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Spring Awakening Giveaway… Stay Tuned.

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So, unfortunately there’s these concepts that go by the name of a job and poor college kids. Therefore, it pains me to say that since I have a job and poor college kid friends, I won’t be making it to Spring Awakening this year despite making sure I was at my computer the second tickets went on sale and posted hundreds of social media posts about how excited I was to go to the festival. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to help out other poor college kids have the chance to attend the festival. So, I’m going have a ticket giveaway and let someone else go in my place. As soon as I work out the legalities of it, I’ll post the details. Seriously, though, I fully understand not being able to attend the most anticipated concerts and festivals of your year simply because you can’t afford it or your friends can’t afford it, so I promise to make it “no purchase necessary” to enter. Be sure to LIKE WTF Music Review on Facebook so you don’t miss the announcement! In the meantime, let’s address some of the fantastic DJs appearing at Spring Awakening this year and mourn in my loss of not being able to attend.

1. Calvin Harris

Luckily, I was able to crawl through the mud at Lollapalooza last summer and see Calvin Harris, so it’s not the end of the world, but it also really is because he’s my favorite. And on top of it, he just released 18 Months so it would have been like a whole second show. The best part about Calvin Harris is that he doesn’t play his own original tracks – he remixes each and every one so it’s not just listening to some DJ push play on stage. And I mean, it’s not like he’s hard on the eyes or anything.

2. ATB

I’ve been listening to ATB since I was just a little pre-teen living in Arlington, Texas and my mom would drive around listening to the “Gay Radio Station.” I haven’t kept up to date with them so recently so I can’t say they were at the top of my list of acts to see, but I’m sure they would have been great.

3. Bingo Players

If you’re listening to this song and thinking “Oh my god, Flo Rida,” I seriously want you to exit this webpage as fast as you possibly. If you’re listening to this song and dancing because you love it so much, you’ll understand how upset I am that first, I missed Bingo Players when they came to Madison last fall, and two, that I’m missing Bingo Players when they come to Chicago this summer. I just can’t get it right.

4. Dirty South

Alright, so luckily I get to see Alesso this Saturday night, so at least I might get to hear the song that made me fall in love with Dirty South, but then again, I’m also not entirely sure who to give full credit to for “City of Dreams.”

5. Krewella

I won’t get too upset about missing Krewella at Spring Awakening… until I realize that I’ll probably also miss seeing them in Madison on May 2. Seriously, I just need like one friend to attend that concert with me and I’ll feel like one fraction better about missing Spring Awakening. I’m accepting applications for concert-attending friend now.

6. Nero

You know, I was really looking forward to giving the Nero crowd a second chance after leaving in fear of my life at Lollapalooza last year. I mean, I was really upset at myself for leaving in the middle of their show last summer so when I saw they were coming to Spring Awakening, my reaction was relief… until now when I realize I can’t go and it’s like “lol at my life.”

7. Nervo

Lol. Kidding. That’s a joke. I’m not missing Nervo. There’s no way. Realistically, however, I will end up missing Nervo. I’m just going to prepare myself for a letdown now. Nervo is definitely the show I was looking most forward to at Spring Awakening though so whoever gets to enjoy them, you’re in for a real treat, and I’m extremely jealous.

8. Nicky Romero

Notice how the song I chose to feature on this post includes Nervo? Yeah. That excited. Anyway, Nicky Romero is another that I’m truly upset about missing. I’m sure he’ll come back to Chicago soon though – there will be other times, hopefully.

9. Porter Robinson

While Porter Robinson is fantastic live, I can’t say I’m too upset about missing him because I’ve seen him twice: once before Tiesto in Madison and once at Lollapalooza. He is really good though. Again, there’s nothing truly sensational about his performance, but he still puts on a good show that keeps you dancing through its entirety.

10. Zedd

If Nervo and Zedd were conveniently there on the same day or night when I wasn’t working and had a magical friend with money and interest in the same music as me, life would be perfect. Honestly, I didn’t really know who Zedd was until the first time I used my Shazam app and discovered “Spectrum.” I fell in love. Then, he released his debut album, Clarity, and I became obsessed. First, he’s funny. Second, he makes amazing music. Third, he’s adorable. Fourth, I was really hoping we could lock eyes at Spring Awakening and run away together. I guess that won’t be happening though.

So, that’s my ideal Spring Awakening lineup. There’s definitely more than 10 DJs that I want to see, but those are the 10 that I’m extremely upset that I’m missing. I guess when I bought my tickets a few months ago, I didn’t really think about the fact that you shouldn’t buy tickets to a 3-day festival alone and assume that someone else will conveniently also purchase 3-day tickets to the same festival when you don’t really have any friends who have the same passion for EDM as you do. So, as long as I can’t get sued for giving away my Spring Awakening tickets, I plan on giving them to you – a reader and a music lover. Stay tuned to WTF Music Review on Facebook (LIKE THE PAGE – this is how bloggers get followers, they bribe them, duh).

Lollapalooza 2012: Recap

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Warning that none of these videos are mine considering I broke my phone in the middle of Day 2…

Day 1: Physical Fights

To be honest, I spent minimal amounts of time at Lollapalooza on day one: partially because I had to work that morning, but also because when you start a fight, it’s time to walk away. Also, in reality, if the guy hadn’t been tripping on every drug he could find in his medicine cabinet that morning, my shove to the gut would have felt like a pat on the back since I lack the ability to pick up a 5lb weight. On another note, in my short time there, I started with Porter Robinson. Now, according to my Tiesto ticket stub from September, I have apparently seen Porter Robinson before. However, I would say Lolla was the first time I actually listened or paid attention to him. He puts on a good show, but I wouldn’t say there’s really anything to set him apart and make him extremely unique. Then there’s Nero… why in my sane and completely sober mind I thought it would be a smart idea to work my way to the second row of a Nero concert at a massive festival, I will never understand. To all Nero fans: you scare the living Hell out of me. However, Nero was fantastic. Definitely different than Porter Robinson, but simply awesome. My only complaint with the concerts themselves is the fact that they were in the daytime because my personal favorite part is the lights show. And yes, I realize the point of Lolla is an all-day festival. My first day of Lolla ended there as I walked out covered in an unhealthy amount of other people’s sweat, praying that I had no open wounds in which diseases could have spread.

Day 2: Evacuation

You know what’s not fun? Being on the train on the way to Lollapalooza and having your friend receive a phone call telling you that the festival is being evacuated and not to come. Once I heard that, I cursed Mother Nature and decided if there was not a torrential downpour, someone would probably be injured at the expense of my anger. Thankfully the festival opened back up at 6pm – although I didn’t mind the extra two hours to eat everything in my kitchen. I started at Calvin Harris – my most anticipated concert of the weekend. After fighting my way up about 150 rows, dancing and getting covered in about three inches of mud, and losing everyone I was with, I made it to the front section to enjoy my favorite Scottish DJ. I fell in love with the music itself” the beats, the lights, the bass. However, Calvin, I get that you’ve publicly announced you’ll “no longer be singing” so you can “focus on producing,” but COME ON, at least let me enjoy some pre-recordings of your extremely orgasmic voice. I definitely would have preferred to hear some more vocals. Afterwards, I headed to Avicii – and yes, I actually made it to the concert this time (oh, memories). Avicii, as always, sounded fantastic, looked exceptional, and put on a memorable show. But really… the reason his show is so memorable is because it’s the exact same setlist as every other show he puts on – just more condensed. However, it was still a blast and ended in me being offered a job as a zumba instructor. After Avicii, the night ended because I needed to find a lake – or sprinklers – to wash my mud-covered body. Never did find that lake…

Day 3: Sweet, Sweet Bliss.

Lollapalooza day three was by far the best day of the entire festival if you exclude the first group I saw: The DumDum Girls?? Honestly I now understand why no one goes to the festival before 3pm… the early bands are just repulsive. Never. Again. While waiting for Florence + the Machine (round three) to go on stage, I did catch J. Cole’s show. For never hearing his music before in my life, the concert was pretty decent and the crowd was pretty tame, but it’s just not my kind of music. However, Florence + the Machine definitely is and they were just as amazing at Lollapalooza as they were the first two times I saw them. I would definitely say that Florence Welch did a much better job interacting with the audience than any other artist I saw at the festival did. As with every concert, she involved the crowd in both “Raise It Up” and “Dog Days are Over.” At one point, she stepped off the stage to run through the separated sections of the grass. She spun, she sang, she resembled a goddess… seriously, my love for her just grows everyday. After Florence, I tried my best to catch a portion of Miike Snow, but after seeing the size of the crowd, it just was not worth it since I wanted to see Kaskade close out the festival so badly. And did he ever. By far the best light show of any EDM artist I’ve ever seen – and I’ve gone to one too many concerts in my life. You could just tell that he was enjoying putting on the show as much as every person in the crowd was enjoying being there. My only complaint with Kaskade’s show was that it had to end. He even came on stage 15 minutes early so that he could play longer, but at 10pm it had to end… stupid Chicago curfew.

So that’s my Lolla recap. And I’m really starting to realize that in 3 days of concert going, I managed to only see approximately seven shows… what was I doing?