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THE BEST FESTS

Pick your vacation destination as we round up the most musical bangs for your buck this summer.

The Roots Picnic

June 4, Penn’s Landing

Things kick off right here in Philly with the Roots Picnic, ?uestlove and crew’s annual takeover of Penn’s Landing. On the linuep this year are sets by Nas and Esperanza Spalding backed by the Roots, as well as Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, The Dismemberment Plan, Man Man and plenty more.

www.okayplayer.com



Bonnaroo


June 9-12, Manchester, Tenn.

Bonnaroo is known for hippie-izing whoever signs up, like Flaming Lips playing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” last year, or Springsteen jamming with Phish the year before. The toke-’em-if-you’ve-got-’em tradition continues with a diverse lineup nearly 200-strong that includes Eminem, Mumford and Sons, Wiz Khalifa, Arcade Fire, the Strokes and a Buffalo Springfield reunion.

www.bonnaroo.com



Solid Sound

June 24-26, North Adams, Mass.

If you love Wilco, you need to attend this fest, where not only does Jeff Tweedy’s band headline both nights, but their other members host workshops and showcase their side projects. You can also see the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, plus a whole slew of comedians curated by John Hodgman.

www.solidsoundfestival.com



Pitchfork Music Festival

July 15-17, Chicago, Ill.

When you’re an indie rock website that basically acts as the barometer of cool, it’s important that your festival features all those musicians that you’ve put on pedestals. Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Neko Case, Guided by Voices and TV on the Radio are the biggies here, but the up and comers are all great too. Make sure to check out EMA, Yuck and Twin Sister.

www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com



Newport Folk Festival

July 30-31, Newport, RI

This year’s highlights include acoustic sets from Elvis Costello and Tegan and Sara, as well as full-on rocking ones from Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples and David Wax Museum. Go on Saturday to see the What Cheer? Brigade roam around the grounds with their terrifyingly beautiful cacophony.

www.newportfolkfest.net



Escape to New York

Aug. 5-7, Southampton, NY

We get a kick out of made- up phrases as much as anybody, and when we first heard about this fest in the Hamptons that boasted a glamorous type of camping they called glamping, we got a good laugh. But we stopped laughing when we saw how cool the lineup was. Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Vaccines, Best Coast and more! And that’s only Friday night!

www.escape2ny.com



Lollapalooza

Aug. 5-7, Chicago, Ill.

Why does Chicago get all the cool fests? And it’s not even a repeat of the Pitchfork event two weeks earlier. Totally different lineups. This one has Eminem, Foo Fighters, Ellie Goulding and the only scheduled festival stop from the reunited Cars.

www.lollapalooza.com



Afro-Punk Festival

Aug. 27-28

Commodore Barry Park, NYC

The acts playing the seventh annual Afro-Punk are all black, but that’s about the only thing they have in common, well, aside from awesomeness. See Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi and others who haven’t been announced.

www.afropunk.com



In the city



SummerStage/The Seaport


We like to think of these events as long, drawn-out festivals that are going on all summer, even when we’re not there. SummerStage highlights include free shows by Reggie Watts (June 22), Fitz and the Tantrums (June 25), Pink Martini (July 17), Friendly Fires (August 7) and an old school hip-hop throwdown with Rakim, EPMD and Funkmaster Flex (August 21). Highlights for the Seaport include free shows from Ted Leo, headlining the 4Knots Music Festival (July 9), Lower Dens and Dirty Beaches (July 1) and The Wake and Weekend (July 8).

www.summerstage.com

www.southstreetseaport.com/events

 
 
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