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.
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Outside Lands, the annual music festival in Golden Gate Park, has failed to sell out with only one day remaining before the big event.
This is unusual for Another Planet Entertainment’s premiere San Francisco weekend festival. Looking all the way back to 2013 the event has always sold out in advance of the weekend. 2015 saw tickets gobbled up in record time.
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.
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.
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.
I guess we should start updating the Essential California Music Festival Guide to include 2019 news.
Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) is an annual two-day festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. Performers at the festival are traditionally a mixture of hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. It historically takes place in September or October. Between 2007 and 2016 the festival took place on the San Francisco Bay island called Treasure Island. The festival organizers took 2017 off to regroup and in 2018 moved to Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
Treasure Island Music Festival is notable for booking performers who might be on the cusp of breaking out. Festival-goers are likely to see an opener at TIMF who will be a hot ticket at other festivals the following year. The festival has shifted over the years to include bigger headliners like Sigur Ros in 2016 and Deadmau5 in 2015.
TIMF is a relaxed music festival experience. Like many festivals, Treasure Island has two stages, but those stages are staggered so performances aren’t competing. This removes the common festival frustration of choosing between two bands who might overlap.
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)
After a brief hiatus, the Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to the Bay Area this fall. The festival won’t be dropping stakes on the namesake island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Instead, Treasure Island Music Festival will take over Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park giving festivalgoers a lovely view of the Bay Bridge which previously was the connector to the festival’s island namesake.
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
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.