What’s Happening This Weekend? Music Festivals for June 29-July 1, 2012

Boonstock, one of our top 10 picks for Canada fests, starts this weekend.

Boom! The last weekend in June/first weekend of July blows up with an explosion of festivals around the world. Let’s hope that the rains that damn near drowned England last weekend are just a spring tantrum as we launch into the official Start of Summer. Here’s the weekly rundown for your upcoming weekend.

The Music Festivals Junkies Are Going Big
This weekend, we’ll be dropping into Summerfest in Milwaukee. The self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Music Festival” brags that they get over a million people during their ten day run. Hey, the Guinness Book of World Records certified it so it must be true. We’ll report back on the scene just as soon as we finish roadtripping from NYC to Beer City, USA.

Get Jazzed in Canada
Speaking of multi-day fests of epic lengths, the Montreal Jazz Fest kicks off this week and runs until July 7th. There’s something like 1,000 concerts, most of which happen to cost our favorite price — free! They also claim two million people attend the festivities which would topple Summerfest easily, but those lazy Quebecois haven’t gotten around to having Guinness stop by.

For Those About to Rock
Belgium’s mightiest festival, Rock Werchter, blasts off this weekend with an estimated 80,000 people a day rocking out to Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Elbow, Snow Patrol, and Editors. Want to go? You can’t. It’s sold out. Why am I talking about it? Because I must get to Rock Werchter 2013 and see what the fuss is all about.

Dance Your Way Into Love
I don’t know much about Ruhr-in-Love except that: a) it’s a electronic festival, b) the site is filled with cute girls, c) it’s in Germany, and d) it looks frippin’ awesome. Sounds like enough to warrant a weekend trip for fellow festival junkies. Rave on my European friends, rave on!

Music Festivals This Weekend: June 27-July 1, 2012 

Summerfest 2012 - Milwaukee, WI
Rock Werchter 2012 - Werchter, Belgium
Montreal Jazz Fest 2012 - Montreal, QC
Dauphin’s Countryfest 2012 - Dauphin, MB
Electric Forest 2012 - Rothbury, MI
Bloom Heavy’s River Romp 2012 - Grassy, MO
OpenAir St.Gallen 2012 - St. Gallen, Switzerland
Mostly Jazz Festival 2012 - Birmingham, UK
Winterwell 2012 - The Gloucestershire Countryside, UK
Boonstock 2012 - Gibbons, Alberta
Main Square Festival 2012 - Arras, France
Hideout Festival 2012 - Zrce Beach, Croatia
Les Eurockeennes de Belfort 2012 - Belfort, France
Prague City Festival 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic
Blissfields Festival 2012 - Winchester, UK
Montreaux Jazz Festival 2012 - Montreux, Switzerland
Cornbury Festival 2012 - The Cotswolds, UK
INmusic Festival 2012 - Zagreb, Croatia
LeeFest 2012 - Warlingham, UK
Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2012 - Canso, NS
The Beat-Herder Festival 2012 - Ribble Valley, UK
Ruhr-in-Love 2012 - Oberhausen, Germany
WiSH Outdoor 2012 - Beek en Donk, The Netherlands
Rockwave Festival 2012 - Athens, Greece
Mayhem Festival 2012 - US Tour
Wavefront Music Festival 2012 - Chicago, IL
Escapade Music Festival 2012 - Ottawa, ON
Rock In Rio Madrid 2012 - Madrid, Spain
Open Source Festival 2012 - Düsseldorf, Germany
Digital Dreams 2012 - Toronto, ON
Metropolis Festival 2012 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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.

1 Comment

  • June 27, 2012


    May check out Wavefront fest at Montrose Beach in Chi City.

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