2017 Spring Festival Guide

My favorite part about the new year is that it’s like an instant refresh on all of the festivals. I wish it was my job to attend them all, but even though I can’t, I still love looking at all of the different lineups and seeing what artists are playing everywhere.

Next weekend kicks off my first festival for the year at Air + Style, but so far that’s all I’ve got planned. I spend so much time looking at lineups that I thought I’d make it easier on some of my friends and put together a comprehensive, chronological list of all the lineups I’m stoked on this Spring. I’ve got all the prices and locations listed for you, plus some of the acts I would want to see at each one. This only covers from now until April, so I will definitely be posting a summer lineup guide once more of them are out.

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Poppin’ Katy

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day, I came across a sponsored article from YourEDM.com titled Finally, an All-Natural, Legal Party Pill That’s Actually Good for You [Review]. Of course, I clicked on it because if I wasn’t going to, Facebook’s algorithms wouldn’t have put it there. I read the review, scanned the page for any advertorial disclaimers and double-checked the site’s credits before deciding the source seemed legit.

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Artist to Watch: ye.

One of my favorite Soundcloud discoveries this year is ye. (pronounced “yeah”). I first found his song “iwantuu” over summer and smashhheddd that download link. The drop is similar to Sam Gellaitry’s “Long Distance,” but it goes way harder. It uploaded to iTunes with no artist listed, so I had no idea who the genius behind the beat was until I came across another one of his songs a little later. I checked out his profile and was completely sold—homie has some epic sounds. Check out some of my favorites below, but definitely go check out ye.’s Soundcloud and show him some love.

Voodoo Fest 2016

Two weekends ago, I went with my friends to VoodooFestival in New Orleans. If you haven’t ever been to a festival there, put it on your bucket list. The city is the best place to be if you want to have a good time, and festivals like Voodoo and Buku never fail to impress with their lineups (plus, tickets and hotels really aren’t too pricey). This year was even more special because the festival fell on Halloween weekend. I really couldn’t have thought of a better place to spend my favorite holiday, and I was not let down at all. I figured I’d share who I saw, what I wore, and how it was each day.

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Introduction

I’ve learned a lot about myself through music. As a writer, I’m moved by lyrics that beautify and poetically translate human experience. As an individual, I’m influenced by the culture and style surrounding different genres. And as a human being, I thrive on the connections music builds, from sharing music tastes to meeting life-changing people at concerts and festivals. Music evades every area of my life and, over the years, has become an integral part of it.

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