Festivals



BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend hits Middlesbrough for a star-studded show, with Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding and more

Once a year, the BBC utilizes its status as a media giant to boost local economies across the United Kingdom with BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. This year the traveling festival descended on Middlesbrough, a post-industrial town in the North-East of England. For a town without a single high-capacity venue, this was the event of the decade. I spent two days covering the festival to experience what happens when you bring some of the biggest names in music to the backyard of average British communities. Continue Reading

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Interview: Paz talks dream collaborations and favorite places to play (from Shaky Beats in Atlanta)

Paz is a super energetic, friendly, and creative DJ from California. He played one of the opening sets at Shaky Beats and got the crowd jumping early. He knows how to mash tons of great songs and then slam the crowd with mega drops. But besides being a extremely talented producer he also has a great personality. I had the opportunity to sit down with Paz and step more into his music world. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Warm weather, happy fans and acts like Tame Impala, Beck, Tears For Fears and Maggie Rogers draw big crowds to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees

Shaky Knees has quickly made it’s way to the top of my “favorite festivals” list. Unlike the other high-end festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), Shaky Knees hasn’t sold themselves out to conform to what is trendy, instead, it has displayed commitment to its own standards. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Can Electric Zoo reclaim it’s place as a top EDM festival in 2019 with a killer lineup at Electric Zoo: Evolved

A combination of bad weather, transportation issues and high ticket prices have led to some negative attention for Electric Zoo, but as the festival prepares for year eleven, hopes are high for a memorable and seamless EDM festival experience. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Seven things to do at Lollapalooza (August 1 to 4) that make it a stand-out summer festival

Lollapalooza Chicago has existed as a staple in the midwestern music scene since its inception in 1991. With copious big-names, diverse acts and charitable ambitions, Lollapalooza provides a summer spectacular for any festival fan. From good eats to ping-pong tables, the fun isn’t constrained to the music. Read below for seven things to look out for at this year’s Lollapalooza. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Interview: Dounia on Kehlani, snacking on Taki’s and performing at the Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans

The 21-year-old singer Dounia took on the Buku Music and Art Project this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dounia is a part of the Revel’s Music Group which includes artists such as Anthony Russo and G-Eazy. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Governors Ball and Woodstock 50 present New Yorkers with an epic summer festival decision

There may be no better place in the United States to be as a fan of music festivals than New York City. Even with the loss of Panorama and The Meadows, the Big Apple still has close to a dozen major summer festivals within easy reach, from Made In America in Philadelphia, Electric Zoo for EDM fans, and the steadily growing Afropunk. Even a trip to Delaware for Firefly or Massachusetts for Boston Calling isn’t out of reach. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Festival Recap: With Paul McCartney, Travis Scott, Janelle Monae and close to a dozen local acts lead the way at Austin City Limits Weekend Two

Photos by Brian Benton and Ryan Rose
Words by Ryan Rose

As another summer of festivals comes to an end, the legendary Austin City Limits continues to exceed music lovers expectations and be one of the most seamless, well-planned, talent-filled festivals. Continue Reading

2 years ago

Interview: Jade Bird talks about her roots as a musician and her favorite shows backstage at Bumbershoot

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

2 years ago

Pitchfork and October come together for OctFest on Governors Island in September (with Vince Staples, The Flaming Lips and more)

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.

2 years ago
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