East Coast Music Festivals 2013


Summers almost here and music is in the air. With so many options on where to vacation this summer, a music festival might just hit the right note. Summer music festivals offer a unique experience to see all of your favorite musicians in one place, but they can also introduce you to your next favorite band. If you live on the East Coast there are three major summer music festivals that are sure to offer an experience of a lifetime, Bonnaroo, Electric Zoo and The Hangout Festival.

Both festivals are unique in their own way. Bonnaroo is the creme de la creme of music festivals. With past headliners such as Stevie Wonder, Radiohead and Jay Z, the festival’s eclectic lineup makes it a favorite of music lovers of all genres. The festival offers 4 days of on site camping with basic amenities such as bathrooms and shower stalls. Not for the light of heart, the Tennessee heat in June can be brutal, but hydration is the key,and with some basic precautions Bonnaroo can be an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience.

This year’s Bonarroo will take place June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee and hosts a sure to be memorable lineup. There will be headliners such as Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, NAS, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just to name a few. Also don’t get lost in the festival as the different stages boasts names such as ‘Which Stage’ and ‘The Other Stage.’ But getting lost can be half the fun and a precursor to bumping into your next favorite artist. Another fun aspect of Bonarroo is that it offers an air-conditioned comedy tent with some of the biggest names in comedy. Laughing is great, but laughing out of the mid-summer Tennessee heat is just pure joy. The headlining comedy personality also acts as a master of ceremonies of sorts for the larger musical acts.

Electric Zoo, Randall’s Island Park

Randall’s Island Park is located along the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx is the home of Electric Zoo. The scheduled dates for 2013 are Aug 30-Sept 01. The grass event space where the Electric Zoo festival is held is an area of about 24 acres for people to listen, party and have a good time. In its fifth year anniversary, Electric Zoo will now have 2 main stages and a total of 5 across the park.

While the 2013 Electric Zoo lineup has not been released yet, expect it to be filled with top artist due to the fact that it is the one of the most popular music festival on the East Coast. Electric Zoo likes to take 100 or so DJs and producers, ranging from Tiesto to somewhat more underground like Maya Jane Coles. Some previous lineups have included Zedd, Skrillex, David Guetta and Kaskade.

The Hangout Festival, Gulf Shores Alabama

The Hangout Festival is a rather new addition to summer music festivals. With its conception in 2010, the Hangout Festival is also one of the quickest to sell out of tickets. What makes this festivals different from the other major music festivals is that it takes place on the beach. Set on the beautiful Gulf Shores of Alabama, you can imagine listening to your favorite band with your bare feet in the sand and watching the sun set over the gulf. It can truly be magical.

With names like Paul Simon, Cee Lo Green and The Faming Lips, much like Bonnaroo, The Hangout Festival has a little something for everyone. It is smaller in scope which can be a positive quality. Sometimes at Bonnaroo there are so many choices and stages, you have to choose between your favorite acts of which one you want to see more. At the Hangout Festival there is only one main stage with smaller stages sprinkled in, so you won’t ever have to miss one of your favorites.

The Hangout festival does not offer a campground however, but the area does have a number of quality hotels and beach homes within walking distance. Obviously this offers more amenities than a campground like at Bonnaroo, but it can be a little pricey. But if done intelligently there are ways to keep your wallet intact. The Hangout festival will take place May 17-19 in Gulf Shores, Alabama and features Kings Of Leon, Passion Pit, Steve Aoki and Stevie Wonder as its headliners.

So if you’re trying to decide how to spend your vacation this year, remember summer music festivals can be a wonderful experience. Although there are more such as FireFly and Newport Music Festival in Delaware and Rhode Island respectably. Bonnaroo, Electric Zoo and The Hangout Festival are perfect summer festivals for those on the East Coast. Like any vacation just make sure to use precaution and plan in advance. Music is the universal language and nothing speaks louder than hearing some of your favorites on all the same stage at summer music festivals. Remember to be careful, listen closely, dance mostly and always have fun. I have been to both Bonnaroo and Electric Zoo and would love to go to The Hangout Festival at some point. Who knows maybe I’ll see you at Electric Zoo this year.


~ by Pete Peluso on March 19, 2013.

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