Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, HAIM to headline Okeechobee Fest 2020

After a one-year hiatus, the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is ready to rock once more.

On Monday (Oct. 14), the central Florida-based music festival announced not only its return but also its complete lineup. Headlining its comeback event will be Mumford $ Sons, Vampire Weekend, and HAIM.

Joining the acts as mentioned earlier on the roster are Rüfüs Du Sol, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Big Gigantic, ARIZONA, Sublime with Rome, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, and more. As per the festival’s website, over 100 acts are set to appear at the 2020 incarnation of the event.

In the true spirit of diversity, Okeechobee Fest will bring back Jungle 51, their all-hours outdoor dance party as well as Aquachobee, their white-sand beach party.

If dance and beach parties aren’t tour thing, then it may be a good idea to check out Chobeewobee Village. The village will feature a mix of immersive art, food, drinks, yoga classes, workshops, and speakers, a great idea for those who need a little R and R after rocking out all night.

Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival returns to its home at the Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida, during the weekend of March 5-8, 2020.

Tickets go on sale via the festival’s website this Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. EST. For more information about Okeechobee Fest 2020, head on over to the festival’s website here.

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Vampire Weekend confirm album release date, drop two new songs

Vampire Weekend surprised fans earlier this year when they unveiled plans to release their much-anticipated fourth studio album. The only problem with the news? The band decided to keep the release date for the new record under lock and key. Now, it looks like the group is in a particularly giving mood.

On Wednesday (March 6), the New York-founded band confirmed that their new album, Father of the Bride, is officially due out May 3 through Columbia Records. In addition to announcing the record’s fast-approaching release date, the act also unleashed two new songs; “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig while “Big Blue” was co-produced by DJ Dahi.

According to a recent Instagram post from Koenig, it appears that “Sunflower” will be the band’s next song to get the music video treatment. Jonah Hill, who previously starred in the band’s music video for “Harmony Hall,” reportedly directed the new music video.

The release of the two new tracks confirms what Koenig had told fans on social media back in January; that the group would be releasing two new songs a month leading up to Father of the Bride‘s release.

“There will be three 2-song drops every month until the record is out. 1. hh/2021 2. s/bb 3. tl/uw. (plans can change that’s the plan),” the musician posted in January.

As promised, Vampire Weekend released “Harmony Hall” and “2021” in January and “Sunflower” and “Big Blue” now in March. No word on what the last two tracks are named or when they should be released.

The album’s early May release date should not come as much of a surprise since the group is slated to kick off their massive North American tour at the beginning of June. The 35-stop jaunt begins on June 5 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and concludes several months later on Oct. 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Father of the Bride is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

Vampire Weekend announce massive North American tour

A week after surprising fans with not one, but two new songs, Vampire Weekend have taken it to another level by announcing a massive North American tour. On Wednesday (Jan. 30), the New York-founded band unveiled a lengthy tour itinerary that will find them performing at venues across the continent throughout the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October.

The 35-stop jaunt will include stops in major cities such as St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Nashville, Dallas, Miami, Austin, Philadelphia, Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, and of course their hometown of New York City. The Father of the Bride tour will begin on June 5 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and conclude several months later on Oct. 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Tickets for the outing go on sale next Friday, Feb. 8, at noon local time.

Vampire Weekend’s upcoming tour schedule also includes several music festivals such as Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival and Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival. In the middle of the tour, the band will make their way to Spain for this year’s edition of the Mad Cool Festival where they’ll perform alongside Bon Iver, the National, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Cure.

The upcoming tour is in support of Vampire Weekend’s impending fourth studio effort, Father of the Bride. Last week, the act announced the release of their first new studio album in nearly six years by treating fans to two new songs (“Harmony Hall” and “2021”).

According to frontman Ezra Koenig, the group will debut two new songs every month leading to the album’s release.

Though the band has not given the exact release date for the forthcoming record, they have confirmed that it is due out sometime in the spring via Sony Music.

Father of the Bride is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND 2019 TOUR DATES:

May 17 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Fest
June 5 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
June 8 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
June 9 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
June 11 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
June 12 – St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 14 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
June 16 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
June 21 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
June 22 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 23 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
July 11-13 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
Aug. 17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Aug. 18 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Aug. 20 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Aug. 21 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Aug. 24 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
Aug. 25 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Aug. 30 – Norfolk, VA – Ted Constant Convocation Center
Sept. 3 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
Sept. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept. 8 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
Sept. 25 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Sept. 28 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
Oct. 1 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct. 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 3 – San Diego, CA – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct. 8 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Fourth Annual Governors Ball Schedule Released

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Houston, we have major problems and it looks like whoever the people were who planned the schedule for this year’s Governors Ball is to blame. 

The Governors Ball, which already revealed it’s long list of high-profiled artists including Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Skirllex, Foster the People, Discloure and many more have just unveiled its schedule and there may be a lot of conflicting acts that the audience would like to see.
 
Outkast and Damon Albarn will be closing out the night so that is probably the big issue on the first day. Honorable mentions include TV on the Radio or Grimes; Neko Case or La Roux; and Julian Casablancas or Jenny Lewis.
Saturday, the issues continue with audience member needing to pick between Jack White and Skrillex. (we’re bias, we’d go with Jack White especially since he follows The Strokes; their first festival show in three years and they never go out on tour or anything). Sadly, The Strokes will be  up against Childish Gambino. Honorable mentions for Saturday include Spoon or Sleigh Bells; Disclousre or Broken Bells; and Defheaven of Tanlines. 
 
As for Sunday, there doesn’t seem to be any big conflicts except for Tyler, the Creator playing against AlunaGeorge and Banks playing opposite Wild Belle. No big since you will be able to see Vampire Weekend close out the entire weekend-long fest.
   
The schedule is currently not up until Friday on the official website for the festival, but you can go ahead and find over at the festival’s mobile app or Clashfinder

The Governors Ball is set to take place during the weened of June 6-8 at randall’s Island Park in New York City. Tickets are still available if you feel like taking a spontaneou trip to NYC and go to a festival.
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Just in case you forgot who was playing when.

Bonnaroo Reveal 2014 Schedule

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It’s that time again; more schedule unveilings from upcoming Summer festivals.

Today, the people behind Bonnaroo have unveiled the full schedule for the festival that is slated to take place this June in Manchester, TN. Kanye West, Elton John, Skrillex, Jack White, and Frank Ocean have been revealed as headliners for this year’s edition of the yearly festival as well as Vampire Weekend, Mastodon, Phoenix and many more.

For those of you who are wondering whatever happened to that feud between West and the people behind the festival, it turns out that his popularity might have led to their decision to put the “squid brain” comment to rest.

Organizers also revealed that Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne got to choose two unknown bands to not only perform at the large music event, but they will also get paid to do so. Can you say fairy godfather?

Sadly, like with many music festivals, there are some overlapping acts which means you will need to plan your schedule according to get the best out of all the acts taking the stage. Or, you can be like those people who stay glued to one stage the entire day waiting for just one artist; we don’t judge here.

Check out the full schedule here and don’t forget, Bonnaroo takes place at the Great Stage Park in Manchester during the weekend of June 12 to June 15.

Governors Ball Reveal Day to Day Line-Up

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One of the biggest festivals to be taking place this Summer is the annual Governors Ball. The three-day festival which is set to take over Randall’s Island, New York City in early June revealed the full lime-up last month with artists such as Outkast, Phoenix, Jack White, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and many more.

Today, festival organizers revealed just which artists will be taking the stage during the weekend-long festival schedule to happen during June 6-8.

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Citi Card pre-sales began at 10 a.m. EST, today, while general sales will begin on Friday, April 4 at noon. Like the official website states, single day tickets are a limited quantity and once they are gone, the only option are the full three-day passes which cost a pretty penny. For more information, check out the Governors Ball’s site.

Bonnaroo Announce 2014 Line-Up

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After teasing prospective attendees yesterday that the full line-up for Bonnaroo would not be unveiled until late at night, it has finally arrives.

Festival organizers behind the yearly event that takes place in Manchester, TN, decided to make the unveil a celebration by hosting a simulcast super party called B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon) hosted by comedians Hannibal Buress and Taran Killam. 

Artist for this year’s weekend-long event will feature: Kanye West, Sir Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie,Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix,Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kaskade, Damon Albarn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Cut Copy, The Head and the Heart, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Broken Bells, Tedeschi Trucks Band, James Blake, Bobby Womack, Umphrey’s McGee, Ice Cube, Ben Howard and many more.

The full bill can be seen below on the official festival’s flyer.

Bonnaroo will take place during the weekend of June 12-15 at Manchester’s Great Stage Park. Tickets will be available on the Bonnaroo website beginning this Saturday, Feb. 22 at Noon EST.

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival Line Up Announced

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Music festival unveiling have become one of the biggest news of the day and this time, the Governor’s Ball has revealed who will be playing the anticipated event.

Previously, it was announced that Outkast would be performing, you know just one of the 40 festivals they are going to be playing at, but they aren’t alone on the bill; The Strokes, Jack White and Vampire Weekend will all be playing that weekend.

The full list of performers can be seen below.

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The Governor’s Ball is set to take place during the weekend of June 6-8 on Randall’s Island in New York City. Tickets are a little steep, so the event organizers have set up a way for fans to be able to pay for their tickets in increments. Yes, a payment plan for tickets, what does that tell you. All information can be seen over at their official site.

Vampire Weekend Contribute to Starbucks’ Valentine Compilation

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It feels like we haven’t heard much from Vampire Weekend since they put out their recently released album,  Modern Vampires of the City.

The last time we covered something by them was back in June when they released the official music video for their single, “Diane Young” which featured some of their closet musical friends taking the iconic “Last Supper” painting and making it their own.

So imagine our surprise when we found out that the band will be featured on Sweatheart 2014, Starbucks’ Valentines Day 2014 compilation. Their contribution to the album is a cover of neo-classical tune “Con Te Partirò” by the one and only, Andrea Bocelli.

And yes, frontman Ezra Koenig does sing the song in Italian with of course the band’s own electro-twist.

The full track list for the compilation can be seen below while the song can be heard here.

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SWEETHEART 2014 TRACKLIST:

1. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
2. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
3. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
4. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
5. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
7. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
8. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
9. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

iTunes Festival Adds More Performers

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Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend have been added to this year’s iTunes Festival.

Both bands will be performing at the Roadhouse, like all other iTunes Festival performers in September. Kings of Leon will perform at the month-long festival on September 11 while Vampire Weekend will follow them four days later on September  15. But KOL and VW aren’t the only ones that have been added to the already announced line-up; Paramore, Sigur Ros, Rizzle Kicks and composer Ludovico Einaudi have all been added to the bill.

As of now, the bill not only includes these new comers but also Justin Timberlake, Jake Bugg, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Phoenix and Jessie J.

The festival will run every single night in September, with different performers taking the stage every night at the Roadhouse in Camden, London. As of right now, there will be an estimated 60 performers taking part in the show. Tickets for the festival are free, but before anyone gets any ideas of packing their bags and escaping to London for a month, only residents of the UK can qualify to be put in the lottery type give out they will be using.

But there is a silver-lining in all that. The festival will be broadcast live or on-demand on Apple devices and via iTunes.

LINE-UP (updated-6/19):

Sigur Ros (September 2)
Paramore (4)
Rizzle Kicks (5)
Queens Of The Stone Age (6)
Phoenix (7)
Jake Bugg (10)
Kings of Leon (11)
Vampire Weekend (15)
Jack Johnson (16)
Ludovico Einaudi (17)
30 Seconds to Mars (18)
Primal Scream (20)
Jessie J (23)
Justin Timberlake (29)