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Essential California Music Festivals Guide

The 2018 California summer music festival season just ended so it must be time for the 2019 California summer music festival season to start. How far are you willing to go for a music festival? Zero miles? We can’t help you. But if you’re willing to go at least a few blocks there’s probably a music fest happening nearby. If you’re willing to travel all the way to the desert there’s definitely something for you. Once again, we’re starting to pull together a guide to 2019’s California music festivals starting in San Francisco heading to Los Angeles and beyond. This list is clustered by the distance starting from San Francisco (sorry, we’re SF-centric) and heading down the coast (admittedly, this format is a little confusing so we’ll probably arrange it by festival date at some point in the future). It’ll be updated as new music festivals and performers are announced. If it’s still in 2018 and you’re reading it, breathe deep, friend, we have some work to do.

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Outside Lands 2018 Releases Single Day Lineups

If you’ve been chomping on your wallet wondering which day of Outside Lands would be the best single day ticket investment we now have your answer. The Golden Gate Park summer music festival has released the daily lineups. Good luck deciding because each lineup is a doozy.

Outside lands 2018 Lineup

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. If we were to put money on which day would sell out first we’d put it all on Sunday. Only three acts stand between Janet Jackson and Janelle Monáe possibly stepping out onto the same stage together. Crazier things have happened at Outside Lands, so we will keep our fingers tightly crossed for an epic duet.

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Coachella 2019: Advance Tickets Friday, June 1

The California summer music festival season has only just begun, but we already need to start planning for Coachella 2019. In 2019, Coachella will take place over the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21.

The Indio, California festival will release advance tickets on June 1 at 11 a.m. PDT. You can take a swing at securing tickets here. In 2018, tickets were $429 for general admission and $999 for VIP. If that’s a little rich for your wallet, Coachella offers a payment plan.

Coachella 2019

I guess we should start updating the Essential California Music Festival Guide to include 2019 news.

 

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Essential Northeastern Summer Music Festivals Guide

How far are you willing to go for a music festival? Zero miles? We can’t help you. But if you’re willing to go at least a few blocks there’s probably a music fest happening nearby. If you’re willing to travel all the way to Vermont or Maryland there’s definitely something for you. We’ve pulled together a guide to this year’s Northeastern music festivals starting in New York City and branching out to Delaware, upstate, Pennsylvania, and anywhere else within 500 miles.  This list is clustered by the distance from Manhattan as the starting point and within each distance cluster by date. It’ll be updated as new music festivals and performers are announced. (UPDATED MAY 21, 2018)

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Outside Lands 2018 Adds Janelle Monáe, Billie Eilish, and more

If you were wondering how Outside Lands would recover from the loss of Huey Lewis and the News we have some good news! San Francisco’s biggest music festival announced Friday it would add Janelle Monáe, Billie Eilish, Saba, and Hobo Johnson.

Outside Lands New Lineup

The four new acts will join a bill featuring artists like Janet Jackson, the Weeknd, Beck, and Florence + the Machine.

The music festival, hosted in Golden Gate Park, takes place between August 10-12. The day-by-day lineups haven’t been announced but our money is on Janelle Monáe landing on the same day as Janet Jackson because we’re all secretly hoping the two will share the stage (and can we please get Grimes on the bill?).

Check out videos from the new additions below and to find out more about Outside Lands and other California music festivals see our Essential California Music Festival Guide.

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Outside Lands 2018: Huey Lewis cancels tour due to hearing loss

Seeing Huey Lewis and the News would certainly have been one of the high points of attending Outside Lands this year. The band, steeped in decades of perfect pop hits, always create a rambunctious, must sing-along party atmosphere whenever they perform. Unfortunately, the 67-year-old rock frontman of the band has canceled the tour due to hearing loss. Continue reading

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Essential Chicago Music Festivals Guide, 2018

Chicago doesn’t receive enough credit for the sheer number of music festivals it hosts every year. We might not have the climate of Austin but we sure do make up for it between June and October. Over the course of 15 weeks, a grand total of 24 days are dedicated to some sort of large-scale outdoor music event – and that doesn’t include the city-run World Music Festival or random summer block parties.

And it doesn’t need to end at city limits. If you’re feeling ambitious and passionate about music there are more than a dozen upper midwest summer music festivals within a six-hour drive of the city.

Below you’ll find our comprehensive guide to not only Chicago music festivals, but music fest throughout the Upper Midwest. From Chicago to Wisconsin to Detroit to Iowa, we’ve got it covered. We’ve broken the festivals down by distance and within each distance cluster they’re ordered by date. Did we miss an important festival or update? Let us know in the comments.

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Insider’s Guide to Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival

The White Stripes. The Flaming Lips. Spoon. Modest Mouse. The Mountain Goats. Sleater-Kinney. Guided By Voices. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. These are only a handful of the hundreds of bands who have performed over the last two decades at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival.

Many were little known when they first took the Noise Pop stage. Every February, Noise Pop returns giving music fans an opportunity to discover something new.

In 1993, Noise Pop was launched as a one-night event featuring a handful of local acts. It went so well, founders Kevin Arnold and Jordan Kurland, tried it again in 1994. They tapped punk rock band Jawbreaker to headline. The band had just come off a tour opening for Nirvana and were riding a wave of critical acclaim for their album 24-Hour Revenge Therapy. Not surprisingly, that show also did well, so the duo persisted.

Today, Noise Pop stretches over 10 days at venues in both San Francisco and Oakland. The focus continues to expose your ears to exciting new sounds of noise and pop, but recent years have seen an expansion beyond the aural to also include the visual.

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