#5: The music selection overall!
The booking for this event was perfect. There was literally something for everyone! Alternative/ Indie Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Vintage Rock, & DJ performances littered Pine Avenue across three stages. The event was headlined by F&F favorites Saint Motel, Houndmouth, ZZ Ward, and a new favorite Vintage Trouble (find out why with some of the pictures above.. EPICNESS). Congrats to the Downtown Long Beach Associates and Knitting Factory Entertainment for putting together such a solid lineup. Topping last years headliner Fitz and the Tantrums was no easy task, but you pulled it off!
Listen I don’t want to oversell the importance of confetti at a NYE event, but what can I say? I absolutely love confetti and the Long Beach New Year's Eve Block Party had a ton of it. Like literally a ton. It was a nice touch! Fireworks are nice too, but nothing is quite as magical as confetti, especially when Saint Motel is doing their thing.
#3: Lots of Dancing Opportunities!
We’re big alternative and indie rock fans. Which was why the events lineup was so exciting to us. That being said we also like dancing, and there were plenty of opportunities to dance with DJ sets in between performances. Sets from OK Go’s Dan Konopka & Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia Technique, DJ Sovern-T, & DJ Paul V kept the crowd warm in the chilly weather.
Saint Motel has been on a role. If you were alive in 2015 you heard their hits My Type & Cold Cold Man. We here at F&F think their 2016 is going to be even bigger. So it was very fitting to end our last day of 2015 jamming out to what could be one of the biggest bands of 2016. Their performance at the Long Beach NYE Block party was nothing short of epic! They brought a full horn section and about a dozen showgirl dancers to entertain the 11,000 plus partiers in addentendance.
#1:We Know It’s Going to Be Even More Epic for NYE 2017!
If the history of this event has taught us anything it’s that next year's Block Party is going to be even better than the last. Each year they raise the stakes with the caliber of performers. Thousands of Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County natives have flocked to this event because the lineups have been great. We can only imagine who will be rocking out and counting down for NYE 2017. Could it be Walk The Moon, San Pedro natives the Cold War Kids, maybe even super star alt-folk band Mumford and Sons? Who knows!? But with the way this event grows each year we wouldn’t be surprised.
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