9 Music Festivals to Check Out This September

Photo Credit; Sonar Barcelona/Vito Valentinetti

Who knew that September would become one of the busiest festival months of the year? Here’s a list of the ones that top our wish list. Click on any of the titles below to see full lineups, videos, and links to ticket information. And if none of these grab your attention, see our full list of fall festivals here.

1. moe.down Festival 2010
Mohawk, September 3-5
Moe. returns with their annual festival and this year they bring The Black Keys, Nas, and Damian Marley with them. Pack your tent for a three weekend of camping and music.

2. All Tomorrow’s Parties: New York 2010
Monticello, September 3-5, 2010
Iggy and the Stooges, Sonic Youth, and The Scientists are featured at the always unique ATP New York. Indie film director Jim Jarmusch assisted with the lineup.

3. North Coast Music Festival 2010
Chicago, September 3-5
The North Coast Music Festival picked up The Chemical Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee, and Paul Van Dyk to anchor the first year fest. With a mix of electronic and alternative acts, this will be one fun Labor Day Festival.

4. Sonar Chicago 2010
Chicago, September 9-11
The Chicago version of this Barcelona festival promises to be one of the more interesting shows this September. It’s a mix of art, music, and experimentation. Best of all, it’s free.

5. Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, September 9-11
120 indie acts scattered throughout downtown Raleigh sounds like a good time to us. Public Enemy and Broken Social Scene are the bigs names in a festival that features a ton of local music.

6. Telluride Blues and Brews Festivals 2010
Telluride, September 17-19
September in Colorado is the absolute best time to visit the state. Add in delicious microbrews along with B.B. King, Galactic, and George Thorogood and you’ve got yourself one relaxing festival.

7. Pygmalion Music Festival 2010
Champaign-Urbana, September 22-25
Started in 2005, this festival is becoming widely known for its mix of local and national acts. This year Of Montreal, Built to Spill, and Surfer Blood keep the bar raised.

8. Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010
Baltimore, September 25
The Virgin Mobile Festival repeated last year’s stunt and did away with paying for tickets. For a free festival, they didn’t skimp on the acts. Pavement along with Ludacris and LCD Soundsystem are just a few of the artists to see.

9. MPMF: Midpoint Music Fest 2010
Cincinnati, September 23-25
The ninth year of MPMF serves up plenty of Cincinnati chili and plenty of indie rock. This year’s lineup includes Caribou, Holy Fuck, and Best Coast along with local acts.

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Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.