Summer festival guide
Mercury on the rise can only mean summer festival season is around the corner. And indeed, things kick off this very weekend with Coachella in Indio, California. (If you hurry, you can still hop on a plane to the desert and scalp your way in.)
Here's a guide to notable events across the country and around the region.
When: April 15-17
Where: Empire Polo Club; Indio, California
Headliners: Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, The Strokes
Price: Sold out
Hippies or hipsters: Hipsters, decidedly so.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When: April 29-May 1, May 5-8
Where: New Orleans
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Trombone Shorty
Price: $45 per weekend
Hippies or hipsters: Neither. Despite the emphasis on jazz and New Orleans music, this manages to exude both the most diversity and the most mainstream appeal.
Nelsonville Music Festival
When: May 13-15
Where: Robbins Crossing, Nelsonville
Headliners: The Flaming Lips, George Jones, Neko Case
Hippies or hipsters: A little of both, though the location might tip the balance toward hippies.
Rock on the Range
When: May 21-22
Where: Crew Stadium, Columbus
Headliners: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed
Price: $129.50 for field general admission, $99.50 for stadium general admission
Hippies or hipsters: Neither. This crowd would pulverize such weaklings.
When: May 27-30
Where: The Gorge; George, Washington
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco
Price: Tickets are no longer available
Hippies or hipsters: Definitely hipsters.
When: May 27-29
Where: Chillicothe, Illinois
Headliners: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic, STS9
Hippies or hipsters: Hippies all the way.
When: June 2-5
Where: Mulberry Mountain; Ozark, Arkansas
Headliners: My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Thievery Corporation, STS9
Hippies or hipsters: The hippest of the hippies.
When: June 9-12
Where: Manchester, Tennessee
Headliners: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys
Hippies or hipsters: Though it used to be the definitive hippie fest, Bonnaroo now skews ever so slightly closer to hipster tastes.
Pitchfork Music Festival
When: July 15-17
Where: Union Park; Chicago, Illinois
Headliners: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio
Price: Weekend passes sold out; one-day passes $45
Hippies or hipsters: Do you even need to ask?
When: Aug. 5-7
Where: Grant Park; Chicago, Illinois
Headliners: Lineup coming April 26
Hippies or hipsters: Aging hipsters.