Festival Reviews

Boomtown Becomes Inclusive - Not Just for Ravers!

by jessicajolly / Aug 16, 2018 / 0 comments

The EDM weekender that Boomtown once was has, in just a few short years, blossomed into a large scale music and performance art festival with something for everyone.

The Cure - 40th Anniversary Show - BST Hyde Park

by jessicajolly / Jul 09, 2018 / 0 comments

Few sights will be funnier this festival season than watching Goth kids hide in the remote areas of shade that Hyde Park had to offer on a sweltering 30 degree London day, glaring at colourful Pride attendees and beer drenched football fans.

Wagons West it's Stagecoach

by JasonBryan / May 13, 2018 / 0 comments

One name: Garth Brooks. Brooks is the biggest headliner the festival has had in its 12 years. Granted, only the Beatles have sold more albums in America so he’s the biggest name to ever play practically any stage he’s ever played. I spoke with no shortage of concertgoers who viewed the entire weekend as a series of opening acts for a Garth Brooks show. But let’s get back to the beginning and build up to the main event.

A Glorious Green Summer Day - BST Hyde Park

by jessicajolly / Jul 08, 2017 / 0 comments

For those interested in the roots of pop-punk and how it has transpired, a more perfectly curated lineup is difficult to imagine. The day started with Stiff Little Fingers, long heralded as one of Billy Joe’s biggest influences. The legends were allotted a mere 30 mins, but the band did the best set possible within that constraint, pleasing long time admirers and showing the kids who turned up early to grab a good spot for Green Day what finger-snapping punk athems sounded like 40 years ago.

Dig In Your Spurs It’s Stagecoach 2017

by JasonBryan / May 13, 2017 / 0 comments

Goldenvoice delivers another quality Stagecoach Festival. A great line up with easy amenities. I’ll get to the bands in a second, but as someone who’s been to almost every Stagecoach I want to do a quick look at how its grown over the years. This is the 4th major festival on the Polo Grounds in the last 7 months, and Golednvoice’s overhaul of the surrounding area to make it all part of the festival experience is slowly paying off in the organization of getting in and out of the festival. Looking forward to seeing how their logistics continue to improve.

What a Long Strange Trip it Was

by JasonBryan / Nov 16, 2016 / 0 comments

For the last two weekends, six of the greatest bands/artists in rock and roll history converged in Indio California for an event dubbed as Desert Trip. The audience was loaded with people from all over the globe who had indeed made the trip to the desert. I secured tickets to weekend two when they went on sale and couldn’t wait for an event unlike any the world had ever seen. There was no way I was going to miss it, I’m glad I live in Southern California so I didn’t have to fly around the world.

Bestival 2016 Review

by Paul Stafford / Sep 23, 2016 / 0 comments

When Bestivalites are invited to embody the festival’s annual theme in mind, body, spirit and, most importantly, dress code the results are always remarkable. This year’s future was no different as we were asked to cast our gaze towards that hazy temporal horizon and imagine what could be.

Camp Bestival or How To Party With Your Four Year Old

by jessicajolly / Aug 05, 2016 / 0 comments

So you've popped out a few children and you think your festival days are over. They're not.

Camden Rocked!

by jessicajolly / Jun 20, 2016 / 0 comments

Camden has long been the heartbeat of the UK Rock N Roll scene, the place to which young punks from all over the country flock to see or become their favourite band.

Bayou, Valley, My Ears Couldn’t Tell the Difference

by JasonBryan / Jun 17, 2016 / 0 comments

The Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival rocked the surrounding mountains Memorial Day weekend. Over the last 27 years this charity festival organized by The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise has grown into the largest festival of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Having grown up in a small town in Maryland I played several seasons on a Rotary Club youth soccer team, and this has got to be one of the biggest and best organized events by a community organization in the country. Hats off to the volunteers who worked to make that festival as fantastic as it was.

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