The music festival season is officially upon us. Last week, everyone has to spend their time picking daisy wreaths out of their hair and question whether artfully ripping their favorite shirt was worth the hippie illusion for one weekend at Coachella. But now it's time to shelve those California hipster dreams for a moment so that we can take a trip back to the eighth grade and wander around a reconstructed football stadium in New Jersey to observe what neon headband and converse combo we should be bringing to high school. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you probably just missed the scenester explosion on our youth and should consider yourself lucky. But despite the questionable crowd that may filter through, the lineup at Bamboozle
makes up for it with performances from the guilty pleasures of our iPods.
Taking place this weekend (beginning on Friday, April 29th, and ending on Sunday, May 1st), Giants Stadium in New Jersey will be flooded with a selection of groups ranging from a blur of pop-punk all the way to Lil Wayne. While reigning pop-punk troublemakers, All Time Low, and their current touring team of Hey Monday, the Summer Set, and Yellowcard are noticeably absent, still remaining are Bamboozle-destined groups such as We The Kings, The Ready Set, 2AM Club, and of course, Ryan Cabrera. Here are a few acts in particular that we at Baeble think all Bamboozle attendees should try and check out.
This one kind of goes without saying. Of all the music festivals taking place over the spring and summer months, it's kind of hard to imagine one that Lil Wayne
couldn't headline. Anyone watching him perform would probably have to go out of their way to not enjoy themselves. He's out of jail and ready to drop the world on your head, so wrap up your Bamboozle experience on Sunday night with what will undoubtedly be one of the best performances of the weekend.
30 Seconds To Mars
Alongside statement-making music videos, ever-changing hairstyles, and constant boundary-pushing, 30 Seconds To Mars
definitely know how to put on an energetic show. Even though Jared Leto can give off a Joaquin Phoenix aura of confusion at times (I constantly find myself questioning what is real and what's not with this man), it is hard to deny the quality of this band's ability to put on a fully charged performance.There will be a lot of emotional yelling going on, so bring your best shouts to this set.
The Hood Internet
Hailing from Chicago, The Hood Internet
duo will be supplying some of your indie sounds this weekend. Considering the typical age range of thirteen to seventeen at this event, Bamboozle coordinators decided to ease the youth of the tri-state into more alternative grooves; enter the uniquely clever mashups provided at this set courtesy of mainstream/indie twisters, The Hood Internet. Check them out on Friday before 30 Seconds To Mars.
Forever the Sickest Kids
For your token catchy, pop-punk, electronic-incorporated, Disney star-featuring (see: "Whoa Oh, Me VS Everyone featuring Selena Gomez"), scene dream, we recommend Forever The Sickest Kids
. The interchanging vocal trifecta of Jonathan Cook, Caleb Turnman, and Austin Bello trade off melodies for their infectious and lively performances. They recently released their self-titled album, so expect some of these new tunes along with numbers from their largely popular debut Underdog Alma Mater
. If you're not already a fan, we suggest you stop by to immerse yourself in a set of authentic Bamboozle shenanigans.
New Found Glory
The fact that a festival like Bamboozle can book New Found Glory
and not list them as headliners speaks miles about how much time has gone by since I was in middle school. I actually saw them perform at Bamboozle in 2009 and it was one of the best sets of the weekend. Everyone in the crowd is at a level of excitement only one or two notches below a Blink-182 show, and if you were once breaking through adolescence to these guys' music, it will be a nostalgic and endlessly fun forty-five minutes. If you enjoy New Found Glory at all, stopping by this set on Saturday would definitely be a highlight of your weekend.
Have a fun Bamboozle, everyone! Bring an umbrella and make sure to wear shoes with neon laces of contrasting colors or they might not let you in.