Editor's Picks: Top Ten Music Festivals of June 2012
Every month we hand-select our top ten music festivals covering all genres and geographical locations. Please feel free to add your comments at the bottom of the page and share your top music festival picks for the month.
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June 2012 Picks
Skinny Lister. Photo courtesy of http://vanswarpedtour.com/blog/
Vans Warped Tour (North America)
June 16-August 5, 2012 - United States and Canada
Running for 18 years straight is the punk-centric touring festival which has been the host of many thousands of fast and loud sets over four continents. As well as the music, Vans Warped Tour celebrates skate culture with showcases of some of the best skaters and other extreme sports. This years North American leg of the tour stops in Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Irvine, CA, Pomona, CA, San Francisco, CA, Ventura, CA, Chula Vista, CA, Glendale, AZ, Las Cruces, NM, San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Maryland Heights, MO, Auburn Hills, MI, Tinley Park, IL, Shakopee, MN, Bonner Springs, KS, Noblesville, IN, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Burgettstown, PA, Holmdel, NJ, Montreal, QC, Toronto, ON, Darien Center, NY, Scranton, PA, Mansfield, MA, Camden, NJ, Uniondale, NY, Hartford, CT, Columbia, MD, Virginia Beach, VA, Atlanta, GA, Orlando, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, St.Petersburg, FL, Charlotte,, NC, Cincinnati, OH, Milwaukee, WI, Redmond, WA, Portland, OR. That's 44 festivals in 50 days! Vans Warped tour is also coming back to the UK for the first time in 13 years with a show on Saturday 10th November at Alexandra Palace, London.
Touring with the festival are Rise Against, Lostprophets, Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, New Found Glory and Anti-Flag
For more festival information: Vans Warped Tour
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Funeral Party
Photo courtesy of http://bigbeach-fes.com/12en/
Big Beach '12
June 2, 2012 - Chiba, Japan
Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim) presents the Japanese edition of the Big Beach Festival, most famed for the quarter of a million punters that turned up to party with him on Brighton Beach for the Big Beach Boutique 2002. A decade later and almost 10,000 kilometres away Big Beach 12 continues the spirit in Chiba, Japan, a Kantō city on the Bay of Tokyo. Chemical Brothers headline with a two and a half hour set in which they have announced they will be playing new material for the first time. 20+ more DJ's and performers appear on the three stage. Also check out Big Beach Boutique 5 in Falmer, UK on 1st and 2nd of June 2012, which will ironically not be held on the beach this year.
Playing on the beach side stages will be: The Chemical Brothers, Sven Väth, John Digweed, DJ Krush and Timo Maas
For more festival information: Big Beach '12
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: DJ Krush
Flaming Lips at Forbidden Fruit 2011. Photo courtesy of http://forbiddenfruit.ie
Forbidden Fruit Festival 2012
June 2-4, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland
After the success of the first Forbidden Fruit Festival last year, this charming music festival is returning in June 2012 with an even more impressive lineup. Sponsored by Bulmers, the king of Irish ciders, Forbidden Fruit Festival has five stages (one of them a comedy stage), and plenty of great new and old acts spanning over three days and ending on a Monday, which is the June Bank Holiday. The festival takes place on the lawns of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, just 15 minutes from the city centre. Be sure to also catch one of many festival afterparties where your wristband will get you discounted entry!
The stellar lineup includes New Order, Wilco, Leftfield, Chromatics, Lower Dens, Modeselektor, Death in Vegas, and many more!
For more festival information: Forbidden Fruit Festival
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Purity Ring
Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/bonnaroo
June 7-10, 2012 - Manchester, TN, United States
While Bonnaroo has changed significantly over the years, it still remains one of the top music festivals in the United States. With thousands of attendees flocking from all over the U.S. and even outside of it, this music festival is diverse in both it's music and crowd. This is a festival for people that don't mind getting dirty -- it's held in a big open space in what feels like the middle of nowehere so you really get that true camping festival experience.
2012 Bonnaroo acts include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, and Flogging Molly.
For more festival information: Bonnaroo
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Phish
Photo courtesy of http://electricdaisycarnival.com/LasVegas
Electric Daisy Carnival 2012
June 8-10, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Traditionally a Los Angeles music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival's new home base in the south-west is the world-famous casino capital Las Vegas. Now running over three days this massive electronic music festival is hosting over 100 DJs/performers with an expected total attendance of 300,000. Insomniac Events have curated this event to become the biggest electronic music festival outside of Europe. Electric Daisy Carnival is also appearing for the first time in New York City from 8th to 10th June, 2012 and for the fourth year running in Puerto Rico on August 18, 2012.
Appearing in the Speedway are Moby, David Guetta, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Benny Benassi, Digitalism, Avicii, MSTRKRFT and Armin Van Buuren
For more festival information: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: High Contrast
of Montreal. Photo courtesy of NXNE Digital Magazine
June 1 -17, 2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Following suit of the hugely successful South by South West (SXSW) format is Toronto's ultra-cool multi venue music and film festival. 7 days, 50+ venues, 500+ bands. As well a the live venues responsible for Toronto's live music scene hosting the festival, Dundas Square; Toronto's main commercial plaza, is the site for the main stage, which also happens to be free and open to the public. One $50 wristband gains you access to all of this, outstanding value in the current age of festivals.
Appearing on the Yonge Dundas Square will be The Flaming Lips, Bad Religion, of Montreal, Good Riddance, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
For more festival informatiion: NXNE
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Check out the secret acts at venues such as Bovine Sex Club and El Mocambo
Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/Hultsfredsfestivalen
June 14-16, 2012 - Hultsfred, Sweden
Boasting a huge lineup with close to 100 artists, this year's Hultsfredfestivalen has something for everyone -- from indie rock fans to classic alternative music lovers. The abundance of on-site accomodation means you can rough it in the camp ground, hire a more upscale camping "pod", or take it to the next level by catching the Hultsfred Charter Train direct from Stockholm and live on board the train for the duration of the festival!
Playing this year's Hultsfredfestivalen are The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Stone Roses, Justice, M83, Kasabian, and Garbage, in addition to many more.
For more festival information: Hultsfredfestivalen
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: The xx
Photo courtesy of http://www.hellfest.fr/
Hellfest Open Air 2012
June 15-17, 2012 - Clisson, France
The festival that has long angered many French religious and right-wing groups is back with one hell of a massive line-up. The setting of the gothic commune of Clisson in the West of France couldn't be a more perfect battleground for the metal festival whose acts range from the 80's mega-metal-groups to independent heavy metal to the latest grind core bands. The dual main stage setup means that for the three days of the festival, the bands will play back to back with barely a break.
Causing a scene this year are Guns N' Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Within Temptation, Children of Bodom and Lamb of God
For more festival information: Hellfest Open Air
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Sun O)))
Photo by Benko Photographics. Courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/planetbluegrass
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 21-24, 2012 - Telluride, CO, United States
Hailed as one of the most scenic music festivals in the continental United States, the 39th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival returns to the beautiful San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado this summer. The festival has been host to many world famous bluegrass artists as well as many up-and-coming bands and solo artists. This year the Telluride Bluegrass Festival coincides with the Summer Solstice, giving spectators even more daylight time to enjoy in the great outdoors.
The festival lineup includes Allison Krauss & Union Station, Jerry Douglas, Laura Marling, John Fogerty, Leftover Salmon, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
For more festival information: Telluride Bluegrass Festival
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Head For The Hills
Photo courtesy of http://www.hideoutfestival.com
June 29-July 1, 2012 - Pag, Croatia
If tech house, dubstep, and beach parties are your thing, then Croatia's Hideout Festival is not to be missed. Imagine three full days (four if you include Thursday's pre-party) of listening to some of the best DJs in the world on a beautiful Croatian beach and throw in some very exclusive boat parties and you have yourself one of the most sought-after electronic music festivals this summer. While accomodation can be pricey, 2012 will mark the first year that Hideout will offer camping for the more adventurous festivalgoers.
Tearing the beach up will be Skrillex, Andy C, Skream! & Benga, Claude VonStroke, Annie Mac, Tiga, Simian Mobile Disco, and more.
For more festival information: Hideout Festival
SoundAndScene.com's act to see: Scuba