The highly-trained (or not) musical ears of RELAXnation scoured the country and listened to a lot of great tunes to present to you their top choices for this year’s summer music festivals. So plan a trip to one of these kickin’ festivals and groove on with your bad ‘selves!
The Gorge Amphitheatre is well-known as one of the most beautiful outdoor concert venues in the world – and how can it not be? Set on the edge of the Columbia River in George, Washington, the venue provides amazing sound AND views. It’s also a nine time winner of Pollstar Magazine’s award for Best Outdoor Music Venue. If that isn’t enough to make you want to visit, the Sasquatch Festival’s lineup will. Kicking off on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend with none other than the Foo Fighters, the four-day festival with stages such as Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti and Banana Shack will leave you coming back for more.
2011 Headliners: Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists
One of the largest, and best, music festivals has to be Bonnaroo. Located on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN with easy access from the Midwest, East Coast and South, the four-day camping festival annually draws crowds in excess of 100,000. This year’s festival is set to do the same with a lineup of killer rock and roll, hip-hop and electronica plus art, comedy and so much more!
2011 Headliners: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Alison Krauss, Union Station
Touted as the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest annually draws massive crowds thanks to its lineup of industry heavy-hitters to play on its Marcus Amphitheater and 10 additional stages. Happening since 1968, this year’s eclectic list of headlines and smaller acts will surely impress any musical tastes!
2011 Headliners: Kanye West, Katy Perry, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Def Leppard, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Peter Gabriel, Amos Lee
Outside Lands: San Francisco, CA. August 12-14, 2011
Holy setting, Batman. Picture it: you’re grooving to gnarly tunes, sipping on delicious wine, eating tasty grub and watching an incredible performance on a stage with the backdrop San Francisco! That’s what you’ll get at Outside Lands, a music, food, wine and art festival located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
2011 Headliners: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, The Decemberists, John Fogerty, Erykah Badu