SYRACUSE, NY — Lovelytheband, whose song “Broken” recently shattered a Billboard chart record, will make its Great New York State Fair debut with a 1 p.m. Labor Day show on Chevy Court. All shows in the Chevrolet Music Festival at Chevy Court and the Experience Stage are free with Fair admission. “Broken” recently crossed 70 weeks on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, an all-time record for longevity.
“Lovelytheband’s music resonates with many different types of music fans and age groups. We’re excited to bring them to Chevy Court as a band that we think is on its way to stardom,” said Fair Director Troy Waffner.
Lovelytheband joins a star-studded and diverse Chevy Court lineup that includes:
Bad Company, 8 p.m., August 21
Lindsey Stirling, 8 p.m., August 23
Dropkick Murphys, 8 p.m., August 25
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, 2 p.m., August 26
Midland, 8 p.m., August 26
Why Don’t We, 2 p.m., August 29
Granger Smith, 8 p.m., August 30
At the Experience Stage, announced shows include Grand Funk Railroad at 7 p.m. August 21 and Rick Springfield at 7 p.m. August 31.
Over the Fair’s 13 days, the Chevrolet Music Festival at Chevy Court and at the New York Experience Stage will feature more than two dozen national touring group performances in diverse genres. Chevrolet sponsors the performances on both stages.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s third largest state fair. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 40% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with 1.27 million people attending the Fair in 2018. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.
The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music gives a voice to those who need it when they need it the most. Our favorite artists say the difficult things out loud, so we don’t have to — but can learn how to.
By the same token, lovelytheband translate emotions, anxieties, and feelings into lush, layered, and lively indie pop anthems. Since the band was founded by lead singer Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price in 2017, the trio has maintained a lasting connection to listeners by holding nothing back.
A centerpiece of the “everything I could never say… “ EP, the group’s debut single “Broken” caught fire as the longest running #1 track on Alternative Radio thus far in 2018 with six weeks at the top. In under a year, it amassed 25 million total global streams. BuzzFeed summed it up as “So. Damn. Good.” Billboard proclaimed the group among “10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018” as they supported Vance Joy and AWOLNATION on tour between headlining dates everywhere. “Everything” paved the way for the arrival of the band’s first full-length, “finding it hard to smile.” [Red Music]. Produced by “Broken” collaborator Christian Medice, these 16 tracks entrance, engage, and enchant, offsetting shimmering keys, sweeping synths, and spacy guitars with cathartic, compelling, and catchy choruses.
The title speaks directly to its thematic push-and-pull.
“Finding it hard to smile touches on my life,” says Mitchy. “There are days when it’s hard to even walk out of my front door or get out of bed. So, you find the will to power through, call on your friends, and rely on loved ones to pick you up when you’re down and bring magic out of you. A lot of the record is about embracing who you are as well as dealing with relationships, breakups, nostalgia, and unrequited love. It’s really introspective for me.”
They preceded the album’s release with the single “These are My Friends,” which quickly cracked 2 million streams worldwide. Wound up by faint guitar and a chant, “These are my friends, these are my friends, I love them,” the track crescendos towards an ambitious arena-ready hook.
“I was walking around Los Angeles one day thinking,” he recalls. “I left a party where I had a really good time at. Right after, I wrote the main lyric in my phone. I held onto it for a little while, but it eventually turned into a song about wanting love and wanting to fit in. I brought it to the guys in the studio, and they really took it to the next level. It becomes a Lovelytheband song when everyone is on it.”