Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals
Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about.

BILLBOARD SUMMER TOURS

Bon Jovi


summer 2011 live preview

Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour)
Support: The Breakers
Dates:
Ongoing until July 31
Price:
$120 - $184 (buy tickets)
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Much attention has been focused on U2's record-setting run this year, and rightfully so, but Bon Jovi has put together the highest-grossing and most-attended tour of its career-among the top 10 highest-grossing tours of all time. The band will wrap its Circle/Greatest Hits tour with a victory lap through European stadiums -- concluding July 31 in Lisbon, Portugal -- with 144 shows on the books. (The tour rambles on into its summer leg with guitarist Phil X filling in for founding member Richie Sambora, who checked himself into rehab in late April.) In addition to a run through North American arenas, since the tour began in February 2010, Bon Jovi has played seven sold-out nights at three U.S. stadiums: four at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. ($21 million gross, more than 200,000 tickets sold), two at Chicago's Soldier Field and one at Gillette Stadium near Boston. Another highlight was a 12-night stand at London's O2 Arena that took in $18 million. Produced globally by AEG Live and booked by CAA, the tour finished as the biggest-grossing of tour of the year in Billboard's 2010 Year in Music issue.

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Britney Spears With Nicki Minaj


summer 2011 live preview

Femme Fatale Tour
Support: Jessie and the Toy Boys, Nervo
Dates:
June 16 - August 14 (North America) September 22 - November 9 (Europe)
Price:
$30 - $350
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This tour got plenty of attention out of the box. Within minutes of announcing on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she'd tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz broke the news that Iglesias was off the bill. A few days later it was announced that Nicki Minaj would fill the spot. Live Nation will produce the tour, which begins June 16 in Sacramento, Calif., and is projected to play nearly 40 shows. Spears last went out with AEG Live on her 2009 Circus tour. Billed as a comeback, it grossed $120 million worldwide by moving 1.3 million tickets to 84 shows. One wrinkle: Larry Rudolph's Reign Deer Management, which handles Spears, is now affiliated with the Front Line Group of managers, a division of Live Nation Entertainment headed by Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff. Industry scuttlebutt about the tour indicates that early sales are less than staggering, but if enough dates are played, don't be surprised to see Spears among the top 25 touring artists at year's end.

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Christina Perri


summer 2011 live preview

Support: honeyhoney
Dates:
July 16 - August 12
Price:
$12 - $23
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Hard Tour


summer 2011 live preview

Lineup: Digitalism, Caspa, Destructo, Jack Beats, Gesaffelstein
Dates:
August 3 - August 20
Price:
$60.00
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Identity Fest


summer 2011 live preview

Lineup: Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Steve Aoki, Disco Biscuits, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Crystal Method
Dates: August 11 - September 10
Price: $50 - $120
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This electronic music festival is taking a small but growing genre into the big venues. About 20 shows are booked, with top-tier artists performing on multiple stages starting in the afternoon and into the night. The lineup includes Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Disco Biscuits, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Pete Tong, Chuckie, Booka Shade, Modeselektor and the Crystal Method. Identity is priced affordably; markets are strategically chosen, as is the lineup. And the fact that Identity is playing major venues-and posting massive numbers at one-off festivals worldwide-provides further evidence that the genre is taking off. "The festival is marrying electronic promoters with mainstream concert promoters and staying true to the fabric that has driven the scene, while opening up the marketplace to a wider audience," says Joel Zimmerman, the agent responsible for Identity at WME. "The timing is now, shown by the growth of mainstream festivals since bringing in electronic music programming-Coachella, Lollapalooza, Voodoo, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Virgin Festival-rampant fan development in the colleges, electronic music acts breaking and becoming concert attractions like Deadmau5, Kaskade and David Guetta, and electronic music festivals becoming international destinations."

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Kenny Chesney


summer 2011 live preview

Goin' Coastal Tour
Support:
Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington & Uncle Kracker
Dates:
June 18 - August 28
Price:
$27 - $250 (buy tickets)
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Mac Miller


summer 2011 live preview

Incredibly Dope Tour
Dates: June 18 - September 15
Price: $30 ($130 for Rock the Bells, August 27)
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According to his agent, Peter Schwartz at Paradigm, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is "on fire," and quite possibly the hottest artist in the club space. The Rostrum Records act, managed by Benjy Grinberg (Wiz Khalifa), is on a blistering pace that rivals the rapid rise of Wiz. Between January and the end of May, Miller will have sold out more than 60 shows in 600- to 1,800-capacity venues. This summer Miller will be recording and playing select shows and events, including a brief tour of Canada. In September, he embarks on his first international tour, playing 500- to 1,200-capacity clubs across Europe (Sept. 1-17). After Europe, Miller returns to the United States on a 60-city tour of clubs, small theaters and colleges, starting in late September and finishing in mid-December at 1,200- to 2,500-capacity venues. "Mac is a hardworking artist with a lot of charisma," Schwartz says, "with showmanship and incredible social networking skills. We've built a successful touring formula-the right ticket price, the right capacity; sell it out and build it up, grow it and go again."

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Maroon 5 & Train


summer 2011 live preview

Support: Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson
Dates:
July 22 - September 24
Price: $20 - $95 (buy tickets)
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Mumford & Sons


summer 2011 live preview

Support: The Low Anthem, Matthew & the Atla, Nathaniel Rateliff
Dates:
June 3 - June 24, June 30 & July 16
Price:
$35 - $120
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Paul Simon


summer 2011 live preview

Dates: April 15 - July 21
Price:
$85 - $125
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The glowing reviews for Paul Simon's latest album, "So Beautiful or So What" (it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in April), should bode well for his upcoming concert dates. And judging by the favorable reviews of the shows, which began April 15 at Seattle's WAMU Theater, longtime Simon fans won't be disappointed. During a two-hour set with a tight eight-piece band, Simon delivers a handful of new cuts while delving into a catalog that contains nearly 50 years of songs. A recent reissue of his iconic "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with erstwhile partner Art Garfunkel, provides even more juice. Booked by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Simon has been on the road since mid-April and has shows on the books until mid-July. The artist should be able to tap into the same pool of underserved boomer singer/songwriter fans that propelled James Taylor and Carole King to the top of the Billboard Boxscore chart in 2010.

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival


summer 2011 live preview

Lineup: Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium
Dates:
July 9 - August 14
Price:
$55 - $85 (buy tickets)
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The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is left alone carrying the major metal tour banner in 2011, and it has the lineup to back it up: Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium and many others. Booked, as ever, by Darryl Eaton at CAA, Mayhem will play 26 shows in five weeks this summer. A Jägermeister-sponsored second stage will host Unearth and others, and a third Extreme stage features bands with names like All Shall Perish. Tour founders Kevin Lyman and John Reese know this audience and how to reach them, and have savvy instincts in assembling a compelling lineup. The team also is all about added value, with ancillary attractions and interactive participation from sponsors, labels, media and the bands. According to Reese, ticket sales, both public and presales, are tracking consistently with 2010's numbers-more than 360,000 headbangers. "2011 promises to deliver 'metal nirvana' to fans more explosively than ever," Reese says.

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Taylor Swift


summer 2011 live preview

Speak Now Tour
Support:
NeedtobreathDates: May 27 - November 22
Prices:
$25 - $116 (buy tickets)
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U2


summer 2011 live preview

360° Tour
Support:
Lenny Kravitz, Florence & the Machine, Festival, Interpol, Arcade Fire, Carney
Dates:
June 17 - July 30
Price:
$30 - $275 (buy tickets)
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Vans Warped Tour


summer 2011 live preview

Main Stage Headliners: Paramore, The Devil Wears Prada, 3OH!3, Gym Class Heroes, Less Than Jake, Against Me!, Jack's Mannequin
Dates: June 24 - August 14
Price: $40 - $60
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Covering 44 cities in only 52 days, the Vans Warped Tour is still the punk rock summer camp it originated as 17 years ago -- on a much bigger scale. More than 580,000 fans are expected to come out for the 114 bands that will be playing across the country this summer, and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman said, "there's a lot of little hidden gems in the lineup this year." The tour kicks off in Dallas on June 24, touring until August 14 with a final show in Oregon. "A few acts are gonna come in and out. There's gonna be some surprises. ATL for one show, maybe," mumbled Lyman, hinting that crowd favorite All Time Low might be stopping by for a single date of the tour -- something that Cobra Starship and 2011 headliners Paramore have done in the past. Other mainstage artists include: 3OH!3, The Devil Wears Prada, Gym Class Heroes, Less Than Jake, Jack's Mannequin and Pepper, a reggae-rock act that Lyman is looking forward to. The lineup is as diverse as the attendees, said Lyman: "We've got hip-hop, we've got ska, we've got punk, we've got emo, we've got screamo." There will also be eco-friendly initiatives on the tour this year, including solar stages and a used cell phone collection program for charity.

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Summer 2011 Festival Guide

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

@planetbluegrass

Telluride, Colo.; Town Park

June 16-19

Featuring: Sarah McLachlan, Mumford & Sons, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Abigail Washburn, the Head and the Heart

Founded: 1974

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Governors Ball Music Festival

@GovBallNYC

New York, Governors Island

June 18

Featuring: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Passion Pit (DJ set), Mac Miller

Founded: 2011

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Summerfest

@Summerfest

Milwaukee; Henry Maier Festival Park, Marcus Amphitheater

June 29-July 3, July 5-10

Featuring: Peter Gabriel, Toby Keith, Kanye West, Def Leppard, the Black Keys, Sugarland

Founded: 1968

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Cornerstone Festival

@cstn

Bushnell, Ill.; Cornerstone Farm

June 30-July 3

Featuring: Phil Keaggy, P.O.D., Brian "Head" Welch, Anberlin, Gungor, Robbie Seay Band

Founded: 1984

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Essence Music Festival

@essencemusic

New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome

July 1-3

Featuring: Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Fantasia

Founded: 1995

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Phish Super Ball IX

@SuperBallIX

Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Watkins Glen International

July 1-3

Featuring: Phish

Founded: 2011

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Camp Bisco X

@campbisco

Mariaville, N.Y.; Indian Lookout Country Club

July 7-9

Featuring: Disco Biscuits, Cut Copy, Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT, Yeasayer

Founded: 2001

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Vancouver Island MusicFest

@vimusicfest

Courtenay, British Columbia; Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds

July 8-10

Featuring: Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Arrested Development, Jon Anderson

Founded: 1996

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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

@bkhiphopfest

Brooklyn, various venues

July 11-16

Featuring: Q-Tip, M.O.P., Random Axe, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Torae, Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott MC, Kid Glyde

Founded: 2005

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All Good Music Festival

@AllGoodFestival

Masontown, W.Va.; Marvin's Mountaintop

July 14-17

Featuring: Furthur, STS9, Primus, Pretty Lights, moe., Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band

Founded: 1996

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Jamboree In The Hills

@JamboInTheHills

St. Clairsville, Ohio; open field

July 14-17

Featuring: Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins

Founded: 1977

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Pitchfork Music Festival

@pitchforkmedia

Chicago, Union Park

July 15-17

Featuring: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Cut Copy, Neko Case, Guided by Voices, No Age

Founded: 2006

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Calgary Folk Festival

@calgaryfolkfest

Calgary, Alberta; Prince's Island

July 21-24

Featuring: k.d. lang, Bonnie Prince Billy, the Felice Brothers, Balkan Beat Box, the Flatlanders, the Head and the Heart

Founded: 1979

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Gathering of the Vibes

@vibetribe

Bridgeport, Conn.; Seaside Park

July 21-24

Featuring: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, moe., the Levon Helm Band, Toots & the Maytals

Founded: 1996

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RockyGrass Festival

@planetbluegrass

Lyons, Colo.; Planet Bluegrass Ranch

July 29-31

Featuring: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Hot Rize

Founded: 1973

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Newport Folk Festival

@Newportfolkfest

Newport, R.I.; Fort Adams State Park

July 30-31

Featuring: The Decemberists, Gogol Bordello, Emmylou Harris, Amos Lee, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello

Founded: 1959

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311 Pow Wow Festival

@311PowWowFest

Live Oak, Fla.; Suwannee Music Park

Aug. 4-6

Featuring: 311, Sublime With Rome, the Dirty Heads, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, DJ Z-Trip

Founded: 2011

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Escape to New York

@escape2ny

Southampton, N.Y.; the Shinnecock Reservation

Aug. 5-7

Featuring: The Vaccines, of Montreal, Patti Smith, Psychedelic Furs, Best Coast, White Rabbits

Founded: 2011

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Lollapalooza

@lollapalooza

Chicago, Grant Park

Aug. 5-7

Featuring: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas

Founded: 1991

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Hard Summer Music Festival

@HARDFEST

Los Angeles; Los Angeles State Historic Park

Aug. 6

Featuring: James Murphy, Holy Ghost, Pat Mahoney and Shit Robot, Digitalism, Miike Snow (DJ set)

Founded: 2007

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

@sfoutsidelands

San Francisco, Golden Gate Park

Aug. 12-14

Featuring: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, the Roots, Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty

Founded: 2008

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Sunset Strip Music Festival

@SSMF

West Hollywood, Calif.; various venues on the Sunset Strip

Aug. 18-20

Featuring: Motley Crue, Matt & Kim, Cobra Starship, Buckcherry, The Veronicas, Bush

Founded: 2008

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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

@planetbluegrass

Lyons, Colo.; Planet Bluegrass Ranch

Aug. 19-21

Featuring: Bob Weir, Chris Robinson & Jackie Greene, Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops

Founded: 1991

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MTS Rock on the Range Canada

@MTSrotrcanada

Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canad Inns Stadium

Aug. 20

Featuring: Alice in Chains, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Hinder, Anberlin

Founded: 2009

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North Coast Music Festival

@northcoastfest

Chicago, Union Park

Sept. 2-4

Featuring: David Guetta, Bassnectar, STSS, Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Fatboy Slim, Common

Founded: 2010

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FYF Fest

@FYFFEST

Los Angeles, 1st and Main

Sept. 3

Featuring: Descendents, Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the Sky, Guided by Voices, Simian Mobile Disco (Live), Cold War Kids, Girls

Founded: 2004

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Pearl Jam 20

@PearlJam

East Troy, Wisconsin, Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sept. 3-4

Featuring: Pearl Jam, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, Joseph Arthur, Liam Finn, the Swell Season's Glen Hansard, and X's John Doe

Founded: 2011

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Bumbershoot

@Bumbershoot

Seattle, Seattle Center

Sept. 3-5

Featuring: Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Mavis Staples, The Kills, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, Fitz and The Tantrums.

Founded: 1971

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MusicFestNW

@MUSICFESTNW

Portland, Ore.; various venues

Sept. 7-11

Featuring: Explosions in the Sky, Archers of Loaf, Neurosis, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Sebadoh, Pig Destroyer, Grails, Dirty Beaches

Founded: 2001

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Ponderosa Stomp

@ponderosastomp

New Orleans, the Howlin' Wolf

Sept. 16-17

Featuring: Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, Big Jay McNeely, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Lazy Lester, the Bo-Keys, Sir Mack Rice

Founded: 2001

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Austin City Limits Music Festival

@aclfestival

Austin, Zilker Park

Sept. 16-18

Featuring: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Manu Chao La Ventura, Fleet Foxes

Founded: 2002

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ATP Presents 'I'll Be Your Mirror' Festival

@atpfestival

Asbury Park, N.J.; various venues

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Featuring: Portishead, Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Ultramagetic MC's (original lineup), Bonnie Prince Billy, Mogwai, Shellac

Founded: 2011

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