Article by Trevor Leard
If you’re familiar with Machine Gun Kelly’s movement then you know one thing’s for sure – there will be good times had with people that you’ll never forget. Even though there was no festival last year, this year’s get together will be sure to make up for the lost time.
Moving locations from Nelson’s Ledges might make you think the festival won’t be exactly the same, but it’s only fitting the new location will be a place called Ohio Dreams. The festival will bring together MGK fans from all across the Rust Belt, and even a few from around the world.
The Midwest region has never been a festival breeding ground, and for some attendees this may be their first real sleep over music festival experience. Most importantly you’ll need to prepare yourself with a great tent – even if you don’t plan on sleeping much. The last gathering brought nearly all night music and partying, so a dry, comfortable place to get at least a couple hours of sleep is essential.
Along with a dry tent, food, cooking equipment and utensils will be an essential part of enjoying your time spent out under the stars. Because you’ll most likely be drinking and dancing the weekend away, a full stomach will help you rage as hard and as long as possible. If you plan on bringing too much of one thing, make sure it’s the booze – that is if you’re of age of course.
“What I need a shirt for?” may be one of MGK’s favorite lines, but unless you’re someone who has a great base tan you’ll want to be rocking all your Lace Up gear. The most important clothing item to bring is extra footwear. If you’re like the Young Gunner, you’ll most likely be rocking a pair of “Chucks laced up,” but you’ll want to bring an extra pair just in case mud pits open up like in 2014. Along with extra shoes, bring at least one extra change of clothes for if you rage too hard – because you never know what’s going to happen when the world is ending.
It may have been mentioned before, but to reiterate, bring too much booze – whether it be your favorite beer or multiple bottles of Jameson. The only catch is that it needs to be in a plastic or can, no glass bottles. To get around having to buy the worst possible liquor on the market, simply get a large plastic bottle to bring you harder alcohol in. Also, remember that this isn’t a frat party so bring garbage bags for empties and when at the stage, find a trash can.
Being underage might make it seem like you’re not going to be able to have as fun as some of the other FEST goers, but remember you may actually be able to remember what actually went down. Memories last forever, and unfortunately so do underage drinking arrests. Lastly, don’t take any drinks or drugs from someone you don’t know – it shouldn’t have to be said but even the nicest people can turn on you
This year’s lineup is set to be a little different from past years, most prominently noted that it will have a host, Karen Civil. Announced so far are some of the biggest names in rap – A$AP Ferg and YG. Other artists that will be there include Cleveland’s Dub-O, King Chip and Ray Jr. Past FEST performer, frequent musical collaborator, and video director Mod Sun is also scheduled an appearance. The two-day festival will include a slew of DJs like EV and Ace. Expect most of them to be performing Friday and very late into the night.
Another artist who we’d love to show up is actually one who will be appearing next week on Showtime’s Roadies which MGK plays a Wes, a babysitter, roadie and coffee extraordinaire. If you watched Sunday’s episode you know that artist is Hasley. Although she’s currently on her ‘Bandlands’ tour we wouldn’t be surprised to see her Friday night as she has a night off.
Because you’re still reading this you most likely have some interest in one of The Land’s most successful rappers. And if you listen to his music you know that “Everyone Stands Together.” Rage as hard as possible all weekend long but just make sure you’re keeping track of your friends, and most importantly, yourself. Stay hydrated and eat lots of food so you’ll be able to make it to the wee hours of the morning and possibly see the festival’s main man walking around connecting with his fans.
Past festivals have brought thousands, so arrive early Friday. Bring extra battery supply for your phone as well, because we all know you’ll want to make your other friends who decided they didn’t want to rage very jealous. You can purchase your tickets here, find more info, directions and official updates on est-fest.com as well as their twitter @estfestohio.
Have any other suggestions from your past experiences at EST Fest? Drop a comment and let all the other ragers know your most important survival tips!
Photos by Trevor Leard
Mac Miller loves Pittsburgh, we know that. But, the GO:OD AM Homecoming Weekend further solidified his Pittsburgh legend as he held free events for fans to attend and participate at times right next to him. Also along for the ride were Mac’s family, REMEMBER Music label mates Choo Jackson, The Come Up, Dylan Reynolds, Warner Music, Tumblr, and too many others to name.
As awesome as it was to see all of these individuals, the most impressive pieces from the weekend were the exclusive merchandise that you will not find in stores (unless someone decides to see theirs Ebay) or on the tour. Click thru and see these exclusive pieces:
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Art, unlike sports, has no boundaries, and no restrictions to what can be made or created. This quality, showing heavily, is certainly what Action Bronson saw when he first discovered Atlanta artist Freako Rico, and commissioned him to do his single covers, show flyers and album artwork for his latest release, “Mr. Wonderful.”
If you are an Action Bronson fan, or simply someone who knows who the Queens rapper is, you’ve most likely seen Freako Rico’s artwork. Hailing from Atlanta, Freako draws some of the craziest cover art in the game. If you look close enough though, you may see a common factor in quite a few of his pieces. This common denominator happens to be a rat named Roberto.
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For a change to happen two things must be achieved, awareness and impact. Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel or to be conscious of events, objects and emotions. Impact is the effect or influence that someone or something has. For KôZ hats, these two elements are what the brand is built on.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down every year to provide raw material for American paper and pulp mills. To help combat this issue, one company has decided to plant a tree every time you buy their product.
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Staring a small business is not the easiest thing to do for even the most experienced entrepreneur. When starting a clothing brand as your small business, it takes even more risks, because you never know if the target audience will really rock with your style and ideas.
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Generally when you hear someone say, “things changed,” it’s a way of them admitting they are missing the past. But for Huey Mack this is just the beginning of a new journey with music.
Teaming up with TeamMate Band, Huey brings us his first release, “11:11,” off his upcoming album, “Things Change,” which goes on pre-order May 12. The ode to the time when some of us make wishes for a generally unexplained reason features a wish that a lot of us could use sometimes. “Now it’s 11:11 and I, wish that I had never met you,” TeamMate’s Scott Simons sings. The first single follows emotional moments of Huey and his ex-girlfriend’s experiences of sad, drunk holidays, living together and finally getting back at her with her best friend.
West Virginia isn’t a place where you would think an upcoming rapper to be hailing from, but Huey isn’t scared of his roots and it shows again when he features TeamMate Band, who originally met in the Mountain State.
Last time we spoke with Huey he said that the “Things Changed” album would feature a heavy load of production from Louis Bell, and with this first track it’s easy to see they may have something cooking too big to even fit in the kitchen.
You can listen to the first single below and pre-order the album May 12. The pre-order includes a new song “Funeral” with DJ Afrojack and Twista. Listen to “11:11” below and follow Huey on Snapchat (chewysack) as he tends to preview new songs!