2013 Music Festival Guide


By Natali Bianco, Entertainment Editor

On Saturday, a small sliver of hope spread across the United States when Punxsutawney Phil, the nation’s groundhog, emerged from his dwelling and didn’t see his shadow, predicting that an early spring is upon us.
With the gloomy weather, hopefully, coming to an end, we’ve got the cure for your cabin fever.  Music festival season is slowly approaching, and with such a wide variety of options, no matter what your taste, there is sure to be a festival for you!
Enjoy the early spring weather with Big Gigantic and Pretty Lights in Colorado, or if you’d like to get farther away, three days of dancing in Miami. Whatever your wish, spring break is knocking on the door, and it’s time to start planning. Line-ups for spring and summer music festivals are being announced from now until April, and tickets are going fast! Finding all of the necessary information can be, kind of, tricky, so here’s what you need to know about some of the most anticipated festivals of the year.

Snowball 2013 is being held in Winter Park, Color. March 8-10.  Tickets for the three-day event start at $149.  The line-up includes: Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, STS9, Kendrick Lamar, Datsik and many more. This festival doesn’t allow camping, however, so you’ll have to make other arrangements. Tickets are still available at snowballmusicfestival.com.

South By Southwest (SXSW) will be in Austin, Texas on March 12-17.  This annual event is, by far, the biggest festival of the season, hosting more than 2,000 musical guests from across the globe.  Headliners include: Third Eye Blind, Alien Ant Farm, Churchill, Hawthorne Heights, Chevy Woods, Grace Kelley, Satchel Grande, Cold War Kids, Middle Class Rut and many, many, many more. The SXSW festival also showcases different kinds of film, game and book seminars.  Camping is not allowed. Ticket prices vary, for full details and listings visit sxsw.com.

Ultra Music Festival will be held in Miami on March 15-17 and 22-24. This festival is all about dancing! Sadly, however, Ultra Music Festival doesn’t offer camping. Headliners include: Bass Nectar, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Matt and Kim, Pretty Lights, Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion), Tiesto and many more. The Weekend 2 tickets are officially sold out as of Feb. 1. Three-day passes start at $299. You can find all of the info at ultramusicfest.com.

Coachella, possibly, one of the most anticipated festivals of the year is held in Indio, Calif.  This year, the festival will take place on April 12-14 and 19-21. Camping is allowed and encouraged at this festival. Three-day passes are $349, which includes parking and a campsite.  Headliners are: Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Grimes, The Postal Service, Blur, Bass Nectar, New Order, Stone Roses, Pretty Lights and Grizzly Bear. To buy tickets and see complete listings visit Coachella.com.

The 10th annual Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas will be held May 30-June 2.  Headliners include: The Black Crowes, Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion), Of Monsters and Men, Rebelution, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic and STS9. To get the full effect of Wakarusa, camping is recommended.  But beware, Ozark gets extremely hot, so be sure to buy a shower pass and bring lots of water. General admission tickets start at $154, which includes all of the events. Camping passes are sold separately and start at $99 per vehicle, so carpool!

The Van’s Warped Tour will be skipping Nebraska and Iowa this year, but they will be making stops at near-by venues in Denver, St. Louis, Miss. and Kansas City, Kansas.  Headliners include: Hawthorne Heights, Chiodos, The Early November, Reel Big Fish, Motion City Soundtrack, Woe is Me and many others are yet to be announced. Tickets start at $37.50.  Warped Tour is a one-day event; camping is not allowed.  Find full listings at vanswarpedtour.com.

Lollaplooza 2013 will be in Chicago on Aug. 2-4. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but they will go fast! Keep watch at lollaplooza.com. Although we don’t know who will be at the American Lollaplooza, we can get tiny clues from Lollaplooza’s that will be occurring abroad.  The Chile line-up will include: Franz Ferdinand, Alabama Shakes, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5, Passion Pit and Of Monsters and Men. Don’t mark my words, but with names like those, Americans can expect a great lineup for Lollaplooza 2013. Buy early, and buy fast! Camping is not allowed.  Complete info is at lollaplooza.com.

Kanrocksas returns just south of Omaha to the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City June 28-29. This will be the second year of the festival, but the event was forced to be cancelled last year because construction on the speedway. The first year’s lineup included a variety of artists such as Eminem, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Girl Talk and A Perfect Circle. Advanced tickets are still available for $175 plus $25 for camping. For more news visit kanrocksas.com.

Adjacent to UNO, the increasingly-popular Maha Music Festival returns to the park at Aksarben Village for its third year in a row on Aug. 17. The festival has included great national talent like Guided By Voices, Ben Kweller, Garbage and Matisyahu all while providing a wealth of Omaha’s best local artists. For just around $30, this day-long fest is the best bang for a Maverick’s buck. Keep up with lineup and more news at mahamusicfestival.com.

Mountain Jam will be from June 6-9 in Hunter Mountain, N.Y. Headliners include: Widespread Panic, Primus, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Avett Brothers and Dispatch.  Camping is allowed. A four-day festival pass with camping is $227.  But tickets are going fast, and the prices rise as the show grows near.  For complete info visit mountainjam.com.