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We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review
The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 has kicked off, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers scheduled for Saturday night and red hot weather scheduled all weekend.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 is underway and it’s looking like it’s set to be a scorcher of a weekend! The Met Office has forecasted dry and sunny weather with temperatures reaching 22°C. British festival-goers will have their fingers crossed that this unusual weather carries on for the rest of festival season, although that may be seriously wishful thinking. With Glastonbury right around the corner we can only hope that the typical torrential rain of festival season doesn't start to set in.
The party has been kicking off at the Isle of Wight Festival, with festival-goers enjoying the hot British weather [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie]
Scheduled to appear tonight at the Isle of Wight Festival are big name acts Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Tom Odell, Starsailer and Lawson, with Katy B appearing at the Big Top. The rest of the weekend is jam-packed acts including the eagerly awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will take to the main stage on Saturday night. Saturday also belongs to Cher Lloyd, Dappy and The Pretty Reckless among other acts.
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Heading to the Isle of Wright Festival? Here's our handy guide to the weekend.
The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year the festival boasts an impressive line up featuring acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy. So if you’re one of the lucky ones packing your bag to head off to Seaclose park, or if you’ll just be following the action from the comfort of your own home, here’s our handy guide to enjoying the Isle of Wight Festival 2014.
The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform
Continue reading: Your Guide To The Isle Of Wight Festival 2014
With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.
Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.
The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview
The Lollapalooza lineup for 2014 is here - and it's awesome
Lollapalooza has sold out of three-day general tickets. Got that? No more tickets. Which is a shame, considering that one hell of a line-up has just been announced including Eminem, Kings Of Leon and Outkast. More than 100 bands and artists will perform on eight stages at Grant Park - and there's still an opportunity to see some of your favorite bands.
One-day passes to the extravaganza are still available, though, of course, it means that you need to be pretty selective with who you're wanting to see perform. One-day passes are pretty reasonably priced at $100 - which is pretty damn good considering the amount of bands you're going to see.
Continue reading: Lollapalooza Line-Up 2014: Your Guide To The 3 Day Extravanganza
Eminem, OutKast, Kings Of Leon and Skrillex are heading to Chicago for this year's Lollapalooza festival.
Eminem, Outkast, Kings Of Leon and Skrillex have been officially announced as the headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. The festival will take place over the August 1-3 weekend at its home of Chicago’s Grant Park. This year’s line-up looks pretty impressive, with more dance acts being featured than ever before and a diverse collection of artists.
Eminem is headed to Grant Park for Lollapalooza
Overall, over 130 artists have now been confirmed with Arctic Monkeys playing just before Eninem, giving the British rockers their most prominent US festival slot to date. Lorde will play underneath with Above & Beyond, Interpol, Chvrches, AFI, The Kooks, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Bombay Bicycle Club and Warpaint all appearing on August 1st. The next day Calvin Harris supports Outkast with Nas, Chase & Status, Kate Nash and Foster the People also on the bill. The final day sees the Avett Brothers, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, The 1975 and White Denim all appearing on the line up with Skrillex and Kings of Leon.
Kings of Leon's new music video gets the old emotions twitching.
Kings Of Leon have continued the current trend of arty and thoughtful music videos with their new single, 'Beautiful War,' from Mechanical Bull. The 6 minute long film stars Tron actor Garrett Hedlund who plays a man supposedly struggling with his inner demons whilst trying to defend his pride.
Kings Of Leon Debut A New Music Video.
In the video, Garrett plays a rather serious fellow who gets riled at all the attention his girlfriend is getting when she tries her hand at the mechanical bull rodeo game in a bar. Things escalate and he shockingly beats his own brother to death before immediately repenting.
The Killers and Kings Of Leon headline Las Vegas' exciting new music, food and arts festival this weekend (October 26th-27th).
Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013 brings top artists of all walks of life to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend for two days of cracking music, scrumptious gourmet food and breath-taking art.
This brand new festival opens for the first time this year from October 26th - 27th and will certainly be marked as a highlight for festival lovers this autumn. Headlining the event are The Killers, who will hit the Downtown Stage on the Sunday, and Kings Of Leon who will perform likewise on the Saturday. Californian singer Beck will also be making an appearance alongside Vampire Weekend, who topped the US chart with their album 'Modern Vampires of the City' earlier this year, and Imagine Dragons who are returning home to play some of their platinum hits to the neighbours.
Kings of Leon opened the Global Citizen festival this weekend.
The Global Citizen festival is now in full swing after a roaring start last night (Saturday, September 28,) courtesy of Kings Of Leon. The band played to an enthusiastic crowd of some 60,000 people, with the gig being dedicated to ending world poverty. The band kicked off the charity concert with their latest single Supersoaker, a bright, uptempo guitar track perfect for the occasion.
It was a solid festival set from the Kings, featuring a lot of fan favorites.
They soon dialed it back, however, with an earlier hit – The Bucket. Things got even more electrifying when the band had gotten warmed up and powered straight through Don’t Matter and a nice mix of old and new power anthems like Family Tree, Beautiful War and that classic Sex on Fire got turned into a crowd pleasing sing-along. KoL ended the set with another fan favorite – Use Somebody, before clearing the stage for John Mayer, followed by Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. It was a solid, if ever so slightly predictable set from the band, however many reviewers noted that the Kings sounded surer than they have in previous years.
A bored Kings of Leon are so fed up with playing their most successful song that they often think about dropping it from their live sets.
King of Leon are apparently tired of playing their hit song 'Sex on Fire' during their live shows, so much so that they often consider dropping the hit single from their live sets. Frontman Caleb Followill recently revealed that he and the rest of the bad are finding the prospect of playing their most successful song over and over again very tedious, as they have found that their fans aren't nearly as responsive to the less well-known songs from their back catalogue.
The band are apparently tired of their biggest hit.
Followill was speaking with Shortlist magazine when he ask asked whether he would ever consider dropping 'Sex on Fire' from the band's live sets, to which he responded with a relatively affirmative reply. He said, "I would say two years back it was definitely a thing where we'd play some of our deeper-cut songs – all sorts of rarities – and people would all go get a beer or take a piss. Then 'Sex On Fire' would happen and we were just like, 'Aargh!' I've come to terms with it. Playing that song, it's like a pat on the back to think we created it. No matter where we go it always gets that reaction."
What can we expect from another double weekend at Austin City Limits Festival?
Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.
The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.
The kings of iconic, alternative garage rock Kings Of Leon follow up 'Supersoaker' with the release of 'Wait For Me' due to be featured on their 6th Studio Album, 'Mechanical Bull'.
What is immediately made clear through the mellow guitar arpeggios is that 'Wait For Me' is going to be an intimate, introspective Kings of Leon song similar to previous releases 'Pyro', 'Mi Amigo' and 'Trunk' rather than one of their rock-punk jams such as 'Molly's Chamber' and 'Red Morning Light'.
The instantly distinguishable, adenoidal vocals of Caleb Followill are emphasised above the simplistic instrumentation expressing his broad range of tone and ability to extend individual words into grainy multi-pitched song lyrics to compliment the simplistic guitars and minimalistic drums.
Continue reading: Kings Of Leon - Wait For Me Single Review
After 'Supersoaker' debuted, Kings of Leon's new track 'Wait For Me' from upcoming album 'Mechanical Bull' is unveiled.
Kings Of Leon have unveiled the second single from their upcoming fifth record, Mechanical Bull, entitled 'Wait For Me.' We've already heard 'Supersoaker' after they debuted the lead single live in New York and thought it was mechanical marvelousness but could the band's second single live up to their first?
Kings Of Leon Are Gearing Up To Drop Their Fifth Album, Mechanical Bull.
The answer is an emphatic yes: the strength of 'Wait For Me' lies in its stand-out chorus, slowed down tempo, thoughtful lyrics and back-to-roots earnest guitar work. "It's all better now, it's all better now, wait for me," sings Caleb Followill during the rather anthemic chorus, mixing his repeated lyrics with "woahs" over soaring guitar notes. It's easy to imagine the song becoming an end of show classic to unite the crowd and band.
The band just released a new single as a teaser for their upcomming album.
Kings Of Leon are showering fans with blessings in the form of new track Supersoaker and an upcoming album. If you’ve enjoyed the band’s sound since their breakout in 2008 with the single Use Somebody, then Supersoaker should be right up your alley.
With power quitars, an energetic drumline and, of course, the distinctive raspy vocals of frontman Caleb Followill, it’s the KoL sound we all know and love, only updated enough to not sound like the song was produced in 2008. Speaking of production, for this track it is the work of Angelo Petraglia. It features the usual style of catchy and only slightly questionable lyrics: “I find to super soak girls all the time, I just get on the line, all night” We warned you.
The Followill clan returns.
Continue reading: Kings Of Leon Tease New Album With Upbeat Single "Supersoaker"
Kings of Leon make their return with 'Supersoaker.'
Kings Of Leon have released 'Supersoaker,' the first single from their forthcoming album Mechanical Bull. The soulful effort features the band's signature anthemic guitar bursts and Caleb Followill's scowling vocals. All in all, it's pretty standard fare from the Nashville four-piece and it suggests more of the same for the band's sixth LP.
American rockers Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon have both been added to this year's free iTunes Festival, which will be held at London's Roundhouse venue throughout September.
It won't be solely a festival of rock though - artists from other genres have also been invited, giving everyone at this September's festival something to look forward to, such as Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, and classical composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Having being held since 2007, the annual iTunes festival is held over every night in September and this year will host over 60 acts at the Camden venue.
The group were forced to pull out of their Friday performance because of rain, but were able to perform on Saturday in a rushed-together daytime performance that saw them perform the new song for the first time live.
Kings Of Leon were due to headline Friday (June 7) night's slot at this years Governors Ball at Randall's Island, NYC, before the heavens opened and mother nature drenched the city with a buckets of rain for most of the day, forcing the band to pull out of their schedule open-air performance on the night.
Not wanting to let their fans down who had already been let down by the rain's ill-timing, the group managed to pull some strings and get a day-time performance organised, where they unveiled the name of their new album and a brand new song to go with it. The band had oganised a grand unveiling of the new track and the album title, and wanted to air a Jimmy Fallon-starring video during their performance to usher in the news, but alas the band had to wait until Saturday to reveal the news and the Jimmy Fallon video was aired on YouTube Friday night instead.
Kings of Leon played a brand new song from their forthcoming sixth album Mechanical Bull during a rescheduled Governors Ball Music Festival set in New York.
'Sex On Fire' rockers Kings Of Leon performed at Saturday's (8th June) rescheduled Governors Ball - a festival on New York's Randall Island - in rather wet and windy conditions.
Their Friday festival appearance had been cancelled due to severe weather conditions but fans were relieved to learn of the rescheduled Saturday set, ahead of GUNS N' ROSES' headlining, in what was their first live concert in NYC for three years.
As fans slipped about whilst trying to dance in the mud, frontman Caleb Followill introduced the new song: "We're gonna play a new song we've never played before, so if we mess it up it's your fault."
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