2012 Music Festivals Guide
2012 Music Festival Guide

The 2012 Music Festivals are underway and it's high time you start making your travel plans. From New York to San Francisco, Chicago to Los Angeles and everything in between, these are the festivals you don't want to miss in 2012. Whether it's electronic music festivals like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival or Electric Zoo or massive multi-day gatherings like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, summer festivals or winter throwdowns, MetroWize has the goods on dates, lineup and information on over 70 fests from around the country. Read for next year? Check out our 2013 Music Festivals Guide to start getting prepared for another insane festival season.

Last Updated - 10/30/2012

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JANUARY

BPM Festival

Description
Winter is a cold and nasty season just about everywhere but not in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Things get even hotter during the BPM festival with 10 days of great music, beach parties, all night club events and yacht bashes. Now in it's 5th iteration, it is quickly becoming THE spot that the industry people head to after the hectic NYE season. Additional BPM Festival 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
2008
Location
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
2011 Headliners
Dubfire, David Morales, Sander Kleinenberg, Richie Hawtin, Steve Angello, Victor Calderone
BPM Festival 2012 Dates
12/30-1/8
BPM Festival 2012 Lineup
Steve Angello, Danny Tenaglia, Danny Howells, Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Cedric Gervais, Dirty South
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Holy Ship

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The people behind Hard Fest (LA and NYC) and HARD NYE have decided to take the show on the road (or water as the case may be). 3 days of debauchery on a boat with 3000 partiers and killer DJ talent just might be the best way to start 2012. And now you have Holy Ship! 2013 to look forward to!
Happening Since
2012
Location
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2011 Headliners
N/A
Holy Ship 2012 Dates
1/6-1/9
Holy Ship 2012 Lineup
Fatboy Slim, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Rusko, Boys Noize, Rusko, A-Trak
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Groove Cruise

Description
2000 sexy people, 72 hours, 55 artists and 9 party experiences on a massive cruise ship. What started as a group of 125 friends going on a cruise in 2004 has erupted in to the world's largest fully charted dance music cruise experience. The Groove Cruise is geared towards those who love dance music and who live by the mantra to 'Work Hard and Play Harder'.
Happening Since
2004
Location
Miami, FL
2011 Headliners
Dirty South, Funkagenda, Boris, Oscar G
Groove Cruise 2012 Dates
1/27-1/30
Groove Cruise 2012 Lineup
Sander Van Doorn, Roger Sanchez, Boris, Funkagenda, Donald Glaude
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FEBRUARY

Noisepop

Description
San Francisco's premiere indie rock festival has been consistently booking many of the future stars of rock, punk, hip hop, rap and alternative for almost 20 years. Often compared to NYC's CMJ Festival, this six-day festival also features film screenings, panels and live art showings at venues all over the city.
Happening Since
1993
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
Aesop Rock, Best Coast, Kid Koala, The Stone Foxes, Peanut Butter Wolf
Noisepop 2012 Dates
2/21-2/26
Noisepop 2012 Lineup
Die Antwoord, Grime, Budos Band, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf, Cursive, Imperial Teen
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MARCH

Snowball Festival

Description
Vail Valley is the backdrop for this epic winter music festival with a very unique feature: 6000 acres of fresh snow. Skiers and snowboarders will delight at this breathtaking experience that combines the best of the beats with huge slices of mountain plus three terrain parks and seven bowls! And booming into the peaks will be bass as big as the mountains themselves, from some of the biggest names in the festival circuit. Do you have your boots on yet? Additional Snowball Festival 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
2011
Location
Vail Valley, CO
2011 Headliners
Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Diplo, Edward Sharp and Magnetic Zeros
Snowball Festival 2012 Dates
3/2-3/4
Snowball Festival 2012 Lineup
Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, MartyParty, MiMOSA, Rusko TV on the Radio
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Cyprus Hill Smokeout

Description
As if southern California needs a reason to light up another spliff, Cypress Hill's annual Smokeout "Mind Opening Music Festival" provides a potent excuse for a celebration of steazy beats and sticky green. Held at NOS Events Center, a giant outdoor fairgrounds east of Los Angeles, the Smokeout is known for its diversity in booking and solid history in the community. With plenty of stages, vending, and room to run around, the Smokeout is a festival that any music lover, stoner or not, would enjoy.
Happening Since
1998
Location
San Bernadino, CA
2011 Headliners
No event
Cyprus Hill Smokeout 2012 Dates
3/3/2011
Cyprus Hill Smokeout 2012 Lineup
Sublime With Rome, Cypress Hill, Wolfgang Gartner, Rusko, MSTRKRFT, Korn, Wiz Khalifa, The Dirty Heads (see Smokeout Festival 2012 Full Lineup here)
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SXSW

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The SXSW Music and Media Conference showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over ninety stages in downtown Austin. One of the most important schmoozing festivals for music industry insiders, in 2011 SXSW welcomed over 13,000 industry reps and over 2000 performing bands.
Happening Since
1987
Location
Austin, TX
2011 Headliners
Kanye West, Conan O'Brien, Erykah Badu, Beats Antique, MSTRKRFT, James Blake
SXSW 2012 Dates
3/9-3/18
SXSW 2012 Lineup
Built to Spill, Metric, the Magnetic Fields, Against Me!, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Talib Kweli, Oh Land, Thomas Dolby
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Lift Festival

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Touted as "the elevated music experience," New Hampshire's Lift Festival is set to play host to up-and-coming electronic music artists from around the country. The Lift Festival takes place on the Whaleback Mountain ski resort, which gives festival attendees to ski all day and party during the night. With such a stellar, hand-picked lineup, this year's Lift Festival is sure to be a whole lot of fun, so pack your snow gear and head to the mountain!
Happening Since
2012
Location
Whaleback Mountain, NH
2011 Headliners
N/A
Lift Festival 2012 Dates
3/16-3/17
Lift Festival 2012 Lineup
Ghostland Observatory, Paper Diamond, Conspirator, Break Science, Danger, Orchard Lounge
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Winter Music Conference

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The Winter Music Conference is the godfather of dance music festivals. Much more than just a party, WMC is an industry trade show, networking platform and the foundation of what is now known as Miami Music Week. 10 days of pure mayhem with some of the biggest names in dance music at pools, clubs, mansions, yachts, you name it.
Happening Since
1984
Location
Miami, FL
2011 Headliners
Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter, Markus Schulz, Victor Calderone, Vandalism, Doc Martin
Winter Music Conference 2012 Dates
3/16-3/25
Winter Music Conference 2012 Lineup
Paul Oakenfold, Nadia Ali, DJ Fresh, Danny Tenaglia, Mark Farina, Doc Martin
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Buku Music & Arts Festival

Description
The Buku Music and Art Project is New Olreans' answer to Austin's SXSW and WMC. This year's Buku Project invites many of the biggest names in electronic music and hip hop to the heart of Mardi Gras World for two days of heavy bass music. The Buku Project also hosts a whole series of after-party events with huge talent like Wolfgang Gartner and Plastic Plates for those festival goers who can't help but party into the wee hours of the morning.
Happening Since
2012
Location
New Orleans, LA
2011 Headliners
N/A
Buku Project 2012 Dates
3/17-3/18
Buku Project 2012 Lineup
Avicii, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Yelawolf, Porter Robinson, Mord Fustang, SBTRKT
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Ultra Music Festival

Description
The biggest dance music event in America, Ultra drew a record breaking 150,000 attendees over 3 ridiculous days of the biggest acts in electronica and cross over genre's. 2012 promises to be even bigger due to the realigning of the dates with the famed WMC event.
Happening Since
1999
Location
Miami, FL
2011 Headliners
Tiesto, Deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers, Empire of The Sun, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Skrillex
Ultra Music Festival 2012 Dates
3/23-3/25
Ultra Music Festival 2012 Lineup
David Guetta, Tiesto, Justice, Skrillex, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox See full Ultra Music Festival 2012 Lineup
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APRIL

Coachella

Description
California's flagship festival, Coachella, is branching out over two weekends next year, but that doesn't mean fans are in for an epic 10-day music festival. Instead, the weekend event is simply going to be staged twice; same lineup, same art, same place, just different people. Coachella boasts five large stages, an epic campground and an open-minded crowd that is ready to party. Check out our Coachella 2012 photo recap.
Happening Since
1999
Location
Indio, CA
2011 Headliners
Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers
Coachella 2012 Dates
4/13-4/15, 4/20-4/22
Coachella 2012 Lineup
Radiohead, The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Dr. Dre & Snoop, Justice, At the Drive-In. See full Coachella 2012 lineup
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Nocturnal Festival

Description
Kicking off in 2010 Insomniac surprised us with Nocturnal Festival Texas held at Apache Pass Fairgrounds in Rockdale, Texas. The festival went over well and returned in 2011 for two days with everyone from Bassnecter to Kaskade. We're excited to see who they decide to bring in for 2012.
Happening Since
2010
Location
Apache Pass, Downtown, TX
2011 Headliners
Bassnecter, Ghostland Observatory, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Excision, Pendulum
Nocturnal Festival 2012 Dates
4/28-4/29
Nocturnal Festival 2012 Lineup
Tiësto, Röyksopp, STS9, Chromeo, Sebastian Ingrosso, 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Araabmuzik, Awolnation, Bingo Players, Borgore, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status (DJ set)
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Jazzfest

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For over 4 decades, Jazzfest (AKA New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival) has been welcoming some of the biggest names in the biz to the big easy for 10 solid days of music and mayhem. Any good festival goer knows that Jazzfest is a bucketlister. Additional Jazzfest 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
1970
Location
New Orleans, LA
2011 Headliners
Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffet, Kid Rock, Robert Plant, Wilco, Willy Nelson
Jazzfest 2012 Dates
4/27-5/6
Jazzfest 2012 Lineup
Eagles, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Al Green (see full New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012 Lineup)
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Sweetlife Festival

Description
The 2012 Sweetlife Food and Music Festival is Maryland's newest music fest, sponsored by Sweetgreen. Besides offering delicious food curated by local chefs, farmers and foodies, Sweetlife will also feature performances from local and national rock, alternative, electronic and hip-hop artists. Sweetlife also prides itself on being a sustainable celebration with national partners and community members.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Columbia, MD
2011 Headliners
N/A
Sweetlife 2012 Dates
4/28
Sweetlife 2012 Lineup
Avicii, Kid Cudi, The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Fitz and the Tantrums, A$AP Rocky
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MAY

SunFest

Description
When it all started 35 years ago in 1975 it was originally called "Save Six for September". Now known as SunFest, this West Palm Beach, FL event is a musical and art festival held annually on the first week of May. Being the state's largest waterfront music and art festival SunFest attracts more than 275,000 visitors.
Happening Since
1982
Location
West Palm Beach, FL
2011 Headliners
Jason Mraz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Styx, MGMT, Sublime with Rome, Cee Lo Green, Jeff Beck
SunFest 2012 Dates
5/2-5/6
SunFest 2012 Lineup
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gipsy Kings, Girl Talk, LMFAO
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Beale Street Music Festival

Description
The Beale Street Music Festival is a three day music festival that has both a mix of big-name stars performing side by side with local musical acts. Held during the first weekend of May in the city's Tom Lee Park at the foot of Beale Street, it is considered to be the kick-off event of the entire Memphis in May celebration. It typically hosts 100,000+ people for each of the first two nights of the event, and usually quite large crowds for the ending big-name finales on Sunday night.
Happening Since
2000
Location
Memphis, TN
2011 Headliners
The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Cee-Lo Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Avett Brothers, B.o.B, Mumford & Sons
Beale Street 2012 Dates
5/4-5/6
Beale Street 2012 Lineup
Jane's Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Wiz Khalifa, Megadeth, Lupe Fiasco, Primus, Pitbull, Girl Talk
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Bamboozle

Description
The Bamboozle Festival is an artist development resource that has launched the careers of so many of today's top national recording artists and celebrities, while providing incredible entertainment to over 1 million fans over the past 9 years. Taking place in New Jersey, Bamboozle brings together fans of rock, hip hop, EDM and various other genres for three days of non-stop music.
Happening Since
2003
Location
Asbury Park, NJ
2011 Headliners
LMFAO, Bruno Mars, Circa Survive, Dashboard Confessional, Chiddy Bang, Waka Flocka Flame
Bamboozle 2012 Dates
5/18-5/20
Bamboozle 2012 Lineup
Skrillex, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Bon Jovi, Brand New, Mac Miller, Datsik, Mike Posner, Jimmy Eat World
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Electric Daisy Carnival: New York

Description
One of the biggest electronic music festivals in the country is making a special two-night stop in NYC as it heads to Las Vegas for another year of mayhem. The Electric Daisy Carnival will make its mark on New York City with a multi-stage event featuring the world's top EDM talent. New Yorkers, get your glow sticks and rave gear ready! Find additional coverage on EDC: New York right here.
Happening Since
2012
Location
New York, NY
2011 Headliners
N/A
EDC: New York 2012 Dates
5/19-5/20
EDC: New York 2012 Lineup
Afrojack, Avicii, Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, R3HAB, Chuckie - see the full EDC New York Lineup here
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Summer Camp Music Festival

Description
Now expanded to three days of music, Summer Camp Music Festival sets six stages across the beautiful Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. This outdoor camping event has not only been growing, but also booking an impressive roster of live bands, jam music and electronic artists. Priding itself on a "family" atmosphere, Summer Camp does not allow campers to bring in any alcohol, and has a special activity zones for kids.
Happening Since
2001
Location
Chilicothe, IL
2011 Headliners
Umphreys McGee, Moe, STS9, Daedelus, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Avett Brothers
Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 Dates
5/25-5/27
Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Moe. (3 nights), Umphrey's McGee, Jane's Addicion, Pretty Lights, Bob Weir Trio, Zeds Dead, Shpongle, EOTO, 12th Planet, Primus, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli
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I LOVE THIS CITY Festival

Description
I LOVE THIS CITY —a new Electronic Music festival event produced by Live Nation—will make its debut in San Francisco and San Diego this Memorial Day Weekend. I LOVE THIS CITY will take place May 25th and 26th at The Lot at AT&T Park in San Francisco May 26th and 27th at San Diego's PETCO Park. With over 40 of the biggest names in electronic music on multiple stages, I LOVE THIS CITY is shaping up to be one massive party!
Happening Since
2012
Location
San Francisco, CA and San Diego
2011 Headliners
N/A
I LOVE THIS CITY Festival 2012 Dates
SF: 5/25-5/26 | SD: 5/26-5/27
I LOVE THIS CITY SF 2012 Lineup
TIËSTO, Steve Aoki, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Chuckie, Excision, Crystal Method (DJ Set), R3HAB, Kill The Noise, Brodinski (see the full I LOVE THIS CITY Lineup here)
I LOVE THIS CITY SD 2012 Lineup
Skrillex, A-Trak, The Crystal Method, Dirty Loud, The Twelves, 12th Planet, MiM0SA, Adventure Club, AC Slater, Flinch, The M Machine
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MUTEK

Description
A smartly curated, five-day festival in Montreal, MUTEK highlights cutting-edge electronic music and digital media. In its 13th edition, more than 100 artists, panelists, and industry professionals will participate in what has become a leading event of its kind in North America.
Happening Since
2000
Location
Montreal, Canada
2011 Headliners
Modeselektor, Gold Panda, Four Tet, Amon Tobin
MUTEK 2012 Dates
5/30-6/3
MUTEK 2012 Lineup
Apparat, Kode 9, Shackleton, Blondes, Jeff Mills
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Hangout Festival

Description
Set right next to the ocean in scenic Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Hangout Music Festival is a fairly new festival that features an eclectic mix of rock-heavy performances. With stages set directly on the white sandy beach and a backdrop of peaceful ocean views, this three-day festival starts on May 18th and even has a kids' stage for the wee ones who like to rock out. Check out our recap of Hangout Music Festival 2012 highlights.
Happening Since
2010
Location
Gulf Shores, AL
2011 Headliners
Widespread Panic, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, STS9, Bassnectar
Hangout Festival 2012 Dates
5/18-5/20
Hangout Festival 2012 Lineup
Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, the String Cheese Incident, Wilco, Skrillex, Kaskade, the Flaming Lips, Chris Cornell, STS9 (see the full Hangout Music Festival 2012 lineup here) - WIN TICKETS TO HANGOUT FEST 2012
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Sasquatch

Description
The Gorge is one of the most beautiful venues in the world, set on the edge of the Columbia River gorge in eastern Washington. It is well worth the drive during Memorial Day Weekend when Sasquatch descends on the river; this festival is big but not too big, with acts that are known but not KNOWN. In 2012, the festival will again be four days, and will include re-entry for wristband holders. Dates will be May 25th to May 29th.
Happening Since
2002
Location
George, WA
2011 Headliners
Foo Fighters, Flying Lotus, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Bassnectar
Sasquatch 2012 Dates
5/25-5/28
Sasquatch 2012 Lineup
Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, The Shins, Girl Talk, Feist, Tenacious D, Nero (see the full Sasquatch Festival 2012 Lineup here)
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Lightning in a Bottle

Description
This sustainable festival put on by The Do Lab at Oak Canyon Ranch is a beautiful participatory experience of live music and dance-friendly beats, incredible art installations, smiling faces, mind and body workshops and more. The antidote to soulless raves, this four-day outdoor event is uniquely full of heart and a true community experience. Check out photos from Lightning in a Bottle 2012.
Happening Since
2004
Location
Silverado, CA
2011 Headliners
Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Lucent Dossier, Mimosa, Beats Antique
Lightning in a Bottle 2012 Dates
5/24-5/28
Lightning in a Bottle 2012 Lineup
Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Shpongle, Tipper, Lucent Dossier Experience, Apparat, Eoto, Big Gigantic, Random Rab, Gramatik, Nick Warren, Opiuo Win Weekend Passes to LIB!
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Movement Electronic Music Festival

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Despite frequent changes in name and management, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend since the millennium, is still alive and strong. Now called the Movement, the massive, 36-hour party draws tens of thousands of fans to the birthplace of techno, filling up Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit to capacity and beyond.
Happening Since
2000
Location
Detroit, MI
2011 Headliners
Richie Hawtin, James Zabiela, Dubfire, Mimosa, Carl Craig, Ana Sia
Movement Electronic Music Festival2012 Dates
5/26-5/28
Movement Electronic Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Public Enemy, Major Lazer, Mr. Oizo, Claude VonStroke, Busy P (see the full Movement Festival 2012 Lineup here)
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Wakarusa

Description
Deep in Arkansas' charming Ozark mountains you will find a HUGE music festival that goes by the name: Wakarusa. Selling out in 2010, this festival is just getting bigger and better every year with an eclectic mix of artists and a smattering of fun diversions for festival guests: hiking, Frisbee golf, yoga and of course swimming in the gorgeous Mulberry River. Additional Wakarusa 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
2004
Location
Mulberry Mountain, AR
2011 Headliners
My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Skrillex
Wakarusa 2012 Dates
5/31-6/3
Wakarusa 2012 Lineup
Pretty Lights, Primus, Girl Talk, Fitz & The Tanhtrums, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeross, Krafty Kuts, LA Riots, Balkan Beat Box, MiM0SA, Marty Party, Paper Diamond (see the full Wakarusa 2012 Lineup)
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JUNE

Free Press Summerfest

Description
The Free Press Summer Fest is an annual two-day music festival held in Houston, Texas at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park. The third annual eevnt featured more than 160 national and local acts on eight stages and took place June 4-5, 2011 with an estimated 60,000+ in attendence. The festival was started to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts, and artists. A recycling program, carbon off-set credits and a partnership with the Texas Campaign for the Environment are implemented to help this festival become a greener experience.
Happening Since
2009
Location
Houston, TX
2011 Headliners
Weezer, MF Doom, Cut Copy, Ween, Yeasayer, Chromeo, Big Boi
Free Press Summerfest 2012 Dates
6/2-6/3
Free Press Summerfest 2012 Lineup
The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Afrojack, Primus, The Flaming Lips (Performing ‘Dark Side of the Moon’), Descendents, Major Lazer, Young The Giant, Portugal. The Man, Z-RO, Best Coast, Wavves, Diplo
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Bonnaroo

Description
Perhaps the best festival on the East Coast, and certainly one of the biggest, Bonnaroo sees over 100,000 attendees descend on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee each summer. In addition to an unrivaled music lineup, comedy is also a focus of this outdoor camping mega festival. Check out our Bonnaroo 2012 photo gallery.
Happening Since
2002
Location
Manchester, TN
2011 Headliners
Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, Black Keys
Bonnaroo 2012 Dates
6/7-6/10
Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup
Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Skrillex (see the Bonnaroo 2012 full lineup here)
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Electric Daisy Carnival

Description
2011 was a critical moment for the biggest dance music festival in the US. After problems at their old location in Los Angeles, the festival made the decision to move to Las Vegas. Apparently it was a good one. 2011 was a huge success with over 225,000 attendees and 2012 was even bigger. Check out all of the mayhem in our EDC Vegas 2012 recap.
Happening Since
1996
Location
Las Vegas, NV
2011 Headliners
Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia
Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 Dates
6/8-6/10
Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 Lineup
Tiesto, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Avicii, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Bassnectar - See the full EDC Vegas 2012 Lineup
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Spring Awakening Music Festival

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Spring Awakening is Chicago's newest Electronic Music Festival featuring the top DJs & Producers from all over the world. The fest takes over Soldier Field in downtown Chicago for two-days of ear-splitting bass and upbeat house music. If Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and the North Coast Music Festival don't have enough electronic music for Chicago, then Spring Awakening is sure to fill that void.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Chicago, IL
2011 Headliners
N/A
Spring Awakening Festival 2012 Dates
6/16-6/17
Spring Awakening Festival 2012 Lineup
Skrillex, Afrojack, Moby, Flux Pavilion, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, Diplo, A-Trak, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz
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Orion Music + More

Description
Metallica has invited 22+ of their favorite artists from across the music and comedy spectrum to the inaugural Orion Music + More in Atlantic City. More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Atlantic City, NJ
2011 Headliners
N/A
Orion Music + More 2012 Dates
6/23-6/24
Orion Music + More 2012 Lineup
Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus
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Electric Forest

Description
A collaborative enterprise from Madison House Publicity (known for Jam band and Blue Grass acts and events) and Insomniac (arguably the biggest Dance Music event organizer in the country), Electric Forest picks up where Rothbury Festival left off in 2009. Held in Rothbury, MI., this event promises the beauty of the outdoors, the pleasant sound of a guitar strumming and some ground shakin' bass from some of the biggest names on the club circuit all at the same time... Oh yeah, it's Independence weekend so expect fireworks to boot! Check out our Electric Forest 2012 photo recap.
Happening Since
2011
Location
Rothbury, MI
2011 Headliners
String Cheese Incident, Tiesto, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar
Electric Forest 2012 Dates
6/28-7/1
Electric Forest 2012 Lineup
The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, Santigold, Steve Aoki, Ghostland Observatory (see the full Electric Forest 2012 Lineup)
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Summerfest

Description
Believe it or not, Summerfest in Milwaukee is the largest festival in the United States in terms of attendance. It has hosted nearly every big name in music at one time or another and literally hundreds of thousands of people show up each year to hear music on a dozen stages.
Happening Since
1968
Location
Milwaukee, WI
2011 Headliners
Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kid Cudi, Hall & Oates, The Black Keys
Summerfest 2012 Dates
6/27-7/8
Summerfest 2012 Lineup
Big Time Rush, Iron Maiden, The Beach Boys, Zac Brown Band, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum
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Sonic Bloom

Description
A unified community event, Sonic Bloom highlights the thriving bass music scene in Colorado with a myriad of performers and artists, both homegrown and from further reaches of the beat spectrum. Colorado might not exactly be the West Coast – but this sustainable outdoor festival falls right in line with the "conscious celebration" ethos so popular on the green-leaning Left Coast.
Happening Since
2006
Location
Georgetown, CO
2011 Headliners
Eoto, Tipper, Mala, Vibesquad, MartyParty
Sonic Bloom 2012 Dates
6/22-6/24
Sonic Bloom 2012 Lineup
Tipper, Bonobo, Emancipator, Ott, VibeSquaD, Eskmo, Random Rab, Minnesota
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Governors Ball

Description
2010 marked the first time the Governors Ball Music Festival took over Governors Ball in NYC. The festival included 12 hours of non-stop beats on two stages with no overlapping sets, so guests could see every act on the bill!
Happening Since
2011
Location
Governors Island, NYC
2011 Headliners
Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Bib Boi (Outkast)
Governors Ball 2012 Dates
6/23-6/24
Governors Ball 2012 Lineup
Passion Pit, Beck, Duck Sauce, Chromeo, Modest Mouse, Major Lazer, Phantogram, Atmosphere (see the full Governor's Ball Music Festival 2012 Lineup here).
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JULY

High Sierra Music Festival

Description
This mid-size festival has been lighting up the mountains and hills of northern California for over twenty years. Located about 80 miles north of Reno, NV, the High Sierra fest highlights an eclectic array of musical offerings focused on jazz, newgrass, bluegrass and jam bands and also featuring funk, electronica and world music. Guests of the festival will also find workshops, classes, shopping and family-oriented activities.
Happening Since
1990
Location
Quincy, CA
2011 Headliners
My Morning Jacket, Ween, Neko Case, Yonder Mountain String Band, Maceo Parker
High Sierra Music Festival 2012 Dates
7/5-7/8
High Sierra Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Ben Harper, STS9, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Built To Spill, Toots and the Maytals, Ryan Bingham, ALO, Lotus, Delta Spirit, Soulive
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Forecastle Music Festival

Description
With a lineup curated by My Morning Jacket, the Forecastle Music Festival is one of the newest artist-curated music fests to hit Kentucky. Aiming to bring together a wide variety of performers and their fans, My Morning Jacket put together a 2012 lineup full of the biggest names in rock, downtempo, indie, dubstep, electro and hip hop. With a focus on sustainability and a whole slew of fun activities at the festival grounds, My Morning Jacket did an amazing job of putting together one of the best festivals in the midwest.
Happening Since
2002
Location
Louisville, KY
2011 Headliners
N/A
Forecastle Music Festival 2012 Dates
7/13-7/15
Forecastle Music Festival 2012 Lineup
My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Wilco, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells, A-Trak, Galactic, Flying Lotus, Bonobo
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Gathering of the Vibes

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The four day music, camping and arts festival that celebrates the Grateful Dead brings together all types of music is set to take place in Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT. The 16 year old festival features everything from funk to reggae and is hosted by Master of Ceremonies Wavy Gravy.
Happening Since
1996
Location
Seaside Park, Brigeport CT
2011 Headliners
Furthur, Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello
Gathering of the Vibes 2012 Dates
7/19-7/22
Gathering of the Vibes 2012 Lineup
Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby, STS9, The Avett Brothers
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Firefly Music Festival

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Firefly Music Festival is the East Coast's premier music experience, offering three days of unforgettable musical performances, enhanced dining options and interactive entertainment set among lush wooded landscapes in the heart of the East Coast. Firefly welcomes over 40 of rock and popular music's biggest acts to The Woodlands, an immaculate 87-acre festival ground surrounded by lush forest. Centrally located in Dover, Delaware and steps from shopping, hotels, gaming and restaurants, The Woodlands are the ideal backdrop for the East Coast's new summer tradition.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Dover, Delaware
2011 Headliners
N/A
Firefly Music Festival 2012 Dates
7/20-7/22
Firefly Music Festival 2012 Lineup
The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, John Legend, Cake, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk
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Pitchfork Music Festival

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Love or hate their snarky, snooty reviews, no one can deny that Chicago-based Pitchfork.com has an affect on the evolution of music culture. The website started throwing its own event in 2006, and so far the Pitchfork Music Festival has made as big of as splash as their website by booking both hot-as-fire new artists and those on their way up.
Happening Since
2006
Location
Chicago, IL
2011 Headliners
Animal Collective, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, James Blake, TV on the Radio, Cut Copy
Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 Dates
7/13-7/15
Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, the Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings
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Bunbury Music Festival

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The Bunbury Music Festival is Cincinnati's newest fest, bringing in big name rock bands and electronic artists from around the US. Not only is Bunbury an awesome live music experience, but it's also affordable, fun, tech savvy, and eco-friendly. And the festival's fun doesn’t end once the headliners have finished their encore. The Bunbury folks have partnered with the best bars and clubs Cincinnati has to offer so you can continue to have fun late into the night.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Cincinnati, OH
2011 Headliners
N/A
Bunbury Music Festival 2012 Dates
7/13-7/15
Bunbury Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, RJD2, Airborne Toxic Event, Minus the Bear, O.A.R., Gym Class Heroes, Motion City Soundtrack
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All Good Festival

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This east coast festival is jam-band centric and pulls a large number of people to a mountaintop in West Virginia. With two side-by-side stages, no sets ever overlap and you can expect to hear not only jam bands, but also rock, bluegrass, electronic music, reggae and funk. With a laid-back vibe that is perfectly suited to the fresh mountain air, All Good Festival is continuously praised for the top talent as well as the panoramic views of rolling hills.
Happening Since
1997
Location
Masontown, West VA
2011 Headliners
Further feat. Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Primus, Pretty Lights, STS9, moe.
All Good Festival 2012 Dates
7/19-7/22
All Good Festival 2012 Lineup
The Allman Brothers Band, The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lotus, G. Love & Special Sauce, Big Gigantic, Phil Lesh & Friends
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Camp Bisco

Description
This three-day music and arts event in Mariaville, New York brings cutting-edge sounds and rocking dance beats to New England. One of the countries largest and longest running electronic-rock music festivals, the lineup is just getting better and better every year. Additional Camp Bisco 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
2001
Location
Mariaville, NY
2011 Headliners
The Disco Biscuits, Cut Copy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT
Camp Bisco 2012 Dates
7/12-7/14
Camp Bisco 2012 Lineup
The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Skrillex, Amon Tobin ISAM, Crystal Castles, Atmosphere, Big Boi, Shpongle - See the full Camp Bisco 2012 Lineup!
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Global Dance Festival

Description
The Global Dance Festival started in Colorado in 2003 as an event to bring together the world's biggest electronic dance music performers. In its 10th year, Global Dance Festival has expanded into a multi-day, multi-city music experience starting in Detroit and ending at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. Lets Global Dance!
Happening Since
2003
Location
Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO; Morrison, CO
2011 Headliners
Empire of the Sun, LMFAO, Avicii, Skrillex, Benny Benassi, Major Lazer, Dada Life
Global Dance Festival 2012 Dates
7/18-7/22
Global Dance Festival 2012 Lineup
Above & Beyond, Knife Party, Wolfgang Gartner, Mord Fustang
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Catalpa Fest

Description
The inaugural Catalpa Festival is coming to New York City this July and is lining up to be one of the year’s most unique and original music events. Taking place on the remarkable Randall’s Island, just to the Eastern side of Manhattan, the festival is set beautifully to the backdrop of the world’s most famous skyline. Catalpa is about creating a truly authentic, fresh and unique musical experience featuring over 50 artists that traverse many styles and genres from rock and indie to hip-hop, reggae and the world of electronic music.
Happening Since
2012
Location
New York, NY
2011 Headliners
N/A
Catalpa Fest 2012 Dates
7/28-7/29
Catalpa Fest 2012 Lineup
The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, TV On the Radio, Umphrey's McGee, City and Colour, The Big Pink, AraabMUZIK, Felix Da Housecat, Fort Atlantic
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AUGUST

Lollapalooza

Description
Lollapalooza is much older than it acts. In the early 90's, the festival was a roaming tour that hosted then up and comers like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. After a decade long hiatus, Perry Farrell's brainchild festival was reborn in Chicago, where it revels amidst the skyscrapers smack in the middle of the city. Expect Lollapalooza 2012 to bring out many of the brightest stars in rock, punk and electronic music to eight stages in Grant Park over three days.
Happening Since
2005
Location
Chicago, IL
2011 Headliners
Eminem, Foo Fighters, ColdPlay, Muse, Deadmau5
Lollapalooza 2012 Dates
8/3-8/5
Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup
Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justice, Bassnectar, Avicii, Kaskade - Check out the full Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup
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Hard Summer

Description
Since 2008, Hard has taken their electronic music concert series to LA each summer for two days of massive head-banging fun. Taking place at LA's State Historic Park, this event brings top talent from international DJs, producers, and bands.
Happening Since
2008
Location
Los Angeles, CA
2011 Headliners
Boys Noize, Skrillex, Carte Blanche, Chromeo, Nero, Ratatat
Hard Summer 2012 Dates
8/3-8/4
Hard Summer 2012 Lineup
Skrillex, Bloc Party, Boys Noize, Miike Snow, NERO, Squarepusher, A-Trak, Chromeo, Magnetic Man, Little Dragon
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The Festival of Gnarnia

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The Festival of Gnarnia is a new music and arts fest set at a breathtaking location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Local vendors, art gallery, food trucks, multimedia installations, mud wrestling, costume balls, hands on workshops, and exciting games all await. This will be a “green” event, with a goal for ecological prosperity. A number of choice acts with high marquee value, ranging in musical styles from electronica, indie, bluegrass, reggae, jazz, folk, funk, and more will be present to keep the vibes flowing.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Beech Mountain, NC
2011 Headliners
N/A
Gnarnia 2012 Dates
8/9-8/11
Gnarnia 2012 Lineup
Beats Antique, 7 Walkers Gramatik, Paper Diamond, ESKMO Afroman, Eliot Lipp, Tipper, Emancipator, 12th Planet, Ott
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Outside Lands

Description
In just 4 short years, this 3 day annual festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco has proven that it deserves to be in the same league as the Coachella's and Bonnaroo's. Consistently drawing 60k plus and the major headliners of the year, be on the lookout for another big event in 2012.
Happening Since
2008
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk
Outside Lands 2012 Dates
8/10-8/12
Outside Lands 2012 Lineup
Metallica, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Beck, Skrillex, Sigur Ros, Justice, Passion Pit, Big Boi
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IDentity Festival

Description
Last summer marked the debut of IDENTITY the first Electronic touring music festival. The festival took over 20 US cities with the biggest names in Electronic music and we can't wait to see who they book this year!
Happening Since
2011
Location
Throughout the US
2011 Headliners
Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Disco Biscuits
IDentity Festival 2012 Dates
7/19-8/19
IDentity Festival 2012 Lineup
Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, NERO, Madeon, Porter Robinson - See the full Identity Festival 2012 Lineup and dates
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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival

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The 2012 Summer Set Music and Camping Festival arrives in late August, and the lineup is a doozy. Combining the powers of jam bands, electronic music, hip-hop, reggae, and all of the confluences that exist between these many genres, this year's event should be a shock to the system. The fest also offers special camping accommodations and a host of activities to give you a break from the awesome music.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Somerset, WI
2011 Headliners
N/A
Summer Set Festival 2012 Dates
8/24-8/26
Summer Set Festival 2012 Lineup
Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee, Big Gigantic, Nas, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, Excision, Lotus, Zeds Dead, Matt and Kim, Bonobo, MSTRKRFT, Yelawolf, Mimosa
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Sunset Strip Music Festival

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The Sunset Strip street festival includes outdoor stages on The Sunset Strip between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard as well as performances in the music venues within the closure – Key Club, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go-Go – throughout the day and into the night. More than 70 bands will perform! The street fest will also include artist autograph tent, food trucks, beer garden, and interactive experiences including the Musicians Institute stage featuring emerging talent and The Comedy Store.
Happening Since
2008
Location
West Hollywood, CA
2011 Headliners
Motley Crue, Bush, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim
Sunset Strip Festival2012 Dates
8/16 - 8/18
Sunset Strip Festival 2012 Lineup
Marilyn Manson, Steve Aoki, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Black Label Society, Far East Movement, Das Racist, The Mowgli's, Dead Sara | Enter to Win the Ultimate Sunset Strip Weekend Giveaway
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SEPTEMBER

North Coast Music Festival

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Labor Day weekend of 2010 saw the induction of the North Coast Music Festival, a new event put on by fifty different promoters for hipsters, hippies and hip hop heads of the Chicago area. In 2011, the event was again a huge success, drawing more people and more attention. 2012 dates have already been announced. Let the anticipation begin.
Happening Since
2009
Location
Chicago, IL
2011 Headliners
David Guetta, Wiz Khalifa, Thievory Corporation, Common, Lotus, Little Dragon, Neon Indian
North Coast Music Festival 2012 Dates
8/31-9/2
North Coast Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Pretty Lights, Axwell, Atmosphere, Big Boi, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Excision, Mord Fustang
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Electric Zoo

Description
New York's biggest electronic dance music event is growing quickly, attracting more and more visitors from out of state and out of country every year. Held at Randall's Island Park, a beautiful location covered with lush grass, Electric Zoo is one of the top music festivals that beat heads try to get to every year. Dates for 2012 have already been green lighted so the hype can start early.
Happening Since
2009
Location
New York, NY
2011 Headliners
Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Moby, Skrillex
Electric Zoo 2012 Dates
8/31-9/2
Electric Zoo 2012 Lineup
David Guetta, Axwell, Tiesto, 12th Planet, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Adventure Club, ATB, Autoerotique, Benny Benassi, Bloody Beatroots (DJ Set) - See the full Electric Zoo 2012 Lineup
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Bumbershoot

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Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is now in its 41st year. Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center and draws over 100,000 visitors.
Happening Since
1971
Location
Seattle, WA
2011 Headliners
Ray LaMontagne, Wiz Khalifa, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Broken Social Scene, Minus The Bear
Bumbershoot 2012 Dates
9/1-9/3
Bumbershoot 2012 Lineup
Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex, Gotye, Mac Miller, Big Sean, M83, AWOLNATION, Passion Pit, M. Ward
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Made in America Festival

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Artist-curated music festivals have been popping up around the country over the past few years, so we knew Jay-Z would throw down sooner or later. With the introduction of the Made in America Festival, the legendary hip hop star has stepped up in a big way by inviting the most respected names in rock, rap, EDM and beyond to Philadelphia for a two-day mega-fest over Labor Day Weekend. Sponsored by Budweiser, Made in America aims to appeal to the mainstream, yet the lineup has enough edge to pique the interest of even the hippest hipsters.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Philadelphia, PA
2011 Headliners
N/A
Made in America 2012 Dates
9/1-9/2
Made in America 2012 Lineup
Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Santigold, Odd Future, Dirty Projectors
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Lovevolution

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2011 marked the move of Lovevolution from the streets of SF to the Oakland Coliseum. With Moby, The Glitch Mob and more on the bill, the party didn't disappoint and will be back in 2012 with another awesome line up.
Happening Since
2005
Location
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA
2011 Headliners
Moby, The Glitch Mob, Pendulum, Laidback Luke, Markus Schulz
Lovevolution 2012 Dates
TBD
Lovevolution 2012 Lineup
TBD
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iHeart Radio Music Festival

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Slated as the "biggest live music event in radio history," the first annual iHeart Radio Music Festival took place at MGM Arena in Las Vegas in 2011. Determined to keep the music alive, iHeart Radio has turned their festival into an annual tradition, bringing the biggest DJs, bands and solo performers to Sin City for a massive two-day festival each year. With artists from nearly every genre and live performances streaming via iHeart Radio's site, this is Vegas' biggest music festival after Electric Daisy Carnival.
Happening Since
2011
Location
MGM Arena, Las Vegas
2011 Headliners
The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Usher, Jane's Addiction
iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012 Dates
9/21-9/22
iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Lil Wayne, No Doubt, Aerosmith, Linkin Park
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CounterPoint Music Festival

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CounterPoint Music Festival is a new massive three-day music fest hosted in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia. The fest's inaugural 2012 lineup includes the top EDM stars from around the globe alongside hip-hop legends and alt/indie rock bands. The festival creators also plan to provide plenty of art, food vendors, extreme sports and a huge camping field for partying and debauchery.
Happening Since
1994
Location
Atlanta, GA
2011 Headliners
N/A
Counterpoint 2012 Dates
9/27-9/29
Counterpoint 2012 Lineup
Bassnectar, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, AVICII, Steve Angello, M83, Excision, Laidback Luke, Alesso, Crystal Castles, Big Boi, Zeds Dead - See the full CounterPoint Music Festival 2012 Lineup
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Nocturnal Wonderland

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This Autumn themed festival from Insomniac brings together some of the biggest names in electronic music for a 12 hour rave! Get ready to party all night in six rooms of amazing music.
Happening Since
1995
Location
Nos Events Center, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Headliners
Fedde Le Grand, Avicii, Aly & Fila, Gareth Emery, 12th Planet
Nocturnal Wonderland 2012 Dates
9/21-9/22
Nocturnal Wonderland 2012 Lineup
Pretty Lights, 12th Planet, Above & Beyond, Sub Focus, Dirtyphonics, Sebastian Ingrosso - click here for the full Nocturnal Wonderland 2012 Lineup
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Blackwater Music Festival

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The Blackwater Music Festival takes place on the edge of the Suwannee River (known for its dark, "black water") at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Going into its third year this 2012, Blackwater has once again proved that they’re batting in the big leagues With 50 plus acts on five stages, Blackwater has one of the most eclectic lineups from electronic to reggae to indie and everything in between.
Happening Since
2010
Location
Live Oak, FL
2011 Headliners
The Flaming Lips, STS9, Girl Talk, Eoto, Ghostland Observatory
Blackwater Music Festival 2012 Dates
TBD
Blackwater Music Festival 2012 Lineup
TBD
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Burning Man

Description
Burning Man is more of an art "event" than a music festival, but this weeklong gathering hovers on the fissure where tomorrow's new sounds bubble up from the underground. The Burn is not about headlining artists, but rather about highlighting the fact that each of us is an artist. Also, unlike "festivals", Burning Man does not provide a stage, there is no food being sold, no showers to clean yourself off, etc. Every single aspect of Black Rock City (it's home) is purchased, created, brought in, set up (and sometimes burned) by the participants. It's not for the day tripper for sure but give in to it and you just might be blown away but what comes out. To experience this genesis point of sound and art for yourself, start planning now for the adventure of a lifetime.
Happening Since
1986
Location
Black Rock, NV
2011 Headliners
N/A
Burning Man 2012 Dates
8/27-9/3
Burning Man 2012 Lineup
N/A
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Decibel Festival

Description
This fantastic festival takes place in clubs, lounges, symphony halls, parks and museums around Seattle and continues to book a stellar lineup year after year. In fall 2011, Decibel celebrated its largest edition to date, pulling in over 23,000 attendees following a move from its home base at Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle in 2011. Decibel is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new electronic music festivals to hit the scene in the past decade and should be high on the list of any and all beat freaks from around the world.
Happening Since
2003
Location
Seattle, WA
2011 Headliners
Mad Professor, Bonobo, Kyle Hall, Ladytron
Decibel Festival 2012 Dates
9/26-9/30
Decibel Festival 2012 Lineup
Carl Craig, Emancipator, Matthew Dear, Actress, John Talabot, Dixon, Dragonette, Kimbra, Baths
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Popped Music Festival

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To say that the Popped Music Festival faced some challenges in their first year would be an understatement. Hurricane Irene basically flooded the whole city mere days before the slated outdoor festival was to happen and it had to be moved indoors. Although there were issues, we hope to see this show back (and outdoors) in 2012.
Happening Since
2011
Location
Philiedelphia, PA
2011 Headliners
The Shins, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Foster the People
Popped Music Festival 2012 Dates
TBD
Popped Music Festival 2012 Lineup
TBD
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Earthdance

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The Earthdance Global Peace Music Festival is a camp-out celebration for World Peace and Unity, set amidst a beautiful old growth oak forest in Vallejo, CA. The festivalfeatures 5 stages of entertainment uniting Jamband, World, Conscious Lyricism, Electronica, Reggae and Folk. In addition there is a global artisans market, healing village, Kidlandia, speakers forum, activist alley, workshops, all night music cafés and much more!
Happening Since
2004
Location
Vallejo, CA
2011 Headliners
Ziggy Marley, Ghostland Observatory, Tipper, Mimosa, Beats Antique
Earthdance 2012 Dates
TBD
Earthdance 2012 Lineup
TBD
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OCTOBER

Austin City Limits

Description
Austin's answer to Coachella and Bonnaroo has become quite a phenomenon in the hot sticky South. This three-day event usually books one of the strongest lineups in the festival circuit, routinely drawing crowds of around 100,000. For their 2013 fest, ACL announced a Coachell-like approach with two full weekends of music.
Happening Since
2002
Location
Austin, TX
2011 Headliners
Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket
Austin City Limits 2012 Dates
10/12-10/14
Austin City Limits 2012 Lineup
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, AVICII, Bassnectar, Gotye, M83
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Treasure Island Music Festival

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Going into its sixth year, this island-located boutique festival is one of NorCal's most beloved music events. An eclectic and cutting edge (but manageable) lineup attracts out-of-towners and locals alike, who need not scramble to catch all their favorites -- just two stages that alternate guarantees you can catch every act, complete with an intimate vibe, gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, Silent Disco, costumed revelers and bites from gourmet local restaurants.
Happening Since
2007
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Chromeo, Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, Death From Above 1979, The Hold Steady
Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 Dates
10/13-10/14
Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Girl Talk, The XX, M83, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Best Coast, The Presets - See the full Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 Lineup
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

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This free music festival is funded by a rich philanthropist takes place over three days in gorgeous Golden Gate Park. No longer just "strictly" bluegrass, the festival offers a stacked lineup of talent and a folksy, fun crowd that comes out to revel in the fall sunshine.
Happening Since
2001
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
Chris Isaak, Robert Plant, Broken Social Scene, Bright Eyes, Bela Fleck
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012 Dates
10/5-10/7
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012 Lineup
Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Les Claypool, Boz Scaggs, Chirs Robinson Brotherhood - Click here for the full Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012 Lineup
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CMJ

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CMJ is the proving grounds for the bands that are on the brink of stardom. During the five-day conference, over a thousand artists perform in nearly 100 venues throughout New York City, making CMJ a must for music lovers. 2011 will be the 31st year of the festival, which expects to see over 12,000 music professionals and 120,000 fans converge together for an exciting week of sonic euphoria.
Happening Since
1978
Location
New York, NY
2011 Headliners
Portugal. The Man, CSS, Neon Indian, Wombats, Wild Flag, MetroNomy
CMJ 2012 Dates
10/16-10/20
CMJ 2012 Lineup
12th Planet, AraabMUZIK, The Presets, Geographer, GZA, Tokimonsta, Teen Daze, Baauer
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Deluna Festival

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If you'd rather watch a show from a hot tub on the beach next to the stage, instead of in a huge crowd of people in a field then Deluna is the festival for you. The fest, going into its 2nd year, has been dubbed "the first Resort Destination Festival," and "America's First Beach Party" with a jam-packed line-up and stages set up at multiple resorts in Pensacola, FL.
Happening Since
2010
Location
Pensicola, FL
2011 Headliners
Janes Addiction, Weezer, The Shins, Girl Talk, CAKE, Big Boi, Cut Copy, Diplo
Deluna Festival 2012 Dates
10/14-10/16
Deluna Festival 2012 Lineup
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Ben Folds Five, Superchunk
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MoogFest

Description
Busting onto the scene with a new home in Asheville, North Carolina, Moogfest managed to book some of the most exciting up-and-coming, avant-garde artists in the nation – you know, the people that everyone ELSE will be talking about next year. Taking place over Halloween weekend, this three-day event is a celebration of innovation – so expect the forward-thinking lineups to continue.
Happening Since
2007
Location
Asheville, NC
2011 Headliners
The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, STS9, Tangerine Dream, Chromeo, Ghostland Observatory
MoogFest 2012 Dates
10/26-10/27
MoogFest 2012 Lineup
Primus, Orbital, Nas, Miike Snow, Santigold, Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, GZA, Shpongle, Prefuse 73
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Voodoo Festival

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NoLA's Voodoo Music Experience has become a Halloween weekend tradition, bringing some of the biggest artists on the map to the Big Easy for a three-day throwdown. Set against the backdrop of City Park, the festival is usually accompanied by ideal weather, classic Louisiana cuisine and plenty of crowd-pleasing concerts. Additional Voodoo Experience 2012 coverage.
Happening Since
2005
Location
New Orleans, LA
2011 Headliners
Soundgarden, Blink 182, The Raconteurs, Snoop Dogg, The Original Meters, Fatboy Slim, Girl Talk
Voodoo Festival 2012 Dates
10/26-10/28
Voodoo Festival 2012 Lineup
Green Day, Neil Young, Skrillex, Justice, AWOLNATION, Tomahawk, Bootsy Collins
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Hangtown Halloween Ball

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Hosted by Railroad Earth, Hangtown Halloween Ball is an annual celebration taking place over the October holiday weekend in Placerville, which is just a short drive northeast from Sacramento. Taking place over three days, the primarily acoustic festival brings in a mix of the nation's best folk, country and bluegrass artists for a weekend of music and good-spirited Halloween fun. With camping, plenty of food + drink booths and other awesome activities, the Hangtown Halloween Ball will provide a haven for anyone looking to escape the mayhem of celebrations in San Francisco and Sacramento.
Happening Since
2011
Location
Placerville, CA
2011 Headliners
Railroad Earth, New Monsoon, Elephant Revival, Poor Man's Whiskey, Headphone Union, Sugarcane, 7 Walkers, Funky Meters
Hangtown Halloween 2012 Dates
10/26-10/28
Hangtown Halloween 2012 Lineup
Railroad Earth, Delta Spirit, ALO, Blind Pilot, Keller Williams with the Travelin' McCourys, The Infamous String Dusters
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NOVEMBER

FFF Festival

Description
There's never a bad time to head to Austin, TX but sometimes are just better (or more fun if you will) than others. Fun Fun Fun Fest is one of those "you should be Austin" kind of weekends. 3 days of musical mayhem on 4 stages with a lineup that makes you wonder if the promoters are genius or just plain crazy. What ever the answer is, fun is most certainly on the agenda.
Happening Since
2005
Location
Austin, TX
2011 Headliners
Spoon, Passion Pit, Slayer, Public Enemy, Major Lazer
FFF Festival 2012 Dates
11/2-11/4
FFF Festival 2012 Lineup
Run DMC, Girl Talk, Santigold, Dillon Francis, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, De La Soul, Explosions in the Sky, Fucked Up, Wavves
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Bear Creek Music Festival

Description
With its six stages (three outdoors; three indoors), the beautiful northern Florida facility played host to a five-day musical time warp.
Happening Since
2007
Location
Live Oak, FL
2011 Headliners
Trey Anastasio Band, Medeski-Scofield-Martin & Wood, The Funky Meters, Galactic, Soul Live
Bear Creek Music Festival 2012 Dates
11/8-11/11
Bear Creek Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Umphrey's McGee, Soulive, Lotus, Budos Band, Lettuce, Perpetual Groove, Bobby Rush, Break Science
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DECEMBER

S.S. Coachella

Description
Sweep the poop deck and get ready to rock out on the open seas as Goldenvoice, the event promoters behind Coachella, have announced a massive new music cruise to compliment their annual festival in SoCal. S.S. Coachella is scheduled to set sale this December, with two separate sessions landing in the Bahamas and Jamaica. The artist lineup on the S.S. Coachella's maiden voyage is eclectic to say the least - don't expect to find the huge rock bands and world-renowned DJs you see at Coachella's desert festival. Instead, you'll see a healthy collection of popular indie rockers, up and coming beatsmiths and underground DJs rocking the boat from morning to night. Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk and James Murphy have been announced as the festival's main headliners with acts like Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip and Tokimonsta in tow for support.
Happening Since
2012
Location
Departs Ft. Lauderdale for Bahamas and Jamaica
2011 Headliners
n/A
S.S. Coachella 2012 Dates
12/16 - 12/23
S.S. Coachella 2012 Lineup
Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip - see the full S.S. Coachella 2012 Lineup.
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Wintersalt Music Festival

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WinterSalt at Fort Mason will embody the culture, music, arts, and attitude that is the City by the Bay, offering EVERYONE a truly unique San Francisco experience. With Eye Heart SF’s 4th Annual award winning NYE event “Streets of San Francisco” to follow only two nights later on December 31st, Fort Mason is sure to be one of the most buzzworthy destinations on the planet to bring in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled for lineup additions as we get closer to NYE.
Happening Since
2012
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
N/A
Snowglobe Festival 2012 Dates
12/28-12/29
Snowglobe Festival 2012 Lineup
Diplo, Travis Barker & Mix Master Mike, Zedd, Dillon Francis, DJ Shadow, Theophilus London - Click here for the full Wintersalt 2012 Lineup
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Snowglobe Festival

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A newbie on the festival circuit and hopefully a soon to be standard to the festival roster, Snowglobe brings people to the party town of South Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada border) for rippin outdoor winterfest to ring in the new year. Both the inaugural and sophomore lineups have been strong, with EDM DJs, popular bands and a few hip hoppers thrown in to spice things up.
Happening Since
2011
Location
South Lake Tahoe, CA
2011 Headliners
Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Glitch Mob, Bassnectar
Snowglobe Festival 2012 Dates
12/29-12/31
Snowglobe Festival 2012 Lineup
Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Mimosa, Laidback Luke, Madeon - Click here for the full SnowGlobe 2012 Lineup
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Lights All Night

Description
Celebrating New Years Eve in Texas since 2010, the Lights All Night music fest provides EDM fans in Dallas with a powerhouse lineup of the biggest DJs and producers on the globe. Expanding to three days in 2012, Lights All Night features three massive stages at Fair Park. Due to the huge success of the past few Lights All Night fests, the event's organizers are planning to go international with an epic event in Australia in 2013.
Happening Since
2010
Location
Dallas, TX
2011 Headliners
Tiesto, Girl Talk, Benny Benassi, Ghostland Observatory, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, MSTRKRFT, Diplo
Lights All Night 2012 Dates
12/29-12/31
Lights All Night 2012 Lineup
Tiësto, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Axwell, Ghostland Observatory, Diplo, FluxPavilion, Nero dj set, Alesso, Zeds Dead, A-Trak, Sander Van Doorn, Markus Schulz, Zedd, Madeon
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Together As One

Description
Since 2006, Together As One has been the prime New Years Eve destination for party animals and ravers in the Los Angeles area. Consistently bringing together the biggest electronic music stars on the planet, Together As One has proved to be one of the best New Years Eve parties in the US year after year. Together As One moved from the LA Coliseum in 2010 to the Oak Canyon Ranch in Orange County in 2011, giving NYE revelers the opportunity to party longer and louder into the night.
Happening Since
2006
Location
Orange County, CA
2011 Headliners
Duck Sauce, Diplo, Dirty South, Felix Da Housecat, Funkagenda, LA Riots
Together As One 2012 Dates
12/31
Together As One 2012 Lineup
TBD
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Sea of Dreams

Description
Sea of Dreams is Northern California's loudest New Years Eve party, taking place every year in the heart of San Francisco. Although music performances from major electronic and world music artists tend to be the main focus of Sea of Dreams, the festival also features art exhibits and interactive attractions. Each year has a different theme which inspires the event's decorations and costumes worn by the party-goers.
Happening Since
2005
Location
San Francisco, CA
2011 Headliners
Santigold, Amon Tobin, Beats Antique, Claude VonStroke, An-ten-nae
Sea of Dreams 2012 Dates
12/31
Sea of Dreams 2012 Lineup
TBD





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