21 July 2014

TomorrowWorld USA Welcomes TomorrowLand Brasil to the Festival Family in 2015

The TomorrowLand family of festivals is getting bigger.

Sunday night, world famous DJ David Guetta, who is among the many artists performing at TomorrowWorld in two months, announced that Brasil would host its own version of TomorrowLand. in 2015.

Held annually in Belgium, TomorrowLand is the world’s leading electronic dance music event, with this year’s tenth anniversary festival selling 360,000 tickets.

TomorrowLand Brasil is the second global expansion of the TomorrowLand brand.

TomorrowWorld, the first-ever North American version of the event, debuted in September 2013, and saw more than 120,000 visitors from 75 different countries descend upon Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

(TomorrowLand goes to Brasil in 2015.)
The inaugural TomorrowLand Brasil is scheduled for 1 May through 3 May 2015 in Itu, Brazil, a municipality of São Paolo.

In the hours since the TomorrowLand Brasil announcement, more than 176,000 pre-registration requests were received.

Pre-registration for Tomorrowland Brasil is required for all those who wish to purchase tickets. Pre-registration runs from today until 5 September 2014 and sales begin on 6 September 2014 at www.tomorrowlandbrasil.com.

Over 1.4 million fans of Tomorrowland on social media call Brasil home. The announcement of TomorrowLand Brasil was made last night during a two-way live video broadcast between the main stage at TomorrowLand in Belgium and a live audience of 10,000 in São Paolo. Tickets to the live event in São Paolo sold out in less than one hour.

The second edition of TomorrowWorld, America’s largest 21-and-over electronic music festival, will be held 26 September through 28 September 2014, and features an extensive lineup of the world’s top electronic music acts, brand-new stages, gourmet food and beverage, and all-new premium VIP experiences.

For more information on TomorrowWorld, visit TomorrowWorld.com.

18 July 2014

Kingdom Rave Block Party to Shut Down Part of Spring Street in Atlanta This Weekend

Atlantans may experience some traffic delays and detours this weekend as the Kingdom Rave Block Party takes over Spring Street, between Third and Fourth streets.

(The Kingdom Rave Block Party takes over Spring Spring in downtown Atlanta, Friday and Saturday.)
The event is scheduled for 18 July through 19 July 2014.

Event organizers say more than 200 artists will grace several stages, indoors and outside, starting at 2PM Friday afternoon.

Organizers are billing the two-day event as a full on carnival of dance music happening on the streets of Downtown Atlanta.

Tickets to the Kingdom Rave Block Party are still available, and MARTA is highly encouraged.

Atlanta Community Food Bank, Publix Team Up to Offer Teaches & Students Free School Supplies

Publix Super Markets and the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) have launched a new partnership to get free school supplies to teachers and students in need.

The Publix Tools for Back to School campaign will be unveiled in more than 1,000 Publix stores July 24 and will raise funds to donate school supplies across Georgia, including to ACFB's Kids in Need (KIN) program, just as students and teachers head back to school.

The Kids In Need program provides brand new, free school supplies to educators at schools where 80 percent of the students access the Federal free or reduced meal program. The KIN mission is to provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty.

"It is partnerships like the one we have with Publix that enable the Atlanta Community Food Bank and its programs, like Kids in Need, to help those who need it most. We know that there are students and teachers and schools all across metro Atlanta that work hard behind the scenes to help fill need gaps in classrooms every school year. Supporting donation drives and programs like Kids in Need plays an enormous and critical role in making sure needs stay met," said Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The new partnership was unveiled at a July 17 press conference at Kids in Need headquarters. ACFB Executive Director Bill Bolling, State Superintendent John Barge, and DeKalb County Superintendent Michael Thurmond gave remarks in support of making sure all students have access to the tools and supplies they need for academic success.

Publix will offer the Tools for Back to School campaign July 24 - Aug. 13. Customers and associates are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Publix to donate $5, $7 or $10 which will be used to purchase much needed school supplies.

"Our Tools for Back to School program grew out of the need to help students and teachers," said Brenda Reid, Publix media and community relations manager . "Many families do not have the resources to purchase school supplies and, often, teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their students. That's why this program is so important. It supports families and classroom teachers," said Reid.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. The product is accessed by more than 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

17 July 2014

Airport West Community Improvement District Becomes a Reality After Election of New Board

After much delay, the Airport West Community Improvement District (CID) is finally a reality.

The new CID recently completed one of its first official acts – election of organizational leadership and officers. The district’s member property owners selected the following individuals to the inaugural Board of Directors:

(Airport West CID Board of Directors [from left to right]: Mark Spanka, Kali Wilson Beyah, Chris Brown, Vance Burgess, Natalie Martin, Josh Warthman, Stuart Gulley and Austin McDonald. Board Members not present for photo include Kevin Parrish, Shannon James and a future appointee from the City of Atlanta.)
  • Chair, Natalie Martin: Duke Realty, Senior Property Manager
  • Vice-Chair, Vance Burgess: Chick-Fil-A, Real Estate Legal
  • Treasurer, Kevin Parrish: Wells Fargo Bank, Vice President
  • Secretary, Shannon James: SunTrust Bank, Vice President
  • Member, Mark Spanka: Marriott Atlanta Airport, General Manager
  • Member, Austin McDonald: McDonald Development Company, Chief Operating Officer
  • Member, Joshua Warthman: The Parking Spot, Regional Manager
  • Member, Chris Brown: Duke Realty, Senior VP
  • Member, Kali Beyah: Delta Airlines, General Legal Counsel
The journey towards creating Fulton County's newest CID began in June 2013, when organizers submitted written consent from property owners representing at least 75 percent by value of all real property within the CID. Questions came from Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand about whether the community improvement district was compliant with state law. The law was changed, and now the Airport West CID is fully functional and operational.

Nicole Hall of Nickel Works Consulting LLC will serve as CID Administrator in an interim capacity. Hall said immediate improvements will include upgrades to landscaping, public safety and way-finding signage in the hotel district near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We are grateful to receive overwhelming support from property owners as well as our elected and community leaders,” Hall said. “We have hit the ground running to plan and achieve key objectives benefiting the first CID serving Atlanta’s Aerotropolis area.”

District boundaries extend west to east from Camp Creek Parkway at Merk Road to the airport/Clayton County line. The CID continues north to south along I-85 from Virginia Avenue to Best Road and Main Street, including Buffington Road at Naturally Fresh Boulevard.

The CID accounts for 174 owners, including 140 commercial and 32 industrial. The district’s assessed value exceeds $322 million with a program budget of more than $1.6 million. The CID includes areas in the cities of Atlanta, College Park and East Point along with unincorporated Fulton County. A board appointment representing the City of Atlanta is forthcoming.

Wal Mart Union City Says They Are Ready for Tomorrowworld 2014

Georgia Unfiltered caught up with the Wal Mart store manager in Union City to discuss their preparations for the thousands of people expected to descend upon Georgia this September for the Tomorrowworld music festival.

Tomorrowworld is a three-day event taking place at the Bouckaert family farms in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

(The Wal Mart Supercenter in Union City says they will be Tomorrowworld ready when the festival-goers arrive 25 September 2014. Image courtesy Wal Mart)
2014 marks the second installment of the massive music festival that, in 2013, attracted nearly 140,000 people from all fifty states and 75 countries around the world. With that many people gathering in one spot, local businesses are planning now to open their doors to visitors with deals and offers for festival-goers looking to stock up on last minute supplies.

The Wal Mart Supercenter, located at 4735 Jonesboro Road in Union City (just 22 minutes from the festival site), will be the last stop for many ticket holders before they enter Tomorrowworld for the weekend.

Wal Mart Union City management tells Georgia Unfiltered that the entire store will be ready for the people of Tomorrowworld when they arrive the morning of 25 September.

They are stocking up now on tents, pillows, wheeled carts, baby wipes, glow sticks, fresh fruit. Store management says they'll be Tomorrowworld ready.

According to the store manager, the Union City Wal Mart experienced an increase in sales last year during the week of Tomorrowworld; selling out of some products, and having to redirect suppliers to restock to keep up with shopper demand.

This year they say they'll reset the store and have all the needs for Tomorrowworld in one location for quick and easy access.

Tomorrowworld festival-goers are expected to arrive in town, Thursday, 25 September. Dreamville, the Tomorrowworld campground, opens that morning at 10AM.

The Union City Wal Mart Supercenter is open 24 hours.

16 July 2014

Iris Presents Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Labor Day Weekend

Imagine this.

Several dozen artists performing across three stages in Atlanta, Labor Day weekend.

Sounds wild, doesn't it?

The Imagine Music Festival promises a hot time in midtown, 30 August and 31 August 2014, with internationally known DJs such as Fedde Le Grand and Adventure Club joining an eclectic mix of artists at the Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park, and Clear Creek Basin.

Presented by Iris, a local promoter of electronic dance music (EDM), the Imagine Music Festival brings a large scale EDM event to the city of Atlanta for the first time.

Organizers say they're expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people daily. These ticket holders will be treated to world-class sound and lighting production, breathtaking water features, tasty delights, abundant bars, the Imagine Festival Arts Avenue, the official Imagine Festival merchandise store, free water stations, the Imagine Festival Relax, Recharge, and Re-energize Zone and more.

Tickets start at $150 for a full weekend pass.

VIP packages will provide multiple levels of comfort and amenities including three separate VIP Lounges, perfect views of the main stage, front-row access, comfortable seating, free food, bottle service, opportunities to mix and mingle with the artists, exclusive VIP entrances, and private bathrooms.

VIP tickets start at $300.

For more information, visit ImagineFestival.com

15 July 2014

Security Surveillance Cameras Coming to Tomorrowworld in 2015

The big eye above the butterfly (shown right) is watching you, People of Tomorrowworld, so behave yourselves.

Georgia Unfiltered has learned that ID&T, organizers of the Tomorrowland and Tomorrowworld music festivals, chose Panasonic to provide 30 security cameras for Belgium's Tomorrowland music festival.

Following the pilot program at Tomorrowland this year, Panasonic surveillance cameras will be used at the Tomorrowworld festival in 2015. Tomorrowworld is held in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

Debby Wilmsen, Communications Officer at ID&T Belgium said, “The Panasonic surveillance cameras enable our crowd watchers at the ECC [Event Control Center] to monitor the festival site for any potential risks and deal with them immediately. A good network with reliable equipment is therefore very important when running a festival.”

At each event, a structured network consisting of a fiber cable backbone and a wireless network will be installed on the festival site. This forms the basis for the customised Wi-Fi network via which the Panasonic surveillance cameras are controlled from the Event Control Center. Panasonic phones will also be installed for key internal and external communication at the event.

Tomorrowland is scheduled for 18 - 20 July 2014 and 25 - 27 July 2014 in Boom, Belgium.

Tomorrowworld is scheduled for 26 - 28 September 2014 in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, USA.

Now You Can Have It Your Way At Home: Burger King in Midtown Atlanta Launches Delivery Service

Burger King invites guests in Atlanta to enjoy favorites such as the WHOPPER sandwich and hot, crispy fries from the comfort of their home or office as the BK Delivers program expands to the Burger King location at 386 North Avenue, NE in Midtown.

“BK Delivers is performing well in top markets such as Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and more,” says Nathan Chiantella, Manager, Retail Innovation, Burger King Corporation. “As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets and Burger King is excited to offer our loyal fans in Atlanta, GA the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to their preferred destination.”

BK Delivers allows guests within the delivery zone to customize and order their favorite items simply by visiting BKDelivers.com or by calling toll free 1 (855) ORDER-BK [(855)673-3725]. The online ordering system saves past orders for easy and fast repeat orders. Best of all, guests can earn free sandwiches through the BK Delivers loyalty program.

BK Delivers developed innovative, delivery-specific packaging that ensures fries arrive crispy and sandwiches stay hot and fresh. BK Delivers also uses special temperature controlled bags while transporting your delicious food and drinks to further ensure the best food quality possible.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites like the brand’s signature WHOPPER sandwich, the TENDERGRILL sandwich, shakes and smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11AM until 10PM. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.