North America Music Festival Preview: July


Weekend 1: July 3-5

Fourth of July weekend kicks off a host of festivals. Go green at Rothbury, catch Beyonce at Essence, or see some nineties favorites in Nova Scotia.

Rothbury Music Festival
July 2-5, Rothbury, Michigan
$249.50 for a full Festival Pass
Headliners: The Dead, Bob Dylan, String Cheese, Willie Nelson, The Black Crowes, G. Love, STS9

Essence Music Festival
July 3-5, New Orleans, Louisiana
$51-$200 for a single day ticket
Headliners: Beyonce, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Salt N Pepa, DJSoul Sister, ,Lionel Ritchie

Virgin Festival: Nova Scotia
July 4, Halifax, Nova Scotia
$75.50 (CAN)
Headliners: The Tragically Hip, The Offspring, Dinosaur Jr.

Weekend 2: July 10-12

The biggest tribute to eighties metal goes off this weekend in the spectacular blowout known as Rocklahoma. Not your speed? Try chilling at Marvin’s Mountaintop at the Allgood Festival.

July 9-12, Pryor, Oklahoma
$120 for a full festival pass
Headliners: Anthrax, Ratt, Warrant, Anvil, Skid Row, Great White, Twisted Sister, Stryper

Allgood Music Festival & Campout
July 10-12, Mastontown, West Virginia
$30 advance single day / $40 at the door
Headliners: Ben Harper, Bob Weir & Ratdog, moe., STS9, Les Claypool, Yonder Mountain, Tea Leaf Green

Weekend 3: July 17-19

Music festivals abound this weekend. Alternative hipsters will swarm on Pitchfork and the free Siren Music Festival. Tool performs for the first time in years at Mile High and more eighties at the Moondance Jam.

Moondance Jam
July 16-18, Walker, Minnesota
$150 for a three day festival pass
Headliners: Journey, Sheryl Crow, Yes, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Asia, Foghat, Kansas

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 17-19, Chicago, Illinois
$35 for a single day ticket
Headliners:  Built to Spill, The Jesus Lizard, The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, The National, Beirut

Siren Music Festival
July 18, Coney Island, New York
Headliners: Spank Rock, The Raveonettes, Frightened Rabbit, Built to Spill, Grand Duchy, Monotonix

Mile High Music Festival
July 18-19, Denver, Colorado
$109 for a 3 day pass
Headliners: Tool, Widespread Panic, Incubus, Ben Harper, Big Head Todd, G. Love, Ani Difranco

Weekend 4: July 24-26

Another jam packed weekend could find you camping in northern Minnesota at 10000 Lakes, doing yoga at Wanderlust, or jamming out at one of New England’s biggest festivals.

10000 Lakes Festival
July 22-25, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
$159 for a four day festival pass
Headliners: Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, Wilco, Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones, Railroad Earth

Gathering of the Vibes
July 23-26, Bridgeport, Connecticut
$185 for a weekend pass
Headliners: CSN, Buddy Guy, Grace Potter, moe., Bob Weir & Ratdog, Guster, The Levon Helm Band

Wanderlust Festival
July 24-26, Lake Tahoe, California
$124.50 for a weekend pass
Headliners: Michael Franti, Spoon, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene, Girl Talk, Jenny Lewis,

Virgin Festival: BC
July 25-26, Burnaby, British Columbia
Headliners: Our Lady Peace, Mute Math, Ben Harper, Sonic Youth, De La Soul, Jarvis Cocker

Weekend 4: July 31-August 2nd

So we’re bleeding into August, but that’s only because the lineup for All Points West is so awesome you should check it out.

All Points West Music & Arts Festival
July 31-August 2, Jersey City, New Jersey
$199 for a 3 day pass
Headliners: Tool, Coldplay, MGMT, Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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