthy nation.Because the 2 are intrinsically linked.If we were to, God forbid, let the virus unleash its full force, then the damage – not just to the NHS and the hundreds of thousands of lives, but to our livelihoods too – would be catastrophic.And we can only get our economy and our society going gangbusters again if we drive this virus down, so people have the confidence they need to live their lives to the full.Long COVIDAnd drive it down we must. Now, Madam Deputy Speaker, this is a deadly virus and yes it reserves its biggest impact for the oldest in society, which means the rise in cases among the over 60s gives me such cause for concern.And as we have just heard, compellingly, from the Minister for Equalities about the impact on people from ethnic minority backgrounds.But the impact is not confined to these groups. The virus can affect anyone, of any age, and of any background.And we have already seen worrying numbers of young, fit and healthy people suffering debilitating symptoms, months after contracting COVID.Yesterday, a study by King’s College London showed that one in 20 people with coronavirus are likely to have virus symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, muscle pain, and neurological problems for 8 weeks or more.Yesterday I visited the cutting-edge long COVID clinic at University College London Hospital.I met people in their 20s and 30s, unable to work, sapped of all their energy, living with the long-term effects of a virus that has completely changed their lives.So to anyone, of any age, catching COVID can be very grave indeed.Long COVID underpins, again, our strategy of suppressing the virus until a vaccine arrives.[political content removed]I now want, Madam Deputy Speaker, to turn to question of how we do that.Social distancingWe cannot reiterate enough the importance of the basics: social distancing, and hands, face, space.Local actionThe next area, Madam Deputy Speaker, is through following the rules on local action, which is at the core of how we, and increasing numbers of other countries around the world, are tackling the crisis.Through our local COVID alert levels we have been able to take a balanced approach.And today I’d like to update the House on some further changes that we are making.Unfortunately, we are seeing rising rates of infection in Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and in Slough.In all these areas, there are over 100 positive cases per 100,000 people.Cases are doubling around every fortnight and we are seeing a concerning increase of cases among the over 60s.So we have agreed, in partnership with local leaders, to move these areas into the high local alert level area, coming into force at one minute past midnight on Saturday.The central change is that people cannot now meet other households socially indoors. This applies in any setting, at home, or in a restaurant, or any other venue.The rule of 6 still applies to any outdoor setting.And although you may continue to travel to open venues, you should reduce the number of journeys where possible.I’d like to thank local leaders in these areas for the work that they’ve done, for their cooperation. And I can assure the people of Stoke-on-Trent, of Coventry and of Slough that we will support you all the way through, including with the business support that the Chancellor announced earlier today for all areas with a high local alert level.We are also formally beginning discussions with Warrington about moving into the very high alert level, due to a continuing rise in cases there.[political content removed]The virus moves quickly and so we must respond quickly, and in a targeted way, like this, to keep it under control.Local enforcementAs part of local discussions, Madam Deputy Speaker, local authorities including the LGA have asked for stronger enforcement powers.And I agree.To support businesses who are doing the right thing, it is fair that we take action against those businesses who are doing the wrong thing.So firm enforcement helps make these restrictions fairer on all.So we want to put in place stronger regulations to give local authorities further powers to take action in their local area.The proposals we will bring forward will mean councils will be able to act without delay and use closure notices to shut premises on public health grounds, to help suppress the virus.We will work with local authorities in the coming days on the detail of these proposals so we can act in a firm and fast way against the minority who are breaching these life-saving rules.New testing and vaccinesMadam Deputy Speaker, these changes will help us fight this virus in the here and now.But we are also making progress on long-term solutions.The long-term solution is not to give up, as some would have us do or to wish the problem away.It is to harness the science and ingenuity of innovation, whilst supporting people through.First, if I can turn to testing.Thanks to exceptional work from so many people, we have built a critical national infrastructure of diagnostic testing.Today’s testing capacity is now over 370,000.And alongside this expansion of the current technology, I want to update the House on mass testing.Now I know there have been many questions about this project.Last week we began rolling out new testing technologies to hospitals, based on the point-of-care LAMP test.That will allow the regular, repeat, testing of NHS staff and patients.And I am delighted to be able to tell the House that yesterday we began the roll-out of lateral flow tests to schools and universities.Lateral flow tests don’t require a lab or a machine. The kit gives you the result within minutes.We’ve successfully purchased many millions of these tests, and they’ll allow us both to find the virus where it spreads, and to reduce the disruption that virus control measures inevitably create.If we can deliver a mass testing solution, so pupils in a bubble don’t have to isolate for a fortnight when one in the bubble tests positive, we will not only help control the spread of the virus, we will protect education better, and help schools, teachers and parents to live their lives much closer to normal.These tests will also allow directors of public health to have more rapid access to testing capacity.And we are starting the rollout to councils, including today with the council in Stoke-on-Trent.Second, vaccines.Progress continues on the development and deployment of vaccines.And we are determined to give those developing vaccines all the support they need.I can inform the House that we are initiating human challenge trials to speed up the development of a coronavirus vaccine.And to improve further its safety.We are contributing £33 million to back these trials, joining forces with academia and industry.What a human challenge trial involves is taking a vaccine candidate that has proven to be safe in trials, and giving it to a carefully selected small number of healthy adult volunteers who are then exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment, closely monitored by medics and scientists.And that gives us the chance to accelerate the understanding of promising vaccines that have been through clinical trials, so we can improve on their safe deployment.And the UK is one of the only countries in the world with the capability to run this kind of programme.And we should all be proud that once again we are leading this global effort.ConclusionMadam Deputy Speaker, our response to this lethal virus has been one of the greatest collective endeavours that this nation has ever seen.And thanks to those efforts, we are so much better prepared this time round.As a nation, we built the Nightingale hospitals in just 9 days.As a nation, we came together as one to protect the NHS. And it wasn’t overwhelmed, and now the NHS is better yet prepared still.As a nation, we built the biggest testing capability of all our peers.And as a nation, we have made huge and historic advances in vaccines and treatments.We understand this virus infinitely more than at the start at of this pandemic.But we are not there yet.Not when the virus is spreading at pace.So we must, each of us, look at what we can do and the role we can play – what actions we can take.Because as we have seen throughout this pandemic, we are at our best when we come together.And we know that with science on our side, ultimately, we will prevail.last_img read more

Video: Irwin’s calls for more flavour in mass-produced bread

first_imgThere is a place for all scales of bread production and industry players need to stop competing with each other, says bakery expert. Niall Irwin, technical director at Northern Ireland’s Irwin’s Bakery, told British Baker that small, medium and large-scale production are all “equally laudable” and have a place in the market.He pointed out the differences between large-scale commercial production of bread using the Chorleywood bread process, large-scale production of fermented products – such as Irish batch bread – and artisanal bread ranges, which result in high unit costs.He said: “I would suggest there is an intermediate step, which is commercial production of fermented bread. It produces wonderful bread of flavour through overnight fermentation, which is heightened throughout the baking process.“I think the bread industry needs to and should embrace fermentation in its production.“All three [types] have a use in the market place and should be valued, nurtured and preserved, rather than competing with each other.”British Baker went to visit Irwin’s in Belfast to see the factory in action. Watch the video below for insights into what consumers want and where the bread market is lacking.last_img read more

Brexit set to cost 1,500 Scotland food jobs

first_imgThe impact of Brexit is set to cost Scotland’s food and drink sector around £150m, which could result in around 1,500 jobs losses in the Highlands, according to researchers.The report from the Fraser of Allander Institute predicted that, once the UK does leave the EU, between 500-1,500 food and drinks jobs could be lost in Scotland.The report said: “Brexit is predicted to have a negative impact on Scotland’s economy. Over the long term, a reduced level of trade is expected to result in Scottish gross domestic product (GDP) being between 2% and 5% lower than would otherwise be the case.”Despite this costing the industry around £75m, which could rise to £120m, the report suggested that the rest of Britain would be worse off.Katerina Lisenkova, head of economic modelling at Fraser of Allander Institute, told British Baker’s sister title Food Manufacture: “In our scenarios in the long term, the food and drink sector could potentially lose between 500 and 1,500 jobs. But there could be other jobs related to food and drink in adjacent sectors, such as in retail.”While some bakers have taken steps to counter the effects of Brexit, David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, said the impact of the UK leaving the EU was just a “storm in a teacup” and assumed that businesses would run as usual.last_img read more

Warrens set to open fourth store in seven months

first_imgWarrens Bakery is continuing its rapid expansion across the UK after announcing it will open a new store at Cornhill in Bridgwater, Somerset.Opening on 14 August, the franchised site will be operated by local entrepreneur James Tucker. “With Bridgwater being both my home town and the base of our business, it presented the ideal opportunity for our first store,” said Tucker. “I believe there is a real gap in the market here for a premium bakery like Warrens.”Warrens recently opened two new Hampshire sites in Eastleigh and Southampton and said that 2017 was quickly becoming the year of the “Cornish pasty takeover”. “We have big expansion plans in the region, with 20 stores over the next five years and can’t wait to build on our partnership and greet customers who may be more used to seeing our stores when holidaying down by the Cornish coast,” said Warrens Bakery chairman Mark Sullivan.Warrens was recently announced as a finalist in the Baking Industry Awards 2017 in The Craft Business Award category.last_img read more

AMF names Eric Tellier as account manager for UK

first_imgEric Tellier has joined AMF Bakery Systems as regional account manager for the United Kingdom.The company said the appointment was part of its ongoing strategy to develop key markets across the Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and the Asia-Pacific & Japan regions.AMF described Tellier as “a true bakery market specialist” who has worked in baking machinery and solutions for nearly his entire career.Tellier said the UK was a key market for AMF Bakery Systems.“Brexit will certainly have its effect on the import of consumer goods, so local producers, large bakeries and also the local bakeries will have their hands full supplying the market. That is where AMF comes in to support and develop their capacity and efficiency,” he added.Tellier, who has worked throughout the US and Europe, said it was fascinating to see how the global bakery industry kept moving and innovating.“We’re seeing successful players within the industry partnering together to provide integrated solutions that improve productivity and product quality for bakers.“We learn a lot from our customers’ experiences and use their feedback to achieve success and continuously improve our offerings.”The appointment comes 12 months after Tromp Group and Den Boer Baking Systems were integrated under AMF Bakery Systems.last_img read more

All-Star Musicians Assemble To Honor Peter Shapiro At BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Gala

first_imgAt opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park this past Wednesday night, event organizer BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, honored independent club owner, concert promoter, publisher, and overall good guy Peter Shapiro. The man behind Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, Relix, Lockn’ Festival, Jazz & Colors, the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances, and a myriad of other ventures was being celebrated for all of these accomplishments, but more importantly for his commitment to the arts, culture, and community in continuously working to make such events, initiatives and programs accessible to everyone.Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings had the honors of headlining the first concert at the Bandshell this summer. It was the groups first time back at the park since 2010, and they did not disappoint. Even at 60 years old and two bouts with cancer under her belt, Jones has more energy than most people in their twenties. Watching her dance around the stage and take command of the entire ensemble, she is like the female version of James Brown, as that uptempo soul-funk just begs for you to get up and dance. After the main stage performance in the Gala Tent, the festivities continued with a special disco-funk dj set from WFUV‘s Rita Houston that kept the evening rolling along in fine fashion.Prior to the performances, the Opening Night Gala to kick off the 38th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival saw presenters Leslie G. Schultz and Jack Walsh (President and Vice President of BRIC, respectively) along with artists and long-time friends such as Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Benevento-Russo Duo drummer and namesake Joe Russo deliver a few words about “Shappy” (as his friends call him), to an audience consisting of musicians Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Almost Dead/American Babies Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, moe.’s Al Schnier, Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Jackie Greene, Michael Franti, Lettuce/Soulive’s Neal Evans, Blues Travelers John Popper, DJ Logic, HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein (Shapiro is a founding board member), along with collaborators from Madison House, Shore Fire Media, and more. Krasno discussed Shapiro’s uncanny ability to make things happen, “Peter is never afraid to take a chance. He is a master connector, and always puts the best people together to make the best events”.As Shapiro spoke, you couldn’t help but notice the humble spirit and obvious super fan come out in the way he talks about music and these epic events that he has spearheaded over the years. After thanking his wife, Shore Fire Media Vice President Rebecca Shapiro, his two children Roxy and Simon, his supportive mother and two brothers, as well as his entire team at Dayglo Ventures he took time to recognize two people in his life that were responsible for all of this: his father and lawyer David Shapiro and Wetlands Preserve founder Larry Bloch, both of whom have since passed. Without Bloch’s willingness to hand over the club to a gung-ho 23-year old in 1996, along with his belief in Shapiro’s vision, as well as the support and both life and legal advice from his father, we may have not had those last five years (from 1996-2001) of one of the best clubs New York City has ever seen, and who knows if Brooklyn Bowl ever comes into fruition. He did sneak in a third person very important figure, just for the record. You guessed it….Jerry Garcia.Shapiro went on to discuss the importance of having spaces and events in which people can create, celebrate, and mourn. There are three staples that need to happen for this type of intrinsic success:1. Good weather2. Focusing on net worth doesn’t create a good vibe. Make people happy first and foremost, then worry about making a few dollars for yourself.3. Create magic and memoriesPeople’s memories of you last forever, and going that extra step to achieve the best possible vibe is the “X” factor that Peter Shapiro has accounted for in all of his ventures, and the reason why he is such a successful businessman, organizer, and community leader. Having served on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation Arts Committee for several years, being a founding board member of HeadCount, and his involvement in other non-profit organizations, Shapiro is an example of how you can be a success in business while still doing incredible philanthropic deeds and leaving a positive impact on the community. He left us with a quote that he and his daughter came up with, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe the possible, and to do it with others”. Keep on believing, Peter, because we most certainly believe in you.[all photos courtesy Marc Millman Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Bassnectar Goes Downtempo For New ‘Unlimited’ Album [Review/Stream]

first_imgBass god Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, has done it again with his twelfth studio release Unlimited. Just as his label Amorphous Music suggests, this album is truly unclassifiable, yet it is undeniable that this collection of hypnotic songs is more downtempo than most of his previous releases. But fear not— there is still plenty of heart-thumping bass to cozza frenzy.On Youtube, Bassnectar described the first track “Reaching Out” as a song “about human connection, but also about our personal journeys and how they intersect in cathartic and beautiful ways in a kind of metamorphosis.” The accompanying video stunningly captures this essence and can be watched here.“Music Is The Drug” featuring LUZCID really needs no explanation and leaves one wondering ‘where can I get an IV drip of that?’ “TKO” is a referee-declared hit, with Rye Rye and Zion I delivering the final blows. Tapping in heavy-hitters G Jones and Lafa Taylor, an extra filthy layer of bass is dished up in “Mind Tricks.” It’s easy to get lost in the spiral of this song’s hook: “the mind tricks the body tricks the mind tricks the body.”“Unlimited Combinations” is like a carnival ride for adults. Strap yourselves in, bassheads, we’re going for a ride! “Level Up” with LEViT∆TE features highly electronified elements of traditional Bollywood dance combined with nicely complementing verses by Seattle-based rapper Macntaj. “Shampion Chip” carries a heavy feet-stomping beat for two and a half minutes before bottoming out to wobbly drop full of clickety gloriousness. Right at the halfway mark of the album, “Zogdilla” delivers the heavy basslines just as we need them. Creatures of this same name will no doubt get raucous to this knee-banging track all summer long.A paracosm, as defined by Wikipedia, is a detailed imaginary world created in one’s mind, that may contain humans, animals, and things that exist in reality…or not. With that bit of knowledge drop, it’s interesting to contemplate the intentions and delivery of Bassnectar’s next track “Paracosm,” for which he again partnered with glitch pioneers, The Glitch Mob. You can continue to sail away into the depths of your own mind with “Surrender,” and then wind down an increasingly darker path with “Dream Catcher.”Critical to this other-worldly voyage, both on the album and for live shows, are tracks like “Journey To The Center” and “In The Beginning,” which challenge you to push through the glob of glue that is your head. When you make it through, you’re rewarded with the utterly beautiful “Rising Rising,” which is Bassnectar’s breathtaking remix of Crywolf’s original song. This whimsical lullaby leads into the final track “Inspire the Empathetic” which features a couple of guys laughing – Lorin included – and singing a capella. In 2004, he released a track of this same name, which spotlighted the corruptness of media corporations. Twelve years later, fans across the interwebs are now trying to determine the meaning of this newest release, which is much more light-hearted and political-message-absent, compared to its counterpart. We can think on that, as I’m sure the mastermind Lorin intended us to do.Last week, the hills of Bethel Woods, NY were alive with the sound of bass music, as Lorin unleashed this fury for the first time at Mysteryland USA. While some were caught off guard with the more chilled-out nature of the set, the majority of his legion understood the transformational journey he was directing. Bassnectar’s next stop is Electric Forest, followed by a string of other summer festivals, including Moonrise, Electric Zoo, and Life Is Beautiful. Check out the full tour schedule here.You can stream the new release below.last_img read more

Listen To Phish’s Debuts Of ‘Moma,’ ‘Roggae’ & ‘Brian and Robert’ On This Day In 1998

first_imgMuch like this summer, Phish had taken some time to prepare new material ahead of their 1998 summer tour. The new songs would ultimately end up on The Story Of The Ghost, and a tour through Europe would prove the ultimate testing grounds for these new gems. Not only did Phish bring out three brand new songs for the fans who made it to the tour opener in Copenhagen, but they treated fans to a great show in the process.Opening with “Limb by Limb” and “Ghost,” Phish treated fans to an alternate version of their classic tune “Water in the Sky” in the first set. You can hear the excitement at the new interpretation! There was an air of excitement for the first-ever “Roggae” too, a song that would become a staple of live shows. The band also turned a 1997 funk jam into “The Moma Dance,” with Trey Anastasio even going so far as to teach fans the now-forgotten dance that accompanies. After a great second set, the band brought out one more new song, “Brian and Robert,” for the encore.Listen to the full audio of the show, courtesy of fromtheaquarium.You can see the phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish at The Grey Hall, Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark – 06/30/1998 Set 1: Limb By Limb, Ghost, Water in the Sky[1] > Bouncing Around the Room, Tube, Stash -> Cities, Roggae[2], Guyute, Beauty of My Dreams > Funky Bitch, Train Song, David BowieSet 2: The Moma Dance[2], Birds of a Feather, Wolfman’s Brother -> Frankie Says > Run Like an Antelope, Lawn Boy, Ya Mar, Ha Ha Ha, Mike’s Song -> Swept Away > Steep > Weekapaug GrooveEncore: Brian and Robert[2][1] Debut of “new” faster arrangement.[2] Debut.Notes: This show marked the debuts of Roggae, The Moma Dance, Brian and Robert, and the “new” faster arrangement of Water in the Sky. Ghost included a San-Ho-Zay tease from Trey. Tube contained a Sand tease. The Moma Dance included the band teaching the audience the simplistic “dance” that accompanies the song.last_img read more