Summer 2012 music festivals

By Shay Sweet

For Lasell students summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for warm weather, no school work and amazing music. Dozens of venues around the country host festivals each year to showcase today’s top artists, as well as celebrate this party that we call life. Below are a few of the events going on this summer that I think each out you should keep a lookout for.

Ultra Music Festival–Miami, FL

March 23 through the 25

A music festival that began in 1999 as a one day event has now grown to a three day festival due it its overwhelming popularity and is held in downtown Miami at the Bicentennial Park. Last year over 100,000 people attended throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup includes some of today’s top electronica artists such as Bassnectar, David Guetta, Pretty Lights and Skrillex. Tickets were priced at $229 per person, but have already sold out. Don’t worry; they are easy to find on Ebay or other ticketing sites such as for those of you who already have tickets, pop by their very own merchandise store and find anything from T-shirts to bags for you to bring to the show!

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival–Indio, CA

April 13th through 15th and April 20th through the 22nd

Selling out in just three hours, this event is organized by Goldenvoice and held at the Empire Polo Club, this three day festival has now added on another weekend to its schedule starting this year since there are just too many talented artists to cram into one weekend. This festival features artists from all different genres and also has sculptural art exhibits for those intellectual souls. Coachella also began in 1999 and began its 13 year long run with acts such as Rise Against the Machine and Tool, two pretty well known bands for an up incoming event. Along with presentations of art and music, the providers of this festival are making great strides to go green and support environment. One way they are doing this is by supporting the carpooling of its attendees, which will decrease carbon emissions and any person with the word “carpoolchella” written on the window immediately has the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the show for life is found by the secret spotter.

Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival—Detroit Michigan

May 26th through the 28th

A festival that sees over 100,000 individuals a day, the Movement takes place at the Hart Plaza, Memorial weekend each year. Tickets usually range from 60-85 dollars and last year’s lineup included artists such as: Public Enemy, Lil’ Louis and The Wizard.

Sasquatch! Music Festival—Gorge Amphitheater, Washington

May 25th through the 28th

Presented by the House of Blues, this not to miss event has musical talents mostly found in Alternative, Indie Rock and Hip-hop, while also producing a few comedy shows as well. This festival began over a decade ago in 2002 and has become one of the most sought after shows to see in the area. This year’s lineup includes artists such as Bon Iver, one of my new favorite bands The Civil Wars and Pretty Lights.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival—Manchester, TN

June 7th through the 10th

A festival that I have personal gone to, Bonnaroo is an experience that no person will ever forget and is even named one of the top 50 moments that changed rock and roll. A festival that began in 2002 on a 700 acre farm bring in just around 100,000 people each year to see some of today’s top performers rock it out for the crowds. This year’s lineup includes The Red Hot Chili Peppers who just released a new album, The Beach Boys, Phish and Radio head, with tickets selling around 260 for the four day passes. Along with great music in every genre imaginable, they also provide a silent disco where every person puts on headphones and dances away, a comedy tent, a cinema tent, crafts and even a Ferris wheel. I know I may be biased, but this is an even I would suggest no one miss.

Also, check out bonnaroo’s latest effort to team up with Oneshirt, along with over 200 colleges around the country during Earth Week of April 26th to recycle clothing. The winning schools being named Big Shirt on Campus and Bonnaroo will award one Grand Prize of 24 four-day passes with premium camping to the 2012 festival.

Electric Daisy Carnival—Las Vegas, NV

June 8th through the 10th

Conjured up in 1997, this festival was originally held in southern CA in 2007 and is now officially held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, providing a lot more room. Tickets for this event will put you back around $215 dollars, but with that price you are included artists that are performing at your venue and via satellite from venues in Orlando, Colorado and Dallas, along with a multitude of fireworks displays, skydivers, clowns and crowds nearing 230,000.

Lollapalooza—Chicago, IL

August 3rd through the 5th

Easily one of the most recognizable yearly festivals, Lolla was created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrel and had a run until 2003 due to poor ticketing sales. In 2003, the festival was revived and has continued to up the ante with some of the best artists in the Punk, Alternative, hip-hop and heavy metal industries. This three day long festival is also known for hosting many non-profit organizations and political groups trying to get their platforms heard and out to the masses. Although the 2012 lineup has yet to be announced, last year showcased artists such as Eminem, The Foo Fighters and Coldplay, so I have a feeling we won’t be disappointed.

Also hoping on the green bandwagon, Lollapalooza is featuring a “Green Street” this year where individuals can feature their green goods to those attending the festivities. For more information as well as other ways this event is going green go to .

Outside Lands Festival—San Francisco, CA

August 12th through the 14th

Newly produced in 2008, Outside Lands is known as one of the more ecofriendly festivals throughout the country in heavy support of the green movement by using Solar power stages, and workshops to educate you about organic food and farming. One of the cool things about this event is that they stream it live on Youtube, so there’s a chance the cameras might find you in the midst of the crowd and you can appear on live video. This year’s talent includes The Black Keys, Arcade Fire and Phish.

Electric Zoo—New York, New York

August 31st through September 2nd

A three day long dance party that began in 2009, the “zoo” as they call it takes place on Labor Day weekend in Randall’s Island Park. The international Dance Music Awards named in the “best music event” and in 2011 had acts from over 100 artists such as David Guetta, Skrillex and Tiesto. Electric zoo is also in partner with Music Unites, an organization that helps bring music education to underprivileged children in inner city schools, donating 2 dollars from each ticket to the charity.

MusicFest NW—Portland Oregon

September 5th through the 9th

This festival is produced by Willamette Week, Portland’s leading magazine and is the 3rd largest indoor music festival in the United States. This event features over 170 bands and last year included headliners such as Iron and Wine and Band of Horses.

Austin City Limits Music Festival—Austin, TX

September 12th through the 14th

Beginning in 1991, this three day festival produced by C3presents takes place in Austins center at Zilker Park. City Limits is based off of Austin City Limits, a popular TV serious about country and folk performer and is the basis for the headlining acts chosen each year. This festival sees around 70,000 people each day and last year had performers such as Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Arcade Fire.

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