Longest Post I’ll Ever Write – Summer Music Festivals

I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the short blog post. I don’t like reading long things – it makes History, English and Philosophy classes next to impossible. Today, I make an exception. The lineups are out and some of the tickets go on sale mañana – ’tis the season of the summer music festival!

Across the country, America is killing it with the headlining performers this time around. How is Tom Petty playing every music festival? How?

Firefly Music Festival — Dover, DE


Come with me this summer. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. Imagine it now — we won’t shower, we’ll wear matching tie dye, we’ll eat a lot of hot dogs, hang out with 65 year old hippies and sleep in a field. Best thing to happen to Delaware since Joe Biden and low taxes, right? Red Hot Chilis, Tom Petty, Public Enemy, Avett Brothers, the Lumineers (fun fact – the lead singer was a Richmond Spider with my brother), Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Dispatch. Road trip!

More information and tickets here.

Newport Folk Festival — Newport, RI


If you ever listen to anything I tell you, make it this: go to Newport this summer. If it was anything like when I went in 2011, it will be well worth your money. Unfortunately, only Friday tickets are still available, but I’m sure if you’re willing to break the bank a little bit, you can find 3-day passes on StubHub or other ticket websites.

More information and tickets here.

Jazz and Heritage Festival — New Orleans, LA


Disclaimer: it takes place Georgetown Day weekend and the weekend when finals start so I almost don’t want you to look at the lineup because it will break your heart into pieces. Stop reading now if you love all things good. The nine headliners for both weekends include Billy Joel, DMB, Earth Wind and Fire, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Phoenix, Widespread Panic and Band of Horses. Oh, and Fleetwood Mac. Look me in the eyes and tell me you didn’t get the chills when Landslide played in that Budweiser commercial from the Superbowl.

More information here.

Bonnaroo — Nashville, TN


Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty (at it again!) and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, R. Kelly, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Ed Helm’s Bluegrass Superjam Situation with Special Guests (special guests!), Tallest Man on Earth, Gov’t Mule, Foals, the XX — well, you all can read so I’ll let you take a look at the lineup. This will be nuts. Weird Al is going.

Bamboozle Surf and Skate Festival — Freehold, NJ


I went to Bamboozle my junior year of high school. It ended in a concussion during the Weezer performance — YOLO, mom wasn’t happy about that one. Related or not, Bamboozle cancelled the festival for 2013 but the great state of New Jersey still plans to hold the Surf and Skate Festival, which will feature Fall Out Boy and Macklemore if that peaks your interest. Doesn’t peak mine, but as my dad always said, that’s what makes markets.

More information and tickets here.

*Note that Lollapalooza hasn’t released their lineup yet and Coachella is sold out (if you were a fan of the ’90s British invasion, this would have been your year — Stone Roses AND Blur performing). So, as you shiver in the 35-degree weather in Georgetown, imagine yourself standing in a crowd next to a sweaty man in an American flag visor listening to Chilis serenade you with a Otherside.

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