The Music Festival Junkies 50: June 2013 Recap

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We’re halfway through the festival season and the roller coaster of the Music Festival Junkies 50 checks in with the most popular festival guides on this website. New this month, we’re including festivals out to #100 (do we need to change our name?), and stay tuned for next week when we reveal a special half year edition of the MFJ 50.

The Mud Wins Again
The buzz surrounding LivingSocial’s Backyard Bash (#1) couldn’t save the debut festival from being cancelled. Torrential rainfall during the Governor’s Ball turned the venue into a giant mud pit and the NYC Parks Department wants time to repair.

All Hail the Queen
If you’re bummed about missing Joan Jett at the Backyard Bash, she’ll also be playing in Los Angeles at the Sunset Strip Music Festival (#9). She’s also the SSMF honoree of the year — and the first female honoree in the festival’s history.

DIY EDM
If the idea of a rave with 100,000+ tripped out kids like Electric Daisy (#71) gives you an anxiety attack, you’re not the only one. Three smaller, kick-ass festivals (Camp Bisco #4, Lightning in a Bottle #5, The Big Up #6) are proving that more isn’t necessarily better.

One Music Festival to Rule Them All
Our favorite geeky festival, Nerdaplaooza (#13), shot up five spots since last month with the announcement that They Might Be Giants and Nerf Herder will be headlining.

The MFJ 50 for June 2013

  1. Backyard Festival 2013
  2. Electric Zoo 2013
  3. Outside Lands 2013
  4. Hard Summer 2013
  5. Camp Bisco 2013
  6. Lightning In A Bottle 2013
  7. The Big Up 2013
  8. Afropunk 2013
  9. Sunset Strip Music Festival 2013
  10. Wavefront Music Festival 2013
  11. Grassroots Festival 2013
  12. Treasure Island 2013
  13. Nerdapalooza 2013
  14. Mad Decent Block Party 2013
  15. TomorrowWorld 2013
  16. All Good Music Festival 2013
  17. Lollaplooza 2013
  18. Made In America 2013
  19. FYF Fest 2013
  20. High Sierra Music Festival 2013
  21. Musikfest 2013
  22. Summerfest 2013
  23. Essence Music Festival 2013
  24. Gulf Coast Jam 2013
  25. Electric Forest 2013
  26. CBGB Festival 2013
  27. Mixtape Festival 2013
  28. The Peach Music Festival 2013
  29. Tomorrowland 2013
  30. Life is Beautiful 2013
  31. Bear Creek Music Festival 2013
  32. Bunbury Music Festival 2013
  33. XPoNential Music Festival 2013
  34. Mayhem Festival 2013
  35. Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013
  36. Sun City 2013
  37. Catskill Chill Music Festival 2013
  38. Northside Festival Brooklyn 2013
  39. Moe.Down Festival 2013
  40. Austin City Limits 2013
  41. Trillectro Music Festival 2013
  42. Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2013
  43. Coast West Music Fest 2013
  44. Forecastle Festival 2013
  45. Gentlemen Stopover St. Augustine 2013
  46. Culture Collide 2013
  47. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013
  48. Pitchfork Music Festival: Chicago 2013
  49. The Grove Music Festival 2013
  50. Uproar Festival 2013
  51. Electronic Family 2013
  52. Gathering of the Vibes 2013
  53. Festival Supreme 2013
  54. Clearwater Festival 2013
  55. Berlin Festival 2013
  56. Optimus Alive 2013
  57. Quebec City Summer Festival 2013
  58. Riot Fest Denver 2013
  59. Rootwire 2013
  60. Summer Set Music Festival 2013
  61. Flood City Music Festival 2013
  62. Hopscotch Music Festival 2013
  63. Floydfest 2013
  64. Americana Music Festival 2013
  65. Underground Music Showcase (UMS) 2013
  66. What The Festival 2013
  67. Burning Man 2013
  68. Boston Calling Fall 2013
  69. Bonnaroo 2013
  70. North Coast Music Festival 2013
  71. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2013
  72. Riot Fest Toronto 2013
  73. Melt! Festival 2013
  74. Ultra Croatia 2013
  75. Firefly Music Festival 2013
  76. Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013
  77. Paradiso Festival 2013
  78. Stir Fry Music Festival 2013
  79. MusicfestNW (MFNW) 2013
  80. The Voodoo Experience 2013
  81. Madsummer Meltdown #4 2013
  82. Equifunk 2013
  83. Interlocken 2013
  84. Summer Breeze 2013
  85. Fly Free Festival 2013
  86. BamaJam 2013
  87. Abbey Road On The River Cleveland 2013
  88. Amersterdam Dance Event 2013
  89. Capitol Hill Block Party 2013
  90. Center of the Universe Festival 2013
  91. Osheaga Festival 2013
  92. Digital Dreams 2013
  93. Love Family Park 2013
  94. BayFest 2013
  95. Riot Fest Chicago 2013
  96. Dancefestopia 2013
  97. Bumbershoot Festival 2013
  98. Alive Festival 2013
  99. Decibel Festival 2013
  100. Faster Horses 2013

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

1 Comment

  • July 11, 2013

    Soloman

    The Voodoo Experience should be ranked WAY higher than 80! It’s my favorite festival. New Orleans on halloween weekend with Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails?! At least a top 10 festival.

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