Festival Briefs Christmas Edition: EXIT Magic, New Dates, New Fests, Scott Stapp Returns

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Because we know there’s a spiked mug of eggnog with your name on it, this week’s festival briefs is being gifted early. While it might not be as exciting as a scantily clad Santa Claus run, we’re still pretty excited about all the exciting news hitting the festival world this week.

Presto! New Artists for EXIT
The EXIT Magic Adventure, a mashup of the Serbian EXIT Festival and the Montegnero Sea Dance Festival, has released their first batch of artists into the wild. Our editor-in-chief called EXIT “one of the maddest festivals” in the world and definitely worth a trip to Novi Sad. He’ll be returning in 2016 to “research” the beachside second weekend at Sea Dance.

Save the Dates for 2016
Two date confirmations that we sorta already guessed — Chicago’s North Coast Festival over Labor Day Weekend and The Voodoo Experience during Halloween — have posted official dates as well as early bird ticket pricing. Voodoo will be haunting New Orleans from October 28-30, 2016. The North Shore Music Festival takes place September 2-4, 2016.

New Festival Alert! Daytrotter Downs Coming This Winter
The Daytrotter website, which has been hosting recording sessions with upcoming indie acts for over a decade, will be celebrating their tenth anniversary with a two-day festival. Daytrotter Downs will take place February 18-20 and promises around 30 acts in Davenport, Iowa.

This Week in Festival Lawsuits
It hurts when an event gets cancelled, but the suck really sets in if you have purchased tickets and your money vanishes. Angry fans are filing a class action lawsuit in Arkansas against the Phases of the Moon organizers who have yet to produce a refund more than 90 days after the event. The fallout has also resulted in the cancellation of the 2016 edition of Wakarusa.

Revel Under the Moon
We weren’t sure what to expect from the debut Moonstone Music Festival in Orlando and then they released their lineup which not only includes KISS and Def Leppard, but The Flaming Lips, Kansas, and Surfer Blood? And they also have Scott Stapp without Creed and Sebastian Bach without Skid Row? There’s still something like 80+ acts still waiting to be announced and we can’t wait to see what Moonstone will unleash next upon the souls of Florida. If you need more Creed in the meantime, check out Scott Stapp’s Take Me To the Movies.

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