Festival Round 2016 Part 2

Written by Laura Curry


Summerfest 2016

Date: June 29-July 3/ July 5-10, 2016

Location: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI

Official Site: http://www.summerfest.com/ 

Breakdown: While the official lineup has not been released, Summerfest has announced that headliners for 2016 include: Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, Sting and Peter Gabriel. Over 900,000 people are expected to attend the 11-day festival, which takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along with over 1,000 performances, festivalgoers can check out interactive exhibits, go shopping in the marketplace or satisfy their hunger cravings from over 45 food vendors.

Check out our features:
Luke Bryan Album Review
Weezer’s “King of the World” Single Review
Panic! At the Disco Album Review
Panic! At the Disco at the Radio 104.5 Block Party

Mysteryland USA 2016

Mysteryland USA

Date: June 10-13, 2016

Location: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY

Official Site: http://www.mysteryland.us/en/

Analysis: This is the perfect festival for EDM lovers who want to spend four days at a psychedelic party nestled in the green rolling hills of New York. Odesza, Skrillex and Bassnectar are headlining at the third edition of Mysteryland USA. Other artists include: The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead, Young Thug, GRiZ, Gramatik, Tchami and Claude Vonstroke. If you would like to take a break from the dancing and intense bass drops, then check out the interactive installation art, watch street performers, or do some yoga and meditation.

Check out our features:
Album Review of GRiZ’s “Say It Loud”
Interview with GRiZ.


Date: May 27-30, 2016

Location: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, WA

Official Site: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/

Breakdown: Spend your Memorial Day Weekend at the 15th annual Sasquatch Festival listening to The Cure, Florence and the Machine, Disclosure and Diplo, who are the headliners of the event. They will be joined by artists including: Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Grimes, M83, Sufjan Stevens, Chet Faker, Lord Huron, Purity Ring and Tycho. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Colombia Gorge canyon while appreciating the Sasquatch references of the festival grounds. Camping is highly recommended since The Gorge Amphitheatre is located in a remote area, 150 miles east of Seattle.

Check out our features:
A$AP Rocky album review
Alabama Shakes album review
Sufjan Stevens album review
Purity Ring’s album review


Shaky Knees

Date: May 13-15, 2016

Location: Centennial Olympic Park & International Plaza, Atlanta, GA

Official Site: http://www.shakykneesfestival.com/

Breakdown: The 4th annual Shaky Knees Festival features the headliners Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket and Jane’s Addiction, as well as nearly 75 other bands. Some of these bands include: At the Drive-In, The 1975, Deftones, Walk the Moon, Young the Giant, Foals, Shakey Graves, Atlas Genius, Eagles of Death Metal, Foxing and The Front Bottoms. The festival is a musical haven situated in downtown Atlanta. In addition to experiencing your favorite bands live, feel free to take goofy pictures in photo booths, enjoy the offerings of multiple food trucks or purchase official festival merchandise.

Check out our features:
Pop-Break Live: Foals
Walk the Moon Album Review
My Morning Jacket Album Review
Atlas Genius Interview
Pop-Break Live: The 1975



Date: July 15-17, 2016

Location: Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY

Official Site: http://forecastlefest.com/

Breakdown: Climb aboard the ship and forget about your problems at Forecastle Festival 2016. The festival is located in the heart of Louisville on the banks of the Ohio River. You will find the Clark Memorial Bridge in the background of most pictures to pay homage to the city. Headliners this year are: The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cutie and Ryan Adams. Other notable artists include Grouplove, Big Gigantic, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Washed Out and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. If you need a rest from all the mosh pits and crowd surfing, you can head to the Bourbon Lodge to taste-test the local spirits or join the carnival games and race your friends on stuffed horses in the Forecastle Derby.

Check out our features:
Interview with Big Gigantic
Death Cab for Cutie Album Review
Ryan Adams Album Review 
Singles Party Column on Washed Out’s single “It All Feels Right”


Laura Curry is a Rutgers University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Interviewing bands and writing about music is her passion. She is a frequent concert-goer, whether they’re happening in New Brunswick basements, Asbury Park venues, concert halls in NYC and anywhere in between. Alternative rock is her go-to genre (i.e. Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant, Foals, The Maine and lots more). When she isn’t writing for The Pop Break, she works at the North Brunswick Public Library, which offers plenty of Fantasy/Adventure novels to quench her love of reading. Additionally, she takes on creative projects from dream catchers and scrapbooks to paintings and jewelry making. She’s always happy to talk about her furry Maine Coon cat Austen and his knack for playing fetch and hide and seek. Just try not to ask about her next career move, because trust me, she’s working on it.