Festival-Fest - 2012 - A Summer with Black Sabbath, Metallica, Jack White and more
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:42:11
Festival-Fest! Here’s a look at the biggest event music festivals to come this year.
Well, music fans- it’s getting to be that time of year again. Spring is, well, "spring-ing," the air is getting warmer, and it’s almost time for music to come back outdoors again. That can only mean one thing- campfires and acoustic guitars are back! Well, that and some of the world’s biggest spring and summer music festivals. Let’s take a look at what’s on the docket, shall we?
Coachella - Indio, CA April 13-15 & April 20-22
Hipsters are about to explode! They can’t contain their excitement. We all have those friends on Facebook who just feel compelled to upload photos of their tickets to Coachella. That’s when you know you’ve created a festival that can’t be missed. This year’s lineup boasts The Black Keys, Radiohead, a reunited At the Drive-In, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, and so much more. It’s a who’s who of music, and a gathering in the desert not to be missed. Check the live webcast schedule for weekend 1. [website]
Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN June 7-10
Bonnaroo is another destination festival that has simply exploded into a cornucopia of mud, camping, music and comedy. This June, you’ll be able to see the likes of Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, The Shins, Skrillex, and 1,908 other incredible musicians. I’m not sure if that number is accurate, but you can check out the list for yourself and get thoroughly excited and overwhelmed. [website]
Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL August 3-5
The lineup for this year’s Lolla won’t be released until April 11th, but it’s sure to be an event of the summer. Every year, music fans come from far and wide to Grant Park in Chicago to witness music at its best. Like we need an excuse to go to Chicago! [website]
Download Festival - Donington Park, UK June 8-10
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, the Download Festival (originally called the “Monsters of Rock” Festival) in England is quite the site to see. Over 100,000 fans, flags waiving in the air, go mad for an unparalleled night of hard rock. This year features Metallica, The Prodigy, Soundgarden, and some up-and-coming band called Black Sabbath- and that’s just the beginning. [website]
Orion Music + More - Atlantic City, NJ June 23-24
Metallica have dominated enough festivals that it was only a matter of time before they founded their own. It’s definitely one of the most diverse lineups of the summer. The metal titans headline two days—during one they’ll play Ride the Lightning in its entirety and during the other they’ll play The Black Album from start to finish. They’re certainly the strongest headliner out there and they’re bound to make history again with the first installment of Orion Music + More. In addition, there’s a custom car show, comedy by Jim Breur, and an incredible memorabilia section. Let’s not forget appearances by Gary Clark, Jr., Avenged Sevenfold, Ghost, Best Coast, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Lucero, The Sword and countless others. [website]
Sonisphere - Multiple Countries & Dates
Sonisphere is an interesting festival that has branded itself across several countries. This year, European fans can travel to Poland, Spain, Switzerland, France, Finland, and the UK to be part of this truly epic gathering. This year’s festivals feature a lot of Metallica at most locations across Europe. [website]
Outside Lands - San Francisco, CA August 10-12
Outside Lands bills itself as a “Music, Food, Wine, Beer, Art” Festival, happening in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Putting a great festival bill together is an art in itself! Mum’s the word on this year’s line-up, but anyone near Nor-Cal can expect a slew of great artists- as well as some matching wine and cheese. [website]
Hangout Music Fest - Gulf Shores, Alabama May 18-20
Down on the Gulf Coast this May is a great place to see some fantastic jam bands. You can check out Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The String Cheese Incident, Jack White, Wilco, Skrillex, Chris Cornell, and even The Flaming Lips performing The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Which is pretty cool considering it’s not even their album! I heard Skrillex is actually performing Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska in its entirety, too. Although I’m not sure how accurate that is. [website]
Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI June 27- July 1, July 3-8
If anyone knows how to take advantage of the nice summer weather by the lake, it’s the Midwesterners. When your winter temperature drops below zero, you learn to appreciate the summertime! Summerfest spans a great many days and boasts headliners as diverse as Steve Miller Band and Lupe Fiasco. While it might make for a great music scene, I bet it gets pretty awkward backstage when Steve Miller is trying to make conversation with Lupe. [website]
Sasquatch! Music Festival - George, WA May 25-28
As opposed to Sasquatch! The Movie. Hippies rejoice, as this fest includes headliners like Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Beck, and many more. Don’t get confused by the fact that this festival is held at “The Gorge” in a city called “George, WA.” [website]
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX October 12-14
ACL won’t be held until October and they have yet to grace us with this year’s festival line-up. That said, we can confidently tell you that this year’s installment will be another event not to be missed. And just like Chicago, we’ll take any excuse to head to Austin! We’re easy to get to travel, if you haven’t noticed. [website]
Alright, folks. You have officially been brought up to speed on some of the great festivals we have to look forward to this year. We’ll make a deal- you bring the sun block and we’ll bring the trail mix. You game? See you on the road!
Are you going to make a festival appearance this year? Let us know which fest excites you, since besides those listed, there are a ton to choose from!