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Your Guide to 2013’s Major Music Festivals


Once all of us get set into these winter blues, pretty much anything that’s accompanied by warm weather is welcomed with open arms. There are tons of things to look forward to, but the most exciting take place outdoors. What better way to break into the warmth with great tunes and huge, partying crowds? The music festivals of 2013 are starting to build up the anticipation, so we wanted to give you a guide to the most popular festivals coming your way:

Coachella: Formally known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, it takes place each year in Indio, California at Empire Polo Club. This year it takes place on two weekends in April (4/12-4/14 and 4/19-4/21). Festival-goers have to purchase wristbands for each weekend they want to attend. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 29, and the prices range; weekend passes range anywhere from $300 to over $500 (with camping included), and can be purchased on the official Coachella Festival website(click for more information and a detailed description of the lineups for both weekends). Along with the crazy-awesome tunes you’ll be hearing, each year the festival installs unbelievable modern sculptures all over the grounds to incorporate art with music, just don’t climb on them.

Bonaroo: This festival takes place from June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee. The official Bonaroo sitehad a holiday presale that is completely sold out, now all additional information and the lineup links direct visitors to come back for the 2013 information at a later date. The term Bonaroo means “a really good time,” and this year I could see why. Everything on the site has a positive hippy-vibe that eludes a good, happy time. To accompany the performances the festival has had tents in the past created around different themes. One was called the Silent Disco, where upon entering visitors would be given headphones and everyone would be synced to hearing the same song by the DJ, from outside the tent it appeared hundreds of people were dancing to no music.

Governor’s Ball: This festival is held on Randall’s Island in the East River of NYC. This year the festival dates are June 7-9; right now they have a general admission early bird deal for $190 on their website. This festival is fairly new compared to some others listed here and 2013 will only be its third year in operation. Along with outdoor activities and socialization, the festival brings in food trucks from prominent NYC restaurants. Kanye West and King’s of Leon are headlining this year, maybe we’ll get a peak at Kim!

Lollapalooza: This year Lolla takes place from Aug. 2-4. Nestled perfectly into Grant Park and surrounded by Chicago‘s largest buildings, visitors are going to get an experience they cannot forget, plus be cooled off by winds off the lake! Prices for passes are not yet posted on the site, but Lolla tells visitors to watch out on Facebook and Twitter for them to drop. Be prepared: in past years this festival has been known to get a little muddy!

Glastonbury: This festival takes place on Worthy Farm in Pilton from June 26-30. Tickets for this festival were sold out in October, but the site says there will be a resale of cancelled tickets in April, so check back then if you’re headed overseas and want to see what all the fuss is about! Although this festival is in England, the pictorial English countryside setting the site is promoting would be an interesting backdrop to throngs of music fans screaming their heads off.

Becca is a college senior studying English lit, French, and marketing in Naperville, Illinois. She loves a warm cup of tea and a great book, and a puppy wouldn't hurt either. She hopes to one day work in the publishing industry.