Boom! The last weekend in June/first weekend of July blows up with an explosion of festivals around the world. Let’s hope that the rains that damn near drowned England last weekend are just a spring tantrum as we launch into the official Start of Summer. Here’s the weekly rundown for your upcoming weekend.
The Music Festivals Junkies Are Going Big
This weekend, we’ll be dropping into SummerfestÂ in Milwaukee. The self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Music Festival” brags that they get over a million people during their ten day run. Hey, the Guinness Book of World Records certified it so it must be true. We’ll report back on the scene just as soon as we finish roadtripping from NYC to Beer City, USA.
Get Jazzed in Canada
Speaking of multi-day fests of epic lengths, theÂ Montreal Jazz Fest kicks off this week and runs until July 7th. There’s something like 1,000 concerts, most of which happen to cost our favorite price — free! They also claim two million people attend the festivities which would topple Summerfest easily, but those lazyÂ QuebecoisÂ haven’t gotten around to having Guinness stop by.
For Those About to Rock
Belgium’s mightiest festival, Rock Werchter, blasts off this weekend with an estimated 80,000 people a day rocking out to Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Elbow, Snow Patrol, and Editors. Want to go? You can’t. It’s sold out. Why am I talking about it? Because I must get to Rock Werchter 2013 and see what the fuss is all about.
Dance Your Way Into Love
I don’t know much about Ruhr-in-LoveÂ except that: a) it’s a electronic festival, b) the site is filled with cute girls, c) it’s in Germany, and d) it looks frippin’ awesome. Sounds like enough to warrant a weekend trip for fellow festival junkies. Rave on my European friends, rave on!
Music Festivals This Weekend: June 27-July 1, 2012Â
Summerfest 2012Â -Â Milwaukee, WI
Rock Werchter 2012Â -Â Werchter, Belgium
Montreal Jazz Fest 2012Â -Â Montreal, QC
Dauphinâ€™s Countryfest 2012Â -Â Dauphin, MB
Electric Forest 2012Â -Â Rothbury, MI
Bloom Heavyâ€™s River Romp 2012Â -Â Grassy, MO
OpenAir St.Gallen 2012Â -Â St. Gallen, Switzerland
Mostly Jazz Festival 2012Â -Â Birmingham, UK
Winterwell 2012Â -Â The Gloucestershire Countryside, UK
Boonstock 2012Â -Â Gibbons, Alberta
Main Square Festival 2012Â -Â Arras, France
Hideout Festival 2012Â -Â Zrce Beach, Croatia
Les Eurockeennes de Belfort 2012Â -Â Belfort, France
Prague City Festival 2012Â -Â Prague, Czech Republic
Blissfields Festival 2012Â -Â Winchester, UK
Montreaux Jazz Festival 2012Â -Â Montreux, Switzerland
Cornbury Festival 2012Â -Â The Cotswolds, UK
INmusic Festival 2012Â -Â Zagreb, Croatia
LeeFest 2012Â -Â Warlingham, UK
Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2012Â -Â Canso, NS
The Beat-Herder Festival 2012Â -Â Ribble Valley, UK
Ruhr-in-Love 2012Â -Â Oberhausen, Germany
WiSH Outdoor 2012Â -Â Beek en Donk, The Netherlands
Rockwave Festival 2012Â -Â Athens, Greece
Mayhem Festival 2012Â -Â US Tour
Wavefront Music Festival 2012Â -Â Chicago, IL
Escapade Music Festival 2012Â -Â Ottawa, ON
Rock In Rio Madrid 2012Â -Â Madrid, Spain
Open Source Festival 2012Â -Â DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany
Digital Dreams 2012Â -Â Toronto, ON
Metropolis Festival 2012Â -Â Rotterdam, The Netherlands