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When it comes to large scale events, the “best of” conversation tends to swing itself towards areas of high subjectivity…how we define what we “like”? How our personal finances affect our decisions? What kind of core values do we look for? Many questions, none of which with easy answers.

Well, with that in mind, we’re hoping to put a few events on your radar that are (admittedly) subjective to our writer’s tastes, but with a focus on all of its aspects. Hopefully it will make your decisions easier, highlight some interesting festivals you may not yet be familiar with, highlight events with core values, and (of course) showcase some of the best lineups of musicians, activities, side events the have to offer.

A few days ago we introduced you to Baja’s Genius Loci Fest. A meditation and mindfulness festival on the West Coast beaches of sunny Mexico. Today, we’re crossing over the Atlantic and returning to Europe, looking at an interesting event in our southern neighbor, Belgium. Over this upcoming weekend, 23-25 July, the country’s Castle Ribaucourt will be transformed into a full on festival experience, now in its third year. The event is Paradise City Festival and we’ve had this one on our radar since we discovered it.

First off, the music. A quick look through the lineup (which you can see below) will yield an immediate reaction towards the melodic side of the dance music spectrum (barring certain exceptions). For anyone familiar with Amsterdam’s The Gardens of Babylon event, you’ll find many of the like minded artists that have come through its sold out nights – Acid Pauli, Jan Blomqvist (here, with band in tow), Stavroz, YokoO, and the likes. Of course, the heavy hitters come in the form of frequent Amsterdam favorites as well – Ame, N’To Joachim Presents Sinners, John Talabot, Agoria, Me, Andhim, Frankey Sandrino, Patrice Baumel, Konstantin Sibold (here, going b2b with Kosme), and others. For the Techno, experimental, and more left field heads, Paradise City will over Recondite, Omar-S, HVOB, Giorgia Angiuli, and about 25 more names across its two days. As you can see, there’s a slice for everyone here, musically….what else would you expect when stage hosts are some of Belgium’s best – Roots of Minimal, Ketaloco, Nico Morano, and Love.


Paradise City by Night

Activities at Paradise City and non music highlights really start with its location. Its vast camp ground surrounding the beautiful Castle Ribaucourt provide opportunities as extensive as one’s own imagination. Wander through its 900 years of history, where royalty, celebrities and some of histories most important figures walked through its halls. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even run into a ghost or two.

When not walking (or dancing) make sure you’re eating because their will be several selections of fully organic, fair trade offering, including a fully functioning Paradise City Restauraunt on site run by Chef Sofie Dumont. Aside from the restaurant’s full three course meal, there will also be a variety of more standard festival fare on hand, including some of Belgium’s pioneering food trucks.

Each morning, the camp grounds will host wake up yoga and mindfulness sessions with yoga teacher and healthy lifestyle coach Goedele Leyssen. The classes will be a part of Paradise Inn – the festival’s green and eco friendly camp site aiming to preserve nature and embrace a leave-no-trace and zero-carbon-footprint…and if you still need a break from the seasonal living at the camp site, you can always walk through the the Paradise City Comfort Zone for a recline, some drinks and good food.

Paradise City Artist Interviews: Giorgia Angiuli, HVOB

Finally, what values does the festival hold and how do they relate to yours? Well, I don’t know about you but, for me, and now more than ever, the environment holds a front and center focus. Paradise City takes their environmental policy very seriously, having outlined a detailed 10 point plan as to how it maintains its sustainability. In fact, the festival won the OVAM Green Event Award in 2016 and looks poised for a repeat showing this year. Amongst its initiatives (which you can see in full here) are locally sourced, organic food options, comprehensive recycling practices, cardboard tents for camping, and renewable energy sources, amongst others.

With Paradise City festival imminent, make sure you head to its ecologically focused three days in Belgium. You’ll be happy you did and you will feel good about yourself for doing so!


23 – 25 June | Paradise City Festival | Tickets | Castle Ribaucourt, Belgium

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The flagship OnePlus 5 smartphone is all set to launch globally today at 9:30PM IST. The company will stream the launch event on its official website and YouTube channel. News18Tech will also run a live blog. You can catch all the updates live on this page as well.


The company is hosting the global launch event in New York along with pop-up events in Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris on June 21. The OnePlus 5 smartphone has already garnered over 5 lakh registrations in China since June 14.

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In India, the OnePlus 5 will launch on June 22 at a media event in Mumbai. Similar pop-up events will be held in New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Chennai after the main launch event. At pop-up events, OnePlus fans will have the chance to use the device and even buy the OnePlus 5. E-commerce partner OnePlus has also introduced an app-only ‘Secret Doors’ contest to give OnePlus fans to win the new OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus smartphone has been leaked in all glory before its launch. The device will come in 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage for an expected price of Rs 32,999 and Rs 37,999 respectively.

As per speculations, the Snapdragon 835 processor-based OnePlus 5 will come with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display that will come with 1080P Full HD resolution and will be covered with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone will run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be powered by a 3,300 mAh battery that will also support OnePlus’ exclusive Dash-charging.

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OnePlus 5 gained much hype due to its dual-camera setup which OnePlus has already revealed on multiple occasions. As for the specifications of these cameras which have been revealed till date, the primary cameras of OnePlus 5 include a 16-megapixel main sensor that will come coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto sensor. Meanwhile, the front camera will sport a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

The smartphone will also include features like Dual-SIM support, Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE class connectivity.

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From 18 -22 October, Awakenings will bring seven shows to Amsterdam’s Gashouder over Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) week.

Along with their usual 5 nighttime events, 2 day events have been added this year bringing Paul Kalkbrenner‘s Back to the Future concept (20 October) and Bart Skils Paul Ritch, Dimitri, DJ Rush, Danny Tenaglia Nicole Moudaber, Paula Temple and Sam Paganini for Awakenings By Day (21 October). The night program features Len Faki‘s Figure (18 October), Drumcode (19 October), Joris Voorn Friends (20 October), Ben Klock‘s Photon (22 October), and Joseph Capriati, Shlomo, Dubfire, Wighnomy Bros and a very special guest to be announced (20 October).

Tickets go on sale 19 June.


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Reigers Inn wil een plek zijn waar vrijheid voor experiment en verbinding mogelijk is. Dat gebeurt onder andere door try-outs van theater- en muziekvoorstellingen, het exposeren van outsider-art en het leggen van verbindingen tussen niet gelijk voor de hand liggende groepen. Op de opening aanstaande vrijdag is werk te zien van kunstenaars en ondernemers uit De Blauwe Reiger. De expositie is ook tussen 28 juni en 7 juli te bezoeken tussen 12.00 en 17.00 uur.  Art Loca speelt de om 19.00 uur de theatervoorstelling Crashtest 2.0 en er is een optreden van de band Cynbel. De avond wordt om 20.15 uur geopend door wethouder Frits Huis en acteur en motivational speaker Mo Hersi. Zowel voor de Crashtest 2.0 als de feestelijke opening is reserveren verplicht. Dit kan via o.v.v. de events waar u bij wilt zijn (Crashtest en/of feestelijke opening). Kijk voor meer informatie op de Facebookpagina van Reigers Inn.

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In just a few hours, the OnePlus 5 launch event will start, meaning an end to the cycle of unofficial rumours and official teasers that have flooded the Internet for the past few months. A relatively affordable smartphone that competes with the likes of iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 has garnered attention of the public since the launch of OnePlus 3T. Since then, multiple leaks have given us a complete picture of what to expect from the smartphone, including design, price in India, specifications, and features. If you are a fan of the brand and looking forward to the launch, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 launch event time, live stream

As mentioned above, the OnePlus 5 launch time is 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST), and the event will be live-streamed from the official US website. OnePlus is organising a pop-up event on June 20 in New York, while similar pop-up events will be hosted in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Berlin on Wednesday. Registrations for the smartphone opened in China on June 14, and 5.27 lakh people signed up for the sale in five days.

The OnePlus 5 India launch is on June 22, with pop-up events scheduled to be hosted in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru over the next two days. At these pop-up events, fans will be able to experience the device and will have the option to purchase it on the spot, though number of units available will be low. Amazon India is also hosting an app-only ‘Secret Doors’ contest that provides fans a chance to win the OnePlus 5.

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The OnePlus 5 price in India has been tipped more than once in the recent past, with a seeming consensus of Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant. As for the OnePlus 5 India launch, it’s scheduled to happen at 2pm IST on Thursday, June 22, at an event in Mumbai. While it’s officially been confirmed to be an Amazon India exclusive, it’s also to go on sale at 4:30pm the same day.

Both EU and US pricing of the smartphone have also been tipped, said to be EUR 550 (roughly Rs. 39,900) and $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800) respectively, thought to correspond to the 128GB and 64GB variants.

OnePlus 5 specifications

As for the OnePlus 5 specifications, the company has confirmed a few things itself. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC – while Amazon India’s source code gave a top clock speed of 2.3GHz. The company also says it will sport a camera built in partnership with DxO, and a horizontal dual camera setup has also been confirmed.

The smartphone is said to include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. As we’ve already mentioned, 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

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In terms of optics, OnePlus 5 will sport a dual camera setup at the back that has a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.6 aperture and a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. The company told The Verge that it doesn’t have the resources to develop bezel-less phones, and thus directed its efforts on building a camera that rivals the best in the industry. The company says the OnePlus 5 camera is ”the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today.” There’s a portrait mode, and software is the reason behind 80 percent of the success it has achieved in the optics.

OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the smartphone. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”

OnePlus 5 design

The company itself has confirmed the OnePlus 5 design, and it appears to to be similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus, with the same horizontal dual rear camera setup to boot. It’s also been confirmed to sport front-facing fingerprint sensor. OnePlus has also called it the “slimmest flagship smartphone” from the company. In yet another tweet, the company again teased the phone’s dual camera capability. Carl Pei, OnePlus Co-founder, also teased bokeh effect in an image said to be clicked with the upcoming flagship. Pretty much the entire design was revealed during a TV ad.

OnePlus 5 customer service

Days ahead of the launch, the company released a YouTube video that focussed on the customer service fans can look forward to when buying the OnePlus 5. The video, that has been viewed 3.8 million times so far, claims customer satisfaction of OnePlus buyers is 86 percent, and Net Promoter score of 74 percent. Other consumer-centric services provided by the company include free pick up and drop facility, one-hour quick repair, and the provision to check cost of parts on the official website, among others.


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