ICYMI: March Edition

Here are some things you may have missed in music:

The Maine released their third single “Broken Parts.”

New Found Glory released a music video for their single “This Is Me.”

Grayscale released the music video for “If I Ever See You Again.

Panic! At The Disco’s sophomore album Pretty. Odd. has been certified platinum!

The lineup for Woodstock 50 lineup has been released with The Killers, Bishop Briggs, Portugal. The Mann, and more. Full lineup is  www.woodstock.com.

The lineup for Lollapalooza has been released with Bring Me The Horizon, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, and more. Full lineup is on lollapalooza.com/lineup/.

Hayley Williams of Paramore opened up about the future of Paramore with L’Odet.

The Sad Summer Fest lineup has been released!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!



Sad Summer Festival Lineup Announced!

After speculating the Sad Summer Festival, the official lineup and tour dates have been released!

Some of my predictions were accurate. The first one is the collaboration with 8123.

I expected the lineup to consist of: State Champs, Neck Deep, Mom Jeans, All Time Low, The Maine, Mayday Parade, The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, Set It Off, Stand Atlantic, Panic! At The Disco, L.I.F.T and Fall Out Boy. I was right with a lot of the bands listed. Here is the official line up:

  • State Champs
  • Mayday Parade
  • The Maine (play all except Minneapolis)
  • The Wonder Years (playing all excluding TX, NJ, MI, CO, and CA)
  • Mom Jeans
  • Just Friends
  • Stand Atlantic
  • L.I.F.T

Special guests include:

  • Forever The Sickest Kids (playing Dallas and Houston)
  • Set It Off (Orlando)
  • Every Avenue (Pontiac)
  • Four Year Strong (Worcester)
  • Emo Nite (Denver)

The festival is a traveling festival, similar to Vans Warped Tour. I was wrong naming Phoenix and Cleveland. The tour travels to:

7/5 Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX

7/6 White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX

7/8 The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA

7/9 The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA

7/10 The Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando, FL

7/12 MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD

7/13 Skyline State at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

7/14 The Palladium in Worcester, MA

7/16 Pier 17 in New York, NY

7/17 Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ

7/19 Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA

7/20 EXPRESS LIVE! Outdoor in Columbus, OH

7/21 Crofoot Festival Grounds in Pontiac, MI

7/23 Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI

7/24 Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL

7/25 Myth Live in Maplewood, MN

7/27 Sculpture Park in Denver, CO

8/3 City National Grove Outdoors in Anaheim, CA

Artist pre-sale for tickets start at 2pm EST/ 11am EST using the code “Sad.” General admission starts Friday March 22, 2019. The tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


Uncovering The “Sad Summer Festival”

I got a tweet alert from both Mayday Parade and The Maine with a cryptic video saying “Sad Summer.” I decided to investigate what this meant. Keep in mind, this is all speculation.

The tweet includes sadsummerfest.com and a date March 19, 2019. This festival has no information yet as to the lineup and where it will be held. I have speculation about this festival including State Champs, Neck Deep, Mom Jeans, All Time Low, The Maine, and Mayday Parade.

The Twitter account @SadSummerFest follows all of the bands listed above. Additionally, some of the bands listed tweeted the cryptic video.

My prediction for the festival is it will be held by Alternative Press. The Twitter account is following Alt Press. My first thought is the festival will be held in Cleveland, OH because that’s where Alt Press is located, but it could potentially be in Phoenix, AZ. The reason? When subscribing to the mailing list, the address listed is in Phoenix, AZ. We will find out more on March 19, 2019. In the mean time, what are your thoughts? Let me know @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, Graduating Life signed to Pure Noise Records and announced a re-release of Grad Life along with “Carry A White Flag.” The Maine released a cover of “Without Me” originally sang by Halsey, and Seaway announced a new album Produce is set to release April 19 via. Pure Noise Records including the group’s latest single “Pleasures.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


1:38pm EST

Update: March 15, 2019 3:05 pm EST

After digging up more information bout the “Sad Summer Festival.” After releasing my blog about my predictions and naming bands, the Twitter account @SadSummerFest followed additional bands! The bands include: The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, Set It Off, Emo Night LA, Hopeless Records, Fearless Records, Rise Records, Vans Warped Tour, Stand Atlantic, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy. This may mean the festival will include these bands or the account is following these bands in hopes to confuse fans. My take is those bands will be on the festival lineup.

L.I.F.T is not being followed by @SadSummerFest, but shared the cryptic video on their Twitter.

At the bottom of the SadSummerFestival.com page it says it’s powered by 8123 Media, also known as the label The Maine is under. Interesting enough, The Maine’s pop up shop address is the same as the mailing list for the Sad Summer Festival.

The more I investigate, the more excited I’m becoming for this festival!

“Living Proof Tour: North America” Concert Review in NYC *SOLD OUT*

I attended the “Living Proof Tour: North America” headlined by State Champs at the Playstation Theater in New York City. Accompanying State Champs on tour are: Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.


State Champs at Playstation Theater (c) Billy Fitzpatrick @billyfitzz

I’ve attended shows at the Playstation Theater, formerly known as the Nokia Theater and Best Buy Theater. This venue is one of my absolute favorites in New York City. I like the vibe the venue has, the layout of the venue, and that it feels intimate while also having the capacity of 2,100 people. I was eager to see this show for the lineup. I’ve seen State Champs and Grayscale perform live, but I have not seen Our Last Night or The Dangerous Summer live.

Please note: this blog contains setlists.

Grayscale took the stage first. I’ve seen Grayscale perform at Vans Warped Tour, and I absolutely loved the energy Grayscale has on stage. Grayscale matched their energy and engagement with their fans as they performed on the stage. Collin Walsh’s voice was really raspy, and at times I was unable to hear his vocals because he pulled away from he microphone. He kept the energy high throughout the performance. Here is their setlist:

  1. Atlantic
  2. Beautiful Things
  3. Slipping Away
  4. Mum
  5. Palette
  6. Fever Dream

The band that took the stage next was The Dangerous Summer. The Dangerous Summer was the most anticipated band I wanted to see perform live because they’re one of my favorite bands. TDS was one of the many bands that got me into alternative, pop punk, emo music. The group broke up and got back together, and getting the chance to see them perform for the first time was an emotional experience. More information about TDS can be found in my previous blog post here. Getting to see them perform on stage was by far one of my favorite parts of the evening. Here is their setlist:

  1. The Permanent Rain
  2. Where I Want to Be
  3. Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up
  4. Ghosts
  5. Color
  6. This Is Life
  7. Infinite

Our Last Night is a band I was unfamiliar with until the show. The vocalist, Trevor Wentworth, was sick causing the group to miss a few days on the tour. The group released its latest album Let Light Overcome that day, and Our Last Night took the stage to perform. Unfortunately, I did not physically get to see their set because I was speaking with Ben Cato, drummer of The Dangerous Summer.

State Champs took the stage and opened with their latest song made into a music video, “Criminal.” From there, State Champs played a variety of old and new songs which I enjoyed! Here is their setlist:

  1. Criminal
  2. Frozen
  3. Losing Myself
  4. Shape Up
  5. Mine is Gold
  6. Hard to Please
  7. Crystal Ball
  8. Remedy
  9. Perfect Score
  10. Lightning
  11. If I’m Lucky
  12. Our Time to Go
  13. All You Are Is History
  14. Safe Haven
  15. Easy Enough
  16. Something About You
  17. Simple Existence
  18. Dead and Gone
  19. Elevated *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

State Champs performed very quick. I felt like it was State Champs performing a few songs then having a little bit to say then going back to the music. The group was humble to have sold out Playstation Theater. They’ve performed at other venues across New York, and they were close to selling out. The 2016 AP Tour with State Champs and Neck Deep headlining sold out at Webster Hall with Knuckle Puck and Like Pacific as the support. State Champs thanked fans for going to their tour and supporting their music.

I really liked the bands on tour. Each band complimented each other with energy, interaction with listeners, and great music!  Each band that took the stage got the crowd pumped for the next group. It was an awesome show to attend.

State Champs said that they’d be back in the summer, but no word yet on who they will be touring with and where about the tour will travel. I’m excited to hear that State Champs will be back in New York soon! When speaking to the guys of The Dangerous Summer, they revealed that a new album is expected very soon. The group released a new single “Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up” and plan to tour again soon. There is an exciting tour happening with The Dangerous Summer this year. Keep up to date with what’s to come by following my blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


Vans Warped Tour Lineup Announcement!

The lineup for the 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour has been announced! The 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour are at select dates in California, Ohio, and New Jersey. Here are the lineups!

The Cleveland Vans Warped Tour is being held on June 8, 2019 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. The lineup is smaller but features memorable bands.

The New Jersey Vans Warped Tour is on June 29-30, 2019 held on the beach in Atlantic City, NJ. The lineup is larger than the Cleveland show and features BIG names in music like A Day To Remember, Taking Back Sunday, and Blink- 182.

The California show is being held on July 20-21, 2019 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The lineup is large featuring The All American Rejects, The Starting Line, Man Overboard, and more!

No word yet what band will be performing on what day for the California and New Jersey festival. For more information and to purchase tickets visit vanswarpedtour.com

In other news, Weezer release Weezer (Black Album), The Japanese House released Good At Falling, Mansionair released ShadowboxerI Prevail Announces US Tour, and A Day To Remember and Taking Back Sunday announced US Tours.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!