Enter Now For Your Chance To Rock Out With Us At The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival!

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(PCM) PopCultureMadness is thrilled to be giving away TWO sets of General Admission weekend passes to attend the highly anticipated Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival, September 17 and 18 at the Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA!

This year’s epic line-up will feature 35 bands, rocking out across three stages: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Back To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth.

Over 26,000 people were in attendance for Rock Allegiance 2015 which prompted this year’s festival expansion from a single day festival to two full days of music and mayhem!

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance features a craft beer and Gourmet Man Food experience celebrating what makes Philadelphia cuisine famous, unique and delicious. Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is proud to support craft beer entrepreneurship with a celebration of local breweries and specialty drafts hailing from throughout the nation. The initial lineup of regional and national craft beers is as follows: Evolution Craft Brewing Co. (Salisbury, MD), Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup includes: Braz-B-Q, Chickie & Pete’s, The Cow & The Curd, Dos Hermanos, Dump ’n’ Roll, M.A.T.T.’s Gourmet Sliders, Mama’s Meatballs, Seoulfull Philly, Sum Pig and The Tot Cart.

Here’s what you have to do to get in on the action:

1.) Be sure to “Like” Pop Culture Madness on Facebook

2.) Comment on the post below with your name, email address and your favorite song lyric from one of the band’s playing this year’s Rock Allegiance Festival.

Contest open to all entries and winners will be chosen at random!

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Mixtape Festival Makes A Sweet Return To Hersheypark Stadium!

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(PCM)  The fourth-annual Mixtape Festival, presented by Live Nation, made a sweet return to Hershey Park Stadium with an all-star lineup of pop icons. We were beyond thrilled to attend this year’s festival and witness some truly mind-blowing performances, especially the legendary Paula Abdul’s return to the stage after nearly 25 years and of course the always phenomenal New Kids On The Block who brought their A-game to their Mixtape Festival performance once again. Mixtape alums 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men as well as festival newcomers O-Town, Ryan Cabrera and Dream rounded out Mixtape Festival’s stellar lineup of pop superstars and legacy acts.

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Dream kicked Mixtape Festival into high gear right away, making note that they had performed at Hershey Park fifteen years ago.  It was a truly touching moment when they performed the very same song they had performed at Hershey Park so many years ago and truly showcases the incredible trajectory of Dream’s overall career.  The crowd was dancing and singing along throughout their entire set!

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Next up was O-Town and let’s just say the crowd went absolutely wild. They jokingly commented that they were “taking Hershey Park back to 2005”. This group of four stellar vocalists had amazing stage presence and their “old school” stage costuming consisted of tie-dye, overalls and ripped skin tight jeans was certainly raising the heat factor inside the stadium.  O-Town even threw a few covers of recent hits into their set, such as a wonderful remix of The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face”.  The group had amazing energy and kept the crowd both energized and engaged throughout their performance from beginning to end.

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We have to say that everyone was on their feet and at full attention when 98 Degrees made their way on stage, deliciously sporting black and white camouflage pants and all black vests. They looked smoking, taking us back to when we had our bedroom walls covered in posters of these boys from floor to ceiling. The group incorporated some amazing stage techniques including fog and strobe lighting and the background video screen featured videos of 98 Degrees from back in 1998. Such a trip down memory lane! Several times the guys came down and performed at the front of the stage and our favorite moment was hearing their rendition of “This is How We Do It”, playfully changing the lyrics to give a shout-out to Hershey Park. It is truly amazing to watch these guys stay in completely rhythm with one another during the dancing and singing, proving that they are the true masters of the boy band formation.

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98 Degrees also reminded the crowd that they had last performed in Hershey four years ago during their comeback tour. In addition to all of their hit, they also covered a slew of 90’s songs for artists such as Britney Spears, NSYNC, The Spice Girls and Blink 182. They gave a huge shout-out and thank you to all of the fans in attendance. At one point during their set, vocalist Nick Lachey got down on one knee and purposed to a fan while singing “I Do (Cherish You)”, all members were down on one knee by the end of song … it was quite an adorable moment.

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After 98 Degrees the heat was brought up another notch when Boyz II Men graced the stage looking incredibly dapper in their all white attire. Boyz II Men had a wonderful time interacting with the audience and began their set by playing various bits and pieces of all their songs.  There was a ton of dancing and they exuded a great amount of energy while on-stage. They had the audience in the palm of their hand from their very first song. One of the funniest moments of their set was when the group made an attempt at singing Lynryd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” but only made it through a verse of two before laughing and admitting they didn’t know anymore words.  They did however perform an amazing cover of the The Guess Who’s “American Woman”.

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Boyz II Men are a group that is highly involved with their fans while on-stage. They were laughing and joking around and even got down on their knees and sang directly to the fans in the front row. They did a fantastic job of taking fans back to 1991, to a time, as they said on stage “when life was good”.  For the group’s last song they even brought their own children out to the stage to dance with them to close out a fantastic set.

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We were super excited for Paula Abdul’s huge comeback to the stage. The entire stadium was blacked out and the anticipation was high as Paula gracefully took to the stage. It was incredible to witness Paula’s first time back on stage after 25 years and she was just amazing. Using a large projector screen as an interactive background, Paula’s set had it all from an amazing group of back-up dancers to some absolutely amazing lighting effects and costume changes between every set.  She looked and sounded utterly fantastic, almost as if no time had gone by at all.

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Paula was very gracious with the fans and thanked the audience for all her years of success. She was very talkative with the crowd and adorably dedicated “Forever Your Girl” to her father saying she will “always be his girl”.

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Yet again the entire stadium was blacked out prior to New Kids On The Block taking the stage to close out Mixtape Festival 2016. The group played a video for the crowd which showcased their extensive career and after the video all five members of New Kids On The Black came out on stage wearing all blue, black and white.  Talk about boundless energy!  These guys were all over the place on stage and the audience was loving every moment.  Red and white confetti and huge streamers rained down upon the crowd and at one point during the set New Kids On The Block was super imposed on a Hershey Bar wrapper on the projection screen.  Multiple times during their set the group came down into the audience to interact and sing with the fans.

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Vocalist Donnie Wahlberg even at one point fell backwards on the stage while doing hip thrusts (which in our opinion, he could do all night) and the group played a clip for the infamous 80’s film “Dirty Dancing” before launching into their song by the same name. The group was incredibly involved with the audience and New Kids On The Block have certainly proven that they still have the “Right Stuff” to put on a fantastic performance.

New Kids On the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg had the following comments about this year’s Mixtape Festival saying, “This year’s Mixtape Festival was the best yet! The enthusiasm of both the artists and the audience was at an all-time high- and the return of Paula Abdul was the ultimate cherry on top!”

Boasting the title of “biggest pop music festival in the US” and hailed by MTV as having “something for every music lover,” festival goers were once again treated to Mixtape’s lineup of performers that won’t be found anywhere else this summer. The festival has brought rising pop stars and legacy acts alike to the world famous Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA for the past three years, with previous performances including a reunion of female hip hop pioneers TLC for the first time in 11 years and a show-stopping performance by super-group NKOTBSB (New Kids on The Block with Backstreet Boys).

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Dissecting The Music Festival: A Chat With Clay Busch VP Of Sponsorship And Marketing For Danny Wimmer Presents

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(PCM) Summer is generally everyone’s favorite time of year. It is the time of year when many of us plan our vacations filled with fun times and relaxation. Perhaps your plans include a trip to the beach or maybe some type camping excursion, however if you are anything like us then your summer plans include at least one or two music festivals before it is time to head back to the grind.

As fans we head out to a music festival to chill out, relax and have a good time while rocking out with some of our favorite bands. It is a place to escape the reality of day to day life and just let yourself go in the music and atmosphere of the festival environment. We do not always take the time to think about the team and the individuals who spend countless hours putting these festivals together from the inside.

Thanks to the wonderful individuals at Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), we have seen such a massive rise in the amount of solid rock festivals that are taking place in all areas of the country. PCM has been covering rock festivals such as Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, and most recently Chicago Open Air for many years all of which are put together by DWP.

It has been truly amazing to watch the growth and expansion of these festivals throughout the years. Rock On The Range celebrated its’ ten year anniversary in 2016 and we are now seeing festivals such as Rock Allegiance, which takes place at Talon Energy Stadium in Chester, PA in September, making the leap from a stellar single day festival to now a much larger scale, multi-day event.

While out at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH, we had an opportunity to catch up with VP of Sponsorship and Marketing for DWP, Mr. Clay Busch to chat about the ways in which the company has expanded their festivals to all areas of the country, what goes into the curating such amazing line-ups, and more. Busch reveals “We are doing a lot more than just putting together rock festivals. We are putting together real, one of a kind destination events and experiences for fans”.

He goes on to say, “For example, when you got to Rock Allegiance in the Philadelphia area this fall, you are going to have a true Philadelphia experience.  You are going to get gourmet Man Food Philly-style, you are going to get the who’s who of rock n’ roll, along with an incredible beer experience, incredible beverage experience and that is really what are number one priority is. How do we push the limits to make sure the fans enjoy this. They spend a lot of time and money to travel to these things and it is our responsibility to create the best experience of the year because that could be their only trip. If we don’t do our job in over delivering than we didn’t do our job right.”

After another fantastic year at Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, and Chicago Open Air, we are totally amped for Rock Allegiance!  This year’s line-up features Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Slayer, The Offspring, Volbeat and many, many more! Preview feature here!

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Firefly Music Festival Celebrates Five Years!

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(PCM) Firefly Music Festival is celebrating their fifth year anniversary and what a glorious five years it has been!  We have been attending Firefly since its’ inaugural year and it has been amazing to witness the ways in which it continues to grow and expand becoming one of the staples of the summer music festival circuit.

Like a beacon from above, the sun was shining bright to kick-off the weekend and Thursday’s mild rain showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of the over 90,000 fans in attendance for this year’s incredible festival. The crew at both RedFrog and Goldenvoice, who work tirelessly for month to put Firefly together, have truly outdone themselves this year and without a doubt the festival is looking better than ever before!

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Five years marks a huge celebration for Firefly Music Festival and just walking around the grounds taking notice of all the new improvements and added features was breathtaking. There were several fantastic art installations, photo op areas, new (and improved) pathways to cross between stages and most importantly a new drainage system in place to deal with an inclement weather that could have (and thankfully didn’t) arise.

The areas surrounding both the Treehouse Stage and the CoffeeHouse stages have become permanent fixtures on the grounds and the addition of the elevated viewing platform, with super swanky cabanas, in the VIP area  are fantastic additions to the ever expanding festival experience.

2016 also marks the first time that Firefly Music Festival was live streaming thanks to a partnership between Red Frog Events, Yahoo and Toyota. The festival had previously worked with AXS TV in the past for some live streaming, but it is much more seamless this year, so folks at home that couldn’t make it out can see exactly how much fun they are missing.

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During the kick-off press conference for Firefly, Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski commented that Delaware is truly embracing Firefly 2016 and it has been absolutely wonderful to witness so many individuals having a great time in Delaware, many of whom may be visiting for the very first time.

Parkowski went on to say that the age demographic for tourism in Delaware has expanded to ages 25-55 and millennials are now visiting Delaware thanks of course to Firefly and it’s impact.  Governor Jack Markell was also on hand for the press conference and was throughly enjoying spending his weekend at Firefly Music Festival. He was thrilled with all the “great food vendors, amenities, and overall hospitality from the people of Delaware” and added that Firefly will continue to “define Delaware for years to come”.

There were so many performance highlights throughout the four-day festival that we almost don’t know where to begin. While many felt that this year’s line-up was a bit weak compared to some of the heavy hitting headliners from years past such as Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and Tom Petty, we actually think that the 2016 line-up brought more of an eclectic group of artists together and made for quite an interesting smorgasbord of performances to catch throughout the day.

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Stealing the show this year was undoubtedly, Florence & The Machine, A$AP Rocky and Blink 182. Seeing Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker perform on the festivals Treehouse Stage, snuggled deeply in the woods was an extra special treat. We also thoroughly enjoyed sets from Deadmau5, Tame Imapala, Ludacris (who made up for his missed performance Friday night, but waking us up bright and early on Sunday), Fitz and The Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Saint Motel, The Struts, Gallant, Major Lazer and M83 to name just a few.

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We absolutely can’t wait to see what Firefly 2017 will have in-store, as they are always a festival full of good times and surprises! Great job!

 

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Rihanna And Coldplay Will Headline 2016 ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Festival

(PCM) The news has just been revealed that Rihanna and Coldplay will be the headliners for the 2016 “Budweiser Made In America” Festival! We could not be more ecstatic , especially after we got a peek at the rest of the weekend’s line-up as well … it is stellar!  “Budweiser Made In America,” the JAY Z curated two-day music festival and staple of Labor Day Weekend, returns to Philadelphia for a fifth season. The festival’s Rocky, Liberty and Tidal stages will be live streamed in their entirety on TIDAL.

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This concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Berks County, PA. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable citizens in these regions. As a result of this year’s Budweiser Made in America festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will invest $300,000 into initiatives that enhance cradle-to-career education that ensures all students graduate high school college- or career-ready, and that equip individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure work that provides a family-sustaining income. The festival will also enable United Way of Berks County to invest an additional $100,000 in local programs and initiatives centered on early grade reading proficiency, as well as efforts targeting the focus areas of education, financial stability, health and safety net services. Each year, more than 100,000 Berks Countians receive help through over 50 funded United Way of Berks County programs, initiatives and grants.

The rest of the 2016 line-up includes: Rihanna and Coldplay are joined by ColleGrove (2 Chainz and Lil Wayne), Jamie xx, Chance The Rapper, Martin Garrix, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Grimes, DJ Khaled, Adventure Club, Madeon, Bryson Tiller, Gary Clark Jr, Travi$ Scott, DJ Mustard, SZA, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, St. Lucia, Tchami, Oliver Heldens, Anna Lunoe, Desiigner, Grits & Biscuits, LIL UZI VERT, Banks & Steelz, PLayboi Carti, Chris Malinchak, Disciples, Sleepy Tom, Lil Yachty, Justine Skye, Dorothy, Kevin Garrett, Flat White, Bibi Bourelly, Fat White Family, Kodak Black, Gallant, SG Lewis, Basement, Touché Amoré, Honduras, Sir The Baptist, Manolo Rose, NVOY, Kacy Hill, Car Seat Headrest, Dave East, Sophie Beem, Kevin Devine, Day Wave, Show Me The Body, Miya Folick, Cherry Glazerr, Watch the Duck, Colter Wall, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Tiwa Savage, From Indian Lakes, Symone, C-Kan, Porches, Denzel Curry, Into It. Over It., Levi Carter

To help get you hyped for this year’s BMIA Festival, check out the specially curated TIDAL playlist below:

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TIDAL members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, June 22nd at 10:00am (EDT) by logging into their accounts.

Tickets for the general public can be purchased on Monday, June 27th at 10:00 am (EDT) www.livenation.com.

For the latest on the “Budweiser Made In America” Festival, please be sure to visit: www.madeinamericafest.com

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Rock On The Range Celebrates It’s Ten Year Anniversary In A Monster Way!

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(PCM) It has been truly amazing to witness Monster Energy’s Rock On The Range grow in leaps and bounds over the years. It has definitely earned it’s place as cornerstone of the World’s Loudest Month festival series which is put together by Danny Wimmer Presents each May. It is certainly a highlight for us to cover each year and we were thrilled to be rocking out at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH celebrating Rock On The Range’s ten year anniversary.

Versatility is something we have always loved about Rock On The Range and it has been a real treat to see the ways in which this festival has expanded its’ horizons and added artists from various genres of rock, metal and even elements of hip-hop into the fold. The festival has done a fantastic job at embracing their ever changing musical landscape and has grown with it’s fan base rather than against them. At the end of the day, Rock On The Range is without a doubt the place where “Rock Lives”, however there is nothing wrong with adding in a few more elements to spice things up a bit and keep it fresh.

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The 2016 line-up was one of the most diverse we have ever witnessed, it was literally a smorgasbord of music from an fantastic array of artists. There was something for every taste.  Friday brought us fantastic sets from Avatar, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, SIXX:A.M., Butcher Babies, Megadeth, Shinedown and Disturbed. Standout performances on a rainy Saturday included Jelly Roll, Saint Asonia, Pop Evil, Steel Panther, Ghost, HELLYEAH, Clutch, Five Finger Death Punch, and Rob Zombie.  Closing out the weekend we were thrilled to catch sets from Red Sun Rising, The Glorious Sons, Wolfmother, Anti-Flag, Bring Me The Horizon, At The Drive In, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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While on-site we caught up with VP of Marketing and Sponsorship for Danny Wimmer Presents Clay Busch to chat about celebrating ten years of Rock On The Range, the expansion of World’s Loudest Month, new festival experiences that are on the way, Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia and more! You can view the interview below:

Happy ten year anniversary Rock On The Range!  It was certainly one epic party and we look forward to rocking out for another ten years (or hopefully longer)! We have put together quite an epic photo gallery showcasing the many highlight performances throughout the weekend! Enjoy! You can also view our interviews with band’s such as Asking Alexandria, Megadeth, Butcher Babies, Pop Evil and more by clicking here!

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