VIBE Guide: Summer Festivals

If you think Electric Zoo looks dope, just wait for what else we've got lined up for you. Break out your bikinis and Daisy Dukes because festival season is in full swing, and there’s plenty more to look forward to.

Don't forget your dry shampoo, wet wipes and sunglasses, because VIBE just dropped a music bomb to explode all over your summer schedule. Here's some hot selects for the hot season...

Camp Bisco Eleven, Mariaville, NY, July 12-14
The 11th annual Camp Bisco brings together electronic giants Bassnectar and Skrillex alongside more alternative fare like Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco, and YACHT. Side stages are presented by Skrillex’s label OWSLA and A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records.

Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, July 13-15
Pitchfork’s hometown festival in Chicago features a diverse lineup of cutting-edge acts, from A$AP Rocky to Hot Chip to Clams Casino to Vampire Weekend. It’s the quintessential indie lineup from the publication defining quintessential indie.

Lollapalooza, Chicago, August 3-5
If you’re in Chicago later in the summer, Lollapalooza boasts its usual assortment of names both big and small. With headlining sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Keys, acts including Calvin Harris, Star Slinger, Anamanaguchi, and Little Dragon are also on the bill.

Global Dance Festival, July
Taking place in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, MO; and Morrison, CO, this festival takes acts like Dillon Francis, Knife Party, and AC Slater on a whirlwind tour of the US.

Hard Summer, LA, August 3-4
One of dance music’s biggest events is set to take over LA again. The Lineup is bumpin' with acts such as Bloc Party, Boys Noize, Chromeo + more on Day 1, then Skrillex, Nero and A-Trak + more on Day 2.

Outside Lands, San Francisco, August 10-12
There’s something for EVERYONE in the Bay Area, and Outside Lands will be hosting myriad act from Metallica to Stevie Wonder to MSTRKRFT to Thee Oh Sees to Wolfgang Gartner to Regina Spektor to Big Boi to Norah Jones to Skrilled to you get the idea. There will also be a comedy tent, featuring David Cross and Neil Patrick Harris. I’m afraid I just blue myself.

Summer Set Music and Camping Festival, Somerset, WI, August 24-26
We’ve never heard of Somerset, WI either, but the town will become a major destination at the end of August. The Summer Set festival brings Pretty Lights, Nas, Yelawolf, Matt and Kim, and more to the land of milk and more milk.

Sunset Strip Music Fest, West Hollywood, CA, August 16-18
Where can you see both Marilyn Manson and De La Soul? At the Sunset Strip Music Festival, where the offbeat lineup also includes Steve Aoki, RZA, and Bad Religion. You don’t need an excuse to get weird.

North Coast Music Festival, Chicago, August 31 - September 2
Chicago continues to claim dominance with yet another festival. This time around, the Windy City gets Girl Talk, the Rapture, Steve Angello, Dan Deacon, and plenty more.

Electric Zoo, New York, August 31 - September 2
Get your neon fake fur boots ready, because you’re going to need them for this electro fest featuring David Guetta, Tiesto, and Benny Benassi. Fool’s Gold rules New York again with a Friday stage featuring label bosses A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs and the French babes Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, and Kavinsky.

Made In America, Philadelphia, Sept. 1-2
Jay-Z shows off his diverse taste with a festival he’s both curating and co-headlining with Pearl Jam. Alongside Skrillex, Afrojack, and Calvin Harris, Jay shows off his arty side with Santigold, Dirty Projectors, and Janelle Monae.

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Tucked neatly behind her dark sunglasses, the songstress began her set strapped to a mustard yellow guitar with a host of back-up musicians accompanying the 21-year-old on her first solo journey with "Tiny Desk." She previously appeared on the performance series in June 2018 alongside collaborator Daniel Caesar to bring their single "Best Part" to life.

The singer began with "Going (Interlude)," a low-tempo song ushering a heavy-hearted feel into the 18-minute-performance. Keeping with the melancholy vibes planted by the first single, Gabriella Wilson – best known by her three-letter-moniker –  delivered a stunning rendition of "Feel A Way." With two-final transitions, the singer-songwriter concluded her act with "Focus," a throw back from the 2017 EP that gained her worldwide recognition, H.E.R. Volume 1.

Switching from strings to keys, Wilson sat peacefully before a keyboard playing the melody she crafted for the crowd favorite. Chaperoning the performance to a close, Wilson and her background singers played a vocal game of tag as the band jazzed up the slow beats until the set officially wrapped.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

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Usher Releases "Peace Sign" Video Off Of 'A' Project

Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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