Author: Nathan McVay

Bonnaroo gets started with Thursday night festivities featuring Jade Bird, Elohim & more

June 9, 2018

Bonnaroo kicked off Thursday with its usual lineup that eases in the action with under the radar and emerging acts. While most of the expected 80,000 guests to attend the festival haven’t arrived, Thursday night offers an amazing opportunity and showcase to open the festival and gain thousands of new fans. Such bands that have […]

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10 surefire highlights of Bonnaroo’s 16th anniversary this weekend

June 7, 2018

The 2018 edition of Bonnaroo is about to kick off with a lot of fresh new faces, big names and a huge dose of early 2000’s nostalgia. Muse, Eminem and The Killers were three of the biggest bands in the world 10 years ago and a decade later they will be headlining one of the […]

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The Best on Ground at Lollapalooza 2017!

August 9, 2017

Lollapalooza has been around for more than 25 years. In that time the festival and music has evolved so much, going from a traveling festival with mostly rock bands to a stationed four day festival hosting genres and bands from all over the spectrum. A week ago 100 thousand people from all over the world […]

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Arcade Fire ensure Lollapalooza’s final night ends not with a whimper, but a vibrant bang

August 7, 2017

Lolla wound down Sunday with a heavy hitting lineup that spanned all major genres. Arcade Fire played the main stage against Justice, Rae Sremmurd and Zeds Dead. The headliners perfectly captured the massive variety that helped close out one of the biggest festivals in the world. ARCADE FIRE Chicago marked their first official stop on […]

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Glass Animals prove festival highlight while Chance the Rapper celebrates in his hometown on Lollapalooza Saturday

August 6, 2017

Much warmer temperatures and clearer skies awaited the hundred plus thousand people that attended day three of Lollapalooza. Day One was filled with pouring rain and a thunderstorm that cut the day short and Day Two had a little rain but cold temperatures and almost no sun. So Day Three was just what the crowd […]

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The Killers & Run The Jewels make Day Two of Lollapalooza one to remember

August 5, 2017

Day Two of Lollapalooza was much dryer, longer and drama-free than its first day, which saw artists storm off stage early, torrential down pours and an evacuation that cut the headliners sets to less than 15 minutes. Friday’s headliners had a very nostalgic 2000s kind of feel as The Killers and Blink 182 played the two […]

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Lollapalooza succumbs to heavy rain and winds as Lorde, Muse and Liam Gallagher cut sets short in Chicago

August 4, 2017

The 13th edition of Lollapalooza kicked off with a bang Thursday night before ending on a slight sour note. Over 100 thousand people braved the rain and cold temperatures to catch the many highlights of Thursday. The day was filled with great sets and the threat of major storms almost held off until after the […]

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Six unmissable performances set to come out of Lollapalooza 2017

August 1, 2017

The biggest names in rock, hip-hop, pop and more will take over Grant Park for the 13th edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago next weekend. The four-day festival is headlined by Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, The Killers and Muse, but that is just the start of the packed lineup. Australia and New Zealand will have a […]

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An American in Europe (at 30): Part Two – In UK and Ireland, friends make the world go round

June 30, 2017

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light,” – Helen Keller Friends are a great thing to have. A good friend can give you so many things: Advice, Confidence, Wisdom. But the best friends are the ones who are just there. It took me seven days, four countries […]

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Bonnaroo celebrates 16 years of live music with Lorde, Flume and more over the weekend

June 14, 2017

Bonnaroo hit its full swing this past weekend with massive headliners that brought in tens of thousands. Saturday had three of the biggest names from three drastically different genres. Chance the Rapper kicked off Saturday night with as much energy and enthusiasm as anyone on the lineup. Ripping through his early work and touching on […]

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U2 kick off Bonnaroo in their first ever American festival appearance; all the highlights from night one in Tennessee

June 11, 2017

For just the second time in their iconic career, U2 played a music festival last night (and their first in the US) and what resulted was a night the crowd of seventy thousand plus will never forget. The 16th edition of Bonnaroo swung into full gear on Friday with U2 as the main attraction. The […]

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Four Non-Headliners You Can’t Miss at Bonnaroo 2017

June 7, 2017

It is that time of the year again. The sun is out, bands are out on the road, and crowds of all ages are tracking across the United States for the greatest concert acts in the world! Ah yes, it is festival season! Coachella has come and gone with memorable shows by Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar […]

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Travel Diary: An American in Europe (at 30): Part One – Paris, France

May 31, 2017

30. A number I have dreaded for about the last five years. To many people, especially those over the age of 45, my outspoken fear of turning 30 was met with an eye roll, a laugh, and a warning of what’s to come. But 30 has felt like the first obstacle in a race to […]

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Jimmy Eat World heralds the start of SXSW Music by headlining Media Temple’s Interactive Closing Party

March 15, 2017

Media Temple hosted their annual SXSW Interactive Closing Party on Tuesday night at Austin, Texas’ prolific Stubbs’ concert venue. The event was filled with a lot of rock, rage and the perfect dose of nostalgia. Pennywise and Jimmy Eat World headlined the annual close out to the Interactive portion of the festival. Past headliners have included […]

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Our five favourite performances at the 15th Annual Austin City Limits Festival

October 17, 2016

As Austin returns back to normal following the 15th annual Austin City Limits Festival, we reflect on our favourite performances of the second weekend of the event. The two-weekender festival continues to stand out as one of the best in the world (read our official recap) and while there were many highlights, here are our top […]

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Live Review: Phantogram – The Midland, Kansas City (14.10.16)

October 16, 2016

Last Friday night showed the clear evolution and ambition of one of alt-rock’s most interesting and envelope-pushing bands.  Phantogram is composed of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the two have been making music together since 2009 and their electronic, rock outfit just released their third album appropriately titled Three. As the lights went down on […]

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Why Austin City Limits is one of the greatest festivals in the world (and 3 artists I discovered while I was there)

October 14, 2016

Music has always served as one of the most important things in my life. It is an escape, a way to deal with your problems and serve as a reminder someone else understands. Live music brings that feeling to a level 10. Concerts and music festivals are spiritual experiences for me. It’s my favorite kind […]

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Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson as Mumford & Sons and LCD Soundsystem close Austin City Limits

October 11, 2016

It would be hard to imagine Austin City Limits ending any more perfect than how the 15th edition went out Sunday night. The day’s lineup was just as diverse as the first two days featuring up and coming hip hop artists, rock and funk bands and massive headliners but it was the presence of Austin’s […]

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Festival Recap: Day Two at Austin City Limits (Weekend 2) – Zilker Park, Austin (08.10.16)

October 9, 2016

Saturday at ACL started hot with the blistering sun and ended even hotter with the incredible headlining sets from Kendrick Lamar and Kygo. Nothing can signify the electric and diverse lineup more than the headliners Saturday night. On one side of the festival was the Compton born rapper who has skyrocketed to be one of hip hops greatest […]

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Festival Recap: Day One at Austin City Limits (Weekend 2) – Zilker Park, Austin (07.10.16)

October 9, 2016

Austin City Limits began its second weekend in spectacular fashion with a lineup filled with just about anything you could want. Headlined by the iconic rock band Radiohead, the day was filled with up and coming names and established world superstars. A new weekend brought another mass of over 100,000 fans from all over the […]

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7 Unmissable Artists at Austin City Limits 2016!

September 30, 2016

Austin City Limits began as one of the most important television programs spotlighting the greatest music the world had to offer. So the fact it shares its name with one of the biggest music festivals on the planet tells you all you need to know about the magnitude and excellence of Texas’s biggest music festival. […]

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Caleb & Georgia Nott on Broods’ recent success in the US, touring Conscious with Jarryd James!

August 18, 2016

Georgia and Caleb Nott have made it a long way from home playing in front of five people in their local New Zealand pub. On this night, Broods was in the second week of their U.S. headlining tour and playing a sold out show in Omaha, Nebraska. The fact that this brother-sister band just formed three […]

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Live Review: Broods + Jarryd James – The Waiting Room, Nebraska (10.08.16)

August 12, 2016

Thousands of miles from home on a hot August night in the middle of the United States, Broods and Jarryd James had a night they won’t soon forget. Three hours before the show and right after Broods’ soundcheck, a thunderstorm hit the downtown Omaha, Nebraska area and wiped out the power of three city blocks. Unfortunately, […]

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Two Nights, Two Cities, Twenty One Pilots: A look into the madness of their current US tour

August 11, 2016

In 2013, two young men from Ohio took the stage in a small Kansas college town, in a small venue with a capacity of just over 1,000 people. The small band on this small stage, in a small city, brought one of the biggest shows I had ever seen. The crowd, mostly of college students […]

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The Best On Ground at the 25th Anniversary of Lollapalooza!

August 6, 2016

The 2016 edition of Lollapalooza was the biggest Lolla of all time. This is indisputable, due to the fact it expanded from three to four days for the first time. This change was meant to celebrate 25 years since the first Lollapalooza. The increase in days and bands allowed for more opportunities for fans to […]

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Flume, LCD Soundsystem and more help close out the 25th year of Lollapalooza in Chicago

August 1, 2016

Lollapalooza closed outs its 25th year celebration in big time fashion Sunday night. Sunday night lacked the giant headliners that Friday and Saturday had but had plenty of star power and variety to close out in perfect fashion. LCD Soundsystem and Elle Goulding had the honors of closing out the two main stages. The two […]

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The 25th Lollapalooza hits its stride on Day Three with Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

July 31, 2016

Lollapalooza in Chicago hit its stride on its third day with just about everything anyone could want. The festival, known for its eclectic line-up, provided something for everyone with its Saturday night headliners and all the acts absolutely crushed it. The excitement from Saturday didn’t just include the headliners as the entire day was stocked full of […]

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Festival Review: Thursday & Friday at Lollapalooza – Grant Park, Chicago (28.07.16 & 29.07.16)

July 31, 2016

In 1991, Perry Farrell had an idea to create something no one had tried before. 25 years later, Lollapalooza has been perhaps one of the most influential things ever to happen to live music. Over 160,000 people flock to Grant Park in Chicago to catch singers and bands from all over the world spanning every […]

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Live Review: Sia – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado (22.06.16)

June 24, 2016

On Wednesday night in Morrison, Colorado, Sia opened the US Festival SeriesFest with a special performance at the historic Red Rock Amphitheatre, headlining the opening night of the festival in its second year. SeriesFest aims to be the “Sundance of Television”, offering a platform for independent television writers, producers and creators to have a platform to […]

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Sia kicks off US Festival SeriesFest at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado

June 24, 2016

On Wednesday night in Morrison, Colorado, Sia opened the US Festival SeriesFest with a special performance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater, headlining the opening night of the festival in its second year. SeriesFest aims to be the “Sundance of Television”, offering a platform for independent television writers, producers and creators to have a platform to […]

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