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The initial lineup for the third edition of Back To Basics has been announced, and so far so good. The two day hip hop fest will feature sets by Immortal Technique (pictured), Brother Ali, Murs, Talib Kweli, Souls of Mischief, Raekwon and Zion I. More acts are expected to be announced sometime soon but we already like what we see. Back To Basics 3 is set to take place on June 21st and 22nd at the Observatory in Santa Ana. We’re really intrigued to see who else will be added to this show. 

Tickets for Back to Basics 3 will be going on sale starting on Friday, April 18th at 10am through Ticketweb. Ticket prices are set at $40.00 each but additional service fees. Not sure is the $40.00 is for a single day or if there will be a 2-day option available. You can buy your tickets through the links below and we’ll keep you all up to date on any additional acts that are announced.

Purchase: Tickets for Back to Basics 3 at Observatory on 6/21

Purchase: Tickets for Back to Basics 3 at Observatory on 6/22

Coldplay have plans to hit the road once again to celebrate the release of their new album Ghost Stories which is due out May 19th. The band have only scheduled six shows for this world tour and each stop will be at a much smaller intimate venue. There are only two US shows on the tour schedule which includes one here in Los Angeles. You can see Coldplay perform on Monday, May 19th at Royce Hall in UCLA. This venue only has a capacity of about 1,800 seats, so you’ll definitely be able to see the band pretty close. The full six date tour schedule can be seen after the jump below.

The only way that you’re going to be able to score tickets is by signing up for the Coldplay newsletter. They will be emailing out information on how and when you can buy tickets. Be ready for a frantic free-for-all when these tickets go up for grabs. Sign up for the newsletter through the Coldplay.com and hopefully you’ll get in to see them at Royce Hall in May!

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Bad news disco fans, Chic featuring Nile Rogers and Giorgio Moroder at the Hollywood Bowl has been cancelled. The show that was being presented by HARD Fest was being pushed all over the place with online ads, billboards and print ads. But it looks like no one really wanted to go. Especially since the show didn’t grab the attention of the EDM fanbase that prefer to dance in open spaces and not assigned seats. Another lesson learned by HARD.

Last we checked, Goldstar had tickets listed at half off the original face value and even HARD themselves sent out discount codes through their newsletter. But even then disco lovers weren’t convinced to shelling out the cash. 

For those of you that actually did buy tickets to see Chic and Giorgio Moroder (I being one of them), you’ll be seeing refunds coming to you soon through the point of purchase. We’re bummed that this cancellation happened, but maybe that just means that the show could head over to smaller venues? Wishful thinking.

       

Kraak & Smaak are making their way from the Netherlands for a headlining show in support of their latest album Chrome Waves. But rather than seeing the electronic trio at some over the top nightclub, they’ll be heading over to The Roxy Theatre for a smaller gig. You can see Kraak & Smaak when they take the stage on Wednesday, May 21st along with Anthony Valdez from KCRW who will warm things up. We also included their track “Good For The City” for your listening pleasure below.

Tickets to see Kraak & Smaak do their thing at The Roxy Theatre will be going on sale starting on Friday, April 18th at 10am through Ticketfly. Ticket prices are set at $15.00 plus any additional service fees. You can score yours through the link below prepare to dance it up with Kraak & Smaak in May!

Purchase: Tickets for Kraak & Smaak at The Roxy on 5/21

The contests are not slowing down this week! This time we’re giving you guys the chance to see Mogwai and a few other Coachella acts at the El Rey Theatre. Mogwai will be heading back to the desert this weekend for their second festival set in support of their latest album Rave Tapes. You can see them on Thursday, April 17th at El Rey Theatre along with Factory Floor and Majeure who will be opening up the night. Tickets are still available to purchase online now through AXS for $25.00 plus any additional service fees. 

But if you want to see Mogwai for free, we’ve got some good news for you. We got our hands on a couple pairs of tickets to send our readers to see Mogwai as our guests. All you have to do is send us an email at DowntownLobby@gmail.com and include your full name and contact information. We will choose all winners at random. Get your entry in soon!

Purchase: Tickets for Mogwai at El Rey on 4/17

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As we previously mentioned, the Jay Z curated Made In America festival will be coming to Los Angeles for the first time this year. But organizers ran into a couple bumps in the road (pesky permits and city council approval) before they could officially announce details. But this morning, Jay Z and Mayor Garcetti had themselves a little press conference to announce details on the two day event.

Made In America will indeed be taking place on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st, at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The other bit of news released was that early bird tickets are already on sale. 

No details yet on who will be actually performing at Made In America, but we’ll keep our ear to the ground for those details. But if any of the previous years are an indication, expect a powerhouse lineup to take the stage. Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Queens of The Stone Age all performed last year.

You can buy early bird tickets for Made In America now through Live Nation. Ticket prices will range between $125.00 - $185.00 plus a whopping $30.00 in fees. You can start buying them up now through the link below.

Purchase: Tickets for Made In America at Grand Park on 8/30-8/31

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After 18 years, Veruca Salt reunited the original lineup of Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro to head out on a 15 date tour this summer. How’s that for some 90’s nostalgia? The band will be coming into Los Angeles for a show on Friday, June 27th at The Roxy Theatre. You can see Veruca Salt’s full tour schedule after the jump below. The band have also announced that they will be releasing two new songs ”The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy” as part of Record Store Day.

Tickets to see Veruca Salt at The Roxy will be going on sale starting on Friday, April 18th at 10am through Ticketfly. Ticket prices are set at $22.00 plus any additional service fees. We’re guessing that these tickets are going to move fast. Use the link below to get your hands on some and get ready for the return of Veruca Salt in June!

Purchase: Tickets for Veruca Salt at The Roxy on 6/27

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So many acts are here in town to play all of those “Localchella” shows. This one is a very sought after ticket right now. City and Colour will be performing at the Fox Theatre in Pomona and will be joined by James Vincent McMorrow before they head back out into the Indio heat for weekend two of Coachella. This show will be taking place on Thursday, April 17th and if you’re looking to buy tickets that won’t be happening. Not without talking to a shady scalper at least. But we do have some free tickets to giveaway to our readers if you act fast!

All you have to do to enter is send us your full name and contact information to DowntownLobby@gmail.com and we’ll handle the rest. We will be choosing winners at random and send them to see City and Colour as our special guests. There will be more Localchella giveaways coming soon. So keep those eyes peeled!