Music Festival Recap

Photos: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

(Breanna Barbara)

This year saw the Emerging Music Festival return to Bryant Park for it’s second year. The festival serves to showcase some of the best young talent for two days of free music in the city.

Day one was cancelled due to rain but we made it out to day two on August 19 and caught sets from talented artists such as Breanna Barbara, Super Yamba Band, Cassandra Jenkins, RIPS, Space Captain and Maybird.

Find a gallery of photos from the festival posted below.
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Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2017

After a great day one and day two in Queens at the 2nd edition of The Meadows Festival, we returned Sunday for the third and final day of the festival.

This day was the rock heavy day of the festival, right in our wheelhouse. Kicking off the day for us was a set from CRX, the side project of Nick Valensi of The Strokes. We got a little bit of soul up next with a rather triumphant performance from St. Paul and The Broken Bones, which featured an unexpected cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

(Broken Social Scene)

Next was a set from Foster The People, whose rather stiff set was a large departure from the days of their solo debut, which was the last time I had seen them perform live. A much more natural and life affirming performance came after from Broken Social Scene, which featured appearances from collaborators Emily Haines of Metric and Amy Millan of Stars.
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Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2017 — with 1 comment

With summer making the inevitable transition to fall, we celebrated the final days of summer 2017 with one final music festival, The Meadows. This was our first year at the festival, which takes place in the parking lot outside of Citi Field in Queens. Think of it as Governors Ball in the fall, located in a parking lot in Queens. Logistically the festival features a convenient set-up that has the stages placed spread out in a circular format to help prevent any sound-bleeding. This format worked like a charm and actually made getting around quite easy.

We started the day with a comeback performance from Sky Ferreira who ran through material from her 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time, as well as a few new songs, including “Easy,” a song featured on the soundtrack for Baby Driver one of my favorite films of 2017. Following her set we caught some more pop in the form on Tegan and Sara, who delighted with a high-energy set of their brand of sugary pop.


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Recap: Outside Lands 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2017

All photos by Bryan Lasky

After an epic day 1 and day 2 at Outside Lands 2017, day 3 closed down in equally epic fashion with a headlining performance from all-time greats The Who, new pop sensation Lorde, a surprise pop-up set from Big Boi, as well as sets from the likes of Young The Giant, Bleachers, Maggie Rogers and Jacob Banks.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky captured all the action for us, find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Recap: Outside Lands 2017 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, September 15th 2017 — with 1 comment

All photos by Bryan Lasky

After a successful first day of Outside Lands our photographer Bryan Lasky continued his west coast journey at the expansive festival.

He caught performances from headliners and metal greats Metallica, festival mainstays Cage The Elephant, S U R V I V E, the electronic outfit behind the sounds of Stranger Things, and many other great artists throughout the packed day.

Find Bryan’s full gallery from day 2 of Outside Lands posted below and stay tuned for coverage of Day 3.
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Recap: Outside Lands 2017 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, September 15th 2017 — with 2 comments

All photos by Bryan Lasky

This year marked Outside Lands 10th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than another electric lineup featuring a wide variety of artists both big and small across every genre imaginable.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky flew out west to cover the festival for us, and caught some memorable performances from the likes of Gorillaz, Little Dragon, Sleigh Bells, Noname, Grace Mitchell, Dr. Octagon, Hundred Waters and more, including some crowd and atmosphere shots from the festival grounds.

Find all of Bryan’s shots from day 1 of the festival posted in the gallery posted below, and stay tuned for photos from the rest of the weekend coming right up.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival – Day 1

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2017 — with 2 comments

It only takes one visit to fall in love with Newport Folk Festival. What once felt like an unknown curiosity encounter to me has blossomed into an annual ritual that will occur every July, simply because it’s one of the best music festivals that American has to offer.

What makes Newport so special is the chill and very welcoming atmosphere that wears off on everyone from the crowd to the performers themselves. Everyone feels like one big happy family, which makes it a true standout amongst the more corporate festivals out there.

(Hurray for The Riff Raff)

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Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, July 24th 2017

(LCD Soundsystem)

All photos by Bryan Lasky

Having never been to Pitchfork Music Festival, I was excited to get in and find how small the park is that the festival takes place in. Being able to go to all the stages with such ease was just fantastic and made photographing the festival a breeze. The lineup for Pitchfork is always great and this year was no different. With a heavy dose all weekend of local acts, rap, and women taking control of the stage, this festival does everything correctly.
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