It may only be the beginning of May, but talk to the people who recently attended Coachella and/or Stagecoach and they’ll surely tell you festival season is already upon us.
And of course, the worst time for any festival goer is that dreaded week after. The music has stopped, the party’s over and it’s time to return back to the real world. But that doesn’t have to be the case this week.
Many of this season’s biggest and best festival acts have already begun releasing new songs and music videos to get fans hyped for their upcoming sets this summer.
So if you’re suffering from a bit of festival withdrawal, this is the article for you. Let’s take a look at some of the recent releases from three of this summer’s hottest festival acts.
It’s been a long four years for fans of this trio of sisters from California. HAIM’s debut album, Days Are Gone, captured the hearts of music listeners everywhere. But then, just as quickly as their music burst onto the scene, it disappeared. They played some fresh sounds at last year’s WayHome Music & Arts festival, but nothing official came from it — that was until last Thursday, April 27.
Finally, HAIM released their new music video “Right Now”, after teasing it on their Instagram for days and keeping fans waiting in anticipation for years before that. The video is directed by renowned film director Paul Thomas Anderson (known for movies such as There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights) and features a stripped down sound to go with the raw look inside the studio. The song is believed to be the first single off their upcoming sophomore project Something To Tell You. “Right Now” gives fans hope that this second HAIM record could be even better than the band’s first.
The group is set to hit the UK tour scene this summer, with Glastonbury being the big one, but you can catch them at the beginning of September if you’re in the Seattle area. They’ll be playing Bumbershoot 2017 alongside acts such as Weezer, Big Sean, Lorde and Solange.
Foster The People
And we go from one young California band to another — Foster The People may have the most ridiculously hectic schedule of any act this summer. They’ll start with their US shows, then travel to the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal for European festivals, all before heading back to North America for WayHome, MO POP, Lollapalooza and finally Osheaga. Those last four festivals all occur within 10 days of each other.
Since the boys of Foster The People will be so busy this summer, it seems they tried to get ahead of the game when it comes to releasing new music. They didn’t just release one song last Thursday, they dropped three new tracks from what is believed to be their upcoming album. You can listen to “Pay The Man” above, but also check out “SHC” and “Doing It for the Money” for the full experience. And as it was previously noted above, you can catch them at basically any and every festival this summer to hear both the old and new FTP music live.
Similar to Foster The People, Imagine Dragons have apparently made it their mission to hit festivals all around the world this summer. Their jam-packed summer tour culminates in the band headlining WayHome at the end of July, but they kicked it off on Thursday with the release of their new song, “Thunder.”
The group released “Believer” back in February, and almost 40-million views on YouTube later, I suppose they figured it was time to give fans another taste of what their upcoming album may sound like.
“Thunder” is a little more low key than its predecessor, but knowing Imagine Dragons and their affinity for really turning up the heat on their live performances (see their collaboration with Kendrick Lamar here), you can be certain this track will bang when they take it to festivals this summer.
Photo by Eva Rinaldi, 2013, via Wikimedia Commons.