Live Review: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017


Pasadena, California is home to The Rose Bowl, an American football stadium, and whose grounds are now home to the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival. The inaugural year of the festival looked mighty impressive on paper: over the course of June 24th and 25th, incredible headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons would be supported by some of Los Angeles’ favorite bands. It would seem that Southern California lives and breathes for Arroyo Seco’s self indulgent, exhibitionist older sister festival, Coachella, so I was interested in a lineup and experience that seemed more suited to SoCal’s alternative music scene.

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Top Tracks: Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg – There Will Be Time

Having already broken away from their folk origins and ventured into indie rock for their latest album Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons are continuing their search for new sounds. Conceived on their sell-out tour of South Africa the band have collaborated with Senegalese singer/songwriter Baaba Maal, London based DJ duo The Very Best and South African pop group Beatenberg. The coming together of artists from such different backgrounds to work together unreservedly is really heart warming. The different styles integrate perfectly and evoke an unbridled sense of energy, unity and joy in what they have created. The collaboration’s EP Johannesburg, which was recorded in just two days, is released 17th June.