Summer Tours & Music Festivals 2012

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Get the skinny on J.Lo's tour with Enrique Iglesias, check out what's in store for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, find out where Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will share the stage, and more. Keep reading for the latest info on all the summer music festivals and tours, to find out who's playing, what's changing, and which performances cannot be missed. You never know when the show of the summer could be stopping by your backyard.

AVICII summer 2012 live preview BEACH BOYS summer 2012 live preview DAVE MATTHEWS BAND DMB summer 2012 live preview
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND JENNIFER LOPEZ summer 2012 live preview JACK WHITE summer 2012 live preview KENNY CHESNEY TIM MCGRAW summer 2012 live preview
KISS MOTLEY CRUE summer 2012 live preview ONE DIRECTION summer 2012 live preview MIRANDA LAMBERT
WIZ KHALIFA AND MAC MILLER summer 2012 live preview JAY-Z FESTIVALS summer 2012 live preview

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Text by Ray Waddell, Kerri Mason, Jason Lipshutz, David Greenwald, Sarah Maloy, Jessica Letkemann


AVICII summer 2012 live preview

Dates: June 7 - September 16
$27-72.50 ( buy tickets)

The Beach Boys

THE BEACH BOYS summer 2012 live preview

Dates: Ongoing, with dates announced through Aug. 31
$30 - $125 ( buy tickets)

Dave Matthews Band

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND summer 2012 live preview

Dates: Ongoing through Sept. 9
$30 - $350
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Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS and JENNIFER LOPEZ summer 2012 live preview

Support: Wisin & Yandel
July 14 - August 31
$12 - $23

Jack White

JACK WHITE summer 2012 live preview

Support: First Aid Kit, Lanie Lane
Ongoing through Sept.

Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw

KENNY CHESNEY AND TIM MCGRAW summer 2012 live preview

Dates: Ongoing through Aug. 25
Price: $26.50 - $255

KISS & Motley Crue

KISS AND MOTLEY CRUE summer 2012 live preview

Dates: July 20 - August 23
$30 - $215

One Direction

ONE DIRECTION summer 2012 live preview

Dates: Ongoing through June 30
Price: $28 - $59.50

Miranda Lambert

MIRANDA LAMBERT summer 2012 live preview

Support: Josh Abbott, Wade Bowen
Ongoing through Sept. 7
Price: $33.75 - $95

Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller

WIZ KHALIFA and MAC MILLER summer 2012 live preview

Support: Kendrick Lamar, Chiddy Bang, Schoolboy Q, Chevy Woods
July 25 - Aug. 5
$20 - $40

5 Summer Music Festivals To Watch 2012

You already have your tickets (and sunscreen) ready for well-established fests like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Pitchfork, and Bumbershoot, but the summer of 2012 also has a promising selection of new and up-and-coming musical gatherings to keep your eye on. We've picked five of the most interesting, from the rock-around-New-York CBGB fete to Drake's Canadian weekend jam, to Jay-Z's patriotic Philly Labor Day two-parter featuring hip-hop, rock and EDM.

CBGB Festival

Lineup: Guided By Voices, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, Wyclef Jean and hundreds more.

Dates: July 5-8

Location: Various venues in New York, NY

Festival Info:

With over 300 bands playing at 30 venues across New York, the CBGB fest will toast the memory of the CBGB & OMFUG club with four days of multi-layered rock music. Along with performances from Guided By Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings, the CBGB Festival will feature premieres and screenings of new film projects focusing on The Clash and Archers of Loaf.


Lineup: Death Cab For Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., Freddie Gibbs, Leftover Salmon, Dan Deacon, Atmosphere and more. Dates: July 6-7

Location: Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, IA

Festival Info:

The 80/35 fest (the name refers to the intersection of two famous Iowa interstates) showcases an eclectic mix of rock, alternative and hip-hop. Along with indie favorites the Avett Brothers and Death Cab For Cutie, this year's lineup includes veteran guitar thrashers Dinosaur Jr., electronica weirdo Dan Deacon and Indiana gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs.

Firefly Music Festival

Lineup: The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, John Legend, the Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk and more. Dates: July 20-22

Location: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware

Festival Info:

The inaugural Firefly music fest will bring a formidable lineup to Dover, and try to accomplish what the dearly departed All Points West festival could not: establish a Northeast alt-rock festival with legs. 2012 festival chameleons the Black Keys, Jack White and Death Cab For Cutie will be there, as will the Killers (who are gearing up for their fourth album release), John Legend and the Flaming Lips.

OVO Fest

Lineup: Drake, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz

Date: Aug. 5

Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheater, Toronto, Canada

Festival Info:

The third incarnation of Drake's annual salute to his Canada hometown will once again include a headlining set from Drizzy himself and a performance from his R&B protege the Weeknd, who made one of his first live appearances at last year's fest. Also on the bill are A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz, two rappers with a boatload of buzz who separately supported Drake on his Club Paradise tour in the past year.

Made In America

Lineup: Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, D'Angelo, Odd Future, Maybach Music, Passion Pit, Santigold, Afrojack, X and more

Date: Sept. 1-2

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa.

Festival Info:

Brooklyn native Jay-Z will take the turnpike down to Philadelphia for the inauguration of his own festival, which was announced in May and will be headlined and curated by the rap superstar. Although the full lineup has yet to be revealed, early additions have included rock icons Pearl Jam; reclusive R&B star D'Angelo; EDM titans Calvin Harris and Afrojack; and indie rock whippersnappers like Passion Pit and the Dirty Projectors. Set to be held in Philly's Fairmount Park, Made in America will serve as a book-end to the city's other hip-hop-centric two-day fest, the Roots Picnic, which was held on June 2-3.

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