Festivals In Brief: August 4 – 11

Holy schnikes, what a week! Lollapalooza rolled into town for its sixth edition in Chicago, and I think many of those who attended are only just recovering. Despite a few clouds and a bit of rain, the fest went off without a hitch bringing some pretty stellar performances to the fans at Grant Park.

But Lollapalooza wasn’t the only story in the festival world this week. Lineups dropped, dates were announced, and fans around the country attended folk fests, metal fests, and everything in between. To keep you up-to-date on festival stories, we’ve compiled all of the week’s news in our resurrected Festivals in Brief feature. Check out the scoop below.


— Due to the immensity of Lollapalooza, our coverage of the fest was separated into three sections; Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

— Arcade Fire, Pavement, and Devo made this year’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival one of the best editions yet.

George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival is apparently the most pleasant place on Earth.

— David Buchanan spent the weekend watching every type of heavy metal imaginable at the 3rd edition of Mayhem Festival.

MoogFest unveiled a pretty stacked inaugural lineup. Massive Attack, Panda Bear, Jonsi, and Hot Chip are just some of the few highlights.

— Get out your 2011 calendars, folks. Two of the country’s biggest festivals, Coachella and Lollapalooza, released their dates for next year. Coachella will take place in mid-April, while Lollapalooza fans will have to wait until early August to return to Grant Park.

— For the price of absolutely nothing, you can check out Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, and dozens of other acts on the recently released lineup for the 10th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

HullabaLou Music Festival suffered a $5 million loss in its first year. That said, organizers say the fest will continue next year.

— This October Cypress Hill will bring their annual pot-themed Smokeout Festival to San Bernadino, CA. Incubus, MGMT, and Deadmau5 are set to perform, but you’ll have to leave the dope at home: its prohibited.

Lineup Additions:

MoogFest: Official lineup released including Panda Bear, Massive Attack, MGMT, and many more

ATP New York: DJ Kool Herc, GZA, Hannibal Buress, Heather Lawless, Kurt Vile, Ricky Powell Slideshow, T Model Ford

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Official lineup released including Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, and many more

Cypress Hill Smokeout: Official lineup released including Incubus, MGMT, Nas and Damian Marley, and many more

Scion Garage Fest: Official lineup released including Best Coast, The Ponys, King Khan and the Shrines, and many more

HARD Haunted Mansion: Official lineup released including Underworld, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris, and many more

Voodoo Experience: The Crystal Method (DJ set)

Soundwave Festival: Official lineup released including Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer and many more.

Falls Fest: Official lineup released including Interpol, Public Enemy, The National, and many more

Epicenter: Against Me!, Crash Kings, House of Pain

Ozzfest UK: Black Spiders, Jett Black, Paradise Lost


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