Season of the Concerts

21 Mar

The summer concert season is upon us!

SXSW has just wrapped up in Austin, and Coachella is nearing the horizon. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins April 13 and ends April 15, 2012 in Indio, California.

In its 11 years as a festival (staring in 2001), it draws hundreds of thousands of music lovers each year. This year, a stellar line up of musical acts will flock to “The place to be”. Many musical  heavyweights include: The Black Keys, Radiohead, Florence + The Machine, and The Arctic Monkeys.

Along with Coachella and SXSW, there are many Canadian summer festivals. On July 14, 2012 in Toronto’s very own Downsview Park, concert-goers will be rocking out at Edgefest! This Canadian summer concert series has been going strong for 25 years starting out at Molson Park on July 1, 1987 and continuing onto Downsview Park in July 2008. Many bands headlining have included: Blue Rodeo, Green Day, Billy Talent, Tokyo Police Club, The Arkells, and Rise Against.

As the summer winds down, the concerts keep on coming; another famous Canadian summer concert comes to town. This time, Montreal’s Jean Drapeau Parc is hosting Osheaga from August 3-5, 2012. Drawing a strong crowd of 25,000 back in 2006 when it first started, Osheaga is the perfect weekend getaway before going back to school!

During the same weekend, Grant Park in Chicago will be hosting Lollapalooza. Going strong in Grant Park since 2005, Lollapalooza is the “Alternative Nation”, (coined by producer Perry Farrell). Drawing in crowds of 65,000+, this is another perfect weekend destination before heading back to school. – SXSW, Austin TX – Coachella, Indio CA – Edgefest, Toronto ON – Osheaga, Montreal QC – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL


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