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A look at six new festivals

by CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer on April 21, 2013 1:40 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — America’s festival scene is no longer just the big four — Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

There are several new festivals — some artist-curated — that are thriving as the culture spreads across America.

Here’s a peek at a summer six pack of new festivals the seeker in you might want to check out:

  • Grand Point North Festival, Sept. 13-14: Potter and her band’s festival is inspired by fellow Vermont residents Phish, whose small city-sized festivals could pop up anywhere and include anyone. In its first year the festival drew bands like The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
  • Orion Music and More, June 8-9: The members of Metallica mean it when they say music and more. Last year, the festival included a classic car exhibit, the Metallica museum and guitarist Kirk Hammett’s horror movie memorabilia collections. Oh, and an eclectic lineup of bands. This year’s festival will be held on Detroit’s Belle Isle. Lineup highlights: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Bassnectar and a reunited Infectious Grooves will join Metallica.
  • Solid Sound Festival, June 21-23: This festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art reflects curator Wilco’s musical sensibilities. There’s a definite improv feel to some of the acts and the museum setting lends a certain versatility that other festivals don’t have. Lineup highlights: Neko Case, Low, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Yo La Tengo and White Denim with Wilco and several side projects.
  • Hangout Music Festival, May 17-19: One of the faster growing new festivals, the beach setting in Gulf Shores, Ala., and relatively small crowds — tickets are capped at 35,000 — offer a different kind of vibe than most. Fans can step out of condos and directly into the festival, which is held surf side. Lineup highlights: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
  • Outside Lands Festival, Aug. 9-11: The rapidly growing festival reflects San Francisco culture and has been held in the scenic Golden Gate Park since its inception in 2008. It draws as many as 60,000 people and has grown into a regular stop on the festival circuit.
  • Governors Ball Music Festival, June 7-9: Just two years old and housed on Randall’s Island in New York City, Governors Ball already sports a huge lineup and like Outside Lands is becoming a destination for many of music’s big acts. Lineup highlights: Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Guns N’ Roses and Kendrick Lamar.
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