Two-weekend festivals become more prominent, but is it a trend?

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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.


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Comparison of average selling prices for single-day festival tickets

iHeartRadio Festival$954
Austin City Limits$173
Sasquatch! Festival$110
The Bamboozle$93

Festivals tend be a great deal because you get a lot of bang for your buck. While they typically cost more than a single concert, you get access to a wide array of artists. More, in fact, than you could possibly fit into a two-, three-, or four-day schedule. Some festivals have a more limited selection, but for a few hundred dollars you still get a lot of music.

Then major exception, at least on, is the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which started up last year. The current average selling price for iHeartRadio on is a whopping $954, which is far above the price of any other festival held this year. In comparison, the Bayou Country Superfest — a similarly-sized festival held in May — had an average selling price of $154 for single-day passes. Meanwhile, festivals with a much larger selection often have lower prices, such as the recently held Lollapalooza, which on had an average price of $184 for single-day tickets.

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August brings with it both National S'mores Day (August 10) and Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30). Why aren't those both on the same day? I are the top live events coming up in August:


Madonna: The Material Girl is continuing her epic world tour this fall, kicking off the North American leg in Philadelphia, PA, on August 28. Dates continue through November 20 in Miami, at which point she will take on South America.

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Festivals: The festival season is in high gear in August, with Lollapalooza taking place Aug. 3-5; Warped Tour and Mayhem Festivals running until Aug. 5; Fresh Music Festival continuing through Aug. 11; Peach Music Festival playing Aug. 10-12; and Electric Zoo Festival on stage Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

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Keith Urban: The country legend has several dates across the US and Canada starting August 19 in Halifax, Canada, and continuing through Sept. 2 in Gilford, NH.

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Other Concerts in August:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Big Time Rush and American Idol Live continue their respective tours.
  • The Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus revs up August 11.
  • Gotye becomes somebody we...still know...kicking off his tour Aug. 22.

Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?


10 tips to help you survive a music festival this summer

There are a bunch of music festivals happening in the next few weeks, and right now a whole lot of people are preparing for them. I myself am going to Bonnaroo next month and it's my first festival, so I've been doing a lot of research into what I need to bring, know, and do. I've seen a lot of the same tips coming up for Bonnaroo, but many of them make sense for people attending any festival this summer or fall.

Water bottle

Drink plenty of fluids

This is the most important thing to remember out of all the items here. As it's the summer, it's going to be hot anywhere, but especially if the festival you're going to is in the south. Don't take a chance on this one—keep hydrated, and keep hydrated a lot. Most festivals have somewhere you can fill up a water bottle for free, so it's not something you need to worry about. Just don't have so much fun that you forget to drink the water.

It really can't be emphasized enough. There's no need to have a great time turn into a bad time, so fill up those water bottles and drink from them often.