Summer Music Festivals, Festivals, Festivals.
If you have always been a “one maybe two concerts a year” type of person that has always said, man I am going to go to ( Fill In The Blank)Festival next year. Well you know what? You need to get off your lazy bum and plan that damn trip. It all starts with buying the ticket. Once you buy the ticket then you know that you have to go, so you will take off work, buy a plane ticket, sucker a friend to go with you, and plan the most amazing trip of your year. Festivals can range for anyone’s taste, from the 3 day mega festival, to the beach festival, to the chill one day festival in a remote farm city. They are all good in their own way and you will love any of them no matter what. As long as you do your homework and prep, prep, prep. Did I say perp? Prep.
The first thing you need to know for your festival journey is when do the tickets go on sale??? This is a huge thing, because concerts like Lollapalooza will sell out in 1 day, yes it is that fast. So you need to do your due diligence and find out when they go on sale, make a calendar note and be ready at your computer to by the minute they go on sale. If you don’t have a full confirmation on your friends being able to go, be a cool guy/gal and just buy 2 tickets. No matter what you will find a friend that can go and they will thank you for the rest of their lives. I still look at my SXSW pics with my buddies and we tell stories all night long about the crazy shit that happened.
ROCK THE BELLS – San Bernardino, CA – NOS Events Center – August 18-19
2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Atmosphere, Big Daddy Kane, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Deltron 303, Dipset, DJ Lance Rock and Friends, DJ Quik, E-40 and Too Short, Eligh, Grouch and Zion I, Fashawn, Hit Squad Reunion, Ice Cube, Immortal Technique, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Murs, Nas, Naughty By Nature, Prodigy, Redman and Method Man, Salt-N-Pepa, Schoolboy Q, Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, Supernatural, RZA, Tyga, Watsky, Wiz Khalifa,Yelawolf, Dom Kennedy
Electric Zoo – New York City, NYC– Randall’s Island Park – August 31 – September 1
12th Planet, 3LAU, AbdeCaf, Above & Beyond, Adventure Club, Alvin Risk, Andrew Bayer, Andy C, Angger Dimas, Argy, A-Trak, Autoerotique, Axwell, Bart B More, Benga, Benny Benassi, Better Lost Than Stupid, Bingo Players, Bloody Beetroots DJ Set, Boys Noize, Brass Fergie, Brodinski, Chris Liebing, Claude VonStroke, Clockwork, Congorock, Dada Life, DallasK, Dash Berlin, Datsik, David Guetta, Destructo, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirtyphonics, Dixon, DJ Bl3nd, Djedjotronic, Eco, Eliot Lipp, EOTO, Excision, Felix Cartal, Ferry Corsten, Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, Frivolous, Gabriel & Dresden, Gesaffelstein, Hardwell, Helicopter Showdown, Jack Beats, Jaytech, Kavinsky, Kill The Noise, Knife Party, Koze, Krewella, Kyau & Albert, Laidback Luke, Luciano, Marco Carola, Martin Solveig, Mat Zo, Mathias Kaden, Maya Jane Coles, Mendo, Mord Fustang, Morgan Page, Mt Eden, Mustard Pimp, Nadastrom, Nervo, Netsky, Nick Catchdubs, Nicky Romero, Norin & Rad, Orjan Nilsen, Paco Osuna, Paper Diamond, Pierce Fulton, Porter Robinson, Pretty Lights, Reboot, Robert Dietz, Rusko, Sander Van Doorn, Sasha, Skrillex, Sleepy & Boo, Steve Aoki, Strip Steve, The White Panda, Tiësto, Tommy Trash, Treasure Fingers, Umek, W&W, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd, Zeds Dead, Z-Trip
BUMBERSHOOT – Seattle Center – Seattle, WA – September 1-3
Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex, Gotye, Mac Miller, Big Sean, M83, AWOLNATION, Passion Pit, Keane, Best Coast, The Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper, The Helio Sequence, City and Colour, Missy Higgins, The Promise Ring, Yelawolf, Mudhoney, Low, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45’s, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Vaselines, King Khan & The Shrines, Fujiya & Miyagi, Heartless Bastards, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Fishbone, Kina Grannis, Lights, Civil Twilight, Oberhofer, Rebirth Brass Band, LP, Ty Segall, Fruit Bats, Hey Marseilles, THEESatisfaction, Damien Jurado, The Jezabels, The Wombats, Why?, Ana Tijoux, Foxy Shazam, Barcelona, Lee Fields & The Expressions, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Eyehategod, Prong
iHEARTRADIO Festival – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand – September 21-22
Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Calvin Harris, Shakira
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX – Zilker Park – October 18-19
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino, Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, The Weeknd, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Kimbra, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s, Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles, Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit
VOODOO Experience – New Orleans, LA – City Park – October 26-28
Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Skrillex, The Avett Brothers, Kaskade, Justice, Silversun Pickups, AWOLNATION, Dave Stewart, Gary Clark Jr., Bootsy Collins, Etienne De Crecy, K’Naan, JFK of MSTRKRFT, Tomahawk, Thomas Dolby, Say Anything, Die Antwoord, Modestep, Toots and the Maytals, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Gaslamp Killer, Borgore, NERVO, New Orleans Bingo! Show, The Features, Dev, Delta Rae, The Soul Rebels, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, DJ Qbert, D-Styles, DallasK, Jim-E Stack, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Infantree, Lil’ Band O’ Gold, CC Adcock + The Lafayette Marquis, The Revivalists, Marcia Ball, The Vettes, Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, Henry Butler, Ingrid Lucia presents New Orleans Nightingales, Irma Thomas, Anders Osborne, 101 Runners, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Treme Brass Band, Force Feed Radio