Festivals in Brief: August 18-25


Perhaps it’s a sign of the changing seasons, but it seems like this week has been rather slow festival-wise. As of press time, only a few stories found their way to our virtual newsroom. But even on the slowest of weeks there’s always news to entertain and excite. Take next year’s Coachella for example. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Danny DeVito revealed his love for the fest and even let slip the possibility of an Always Sunny live show for the 2011 edition. Score!

Busy or not, that hasn’t stop us from providing you with our weekly recap, aka Festivals in Brief. Below, you’ll find a compilation of this week’s festival headlines and lineup updates. So get scrolling! Oh, and if you haven’t seen it already, I’d suggest watching that Kimmel interview on the YouTube. There’s a terrific shot of DeVito front row at Deadmau5.


— Winston Robbins and Philip Cosores traveled out to San Bernadino, CA for some authentic hip-hop at this year’s Rock the Bells.

–Festival organizers announced the after shows for this year’s Austin City Limits. Now you can catch late night sets from Spoon, Paul Okenfold, The Black Keys and many more. Plus a pre-festival show by The Strokes!

— Pearl Jam confirmed to Billboard that they’ll celebrate their 20th anniversary with an appearance at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit.

— Becoming a festival’s media partner is not without its perks: CoS is giving away passes to North Coast Music Festival in exchange for an email, tweet, or “like.”

Lineup Additions

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Live (rumored), OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark) (rumored)

Bridge School Benefit: Pearl Jam

Austin City Limits: After shows announced

Halifax Pop Explosion: Lineup announced, includes Hold Steady, New Pornographers, GWAR, & Tokyo Police Club

Reading and Leeds Music Festival: Carl Barat, Neil Hamburger

Bestival: Janelle Monae, The Jolly Boys

Voodoo Experience: Blackberry Smoke (expected), Dead Confederate

moe. down: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals replace Jakob Dylan

CMJ Music Marathon: Chapel Club, Everything Everything, Fergus and Geronimo, First Aid Kit, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Golden Triangle, Woven Bones

Next BIG Nashville: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Jonathon Tyler and the Northern Lights, Tennis, These United States

Nocturnal Festival: ATB, Benga and Scream

Cypress Hill Smokeout: Basement Jaxx(DJ Set), Collie Buddz, Erykah Badu, Maldita Vecindad

Culture Collide Festival: Capsula, Josiah Wolf, L.Stadt, The Black Atlantic, The Bronx, Tokyo Police Club

HFStival: Naughty by Nature

De Luna Festival: Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, Willie Nelson

Rifflandia Festival: Brasstronaut, JFK (of MSTRKRFT), K’naan

ATP’s Release the Bats Halloween: Liquid Liquid, Polvo

Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival: moe.