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Mixtape Music News

1.Janet is performing at this year’s iHeartRadio Festval…and some other people, too…

The festival season isn’t over yet..

iHeartRadio will host it’s fifth year in Las Vegas to a top star lineup September 18th and September 19th. Check out the full lineup (Janet Jackson what?!):

Kanye West / Sam Smith / The Who / Demi Lovato
David Guetta / Kenny Chesney / The Weeknd
Tove Lo / Lil Wayne / Fall Out Boy / Disclosure
Hozier / Jason Derulo / Duran Duran / Prince Royce
Diplo / Trey Songz / The Killers / Blake Shelton
Nick Jonas / Janet Jackson

2.Prince drops new Spotify track, “Stare”….

In what seems like an endless promotional scheme of Prince, the legendary crooner has decided to release a new single with 3rdEyeGirl titled “Stare” on streaming service Spotify. This has happened after taking down all of his material on all streaming services (including Spotify) a few weeks ago. I’m still searching for his video of “Sexy MF” on YouTube. I guess I’ll just have to keep buying his records in storage bins at thrift shops for $1. Anyway, here’s his new single:

3.Is Radiohead getting ready to sing some Bond? 

Over in the UK, people are placing bets on who will be the featured artist on the theme of the new James Bond film. Ellie Goulding had the top spot but recently it’s now been Radiohead in the lead…coming out of left field. Director Sam Mendes said last week that the track had already been recorded. He and Daniel Craig are both known to be Radiohead fans. The band hasn’t released a solid album in over four years but have been known to be in the studio recently. It was their song ‘Talk Show Host’ that got them recognition as a band in the film Romeo and Juliet back-in-the-day. This could only be a fitting comeback.

4.Lollapalooza is still going strong….

Lollapalooza is happening in South America this fall. Columbia has just been added to the list (Chile, Argentina, and Brazil as well). Based on Columbia’s strong booming economy the last five years has seen it grow into a tourist destination. Perry Farrell said in a statement how excited he is to expand the festival. ““Fans in Colombia have a true love of alternative music and we are excited for the rest of the world to find out what we already know about this wonderful country.”

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5.It’s Tina Fey and Tituss Burgess singing Beyonce…what more do you need? 

As we (patiently) wait for the sophomore season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a handful of show’s stars, Tina Fey, Jane Krawkowski and Tituss Burgess, have treated us with a short clip of them taking on Beyonce‘s “***Flawless.” Needs no further explanation. 

 

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Review/ Firefly Festival 2015

Imagine being handed a pass to go to the best music festival the East Coast has to offer…(I hear you Governors Ball). The only directive given: take some photos and go have fun. By the end of your 4 day weekend you’ve acquired 5 additional passes (all rightfully so), wound up with 4 interviews, lots of new friends, and lots of mud on your shoes. This is what happened when Mixtape went to Firefly. And here’s what we have to tell you about it:

It’s All About The Music

Billboard has already told you that Betty Who stole the show…only second to Paul McCartney…they’re wrong on both accounts. Both of those artists blew us all away. Paul brought me to tears. Spoon was spot on as ever. AWOLNATION won my saving grace.

But there were two acts you probably missed because you were busy charging your phones or seeing Snoop. These two bands are going to have a huge impact in the next year: Empire of the Sun and Glass Animals.

I can’t say enough good things about these two acts. And being in a sea of people during their sets, you could feel the good energy reverberate off into the atmosphere. Not to mention the insane talent and fresh sounds that came from them.

Conflicts

Like any festival, there were many conflicts of interest. Snoop was on the same time as Empire,  Modest Mouse the same time as Kygo…yet we were able to see both floating in between (thank you VIP pass).

The biggest conflict was Thursday night. X Ambassadors (who tore. it. up. another act you need to hear), TYCHO (brought a full band complete with ocean scenes and many many shirtless bros), and The Kooks (who stole the night with their insanely catchy melodies). All three acts were on point, great openers for the weekend, and all worth mentioning.

Kygo was a full on feel good party. The energy, the vibes, the happiness. The same went for Aoki, a living legend, who seems even more relevant today by his Firefly set.

Festival Layout

Firefly’s a huge festival and it’s getting even bigger. As far as stages go, Forest, Backyard, and Lawn all seemed to be the most accessible. Pavillion…was a great idea with a terrible execution (it was a muddy pond the entire time complete with agitated security guards). Apparently there were two hubs for food, confusing interviewees when they tried to meet up with us…staff and security had NO idea where we were or were trying to go…this was a recurring theme the whole weekend. Best hangover food we tried was at one of the food vendors outside the venue (mac and cheese, sausage, bacon, chicken, in a roll…yes this is a thing and it’s called the Dr. Lector).

Backstage

The amazing talented people Mixtape met along the way was due in part to the equally awesome staff behind the stages that drove golf carts around the entire weekend…god bless them. The rides were a cross between being in Jurassic World and Entourage as we were chauffeured around in the muddy Woodlands.

PM_YNOT Backstage

Expect some awesome Music Tea this week. This Firefly experience was truly one for the books.

PM_YNOT Firefly Experience

See all photos over on Philly Mixtape’s facebook page here.

And share your favorite moments from the festival in the comments section below !!