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M for Montreal 2016 Recap

5 days ago by Hannah Angst

More than any other festival, the headliner of M for Montreal is the city itself. Everything revolves around the city – from the spread out venues to the actual bus tour that doubles as a showcase. Granted, with a city as creative and vibrant as Montreal as it’s home, it’s little surprise that M for Montreal spends so much time lauding and showing off their city. The festival is spread over different neighborhoods of the city, taking time to show off everything it has to offer. One night you’ll spend in the downtown area’s big theaters, the next you’re in the Quartier des Spectacles never ending stretch of bars and then to Mile End’s quaint [READ ON]

December 1, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

M For Montreal 2016 Preview

3 weeks ago by Hannah Angst

With Austin’s SXSW insane success, it seems that more and more cities are trying the homegrown industry festival on for size. Some try to bring all creative industries together at once, some try to woo participants with big names, some take place on the White House lawn — but M For Montreal is going the old fashioned route. There’s no big headliners at the festival, no promise of seeing the next tech disruptor, just 120 emerging artists from the area looking to break out. It’s the kind of festival that CMJ used to be — a place for young bands to play in front of people looking for new music.

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M For Montreal takes place throughout the city, moving from venue to venue and encompassing not just music but plenty on panels as well. Like the festival/conference equivalents, the performances are in theaters and set up more like showcases than large stage sets. It helps that the city the festival is based in is, by all accounts, incredible. With European style boulevards and poutine, visiting the city is reason enough to make the trip. Plus, with a manageable amount of bands playing over the five day festival, it’s not the same breakneck marathon as other events, letting you see the shows you want and meet the people you want without mainlining Red Bull simply to survive.

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November 16, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

Outside Lands 2016 Recap

4 months ago by Alex Familian

Photos by Alex Familian

Outside Lands is on its way to being one of the best festivals in the country. With a stunning location and one of the best lineups of the summer, the festival delivers the kind of amazing, singular experience that lacks in most festivals. It’s the kind of weekend that stays with you for a while — even when Radiohead and LCD aren’t playing, because of the positive vibes that radiate through out the grounds. With [READ ON]

August 12, 2016 Alex Familian FESTIVALS 0

Lollapalooza 2016 Recap

4 months ago by Joseph Mikos

In honor of its 25th year, Lollapalooza added a full extra day to the incredible weekend. And we can say definitively that no one complained. With headliners such as Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsytsem to close each night, that alone could keep a music lover happy, especially one who grew up loving music in the 90s and early 2000s. If you weren’t down with any of those artists, though, Lolla had a major DJ performing during each of these headliners’ sets, including [READ ON]

August 9, 2016 Joseph Mikos FESTIVALS 0

Panorama 2016 Recap

4 months ago by Steven Edelstone

 

I’ve always thought that the undercard is what truly makes or breaks a festival. I mean, when you break it down, a festival lasts for about 33 hours total – noon to 11pm each day – and headliners, at most, only play about 6 hours out of that. That’s only 18%! So while the headliners may be the biggest draw to specific festivals, odds are that for the vast majority of the time, you’re seeing other bands. That being said, Panorama Fest, in its first ever year, went all in on its headliners. Though none of the three headliners were promoting new music – save for Kendrick, who put out Untitled Unmastered, his collection of demos back in March – it really felt that each day was one big lead up to the main acts, much more so than any festival I’ve ever attended.

And what a group of headliners they were. Arcade Fire may very well be the best band of this millennium, at least critically speaking. It’s only a matter of time before Saturday’s headliner, Kendrick Lamar, is commonly ranked as a top five rapper of all time (quite honestly, I already think he’s there). And Sunday’s headliner – LCD Soundsystem – probably the whole reason why Panorama was even created in the first place, is New York City personified in a band. This was their homecoming show; this is why they reunited. But before we fully delve into those three headlining sets, here’s a quick recap of what went down on Randall’s Island this past weekend.

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This was Panorama’s first year and though it was organized by the same people who put on Coachella, it was very apparent from the get go that things wouldn’t go smoothly. I arrived to Randall’s Island a half hour before Broken Social Scene hit The Pavilion Stage, but didn’t get in until after they had finished their hour-long set. After trying to retrieve my pass at the entrance closest to the RFK Bridge, I was told to go back the way I came for a 10 minute walk to the other side of the fest. Turns out there were no signs and I got completely lost, wandering under freeway overpasses for close to a half hour until I finally found will call. And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, Major Lazer took the mainstage and I was trapped, forced to listen to one of my least favorite acts play an absolutely abhorrent set, filled with some of the worst pop hits of the decade.

My first act of the day was FKA Twigs, who put on a solid show, full of backup dancers, experimental percussion and interpretive dancing. But Tahliah Debrett Barnett’s silky brand of R&B works best late at night and it felt weird seeing her perform with the hot sun shining right behind her. As a result, her light show didn’t have the same oomph that it would have otherwise. That being said, FKA Twigs is one of the most forward-thinking pop stars at the moment and her live set shows it. From opener “Good to Love” to penultimate set closer “Two Weeks,” she showed why the entire music industry’s eyes must fully be focused on her at all times. The sky is the limit for her and with a couple new songs to boot, she’ll finally get that festival night slot soon enough.

Next was the reliably great Alabama Shakes, who after three Grammys for last year’s Sound & Color, were on a bit of a victory lap. Brittany Howard commands a stage better than almost anyone at this point. Her voice was on point as always and the band’s now trademark sound was perfect for the time slot as the sun set over Manhattan behind them. Somewhat predictably, the highlight was last year’s “Gimme All Your Love,” which featured a huge audience sing along. “This song means so much to me right now,” Howard explained before launching into Sound & Color’s lead single “Don’t Wanna Fight.”

Friday was one giant build up to Arcade Fire. It’s been three years since they’ve released anything (with the exception of the incredible Her score and a couple of b-sides last year) but the band felt as vital as ever. While there have been rumors that Win Butler & co. are gearing up for the release of their fifth record, the band played a greatest hits record, spanning the best songs over the course of their entire discography. It was impossible to be disappointed with their setlist, which featured singles like “Keep the Car Running” and “Afterlife” mixed in with “My Body is a Cage” (my favorite!) and “We Used to Wait.” Win Butler played angrily – probably due to Donald Trump’s RNC speech the night before – and to great effect, putting his all into every song, particularly “Afterlife,” which followed a tribute to David Bowie (whose backup vocals were included in the performance of “Reflektor.”) Directly following the set finale, “Wake Up,” the band, backed by New Oreleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, walked into the middle of the crowd and covered Bowie tracks, mirroring their funeral march a few months prior. With Win screaming into a megaphone, the group covered “Rebel Rebel,” “Suffragette City,” and “Heroes,” while walking to the other side of the festival with most of the crowd following them. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from Canada’s finest band, but fuck, I forgot how much I missed them.

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Saturday was the hottest day of the year in New York, which meant that I drank about as much as my liver could take while hiding underneath a tent until I had the courage to brave the 95-plus heat. As a result, the first band I caught was Foals, who were as powerful as ever. Partly due to the heat or the fact that Panorama didn’t sell that many tickets to begin with, Yannis Philippakis & co. weren’t playing to the biggest crowd, but you’d never know it. Philippakis was running around the stage like a madman, screaming at the top of his lungs. It’s always nice to see “Spanish Sahara” live – a slow burning epic track that cracks my top 10 list of the decade so far. Foals are one of the few bands that are worth seeing every time they come through your city, so don’t miss them in the future.

Next up was Anderson .Paak, one of the most hyped acts at the fest. Playing to a huge crowd, which may have been because it was in a tent, .Paak played the majority of Malibu, his breakthrough record from this year. The audience ate up Dr. Dre’s newest co-sign, going nuts every time .Paak played drums. I may not be as sold on him as much as everyone else, but as one of the most hyped new artists this year, he seems destined for stardom. Look for him to get a nomination for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammys.

Saturday was absolutely the festival’s deepest day. Sub-headlining the main stage, Brooklyn legends The National, per usual, absolutely killed it. They’re another band that wasn’t promoting anything new, but unlike Arcade Fire, they broke out two new songs with predictably The National-esque titles – “The Day I Die” and “Can’t You Find the Way.” The former sounded like a louder version of “Graceless,” while the latter was a dark, slow burner with an epic crescendo towards the end. Say what you will about them, but it’s really hard to top the group’s closing triple-attack of “Fake Empire,” “Mr. November,” and “Terrible Love.”

But the next act – Sufjan Stevens – did manage to top that. With an incredibly high energy and neon filled set, this millennium’s favorite singer/songwriter absolutely killed it. Opening with a frenzied take on “Seven Swans,” Sufjan destroyed his banjo, seemingly recreating The Clash’s London Calling cover art. With many costume changes, he too played a greatest hits set, surprisingly focusing on 2010’s The Age of Adz, highlighted by a 25 minute performance of “Impossible Soul,” a song I honestly thought I’d never get to see live. He also recreated two tracks from last year’s excellent and downtempo Carrie & Lowell, reworking “All of Me Wants All of You” and “Should Have Known Better” into sped up, funky songs. Sufjan closed with “Chicago,” resulting in one of the more cathartic sing alongs of the weekend.

Once again – back to the headliners. Saturday’s main act was Kendrick Lamar, whom I believe to be without a doubt the best current rapper & every bit as good as the best of the 80’s and 90’s. The set was heavy on tracks from good kid mA.A.d city, all of which tended to get the best responses of the whole set. Backed by various political imagery, Kendrick once again made the case that set closer, “Alright,” is an anthem for a new civil rights movement. The audience screamed “we gon’ be alright!” for multiple minutes before he launched into it. It felt like I was a part of something much bigger, something more important than just a music festival. People have repeatedly said that Kendrick is gunning to be one of the best of all time. He’s already there.

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Panorama was put on by the same people as Coachella and I blame them for bringing Indio’s desert weather to NYC. Sunday, just as hot as the first couple of days was almost unbearable, especially since the best acts of the day were all on the main stage. As a result, I got there late, electing to sit in front of my apartment’s A/C for as long as humanly possible.

The first act I caught was the best hip hop set of the festival. Kendrick Lamar may have been the best rapper at Panorama this year, but Run the Jewels were hip hop’s best performers. Run the Jewels 3 may be on the horizon, but instead of playing anything new (or unfortunately anything from Meow the Jewels), El-P and Killer Mike ran through the majority of RTJ2, one of the best releases of 2014. The crowd completely ate up tracks like “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” – I mean, it’s impossible not to enjoy screaming, “RUN BACKWARDS THROUGH A FIELD OF DICKS!” at the top of your voice – and “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” and midway through the set, local hero Despot was invited onstage. It was easily the highest energy set of the entire festival and both El-P and Killer Mike were in great spirits, constantly joking around about wearing shorts and pretty much everything else.

Next was Aussie pop star Sia. While I generally view her music as generic pop music, people are still talking about her Coachella set from this past April, so my interest was piqued. Unfortunately, I stopped caring almost immediately as I realized that the video accompanying the set was pretaped, meaning that what we were seeing onstage didn’t reflect what was being shown on the screens. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue, but in Sia’s case, it was, bringing up several important questions. 1) If the video wasn’t live, do we know if Sia was even singing? 2) Since we can’t see Sia’s face, how do we know it was even her onstage? Sure Maddie Ziegler was there, but since Kristen Wiig, Tig Notaro, and Paul Dano weren’t – they were all replaced onstage by others – do we really know if Sia even bothered to show up?

The entire festival felt like an opening slot for LCD Soundsystem. This was the band’s homecoming show, the reason why they got back together. And even with my extremely high expectations, James Murphy & co’s set lived up to the hype – and more. Opening with “Us V. Them” and going right to “Daft Punk is Playing at My House,” they had the crowd in the palm of their hands for the entirety of their two hour or so set. I’ve never danced harder, sang louder, or cheered more during any show I’ve ever been to – and I’ve been to a lot of shows in my time. Like everyone else in the crowd, I too was brushing away tears during “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Over the entirety of their career, LCD Soundsystem personified New York City more so than almost any band ever. There’s a reason why you still can’t go to a bar in Brooklyn and not hear their music, even though it’s been six years since they’ve released an album. As a result, this city needed them to come back and they finally did, playing a legendary set that was perfect in almost every way.

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It was impossible to leave Panorama without a smile on my face. My legs may have been sore and I felt like I was sleepwalking across the RFK Bridge one last time, but it was all worth it. While we’re not sure if the festival is returning next year, let’s hope it does… just about 15 degrees colder.

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July 29, 2016 Steven Edelstone FESTIVALS 0

Panorama 2016 Preview

5 months ago by Steven Edelstone

New York City has a population of over 8.5 million people. Though NYC is far and away the biggest city in the United States, it took until this decade for a big time music festival to not only survive for multiple years in a row, but also be successful. Now, the city is hosting Panorama Music Festival, its [READ ON]

July 21, 2016 Steven Edelstone FESTIVALS 0

Newport Folk Festival 2016 Preview

5 months ago by Hannah Angst

Every year, for one weekend in late July, we get to go to one of the most perfect festivals in the US — Newport Folk Festival. Perhaps it’s the years and years of history, a history that can truly be felt throughout the festivities, that makes it so amazing. Perhaps it’s the extraordinary scenery, perched with a view of the ocean in a state park. Perhaps it’s the consistently incredible line up. Or [READ ON]

July 21, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

4Knots 2016 Recap

5 months ago by Hannah Angst

Why Village Voice’s annual 4Knots fest is not one of the marquee events of summer, I will never understand. It’s a full, glorious day of garage rock and guitar heavies playing with a beautiful view of the water and the skyline of downtown Manhattan, and it’s free. You can just walk up and start having a good time. There’s no lines, no wristbands, no weird camping – just an awesome view and awesome bands. 4Knots line ups are always streets ahead of the other festivals, with the kind of bands that pepper the small-font of festival posters getting the space they deserve to breath. This year was no exception – with critical darlings like Mothers and Car Seat Headrest playing along true legends Guided by Voices.

The day started off early for us this year at 4Knots. We rolled into South Street Sea Port just post ice coffee just in time for Boulevards. The NYC based funk artist was the perfect energy shot to start the day – with a set so active he was able to turn the early-afternoon crowd into a frenzy despite the high noon sun. From there stayed at the Fulton street stage for Bayonne who offered the same wild energy as Boulevards, jumping around and adding hefty percussion to his tracks.

Mothers gathered a healthy crowd for an early afternoon set, though it was hardly a surprise to see. The Athens, GA based band has been making waves for their expertly crafted indie rock for a while. The band made the large Pier 16 stage feel like a vibey set in a club and filled the port with amazingly angular guitars. From there we ran back to the Fulton Stage to catch Diane Coffee, whose clever indie-rock is matched by his captivating stage presence. In terms of straight up best show, Diane Coffee’s ease on stage and affable presence handily won the day.

From there we headed back to the Pier to catch they incredible post-punk Protomartyr who’s blistering set proved that they are definitely one of the best and most interesting rock outfits playing today. After a quick run for much needed sustenance, we moved over to the last set on the Fulton Stage, GirlpoolThough they were perhaps the most subdued set of the day, they still maintained the energy that characterized the Fulton stage all day.

The Strumbellas were the strangest fit of the day, their roots style not really fitting in with the rock and punk vibes of the rest of the band. But they were such a delight to watch that after a couple songs it didn’t even matter. Finally, with the exhaustion and the slight day-hangover setting in Guided by Voices took the stage. The legends proved that they are still as vital as ever with their set of tracks from their huge and impressivly awesome catalog. It was a blast to end the day with one of the greatest alt-rock bands of the 90s throwing down and made us remember why 4Knots is easily one of the best festivals we go to – it’s just fucking fun from start to finish.

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July 15, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

Bonnaroo 2016 Recap

6 months ago by Hannah Angst

Photos by Julia Drummond

If you’ve been to Bonnaroo before, or even if you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures, you know what the festival is all about. It’s an entire farm full of people who radiate joy and positivity. People are free spirits from start to finish and high fives, hugs and kisses are the norm. It’s one of the hottest, but also one of the best, summer festivals, and this year was no different. With its usual eclectic line up and music until sunrise, Bonnaroo 2016 was yet another one to remember.

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One of the the highlights of the first day were Bully, who are well known by now for always playing a great set. Their brand of garage tinged pop was full of power and made for a completely riveting set. 

Wet, who have been making waves for a while now, pulled in a particularly large crowd at the Who stage and delivered on their building buzz with a set full of energy. It was a perfect-pop day one down at the farm.

I was also blown away by newcomers Marian Hill. Having not seen the duo live before, I was completely taken with their synth and sax heavy pop. Having talked to a few people at the festival, I found out that Marian Hill’s performance was their favorite of the weekend — it was easily my favorite as well.

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The next day started with first time festival band Whitney playing an amazing, energetic set despite the soul crushing Tennessee heat. They were able to get a pretty impressive mid-day crowd and rocked through the whole set like longtime festival champs. Next, I went off to Tame Impala, a long time favorite and on of the most anticipated sets of the weekend.  It’s hard to keep the vitality and depth of their recorded sound live though – and the band lacked the energy to totally sell the set. Even though we marked them as a must see going in – it wasn’t worth staying for the whole set. 

To get the energy up I moved over to CHVRCHES. The were able to easily and completely control the crowd, one of the largest in the US and do it with ease. Watching these guys bob around the stage with the energy of a full house party made up for the lagging earlier and cemented the band among the must see festival acts playing these days.

LCD Soundsystem were absolutely amazing, and nailed it on every level. No matter what one might think of them at this point, they were truly worthy of their headliner status this year. They’re known for having one of the best live shows around and having finally witnessed it, I can assure you that they’re not to be missed. I could not be happier that they reformed just so I can experience their festival sets over and over and over again.

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With the festival almost over, it’s easy to get a little tired, but day three kept up the incredible momentum. Starting with two incredible singer/songwriters – Grace Potter followed by Natalie PrassGrace Potter‘s incredible show was a huge surprise, despite never being a huge fan of her recorded music, her live show was absolutely intoxicating and had the entire audience begging for now. As a huge fan of Prass, it was characteristically buoyant and amazing – I danced and sang along the entire time.

Newcomers Oh Wonder were the best set of the day. I’ve been indifferent to them until their Bonnaroo set but their set was really magical, maybe because the played during sunset, which perfectly fit with their chilled out electronic harmonies. The band constantly interacted with the crowd and were genuinely excited and happy to be there. It reflected in their performance and in the reception they got from their audience. 

SuperJam with Kamasi Washington was, as Superjams tend to be, incredibly awesome. I wish I wasn’t as tired as I was to stay till the end but alas, everyone needs to sleep sometime. Michelle Williams was one of the guests along with Allen Stone, Oh Wonder, Devonte Hynes, Miguel, Nathaniel Rateliff and… well, too many to name. Superjam has become one of the trademarks of the festival and rightfully so – every year it’s exhilarating and this year was no different. 

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After the crushing exhaustion from day three, I took it a little easy on the final day of Bonnaroo. I started my day with Nashville based Civil Twilight, and their remarkably large early afternoon set. The hometown edge definitely helped both in turn out and the comfort of the band on stage. 

Father John Misty, who we were looking forward to, played at the hottest point of the day while an inflatable man was tossed around in the crowd (during “Bored In The USA”) and he made sure to comment “There could not be a more apt visual for this song — you may think it’s just subversive but it is actually getting me quite off.” It was just as amazing as was to be expected, though perhaps a little more smelly than the usual show. 

I ended the festival with the perfect closer, Dead and Co. While the majority of the younger going festival crowd seemed to leave a little early and miss these legends, they were definitely missing out.  They played 2 sets (4 hours) with all the crowd pleasers, including “Shakedown Street” ” Passenger” “Bird Song.” It was a memorable and phenomenal way to close the weekend. 

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Two Door Cinema Club
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Governors Ball Recap 2016

6 months ago by Colton Moyer

photos by Makenna Cummings

Governors Ball 2016 will probably be remembered for all the things that went wrong. Bad weather. Cancelled Sunday. No Kanye West. Like him or not, the Cult of Kanye took Governors Ball full force this year. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to a music festival that had a merch line dedicated to a single artist. Kanye was face of Governors Ball 2016 – and he never played. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that Sunday was cancelled. It had arguably the best lineup, with the most hotly awaited concert of this year to cap it off. But it didn’t happen. My Governors Ball experience was great regardless, albeit incomplete.

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I started off my Governors Ball experience as many New Yorkers did; sneaking out of work and commuting up to Randall’s Island – making it to the festival just as Duke Dumont was beginning his set, characterized by thumping bass, and a huge, lively crowd underneath the party tent. To continue the party, I then headed to Matt & Kim’s main stage set. I’d seen them a couple of times at Lollapalooza over the years, but it was a special privilege to see them play in front of their hometown. Their stage presence is electric, and they garnered some of the best crowd engagement I saw all weekend. They have an innate ability to couple spontaneity and fun into their sets, without being clichéd or repetitive.

Jamie XX was next, a headline-caliber act in the elusive sunset time-slot. His set was incredible, ranging from the depths of deep down-tempo house to 80’s synth-pop hits. With such a variety of tempos and genres, his ability to keep audiences engrossed in the moment is what sets him apart from so many other electronic acts. Whether you’re a fan of DJ-centric performances is a personal preference, but his brand of dance music is something special.
Next up were the hometown heroes, The Strokes. They started a half-hour late, which I’m pretty sure is the first rule of rock-stardom. Opening with “The Modern Age”, their set reminded everyone that a traditional five-piece band can still rock the fuck out. Especially when your leading man is Julian Casablancas. The cherry on top was their cover of “Clampdown”, by the Clash. This is a song they used to regularly perform, but hadn’t played it in a set since 2004. The high schooler in me died at that moment, only to wake up the next morning with Day Two in my sights.

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I walked into the festival just as The Knocks began their set. The New York boys hosted a great dance party, bringing Wyclef Jean onstage for a quick collaboration and smoke break. After the session, I headed over to Albert Hammond Jr. for a second set of Strokes-y guitar work. From there, my afternoon consisted of trying to see as many acts as possible, ranging from the beats and wordplay of De La Soul, to the chill, ambient Lord Huron set.

The overall mood of the festival seemed to shift as the day progressed. We watched as ominous clouds rolled closer to the island. Our fears culminated during Purity Ring, when a torrential downpour hit the festival. I made the mistake of trying to make my way to the end of Mike Snows’ set. Moments later, I found myself tightly packed into the press tent, trying to wait out the monsoon. At least I could hear them close with “Animal” in the distance, a small consolation.

Luckily, the festival Gods cleared the weather for my final set of the day, M83. Anthony Gonzalez’ brainchild has been at the forefront of electronic alternative rock for years. Their newest album, Junk while universally respected, does not seem to have the critical acclaim that Hurry Up We’re Dreaming seemed to garner. Regardless, their set was amazing, though short. A welcome addition to the setlist was “We Own the Sky”, as well as the inclusion of “Into/Outro.” Alas, this was to be the last concert I saw all weekend. As I rode the Manhattan ferry into the night, I could hear the faint sounds of the Killer’s “When You Were Young” playing in the distance. A short end to the festival, but a fitting one to say the least.

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June 15, 2016 Colton Moyer FESTIVALS 0

Hangout Fest 2016 Recap

6 months ago by Joseph Mikos

Photos by Joseph Mikos

Another perfect wild weekend on the beach – Hangout Fest did it again this year. The lineup was stacked and the weather just about perfect, even with one short rain delay to kick it off on Friday. The sun kicked those clouds out swiftly to keep the tradition of heat and sunshine for one of the most fun music festivals of the year. This weekend was wild both on and off the festival grounds. There was no escaping the sun and fun, and who would want to? 

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We began our mornings by the pool with some brews in hand and our Hangout Fest playlist to wake us up in anticipation of the great music and vibes we were about to experience just 10 minutes down the road. On Friday morning we were met with clouds and that rain delay, which made for a longer pregame and a very anxious group. As soon as we got the notification for gates open at 3:30, we were off to the beach shortly afterwards to get it going. The lines were long and the sun was back out, and we saw no one upset about it. We made our way in around 5 and took a stroll around to take it all in before Moon Taxi hit the stage around 6pm. The vibes were awesome and the drinks were flowing. Moon Taxi played an energetic and great set as always, drawing in a huge crowd and lifting us all up for the rest of the night.

Then it was off to The Struts who absolutely rocked it on the slightly smaller AXS stage. Lead singer, Luke Spiller, rushed out onto the stage in style. He never stopped rocking out and kept the crowd moving, making for one of the most energetic and crowd engaged sets of the festival without a doubt.

The Weeknd closed the night out – managing to be probably the best headliner of the festival, despite the fact it was only night one. The crowd seemed to have filled the entire beach. If you have attended Hangout Fest before, you know that the night doesn’t end after the headliner. For those who are looking for the best afterparty filled with more drinks, good vibes, and plenty of festival goers its into a cab to Flora-Bama about 15-20 down the road to keep the party going well in the AM hours.

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Saturday began with the routine: wake up, cook a giant group breakfast, fill the cooler up, and walk down to the pool/beach to soak up the sun and get the juices flowing for another long day. We started the day off with The Griswolds on the main stage. They rocked from beginning to end with a majority of the crowd singing along and moving their feet. They closed out their set by inviting Walk The Moon out onto the stage with them, much to the delight of the whole crowd.

After their awesome set we took a walk around the beach to witness a couple’s fake marriage ceremony, and then took part in an inflatable obstacle course. To cool off we checked out the PS4 trailer and played some video games. By the time we were slightly cooled, we took a walk to see Atlas Genius. These guys had a blast on stage and those vibes radiated directly onto the crowd. To keep our energy up we headed to the Malibu tent to dance our rears off to the beats of Jack Novack. 

We were able to escape the tent (a bit sweaty, and with our frozen drinks slightly melted) in time for Portugal. The Man. Portugal were amazing from start to finish and we easily could have listened for another hour if possible. We grabbed another brew and walked on over to the Mermaid stage to feel the chill sounds and pro environmental messages behind the songs of Nahko and Medicine For the People.

Since Calvin Harris was hospitalized in LA before the fest, we found ourselves closing out the night with Foals. It was my first time catching these guys live and it was wild. They had the Boom Boom Tent complete packed, along with the street behind it. 

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We kicked off Sunday by dancing to the beats of Jerry Folk  in the Malibu Tent. This DJ was a favorite for sure, with beats and mixes that could’ve kept us moving for days. After witnessing some sweet dance moves–and a few hilarious unicorn masked dance battles–we made our way to the half moon ride and the ferris wheel to get an epic view of the entire venue.

After the beautiful views, we decided to stick with the beautiful theme and check out Haim’s set – who may have won Hangout Fest overall with the energetic stage presence, melodic and upbeat tunes, and their give-and-take with the fans. They were constantly speaking to the crowd and kept us all engaged.

After all the dancing and lip syncing to Haim, we were ready to walk over to the main stage where Lenny Kravitz was putting out amazing vibes and instrumental solos, many of which went on for minutes at a time. Lenny and his band played a bunch of newer tunes in the beginning, but still rocked out hard with some of his greatest hits from the past toward the end of his set.

Then it was time to dance again to the deep house sounds of Thomas Jack at the Mermaid stage. Just in time for the weekend’s end came Florence and the Machine who played us out right. Hangout Fest, you were nothing short of amazing. See you again next year!

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Around the Festival
Atlas Genius
The Griswolds
Haim
The Struts
June 10, 2016 Joseph Mikos FESTIVALS Comments Off on Hangout Fest 2016 Recap

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