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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 February 2017
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Canadian musicians become crowdfunding experts Motion Device fans have contributed over $35,000 A group of young Greek Canadians are bound to set their own rules on how the music industry works by proving that the only thing a rock band needs today is fans. Motion Device’s online campaign to fund its upcoming album Wide Awake reached its US$20,000 goal in less than three days since its launch and pledges have so far exceeded US $38,000, with the amount expected to grow even larger by the official campaign end date on 6 March. This hardly comes as a surprise, with two previous releases Welcome to the Rock Revolution and Eternalize fully funded by their fans in 2014 and 2015. Crowdfunding websites are on the rise, with more and more artists choosing them as ‘direct-to-fan’ platforms to fund their projects in return for guaranteeing an ‘experience’ or limited-edition product for their pledgers. For US$15 the Motion Device appeal offers fans an advanced digital download of their album one week prior to release, while for more sizeable sums supporters can receive VIP merchandise bundles, tickets to upcoming shows and handwritten lyric sheets or even a signed acoustic guitar. The funds raised will go directly towards recording, mixing and mastering the music for the band’s double CD-album which is set to be released in mid-2017. The idea is for the upcoming CD Wide Awake to be a concept album, a tribute of sorts to some of their biggest influences, like Black Sabbath, Rush and Dream Theater. Motion Device took its current form when three Greek Canadian siblings, bass player Andrea, drummer David and 15-year-old vocalist Sara Menoudakis joined forces with cousin guitarist Josh Marrocco. Starting with uploading covers of classic rock and metal songs on YouTube, the band quickly grew in popularity, now boasting a loyal fan base of more than 78,000 followers. According to the members, the band has been approached in the recent past by big name record labels, including Universal Music, and even TV producers suggesting the making of a reality show based on their blood ties. As they explain, however, they ended up turning down all these offers, since they believe that the conventional profit-oriented music and show business would compromise their free artistic spirit, transforming their music into a commercialised product. Motion Device “Music belongs to people, not corporations,” says Sara Menoudakis, who also states in the band’s promo video for the crowdfunding campaign “we would rather give control to the ones that deserve it – you (the fans)”. Representing the newest generation of musicians, the ambitious Motion Device members have proven that what was incredibly difficult 20 years ago in the music industry − a band managing to self-fund its album − is now feasible. “We like to hit on the deeper topics and our fans really relate to the lyrics and music. There’s an energy about our sound that’s very hard to describe but the fans seem to get it – that’s what it’s all about,” says guitarist Josh Marrocco. For more information on Motion Device and how to support their campaign, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1990626762/motion-device-wide-awake-album Greek Panorama presents Greece to America Promoting Greek tourism and culture in the heart of New York The lights of Greek tourism, culture and gastronomy will flash in Manhattan this May thanks to the highly-anticipated first exhibition ‘Greek Panorama’. Organised by Hellas North American Events Inc. in collaboration with North Events and Emirates, the It’s the first time such a dynamic and integrated organised promotion and advertisement action for Greece has taken place in this area; a spot more than 750,000 residents, workers and foreign visitors of New York pass through daily. With three American com- networking channels on both sides. In the evening, professionals and exhibitors will have the opportunity to attend the official ‘Greek Panorama’ dinner with guest representatives from the Greek and American tourism markets, joined by numerous journalists Grand Central Terminal Station, New York. exhibition will be held in the iconic Grand Central Terminal Station, which is one of the most important historic buildings in the city centre. The exhibition will take place at the Vanderbilt Hall of the Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue junction) and will include presentations for each tourist destination in Greece focusing on luxury tourism, Greek gastronomy, real estate, shopping as well as yachting and cruises, among other topics. panies flying directly to Athens, the event steps forward to bring Greece closer to the American traveller − an audience that has doubled its visits to Greece in recent years. The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday 11 May, 2017 and will be dedicated exclusively to professionals from the US and the Greek market with b2b meetings at a central hotel in New York. The aim is to cultivate professional relationships and and participants. On Friday 12 May and Saturday 13 May the exhibition will be open to the public for free. For more information regarding the exhibition and its exposure packages visit greekpanorama.com North Events is responsible for the exhibition’s sales in Greece and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Due to the interest already expressed, the participation requests will be processed in priority order. Brits expected to flock to the Greek islands with fares less than $50 Norwegian has added Rhodes to its list of Greek islands as part of its London Gatwick expansion Just in time for the Greek summer, Norwegian will commence flights direct from London to Rhodes as of 17 June, with fares from as low as £30 (approx. AU$50). Rhodes will become the fifth Greek island on the Scandinavian budget airline’s list of direct flights from London Gatwick, which currently includes Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia and Santorini. “We are offering UK passengers even more choice and lower fares than ever before to popular European destinations from London Gatwick,” Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer for Norwegian, told Express. “Rhodes is a fantastic addition to our growing UK route network, and with affordable fares from £29.90 one way, we expect Brits to flock to the Greek island this summer.” The weekly service, that will continue until 16 September, 2017, is part of the airline’s expansion which will see another 17 extra flights added from Gatwick to Scandinavia and the Mediterranean for the summer. The frequency of services to Kefalonia is set to increase from 26 March until 28 October, along with a new service operating to Chania. There will be additional flights to other destinations including Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Oslo, Aalborg and Stavanger. Norwegian has also announced plans to make transatlantic travel more affordable in 2017, aiming to offer fares from the UK to New York for just £56 (approx. AD$91) one way, made possible by using more fuel-efficient aircraft.
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