As festival season rapidly approaches, the lineups for this summer’s music festivals are slowly but surely trickling in. It’s time to buy those tickets and make plans for some musical journeys.
New Orleans Jazz Fest
The summer kicks off with the New Orleans Jazz Fest, featuring both well-known, established acts as well as contemporary up-and-comers. The festival takes place in NOLA over two weekends: April 26-28 and May 2-5. Headliners include classics such as Billy Joel; Fleetwood Mac; Hall & Oates; B.B. King; Earth, Wind & Fire and Willie Nelson. More contemporary artists include Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, John Mayer, the Black Keys, Little Big Town, Frank Ocean, Band of Horses and Andrew Bird. Jazz Fest provides an opportunity to experience classic jazz artists as well as current big name performers in one of the most unique cities in the country. Single day tickets are available for $50 online. For more information, go to http://www.nojazzfest.com.
Beale Street Music Festival
Also taking place the weekend of May 3-5 is the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn. This year’s headliners include the Black Keys, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, Hall & Oates, the Flaming Lips, Phoenix, ZZ Top and the Smashing Pumpkins. A limited number of three-day passes are available for only $85 — if you’re looking for an affordable festival experience this summer, Beale Street is for you. For more information, go to http://www.memphisinmay.org/musicfestival.
BottleRock Music Festival
The very next weekend Napa Valley, Calif. hosts the BottleRock Music Festival. The star-studded lineup includes Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cake, Train, the Avett Brothers, the Shins, the Flaming Lips and Alabama Shakes. A four-day pass for the event is $399. For more information, go to http://bottlerocknapavalley.com.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
Sasquatch! Music Festival is held at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash. from May 24-27. This year’s lineup features Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Postal Service, Sigur Ros, the Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, the xx, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Imagine Dragons, Cake and Edward and & the Magnetic Zeros. Tickets are available for about $337.50. For more information, go to http://sasquatchfestival.com.
Wakarusa Music Festival
May 30-June 2
Wakarusa Music Festival takes place May 30 through June 2 in Ozark, Ariz. The festival is nestled in the Ozark Mountains and combines beautiful scenery with brilliant music. This year’s headliners include Widespread Panic, Dispatch, STS9, the Black Crowes, Umphrey’s McGee, Gogol Bordello, Of Monsters and Men and Grouplove. General admission passes for the full event are available for $169. For more information, go to http://www.wakarusa.com.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
From June 13-16, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo provides a unique camping experience with an eclectic mix of music. Headliners on the farm this year include Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, the National, R. Kelly, Passion Pit, the Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the xx. The Bonnaroo experience also provides a silent disco, waterslides galore, early morning yoga, a comedy theater (featuring Daniel Tosh) and the Bonnaroo Cinema, open 24 hours a day if you need a break from the Tennessee heat. Four-day passes are available for $269. For more information, go to http://www.bonnaroo.com.
Firefly Music Festival
Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. takes place from June 21-23. Headliners this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, the Avett Brothers, MGMT, Dispatch, Grizzy Bear and the Lumineers. Three-day passes are available for $258. For more information, go to http://fireflyfestival.com.
The Forecastle Music Festival
Louisville, Ky. hosts the Forecastle Music Festival from July 12-14. This year’s lineup features the Black Keys, the String Cheese Incident, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Animal Collective and Dawes, along with many other acts. In addition to hosting such incredible headliners, Forecastle promotes local artists, environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Three-day passes are $165. For more information, go to http://forecastlefest.com.
Lollapalooza will be held Aug. 2-4 in Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. The Chicago Tribune recently confirmed that the headliners include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend. Several industry sources have also confirmed The National and the Postal Service. The official lineup is meant to come out in the next month and “early bird” tickets go on sale Tuesday for $200. For more information and to buy three-day passes, go to http://www.lollapalooza.com.