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Midwest Americas’ Most Bass Heavy Music Festival Is Almost Here. Are You Ready??



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The inaugural ‘Lost Lands Music Festival‘ is coming fast. Are you ready?

The media wing of the festival has graciously allowed The Mind Unleashed team the chance to do press coverage for the ‘soon-to-be-annual’ bass heavy electronic festival. If you don’t plan on attending, we are going to be bringing you guys the goodies from inside the festival all weekend, replete with live streams, photography, and a recap video that will be published onto our exclusive music-wing here. Be sure to follow for the goods!

What is Lost Lands?

Lost lands is an electronic festival located at the Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground in Ohio, curated by none-other than the electronic bass king himself, Excision. Even if you don’t follow electronic bass music, chances are you’ve seen one the videos of his “Paradox” stage going viral on social media for it’s mind-melting visuals recently. Like this one here:


Lost Lands is going to have 2 stages this year, one called “The Cave of Souls” and the other called ‘The Prehistoric Paradox Stage”, which will take his signature Paradox experience and add a prehistoric twang to it. One thing is for sure, the ground WILL be shaking.


While the official website states there will be “500,000 watts of bass shaking the earth”, Jeff Abel said in a post Friday night on the ‘Excision Headbangers’ Facebook group that the sound will actually be OVER 750,000 watts! For anyone that has been to an Excision show when he’s brought his 500k watt PK sound with him, that is A LOT of wattage. It’s no wonder Lost Lands will be passing out earplugs.. It’s probably a good idea everyone wears them. That is, if you want to have any sense of hearing left after the weekend is over.

He explains:


When we first launched Lost Lands I could guarantee we’d be bringing 500k watts of sound. That was just to give you an idea… But after working out the details with the guys at PK Sound, our actual wattage is going to be over 750k!

Just to be clear though, watts aren’t everything. COVERAGE is where it’s at. You can pump as many watts as you want, but what really makes a show sound great is being able to hear perfectly from anywhere in the venue.

At Lost Lands there’s a TON of space to cover. As the festival grew we added more speakers than originally planned so that we can cover more ground. But that doesn’t mean the festival is going to be any louder than previously planned, it will just sound better from more places 🙂 

As for bass? We’ll have over 100 sub boxes (over 200 individual subwoofers) shaking the ground and any bodies that get in their paths. So don’t worry too much about watts. Even though we have 750k watts powering Lost Lands sound, we’re giving every bit as much attention to sound coverage and quality. We’re also giving out a free set of earplugs to every guest so you can keep your eardrums safe.

See you there!”

Daily Lineup

Boasting bass-heavy acts like Herobust, Crizzly, Kill The Noise, Liquid Stranger, Zeds Dead and 12th Planet, this is sure to be a festival to remember. Which acts are you most excited for?

Credit: Lost Lands

Dinosaurs Galore!

Everyone who’s been following this project come together since it’s inception knows that the theme is going to be that of dinosaurs and cavemen. Which is unique to any festival I’ve personally been to.. Are you going to dress the part?

“Enter a world where dinosaurs roam, lights illuminate and cave men and women are free to be themselves. Please don’t feed the dinosaurs.” The official website states.


Please be RESPECTFUL. As with most bass heavy acts, people have gotten accustomed to whats called “breaking the rail”. Personally, I think this shows a complete lack of respect for venues and festival organizers.. At best, it just makes us all look bad. We want to preserve this experience for the years to come. Jeff Abel even stated in a post that “breaking the rail” will get the music shut off immediately, and for good reason. Don’t ruin it for everyone else.

For a more complete list of what’s allowed and not allowed in the festival and in the campgrounds, please visit here.

Also, LEAVE NO TRACE is the lost lands sacred code. This one should be obvious, but at festivals I have been to in the past, this is almost never the case. Please be sure to follow the Lost Lands sacred code and clean up after yourself!

They state: “LEAVE NO TRACE. The ancient grounds of Lost Lands are a sacred place entwined in millions of years of history and beauty dating back to before even the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

If you plan on camping at Lost Lands please pack in only what you are willing to pack out. Inside the festival, make sure all waste is placed in the appropriately marked bins.#LostLandsSacredCode”

Credit: Lost Lands

Tickets & Camping

While camping on site is now officially sold out, tickets to the festival ARE still available. There are also hotels in Columbus, Ohio nearby the venue, and the festival is offering hotel shuttle passes which can be purchased here. At the time of this article being published, there are still vacant Lost Lands partnered hotels offering discounted rates for Lost Lands attendees. You can check out the preferred list of hotels here. It’s not too late!


While we expect music production and the stages to be on point, there are also other things.. KJ Sawka and ill.gates will be hosting music production workshops on site, there will also be yoga workshops. We at The Mind Unleashed love that the organizers are injecting a little bit of health and consciousness into this event.

Credit: Lost Lands

Stretching your body, especially your neck (to you headbangers), is going to be important. We recommend utilizing this.

If you won’t attend the workshops, perhaps this will help..

Credits: Lost Lands

Our Expectations Going In..

Since Excision has such high standards with everything he puts out regarding his music, we expect Lost Lands will live up to their word with top notch music production, good security, and awesome vendors. Since this was already mentioned as being a priority, I don’t expect conflicting music sets, as this is usually an issue at EDM music festivals. Artists at times tend to recycle each others music in their sets which presents a problem of hearing the same music over and over when bouncing between stages.. Jeff Abel has already addressed this, so we expect each set to be unique and awesome in their own way.

Stay tuned for our after-festival recap article which will be filled with awesome images and video shots of our favorite moments. Be sure to follow our Music Page here for the scoop.

See you there!!

Featured image credits: Lost Lands Flyer

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Lil Nas X Song Is #1 In Saudi Arabia, Where Homosexuality Is Illegal Under Sharia Law



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Lil Nas X has been on top of the world for weeks now, whether it’s living rent-free in the heads of homophobes or topping the Billboard charts after his smash hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” dominated playlists.

And ironically, the anthem has become the most-played song in Saudi Arabia, the conservative kingdom where open expressions of same-sex love and even private acts of gay sex are punishable by death.

The song, whose video features the artist giving Satan himself a lap dance have dominated news conversations all over the globe, smashed through to the top of the Billboard Global 200, which ranks top tracks in over 200 territories, on Monday.

According to Apple Music, the song is also leading Saudi Arabia’s top 100 charts as the most-played song in the country.

Apparently overjoyed by the ranking, Lil Nas X tweeted: “WE NUMBER 1 IN SAUDI ARABIA WTF LETS GOOOO”

The autocratic kingdom, which has long been governed by a strict yet uncodified interpretation of Sharia law, has an atrocious record on LGBTQ rights and classifies homosexuality as a variety of extremism. N many circumstances, gay sex is punishable by death.

As the Human Dignity Trust explains, “The punishment varies depending on the circumstances: married men and interfaith sex are punished with the death penalty, while non-married men are punished with flogging. Sharia law principles underpinning the criminal law in Saudi Arabia also impose strict dress codes that impact on the gender expression of transgender people.”

However, this does not mean that Saudi citizens abstain from these “illicit” acts. As one fan wrote on Twitter: Period!!!! Let’s correct the narrative about the Middle East! Shoutout Saudi Arabia.”

However, another user responded: “I lived in Saudi Arabia my whole [life] and if I come out I will literally get stoned and people will be happy about it, saying it’s a ‘narrative’ doesn’t help anyone in the contrary, the middle IS homophobic and change NEEDS to happen.”

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12-Year-Old DJ Gets Busted For Hosting ‘Underground Rave’ In Catholic School Bathroom



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A 12-year-old boy in the U.K. organized a rave in the bathroom of his Catholic school that managed to last for 30 minutes before it was shut down and his equipment was confiscated. However, his parents are backing the young DJ up.

Cael Bell is an enterprising, up-and-coming turntablist who decided earlier this month that it was time to display his talents for his mates at Urmston in the Greater Manchester region.

So Bell took to Snapchat and began advertising an underground rave that would take place in the lavatory of the private school during lunch period on Dec. 11. The event was open to “all year 8 boys” at the school. Attendees would also receive complimentary soft drinks and Cadbury Twirls.

As Consequence of Sound noted, “while a school bathroom is a below-average setting for such a lunch, it is certainly cleaner than your typical rave.”

Bell managed to sneak his speakers and other gear into the restroom and held a set for 30 minutes before the school’s authorities broke up the underground gig. The school even confiscated Bell’s lights and speakers.

When Cael’s mother, Louise Bell, learned about her son’s transgression she wasn’t peeved in the least bit. In fact, the young mum actually thought that her son’s antics were ingenious. She wrote in a Facebook post: “Am I wrong for finding this funny?”

“I had to laugh. It has been a terrible year and I couldn’t be angry with my son for trying to spread some cheer,” she later told The Mirror in an interview.

“When I got the call, it made perfect sense,” Louise continued. “Cael had been up, dressed and ready to leave for school early that morning which was unheard of in our house. He had the biggest smile on his face so I knew he had something up his sleeve.”

“I asked him what he was so happy about and he told me they were having a rave in school,” she added. “I thought nothing of it, I didn’t think for one minute there was any truth to it.”

“But when I heard what Cael had done, from advertising the rave on Snapchat to actually pulling it off and even providing refreshments, I couldn’t help but see the funny side.”

When Cael’s father also learned about his son’s antics, he was thrilled and encouraged his son, telling him: “go on son!”

“In our eyes, he hadn’t done anything wrong,” Louise continued. “We would have been furious if the teachers had reprimanded him further, past confiscating his things.”

Even the school had to admit that they were impressed by the lad, informing her that they had only confiscated his equipment because it “couldn’t facilitate such behavior.”

“When we asked him why he’d done it, he told us school was boring and that they had nothing to do at lunch time,” Louise said. “I wish there had been a Cael when I was in school, it would have been much more fun.”

“Music is Cael’s motivation and we couldn’t be mad at him for expressing and sharing that passion. It was very inventive of him.”

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American Flag Clad Trump Supporters Rock Out To Rage Against The Machine – Band Reacts



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Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello shared a video on Twitter Friday night, which showed supporters of US President Donald Trump, clad in American flags and “thin blue line” flags, rocking out to the band’s song “Killing in the Name” in Philadelphia.

The video was also shared from the band’s official Twitter account, with the caption “They just don’t GET IT do they?”

In an interview with Rollings Stone earlier this year, Morello said that lyrics of the song make him think of Frederick Douglass, although it is not clear if he was an inspiration for the song, which Zack de la Rocha wrote.

“‘F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me’ is a universal sentiment. While it’s a simple lyric, I think it’s one of [Zack de la Rocha’s] most brilliant. And to me, it relates to Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass said, the moment he became free was not the moment that he was physically loosed from his bonds. It was the moment when master said, “Yes.” And he said, “No.” And that’s the essence of “F*** you, I will not do what you tell me,” Morello said.

The lyrics for the song also explicitly discuss the connection that police departments across the country have with white supremacy, in the lines “some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses,” and “you justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites.” In fact, these lines account for about 50% of the words in the song, so they are pretty hard to miss.

Morello has previously said that it was encouraging to hear the song chanted at the “Fed goons who are shooting tear gas at American citizens,” but he doesn’t seem very proud of this most recent video.

Political campaigns have a long history of making musicians cringe by playing their music at political events.

In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has been criticized for its use of songs for campaign purposes, including Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” which is about how poor people get sent to war, but those who are wealthy or connected with politicians stay out of harm’s way and reap the benefits of the conquests. Many could easily argue that Trump is a representation of the “fortunate son” that is criticized in the song.

He has also used Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born In The USA,” which is frequently misunderstood by politicians and appropriated for political campaigns. Springsteen himself has called the song a “protest song,” partly based on Ron Kovic’s 1976 autobiography Born on the Fourth of July, which tells the story of a Vietnam veteran who becomes anti-war after returning home with a physical disability from the conflict.

Springsteen described how the song was misunderstood in a 2005 interview with NPR’s Terry Gross.

“‘Born In The USA’ is a classic situation of a song misinterpreted by some because of its chorus. My music has been a football where I had people from the far-left to the far-right who misrepresent us. It’s something I live with and I always have the opportunity to go on stage and say my piece about it,” He said.

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