Which Memorial Weekend Music Festival Is Best for You?

Camping and chaos rule at Rocklahoma. Photo Credit: Rocklahoma

Fireworks, barbeques, and the start of summer. Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner and with it a whole slew of music festivals. How are you going to choose? Let the patented MFW Robotronic 6000 with its state of the art decision making capability pick the right one based an an amazingly narrow subset of your personality. Engage.


Festival: Rocklahoma
Location: Pryor, Oklahoma
Why You’ll Enjoy It: You mourn the end of the eighties and metal hair bands. Your idea of the perfect festival is beer, chicks in bikinis, and hard rock.
Headliners: Motley Crue, Staind, Whitesnake, Seether, Papa Roach


Another beautiful Summer Camp afternoon. Photo Credit: MFW/Coco

Festival: Summer Camp
Chillicothe, IL
Why You’ll Enjoy It:
You dance with your shoes off and sleep under the stars. Summer Camp features all the the household jam bands that you listen to while getting high…on life…and weed.
moe., Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Bela Fleck, EOTO, Lotus


Festival: Soundset
Location: Shakopee, Minnesota
Why You’ll Enjoy It:
You’re tired of explaining to your dad that hip-hop can be intelligent and thought-provoking poetry. Spend the weekend catching all the artists that are uncommon on other festival lineups. 
Atmosphere, Big Boi, De La Soul


Les Savy Fav @ Primavera. Photo Credit Primavera Sound/Eric PÃ mies

Festival: Primavera Sound
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Why You’ll Enjoy It:
The lineup is as eclectic as your tastes in music. Plus it gives ample opportunity to casually mention drop in coverstation: “Oh yeah, I saw those guys too…in Spain.”
Animal Collective, Belle & Sebastian, Fleet Foxes, Interpol, The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips


Festival: Movement
Location: Detroit, MI
Why You’ll Enjoy It:
For over a decade, Hart Plaza has hosted some of the most influential electronic acts in the world. Five stages are sure to get you moving. 
Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Felix Da Housecat, Adam Beyer


The Foo Fighters head Sasquatch! 2011

Festival: Sasquatch!
Location: The Gorge, Washington
Why You’ll Enjoy It:
Arguably the best festival of the weekend, if not the year, Sasquatch continually over-delivers every spring. Of course, you already bought tickets because you knew it would sell out quickly which it did.
Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco, The Decemberists


Festival: Delfest
Location: Cumberland, MD
Why You’ll Enjoy It: Because Del McCoury, the bluegrass legend, started his own festival. Camping, bluegrass, and
The Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Yonder Mountain String Band, Warren Haynes


Why You’ll Enjoy It

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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