Music Festival Roundup (part four of a series)

Continued from Music Festival Roundup (part three of a series)

Just when we thought a clear picture for summer music festivals had been drawn…. a handful of stragglers waited until the dust had settled from all the major announcements (see: music festival roundup #3) to go public with their plans. Read on for the skinny on those late-summer events you forgot about- and maybe a few you didn’t already know about.


image: Tedward B. Bouillon

Drive time from Indianapolis: 3 hours

Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd (Labor Day weekend)

Three-day pass: $110 (plus $18 service fee)

Chicago’s North Coast returns for its third year, continuing to establish itself as an affordable steadfast option for northerners looking for something less indie than Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. The three-day, urban festival features EDM, jam, and hip hop headliners also billed to play at more traditional, camp-style events- giving city dwellers the chance to experience a real festival environment without the hassle of travel and camping. Which is cool… if you don’t enjoy roadtripping with friends and sleeping in tents. Or wearing glowsticks, which the great state of Illinois bans at public venues.

In case you missed that last point, let’s reemphasize, because it’s important: SECURITY WILL CONFISCATE YOUR GLOWSTICKS. I suggest hiding them horizontally in your boots; it worked for me when Bassnectar played at a local venue with tough security a few weeks ago.

The first wave of artist announcements include: Pretty Lights, Axwell, Atmosphere, Big Boi, Steve Aoki, Excision, The Rapture, Alesso, Modestep, Mord Fustang, Felix da Housecat, YACHT, Dan Deacon, King Khan & the Shrines, Rebirth Brass Band, Van Ghost, Maya Jane Coles, Com Truise, & Auto Body.

Check out this North Coast 2011 video.


Image: Cambria Harkey

Drive time from Indianapolis: 3 hours

Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th

This Chicago festival has been around for years, yielding a reputation for continuous evolution and the ability to stay current with what’s cool. If you’re planning to go, I hope it’s because you purchased your weekend pass the day they went on sale; all three-day tickets have sold out, more than 3 months in advance of the event. Single day passes are still available at $95 each.

Complete line up: Florence + the Machine, Passion Pit, the Shins, Sigur Ros, Fun., M83, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Dawes, the Temper Trap, Die Antwoord, Mona, the Growlers, the Gaslight Anthem, Hey Rosetta!, JEFF the Brotherhood, Band of Skulls, Anamanaguchi, SBTRKT, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Wax, the Walkmen, FIDLAR, JJ Grey & Mofro, LP, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Milo Greene, Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Kopecky Family Band, Washed Out, the Jezabels, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Yuna, Bear in Heaven, Walk Off the Earth, Blind Pilot, Animal Kingdom, Chairlift, Dev, J. Cole, the Black Angels, the Sheepdogs, Yellow Ostrich, the Dunwells, GIVERS, DJ Mel, Polica, Empires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kevin Devine, Wale, Dry the River, White Rabbits, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, the Head & the Heart, the Devil Makes Three, Overdoz, the Big Pink, Oberhofer, Ambassadors, Twin Shadow, the War on Drugs, DJ Zebo, the Tallest Man on Earth, Chancellor Warhol, Toro Y Moi, O Rappa, Laura Warshauer, Dr. Dog, Bowerbirds, Red Oblivion, Of Monsters and Men, Orchard Lounge.

Perry’s stage: Bassnectar, Santigold, Skream & Benga, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kaskade, Little Dragon, Star Slinger, Calvin Harris, Porter Robinson, Nadastrom, NERO, Sub Focus, DJ Nihal, Madeon, the White Panda, Knife Party, Zedd, SALVA, Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Kid Color, Big Gigantic.


image: Docufest

Drive time from Indianapolis: 6.75 hours

Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th

3 Day Pass $125 in advance additional $25 per person for camping (children under 12 free)

Nestled in the heart of Northwest Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, Hoxeyville is a testament to pure North Country peace as well as a good ol’ down home hootenanny.

Initial artist lineup includes: 7 Walkers (feat. Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), Greensky Bluegrass (2 sets), BoomBox, The Ragbirds, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, Airborne or Aquatic, The Macpodz, Strange Arrangement, Naive Melodies plays Talking Heads, Luke Winslow King & The Ragtime Millionaires, Graham Parsons & the Double Phelix Players, The Crane Wives, The Twin Cats, Garrett Borns, and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies.


Drive time from Indianapolis: 3.5 hours

Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd (Labor Day weekend)

Three-day early bird tickets $89 (children under 12 free)

The inaugural Dark Star Jubilee will take place at Ohio’s Legend Valley- also the home of this year’s All Good & Werk Out Festivals. With many camping options and packages available, a jam-centric bill of music, and a free pass for children under 12, the Dark Star Jubilee looks to be cultivating a laid-back, safe, family-friendly environment. The Jubilee will also mimic All Good’s established scheduling practice of no-overlapping sets via two alternating stages.

The Jubilee features: 3 full shows by Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, Perpetual Groove, BoomBox, Cornmeal (2 Sets), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, David Gans, Jahman Brahman, Rumpke Mountain Boys (2 Sets), The Spikedrivers, & more to be announced.