AT THE CENTER OF GRAVITY

Almost August already?? If you feel like summer is flying by, we know how you feel but we also know how you can make the most of it. From July 28 – July 30, Center of Gravity is back at Kelowna City Park in Kelowna, BC!

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Known as Canada’s hottest beach festival, here’s a look at some of the lineup for 2017:

Friday: Marshmello, Cash Cash, Shaun Frank, Dirty Radio, Knight Riderz + many more!

Saturday: Snoop Dogg, Lil Dicky, Ephwurd, SkiiTour, Swede Dreamz, Mija + many more!

Sunday: SchoolBoy Q, Excision, Borgore, Peking Duk, Grum, Dr. Fresch + many more!

Want to get your pre-festival playlist ready? Check out the full lineup here.

Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the amazing music at Center of Gravity, the festival also offers a wide variety of sports and activities. From beach volleyball to motocross exhibitions, Kelowna City Park is going to be transformed into the ultimate summer oasis!

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We should also mention how stunning Kelowna is. Filled with wineries, orchards, and beautiful landscape, enjoy everything this BC city has to offer throughout the weekend!

Being only a week away, don’t wait to score your tickets. Day passes and multi-day passes are available for purchase here!

Mariposa Folk Festival 2017

Celebrating its 56th year, Mariposa Folk Festival is back again this summer at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario!

From July 7th to July 9th, experience the festival that has often been called the Grande Dame of North American music festivals.

With its unique atmosphere and beautiful lakeside setting, Mariposa Folk Festival is a celebration of music, dance, story, craft, and so much more!

This year, experience over 150 performances on 12 different stages featuring artists that are renowned both locally and internationally, as well as new and emerging artists!

Don’t miss your chance to see headliners like Barenaked Ladies, Matt Anderson, Bruce Cockburn, + so many more!

2.5 hours until the gates open up for #MariposaLive weekend! Which performer are you most excited to see?

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In addition to great music, Mariposa Folk Festival will feature some amazing activities and experiences for festival goers of all ages! Here are a few we’re looking forward to:

The Artisans’ Village

Shop from an entire community of folk artisans featuring unique handcrafted works including: jewelry, musical instruments, soaps, paintings, apparel, pottery, glass, carvings, weavings, candles and more!

Hands-On Experiences 

From drum circles to crafts and song writing, let out your creativity with Mariposa’s interactive experiences!

Pub Tent and Food Vendors

Enjoy a variety of food vendors, and cool off with a drink at Mariposa’s Pub Tent!

Morning Yoga and Tai Chi

Join in on a morning yoga or tai chi session to get into the spirit of the festival!   

Check out the full list of activities here!

Single day, weekend, & camping passes are available! Get your tickets here, & we’ll see you at the Park!

DISCOVER OTTAWA’S RBC BLUESFEST

Does it get any better than 10 days of great music in Canada’s capital city? We think not.

Ranked as one of the top 10 most successful outdoor music festivals in the world by Billboard Magazine, RBC Bluesfest will be returning to the beautiful city of Ottawa, ON from July 6 – July 16 at LeBreton Flats! 

What an incredible last day of #RBCBluesfest2016! Thank you to everyone who came out to make it so memorable!

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This years lineup is one of the most exciting yet! With over 100 artists performing, there is a lot to look forward to. Some of the headliners that you can expect to see include P!nk, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Muse, Flume, Toby Keith, 50 Cent, and Migos! 

Check out more of the 2017 lineup below:

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In addition to all of the amazing musical performances, there will also be a ton of on-site attractions at Bluesfest including Bluesville, Coors Light Party Central, THE FORT, Honda Big Chill, RBC Someday Zone, Autograph Tent, Support Music Education, Youth Ottawa Showcase and so much more!

X marks the spot to be! Climb the hill for a great view of XXYYXX on the Blacksheep Stage! #RBCBluesfest2016

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Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here! Choose from Day Passes, Multi-Day Passes, VIP Passes, and Extras!

We can’t wait to see you at #RBCBluesFest2017!

CELEBRATE STARS AND THUNDER 2017

Ontario is getting an epic firework and music festival! 

In celebration of Ontario and Canada’s 150 birthday, the first ever Stars and Thunder International Fireworks Competition & Music Festival will be happening this summer at the Hollinger Park in Timmins, Ontario!

8 Days of Spectacular Music Performances

Leading into the Canada Day Weekend, this eight-day festival is packed with a spectacular lineup made up of Canadian and international music stars! The festival will kick off on June 24 with a St-Jean-Baptist celebration featuring a great lineup of Francophone entertainers and Team France’s firework display. 

The rest of the week will continue to be filled with great performances by artists like Keith Urban, Johnny Reid, Cold Creek Country, David Wilcox, Sass Jordan, April Wine, Hedley, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Simple Plan and so many more! 

Check out the full schedule below:
 

Celebrate Canada All Week with Nightly Firework Displays

International firework displays will be happening every night from teams representing France, Italy, Finland, Ukraine, China, Brazil, United Kingdom, and of course Canada!

Here’s what you can see every night at Stars and Thunder:

Introducing Team U.K. – Titanium Fireworks, Cambridge, England

Share and help us introduce Team United Kingdom – Titanium Fireworks, Cambridge, EnglandCome check out Team U.K. and 7 other countries along with a fantastic series of concerts at the Timmins International Firework Competition and Music Festival held June 24th to July 1st, 2017. Watch Team U.K.'s amazing video below to see highlights from some of their shows!The concert lineup to be announced soon!COMPANY PROFILE:Titanium Fireworks was born from the passion to deliver the best possible firework displays. In a very short time the company has grown into one of the largest display companies in the UK. Most notably at the end of 2014 we were responsible for delivering the 20th Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014, London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.As of 2013 the team who were responsible for many of the most memorable displays in the UK in the last 10 years are now back working together as Directors of Titanium Fireworks Ltd. Prior to the formation of Titanium we have over 70 years direct experience in delivering many hundreds of displays, culminating in what is broadly agreed to be the triumph of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Introducing Team Canada – David Whysall International Firework…

Share and help us introduce Team Canada (host team) – David Whysall International Fireworks Inc.Come check out Team Canada and 7 other countries along with a fantastic series of concerts at the Timmins International Firework Competition and Music Festival held June 24th to July 1st, 2017. Concert lineup to be announced in coming weeks.COMPANY PROFILE:Company owner, David Whysall, has over 50 years experience in the fireworks industry, manufacturing fireworks in England, Australia and Canada. Our talented crews have provided spectacular displays in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Guatemala, England, Vietnam, Barbados and the Caribbean, and Malaysia. We have been awarded first place in two international fireworks competitions – the Da Nang (Vietnam) International Fireworks Competition (as TEAM CANADA), and the GlobalFest International Fireworks Competition (as TEAM CHINA).In Canada we have provided over 1000 displays at the world famous location, Niagara Falls. All displays being fired on time, every time. Several of these displays were produced in conjunction with Walt Disney Entertainment. We also hold numerous multi-year contracts with cities, towns and annual events across Canada and have provided all the fireworks displays for Ontario Place’s “Festival of Fire” – the successor to one of the world’s leading competitions – “Symphony of Fire”.Our skilled and highly trained crews have the dedication, passion and teamwork necessary to ensure every display goes according to plan and on budget. According to the organizer of the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition: “I have never seen a team more dedicated and committed than David’s crew. They skip meal breaks just to get it right. David is a brilliant choreographer and they have a very bright future”.

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Tickets are available for purchase here! With Week Passes, Single Day Passes, Accommodation Passes and more – there is something for people of all ages to enjoy at Stars and Thunder!

NXNE PORT LANDS 2017

Take a sneak peek into the NXNE Music Festival!

Celebrating its 23rd year in 2017, North by Northeast (NXNE) is taking over Toronto again this summer with a three-day music festival that features comedy, food, art installations, midway rides and games at NXNE’s Port Lands festival site! 

Happening from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, NXNE will be featuring thirty acts representing the best in indie, rock, hip hop, soul and more. 

See yourself at #NXNE. Weekend & single day #PortLands tickets at nxne.com. 📷 @mptok #Regram #Toronto

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With headliners like Post Malone, Kaytranada, and Passion Pit this is one festival you’re not going to want to pass up. Check out the official lineup for 2017 below:

NXNE Full Lineup 2017

One last thing: not only is the music going to be good but NXNE will also be featuring some of the most delicious food trucks that Toronto has to offer!

We’re talking Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream, Pappas Greek, Delight Bite Tex Mex, Busters Sea Cove Seafood, Lemon Heaven Lemonade and so much more. 

With Single Day Passes, Weekend Passes, and VIP packages available, make the most of your summer at NXNE Port Lands! We can’t wait to see you there!

 

MUSINK – GRAB YOURS NOW

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The annual Musink Tattoo Festival is back for it’s 10th year at the OC Fair & Event Center on March 17-19, 2017 and tickets are ON SALE NOW!

Curated by Travis Barker, drummer of Blink-182, this fest honors music, tattoos and classic cars. Headliners include NOFX, The Used, Pennywise along with The Vandals, Glassjaw, Bad Religion and more. Hundreds of tattoo artists will be joining these headliners along with the Low and Slow Car Show where Barker will even feature a few cars of his own. Some of Barker’s favorite tattoo artists will be at Musink ready t0 detail your skin with ink.

Musink is for all, just as Travis Barker said in an interview this year, “I grew up loving every style of music and I think what makes Musink different from a lot of other tattoo festivals is that the others never really have hip-hop or any sort of urban act. I think they’re missing out on a huge market of kids that love getting tattooed, too.

“That’s why I love Musink, this culture, tattoos and music, it’s all color blind. It’s for everybody, every race, every genre of music and I love being able to bring all of that under one roof.”

So what are you waiting for?

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SHAKY KNEES – 2017 EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Heads up fest fans: Early Bird Tickets to Shaky Knees 2017 go on sale Wednesday, 11/16 at 11AM EST!

With more than 60 bands each year Shaky Knees is a rock-lover’s dream. Since its inception in 2013, SK has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists.

Sign up for SK’s E-list for the scoop on Early Bird Tickets.

FREAKY DEAKY – ARTIST FEATURE: DJ KHALED

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DJ Khaled will be blessing us (up) with his performance at Freaky Deaky this year. Take a break from the scary to see this SnapChat god do his thing on stage. His love for his fans or, Fan Luv, will bring an interactive experience to this fest. The newest face of Ciroc Mango and soon-to-be published author just gave us Anotha One to rave about with his newest album entitled, you guessed it, “Major Key”.

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His newly released album is stacked with legendary names like Drake, Jay Z, Future, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, and the list goes on. These hits are sure to get any crowd hype. Who knows they could even spark some Halloween Costume ideas…

Oh yeah and did we mention that he spent his summer touring with the Queen herself, Beyonce?

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THINGS YOU WISH YOU COULD TAKE TO A FEST… BUT SHOULDN’T

So it’s finally that time of year. We can pretend to be something or someone we aren’t we aren’t. We can push the limits of what’s socially acceptable. We can eat as much candy as we want with little to no judgement. Oh, and we can (and will) attend some freaky, fun and fantastical festivals, of course! But don’t forget that there are some things that aren’t acceptable on fest grounds, no matter what holiday it is.

If this is your first festival, buckle up. If you’re a fest vet, this will serve as a friend reminder. The following items are items may be appropriate for your horror flick inspired costume, but you probably shouldn’t take them to a fest this Halloween…

1. CHAINSAWS

Yes, I’m talking to all you Leatherfaces out there this Halloweekend. We know lines and crowds can be overwhelming, but a polite “Excuse me” will go much further than literally cutting your way to the front.

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2. HOCKEY MASKS

Leave the masks at home. Less crazy killer vibes. Plust, it’ll obstruct your view 😉

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3. BLOOD

For the vampires out there, no blood please. Outside food and drink is usually prohibited.

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4. POTIONS, PILLS & WITCHES BREW

It’s hard to sneak in a flask, let alone a whole cauldron. Plus, the billowing smoke clouds will give you away.

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Real talk – please check your festival’s FAQs for a list of prohibited items and safety precautions before entering the festival!

MOON RIVER 2016 – PHOTO RECAP

Moon River 2016 signed off with a bang (literally!) on October 9th. Though only a week and a half has past since Drew Holcomb & friends graced The Levitt Shell stage, we’re already feeling nostalgic and giddy for the festival’s 2017 edition.

Take a peek at MRMF’s official photos in the gallery below, and join us as we daydream about next year’s lineup!

 

ACL RECAP

Austin City Limits Festival season has officially come to a close. But for those of you nostalgic festival-goers out there, longing for the pseudo reality of spending every day on an open field surrounded by live music, Front Gate Tickets intern, Miranda, provides some highlights from ACL, including Cage The Elephant’s wild set, the renowned Radiohead and the sweet sounds of Corinne Bailey Rae.

Photos by: Miranda Chiechi

Cage The Elephant

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Corinne Bailey Rae

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Chairlift

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Young The Giant

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Kendrick Lamar

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See you next year for ACL 2017!

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MOON RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL – SEE YOU AT THE SHELL!

Memphis native, Drew Holcomb is bringing the Moon River Music Festival back to The Levitt Shell THIS WEEKEND,  October 7 – 9!

Now spanning 2 days of music, Moon River Music Festival is not to be missed. This year’s lineup features Drew Holcomb himself, alongside The Oh Hellos, JOHNNYSWIM, Wade Bowen, Green River Ordinance & more!

Get the most of Moon River with an exclusive 3-Day VIP + Friday Acoustic Experience including:

  • Entry to Friday Evening Cocktail Reception and Intimate In-The-Round Performance
  • Early entry into festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday
  • VIP Tent Access on festival grounds, 2 drink tickets, a cash bar in the tent, and snacks

Get your 3-Day VIP Passes now, and we’ll see you at the Shell on Friday!

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