New Festival Roundup: From California to Canada

posted by Maressa Levy on April 24, 2013

Photo: The Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch! 2012 by Laura Baker-Finch

UPDATE: JamBase Live and Moonrise have since been canceled. 

Shaky Knees

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: May 4-5
Tickets: General Admission: $61 for 1-Day Pass, $99 2-Day Passes are SOLD OUT

The inaugural Shaky Knees fest will take place in Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park. In addition to three outdoor stages, Shaky Knees will feature local artisan food trucks and vendors. Although the Masquerade Park has hosted myriad musical performances, this will be the first festival to take place in Fourth Ward Park.

Lineup: Band of Horses, Jim James, Gary Clark, Jr., Lucero, The Black Angels, The Joy Formidable, Moon Taxi, GOAT, Hanni El Khatib, The Orwells, J Roddy Walston and The, Vintage Trouble, Robert Ellis, You Me and Apollo, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Death on Two Wheels, Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Lumineers, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit, The Antlers, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Heartless Bastards, Oberhofer, frontier Ruckus, Shovels & Rope, Murder By Death, T. Hardy Morris, Von Grey, Swear & Shake


Location: Napa Valley, California
Dates: May 9-12
Tickets: General Admission: $139 for 1-Day Pass, $329 for a 3-Day Pass, $399 for a 4-Day Pass
VIP: $599 for a 4-Day Pass

Napa Valley has emerged on the festival scene with BottleRock, a four-day festival with music, comedy, food, beer, and wine, of course. Located in the center of downtown Napa, the festival will feature wine from more than 40 top wineries, as well as plenty of food offerings. Created by WillPower Events, BottleRock's organizers aim to support the local community through silent and online auctions as well as the Bottoms Up For BACCHUS program, which ensures $1 from every beverage sale goes to benefit local charities.

Lineup: Louis Prima Jr., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, Eclectic Approach, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Family of the Year, KAPTN, Tig Notaro, Bill Burr, Anthony Jeselnik, Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Black Crowes, ALO, Moonalice, Ray Bertolino and The Forget Me Nots, Primus, Cafe Tacuba, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, X, The Refusers, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra, The Avett Brothers, Violent Femmes, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Delta Spirit, Vintage Trouble, The Black Keys, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Dirty Projectors, Blue Traveler, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, They Went Ghost, Allah Las, Flagship, The Whiskey Sisters, Tristan Prettyman, Justin Townes Earle, Kings of Leon, Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Dwight Yoakam, Bad Religion, Iron & Wine, Hells Belles Burlesque, Donavon Frankenreiter, RNDM, Best Coast, Sharon Van Etten, Allen Stone, Martin Harley, Tift Merritt, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Zac Brown Band, Train, Cake, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Michael Frant and Spearhead, Grouplove, The Wallflowers, Brandi Carlile, Erin O'Hara, The Secret Sisters, Rogue Wave, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Girls and Boys, Kacey Musgraves

Boston Calling

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Dates: May 25-26
Tickets: General Admission: $75 for 1-Day Pass, $130 for a Weekend Pass
VIP: $185 for a 1-Day Pass, $350 for a Weekend Pass

Boston Calling's inaugural lineup is stellar, including performances from The National, FUN., Of Monsters and Men, and The Shins. With two stages and eight acts per day, I'm entertaining the possibility of being able to see every artist, the ultimate festivalgoer's pipe dream. Conveniently located in the center of the city, Boston Calling is a must-attend for those living in the Northeast.

If you plan on attending Boston Calling (or even if you don't), check out our Boston Calling 2013 Festival Guide for tips on where to eat, sleep, shop, party, and explore in Beantown.

Lineup: FUN., The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt and Kim, Portugal. The Man, Cults, MS MR, St. Lucia, Bad Rabbits, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Young The Giant, Andrew Bird, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon, Caspian

Moonrise Festival

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Dates: June 8-9
Tickets: General Admission: $149 for 2-Day Pass
VIP: $250 for a 2-Day Pass

The newest festival to hit the DC area, Moonrise will feature visual performers and art installations in addition to their heavy-hitting lineup. Taking place in Baltimore's previously unused Sun Park, the Moonrise festival grounds are along the city's public transportation routes and within walking distance of the Federal Hill neighborhood.

Lineup: Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Nero, Pretty Lights, Flux Pavilion, Eric Prydz, Paul van Dyk, Porter Robinson, The Crystal Method, Datsik, Doctor P, Excision, Crookers, Borgore, Infected Mushroom, Sidney Samson, Chuckie, STS9, Morgan Page, Gareth Emery, Gramatik, GZA/Genius, Emancipator, Krewella, Hopsin, Flosstradamus, Skism, Congorock, Designer Drugs, Lotus, Paper Diamond, 3LAU, Xilent, EOT,O Terravita, Dieselboy, Alvin Risk, TyDi, Smooth, Eptic, Nadastrom, Bro Safari, Lucky Date, Papadosio, Matrix & Futurebound, Tittsworth, Schoolboy, Feenixpawl, Torro Torro, Destroid, CRNKN, Sabo, Gent & Jawns, Brillz, Craze, etcetc, Heroes X Villains, Des Mcmahon, Icicle, Loadstar, Mayhem, TC, Alex Young, Original Sin


Location: George, Washington
Dates: July 5-6
Tickets: General Admission: $75 for 2-Day Pass
Camping Passes: $50-$200 per vehicle

Taking place at the picturesque Gorge Amphitheater (home to Sasquatch!), JamBase will take place over July 4th weekend. Brought to you by JamBase and Live Nation, this small fest is sure not to disappoint.

Lineup: Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid, Railroad Earth, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, STS9, Galactic, ALO, Lettuce, G. Love & Special Sauce, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Stone Foxes, McTuff, Huckle, Marcus Eaton, K Sera, Mister Loveless, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Matt Anderson


Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dates: July 5-7
Tickets: General Admission: $169-$199 for a 3-Day Pass
VIP: $299 for 3-Day Pass
Ticket pre-sales will begin Wednesday, April 24, and regular sales will begin Friday, April 26. Pre-sale tickets will require a password, which you can find on the fest's Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

Not much information has been released about Badlands, aside from the stacked (if small) lineup, which features DJs Afrojack, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights. Badlands will take place at the Canada Olympic Park, where views are sure to be incredible.

Lineup: Afrojack, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Excision, Gareth Emery, Matt & Kim, Morgan Page, Adam K, Adventure Club, Getter, GTA, The M Machine, Mord Fustang, Nadastrom, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Proxy, and XKore


Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: September 27-29
Tickets: General Admission: $127 for 1-Day Pass, $347 for a 3-Day Full Madness Pass
VIP: $297 for a 1-Day Comfort Pass, $847 for a 3-Day Full Madness Comfort Pass
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 27 for residents of the US. Non-US residents can get their tickets beginning May 4. If you are purchasing a Global Journey Package, you may begin purchasing tickets on April 24.

Created by the festival organizers behind Belgian's well-known TomorrowLand, the fest's US counterpart is much-anticipated. Set just outside Atlanta in the Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia, TomorrowWorld's inaugural edition will feature DreamVille, a campsite complete with multiple shops, vendors, and a welcome party.

Lineup: Alesso, Axwell, Delta Heavy, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Excision, Figure, Gramatik, Grandtheft, NiT GriT, Porter Robinson, Rusko, Savoy, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sound Remedy, Zomboy, plus more to be added.

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See Also:

Kascade, Afrojack, and More Top Inaugural Badlands Lineup
Bottle Rock Napa Releases Lineup Ahead of Schedule
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