Hottest Summer Concert Lineups

This summer, don’t just settle for parking it on the couch to watch Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Get out and catch some of the amazing tours that are happening across North America and Europe. Here are the ten hottest summer concert lineups that should not be missed this summer.




Hopscotch Festival


Hopscotch Festival

Okay, so The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC may be a long commute for you. But if you can swing it, this show will definitely be worth it. Tickets for the entire 3-day show from September 8-10 are only $105. The lineup includes The Flaming Lips, All Tiny Creatures, Steve Gunn, Drive-By Truckers, Mouthus… the list goes on and on. Take at look at it yourself below.

Concert lineup:




Death Cab For Cutie


Death Cab for Cutie

Due to popular demand, Death Cab for Cutie recently added additional dates to their summer tour schedule, extending the tour into July and August in the US and Canada. Better snatch them up quickly, though. Several dates to see the 4-man group from Bellingham, Washington have already sold out. Opening for them on the extended leg will be the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.

Tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine




Trombone Shorty by Randy Cremean


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

This group of 7 headed by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has created a ridiculously catchy genre of music that they refer to as supafunkrock. It’s a mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip hop and soul, and yes, it’s definitely as catchy as it sounds. They’ll be touring throughout North America through June, and Europe throughout July before returning to the US.

Tour dates and locations:




Roger Daltrey


Roger Daltrey performing The Who’s Tommy

Chances are good that you’ve seen The Who’s Tommy before, maybe at your local community theater or as a tour. But have you seen the rock opera performed live by Roger Daltrey himself? Probably not! You won’t get to see Pete Townshend, unfortunately, but this may be your last chance to hear Daltrey perform the role he originated.

Tour dates and locations: The Who Official Band Website



Beirut, originally the solo project of Zachary Francis Condon of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a sound that is really pretty outstanding. Condon is a crooner, while the instruments that accompany him include cello, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, drums, violin, organ, tambourine, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, and euphonium, amongst others. If you think you’ve heard something like their unique mix of American and Eastern European folk music before, you may be mistaken.

Tour dates and locations: Bands In Town




Kid Cudi


Kid Cudi

Singer and rapper Kid Cudi will tour throughout North America this summer, including a performance in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 1. Recently, Kid Cudi announced the name of his new record label, Wicked Awesome Records, and is slated to release his album Wizard later this year. Seems like everything’s coming up Cudi…

Tour dates and locations: Eventful




Archers of Loaf


Archers of Loaf

They’re back! Indie rock band Archers of Loaf will kick off a tour in their home state of North Carolina this May—their first tour in 13 years. Check out their North American tour dates to see if they’ll be coming to a city near you.

Tour dates and locations: Brooklyn Vegan




Scissor Sisters


Scissor Sisters

A little bit electronic dance and a little bit pop with a big ol’ dose of glam rock, New York’s Scissor Sisters always put on a show that is every bit as colorful and kooky as you think it will be. This summer you can catch them across the US and Europe.

Tour dates and locations:







Where do we even start with the Bonaroo lineup this year? The complete list includes Eminem, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Primus, Ratatat, Neon Trees, Chiddy Bang, Loretta Lynn, and literally dozens of others. It’s kind of hard to believe. Take a look at the full lineup for yourself, then start making your travel plans to Manchester TN for the event June 9-12.

Concert lineup:


The Civil Wars

The duo that makes up The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, are relative newcomers on the scene. They met at a music conference in Nashville in 2008. Shortly thereafter, they were named ‘Best of What’s Next’ by Paste Magazine. Williams’ sweet, melodic voice over blue-grassy banjo and guitar riffs will definitely make for a chill, soothing show. You can also catch a select number of shows they’ll be playing with Adele. They’ll be on the east coast in May and the west coast in June.

Tour dates and locations:

Adele tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine



Summer Boutique Festivals For a More Intimate Musical Experience

For the summer festival-goer, there will always be the massive essentials: Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, Download, V, and so on. These always provide the cream of the musical crop in a setting filled with thousands and thousands of fellow music-lovers. But these crowds, of course, bring their own challenges, and if you’ve done these several times before, you may be hungering for a somewhat more intimate outdoor festival experience.


Luckily the so-called “boutique festival” concept is increasing in popularity every year. These events focus on a more tightly curated roster of performers and a purposely smaller audience, and often incorporate other forms of entertainment like theater, film, and more. Here are five summer festivals worth a look this year for a different kind of experience.


Beacons, 12-14 August 2011

This two-day festival invites a small number of fans — just a couple thousand! — to enjoy a specially curated programme of left-field sounds in a picturesque setting in the Yorkshire dales. The lineup this year includes both rock and electronic music, including a diverse range of artists like Frankie & the Heartstrings, Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, Toddla T, and the Cave Singers. The festival bills itself as child-friendly and also offers a selection of local food and beers, fancy dress, cinema, a vintage fair, and more.


Toddla T is among the diverse roster of performers at Beacons (Photograph by Tom Jackson)




Shambala, 25-28 August 2011

This super-underground festival has been running for some 12 years almost solely on word of mouth. You don’t find out the location until you buy a ticket, and you don’t find out the programme or musical lineup until you arrive! There are four different stages planned, with genres including rock, roots music, electronic music, and even folk, jazz, and world sounds. This promises a family-friendly environment centered on camping (and campfires!) and plenty of eccentric characters.

A scene from the 2009 edition of the festival. (Photograph via Brian Tomlinson on Flickr)





Standon Calling, 12-14 August 2011

This small Hertsfordshire festival started out as a party among friends, and grew over the years by word of mouth into its current incarnation of a few thousand fans gathered in a 16th-century manor house. The theme this year is “Gods & Monsters,” and top-billed performers this year include Spiritualized, Battles, and Hercules and Love Affair. Like most other small festivals, there is an emphasis on fancy dress, and art installations feature throughout the grounds. Fun bonuses: The festival also features a nightclub in a cowshed and a swimming pool!

One of Standon Calling's most popular features is a swimming pool (Image via ebotunes on Flickr)




Summer Sundae, 12-14 August 2011

This medium-size Leicester weekender started in 2001 and has become beloved for its unpredictable, eclectic lineups. This year’s performers include indie favorites like Graham Coxon and the Maccabees alongside reggae legends Toots and the Maytals, for instance. There’s also a comedy tent sponsored by the Leicester Comedy Festival and a Victorian-style “Curiosity Corner.”

Summer Sundae is sponsored by the city of Leicester. (Image via mellowdoubt on Flickr)





WOMAD Charlton Park, 29 – 41 July 2011

WOMAD is actually the umbrella name for several festivals and one-off events, but the main event takes place this July in Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Unlike the indie- and dance-centric feel of many other festivals, the focus here is on world music. Performers this year hail from the U.K. and the U.S., as well as farther-flung locales like Mexico, India, and even Sierra Leone. Extracurricular activities include a food fair, a spa, a “human library,” and cultural workshops. Peter Gabriel is a fan!

WOMAD attracts a crowd as wide-ranging as its musical performers. (Image via Gavin Stewart on Flickr)


Wireless Once Again Sets the Tone for City Festivals

The Wireless music festival has developed a strong reputation for providing great line-ups in recent years and the 2011 Wireless festival in Hyde Park looks set to do the same. It has been well known that reformed Pulp are in line to play on the Sunday evening of the event but some big announcements have been made for the Friday and Saturday of the festival.



Love them or loathe them, there is no getting away from the fact that the Black Eyed Peas are one of the biggest bands in the world. An appearance at the Superbowl reinforced this but the number of singles and albums they have shifted in recent years indicates that there is a lot of love for this act. They are bound to get the party started on the Friday night as they headline a line-up that brings together pop, R&B and a touch of urban music.

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas have good back up on Friday


Tinie Tempah

Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Example are all included on the Friday line-up which should see these tickets go very quickly. There is a good sized capacity for the Wireless music festival but there is also going to be a lot of demand for these tickets. If you like chart based R&B and electro-funkiness, Hyde Park is likely to be delivering your sort of thing on the Friday.


Saturday sees Wireless festival slip on its dancing shoes and headline act The Chemical Brothers are more than capable of having everyone dancing long into the night. At their own shoes, the dup can sometimes play some of their obscure album tracks and create a set which ebbs and flows but at a festival, they bring out the big guns.

The Brothers Gonna Work It Out

The Saturday night of last year’s Wireless festival featured LCD Soundsystem who know how to put on a show but if anything, The Chemical Brothers should be capable of topping that event. It can be difficult for some dance acts to break through into the mainstream at times but Ed and Tom showed how it was done and they remain one of the most popular dance duos for a festival crowd.


If that isn’t enough dance action, the fact that Saturday also features artists like Aphex Twin, Battles and The Whip should be more than enough to get a party started on what is sure to be another busy day in Hyde Park.

Pulp remain different class

The excitement around the return of Pulp has meant that the Sunday at Wireless has been anticipated for quite a while and these tickets have been on sale since November. The reformed Sheffield band, led by Jarvis Cocker, is undoubtedly a major draw of the weekend and their set should see one of the biggest crowds of the 3 day event. The memories of the Britpop now may be a distant memory for some but an act like Pulp managed to stand out above many of the bands from that era. Their return is hotly anticipated…much like this year’s Wireless festival!


For more information on the Wireless Festival follow this link:

International Music Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

If you love music, you probably live for music festivals. There are five international music festivals you simply cannot miss in 2011. Regardless of your style or genre preferences, your location, or your budget limits, there is a music festival somewhere on the globe you must check out this year!


Summerfest is the “World’s Largest Music Festival.” This year, it is scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from June 20th to July 3rd and July 5th to July 10th. Performers are still yet to be announced for this year’s lineup, but it is usually released sometime in March. Summerfest 2011 will span over 11 days, will include 11 stages, and is set to feature over 800 music artists. No matter which music style you prefer, there is bound to be an artist you will love at this massive event.


Rock Fest

Rock Fest features some of the most popular names in rock music. This festival is set to take place July 14th to July 17th this year in Cadott, Wisconsin. Artists include Theory of a Deadman, Default, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Limp Bizkit, Black Valentyne, Soul Asylum, Skillet, and 3 Doors Down, just to name a few. As you can see, no matter how hard you rock, Rock Fest is the authority of rock festivals, and it is not for the faint of heart!


Glastonbury Festival

Held in Worthy Farm, Pilton, this historic festival began the day after the legendary musician Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. This year it will feature everyone from Florence and the Machine and La Roux, to Shakira and Muse, and is known for its extensive lineup which performs on over fifteen stages. Show up June 22nd through June 26th, and don’t forget to bring a camera and your hippie spirit for this iconic, once-in-a-lifetime music festival experience.


Stars and Stripes Festival

The Stars and Stripes Festival will hold its fifth annual even this year in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Currently, the date is set to take place from July 1st to July 3rd. Attractions and festivities will include food, fireworks, outdoor summer activities, and of course, lots and lots of music! This year’s lineup is said to include Vince Neil, Uncle Kracker, and Morris Day. There may be a fee this year for attending, unlike the previous years at the Clinton River festival, but it will certainly be worth the investment.

Harmony Festival

The Harmony Festival will hold its 33rd annual event this year, and it is set to take place in Sonoma County, Northern California from June 10th to June 12th. Artists from nearly every genre are present at this festival including Latin, Rock, Blues, Celtic, and World Beat genres, as well as many other eclectic genres. Since its early years, the Harmony Festival has been focused on community activism, spiritual wisdom, and environmental awareness. If you have a heart for music, the environment, and your community, then the Harmony Festival is not to be missed.

Sweet Auburn Springfest

Sweet Auburn Springfest

Sweet Auburn Springfest

Last but certainly not least, the Sweet Auburn Springfest takes place in the Sweet Auburn District of Atlanta. It is the largest multicultural festival in the South of the US, and the music at this festival ranges from international artists to Jazz and Blue Grass performers. Many top name performers found their fame on the stage of this festival, including Raven Symone, Usher, and Outkast.


What is your Music Festival Focus?

Music festivals are now the major high-point of the summer and the really big name festivals can sell out before a band is announced. Yes, Glastonbury, T in the Park and the Reading  / Leeds festivals have such a draw that they can sell every ticket to an audience who doesn’t have a clue what the final line-up will be. Some festivals even manage to sell over one third of their overall capacity a year in advance through early bird sales.


Which begs a couple of questions: Are music festival fans so confident of getting a good line up that buy tickets anyway or is the event more important than the bands?

There is a formula to music festivals

It is fair to say that music festivals can be formulaic. Glastonbury will have a few golden oldies or surprise stars on Sunday but the main headliners on Friday and Saturday will be huge. T in the Park plays it extremely safe with their Main Stage and Reading still clings to the idea that it is slightly rockier than most festivals.

All of these traits allow festival goers to make their mind up about going to a festival, regardless of the actual bands that are on. This is because they know roughly what type of bands will be playing and it is likely they will appeal to them anyway.

Of course, a strong argument can be made that many music festival fans do not care about the finer details of the line-up. A music festival is a chance to get away with friends and party over an increasingly longer weekend. Many festival goers spend more time in the campsite or by beer tents than they do watching bands.

A Festival - An opportunity to see great bands and party!

Enjoy yourself how you want

The festival gives them a license to enjoy themselves and have a great time. There is nothing wrong with that but if they are only looking for a good time with friends, surely it could be achieved for a cheaper price than what it costs to attend a music festival.

In saying that, there are people who can spend all day running between stage and tent and back again to maximise the amount of bands they want to see. They may miss out on a lot of drunken moments in the campsite but they will have memories of the bands playing. It is not as if one way is better than the other and once you pay your money, you can enjoy the festival however you like but you just wonder if there is some cool attachment about attending a festival.

There is a cool factor to attending a festival

Going to a music festival has become one of the major things to do in a summer and it can feel at times that if you don’t attend one then you are missing out. This may make some fans feel a little bit snobbish but there is no reason for the “real” music fans to be upset by these people who are out to have fun and will perhaps catch one or two bands by accidents. All the festival ticket money helps to pay for all the bands playing at a music festival, so the fact that festivals can keep on attracting huge crowds will help festivals keep on bringing the bands you want to see. So there you go, however you enjoy music festivals, everyone’s a winner!

City Festivals Proving A Big Draw

The Camden Crawl

The Camden Crawl - A Music Festival in a City

When you think of music festivals, it is inevitable that you will start to think of the major outdoor summer festivals featuring massive crowds and big headline acts. These festivals dominate the summer months and most music fans look forward to at least one of these big festivals every year. The major outdoor festivals are facing competition from a number of small yet perfectly formed city festivals, all of which are able to offer many benefits over the outdoor festival.

One of the best examples of this style of festival would have to be the Camden Crawl, which has reached veteran age for a festival. The premise of the Camden Crawl is simple with each attendee getting a wristband that allows them entry to every venue taking part in the event. Each venue will have a number of bands appearing and this goes on through the night and into the small hours of the morning.

You still get the thrill of running from band to band

Much like an outdoor festival will see you running from stage to stage to see the acts you like, the city festival replicates this with fans charging from venue to venue to see their favourite acts. This can lead to some interesting interaction with people not taking part in the festival but the premise is the exact same for major festivals. If a venue is full, much like if a tent was full, you should move on and try and catch someone somewhere else.

These city festivals provide good value for money with a large number of bands on the bill for considerably less price for a summer festival. Depending on where you stay, the location of the city festival is likely to be easier to reach and find accommodation that staying at a camp site. Whether you can make it home at the end of the night or are staying in a hotel, the benefits of a bed, a shower and proper food means that these festivals have a huge advantage over their outdoor counterparts.

Most major cities have had festivals like this

Other examples of these city festivals would include the Stag & Dagger festival which has taken place in London, Leeds and Glasgow. The Great Escape in Brighton is another fantastic example of this style of venue and if you look closely enough, there will be local examples of these festivals all over the country. Edinburgh had the Haddow Fest; Glasgow has had Hinterland and the Sauchiehall Crawl whereas London areas like Shoreditch have had numerous festivals of this manner in recent years.

Anything which gives music fans the opportunity to see a lot of bands has to be encouraged and these festivals are a great alternative to the traditional music festival. Staying away from the mud is a huge bonus for many music lovers but the distance between some venues may mean that rain is unavoidable. Regardless of the weather condition, this style of music festival is a welcome addition to the music scene and if you get the opportunity to check out a wide range of bands in your city, you should take the opportunity.

Why Not Try A Spanish Music Festival This Summer?

Summertime means festivals and from Glastonbury in early June to Leeds and Reading in late August, Britain spends every weekend rocking out in a serious fashion. From the major name festivals to the smaller boutique events, it seems that everyone who is anyone is heading to a festival, which means you should be too.

However, there is a growing trend to look outside rip-off Britain with its expensive yet water-downed pints and rubbish weather and seek festival fun on foreign shores. Once you factor in the cost of getting there and where to stay (many festivals provide free camping), the benefits of seeing your favourite bands in the blistering sun become all too apparent.

Get In The Sunshine

There has always been a major travel link between Britain and Spain and the nation sandwiched in between France and Portugal remains a popular tourist destination. Spain has also become one of the major destinations for festival goers so why not combine a sunshine break with a few days at a music festival?

The obvious choice is Benicassim, which takes place in July, and with up to 9 days of free camping included in your festival ticket, the price starts to become very reasonable. The festival, situated in between Barcelona and Valencia and being a two hour train journey from both cities lasts for four days and goes long into the night. In fact, the bands start playing around 5pm in the evening with the last acts finishing up around 6 or 7am. After that, if you are still up, it is a short trek to the beach to sleep, catch some sun and try to recover before doing it all again the next evening.



Benicassim rules the roost

Benicassim is an astounding festival (if the gale force winds stay away) and is a very relaxed and chilled out atmosphere. With numerous stages, indie bands and big names dominate the line-up until 2am and then dance acts take centre stage. It’s a great blend of artists and the timing of the event makes it perfect for those that hit their peak when the UK clubs normally close or when the sun starts to break.

There is more to Spain that Benicassim though as Barcelona rightly proves. The Primavera festival, occurring at the end of May, is celebrating its 11th year in 2011 and has grown into a five day festival. The line-up is very indie-centric but again, features many glitchy or charismatic dance acts when the sun goes down. If you think these festivals do not offer enough dance music for you then the Sonar festival in June in the Catalonian capital is for you.

Foreign festivals can be affordable

Primavera, Spain

Primavera, Spain

The Barcelona festivals do not provide camping but they take place in the city, with the Metro line or buses ferrying revellers back to the city centre at all hours. Flights to Barcelona can be found for quite cheap and Barcelona has a host of hotels and hostels which will suit any traveller on a budget. Given the festival hours, you will only need a hotel to contain a bed to sleep for a few hours each day; anything else would be a waste!

Primavera, Spain

Primavera, Spain

British festivals are an excellent and integral part of summer but if you want to experience something brighter, taking in a Spanish summer festival could make 2011 your best summer yet.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: