9 New York Music Festivals To Hit In Summer 2018

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9 New York Music Festivals To Hit In Summer 2018

When the city that never sleeps starts warming up, so does the festival scene — here are nine ways to do NYC right this summer

GRAMMYs/Apr 25, 2018 - 11:42 pm

It's simple, really: From Woodstock in 1969 to Coachella in 2018, music festivals remain the best way to see as many of your favorite artists and discover new ones — all in the same weekend. There is a reason music fans travel all over the world each summer to catch a vibe at their festival of choice.

But if you live in New York City, you have more events, parties, and concerts to choose from than you can possibly hit in one lifetime, much less one summer.

Since we've already looked this year's list of must-attend music festivals across the country, and provided our checklist of festival essentials, now it's time to zero in on the Big Apple to see what's got the city lit this summer. Here are nine New York music festivals, including some surprises, not to be missed in summer '18.


Dates: May-October
Location: Central Park, plus 17 other neighborhood parks throughout the Five Boroughs
Lineup Includes: Talib Kweli, Rhiannon Giddens, Mac Demarco, Tokimonsta, Liam Gallagher, Mariza, Kool And The GangJason Mraz
The Scene: Although this summer-long festival is based in Central Park, SummerStage comprises mostly free shows, festivals and benefit concerts to parks all over the city, providing countless affordable alternatives to today's often-high-priced festival scene. Hosted by City Parks Foundation, SummerStage's sprawling 2018 lineup touches many genres and formats, meaning there's probably something to see no matter what you're into. For instance, NYC jazzheads can go to the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park Aug. 23–26 at a price that can't be beaten: free.
Connect: @SummerStage

David Lynch's "Festival Of Disruption"

Date: May 19–20
Location: Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
Lineup Includes: Angel Olsen, Animal Collective, Au Revoir Simone, Jim James, Flying Lotus DJ set; talks with David Lynch, art exhibits, meditations and more
The Scene: And now for something completely different. Acclaimed director David Lynch will bring his festival of disruptive music, art and discussions to Brooklyn for the first time ever in 2018. With a solid lineup of indie artists and rare DJ sets, you can come for the music and stay for the experience, as Lynch curates this offbeat, two-day fest to include screenings of some of his finest work — including Blue Velvet, complete with a discussion with lead actress Isabella Rossellini. Be prepared to be uncomfortable, as Lynch's signature aesthetic can be as challenging as it is brilliant. As Lynch once said, "I don’t know why people expect art to make sense when they accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense."
Connect: @FestDisruption

Governors Ball

Date: June 1–3
Location: Randall's Island Park, New York City
Lineup Includes: Headliners Jack White, Travis Scott, Eminem, Khalid, Post Malone, N.E.R.D.
The Scene: Taking over Randall's Island Park each summer, Governor's Ball has become one of New York's big-ticket festivals, even offering cabanas, luxury suites and a whole host of top-shelf VIP amenities. Since the lineup dropped in early January, anticipation in the city has been building for this year's robust, hip-hop heavy lineup. In contrast to NYC's gritty urban landscape, Governors Ball takes festivalgoers out for three days in the park with plenty of games and food, not to mention chances to meet the artists and raging afterparties.
Connect: @GovBallNYC

Latin Alternative Music Conference

Date: July 10–14
Location: The Stewart Hotel, Manhattan
Lineup Includes: TBA
The Scene: Much more than just a festival, LAMC brings together the Latin Alternative music community for showcases, panel discussions, parties, and more – or as the New York Times put it, "LAMC is to Latin alternative the way the Sundance Film Festival is to indie movies.” This year will be the conference's 19th year, the LAMC has grown into the premiere platform for the evolution of Latin music in the U.S. by celebrating artists pushing the boundaries of traditional pop, rock, jazz, metal, and other genres. Each year the conference hands out the Discovery Award to up-and-coming Latin talent, and GRAMMY-winning artists such as Pitbull and Calle 13 have participated in the past, making the event a great place to check out talent at all levels.
Connect: @TheLAMC

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Date: July 27 – 29
Location: Randall's Island Park
Lineup Includes: The Weeknd, The Killers, Janet Jackson, The War On Drugs, Odesza
The Scene: Serving as Goldenvoice's "Coachella of the east," newcomer Panorama Music Festival launched in 2016, initially creating some competition with Governors Ball. Now that the festivals are spaced apart by almost two months, they complement each other, offering New Yorkers another chance to enjoy Randall's Island Park and hear some of the biggest acts in music.
Connect: @PanoramaNYC

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Date: July 9–14
Location: Multiple locations throughout Brooklyn
Lineup Includes: Black Star, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey
The Scene: Billed as NYC's largest hip-hop cultural event, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival showcases the positivity of hip-hop culture with a variety of educational and entertainment events, including panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party. In its 12-year history, everyone from Nas to Jay-Z have made appearances at this conference and festival produced by Brooklyn Bodega, making this week-long celebration a must for anyone in the hip-hop industry and fans alike.
Connect: @BodegaAgency

Electric Zoo

Date: Aug. 30 – Sept. 2
Location: Randall's Island Park, New York City
Lineup Includes: Martin Garrix, Kaskade, Marshmello
The Scene: Dance music's premiere New York gathering, Electric Zoo's website has a countdown clock to what it calls "the biggest, wildest party New York has ever seen!" A bold claim, for sure, but not unreasonable as the festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. With 50-plus artists still to be announced and added to an already top-shelf lineup, Electric Zoo has all summer to gear up for the season's closer at Randall's Island Park.
Connect: @ElectricZooNY

There's No Leaving New York

Date: Sept. 29–30
Location: Forest Hills Stadium, Queens
Lineup Includes: Hosted and curated by The National, featuring Future Islands, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Cat Power, U.S. Girls, Cigarettes After Sex
The Scene: GRAMMY-winning indie band The National will host their first-ever New York festival this year, offering two days of great bands with the hosts playing both shows. "Our show last October at Forest Hills Stadium was one of our favorite shows in the history of the band," The National guitarist Aaron Dessner shared in a statement. "The incredible legacy of the place and the fact that it still feels intimate even given its size, we started talking immediately about finding a way to come back for multiple nights with friends. We couldn't be happier to announce these shows in September with some of our favorite artists."
Connect: @TheNational

Roots Picnic

Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Lineup Includes: Still waiting on NYC details, but Philly's Roots Picnic features Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, Brandy, 2 Chainz, 6LACK, and more.
The Scene: It's no secret that for the past 11 years Roots Picnic has been a Philadelphia institution. Two years ago, Questlove & Co. announced they'd be bringing the party up the tracks for a New York edition. While details on this year's Big Apple picnic are still forthcoming, anticipation is high on the heels of two successful years in New York. Last year's NYC edition featured Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, and Kimbra.
Connect: @rootspicnic

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Glenn Danzig

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs


Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."

Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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