Summer is here and with it brings another jaunt through the music festival circuit, that jumbo-sized carnival of artists and bands bent on overstimulating the senses one venue at a time. Festival Collections looks at four such acts/festivals that are poised for big years in 2019, when their albums may be dropping, and which venues and tours they can be found on.
BIO: “LIGHTS was born on an ice planet known as Timmins in the galaxy of Canada. Shortly after her birth, she and her family fled from the extreme temperatures because they all knew LIGHTS needed to be somewhere that she could glow, not freeze,” writes warpedtour.com about the Juno Award (it’s like a Grammy but in Canada) winning singer. She’s the (much) more attractive alternative to Bjork.
WHERE: Vans Warped Tour, June 26th to July 26th. A prime slot for the songstress in one of America’s longest running festivals. The Warped Tour is celebrating fifteen years this Summer.
THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR: “The Last Thing on Your Mind,” was featured in an Old Navy ad campaign in 2008. She has the chops to be a successful pop artist with enough punk/synth to court indi audiences and win Warped Tour fans. Tattoos=Street Cred’
STOP: Does anyone not know who Paramore are by now? The platinum selling band from Franklin, Tennessee are in California currently recording the follow-up to Riot! with uber producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews Band). The record (as yet untitled) promises to send the band further into the cerebellums of their growing fanbase. Coming off a Grammy (it’s the American Juno Award) miss, the band looks to put out their third album at an age where most kids are just starting college.
WHERE: Opening up for No Doubt all Summer long. They’ll join the reunited Stefani’s at Tiger Jam XII in Las Vegas on May 16th. Bring money.
3. Greenman Festival
WHERE: August 21st to 23rd in Wales, UK. Get the passport ready. “…And now entering its fourth year, Green Man will use a new venue, Glanusk Park Estate. It’s set in a lush green backdrop next to the Sugar Loaf mountain range. Nice. There will be a DJ tent to get down and workshops in science, film, and literature,” writes spacelab.tv. The thinking man’s venue and well worth the price of admission.
WHO: Animal Collective, Wilco, Bon Iver, Roky Erickson, among many others. Groovy.
4. The Avett Brothers
BIO: They resisted major label attention for the longest time and now are ready to release the follow up to 2008’s The Second Gleam, with I and Love and You helmed by “The Bearded One,” Rick Rubin. Think bluegrass meets country meets punk meets broken banjo strings and the refined art of the foot stomp as percussion. To their fans the band is almost a religion, and they will make you pray.
WHERE: Amphitheatres and small venues still dot the Avett’s tour schedule. A two night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco on May 15-16th is of particular interest. They have been talked about as a band on the cusp of something much larger than their small Southern beginnings, and by everyone from Conan O’Brien to Perez Hilton. Can’t wait.
This is only a small inroad to the larger scope of what the Summer has in store for concert goers, both in the United States and abroad. What’s most important in choosing any festival to attend or artist to watch, is the music, and the value an individual places in it. Just have fun, relax, and stay hydrated