PORTER ROBINSON’S SECOND SKY FESTIVAL MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO BAY AREA

U.S. NURTURE TOUR BEGINS THIS WEEK

Porter Robinson’s Second Sky festival returned to the Bay Area this weekend, with Porter’s first live shows since the release of his widely acclaimed new album Nurture and live sets from friends and collaborators including Madeon, Jai Wolf, Toro Y Moi, Jon Hopkins, Jacob Collier, WAVEDASH and KNOWER.

Over 40,000 fans enjoyed a one-of-a-kind festival experience at the Oakland Arena Grounds across a quarter million acres of full turf flooring, with custom large-scale activations by Nassal and B Morrow Productions (builders of Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the forthcoming Avatar and Super Nintendo World theme parks), custom collaborations with food and beverage vendors including Kiss My Boba, Bun Bao, Sunny Blue, Island Noodles, Bonito Poke and more and a 3D LED wall called The Dream Portal by Active Theory (architects of the Sundance New Frontier 2021 virtual experience) where fans at the festival and those watching online could interact with each other in real time. Porter debuted a new DJ project, Air to Earth, to open the festival both days, and his headline sets—the debut of his Nurture live show—featured a stunning pyrotechnic show. Additionally, the Robinson Malawi Fund, which Porter began after his brother was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma and recovered and provides resources to children diagnosed with this kind of cancer in Malawi, surpassed 2019’s fundraising by noon on Sunday, with a 37% increase in direct fan donations.

Billboard said the following in their great review:

“Looking around, you saw friends holding each other in group embraces, you saw and heard the heavy sobs of the biggest fans, screaming the lyrics to ‘Look at the Sky’ and ‘Musician’ through tears. It was cathartic as heck, a real cleansing of the spirit, group therapy on astroturf. It’s an amazing thing to feel that safe and unashamed in such a large group of people, all while being so immaculately entertained. That almost certainly means Second Sky will be around for many years to come.”

Second Sky also marked Porter’s first performance of the new live show for his fall U.S. tour of his latest album Nurture, which kicks off on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon—see full dates below and get tickets here. Jai Wolf, Toro y Moi, WAVEDASH and James Ivy will perform at the Los Angeles shows, with Jai Wolf and James Ivy supporting throughout the tour. The live show will feature Porter singing and playing the piano along with an array of digital instruments, accompanied by a stunning, carefully crafted visual production.

Nurture continues to receive critical praise…

Nurture explores the difficulty of finding fulfillment and plumbs the joyful realization that the world he wanted to create was always right in front of him...Robinson sings with a newfound clarity on Nurture, writing directly about his struggles and the ecstatic realizations that have come from hard times.”—Pitchfork

Nurture is soft, gentle, sweet and painfully-honest. These lyrics are daringly raw, tying the freedom of love with the cage of mortality, exploring the inherent pain of soulfulness, and the awkward dichotomy of insecurity and explosion that makes the act of creation so pure.”—Billboard

"Nearly seven years after releasing Worlds, Porter Robinson is back with his sophomore project Nurture. It’s a beautiful album, filled with little moments of joy and wonder, and it serves as an introduction to Porter Robinson the pop artist."—FADER

“Victory pop at its finest”—Entertainment Weekly

Nurture is welcoming and vulnerable from beginning to end, radiating gratitude for all who take the time to find refuge in it.”—Paste

Nurture, Porter’s long-awaited second LP and his first in seven years, features much-lauded singles “Musician,” “Look At The Sky,” Mirror,” “Get Your Wish” and “Something Comforting”. The album debuted at #2 on Spotify’s Top U.S. Albums, #1 on iTunes Electronic Albums and #1 on Billboard’s Current Electronic Albums, #11 on Top Albums and #7 on Digital Albums. Nurture spans a highly challenging period in Porter’s life when he felt creatively crippled, but ultimately serves as a testament to the hope and perseverance that pulled him out of the darkest moments. Porter returns to the piano and his singing voice as foundations, creating an intimate album that champions vulnerability while paying homage to the struggles that pushed him to grow, blending live instruments, digital synths, artificially pitched vocals, chopped samples and cozy ambience.

Additionally, Porter’s livestream festival Secret Sky returned for a second installment in April, featuring sets from Porter, Baauer, Boys Noize, Kero Kero Bonito, No Rome, Rezz and more. The livestream— which was trending at #1 in the U.S. and #8 worldwide on Twitter—took place in a custom, digital, VR-optimized festival grounds Porter created in partnership with Active Theory using state-of-the-art Dreamwave technology and marked the first time Porter performed music from Nurture.

At age 18, the North Carolina-based producer and songwriter burst onto the scene with a complex, bombastic brand of electro-house. Following the major success of his 2014 debut album Worlds, Porter released the RIAA Gold single “Shelter” with Madeon in 2016, followed by a Shelter Live Tour spanning 43 dates and four continents. The following year, Porter began releasing music under a new alias, Virtual Self, which lead to his first Grammy nomination for the BBC Radio 1 hit single “Ghost Voices.” In 2019, Porter put on the first Second Sky festival, which sold out all 30,000 tickets for the two-day festival in a single day.

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THE NURTURE LIVE TOUR 2021
September 23 /// Eugene, OR /// Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 24 /// Seattle, WA /// WaMu Theater – SOLD OUT
September 25 /// Seattle, WA /// WaMu Theater
September 26 /// Spokane, WA /// Spokane Pavilion
September 29 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Great Saltair
September 30 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Theater at Virgin Hotels
October 1 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Los Angeles State
Historic Park – SOLD OUT
October 2 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Los Angeles State Historic Park
October 6 /// Columbus, OH /// EXPRESS LIVE!
October 7 /// Madison, WI /// The Sylvee
October 8 /// Minneapolis, MN /// The Armory
October 9 /// Chicago, IL /// Navy Pier
October 11 /// St. Louis, MO /// The Factory at The District
October 12 /// Detroit, MI /// The Masonic
October 14 /// Richmond, VA /// Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
October 15 /// Washington, D.C. /// The Anthem – SOLD OUT
October 16 /// Boston, MA /// Orpheum Theatre – SOLD OUT
October 17 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Met Philadelphia
October 19 /// Washington, D.C. /// The Anthem
October 21 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Avant Gardner
October 22 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Avant Gardner – SOLD OUT
October 23 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Avant Gardner – SOLD OUT
October 25 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Stage AE
October 27 /// Atlanta, GA /// Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
October 28 /// Raleigh, NC /// Red Hat Amphitheater
October 29 /// Orlando, FL /// Orlando Amphitheater
October 30 /// Miami Beach, FL /// The Fillmore – SOLD OUT
November 2 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// The Criterion
November 3 /// Austin, TX /// ACL Live
November 4 /// Austin, TX /// ACL Live
November 5 /// Houston, TX /// Bayou Music Center – SOLD OUT
November 6 /// Dallas, TX /// /// The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
November 8 /// Denver, CO /// The Mission Ballroom
November 9 /// Denver, CO /// The Mission Ballroom – SOLD OUT
November 12 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Rawhide Event Center
November 13 /// San Diego, CA /// Pechanga Arena