It is sometimes still crazy to me that Alabama has music festivals. What else goes down in Alabama? I need to know.
Wowowow this lineup looks so fun! I almost like it better than Coachella, but that might just be for the graphic alone.
And so music festival season begins…
When I was working in the music industry and a part of the scene in college, this would always be the time that I was looking forward to! Of course, it was also my research, but I loved seeing which festivals would pick who as headliners and even supporters. When other people saw the lineup and became upset with it, I would empathize with the organizers because I know what that feels like and hey! I’ve been there too. You do the best that you can with the budget that you don’t reveal with anyone. So much work goes into this, but in one second after a year’s worth of work, people are quick to judge whether or not your lineup will be a success or not.
I’m a little bit surprised by the lineup actually. I never thought I would see Drake as a headliner, but I think he’d be able to put on a good show. Saturday and Sunday look to be the best days and I’m especially excited to see that Odesza is on the second line on Sunday and doesn’t have the tiniest font on the poster! They’ve really had quite a year and I feel like I never get tired of listening to that album. There’s also some throwbacks on here that I would be excited to see too like Circa Survive.
My coworker asked me today if I had thought about going, but honestly, music festivals – though I love them are so exhausting to me! That heat. The pounding music. The people everywhere. They used to be things that I loved when I was younger, but I’m really turning into what I said the other day which is a granny. With that said, we’ll probably post again about that and I’ll be happy for all my friends that go.
Everyone who knows me knows that I love data and statistics as long as it means that I don’t have to be one compiling all of it. This has always been one of my favorite posts to look back on, but boy is it just a little menace to put together. Lucky for me this time, I had Gossip Girl Season 1 to keep me company while I worked on this. It’s been quite the year for Yow Yow! We’ve focused on some new content mostly my transition from Seattle to the Bay Area and mostly just tried to do our best to keep up on all the news – the one thing that seems to keep me on my toes these days.
Yow Yow! is 6 years old now! Welcome to 1st grade, baby!
Stats from 2013 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2014 will be right and bold.
1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – 1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow!
*In just 2014, there were 105,260 visits to Yow Yow!
9,167 Posts, 3,152 Comments 12,122 Tags – – – – – 10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments 12,926 Tags (cumulative)
Top Post of 2014 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 5,133 views (written in 2012)
Top Post Written in 2013 – “18 Types of Asian Girls” – 1,552 views
Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2013 (24,905 views) – – – – – January 2014 (11,072 views)
Highest Average Visits Per Day – January 2013 (803 views) – – – – – – January 2014 (357 views)
Credits + References
Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:
Most of My Visitors Came From:
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*We reached 1,000 posts for “Songs of the Day”
*We reached 10,000 overall posts!
Favorite Style Icon: Lily Aldridge
Lily is a style icon both on the runway and on the red carpet. This year, we really got to see her show up at a lot of events dressed to perfection. She was featured in our “Snaps for a Snapshots” several times in 2014 so even by the numbers alone, she beats everyone else. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in 2015 and someday taking over the head angel slot when Adriana and Alessandra retire.
Runner up: Jamie Chung
Knowing what I know about how this year has been going for Yow Yow! I was a little bit nervous as to which posts would reach the top. It’s been a slow year, but it hasn’t been all that quiet. We’ve had a lot of fun with the blog and we’re going to continue doing so in the next year as well!
With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2014:
So it’s been a busy month y’all, but somehow I managed to find time to spend the day at Treasure Island for my first music festival since living in the Bay! San Francisco is known for Outside Lands, but Treasure Island is kind of the little sister festival that sometimes doesn’t get as much attention. What I love about Treasure Island the most is that you have the opportunity to catch every act playing that day if that’s what you want! This is something that is kind of unheard of at most festivals. I don’t know how many times I have complained in the past that I have to choose one act over another or watch 30 minutes of one band before jetting off to another act to catch the last 30 minutes of THEIR set. It’s the worst! At Treasure Island, the two stages are just a few walks away from each other and the whole festival is pretty much contained to one area which is very convenient.
The atmosphere is something that I also found to be quite refreshing. Other than the group of four teenages that kept rubbing up against me during TV on Radio, everyone was around my age and older. For once, I didn’t feel like I was surrounded by a bunch of kids with their parents nearby. I didn’t have a chance to check out most of the booths, but there was a huge focus on art, which I later found out by my friend Rob that a lot of the pieces actually came from previous years at Burning Man. No surprise there – I really did feel like I was at a more musical Burning Man (not that I’ve ever been and actually know what I’m talking about)
Acts we caught:
I’m going to be real with you here – I really only came for Banks and Chet Faker. Call me a music festival snob, but I’m not someone who feels like they need to get the most out of every festival by staying the entire day and catching as many acts as possible. This is probably coming from having experience with this and just knowing how tired and dehydrated I can get. Quickly. Hence, the reason why we only stayed for one song of Alt-J so I could drive back to South Bay, eat, and then go home to do work.
Banks was amazing. She was the most gorgeous human being I have ever seen. I can’t quite put my finger on what kind of genre she is, but if I had to pick one or make one up – can we just say seductive? If you’ve listened to her album at all, you’ll notice that every song has a tinge of sexiness and sultryness to it and we can’t blame her – she does it well and she knows what she’s doing. I think she had everyone in the audience completely hooked on her every word and movement.
This is a video of her from last year performing a cover in Vancouver of one of my favorite Lauryn Hill songs.
My visibility in seeing Chet Faker wasn’t as good as seeing Banks, but it was still enjoyable. I recently started listening to more of his stuff on Spotify so it got me really pumped to see him just a few weeks later. He did a really great job live, but for some reason, I felt like his music seemed a lot slower live than it does recorded. Maybe that’s just me though.
All in all, I had a really great time. The weather was great. The tickets for the festival were reasonable and the lineup was pretty diverse. Hopefully we’ll be back again next year!
When I first read this poster, I thought this said “Barf Fest.” Lol. Spokane is getting their first music festival and you know what? The lineup ain’t bad! Their local acts are amazing – Pickwick, Beat Connection, La Luz. Whoever is running ship on this festival did a wonderful job for a first lineup. This couldn’t have been easy. Enjoy Spokane! This sounds like fun!
It pains me to have to miss Capitol Hill Block Party this year – the first in many years! It used to be the event that I looked forward to the most every summer not only because it was just so much fun, but because it took place in my neighborhood. I’m missing it this year (for a while I thought I was actually going to fly back for it) and while I’m disappointed I won’t be there, I know that the festival won’t disappoint. They’ve got such a great lineup and I wish I were there! My friend from back home, Lucas, sent this photo over to me last week from the Girl Talk set last summer on a flier promoting Capitol Hill Block Party.
Remember when music festivals were just mostly in the spring/summer? Now it just feels like they are popping up all the time!