will.i.am wants his own festival

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 July 2013


will.i.am is keen to start up his own global music festival with his band The Black Eyed Peas headlining in every country

will.i.am wants to start his own music festival.

The 'Scream and Shout' hitmaker is keen to strike up a new line of summer events around the globe with his band The Black Eyed Peas - also made up of Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap - headlining at every single one.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "I go to YouTube to hear music and it's there streaming, for free. Very few artists have made money by selling records.

"I am trying to figure out how to make a Black Eyed Peas festival in every country. I want one in Brazil, France, Japan and the UK and South Africa and Asia."

The 38-year-old producer - who has previously recorded tracks with Justin Bieber and Britney Spears - has stated he is keen to move his record label Music Group to the UK and eventually own a workshop, where he can nurture new talent.

will.i.am - who is a judge on 'The Voice' UK - said: "I had a label over in America ... and I thought, you know what, I want to base my label out in the UK, because I like this place, it's fresh.

"Why was I making music in America when it succeeds first in the UK? That's dumb. I've got a global perspective, thinking global and acting local."

He added: "I want to walk into a building and say, 'That's my building. It'll be arts and crafts on steroids."

The Black Eyed Peas

American hip-hop, pop and R&B four-piece, most famously having launched the careers of will.i.am and Fergie, and still best known for their feel-good anthems 'Where is the Love', 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'My Humps'.

Arena MK, Milton Keynes

Sat 3 Nov

£155–£300 / 01908 622900

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Sat 27 Oct

£46.50–£61.50 / 0844 249 4300

Sun 28 Oct

£46.50–£61.50 / 0844 249 4300

O2 Academy Birmingham

Mon 29 Oct

£50–£60 / 0121 622 8250

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