Music Festival Preview

Governors Ball Announces 2018 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

2018 may only be a few hours in but it’s already festival season folks. That is, festival announcement season. Today Governors Ball announced the lineup for this year’s festival (now running eight years straight), which will take place from June 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.

Headliners are Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who we just saw at Kings Theatre). Then there’s N.E.R.D., Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, and The Gaslight Anthem performing their debut album The ’59 Sound in full. Not to mention a mysterious headliner whose name is blocked out, set-up for an unveiling later.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lil Uzi Vert, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, The Glitch Mom, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors and Russ. Other highlights include Manchester Orchestra, Margo Price, Japandroids, Third Eye Blind, Brockhampton, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, Jay Electronica, Belly, Moses Sumney, The Struts, Middle Kids, Pond, Slaves and The Regrettes.

Tickets went on sale along with the album announcement and are currently at a limited “announce day” pricing of $275 for a 3-Day Pass. After 11:59pm tonight, it will then go up to $305. So if you’re planning to go, today is the day to grab your passes.

Preview: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2017

The days of summer are slowly winding down. With about a month left, we are still able to send the summer of 2017 off in style in the form of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. They’ve returned with an even bigger and better installment this year which sees them once again at the Citi Field complex, this time expanding to three days, taking place from September 15-17. For information on tickets head here.

Headling this year’s edition is Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels and LL Cool J. There’s really something for everyone and that’s before we get to the deep undercard. M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.
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Preview: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 16th 2017

(Photo by Ryan Muir)
The Emerging Music Festival returns to Bryant Park for it’s third year, expanding to a two-day format this Friday and Saturday, bringing double the dose of music and new emerging talent.

Friday night will feature performance from 79.5, Luke Elliot, Mail The Horse and Landlady, while Saturday features Breanna Barbara, RIPS, Cassandra Jenkins, Maybird, Super Yamba Band and Space Captain. It’s an exciting and eclectic line-up of new talent to keep an eye out for. The fact that it’s a free show for two days, is the cherry on top.

For more on the festival head to the event page and drop on in to Bryant Park this weekend if you’re in the area.

Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2017

The Pitchfork Music Festival has been going strong since 2006 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The annual July pilgrimage by thousands of music lovers to the beautiful city of Chicago has once again put together a strong line up. Obviously many speak of going to Chicago for Lollapalooza, but this far more intimate affair is really the festival you want to hit in the windy city.

Everyone knows when they go to a festival who is headlining each day. This year’s trio is LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. None of them need many words written about them since all three have tirelessly proven themselves over and over again. The undercard is truly what people need to look towards in today’s festival environment since there are so many now to choose from, it’s the undercard that sells. So here are some of the best of what the undercard has to offer.
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Preview: Governors Balls 2017

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

Believe it or not, the Governors Ball Music Festival is just around the corner, as in, one week away. While we are terribly excited and eager to get back onto the familiar stomping grounds of Randall’s Island, there also comes some preparation about who to see, especially with the set times for the festival shared.

Sure there are some real tough conflicts (Phoenix vs. Childish Gambino being the most brutal of them) but on the whole, I have most of my schedule made up and am ready to stick to it. That’s not to say that things can’t change, as that’s part of the fun of a festival, but for the most part I got a plan ready to go.

You don’t need me to tell you which headliner to see, as I’m sure your mind has been long made up since you hit “purchase tickets.” But the beauty of a music festival is the insane number of acts conveniently placed in one location. A lot of the best acts you’ll see may be the ones who you never heard of playing early in the day. Don’t be lazy and get there after a hard morning of pre-gaming. Instead, make the trip in early to catch some of these artists playing when the sun is still out and about.

I wanted to do my preview a little differently this year and take the time to highlight some artists playing earlier in the day that I think are worth the early trip in. Find the list posted below, along with a song from each artists embedded right after.
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Preview: Boston Calling 2017

By Will Oliver, May 25th 2017

The 2017 edition of Boston Calling kicks off tomorrow and it looks to be the biggest version yet, both figuratively and quite literally. This is the eight edition of the festival, and now the festival has moved to the much bigger Harvard Athletic Complex, which allowed them to double the amount of acts they were able to host, in addition to making the festival much larger on many different levels.

The diverse lineup will feature headlining sets from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Tool. Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Major Lazer, Weezer and more. With so many stages, Boston Calling vets will finally have the unfamiliar problem of conflicts, which wasn’t an issue with the previous two-stage set-up at City Hall. But hey, with more great artists come more tough choices.

If you’re in the area or still debating whether to go, there are still three-day tickets available as well as single day passes. Head here for more information on tickets.

Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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The Meadows Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, May 8th 2017

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will return for it’s second year at the Citi Field complex, taking place September 15-17.

The festival has now expanded to three days, and will sports a lineup that’s headlined by Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu. Other standouts in the lineup include Broken Social Scene, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.

Now that’s a solid and diverse set of music, and further proof that music festivals can really succeed in NYC.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm (EST). Head here for more info on the full pricing breakdown for ticket sales.

The Classic East: A Weekend Of Classics In Queens

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2017

There are so many great concert and festivals in New York, but most of them focus on what’s new, hip, and cool. What about a festival dedicated to the biggest and best classic bands of the past? Well, that’s exactly the goals of The Classic Concerts, which is bringing the classics to New York this summer for an unforgettable night of music.

On July 29 & 30, The Classic will take over Citi Field, delivering an incredible lineup featuring The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Classic will also go out West at Dodgers Stadium on July 15 & 16.
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