Festivals in Brief: Coachella, South by Southwest, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam


    As we find ourselves venturing into this glorious New Year, it is not the winter weather that pummels us incessantly, but the festival news, which have been accumulating faster than the snow this week. Rumors continue to run rampant for Pitchfork and Coachella, while two of the country’s most jamtastic shindigs, Wakarusa and Mountain Jam, officially unveiled their 2011 plans this week. Meanwhile, the party in the Petrovaradin Fortress, aka the Exit Festival, hopes to once again capture “Best Overseas Festival” crown with 2011 headliners Arcade Fire, while a few Euros will be making their way across the Atlantic to bring Florida its very own weekend extravaganza.

    For a full debriefing of all the latest rumors and news, scroll down and check out this week’s edition of Festivals in Brief; and to keep up with it all, remember to bookmark Festival Outlook and follow us on Twitter. After all, Wednesday only comes once a week.


    — Attention Florida: you now have no reason to complain about the lack of concerts in your state. Festival Republic — the same folks behind UK festivals Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury) — have announced the launch of Orlando Calling 2011. The three-day, four-stage endeavor will run from November 11-13 2011 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Line-up details still forthcoming.


    — The Wakarusa Music Festival unveiled its 2011 line-up.  My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper and Relentless7 will handle the headlining duties, while Thievery Corporation, STS9, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee, and Mumford & Sons are among the notables filling out the rest of the bill.

    — My Morning Jacket will also headline next year’s Mountain Jam music festival, along with Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes Band. Other notable acts include The Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

    — Internet hoax, maybe not? Spain’s Arenal Sound festival has booked The Third Twin, aka the electronic duo who claims they are actually Daft Punk.



    Coachella Music Festival: The Strokes (Expected), PJ Harvey (Expected), The Black Keys (Expected), Cage the Elephant (Expected), Gayngs (Expected), Bright Eyes (Expected), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (Rumored), Menomena (Expected), When Saints Go Machine (Rumored)

    South By Southwest: Added Bright Eyes, Man Man, Middle Brother, The Felice Brothers, & Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Pitchfork Music Festival: Drake (Rumored) Gang of Four (Rumored), Guided by Voices (Rumored), Twin Shadow (Rumored)


    Wakarusa Music Festival: 2011 line-up announced, featuring My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, Bassnectar, and STS9

    Mountain Jam: 2011 lineup announced, featuring My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

    Sasquatch! Music Festival: Das Racist (Expected)

    Starscape Festival: Infected Mushroom (Expected), Steve Aoki (Expected)

    35 Conferette: Added The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cut Chemist, Adventure, Esben and the Witch, John Grant, and O’Death


    Never Say Never Festival: 2011 line-up announced, featuring Neon Trees, Cartel, Das Racist, and Travie McCoy

    Reading and Leeds Music Festival (UK): Muse (Rumored)

    iTunes Festival 2011 (UK): Duran Duran, Linkin Park and Rumer confirmed as first three acts

    ATP (All Tomorrow’s Parties) Curated by Animal Collective (UK): Added Atlas Sound, Big Boi, Micachu and the Shapes, Teengirl Fantasy, Terry Riley, and The Entrance Band

    Arenal Sound (Spain): The Third Twin confirmed as first act.

    EXIT Festival (Serbia): Added Arcade Fire, Hadouken, James Zabiela, and Tiga

    Lollapalooza Chile: The Strokes (Rumored)

    M.P. M. Fest: Added Cloud Nothings and Toro Y Moi

    Scion Rock Fest: Morbid Angel (Expected)

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