As summer approaches, concerns about summer plans have all of a sudden come out of nowhere. There is a wide variety of choices, and it is almost impossible to decide where to go this summer. Obviously, a European festival would be awesome to attend, but for those of us too broke to travel to a different continent, here is a breakdown of U.S. music festivals that have caught our eyes.
After the fiasco with a 15-year-old getting in and dying last year in Los Angeles, EDC has moved to Orlando (May 26-28th), Denver (June 11th), Dallas (June 18th), Las Vegas (June 24-26th) and Puerto Rico (August 27th). Currently, only the Las Vegas site is up and running and there are no line-ups on the official website, but what did you expect? This seems to happen with EDC every year, but it’s ok because this has been one of the best festivals we’ve been to. Very well organized, Electric Daisy is massive and always a great time. Waiting for an official line-up just builds anticipation. Three-day tickets in Las Vegas are $180, while the Orlando two-day pass is $109.
In George, Washington, this festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. It is on May 27-30th (Memorial Day weekend) and includes all different types of music. Foo Fighters, Death Cab, Chromeo, Ratatat, MSTRKRFT, Skrillex, Glitch Mob, Flying Lotu, and Major Lazer are just a glimpse of the awesomeness that this festival sounds like. This is a four-day camping festival that has some great views and chill atmospheres. Tickets are $295 and all single day passes are sold out.
More based in techno, minimal and progressive rather than house music, Movement has had many different names. Starting in 2000 in Detroit, Movement is great because it offers something different. This year’s line-up includes Fatboy Slim, Felix Da Housecat, Skrillex, Carl Craig, Beardyman, Green Velvet, Flying Lotus and more. When it started, attendance reached over a million people. Tickets are super cheap if you get early birds, but right now they are $60.
In Ozark, Ark., on Mulberry Mountain, Wakarusa is an escape from big city life. Camping for four days for $169 is not bad at all. It was created in 2004 and in the heart of the Midwest, Wakarusa is perfect for those of you who love being outdoors and listening to live music. This year’s schedule includes Ben Harper and RELENTLESS7, Thievery Corporation, Bassnectar, STS9, Ghostland Observatory, Zoogma, Big Gigantic, Stanton Warriors and tons more.
Another four-day camping festival, Bonnaroo is also celebrating it’s 10th year on June 9-12th in Manchester, Tenn. The line-up is impressively big, mostly because MTV is it’s main sponsor and controls much of the festival. It features all types of music from Lil Wayne to Girl Talk to Robert Plant. Even though there are not many electronic acts, there seems to be something to do at all times. Go if you want, but in my opinion, there are better things to do this summer, especially for $250.
Formerly known as Rothbury, Electric Forest is highly anticipated due to it’s absence this past year. In Rothbury, Mich., on June 30th- July 3rd, this festival will make the forest come alive. Artists include Tiesto, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Excision, Chiddy Bang, 12th Planet, Big Gigantic, Feed Me, The Hood Internet and many more. One thing about Electric Forest is that there’s a water park, horseback riding and a lake, making possibilities endless. Tickets start at $200 (sold out) and second tier tickets are $240.
Remember: Not all artists are included and prices may go up or sell out. If you are interested in participating in one of these events, be sure to check out the website and get all of the information. Part II will be out soon for review of the second half of summer festivities. Get ready because things keep getting better and better.