As 2012 approaches its end, some of us may be anticipating what 2013 may bring but first, we shall celebrate big on December 31! While you're remembering the best moments you had in 2012, forgetting about mishaps and looking ahead add these funky tracks to your NYE playlist to get you in the party mood and don't forget to check out all the hottest parties throughout NYC here!
Part amusement park, part street fair, and boasting some of indie's biggest acts, the Treasure Island Music Festival will bring all kinds of culture to San Francisco on October 15 and 16. Get your sunblock ready and brush up on your sewing skills, this isn't your ordinary concert.
Headlining the musical portion of the festival on Saturday night will be visual pop artist Empire of the Sun, whose glam aesthetics will fit the eccentric festival like a sparkly glove. Joining Empire on the 15th will be Death from Above 1979, Chromeo, and Dizzie Rascal. Indie-pop veterans Death Cab for Cutie will headline Sunday night, likely playing a wide variety of their massive catalog of quirky, honest gems. Other notables for the final night include The Hold Steady and Explosions in the Sky.
Coming to Columbia, Maryland on September 10, Virgin Mobile presents the annual FreeFest rock festival, held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. In 2009, organizers made the event free to attend, however, tickets were made available for those who were unable to secure the free spots. This year, interested attendees must "like" Virgin Mobile Life on Facebook before they are eligible to receive free tickets, which will be available on Friday, July 15th at 10:00 AM EDT.
We're not sure what it was that made Governor's Ball so exciting.
Possible guesses: It may have been the culture of electronica: candy-colored strobe lights refracting kaleidoscopic visuals and accompanying states of mind. Add to that the anatomy of a festival: braless, shoeless, the assumption of lawless--people hatching out of their own skin. Personalize that to the unexpected picturesque weather on Saturday (despite the stormy forecast, the day was clear enough to admire the orange-balloon necklace dancing in the clouds), with spires from a cast away land in the distance - just far enough from the city to forget, just close enough to remember. It was likely a sum of the above, plus the festival lineup, that forced the painted, flowered, feathered, and unencumbered off their feet June 18th, for twelve starbursting hours of Governor's Ball 2011.
"Believe it or not, we at Insomniac are actually announcing the Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 line-up!"
The moment that thousands of anxiously waiting EDC revelers from around the world have been expecting for weeks-on-end is finally here: the official EDC line-up and time slots. With less than two weeks remaining until the June 24th kick off of the 3-day festival, it's about time this epic news be revealed.
Last year EDC received strong criticism after a 16-year-old girl died of an ecstasy overdoes during the event. A highly publicized investigation followed suit and a local legislation called on a temporary moratorium on all LA-based raves. This event, among others, created an environment that made producing the Electric Daisy Carnival at an appropriate venue in LA an insurmountable challenge for 2011. However, the show must go on, and so it will in another world-class destination-- Las Vegas. With such epic line-ups running from dusk till dawn, EDC will be sure to light up the Nevada desert with beats, dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and the greatest acts of our electronic music generation.
Summer festivals are finally here and with so many across the country it can be hard to choose which festival is worth the time. Joonbug had a chat with Tom Russell, of Founders Entertainment, who is putting on the first ever Governors Ball Music Festival at Governors Island on Saturday, June 18th. With acts that feature Big Boi, Girl Talk, People Under the Stairs and more, this one day festival is sure to be a summer dance party worthy of the little island in the big city. Check out what Tom has to say about the Governors Ball Music Festival and then visit the festival website.
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is returning to downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park for what is probably the most anticipated weekend of the year. Thousands will flock to Miami for Ultra’s first three-day event (formerly only Friday and Saturday) on Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27. The growth of the electronic music genre, from the past year alone, is clearly visibile through the expansion of Ultra this year and the growth of its headlining artisits.
Ultra is expecting 150,000 attendees over the span of three days this year, being the world’s first ever major electronic music festival to expand to three days and completely sell out. Being the first major North American music festival of 2011, Ultra Music Festival will no doubt raise the bar and set the standard high for live music everywhere. Spirits are already high in Miami as the stages are being built and the streets are getting crowded.
Ultra Music Festival for the first time ever will take place over the span of three days this year. The first major U.S. music festival of 2011, Ultra is set to take place on March 25, 26, and 27 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. They have just released phase-two of their line-up, including Duran Duran, Armin Van Buuren, Underworld, Moby, and more.
Duran Duran will be appearing for the first time ever this year in support of their Mark Ronson-produced 13th studio album ALL YOU NEED IS NOW, which is out March 22. Also new is Armin Van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 500 area and the debuts of Erick Morillo and Sasha’s (V_rtek) live shows.
The Sunday Snapshot:
The festival set-up, sound and acoustics, as well as operations were extremely professional. It's obvious they have done this before. I loved how they had two stages by each other with back-to-back shows. I parked it at the Budweiser/Playstation stages for most of the weekend due to the line up, but it was incredible to see 10,000 people stacked to see the headliners on the BMI stage. Kudos Lolla.
Sunday Musical Delights & Awards:
Chiddy Bang: Award for Band Best Listened on a CD. I was personally pumped to see Chiddy play. My friends produce their music videos and I have been rocking to their cool remixes/raps for a bit now. Think, Girl Talk meets Drake for their vibe. I was sadly disappointed in the live bit, but I still like them a lot. But the electronic Perry’s stage was a sick addition to the festival. We would be visiting again.
Here is what we loved most about Saturday at Lollapalooza 2010. I wish I was still there!
In addition to the green scene at Grant Park, there were some really cool sponsorship and brand presence situations in the mix. Toyota was giving away cold bandanas and headbands (much needed with the hot temperatures). They always had a line to their tent, which I’m sure got them some good exposure. Another great sponsor was the water filling stations; I know I spent a lot of time here. AOL provided free WiFi, for those of us working during the festival, this was clutch. A fun one was the Q101 Hammock Station, where you could actually take a break and lay in the hammocks for a bit. It’s always enjoyable to see brands and companies giving out products and services that are super beneficial to the festival goer. Giving a consumer something they can really use during the weekend is really going to stand out for marketing purposes.