As we’re nearing the latter half of August, the reality is beginning to set in: summer is almost over. But because we live in a city where no excuse is needed to party, there are plenty of amazing concerts and events happening to help us forget that fall is around the corner. Here are 7 NYC Events to Make Summer Last Forever, brought to you by people who really, really don’t want it to end.
Brought to you by Billboard, the guys who rank and chart our favorite artists in the industry, the Hot 100 Music Festival will be making its debut at Jones Beach. On August 22nd & 23rd, fans will be able to see over 40 artists across three stages. And from the looks of the line-up, Billboard has covered just about every music genre with their enlisted performers. From Justin Bieber to Jason Derulo, to Skrillex and The Weeknd. There is seriously so much talent represented in the line-up, that we think it’s worth it to buy Hot 100 Music Festival tickets, even if you’re just going to see a few performers. We’re not sure when some of these artists are going to be on tour again, so Billboard’s inaugural event may be the only chance to see full live sets from this year’s biggest acts. And while you’re being woo’ed by The Weeknd as he performs “Can’t Feel My Face”, you definitely won’t be thinking about the summer’s end.
What a special concert this is going to be. Together, Charli XCX, Bleachers, and Robert DeLong represent some of the most promising young talent in the indie-pop music scene. Basically, with their help, music will continue to get better in decades to come. Jack Antonoff, the lead singer of Bleachers, is an incredible lyricist. In addition to writing most of the material for his band, Antonoff has worked with the likes of Sara Bareilles and the Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara. Antonoff soared into fame last year with the inception of Bleachers, and since has only become a wider influence in the genre. At only 22, Charli XCX has already met Grammy recognition, along with delivering Rolling Stone‘s #6 Best Album of 2014. Besides being behind two of the biggest pop anthems of the past few years, namely “I love It” and “Fancy”, Charli XCX has been writing for pop stars for awhile. We’re not sure if Bleachers and Charli XCX will decide to collaborate on stage during their show at Central Park, but if they do, magic will surely transpire.
3. Aziz Ansari + Amy Schumer: Oddball Comedy Fest @ Jones Beach
What better way to cope with summer ending than with a night of laughter? Aziz Ansari will be headlining this year’s 3rd Annual Oddball Comedy Festival, with special guest Amy Schumer. By now, Aziz is a familiar face (especially if you live in New York). A regular cast member on Parks & Recreation with Amy Poehler, in addition to hosting his own comedy special (and an amazing show at MSG), Aziz Ansari is now one of the leading voices in TV and Stand-up Comedy. Amy Schumer, known for her witty, and at times raunchy humor, is a treat on TV, film, and stand-up, with a talent versatile and universal to fit just about any audience. And the talent goes beyond these two. Joining Aziz and Amy on the Oddball Comedy Festival tour is Nick Kroll, Jay Pharaoh, John Mulaney, Nikki Glaser, and more. Besides the 2015 New York Comedy Festival, the Oddball Comedy Festival is hands down the best comedy event in NYC this year. So take a break from counting down the days of summer. And literally, just laugh it off.
4. Death Cab for Cutie + Explosions in the Sky @ Madison Square Garden
This isn’t the first time these indie-rock vets have toured together. Back in 2011, Death Cab and Explosions in the Sky hit just about every arena in the states. And now, for just a few dates in September, they’ve come back together to rekindle that magic. Fans of Death Cab, at this point, are fans for life. Even if you didn’t like their past two records—subdued yet emotive albums that just didn’t reach the caliber of Trasatlanticism or Plans—Death Cab is connected to your memories, your adolescence, and so much more. For me, seeing Death Cab live is an opportunity to transport to a different decade and feel the stuff you felt back then. Ben Gibbard is still an incredible act to witness live, having matured through the years, he has completely realized what his fans know and love about his music. Explosions in the Sky is largely an instrumental act. With beautiful melodics and large walls of sound, their music that speaks for itself. Death Cab and Explosions in the Sky will definitely make you forget the time, the place, and summer’s end. They’ll take you back to that special, vulnerable place where only the music matters.
5. Electric Zoo: Transformed @ Randall’s Island
There’s no better way to lose yourself than below the electric sky. This labor day will be an epic one for the 7th Annual Electric Zoo Music Festival, the premier EDM festival to hit NYC this year. Several fans bought their tickets even before the line-up was announced, but this is a risk one should be willing to take, as the Electric Zoo line-up is consistently on point. This year, E-Zoo welcomes Above & Beyond, Alesso, Excision and MANY more. We’re not sure what Electric Zoo “Transformed” means. But we DO know that the E-Zoo promoters brought on new partners ID&T Ent.—the minds behind TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, and more—to help enhance the environment and stage designs. My main complaint of E-Zoo when I attended three years ago was the aesthetic, but now that ID&T entertainment has been recruited to bring their own dose of charm and glamour to the festival, we can only dream of what it’ll look like now. If you attend E-Zoo this year, be sure to take pictures, and get ready for a wonderful escape.
What better way to spend your day off than by hanging out with some of the best hip-hop and electronic talent of today? This Labor Day at the annual Fool’s Gold Day Off, artists Meek Mill, Flatbush Zombies, A-Trak, and Towkio are slated to take the stage. The Brooklyn Indie Label is known for putting on incredible, music-focused events. Not specific to one genre, DAY OFF will offer something fresh and entertaining at every turn. Meek Mill is headlining, and aside from the Drake beef, this rapper delivers (not to mention he’s the third best-selling rap artist of the year). Beside the line-up, Fool’s Gold has promised some surprise special guests. Our (very hopeful) guess as to who will be joining the other artists at DAY OFF is Chance the Rapper. Why? Because his good pal, collaborator, and fellow Chicago native Towkio is scheduled to take the DAY OFF stage, and according to Chance’s tour schedule, he’ll just be a short train away in Maryland. Either way, DAY OFF is going to be amazing, as long as you don’t think about it being your last one…
7. Alabama Shakes @ Forest Hills Stadium
After Alabama Shakes landed on the scene back in 2012, fans eagerly anticipated what the blues-rock combo would produce after the smoldering Boys & Girls. From the beginning, they were just that good. And now, after the release of another pretty great rock/soul album (Sound & Color), the Alabama Shakes have been jet-setting through the country with their amazing live act. This week on Conan, Brittany Howard and Co. gave what critics are calling “a show to make you believe”. The Alabama Shakes are known to put on explosive live shows, and after a few years of practice, we believe that the group has only gotten better. It’s not easy for a band to become known as a must-see live act, but the Alabama Shakes have done just that. Even if you aren’t familiar with their music, Brittany Howard’s charisma and undeniable talent is more than enough to keep your eyes glued to the stage and your mind off the finale of summer. And in the mean time, be sure to watch Alabama Shakes on Conan. It really did “make us believe”.