July 1, 2014: Lollapalooza Goes Cashless, Planner Specializes in Extreme Bachelor Parties, World Cup Is Facebook's Biggest Event

By Beth Kormanik July 1, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT

1. LOLLAPALOOZA GOES CASHLESS: Fans headed to Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer will have to use an R.F.I.D.-enabled wristband linked to their credit or debit cards to purchase food and beverages. Adweek: “‘We feel like not only will that be big for us, but it will end up spreading across some of the other major festivals,’ said Patrick Dentler, marketing director at C3 Presents, which produces Lollapalooza, the Austin City Music Festival and the Austin Food & Wine Festival.”

2. PLANNER SPECIALIZES IN EXTREME BACHELOR PARTIES: Lee Abbamonte has carved out a very specific event planning niche: bachelor parties for adrenaline-filled Wall Street guys. His fees start at $10,000 a guest, and he takes them to exotic destinations from South Africa to Kiev to, of course, Las Vegas. New York: “[For a party in Las Vegas], we stayed at the Sky Villa suite: 6,500 square feet, has its own exercise room, a pool that hangs over the street, beds that spin, and private butlers who bring you food and booze any time you need it. For the daytime, we did a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, raced non-street-legal Ferraris at 180 miles an hour, shot machine guns in the Mojave desert, BASE jumped 829 feet from the Stratosphere Hotel, and flew F-16 fighter jets—fighter pilots showed us how to do all kinds of stunts and low-level mountain flying.”

3. WORLD CUP IS FACEBOOK'S BIGGEST EVENT: Facebook users have World Cup fever, posting more than one billion interactions on the social network to make it the largest event in the company’s history. Mashable: “The World Cup has dwarfed other popular Facebook moments from the past year. Despite multiple weeks of conversation, the Winter Olympics in Sochi generated just 120 million interactions from 45 million people. The Super Bowl generated 185 million interactions from 50 million people.”


BOSTON:  The 33rd annual Boston Harborfest is Wednesday-Sunday. The festival includes some 200 events that honor Independence Day. 

CHICAGO:  River North Dance Chicago will kick off its 25th anniversary season with an event at the Chop Shop on July 10. The evening will offer wine, cocktails, and appetizers, and guests will mingle with the company’s dancers.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Weekly has a roundup of Fourth of July weekend events in town:

LOS ANGELES:  In celebration of its five-year anniversary, Terranea Resort is introducing a new event, a Celebration of Food and Wine, slated for August 10. It will feature seminars and wine tastings led by experts, along with a wine luncheon, wine retail offerings, an evening reception and dinner, and accommodation packages.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival is July 19 in the Overtown Business District.

NEW YORK:  Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened its first location for the brand in New York, the Homewood Suites New York/Midtown Manhattan Times Square-South. The extended-stay hotel has 293 suites, a seasonal rooftop deck and garden terrace, and meeting space that includes a 10-seat boardroom.

Élan, a restaurant from chef David Waltuck and co-owner George Stinson, opened Monday in Gramercy. The 60-seat restaurant was designed by Andrew Wilkinson Architects and serves contemporary cuisine. An “art wall” will feature a new installation every six months; the first installation is a tapestry by Chuck Close.

Kristine Ku has left Union Square Hospitality Group to become the public relations and marketing manager at Epicurean Group, which includes Dell’anima, L’Artusi, L’Apicio, Anfora, and Epicurean Events. Sarah Weisman is the new director of catering and sales of Epicurean Events.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The Building Show will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre December 3-5.

Fox Ventures is providing decor for the culinary event Ready, Set, Sizzle on July 10 at the Credit Union House.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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