A preview of the season’s top music festivals.SASQUATCH!
When: May 27–30
Who: Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine
Where: George, Wash. Why: This Memorial Day weekend festival in the Pacific Northwest starts the season off with a bang.
When: June 9–12
Who: Eminem, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant & Band of Joy
Where: Manchester, Tenn.
Why: What Lollapalooza was to the ’90s, Bonnaroo is now: the best modern music has to offer.
When: June 24–Aug. 14
Who: Simple Plan, Unwritten Law, Peelander-Z, Relient K, the Aggrolites, Enter Shikari
Where: More than 40 North American cities
Why: This annual gathering of punk rockers and extreme sports fans is the granddaddy of festival tours.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK ?MAYHEM FESTIVAL
When: July 9–Aug. 14
Who: Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium
Where: More than two dozen North American cities
Why: Kevin Lyman’s 4-year-old festival is doing for metal what his Warped Tour has done for punk.
When: Aug. 5–7
Who: At press time, Eminem, Muse, Foo Fighters, Girl Talk and Lykke Li were rumored to perform.
Why: The seminal celebration of alternative music has evolved into a fantastic destination festival.