August may be rapidly approaching, but for the optimists not quite ready to say farewell to summer, it merely means that some of the nation’s top festivals are getting ready to infiltrate cities over the coming weeks. It’s primed to be a busy month for live event fans, as nearly every musical genre will be represented, with some comedy mixed in as well, so read up on some noteworthy festivals launching soon.
Lollapalooza—Grant Park, Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 2-4)
Over the years, Lollapalooza has definitely lived up to its name, which is often defined as “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person or event.” Although the festival has morphed into something completely different than when it was first dreamt up by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell in 1991, one thing has remained the same—it’s one of the places to be the first weekend in August every summer. With Lake Michigan on one side and Chicago’s iconic skyline on the other, Lollapalooza boasts a beautiful backdrop for artists, which this year, will feature the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
Watershed Festival—The Gorge, George, Wash. (Aug. 2-4)
Strap on the cowboy boots and get ready to bust out your camping gear, because the Watershed Music Festival is back for a second year. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascades with a pristine view of the Columbia River, the Watershed grounds provide fans with one of the best venues in North America to see some of the most revered country artists of today, including Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Thompson Square, and Kip Moore, just to name a few. Camping is a must to complete the festival experience, and luckily for fans—showers are including in the basic camping packages as well.
Osheaga Music Festival—Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal (Aug. 2-4)
With over 100 artists stretched across three days of fun, the annual Osheaga Music Festival is chock full of tunes, after parties, and plenty of sightseeing at the beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau. Essentially the Canadian version of Lollapalooza, many similar artists can be found gracing stages at both events on varying nights. Fans can catch Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Alt-J, and Tegan and Sara, as well as rising rappers, R&B singers, and electronic artists like Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Pretty Lights and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
OVO Fest—Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario (Aug. 4-5)
Canada’s own, Drake, launched his first musical festival four years ago, and OVO Fest is still going strong with the top artists in rap and R&B. An acronym for his own record label, October’s Very Own, OVO Fest has been known to feature artists from Toronto in particular. Aside from Drake performing on the second day, the lineup also includes breakout stars Frank Ocean and James Blake, while the rest remain strategically under wraps for now.
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival—Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. (Aug. 9-11)
Golden Gate Park is one of the best hidden secrets in all of San Francisco, and the same goes for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which first kicked off in 2008. Like in previous years, Outside Lands has been known to stock its lineup full of popular artists as well as old favorites, and the 2013 lineup lives up to that reputation. Headliners for the fest include Beatles legend Paul McCartney, as well as Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and a slew of popular DJs. In addition to the amazing sets during the day, night shows also will be available for those who can’t get enough of the Outside Lands action.
Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival—Various Cities (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival is sure to be a hot commodity this year considering one of the guests is Dave Chappelle, who has remained under the radar since “Chappelle’s Show” ended eight years ago. He’ll be taking the stage alongside the other headliner, Flight of the Conchords, as well as fellow notable comedians like Kristen Schaal, Demetri Martin, Jeff Ross, and Hannibal Buress.
Bumbershoot—Seattle Center, Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)
Bumbershoot may have first been designed as a city-funded festival that was named a colloquial term for an umbrella, but since it’s inauguration in 1971, it has risen to become one of North America’s largest festivals. One of the most attractive features about Bumbershoot is that it has events designed specifically for young kids and families. Its prime location at the Seattle Center has proven to be ideal for bringing in a variety of artists at several different indoor and outdoor venues across the 74-acre park. Some Bumbershoot performers for 2013 include MGMT, fun., Bassnectar, Icona Pop, and Heart.
Electric Zoo Festival—Randall’s Island Park, New York City, N.Y. (Aug 30-Sept. 1)
The ground at Randall’s Island in New York City is going to be vibrating with the sounds of heavy bass when the Electric Zoo Festival comes to town this year. For its fifth birthday, the festival has gone bigger and better than in the past, with five stages boasting the likes of electronic dance genre-definers like Avicii, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Bassnectar, Tiesto, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki.
Made in America—Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)
Launched shortly after the 2012 release of Jay Z and Kanye West’s song “Made in America,” the Budweiser Made in America Festival will kick off Labor Day weekend with none other than Beyoncé headlining the first night of action on Aug. 31. Hard-rock moguls Nine Inch Nails will take over on Sept. 1, as the festival offers the perfect combination of rock and rap. Also scheduled to appear are Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz on the rap side, as well as Imagine Dragons, Queens of the Stone Age, Fitz & the Tantrums, Phoenix, and The Gaslight Anthem to round out the rock artists.