I’ve never really been to a music festival, which really sucks. However, I’m breaking that this year by going to one! If you’re a music buff and just love the high energy of the scene then festivals are where you need to go. Even if you just go for a day or a night, it’s still something and you’ll probably wish you stayed for the whole weekend.
Here is a list that I partially found and made up that you should check out if you’d like to go to a festival in the near future.
Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN): 4 of the best days ever. 80,000 happy campers. 700 Acres of Tennessee Nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Several dozen comedians. System overload. Moments. Interesting factoids. Egg sandwiches. More music. Adventure. Deep Breaths. Big smiles. This. That. The Other. Hellos and Goodbyes and reminders of all that we have to celebrate and look forward to next year and in the future. June 7-10 (already happened folks) More information at www.bonnaroo.com
Life Is Good (Canton, MA): The Life is good Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser held at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. This two-day celebration of music and optimism, features three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of the funds you raise and profits from the event will go towards the Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. They also have a complete Green feature to the event. Composting bins surround the grounds as well as several recycling centers. The brand also hopes that people bring their own water bottles into the festival for refilling and to reduce trash. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Sara Barielles, Eric Hutchinson, and many more. September 22-23. More information at www.lifeisgood.com
Grassroots (Trumansburg, NY) : The festival is presented over a four day period (Thursday-Sunday) on four stages which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 60 some bands that play the festival. The band selection reflects the eclectic tastes of our ‘amorphous committee’, a difficult to nail down group of musicians and artists who lean toward roots related & world music.
GrassRoots doesn’t hesitate to bring you great music you’ve never heard of before. Every year wonderful new bands are discovered and presented along with many old and true friends. Check out the list of previous years artists for a general idea of what’s in store for the future. July 19-22 More information at www.grassrootsfest.org
Lollaplooza (Chicago): Prepare yourself! Originally a touring festival catering to the “Alternative Nation”, Lollapalooza is a festival that appeals to all musical elitists. It is also one of the many music festivals making a push towards going green.Now a three-day festival stationed in Grant Park, Chicago, the 2010 line-up is just as varied as it always has been. With names like Green Day, Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Phoenix, Minus the Bear, Blues Traveler and B.O.B, the crowd will be as diverse as the bands. August 3-5 More information at www.lollapalooza.com
Hullabalou (Louisville): Some of the biggest names in music are getting together to play this this three-day eventat Churchill Downs. The beautiful home of the Kentucky Derby will set up with five stages and an artist list that will blow your mind. Just check out the band line-up to understand how big this festival will be. Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis and the News, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, and Ben Folds are some of the big names you can expect. July 23-25 More information at www.hullabaloufest.com
Bumbershoot (Seattle): The grandfather of the great summer festivals, Bumbershoot was started in 1971 at the Seattle Center. An all arts festival, music isn’t the only thing that bumbershoot offers. Comedy, theatre, dance, literary arts, and visual arts pack your three days with plenty to do. With acts like Skrillex, Mac Millers, Gotye, Janes Addiction, Passion Pit, good luck trying to pry your eyes from the stage. September 1-3 http://www.bumbershoot.org
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