Flaming Lips Go To The Dark Side at Bonnaroo; Plus More Festival News!

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (B. Rodgers, photo)

The onset of the prime music festival season is here, as we are starting to see not only lineups, but special plans that will take place this summer. According to Messenger favorite Spinner The Flaming Lips will perform at Bonnaroo, offering  a late night set of their own music followed by a recreation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Consider that a lineup update and something to get incredibly excited about!

It’s Pitchfork Festival time again, and America’s most self-aware music festival returns to Union Park in Chicago, July 16-18, 2010. Surprises will likely be few and far between as this festival grows – you can bet on the same blog-tastic style of lineup each year. Here’s the lineup for this year’s event so far:

Friday, July 16:

Modest Mouse

Saturday, July 17:

LCD Soundsystem

Sunday, July 18:

St. Vincent
Lightning Bolt
Cass McCombs
Sleigh Bells
Here We Go Magic

Arkansas’ Wakarusa festival has added some big-name acts to an already fantastic lineup. Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The Black Keys, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Fishbone highlight the second round of artists additions. Other just-added bands include Future Rock, The Bridge, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Tortured Soul, The Heavy Pets, and many more.

Artist announcements for Denver’s Mile High Music Festival will start surfacing in March, which should leave plenty of time for additions since the event has been moved from its normal July spot to August 14th and 15th, 2010. In the linked article, the promoters claim the date switch was in order to move it closer to Lollapalooza, which happens the previous weekend in Chicago. With everyone involved trying to save money, it makes sense to accommodate artists that may have the opportunity to play both events, though it does make for the possibility of less unique lineups.

The already stacked lineup for Live Oak, Florida’s Bear Creek Festival just keeps growing, with new additions including Maceo Parker, The New Mastersounds, Elliot Lipp, The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Brock Butler, and Orgone.

Producing and nurturing a successful music festival is one of the hardest things to do in business, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping intrepid promoters around the country. Check out these new events on our radar:

The ambitious Hullabalou festival, at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, will feature Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, and Bon Jovi. It seems to focused entirely on mainstream and established acts, as the rest of the lineup includes the likes of the Doobie Brothers, the Steve Miller Band, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Colbie Caillat, Al Green, Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild, though a few festival faves like Gov’t Mule, Sam Bush,  The Black Crowes and Zac Brown Band dot the lineup.
Maine’s Nateva Festival, July 4th weekend, features The Flaming Lips, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
Alabama’s The Hangout boasts diverse headlining acts like The Black Crowes, Zac Brown Band, Gov’t Mule, Alison Krauss, and John Legend along with perennial festival stalwarts like Michael Franti and Spearhead, Blind Boys of Alabama, Keller Williams, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Matisyahu, ALO, and Toubab Krewe.


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