July 18, 2005

2005 Music Festival Guide

Where can you be muddy, hot as hell, dehydrated, hungry, and packed like a sardine in a tin can, and still not have a care in the world? At a music festival! And even though Coachella, T in the Park, Live 8, Glastonbury, and the Intonation Music Festival have passed, there are still plenty of opportunities to attend gatherings of all the greatest bands of 2005. Here is a list of the biggest and best music festivals around the US and the UK:

Jul. 23-24 Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL):
A larger-than-life festival for a cosmopolitan city. More than 60 bands on 5 stages, including The Pixies, Weezer, The Killers, Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Arcade Fire, Cake, Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Blonde Redhead, . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead, The Bravery, The Dandy Warhols, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, and . . . I have run out of breath.

Virgin Mega Store Promo ($100)
2-Day Pass ($115)
Single-Day Passes ($60)

Jul. 30 Street Scene (San Diego, CA):
When it comes to rock, the west-coast will not be outdone. San Diego's 2005 Street Scene festival features The Killers, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Black Eyed Peas, Garbage, Flogging Molly, Kasabian, Hot Hot Heat, and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Pixies, Dashboard Confessional, The Used, and Death Cab for Cutie.

Click here to buy tickets:
VIP ($300)
2-day ($85)
Single-day ($55)

Aug. 20-21 V Festival (Staffordshire, England):
For those music fans across the pond, stop by the Virgin Music Festival for four stages full of the best in British and international music, including the Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand, Embrace, Athlete, Thirteen Senses, Oasis, The Zutons, The Prodigy, The Hives, The Ordinary Boys, The Chemical Brothers, Doves, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, Ian Brown, Jem, Robert Plant, Polyphonic Spree, and Emiliana Torrini. Click here for ticket info.

Aug. 26-28 The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds (England):
After V Festival, if you're not completely exhausted and broke, head on over to Reading for The Pixies, The Killers (do they ever rest?), Queens of the Stone Age, The Coral, Elbow, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Razorlight, The Charlatans (UK), Roots Manuva, Kasabian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The final day is filled with heavy metal and punk, including Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Iggy & The Stooges, Bloc Party, and The Futureheads. Weekend tickets are sold out, but you can still find day tickets here.

Aug. 27 Creamfields (Merseyside, England):
When you get your third wind, boogie on down to this fabulous UK dance festival that features all the biggest names in techno and electronic music. The lineup so far includes Bassment Jaxx, Faithless, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim, Timo Maas, Rob Da Bank, and more. Reserve tickets here.

Sept. 23-25 Austin City Limits (Austin, TX):
Nothing is small in Texas, and that goes for the festivals as well. One of the premier locations for fostering new music, Austin City Limits brings us absolutely everyone who was important to music this year, including Coldplay, Oasis, Wilco, Thievery Corporation, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Keane, Doves, Rilo Kiley, The Decemberists, The Bravery, Eisley, The Fiery Furnaces, and countless others.

Tickets on sale here:
3-day passes ($105)
1-day pass ($45)

Oct. 14-17 Xingolati (Carnival Paradise Cruise):
Last but not least, consider the bizarre festival masquerading as a round-trip Pacific cruise from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico. The Flaming Lips headline, and other artists include G. Love, Medeski Martin and Wood, and John Popper Project. Tickets include the price of your cabin, and range from $599 to $2,299.

Enjoy the festival season, and remember, you're never to old to rock 'n' roll, but you might just end up in the medical tent.

This story was posted to Blogcritics, and was selected as a Music Editor Pick of the Week