Category: Reviews

July 31st, 2021

UMS2

The Underground Music Showcase

August 27-29, 2021

Denver, CO

https://www.undergroundmusicshowcase.com/

For over 20 years this music festival has brought big names to Denver while also showcasing the local scene. This year over 170 artists will appear on 15 stages over 3 days. Last year the festival was a virtual 3 hour event. This year’s showcase includes Pinegrove, Remi Wolf, Shannon & The Clams, Sofia Valdes among its 13 headliners. Local acts include returning artists of Bellhoss, Slow Caves, Wildermiss, Izcalli and more. There are also new faces including Lnlygirl, The Grand Alliance, Deadluv and more.

“After 20 years of Underground Music Showcase, we were thrilled to be able to carry-on our tradition virtually last year by raising $75,000 for independent musicians” shares Casey Berry, owner of the festival. “With that said, we couldn’t be happier to be in-person for 2021 to not only support live music and local bands, but to support more than a dozen independent bars and restaurants on Broadway!”

UMS is working closely with city and state officials to make sure we rage safely in 2021. This might include reduced capacity (especially at indoor venues), and potentially limiting ticket sales to ensure proper distancing as required. UMS has every intent to become a good example of how to return to in-person, live music festivals in a safe and celebratory manner, and will be monitoring health directives in real time as the big weekend approaches.

 

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July 25th, 2021

Isol-Aid #56 – In Bloom

July 28, 2021

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

Like a warm hug from a friend you haven’t seen in a while (wonder what that’s like) ISOL-AID is back to make you feel all warm and cuddled and a little bit less alone for the 56th time. Like a ray of sunshine following you on your walk home, a takeaway coffee in hand, this week’s lineup is chock full of heartwarming talent, and the best mid-week lockdown distraction.

Just like last week ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Homegrown acts. If there’s a local artist you’ve been listening to on repeat you can nominate them now for a chance to see them play ISOL-AID and receive $2,000 worth of custom design work for their next poster, album artwork or merch AND be eligible to receive a one off $10,000 grant to help grow their career. Nominations are still open!

First off the blocks for this latest round of ISOL-AID is sweet singing angel ŪLA. Making a splash on our TikTok screens initially with stripped back covers, Ūla has proven herself to be a formidable songwriter, crafting intoxicating bedroom-pop reminiscent of Clairo and Beabadoobee. No one cooks up little slices of life better than Ūla and you can bet she’ll have you coming back for another plate.

https://www.instagram.com/ulamusic_/?hl=en

BENJAMIN TRILLADO (a recent signing to the new Push Records), writes with a sense of maturity and heart, exploring his own experiences and feelings in the hope to bring light to matters that aren’t often discussed. Known for his heart-wrenching lyrics and unapologetic candour, Benjamin’s introspective storytelling and his rich combination of contemporary folk and indie rock tonalities is notorious for making packed rooms full of rowdy punters, or your lounge room on Wednesday arvo, fall suddenly silent, and also a little bit in loved. And what a voice!!

https://www.facebook.com/benjamintrillado

Wrapping up the evening is Sydney singer, songwriter and producer CHRIS LANZON. Off the back of the release of his sophomore EP last month Chris has cemented himself as a purveyor of blossoming pop full of raw emotion and comforting vulnerability. Only in his first year of releasing music, Chris has already amassed over 750,000 streams and it’s clear why.

https://www.facebook.com/chrislanzonmusic

 

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July 9th, 2021

Vans – Musicians Wanted

https://www.vans.com/musicianswanted.html

Vans, the original action sports brand and global icon for creative self-expression, open submissions for its praised 2021 Vans Musicians Wanted competition. Launched worldwide for first time in 2020 as a digital contest, Vans Musicians Wanted is the brand’s global music program, providing a stage for up and coming musicians just starting out. The contest series celebrates fresh, new and “Off The Wall” talent from all genres.

For 2021, participating regions will provide undiscovered artists the opportunity to gain international exposure and a chance to share the stage with the tongue-in-chic, genre-bending British rocker, YUNGBLUD. Additional prizes include Vans product, Kramer gear, a premium TuneCore prize pack including global music distribution, Spotify playlisting and more!

A diverse cast of judges will be joining the brand as part of the selection process including multi-talented rapper, writer and comic book artist, Denzel Curry who is featured in the brand’s latest brand campaign, Grammy nominated pop singer and songwriter, Julia Michaels, creative visionary and founder of 88rising, Sean Miyashiro and US and UK Billboard charting artist, YUNGBLUD. The top five finalists from each region will be chosen to perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted virtual concert series, to be held this September. Additionally, regional grand prize winners will be selected to receive Vans product, Kramer gear, global music distribution, Spotify and Apple Music playlisting and the opportunity to share the stage with YUNGBLUD in front of live audiences as the opening act in 2022.

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July 9th, 2021

Isol-Aid # 55

July 14, 2021

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

After some well deserved time away ISOL-AID returns right when we need it most on Wednesday 14th July for the 55th time! While most of us are cooped up inside, ISOL-AID is bringing the perfect cure-all in the form of a stellar mid week lineup, the pick-me-up of our dreams!

Always keeping it fresh, ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99 DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Homegrown acts. You can nominate your fave artist now for a chance to see them play ISOL-AID and receive $2000 worth of custom design work for their next poster, album artwork or merch. Pretty neat way to kick off this latest round of ISOL-AID!

EMILY WURRAMARA starts ISOL-AID #55 with her enchanting voice and heartfelt storytelling. A First Nations woman who has been writing songs since she was 6, Emily is a prolific song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, singing in both English and Annandilyakwa. Having been nominated for several Q Music Awards, an ARIA and AIR Award, it’s clear that Emily is a must watch act.

https://www.emilywurramara.com.au/

Melbourne sister duo, CHARM OF FINCHES, will be gracing our screens singing haunting folk tunes about love, grief and whispering trees with their tight sibling harmonies. Having grown up around celtic strings and busking old-time tunes the duo create award winning chamber pop, which has seen them nominated for a number of best albums and win best folk/singer-songwriter album at the 2020 Independent Music Awards.

https://charmoffinchesband.com/

Skateboarder-turned-musician LAKYN has become synonymous with Australia’s genre-bending next generation. Melding together textures of indie, R&B, hip-hop and pop, Laykn crafts timeless tracks that are uniquely his own. A deft hand at weaving in the influences of his childhood songwriting heroes Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley while keeping a firm eye on the future, Lakyn is someone hitting their stride.

https://www.instagram.com/lakyn/?hl=en

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July 6th, 2021

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

With the arts and creative industries still reeling after an incredibly tough year, Isol-Aid and 99designs by Vistaprint are joining forces to offer creative and financial support to some of the most exciting emerging bands and musicians across Australia and New Zealand.

Isol-Aid Homegrown is a new 16-week program where emerging local acts are invited to perform alongside established artists as part of Isol-Aid’s online festival. 25 acts will also receive $2,000 worth of design work from professional freelance artists from the 99designs community to create promotional materials such as t-shirts, posters, album art or other merch, which will be produced by Vistaprint. One act will also be selected by a panel of judges to receive a $10,000 grant to boost their career and creative growth, alongside a dedicated mentoring session from Killing Heidi singer and solo artist, Ella Hooper.

Ella Hooper, who is an industry ambassador for Isol-Aid Homegrown, said, “I’m so excited to be able to join the Isol-Aid and 99designs teams in providing some of Australia and New Zealand’s most exciting emerging musicians with real, tangible support while the industry is very much in recovery mode. It’s going to be incredible to see people getting around their favourite Homegrown artists as we come together to celebrate our local music community and help discover new talent.”

From July 5th fans and bands can nominate their favourite Aussie and Kiwi acts (or themselves) to be a part of Isol-Aid Homegrown via 99designs.com/homegrown

Isol-Aid Festival will stream live on TikTok every two weeks, starting on Wednesday 14th July from 6pm – 7.30pm, and each bill will feature at least one of the selected Homegrown acts.

Emily Ulman, founder of Isol-Aid Festival said, “This next chapter of Isol-Aid is particularly exciting. It’s wonderful to be able to continue delivering incredible live local (Aus & NZ) talent to audiences on TikTok, regardless of their location or lockdown, and it’s extra amazing to now be able to offer Homegrown musicians the opportunity to collaborate with incredible designers who can make their artistic visions for merch, tour posters, album art etc become a reality; to literally grow. Isol-Aid is hugely grateful to 99designs by Vistaprint and TikTok for making this possible.”

“This collaboration is a celebration of creativity and global connections,” said Patrick Llewellyn, CEO of 99designs by Vistaprint. “We’re excited to match our talented community of designers with bands and musicians across Australia and New Zealand who are just starting their creative journeys, and to provide some much needed support at a time when the arts have been particularly hard hit.”

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June 27th, 2021

Suzanne Santo

July 3, 2021

Lost Lake

Denver, CO

https://lost-lake.com/

http://www.suzannesanto.com/

Suzanne Santo launches her nationwide tour in Denver July 4th weekend. Santo spent a decade in the band HoneyHoney. She also was a member of Hozier’s touring band. She now releases “Common Sense” the second single off her upcoming album Yard Sale.

About Yard Sale: All 12 songs were written between Hozier rehearsals, some with Santo holing up in a farmhouse on the rural Irish coast, while others were finished during bus rides, backstage writing sessions, and hotel stays. Grateful for the experience but eager to return to her solo career, she finished her run with Hozier, joining the band for one final gig at Glastonbury before flying home to Los Angeles. Within three days, she was back in the studio, working with producer John Spiker on the album’s bones.

The album presents Santo at the very top of her game musically, writing her own string arrangements and singing each song in an agile, acrobatic voice—perhaps in part due to the cathartic making-of process and what that has meant for her professionally and personally. At times she bridges the gap between indie-rock and neo-soul. On other tracks, she mixes gospel influences with a deconstructed R&B beat. Fans will hear layers of spacey, atmospheric electric guitar and Shakey Graves on a rainy-day ballad driven forward by a metronomic drum pattern, and Gary Clark punctuating with fiery fretwork. The album can be pre-odered at https://music.suzannesanto.com/YSa

Santo begins her tour in Denver. 

July 3 – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
July 5-6 – The RIDE Festival – Telluride, CO
Aug. 27 – Album release show @ Antone’s – Austin, TX
Sept. 8 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Sept. 13 – Holler On The Hills Festival at Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. – 9 – Wildwood Revival – Arnoldsville, GA 
Nov. 5 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT* – SOLD OUT
Nov. 6 – Big Night Live – Boston, MA*
Nov. 7 – Colony – Woodstock, NY
Nov. 10 – Southern – Charlottesville, VA* – SOLD OUT
Nov. 11 – Black Cat – Washington, DC*
Nov. 12 – Otto Bar – Baltimore, MD*
Nov. 13 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
Nov. 14 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH* – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL*
*with Murder By Death

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June 21st, 2021

LORDE released new song ‘Solar Power’. The song, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, Solar Power. Today, Lorde additionally revealed the album will be released 20th August via Universal Music Australia, and announced her 40+ show 2022 World Tour dates.

February 26        Christchurch, NZ               Electric Avenue Festival

February 27        Upper Moutere, NZ        Neudorf Vineyards

March 1                Wellington, NZ  Days Bay

March 2                Havelock North, NZ         Black Barn Vineyards

March 4                New Plymouth, NZ          Bowl of Brooklands

March 5                Auckland, NZ      Outerfields

March 10             Brisbane, AU      Riverstage

March 12             Melbourne, AU SMMB

March 15             Sydney, AU         Aware Super Theatre

March 19             Perth, AU            Belvoir Amphitheater

April 3   Nashville, TN      Opry House

April 5   Detroit, MI          Masonic Temple Theatre

April 7   Montreal, QC     Salle Willfrid Pelletier

April 8   Toronto, ON       Meridian Hall

April 12 Boston, MA        Boch Center – Wang Theatre

April 15 Uncasville, CT     Mohegan Sun Arena

April 16 Washington, DC The Anthem

April 18 New York, NY     Radio City Music Hall

April 20 Philadelphia, PA                The Met

April 22 Chicago, IL           The Chicago Theatre

April 25 Minneapolis, MN             The Armory

April 27 Denver, CO         Mission Ballroom

April 30 Seattle, WA        WaMu Theatre

May 1    Portland, OR       Theater of the Clouds

May 3    San Francisco, CA             Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

May 5    Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium

May 7    Santa Barbara, CA            Santa Barbara Bowl

May 25 Leeds, UK            O2 Academy

May 26 Edinburgh, UK   Usher Hall

May 28 Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse

May 30 Birmingham, UK               O2 Academy

June 1   London, UK         Roundhouse

June 2   London, UK         Roundhouse

June 7   Paris, FR               Casino de Paris

June 8   Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live

June 10 Barcelona, ES     Primavera Sound

June 13 Zurich, CH            Halle 622

June 14 Munich, DE         Zenith

June 16 Rome, IT              Cavea – Auditorium Parco della Musica

June 17 Villafranca di Verona, IT Castello di Villafranca

June 18 Sibenik, HR          Saint Mihovil Fortress

June 21 Cologne, DE        Open Air am Tanzbrunnen

June 23 Berlin, DE             Verti Music Hall

Solar Power, Lorde’s third studio album, includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff, with whom she collaborated on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.

SOLAR POWER TRACKLIST
1. The Path
2. Solar Power
3. California
4. Stoned in the Nail Salon
5. Fallen Fruit
6. Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)
7. The Man with An Axe
8. Dominoes
9. Big Star
10. Leader of a New Regime
11. Mood Ring
12. Oceanic Feeling

Of the album Lorde says, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

Of the single she adds, “The first song, also called SOLAR POWER and written and produced by myself and Jack, is the first of the rays. It’s about that infectious, flirtatious summer energy that takes hold of us all, come June (or December, if you’re a Southern Hemisphere baby like me…)”

https://www.lorde.co.nz/

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June 21st, 2021

SeriesFest Season 7: What’s Next

June 24, 2021 – July 11, 2021

https://www.seriesfest.com/

SeriesFest: Season 7, a virtual festival dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling and championing emerging voices. Taking place virtually from June 24-July 11, the annual festival will include more than two weeks of must-stream events including competition screenings, engaging panel discussions, one-of-a-kind workshops, as well as never-before-seen sneak peeks and television premieres that addresses this year’s theme, ‘What’s Next?’. 

Season 7 kicks off on June 24 with an opening night screening of the world premiere of Peacock Original docu-series, “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell,” investigating the powerful, connected, and mysterious Ghislaine Maxwell, revealing a complicated story of power, sex, and money. The premiere will be followed by discussion with the director and executive producers from award-winning production company Blue Ant Studios. Joining the special events lineup presented in partnership with Citi is a screening of the Peacock limited drama series based on the popular Wondery podcast, “Dr. Death,” followed by a Q&A with series stars Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater, AnnaSophia Robb and executive producer Patrick Macmanus and director Maggie Kiley; special screening of the first three episodes of the CW series, “The Republic of Sarah” followed by a Q&A with cast Stella Baker, Luke Mitchell, Hope Lauren, Nia Holloway, Ian Duff, Forrest Goodluck, Landry Bender, Izabella Alvarez and Megan Follows; special screening of Amazon Prime Video’s  “The Underground Railroad” with creative team members Joi McMillon, Onnalee Blank, Paul Kelly and Dottie Starling; and the premiere screening of “The Beast Must Die” (AMC+/AMC) followed by a Q&A with cast Jared Harris and Cush Jumbo OBE, writer Gaby Chiappe and director Dome Karukoski as the closing night event.

Providing insight on ‘What’s Next?’ in the complex and evolving entertainment landscape, SeriesFest’s “Innovation Talks” return with seasoned industry insiders talking candidly about how they navigated this past challenging year and how they are moving forward. The innovators and thought-leaders taking part in these up close and personal conversations includes:  Award-winning actor, Jennifer Garner, chatting with Netflix’s Krista Smith; YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl speaking with Liberty Global’s CEO and Vice Chairman Mike Fries;  Wondery’s Hernan Lopez talking to LionTree’s Co-Head of LT Growth, James Lindsay; award-winning actor and producer, Mark Duplass chating with Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, Pete Hammond; ColorCreative’s President, Talitha Watkins speaking with Universal Picture’s CMO, Michael Moses; and award-winning actor Ann Dowd who will receive the inaugural ‘SeriesFest Impact in Television Award,’ recognizing trailblazers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance in television.

SeriesFest continues the important dialogue about diversity and the representation of women in front of and behind the camera with special panels featuring an impressive line-up of talent.  “Directing for Television” features award-winning directors Debbie Allen, DeMane Davis, Allison Liddi-Brown, and Tom Verica who have worked on some of the most influential television series. “FX’s DAVE: The Anatomy of a Hit Comedy” is a first-time sit-down with cast and creators to talk about the process going from pilot to FX’s top rated comedy, “From Script to Screen: Women in UK Television” presented by the British Film Commission, a unique conversation with leading female producers and directors working in television in the United Kingdom and “Changing the Narrative on TV: Modern Portrayals of Native Americans” in partnership with SAG-AFTRA featuring Michael Greyeyes, Jana Schmieding, Angelique Midthunder, Lucas BrownEyes and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

Additional conversations and noteworthy subjects for season 7 panels include “Inside Look: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” with Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Jen Flanz, Zhubin Parang and Dan Amira providing a behind-the-scenes look at producing the award-winning daily news program; “Legends in the Game: Paramount+ and MTV Studio’s The Real World Homecoming: New York” with a conversation with Jonathan Murray, the creator of the iconic franchise, and cast members Kevin Powell and Julie Gentry;  “The Art of Adaptation” with Jason Altman, Danielle Kreinik, Kelly Garner, Heather Karpas, Henrik Bastin; “What’s Next: Europe’s Hottest YA Series” with Roberto Sessa, Alberto Espinosa, Jakob M. Erwa, Florian Kamhuber, Melike Leblebicioglu, and Emma Droquova; and an “International Spotlight” presented by Liberty Global and the Fries Foundation including a special screening of the entire season one of “” with an extended Q&A with cast/creatives including Rachel Griffiths, Deborah Mailman and Darren Dale.

“This past year left an indelible imprint on our narratives,” comments co-Founder Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook. “SeriesFest Season 7 is about ‘What’s Next?’ as we collectively move forward and provide a much needed forum of reflection, and platform, for amazing storytellers with lots to share. We can’t wait for people around the globe to have an opportunity to come together.”

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June 17th, 2021

Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend 3

February 1-3, 2022

Riviera Maya, Mexico

https://girlsjustwannaweekend.com/

Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend—a destination concert vacation produced by Cloud 9 Adventures in partnership with The Bowery Presents—will return to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico February 1-5, 2022, and once again features an all female-fronted lineup. In addition to multiple sets from Carlile, the event will include performances by Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls, Lucius, Margo Price, Yola,KT Tunstall, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah and Katie Pruitt as well as special guests.

Guests will have the choice of staying at two all-inclusive resorts for Girls Just Wanna Weekend: Hard Rock Hotel or UNICO 20°87° Resort—an adult-only luxury resort located just 10 minutes from Hard Rock. The all-inclusive packages offer guests a variety of accommodations at both locations (including stagefront and oceanfront suites), a wide array of dining options, world class spas, fully equipped fitness centers, and unlimited drinks at bars throughout the resorts and in all concert areas. In addition to the performances at Hard Rock, there will also be daily programming including activities and solo sets by the pool at UNICO, with complimentary door-to-door shuttle service between the two resorts throughout the day. Guests who already purchased a pre-book or joined the waitlist can reserve their all-inclusive packages Tuesday, June 22. Any rooms remaining will go on sale to the public Wednesday, June 23 at 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT. Complete details regarding the event and packages are available at www.girlsjustwannaweekend.com.

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June 16th, 2021

All Things Go Music Festival

October 16, 2021

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, Maryland

https://allthingsgofestival.com/

The 2021 All Things Go Music Festival returns on Saturday October 16th and makes a major move to the 20,000 capacity Merriweather Post Pavilion venue. The festival continues their female-forward billing with this year’s headliner and Grammy Album Of The Year nominee, HAIM – in addition to St. Vincent , Charli XCX and LAUV at the top of the bill.

Those artists will be joined by a slew of up-and-coming artists — Girl In Red, Cautious Clay, Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Gus Dapperton, Tkay Maidza, Jelani Aryeh, Role Model, Tai Verdes, Blue DeTiger, Isaac Dunbar and Del Water Gap — all taking over two stages at the iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion, making it one of the largest independent festival on the east coast.

The festival is known for their female-focused billing and equal representation in the music industry in general, for instance the Saturday of All Things Go 2018 spotlighted an all-female lineup specially curated in collaboration with Maggie Rogers and LPX (Lizzy Plapinger), both All Things Go friends, and Plapinger, a previous partner on the All Things Gold club nights in Washington DC.

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June 3rd, 2021

Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to introduce Splendour XR, a bold and world first extended reality edition of your favorite Aussie festival. It’s online, priced to be affordable and It’s Unreal!

Splendour XR will hit your screen of choice from

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July.

Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR.

https://splendourxr.com/tickets/

Always the innovators, when COVID pulled the plug on live music around the world, team Splendour set to work and is now preparing to flick the switch on a world first online experience, unlike anything you’ve seen to date, that will take Splendour in the Grass to audiences around the globe.

Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR, Splendour XR combines technology, art and over 50 of your favorite music artists, in a true virtual Splendour in the Grass festival experience rolled out over two days.

Indie rock royalty, critically acclaimed and genre defying singer-songwriters, viral pop sensations, hip-hop heroes and sought after collaborators, pioneering dance producers and artists who push way beyond boundaries into the unknown, will perform across Splendour XR’s stages alongside the hottest Australian acts of the moment.

DAY 1 – KHALID

CHVRCHES. DENZEL CURRY. DUKE DUMONT. TASH SULTANA. MASKED WOLF. RUSS MILLIONS. BAND OF HORSES. LITTLE SIMZ. VIOLENT SOHO. AURORA. PHOEBE BRIDGERS. VERA BLUE. PINK SWEAT$. CLIENT LIAISON. GRIFF. POND. TAYLA PARX. DUNE RATS. METHYL ETHEL. THE CHATS. TRIPLE ONE. CAT & CALMELL. KING STINGRAY. THE SOUTHERN RIVER BAND

DAY 2 – THE KILLERS

CHARLI XCX. VANCE JOY. GRIMES METAVERSE (SUPER BETA). THE AVALANCHES. OF MONSTERS AND MEN. KAYTRANADA. BLACK PUMAS. HOT DUB TIME MACHINE. MILLENNIUM PARADE. THE JUNGLE GIANTS. OCEAN ALLEY. JUNGLE. WHAT SO NOT. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. SINÉAD HARNETT. HOLLY HUMBERSTONE. SPACEY JANE. CROOKED COLOURS. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS. WAFIA. AVIVA. THE SNUTS. BAND-MAID. ZIGGY RAMO. GRETTA RAY.

With single user tickets available from $19.99 for a single day/$34.99 for both days and with a $2.50 discount for Splendour in the Grass existing IRL ticket holders, punters can dive into Splendour XR from the comfort of their couch and watch with family and friends from across the globe or purchase an XR Party Pack and create their own Splendour XR house party.

Splendour XR will include an online medical centre to assist any patrons who are struggling with their mental health in this Covid world. And XR is committed to managing emissions and creating a clean and green platform with a minimal carbon footprint.

“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour and more on offer alongside our favorite artists. We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.” said Splendour in the Grass Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.

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May 27th, 2021

thereminders (@TheReminders) | Twitter

Off The Record – June 12, 2021

National Record Store Day, Barnstock and Larimer Lounge invite you to re-connect (in-person!) with your favorite Colorado musicians at the first ever Off the Record Block Party . The lineup features a diverse compilation of one hour long sets from the very best of Colorado’s music scene:

The ReMINDERS – Big Samir and Aja Black are the ReMINDERS. This duo mixes soul and roots into a magnetic combination. They have shared the stage with Les Nubians, Snoop Dogg, Fishbone, Barrington Levy, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, KRS-One, Rakim, K’Naan, and others. http://www.theremindersmusic.com/

LVDY  – This Denver duo released their debut album Gold. Kathleen Hooper and Aubrey Mable met in New Zeland. In 2019 they released their Dreamers EP. Lvdy makes music that is one part folk, one part soul, and the rest is full of surprises. https://www.lvdymusic.com/

Retrofette – Retrofette is a synthpop band. They released I Don’t Mind EP in 2017. Their latest single is “Photogenic.” https://www.instagram.com/retrofette/

Trayce Chapman –  Trayce Chapman has opened up Da Baby, YG, A Boogie wit da hoodie, A$AP Ferg, Curren$y, and Talib Kweli. Chapman runs Rest Is For Billionaires, and is a hip-hop artist who stands out. “Exotic Birds” is his latest single. https://www.instagram.com/traycechapman/?hl=en

and a Surprise Set with a very special featured guest. The gig will be capped off with a late-night DJ Dance Party featuring Funk Hunk and Fred Fancy.

This unique all-day showcase will benefit Youth on Record, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering Colorado’s underserved youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth on Record will be having their 7th Annual Block Party on June 5, 2021. Learn more at www.youthonrecord.org

To further celebrate National Record Store Day, https://recordstoreday.com/, vinyl records will be sold onsite from independently owned record shops to 303 Magazine’s popular vinyl series showcasing the Colorado Music Scene. In addition, a neighborhood food truck will be onsite, giving attendees an opportunity to support a range of local businesses in a me needed now more than ever. Music will run from 2pm to 1:30AM on Saturday, June 12 at Larimer Lounge. Tickets for each individual session range from $10-$20 and can be purchased online at www.larimerlounge.com

 

 

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May 19th, 2021

Bachelor & TBA Present – Doomin’ Sun Fest

June 10, 2021

6pm EST

To Benefit Seeding Sovereignty

https://doominsunfest.bachelor-band.com/

Bachelor—the collaborative project of Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner—will release its debut album Doomin’ Sun on May 28th via Polyvinyl Record Co. (North America), Lucky Number (ROW) and Milk! Records (AUS/NZ). To celebrate the album release they have also announced Doomin’ Sun Fest, a massive livestream festival / telethon to benefit and uplift Seeding Sovereignty. The festival will take place on June 10 starting at 6pm ET., and will be followed by a virtual afterparty inside the 3D social game Hotel Hideaway
 
Created as a chance to gather for “Community, Compassion, Climate, and Celebration,” Doomin’ Sun Fest will be FREE to attend, but donations to Seeding Sovereignty will be highly encouraged. The organization is an Indigenous-led collective working to radicalize and disrupt colonized spaces through land, body, and food sovereignty work, community building, and cultural preservation. 
 
Melina & Ellen will live-host Doomin’ Sun Fest, which will culminate in the first ever Bachelor concert, shot and directed by Haoyan Of America with designer Richie Brown, powered by HIFI Labs. “Basically we just wanna have fun celebrating our album release, raise funds for Seeding Sovereignty, and get people excited about donating and opening their hearts to themes of the fest – the “4 C’s” as we call them – that are driving this endeavor,” note Ellen and Melina.
 

Featuring:

Adeline
Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief
Alexis from Sleigh Bells w/ Young Women Who Crush
Alynda Segarra (Hurray For The Riff Raff)
Andy Shauf
Anjimile
Bartees Strange
Beach Bunny
Becca Mancari
Benjamin Gibbard
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts
Brijean
Christelle Bofale
Claud
Courtney Barnett
Faye Webster
Fime
Frankie Cosmos
Hand Habits
Japanese Breakfast
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Tweedy
Jessi Frick of Father Daughter Records
Jose James + Taali
Julia Jacklin
Julien Baker
Kero Kero Bonito
KR from Decolonize UnConference
Lala Lala
Long Beard
Lucy Dacus
Luna Li
Madeline Kenney
Madison McFerrin
Mannequin Pussy
Manu Grace
MICHELLE
Miloe
Pendant
Quinn Christopherson
Rozzi
Sasami
Sen Morimoto
Shamir
Soccer Mommy
Soft Glas
Sylvan Esso
Tagalikha
Tank & the Bangas
Tasha
Tegan and Sara
Thao
Tune-Yards
Vagabon

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May 19th, 2021

Asia Rising Together Benefit Concert by 88 Rising

May 26, 2021

7pm PST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYgWpfBTZVk

88rising Announces Asia Rising Together: Benefit Concert in Support of AAPI Heritage Month
88rising, announces an upcoming benefit concert timed to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). Viewers can tune into the concert through 88rising’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & SiriusXM channel on May 26th at 7PM PT.

On the heels of their 2020 Asia Rising Forever benefit livestream in May 2020, which drew in 8.5M viewers and trended #1 on YouTube and Twitter, 88rising continues their longstanding commitment to amplifying Asian voices with the upcoming benefit concert. On May 26th, viewers are invited to join in an immersive cultural experience celebrating the Asian community to ultimately raise funds and awareness.

The concert will feature global participation from artists around the world including Atarashii Gakko!, Audrey Mika, Audrey Nuna, Bizzy, Guapdad 4000, eaJ (of Day6), KOAD, Luna Li, mxmtoon, NIKI, Seori, Tiger JK, yoonmirae and Guest Appearances by RZA, Dumbfoundead, Ocean Vuong, and a Special Introduction by CL. Throughout the show, the audience will witness a series of intimate performances, punctuated by moments of poetry, meditation, and a special surprise or two.

“This is a really unique livestream centered around family and culture,” says Audrey Mika, “I filmed part of my set with my mom and sister, and being able to share our Japanese roots on this platform is really special to me. I hope this shows everyone you can chase your dreams, stay true to yourself, and be proud of who you are in the process.”

In tandem with these inspired musical performances, the event will highlight artist stories and identity through a variety of programming while spotlighting AAPI businesses and organizations across industries.

88rising is working alongside Sean Kusanagi, Creative Director of Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective, to direct this piece. Kusanagi’s documentary and creative backgrounds work together to deliver powerful, personal family stories to the next generation, woven in with music and art.
“88rising is committed to using music and our platforms to elevate AAPI voices, to raise awareness for issues affecting our AAPI community, and to denounce anti-Asian hate,” shared Sean Miyashiro, the CEO and Founder of 88rising. “We are proud to bring this benefit concert along with our many other AAPI-focused initiatives to the forefront so that everyone can have a hand in making the world a more peaceful place.”

88rising thanks presenting partner Netflix and sponsor AT&T for their support.
Donations from the stream will support Asian Mental Health Collective, who creates a supportive and empathetic community; collaborates with mental health professionals and organizations; and celebrates mental health stories as Asians

The stream will also spotlight other Asian American organizations: The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay and MAMA Los Angeles. These organizations, and many others, are working tirelessly to build community and power. The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) serves people of Asian ancestry and other vulnerable, forgotten communities in need in the Bay Area. MAMA is a multicultural restaurant platform dedicated to preserving immigrant culture through food. When many of LA’s most-loved ethnic restaurants faced closure during the pandemic, they created an event series called MAMA’s Drive-By Kitchen reimagining the take-out model to provide support, along with a meal-matching program feeding senior citizens across Los Angeles.

All donations go to Asian Mental Health Collective

Featuring:

Atarashii Gakko!

Audrey Mika

Audrey Nuna

Bizzy

EAJ

Guapdad 4000

Koad

Luna Li

Mxmtoon

Niki

Seori

Tiger JK

Yoonmirae

RZA

Dumbfounded

Ocena Vuong

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May 1st, 2021

CMW-2021

May 18-21, 2021

https://cmw.net/

Chakranegra – Chile – Carla Stuardo & Sebastin Mancilla make up Chakranegra, a highly experiemental synth project. https://www.instagram.com/chakranegra/

I.M. Yoni – Mexico – I.M YONI is a group of creative women from different parts of the world, based in Mexico City who got united to address gender equality throughout art. The collective was formed by a musical group that produces original songs in Spanish and English within the genres Funk, R&B, Dance, Pop amongst others. https://m.facebook.com/imyonimusic/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

Lydmor – Denmark – Lydmor is Jenny Rossander. Lydmor is a Danish electronic songwriter, musician and multi-artist unlike any other. Her unique skillset creates an output where everything is possible. Every work of Lydmor’s is its own, developed with an intense artistic drive. Lydmor is also a feminist, a fighter for women’s rights and for equality in the music industry. She stands up to sexism and tries to redefine the general mindset that sexually objectifies female artists – e.g., by taking part in the public debate on feminism and through her weekly show on National Radio (DR). She recently released her 4th album Capacity. https://www.lydmor.dk/

Possimiste – Iceland – Leeni Laasfeld launched her career in 2011 with the song “The Flight of Lulu.” A decade later this artist will release her debut album Youniverse. https://www.possimiste.com/

Sopio T – Tsblisi, Georgia – Sopio Toroshelidze music has a grand quality influenced by her education in both music theory and as a choir conductor. She runs a school for music and choreography. Her latest project is Sopio T will the singles “Metamorphosis” and “Insomnia.” https://www.instagram.com/sopio_t/

Sutari – Warsaw, Poland – Sutari is a 3 piece all women folk band.  They have played WOMEX and KEXP and have 3 albums out including their latest River Sisters. https://www.facebook.com/sutarisutari

Technoir – Milan, Italy –  TECHNOIR explored darker electronica with their sophomore album Never Trust The Algorithm. This duo mixes soul, EDM and alternative is a beautiful blend. https://www.facebook.com/technoirofficial

The Heart Collectors – NSW, Australia – The Heart Collectors recently played the Isol-Aid Unlocked Showcase for Folk Alliance International. They have played SXSW. This 4 piece band mixes Celtic music with Fletwood Mac to make a unique Americana music. https://theheartcollectors.com/

 Vero – Chile – Veronica Quezada and Sebastian Mancilla plays folk pop with Ukelele. They are working on a new LP Cartografia and and an EP of boleros called Otrxs Canciones, where she expresses, in an intimate and critic way, how it is to live in the 21st century as part of the LGBTIQ+ and feminist community. https://www.facebook.com/verocomomiro

Voice of Baceprot – Voice of Baceprot is a 3 piece hard rock act from Indonesia. It is an all women act. In 2018 they released “School Revolution.” They are working on new music now. https://twitter.com/baceprotvoices

 

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May 1st, 2021

CMW-2021

May 18-21, 2021

https://cmw.net/

Allydice  – Mississauga, Ontario –  This hip-hop group of twin sisters Kayla & Kayle Allydice graduated in 2018 with degrees in Criminology. Their single “White Tears” is a call to action in the age of Black Lives Matter. They are working on their first EP. https://www.instagram.com/allydicetwinz/

Dope Earth Alien – Toronto, Ontario – Kenisha Humber is Dope Earth Alien (DEA). DEA advocates for the representation of Black femininity in its multitudes, especially for the low-key and quirky girls who continue to seek mainstream visibility. DEA sings soulful songs wrapped in storytelling. https://www.instagram.com/dopeearthalien/

Flara K – Montreal, Quebec – This duo released their sophomore EP Anxious, Irrational, Fashionable in 2020. They have soul infused pop with addictive vocals. https://flarak.com/

Nova Rose – Montreal, Quebec – Nova Rose is an indie pop artist who has been releasing singles galore recently including “Need Me”, “G.L.I.T.R.”, and “Cause You Make Me Feel Like.” http://bynovarose.com/

Odreii – Montreal, Quebec – Audrey Laurencelle is Odreii. She has played SXSW and opened for Wyclef Jean. The single from her debut album Sweating Gold is called “Heat.” https://www.odreii.com/

Shawnee –  Edmonton, Alberta – Shawnee Kish is a Canadian Mohawk Two Spirit singer/songwriter. She is driven to help her Indigenous community at the same time affirming her identity. Her songs include “Warrior Heart”, “Mirror Me”, and “Got It Bad.” https://www.instagram.com/shawneekish/

Still Eighteen – Toronto, Ontario –  Still Eighteen includes former Platinum Blonde and Trixie Goes Hollywood frontman, Joey, as the lead vocalist and guitarist, alongside his wife Karen on drums and their daughter Samantha on bass and vocals. Still Eighteen was fortunate to be able to finish their European tour just before the borders closed in March 2020. They performed in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, headlining at some awesome venues! Since the pandemic, the band has been actively writing and recording new music and also had the exciting opportunity to be actors in a major Hollywood movie, (“Shotgun Wedding”) acting alongside Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin & more! They have released 2 singles based on the pandemic: “I’m Finding It Hard to Believe in Something”, and “Tomorrow.” https://stilleighteen.com/

The Manic Boys and Girls Club – Toronto, Ontario – Siblings Bela and Fernando Ferreira are The Manic Boys and Girls Club (MBG Club). They play indie rock and their EP is layered with lush synthesizers with overdriven guitars. https://www.facebook.com/themanicboysandgirlsclub

Velours – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – velours released her EP Identity last year. She has worked with Ryan Stewart and was nominated for 2 Saskatchwan Music Awards. https://www.veloursartist.com/

Yarro – Toronto, Ontario – Eliza Bronte graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program. She has worked in theatre and film. It was songwriting that got her through dark times. Her debut EP Reset came out in March 2020. https://www.instagram.com/_yarro/channel/?hl=en

 

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April 30th, 2021

WAM Summer Internships 2021!

Applications for the Summer 2021 Virtual Internship Program are now open! The program is open to women (transgender or cisgender) and gender expansive individuals over the age of 18. 
 
Our internship program is widely recognized in the audio and music production industries for the caliber of training, range of activities, overall experience, as well as job placement opportunities. Past interns have gone on to positions with such companies as Dolby, Pixar, Apple, Sony, Google, and Pandora, as well as most of the premier venues for music and performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
 
May 5, 2021: Application Deadline
May 19, 2021: Interns notified 
May 24, 2021: Start date
August 11, 2021: End of internship
 
Learn more at womensaudiomission.org/wam-internship-program/
 

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April 28th, 2021

Isol Aid #54

Sunday May 2, 2021

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

Kicking off ISOL-AID 54 is KUČKA who is serving up autobiographical stories of love and growth supported by the melding together of RnB, jazz, new age and electro influences. Having collaborated with everyone from A$AP ROCKY and Kendrick Lamar, to Flume and SOPHIE, she has cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with and this new introspective turn proves that more than ever.

https://www.instagram.com/iamkucka/?hl=en

Get ready to fall in sync with MEMPHIS LK who is fusing her early pop, soul and RnB influences with a love of underground dance music. Paired with her intimate vocals and powerful lyricism Memphis LK has established an irresistible sound that’s sure to get you up and dancing.

https://www.instagram.com/memphislk/?hl=en

RUNNING TOUCH is up next moulding heavy rock experimentalism with fragments of electronica and pop. As a founding member of Ocean Grove and a silent member of Adult Art Club, Running Touch is a chance to stretch beyond limits creating entire multi-sensory universes that provide a chance to flex his songwriting and producing and space to create art that sounds unlike anything else.

http://www.runningtouch.com/

ODETTE has spent the last few years wracking up a list of achievements, charting at #1 on the Apple Music Charts, a couple of ARIA noms, and over 55 million streams – no big deal! Now we’re treated to an intimate performance of her latest album Herald, a true coming-of-age exploration. With her own brand of experimental pop Odette delves into the theatrical, expansive and overly dramatic with her poetic prowess on full display just for us.

https://www.odetteofficial.com/

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April 27th, 2021

Soccer Mommy — a.k.a. Nashville native Sophie Allison – released her critically-acclaimed sophomore album color theory last year. Today she has announced her long delayed US headline tour in support of the record. Starting in September 2021 the tour stops at some of the biggest venues Allison has headlined to date, including New York’s Brooklyn Steel on September 21 and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on October 28. With the exception of a few venue changes and new additions many of the shows were postponed from March 2020 and all previously purchased tickets will be honored. Squirrel Flower will provide support on the first leg and Emily Reo will support the second. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/30) at 12pm ET.

9/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
9/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
9/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
9/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
9/19 – DC @ 9:30 Club *
9/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
9/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
9/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
9/25 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre *
9/26 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
9/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
9/29 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
10/1 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *
10/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East ^
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater ^
10/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
10/27 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box ^
10/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre ^
10/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ^
11/1 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall ^
11/2 – Boise, ID @ Olympic ^
11/4 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^
11/6 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room ^
11/7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
11/8 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre ^
11/9 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall ^
* w/ Squirrel Flower
^ w/ Emily Reo
https://soccermommyband.com/#tour
 
Following the release of color theory, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous upcoming headline dates sold-out months in advance, confirmed festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The album made it’s AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for 4-weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16
Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.
 
Additionally, with touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. She released a deluxe binder version of color theory which you can get HERE along with a demos EP of selected album tracks which you can listen to HERE. Last summer, raising money for National Bail Out & Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, Allison released the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series featuring Jay Som, Beabadoobee, SASAMI and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden/Gentle Dom. She also joined forces with Actress & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who remixed two color theory tracks. Listen to “crawling in my skin (Actress Remix)” HERE + “circle the drain (UMO Remix)” HERE. She shared an interview and performance via GRAMMY Museum® which can be seen HERE. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to perform in on tour prior to lockdown.
 

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April 22nd, 2021

Isol-Aid #53

Sunday April 25, 2021

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

HATCHIE starts the night off with a hypnotic mix of soaring vocals and hazy guitar tones, weaving together layers of woozy rhythms. The Brisbane based musician is truly the dream pop idol of tomorrow, expertly creating heartfelt ear-worms that will stay with you for weeks and crafting live shows that’ll keep you glued to your screen.

https://hatchie.net/

Up next is PRICIE who is most definitely one to watch. A singer, songwriter and rapper – PRICIE’S got it all, and with the release of her first ever single, ‘too dang good,’ earlier this year, everyone else knows it too. PRICIE’s ISOL-AID set comes right off the back of four nights supporting Genesis Owusu at the Corner Hotel so you know she’s gonna be at the top of her game.

https://www.instagram.com/itspricie/?hl=en

Crafting captivating songs from his Aunt’s spare room, FERGUS JAMES has taken local audiences by storm, (and racked up a whole handful of most played songs on Triple J). Jumping in head first, Fergus played his first show supporting Ed Sheeran and has since gone on to support Meg Mac and open the main stage at Splendour in the Grass – which means no one is more primed to bring a blistering ISOL-AID set this Sunday.

https://www.fergusjamesmusic.com/

Ending the night on a high is BTS approved CHYMES. With ethereal vocals and hypnotic beats, Chymes infuses her playful pop music with intricate and in-depth concepts giving space to her voice in the most dreamy way possible.

https://chymesmusic.com/

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