The summer festival season kicks into high gear with the US's Bonnaroo, the UK's Download Festival and Spain's Sónar all happening this week. Also, Nicki Minaj joins Britney Spears for a two-month North American tour beginning June 16.
Manchester, Tennessee, USA
Tennessee's four-day Bonnaroo Festival, now in its tenth year, brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. For the soldout show, rap stars Eminem and Lil Wayne and Canadian rock band Arcade Fire are headlining, joined by Buffalo Springfield (featuring Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, and Joe Vitale), Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Scissor Sisters, and dozens of other acts. It is the top-grossing festival in North America, and
Rolling Stone named it as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. The US's National Public Radio Music will be webcasting and broadcasting live over four days of full concerts. You'll be able to hear the concerts on the NPR Music website, the NPR Music iPhone app, and other member stations in the US. Stay tuned to NPR's website (
http://www.npr.org) for more info on the Bonnaroo webcast.
9th Download Festival
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. The festival welcomes 110, 000, with organizers saying the festival will be the UK's second biggest of the year after the sold-out Glastonbury fest. Headliners include Def Leppard, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Danzig, and Alice Cooper. A weekend festival pass plus five-night camping fee is priced at £190 (€217)/without camping £155 (€177)
Britney Spears/Nicki Minaj North American Tour
June 16-August 13
Pop star Britney Spears announced that rap artist Nicki Minaj will join the North American leg of her upcoming world tour. Opening acts include Jessie and the Toy Boys, fronted by American singer Jessie Malakouti, and Australian DJ duo Nervo. The first of Spears's 28 shows will kick off June 16 in Sacramento, with the tour wrapping up in Toronto on August 13. In March, the 29-year-old Spears released her latest LP,
Femme Fatale, which peaked at number one in four countries, including the US, Australia, and Canada. Tickets for the Spears/Minaj tour are available at
Ticketmaster.com. Stay tuned for details:
18th Sónar Festival
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. Set to perform this year are Underworld, Salem, A-Trak, Atmosphere, Hype Williams, and more. Tickets are €155.
41st Glastonbury Festival
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 2011 event, other top acts include Coldplay and Beyoncé. Fleet Foxes, along with Friendly Fires, Elbow, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, Kool & the Gang Muse, and several hundred additional performers. Tickets for the 2011 festival are sold out.
American recording artist Beyoncé is set to release her upcoming album
4 on June 27 in the UK, June 28 in the US. Beyoncé is said to have been inspired by Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti on the new album, and was inspired by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie, as well as Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Prince. Beyonce has won 13 Grammy Awards as a solo artist and three as a member of her former girl group Destiny's Child. She has sold a reported 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her last album, 2008's
I Am...Sasha Fierce, sold seven million copies worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and peaked at number one on album charts in six countries, including the UK and the US.
41st Roskilde Festival
June 30 - July 3
Among the largest European music festivals, Roskilde attracts more than 80,000 concertgoers and more than 180 performing bands. Top acts for 2011 are Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon, Mastodon, TV on the Radio, M.I.A., PJ Harvey, and The Strokes. The 2011 festival will take place from June 30 to July 3, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 26 until the start of the festival. Tickets are currently on sale. A €232 ticket includes camping and access to events for the entire week. One-day tickets are available for €117.
37th Rock Werchter Festival
June 30 - July 3
Rock Werchter is another of Europe's biggest festivals, this one attracting more than 110,000 visitors a year (of which 80,000 stay for all three days). 2011 top acts include Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey, Portishead, and others. The 2011 festival will take place from June 30 to July 3, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 26 until the start of the festival. A four-day festival ticket is priced at €195. One-day tickets are available for €76.
5th iTunes Festival
The famously free iTunes Festival, now in its fifth year and sponsored by Apple, will hold court at The Roundhouse in central London for 31 consecutive nights in July, hosting 62 acts. Top acts scheduled to play include Adele (July 7), Paul Simon (July 1), Linkin Park (July 4), Duran Duran (July 16), Foo Fighters (July 11), Bruno Mars (July 8), Moby (July 31), White Lies (July 13), and Rumer (July 18). Tickets for the 2011 iTunes Festival will be given away for free, and you can apply to win tickets on the festival's website. http://www.itunesfestival.com