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5 Artists You Can’t Miss at Panorama Music Festival


From the same people who brought you Coachella (Goldenvoice) comes Panorama Music Festival. Held on Randall’s Island in New York City, the music festival is a three-day explosion beginning July 28 complete with entertainment, Instagrammable food, innovative attractions, and, of course, amazing music. With all of this going on at once, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and miss out on something great. But fear not! We have compiled a list of the top 5 artists you can’t miss at Panorama Music Festival.


  1. Glass Animals

If you haven’t heard the amorphous pop of Glass Animals, then you’re missing out. Their hit song “Gooey” gives off alt-J vibes, but the band’s blend of synth-pop and indie is completely their own. Their newest release, a concept album titled How To Be A Human, is even more experimental for the band. Based on stories they collected while touring, it’s much more lyric-driven than their first album, while still providing the same danceable beats as before.

So What?! It’s Mike Ziemer


A successful entrepreneur of over a decade now, Mike Ziemer is one of the most popular concert promoters across the state of Texas and founder of one of the most anticipated music festivals in the U.S., So What?! Music Festival (formerly South by So What?!) in Dallas, Texas. He also runs an artist management company called Evolve Management and a record label called Third String Records.

Mike has been a man behind the scenes making huge waves in the music industry that we just had to know more about. As the festival is coming up on it’s 10 year anniversary this March, 2017, Mike gave us the inside scoop as to who he is and what he’s excited about most with what’s to come at So What?! Music Fest.

Cliché: So Mike, tell us about yourself. Who are you?
Mike Ziemer: Hello! My name is Mike Ziemer, I am the founder of So What?! Music Festival, Third String Records, Third String Productions, Evolve Music Management, and the IMI Conference!

How did you get your start in the music industry?
When I was in high school, I would review albums and interview bands and some friends of mine asked me to help manage them. One of the first things they needed was a show, so I booked a show and became a promoter!

What were/are some of the toughest parts about building a name for yourself in this industry?
When I started, I was in high school, so really just learning how to run a business with no real guidance or help. I did it all on my own so it was a lot of learning as I went and making mistakes.

What inspired you to start Third String Records?
Third String Records was originally started in 2005 but the two bands on the label broke up so I put it on hold … for a long time haha. I just wanted to help out this band Dear You I was managing and then it grew from there.

What has been the highlight of that career path?
Being on the cover of Businessweek at the age of 20 was pretty insane.

Tell us about So What Music Festival. How did that come to be and how long has it been going on?
Every March was our anniversary show and coming into our four year anniversary, my graphic designer joked, “You should just call it South By So What?! since none of these kids go to SXSW.” So we did. And it’s about to celebrate its 10th year. We have since changed the name to help establish our own identity.

Photos by Imani Givertz

What has been your vision and mission behind the festival?
Honestly I was just trying to fit as many cool bands as possible onto one show with four stages haha. There was never really a vision or goal other than to have fun and pay the bills. Now it’s to bring the brand to other markets!

What’s it like to run a music festival?
It’s the most stressful, but fun thing I’ve ever done in my life. Sort of like willing to go completely broke to put an event together that people may or may not care about. It’s fun, it’s great, there’s just so many things that COULD go wrong. I don’t sleep much around festival time.

Did you encounter any similar challenges starting the music festival that you encountered starting the record label?
The biggest challenge has been bouncing back from losing money on ideas we believed in that didn’t go as planned. We have lost a lot of money and had to figure out how to keep going. But every successful person has gone through that.

What has been the most memorable moment so far about So What Music Festival for you?
When Taking Back Sunday and The Used played. They were on a tour together in 2002 and it was one of my first real concerts and to have it all come full circle and book them was amazing.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s So What Music Festival?
Hip-Hop! I am so stoked to mix genres and bring new styles to our festival that we haven’t had before.

How has your career impacted your life?
I don’t really have a life outside of my career. My career is my life. It has to be. When you love what you do as much as I do and want to be great, your life is your career.

Are there any other things you would like to do in addition to So What Music Festival and Third String?
I want to eventually be able to invest in other small businesses and help people grow their dreams while being able to venture into things besides just music.

If you were to meet yourself when you were just starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
I would just remind myself that it’s important to always have fun and to not take myself too seriously. Also, to just ignore “haters” because they aren’t supporting you anyway so they don’t deserve your attention.

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So What?! It’s Mike Ziemer. Cover photo by Casey Lee

Lollapalooza 2016 Recap


The 25th Anniversary of Lollapalooza took place July 28th-July 31st at Chicago’s Grant Park. It featured a star-studded line up night after night. With festivals of this calibre, there are so many good artists to see, but not enough time to see them all.

The first night had headliners J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, G-Eazy, and The 1975, but also Bastille, Cashmere Cat, and Kehlani. The 1975 performed “The Sound” and “Love Me” from their sophomore album, along with songs from their debut album.


J. Cole, Photo by Greg Noire

The second night’s headliners were Major Lazer, Future (surprise Chance the Rapper cameo!), and Radiohead among others. Major Lazer’s set featured “Lean On” (MØ cameo), “Cold Water,” “Powerful,” “Be Together,” and remixes of Rihanna’s “Work” and “This is What You Came For.” A$AP Ferg, Alessia Cara, and MØ also performed on this night. During A$AP Ferg’s set, he performed a tribute to A$AP Yams, who died in 2015.


MØ, Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Saturday night’s headliners were dedicated to rock and alternative (with the exception of Disclosure). It featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction (who are the founders of the festival, first started in 1991). Leon Bridges, Vic Mensa, and Tory Lanez were also a part of Saturday night’s lineup.

The final night’s headliners were Ellie Goulding (“Anything Could Happen,” and “Love Me Like You Do”), Haim (featuring a cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”), Halsey (who performed “New Americana” and “Colors”), Flume, and LCD Soundsystem, along with appearances from Bryson Tiller (who won multiple BET awards in June), Years & Years, Vince Staples, and Snakehips (who just released a “Cruel” ft. ZAYN, which is really good).

And so closes Lolla 2016. May Lolla 2017 be bigger and better!

Did you attend Lollapalooza this year? Which moments were your favorite from the longest weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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Lollapalooza 2016 Recap: Featured photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Summer Music Festival Apparel


Puggy Live Concert @ Brussels Summer Festival BSF-5496; Photo by ©Kmeron

For all of you music festival lovers out there, join me in welcoming festival season. Hot summer days filled with funky tunes and fresh squeezed lemonade—something we all look forward to in the frigid months of winter. Well, we have arrived, bought our tickets and can’t wait to get out there and feel the beat.

But before we pack our bottles of sunscreen, ponchos and protein bars, let’s make some room in our suitcases for the summer music festival apparel that is sure to keep you cool, cute and confident at your next festival.

1. Comfortable shoes are key
First off, depending on the terrain and whether your festival is set on concrete, sand or grass, you want to be sure your feet are secure and ready to stand for hours on end. Always choose a cute pair of closed-toed shoes, and try to avoid buying new ones specifically for the occasion. You want the sneakers you’ve worn in—and not the new blisters. I suggest Steve Madden Troppa women’s boots. Pair them with jeans, or your favorite sun dress. You’ll rock the suburban cowgirl look, and you’re feet will thank you later!


Steve Madden Troppa Brown Leather Women’s Boots – $99.95, www.zappos.com

2. Layer, layer, layer!
Secondly, be over prepared with your options. If your festival runs from 12pm to 12am, you’re going to face sun, clouds, possibly rain, and a cool evening. Start with a fun-colored bandeaux, slap on a flowy tank, and finish layering with a flannel or light cardigan that you can strip off easily. I suggest something like this:


Draped Pocket Kimono Cardigan – $22.80, www.forever21.com

3. Accessorize Galore
Finally, my favorite part of the festival style is the creative license people take with their accessories. From flower head bands, to ripped stockings, to straw fedoras and oversized sunglasses – it is fashion heaven. Remember to pack extra bracelets, big earrings and, most of all, have fun with it!


Photo courtesy of travelhymns.com

Keep these items in your suitcase paired with your personal fashion flair, and you can be sure to effortlessly enjoy your next festival event! Have more ideas? All you music-festival-veterans out there, let us know what you think — tweet @clichemag!

Featured image courtesy of Ashley Garmon from Lollapalooza.com

Summer Music Festival Lineup


Summer’s here, which means time for warm weather and good music! It’s also the time of year for music festivals all across the country. Check out what’s in store at some of the biggest festivals over the next few months in this summer music festival lineup!

©Firefly Festival

Firefly Festival
June 19-22
Dover, Delaware
Including the performances, this year’s festival will have a farmer’s market, arcade, silent disco, and hammock zone (it’s just what it sounds like–a zone for napping in hammocks).
Must-see acts: Foo Fighters, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino, Band of Horses

Milwaukee Summerfest
When: June 25-29, July 1-6
Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What: This festival that’s older than Woodstock  features 800 acts that will play across 11 days. The festival has reasonable pricing (single day pass $6-$16), with many acts playing at a waterfront amphitheater.
Must-see acts: Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Usher, Arctic Monkeys


August 1-3
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What: This year’s lineup includes the usual big-name performers with more newcomers such as Duke Dumont, Meg Myers, and Courtney Barnett.
Must-see acts: Eminem, Lorde, Krewella, Courtney Barnett, Blood Orange

Outside Lands
When: August 8-10
Where: San Francisco, California
What: Outside Lands has been known for not only hosting big headliners, but for also featuring newcomers who shortly become the next big performers of tomorrow.
Must-see acts: Kanye West, The Killers, Kacey Musgraves, Tom Petty, Haim

Tomorrow World
September 26-28
Where: Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
What: This spin-off of Belgium’s Tomorrowland will be equally loud, but much closer and cheaper to get to. No lineup announced yet, but expect the biggest EDM hits in the same fantasy environment!

Featured photo courtesy of Ashley Garmon at Lollapalooza.com

Coldplay debuts new tunes at SXSW


Last night at around 10:20 PM Central Time, the British band Coldplay returned to the stage after taking a break from touring for a year to work on their new album, Ghost Stories, due out May 19. They were the first major headliner for the SXSW iTunes Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and what a show they put on! The band performed crowd favorites like “Viva La Vida” and “Fix You,” as well as recently released songs “Midnight” and “Magic” off their anticipated album. Surprisingly, Coldplay also premiered two new, never-before-heard songs: “Always In My Head” and “Another’s Arms,” also from the new album.

See the entire setlist from the show below:

1. “Always in My Head”
2. “Charlie Brown”
3. “Paradise”
4. “Magic”
5. “Clocks”
6. “Another’s Arms”
7. “Viva La Vida”
8. “Atlas”
9. “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
10. “Fix You”

11. “Midnight”

Coldplay debuts new tunes at SXSW





The SXSW iTunes Music Festival continues until May 15. Other major headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, ZEDD, and Pit Bull. To see the entire schedule and watch the performances live, visit the official SXSW iTunes Music Festival page.

What did you think of Coldplay’s comeback performance? Tell us in the comments below!


Photographs courtesy of iTunes Festival

Best of The Best: A 2014 Festival Guide


Best of The Best: A 2014 Festival Guide 

Winter blues got you down? It’s that time of year again to start buying your tickets and booking your hotel rooms for festival season. From the West Coast to the East and everything in between, below are the festivals you don’t wanna miss out on in 2014.

SXSW (March 7-16)


One part music festival and one part film festival, this year’s SXSW is one to not be missed so make sure you buy your badges early. This year’s lineup includes Kurt Vile, Chance The Rapper, Warpaint and many more.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://sxsw.com/


Ultra Music Festival (March 28-30)


The festival that’s perfect for all your EDM needs. This year the Miami based festival’s headliners are David Guetta, Diplo, Carl Cox and MGMT.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://www.ultramusicfestival.com/home


Coachella (April 11-14)


The festivals to end all festivals, this year’s lineup consists of Outkast, Arcade Fire, Beck,Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, The Replacements and Skrillex. Don’t miss out on the Outkast reunion as well as the other major headliners.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://www.coachella.com/


Sasquatch (Part one May 23-25 and Part Two July 4-6)


This year, the west coast festival will feature two separate headliners and lineups. Outkast, The National, Kid Cudi, M.I.A, Neko Case, Foster The People will all be making appearances at the festivals first round of festivities. The second showcase will feature Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Broken Bells, Gogol Bordello and many more. Both parts look equally promising for music fans of all kinds.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com


Governor’s Ball (June 6-8)


Despite halicious weather last year, the festival continued on while this year’s lineup looks equally as promising as the last. Headliners include Jack White, Vampire Weekend, J Cole, The Strokes and Outkast.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/


Firefly (June 19-22)


Firefly came about in 2002 but despite being a youngster compared to other festivals, delivers this year with a jam packed line up. Headliners include Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Pretty Lights and more.

Ticketing and lineup information at: http://fireflyfestival.com

Feature image courtesy of Jamey Hopkins