MarchFourth will be releasing the vinyl version of their latest record, Magic Number, this Friday, March 3rd. The album, which constitutes the massive marching ensemble’s fourth release, was completely crowd-funded and released independently at the tail end of September last year. You can check out some footage of the making of the record below, courtesy of the band.However, that’s not all that MarchFourth has cookin’ up for fans. The vinyl record release coincides with their fourteenth anniversary, which they’ll celebrate with a giant party spanning two nights on Friday and Saturday at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Following this celebration, MarchFourth will settle into their recently announced tour with Pimps of Joytime. You can download a track off of MarchFourth’s Magic Number and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below or via the band’s website.[Photo Credit: Matt Adamik] MarchFourth 2017 Tour Dates2.28 Pink Garter – Jackson Hole, WY3.1 Top Hat – Missoula, MT3.2 Showbox – Seattle, WA3.3 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR3.4 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR (Matinee & evening show)*3.7 Hi-Fi Music Hall – Eugene, OR3.8 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA3.9 Miners Foundry Cultural Center – Nevada City, CA3.10 Crystal Bay Club and CasinoCrown Room – Crystal Bay, NV3.11 Fillmore – San Fran, CA3.12 Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall – Redding CA*No Pimps of Joytime
Referees at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations will be kept away from the public during the tournament in South Africa to avoid match-fixing.Similar security measures were used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Local organising committee CEO Mvuso Mbebe said: “The referees will be quarantined… in a particular hotel which no one has access to.“They cannot have contact with members of the public, because you don’t know what can be exchanged.”He added: “When they leave the hotel, they leave match day minus one, to go to the city…”Security force members will escort the referees from their hotels to the stadiums. The quarantine will be lifted at the end of the tournament. The Confederation of African Football has approved the measures for the event, which takes place from 19 January to 10 February.Meanwhile, following budget cuts, the LOC board members have waived their salaries.“In the view of the cut even the allowance of board members won’t be provided for… it’s nil, zilch, because there’s no money,” said LOC chairman Mwelo Nonkonyana.Amid sluggish economic growth, authorities lowered their contribution to 205 million rand ($23 million, 18 million euro) to cover costs of around $38 million, with the rest made up of sponsorship, contracts and Caf’s contribution.