Now in its fourth year North Coast Music Festival seems to get a bit bigger with each edition. Since its inception the festival has added vendors, stages, a silent disco, and more. Looks can be deceiving though because North Coast has stayed within the close quarters of Union Park and simply managed to pack more fun into a small package. The still young festival has also grown in terms of the artists it can book, evidenced by the booking of hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan to close the fest (and presumably luring them away from the much larger Lollapalooza).
Catching only Sunday this year meant still seeing great sets from Wu-Tang, Gary Clark Jr., Claude Von Stroke, and Purity Ring. Aside from the music it was the aforementioned fleshing out of the grounds that really drew attention. The live mural painting in the main area was greatly expanded and a definite step up in quality. The Dos Equis viewing platform towered amongst the park’s tallest trees and offered a stellar view of the proceedings. The most pleasant addition though was the safety crew, a troupe sporting brightly colored construction gear, a few members of stilts, and hilariously well-meaning signs such as “Drink water! Don’t start yourself on fire!”. They wandered the grounds passing out waters and making sure the crowd was remaining relatively safe. It’s good to know people are looking out while still having a good time.
Here’s to looking forward to whatever else they pack in Union Park for North Coast year five!
Summer festivals are spreading like wildfire and in its second year Summer Set Music Festival in Somerset, WI is a relative newcomer. In order to make a mark these days festivals need a quality lineup and then some. Fortunately Summer Set take two had good music flowing non-stop and plenty more to entertain those who converged on this small town in Northwest Wisconsin. Here’s 10 ways Summer Set Music Festival stood out from the pack including killer sets, crowd interaction, and a near miss.
Ryan Hemsworth’s Dreamy Dance Party
One of the weekend’s best electronic sets turned out to be one the earliest thanks to Ryan Hemsworth’s incredible Friday afternoon set. Hemsworth showed why he has been one of the independent electronic scene’s most buzzed about artists not only for his studio work but also for his varied live sets. His mix featured the ambient tracks of his recent Still Awake EP as a constant backdrop for the pop and hip-hop flavored set. Highlights included Sophie’s “Bipp” (which might be the catchiest song of the summer) and Hemsworth’s own recent mashup of A$AP Rocky’s “Thuggin’ Noise” with Britney Spear’s “Everytime”. The set seemed even dreamier when juxtaposed with the furious noise and frantic crowd that flowed in for following act Figure.
Don’t fret, live music fanatics who have not managed to attend a music festival yet this year. Summer may be winding down but there are still some great outdoor music extravaganzas to catch before the leaves change colors. On the flip side, it is time to power through for those of you who may have attended a few too many festivals this season.
One of the remaining extravaganzas is the aptly titled Summer Set Music Festival and IMF has you covered with a pair of passes to give away. The fest is set for its second year across the Mighty Mississippi from the Twin Cities in beautiful Somerset, Wisconsin. This year’s edition features headliners Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and STS9.
Make sure don’t miss out on the action. To win a pair of passes simply follow IMF and Summer Set on Twitter and Tweet: “@IMFmag is giving away 2 passes to @Summer__Set Music Fest! RT for your chance to make your weekend a whole lot better!”
Here are a handful of acts we recommend to mark on your schedule.
Manic Focus has been an IMF favorite since playing one of our rooftop parties last summer. Since then his stock has only risen. He’s been spitting out remixes from all over the musical spectrum with takes on tracks by Future Rock, Disclosure, and Trampled By Turtles. Catch this one for some womp that’s more in your head than in your face.
Update: Contest over.
There is a movement for the Kentucky commonwealth’s new slogan to be Kentucky Kicks Ass. While I hope to return and explore more of the Bluegrass State one day I can more narrowly attest that Forecastle Festival Kicks Ass. Here’s the rundown from logistics to art to legendary sets on why this year’s Forecastle Music Festival was once swift kick after another.
Bike Valet The best way to explore any new city is hands down a trusty bicycle. A couple of us brought our bikes south ready to explore the streets of Louisville. The icing on the cake was when we arrived to find a bike valet program conveniently located at the festival gates. The friendly staff cordoned off your bike in a secure area for the day while you enjoyed the show. No one wants to be in a festival worrying if their bike will still be locked to that sketchy fence at the end of the day. Hit the jump to read more about the awesomeness that was the Forecastle Music Festival! Read More
Words by Mitchell D.
The Forecastle Festival brings its blend of music, art, and activism to Louisville, Kentucky this weekend. IMF is heading south and will be there every step of the way. This year Forecastle features headliners The String Cheese Incident, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, and the legendary Robert Plant. Also on the bill will be Animal Collective, Big Boi, Boys Noize, The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring and Toro y Moi. As if that’s not enough action, there will be late night shows going down on The Belle of Louisville, a 99 year old historic steamboat. Learn more about Forecastle through our official preview featuring interviews with Forecastle Founder JK McKnight, PLM artist Eliot Lipp, up and coming Nashville folk rock group The Wild Feathers, rising Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth, and the infectiously fun Rubblebucket.
Forecastle Founder, Captain JK McKnight
I was surprised to learn that this will be the 11th Forecastle, going back to pretty humble beginnings. Can you give me a brief history lesson on Forecastle along with some milestones that have led to this year’s edition?
It began in 2002 with one stage and about 50 people. From there, each year has gotten bigger and better. The second year we added the art/activism portion and we have really focused on that as something to set us apart. Having Sleater-Kinney play as part of their final tour in 2005 was a big moment for us to have a national touring act like that. To celebrate our 10th anniversary we had My Morning Jacket who’s from Louisville curate the festival last year. Along the way we’ve grown each year, starting in Tyler Park, then Cherokee Park, and finally settling in our current home of the beautiful Louisville Waterfront Park. This year is set to be a tribute to our past, present, and future.
UK electro rockers Django Django have made quite a splash since the release of their self-titled debut last year, which finished second for their home country’s coveted Mercury Prize. The quartet hits Chicago’s Metro on Friday March 15th. Get to know the band with our exclusive interview with Django Django’s bassist Jimmy Dixon wherein he discusses bad omens, unorthodox “instruments” used on their album, and the very subtle difference between crowds in the US and the UK. Be sure to grab tickets to the show here.
Hit the jump to read the complete interview.
One week from now thousands of visitors will descend upon Winter Park, Colorado for a fun-filled weekend in the Rockies. They will be bundled up and ready for incredible thrills, but unlike most other winter weekends there will be more than just skiing and snowboarding to entertain the masses. The 3rd annual Snowball Music Festival will be storming the town with over 50 artists ranging from electronic to folk and rock to hip-hop. After hosting the first two editions in the posh town of Avon, CO the festival has found a suitable new home in the more laid back Winter Park. The festival’s theme of music, adventure, party will fit right in.
This year’s Snowball will be headlined by sax-infused electronic duo Big Gigantic, Colorado producer Pretty Lights, and livetronica jam masters Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9). Seeing these top acts in the mountains will be unforgettable experiences not to be missed. Luckily, there will be no reason to miss these sets because the main stages will close out each night unopposed. Before the closers hit the stage, here are a handful of earlier performers not to be missed…