June 1-5, 2011
If you live in Austria, it's not too late to attend this year's Springfestival. Headliners that I'm interested in are mostly Caribou, Atari Teenage Riot, Patrick Wolf, and Jungle Brothers. See complete artist listing below.
Springfestival is mostly electronic music (with "springsessions"/conference) and costs as much as €198.00 for the complete five days/four nights, but as low as €21.00 if you only want to see certain dates.
June 11th & June 12th, 2011
Alchemy Music Festival looks like a DJ-based party, it takes place in Cavour, Italy. As I have previously mentioned, I'm not in tuned with DJs, and especially since this is mostly Italian DJs, I have no idea who any of these mixers are. But the lineup is finalized, looks like all-around fun from 2pm to 4am. See details below.
SATURDAY, 11TH JUNE
Top 3 Winners of the Alchemy Contest Live (Yerko Alejandro, Marco Ferrantelli, Enrico Sangiuliano)
Riccardo Ferri (live)
SUNDAY, 12TH JUNE
Alchemy Contest Winner
July 1-31, 2011
Billed as "31 nights of back-to-back live music", this festival is a whole month of music. Probably not feasible if you want to take vacation to see the entire lineup, unless you live in London, but it's defintely worth it when "every ticket to the iTunes Festival is free" (but it looks like you have to "win" a pair of ticket to see the event; good luck!). If you don't live in London, they are streaming the whole thing (or on demand for a limited time) via the iTunes application.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, said, "We are really excited to do the iTunes Festival in July and to perform at the legendary Roundhouse. And the fact that it's going to be broadcast to so many people is really exciting, because making music is more about the audience than the band sometimes. I feel like the opportunities we have to reach out to more people through technology is a wonderful thing; to see the world get together and experience music, live".
Line up looks incredible, would really love to see Paul Simon, MSP, Beady Eyes, Duran Duran, Moby... basically every band listed below.
1 July: Paul Simon
3 July: Manic Street Preachers
4 July: Linkin Park + Neon Trees
5 July: Beady Eye
6 July: The Wanted
7 July: ADELE
8 July: Bruno Mars
10 July: Glasvegas
11 July: Foo Fighters + Jimmy Eat World
12 July: The Script
13 July: White Lies + The Naked and Famous + Alice Gold
14 July: Friendly Fires
15 July: Jessie J
16 July: Duran Duran
18 July: Rumer
21 July: Swedish House Mafia
23 July: Mogwai + Errors
24 July: Noah & The Whale
25 July: Lang Lang
26 July: Magnetic Man
28 July: Chase & Status + Nero
31 July: Moby
8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10
Rock the Bells festival is a travelling music festival, hitting San Manuel Amphitheater in Los Angeles on August 20, then Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco on August 27, then Governor’s Island in New York and wrapping up in Boston on September 10.
Already confirmed headliners includes some major hip hop stars, including: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Cypress Hill, Erykah Baduand, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, Raekwon & Ghostface and more.
If you are interested in cheaper presale tickets, the general pre-sale starts June 4th.
The most interesting thing on the press release is that Cypress Hill will be performing their entire 1993 album Black Sunday, the album features their big hit song, "Insane In The Membrane". Insane in the brain!
Festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg had this to say about the festival: "I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop. The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."
Artists confirmed for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES include:
Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill +
Nas – Illmatic +
Cypress Hill - Black Sunday +
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star +
Raekwon & Ghostface - Only Built for Cuban Linx +
Mobb Deep - The Infamous +
The GZA - Liquid Swords +
Souls of Mischief - 93 ‘til Infinity +
Blu & Exile
Masta Killah - No Said Date +
+ notes full-album sets
* notes performance on select dates only
August 27-28, 2011
Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park, New York
In its seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival, they have announced their lineup, including Cee-Lo Green, Fishbone, and Santigold!
Expect to see loads of skateboards and BMX bikers all around, as well the unusual food vendors (this year will feature "cuisine from around the world") and the usual music fun.
I don't live in New York, but I would definitely want to attend what the New York Times calls a "rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music. I got a glimpse of the Afro-Punk show, when they took their show on the road.
Afro-Punk 2011 Band Lineup
September 7-11, 2011
Willamette Week's MusicfestNW announced their initial lineup for its 2011 festival (see full listing below). Like their inspiration of SXSW, this festival looks like it takes place at various venues, but what makes this interesting is that there are three main outdoors show exclusively for MFNW.
The $115 wristband will grant you access to pretty much everything MFNW has to offer, over the course of the five-day music festival. If you're on the cheap, or just particular about who you want to see, there is the $70 ticket, which will only grant you one of the three outdoors show.
Some bands on the bill that I would be interested in seeing includes: The Kills, Archers of Loaf, Butthole Surfers, Blitzen Trapper, Band of Horses, Sebadoh, Sharon Van Etten, and Little Dragon.
2011 Initial Lineup – Alphabetical:
September 3-4, 2011
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
Like Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam decides to create their own music festival, in celebration of their twenty years together as a band. The line up consists of Eddie Vedder's hand-picked artists, including The Strokes, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Liam Finn (we like his dad).
I originally thought this festival was in Chicago (a city that I've sworn against because of their toll roads), but it is in East Troy. It's semi-close enough for me to drive, but I probably won't make an effort since I'm not that massive of a Pearl Jam song, but I know many of you guys are. If you don't want to put up all the fuss of driving, you can either fly in or take a long bus trip over the long The Labor Day Weekend.
September 21-25, 2011
POP Montreal turns ten this year, and they are throwing a huge festival. This Canadian festival looks massive, they said they attracted over 50,000 attendees last year, so expect the same turn out this year, especially because of their anniversary.
They are going to have over 300 bands, 50 events in arts/film/fashion, and will take place over five days in September. General pre-sale goes on sale on June 2nd, and prices starts at $250 (early bird special).
So far, these are the bands that they've confirmed (more to be announced later):
Memorial Day weekend (May)
Movement: The Detroit Electronic Music Festival is an annual electronic/dance/DJ music festival that started in 2000. This year's headliners looked amazing, especially with Fatboy Slim and Felix da Housecat, but, unfortunately, we've just missed the festival (but there's always next year!).
What's kind of cool is that Red Bull sent me some updates on the recent event, including some great photos of DJs and people having a good time. It looks like a good time all around, too bad it's not the sort of festivals that I'm interested in.
I can tell you that, like Mazda, Red Bull invests back into the music community, partnering with the music festival to bring DJ Godfather, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, Goldie ft. Armanni Reign, Com Truise, Space Dimension Controller, Beardyman, Gaslamp Killer, and Aux 88, to their stage.
This year's lineup: