The 2012 music festival season begins

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Things are happening, folks. The snow is melting (okay, it never was there to begin with). The spring solstice is on Tuesday. The temperatures are getting warmer. And people are beginning to spend more time outdoors.

That must mean the music festival season is about to begin, and indeed that is the case. The season kicks off next weekend with the EDM showcasing Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL. It then picks back up in mid-April with Country Thunder Arizona and Coachella.

Perhaps the biggest news for the 2012 season is Coachella's expansion to two weekends, a milestone it was able to reach thanks to its enormous popularity. The festival will run April 13-15 and 20-22. In other news, the Electric Daisy Carnival is coming to East Rutherford, NJ, for the first time, while The Bamboozle is returning to its roots in Asbury Park, NJ.

This year's festival season will see appearances by two major bands that have recently returned to the concert circuit. Earlier this year, Red Hot Chili Peppers launched their first tour after a four-year hiatus. Festival tickets ad Meanwhile, most of the classic lineup of The Beach Boys, minus the late Carl and Dennis Wilson, have reunited for the first time since 1988. Both bands will perform at Bonnaroo in early June. The Beach Boys will also appear at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in late April and Summerfest in early July, while the Chili Peppers will play a set at the Hangout Music Festival in mid-May.

Finally, one new major festival is launching in 2012. Orion Music + More, a festival in late June arranged by Metallica, will see appearances by Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, and a number of other metal and alt-rock bands.

Keep checking back throughout the spring and summer for more information about the season, and be sure to view our music festival guide for a schedule of the festivals running this year.