Top 10 Summer Music Festivals 2013 Woodstock changed music history forever in 1969 when 500,000 concert goers descended upon Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for 3 days of Peace & Music.
That was 44 years ago. Now there’s well over 100 Summer Music Festivals you can get your psychedelic dance on to. American Live Wire has made a list of the hottest Top 10 Summer Music Festivals 2013. Grab your concert gear and head to at least 1 festival, if not them all.
Top 10 Summer Music Festivals 2013
Dates: April 12-14 & April 19-21
Location: Indio, California
Line-Up: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Eric Prydz, The Lumineers, The Stone Roses
It’s hard to believe the first Coachella Music and Arts festival held in October 1999 was also almost it’s last. Fast-forward to 2013 and Coachella is easily the most anticipated Summer Music Festival. Imagine a Californian desert oasis of palm trees, green grass and green ’grass,’ where the common-folk and celebs mingle together for 2 weekends of music from all genres.
Last year, Coachella shocked the world when the venue resurrected the dead bringing Tupac back for a ‘live’ performance with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. You can bet they have something just as special rolled up their sleeve for this year.
Dates: October 4-6 & October 11-13
Location: Austin, Texas
2013 marks the first year Austin City Limits Music Festival will be split into two weekends after selling out 9 years in a row. With Austin being the Music Capital of the World, it’s no wonder the vote to extend the eclectic mix of mellow and mayhem into 2 weekends passed unanimously. ACL brings together the best of rock, indie, country, folk, rap, and electronic on more than 8 stages. Manage to get knocked up this past year? Don’t worry, there’s Austin Kiddie Limits to drop off your little bundle of joy while you revel on the lawn. Just don’t forget to pick them up at the end of the day. You wouldn’t want to wait in a 3 hour lost and found line now would you?
Dates: June 13-16
Location: Manchester, Tennessee
Headliners: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Pretty Lights, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bjork, Passion Pit
Bonnaroo is for the professional festival-goer. It will take every ounce of prior festival experience to successfully navigate its 700-acres. Bonnaroo features 10+ music stages and camp grounds to hold 80,000+ attendees and 15,000+ staff every single day. In the middle of it all is Centeroo, home of all Bonnaroo festivities. This is not only where you will find the concert stages, but also a silent disco, classic arcade, cinema, beer festival, giant water founatains and much more to entertain your tripped out mind.
Dates: August 2-4
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Did you listen to the radio a lot this year? There’s no shame in liking the popular stuff; we can’t all be hipsters. Lollapalooza consistently features top acts in all branches of alternative music for the year. Did your favorite band have a number of huge hits in the radio this year? Then get your tickets soon, because chances are they’ll be at Lollapalooza. Sadly, Lollapalooza is one of those weird venues that doesn’t allow camping, but what they lack in camping is more than made up for in some of the craziest after-parties this side of these United States. Stock up on Red Bull now.
5. Electric Zoo
Dates: August 30-September 1
Location: New York, New York
Electric Zoo is a celebration of all things electronic. Past line-up performers include David Guetta, Deadmau5, Pretty Lights, Tiesto, Shrillex and more. With its first show in 2009, Electric Zoo is still pretty new to the music festival scene. This fact hasn’t stopped the festival from quickly gaining in popularity and notoriety. The International Dance Music Awards nominated it “Best Music Event” for the past 3 years. Visit the website now to put in your opinion for who should appear in this year’s line-up.
Dates: May 24-27
Location: Quincy, Washington
Line-Up: Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sigur Ros, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Dropkick Murphys
If you’re looking to be one with both nature and music for 4 days, then head for the farthest northwest corner of America and don’t stop until you hit Sasquatch! Music Festival. Located 2.5 hours from any notable civilization, Sasquatch! plummets you in the middle of a gorge for some quality camping and indie rock alongside singer-songwriters.
Just watch out for the Canadians. We’re only kidding, aye.
7. Warped Tour
Dates: June 15-August 4
Location: Coming to a city near you
Line-Up: Hawthorne Heights, Reel Big Fis, Big D and the Kids Table, Chiodos, Motion City Soundtrack, Allstar Weekend, The Early November
Slide on those checkered VANS, get something tattooed or pierced and highlight your hair in neon cause you’re headed to Warped Tour. A traveling tour for 19 years, many music revealers have lost their festival virginity to Warped Tour since it mainly appeals to a young, skate crowd of punk rock, teenage-angst. No high school summer break is complete without a trip funded by your parents to the VANS Warped Tour. And if you haven’t lost more than your festival virginity by day’s end, then Warped Tour will probably steal that one as well.
Dates: August 9-11
Location: San Francisco, California
There’s free Ben N’ Jerrys. Need we say more? For those who are lactose intolerant, Outside Lands provides a bit of class and culture for the mature hippy in you. After pulling up to the bike valet, lift your pinky in the air as you stroll through the wine garden and take in the art exhibits present at the festival. Be sure to recycle while in attendance; Outside Lands is an eco-friendly event and even hands out educational material to prove it. Pick up some local produce at the Farmers Market before heading to the stages to hear bands like MUSE, MGMT, Shrillex, Metallica, Arcade Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Location: Probably Philly
Remember that new guy in school? The one who transferred out of of nowhere mid-senior year but still managed to become prom king. The one who became MVP in seemingly every sport and fit in with all lunch table cliches without sacrificing his status. When he walked down the hallway it was in slow motion. Girls wanted him, guys would turn gay for him. Now imagine if he was a summer music festival and you get the Made in America Festival. A successful music career, clothing line, and unofficial ownership of NYC weren’t enough for Jay-Z, who personally curates the event line-up and created the festival last year. In its first year he managed to reunite Run DMC. Who knows what he has planned for this year.
Dates: June 21-23
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
With electronic music like dub-step and house music making huge waves in the music business, we had to include one more hypnotic venue to the list. Music from dusk to dawn in the city that never sleeps makes Electric Daisy Carnival the perfect venue to wrap up our Top 10 Summer Music Festivals 2013. It’s the largest electronic music festival and dance event in North America, hosting 300,000+ in a short 3 days. If you ever need a break from the madness then head for the ferris wheel; all carnival rides are free.
Too broke to make it to a show?
Watch them live. Last year YouTube hosted Coachella and Vevo hosted Bonnaroo. This year Ustream will be the electronic venue for Bonnaroo and Outside Lands; YouTube has Coachella’s back again. Be sure to check OnDemand and cable listings for those who want to dance in front of their TVs. Go ahead, no one’s watching.
Top 10 Summer Music Festivals 2013