May 1, 2013, Generally speaking people consider the start of the music festival season to be sometime in June. Although you have SXSW and WMC in March, and Coachella in April, for the most part, the bulk of the festivals throughout the states and abroad fall within the June-September time frame. This makes sense due to summer being in those months as well, and why would someone want to cruise out to an all day festival in the dead of winter, or the chilly temperatures of spring? Well luckily, living in Los Angeles affords a much broader spectrum of festival abilities, because it rarely dips below a 60 degree mark, and I don’t remember the last time it snowed here (has it ever?). Residing in the southland means you are constantly bombarded with choices of entertainment. There are twenty plus quality concert venues within a 90 minute drive, and on any given week, you will find a fantastic band playing in at least one of them. Virtually all nationally touring music festivals stop here, and we have half a dozen festivals dedicated to the LA region. So what is a music loving Angeleno supposed to do? How can they keep track of all the great music experiences coming to town in the next 6 months? Well make sure to bookmark this page, because I am going to give you all the details you need to make informed decisions on which festivals to spend your cash on this summer.
*Disclaimer, Some festivals have not announced lineups or specific dates as of yet, but I will update this list with information as it becomes available. Be sure to Subscribe to stay updated.
KROQ Weenie Roast
When: May 18, 2013
Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, Calif.
Why you should go: The 21st annual Weenie roast sports an impressive lineup with headliners such as ‘The Black Keys’, and ‘Thirty Seconds to Mars’, along with LA favorites ‘Silversun Pickups’ and many more, this all day music fest put on my the wold famous KROQ will be a great way to spend a Saturday. Proceeds also go to benefit the SurfRider Foundation and Heal the Bay.
Tickets go on sale to KROQ street team members May 3, 2013 at 12pm and prices range from between $70-110 depending on your seats.
Ink-n-Iron Kustom Culture Festival
When: June 7-8-9, 2013
Where: Queen Mary, Long Beach Calif.
Why you should go: If you like cars, tattoos, punk music and anything related to that this is the right place for you. Headlining the festival is Long Beach natives ‘Sublime with Rome’ along with the return of ‘Iggy and The Stooges’ and Orange County fellows ‘The Offspring.’ Mix that in with a whole host of old school punk rockers, all the tattoo artists you can shake a stick at, and a host of tricked out hotrods and you have a recipe for a hell of a good time!
Tickets are on sale now and range from $60 for a one day pass, all the way to $450 for a 3 day VIP platinum pass.
35th Annual Payboy Jazz Festival
When: June 15-16, 2013 (Fathers Day Weekend)
Where: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Calif.
Why you should go: If you like your scotch like you like your music; smooth and flawless, then this is the festival for you. In its 35th year The Playboy Jazz Festival has been a landmark event for LA jazz lovers, boasting the hottest acts with special guests like ‘Naturally 7’, with ‘Herbie Hancock’ and ‘Angelique Kidjo’ with ‘Hugh Masekala’. The Playboy Jazz Festival has the perfect cocktail of new and old school players set in LA’s most beautiful theaters.
Tickets are on sale right now and range from $20-160 depending on your seats.
Warped Tour 2013
When: June 20 & 21, 2013 – Pomona June 23, 2013 – Ventura
Where: Pomona Fairplex – Pomona Calif. Seaside Park – Ventura, Calif.
Why should you go: With a mishmash of all things adolescent, including pop punk, post hardcore, metal, folk rock, and everything in between, the Vans Warped Tour has always been an easy target for the younger crowd. With a list of bands a mile long including favorites such as ‘The Used’, ‘Black Veil Brides’ ‘Bring Me The Horizon’ and ‘Story of The Year’ paired with tickets under $50, its no question why Warped Tour 13′ has been titled ‘Best Day Ever’
Mayhem Festival 2013
When: June 29, 2013
Where: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardnio, Calif.
Why you should go: If you are looking for a little more of a mainstream metal festival, you can’t go wrong with Mayhem. Packing together one of the best lineups this humble reporter has seen in a long time including headliners ‘Rob Zombie’, ‘Five Finger Death Punch’, ‘Mastodon’ and ‘Amon Amarth’ along with a host of other very worthy metal bands, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival is sure to attract even the most covert metal lover.
Tickets are on sale right now and range from $40-80, unless you opt for a VIP package which will run you $200.
Sunset Strip Music Festival
When: August 1-3, 2013
Where: The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif
Why you should go: Two words ‘Linkin Park’ This year’s headlining act is easily one of the biggest bands in the world, and this august they are planning to rock the thousands of fans that will be lining the streets between Doheny and San Vicente.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $79 for general admission to $145 for VIP
Summer Slaughter Tour 2013
When: July 20, 2013 – West Hollywood July 21, 2013 – Santa Ana
Where: House of Blues Sunset – West Hollywood, Calif. The Conservatory – Santa Ana, Calif.
Why you should go: Billed as “The most extreme tour of the year”, The Summer Slaughter Tour, has always been a dark haven for true metal fans. With headliners ‘The Dillinger Escape Plan’, and direct supporting acts like ‘Animals as Leaders’, ‘Norma Jean’, ‘Cattle Decapitation’ and ‘The Ocean Collective’, this tour is a must see for the tech metal geek, or anyone who wants to let off some aggression.
Tickets for the HOB show are on sale now for around $40, and VIP packages are available for the Santa Ana date.
Hard Summer 2013
When: August 3-4, 2013
Where: LA State Historic Park
Why you should go: LA’s premier dance music festival now that Electric Daisy Carnival moved to Las Vegas. With headliners such as Dubstep monsters ‘Knife Party’, disco house renovators ‘Duck Sauce’, the long haired, bass pumping DJ simply known as ‘Bassnectar’ and a live performance by ‘Empire of The Sun’, Hard Summer is a must go for any EDM, Trancehead, Bassfreak, or anyone that wants to just let loose and have a great time dancing the night away.
Hard Summer tickets are on sale now, along with a selection of VIP packages.
General Admission 2-day Festival Pass: $139
General Admission Saturday Single Day Pass: $75
General Admission Sunday Single Day Pass: $75
VIP 2-day Festival Pass: $270
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
When: September 15, 2013
Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, Calif.
Why you should go: The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival is still fairly new, but with a co-headlining team of both ‘Alice in Chains’ and ‘Janes Addiction’ matched up with some new prog rockers like ‘Coheed and Cambria’ and ‘Circa Survive, this extension of Rockstar will surely be a delight for the older rocker crowd that doesn’t want to brave the likes of Mayhem Fest.
Tickets are on sale right now and range anywhere from $30-70 depending on your seats.
Rock The Bells 2013
Where: San Manuel Casino Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Calif.
When: September 7-8, 2013
Why you should go: Marking its ten year anniversary, this massive hip-hop festival has put together an unforgettable lineup. You will see Rock The Bells alumni ‘Wu-Tang Clan’ give an original performance with a digital version of ODB, as well as ‘Bone Thugs n Harmony’ performing with a digital version of Easy-E and many more amazing acts!
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