A Brief Overview Of The Seven (!) Music Festivals Happening In The New York Area This Weekend
Summer might not semi-officially start until next weekend, but our fair city is getting a head start on jamming the schedule with as much music as possible. This weekend there are at least seven multi-musician extravaganzas happening in New York and New Jersey. Which one is most right for you? Our handy guide below.
Daryl Hall and John Oates play Great GoogaMooga on Sunday.
WHAT: The one-time haven for emo has shifted its focus in the wake of that genre's decline, and this year's edition of the festival is now your chance to hear the similarities between the anthemic electro-blurps of Skrillex and the anthemic arena-rock of Bon Jovi in person.
WHO: Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, and a slew of other artists from all over the Internethighlights include Big Freedia, Action Bronson, Michael Monroe (yes, the Hanoi Rocks frontman!), the Promise Ring, and Anamanaguchi. Also, Andrew Dice Clay, because why not.
WHERE/WHEN: Around Asbury Park, May 18, 19, and 20.
DISTINCTIVE QUALITY: You'll probably be able to buy a t-shirt that says "FUCK JUSTIN BIEBER" from at least three booths.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Asbury Park is a bit of a hike, and if you want to stick around for any of the late-night afterpartiesheadlined by Skrillex, Big Freedia, and Dramarama, among othersyou'll probably need to shell out for a hotel room.
STEALTH DRAW: blink-182's last-minute cancellation meant a headlining role for the emo-glam stompers My Chemical Romance, whose 2010 album Danger Days: The Life Of The Fabulous Killjoys was the second-most-overlooked concept album of that year. (No. 1: Ne-Yo's Libra Scale.)
Black N Blue Bowl
WHAT: The self-proclaimed "Super Bowl Of Hardcore."
WHO: Rancid, Sheer Terror, Youth Of Today, and a bunch of other bands who like it fast and loud.
WHERE/WHEN: Webster Hall, May 19. Doors are at 2 p.m.
DISTINCTIVE QUALITY: Bucking the smartphone age with this edict: "Disposable cameras only."
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes; they're $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Getting in the pit with the kids might make you feel old.
STEALTH DRAW: Or it might make you feel like a raging youth again!
Electric Daisy Carnival
WHAT: The tri-state area debut of the neon-hued EDM extravaganza.
WHO: Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Armin Van Buren, and other specialists in hitting the decks, spread out over four stages.
WHERE/WHEN: MetLife Stadium, May 18, 19, and 20.
TAKE NOTE: "The use or possession of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue." Mm hmm.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Three-day general admission passes are sold out, but daily tickets and VIP packages (that allow you access to liquor and private bathrooms!) are available.
MITIGATING FACTOR: How do you feel about the drop? Because these three days will probably have a lot of them.
STEALTH DRAW: For those who like their dance music to have a bit more of a swing, CeCe Peniston and Junior Sanchez are playing the "Cosmic Meadow" (I know) on Saturday.