East Coast music festivals to bring the heat this summer

By Sydney Gore
Eagle Contributing Writer
April 17, 2012


With Coachella, Lollapalooza, SXSW and Bonaroo dominating the West Coast, and Midwest and South with epic concert festivals, no one has paid much attention to festivals on the East Coast.

This summer, that is going to change with to-die-for festivals starting this May.


On May 18-20, the Bamboozle Festival will take New Jersey by storm for the ninth time on the beach at Asbury Park.

This year, the lineup is an eclectic combination of electronic, hip-hop/rap and alternative rock artists, notably those who made their mark on music back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s into the present.

Kicking off the festival on Friday will be the 2012 Grammy-winning DJ from Skrillex, ‘90s alternative rockers Incubus and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller.

After winning 11 Grammys, releasing six albums and showcasing an upcoming tour for the next 4 months, Foo Fighters will share the stage on Saturday with pop-punk royalty Blink-182.

On Sunday night, the handsome ‘80s icon from Sayreville, NJ, Bon Jovi, and new-millennium New Yorkers, Brand New, will end the party.

Other artists like Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack, We Came As Romans, The Knocks, Marianas Trench and DJ Pauly D will also perform.

General admission single-day passes are $65-75 and 3-day passes are $190. Beach club and VIP tickets are also on sale. $30 gets fans into exclusive after-parties with the performers.

The Roots Picnic

This June, The Roots Picnic will be celebrating its fifth year at the Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, for a two-day festival.

On Saturday, June 2, Philadelphia’s own powerhouse group, The Roots, will perform two sets. Also performing will be D.C. rapper Wale, hip-hop legend De La Soul and other artists including St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, James Murphy, Danny Brown and Stretch Armstrong.

Sunday’s lineup will feature alternative hip-hop artist Kid Cudi; Major Lazer, the collaborative music project of DJs Diplo and Switch; and Chill Moody, an aspiring rapper and lyricist from Philadelphia.

Two-day passes are $106.80 including tax, while single-day tickets are $63 total.

Firefly Festival

From July 20-22, the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del. will bring a premiere festival lineup to the Tristate area.

The lineup is off the charts, bringing back Las Vegas rock-and-rollers The Killers from their 2010 hiatus to headline the fest’s first day. Also headlining is two-man garage band the Black Keys and guitar legend/former White Stripes frontman Jack White.

Death Cab For Cutie, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk, Young The Giant, Cold War Kids, Cults, Chiddy Bang and more will also be featured at the inaugural event.

As of now, advance 3-day pass are available for $198, and a limited number of regular tickets will go on sale for $218. VIP costs a whopping $595 and Super VIP weighs in at $1,195.

This summer, East Coasters finally have big festivals to call their own, so buy tickets for these sizzling summer fests before they burn up.


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