Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.
The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.
Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.
Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.
As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.
And yet Firefly’s genre variation failed to impress a handful who decried a lack of gender variation.
“Damn guys come onnnnnn. Where the women at,” Halsey wrote in a Facebook post. “This was one of my favorite festivals I’ve ever played and it’s a shame there’s not more females on the bill.”
Halsey proceeded to identify R&B vocalist, SZA, as an exception to her complaint. An outlier of the male dominated lineup, the “Love Galore” singer is scheduled to appear alongside other top billing acts including ODESZA, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, Alt-J, and more. It’s 2018, do better!!!” Halsey advises festival organizers at the conclusion of her first Facebook post on the matter.
Not long after publishing the initial post, Halsey posted another status in response to fans’ urges for the singer to “go off.”
“Who am I supposed to ‘go off’ on?” Halsey questioned. “Festivals ASK artists to play…I’m just raising a point! So many dope women in music right now!”
Festival organizers have not yet responded to Halsey’s posts.
Plunging beyond mere variation, Governor’s Ball will additionally feature special performances from Diplo and Mark Ronson, the duo slated to debut their new joint project, Silk City, at the festival. The crowd assembled at Randall’s Island can also expect N.E.R.D. to make their return to the New York City performance circuit — the hip hop and rock hybrid band’s Gov Ball booking will be the group’s first performance in the Big Apple since 2010.
Three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival are currently available for purchase at a discounted “announce day” price. Tickets to Governor’s Ball will return to their regular price tiers at midnight on January 4. Those interested in attending Governor’s Ball’s eighth iteration can purchase the specially priced passes here.
Acclaimed trio Autograf has dropped a slow burning remix of Halsey‘s hit, “Bad At Love.” The Chicago-based producers’ dreamy take on the piece features a playful melody contrasted by a deep, fluttering bass line. The artists’ place different layers of Halsey’s flawless vocals together effortlessly, creating a heavenly texture complimented by harp samples.
Autograf has garnered support for their cosmic style incorporating futuristic elements and alluring melodies. Their last original, “Sleepless In NYC” showcased a harmonic medley of bright synths, colorful vocals, and rumbling bass. With Autograf’s latest, the trio flaunts their production skill by creating an otherworldly remix, infused with stylistic aspects unique to their sound.
Charli XCX brought the ’90s back with a surprise cover of the Spice Girls’ smash hit, “Wannabe,” at Lollapalooza this past weekend. To add to the girl power, she brought out forthcoming tour mate Halsey to perform with her. The crowd went crazy for the 1996 cover, especially when Halsey ran out on stage to join Charli XCX. Halsey wasn’t otherwise scheduled to perform at the Chicago festival.
Though both the performers and the crowd clearly had a great time performing the girl power anthem, the backing track and use of autotune held the cover back from what it could’ve been. We know both of these ladies have killer pipes — why cover ’em up?
The talented duo head out on tour together next month. Check out the tour dates here.
Gaining considerable traction with every release, New York-based artist ye. (pronounced “yeah”) is bursting forth from his reign over the Hype Machine charts and steadily moving into a higher level of notoriety. The burgeoning producer is best known for his collaborative track “Feel The Fire” with Pluto as well as his dreamy reimagining of Halsey’s “New Americana.” His compelling and thoughtfully constructed productions have resonated with fans and industry heavyweights alike, securing his rightful status as one of 2017’s artists to watch.
Recently, the future bass wunderkind released a new original piece in collaboration with fellow rising artists opvs and Andrew Ronck titled “Small Talk.” The track illuminates the trio’s deft production abilities, giving focus to airy vocal processing, sprightly beats, and glistening chord arrangements to create a blissful gem deserving of more worldwide attention.
Especially since her popular collaboration with The Chainsmokers for “Closer,” Halsey’s music has been hot property- attracting the attention of eminent and upcoming producers alike. The latest of this growing pool of artists is Dutch producer R3hab– highly regarded for producing chart-topping mainstream EDM and Pop remixes.
His latest work is a future bass remix of “Now or Never,” taken from Halsey’s latest album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. The track is a perfect example of a well-executed, if not essentially genial remix. Like a number of future bass tracks before it, R3hab’s remix sticks to the same formula, featuring basic piano chord progressions, simple percussive elements and pleasant vocals preceding a smooth bass drop.
With Halsey‘s latest LP Hopeless Fountain Kingdom still soaring to the top of the charts, Los Angeles based duo Slander have unveiled a hot remix of album single “Now or Never.” Slander’s take pits the pure falsetto vocals of the original against a driving, trap inspired beat and classic EDM drops. The result is a sparkling and energetic track that’s sure to find it’s way into more than a few sets at EDC this summer.
In 2015, Urban Outfitters mistakenly shipped copies of Halsey‘s debut album, Badlands, weeks before its release, and even had copies of the album in store three days before it was officially released. The artist had expressed her displeasure with the company at the time, tweeting at the company. “You leak my album 2 weeks early + now sell physical copies in store 3 days before release? What kind of company are you?” The tweet was later deleted.
The company’s mistake didn’t stop her from giving them a deal on her 2017 album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, though.
The artist decided to sell limited edition copies of the album, which is supposed to be out this Friday, June 2, in the stores, but has been burned once again. On Tuesday, May 30, Urban Outfitters shoppers reported finding vinyl copies of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in stores.
Halsey has yet to respond to the fans tweeting out photos of the vinyl they found in stores.