Fashion Meets Music Festival | 3 Must See Artists
What began as a novel idea, the Fashion Meets Music Festival quickly found itself entrenched in controversy regarding one Robert Kelly. And if the adage “all publicity is good publicity” rings true, the Fashion Meets Music Festival coverage in USA Today, Rolling Stone , CNN and Pitchfork should raise enough brand awareness to ensure the inaugural festival is a success.
Obviously there are a plethora of great bands across and equal number of musical genres playing the Fashion Meets music Festival. However if we were only allowed to see one band each day, Local Natives, Black Taxi and Future Islands are our must see Fashion Meets Music Festival artists.
Check out some more on our recommendations below and we’ll see you at FMMF!
Nationwide and High Outdoor Stage
Nationwide and Marconi Outdoor Stage
Park Street Complex
Thanks to Clash for premiering the official video to Robyn Sherwell‘s “Love Somebody”, directed by Jodie Canwell and released on 7 September on Birdland Records. Grab tickets to the the launch party (on Thu 11 September) here.
I hate big music festivals, but I loved Forecastle
Review by Josh Weiker
Photos by Brock Caldwell
Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Firefly, Burning Man – not only does the list of music festivals go on and on, it also continues to grow each year. It has become shamefully obvious that promoters, bands, and die-hard music fans have been trying to reinvent the Woodstock wheel for 45 years now, and who can blame them? And while some modern festivals have excelled at certain aspects (appealing to massive crowds of people or focusing on elevating the drug culture) its becoming very obvious that no matter how hard we try, our music festivals just aren’t going to be the same.
Oddly enough, my view came to change in the middle of winter, right after the turn to 2014 – when the news broke that Outkast would be embarking on a celebratory 20-year anniversary tour. Set to begin in April, the dope-rhyme slinging duo had charted a course of shows across more than 40 festival, so I began looking for the nearest festival that met my fickle preferences.
Narrowing the field was surprisingly easy. For starters I live in the Midwest, the enthusiastic statement of “camping is exciting!” has grown into “I think I’m gonna head back to the hotel for a nap” and the idea of taking an inter-dimensional spiritual quest amidst an array of music festival chaos just isn’t as appealing as it once was. Lame, I know.
With the field narrowed to a handful of potential festivals (and my sights set on Chicago), an unknown contender burst into the room and declared itself the winner. Outkast, Jack White, and Beck; not a bad start – the lineup went on to include names like The Replacements, Spoon, Dwight Yoakam, Band of Horses, Gary Clark Jr., and Spanish Gold. When I saw Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on the bill, I knew that I was going down to Louisville’s Waterfront Park for Forecastle.
Fast forward a few months, and we’re walking through the festival gates. Not even two steps into the park and the explosive electronic metronomic sounds of Mimosa are reverberating the southeast grounds of the Ocean Stage. The sound waves direct you further into the festival grounds – past a grounded three-tier boat that is being prepped for what is looking to be a gnarly transformation, and right into the Bourbon Lodge. Let’s just say there was a lot of bourbon… even at the local restaurants, bourbon was the most common ingredient, which serve their local treasure until 4am!
Back to Forecastle and the Bourbon Lodge, where the members of Spoon (most of them at least) showed up to dish out a few cocktails as special guest bartenders. Not long after that, Gary Clark Jr. hit the Mast Stage and despite a slight and steady mist-like sprinkling rain, his set was fantastic. Without as much as a flinch, he traveled across blues, soul, rock and r&b.
Outkast was the Friday night closer, and oh my… It was – wow – . I YOLO-ed, twice. Half way through the set, Big Boi broke into a short solo set, then André had his solo set, then they came back together to close it out – just look at this setlist:
B.O.B., Gasoline Dreams, ATLiens, Skew It on the Bar-B, Rosa Parks, Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1, Aquemini, SpottieOttieDopaliscious, Ms. Jackson, Kryptonite (I’m on It), GhettoMusick, The Way You Move, Vibrate, She Lives in My Lap, Prototype, Hey Ya!, Hootie Hoo, Crumblin’ Erb, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Player’s Ball, Elevators (Me & You), Roses, So Fresh, So Clean, Int’l Player’s Anthem, The Whole World
… not a bad start
Jack White closed out the main stage on Saturday night. It wasn’t bad … the lights were neat … I mean, I guess its my fault for thinking Jack White = White Stripes, or even the Raconteurs. I now know that “Jack White” means “Jack White’s Rockin’ Ol’ Country Jam Time Band Time.” Again, not bad; just not what I was expecting?
Sunday was particularly laid back (I think the bourbon was finally getting to everyone) and featured plenty of bands, but the only thing anyone was talking about was Beck. Now, either Beck got wind of everyone’s building excitement, or perhaps he caught the Outkast show and was inspired by their ‘Greatest Hits’ setlist; whatever it was, it was bonkers. They were scheduled to play from 9:45 pm until 11 pm, and they kept going until about midnight.
Even with such a raucous lineup, the whole weekend had a very chill vibe. The Forecastle festival had a great layout, with plenty of food and drink vendors, a substantial area for art, clothing and jewelry merchants, and only like 10% hippies, which is like none for a festival. With room to grow, alternative local entertainment for after hours shenanigans, and plenty of nearby hotels, this festival is packed with potential to become the next massive music festival … awww, dammit.
5 Things Learned at The Gathering of the Juggalos
On Saturday, July 26th we crossed one off the bucket list and attended The Gathering of the Juggalos. If you’re unfamiliar, its an annual festival curated by Psychopathic Records the brain trust of the Insane Clown Posse and organizers of Juggalos worldwide.
What’s a Juggalo? If you were to ask someone with any sort of sensibility, a Juggalo may best be described as a member of the Insane Clown Posse’s fan club. However, according to FBI dipshits, they are somehow categorized as a gang.
Anyways, if you absolutely need an accurate visual, here’s some guy’s aerial drone footage from Saturday afternoon.
While we can’t say we thoroughly “enjoyed” ourselves, we do have a new found respect for all parties involved as we received a crash course in Juggalo culture. What did we learn?
5. Use the buddy system. According to Trevor, “getting separated from you guys was the most terrifying 90 seconds of my fucking life.”
4. Juggalos think breasts and vaginas make great decor.
2. Bring cash and beer. Little did we know there were no legitimate beer vendors at The Gathering, a fact that many enterprising Juggalos skillfully take advantage of.
1. Jesus Loves Juggalos. Ok, this can’t technically be confirmed, but The Insane Clown Posse certainly does. The most shocking moment of our experience came during a town hall style meeting in which Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope let Juggalo’s vote on a themed cruise. Some thought it was lame, while others brought up the expense of a cruise and the assumed socioeconomic condition of the Juggalo demographic. Very admirable.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to Robyn’s performance at the first ever X Novo Records night at Hoxton Bar And Kitchen yesterday evening. Her next show is the big one; the “Love Somebody” EP launch at The Islington on Thursday 11 September. Grab your tickets for what is set to be a very special evening.
“Love Somebody” received its first radio play this Sunday just gone, on Communion’s weekly show on XFM. You can listen again here (from 19:10).
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