Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Review

Stepping onto the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first night of the Imagine Music Festival, I couldn't help but pause and appreciate the evolution of this magical event. Three years ago, my two festie-besties and I entered our first Imagine at Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park. At that time, the event was in its second year and held three stages and minimal space, however the effort put into the fest was huge. The three of us didn't quite leave IMF the same; we bonded as friends, we created unforgettable memories, and we learned that we needed more moments like this in our lives. IMF has since grown to a six-stage wonderland at the speedway. Spanning 887 acres, the festival now allows for the fun of camping, endless sensory adventures, and most importantly meaningful memories.

Day 1 presented a great beginning to the weekend. We got the day started with Yheti at the Disco Inferno Stage. With his creative flow and unique melodies, he brought the perfect amount of weird to allow for a smooth transition from the real-world into festival mode. Afterward the main stage, Oceania, brought on one heavy-hitter after another. For our crew, it started with Datsik, who came out on stage with the bass guns blazing. He started on a high level and never came back down, keeping the crowd amped and ready to go all night. Finishing out the stellar lineup was Tiesto. Filled with power and energy, this EDM legend kept the crowd moving for his entire 90 minute set, playing favorites both old and new.

After an exceptional opening day, we were stoked for day 2. The night started with one of our most anticipated sets: Black Tiger Sex Machine. After recently experiencing them at Electric Forest, I could not wait for them to take me to church once again. Just as I had imagined, they did not disappoint. The energy that comes from a BTSM show is hard to match. All three members engage with the crowd, creating a connection that pulls everyone together. Add that to the visuals that match every beat and the perfect set is created. Appropriately following that powerful set on the Oceania Stage was Zomboy with his infectious beats, continuing what BTSM started. Then came Flux Pavilion. I have to be honest, I saw Flux once before and found his set to be mediocre. I was beyond surprised and pleased that he proved me wrong at Imagine. Using heavy bass, melody and rhythm, Flux had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hands. He mixed his own popular song "Bass Cannon" into an intricate web of bass and beats, recreating my personal favorite tune into a whole new sound. Of course once he played "I Can't Stop," everyone lost their minds, screaming the words that caused an echo across the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

As if all of that wasn't enough excitement for one night, we had to make a nearly impossible choice: Pretty Lights vs. Deadmau5. How does one choose between two legends? We decided to go with Pretty Lights because we were curious and intrigued with the fact that he was playing a live set. This was a new experience for me and well-worthy of the hype. Seeing the already mystical music by Pretty Lights played live on stage with actual instruments was a music nerd's dream come true. As we all know, Pretty Lights is a master at putting his audience into a visual trance and this set was no exception.


The last day is always a little sad because the thought of returning to reality is truly depressing. However, with the enchanting lineup on Sunday, it was impossible to feel anything except pure joy. I'm personally not always into the "feelsy" electronic music, but the Sunday lineup got me trapped in a zone of the feels and I loved every second of it.

Who better to start a heartwarming day than Illenium? This eclectic producer is a master at giving purpose to his music while still creating a hype show; generating a perfectly balanced experience that is sure to captivate the entire audience. Creating a flawless transition was Seven Lions hitting the stage right after Illenium. With his visuals being almost as beautiful as his flowing hair, I couldn't help but feel I was existing in the world he created on screen. Scenes of nature meshed with angelic melodies took the audience to a whole new level of peaceful bliss that felt like entering a dream. As if the night could get any more whimsical, the final set on the main stage was Above & Beyond. This was my first time seeing these trance gods and all expectations were exceeded. They worked their magic to make the crowd feel as one, moving and singing along to every calming beat. Of course, this was the main stage finale, so Imagine had to pull out all of the stops with a mesmerizing firework display. The festival couldn't have ended in a more beautiful way with soothing melodies, a fantastic light show, and my two best friends.

After the finale on the main stage, Claude VonStroke was the sole survivor keeping the crowd moving at the Disco Inferno. Once we finished grooving to his set, we all headed toward the exit of the speedway.

As we walked up the steps, we turned to span the festival, taking in the vibrantly flashing lights, the creatively dressed festies, and recalled entering this same festival three short years ago. The setting has changed, the space has grown, but that same intimate and genuine feeling first created by Imagine in the beginning, holds strong three years later. That's what a notable festival is all about: the best of friends creating new memories with an eloquent soundtrack constantly spinning in the background. Thanks for giving us a place to expand our memories, minds, and friendships, Imagine. We'll see you next year for your fifth birthday! Start making your own memories and grab the $99 customer appreciation passes while they last. How do you imagine? There's only one way to find out...



Monday, September 18, 2017

Imagine Set Times Released!

The time has come, boys and girls! Imagine has released their daily set times. Now it's time for the joy of sifting through the impressive list of  artists and carefully choosing which acts to hear and when. Good luck, there are some tough choices (I'm looking at you, Deadmau5 vs. Pretty Lights).



The official Imagine Mobile App for Apple and Android is also now available.  There are a lot of fun distractions at Imagine; just download that bad boy to ensure you don't miss any of your favorites. 

Lastly, as you know, many people along the East Coast were affected by Hurricane Irma. Imagine has started an official donation site via the American Red Cross. The music world is known for loving, caring and giving, so let's throw some support to the victims of Irma. 

It's almost time to Imagine, folks! How do you imagine?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Imagine Music Festival Spotlight - Black Tiger Sex Machine

Imagine Music Festival 2017 is right around the corner, folks! Soon enough, the complete schedule will be released and it will be time to carefully pick and choose which unforgettable acts to see. While this can be a daunting task, have no fear, we're here to help! In coming weeks, we'll be sharing our top picks for each stage. There are some heavy-hitters playing the Oceania stage like Deadmau5, Tiesto, and Flux Pavilion, but our first choice for this stage is Black Tiger Sex Machine.

Who's ready to go to church? First up we have sci-fi-inspired bass hitters, Black Tiger Sex Machine. With a name like that, how can you even think about missing their act? BTSM are known for their electrifying shows and their ability to bend, manipulate, and mesh every genre of electronic music into one performance. Their sound implements everything from dubstep and electro to drum and bass. At a BTSM set, the audience is immersed in hard-hitting bass and classically-influenced instrumentation with darker electro styles. BTSM is also known for creating partially live sets, which is refreshing in a world of press-play artists. Be sure to head to BTSM Church on Saturday and get lost in the hard and heavy sounds of this dynamic trio. To see what a BTSM show is all about, check out their tour recap below. Buy your tickets now for Imagine, they're worth every penny and going fast!




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Imagine Music Festival Drops Day Schedule



Imagine Music Festival has dropped their day schedule for the September 22-24 event.  Taking place once again at Atlanta's Motor Speedway, the lineup is stacked and offers a variety of options for bass heads and trance-lovers alike. Check out the schedule below and head over to their website to purchase your weekend pass.  



Hopscotch 2017 Day Parties Announced

Hopscotch is getting ever so close and today they revealed the schedule for the coveted day parties. Stroll around to all of the best local music spots on any given Hopscotch day and you're guaranteed to find either a familiar hometown artist or discover new budding talent.  Either way, a true lover of music can't go wrong with the variety provided by Hopscotch, especially with the day parties. Check out the full schedule here

Also don't forget that main stage tickets to see Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Solange and Big Boi go on sale this Thursday, August 24th.  

Don't miss the full event happening throughout downtown Raleigh from September 7-10. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Breakaway Festival Hits Charlotte


Blackbear, Lil Dicky, Cheat Codes and more will come together on October 14th in Charlotte for the first ever Breakaway Festival. The event will appropriately be held at the NC Music Factory.

Headlining the event is German producer Zedd who has played notable music festivals such as Ultra, EDC and Moonrise. Known for top hits like "Clarity" and "I Want You to Know," Zedd brings his electro-house hits to life with pulsating beats and thoughtful production. He is currently traveling for his Echo tour.

While Breakaway also takes place in Grand Rapids, MI and Columbus, OH, this is the first time Prime Social Group have chosen Charlotte, largely due to its blossoming music scene. Local favorites from Charlotte, Raleigh, and surrounding areas will also be featured in the silent disco presented by SOMA Entertainment. Devious, DOMii and Freaky are among the local talent that will keep the party going well into the night.

This will be the first time the Queen City has seen a music event such as this one. Head on over to the official Breakaway Festival website for more details and to grab those tickets.




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Win Tickets to the Scythian CD Release Show at Lincoln Theatre

Dance-inducing Celtic rock and American folk band, Scythian, will once again bring the party to Lincoln Theatre and we're giving away two free tickets to the show.  To enter, head over to our Twitter and Facebook pages to retweet and share for your chance to win.  

Saturday, July 15th at 9pm Scythian will be doing an ALL-AGES CD Release of their new album "Dance All Night." The album is a "best of" but features previously unreleased tunes which will be performed that night. "Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian merges Irish, gypsy, and Americana with thunderous energy, technical zest, and soulful songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience."  

For those of you who are new to Scythian, you can expect a show that has you up on your feet dancing while hoisting glasses. Scythian headlined First Night Raleigh a couple of years ago, has rocked the Bluegrass Fest, and is a perennial favorite at the MerleFest Dance Tent. Head over to the Lincoln Theatre website to get your tickets. Check out the 60-second preview below: