We already knew that Chicago’s Grant Park was a scene of music and mahem this past Lollapalooza weekend, but what we were surpised to learn was that is was a mashup of ecelectic fashionable looks, as well. Lollapalooza kicked off on Friday August 2, 2013 and lasted till Sunday August 4, 2013. These days music festivals are a cultural phenomena; weekend after weekend, from city to city, and state to state crowds of youngsters stampede to fields, parks, stadiums, or other venues to throw their hands in the air and sway to the music of a kick-ass musical lineup. That being said, also present was a bevy of buzzworthy outfits!
Electric Zoo makes its triumphant return to its original location, NYC's Randall’s Island Park this Labor Day Weekend (August 30-September 1st) for three days of the world's best in electronic music. To celebrate E Zoo’s fifth anniversary there will be two main stages on expanded festival grounds—which can only mean more confetti, more music, and more fun. The two stages, designated Main Stage West and Main Stage East, will have headliners such as Avicii, Knife Party, Dada Life, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, and Laidback Luke and others yet to be announced. This year there will be a total of five stages in addition to the two main stages for all you zoo animals out there to choose from.
Got spring fever? We know we do and there’s only one cure! And it isn't exactly more cowbell. Spring kicks off music festival season all over the country so get ready to bask in the sunshine, groove to tunes, and enjoy the vibe only a music festival can supply. Here are some lineups of upcoming Spring and Summer music festivals nationwide.
Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA
April 12-14 & April 19-21
The two soldout weekends of Coachella are jam packed with must-see acts such as Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Modest Mouse, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Beach House, Local Natives, Metric, Stars, New Order, Moby, Benny Benassi, Pretty Lights, and so much more. Thankfully for us East Coasters and anyone unable to score tickets, there are rumors that Coachella 2013 will be livestreamed!
What are you doing July 28-29th from 1pm to 11pm that is more exciting than seeing huge acts like The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg, chowing down on culinary masterpieces and partaking in something that shoots out 30ft fire balls as DJs take over from within? Nothing.
Taking place on Randall's Island, Catalpa's full lineup is yet to be announced but is already touting acts like TV on The Radio, aforementioned Black Keys and Snoop Dogg, City and Colour, The Big Pink, AraabMuzik, Felix Da Housecat, Fort Atlantic and more. When festival goers aren't rocking out to great music, they can check out an array of attractions; and even those are unique.
Last month tech-house sensation, Manufactured Superstars came to the big apple for an exclusive party at LAVO NY. Denver natives and founding member of the infamous online music store, Beatport.com, Bradley Roulier and original employee of Beatport Shawn Sabo, two original have been in the electronic music industry for years. Their latest single, "Take Me Over" featuring Scarlett Quinn has been a We sat down with the two before their New York City gig to get the inside scoop on their first collective album through Black Hole Recordings.
You didn’t think electronic music was going anywhere, did you?
Sounds of dub step and electro beats can be heard playing in the background of everywhere from shopping malls to restaurants these days; and that’s not even including your weekly house music hot spot. Festivals such as Coachella, Bonaroo, Electric Zoo, and Ultra have been getting rave reviews from electronic music enthusiasts, gathering tens of thousands of people every year. Although an amazing experience, these festivals tend to last for days, draining both mind and wallet. Taking that into consideration, the people over at Skullcandy are treating EDM fans to a one day festival to keep the music flowing beyond their stylish headphone gear.
Just as summer finally makes an appearance in Chicago, imagine fall in Paris. Crunchy leaves in every color falling swiftly upon wide boulevards, couples in berets strolling hand in hand along the Seine. In this dream landscape, Pitchfork just announced an offshoot of their annual Chicago concert series, Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. None other than indie favorite Bon Iver is tasked with cultivating the set list for the second day of the fest.
It’s taking place at La Grande Halle de La Villette et Le Grand Parc de la Villette, a sweeping, modern concert complex surrounded a 55-hectare park in the Saint Denis area in the north of the city from October 28-29, 2011. Set in lush surroundings accompanied by a roster promising to be ahead of the curve, Pitchfork Paris should be a French delight.
We know you’re all looking forward to celebrating our most beloved cannabis-inspired holiday next week, 420. So why not start early, this Saturday at 420 Fest?! Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road, is hosting 420 Fest, Saturday, April 16th from 8pm-4am. Four stages will host twenty bands (get it? 4-20) at this 21 and over concert paying homage to the hampa. Some of the sinsemilla bands headlining the music fest are Timatayo, Behind the Houses, Purple Popcorn, 1000 Pounds of Thrust, The Deadly Blank, and Mr. Liqer.
Electro fans from around the world gathered on Randall's Island Park this past weekend to get their dance on at New York City's own Electric Zoo. Despite the "dustboogers", the lineup was unbelievable, the weather was perfect, and the crowd came ready to move their feet.
The Chemical Brothers
Dubbleyou.Tee.Eff! What happened to you guys? Although this set was highly anticipated by Electric Zoo goers, it was quite the disappointment. The performance lacked emotion and “umph”. It was kind of, well, boring. But hey, at least the visuals were cool!
Dancing leads to dust on Randall’s Park Island – a lot of it. Dust leads to dustboogers. Gross.
Less Is Not More
The crowd was bigger, the lineup was better, but the venue needs to step it up. There needs to be more signage regarding parking and where to walk, more water stands, more porta-pottys, more everything! It’s also time to start “enhancing” the grounds a bit, please refer to Ultrafest or Rothbury for ideas.
One Place At A Time
Because choosing between artists is so difficult sometimes, we wanted to see them all!
When Diplo got on the 1's and 2's at E.Zoo, he didn't forget his A-game. The Red Bull Tent was bursting with energy both from the DJ and the crowd, who fed off of one another for the entire set. Diplo's unconventional integration of hip-hop favorites like "Beamer, Benz, & Bentley" with hard-hitting beats kept the crowd on their toes, literally - consistently amped and begging for more.
Kaskade’s sound is unfailingly emotional and heartfelt. His set this year at E.Zoo was no different. The music clearly connected the mass as they sang “Move for Me” and “Angel on My Shoulder” in perfect unison. Kaskade is a DJ who performs music that you not only hear, but feel, time and time again.
Above & Beyond
A&B’s set was packed with high-energy tunes like “On a Good Day”, "Road to Nowhere", and "Love Comes Again". They kept up crowd interaction by writing messages out on their laptop and holding it up for all to read – a gesture that was both unique and appreciated. At one point they wrote “Can you sing?” which was happily, and loudly, obliged. Towards the end of their set, they even hugged one another, and who doesn’t love that?
Fedde Le Grande
It was Fedde's first time at Electric Zoo, but it certainly will not be his last. Bringing energy from start to finish with intense visuals and lively mixes of "We Are Your Friends", “Walking On a Dream” and "Zombie Nation" amongst others, Fedde proved to be one of the best performances of the weekend.
If you came to party, you know to go to Aoki’s stage. Steve knows how to get you absolutely out of your skull, with both his music and his antics. His set included his own anthems “Turbulence”, “Pursuit of Happiness”, and his newest “BRRRAT!” (with Armin Van Helden). Amazing music, mind-blowing visuals, his signature champagne showers, and a dive into the crowd made Steve Aoki the perfect finale to a perfect weekend.
This year’s festival was considerably more sizeable than last year’s, a testament to electronica music and to festival culture. We like this at Joonbug. With the music pumping and the crowd jumping, we can’t wait till next year! Wahoo!
Slideshow photos by Electric Zoo
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.