Festivals in Brief: Ottawa Bluesfest, Voodoo Experience, Hopscotch


Consequence of Sound‘s Festival Outlook is an online database featuring the latest news, rumors, and ticket information for the world’s many music festivals. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to keep up with everything. So, this is where our “Festivals in Brief” feature comes in.

This week brings a whole slew of lineup news, including Voodoo Experience, Ottawa Bluesfest, Bumbershoot, Hopscotch Music Festival, Hop Farm Fest, Life is Good Fest, Escape to New York and more. Below, you can find all the pertinent information.

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When/Where: September 3-5 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA

What’s New: Big Boi, Eisley, Dom, Kendrick Lamar, Motopony, and Fly Moon Royalty

Who Else is Playing: Hall & Oates, Wiz Khalifa, Broken Social Scene, Ray LaMontagne, Mavis Staples, Leon Russell, The Kills, Warpaint, STRFKR, The Lonely Forest, Toro Y Moi, Urge Overkill, and Minus the Bear.

Tickets: $29 single-day tickets and $75 three-day tickets are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: August 5-7 at Shinnecock Reservation Land in Southampton, NY

What’s New: of Montreal, Mates of State, Reptar, The Jolly Boys, and Savoir Adore

Who Else is Playing: Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Best Coast, The Vaccines, and Au Revoir Simone

Tickets: $275 weekend passes and $100 single-day passes are available via


When/Where: July 1-3 at Hop Farm Country Park in Kent, England

What’s New: Eliza Doolittle, The Go! Team, Hot Chip (DJ set), Fenech-Soler, and Aloe Blacc

Who Else is Playing: Prince, Morrissey, The Eagles, Lou Reed, Death Cab For Cutie, Brandon Flowers, Iggy & the Stooges, Patti Smith, Bryan Ferry, Gang of Four, The Duke Spirit, The Head and the Heart, and The Walkmen

Tickets: £141 weekend passes and £75.70 day tickets are available via


When/Where: September 8-10 in Raleigh, NC

What’s New: Titus Andronicus, Times New Viking, Vivian Girls, Bass Drum of Death, Pepper Rabbit, Xray Eyeballs, Diamond Rings, and Xray Eyeballs

Who Else is Playing: The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Swans, The Dodos, Toro Y Moi, Twin Shadow, Yelawolf, Black Lips, Cold Cave, Japandroids, Liturgy, John Vanderslice, Ford & Lopatin, Lower Dens, Beach Fossils, and Beans.

Tickets: Multiple ticketing options are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: September 24-25 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA

Who’s Playing: The Avett Brothers, The Levon Helm Band, Ray LaMontagne, The Hold Steady, Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Raphael Saadiq, and Zee Avi

Tickets: $120 two-day ticket and $65 single-day tickets are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: September 8-11 in Portland, OR

What’s New: Marketa Irglova, OFF!, Sallie Ford & the Sound, Dan Mangan, Loch Lomond, Fool’s Gold, Emancipator, Young Buffalo, and Purity Ring

Who Else is Playing: Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Explosions in the Sky, The Kills, Butthole Surfers, Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh, Handsome Furs, Tennis, Sharon Van Etten, YACHT, The Vaccines, The Thermals, Ted Leo, Phantogram, The Joy Formidale, Little Dragon, and Blitzen Trapper.

Tickets: $115 all-show wristbands, $70 GA wristbands, and $250 VIP wristbands are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: July 5-17 at Lebreton Flats Park in Ottawa, Ontario

What’s New: Jane’s Addiction, Lupe Fiasco, Protest The Hero, Stephen Marley, and Classified.

Who Else is Playing: Soundgarden, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle, Death Cab for Cutie, Girl Talk, Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Tragically Hip, Death From Above 1979, Tegan and Sara, Ra Ra Riot, M. Ward, Cheap Trick, and Wanda Jackson

Tickets: $260 festival passports and $40-$55 single-day passes are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: San Bernardino, CA (8/20), Mountain View, CA (8/27), New York, NY (9/3), and Boston, MA (9/10)

What’s New: Erykah Badu performing Baduizm, Common performing Be, Killah Priest performing Heavy Metal, and DOOM

Who Else is Playing: Lauryn Hill performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas performing Illmatic, The GZA performing Liquid Swords, Cypress Hill performing Black Sunday, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep performing The Infamous, and Slaughterhouse

Tickets: Ticketing options vary on location. Visit the festival’s website for more information.


When/Where: August 18-20 in Hollywood, CA

Who’s Playing: Mötley Crüe, Bush, Public Enemy, Matt & Him, dredg, and Felix Cartal

Tickets: Multiple packages are available via the festival’s website.


When/Where: October 15-16 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA

Who’s Expected: Friendly Fires and Warpaint

Tickets: TBA


When/Where: October 28-30 at City Park in New Orleans, LA

What’s New: My Chemical Romance, Portugal. the Man, X, Ozomatli, Soul Rebel’s Brass Band, and City and Colour

Who Else is Playing: Soundgarden and Girl Talk, with more acts to be announced in the weeks ahead

Tickets: $150 GA and $450 VIP passes are available via the festival’s website.