Festivals in Brief: Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Electric Forest


    There’s no way around it: this week was huge in music news. Between certain record release updates and the Grammys showcasing some of the best collaborations and performances in music today, it would be impossible to not get excited about all 2011’s festivals have to offer. Monday, while many were celebrating Valentine’s Day, still more were counting down the hours until Bonnaroo was set to release the official lineup for its decennial.

    With many of the past weekend’s Grammy winners/nominees/performers on the billing, the announcement sparked much conversation. So much so, in fact, that it was almost easy to forget that there was any other news to be had. This of course was not the case, as major lineup announcements were also made for both the indie darling Pickathon Music Festival, and Middle of the Map Fest, as well as Switzerland’s Greenfield Festival.

    Now that you’ve had time to meditate on the Bonnaroo announcement, check out all the other news you may have overlooked in this week’s edition of Festivals in Brief. And don’t forget, the best way to stay informed on all the latest news and rumors is by bookmarking Festival Outlook and following us on Twitter. After all, Wednesday only comes once a week.


    P.S. – South by Southwest is nuts this year!

    P.P.S. – Is Radiohead playing ACL?


    — Bonnaroo made its 2011 lineup announcement Tuesday. For the festival’s ten-year anniversary, Conan O’Brien was employed to deliver the lineup, which includes Arcade Fire, Eminem, a reunion of Buffalo Springfield, The Strokes, Widespread Panic, Lil’ Wayne, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons, and many more. General Admission and VIP tickets go on sale this Saturday at 12pm EST. Based on Coachella and Sasquatch!’s quick sellouts, you probably don’t want to wait to buy tickets.

    — The Pickathon Festival announced its initial lineup. Now in it’s 13th year the festival will celebrate with performances from Mavis Staples, Bill Callahan, and Califone. It remains the unsung hero of the festival circuit, with its small, cult following and dedication to environmentally sustainable practices. More lineup additions are expected in coming months.

    — Jam gods String Cheese Incident announced they will hold their own festival. The Electric Forest festival will take place this Fourth of July Weekend, in Rothbury Michigan. This new development makes the future of Rothbury Music Festival dubious, as preparations for its return remain unseen. The lineup for Electric Fores festival is expected February 28th. Stay tuned for additional details.


    — South by Southwest added plenty more acts to its 2011 bill, including Queens of the Stone Age, Yoko Ono (who will also be a featured speaker), B.o.B., …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Panic! at the Disco, Lucinda Williams, Liz Phair, and Meat Puppets, among others. Tickets remain on sale.

    — All Tomorrow’s Parties tapped reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to curate one of its two weekend in Minehead, UK this December. Other confirmed acts include Superchunk, The Raincoats, and The Apples in Stereo.

    — Mangum is also playing ATP’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” in New Jersey. Today, the festival’s curators, Portishead, added Mogwai, The Horrors, Beak>, The Pop Group, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the reunited Ultramagnetic MC’s, among others, to the bill.

    Lineup Additions:

    Bonnaroo: 2011 lineup announced, includes Eminem, Arcade Fire, Buffalo Springfield reunion, The Black Keys, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Lil’ Wayne, The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Ray Lamontagne, and Best Coast will all be performing with many more.


    Lollapalooza: Wax (Expected)

    South by Southwest: The Strokes (Rumored), Foo Fighters (Rumored), added Queens of the Stone Age, Yoko Ono, Curren$y, B.o.B., …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Panic! at the Disco, Lucinda Williams, Liz Phair, Meat Puppets, and more

    Austin City Limits: Radiohead (rumored)

    Pickathon Music Festival: 2011 lineup announced, includes Bill Callahan, Mavis Staples, and Califone, Vetiver, The Sadies, and Laura Veirs

    ATP’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” NJ: Added Mogwai, The Horrors, Beak>, The Pop Group, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Ultramagnetic MC’s, and more


    ATP UK curated by Jeff Magnum: Jeff Mangum confirmed to curate. Initial lineup also includes Superchunk, The Raincoats, and The Apples in Stereo

    Essence Music Festival: Initial lineup announced, includes Kanye West, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Mavis Staples, Jill Scott, and Trey Songz

    The Bamboozle: 30 Seconds to Mars (Expected)

    Glastonbury (UK): Colplay confirmed as Saturday headliner

    Rock Werchter (Belgium): Added Eels, Kasabian, Griderman, Beady Eye, and Warpaint

    – Rock am Ring & Rock im Park (Germany): Added Rob Zombie, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Mastadon, Wolfmother, White Lies, and Duff McKagan’s Loaded


    Exit Festival (Serbia): Added Beirut, Underworld

    Roskilde Festival (Denmark): Added Big Boi and Janelle Monae

    Bilbao BBK Live (Spain): Added Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, !!!, and 30 Seconds to Mars

    Greenfield Festival (Switzerland): 2011 lineup announced, includes Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, and Disturbed

    Isle of Wight Festival (UK): Added Band of Horses, The Courteeners, The Cult, We Are Scientists

    Wireless Festival (UK): Added TV on the Radio, Foals, The Horror, and Metronomy

    Hove Festival (Norway): Added Bright Eyes

    Delfest: Added Chris Robinson (of the Black Crowes), Warren Haynes & Friends, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Railroad Earth


    Rocklahoma: 2011 lineup announced, includes Motley Crue, Staind, and Whitesnake

    Middle of the Map Fest: 2011 lineup announced, includes The Raveonettes, Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, Two Door Cinema Club, Cursive, Small Black, Daniel Johnston, The Life and Times, Dosh, The Appleseed Cast, Tamaryn, and El Ten Eleven

    Free Press Summer Fest: 2011 lineup announced, includes Weezer, Girls, Cut Copy, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Yeasayer