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Continued: Which rock fest is best?

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 15, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Where is it? Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Wash., 150 miles east of Seattle.

Who’s playing? A little-fest-that-could for 10 years running, it reaches a new peak with Grammy winners Mumford & Sons, Ben Gibbard’s reunited Postal Service and Seattle’s own new No. 1 hip-hop stars, Mackle­more & Ryan Lewis. Also: Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Sigur Rós, Primus, Tame Impala, Father John Misty and Minneapolis rapper P.O.S.

Who’s it for? Younger hipsters, hippies and underground hip-hop fans who would enjoy camping amid the stunning scenery of the Columbia River Gorge.

How can I go? Also sold out, passes are going for $550 and up at resale sites. Fly to Seattle or Spokane, Wash.


When is it? June 7-9.

Where is it? Randall’s Island, New York City.

Who’s playing? The biggest lineup leap of any festival, the third installment features a trio of surprise headliners: Kanye West (his only gigs on the books so far this year), Kings of Leon (their first since going on hiatus) and Guns N’ Roses (who will test the park’s curfew policy). Also: the Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Feist, Beach House, Erykah Badu.

Who’s it for? New Yorkers who get someone to pay their rent, friends who don’t mind piling up on their puny floor space, plus maybe a few rock fans with deep pockets to spend on hotel (no camping here).

How can I go? Passes are $220 (plus a $45 ferry pass) at Fly to any New York area airport.


Bonnaroo (June 6-9, southeastern Tennessee): Organizers of the giant campout have been dropping clues leading up to Tuesday’s announcement; logical guesses include Kanye, the Dead, Mumford & Sons and A$AP Rocky.

Pitchfork Music Fest (July 19-21, Chicago’s Union Park): The űber-hipster urban rock fest has only released three names: Bjőrk, R. Kelly and Belle & Sebastian.

First Avenue Fest (July 20, Minneapolis’ Parade Athletic Fields): The club’s inaugural event hopes to pick up spillover acts from Pitchfork and add its own regulars.

Lollapalooza (Aug. 2-4, Chicago’s Grant Park): Always laden with big names, even its rumored headliners have been kept mum. And no, that’s not another Mumford reference.


Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658 • Twitter: @ChrisRstrib


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