Apogee Presents has decided to highlight the key components embedded in the following groups that have set their stage for a promising 2019. Due to the innovative, strategic and respected positioning embodied around these companies, our top 5 brands to watch in 2019 are listed in no particular order.
Relix (New York, NY)
Relix magazine launched as a newsletter in 1974 consciously connecting “deadheads” who religiously recorded Grateful Dead concerts. The rudimental foundation of Relix has transformed almost every decade since then blossoming into a well-rounded resource for the live music scene with a team that compliments the interests of photography, videography, writers, musical compositions, and event coordination, orchestrated by seasoned industry professionals. Most recently, Relix has folded into Relix Media Group (LLC) by late owner, Peter Shapiro. Shapiro, who acquired Relix in 2009, stated
“Relix‘s core is live music and we will document and embrace that every step of the way. We will use the respected Relix brand as an anchor, and expand from there. With this new, yet familiar, team in-place we feel strongly that we have a strong and vibrant magazine on all levels and we’re all very excited about the opportunity to build on Relix‘s venerable 35-year history.”https://www.jambase.com/article/the-new-relix-media-group
Relix’s historical base layer combined with the renaissance of the live music experience has paved the way for a new era in news media publication.
Apogee Presents reasons to watch in 2019: The use of a highly underutilized 21st-century facet of the live music scene. The Relix Channel is a live-stream feed partnered with venues such as Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)and festivals like LOCK’N (Arrington, VA). The implementation of live-streaming technology opens up an entirely new realm of digital offerings presenting Relix digital media exposure across multiple online outlets.
CID Entertainment (Philadelphia, PA)
CID Entertainment is a mashup of the ultimate travel meets entertainment experience eloquently wrapped and presented in one package deal. CID Entertainment launched in 2007 with the support of its parent company, On Location Experiences, in correlation with several other subsidiaries relating to traveling and hospitality services. In addition to supporting festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo, CID Entertainment goes the extra mile in their event production branch, dubbed CID Presents, with all-inclusive international offerings.
“The boutique, end-to-end event production branch of CID Entertainment. We came together through our backgrounds in luxury guest services, hospitality, concert production and promotion, and creating unparalleled travel experiences for live music events.”
Apogee Presents reason for watching CID Entertainment in 2019: Riviera Maya, Mexico 2019 Festivals. This innovative company has caught our eye with their next level partnering presented in superior packages. Amenities featured in some packages include airport transportation and all-inclusive food/beverage housed within a beautiful resort on the Caribbean Sea. CID Presents has partnered with resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico to offer an all-inclusive festival experience for such artists as Dead & Company, Luke Bryan, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Odeza, and many more! Be on the lookout for these incredible performances in an unbeatable location.
INVNT (New York, NYC)
Scott Cullather and Kristina McCoobery partnered together in 2008 founding “the best live brand storytelling agency in the world.” A “challenge everything” mentality can be found at the core of INVNT by creating a lasting impression through remarkable experiences for organizations and brands. Their past event success is almost as impressive as their list of clientele ranging from consumer electronic companies like Samsung to auto-manufacturers such as General Motors, and everything in between. Their most notable event of the year landed the #1 spot on A LIST Guide’s Top 5 Events of 2018. The “Coachella of conferences” left many attendees down right blown away.
“INVNT threaded a Miami theme throughout the two-day production, with activations including a 24-metre custom-built pink pool filled with over 250,000 balls, a Xerocon basketball court, putt-putt golf and ping pong networking activities.”
Apogee Presents reason for watching INVNT in 2019: A press release on December 27th, 2018 announced the partnership between the iconic Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and INVNT commemorating the “Golden Era” of Woodstock at its original 1969 location in Bethel, New York. Details of the event are shy, however the date has been cemented for August 16-17th, 2019. Stay tuned for more details!
The Bowery Presents (New York, NY)
The Bowery Presents, launching in 1994, has branded around concert promotion and venue management across a handful of venues on the East Coast with a presence in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Maine including such iconic spots as Terminal 5 (NY) and Electric Factory (PA). This 2,700 seated venue, previously held by Live Nation, has recently renamed Franklin Music Hall. The Bowery Presents gained its national recognition after the addition of several new partners from traditionally rival companies.
“The company’s fortunes changed last summer when Jim Glancy, president of the New York division of Live Nation and a prominent figure in the business, left to become a Bowery partner. Later the company also hired away Randy Henner, a senior vice president under Mr. Glancy at Live Nation, as well as Josh Moore, a cousin of John Moore’s who had been booking the Nokia Theater.”
It is clear through the intent of this strategic partnering The Bowery Presents is a force to be reckoned with.
Apogee Presents reason for watching The Bowery Presents in 2019: An article published December 10, noted The Bowery Presents/AEG exclusive signing with Atlantic City, New Jersey’s “epicenter” for entertainment, Ocean Resort Casino. Ovation Hall, located within the resort, is a multi-functional facility capable of engaging crowds upwards of 5,000 people.
“Ovation Hall resembles a majestic theater with permanent upper-level or balcony seating, high-quality vinyl seats and four VIP boxes that overhang the sides of the main floor. Every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage.”
In addition to a massive, versatile space Ocean Resort Casino offers an ocean front view encasing a 138,000 sqft casino, retail offerings, spa and more. In 2019, you can expect to see a fruitful relationship grown from this partnership.
Vibe Vessel (Austin, TX)
This mobile party machine couldn’t have come online at a more influential time. While venues in Austin continue to be over-saturated with similar lineups, or close down all together, the Vibe Vessel has been delivering hit-after-hit cultivating the late night techno crowd in Austin, Texas. Coordinated by a team of avid vibe chasers, the vessel has quickly gained a following with limited observed resistance. This underground rave ideology seems to be popular among the trans/deep house crowd noted from their selection of artists including Gene Farris, Capyac, and Kai Castro.
Apogee Presents reason for watching Vibe Vessel in 2019: Even though event locations are released night event, Vibe Vessel is hardly an anomaly. Their perfectly cultivated nightlife is backed with professional content in a boutique setting has generated an ever growing crowd. Each event is separately branded with a unique theme. This group is guaranteed to move and grove all the way through 2019. Next event: A Mystical Masquerade – NYE Will you board the vessel?