While this past weekend may have meant a free Monday off from work (thanks George Washington), this was not the case for festival planners around the world. As the first signs of spring triumph over the winter freeze, we crawl closer to the festivals we’ve been waiting for all year. In the spirit of the current season, South by Southwest continues to snowball, collecting premier acts faster than momentum, and ensuring it as a force to be reckoned with.
However, a somewhat quiet yet formidable resistance has been forming among the European ranks. With major lineup announcements/additions/rumors spreading through the continent, courtesy of Glastonbury, T in the Park, and Field Day Festial, the EU seems to be fortifying its music diplomacy. Regardless of the latitude and longitude, there’s plenty of news this week. From newly conceived festivals announcing their inaugural dates and lineups to the staples celebrating milestone anniversaries, there’s lots to be excited about for any festival fanatic.
For a full recap of all the latest festival news and rumors, scroll down and check out this week’s edition of Festivals in Brief.
— Vanderbilt University’s Rites of Spring Festival (aka the college college music event ever) will return this April with a lineup featuring Matt & Kim, The National, and Public Enemy. Tickets for the general public go on sale Thursday at 10 am CST
— Q Magazine reports that U2 will close out Friday night of this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival. If true, they’ll join the already confirmed likes of Coldplay and Beyonce.
— This summer, New York City will once again attempt to host a music festival. Set for June 18th, the inaugural edition of Governor’s Ball will feature Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Big Boi, and Neon Indian, among others. For those of you interested in fleeing the city in a ferry to an island dance refuge, tickets will go on sale this Thursday at 10am EST.
— Furthur, moe., and Umphrey’s McGee will be among the country’s premier jam bands making the pilgrimage to West Virginia to help celebrate All Good’s 15th anniversary this July. They’re heading a solid lineup that also includes Pretty Lights, Primus, John Butler Trio, and Yonder String Band. Three-day, four-day and VIP packages are available now through the festival’s website.
— Looks like the lineup for the T in the Park Festival just beat out the Loch Ness Monster for the number one reason to visit Scotland. With Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, and Bright Eyes all making appearances, expect steep competition for the remaining tickets when they go on sale this Saturday at 9am GMT via the festival’s website. Your move, Nessie.
— South by Southwest insists on competing with… itself. Although just mere weeks away, the Austin, TX-based extravaganza continues to make A-list additions that are causing all us non-ticketholders to develop a bad case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). This week’s round of additions includes a free show by none other than The Strokes, and performances by Duran Duran, Wu-Tang Clan, TrentemÃ¸ller, and Talib Kweli.
— South by Southwest: Added The Strokes, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang Clan, Asher Roth & Nottz Are Rawth, Tinie Tempah, Daedelus, The Secret Sisters, Glasser, Mister Heavenly, Odd Future, The Knux, The New Mastersounds, TrentemÃ¸ller, Twin Atlantic, Yelawolf, Zechs Marquise
— Beale Street Music Festival: The Avett Brothers (Expected), The Lee Boys (Expected), Betty Lavette (Expected), Hubert Sumlin (Expected),
— Beyond Wonderland: Added Joker & MC Nomad, Bad Boy Bill, Congorock, Donald Glaude, Kill The Noise, Porter Robinson
— All Good: Initial lineup announced, includes Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Primus, Pretty Lights, moe., Umphrye’s McGee, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Galactic, Toots and the Maytals, and JJ Grey & Mofro
—Rites of Spring Festival: Initial lineup announced, includes The National, Public Enemy, Kid Cudi, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Matt & Kim and Sara Bareilles
— Governor’s Ball: Lineup announced for the inaugural year; Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, and Empire of the Sun to head. Other notables include Big Boi, Neon Indian, People Under The Stairs, Miami Horror, Outasight, Reptar, Mac Miller, and a DJ set by Passion Pit
— Quebec City Summer Festival (Canada): The Black Keys and Girl Talk confirmed
— Ottawa Bluesfest (Canada): Big Sam’s Funky Nation (Expected), Mumford & Sons (Rumored)
— Glastonbury Festival (UK): U2 (Expected), Elbow (Expected),
— Rock Werchter (Belgium): Added Bright Eyes, Fleet Foxes, Hurts, Lissie, Magnetic Man, Underworld
— T in the Park (Scotland): 40 acts announced, including Coldplay, Bright Eyes, Brandon Flowers, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Blondie, Crystal Castles, Deadmau5, Diplo, Jimmy Eat World, and The Streets
— Donaufestival (Austria): Added James Blake, Ladytron, Liturgy, and Gold Panda
— Hop Farm Fest (UK): Initial lineup announced, includes The Eagles, Death Cab for Cutie, Brandon Flowers, Bryan Ferry, and 10CC
— Wireless Festival (UK): Added TV On The Radio, Foals, The Horrors, and Metronomy
— Camp Bestival (UK): Initial lineup announced, includes Blondie, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., House of Pain, ABC, Clare Maguire, Katy B, and Eliza Doolittle
— Download Festival (UK): Added Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Down, Trash Talk
— Highfield Festival (Germany): Initial lineup announcement includes Foo Fighters, The National, Interpol, 30 Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, The Bouncing Souls, and No Use For A Name
— Benicassim Festival (Spain): Added The Morning Benders, Paolo Nutini, Pendulum, and The Stranglers
— Open’er Festival (Poland): Added Cut Copy, M.I.A.
— EXIT Festival (Serbia): Added Pulp
— Roskilde Festival (Denmark): Added Mastodon, Parkway Drive
— Field Day Festival (UK): Initial lineup announced, includes Ariel Pink, Willy Mason, Ducktails, Twin Shadow, Matthew Dear, Gruff Rhys, The Horrors, Actress, Cocknbullkid, Electrelane, Factory Floor, Hype Williams, Jamie Woon, John Cale, Konono No. 1, Mark Kozelek, Mount Kimbie, Omar Souleyman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pearson Sound, Roska, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tortoise, Trophy Wife, and Wild Beasts
— Bisco Inferno: Lineup announced, includes Disco Biscuits, Big Boi, Emancipator, Rusko, and Boombox
– MoogFest: 2011 dates announced