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Festivals in Brief: August 11-18

on August 18, 2010, 6:30pm

As many of the big-name festivals of the season have come and gone, you’d think the festival news would slow down for a minute. But luckily for us the middle-of-the-pack festivals continue to pull their weight and buoy the news, and while some fests make the morning papers due to their tremendous success, others are in the headlines because they bit off a little more than they could chew.

To keep you up-to-date on festival stories, we’ve compiled all of the week’s news in our resurrected Festivals in Brief feature.

Check out the scoop below.


— The easiest festival to attend in the history of attending festivals (aka Outside Lands) brought a hodgepodge of artists and sounds to the Bay Area.

— Between the date changes, mediocre lineup, and admission policy switches, you sorta had to see this coming: festival organizers announced Toronto’s Imagine Concert would be postponed until next year.

— The L.A. rave scene finally hosted a fest that went off without a hitch at this year’s HARD Summer Festival.

— Despite an already killer lineup, the folks behind the inaugural edition of Moogfest decided to further outdo themselves by adding Devo and Disco Biscuits to the lineup.

— Festival organizers announced the official lineup for this year’s Farm Aid. The star-studded list includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Tweedy, and many more.

— CoS is giving away three pairs of passes to this year’s Scion Garage Fest. Shoot us an email, and you’ll have a chance to see The Oblivians, The Gories, The Ravonettes, and many others in Lawrence, Kansas.

Lineup Additions

Glastonbury Festival 2011: Madonna (rumored)

ATP New York: Todd Barry

FYF Fest: Janeane Garofalo

Moogfest: Bonobo, Claire and the Reasons, Devo, Disco Biscuits, Van Dyke Parks

Musicfest NW: Bad City, Smashing Pumpkins

Big Day Out: Andrew W.K. (expected), Kings of Leon (expected), Mark Ronson (expected), Soundgarden (expected)

Blackwater Music Festival: Boombox, Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, Zach Deputy

Ghoul Fest: Official lineup released including We Are Scientists, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Peanut Butter Wolf, and many more

ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas: Dreamcatcher, The Sadies, Throbbing Gristle, Tindersticks

Pacific Festival: Rebelution, The Aggrolites, The Expendables

O+ Festival: Official lineup released including Common Prayer, Hopeware, Monogold, and many more

Nocturnal Festival: Caspa, Noisia, Swedish House Mafia

Middlewest Fest: Born of Osiris, Russian Circles