Only one event hosts over 85,000 fans on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee and that, of course, is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set to take place from June 11 through June 14 at Great Stage Park. Since 2002, Bonnaroo has brought music diversity to the stages, mixing pop with alternative rock, indie rock, hip hop, EDM, metal, funk, jazz, Americana, country, bluegrass, reggae, folk and other music genres to reach a widespread audience.
Music festivals have been surging in popularity in recent years, and it makes sense. Why wouldn’t you want to go to a festival? Sure, you could go to different concerts at different venues in different cities, OR, you could take a long weekend from work, stay at one location and have the talent come to you. However, many festivals only feature one or similar genres of music, which may be a turn off to the multi-genre music listening community. Luckily, multiple festivals comprise of a wide array of genres to jam out to. Below are a few well-known festivals that are sure to suit all your music tastes.
July is a busy month not just for concerts, but sporting and theater events as well. Aside from summer fests, several artists launch their tours, including Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. For sports, MLB and WWE events are prolific. Meanwhile, for theater lovers, two shows will open on Broadway, including Let It Be, a Beatles musical. Here's what to look out for in July!
Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z: The highly-anticipated "Legends of the Summer" tour starts July 17 in Canada, then heads to the Bronx, Chicago, and San Francisco.
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Fun.: Following their second album, Some Nights, Fun. heads on tour with Tegan & Sara starting July 6. They'll stop at the Bunbury Musical Festival July 12.
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Jonas Brothers: JoBros return with a brand new tour beginning July 10 in Chicago, IL. The trio will make stops in Boston, MA, Atlantic City, NJ, and Charlotte, NC, before it wraps in mid-August.
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Summer is soon approaching and it’s time to round up this year’s best festivals. From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the quirky charm of Bestival, and headliners ranging from the Rolling Stones to Kraftwerk and Beyoncé, there is something to suit all tastes over the next four months. Here’s our pick of the biggest and best British festivals in 2013:
Worthy Farm, Pilton — 26th-30th June
Glastonbury absolutely needs no introduction. This year’s mammoth four-day affair will include the legendary Rolling Stones, performing their smash hits like Brown Sugar and Jumpin' Jack Flash.
After strong rumors of their inclusion, Fleetwood Mac will not be making an appearance, although the Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons have stepped in to provide adequate cover; many are hoping that Alex Turner and the lads will showcase some new material, with a new album announcement imminent.
90s legends Primal Scream will provide more than adequate Madchester representation and Dizzie Rascal will pull the usual dance-pop crowd; if the main stage isn’t your thing, Glastonbury, as always, satisfies all niches and tastes.
For dance lovers, the Silver Hayes tent is worth checking out — Rudimental, Sub Focus and Netsky will provide the necessary drum n bass beats, while international hip hop legend Nas will hope to better rival Jay-Z’s recent Glasto performance.
Unfortunately the event is now sold out, but if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, make sure you pack your wellies!
Last year was one of firsts at Coachella®. It was the first time it brought a holographic singer to the stage. More than that, it was also the first time it spread to two weekends. Although the first first is not likely to come back, at least for now (one of companies involved folded shortly after), the second was apparently successful enough for other festivals to adopt it. This year the Ultra Music Festival did it in March, and the Austin City Limits Festival® will do it in October.
Although it's the in thing right now, this practice actually originated much earlier than last year. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage FestivalTM, for example, has run two weekends since 1976. So there was some precedent for this before 2012 — it just took a while for other festivals to catch up.