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HYPE Is Launching A Brand New Image-Based Website!

Hello HYPE Fam!

To start off, thank you for an incredible 2014. Honestly, if it wasn’t for you beautiful people, we would not be able to accomplish the goals we’ve had set before us. Luckily for the HYPE team and all of you out there, theres never been a goal we’ve set for ourselves, that we haven’t accomplished.

Slightly Skewed Photography
Slightly Skewed Photography

As this New Year comes into full swing, HYPE will be launching our brand new, image-based website.

Starting on Wednesday the HYPE site will be down for a week or two, while we finalize the DNS transfer and hash out the very last issues with the site.

When the site returns in two weeks, be prepared for a whole new HYPE!

Photo by Lisa Ansteth
Photo by Lisa Ansteth

I can’t even put into words how excited I am for everyone to see the new site and to simply see where the rest of this insane journey will take myself, the HYPE crew and all of you, The HYPE Family.

Our social media accounts will still be up and running, so go ahead and like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @hypemusicfests

Photo by Lisa Ansteth
Photo by Lisa Ansteth

Thank you for all your support, I cannot stress my appreciation enough.

Phil Sunkel



Dank, formerly Dank Sinatra, has announced the release of a new self-titled album that will be available on Tuesday, February 3 via CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and other online download and streaming outlets. In support of the new album, Dank will embark on a winter tour of the Southeast US kicking off January 23 in Georgia.

Dank is the next installment in what is a long and storied history of Rock and Roll music. Combining rhythm and blues tradition with a modern sense of urgency and experimentation, Dank is pulling Rock music into the 21st century as it was meant to be heard and experienced.

With energetic and unpredictable live performances, as well as a knack for the studio and all of its wizardry, this Atlanta five-piece is showing fans what it takes to rock in the torrid seas of a post-Napster musical climate. It’s hard to pin down exactly what the Dank will become, or how far the band has come to get to where it is today, but at the core of this outfit is a red hot soul and a burning sense of modern day Rock and Roll magic.

Dank (the album), is concrete evidence of this Atlanta five-piece’s ability to put together an album that rewards both the close listening enthusiast and the quick trip YouTube-ist.

With feet firmly on the ground in clever hooks and melodies, along with an interstellar spin wrought by Producer Scott Nicholas, Dank is an album written over the last year by a band in between cities. The resulting work exhibits growth and movement, roots being lifted from their foundations, and a feverous excitement towards a future unknown.

Songs like the album opener “Crash the Door” mark a conscious stylistic effort by the band to claim new ground in the stale world of modern rock, and to stake their claim as ambassadors to a modern era of rock and roll music. Space age synth leads and effects, southern rock craftsmanship, scorching dual guitar leads, and experimental transitions and song structure are the name of the game here.

As their most focused effort yet, Dank provides the listener with a complete experience and an invitation to follow along for the journey to come.

Winter Tour Dates:
January 23 – Milledgeville, GA | Amici
January 24 – Macon, GA | The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom
January 29 – Knoxville, TN | Preservation Pub
January 30 – Asheville, NC |The One Stop
February 4 – Chattanooga, TN | Rhythm & Brews
February 5 – Nashville, TN |12th & Porter
February 6 – Memphis, TN | Hi-Tone
February 7 – Tupelo, MS | Blue Canoe
February 9 – New Orleans, LA | The Den at The Howlin Wolf
February 11 – New Orleans, LA | The Prytania Bar
February 12 – Baton Rouge, LA | Chelsea’s Café
February 13 – Oxford, MS | Proud Larry’s
February 14 – Auburn, AL | Moe’s
February 20 – Winston-Salem, NC | Bull’s Tavern
February 21 -Charlotte, NC | Visulite Theatre
February 27 – Charleston, SC | The Pourhouse

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The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance Unveils Lineup

The inclusive four-day arts and culture extravaganza known as The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance will return to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park (4020 Virginia Beach Drive Key Biscayne, FL 33149) Thursday, February 19, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015.

A week of camping, dance, cooking and movement workshops will precede the festival during GrassRoots Culture Camp, starting Sunday February 15th.

This year’s lineup will feature Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Keith Frank, AJ Ghent Band, Big Mean Sound Machine, Donna the Buffalo, Swear and Shake, Telekenetic Walrus, Danay Suárez, Morikeba Kouyate, Locos Por Juana, MC Yogi, Jim Lauderdale, the Spam Allstars, Afrobeta and 40+ other acts.

Marco Benevento at Catskill Chill
Marco Benevento at Catskill Chill

The original Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival (Now Virginia Key Grassroots Festival) began in 1990 as a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, NY. Encouraged by the success of that night, a decision was made to create an annual festival dedicated to raising money for the fight against AIDS, while supporting arts and education. With the help of countless volunteers, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally-recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world. For four days every July, the festival hosts more than 60 performing groups on four stages at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in central New York, near the university town of Ithaca.

Twelve years later, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival was launched on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Twice a year, in April and October, thousands of people attend the event to revel in great music, sweat it out on the dance floor, celebrate the arts, and build community. The site has since become the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the community through music, arts and education.

The festival is down south for the winter once again, having found an amazing site, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. It’s the ideal spot for the fourth annual season Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival.

Full Lineup:

AJ Ghent Band
Big Mean Sound Machine
Bobbie Henrie
Brendan O’Hara
Chantil Dukart
Danay Suarez
Dark Water Rising
DJ Bill Kelly
DJ Richard McVay
Donna the Buffalo
Elastic Bond
Electric Piquete
Fabi World Experience
Jim Lauderdale
Keith Frank & the Solieau Zydeco Band
Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians
Lobo Marino
Locos Por Juana
Marco Benevento
MC Yogi
Morikeba Kouyate
Nag Champyons
Nativos Orchestra
Nikki Talley
Osceola Brothers
Preston Frank
Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
School of Rock
Sindy Rush
Spam Allstars
Swear & Shake
Telekinetic Walrus
The Apple Butter Express
The Baboons
The Blind Spots
Uma Galera
Uproot Hootenanny
WildCat Creek
Zey Ta Blan
Zona De Bomba

This year, the non-profit Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival was awarded a $75,000 matching grant through The Knight Arts Challenge, in recognition of the dynamic support they provide to the arts community of South Florida, as well as the world class music they bring to the citizens and visitors that attend the festival. The Knight Arts Challenge Grant validates the work of the festival, which strives to grow community using the magnets of music, art and dance.campground

New for 2015, the GrassRoots Culture Camp will predate the festival itself, running Sunday, February 15th through Wednesday, February 18th, featuring yoga, instrument and cooking workshops, and more, ending each night with a daily family-style dinner and dance. Think beachside camping coupled with innovative workshops led by some of the GrassRoots Family’s greatest talent(How awesome does that sound?).

The festival will also feature the Zen Village Healing Arts area, the Kids Village, the Sustainability Fair and Expo, band and instrument contests, the Beer Garden & Vinyl Lounge, the GrassRoots World Café, live art, craft vendors, daily yoga session, beach camping and more.

Tickets are available online at

For more information, visit or call 786.409.5261.

The Top Ten Bands & Musicians We Want To See At All Good Music Festival 2015

All Good Festival & Campout has recently Revealed their 2015 Return to West Virginia, July 9-12. The 18th incarnation of the event, put on by Walther Productions, is taking place at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, WV (near Charles Town and Harper’s Ferry, WV). The new site, located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia, is approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore and 75 minutes from Washington D.C., and marks the festival’s return to the Wild and Wonderful Appalachian country. The festival lineup and further details will be announced in the coming months.All Good Festival - Save the Date

With that said, HYPE Editor, Phil Sunkel, gives us his top ten bands he would love to see at All Good Festival & Campout this year.

Leftover Salmon


Tedeschi Trucks Band

Superhuman Happiness

Snarky Puppy

Nahko and Medicine For The People


The Nth Power


Blues Traveler

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Cosby Sweater Changes Their Name To Turbo Suit, Announces Tour & New Album!

The time comes for every artist to face the daunting challenge of selecting a moniker that represents their sound, their brand and their persona. In 2012, Indianapolis funktronica trio settled on Cosby Sweater, a pop culture reference to the flamboyant knit sweaters doned by an ‘80s sitcom star, which were later coveted by artists like Notorious B.I.G. as collectors items and referenced in cult-classic films like “High Fidelity.”

Cosby Sweater (the band) has been establishing themselves in the music scene, touring the US, performing at a plethora of top national festivals and releasing four albums, all during their short tenure. Their fans embraced the vision behind the name and often show up in their best Cosby sweaters. Like the sweaters themselves, the name conjured a warm and familiar feeling._PRC7516-Edit

Recently the word “Cosby” has developed a negative connotation in the news, and the elephant in the room has become too big to ignore. That once comfortable feeling associated with the band name is now surrounded with a preconceived thought that doesn’t reflect what the band represents.

Starting in January 2015, the band will effectively be known as “Turbo Suit.” What is Turbo Suit? A Turbo Suit is the suit that exemplifies how “You Do You” the best. It is the band morphing out of Cosby Sweater and into something that is fresh, fast, and stylish. Musically, the band has brought it to the next level with their new material. So, it only makes sense to “suit up” in a new vessel that showcases the band’s evolution from Cosby Sweater to Turbo Suit.1487783_736886263036791_4171680448606332986_o

Along with the name change, the trio has announced dates for their winter tour which commences on January 14th in Allston, Massachusetts. Turbo Suit will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, “Out Here,” which will be released this spring.

The new full-length album represents a musical raising-of-the-bar for the band. “Out Here” will feature an impressive roster of special guest including Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins and Andy Farag (Umphrey’s McGee); Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band); Zion I; ProbCause; Joe Hettinga and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine); Rusty Redenbacher and more.

David Embry (production and vocals), Nicholas Gerlach (tenor saxophone and EWI) and Jeff Peterson (drums) are “suiting up” in 2015, and they can’t wait for you to join them!

“Out Here” Tour Dates
January 14 | Allston, MA – Wonder Bar
January 15 | Philadelphia, PA – North Star
January 16 | Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe
January 17 | New York City, NY – B.B. Kings Blues Club^*
February 5 | Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern~
February 6 | Detroit, MI – Elecktricity~^
February 7 | Traverse City, MI – Winter Microbrew Festival
February 13 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
February 14 | Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Brewery^^
February 18 | Lacrosse, WI – Popcorn Tavern
February 19 | St. Cloud, MN – Red Carpet Nightclub
February 20 | Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
February 21 | Duluth, MN – The Rex Bar
February 26 | Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights**
February 27 | Madison, WI – The Orpheum**
February 28 | Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall**
March 4 | Urbana, IL – Canopy Club**
March 5 | Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room**
March 6 | Live Oak, FL – AURA Music & Arts Festival
March 12 | Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
March 13 | Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
March 14 | St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee*
March 18 | Covington, KY – Cosmo’s
March 19 | Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
March 20 | Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
March 21 | Carbondale, IL – Hangar 9
April 9 | Knoxville, IL – International
April 18 | Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr. Indoors ^
May 15 | Stewart, OH – Colordance Music & Arts Festival
May 22-24 | Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival

**with Lotus
^Umphrey’s McGee after party
*featuring Joel Cummings on keys
~ Post Cherub
^^Digital Sweater (Digital Tape Machine + Turbo Suit)
~^with Michal Menert

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10 Bands In The Jam Scene You’d Be Crazy To Hate

As 2015 begins to take hold of us all, I thought it would be best to kick things off with another one of these lists that everyone just seems to love so much.

This time around, I’m featuring 10 bands within the jam scene that I think, you’d simply be crazy to hate. Let us know in the comment section who else you think people would be crazy to hate.

Kung Fu

The Nth Power


Zach Deputy



Snarky Puppy


Greensky Bluegrass

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Who’s on your list of bands that people would be crazy to hate? Let us know in the comments section below.

HYPE’s 14 Best Videos Filmed In 2014

2014 has been a crazy year for HYPE Music Festivals. We’ve seen our stats sky-rocket, our friends grow into headlining spots at festivals and have worked with some of our idols. We also shot a ton of video over the past year with some incredible artists.

Here are 14 of our favorite videos from 2014, included in the list is also a brand new video from F.A.R.M. Music Festival featuring Twiddle performing the “Frends Theme”.

Twiddle “Frends Theme” filmed at F.A.R.M. Music Festival

Whetherman “The Sun and Penelope” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Flow Tribe filmed in Key West

Town Mountain “House With No Windows” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

The Nth Power “Jazzfest 4:20am” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

The Honeycutters “All You Ever” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Consider The Source “Ninjanuity” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

Henhouse Prowlers “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Dopapod “Sonic” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

The Travein’ McCourys “What A Waste of Good Corn Liquor” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Will Kimbrough “Soulfully” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

F.A.R.M. Music Fest Recap

The Ballroom Thieves “Oars To Sea” filmed at Campfire Outdoor and Adventure Music Festival

The Resolvers Interview in orlando, FL

Mihali Savoulidis “Five” filmed at F.A.R.M. Music Festival

Check out more of our videos HERE.

Holy Ship! The Ultimate EDM Cruise Experience

Holy Ship!—the mecca of all EDM festivals (land and sea) is just a few short days away. On January 3rd, I, Lisa Ansteth, embark on what is bound to be one of the single greatest experiences of my life. Departing from the port of Miami on the beautiful MSC Divina, the 3-night, 4-day Bahamas cruise ship is heading back to the island from the original sailing—Holy Ship!—Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, plus the addition of an entire full day at sea!

Before heading out to sea, the official pre-parties set up before each sailing are just a taste of what’s to come. On January 2, catch back-to-back sets from Justin Martin and Dusky, Gorgon City and Kidnap KidAlex Metric and Oliver, and Sharam Jey with Shiba San in Room 1. Then on February 17, Bauuer, Jack Beats, Destructo, Milo Otis and AC Slater take over. In Room 2, The Buntings will be hosting their yearly “Officially Un-Official ShipFam Pre Party.” This room will consist of ShipFam DJs, Holy Ship passengers who are also DJs. You really don’t want to miss this kickoff to the greatest weekend and if you were unable to score a token onto the ship, don’t fret because anyone is able to attend the pre-parties. Tickets are very limited, so act quick! Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket before it’s too late!

I have been told that there really are no words, photographs, videos or songs that can even come close to explain what Holy Ship and the ShipFam community is all about, this coming from a virgin of the entire experience. After being a fly on the wall of the Facebook groups’ community for the last couple years, I finally found the moment when my money and an available spot in a cabin crossed paths and I jumped on the ship as quickly as possible.

The reality of what I have gotten myself into is officially starting to hit me: e-tickets have begun to arrive to passenger email inboxes and ship activities hosted by the artists themselves have been officially announced. In addition, the official themes have been released: prom night on day 2 and pajama party for day/night 3. Don’t think that there are plenty of other themed outfits to be had. From ninjas to mermaids, space to pizza, the costumes on board are guaranteed to blow minds. I cannot wait to see what I capture with my camera.

With previous lineups including the likes of Claude VonStroke, Knife Party, Fatboy Slim, Griz, Zedd, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Justin Martin, Laidback Luke and many more of the industry greats, the HARDfather Gary Richards (AKA Destructo) made sure the 2015 lineups are certainly on point yet again. January, although missing a few OG favorites, is still just as stacked as before. Justin Martin, Laidback Luke, Boyz Noize, A-Trak and more are back to bring the OG vibes for the virgins and veterans aboard. Not to mention the rumors for the surprise artists are already swirling with some favorites from past years and new inductees to the Holy Ship family.

Set times were delivered to emails and posted via their social media outlets just in time for Christmas morning. An unbelievably incredible job put together by Gary and the team is leaving everyone in the Facebook groups buzzing. On Saturday, after the safety drill and we set sail to the open seas, Annie Mac presents Brits Aboard in the Black and White room with Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Dusky, and many more! Lest not we forget Pretty Lights on the pool deck followed by Griz and Shiba San and Gina Turner B2B Laidback Luke in the Galaxy Disco.

On Sunday, the day of music that will surely rival any festival around world, the music goes from 11:00am on the island, all the way through to Destructo’s Sermon Sunrise Set from 5:30am to 8:30am. That’s just 21 and a half hours of nonstop music! I literally can’t even. The private island party is set to have Busy P, Duke Dumont and flume, followed by a B2B with Arman Van Helden and our first special guest set. Back on the boat, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Rap Party, Boys Noize’s BNR & Friends, pool deck sets by Knife Party, Laidback Luke. But whatever you do, if you are lucky enough to be going on the ship, do not miss the Destructo sermon sunrise set. I repeat, DO NOT MISS THE DESTRUCTO SERMON SUNRISE SET.

Monday is not to be forgotten about given that it is the first ever Day at Sea with music from 11:00am – 4:30am. Starting the music off on the pool deck at 11:00am is Teki Latex followed by Shiba San. The Hip Hop Party at the Zen Pool & Garden Bar hosted by Tommy Kruise kicks off at 1:00pm and is stacked all day long. The other special guest spot will be on the pool deck at 8:00pm so that is another must-see set especially with Justin Martin followed directly behind that. You know where I will be! With an amazing unexpected B2B2B2B2B2B last year in the Disco, Destructo & Friends will be busy B2B’ing it all night long for round 2. Can next week get here fast enough yet?

For the artist-hosted activities, everyone is guaranteed to have an action packed week, getting to know their favorite artists on a whole new level. Yogi, DJ, and wife of Laidback Luke, Gina Turner, is back for two yoga classes, both on the boat and on the island on day two. Some other awesome activities include Laidback Luke who is also back with his kung-fu lessons, Henry Fong is hosting Holy Aquatics Olympics, Scratch master A-Trak and special guest Boys Noize will be teaching some of their moves with DJ Lessons, not to mention flip cup and Texas Hold-Em tournaments!

In addition to amazing music, activities and scenery, Holy Ship also has created a charity organization called Positive Legacy in a successful attempt to give back to the communities that the ship visits. Organized in 2004, Positive Legacy has been able to support the Caribbean community such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Caymen Islands, Belize, Haiti, the Bahamas plus many more. With assistance in the form of over 125,000 trees planted, 12,000 shoes and 50 laptops donated, and giving people access to clean drinking water, the good vibes that begin on the ship create a ripple effect throughout that can be felt way beyond the few short days we will be on board. For more information visit their website and see how you can help!

The January festival lineup includes: Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume, Boys Noize, A-Trak, RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Annie Mac, Armand Van Helden, Rudimental (DJ set), What So Not, Clockwork, Busy P, Griz, Justin Martin, Destructo, Alex Metric, Dusky, Odesza, Oliver, Rustie, Henry Fong, Gorgon City, Cyril Hahn, Salva, Jimmy Edgar, Congorock, Craze, Branchez, Spank Rock, DJ Sliink, Shiba San, Sharam Jey, Snakehips, DJ Falcon, Kidnap Kid, Hannah Wants, Motez, Teki Latex, Gina Turner, Wax Motif, Ape Drums, Tommy Kruise, Doorly, Djedjtronic, Vanilla Ace, Cory Enemy, Yogi and more yet to be announced!

The February festival lineup includes: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Claude VonStroke, Ty Dolla $ign, Sub Focus, DJ Mustard, Jack Beats, Busy P, Green Velvet, Mat Zo, Breakbot, Brodinski, Destructo, Justin Martin, Alex Metric, Galantis, Cajmere, Tchami, Araabmuzik, Martin Buttrich, Lee Foss & Anabel Englund, Soul Clap, Mercer, Huxley, The M Machine, J.Phlip, AC Slater, Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay, Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Louisahhh!!!, Curses, Boston Bun, Wax Motif, Kastle, Friend Within, Ana Lunoe, Club Cheval, Shift K3y, Panteros 666, So Me, Amtrac, DJ Pone, Sweater Beats, Posso, Cut Snake and more yet to be announced!

Holy Ship January and February are both sold out, and for January, name changes have been closed for a couple weeks now. However, if you scour the Facebook groups for February, there are still a few people trying to sell spots before the January 7th deadline. Act quick and you may get the chance of a lifetime in February!