Daylight Raging Time: 10 Must-See Spring 2012 Festivals
Soon, your SXSW hangover will subside, and all ye pleasure seekers will be jonesing for huge crowds, gouged prices, and musical bedlam.
Fear not. The soggy season plays host to enough live music festivals to blast the petals off any flower, and in preparation for the Equinox and your hedonistic woes, we’re bringing you the top 10 spring shows around the world.
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#10 All Tomorrow's Parties (I'll Be Your Mirror) : May 25-27
#10 All Tomorrow's Parties (I'll Be Your Mirror) : May 25-27
London, United Kingdom
You don’t have to spend every festival rolling in the mud. The historic Alexandra Palace in North London plays host to All Tomorrow’s Parties’ (I’ll Be Your Mirror) festival, named after the 1966 Velvet Underground hit. Curated by post-rockers Mogwai, the sponsor-less, royal music fest boasts an eclectic lineup -- from Slayer, to Yuck, to the monster rapper Death Grips. What would the Welsh princess Alexandra have said if she saw this man was coming to her house?
Headliners: Slayer, Mogwai, The Afghan Wigs, Balam Acab, Harvey Milk, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yuck, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #9 Bonnaroo: June 7-10
#9 Bonnaroo: June 7-10
Start packing that SPF and pepper spray— Bonaroo is descending on the earth once again. Spread over 700 acres of Tennessee nature, RVs and campers come out in droves for the 4-day festival like moths to a light (if lights were opiates). With acts like Little Dragon and Kvelertak at the helm this spring, Bonaroo just might be worth the mysterious rash.
Headliners: Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster The People, Skrillex, Aziz Ansari, Dispatch, Feist, The Roots, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #8 Coachella: April 13-15; April 20-22
#8 Coachella: April 13-15; April 20-22
Believe it or not, Coachella is even bigger this year. For the first time in the festival’s history, the live music will blast for two consecutive weekends. Located in the California Desert, Coachella is known to get hot in the daytime and bone-chilling at night. Maybe Azealia Banks will share her Snuggie.
Headlines: The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, The Shins, David Guetta, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, At The Drive-In, Justice, Florence + the Machine, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #7 Future Music Festival: March 17
#7 Future Music Festival: March 17
Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Aelaide, and Malaysia
The Future Music Festival can no longer be contained by its native Australia. The dance music festival has now spread its vibes to the shores of Malaysia, bringing along a bass-heavy lineup of epic, low-end proportions. In only its fifth year as a festival, this showcase promises tunes that will lift you to the clouds...or so their Jetsons-themed website implies.
Headliners: Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim, New Order, The Wombats, Jessie J, Skrillex, Paul van Dyk, Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah, Friendly Fires, Gym Class Heroes, The Rapture, Die Antwoord, Knife Pary, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #6 Lollapalooza Chile: March 31- April 1
#6 Lollapalooza Chile: March 31- April 1
The sister show to the Chicago-based festival, Lollapolooza Chile packs heat 5,000 miles away from its birthplace. From Foo Fighter fans to Systema Solar eccentrics to your standard hacky sackers, everyone is welcome...including Skrillex, who seems to be headlining everything on this list (clones?).
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, TV on the Radio, Thievery Corporation, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Los Jaivas, Skrillex, Foster the People, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #5 Primavera Sound: May 30-June 3
#5 Primavera Sound: May 30-June 3
Heavily focused on independent music, the Primavera Sound festival features a diverse line-up for the pickiest of music snobs. If you hate Bjork, you can duck away to M83. If you hate them, you can shimmy to SBTRKT. If you hate all 150 bands in the lineup, you can go get tipsy in Barcelona. Your friends will still be impressed.
Headliners: Atlas Sound, SBTRKT, Bjork, Black Lips, A$AP Rocky, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Rufus Wainwright, Neon Indian, Wilco, The xx, Yann Tiersen, Yo La Tengo, Justice, Laura Marling, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #4 Rock-am-Ring: June 1-3
#4 Rock-am-Ring: June 1-3
Together with its neighbor festival Rock im Park to the south in Nürnberg, Rock am Ring is one of the largest music events in Germany. In January, the festival already sold 100,000 tickets to the ravenous rock fans of everything distorted and heavy.
Headliners: A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Dropkick Murphys, Example, Linkin Park, Mastadon, Skrillex, The Ting Tings, Trivium, Metallica, Toten Hosen and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #3 Ultra Music Festival: March 23-25
#3 Ultra Music Festival: March 23-25
Lasers, glow sticks, and all things neon are in abundance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. With both open-air and rave tent stages set up at Miami’s downtown Bayfront Park, this party doesn’t stop until the bass amps break.
Headliners: Tiesto, Justice, Skrillex, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Kaskade, Knife Party, Chase and Status, The Knocks, Groove Armada, and more
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#2 Vive Latino: March 23-25
Mexico City, Mexico
If glow sticks aren’t your thing, then you can head south of the border to Mexico City for the Vive Latino rock music and culture festival. This open-air concert showcases up-and-coming Ibero-American bands alongside some of the biggest pop and rock acts. But beware: asphalt and subtropical highland heat are not friends unless you’ve got a mini fan.
Headliners: Black Tide, Café Tacuba, Enrique Bunbury, Fatboy Slim, Foster the People, La Vida Boheme, Gogol Bordello, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, Kasabian, Madness, Molotov, The Horrors, TV on the Radio, and more
Photo Credit: Getty Images Next #1 Snowbombing: April 9-14
#1 Snowbombing: April 9-14
Touted by many as the, “Greatest Show on Snow,” the Snowbombing festival brings some of the biggest DJs and bands in the world to the slopes of Austria. With a nightclub made entirely of snow and 167 ski lifts for fans of mountain carving, Snowbombing does winter wonderland right – especially whilst slaloming to the beat of Skream!
Headliners: Dizzee Rascal, Example, DJ Shadow, Groove Armada, The Vaccines, Booka Shade, Fatboy Slim, Chase and Status, Skream!, Crookers, and more
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