It’s that time of the year again – the flowers have bloomed, the days are longer, we can finally hang up our winter coats and embrace all that the Summer season has to offer us and one of those Summer offerings happens to be our favorite music festival, Electric Forest. This year brings us our third journey to Rothbury Michigan to not only enjoy the sounds of some of our most loved musicians, but the wonders that Insomniac and Madison House create within the Sherwood Forest. If you missed our guide for last years trip, we highly recommend checking that out, it still applies.
The lineup curated by Electric Forest every year has proven to be extremely successful given the uprising of EDM culture in recent years and this years list of artists holds true while also offering a little something extra: performances from Passion Pit, Dispatch, and Yeasayer. In addition to offering attendees all the music they would want to hear, word spread like wildfire when it was announced that they would be expanding the forest for the first time.
Our beloved Sherwood Forest is expanding in size for the first time ever! We can all celebrate that the heart of Electric Forest is bigger for 2013. Expect more to discover, wonder, and wow. Does it get any better than this?
We’re all pretty sure it doesn’t get better than this. Pack up your tents, leave your annoying generators at home (you don’t need AC in your tent), and remember not to make out with trees – I’m looking at you Ultra girl. The journey into the forest is a wild one and you should prepare accordingly. Haven’t been to Electric Forest yet? No worries, we’re here to provide you with a list of 50 reasons why it’s the best Summer music festival to attend.
It’s only February but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting really excited for the upcoming 2013 festival season. We’re already deep into planning out our schedules here at the IMF HQ and one of our favorite festivals, the Electric Forest Festival just released their initial lineup with headliners String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Knife Party, Dispatch, and many more.
Tickets are selling like crazy so we strongly suggest you grab yours before you’re left wondering what it would have been like. Sadly it doesn’t include deadmau5 like some rumors floating around had said, but either way the lineup still features some great acts and there’s always the forest to play with. Can it be Summer yet?
New Years Eve in Chicago is usually synonimous with decision making. This year, IMF is here to make that process a little easier for you by breaking down what is bound to be one of the best parties in the city — Bass Drop 2013
Bass Drop 2013 will be a multi-facted experice hosted at Portage Theater — one of the most underrated venues in Chicago. In conjunction with its musical lineup of veteran bass prodcuers, Bass Drop will feature mind-bending art installations, interactive media, fire dancers, and of course top-notch show production built to make sure your senses participate in the festivities as well.
Chance exploded onto the Chicago hip-hop scene early this year with the release of his debut project 10Day. He quickly became one of the most talked about young hip-hop artists around the country as he took his energy-filled show on the road following the project’s release.
Since our sit-down with Chance over the summer, the Save Money representer has been hard at work on his follow-up project Acid Rap. Staying true to his unique style, Chance will be premiering much of the new project live before you ever get a chance to hear an mp3. It all goes down Black Friday (11/23) at Metro where you will get the chance to hear Acid Rap first! Pre-order tickets are currently on-sale for $9 and can be purchased by clicking here. If you’ve been to a Chance The Rapper show then you’re familiar with how quickly they sell out so get yours now! The show will also feature performances from Milo + Otis, Sir Michael Rocks and a dope opening DJ set from DJ Vic Lloyd!
Prior to the show, be sure to catch Chance at Jugrnaut. He’ll be there at 5pm chilling with fans and holding down those of you looking for tickets at the last minute.
Here we go. It’s almost here. Bronx group Da Duo will be rolling out their newest video “Last Words” in a few weeks, and to help celebrate the release and pending “Uptown Sh*t” EP (hosted by IMFMag, GoodfellaMedia, SermonsDomain & Upcrown Media) that’ll be due on December 3rd, the pair will be throwing a video premiere party in New Haven, CT. Along with the premiere of the clip, they’ll also play several cuts from their EP and [forthcoming] full length album dropping in February, 2013. If you’re in the area, feel free to stop by, grab a drink and just vibe out to good ole’ music. You can can view or find further details below:
Hosted by: Joey A.X. (Upcrown Creative Media) &Young Kingz (IMFMag.com)
Where: Karaoke Heroes ElectroLounge @ 212 Crown Street, New Haven, CT
21+ and over to party/entrance (but if not age; enter by RSVP’ing)
RSVP to the event: email@example.com
Words by Matt Schnelle. Visuals by Zachary Walker.
North Coast Music Festival in one word: AMAZING! No lie, this was the best weekend of my life, so far. Music, people, location, weather, family, and friends! Couldn’t have been any better. No introductions necessary. Let’s get after it! With some great early performances and a beautiful night ahead, I must say that Yelawolf truly kicked off this festival. He was feelin’ the crowd and throwin’ down some serious southern Hip-Hop. Stage presence, yes. He got the crowd going and highlighted the music variety that North Coast offers. If you missed his performance, try to catch him at a city near you on his Slumerican Tour.
Midnight Conspiracy, thank you for throwing down hard! I couldn’t leave. A little Mord Fustang followed and he kept the beats flowing and the entire crowd jumpin’. After the rowdiness, we knew we needed to chill before raging to Knife Party. We set out to get the always-enchanting EOTO in our lives. They flooded us with great vibes and originality. After EOTO, it was time for a little Knife Party. Follow us as we recap the rest of the 2012 North Coast Music Festival after the jump!
Another Lollapalooza has come and gone leaving fans wet, sunburned, and thirsty for their next festival – well some of them. We’ll get into the details of the type of crowd(s) Lollapalooza attracts later in this post, but for now, we’re going to take you on a brief journey back to Grant Park as we recap our experience attending what some call a “three day orgasm in your ears.”
This year the festival brought in over 160,000+ people to Chicago’s Grant Park to see Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Sabbath, Jack White, The Black Keys, and a ton of other amazing bands and DJ’s from around the world. With it being our first year covering the festival from a media outlet standpoint and it being the first time I’ve ever gone personally, we were ready to see all the debauchery first-hand.
If you’ve never been to Lollapalooza before, your first instinct is to ask someone close to you for all the juicy details. After 21 questions with the first person, someone else chimes in and gives you a completely different perspective. After this realization, I decided it would just be best to cut the questions and find out what the deal was live and direct. That’s exactly what we did and here’s our recount through the haze, the storm, and the ridiculous amount of people we encountered. Follow us after the jump, and if we offend you, good. We’re not a cake, we don’t sugar coat.
Are you ready for the third installment of North Coast Music Festival?! Located in Union Park, Chicago’s backyard, it has provided Chicago with a fantastic summer festival wrap-up two years in a row. Three days of music, fun, and debauchery – its going to get wild! The wide variety of music styles, excellent location, great vendors, and awesome people are what we love and we’re only 12 days away from being able to enjoy it all. For those of you who have yet to check out a NCMF, let this serve as your guide. Oh, and you should probably take a look back at the festival in 2010 and 2011 – good times were had. Without further adieu, we present our 2012 North Coast Music Festival preview!
Sets you don’t want to miss
We are excited to see some new-comers as well as some big name performers returning to the stage this year. Headliners Pretty Lights and Umphrey’s McGee are back to blow their 2010 NCMF sets out of the water. Previous festival attendees were blessed with unforgettable STS9 sets, including after shows. Future Rock will be joining us again and boy are we ready! Besides the big name headliners which we expect nothing but greatness from, be sure to get to the festival early and see the daytime acts. After the jump we’ve hit you with a few of the must see acts by day and so much more!
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