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.


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:

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)

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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.


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.


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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Will Smith Surprises, Future Cuts Set Short, and USHER Conquers The 9th Annual Roots Picnic


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(PCM) The ninth annual Roots Picnic took place this past Saturday at Philadelphia’s newly renovated Festival Pier for one of the most anticipated lineups in its history here in Philadelphia featuring Usher (Backed by The Roots), FUTURE, and Leon Bridges. The ninth annual Roots Picnic was definitely a huge success put on by The Roots and Live Nation Philadelphia despite a few technical difficulties during FUTURE’s set which he cut short due to mic issues. The day was filled with surprise guest visitors watching and some taking the stage for a collab song.


The day launched with Lenny Kravitz daughter, Lolawolf a.k.a Zoe Kravitz on the South Stage which happens to be the stage Usher and The Roots will take later on in the day. Lolawolf rocked the stage for a good half hour with her funky but groovy tunes.


Launching the day for us over on the North Stage was Willow Smith who I would definitely say got the crowd energized, using almost every single space allowable to her as she flaunted her style and self-made outfit as her mom, Jada Smith as well as her dad Will Smith appeared side stage supporting their daughter at the 2016 Roots Picnic. Will Smith who later exploded onto the stage with undoubtedly one of the catchiest songs of the summer, “Summertime.” In addition to Will Smith taking the stage to perform “Summertime,” he also brought out a special guest; Longtime friend and former collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff.


King of Dabber’s then taking the stage was Migos known for his hit song “Hannah Montana” and his latest single “Look at My Dab” which has been conquering the radio. Migos put on one crazy party-filled performance which got the crowd jammin’ after Willow Smith’s set.


The North Stage was a popular and more party type stage with party anthems and energy filled performances compared to the other stages that is however until DMX took the stage with his songs which are all anthems that EVERYONE knows and was singing along to at the South Stage. DMX also brought out special guest and performer who just put on a crazy set of throwback jams over on the North Stage, Swizz Beats who then performed a few songs together.


The Classic Man a.k.a Jidenna brought out his style during his set with his stylish blue suit known best for his hit song “Classic Man.” Entering the stage with a Game Of Thrones themed intro which was perfect being that Comic Con was happening just a few blocks away from The Roots Picnic at The Convention Center. Meek Mill making a surprise guest vocals appearance with Lil Uzi Vert as his girlfriend Nicki Minaj watches from side stage over on the Oasis Stage. Soulful and jazz singer Leon Bridges serenading the crowd on the South Stage before FUTURE killed it over at The North Stage.


FUTURE taking the stage at 8:00pm sharp and performing hit after hit as the crowd went absolutely insane, his very loyal fan base was definitely present there as Future had one of the biggest crowds there was all day over on the North Stage. His fans worship him and were enjoying his hour long set that is until he cut it short due to some technical difficulties with his mic. Future performed for about 20 minutes, exiting after the mic problems and not reappearing upsetting fans causing them to throw bottles and objects at the stage as his DJ packed up his gear.


The fans all then began going over to the South Stage which the entire venue was packed at with anticipation to see Usher backed by The Roots. Starting the set with a 20 minute or so set by only The Roots before welcoming the legendary Usher onto the stage. Usher then joining the Philadelphia band for a soothing jazz like set of hits from his very expansive catalog. The 37-year-old R&B singer, who also happen to be wearing a Muhammad Ali T-shirt in honor of the late boxing legend who past away the day prior to the festival, opened with “Caught Up” before serenading the crowd to “U Make Me Wanna” then adding some Philly style to “U Remind Me.” Usher also brought out a few surprise guests like Lil Jon to perform “Yeah” with him which sounded even better then it did on the record and R&B singer Yuna for their very satisfying duet of “Crush.”


The Roots Picnic performers also included Chloe x Halle, Tish Hyman, Rich Medina, Lil Dicky, Everyday People feat. DJ Moma, Metro Boomin, Kaytranada, Jodie Abacus, Ibeyi, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Kehlani, Gogo Morrow, Paris Monster, and Blood Orange. The ninth annual Roots Picnic was a huge celebration for The Roots incredible talent and work they put into this lineup yearly and it was definitely a huge success and one of the best years and most anticipated lineups that the picnic as seen thus far. I would definitely recommend checking out their picnic in New York this October, For More Information on that check out:

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The Best Of Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion 2016!


(PCM) It was truly an epic year for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion festival held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with over 90,000 die hard rock fans in attendance over the course of the three-day weekend. It has been truly amazing to watch how this festival has continued to grow in leaps and bounds over the last several years and it has truly cemented itself as one of the country’s top rock festivals included in the World’s Loudest Month.

This year over 60 bands graced four stages and AXS TV was broadcasting live, providing an inside look at Carolina Rebellion for everyone stuck at home. The 6th Annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion marked the launch of the legendary Scorpions’ U.S. tour – part of their 50th Anniversary World Tour – with Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee filling in on drums. The festival also featured performances from Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Deftones, A Day To Remember, 3 Doors Down, Bring Me The Horizon, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Lamb Of God, plus Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alice Cooper, thrash pioneers Megadeth and Anthrax, and many more.

We were able to catch a ton of great performances over the course of the weekend, as well as, capture exclusive interviews with artists such as Cypress Hill, Sick Puppies, POD, Escape The Fate, Lacey Strum, Thousand Foot Krutch, Filter, Anthrax and many more! See below for a look at who we thought provided some of the best performances at Carolina Rebellion 2016!

Friday Highlights
The “Rebels” were out and about bright and early to catch sets from Stitched Up Heart, who certainly won over our heart at this year’s festival, as well as former Flyleaf front woman Lacey Strum and rockers Sick Puppies. Talk about a wake-up call and perfectly setting the pace for the rest of the day’s performances.

The Friday line-up featured something for just about every time of music fan no matter which generation they happen to be a part of!  Escape The Fate brought a new rock appeal, throwing down an incredibly energetic afternoon performance, while SIXX:A.M. provided a perfect generational balance bringing together both old fans and new through the unifying force of music and their overall message of hope amidst the trying times we live in today.

3 Doors Down, Lynryd Skynyrd, and The Scorpions certainly brought back a ton of memories as we found ourselves completely immersed in their performances to close out the day.

Sick Puppies


Lacey Strum


Escape The Fate




3 Doors Down


Lynryd Skynyrd


The Scorpions


Saturday Highlights
It was emphasis was on the heavier side of this years line-up with Saturday’s ecletic array of artist performances. Starting out early with incredible multi instrumentalist Andrew Watt, followed by blistering performances from both P.O.D. and Parkway Drive. In fact, without a doubt one of the craziest crowds/mosh pits of the weekend surely occurred during Parkway Drive, as it was just utter insanity out on the field.

Anthrax provided us with a taste of some classic thrash, while Ghost saw one of the largest crowds of the day. This band needs to graduate to main stage rather soon, as the side stage areas can barely contain their crowds these days.  A Day To Remember brought down the house as usual and set the pace for the rest of the evening, gearing us up for delightfully brutal sets from Lamb Of God, followed by Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown to close out the night.
Andrew Watt



Parkway Drive






A Day To Remember


Lamb Of God


Five Finger Death Punch


Sunday Highlights
The final day of Carolina Rebellion is always a sad day, however Sunday’s stellar line-up to close out certainly assisted with easing our pain. Blasting off to an early start with a hip-hop vibe we saw sets from rapper Yelawolf, as well as, Cypress Hill, who we have to say did a fantastic job of playing off the crowd.

People are still incredibly curious in regards to Japan’s Babymetal and they certainly had one of the most insane crowds of the afternoon. We have never seen so many people jammed at the side stage area, so much so that you couldn’t even move. These young ladies are fantastic and their backing band is just incredible. Everyone needs to witness Babymetal at least once in their lives.

We could not have been happier than to have sets from the legendary Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Disturbed close out the evening. Taking a trip on the festival’s Ferris Wheel and seeing both the massive crowd for Cooper and Zombie at the same time from high above the festival grounds is a sight that we will surely never forget!  Can it be next year already? We absolutely can’t wait to see how the festival producers will top Carolina Rebellion 2016, however we are absolutely certain that it will rock in 2017!

Cypress Hill


Alice Cooper


Rob Zombie






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Exclusive Interview: Stitched Up Heart At Carolina Rebellion


(PCM) We were absolutely overjoyed to catch up with rockers Stitched Up Heart while out at the recent Carolina Rebellion festival and if this band is not currently on your radar, they without a doubt need to be!

We have not seen such energy and stage presence from a band in quite a long time. They were the perfect morning wake-up call for the already amped and energized crowd on a bright and early festival day. Stitched Up Heart are currently gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated debut album “Never Alone” available on June 17 via Another Century.

The music video for the band’s single “Finally Free” has been racking up the views via YouTube and the band are currently out on the road with Sick Puppies as part of the HardDrive Live tour. They will also be making an appearance at this year’s Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH performing  two acoustic sets on Friday at the festival (Noon & 5pm).

Stitched Up Heart will also be playing the Rock On The Range pre-party on Thursday night at the Park Street Saloon. The event is free entry and the band will take the stage at 10pm.

You can view our recent interview with Stitched Up Heart live from Carolina Rebellion below, where the band discusses their upcoming new album, music videos, festival appearances and more!

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