I first heard about Whethan last year in my Spanish class.
“Wheat Thin? Like the cracker?” I had tried to confirm.
“No, no. He’s an EDM guy,” said my friend, displaying her Whethan on her t-shirt.
I soon forgot about Whethan. I had Spanish to focus on. For a while, I even thought he was named Triscuit. However, one day in radio management, this all changed.
Our General Manager had mentioned that managers could go to Mamby on the Beach for free. I love concerts, and quickly scanned the artists playing. When I finally realized that Whethan was playing, I immediately remembered who he was and signed up to review his show.
Months passed. We eventually took a train down to the city (after stopping at the Pride Parade that day- but that awesome adventure should have it’s own story). We made our way through security and I was amazed at the amazing art exhibits going on around the stages. Tarot card readers, yoga classes, and stages on the beach? How cool! We wandered from stage to stage eating falafel and ice cream, trying out free samples, and boogieing at a silent disco! Eventually, we made our way to the sand to see Whethan.
We took off our shoes. Our bags were put on the sandy ground, giving our backs a break and allowing us to dance around. In preparation, I had listened to all the Whethan hits (highly recommend Good Nights and Superlove). I screamed when Oh Wonder came out and sang with Whethan on stage. The visuals were bright and colorful, and the whole show was one of my favorites I had seen yet.
After the show, the party did not stop. We slid our shoes on, ran to Cold War Kids, and were equally amazed. I had been to festivals and concerts, but I had never seen a band on a beach before. Mamby on the Beach has a smaller crowd than Lollapalooza, but was equally as fun. The lines are not as long, the bands are just as talented, and the memories are equally as great! I cannot wait to buy my tickets for next year.