Madison’s Revelry Music and Arts Festival has evolved year after year, and while it’s style and location have changed on multiple occasions, one thing that’s consistent is that it always supplies the students of the University of Wisconsin with some great music. Last year was our first year on-site for Revelry, where fans saw great performances from Chance The Rapper, The Chainsmokers, Mick Jenkins and AlunaGeorge, just to name a few. This year’s stellar lineup was no exception to the great lineups of the past. Now hitting stage at Madison’s historic Orpheum Theatre, Revelry saw some great sets from ‘Tuesday’ rapper/singer and OVO Sound artist iLoveMakonnen, GOOD Music‘s Hudson Mohawke, Milwaukee’s talented emerging artist WebsterX, a surprise appearance from IshDARR, Minnesota rapper Finding Novyon, and many more!
If you missed out this year, you did just that, you missed out… because everyone from the bottom to top of the lineup delivered tonight. Hit the jump to check out some of our favorite photos from Revelry 2016, as we sent our photographer Dan Garcia to capture some of the festival’s best moments.
Mike Posner and Big Sean have been our favorite rapper-singer collaboration for many years. Great friends and collaborators well before Big Sean hooked up with Kanye West’s GOOD Music or before Mike Posner hit it big with the club remix of his single ‘Cooler Than Me’, which featured a young Big Sean on the original version, the two are a great team. This time Mike and Sean have teamed up once again, for a rework of Mike Posner’s The Truth record, ‘Buried In Detroit’.
Similar to the rework of his 2015 track, ‘I Took A Pill In Ibizia’, which like ‘Cooler Than Me’ rose up on the Billboard charts with an upbeat remix, ‘Buried In Detroit’ does not have as much club appeal as Posner’s previous singles, but in not doing so it perfectly captures the folk character of the original cut. Add a verse from fellow Detroit native Big Sean, and you have yourself another great record. You’ll be able to find this one on Posner’s highly anticipated sophomore LP, At Night, Alone, which releases next Friday, May 6th.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Buried In Detroit’ below.
Move over Miami, because Chicago may be the new premiere city for EDM, as today React Presents’ electronic mega-festival, Spring Awakening has just announced its 2016 lineup, and it’s epic. Performing at the Chicago festival this year, at its new location of Addams/Medill Park, will be deadmau5, The Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Jamie xx, RL Grime and many more. A festival lineup that EDM fans could only dream of.
This year the festival will take place from June 10th through the 12th and will host 5 stages total (with 6 branded stages, 2 each day). Tickets are on-sale for Spring Awakening now, so get them before it’s too late!
Nostalgia kicked in for many yesterday as legendary and always entertaining rockers Blink-182 released their first new record in five years. Although the track, titled ‘Bored To Death’ is also the bands first without founding member Tom DeLonge, it is great to hear some new music from Blink.
Today fans of the Take Off Your Pants And Jackets band received more good news as the San Diego natives have announced a new North American tour and their new album, California.
Joining Blink on their upcoming tour will be All Time Low, All-American Rejects and A Day To Remember. The new tour officially July 22nd for a hometown show in San Diego, CA and will conclude October 1st in Los Angeles with stops throughout North America on the way. Blink-182 will also make a very special performance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
Check out the official tour dates below as well as Blink-182’s new single ‘Bored To Death’ below.
Following the release of their new single, ‘Bored To Death’, their first new record in five years and first without founding member Tom DeLonge, rockers Blink-182 were announced as one of the remaining headliners of Milwaukee’s Summerfest. The reunited Take Off Your Pants And Jackets band will return to the Marcus Amphitheatre on July 5th, for the World’s Largest Music Festival.
Joining Blink at Summerfest will be Future Hearts band, All Time Low. This announcement also comes with the announcement of Blink-182’s new tour and album. The tour officially kicks off less than a month after Summerfest, July 22nd for a hometown show in San Diego, CA and will conclude October 1st in Los Angeles with stops throughout North America on the way.
Tickets for the performance go on sale on Saturday May 7th at 10 am, and you can get more information on Summerfest at their official website.
Ever since their collaborative surprise album, What A Time To Be Alive, Drake and Future have been an unstoppable duo and a dream concert lineup. While Future has opened for Drake’s headlining shows in the past, this time around Drake and Future are joining forces for the Summer Sixteen Tour, and it will surely be a whole different type of experience and definitely a can’t miss summer tour.
Kicking off their epic tour on July 20th in Austin, TX, Drake and Future will be making stops throughout North America (including two nights in Chicago), until the tour concludes September 17th in Vancouver. Expect some amazing live performances from Drake and Future’s collaborative tracks, as well as some awesome solo performances from Future’s biggest records and songs off Drake’s forthcoming and highly anticipated LP, Views From The 6.
Check out Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour dates below and get more ticket information here!
Drake fans have a lot to be excited for. Not only is the 6 God himself releasing his highly anticipated album, Views From The 6, in just a few days, but according to leaks on Ticketmaster, Drake and Future are touring together once again. Expected to be titled the Summer Sixteen Tour, inspired by Drake’s track of the same name, Drake and Future will share a concert bill that will make a stop in Detroit and surely a number of stops throughout the U.S.
Check out a screenshot via Complex, of Ticketmaster’s Summer Sixteen Tour post below and stay tuned for more information.
Last night The Summer Set brought The Stories For Monday Tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Traveling with some great company, including Handsome Ghost, Call Me Karizma and States // Capitals, The Summer Set have now performed at all stages within the legendary Wisconsin venue. The punk rockers are currently on tour in promotion of their brand new album, Stories For Monday, but fans last night not only saw performance of The Summer Set’s new records but all of their favorites over the years as well.
Fans sang along, word-for-word for the new tracks and went wild for classic Summer Set songs like ‘Chelsea’ and ‘The Boys You Do’. Brian Logan Dales told fans that they would put on a memorable show for Milwaukee like it was their last show ever, and they did just that. Don’t expect this to be their last time at The Rave though, as the ‘Figure Me Out’ singers practically have made themselves a second home at the venue over the years.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and check out the remaining dates for The Summer Set’s headlining tour here.
Hours after the big announcement of their forthcoming mini-album, Johannesburg, British indie rockers Mumford & Sons brought their huge world tour to Madison, Wisconsin’s Alliant Energy Center. With approximately 10,000 fans in attendance, Mumford & Sons brought American singer/songwriter Blake Mills to help warm up the Midwest crowd and contribute to what would be a memorable night. The rockers mixed the old with the new tonight, performing a number of their fan favorites & B-sides with a number of new records, which we can now expect to hear on their forthcoming mini-album.
Kicking off the night was singer Blake Mills. Mills is certainly not new to music, as the singer has been consistently releasing music since 2010, however he certainly picked up a number of new fans tonight in Madison. A California native, Mills is perhaps best known for his record ‘Hey Lover’ or his work with Simon Dawes, a band Mills co-founded with his high-school friend Taylor Goldsmith. Notably Mills also stands out for his production skills, which grabbed him a “Producer of the Year” nomination for his work on Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album Sound & Color. Tonight though Mills’ set showcased his skills as a solo artist and performer. While Mills’ music, new and old, was new to many fans in Wisconsin tonight, his records certainly resonated well with the sold-out crowd.
Soon after Mills’ opening performance, it was time for Mumford & Sons to hit the stage. Despite their indie status, Marcus Mumford and company have a wide appeal, which is more than evident from their ability to sell out arena after arena on their current tour. While the guys joined forces in 2007, Mumford & Sons quickly rose to their elite status after the release of their 2012 LP, Babel, their second studio album and the follow up to their 2009 debut Sign No More, which brought fans singles like ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘Winter Winds’.
Mumford & Sons opened tonight’s performance with their record ‘Snake Eyes’, a track from Mumford’s 2015 album, Wilder Minds, a project which debuted a new sound for the band which took their folk sound and traded their acoustic instruments for electric ones. Throughout the night the band jumped from album to album, performing an excellent mix from their three studio albums. Next, Mumford & Sons gave fans some new music with their record ‘Believe’. Throughout the night they made time to give fans a first listen as to what’s to come from the band, records that will likely find home on Mumford & Sons’ upcoming project, Johannesburg.
Highlights of the night were all over. Whether it’s a more upbeat performance or a slower record that turned the arena into an intimate performance, the crowd loved every moment. Of course though when fans had to wait for Mumford’s encore performance of their mega-hit ‘I Will Wait’, the energy levels were at an all-time high. Mumford & Sons have the ability to take intimate performances that you’d expect to hear at your local pub, and bring them to some of the biggest venues and music festivals throughout the world. Their live performances are certainly like none other.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and check out the remaining dates from Mumford & Sons’ current tour here.
Lukas Graham and Daye Jack made their Chicago tour stop at Wicker Park’s Double Door with a memorable sold out show last night, in what may be one the historic venue’s final shows. Daye Jack, a Nigerian rapper who released his debut mixtape Hello World straight from his dorm room at NYU, opened the show with songs from his debut project, as well as his 2015 EP Soul Glitch. Still relatively new to the game, Jack has already received some major co-signs, landing him on artists to watch lists from Huffington Post, Complex, Billboard, Pigeons & Planes and more. Daye Jack had loyal fans at the show, but also won over a new crowd last night with his socially conscious raps (something that resonates especially well in Chicago) and his music’s production, which is influenced by both soul and electronic music.
Lukas Graham, a band from Denmark fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer, are known for their pop-soul music. Their mega single ‘7 Years’ which broke them into the U.S. scene, has peaked all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band opened the show with a slower record, ‘Better Than Yourself’, but then built momentum with performances of their records ‘Drunk In The Morning’ and ‘Take The World By Storm’. The momentum built led to an all out rager when the band jumped around along with the crowd to ‘Strip No More’. Later into their set they closed out the show with ‘Funeral’, where Lukas takes an uplifting view on death and talks about how he wants his funeral to be a celebration of life. After having the crowd begging them to come back, the band came back to play ‘7 Years’ and ‘Happy Home’, an encore that the Windy City crowd will not soon forget.
Lukas teared up at the end of the show, saying that this has been the best night of his life and that Chicago has been the loudest crowd yet. The show was extra special for him because he had flown his mom out to see the concert, so he smiled with sheepish pride while bowing to the sold out crowd.
Check out some of Ariana LaBarrie’s photos of Lukas Graham and Daye Jack’s Chicago performance, and see if they are traveling to a city near you, below!