7 US Festivals That Should Be On Your 2014 Calendar
Is it just us, or is it hard to believe that it’s already March? With 2014 well under way, we thought it’d be a perfect time to outline some of our picks for not-to-miss state-side festivals of the year. Snatch up those tickets and book your travel now!
What: Winter Music Conference
When: March 21-30
Where: Miami, FL
Who: Basically everyone you can think of and then some. Nick Curly, Tiga, Paul Ritch, Guy Gerber, Barem, Apollonia, etc. etc.
Why: This legendary festival is taking place around the city of Miami for the 29th year straight. Join over 100,000 music fans from around the world at renowned events such as ENTER., In The Mood, and Flying Circus.
When: April 10-13
Where: Boulder, CO
Who: An impressive roster of local and international live acts including KiNK, Minilogue, and Ben UFO.
Why: This forward-thinking festival has a one of a kind mission, keeping its focus on “long-form performance and intervention, in order to facilitate the opportunity for a deeper and more lasting dialogue between artist and audience.” It aims to invigorate the overlooked element of human patience and sustainability, even boasting being 100% powered by biodiesel.
When: April 23-27
Where: Asheville, NC
Who: A stacked lineup of electronic pioneers, from Kraftwerk to Moderat to Green Velvet.
Why: Moogfest didn’t take place in 2013, but is back and better than ever this year. No other festival can boast panels from Giorgio Moroder, Dan Deacon, and Bradford Cox during the day and showcases from Warp Records, No. 19 Music, and The Windish Agency in the evening. For all the tech junkies out there, check out the circuit bending contest and synthesis showcase.
When: May 23-26
Where: Bethel Woods, NY
Who: The 2013 edition of the Netherlands event featured Eats Everything, Speedy J, Gary Beck, Visionquest, and more
Why: This European-grown “electronic music culture and arts festival” is all set for its first year on US soil. Taking place on the grounds of Woodstock ’69, this is sure to be one for the record books. We can’t wait to see who they bring over.
When: May 24-26
Where: Detroit, MI
Who: A perfect blend of the old and new schools of techno and house including Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, and Stacey Pullen
Why: The city that gave birth to techno could only host the best parties, and this is shaping up to be the greatest Movement yet. With over 100 total artists, five stages, a top notch technology area, and dozens of pre- and after-parties, it’s not one to sleep on.
What: Electric Forest
When: June 26-29
Where: Rothbury, MI
Who: Some of the underground’s best and brightest like Jimmy Edgar, Lee Burridge and Dusky, alongside hippie mainstays like STS9 and hip-hop legends like Lauryn Hill
Why: Braving a sea of Insomniac-worshipping kandi kids may not be for everyone, but the scenic setting, artsy focus, and wide range of acts featured at this festival makes it one worth checking out. Just don’t forget your earplugs in case you get stuck at the dubstep stage.
When: September 24-28
Where: Seattle, WA
Who: Past headliners include established stars and newcomers alike such as Derrick May, Moby, DVS1, and Apparat
Why: This groundbreaking festival has hosted the North American debut of The Field, the US debut of Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live, and tons of other notable performances in its 10 years of existence. The focus is kept on interactive multimedia art, live performances, and technology based education.. Need we say more?