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Head in the Clouds 2019: Niki, iKON and More Celebrate Asian Pop Culture With Performances

Putting Asian representation front and center, 88rising’s Head in the Clouds festival returned to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday (Aug. 17) for a full day of celebrating Asian pop culture. Only on its second installment, the first Asian-centric music festival in the U.S. truly outdid itself this year to draw a bigger turnout...

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The Women of Woodstock: A Look Back at the Few Female Musicians Who Played the Fest

Do a quick Google search of “women at Woodstock,” and the results you’ll get are overwhelmingly about the women not onstage but in the crowd. You’ll find plenty of articles and photos about what they wore (or in many cases, didn’t wear). But search results pertaining to the iconic 1969 festival’s female performers — like...

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Woodstock Fans Flock to Concert Site For 50th Anniversary Celebration

Woodstock fans are expected to get back to the garden to mark the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining festival. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a series of events Thursday (Aug. 15) through Sunday (Aug. 18) at the bucolic 1969 concert site, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of New York City. Woodstock veteran Arlo...

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At Norway’s Oya Festival, a Sea of Hands but Few People Filming With Cell Phones

Cultural differences about not wanting to stand out or bother others are among the reasons why Norwegians are bucking the global obsession with smartphone videos of music events. Festival-goers accustomed to the ubiquitous smartphone-filming of shows in the U.S. and many other parts of the world saw something markedly different at Norway’s Øya Festival last week: a...

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Outside Lands 2019 Day 3 Highlights: Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples & More Preach Positivity

Sunday may be a day of rest for most, but those attending Outside Lands on the final day of the festival (Aug. 11) were sprinting from end of the park to another in order to squeeze in one last set with Anderson .Paak. From Kacey Musgraves’ kaleidoscopic desert visuals to Mavis Staples’ empowering sermons and the...

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Paul Simon Surprises With Moving Bob Weir Duet During Hit-Laden Closing Set at Outside Lands

Paul Simon was nearly 20 songs deep into his Outside Lands set list on Sunday night (Aug. 11) when he announced that he had a surprise. In 1967, Simon recalled, he was in San Francisco and seeking out the Grateful Dead with the intent of inviting them to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival. “I knocked...

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Outside Lands 2019 Day 2 Highlights: Tierra Whack Thrives, Childish Gambino Makes History & More

The second day of Outside Lands was for celebrating — as loudly, proudly and unabashedly as possible. Between Childish Gambino‘s headlining set, which reportedly drew the largest crowd the festival has seen, Tierra Whack passing out cupcakes to the front row of her own audience and on the day before her own birthday, and Ella Mai looking...

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