It’s Christmastime for music followers.
No, not as a result of there’s a brand new Michael Jackson album coming or as a result of Miley Cyrus is on tour, however as a result of music competition season is upon us. Meaning for the value of a ticket to, say, Lollapalooza, followers can see Eminem, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Pixies, 9 Inch Nails, Outkast, Arcade Hearth, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris and Foster the Individuals — multi function place. It’s properly definitely worth the funding for a faithful music fan, which is why Coachella, Bumbershoot, All Tomorrow’s Events and Governor’s Ball have all turn out to be necessary stops for music lovers. Even Hanson is getting in on the festivities, kicking off The Hop Jam (and promoting their Mmmhops beer) of their house state of Oklahoma and Merge Data is marking their twenty fifth anniversary with a competition of their very own — Merge 25 Fest.
For these on the lookout for much more bang for his or her buck, worldwide festivals permit vacationers to mix international tourism with unbelievable music, like on the World DJ Pageant held on Could 4-5 in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi, South Korea; or Gothenberg, Sweden’s Means Out West Pageant; or Soften! Pageant, which brings Le1f, Little Dragon, Jagwar Ma, Haim and Chromeo to Germany’s famed iron metropolis. For these trying to journey inside america, there’s Georgia’s electro-fest TomorrowWorld, San Francisco’s Exterior Lands, which payments itself as a “connoisseur music competition,” or Kentucky’s Forecastle Pageant, which mixes a killer lineup with all of the websites of Louisville.
In brief, no matter or wherever your musical curiosity lie, there’s in all probability a competition that matches the invoice.
Listed below are 14 festivals to take a look at in 2014:
Moogfest 2014 (moogfest.com)
When: April 23-27 The place: Asheville, NC
2014 Lineup Highlights: Kraftwerk 3-D, CHIC That includes Nile Rodgers, Laurie Anderson, Pet Store Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, Dillon Francis, Q-Tip, LE1f, Dan Deacon, YACHT.
This revolutionary competition was based in 2004 by Dr. Robert Moog, the creator of the well-known synthesizer firm Moog Music. What began as a gathering for Moog lovers has expanded to incorporate a slate of audio system on subjects just like the crossover between music and know-how, in addition to a line up of musicians exhibiting that interplay in motion. This yr’s competition is titled “The Synthesis of Expertise, Music, and Artwork” and contains audio system like The Simpsons author David X Cohen, synthesizer trailblazer Don Buchla, and musician Dan Deacon — in addition to a star-studded musical lineup.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (nojazzfest.com)
When: April 25-27 and Could 1-4
The place: New Orleans, LA
2014 Lineup Highlights: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Road Band, Arcade Hearth, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Robin Thicke, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Santana, the Avett Brothers, Charlie Wilson
To have a good time its forty fifth yr, Jazz Fest is showcasing the most effective that Louisiana has to supply in tradition, crafts and Southern cooking and — after all — jazz and gospel music, together with a packed roster of imported expertise. The 2014 headliners are a mixture of up to date and veteran rock, pop and R&B stars, together with Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Hearth and Vampire Weekend — a melange appropriate for outdated fingers and competition newcomers alike.
When: Could 23-25
The place: The Gorge, Quincy, WA
2014 Lineup Highlights: Outkast, The Nationwide, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Child Cudi, Die Antwoord, Neko Case, Haim, Main Lazer, Likelihood the Rapper, Phantogram
Set deep within the Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch! has attracted music followers world wide to far-off Quincy, Wa., with its spot-on line-up of up-and-comers and headlining acts. Whereas the homegrown Northwest competition was purported to increase to a second weekend this yr (like Coachella), low ticket gross sales pressured the fest to stay with their conventional one weekend format. The various lineup of indie all-stars, fan favorites and comedian geniuses ought to nonetheless have music followers flocking to the fest — at the least for the possibility to see Queens of the Stone Age play within the famously lovely Gorge amphitheater.
Sled Island Music and Arts Pageant (sledisland.com)
When: June 18-22
The place: Calgary, Alberta
2014 Lineup Highlights: Spiritualized, Bob Mould, Neko Case, Rhye, Killer Mike, Chelsea Wolfe, Rocket from the Crypt, St. Vincent, Touché Amore.
After the 2013 competition was cancelled as a result of huge floods that ravaged Alberta, the competition is coming again stronger than ever with a killer line-up curated by Kathleen Hanna, the musician behind Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Spoil. Their new slogan says all of it: No one rains on our parade.
Secret Solstice Pageant (secretsolstice.is)
When: June 20-22
The place: Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 Lineup Highlights: Large Assault, Woodkid, Mum, Skream, Droog, Waze and Odyssey, Oculus
There’s a whole lot of time to kill when the solar shines for almost 24-hours a day prefer it does in Iceland through the summer season solstice. To assist wile away the hours, there’s now Secret Solstice, a brand-new Icelandic music competition that options over 100 established and up-and-coming artists of each the homegrown and worldwide selection, overlaying a big selection of genres. Take a look at units by Large Assault, ScHoolboy Q, Woodkid, and Múm; then take a dip in geothermal swimming pools heated by a volcano because the solar shines down for 3 days straight.
Hangout Music Fest (hangoutmusicfest.com)
When: Could 16-18
The place: Gulf Shores, Ala.
2014 Lineup Highlights: The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Fairly Lights
Except for Talladega, the attract of Alabama has eluded many individuals. Then 5 years in the past, Hangout Music Pageant was based. Now over 35,000 concertgoers a yr head to the seashores of Gulf Shores, close to the Florida border, for 3 days of unbelievable music, Southern hospitality and, sure, hanging out. This yr the Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips will all be making their approach to the seashore, together with 70+ rappers, DJs and people bands scheduled to carry out. With the addition of swimming swimming pools and an on-site wedding ceremony chapel, issues ought to get extra-lively.
When: June 12-15
The place: Manchester, TN
2014 Lineup Highlights: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill, Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Flaming Lips, Impartial Milk Lodge, the Arctic Monkeys
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Situated in Manchester, TN, which is 60 miles from Nashville and 40 from Chattanooga, Bonnaroo isn’t the simplest competition to get to. To reward these intrepid sufficient to courageous the journey, the competition provides an opportunity to see musical magic occur. Whether or not it’s Daryl Corridor and Chromeo teaming up, Questlove jamming with Led Zeppelin or the Beastie Boys enjoying their final stay present ever, Bonnaroo packs some main moments into the weekend-long competition. This yr has Kanye West, Elton John and Jack West, and the possibility of seeing these males collaborate onstage makes the value of admission — and the journey —properly definitely worth the cash.
When: June 25-29
The place: Glastonbury, UK
2014 Lineup Highlights: Arcade Hearth, Dolly Parton, Kasabian, Pixies, Jack White, Lily Allen, Disclosure, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Blondie, Large Assault, M.I.A and Skrillex , The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Warpaint
In the event you have been to solely go to at least one music competition in your lifetime, it ought to be Glastonbury. The competition has been going robust for the reason that Nineteen Seventies and in some way manages to maintain making music historical past, yr after yr, whether or not it’s Paul McCartney singing “Blackbird” with the gang, Pulp blaring “Widespread Individuals” or Moby overlaying Radiohead’s “Creep.” Nonetheless, if you wish to go, you wanted to behave months in the past — tickets for this yr’s 135,000-capacity occasion bought out in October in simply 1 hour and 27 minutes. Further tickets might turn out to be accessible, although, and if the rumors are true and Radiohead is the still-unannounced third headliner, followers might need to take into account shopping for a aircraft ticket.
When: June 25-29 and July 1-6
The place: Milwaukee, WI
2014 Lineup Highlights: Usher, Bruno Mars, Woman Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, New Order, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Gary Clark Jr.
It solely make sense that Wisconsin — the land of the publicly-owned Inexperienced Bay Packers — would host a competition geared completely in direction of its neighborhood’s pursuits, tastes and pocketbooks. Whereas many festivals declare to have one thing for everybody, Summerfest lives as much as the assertion. From Bruno Mars to Woman Gaga to Motley Crue, to Brad Paisley and Fall Out Boy, the 11-day competition’s line-up is a jawdropper and so is the value with early chicken tickets going for the a mere $16 — principally, the value of a beer at different festivals. Energy to the individuals by no means sounded so good.
EXIT Pageant (exitfest.org)
When: July 10 – 14, 2014
The place: Novi Unhappy, Serbia
2014 Lineup Highlights: Skrillex, Koven, Damon Albarn, Rudimental, Disclosure, The Afghan Whigs, Fairly Lights
When individuals discuss Exit Pageant, they often point out the setting first, and for good purpose: The competition takes place inside Servia’s Petrovaradin Fortress — its 18 or so levels, bars and silent discos are related by seventeenth century cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels all constructed on the hills overlooking the Danube river. However the picturesque, surreal setting isn’t the one purpose that EXIT has back-to-back wins as ‘Greatest Main European Pageant’: the accolade is due to the well-curated lineup, pleasant vibe and the power to slot in some sight-seeing earlier than the night time’s exhibits get underway. Music because the fest usually runs from 8 p.m. to eight a.m., that means EXIT isn’t for the fainthearted or early-to-bed sorts.
Osheaga Music Pageant (osheaga.com)
When: August 1 – 3
The place: Montreal, Canada
2014 Lineup Highlights: OutKast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, the Replacements, Nick Cave and the Unhealthy Seeds, Modest Mouse, J. Cole, Awolnation, Lykke Li, Infantile Gambino, Chromeo, Chvrches, Band of Horses, Haim, Pusha T, Tiga
Because it was based in 2006, Osheaga has quietly turn out to be probably the greatest music festivals in North America, however most individuals wish to preserve that secret to themselves lest the competition’s magic get spoiled. Every year the lineup reads like a who’s who of indie rock favorites, and this yr is not any exception, with Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, the Replacements, Danny Brown and the omnipresent OutKast. The competition is including an additional stage this yr to showcase rising artists — and with Osheaga’s knack for locating expertise, anticipate it to be properly price testing.
When: August 1-3
The place: Completely happy Valley, Ore.
2014 Lineup Highlights: Blind Pilot, X, Warpaint, Angel Olsen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jonathan Richman, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett , Mikal Cronin, Ages and Ages
In the event you’re on the lookout for one thing totally different, one thing to do with your entire household or have already seen OutKast 4 occasions, head to Completely happy Valley, Oregon for the annual Pickathon. The competition brings a formidable roster of indie expertise to Pendarvis Farm for a comparatively intimate (it’s capped at 3,500 individuals) occasion. The competition provides a extra family-friendly vibe, together with a whole schedule of occasions for youths, and meals vans that rival any meals competition (or competition meals) choices, though it is best to pack your individual dishes; Pickathon has a novel eco-friendly strategy that just about eliminates waste. That is Oregon, in any case.
OFF Pageant (off-festival.pl)
When: August 2 – 4
The place: Katowice, Poland
2014 Lineup Highlights: Belle and Sebastian, Impartial Milk Lodge, F-k Buttons, Holden (LIVE), Jesus and Mary Chain, The Notwist, Gary Wilson, Dean Wareham
Exterior of Poland, most individuals could be hard-pressed to cough up the identify of a Polish band or artist; rectify that scenario with a visit to Poland’s Three Lake Valley outdoors Katowice for OFF Pageant. The competition brings collectively the cream of the home musical crop (Kaseciarz, Regular Echo, Eugeniusz Rudnik and Wild Books are all on the schedule) in addition to a various worldwide musical roster, pulling from shoegaze, hardcore punk, and psychedelia to play for an enthusiastic crowd. This can be a music competition for true music followers.
When: August 5-9
The place: Oslo, Norway
2014 Lineup Highlights: OutKast, Queens of the Stone Age, Royksopp and Robyn, Darkside, Slowdive, Janelle Monae, Mayhem, Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Angel Olsen, The Julie Spoil, Impartial Milk Lodge, The Nationwide.
This impeccably-curated competition takes over Oslo’s Medieval Park every August and transforms it from Nordic ruins to a music-lover’s paradise that will make Valhalla jealous. The competition’s levels are full of an eclectic combine of latest musicians, native Scandinavian expertise and a number of the greatest musical acts on this planet, all enjoying in an attractive setting near downtown Oslo. Individuals trying to mix tourism with music could be laborious pressed to discover a higher competition.
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