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MAY 27–30 Sasquatch! (The Columbia River Gorge, WA) This Memorial Day Weekend staple is on again at the world’s most picturesque location, the Gorge

Credits: Top image: Nolan Wells for pitchfork. SXSW: Image Courtesy of SkyHigh Photography. BONNAROO: Photograph by Taylor Crothers. CMJ: Photograph (Oberhofer) by Bryan Bruchman. Bottom image: Nolan Wells for pitchfork.


MUSIC FESTIVALS What could be better than music festivalhopping your way through 2011? Start planning (and saving) now for this year’s slate of show-stoppers—just don’t forget to pack your earplugs. Johnie Gall FEBRUARY 25–28 Bruise Cruise (Miami, FL) Stuck on a ship bound for the Bahamas with Surfer Blood and lots of booze? Things could definitely be worse 13 The 53rd Grammy Awards (Los Angeles, CA) The Academy decides who’s got it and who’s just gone flat 22–27 Noise Pop Festival (San Francisco, CA) Discover rad new indie acts at the event where Modest Mouse and the White Stripes had early gigs MARCH

11–20 South by Southwest (Austin, TX) It’s business

casual at this 80-stage music expo 25–27 Ultra Music Festival (Miami, FL) The DJ is king at Ultra, which is quickly becoming the most famous outdoor electronic music festival in the world Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN) Another venture from the creators of Bonnaroo, Big Ears is known for its acts and fans enjoying the tuneage side-by-side APRIL 15–17 Coachella (Indio, CA) Run shoeless across the Empire Polo Club’s grassy grounds at the West Coast’s biggest music festival of the year 14–16 Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL) Watch out for the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Keys and gators

9–12 Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN) Don’t miss the 10th anniversary of the Dirty South’s favorite festival 9–12 CMA Music Festival (Nashville, TN) It’s not all dead dogs and ex-wives at country music’s big day out JULY Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL) Last year, three-day passes for this event sold out in days, so be poised and ready when tickets go on sale Siren Music Festival (Coney Island, NY) You can bet this free outdoor concert will happen on the third Saturday of the month AUGUST 5–7 Lollapolooza (Chicago, IL) Three days, eight

stages, celebrity chefs and Gaga—that should either amp you up or make you feel overwhelmed Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA) We’ve heard rumors Kings of Leon will play this year, but only time will tell SEPTEMBER MTV Video Music Awards (Los Angeles, CA) Predicting more Kanye, more Taylor, and more meatclothes OCTOBER Voodoo Experience (New Orleans, LA) Organizers just signed a deal that will keep this festival in the Big Easy for ten more years

CMJ Music Marathon (New York, NY) New York’s biggest music event draws over 700 artists—like Karen Elson and The Drums— for a bite of the Big Apple Treasure Island (San Francisco, CA) This Bay Area festival will go strong, rain or shine


Music Festival Calendar  

A year-long calendar of the best music festivals out there.

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