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Countdown to Summer: Your Guide to Summer Festivals

All of this damn snow has me trapped in my house dreaming of the warm summer months to come. The best part of summer? The music festivals (and Yankees baseball, of course.)  South by Southwest kicks off the festival season in just a few short weeks, and from then on, your spring and summer is covered with great live music.

Here is what you have to look forward to in the coming months. Now you can put being snowed in to good use, and start making your plans for checking out as many of these awesome festivals as you possibly can.

South by Southwest (Covered live from Austin, TX by Harris)

Is one of the largest music festivals in the country and has helped the career of many independent bands and artists.


Traditionally a punk and emo festival, this year’s lineup includes pop and hip-hop artists as well.

**The California and New Jersey shows are selling a limited amount of VIP Packages that include VIP entrance, access to special viewing areas and lounges, backstage tours, meet & greets with various artists, a complimentary ticket to Hoodwink Festival and more.
Countdown: 4 weeks & 1 day until California, 9 weeks until Jersey, and 11 weeks until Chicago


The Hoodwink Music Festival is a kick-off concert for the Bamboozle festival where bands cover music by other bands.

Big Ears Music Festival

This festival started with a few bands last year and is back for round two and bigger than ever.


Coachella is like the Woodstock of the millenium. They land all of the best bands and have the perfect mix of pop, rock and hip-hop; plus you can camp out right there!

Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival

For all of you electronic music fans, this festival boasts newcomers and renowned artists alike.

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Screw the shore, Sasquatch! is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend. They say the Gorge Amphitheatre is one of the sickest venues in the country, and they’re so excited about it that they added an exclaimation point at the end of Sasquatch.


This festival is held on a 700 acre farm that is said to be “the home for all the cool kids and hippies.”

Siren Music Festival

The Village Voice hosts this music festival for indie artists, bands, and DJs every year.

Pitchfork Music Festival


Created by Jane’s Addiction frontman, Perry Farrell, this festival has always been one of my favorites until they stopped touring in 2004.

Warped Tour

Probably the most popular, touring festival, Vans Warped Tour, fans can enjoy a mix of famous and unknown punk rock bands at any of the dates all summer long.

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