The Music Festival Wizard 50: May Recap

Welcome to summertime and the May edition of The Music Festival 50. Outside Lands makes its debut. Travelling tours (Warped, Identity, Rock the Bells) all make their mark this month and 14 newbies join the list for 2012. So relax in a hammock and lets peruse The MFW 50.

1. Austin City Limits
2. The Voodoo Music Experience
3. Lollapalooza
4. CBGB Music Festival
5. Catalpa
6. Bonnaroo
7. 4 Knots Festival
8. The Governors Ball
9. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
10. Outside Lands*
11. Hard Summer
12. Vans Warped Tour
13. Clearwater
14. Electric Zoo
15. Pitchfork Chicago
16. Wanderlust California
17. Sunstrip Strip
18. Spring Awakening
19. Summerfest
20. Mountain Jam
21. Electric Forest
22. Starscape
23. Identity*
24. The Roots Picnic*
25. Wicker Park
26. Wavefront*
27. Orion Music More
28. Camp Bisco
29. Mayhem Festival
30. All Good
31. The Great Googa Mooga
32. FYF Fest*
33. Riverbend Festival*
34. Bunbury Music Festival
35. Quebec City Summer Festival*
36. Musikfest
37. NYC Popfest
38. Burning Man
39. Rock The Bells*
40. Make Music Pasadena*
41. Sasquatch
42. Xponential Festival
43. Riot Fest East*
44. iHeartRadio
45. I Love This City: San Francisco
46. The Peach Music Festival*
47. Great South Bay*
48. Fun Fun Fun Fest*
49. BamaJam*
50. North Coast

*new entry into the Top 50

#2 Spot: With the help of a lineup that includes Neil Young and Green Day, Voodoo climbed from #15 and almost toppled the reigning Austin City Limits. So close! New this year, festival fans will be able to camp out in downtown New Orleans.

#10 Spot: We’ve been wondering when the San Francisco powerhouse festival would make its debut. Outside Lands announced a star studded lineup and launched themselves straight into the top ten. Ranger Dave would be proud.

#15 Spot: Pitchfork released the daily schedule of artists so if Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip, Grimes, and Sleigh Bells are your idea of a good time, it’s time to grab a ticket for the July 13-15 show.

#23 Spot: The only traveling US electronic festival announced 15 cities and an initial lineup. With price tags starting at $40, this is definitely a budget friendly addition to EDM fans seeking their fix.

#26 Spot: Electronic music festivals are the buzz of the summer and Chicago’s newest, Wavefront (showing up for the first time on The 50), will debut at the end of June.

#31 Spot: No dates. No lineup. No worries as FYF Fest debuts on The 50 this month. The Los Angeles event is nearly a decade old (and almost as many name changes), so expect word on it soon.

#39 Spot: Rock the Bells, a hip-hop festival, announced a three city tour with Kid Cudi, Ice Cube, and Nas. The big news for this year is that each stop has been expanded to two days.

#43 Spot: Philly. Punk. July.

#46 Spot: The Allman Brothers are coming to Montage Mountain outside of  Scranton along with some friends. The three day camping festival will feature Zac Brown, O.A.R., Warren Haynes…and a water park.

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.