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The Hudson Project: The #Mudson2014 Story

This past weekend, thousands of music lovers descended on Saugerties, NY to be a part of the first ever Hudson Music Project, the sister festival of the now-defunct Camp Bisco put on by festival promoter MCP Presents, the company who is also behind festival season staples such as Counterpoint Music Festival, TomorrowWorld, Lights All Night, The Buku Project and more. For the duration of the event, I sat stone sober at the intersection of the real world and the fantasy of the festival near south entrance to the venue and what I saw unfold over the course of the weekend leaves the most sour of tastes in my mouth as it pertains to the current landscape of festival culture. My review below not only serves as a recap of events that occurred at Winston Farm, but also as an open letter to MCP Presents that I encourage all to share so that events like this never happen again. Regardless, the people that came together to revel in the music made it all worth and and with that I bid much love to all of the beautiful people who attended #Mudson2014. In order to receive your refund for the third day, be sure to email and provide them with your first and last name as well as the last 4 digits of the credit card you purchased the ticket with.

All photos credit The Hudson Project, since the powers that be botched my media application and dragged our photographer Julian Cassady over 100 miles from his home with expensive camera equipment to deny him entry and fall short of the agreement we reached to promote the festival.

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The Hudson Project Where Is The Music

The Music

In all cases the music comes first and despite the laundry list of issues that The Hudson Project had, the music was not one of them. My time at the south entrance limited my visibility to mainly watching the Empire Stage and listening to the Circus Tent although I did make a point to take a stroll around the venue during my breaks and check out all of the stages when I could. The Flaming Lips put on a full blown spectacle to close out the first night with whimsical stage production including dancing mushrooms and cascading LED strings that left the entire crowd awestruck. A Big Gigantic Family turned out in droves as Big Gigantic unleashed an onslaught of drum and sax similar to what we saw at Mysteryland USA, covered Tell Me by What So Not & RL Grime, and even debuting a new song as fireworks went off in the rain, a scene that people will soon not forget. Other favorites included Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, ExMag, Bit Funk, and ZZ Ward absolutely crushed the early mainstage crowd at the Empire Stage early on Saturday. I will probably tell you that in terms of the absolute nuttiness that ensued during someone’s tent, I’ve never ever seen a liver tent than when GRiZ put on Shout by The Isley Brothers and the entirety of the crowd lost their collective minds jamming to a classic.

It should come as with special mention however that the Bassnectar family came out real hard to support Lorin and this in and of itself should be no surprise. The feverish following that Bassnectar has garnered is absolutely deserved and I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I saw with his logo tattooed or painted on peoples body or on flags or totems or shirts throughout the festival and especially on the early potions of Sunday. Lorin has always been a huge part of the Camp Bisco culture that traveled to The Hudson Project and I can’t express how inspiring it was to see the sincere disappointment from people who weren’t able to see their hero. Having seen him 2 years ago at Camp Bisco and keeping up with him on social media, I can absolutely understand how and why he garners such a dedicated fan base and am absolutely convinced that he will find a way to make it up to his fans that deserve it so badly after a weekend like this.

General Disorganization

The informational pamphlet (which was nearly impossible to be found by festival attendees) set the stage for the weekend by welcoming attendees to The Hudson Project with this greeting:

We’re so honored to have you among the first music lovers to share in the experience of our inaugural year! The Hudson Project is something we’ve been developing for years. It’s an event we want to continue to evolve and grow with input from you — the ones who took a chance and came out to be a part of this special weekend at Winston Farm!

By the end of the weekend, this sentiment would be nearly laughable as constant miscommunication and misinformation between festival organizers and staff, festival organizers and attendees, and staff and attendees made it apparent that even if there were “years of development”, this festival was far from a well-oiled machine. I spent nearly as much time troubleshooting people’s RFID chips at the south gate as I did acting as an information booth or telling people how to get to one – which begs the question as to why they didn’t just have an information booth at the south gate – but that’s a question for another day.

There were numerous accounts of campers waiting from midnight to sunrise to get themselves set up at their campsite due to slow staffing help, wrong directions in the media contact email that almost resulted in him missing his set, and a general lack of knowledge of almost everything event-related by the staff hired by MCP Presents to basic questions such as, “How do I get to Brooklyn?” or “Where can I fill up my water bottle?”.  For the record, by the second day of the festival..I still don’t know where Brooklyn was.

General disorganization set in early with rushes of attendees looking to see the acts they paid good money for being held in line for as long as 30 minutes due to poor allocation of security personnel that left 2 female security to search all the female attendees in a timely fashion while 4 lanes of checks for males found them getting through quickly and then waiting for the friends they came with anyway.

Even the artists were subjected to the mass confusion of the staff in all different ways.  Tweets that have since been taken down showed an exchange between Bit Funk and THP in which he posted screenshots of the directions he was given in his artist contact email that specifically told him the wrong directions and almost resulted in him missing his set had event staff not rushed him to the Catskill Cave once he got there.  On Saturday night after the venue portion of the site had been closed to the public, I happened upon an irate SZA talking to one of the event staff responsible for traffic control explaining that she had been waiting outside for 45 minutes for a golf cart to get her out of there.  She had a recording session in NYC that night and was in danger of missing the entirety of it because she had been waiting so long to simply exit the festival grounds.

 Security Issues

For those that were not there or do not recall, the main medical tent was located directly next to the south venue entrance, right where I was stationed for the entire weekend.  The most common complaint of the weekend went to the treatment of attendees by the festival security staff and being in eyesight of the gate for the entirety of the festival afforded me the opportunity to be see much of what happened.  Much of the issues stemmed from attempting to keep festival attendees safe and in the interest of full disclosure, the traffic of medical transports bringing kids having seizures and other drug-related issues to the medical tent by Friday night looked like the LIE in rush hour and is absolutely inexcusable if we are looking to progress this beautiful culture we are a part of.

That said, security was RUTHLESS by night time on Saturday due to what appeared to be a knee jerk reaction from festival officials that resulted in the arrests of over 50 people on charges stemming from marijuana violations to possession and intent to sell of the usual assortment of controlled substances.  Festival attendees were turned inside out upon entry to the venue area, with their hats being taken off, wallets searched, bags sniffed by K9 units, cigarettes being confiscated (and then taken by festival workers) and other potentially questionable practices.   In a report and first-hand account of the procedures via DoAndroidsDance:

the officers were state troopers and most of the arrests were happening at the gates. they had two security points, one at the main entrance to the whole thing and then another from that area into the music zone. they actually had a judge on site, so what they were doing. was arresting people for minor possession charges, taking them to the judge, having their little case heard and paying the fine and then they were released

Although there were over 50 arrests on-site due to these practices, the reaction from local officials was a refreshing point of level-headedness from Police Chief Joseph Sinagra going so far as to say,

We found that a lot of these attendees to be extremely polite, even those that were arrested by our officers, they’ve come in the processing center and some have actually apologized because they’ve made us do some work and I thought that’s pretty unique,” he said. “Just a good group of people that are here.

On Sunday morning, I spoke to one of the security officials employed by MCP Presents and he said they were told to turn it down and really just focus on keeping controlled substances out but the damage was already done as far as numbers were concerned.  Rifling through peoples wallets and turning people inside out might seem like a good step towards keeping attendees safe, but as soon as I started to empathize with festival officials, I watched a security guard and state trooper take an attendee’s Research Chemical Testing Kit because he didnt know what it was. This lapse in knowledge is INEXECUSABLE and if authorities can learn one thing moving forward, it is to embrace the concept of pragmatic harm-reduction and educating their staff (especially security staff) of these things so that attendees could have a happy and safe experience. And for anyone that may forget, the single most important thing to take away from this weekend was that THERE WERE NO DEATHS AT THE HUDSON PROJECT. Good job JAMFam.

Scheduling Confusion

As with almost every festival, there were the usual assortment of set cancellations due to artist travel issues (Kill Paris and Lunice specifically) and time changes but the general public was left completely in the dark for the most part on all portions of The Hudson Project social media. The names of artists were cut out of the scheduling board which gave people the day by day set break down and a fury of confusion swept across the festival early Sunday when no one knew the status of sets for both Tipper and Infected Mushroom, including the lead festival official who barked at me when I asked for clarification so that I may further help festival-goers.

The Hudson Project Scheduling Issues


It’s no secret that the star of The Hudson Project was the rain and the cartoonish accumulation of water around the campgrounds that caused MCP Presents to cancel the festival officially around 7:30pm on Sunday. To be 100% clear, festival officials made the right call here, as the health and safety of its patrons comes first.

That is where the praise ends however, because from that point on, conditions and aide deteriorated quickly with hundreds of festival-goers stuck in the mud with their car had to wait hours to get their cars free of the muddy grounds. A report stated that the American Red Cross came in to provide shelter for the attendees that could still not get out even 16 hours after the event was officially cancelled. There are countless reports of festival organizers not allowing cars with AAA to use the service they paid for, traktors and towing crews taking bribes and charging patrons up to $300 to get their car out early or wait on the over 12 hour waiting list to get their car out of the mud. Although the Hudson Project social media channels boasted of food and water and shelter for concert-goers, many were unable to find anything that resembled help from the already-unhelpful event staff.

Regardless of the countless organizational issues that came with The Hudson Project, the redeeming quality of the festival as with all others are the people that came and #Mudson2014 was no exception. I sincerely want to thank all of the awesome people that I got to meet this past weekend and urge everyone to cherish on the positive moments from the festival and laugh at the struggles. To MCP Presents, I sincerely hope there is a lesson to be learned from this for future events; respect your patrons, respect your environment, respect your staff and most importantly respect the culture that you are supposedly helping to promote and maybe, just maybe, they might respect you again too.


The Hudson Project Sunset

Photo Credit: @_ballen

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Featured Playlist: The Hudson Project

We’ve been bringing you the best that The Hudson Project has to offer in one convenient playlist! Our playlist below contains top songs from the festivals headliners such as Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips as well as supporters Big Gigantic, The Floozies, GRiZ, Kill Paris, Kygo & more! I will tell you that in the process of making this playlist, I have discovered on some awesome new favorites who I will DEFINITELY be checking out at such as Lindsay Lowend and Lettuce.

The Hudson Project Playlist

The 3 day festival in Saugerties, NY will be blowing your mind from July 11-13 and we are giving away TWO FREE WEEKEND PASSES to the festival when you click on the graphic below!


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The Hudson Project Week on ThatNewJam

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The Ketchup Post: The Hudson Project

So I can’t wait to finally unveil to all of you that ThatNewJam is kicking off a full week of all-things dedicated to The Hudson Project to announce our media partnership for this year’s festival! Held in Saugerties, NY the product of Camp Bisco organizers MPC Presents will be a full 3 day camping experience in one of the most beautiful locations Upstate, NY has to offer. With 4 stages, a live performance space, interactive pieces of art and local cuisine all on the shoreline of the beautiful Hudson River.

The Hudson Project Lineup Banner

In its first year, The Hudson Project brings together a huge variety of artists including hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar, indie staple Modest Mouse, Bro Safari, The Floozies and more than enough to keep your happy for years.

The Hudson Project Week on ThatNewJam

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SoundCloud Just Got ‘Diplo Approved’

Man of the moment Diplo has crafted himself quite a little empire since breaking into the spotlight in the early 2000’s with M.I.A.. He’s always just a bit ahead of the curve sonically and has the ability to influence tastes and trends at will so what better way to distill that than with a SoundCloud account dedicated to reposting songs he likes without infringing on his artist page. The first track reposted to the account was the Genesis remix of the Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar collaboartion Collard Greens. Definitely check out the link and give it a follow to see what exactly Diplo’s into lately.

Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar (Genesis Remix)

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Win 2 Weekend Passes To The Hudson Project

You read that right boys and girls ThatNewJam has teamed up with new upstate New York music festival The Hudson Project to give away TWO WEEKEND PASSES and camping for the July 11-13 festival in Saugerties, NY. Featuring artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Big Gigantic, Kill Paris, The Floozies and more, this not the festival you’re going to want to miss!

We’re going to be running collaborative content with The Hudson Project all week and you can check out all of our features below!

ThatNewJamFM 008 ft. The Hudson Project

The Hudson Project Week on ThatNewJam

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ThatNewJamFM 008 ft. The Hudson Project

This week’s episode of ThatNewJamFM is sponsored by The Hudson Project; a brand new festival in Saugerties, NY from Camp Bisco organizers MCP Presents! Get caught up on The Hudson Project with their very own edition of The Ketchup Post and see below to enter for your chance to win 2 GA Weekend Passes to The Hudson Project courtesy of ThatNewJam!

We included as many tracks as we could from their stacked lineup which includes headliners like Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips as well as strong support from GRiZ, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, Kill Paris, Bonobo, and some guy named Lettuce(?) amongst a ton of other talented acts.

ThatNewJamFM 008 – The Hudson Project Takeover

ThatNewJamFM Track Listing:
The Floozies – Stuntin’
Rudimental – Feel The Love (Kill Paris Remix)
Kanye West – Get Em High (Big Gigantic Remix)
ZZ Ward – Cryin’ Wolf ft. Kendrick Lamar
Bingo Players – Rattle (Luminox Remix)
Bro Safari – That A$$
TNGHT – Goooo
Paper Diamond x Christian Rich – XIX ft. Angela McCluskey
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Big Gigantic Remix)
Atmosphere – Puppets
GRiZMATiK – Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom
Kill The Noise x Brillz x Minx – Saturn (Kill Paris Remix)
Modest Mouse – Float On
Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar

The Hudson Project Week on ThatNewJam

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Listen to the J. Cole ‘Born Sinner’ Full Album Stream

After a listening party last night for J. Cole’s upcoming 6/18 album Born Sinner was leaked this morning for the whole world to hear. The followup to Cole World: The Sideline Story is a statement as you’d expect; precise beat selection and a mix of introverted and macho lyrics grace your ears with plenty of interlude and skits that make it feel like a real cohesive project rather than a collection of radio singles. With features from people like Miguel, James Fauntleroy and even Kendrick Lamar, this album is a must-have when it gets released. Be sure to pre-order the project and support the music with a preorder on iTunes. Hit the jump for the J. Cole ‘Born Sinner’ full album stream!!

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Watch the HOT97’s Summer Jam 2013 Live Stream

Live stream by Ustream

Few things are synonymous with hip-hop culture quite like HOT97’s Summer Jam each summer. Bringing the biggest stars and the brightest come-ups together in one location every year, this year’s show is gonna be other worldly. The Summer Jam 2013 Live Stream is currently showing the Festival Stage which shows up-and-comers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson & Troy Ave (last year Kendrick Lamar & A$AP Rocky were on there…think about it) followed by the mainstage getting live at 6pm.

Festival Stage (2 pm EST): Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave and Kid Ink.

Main Stage (6 pm EST): Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Joe Budden, 2 Chainz, Wale, and French Montana.

[H/T: P&P]

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Black Hippy – U.O.E.N.O (Freestyle)

Former Reebok endorser Rick Ross should probably take notes on this one. In promotion for the good kid, m.A.A.d city Tour, the Black Hippy crew decided to unleash a wild freestyle over U.O.E.N.O beat that tops any remix of the track I’ve heard thus far. Check the video up top to see the squad pal around with Mac Miller and grab the download below!

Black Hippy – U.O.E.N.O (Freestyle)

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