The title of this post is a bit misleading, only due to the fact that “Festival Season” is, in reality, all year ’round. Festival Season, as I’ve come to call it, is the period between March and September-ish when the world’s largest music festivals take place annually, drawing thousands to singular locations around the world and uniting hundreds of music acts normally separated by fan bases, genres, and distance. Let this post be an introduction to a few of these festivals, while individual postings for each festival will be created as artist line-ups, dates, and other exciting news is made available. Here, I’ll post festival names, dates, and links to individual websites, where you, if you’re interested, can go to get a more detailed description of what each festival is all about.
Searching the interweb for upcoming events, I’ve sorted through many different tiers of festivals and have decided to focus on more widely-known and more commercially-based national festivals in the U.S. (This isn’t to say discussion or recommendation of other, more smaller, lesser-known and/or international festivals isn’t appreciated.) I’ve grouped them into categories based on general music genre; take note that some festivals, though only noted in one category, may present bands in others.
JAM BAND / BLUEGRASS – BASED FESTIVALS
10,000 Lakes Music Festival – Detroit Lakes, MN (The Soo Pass Ranch): http://www.10klf.com/
All Good Music Festival – Masontown, WV (Marvin’s Mountaintop): http://www.allgoodfestival.com/
Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN: http://www.bonnaroo.com/default.aspx
Langerado Music Festival – Broward County, Florida (Big Cypress Indian Reservation): http://www.langerado.com/home2.php
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival – Lawrence, KS: http://www.wakarusa.com/
Captain Morgan’s Jam on the River – Philadelphia, PA (Penn’s Landing): http://www.electricfactory.com/jam_on_the_river.htm
Vegoose – Las Vegas, NV (Sam Boyd Stadium): http://www.vegoose.com/index3.htm
MODERN ROCK – BASED FESTIVALS
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX (Zilker Park): http://www.aclfestival.com/default.aspx
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA (Seattle Center): http://www.bumbershoot.org/
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA (Empire Polo Fields): http://www.coachella.com/
Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL (Grant Park): http://www.lollapalooza.com/default.asp?fd=1
Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL (Union Park): http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/
Sasquatch! Music Festival – George, WA (The Gorge Ampitheatre): http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/
Voodoo – New Orleans, LA (City Park): http://www.voodoomusicfest.com/2007/index.html
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