Jade Bird beams rays of sunshine as she greets us with a warn, cheerful, “Hello!” after her set at Bumbershoot. Energy abounds from the young British singer while the day winds down around her. Continue Reading
The second annual OctFest is quickly approaching, curated by Pitchfork and October, a leading beer culture website. Like last year, the music lineup is eclectic, with Vince Staples headlining Saturday (with Jeff Tweedy, Saba and Vagabon also on the bill) and The Flaming Lips closing out Sunday (after Girlpool, Hop Along, Yo La Tengo and more). Tickets to the event on Governors Island in New York City also beer samples from the likes of Austin Eastciders, Bronx Brewery, LIC Beer Project, Ommegang Brewery and more.
Governors Island has seen a mix of two-day music festivals over the past few years, but OctFest stands out because of the minds behind it and the mix of top notch music and beer. The artists a big for such an intimate venue and the curated food program and 90+ breweries from more than 15 countries around the world are certainly not an after thought. Prices are slightly expensive, at $75 for a single day and $140 for a weekend pass (which includes 15 beer samples per day), but the festival is currently offering a 30% discount on all tickets using code P4K30 until September 7.
The Flaming Lips in New Orleans (Photo by Brian Benton)
We didn’t attend OctFest 2017, which took place for one-day instead of two and was at the less-than-ideal Brooklyn Hangar in Sunset Park, which is hard to get to and can get uncomfortably hot and crowded. Guided by Voices, Kilo Kish, Okkervil River led the music lineup last year, and bringing in bigger, more diverse names was clearly a focus for 2018. We especially love Sunday’s bill, which feels like a miniature version of Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival. Julie Byrne and Shopping will shred early in the day, and then things will get groovy and trippy as Nile Rogers & Chic, Yo La Tengo and The Flaming Lips close things out.
Both days have two-stages set up, which hopefully will mean less downtime between acts. At other festivals we’ve been to on Governors Island, the single stage on a fairly small festival ground have meant 30-minute set changes with few options of things to do. OctFest is smart to alternate sets between two stages.
OctFest tickets are on sale now at OctFest.co.
Bumbershoot is one of the largest cultural touchstones in Seattle. Not only is there a stacked lineup of artists, Bumbershoot also showcases film, visual arts, comedy, and much more! We are so excited to see some incredible fresh artists perform this year. Here’s our top five to watch. Continue Reading
If you were in Seattle last weekend and found yourself anywhere else besides Capitol Hill Block Party, then you seriously made some wrong decisions. Three days, five stages, and a bunch of afterparties each night – there’s nowhere else you should have been. While dozens of artists performed, a few stood out among the rest. Continue Reading
Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place from July 20th-22nd in Union Park in Chicago, was for the brave and unbreakable this year, and not just because the attendees had to make it through rain 2 of the 3 days. Continue Reading
You have to try extremely hard to miss What So Not. Chris (What So Not) walks in with freshly dyed, as he describes it, “tennis ball green” hair, bright red overalls with a matching fanny pack slung around him and bright pink shades. He screams cool and upon talking to him, is just that. We got the chance to chat with him before his set at Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge. Continue Reading
18-year-old Petit Biscuit released his debut album, Presence, in November. He has been taking the EDM scene by storm since he was only 15-years-old, with the release of Sunset Lover. While age clearly doesn’t matter, it’s important to note just how many waves Petit Biscuit is making at such a young age. Love for the French born artist is palpable in the crowds he draws. We got the chance to chat with him before his set at Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge. Continue Reading
Last year, everyone was under the impression that RiverFest was going to be a thing of the past. Luckily, a new team saw the potential to turn it around and bring it back better than ever! The 41st annual RiverFest in Little Rock, Arkansas marked its return with a diverse lineup. Highly Suspect, The Lacs, and Young Thug were amongst the performers of the weekend. Continue Reading
Lovelytheband formed in Los Angeles in 2016 and quickly burst onto the scene with “Broken,” which racked up over three million streams on Spotify. Led by former Oh Honey member Mitch Collins, the band also consists of guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. At Hangout Festival, we caught up with the band to hear their origin story, roots in music, and advice for fellow musicians. Continue Reading
Tens of thousands of music lovers spent the weekend at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It was more than your average music festival, there were many things to do such as lay out at the beach, go for a swim, roller-skate, do yoga in the sand, enjoy great food, view the ocean from the ferris wheel, and much more. Over 100 concerts on eight stages throughout the weekend and there wasn’t a single act that you would want to miss out on. Continue Reading