The second week of January seems to be the week for music festivals to announce band lineups. Delaware’s Firefly Festival is the latest in a long line to unveil the first round of artists due to perform at their hallowed event later in June.
First on the bill includes the recently reunited Outkast, which will come as no surprise to the pair’s fans, after the duo announced that they were planning on playing over 40 festivals this summer. Previously, they confirmed headlining spots at Coachella and Governors Ball.
According to a video shared via the festival’s official YouTube page, Foo Fighters and Jack Johnson will occupy the other Firefly 2014 headlining duties. Other significant confirmed acts include Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara, Chance the Rapper, Arctic Monkeys, Sleigh Bells, and the Lumineers.
Among the smaller acts are Local Natives, Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Pretty Lights, Grouplove, Kaiser Chiefs, Washed Out, Phantogram, Typhoon, A-Trak, Young the Giant, Wild Cub, White Denim, MS MR, Vic Mensa, Geographer, and Courtney Barnett.
According to the video, “over 65 more” acts will be announced soon.
Firefly Music Festival is set to take place between June 19th-22nd across the 154 acres of the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
So far, Firefly is one of the first confirmed Foo Fighters dates for 2014, apart from a spot at a pre-Super Bowl show. Frontman Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone Magazine that the band are working on new material that is set to be “badass.”
He added, “We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f–king rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”
I leave working out what on earth that means to you – comments are appreciated.
Back in 2010, Weezer undertook a tour in which they played the entirety of either their first or second album at every show they played. Now, the band will do the same thing at two shows in Orlando later this year.
Dubbed the “Memories Shows,” the first concert will take place on November 10, and will feature Weezer, a.k.a. The Blue Album performed in its entirety. The following night, the band will play through their sophomore effort Pinkerton at the same venue.
The dates come at the end of a handful of dates Weezer will play this year, though the other dates won’t include performances of the entire albums. Most of the show’s on the band’s itinerary will be at festivals, and the first performance will be July 13 at the Buffalo Rocks the Harbor Fest in Buffalo, N.Y. Between that date and October 12, the band will play the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinatti, Ohio; the Soundtown Festival in Somerset, Wisc.; the Charm City Music festival in Baltimore; the Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, Calif. and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. The band will also perform a headlining show in St. Petersburg, Fla. the night before the Orlando shows begin.
Earlier this year, Weezer played as one of the acts on the Weezer cruise – a four night cruise on a Carnival cruise ship that also featured over a dozen other bands. Other bands on the water included Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Antlers, J. Mascis and Lou Barlow. The cruise left from Miami and visited Cozumel, Mexico.
Weezer hasn’t released a new album since 2010’s Death to False Metal. That album was a collection of previously unreleased tracks taken from all periods throughout the band’s career. Two months before that album’s release, the band released their most recent studio album of new songs, Hurley.
Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie and Weezer have been tapped to headline the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival, which will be held in Cincinnati this summer. The three groups are part of a notable and extensive lineup that mainly features rock artists.
The festival will take place July 13-15 this year in downtown Cincinnati. Other bands joining the headliners at the festival include Guided By Voices, Dan Deacon, Manchester Orchestra, Gym Class Heroes, O.A.R., Minus the Bear, Kevin Devine, Ra Ra Riot and Foxy Shazam.
The Bunbery Music Festival is described by organizers as “an awesome live music and festival experience that is affordable, fun, tech savvy and eco-friendly.” The event will host both a tech pavilion and the EcoMarketplace, which will be a street “lined with vendors offering ecofriendly products and services.” The festival’s website also announced that it will be partnering with local bars for “afterparties” after the music ends each night.
The festival, which was founded by veteran music promoter Bill Donabedian, will be held throughout Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. The event will host 100 live performances across six stages. The name Bunbury comes from the Oscar Wilde play “The Importance of Being Earnest” and means “to have a made up excuse to get out of doing something boring.”
Donabedian spoke of his vision for the festival.
“The Bunbury Music Festival will feature the best of our local Indie bands with national and regional bands that fans may have seen at other great festivals and concert venues,” he said in a statement. “Fans should think of this as an authentic music experience.”
Donabedian also founded the MidPoint Music Festival, which is also held in Cincinnati, ten years ago. That festival focuses almost exclusively on independent artists and is a music industry conference as well as a festival.
The ship is here, Weezer fans.
In January the alternative rock, Grammy-award winning band will board one of Carnival’s cruise ships to take their act onto the high seas.
Dubbed the Weezer Cruise, the event will be a musical extravaganza of four nights featuring over a dozen bands, including Lou Barlow, J. Mascis, Boom Bip, Free Energy, Yuck, The Antlers, Wawes, Dave Dreiwitz, Gene Ween, Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr.
Also on the bill will be Yacht Rock Review, Sleeper Agent, The Knocks, The Nervous Wreckords, Ozma and Keepaway.
Organized by Sixthman out of Atlanta, the at-sea music festival will take place aboard Carnival Destiny, a 2,642 passenger cruise ship. The outing will kick off in Miami on January 19. Included in the Western Caribbean cruise is a visit to Cozumel.
According to Sixthman, Weezer will be performing when the ship leaves Miami at the pool deck. They will also be performing indoors at the main theater. The ship will have four stages in total used by multiple bands for the live performances.
Cruise fares start at a per person price of $799 for double occupancy. For four people sharing a room fares start at $599 a person. On July 21 pre-sale bookings will start. On August 3 general public sales for cabins will be going on sale.
Fans will be able to sign up at weezercruise.com for the upcoming pre-sale.
Two months after alt-rock act Weezer laid out their plan to spend the colder months ahead on the road, the band has now released more details about the said trek initially dubbed as the “Blinkerton Tour”.
After the band wraps up a couple of gigs in the south (Voodoo Festival in New Orleans on October 29 and Chastain Park in Atlanta on October 30), the “Teenage Dirtbag” rockers will be performing two of their best selling and most acclaimed albums, from cover to cover for two nights in four cities throughout fall and early winter. They will be coursing through Universal City, CA on November 26 and 27, San Francisco on November 29 and 30, New York on December 17 and 18, and finally, Chicago on January 7 and 8, 2011.
On the first night of each stop, they will be playing all cuts from their 1994 eponymous debut release which also carries the title “Blue Album”, followed by another cover to cover set, this time from their 1996 record, “Pinkerton”, such is the initial title for the tour. The band will also sprinkle on both nights, a dash of new tracks from their current release, “Hurley”.
Just recently, Weezer also announced that the fall-winter trek will now push forth as the “Memories Tour”. The tour will also receive major support from State Farm Insurance as its principal sponsor.
2010 Weezer Concert Tour
29 – New Orleans, LA – City Park (Voodoo Vestival)
30 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
26 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater (“Blue Album”)
27 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater (“Pinkerton”)
29 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (“Blue Album”)
30 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (“Pinkerton”)
17 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (“Blue Album”)
18 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (“Pinkerton”)
7 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Entertainment Center (“Blue Album”)
8 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Entertainment Center (“Pinkerton”)
Sunday morning, the tour bus carrying Weezer’s lead singer Rivers Cuomo crashed off Interstate 90 just west of Albany, New York. Aboard at the time of the accident were Rivers assistant, wife and daughter. The wreck was caused when the bus hit a deadly patch of black ice, causing it to jet off the Interstate. Cuomo suffered a small cut to his spleen as well as a small puncture in his lung to go along with his three broken ribs. Cuomo’s assistant also suffered broken ribs and back injuries while his family escaped unharmed.
The singer was said to be improving. As reported on the band’s website on Tuesday, “He went from being barely able to talk and open his eyes yesterday to partially sitting up, talking clearly, reading books and checking the Internet, plus his color and energy seemed much brighter. Tomorrow, the doctor says it will be time to see if Rivers can stand up again. If that goes well and his vital signs remain stable and improving, he will get to go home pretty soon.”
Due to the accident, Weezer’s three remaining 2009 tour dates had to be scrapped — Boston (12/7), Baltimore (12/9) & Philadelphia (12/10). No word has been issued yet as to whether these performances would be rescheduled or canceled. Stay tuned to the band’s website for further word on these shows in limbo as well as any information regarding potential ticket refunds.
The band’s latest album “Raditude” was released November 3 and is hard to miss on store shelves with its crazy jumping dog on the cover. The album’s first single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” has been charting very well on rock radio charts.
Later this month Weezer will be backing “Raditude,” their upcoming studio album, with a December run of headlining dates as well as two shows on each coasts.
The band will play in Los Angeles on October 24 and in New York City on October 31. After a short break they will embark on a brief outing to support their new album on December 1 in Chicago. Their short trek covers six cities in 10 days, capped off by a Philadelphia appearance on December 10.
“Raditude,” due out on November 3, is the seventh studio album for the band. The set features multiple co-production credits, including Butch Walker (Katy Perry, Saosin) and Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2), as well as Rivers Cuomo from the band.
“I Want You To,” the first single from the album, hit the radio airwaves back in August. It debuted on Billboard’s Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts at No. 21 and peaked eventually at No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart.
Their new album follows up on “Weezer” or “The Red Album” of last year, which peaked on Billboard’s 200 at No. 4. The album spawned three singles, including the hit “Pork and Beans,” which made it to the top of the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2009 Weezer Concert Tour Dates
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
31 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
1 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
3 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
5 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Center
7 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
9 – Baltimore, MD – UMBC Fieldhouse
10 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Center