After not playing a show since 2013, Animal Collective has made a strong return in 2016. Following the release of Painting With, they’ve announced an extensive fall tour, and have even confirmed plans to host their own festival. Animal Collective Shares Psychedelic New Single That Samples ‘The Golden Girls’ A N I M A L C O L L E C T I V E is going down September 23-24 in the beauty of Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. The two-day festival presents two nights of Animal Collective, along with sets from WIFE, Winter, The Range of Light Wilderness, M. Geddes Gengras, and Jessica Pratt. Tickets for the festival officially go on-sale Wednesday, March 23.Animal Collective Drops Super Trippy New Music Video For ‘FloriDada’ [Watch]With their tour kicking off in Belgium next week, Animal Collective has expanded their worldly travels an additional several months and cities, ending in November at The Civic Center in New Orleans. All ticketing information can be found on the band’s website.Animal Collective Tour Dates:April 1 Brussels, Belgium—Botanique Orangerie^April 2 The Hague, Holland—Rewire Festival at Paard Van TrojeApril 4 Hamburg, Germany—Uebel & Gefahrlich^April 5 Berlin, Germany—Postbahnhof^April 7 Milan, Italy—C2C Festival at Magazzini Generali^April 8 Stans, Switzerland—Stanser Musiktage Festival at KollegiApril 9 Paris, France—La Cigale^April 12 London, UK—02 The Troxy^April 13 Manchester, UK—Manchester Academy^April 28 Fayetteville, AR—Georges Majestic Lounge+April 29-May 1 Austin, TX—LevitationMay 1 Tulsa, OK—Cains Ballroom+May 3 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant+May 4 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theatre+May 6 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works+May 7 Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre+May 8 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel+May 10 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 11 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 13 Wilmington, DE—World Café Live at the Queen+May 14 Sayreville, NJ—Starland Ballroom+June 3 Barcelona, ESP—Primavera SoundJune 5 Lyon, FRA—Le TransbordeurJune 6 Bordeaux, FRA—Le Rocher de PalmerJune 7 Madrid, ESP—Joy EslavaJune 9 Porto, POR—Nos Primavera SoundAugust 22 Honolulu, HI—The RepublikSeptember 2-4 Dorset, UK—End of the Road FestivalSeptember 3 Liverpool, UK—O2 Academy LiverpoolSeptember 2-4 Laois, IRE—Electric Picnic Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 6 Glasgow, UK—O2 ABC GlasgowSeptember 7 Leeds, UK—Leeds Uni StylusSeptember 8-11 Isle of Wight, UK—BestivalSeptember 20 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North ParkSeptember 21 Santa Ana, CA—The ObservatorySeptember 23 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 24 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 26 Eugene, OR—McDonald TheatreSeptember 27 Vancouver, BC—Vogue TheatreSeptember 29 Calgary, AB—Union Hall Night ClubOctober 3 Sioux Falls, SD—Orpheum TheatreOctober 5 Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room at Old National CentreOctober 6 Morgantown, WV—Mainstage MorgantownOctober 7 Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls TheatreNovember 2 New York, NY—Terminal 5November 3 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live!November 4 Richmond, VA—The NationalNovember 5 Carrboro, NC—Cat’s CradleNovember 7 Tallahassee, FL—The MoonNovember 8 Tampa, FL—The Ritz YborNovember 10 Miami Beach, FL—The Fillmore at Jackie GleasonNovember 11 Orlando, FL—The Beacham TheatreNovember 12 Jacksonville, FL—Mavericks November 14 New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre(*) w/ Ratking(^) w/ GFOTY(+) w/ Kaitlyn Smith
DreamHack has announced its partnership with Fortum for the upcoming CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 event.Fortum is a clean energy supplier who ‘provide CO2-free electricity to the Nordic market’. Fortum also offers a number of other services, including soil remediation and environmentally friendly construction services. Fortum provides this power from hydropower and nuclear power.Chief Product Officer, DreamHack, Michael Van Driel had this to say: “At DreamHack we are tremendously excited to welcome Fortum as a partner to CORSAIR DreamHack Masters. As electricity is one of the key unseen ingredients in making esports happen, it’s a perfect partnership, at the same time this is a huge step for esports for a non-endemic brand like Fortum to enter the space.”Fredrik Karlsson, Head of Communication, Fortum Sweden, added: “We are super excited to partner up with DreamHack Masters. It feels great to be a part of a sport that relies so definitely on electricity and to know that our product provides the means for this amazing concept. I am confident that DreamHack Masters in Stockholm is going to be a spectacular event.”The partnership is the first of its kind of this magnitude; Fortum is the first power company to invest in the esports industry and it seems like a perfect match. The partnership should be a first step in making esports greener.Esports Insider says: For DreamHack this seems like a perfect fit. In Fortum, you gain a local energy provider but keep the carbon footprint of esports lower. For Fortum, they get to make a big step into an industry that relies on the product they produce, electricity. DreamHack hosts a number of annual events in Sweden, so the move should lead to a much greener DreamHack in the coming years, which might lead other organisers to look to their energy and approach protecting the planet as a serious priority.