Yesterday I went to check my [email protected] email address and noticed that I had an email waiting from the Ministry of Communications in Singapore. I braced myself and prepared for the worst. When I traveled with The Goldwater to the remote village of Buscalan in Kalingas, the main goal was to make the trip and document the journey. Of course, I hoped I would be able to get a traditional tattoo, but just being there for adventure's sake and to share the story was enough. I felt the same way about the Singapore Summit. Sure, it would be nice if I got to represent The Goldwater in the press pool, shoulder to shoulder with international media like The Guardian and "The Times" from any major city you can tink to name, but it was enough to be along for the trip.
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I won't say I was expecting to get denied, but I was prepared for that eventuality. So it was quite a pleasant surprise when I read those words, "We are pleased to inform you that you are now accredited for the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit." I'll admit, it's been a while since I've covered a live event with press credentials. When I used to cover live music events for the likes of Ghettoblaster, Delusions of Adequacy, GetUnderground, Alternative Music Press and others I took an especial joy in flashing my ID at the entrance and smiling, "I'm on the list." That said, the last time I can recall having press passes for an event would likely be the last time I covered the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee which is getting close to a decade past.
This event, however, is far bigger than any show at a club or festival out in the boonies, this is literally history in the making. I stand by the fact that this event has the potential to be one of the most historic events in my lifetime. Certainly up there with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attack on the Twin Towers at 9/11 and I'm proud to be able to represent The Goldwater at the event.
I'll be traveling with my Editor-in-Chief and co-host of The Goldwater's weekly livestream, Major Burdock. We are booked for five nights and will be staying on Sentosa island, the site of the venue where aforementioned history is slated to be made, during the event. We also have lodgings spitting distance from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Embassy in Singapore (not that I'd advise spitting at or near any of Kim's envoys). As it stands, we plan to run a marathon livestream session leading up to and following the event. You'll be able to access all of this just by clicking on our temporary NK Summit category on the front page.
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I don't want to give too much away, but chances are there will also be musical accompaniment. Maybe even some live music performed from oceanside. I might even try to learn some old tunes by the 1960's folk/anti-commie musical outfit The Goldwaters for a little musical interlude in between streaming in front of the DPRK Embassy and from the International Media Centre. Long story short though, The Goldwater will be on the scene and have access to the press-only areas during this historical event so be sure to stay tuned. In addition to our on the scene reporting, we will have "the home team" manning the studio in Manila. We will likely be broadcasting through multiple channels like Periscope and maybe even Twitch, but much of our live coverage will be coming through <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvb02rPu9lnsFh5yMp1PxPQ">The Goldwater channel at YouTube</a>. All you'll need to do next week is click on the NK Summit category and it should offer all the current streams. So come join us as we witness history in the making.
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