Newport Folk Festival 2017 Recap

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Every year, folk-lovers from all over the country gather in the beautiful Newport, RI to celebrate the great practitioners of this timeless genre. This year’s lineup included some classics, some newcomers and some newcomers singing the classics, all coming together to make for a weekend that was truly unforgettable.

We started off our Newport weekend with one of our favorite bands, Big Thief. The highlight of their set had to be the extended rendition of their song “Mary.” Halfway through the song, lead singer Adrienne Lenker put down her guitar and asked to restart, this time becoming completely consumed by the song with every ounce of her being, and pulling us all into her lyrical kaleidoscope. The song ended with tears and a standing ovation. If you came to Newport not knowing Big Thief, chances are you left with a new obsession. The next act we caught was Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie playing a strikingly honest acoustic set of songs old and new, from various projects. Aside from the fact that he soundtracked some of the darkest and most important moments of our teenage years, his songwriting rings with a consistent relatability that could get us at any age. Needless to say, Gibbard’s performance of “What Sarah Said” delivered chills through the crowd and was a moment we are still reeling over.

We caught the beginning of Regina Spektor’s set before heading to Fleet Foxes and we wish we could have cloned ourselves to experience both of these simultaneously. Regina’s voice is like butter, and her skill and musicianship shine through in every song. She began her set a bit late, having just run off of the bus and straight onto the stage, yet still delivered flawlessly. We ran over to the Fort Stage after about three songs from Regina to catch Fleet Foxes. The band’s perfect harmonies echoed across the field and reverberated off the waves of the ocean. They played favorites from their self-titled album, Helplessness Blues and new album, Crack-Up. My favorite moment had to be the thousands of voices singing “White Winter Hymnal” as the sun set over the sailboats behind us, ending a perfect first day of the festival.

Our Saturday began with another favorite folk newcomer Julia Jacklin. And even at 11 am, on a cold and rainy morning, the Quad Stage was filled with people eager to hear this new voice. Julia performed so effortlessly, sending her voice to flutter through the air and wrap around us all in what felt like a calming hug from a good friend. She played with a live band and some beautifully blended backup vocals. However, my favorite moment of this performance was her last song “Don’t Let The Kids Win,” which Julia played stripped down by herself with her electric guitar. During this song, you could hear a pin drop, and it was not only because of the beauty of her voice. This song teaches countless lessons about love and life that could allow us all to be better people and to treat the ones we love better. During this song, it felt like Julia was guiding us to a greater understanding, and we were all fully invested in following her word.

The next act that we saw was the great Angel Olsen, who continues to amaze and inspire with every single performance. Angel performed songs from all across her catalog, from early folk number “Acrobat” to recent rock single “Shut Up Kiss Me.” She’s a dynamic musician who can bring in the audience with the intimacy of a whisper, and in the next moment, belt out with a tremendous amount of power. She joked in between songs about the wind (which was going wild during her set), and by her last song, the sun had come out and the wind had calmed, a metaphor for what her music does to our hearts. Jim James came onto stage to perform during “Sister” and “Those Were The Days” and later played his own wonderful set on the Quad Stage.

After that, we caught Grandma’s Hands Band, the Bill Withers tribute band which was star-studded with the likes of Justin Vernon, Natalie Prass, members of Hiss Golden Messenger and more, playing renditions of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day,” leading the crowd in a celebration of one of the great songwriters of history. Billy Bragg also played a moving set including a version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing.” This one was specifically tailored to our political times, and it was called “The Times They Are A-Changing BACK.” The performance created an empowered moment with the massive audience watching over at the Harbor Stage.

The night ended with Wilco joining forces with Billy Bragg to perform “California Stars,” their song with lyrics by Woody Guthrie, one of the most significant musicians in folk music history.

Soon enough, it was the end of our magical weekend at Newport Folk Festival. The final day began with a tribute to Chuck Berry performed by the Texas Gentlemen, Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff and more. Nathaniel Rateliff also did a full set at the Harbor Stage as the “unannounced” artist of the weekend.

We got to catch New Jersey alt-country band Pinegrove at the Harbor Stage, whose crowd was not only insanely large but quite loyal, knowing every word to every song they played. This set felt like a big reunion of good friends. Pinegrove’s energy on stage was absolutely infectious, and I now understand what everyone is talking about when they say I “must experience the live thing.” Halfway through this set we ran to the Quad stage to catch Margaret Glaspy whose beautiful voice and quirky songwriting charmed the crowd.

Other highlights of day three included Whitney, Dr. Dog and “Speak Out,” a set of protest songs featuring Sharon Van Etten among others. The night ended with John Prine joined by surprise guests Roger Waters, Lucius, Justin Vernon, Margo Price and Jim James.

We are always amazed to experience the camaraderie of the people and the artists at this festival, as well as everyone’s real devotion to the art of folk music. It is a special space where a two year-old could enjoy the same music as an eighty year-old, who could enjoy the same music as a millennial. The surprises, collaborations and overall memories made at Newport this year felt a lot like magic, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the coming years.

Newport Folk Festival 2017 Preview

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It’s that time of the year again for one of our favorite traditions, the historic Newport Folk Festival. Taking place at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the water in Newport, Rhode Island, the setting is perfect for some acoustic guitars and those songwriters that just always seem to know exactly what to say. Newport Folk Festival has been running since 1959 and has been at the heart of so many memorable and important moments in music. We cannot wait to see what sort of magic will happen on the stages of Newport this weekend.

This year’s lineup may as well just be a comprehensive list of our favorite artists from every part of our lives. It features some as fresh to the scene as Julia Jacklin or Big Thief (you already know we will be belting out “Mary” on Friday), and some acts as timeless as folk legend and headliner John Prine. Fellow headliners include Fleet Foxes and Wilco. More must-sees include the wonderful Angel Olsen, Dr. Dog and the tribute to the late and great Chuck Berry.

Friday

Blind Pilot- 12:40 @ The Fort Stage
Big Thief- 1:35 @ The Quad Stage
Ben Gibbard – 4:10 @ The Quad Stage
The Head And The Heart – 4:40 @ The Fort Stage
Regina Spektor – 5:35 @ The Fort Stage
Fleet Foxes – 6:15 @ The Fort Stage

Saturday

Julia Jacklin – 11:10 @ The Quad Stage
Offa Rex- 1:45 @ The Fort Stage
Angel Olsen- 3:10 @ The Fort Stage
Joseph- 3:45 @ The Harbor Stage
The Avett Brothers – 4:40 @ The Fort Stage
Wilco – 6:15 @ The Fort Stage

Sunday

Steelism (w/ Ruby Amnfu & Nicole Atkins) – 12:15 @ The Quad Stage
Chuck! (A Tribute to Chuck Berry) – 12:30 @ The Fort Stage
Pinegrove – 1:15 @ The Harbor Stage
Margaret Glaspy – 1:25 @ The Quad Stage
Whitney – 2:35 @ The Quad Stage
Dr. Dog – 3:55 @ The Quad Stage
John Prine 6:15 @ The Fort Stage

London’s Annual South West Four 2017 Lineup will Blow Your Mind

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Here at EDM Sauce, and sometimes just as humans, we find ourselves stuck in our own world. Our own local bubble that keeps our imaginations limited and our tastes controlled. There’s a whole world out there of undiscovered music, and unattended music festivals. And by George! I think we found the best one just across the

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Live Nation offers access to over 90 festivals with exclusive ‘Festival Passport’

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Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.

A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.

Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.

Live Nation Entertainment Festival Pass

Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:

Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX

Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN

Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA

CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto

Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna

Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary

Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Citadel Festival – England – London

Community Festival – England – London

Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver

Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen

Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Creamfields – England – Daresbury

Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London

Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC

DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid

Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk

Download Festival – England – Leicestershire

Download Festival Paris – France – Paris

Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid

Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto

Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA

Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL

Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI

Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally

Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto

Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo

Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence

Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY

Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX

FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey

Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow

Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY

Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel

HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA

Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup

I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier

Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan

Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH

Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk

Leeds Festival – England – Leeds

Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin

Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris

Lovebox Festival – England – London

Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen

Main Square Festival – France – Arras

Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA

Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam

Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA

One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary

Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Parklife – England – Manchester

Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm

Reading Festival – England – Reading

Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring

Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg

Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen

Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter

Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA

Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL

Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg

Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm

The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle

The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY

The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA

The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester

Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario

TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow

TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter

V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire

Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA

Watershed Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA

Way Out West – Sweden – Gothenburg

We Are Electric Weekender – Holland – Eindhoven

Werchter Boutique – Belgium – Werchter

Wilderness Festival – England – Oxfordshire

Wireless Festival – Germany – Frankfurt

Wireless Festival – England – London

Woo-Hah! Festival – Holland – Tilburg

G Jones Releases Long Awaited Visions EP

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Today is an exciting day, because today is the release of the bass don G JonesVISIONS EP. G Jones has been creating quite the name for himself, being called a “studio wizard” by Rolling Stone, collaborating with the likes of Bassnectar, EPROM, and DJ Shadow, and getting booked at some major festivals like Coachella, Burning Man, and Lightning in a BottleNow, with the release of this new EP and the subsequent North American tour, he plans on keeping his success moving.

Throughout 2016, we got glimpses of what to expect from the 8 track EP. G Jones released six EP cuts to get us excited: “Pull Up,” “Helix,” “Fuck What You Heard,” “Collision Course,” “Lavender Town VIP,” and “We See It Clear.” As we have seen with these releases, G Jones is not afraid to push boundaries and create something undeniably unique. The newest additions, “Visions” and “Signal,” hold true to G Jones’ experimental bass drenched style. Check out the full EP and tour dates below:

VISIONS TOUR DATES
1/25 – Washington, DC – Soundcheck
1/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry at The Fillmore
1/27 – Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern
1/28 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
1/29 – Troy, NY – River Street Hall
1/1 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
2/2 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
2/3 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
2/4 – Tucson, AZ – Gem and Jam Festival
2/19 – Santa Cruz, CZ – Santa Cruz Music Festival
2/24 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
2/25 – Dallas, TX – Trees
2/28 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/2 – Iowa City, IA – The Blue oose Tap House
3/3 – St Louis, M – 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center
3/4 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
3/30 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre
3/31 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/1 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/6 – Whistler, BC – Maxx Fish
4/7 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
4/8 – Vancouver, BC – TBA
4/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/5-5/7- Todd Mission, TX – Middlelands
6/8-6/11- Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

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Tchami Shares 2016 Recap Video Featuring New Song

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As the progenitor of the incredible Confession label, and one fourth of the Pardon My French crew, Tchami has well established a sea of loyal fans for himself. Though he hasn’t himself particularly stood out in 2016, he’s still managed to be anywhere and everywhere people are willing to listen.

He’s just released a 2016 recap video that highlights just how far his influence reaches, from Lollapalooza and Red Rocks to across the sea and beyond. The video features an incredible new cut from the man himself as well which we frankly can’t wait for. Check it all out below:

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Skrillex Shares Incredible New Video Chronicling His Adventures

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Skrillex uploaded and deleted a video last night that chronicled his recent adventures in 2016, from Japan to Fiji and more. Followed by his trusted videographer and friend Jas Davis, the two create a unique aesthetic that no one could possibly recreate.

Between the tens of thousands of adoring fans who saw Skrillex play over the last year and the many destinations that he’s traveled to, there’s hardly anyone who could compare to the lifestyle that Sonny embodies.

It’s unclear why the video was taken down initially, but it was just re-uploaded to YouTube where you can watch the whole thing. We guarantee that watching the whole thing is worth it, and you might even catch what sounds like an insane unreleased “Purple Lamborghini” remix inside.

Filmed by Jas Davis
Edited by: Jas Davis & James Winterhalter

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Peking Duk Calls For Pill-Testing Kits At Music Festivals

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Adam Hyde of triple platinum electronic act Peking Duk has spoken out against government authorities who oppose the introduction of personal drug-testing kits at music festivals. The pill-testing kits have been distributed within certain festivals around the world, with an ever-controversial dialogue regarding whether or not they encourage drug use among young concertgoers.

Hyde told Confidential that he believes attendees will take drugs no matter what preventative measures are in place.

“A lot of kids out there are going to take drugs no matter what, which means young people are taking pills when they have no idea what is actually in them.

“We see a lot of young kids at festivals who are out of their minds and it’s just a really dark scene. Pill testing makes sense, it makes for a better environment and better control over the situation.”

To those like Imperial College London’s David Nutt, however, pill-testing has the potential for more harm than good.

“I think they give you a false sense of security. Roadside testing for users half an hour before they are going to pop it is a complete waste of time and may do more harm than good. I’m an enthusiast for testing as it’s done in the Netherlands and Wales, where you can go to a professional lab and find out exactly what you’re getting.”

 

Source: Daily Telegraph | Image: Rukes

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Pre-Registration Info for Tomorrowland 2017

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Tomorrowland is one of, if not THE, biggest electronic music festival in the world. The festival, which was first held in 2005, recently expanded to two weekends. From July 21-23 and July 28-30 the best DJs and producers from all over the world will be performing in Boon, Belgium. Having a past of selling out

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Kaskade Believes The Future Of Festivals Lies In Local, Curated Festivals

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Music festivals have experienced a huge boom over the past five years. There are over 800 music festivals alone in the U.S., visited by over 32 million people, according to Nielsen Music. It’s a big business. But like any burgeoning business, oversaturation can be a bad thing.

Some festivals, like EDC NY and TomorrowWorld, have fallen on hard times and have had to cancel for a year or two. Others have found their stride and continue to push out stellar performances year after year. In an interview with Associated Press, Kaskade expresses these concerns for the future of music festivals, but he has hope that a shift in festivals will be beneficial.

“I feel like more and more cities, the place that I go sort of off the beaten path… okay, yeah, sure, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago… but there’s more and more like Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver that are starting to have these great festivals. Places you wouldn’t expect […] I think the reason they work is they’re specific to that location and the local promoters are really starting to curate an experience that speaks to the people in that market.”

A great example of this is the recently announced new festival Asteria in Florida, which is promoting itself as a boutique festival with big aspirations. Many of the performers are local talent, while some special headliners will be invited to draw more of a substantial crowd.

Kaskade’s thoughts, at least tangentially, go against recent comments made by old friend deadmau5, who has already declared the death of EDM. But at the end of the day, they’re both talking about the same thing. Where Kaskade is talking about festivals, deadmau5 is talking about artists and music.

“It already [died] in 2015. Where have you been?,” said deadmau5. “85 percent crossed over. It’s fucked. It’s out of the innovators’ hands; it’s not really grassroots anymore. I’m partially responsible – I’ve done my part to commercialize shit. Oversaturation.”

Listen to Kaskade thoughts below and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Image via Mark Owens Photo

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