Freaky Deaky’s Colossal Lineups are a Force to be Reckoned With

Written by Arooj Mustansir

 

Freaky Deaky has revamped its annual Halloween extravaganza by revealing their plans to hold multiple events across the Midwest instead of their usual singular event in Chicago.  The events will be taking place on October 26-31 in cities with blooming yet intimate bass music scenes including Milwaukee, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor.  React Presents certainly outdid themselves in crafting multifaceted lineups for each city with tremendously gifted artists in the electronic music scene.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the lineups by city:

 

Milwaukee’s event will be taking place from October 27-28 at the Wisconsin Convention Center which is a stunning venue in the heart of downtown.  Day 1 will feature performances by Griz, Flatbush Zombies, Boogie T, and newly announced artists Opiuo and Plaid Hawaii which will surely have a funky and psychedelic vibe.  Things will get otherworldly night 2 with Bleep Bloop, Ganja White Night, Mija, Artifakts, and electronic music extraordinaire Bassnectar.

Bassnectar at Freaky Deaky 2015

Bassnectar at Freaky Deaky 2015

Freaky Deaky will honor their Chicago roots with 2 events every night at renowned venues Concord Music Hall and Aragon Ballroom during October 27-28.  Kayzo’s Doghouse Takeover will bring the ruckus at Concord Music Hall the first night.  Gorgon City, Chicago native Lee Floss, and Kidnap Kid will close out the following night.  The Aragon Ballroom will be the spot for deep house junkies on the 27th with performances by superstars Oliver Heldens, Klingande, and DrezoDillon Francis, WhatSoNot, and Parker will bring their infectious sounds to the venue on the 28th.  With their dynamic and energetic performances, it will definitely be a night to remember.

What So Not

What So Not

Michigan is known for its thriving music scene and React chose its premier music venues to host the events including The Intersection at Grand Rapids and The Necto in Ann Arbor. UK producer Zomboy will bring his heavy beats and EDM anthems to The Intersection on the 27th and Cash Cash will close out the festival at The Necto on Halloween Night.

Zomboy

Zomboy

With all the heavy hitters from across the EDM spectrum Freaky Deaky will be showcasing, it will without a doubt be the most legendary Halloween festival in the Midwest. The festival has changed the game by giving you an opportunity to catch acts that normally play huge Halloween festivals at intimate venues instead.  The variety of dates and proximity of the locations also gives nomadic festival goers a chance to catch events at multiple locations so your Halloween celebrations have endless potential.  Grab your tickets here to be a part of the biggest freak show of the year!

 

Festival Links:

Website: http://freakydeakyhalloween.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getfreakydeaky/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/getfreakydeaky

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getfreakydeaky/

Blossom at Sonic Bloom this June: Music Meets Meaning

The perfect coalition of music and conscious living, Sonic Bloom has provided attendees an unrivaled experience of transformational fun for over ten years. This year’s festival takes place June 15th-18th during the Summer Solstice of 2017.

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10 Things We Can't Wait To Experience At Lightning in a Bottle 2017!

Lightning in a Bottle is a festival nested in the valleys of Bradley, California that brings people from from and wide to participate in a four days of conscious partying! Not only does the festival offer amazing music, they also offer some incredible experiences that allow you to work hands on in a workshop setting exploring, art, music, movement, and more! Here are some of the experiences we're excited to have at LIB when we're not groovin' on the dance floor! 

1. The Sculpture

2. The Tea Dome 

3. Mova Gallery 360Dome.Pro Experience 

4. The Amori Casino & Burlesque for some late night fun!

5. Thing to Get Fast & Furious at the Soap Box Derby!

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6. Getting cleaned up and beautified at the Do-Over beauty salon! 

7. Meeting our match at late night speed dating 

8. Getting lit at the public fire circle!

9. Learning some healthy lifestyle tips at the Learning Kitchen! 

10. Getting Boosted at the Doctor at The Grand Artique to get a vitamin B Shot to keep us going all weekend long! 

With everything that Lightning in a Bottle has to offer, make sure you go out and explore! We can't wait to see everything that it has to offer! 

***Photos are not property of Bass Feeds The Soul and belong to their respective owners*** 

Shaky Beats 2017 Exceeds Expectations

        Shaky Beats Music Festival was hands down one of the most entertaining festivals I’ve seen in quite some time. With perfect up and coming artists to compliment a scenic Centennial Olympic Park, this festival was extremely well executed in just about every aspect imaginable. With three stages situated throughout the festival grounds, every act was within a 10 minute walk of one another with various amenities and concessions thoughtfully placed along each major road. Shaky Beats brought together the hottest electronic acts for 3 days of a jam packed memorable weekend full of positivity, love, and connection. With so many smiling faces and evident jubilation there was never a dull moment on this unforgettable weekend in the welcoming city of Atlanta. Situated within walking distance from downtown ATL, Shaky Beats was extremely accessible yet very conscious of all that was going on in the city aside from the music festival. The promoters of this event did a phenomenal job at organizing all the licenses necessary to ensure a smooth and swift weekend.

Photo Credit: aLive Coverage; Shot from Final Day Peachtree (Main) Stage

Photo Credit: aLive Coverage; Shot from Final Day Peachtree (Main) Stage

Photo Credit: aLive Coverage. Shot from GRiZ's set closing out Day 1

Photo Credit: aLive Coverage. Shot from GRiZ's set closing out Day 1

        Out of all the festivals I’ve attended, I can honestly say that I had little to no complaints at all. With various AirBnB’s located anywhere from 1-20 miles outside of the festival, traveling accommodations were not only affordable, but well worth the value. Seeing as this was not a camping festival, it was interesting to watch town of ATL enjoy a huge boom in millennial business come May 5th. Additionally, Shaky Beats organizers made sure that everyone had a safe, relaxing way to unwind from the craziness of each day. With perfectly orchestrated afterparties from artists such as Illenium, Slushii, Kaskade, Snails, Said the Sky, Ganja White Night, Mija, and Galantis (see full sets at the bottom of the article) the organizers of this event did a great job at shifting the festival madness from the outdoor park to various indoor venues to keep the city at bay during the early hours of the morning. 

       It’s difficult to properly highlight all the sets that stood out so in this article I’m going to do my very best to hype artists that I feel are well worth noticing for when they come by a town near you. With so much talent taking place over the course of one weekend, it’s nearly impossible to give each and every artists the respect and promotion they deserve. I would like to point out that every single artist on the bill treated the crowd and the festival as a whole with the utmost respect. Seeing as this was one of the first festivals of the season, every act came prepared with loads of unreleased material to compliment new sets and takes on previous work. Shaky Beats delivered, in my opinion, the strongest electronic lineup for a mid-sized festival in quite some time. Rivaling festivals such as Moonrise, Euphoria, and Camp Bisco, Shaky Beats stood out for it’s ability to provide a modern twist on the festival stigmas we have all come to know. The acts on this bill are sure to be the biggest influencers in electronic music over the course of the next few years and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if an act that opened one of the days was headlining the festival a few years down the road.

        As far as sets from Day 1 go, every act kicked off the festival with an incredible strong set. Whether it was the live set from Crywolf to kick off the Piedmont stage or Ekali laying down a hard hitting trap/future bass set on the Peachtree set or even rising future bass sensations ARMNHMR leading off the Ponce de Leon, it was evident from the very start that this weekend was going to be nothing short of spectacular. Festival goers started flooding in around 5PM and by 8PM the festival was jam packed with millennials of all ages and interests. It was truly inspiring to see thousands of people getting down to Boombox Cartel’s incredibly riveting set only to walk a few minutes over to Said the Sky’s live set and see fans supporting this up and comer with the utmost respect. As the day progressed with sets from Party Favor, Ganja White Night, and Alison Wonderland, you literally could not go wrong being at any stage of the festival.

Although there were slight overlaps in these time slots, the festival was laid out perfectly to allow you to catch every single act that you wanted. RL Grime filled up the MainStage at 8PM as he debuted his newest original “Reims” live for the first time and with Bonobo and the Knocks performing across the festival grounds, it was so reassuring to know that even if you were sick of such a big crowd that you could easily walk to another stage and enjoy great music with a little more room to dance. As always, Griz brought the heat and delivered a bunch of unreleased material to solidify himself as one of the most dominant acts in the game. The amount of Griz merchandise spotted throughout the festival was absolutely insane and just goes to show what a successful brand he’s developed with his motto of “Show Love Spread Love”. Followed by a jaw dropping afterparty from Illenium and Said the Sky, I would have to say that Day 1 was probably my favorite of the entire weekend. Despite the fact that Illenium wasn’t scheduled to perform until Saturday, he didn’t hold anything back and gave the fans a bunch of material off his newest album to compliment some of his favorite bangers ultimately taking form in one of the best afterparties I’ve been to in quite some time. 

After such an incredible experience on Day 1 it was hard to contain your excitement for the rest of the weekend. I will admit that I was a little tired after so much smiling and dancing throughout the course of one day but I was ultimately energized and amped to see what the rest of the artists had in store for Saturday and Sunday. My favorite sets from Saturday came from Young Bombs, Modern Measure, Haywyre, Slushii, Illenium, and Gramatik. I’m not the biggest fan of house music so unfortunately Saturday didn’t move me as much as the previous day.

Check out Full Sets at the bottom of the article!

With that being said, there was a tremendous amount of diversity within the house music genre whether it be hard hitting deep house/trap hybrids from JOYRYDE or electro-pop anthems from Galantis or even old school progressive house masterpieces from the legend Kaskade himself. As mentioned above, the amount of musical diversity on every stage was unbelievable. To transition from future bass/electro-pop oriented Young Bombs to funk, soul filled live piano from Haywyre, to some of the heaviest dubstep around from Slushii ultimately climaxing in one of the most inspiring and unique live sets from Illenium, Saturday was nothing short of spectacular. I definitely didn’t have as much musical comfort as the previous day but there was always something worth seeing regardless of what stage you were at. With that being said, just because house music isn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean it isn’t great! It was evident that these artists had huge draws and truthfully if the fans are enjoying the music that’s all you can really ask for from a festival. In my opinion too many festivals are trying to cater to one specific crowd which often cannibalizing any other genres that make their way onto the lineup. Shaky Beats did a phenomenal job at executing a diverse lineup that catered to every single person in attendance. 

Sunday’s lineup closed out the festival with an absolute bang. By combining some of the heaviest acts in EDM with up and coming singer-song writers, Sunday’s bill took into account how everyone was feeling and provided a great balance between chill and hard hitting acts. Whether it was super laid back sets from acts like Echos, Little Dragon, Mutemath, or Wingtip to crazy dub/trap sets from Slander, Getter, LOUDPVCK, REZZ or Zed’s Dead, the last day of the festival engrained a positive memory in your mind. The energy towards sunset was at an all time high and it was clear that nobody wanted to festival to end. Luckily for those people, Shaky Beats managed to secure the biggest act in debatably all of music to close out the festival with a bang.

Despite all the negative rep the Chainsmokers have received, this closing set went to show exactly why this duo has skyrocketed to the top of every music chart out there. I’ve honestly never seen so many people at a single set and seeing as it was the final act of the festival, everyone in attendance made sure to give their all to the historic pop duo. Whether it was sensational remixes of their original tracks or throwback instrumentals such as Teach Me How to Dougie, the Chainsmokers displayed an immense amount of diversity and kept the haters at bay by being able to take the energy to an all time high and then keeping the vibe rolling for a chilled out rendition of various tracks off their debut album “Memories Do Not Open”. All in all, this was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend and despite what anyone else has to say, I will continue to support the Chainsmokers and all they’re doing for electronic music for years to come. 

In conclusion, Shaky Beats Music Festival was nothing short of spectacular. If you’ve made it this far into the article I can tell that you have some interest in music festivals as a whole. As an avid fan of electronic music and a sometimes skeptic of music festivals as a whole, I can assure you that you can not go wrong with this festival in the future. I’ve attended pretty much every major music festival around the country and for my personal comfort this festival was perfect. I love being able to come back to a nice room with a shower after a day of dancing and Atlanta provided the perfect opportunity to do just this without having to worry about renting a car and driving a ridiculous distance to get to the festival. The acts on this bill perfectly catered to the crowd and whether you’re a single guy looking to find his soulmate or someone going with good friends to have a good time, I would strongly recommend this festival to younger generations getting into the idea of music festivals. To any parents who are scared of the concept of letting their children go to a music festival, rest assured that festivals such as Shaky Beats are doing a phenomenal job at creating a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for new comers to enjoy their first festival experiences with a peace of mind. I look forward to attending this festival next year and for anyone who was unable to attend, I strongly suggest looking away from overpopulated festivals such as Bonnarroo or Electric Forest and into festivals like Shaky Beats that heavily invest in picking the perfect acts to balance a strong lineup with a reasonably sized crowd. 

Written By: Cooper Turley

OTHER SETS FROM SHAKY BEATS 2017:

Illenium After Party Full Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNN4kmJiZYg&t=1643s

Said the Sky Full Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zTtyfOoeoQ

Mayhem Partial Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5iTV5AWMU

Galantis 1/2 Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Psqt9MZ1fM

NORTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 ARTIST LINEUP

North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) is thrilled to reveal the artist lineup for its eighth annual year, taking place on the sprawling grass of Chicago’s Union Park from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3, 2017! Featuring incredible tree-dotted views of the city skyline, and 80 unbeatable performances from all corners of the creative pool, “Summer’s Last Stand” is music lovers’ chance to end the season on a high note.


Single Day, 3-Day and VIP Tickets Are On Sale Now at northcoastfestival.com! Layaway plans are also available for just $45 down for General Admission, and $55 down for VIP.

For fans of bombastic hip hop, high-flying electronic rhythms and crooning jam bands, Coasties can look forward to an experience that provides something for everyone. Headlining the festival on Friday will be a back-to-back set from electronic music legends DEADMAU5 and ERIC PRYDZ, joining forces to bring their monumental house and techno creations to the main stage, and international hip hop figure GUCCI MANE, coming on the heels of his 10th studio album release The Return of East Atlanta Santa. On Saturday, reggae prodigy DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY, instrumental electronic rock ensemble SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 (STS9), and champion of Chipotle and wild bass heaters CARNAGE will end the evening in extraordinary style and spectacle. Finally, eclectic alt-rock heroes WEEN, iconic electronic composer TIPPER and a soon to be announced SPECIAL SURPRISE HEADLINER will close out the weekend on Sunday.

In addition to the headliners, North Coast continues to host a thrilling roster of artists from a variety of genres each day. Kicking off Day 1 will be soulful electronic creator BONOBO playing LIVE alongside a full band, up-and-coming jokester rapper LIL DICKY, Boston-based funk family LETTUCE, and groovy hip hop instrumentalists BADBADNOTGOOD. A second surprise guest will be announced at later date, along with New Orleans nu jazz collective THE RUSS LIQUID TEST, left-of-center singer songwriter HARRISON BROME, Midwest-based rapper WEBSTERX, multi-talented jazz and hip hop singer AKENYA, and Chicago's resident laidback DJ EDAMAME.

Day 2 will see live sets from half of the legendary hip hop duo Outkast, BIG BOI, cover band responsible for the Grateful Dead's greatest hits JOE RUSSO'S ALMOST DEAD, and electro-soul composer MANIC FOCUS with his accompanying band, coming off his newest album Mind Rising, along with a raucous rap performance from steadily rising hip hop extraordinaire POST MALONE. Attendees can also look forward to the vocal-centered dance music flyers of DON DIABLO and acclaimed R&B storytellers TANK AND THE BANGAS. Completing the Saturday roster will be A TRIBE CALLED REDWHETHANSPAFFORDSUNSQUABILONDON ON DA THE TRACKGOLDFISHSAINT WKND, and CARLILE.

Day 3 will be graced by performances from U.K. grime figurehead SKEPTA, prominent dance music duo HIPPIE SABOTAGE, and three more surprise guests. Other acts include creator of the West Coast's HARD series DESTRUCTO, hip hop originators THE COOL KIDS, and additional sets by acts ELEPHANTEELECTRIC GUESTLATE NIGHT RADIOVALLIS ALPS, KASBO and Chicago’s own RICH JONES.

As waves of joy and excitement wash over us all, attendees can look forward to North Coast’s five surprise artists, painters for the heralded Live Graffiti Area and the DJ lineup for the Silent Disco and the House Dome, which will be revealed over the coming weeks! Don’t miss out and follow North Coast on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.