The 2013 music festival season is here and it’s good … real good. Arguably one of the best years ever. With new bands jamming alongside classic performers, the lineups are fierce and their host cities are fresh. Acts are TBA for some of the later-dated festivals like Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, but lineups have been announced and tickets have gone on sale for Bottlerock, FPSF and Coachella—even if ticket availability is waning. Don’t forget about alternative ticket sources like Stubhub and Ticket Lobster.
Bottlerock – Napa Valley
Three stages, 60 wineries, over 60 bands and world-famous chefs. Music, comedy, food, beer and wine are marrying in the vineyards of Napa for one glorious four-day festival from May 9-12. The lineup is ridiculous if you are a down-home, blues-rock music lover. Who will be playing you ask? Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Ben Harper, Jane’s Addiction, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Primus, The Black Crowes, X, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Dwight Yoakam, Bad Religion … Are you KIDDING me? That is just the start to the jaw-dropping lineup.
Three day passes—SOLD OUT
Four-day pass—$399 (yeah, it’s that good). A portion of the proceeds will go to the Autism ARC Foundation and the Bacchus Fund.
FPSF – Houston
In its fifth year, the Free Press Summer Festival grows to new heights as the lineup becomes more sophisticated with excellent acts. The festival’s goal is to highlight local music performers, visual arts and artists. It’s organized by a local independent newspaper, Free Press Houston, and a local concert promotion company, Pegstar.net Presents.
The lineup for the the 2013 FPSF has been released and it’s unbelievable. The Postal Service has some new music coming out and is hitting a number of big festivals this summer on their first tour since 2003. Also, Iggy and the Stooges, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Arctic Monkeys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Matt & Kim are just a few of the bands taking to the Houston stage on June 1 and 2.
General Admission $67.50 Limited Presale $95 at Gate (2-day access)
Coachella – Indio
Coachella is always booking killer bands, but for some reason, this year seems just a little bit sweeter. Over two glorious weekends in April (12-14 and 19-21), people from across the world will set up their tents on the campgrounds of the Empire Polo Club Grounds in Indio, outside of Palm Spring, California. Who will music lovers see? Well, the poster lists 176 acts. Here’s a little taste: Blur, the Stone Roses, the xx, the Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clan, Band of Horses, Divine Fits, Japandroids … this festival is just killin’ it.
But, unfortunately, according to the website all tickets are officially SOLD OUT except the exclusive Safari Tents that offer private check-in, fully furnished Shakir style tents with a/c, bathrooms and showers, onsite concierge, security fences, games and beds. These passes are $6500 for 2 people. You might run into Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson or Go Daddy’s Bob Parsons with accommodations like these. Sheesh. Yes, Please.