June music festivals: Jazz in Montreal, Sonar in Barcelona, Bonnaroo in Tennessee

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The summer season starts with a wide choice of festivals with a major focus on North America and Europe. Music lovers will enjoy jazz in Montreal and New York, country in Nashville, electro and hip-Hhp in Barcelona, rock in Madrid and in England with Glastonbury and Download, while pop music fans will head to Bonnaroo, Tennessee.

DC Jazz Fest
June 1-13
Washington DC, USA

With 100 performances in dozens of venues across Washington DC, from the Kennedy Center to Lincoln Theater, the former Duke Ellington Jazz Festival features jazz masters such as James Moody and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, and artistic director Paquito D'Rivera. Signature events, such as Jazz Under the Stars and Jazz on the Potomac, offer Puerto Rica's pianist Eddie Palmieri with Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi and performers from around the world such as Romanian pianist Marian Petrescu, Swedish guitarist Andres Oberg, and Israeli saxophonist Uri Gurvich.

Rock in Rio Madrid
June 4-6, 11, 14
Madrid, Spain

The Rock in Rio music festival was first held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in January 1985, and now takes place in both Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. The festival's first Madrid edition in 2008 was attended by 290,000 music fans. Artists on the 2010 roster include Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Shakira, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, and Metallica. Concerts are staged over two weekends at Rock City in Aranda del Rey, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Madrid.

Bonnaroo Festival
June 10-13
Manchester, Tennessee, USA

The top-grossing festival in North America, the Bonnaroo event brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre (2.8 sq km) farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The 2010 festival will feature headliners Jay-Z, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, and Dave Matthews, as well as dozens of other artists including The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Norah Jones, LCD Soundsystem, and The xx. Tickets are still available at $249.50, or $1,349.50 per pair with VIP benefits. In addition to dozens of performances, the festival features a 100-acre "entertainment village" with an arcade, cinema, silent disco, and comedy club.

Country Music Festival Fan Fair
June 10-13
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Despite bad floods in May in Nashville, the show must go in the capital of country music with the 39th edition of CMA welcoming Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Brad Praisley, Trace Adkins, Reba McIntyre, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, and dozens more. With over 40 hours of performances with an average of 52,000 attending each concert, it is considered the world's biggest country music festival.

Download Festival
June 11-13
Leicestershire Park, England

The festival will take place in historic Donington Park, the site of the 2009 festival and of past hard-rock festivals Ozzfest and Monsters of Rock. According to the BBC, capacity for the 2010 festival has been expanded to 110, 000, with organizers saying the festival will be the UK's second biggest of the year after the sold-out Glastonbury fest. AC/DC, Aerosmith and Rage Against the Machine will headline the 2010 event, joined by 30 Seconds to Mars, Billy Idol, Them Crooked Vultures, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, Motörhead, and Wolfmother. Prices for a weekend ticket plus camping from June 9-13 are £180 (€210).

New York City Jazz Festival
June 17-26
New York City, USA

George Wein successfully brings back the jazz fest to Manhattan with sponsor CareFusion for 40 concerts in 20 venues around the city including concerts at Carnegie Hall with Keith Jarrett and Joao Gilberto. Shows at Central Park's SummerStage include the McCoy Tyner Quartet. Trumpeter Chris Botti, Stanley Clark, and Wayne Shorter are some of the many artists to perform. On June 24, Herbie Hancock celebrates 70 decades.

Sónar Festival
June 17-19
Barcelona, Spain

An annual event since 1994, the Sónar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. "By Day" events - concerts, art shows, fairs, and demos - take place at Barcelona's Center of Contemporary Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art. "By Night," the festivities move to the large Gran Vía M2 venue. English electronic duo The Chemical Brothers, UK hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, LCD Soundsystem, and Air are set to perform in 2010. Tickets are €155.

June 23-27
Pilton, England

The Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest and best-loved music festivals in the world, known for its all-star lineups and varied arts offerings. U2 will headline the 2010 event, which marks the festival's 40th anniversary; other headliners include Muse, Stevie Wonder, to be joined by The Flaming Lips, Pet Shop Boys, Orbital, Vampire Weekend, and several hundred additional acts. Tickets for the 2010 festival are sold out.

Baalbeck music festival

June 24 - August 7
Beirut, Lebanon

Officially launched in 1956, Baalbeck festival is the oldest in the Middle East and offers this year jazz artist Diana Krall, pop sensation Lebanese born Mika and operatic quartet Il Divo as main headliners in this festival staged among spectacular Roman ruins in eastern Lebanon.Other summer music festivals in Lebanon include Beiteddine and Byblos.

Montreal International Jazz Festival
June 25-July 6
Montreal, Canada

The 31st edition of the world's largest jazz festival, "Jazz Fest," is expected to attract two million attendees at venues across the Quebec capital. Performers range from saxophonist Sonny Rollins to contemporary player David Sanborn. David Reinhardt will play the work of his grandfather Django and George Benson pays tribute to classic Nat King Cole. Other performers include Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, New Orleans' Allen Toussaint, the Gipsy Kings, and bluesman Taj Mahal, as well as Norway's Tord Gustavsen Trio, Brazil's guitarist Yamandu Costa, France's Sylvain Luc, Italy's trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.

June 27 - July 4
Roskilde, Denmark

Among the largest European music festivals, Roskilde attracts more than 80,000 concertgoers and more than 180 performing bands. The Prodigy and Patti Smith headline in 2010, joined by Gorillaz, Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, and Pavement. The 2010 festival will take place from July 1 to 4, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 27 until the start of the festival. A €275-ticket includes camping and access to events for the entire week.