Category Archives: Festival Reviews

React Presents Continues to Impress With Freaky Deaky’s 2016 Return to Toyota Park

Last year’s inaugural Freak Deaky as a three-day fully fledged music festival kicked off with a bang, surprising us with a top notch festival experience that captured the combination of great stage production, exceptional lineup, and a holiday theme that kept the festival fresh and exciting in Chicago’s fairly saturated market. This year’s edition was no different: […]

Music Tastes Good Brought Quality Music and Easygoing Vibes to Long Beach

Although Long Beach is closer than other SoCal music festival hotspots like Indio or San Bernardino, the inaugural Music Tastes Good festival on September 23, 24, and 25th felt intimate to its location. The sprawl of the Southern California music scene extended its reach to Long Beach but the typical festival-goer stayed behind, making way […]

Northern Nights 2016 – Festival Review

There’s mega festivals, and there’s boutique festivals. Last year, DownBeats were invited to attend Northern Nights for the first time – a three-day camping festival that takes place in Cook’s Valley Campground in Northern California. We were the official ear plug sponsors and vendors for the weekend, and after an incredible first year were asked […]

Mamby On The Beach 2016 – Festival Review

Over July 4th weekend, we attended the second annual Mamby On The Beach, after being there when React Presents launched the two-day affair at Oakwood Beach in Chicago last year. Location, Accessibility, and Set-Up React Presents offered a number of ways to access Mamby throughout the weekend. There were shuttles available to allow attendees to take […]

Electric Forest 2016 – Festival Review

Even before a single artist was announced, the hype for Electric Forest 2016 was evident. Tickets sold out only two weeks after they went on sale. The Forest lived up to all expectations, as jam bands and electronic music echoed through the grounds all weekend. Rothbury, Michigan once again took it’s place in the festival […]

Festival Review: Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016

Location, Accessibility, and Set-Up Over the previous 4 years, “Spring Awakening Music Festival” has been widely recognized as the premiere Midwest festival to kick off the beginning of summer in the heart of downtown Chicago. Usually taking place at the iconic Soldier Field, home and stadium of the Chicago Bears, this year’s 2016 edition proved to […]

Movement Detroit 2016: Festival Review

Location, Accessibility and Set-Up The 10th Anniversary of Movement Electronic Music Festival took place where it always has, in the heart of Detroit’s Downtown area and within the confines of Hart Plaza. Overlooking the Detroit River and the city of Windsor, Canada, Movement is easily accessible by foot, bike or car/taxi from anywhere in the […]

Win 2 GA Tickets to Spring Awakening Music Festival and 2 Pairs of DownBeats Ear Plugs!

This year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival packs quality and diversity with a lineup that covers EDM, Trance, house music and dubstep across the space of three days. Hosted at Addams/Medill Park for the first time, the festival will feature five stages each day. The DJ Stage will mostly cater to EDM heavyweights the likes of Steve Aoki, […]