|Summer Festival Preview|
|Written by Chris D. Davies, Daily Vidette Features Editor|
|Sunday, 18 April 2010 21:06|
1. Coachella, April 16-18, Indio, Calif.
Estimated Attendance: 225,000
Music Festival season officially kicked off over the weekend, ushered in by the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Some of the headline acts included Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, LCD Soundsytem and Them Crooked Vultures.
2. The Bamboozle, May 1-2, E. Rutherford, N.J.
Expected Attendance: 70,000
3. Summer Camp, May 28-30, Chillicothe, Ill.
Expected Attendance: 10,000
Just a stone’s throw from Bloomington-Normal, the 10th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival is a great option for many ISU students. One of the main features of Summer Camp is the camping option available to visitors. Campsites are inexpensive and in some cases built into the base cost of tickets. This year the festival will be headlined by moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Gov’t Mule and the Avett Brothers.
4. Sasquatch, May 29-31, Quincy, Wash.Expected Attendance: 22,000
5. Detroit Electronic Music Festival, May 29-30, Detroit, Mich.Expected Attendance: 85,000
6. Bonnaroo, June 10-13, Manchester, Tenn.
Expected Attendance: 80,000
One of the premier American music festivals, Bonnaroo is known for bringing the best touring acts to Tennessee each year. This year, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Tenacious D, even the pompadoured king of comedy, Conan O’Brien will be headlining. With more than 150 acts scheduled for the four-day event, this year’s festival seems like an incredible festival experience.
7. Summerfest, June 24-July 4, Milwaukee, Wis.
Expected Attendance: 835,000
Billed as “the world’s largest music festival,” Summerfest offers a bevy of great entertainment just north of Illinois. Spanning 10 days and countless musical genres, Summerfest offers a concert for everyone. Tim McGraw, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Justin Bieber, Eric Clapton, Brooks and Dunn, Santana, Rush and Carrie Underwood are all listed as headline artists for the festival. A final lineup of bands has not been set as of yet, leaving room for many more great bands to join the lineup.
8. Vans Warped Tour, June 25-August 15, Various locations
Expected Attendance: 20,000 per stop
Moving all around the country for a good portion of the summer is the Vans Warped Tour. Known for compiling a wide selection of pop-punk and alternative acts, the festival, now in its 16th year, has a lot to offer this year. Top billing for this year’s tour include Andrew W.K., Sum 41, Dropkick Murphys, Motion City Soundtrack, The Rocket Summer and The All-American Rejects.
9. Pitchfork Music Festival, July 16-18, Chicago, Ill.
Expected Attendance: 45,000
Pitchfork Music Festival is known for delivering the best up-and-coming acts as well as some of the most important bands in alternative rock history. This year, indie rock legends Pavement and Modest Mouse are nabbing headlining spots, but bands like Surfer Blood, Local Natives and Titus Andronicus might end up stealing the spotlight. Also included in this year’s lineup are hip-hop legends Raekwon, Big Boi and Dåm Funk. Located in Union Park in Chicago, this festival is a no-brainer for music fans.
10. Siren Music Festival, July 17, Coney Island, N.Y.Expected Attendance: 100,000
11. Newport Folk Festival, July 30-August 1, Newport, R.I.Expected Attendance: 10,000
12. Lollapalooza, August 6-8, Chicago, Ill.
Expected Attendance: 225,000
One of the biggest music festivals the world over occurs just a short car or train ride away from ISU. Five years after its reemergence, Lollapalooza has never failed to put together a great set of performers. Grant Park in Chicago will host the likes of Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, The Strokes and dozens of other world-class musicians this year. An excuse to miss Lollapalooza this year will be hard to come by.
13. Bumbershoot, September 4-6, Seattle, Wash.Expected Attendance: 150,000
14. Monterey Jazz Festival, September 17-19, Monterey, Calif.Expected Attendance: 40,000
15. Pygmalion, September 22-25, Champaign, Ill.
Expected Attendance: 5,000
At the tail end of festival season is one of the closest and most economical festivals for ISU students. A short trip on Interstate 74 in Champaign, the sixth annual Pygmalion Music Festival promises a great opportunity to see some of the best artists from around the world. The festival has grown each year and has truly established itself as a force on the music festival schedule. The full lineup of artists will be announced April 29 on the festival’s Web site.
16. Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 8-10, Austin, Texas
Expected Attendance: 220,000
17. CMJ Music Marathon, October 19-23, New York, N.Y.
Expected Attendance: 500,000