All Things Go Lineup Release – A New Venue, A New Time, But Still an Indie Lover’s Dream

All Things Go Music Festival

After a two-year hiatus, the All Things Go music festival will take place on October 16th, 2021, with a jam-packed lineup of Indie heavyweights such as Girl in Red, Lauv, and St. Vincent. For the regular All Things Go attendees (like us), the festival will look different from previous iterations with a new venue and the switch to only being one day. In this article, we’ll outline the key details of the fest and offer some brief thoughts regarding the lineup release. Welcome back All Things Go! We are very glad to have you again.

Location

One of the biggest changes to the festival is the movement from Union Market to the ‘burbs of Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Union Market had been the location since the inception of the festival, but the Post Pavilion provides much more room for distancing as well as the opportunity for multiple stages. Although the setup of the two stages have not been officially announced, it is likely that one will be under the main pavilion and the other will be on the lawn on the opposite side.

Having two stages will also be an excellent upgrade for DC festival fans longing to have a typical chaotic music festival feel, which is a departure from the intimate Union Market. This means more non-stop action and gives the attendee more options when customizing their day, which is both a blessing and a curse. However, with the diverse lineup that the fest has put together this year you will have the opportunity to listen to solid indie bands whoever you decide to see. Additionally, the Post Pavilion is located less than 45 minutes from D.C. and with bus options from nearly every area of the city it will be easy to access.

Time

The movement to a one-day fest is also an intriguing move. Whereas the previous vibe of All Things Go sort of felt like an incredible binge watch sesh starting with emerging talent and culminating with the likes of Billie Eilish, this year fans will have more choice in who they want to listen to. While this will inevitably cause some conflict among decisions of which stage to visit, it seems like a step in the right direction as the festival continues its growth.

Lineup

Even though many aspects of the festival have changed, one thing that remains the same is the excellent curation of an indie-centric lineup. Sticking to their guns, All Things Go is pairing up and coming artists such as Haim and girl in red with bedroom pop favorites Charli XCX and Lauv. This is All Things Go’s deepest lineup, which is perfect for their two-stage set up.

Many of the performers in this year’s lineup have risen to fame throughout the course of the pandemic, so it will be an awesome experience for much of this new talent to relate to fans at such a diverse venue. Some examples are Gus Dapperton who exploded in the music the scene with his release of the song “Supalonely” with Benee. And Soccer Mommy has generated critical acclaim with her song “Circle the Drain.” Haim also looks to carry the momentum from their recent album success with Women in Music Pt. III and their strong performances on nationally televised events such as the Grammy’s.

We are extremely excited for this year’s festival and welcome the changes with open arms! Look out DC your opportunity for a day filled with Indie-Alternative-Pop is quickly approaching! Find tickets at their official website here.

Follow FestivalPulse for additional news and highlights regarding this year’s All Things Go.

Something In The Water Is Back With Gusto in 2020

The second annual Something In The Water (SITW) festival returns to it’s Virginia Beach location. Organized and curated by Pharrell Williams, the festival is Virginia’s largest, bringing in top names like Chance the Rapper, Post Malone & Migos among many others.

Going back to Pharell’s roots, it’s held on the white sand of Virginia Beach. Festivalgoers can not only expect a star-studded lineup, but also a wide variety of activities. Whether it be a pop-up church service on Sunday morning, a massive balloon sculpture, sponsor-led activities spread around the greater festival area or food and drink tents, SITW has a jam-packed event schedule.

Though only the initial wave of events is announced at the moment, you can stay up to date with festival updates and activities by signing up for updates here.

Artists to Watch

Pharrell & Friends’ set blew away audiences last year with guests including Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dog, Timbaland, Usher and the surprise addition of Jay-Z. The 95 minute set featured a Grammy-esque performances where each of the artists would perform their top hits, oftentimes featuring Pharrell or the slew of other talented artists before passing it onto the next artist. It was the Billboard Hits of the 2000s, live. This year, with the usual suspects back in attendance, this is likely going to yet again be one of the festival’s top sets.

LANY – Coming off a nonstop touring year of 2019 and performances at festivals around the nation, LANY saw his star rapidly rise. Following a brief tour through Asia and North America, he will end this marathon tour with a performance at SITW. His sophomore album, Malibu Nights is a catchy yet heartwrenching capture of his emotions following a brutal breakup with pop starlet Dua Lipa. He also recently released a single “Mean It,” a collaboration with Lauv.

The Head and The Heart – Following a nationwide tour and release of their fourth studio album Living Mirage, Seattle-born The Head and The Heart add a folk-driven balance to the SITW lineup. With older, more folky hits like ‘Rivers and Roads’ to recent, upbeat singles like ‘Honeybee’ The Head and The Heart offer a musical variety with wide appeal.

We expect SITW 2020 to exceed 2019’s iteration.  Act quickly and get your tickets before all GA & VIP ticket tiers sell out.

Ticket Prices

3-Day GA $250

3-Day VIP $600

Ticket Site

Further Reading:

Artist Spotlight: LANY Reveals Heartbreak in Malibu

Glitter, a Dystopian Adventure, and Love: All Things Go 2019

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All Things Go brought Washington DC’s top indie artists to the Union Market stage. From Lany’s boy-band pop to Melanie Martinez’s musical-esque performance, festival-goers’ left the festival satiated from a wide array of acts. Undercards such as Muna, Olivia O’Brien, and Allie X exceeded expectations with strong performances and headliners CHVRCHES and Melanie Martinez ended each night with a bang (although in distinctly different ways). From the food choices to the post-act dance party, FestivalPulse will break down the main highlights from the latest iteration of DC’s top music festival.

Best of the Sets

Coin brought the audience to life on Saturday night with unprecedented energy. Chase Lawrence’s contagious energy had the ATG crowd rocking. When the prelude to “Run” permeated the warm fall air, the crowd began to jump and shout as Lawrence ran up and down the photo pit area. Through “Crash My Car,” “Hannah,” and “Talk too Much,” this high level of energy filled the loading docks of Union Market and culminated with Lawrence sliding across a hightop table in the suites, which added to the madness.

After Coin brought the DC crowd to life, LANY found his groove by performing a majority of his Malibu Nights album, which was recited by much of the millennial audience. He started and ended his set very strong with fan favorites “Thick N Thin” and his all-time classic “ILYSB.” LANY’s lead singer, Paul Klein, intensely focused on the audience and eagerly encouraged the audience to sing along to his ballads.

Paul Klein (LANY) in an intimate moment with the crowd

To top off the jam-packed Saturday, CHVRCHES’ 90 minute set thrilled both peripheral fans and die-hard supporters. CHRVCHES’s excellently balanced their assortment of playing deeper tracks from The Bones of What You Believe to a solid helping of bops off their newest album Love is Dead. Once again, CHRVCHES’ unique electro-pop sound reignited the energy from COIN’s performance and Lauren Mayberry’s humble personality supplemented the lively musical performance. She reflected on her reaction when she was first told she would headline ATG, questioning “are you sure there isn’t someone supposed to play after us?” She hypothesized that “maybe they didn’t show up,” sparking laughter around the venue.

CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry Performing “Get Out”

The inclusion of Deep Tracks such as “Science/Visions,” “Under the Tide”, and “Tether” unveiled the full depth of the CHRVCHES’s sound that can not normally be seen at usual performances. The band’s mixing of old and new songs revealed the evolution of their sound, which has evolved to include more pop and beat elements, but remains rooted in with their strong emphasis on techno-synth.

From “Get out” to the last techno beat in “Never Say Die,” CHRVCHES brought millennials what they came to see: another solid performance of the synth-pop band.

The All Things Go stalwart Betty Who thrived in her usual spotlight at this year’s festival. Betty Who fans were back in full force and her high-energy performance led to the culmination of excitement during Sunday’s set. Her act had similarities to previous year’s performances, but the show’s emphasis on fostering an even more inclusive environment was stressed throughout the duration of the show. Betty acknowledged her typical audience demographic was “[Betty] and the gays,” but she added that all are encouraged to jump in, even those she jokingly referred to as “breeders.”

Betty’s comfortability with the festival environment definitely showed as she maneuvered the stage with ease. Additionally, Betty’s diverse setlist that included hits from all three of her albums provided a concert that seemed to act as the best of Betty Who.

In addition to the positive vibes provided to the audience by Betty’s joy and enthusiastic emotion, Betty addressed the importance of the concert to her life as well. “Right now, I’m going through some things … so this concert means a lot.” The audience responded with cheers and showed their commitment to helping her by reaching an apex of emotion throughout “I Love You, Always Forever” which was one of the songs that rounded out her set. Betty’s set proved that she has become a staple of the ATG experience, and we would love to see her again next year!

 

Melanie Martinez? Melanie Martinez!

All preconceived notions of Melanie Martinez were thrown out the window after her performance. Festival-goers could have expected the typical Melanie Martinez eccentric display of unsettling elements in her set, but her performance based around her new album and movie K-12 sent shockwaves throughout the audience. The entire performance had a hazy nightmarish feel centered around a dystopian school setting. Many of the songs were preceded by a woman with enlarged pupils who recited a rule that would serve to preempt the social commentary that would be explored by the song. This interlude also allowed for the stagehands to set up the “set” for the next song as new props and costumes were used for nearly every song.

While the crowd began to thin out late during Melanie’s session, the intensity seemed to greatly increase. The fans that remained at 11:00 on Sunday night were amongst the most dedicated fans that our writers have ever seen. Despite the album only being released a few months prior, nearly everyone in the front rows were singing along to the songs.

Food + More

There was plenty of food and drink to fuel the party all weekend. Local food providers like Rocklands topped the food options and the bars served fan favorites such as Truly and local crafted beers.

All Things Go 2019 was a blast that proved that top tier indie bands can make for an entertaining festival. With the success of this year’s iteration, we hope All Things Go will be a long-lasting fixture in the D.C. music scene.

CHVRCHES, Melanie Martinez Headline DC’s All Things Go Fall Classic

Washington D.C.’s All Things Go Fall Classic is back and better than ever with a mixed-genre lineup. The two-day festival on October 12th and 13th calls D.C.’s trendy Union Market home.

Saturday’s headliner includes the likes of Glasgow-based band Chvrches, known for their anthemic indie-electronic sounds. Led by Lauren Mayberry, the band released their third album Love is Dead in 2018. Also in Saturday’s lineup is LANY, Paul Klein’s project that features sad yet undeniably catchy synth-melodies dripping in hearthrob. In addition to a slew of upstart undercards, indie-pop band COIN completes a stacked lineup on Saturday.

In Sunday’s set, there’s a solid lineup of undercards. Expect to hear from Swedish-born singer Léon, who has a vintage sound with contemporary infusions. After breaking onto the scene with her hit Tired of Talking, she released an eponymous album in 2019. Additionally, Betty Who looks to awe the All Things Go crowd once again with her synthpop tracks. Headlining Sunday’s festivities is Melanie Martinez. Following an appearance on The Voice, Martinez gained national acclaim with her 2015 album Cry Baby.

Full Lineup:

SATURDAY

CHVRCHES ~ LANY ~ COIN ~ MUNA ~ MXMTOON ~ NASTY CHERRY ~ ARKELLS ~ SNEAKS

SUNDAY

MELANIE MARTINEZ ~ BETTY WHO ~ LEON ~ OLIVIA O’BRIEN ~ ALLIE X ~ CARLIE HANSON ~ TEAMARR ~ SHENNA

These sets can be seen at affordable early bird rates.

2 Day GA – $99

2 DAY VIP – $229

1 DAY GA $65

1 DAY VIP $139

Additional ticketing information can be found here.

Hangout 2019: In Review

This weekend marked the end of the Hangout Festival, Gulf Shore’s annual beach music festival. For many, it was weekend that ended in sunburn, a hangover and the catchy hooks from some of the weekend’s meany stellar sets.

There was a lot to love. After surviving the strangely intense frisking by on-site Alabama Police officers, we were granted entry into the surreal grounds of Hangout. There were five stages, ranging from the massive Hangout and Pandora Stage, to the intimate BMI Mermaid stage all within a walking distance. Swimsuit clad festival-goers were as far as the eye could see.

Best Undercard Sets

For the performing bands in the undercard spot, Hangout offers an incredible opportunity to solidify your spot in the musical lexicon of 35,000 of today’s youth. Succeed, and you may very well end up with a sub-headlining spot a year or two down the road. Fail, and this will likely be your last appearance at the festival.

Some bands that stepped up to the plate this weekend were:

Bryce Vine – With hits like “Drew Barrymore,” “Sunflower Seeds” and “Guilty Pleasures,” Bryce Vine (Bryce Ross-Johnson) had deep array of known tracks to draw from in his set. He did not disappoint. With a 1:15pm set time at the smaller Boom Boom Tent, fans spilled out into the street to see his electric energy and electro-pop choruses. Lyrically, Bryce speaks of youthful transgressions, such as in “Guilty Pleasures”:

I can’t give a f***, I’m just living like so what // I live a life of leisure, full of guilty pleasure

With one of the most vibrant sets of the weekend, it’s clear Bryce Vine’s star is on the rise.

Superorganism – The seven folks that composed Superorganism had a double edged sword in their placement on Pandora stage. On the positive side, they were playing at the second largest stage, beachside at Hangout. That said, their set time was in the scorching 82 degree sun, in the middle of the afternoon. Led by vocalist Orono Noguchi, Superorganism was distinctly different, in an authentic way. By sticking to their originality, the group maintained a friendly, quirky vibe that complemented their electronically-centric tracks. Superorganism plays with the structure of songs, aptly infusing cash sounds, and camera flashes in their track “Everybody Wants To Be Famous.” One of the background vocalists B, took center stage and demolished the quirky, yet surprisingly catchy tracks “Hello Me & You,” featured on the soundtrack of the Lego Movie 2.

Shaed – Composed of twin brother Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee, Shaed took the intimate BMI Mermaid stage. Whether it was stage providing a much needed reprieve in the shade or Shaed’s enrapturing stage presence, the set progressed so quickly that we were left double checking our watch to see that 45 minutes indeed had passed. Chelsea Lee has a strong voice, that is left to the forefront, with the building beats left rightfully in a secondary role. The set was reminiscent of a vocally-focused Sylvan Esso or Phantogram.

Best Headlining Sets

Travis Scott – Travis Scott lived up to expectations by performing another energetic performance. He delivered fan favorites off his discography, and he included hits off of Astroworld that included “Stargazing,”No Bystanders,” “Sicko Mode,” and “Astroworld.” Although he moved through songs at a rapid pace, the performance feel short as it failed to include “Yosemite,” “Upper Echelon,” and “Skeleton” which had been staples of his Astroworld tour.

Despite this performance coming at the culmination of his grueling Astroworld tour, he kept up the energy and satisfied the frenzied swimsuit-wearing audience.

Khalid

Khalid’s title as the most popular artist on Spotify silenced those who doubted his headliner status, but there were still concerns regarding his ability to engage the fans who longed an up-tempo finish to the day on the beaches of Gulf Shores.

His strategic interspersing of hit songs and the incorporation of visual effects and background dancers kept the male crowd that might have been skeptical. By the end of the evening the crowd was singing to his hits of “Location” and “Talk.”

Lumineers

A perfect Sunday headliner, the Lumineers offered the breadth of discography and hits to appease casual followers and loyal fans alike. Lead vocalist Wesley Shultz started off the show with the surprising announcement that he intended to play half of the unreleased album during the show. With singles like “Gloria” and “Life In The City” out, it was fascinating to hear their new discography. Staying true to their roots, kick drums and strong raspy vocals by Wesley still pervaded these tracks. Vivid lyricism and an emphasis on story seemed to resonate through these new tracks. A particularly catchy song was “Life In The City,” in which he had the crowd oooh ooh oh along with him during the melodies.

Four songs in, Wesley announced they were going to do something a bit different. Out of nowhere, a stage in the middle of the crowd lifted up, revealing six mics. The audience went nuts. The band members made their way over and proceeded to sing “Flowers In Your Hair,” “Ho Hey” before an intimate rendition of “Slow it Down”. For “Slow It Down,” just Wesley and the Jeremiah were left on the stage. For five minutes of bliss, the two went mic to mic belting the tunes. Once the chorus hit:

Slow it down, Angie come back to be bed // Rest your arms, and rest your legs

There was an unforgettable moment where 30,000 people were immersed in song to the backdrop of an oceanside breeze. The sense of community and togetherness during these intimate songs is a hallmark of the Lumineers’ stage presence.

 

Key Moments

 

Jimmy Buffett’s Surprise Appearance

During Kygo’s set on Saturday evening, fans were shocked when the rock legend Jimmy Buffett rose atop the DJ set to perform “Margaritaville” alongside a steel drum accompaniment. His announcement of Buffet’s name came as a shock because he had been introducing vocal features of some of his songs throughout the evening, but it came as a great surprise when the crowd spotted Buffet’s familiar jovial face.

Quinn XCII’s Absence

Another great surprise at the festival was Quinn XCII’S last minute pull-out of the festival. While the details of his removal from the lineup aren’t entirely clear, it is suspected that illness prevented him from performing.

He was expected to be a standout undercard performer and the team at FestivalPulse is wishing Quinn a speedy recovery.

Beyond the Music

Outside of the great sets, Hangout offered a constant stream of dopamine-inducing diversions. Though inside the realm of a sponsor area, the Monster Energy Beach Club offered a caffeine-laden, foam-covered, snapchat-worthy experience for inebriated millennial who just couldn’t get enough DJ time.

Swimming and relaxing by the crashing waves was another great benefit of the festival if you were willing to arrive early or wait in the seemingly endless line. For those not willing to bear the line, many people chose to collapse in the hammocks strewn about the rustling palm trees.

The Fruit of the Loom Air-Powered expedition provided a free sailboat ride in the crashing waves of the Gulf, but due to wave conditions this promotion only ran on Friday.

The PlayStation experience provided an area to receive some much needed air conditioning, an opportunity to play some favorite video games, and a secure compartment to charge cell phones.

This year’s Hangout fest left festival-goers with a satiated feeling as the diverse lineup and varied assortment of food and activities made for an exhilarating weekend.

The weekend began with the upbeat tone with Bryce Vine and those caught up in the emotions of the festival were entertained until the final strum on Wesley Schultz’s acoustic guitar on Sunday evening. The festival did an excellent job of fusing multiple genres and allowing folk and indie bands to be featured alongside their more mainstream pop and EDM counterparts.

Until next year, Hangout! 🤙

Atlanta’s 2019 Shaky Knees Amasses Modern Rock Heavyweights

Shaky Knees, the three day festival taking over Atlanta’s Central Park May 3rd-5th, has teed up a stacked group of indie heavyweights for it’s 2019 iteration. With arguably one of the best lineups of the year and priced at an extraordinarily affordable rate of $179 for 3 days, the festival is sure to draw large numbers again this year.

Headliners to Watch

Tame Impala – The Australian rock band is hitting the festival circuit in full force this spring. Led by frontman Kevin Parker, the band recalls the psychedelic pop of the 60s in a distinctly layered format. Following their 2015 smash hit album Currents, with the likes of “Let It Happen” and “The Less I Know the Better,” they’re set to a release a new album in 2019.

Cage the Elephant – The mainstream rock band from Kentucky is expected to follow up their widely lauded 2015 album Tell Me I’m Pretty with a new release in 2019. The band even tweeted in November that the album is finished, leaving festival-goers and fans alike hoping new tracks will be debuted at the Atlanta fest. Longtime followers of the band have watched their sound evolve, though they’ve maintained a lodestar in the up-tempo rock genre. Indie-rock fans will find it hard to resist the contagious energy found within tracks such as “Trouble” and “Cigarette Daydreams.”

Beck – A veteran on the festival circuit and with an extensive discography harking back to the mid-90s, Beck recently has developed a more polished-feel to his rock tracks. His 2017 album Colors was widely acclaimed and included a hit single in Dreams, which was featured on the 2016 FIFA soundtrack. Known as an enthralling performer and with a great stage presence, Beck will be sure to please longtime fans and new listeners alike.

 

Undercards Worth Waking Up For

Grouplove – Well known for their idiosyncratic yet catchy high tempo tracks, the L.A. based indie rock band is a solid addition to an indie-rock centric group of sub-headliners. They made waves with their hit 2011 album Never Trust A Happy Song, and followed it up with the 2017 studio album Big Mess. More Grouplove music is on the docket for 2019 as reports circle that they have a new fourth album in the works.

Phosphorescent – Known for homespun, folk songs, singer songwriter Mathew Houck is set to add to the diverse array of indie artists composing the 2019 fest. Listeners may recognize “Song for Zula,” often featured in television commercials and sentimental film scenes, yet Houck has recently added to an enjoyable catalog of polished songwriting hooks in his 2018 album C’est La Vie.

Rayland Baxter – The lacrosse player turned singer songwriter is known for his poignant lyricism pervaded with witty, self-reflective qualities. His 2018 album Wide Awake was released after three months of dedicated production in a Nashville factor referred to as “Thunder Sound.” Rather than what he is, it’s what he’s not that make Rayland Baxter a must-see artist. He’s not commercial, he’s not perfect, and he’s not going to avoid taboo topics. His guitar-twinged, somber, sway-inducing tunes will add a much needed folk thread to the Shaky Knees lineup.

In addition to the stellar lineup, there is a curated selection of eateries as well as photo booths and games. Interested in going? Tickets are a steal at $179 (without fees) for a 3 day pass. Prices are set to increase to $189 on 1/24. They can be found here.

Hangout 2019: Beach Music Fest Returns to Gulf Shores

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With 2018 in the books, FestivalPulse dives deeper into the spring festival lineup. Up first, Hangout Music Festival taking place May 17th – 19th in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Lineup – Three Must See Headliners

Travis Scott – He is concluding his Astroworld Tour Circuit with a few stops at prominent festivals. His highly acclaimed album Astroworld continues his unique blend of pleasing pop-rap. “Sicko Mode” is an unforgettable track. It’s chaotic combination with Drake features multiple time changes and is widely lauded as one of the albums biggest hits. Stargazing” feature Scott’s memorable lyrics alongside trap beats, recalling his 2016 album Birds on the Track Sing McKnight.

The crowd is bound to be rocking as Scott is sure to hype up the crowd to follow his lyric “and it ain’t a mosh pit if ain’t no injuries.”

Khalid – Khalid has continued his rise to the top with the release of his newest album Suncity. “Saturday” and “Better” feature Khalid’s powerful vocals alongside melodic synths. Although Khalid is no longer a teen, his lyrics resonate with the young generation, which are sure to be out in full force at Hangout. Other fan favorites like “Young Dumb and Broke” and “American Teen” are groves that will sway the festival goers as they soak up the sun.

Kygo – The Norwegian Deep House producer has plenty of smooth dance hits to quench the dance needs of the Hangout festival goers. His most recent single “Happy Now” has quickly taken to the Top 40 charts and boasts lively keyboard beats that have become a staple of his work. Fans can expect a deep lineup of hits as he has 9 songs with over 90,000,000 plays according to spotify.

The Lineup – Three Undercards to Watch

Superorganism – This indie-electronic group has risen to prominence over the last two years. The band is a seemingly eclectic collection of members: eight different countries are represented each with different musical backgrounds. This results in a splendidly idiosyncratic blend of eccentric pop grooves. “Something for your M.I.N.D” and “Everybody Wants to be Famous” are their biggest hits that feature seemingly unrelated audio samples that blend into a cacophony of electronic chaos that leaves you with an unyielding desire to hear it again. Given their recent surge into the spotlight, they will be an act you do not want to miss.

Mura Musa – This is another Indie-Electronic performer that features a wide array of electro-pop tracks. His most popular track “Love$ick” featuring A$AP Rocky has amassed nearly 200,000,000 plays on spotify. Other fan favorites are “Firefly” and “Complicated” that include upbeat synth riffs paired with thumping bass beats.

Bazzi – A Michigan native who has been making his name in the pop industry. Getting his start on youtube singing covers, he has thrived in newfound spotlight with his hit single “Mind.” His soulful voice effortlessly blends R&B, pop, and rap. He will surely be a must watch as he enters the prime of the festival season.

The Festival – Three Must Try Events

Roller Disco – Unleash your inner 80s and do a few laps on the old roller skating rink. Nothing exemplifies relaxation more than roller skating with the ocean breeze through your hair.

Beach Volleyball – Find some new friends on the volleyball court. This classic beach sport is a great way to spend the time between sets, and maybe you can climb the ladder to be the king of the court!

Wedding Chapel – During the weekend check out the wedding tent and you might be able to see newlyweds taking their vows! Real weddings will be performed and you can witness it all from the beach!

Interested in attending?  3 Day passes start from $279 and can be purchased here.

 

Lost Paradise, Sydney’s Real New Years Experience

Thousands of voices echoed through Glenworth valley as festival goers celebrated the new year, which ultimately marked the end of another successful festival. If you missed the unforgettable experience, Festival Pulse has you covered! Also, we recommend that you keep an eye out for next year’s early bird tickets.

Best of the sets

Lost Paradise headliners like The Kooks and MIA attracted large crowds; however, smaller artists stole the show. Furnace and the Fundamentals performed a set beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. Starting with an empty audience, the band lured thousands of bystanders to their stage by belting out the intro to the Lion King. They redefined the meaning of a cover band by playing hit after hit. They kept the audience captivated with impressive mashups and synchronized dancing. Other bands like Ball Park Music and Young Franco pulled equally large crowds.

Attention on Oz

America’s music industry needs to keep an eye on the land down under because there are many artists poised to take over in 2019. Peking Duk, Australia’s version of the Chainsmokers, performed an unbelievable New Years set. Their drops, pyrotechnics, and energy attracted the largest crowd out of the entire festival. Their unique set opened with a music video and included an interesting acoustic-electronic version of Let You Down.

Tash Sultana is adored in the United States, but not in the way that Australia loves her. Tash’s live performance differs from her recorded songs. Each song is drawn out into long entrancing loops as she layers her guitar and beats on top of each other. Her charismatic confidence and energy is felt throughout the crowd as she dances across the stage. At the beginning of her performance, Tash shared a heartfelt message with the crowd in respect to a festival goer who passed away earlier in the weekend.

Another name to look out for is Vera Blue who is redefining Australia’s music scene. Her angelical folk-pop cut through the night as she performed Settle. During her concert, fans waved feminist signs that mirror the women’s empowerment theme of Vera Blue’s most recent album, All The Pretty Girls.

Workshops

While the music attracted a large crowd, there was a sub population that came to Lost Paradise for the workshops. At all hours of the day, the yoga tents were filled with people learning new practices. Each course varied in difficulty – from novice meditation to strength based acro-yoga.

Lost Paradise also supported cultural sustainability by offering workshops with aboriginals. Festival goers could attend conversations and presentations throughout the entire festival. For our American readers, Australia’s aboriginal population has experienced a similar story to the Native Americans in the United States. It’s a constant battle for Australia to incorporate their culture in modern life, making this a significant statement.

Sustainability Driven

Many festivals promote eco-friendly practices; however, we rarely see festival goers execute on these goals. With that said, Lost Paradise is an exception. Through an innovative recycle incentive program, the festival successfully encouraged attendees to return their beer cans to designated tents. The program is designed so that you are credited $1 (AUD) when you return an empty can. This encouraged people to return their cans and even scavenge for littered cans. Some festival goers were seen returning 50+ cans, which was more than enough to pay for food and a few drinks.

Expectations Exceeded

From a superb lineup to stellar workshops, Lost Paradise was an exceptional experience. The organizers maintained top tier bathroom/shower facilities, their scheduling app was intuitive, and their medical staff was on point. If you’re looking for a great New Year’s experience, then look no further — Glenworth Valley and Lost Paradise will steal your heart. Festival Pulse is looking forward to next year!

Ring in the New Year with Sydney’s Lost Paradise Festival

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Lost Paradise returns to Sydney for another unimaginable New Year’s celebration! Find your vibe from December 28th– January 1st with impressive headliners like The Kooks, M.I.A, Joey Bada$$, and Oz native, Tash Sultana. The fifth edition of Lost Paradise promises “a mind-blowing four day and night celebration of life, love, and fun” where you can “feed your soul with music, art, revelry, connection, and discovery.”

Tickets

3 day pass – $369 including camping

4 day pass – Sold Out

Breakdown

The festival boasts three fantastic venues. With so many great bands, it’s tough to decide which concert to attend, but don’t worry – we have you covered!

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Arcadia Stage

The biggest venue of the three, Arcadia stage, gets the most popular artists like British indie-pop legends, the Kooks.  You also have woke American rapper, Joey Bada$$, who’s politically charged lyrics will convince you to fly back to America to fight injustice. A little piece of advice for our American readers, don’t overlook Aussie stars like Ball Park Music and Tash Sultana. You may not know of them (yet), but they will surprise you with a similar sound to Boy & Bear and Tame Impala, respectively.

Lost City

Arguably our favorite stage, Lost City, hosts the electric and house sounds that we crave. Our recommendation is that you listen to Biceps, Young Franco, and Yotto. Don’t forget to see Foals, the legendary math rock band that made the genre accessible to the public

Paradise Club

This venue is for the soul searcher who love underground music. It features UK Artist, Flava D who is coming off a stellar UK tour. Other notable artists include Elijah Something & Nate S.U, Side Boob, and SOHM.

The Bigger Picture

 Lost Paradise is more than a music festival. Hosted in a scenic forest with a beckoning stream, the venue is designed to remind us of our roots. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, art, and spirituality, Lost Paradise attracts a conscious crowd. This isn’t just a publicity stunt, the festival has gone ‘the extra kilometer’ to ensure their actions are in parallel with their marketing. Whether it’s their “remove your tent” competition or filtering recycling from trash bins by hand, you can rest assured that Lost Paradise has the well-being of the world in mind.

Lost Festival is a fantastic event to support. For our American readers, it’s time to take that trip you have been dreaming about. Life is short, live it up while you can!

 

 

Star-Studded Folk Lineup at Charleston’s High Water Music Fest

In its third year, Charleston’s High Water Fest comes back bigger and better than ever with an all-star lineup of indie folk favorites. The two day fest takes place in North Charleston’s scenic Riverfront Park on the weekend of April 13th and 14th.

The festival includes crowd pleasing favorites in the headliner spot, including the curators of the festival, Charleston-based folk duo Shovels & Rope.  Hot R&B artist Leon Bridges fills one of the headlining spots, coming off his recent record Good Thing.  Folk heavyweights The Head & The Heart fill out the last headlining spot with their indie-folk  sounds, sure to please die hard fans and casual listeners alike.

In addition to a solid lineup of headliners, well-known folk icons line the undercard lineup. Famed midwesterner folk group Lord Huron, 60’s infused indie band Dr. Dog, rising indie-rocker Mitski (hot off her recent sold-out North America tour) and Mathew Houck’s Phosphorescent are notable highlights from a high quality undercard lineup.

The festival also includes a number of quintessentially southern experiences to augment the stellar music lineup.  Recharge with some old fashioned southern libations and regionally-themed eats at the The Refuge retreat.  Learn all things shellfish at oyster education classes.  Enjoy a low-country boil, southern deserts and a bucolic environment at the low tide social on Friday April 12th.

Weekend passes start at $159.50 + fees.  Experience passes can be purchased for $55 + fees.  Both can be found at the High Water ticketing page here.