With spring hitting its stride and the temperatures steadily rising across the U.S., many of the country’s most revered music festivals are ready to shift into gear, and we’ve got the lowdown on some notable events that deserve to be marked on your calendar. From genre-specific festivals to eclectic affairs, prospective attendees will find an abundance of music festival tickets to choose from in spring 2013, so take a look at the must-see events on tap, and if you notice that your favorite band hasn’t been listed, be sure to check out our concert tickets to see if and when they’re playing near you.
Stagecoach Music Festival - Indio, Calif.
The Empire Polo Club is best known for hosting the Coachella Music Festival, but the Stagecoach Music Festival lineup in store has the chance to change that. From April 26-28, nearly 50 of the most recognizable artists in country music are set to convene in the Coachella Valley for three days of music and camping, and a purchase of Stagecoach tickets will allow you to see headliners like Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Toby Keith. In addition to the headliners, this California spectacle will feature standouts like Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Dwight Yoakam, Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, Thompson Square, Lonestar, and The Charlie Daniels Band.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - New Orleans, La.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is slated to take over the Big Easy for two weekends, April 26-28 and May 2-5, and a purchase of New Orleans Jazz Fest tickets is a must-have for music aficionados. The performances will take place at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, and while the city is the birthplace of jazz, attendees can witness more than 100 artists in varying genres. Some of the acts included in the New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup are B.B. King, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Hall and Oates, Ben Harper, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Jill Scott, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis, Tenn.
The Beale Street Music Festival has been rocking in the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll” for nearly 40 years, but 2013 may be its best installment yet. Scheduled to take place May 3-5 at Tom Lee Park, remarkable acts like The Black Keys, Alice in Chains, BASSNECTAR, Hall & Oates, and The Flaming Lips are just a few of more than 60 marvelous performers that will keep the electric energy flowing all weekend. Fans that buy Beale Street Music Festival tickets can also look forward to high-profile names like the Smashing Pumpkins, The Roots, Phoenix, ZZ Top, Big Boi, Black Crowes, Public Enemy, Deftones, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros, and The Wallflowers.
Carolina Rebellion - Concord, N.C.
Now expanded to two days and taking place at the Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Carolina Rebellion will run its third installment in the Tar Heel State from May 4-5. Grunge-rock icons Alice In Chains and Soundgarden will top the bill, but Carolina Rebellion tickets will surely provide plenty of bang for your buck. Attendees have the choice to camp out from Friday to Monday, and on stage, you can hear quality acts like Bush, 3 Doors Down, Bullet For My Valentine, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Deftones, Buckcherry, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Device, Young Guns, Otherwise, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, and All That Remains.
Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, Ga.
Pinning itself on the festival map for the first time, the inaugural Shaky Knees Music Festival is going down at Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park from May 4-5, and the quality of its lineup is most impressive. First-time festivals rarely enjoy headliners like The Lumineers and Band of Horses, and even rarer are times when the Shaky Knees Music Festival lineup is fleshed with acts like Drive By Truckers, Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., and Dr. Dog. In all, purchasing Shaky Knees Music Festival tickets will let you see over 30 spirited bands playing beneath the Georgia sunshine on three stages, including The Joy Formidable, Lucero, Delta Spirit, The Antlers, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and The Black Angels.
BottleRock Napa Valley Festival - Napa, Calif.
SoCal has Coachella, and now, NorCal has the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival. Scheduled to take over the Napa Valley Expo from May 9-12, the inaugural BottleRock Napa will dig into wine country and deliver four days of incredible music, culture, and entertainment. Over 60 eclectic acts will mesmerize the crowd, including headliners like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and ex-Grateful Dead members, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir's band, Furthur. In addition, fans who purchase Bottle Rock tickets can see acts like Zac Brown Band, The Shins, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Jane's Addiction, The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Alabama Shakes, Primus, Train, The Avett Brothers, Cake, The Flaming Lips, Bad Religion, Jim Gaffigan, and The Wallflowers.
Sweetlife Festival - Columbia, Md.
Scheduled to take place on May 11, the fourth annual Sweetlife Festival will once again provide a truly unique festival experience. It’s all set to take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and with headliners like Phoenix, Passion Pit, and Kendrick Lamar atop the lineup, this will surely be one of the most enjoyable events in the eastern U.S. The Sweetlife Festival is designed to be a holistic experience that offers delectable, sustainable foods and premium brews to enjoy alongside 17 acts that will perform on two stages. Fans that secure Sweetlife Festival tickets can see bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gary Clark, Jr., Solange, Lindsey Stirling, Holy Ghost!, Youth Lagoon, Haerts, and Robert DeLong.