Millions will travel to musical festivals in 2010
With the weather getting warmer that can only mean one thing for music lovers – festivals! This mishmash of musical acts sprinkled throughout various stages in one location was made popular of course by Woodstock in 1969.
Nowadays these festivals have become much more than just guitar solos and jam sessions. Today’s summer music festivals include local artists, cuisine and other extracurricular activities that will surely satisfy anyone that makes their way to one of these fun filled events.
Here is a listing of the more noteworthy festivals rocking their way around the world that you need to check out.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans, Louisiana – April 23-May 2, 2010):
Simply known as Jazz Fest to locals and regulars, this festival spans two consecutive weekends and provides a glimpse into the musical history of New Orleans. Top acts this year include Pearl Jam, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison.
Pinkpop Festival (Landgraaf, Netherlands – May 28-30, 2010): According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Pinkpop, which started in 1970, is the oldest running annual festival in the world. It is held annually over Pentecost weekend (Pinksteren in Dutch, hence the name). Musical acts for the 41st annual event will include John Mayer, Rammstein and P!nk (seems fitting).
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester, Tennessee – June 10-13, 2010):
Rent a car in Nashville and head one hour south on I-24 to the city of Manchester for one crazy weekend you will not soon forget. Situated on a 700-acre farm, this four-day, multi-stage camping festival’s lineup includes musical performances by Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and stand-up from the one and only Conan O’ Brien.
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
(Pilton, England – June 24-27, 2010): Nicknamed Glastonbury or Glasto, this wild weekend festival held on England’s Worthy Farm not only offers top musical performances, but also many dance, comedy, theatre and circus acts. This year’s lineup includes U2, Chemical Brothers, Jack Johnson, Muse, Vampire Weekend and the legendary Dolly Parton.
Summerfest 2010 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin – June 24-July 4, 2010): With over 800 bands spanning 11 days on 11 stages in the “Brew City” of Milwaukee, this is the ultimate summer concert. This year’s acts include Tom Petty, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Justin Bieber, Public Enemy and 311.
(London, England – July 2-4, 2010): Originally called the O2 Festival, this annual concert weekend has always been able to draw huge acts and equally huge crowds to London’s Hyde Park for the last few years. Musical acts this year include the Ting Tings, LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z, P!nk and Lily Allen.
Lollapalooza (Chicago, Illinois – August 6-8, 2010): Created by Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell in 1991 as a farewell tour with his band, 19 years later Lollapalooza is still going strong (although it did take a break from 1997-2003). Musical acts this year at Grant Park in Chicago include Depeche Mode, The Killers, Lou Reed, Kings of Leon and of course Jane’s Addiction.
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