As summer is soon approaching us, more and more music festivals are releasing its 2011 lineups and I could not be more excited! Music is what I live for and what better way to celebrate it than to spend 3 or 4 days at an all day music festival, while listening to the best musicians in the industry? I think there is no better way!
Yesterday was the day.....Bonnaroo announced its initial 2011 lineup! And let's just say that you will not be dissappointed. America's biggest festival will again be stacked with some of the greatest talent and best acts in the industry.
The top headliners are........
Eminem, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Cold War Kids, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bassnectar, STS9, Pretty Lights, Primus, The Strokes and Florence + The Machine.
Further down the list you can find a host of other intriguing acts such as Iron and Wine, The Walkmen, Wiz Kahlifa, Ratatat, Devotchka, The Del McCoury Band, The Black Angels, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Gogol Bordello, Neon Trees, Omar Soulyeman, Robyn, Portugal. The Man and many more. For a complete list visit Bonnaroo's site here.
This is just the initial lineup release, as more bands and the comedy acts are to follow. Bonnaroo is again scheduled for the second weekend of June, with the dates of June 9th - 12th in Manchester, TN. Tickets are currently $224.50 plus applicable fees and go on sale this Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.
Not only has Bonnaroo released its lineup, but so has Wakarusa, which is the first weekend of June (June 2-5) and only a short drive from the Bonnaroo site. It has also released its initial lineup. Wakarusa, which takes place in Ozark, Arkansas, is headlined by My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, STS9, Bassnectar, Umphrey's McGee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mumford & Sons, Buckethead, Sphongle and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. It's current ticket prices are at $154 plus applicable fees.
Coachella has also released its lineup, which puts up strong competition for other festivals. For details visit here.
Allgood and Lollapalooza are expected to release its lineups later this week so keep your eye out. How can Chicago's one and only, Lolla, begin to compete with Bonnaroo's lineup? We will have to see what they come up with!
Don't have enough money to buy tickets to all of these festivals? Volunteer! Most music festivals offer free admission, if you are willing to volunteer either before, during, or after the show doing clean-up. I know, I know, not necessarily your idea of a great time, but you get to watch all of these great acts for FREE!
What music festival has the best line up so far? Tweet at us @Chicago_U or post on our facebook page! We look forward to hearing from you guys!