June 9, 2012 12 PM to 8 PM
$15 (presale)/$75 (VIP)
In its third annual Rock the Vine series, Rock the Cause is joining forces with Compatible Technology International to help fight global world hunger.
Musicians scheduled to play:
White Light Riot
And surprise guest: Haley Bonar! (Just recently added).
The admission price is very affordable, prices range from $15 to a five beers tickets with admission for $35 to the wine-sampling/VIP access for $75 (full details listed on irockthecause.org). The $35 + beer sounds like the best deal, in my opinion. You must be 21 + with ID.
I've been to so many festivals that you have to buy "food tickets" to get food. Then you're left with like one or two orphan tickets that basically can't afford you anything. So you end up throwing away money. Say goodbye to that at Rock the Vine, you just pay with cash with 100% of the net profit going to supporting Compatible Technology International and Rock the Cause.
PS, bicyclists: Thrifty Hipster is offering bike-trail action.
June 30, 2012
Traverse City, Michigan
Speaking of wine, check out Michigan's wine coast at the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival this June 30th. There are 27 area wineries, and restaurants and performers, and their headliner is a Platinum recording artist Rusted Root.
Festival organizer Laura Herd gives more details, "This is the one event that brings nearly all the wineries of our region together to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of Northern Michigan. What really sets our festival apart is how we combine culinary and cultural artistry to stimulate and excite your palate, letting you enjoy the fantastic wines and ciders our region has to offer as you dance, dine, and watch extraordinary performers in the gorgeous and historic arboretum of the Grand Traverse Commons."
Other entertainers: Orpheum Bell, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, and the Naughty Neighbors. If you're interested in attending, see poster.
June 11-17, 2012
$50 (full)/$250 (priority pass)
I went to NXNE last year, had a great time. From my experience with it, I wish the venues were closer together. Your best bet is to get a weekend subway pass to get around. As I recall, the prices for the festival was affordable as well, but if you really have to see a band, I suggest getting there early because there were a couple of shows that sold out.
Last year, we saw Devo and Men Without Hats, this year the headliner is Flaming Lips. Remember, this is early on, we'll hear more announcements and confirmations as we inch toward the festival in June.
According to their website, they are hosting over 650 bands. That's pretty insane. Here are bands confirmed:
6th – 8th July 2012
£ 121.50 (1 Adult)/£ 320.00 (Family)
Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent
Lounge on the Farm Festival recently announced new additions to their 2012 line-up, including British 80s pop super group Dexys, who will be making only one other festival appearance this summer.
Other headliners includes, The Charlatans, Emeli Sandé (she'll be touring with Coldplay in the US this year!) and The Wombats.
Complete Line Up:
31 Aug 2012
Shoreditch Park, London
This may be the first music festival that I've heard of that is targeted to underage music fans (ages 13-17). I believe you have to be between that age range to attend. I could be wrong, but it makes sense to keep out the 'creepy uncle' factor.
By the way, do you remember what music you liked back then? It wasn't good, I'll tell you! Looking over their music guests, man oh man, I'm really out of touch:
Sep 6-8, 2012
$55 (1 day)/$165 (VIP)
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Independent Weekly is bringing its third annual Hopscotch Music Festival to North Carolina. Like SXSW, this is a scattered venue event with 15 participating venues and over 175 bands officially listed to play.
Headliners are Built to Spill, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Roots. Since the pre-sale went on sale last December, only 200 VIP wristbands are left.