Festivals in Brief: NXNE, Summerfest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Forecastle, Virgin Fest Nova Scotia, No Depression, HARD Summer, and more! Yes, kids, it’s a lot!

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    Two things we can take from today: 1.) the festival announcement season is far from over and 2.) festival organizers all like making announcements on Tuesdays. As you’ll see below, there’s a lot going on in the world of summer music festival, so, let’s recap with today’s edition of “Festivals in Brief.”

    North by Northeast:
    Last month, we noted that South by Southwest’s sister festival extravaganza, North By Northeast, will return to Toronto, Ontario for five days of music, delivered by over 500 local, national, and international acts. Organizers have looked to further validate this statement with a ton of lineup additions, including The Cool Kids, GZA, Dillinger Four, Apostle of Hustle, Crystal Antlers, and CoS’ favorites Kittens Ablaze. Now would probably be a good time to head over to to pick up your passes/wristbands.

    Like a bang, Summerfest‘s extensive, and always eclectic lineup has taken shape. After taking their time to reveal the Marcus Amphitheater headliners for this year’s edition, organizers have made one round after another of announcements in the last week, literally revealing a new batch of 2009 acts every afternoon. Included are both mainstream staples (Staind, Puddle of Mudd, Guster, Salvia)  and indie favorites (Cage The Elephant, Lupe Fiasco, Back Door Slam, STS9). Get the up-to-date lineup here. Pick up your Marcus Amphitheater – yes, you have to pay separately to see the headliners, and and general admission passes via


    Montreal Jazz Festival:
    The complete lineup for the Montreal Jazz Festival, or should I say, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, has also been revealed in the last week. Stevie Wonder, Ben Harper & Relentless7, DeVotchKa, Estelle, Joe Cocker, Mos Def, and The Orb among the acts now scheduled to join the previously announced likes of Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy & Susan Tedeschi, Jackson Browne, and Femi Kuti in downtown Montreal between July 1st and 12th. Head to for a full schedule and ticket information.

    Virgin Festival Nova Scotia:
    Well, if the initial lineup for Virgin Festival Nova Scotia is any indication, then Virgin Festival Montreal might just be one strange outlier. The Tragically Hip, The Offspring, Dinosaur Jr., Metric, Plants and Animals, Hey Rosetta!, and Arkells are among the names set to perform at Citadel Hill on July 4th. Tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, May 16th via

    Forecastle Festival:
    Organizers behind the Louisville, Kentucky based Forecastle Festival, which is scheduled to take place from July 10-12 at the Riverfront Belvedere, have also dropped a few more details relating to its 2009 lineup. Cage The Elephant, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Man Man, Designer Drugs, The Detroit Cobras, and Maps and Atlases and some fifty other bands and DJs are now scheduled to to join Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, and The Avett Brothers for Forecastle ’09. The day-by-day schedule can be seen and tickets can be had by logging onto


    No Depression Festival:
    Back in March, Seattle based No Depression Magazine announced that it would be ceasing monthly publication in June and would instead become a twice-annual “bookazine.” Apparently all that’s you need to launch a music festival these days; on July 11th, No Depression in conjunction with Seattle Theatre Group (STG Presents), Live Nation, and The Lakeside Group will bring a lineup headed by Gillian Welch and Iron & Wine to Redmond, Washington’s Marymoor Park for the first annual No Depression Festival. Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Zee Avi, and a collection of Seattle based roots musicians under the banner Seattle Roots-Music All-Star Revue are also confirmed to take part. Tickets are available via

    HARD Summer Festival:
    Here’s a shock: HARD’s summer festival, aka HARD Summer Festival, continues to be a raver’s delight. Today, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, Crookers, The Bloody Beetroots, Busy P, Steve Akoi, Amanda Blank, Jack Beats, Dan Oh, and Skeet Skeet joined the ’09 bill, which already included Underworld, A-Trak, Sebastian, and Tiga. Pre-sale tickets can still be had via

    What Else?

    • This year’s Sonic Bloom, which features Bassnectar, EOTO, and ZILLA, will now be held at Bellvue, Coloardo’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Tickets will apparently go on sale soon.
    • This year’s Hillside Festival recently offered a sneak peak at its 2009 lineup: Tokyo Police Club, Final Fantasy, Xavier Rudd, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Loreena McKennitt, and David Francey will be among the names dishing out the tunes in Guelph, Ontario between July 24th and 26th. ,
    • Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, John Doe and the Sadies, and Horse Feathers have been added to Portland, Oregon’s favorite indie roots music festival, the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival.
    • The Dead Weather and Cake appear to be the first two acts confirmed for this year’s edition of Street Scene, scheduled to take place from August 28-29 in San Diego, California.

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