August 6-9th, Shambhala Days 1-3

On Tuesday the wait began to enter the Shambhala campgrounds.  After getting in line at around 9pm Tuesday night, pitching the tent once to sleep, and moving into two other lines, we finally set up camp at 3:30pm Wednesday afternoon.  The campgrounds are unlike anything we've ever seen, completely surrounded  by mountains and wilderness. Waiting for the festival to officially begin on Friday, we spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and jumping in the river that runs along the outskirts.  After today, Shambhala left us very excited to see what was in store.

Waking up on Thursday morning we were able to get more of a taste of what the festival would be like.  Starting off the morning with a dip in the cold river with our new friends from Canada, the first DJs began playing at the Living Room and Amphitheatre stages around noon.  The Living Room stage kisses the water, playing on a sandy beach area visible to those hanging out and swimming by the river; the stage uses the natural acoustics of the mountains to beautifully relay the sounds naturally.  At the Amphitheatre stage, SkiiTour played a techno-trap style set with winter themed acrobats while blasting fake snow at the crowd.  People in the audience wore ski goggles to support the Canadian duo and increase the set's snowy-ski feel.  

Friday brought the official Welcoming Ceremony with dancing entertainment and a blessing of the festival with sage; followed by the opening of the Fractal Forest at 12pm, as well as the Pagoda, Village, and Grove stages.  The Fractal Forest, closed to all photographers and videographers, is decorated to the extreme with eye catching art and beautifully engineered lighting that enhances the magic of the woods.  While each stage is individually decorated with woodland, trippy architecture to suit the festivals natural vibe. 

Come Friday night, Madi Lawton and Andie Inscoe danced through the forest to cover Stickybuds, Griz, and Mt. Eden and Excison up close and personal.  The nighttime shows brought insane visuals that pierced throuh the trees and bass that shook the grounds.  Stickybuds and Griz threw down in the Fractal Forest while Mt. Eden and Excision had everyone moving at The Village.  So far, Shambhala has proved to bring about one of the most positive places one can wish for with unreal music quality and an amazing crowd very excited to hear great music.

Written By: Andrea Inscoe

Photos By: Madi Lawton

July 19th, Forecastle Festival- Day 2

Day two commenced with a mad dash to find the elusive tent where the interview with Nashville’s Goodbye June was to be held. With a minute to spare the tent was found, and the interview proceeded smoothly. They’re a great group of guys; all three genuine rockers! On stage they bring an old school Lynard Skynard feel (their long unruly hair only adds to this) constantly head banging to their southern rock jams. Their popular single “Out Of Your Mind” doesn’t do them justice. I almost didn’t recognize the song when they played it live! It’s a mellower song on the record, but when played live it takes a whole new shape. All three of the guys jamed out on guitar for a solo that deserved a hell of an applause. These guys definitely come alive in front of a crowd.


The second interview was with Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano of  the lovely duo, Johnnyswim. I’m a big fan of these two, and being star struck can be a serious problem of mine (I know, maybe I’m not in the right profession?), nevertheless the pair, also husband and wife, welcomed our conversation with an ease that only two beautiful souls could bring upon a complete stranger. We spoke without interruption about everything from his 4-year pursuit for alone time with his stunning wife to the first time they saw a crowd sing every word to their album. Talking with them was an absolute blast, and when Abner mentioned they first met in my favorite Nashville coffee shop, Cafe CoCo, I just about melted. I think they enjoyed talking to me too for at the end Abner asked what song I wanted to hear most with which I quickly responded “Pay Dearly”, the only bluesy song on the album. Later in the evening I arrived a few minutes early to Johnnyswim’s set to claim my front and center spot. No way was I going to show my support from the back! The highlight of my day (weekend) came soon after the duo began when Amanda and the band cleared the stage as Abner strummed the first chord of the song I requested. His performance was passionate, sincere, and even without a band behind him he filled the entire stage. I was beyond ecstatic.


Now lets back up a little bit! At 4:15 Lord Huron took to the stage with their hipster/cowboy get up. I’ve only ever heard their most popular song “Time To Run”, and I was pleasantly surprised with the pop rock band. The amount of talent on stage was astounding. Their bass player doubled as a keyboardist, the front man played the drums, and everyone on stage sang. There was the perfect fusion of folk with a bit of new wave trippyness from the vocal distortions to create a largely entertaining hour long set.


I then caught a bit of an electronic set from Kygo. I walked up right as he was playing his remix of BANKS’ “Warm Water”, which was all I needed to hear to recognize this guy knows how to make a killer remix. Up next was the always exquisite Band Of Horses. On the main stage Band of Horses played to one of the larger audiences of the weekend, and with good reason. The band’s recent shift towards the swinging country vibe, with the help of front man Ben Bridwell playing the pedal steel guitar, has made their concert more upbeat and danceable. Even their older songs like “Ode to the LRC” seemed to be a little lighter than their previous shows. They ended the set with “The Funeral” as the crowd sang along adoringly to every word, and just like that- it was time for Jack White


At 9:30 sharp the man himself, Jack White, took to the stage. Everyone was thinking the same thing… this was going to be a show to remember. He played for over two hours, well past Forecastle’s curfew, and definitely didn’t turn down the volume for anyone trying to catch up on sleep. His drummer rarely sat down, and the violinist/vocalist, Lillie Mae Risch, kept all eyes on her every time she opened her mouth. With the aid of an intense blue light shrouding the stage, White and Risch made the whole night feel like a Tim Burton movie, and after a fifteen song set, Jack White still wasn’t done, not even close. He began the encore with The White Stripe’s classic “Icky Thump” only to somehow weave Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” brilliantly into the ending. The crowd went insane, and somewhere out there Jay-Z sat on his throne looking on as the hardest rocker of our generation paid his respect to hip-hop. Seven songs later, the night finally came to an end with “Seven Nation Army”. Oh, and he smashed his guitar into a million pieces. It was epic.


Written By: Rachel Oldham

Photos By: Casey Close

Global Dance Festival- David's Experience

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the press team for Colorado’s legendary EDM festival, Global Dance Festival.  This was the first festival I was going to as press representing Bass Feeds The Soul, attending the festival as both a journalist and photographer.  As I was heading to Red Rocks I had a massive mix of emotions.  Part of me was off-the-wall ecstatic that I was given this opportunity.  Another part of me was nervous as hell because I wanted to do a great job.  The weekend turned out to be absolutely amazing and gratifying.  Here is a recap of my weekend filled with EDM, ravers, and VIP treatment at the renowned Red Rocks.


Day 1:

I was very curious as to how this weekend would turn out because I went to Global Dance Festival alone.  Typically, I know many people at most EDM events.  However, for some odd reason, no one I knew was going to Global this year.  I was rather excited to go into Global completely blind and alone because I knew I would be more willing to meet crazy, interesting people through out the weekend.

As soon as I got to Red Rocks I was shoved in a white van with a handful of other journalists and photographers and driven up a steep back road.  The road was plastered with signs stating “Employees Only” and “Do Not Enter.”  As we rode up I got to know the other press members in the van, everyone working for a wide variety of music-related websites.  I exchanged numbers with a few people, received my media pass, and entered the festival.

I entered the festival with zero expectations.  I was excited to see how Global managed to fit three stages into Red Rocks, and I was even more interested in whether the sound from all three stages would bleed horribly together.  To my surprise the sound barely bled!  I ran around Red Rocks like a little kid in a candy store, wanting to see everything there was to offer all at once.  There was people on stilts, people in crazy costumes covered head to toe in kandi, and of course amazing music everywhere I turned!  Red Rocks was transformed into a raver’s paradise!

As the sun was beginning to cool off the big acts began to hit the decks.  One of this summer’s most popular up-and-comers, Kygo, took the main stage at 7:15, drawing a huge crowd.  I was very excited for Kygo because when I saw him at Electric Forest his set was too packed and quiet to enjoy.  He began playing and everyone around me began dancing their hearts out.  I loved his track selection, until I noticed something peculiar.  About every 15-20 seconds Kygo would take a break from having his hands in the air and delicately place only one finger on a knob.  He would not twist or push the knob, simply just place a finger on it.  After creating the illusion that he was actually doing something on stage, he would go back to putting his hands in the air.  This was extremely disappointing to the point where I did not want to stay for the entirety of his set.

In my opinion the best set of the entire day came at the end of the evening.  Kastle was set to take the NRG stage during the headlining act, Adventure Club.  I decided to ditch Adventure Club’s generally disappointing set, and spend my final hour of Global Dance Day 1 at Kastle.  This was my best decision of the entire day.  He kept it fresh, funky, and futuristic- pleasuring all of the deep house heads on the Rocks.  I spent the rest of the evening dancing with new friends and faces, enjoying the deep sounds of Kastle.  Once the night had ended all I could think about was what was in store for Global Dance Day 2.

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Day 2:

I got a later start on Day 2 because I was so exhausted from running up and down the stairs of Red Rocks the evening before.  I instantly met up with a few of the people I had become friends with on Day 1, as Alvin Risk was about to begin.  I was really looking forward to Alvin Risk because I had never seen him before and I really enjoy his recorded music.  That being said, I found myself disappointed.  To put it in the simplest of terms, Alvin Risk played it safe.  It is beyond me why anyone playing at Red Rocks decides to “play it safe,” but when they do it is obvious.  I spent the rest of Alvin’s set talking with the people around me, taking pictures of those around me, and anxiously awaiting Andy C.

As soon as Andy C came on I made sure to be in the VIP section to get a heavy dose of drum and bass.  Andy C had MC Armanni Reign with him, providing just the right amount of commentary over Andy C’s vinyl selections.  At times he would get the crowd hyped, and then at times he would burst out into full-on raps that meshed perfectly with the tracks.  By the end of the set, Andy C had officially CRUSHED Red Rocks!  Next up was Showtek, another artist I was curious/excited to see.

I had never seen Showtek before, but the Showtek I knew was all hardstyle.  So, I went into their set anticipating a heavy hardstyle-filled hour and fifteen minutes.  I am not the biggest hardstyle fan, but I rarely listen to it so I was willing to stay for a while.  However, to my surprise their set was the furthest thing from hardstyle.  The Amsterdam duo began throwing down some of the heaviest house bangers all while avoiding the cheesy big-room house songs.  I found myself snapping pictures and stomping my feet all around the venue for majority of their set, enjoying every minute.  I cut my good time at Showtek early to ensure catching every second of up-and-comers Odesza.

Odesza was the act I was most excited to see over the whole weekend.  I had never seen them live, but their tracks are constantly playing in my headphones.  I got to their set just as they began, sliding my way into the VIP section and unexpectedly running into some of the new friends I had made.  From start to finish they had the entire crowd entranced- grooving, raging, and singing.  They spoiled the crowd with several new songs and remixes.  At one point a girl in front of me turned around and screamed, “ODESZA WINS THE WHOLE FESTIVAL!!”  That statement could not be anymore accurate.  From their mixing to song selections to live drumming, Odesza *excuse me * THREW THE FUCK DOWN!!

I left Odesza still singing and bobbing my head to tracks they had just played, not wanting to let go of their amazing set.  However, it was time to get down and grimy at Day 2’s headliners, Destroid.  The super group did not disappoint when it came to filthy, heavy dubstep.  Decked out in Predator-style gear, Destroid simply “destroyed” my ears.  The pain of forgetting my earplugs was so horrible, yet felt sooo good while the bass shook me from head to toe.  As their set neared its end I could not stop thinking about how Global Dance Day 2 was even better than Global Dance Day 1.  Once again, all I could think about was how great Global Dance Day 3 would be, especially because it was the “house music day”- my favorite.

Day 3:

I arrived to the third and final day of Global Dance Festival as the gates were opening to guarantee not missing any music.  Sunday was “house day” on the mainstage, and the line up was STACKED.  The house music on the mainstage gradually became more “commercial” as the night went on, but that did not take away from the quality.

I did not stray too far away from the mainstage the final day for a few different reasons.  First, my body was simply exhausted from running up and down the stairs all weekend to snap photos of artists and Global attendees.  Second, I loved all of the music at the mainstage.  Finally, the security stopped allowing press members into the VIP viewing area of the NRG stage at the top of Red Rocks, making it very difficult to take good pictures of the artists.

In my opinion, the best two sets of the day were back-to-back while the sun was still awake in the sky.  Oliver Heldens and Tchami both played great deep house sets, distracting everyone from the on and off rain.  I thought it was entertaining to watch Tchami get the crowd moving all while decked out in full reverend apparel.  The two deep house DJs played a wide variety of originals and remixes, keeping their sets fresh and unique.

Being a Chicago native, I can often be a little critical of house music.  I’m not usually one for cheesy electro-house bangers, but they can sometimes be fun in the right setting.  In the case of Sunday headliner, Zedd, it was very fun.  The first hour of his set was inventive and explored a wide variety of styles and sounds.  I found myself addicted to taking pictures of Zedd’s entire set, attempting to capture every moment via photographs.  The final thirty minutes of Zedd’s set fell into the category of cheesy, electro-house bangers (ie. Clarity, Stay The Night, etc.), but it was still a fun time.

Overall, Global Dance Festival left a great impression on me.  The 3-day EDM festival provided fans with a variety of genres- from house to trap to trance to dubstep.  The staff was awesome, helping DJs hype the crowd, trading kandi, and dancing just as hard as the attendees.  I would definitely recommend Global Dance Festival to anyone who loves dance music.  The lineup aims to bring the newest names in the game, as well as some of the biggest names.  It’s an eclectic melting pot of old school and new school ravers, as well as up-and-comers and legendary DJs- all hosted at the most amazing venue in the world.

 

Written by: David Giovannini

Photos by: David Giovannini

July 18, Forecastle Festival- Day 1

Yesterday, I departed from Nashville, Tennessee to Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky to cover my first festival as a journalist- Madi and Kylie style.  The Journey was easy, filled with the jams- Chromeo and Cherub- until we got to our hotel and realized there was no way to walk to the festival grounds; in fact there was a big ass bridge over an even bigger river separating us. So back in the car we went!

 

We finally arrived in time to catch the end of MiMOSA, and explore a bit before St. Lucia came on. We entered through the East entrance and were hit with a rather bland view. There’s a big green field, but being underneath a bridge busy with construction traffic the green seemed a tad depressing. So my advice to all day 2 and 3 goers- enter through the West entrance! From there, you’re thrown head first into the spirit of Forecastle. Art booths line the whole left side, a performer on a unicycle circles you, and a $1 craft beer booth catches your eye in the corner.

 

Like I said, we caught the end of Mimosa and watched from the back. Usually I’m one for being in the front row, but you get such a better feel for the crowd from behind, and they were absolutely loving MiMOSA. Most of them probably went to his nearly sold out late night set on the Belle of Louisville (a concert on a boat!?) too, but once was enough for me!

 

Over on the Boom Stage the Local Natives came on at 5:45. By this time the rain had started coming down, but fans braved the chilly weather and crowded the stage for what was to be a beautiful show. Every harmony echoed flawlessly over the hushed crowd resembling those of a Fleet Foxes show. This being my first time seeing Local Natives- I was impressed.  Next was Twenty One Pilots, and actually a show that I wasn’t planning on attending. I heard them from a distance, and was instantly drawn to the energy they were releasing. The duo went above and beyond with their choreography, especially with their drum sets. Multiple times the pair had the willing crowd hold them and the drums up as they beat down in perfect synchronization. The drummer even threw in a back flip to grab to crowd’s love once and for all. As Twenty One Pilots exited the stage I couldn’t help but to give them a round of loud applause and an adoring scream or two- a fan converted.


Let’s talk a little about the food here at Forecastle Fest. It’s amazing, and there’s a lot of it. The only note I have is don’t be fooled by the booths with long lines. I waited in a 15-minute line for a fancy grilled cheese that took another 25 minutes. The worst part… it wasn’t even that good.


Ending the night was the highly anticipated Outkast. And oh my god, they were amazing. They played every hit from Roses to International Player’s Anthem while Andre 3000 pranced around in a black jump suit reading “Obviously Oblivious”.  While head banging to Ms. Jackson I had a thought- you’d think an Outkast crowd would be a predictable group of people, but looking around I saw everyone from a preteen blonde with braces to a woman claiming she’d be crowd surfing if only she wasn’t pregnant. This diversity made me wonder if everyone reacted positively to the often vulgar show in front of them. Naked holograms strutted across screens and teenage girls twerked on stage to Andre’s amusement. This was to be expected though, and my guess is that the crowd walked away having fulfilled all their long awaited Outkast dreams and was ready to hit the bars.

June 21, EDC Las Vegas Day 1

It's been a while since Madi and I have been on the road. It's only been since Summer Camp actually, but that was three weeks ago, which is a pretty long time for us.

EDC Day 1 Outfits!

EDC Day 1 Outfits!

Yesterday we arrived in the infamous Las Vegas to take on EDC. Our stupid shenanigans started right back up again and it was quite a crazy road trip. To mention a few obstacles that we ran into on the drive here; First, there was a fully inflated tire in the middle of the road and yes, we ran right over it and almost died! Maybe saying we almost died is a tad bit exaggerated, but we sure did almost swerve off the road. Next, we drove away from the gas pump without taking the pump out of the car and ripped the pump from the station as we drove away. Not only did we rip the pump off but I also spilled gasoline all down my arm while attempting to put it back! Just had a few "bumps in the road" and they all happened in Utah… how peculiar.

The BassCON (hardstyle) stage from a distance

The BassCON (hardstyle) stage from a distance

Close up of the bassCON (Hardstyle) stage

Close up of the bassCON (Hardstyle) stage


We drove straight through the night and got to Vegas in the early hours of the morning; too early to even check into our room so we had to drag our tired selves around Vegas to kill some time. We have successfully switched our sleep cycles from semi-normal to nocturnal. EDC vegas starts at 7pm and ends at 5am, so we've had to sleep during the day and festival during the night.


EDC day 1, where do I even start? It's one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Production wise, it is exceptionally well done and it's hard to believe that it's even real life while you're in there. I basically just walked around all day wide eyed saying to myself "this is nuts." There is just so much going on that I found my self pretty overwhelmed at first. From the art-cars, fireworks shows, pyrotechnic effects, outrageous outfits, rides, music and so much more; there is never a dull moment at EDC. The extravagant stages are a show of their own. Sometimes it was even hard to just dance because I was so concentrated at looking at the stages! From water fountains, fire, light shows, and just the stage design in general; they alone, are amazing pieces of art.

One of the many art installations throughout the festival

One of the many art installations throughout the festival

One of the best sets of the night was hands down Armin van Buuren. He KILLED IT. The entire stage was vibing with his every move. Not to mention he played a cool remix of "Let It Go" from Frozen, which was a cool twist! Diplo was rowdy as well, getting the entire crowd twerking to "Express Yourself" and "Flap Your Wings." My personal favorite was Borgore. Mostly because I'm all about the grimey bass filled sets and his awesome samples, that are almost impossible not to dance to.

Borgore shaking Kinetic Field

Borgore shaking Kinetic Field

The night ended with a sunrise and by the time we got back to the hotel the sky was already completely light, hence why I say we are nocturnal now. That was only day 1 though and we've still got 2 more days in store!


Peace and Love,


Madi and Kylie

Summer Camp Music Festival Kylie's Personal Recap

So far, on festival tour, Madi and I have been to Buku Music and Arts Festival in New Orleans, LA, Snowball Music Festival in Denver, CO, Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, and Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. It has been quite the adventure, and no words could do it justice.

As a first-timer at Summer Camp Music Festival, and also just a first-timer of any camping music festival, I'd describe it as one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. Going to a music festival is one thing, but going to a camping festival is on a completely different level. I'm sure Madi was just about ready to strangle me throughout the weekend because the festival was so much fun that it made work really difficult… Although, the perks of my slacking off were that I was able to fully indulge in the whole experience and thus am able to write so much about it.

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I don't even know where to start! This seems to be a problem for me when writing about festivals, but this one especially. Summer Camp is truly an amazing experience, and it's no shocker that some festival goers have been going for 10+ years. It's not the music that makes the festival at all. Don't get me wrong though, there were some fantastic artists who came! But what makes the festival so special is the culture and the people. The culture at summer camp is indescribable and I encourage everyone to experience it at least once. Once you pass the gates into the festival grounds, it seems that all social norms vanish and the usual image that society pushes upon people are gone.

Being at this festival is like being in a world where you feel welcomed by everyone. It's great! Most people's cell phones have no service, or die by the end of the first day, and no one is ever in a rush. It feels like everyone has time to talk, and actually enjoy the time spent talking as well. It's enlightening to discover all sorts of different people who came from so many different backgrounds, and miraculously united at the festival. One lady even told me the whole thing was about unity. I agree. It's about all different sorts of people coming together and sharing their love, and everyone has a little something different to offer to the festival community. It's a culture.

I find that in everyday life, everyone is in some sort of a rush. There are deadlines to meet, jobs to go to, errands to complete, and all of that everyday nonsense. At the festival, there is no rush because everyone is just where they want to be and no one really has to go anywhere. There were times when I had absolutely no idea what time it was because I generally didn't have my cell phone on me. I think people get the wrong ideas about festivals. A lot of people think it's a 60's revelation where people gather and do tons of drugs and rage to music. Well, maybe it is a little bit like the 60's, and there might be a lot of drug use among some, but that is definitely NOT what it is all about. It's about culture; a different culture that is unlike society, and in my opinion, a better culture. I could write all about the people I've met there and the all the little random things that went on which made the festival what it is, but the only way anyone could ever understand festival culture is by experiencing it for themselves.


Peace and Love,


Kylie

May 24, Summer Camp Music Festival

Saturday was absolutely crazy! We had so so so much stuff to do! We woke up and went straight to the media building to start editing photos and getting things posted. 

 

We kicked off the day with Cherub's set! Which was nothing short of absolute rowdiness! I was SO excited to be able to be in the pit, I got some great shots! The crowd was also pretty good sized for the beginning of the day! The best part was definitely when they sang their own rendition of "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris!  

 

Afterwards we we shot a ETC! ETC! While we waited for out interview with Cherub.  

 

Finally we got to sit down with Jason and Jordan, I was actually REALLY nervous (and I think you can tell in the first part of the video interview) but after we got talking it was easy to relax because JASON AND JORDAN ARE THE COOLEST! Jason and I even were wearing matching socks, kind of epic. After the interview we of course got a selfie with them! Can't wait to see them again this summer! Definitely two of the coolest guys, and jm not just saying that because I'm thee biggest cherub fan girl on the planet. 

 

The rest of the night I ran around shooting. Which was awesome but exhausting. Shooting Lotus was a bit of a challenge just because there was SO much dust in the air it made a lot of the shots I was getting look grainy! Some of them even look like they were standing in the middle of fog! 

 

The he best part about shooting was hands down being able to shoot on stage for ETC! ETC!, HeRobust, and UZ! Definitely a huge honor considering the stage was closed to the rest of the photographers! 

 

Best set of the night was hands down UZ. SO rowdy! The entire vibe tent was packed and there were people over flowing on the outside! Great way to end the day! 

 

I called it early last night, I'll be shooting until 3:15am tonight so I figured it was a good idea to chill! Anyways, great second day at the festival!  

 

Peace and love,  

Madi and Kylie  

 

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Selfie with Cherub! 

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May 24, Summer Camp Music Festival

Saturday was absolutely crazy! We had so so so much stuff to do! We woke up and went straight to the media building to start editing photos and getting things posted. 

Jason from Cherub interacts with the crowd during his set

Jason from Cherub interacts with the crowd during his set

 

We kicked off the day with Cherub's set! Which was nothing short of absolute rowdiness! I was SO excited to be able to be in the pit, I got some great shots! The crowd was also pretty good sized for the beginning of the day! The best part was definitely when they sang their own rendition of "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris!  

 

Afterwards we we shot a ETC! ETC! While we waited for our interview with Cherub.  

 

Finally we got to sit down with Jason and Jordan, I was actually REALLY nervous (and I think you can tell in the first part of the video interview) but after we got talking it was easy to relax because JASON AND JORDAN ARE THE COOLEST! Jason and I even we're wearing matching socks, kind of epic. After the interview we of course got a selfie with them! Can't wait to see them again this summer! Definitely two of the coolest guys, and jm not just saying that because I'm thee biggest cherub fan girl on the planet. 

Selfie with Cherub

Selfie with Cherub


The rest of the night I ran around shooting. Which was awesome but exhausting. Shooting Lotus was a bit of a challenge just because there was SO much dust in the air it made a lot of the shots I was getting look grainy! Some of them even look like they were standing in the middle of fog! 


The he best part about shooting was hands down being able to shoot on stage for ETC! ETC!, HeRobust, and UZ! Definitely a huge honor considering the stage was closed to the rest of the photographers! 

Photo I snagged on my cell phone on stage with UZ

Photo I snagged on my cell phone on stage with UZ


Best set of the night was hands down UZ. SO rowdy! The entire vibe tent was packed and there were people over flowing on the outside! Great way to end the day! 


I called it early last night, I'll be shooting until 3:15am tonight so I figured it was a good idea to chill! Anyways, great second day at the festival!  


Peace and love,  

Madi and Kylie  


May 23, Summer Camp Music Festival

We woke up bright and early to leave Traverse City to make the drive down to SCAMP. We had a bit of a caravan, my two best friends from home tagged along with us! The drive actually seemed short compared to the 20+ hour drive to Alabama and back!

Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique, photo by Madi Lawton

Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique, photo by Madi Lawton


The worst part about the drive was my friends got pulled over for being to close to the car ahead of them and got COMPLETELY searched by the K-9 units! They didn't have anything illegal on them, so they were fine and free to go, but talk about a serious invasion of privacy. The cops here are desperate to catch people with drugs.


We finally got to the festival, and then waited another 20 minutes to park, which was super fun. Then we got to make the trek into the festival grounds to find our campsite! It was a bit of a walk, but not too bad! People are camped out EVERYWHERE here, in the field, in the woods, and everywhere inbetween, completely packed tent-to-tent.

Selfie with Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique

Selfie with Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique


We ended up camping in the field, right by the Moonshine stage! Prime location for sure. Our neighbors are super friendly too! They're from Nashville and Chicago!


After we set up camp we made our way to the first few sets of the night, Bro Safari, Robotic Pirate Monkey, and Beats Antique! Beats threw and absolutely mesmerizing set, and Zoe Jakes was spot on so cool changing costumes a total of 6 times throughout the performance!

The Entrance to SCAMP at sunset

The Entrance to SCAMP at sunset


We were pretty exhausted from traveling, so we called it a night after we saw EOTO. Since it was a really nice night we decided to hike into the woods and camp! Best decision ever. Way more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Walking through the woods at scamp at night also has a very cool vibe, almost like you're walking through a circus. It was definitely a great way to start the weekend!



Peace and Love,


Madi and Kylie





May 17th, Hang Out Festival

Hangout Festival day 3 consisted of some kick ass sets and running around in the sweltering heat. To start off our fun-filled day, we got ourselves stuck in a ditch. But hey, at least it was free parking! it only took us plus 5 random guys to get it out later that night.

Selfie with the Electric Sons!

Selfie with the Electric Sons!

Our schedule looked like this: First, shoot Teegan and Sarah at the chevy tent,Then to the Red Bull stage to get pictures of the Electric Sons, then RUN back to the media tent and Interview The Wans, then book it to the Boom Boom tent to catch some shots of Tommy Trash who by the way threw down a fantastic set, and then to the photo pit to shoot Modest Mouse, followed by running across the beach to shoot The Flaming Lips, Then back to the other side of the beach to shoot the killers, and lastly to the Boom Boom tent to shoot Pretty Lights. Our day was pretty busy and we definitely got our daily dose of exercise by running from stage to stage The interview with The Wans was great, they are a hilarious group of guys.

In the Pit for Modest Mouse!

In the Pit for Modest Mouse!

Tommy Trash threw the f*ck down at his set. His face was constantly hidden by his hair with his non-stop head nodding; the crowd was incredibly rowdy, how could you not be while watching Tommy Trash? I think I speak for everyone when I say I was definitely looking forward to Modest Mouse, and they did not disappoint. They were fantastic.

Selfie with the Wans

Selfie with the Wans


The big disappointment of the day was getting informed that Chance the Rapper had backed out, but apparently he was feeling ill so we'll give him a break. Feel better Chance.


The Flaming lips brought some freakiness to The Hangout Festival and that's exactly what it needed. There were massive balloon ducks being bounced all over the crowd and ridiculous costumes on stage.

At last we were able to stop running for a minute before The Killers went on. We used our spare time to get some well need massages.

The Jetta got stuck!

The Jetta got stuck!

 

The final two sets of the day were the Killers, who killed it as expected, And Pretty Lights. Derek played one of his best sets in a long time and it was a fantastic way to end our saturday. The cherry on top of it all was viewing a beautiful fireworks show as we were walking back to the car.

 

Indeed, another Successful day!

 

Peace and Love,

 

Madi and Kylie

May 18th, Hang Out Music Festival

Sunday at The Hang Out was a bit of a struggle. The driving, sleeping in a tent, and running around the festival for three days finally caught up to us, and we were pretty tired. 

 

That is, until we went to the festival to kick off the day with Caked Up! Who threw a ridiculously rowdy set. Too bad Madi forgot to put the battery in her camera and wasn't able to get photos. Total face palm moment. 

 

The rest of the day was spent sprinting from stage to stage seeing SOJA, Mimosa, Bastille, Boys Noize, Zedd and Outkast! The best part of the day was definitely watching Zedd's set back stage! We were dancing around like crazy people and actually got the majority of the people to dance along with us. But really, how can you NOT get down to zedd? Besides he's absolutely adorable, and my (Madi's) DJ crush. 

 

Okay, I just want to say to all of you people that were at Coachella and Counterpoint that hated on Outkast---  STOP. They threw a straight PARTY.  The entire beach was full of people dancing and singing along to every single word. We were able to watch the set from the VIP pool with Caked Up. Plus they slipped and told us they would be at EDC Las Vegas this summer!!!  We spent the entire set dancing and jumping around on beach chairs. We like to pretend we knew all of the words to the songs they played, but really could only sing along to Hey Ya, Roses, and the Chorus to Ms. Jackson. Regardless, it was an absolute BLAST and the best part of the festival. 

 

The festival closed out with a fireworks show---- I never wanted it to end.  

 

Afterwards, we experienced the classic assholes in the parking lot after a festival. We accidentally cut off a guy and he FLLOWED us to a gas station and started yelling at us. It was actually hilarious because we were literally only going 15 mph when we did it to and Kylie TOTALLY told him off while I sat there laughing. Go Kreagz. 

 

We had a last minute change of plans, and instead of driving ALL the way back to Colorado we drove to my hometown in Michigan!  

 

We're chilling out here for a few days to regroup and get the rest of our coverage posted before we head to Summer Camp Music Festival this weekend in Illinois!  

 

Peace and Love, 

 

Madi and Kylie  

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May 16, Hang Out Festival

Hangout fest has redeemed itself! Friday was an absolute blast. The staff was

super nice and really helpful and all the sets were awesome! It was a good day

for us.


There is just so much to write about!


I'll start with the over all venue; Hangout Festival is located on Gulf Shores

beach, they closed down an entire street for it! There's 6 stages and an

incredible lineup. Some of the best parts about the festival are the access to the

beach, the VIP pool area, and the carnival rides at night when they're all lit up.

View of the Main Stage from the VIP area

View of the Main Stage from the VIP area


We got to festival a little bit late, which is understandable considering that we

were abruptly awaken by a park ranger that morning… Our lack of promptness

made us miss HeROBUST's set but we were lucky enough to casually run into

him backstage afterward and even got a selfie with him (we have this thing

where every time we meet a musician we take a selfie with them)! Let me just

say that he is the chillest dude ever and was super friendly.

Selfie with heROBUST

Selfie with heROBUST


The biggest struggle we had that day was finding the media tent… We literally

ran around the whole festival asking every staff member we could find where it

was before we actually found it. (note to other festivals: Be sure that the staff

knows where the media tent is). Also, the Gulf Shore locals who were charging

$20 or more for parking in their yards, that is absurd! Luckily we found a free

spot to park!


RAC killed it. Which was expected. They opened with Lana del Rey's "Blue

Jeans" remix (which Madi freaked out about, it's her favorite song.)

Wiz Khalifa was a bit overwhelming, only because the crowd was nuts. It took us

almost 10 minutes to get from one side of the crowd to another. But then again,

it's Wiz Khalifa, and i'd expect nothing less. It was kind of crazy being in the pit

for it, we were standing next to photographers from MTV, Rolling Stone,

American Songwriter, and Getty Images…. then there was tiny little us. It was an

insanely humbling experience.


Childish Gambino was absolutely incredible! His energy never stopped and he

connected with the crowd unbelievably. I'd definitely recommend seeing him

perform. One of the best parts of his performances was his freestyle rap. We

were lucky enough to be able to watch his set from back stage. We also ran into

heRobust again and chilled with him for a minute.


One of the funniest moment of the first day at Hang Out was when some random

guy was called an asshole by thousands of people while the Queens of the

Stone Age were performing. The Band had just played a song about drugs when

the lead singer singled out some guy in the audience and said "we're singing

about drugs, not assholes!" the guy was apparently pushing some girl around

pretty violently. The guy got what he deserved though, the whole crowd started

chanting asshole at him AND he was shown on the mega screen getting

escorted out by security and policemen. That really sucks.


The VIP Pool area where we watched the Black Keys (about 100 yards stage left of the main stage)

The VIP Pool area where we watched the Black Keys (about 100 yards stage left of the main stage)

The VIP pool area was essential for viewing The Black Keys. The crowd was

gigantic. If you were in the middle of that crowd, there was no getting out. It

seriously stretched AT LEAST 800 yards down the beach. Of course it was a

hard decision to choose between seeing The Black Keys or STS9 so we went to

both! We watched the first half of the Black Keys and ended our festivities by

watching STS9.


…and we camped legally this time, go us!


Peace and Love,


Madi and Kylie