Summer music festival preview: Coachella, Lollapalooza, New Orleans Jazz Fest and more
Yesterday we pointed you toward our story about the 10 best spring music festivals in Florida. Today, it's time to broaden our horizons. Let's think nationally.
We've put together a list of more than 20 of the biggest and best music festivals around the country. If you're thinking of making the trip to Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, here are the dates, Web sites and band lineups you need to know.
Which festival is the best? As usual, there are four primary suspects:
Coachella (April 16-18, Indio, Calif.): Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Faith No More, Tiesto, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (above), Spoon, Devo, Sly and the Family Stone, Orbital, Grizzly Bear, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, the Dead Weather, Hot Chip, De La Soul, Yo La Tengo
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-May 2, New Orleans, La.): Simon and Garfunkel, Allman Brothers Band, Black Crowes, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, King Sunny Ade, My Morning Jacket, Aretha Franklin, Pearl Jam, Lionel Richie, Jeff Beck, the Neville Brothers, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Widespread Panic, Van Morrison, Drake
Bonnaroo (June 10-13, Manchester, Tenn.): Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, Tenacious D, Weezer, Phoenix, Tori Amos, Norah Jones, Flaming Lips (performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon), LCD Soundsystem, Zac Brown Band, the Dead Weather, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Lollapalooza (Aug. 7-9, Chicago): Tool, the Killers, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Lou Reed, Ben Harper, TV on the Radio, Snoop Dogg, Thievery Corporation, Rise Against, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Neko Case, Bon Iver, Of Montreal, Gomez
If you could hit just one of these festivals, which would it be? For our money, it would be awfully tough to pass up this year's Lolla. But man, that Jazz Fest lineup just does not stop.
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that that was the lineup for LAST year's Lollapalooza. Man, they should have mentioned that somewhere on the Lollapalooza Web site! I mean ... what's that? They did mention it? They mentioned it in big bold letters right at the top? They even mentioned it it in the URL? And I just totally missed it? Yeah, that makes more sense. My bad. Carry on.
Click here for the full story, including lineups for South by Southwest, the Bamboozle, Pitchfork Music Fest, Sasquatch! and more.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.