Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Photos: Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

This year's version of Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Festival was a bit of a one-note affair, with a lineup dominated by danceable pop-rock bands whose music largely blended into one another.
Two of the outliers got by far the most delirious crowd responses. Rapper 2 Chainz was relegated to the secondary stage but put on an energetic set [...]

Photos: ShamrockFest 2014

For the past several years, the annual ShamrockFest at RFK Stadium has been characterized by rainy, cold weather as much as its trademark drunken idiocy. This year, the festival bucked the former trend at least, and the public inebriation took place under bright sun and warm temperatures.
It does seem the festival is suffering in some [...]

Photos: The Fans at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

The bands and performers at FreeFest were pretty interesting to look at (here's the evidence), but not nearly as interesting as the fans. To be fair, the fans had an unfair advantage: The bands got to stay dry. As in previous years, this year's FreeFest attracted a lot of neon-clad ravers (Kaskade had a bigger [...]

Photos: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

This year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest felt a bit different from the previous versions. The proliferation of dance acts (like Skrillex last year, DJs Kaskade and Pretty Lights played the West Stage rather than the Dance Forest, which caused multiple mass migrations of EDM fans back and forth across the festival grounds), the lack of a [...]

Photos: Mayhem Fest @ Jiffy Lube Live

The Rockstar Mayhem Festival is designed to allow maximum intake of heavy music, ranging from tech metal to hard rock to metalcore to pure schlock. Yesterday, the main stage—Jiffy Lube Live's enormous amphitheater—hosted four relatively big-name bands in the evening: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and Amon Amarth.
Earlier in the day, 11 lesser-known—and in [...]

Photos: Warped Tour @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

The Vans Warped Tour is a bit of a strange beast, with something like 90 bands spread out across seven stages over the course of about seven hours. Catering to a teenage demographic means the tour is now made up largely of pop-punk, hardcore, and metalcore bands, with a few hard-edged EDM and hip-hop acts [...]

Photos: Maryland Deathfest VIII

Last weekend, literally thousands of metalheads from around the world descended on Baltimore for the annual Maryland Deathfest, which just seems to keep getting bigger each year. For the 2010 version, there were two outdoor stages in addition to the main inside stage. While I was only able to make Friday of this year's three-day [...]

Photos: Bamboozle Roadshow @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

If you've ever wished the beer lines at Merriweather were shorter, just go during Warped Tour or the Bamboozle Roadshow, when the only people old enough to buy alcohol in the whole amphitheater are parents, staff, and some of the musicians. While you're at it, you might learn a little something about pop-punk, power-pop, the [...]

Virgin FreeFest: Full Photo Gallery

By now, this might be ancient history in Internet time; but after the jump, check out a quick preview of the 200+ photos in the full gallery. Plus, I've penned my thoughts on each of the festival acts in two sentences or less. Keep in mind that in my effort to cover every band, I [...]

Maryland Deathfest Announces Outside Stage, Full Running Order

Less than two weeks out from the festival's kick-off on Friday, May 22, Maryland Deathfest organizers have announced that, in order to accommodate higher than expected ticket sales, the fest will have a stage set up outside Sonar, in addition to the Sonar main stage. As of today, tickets are available again for purchase but [...]