Unfortunately, we've recently come to terms with the fact that summer is winding down. Although we're extremely saddened by this, it gave us a chance to look back on some of the amazing events that have happened this season.
This summer has had some of the best events that Philly has seen in a long time, and that makes us excited for what's to come next. Plus, we still have some crazy events coming up at the end of August and September (umm Jay-z's "Made in America" concert!), so don't be bummed.
Here are 9 memorable summer moments:
1. Jay-z comes to Philly to announce “Made in America”
photos by Colin Kerrigan
At the start of the summer, one of the biggest stars in the hip hop industry stopped in Philly to unveil one of the craziest concerts this city has ever seen. When Jay-z arrived at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we were lucky enough to have the brilliant photographer, Colin Kerrigan, to catch the action as details were revealed.
Later on in the summer, Jay-z unleashed the final concert line-up, featuring artists such as Run DMC, Drake, Odd Future, Pearl Jam, Santigold, Passion Pit and of course the Jigga man himself. As the concert grows closer, we still can’t help but to go back and relive this unbelievable day through Colin’s photographs.
2. Odunde Festival takes over South Street
Photos by Yusuf Muhammad
On June 10th, the beautiful, vibrant and cultural Odunde Festival made it’s glorious return. Starting off with a colorful procession where an offering of fruit and flowers was made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. The Odunde Festival was a breathtaking site to see. The unbelievable fashion was hard to take our eyes off of as we walked from South Street to Grey’s Ferry, passing vendor after vendor.
The authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world was a rare treat.
3. Duke & Winston hosts #Wearthebeach
photos by Marie Alyse Rodriguez
A brand new clothing line took Northern Liberty by storm this year with apparel for young professionals. Duke & Winston’s style is elegant, well designed and super fun. They kicked their summer off with a rad event at North Shore Beach Club called #WearTheBeach, which was only appropriate as they were introducing their new line of beach-inspired apparel.
Aside from the fact that it was a pool party, which is always a win, one of the coolest parts about it was that all attendees were able to hop in a #WearTheBeach photobooth which was equipped with all of the fittings for a classy beach bash. The photos were then used as advertisements for their new line, which you can check out here (look out for Leah Kauffman in there!). We’re certainly looking forward to their next big event.
4. Night Market hits Washington Avenue
Photos by Blaire Monroe
One of the best parts about Philadelphia is the food scene, so when the Food Trust’s Night Market announced their return this summer, we were thrilled. When Night Market hit Washington Avenue on June 28th, Blaire Monroe had to be on the scene to get a taste of some of her favorite trucks in town; Dapper Dog, Rival Bros. Coffee, Lil Dan's, Guapos Tacos – just to name a few. With live music, happy people and an abundance of delicious morsels, you really can’t go wrong.
5. Making Time RAD-B-Q at Bamboo Bar
Photos by Teresa McCullough
Fishbowls,Tanlines and an indoor swimming pool on the dance floor – yup that about sums up the magic that is Making Time Rad-b-q. We cannot say enough about how much fun this event is. This year we had our fearless photographer, Teresa McCullough, checking out the scene which consisted of pool hoppers, dance machines, fake palm trees, and futuristic sounds. Plus Marie Alyse Rodriguez was in the mix capturing the best fishbowl faces.
Making Time events are all about letting loose and raging, and that is certainly what everyone did. DJs Dave P, Sammy Slice and the rest of the Making Time crew always know how to throw down. Let’s just say, the Bamboo Bar was LIVE that night.
6. Factory Girls host Flower Bomb
Photos by Marie Alyse Rodriguez
DJs K|Rex, Suga Shay, and Gabonghi know how to throw a banger. The self proclaimed Factory Girls threw one of their biggest events, “Flower Bomb”, with hosts Phalla Sen, Ariel Leon-Coeur, and Madison Rupert in July and it was a blast. Aside from the fact that they moved it from a Thursday to a Friday, this party really caught the attention of party goers around the city because this was a fiercely themed event. Ladies adorned in flower crowns, jewelry and more filled the dance floor and got served up everything they came for: babes, burlesque and bass.
7. Making Time Summertime Hyper Rager
Photos by Hillary Petrozziello
Twin Shadow, Phantogram, and Sleigh Bells, oh boy. It seems that every year Making Time Summertime Hyper Rager gets bigger and better. This summer’s party was at Penn’s Landing and it was wild. People were busting some serious moves, crowd surfing and generally going bananas. Not to mention the fact that it was packed, and we mean PACKED, with Twin Shadow, Phantogram and Sleigh Bells fans.Definitely a highlight of the summer.
8. The Roots Picnic surprises us with special guests
Photos by Yusuf Muhammad
The annual Roots Picnic has turned into a celebrated Philadelphia event, every summer. This year, with artists like De La Soul,Danny Brown, Kid Cudi (OH WAIT…), Diplo, Major Lazer, Wale, James Murphy and more, it was clearly one of the most rad shows The Roots have thrown to date. Although Kid Cudi didn’t show up because of private jet problems (ahem), both days were filled with memorable moments. Most notably during the epic thunder and lightning storm that took place on the second day of the festival, Diplo, along with hundreds of soaked party goers, piled into one of the main tents for an unbelievable set. We got a great behind the scenes look at the event in addition to over 57 stunning outfits. Plus, Mos Def showed up. We’re so sad that this has passed but that just means we’re one step closer to next year’s.
9. Mad Decent Block Party 2012 gets crazy at Penn's Landing
Photos by Teresa McCullough
We had to save the best for last. This year’s Mad Decent Block Party was so huge, it was moved to Penn’s Landing. Although we do miss the old Spring Garden spot, this year’s block party was mind blowing. With performances from Flosstradamus, Riff Raff, Kito, Diplo, plus local DJs Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega and more, let’s just say the crowd was going insane. From booty poppers on stage, to Diplo running into the crowd in a giant hamster ball, this was definitely one for the books. While Teresa was snapping the mayhem, Francisca Magis and Julia Perez were on the hunt for fashionistas . Luckily, we also had Phrequency intern Jericho Sav in the crowd scoping out the scene for his incredible Mad Decent Block Party recap.