The 10 Most Intriguing Inaugural Music Festivals of 2011

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The summer music festival calendar is getting more crowded than, well, an actual summer music festival. But we think these 10 brand new festivals are definitely worth a visit. They even have that new festival smell! Kicking off their inaugural run, here are 10 summer festivals that could very well be the next big thing.


What: Orlando Calling
When: Nov. 11-13
Where: Orlando, Fla.
Why: No lineup has been announced yet, but Festival Republic (the event promoter responsible for Leeds, Reading and Glastonbury) is at the helm. Their reputation is enough to make us curious about this festival that is supposed to draw 100,000 fans. Keep your ears open, because this inaugural event promises to be big.
How (Much): No Clue.


What: Escape to New York Fest
When: Aug. 5-7
Where: Southampton, N.Y.
Why: With the demise of All Points West, U.K. event organizer Fred Fellows has stepped in to provide an event for our East coast friends. So far on the bill, the Vaccines, White Rabbits and Best Coast.
How (Much): $257 for a three-day pass, $100 for a single day ticket


What: Dave Matthews Band Caravan
When: Varies by location
Where: Atlantic City, N.J., New York, N.Y., George, Wash., Chicago, Ill.
Why: Dave Matthews Band may be the headliner, but Ray Lamontagne, The Flaming Lips, The Roots and Gogol Bordello are just a few of the acts we’d be interested in seeing. The performers do vary by location so check the website before buying a ticket.
How (Much): $824 for a three-day VIP pass, $195 for a three-day general admission pass


What: Kanrocksas
When: Aug. 5-6
Where: Kansas City, Kan.
Why: The name might be a bit weak, but for an inaugural event the lineup is anything but; Muse, The Black Keys, Kid Cudi, Fitz & the Tantrums, and more. We may be tempted to take a road trip to Kansas.
How (Much):


What: Rock A Field
When: June 26
Where: Roeser, Luxembourg
Why: Grammy award-winners Arcade Fire will be taking the stage, along with Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and others. Plus, we hear Luxembourg is beautiful this time of year.
How (Much): €68 (approx. $99)


What: Red Sky Music Festival
When: July 18-23
Where: Omaha, Neb.
Why: Six days. Fifty bands. Three stages. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but we have a good feeling we’re going to be pleased.
How (Much): To be announced


What: Heavy T.O.
When: July 23-24
Where: Toronto, Canada
Why: The popularity of Heavy MTL has spawned Heavy T.O., a metal fest for our neighbors to the north. With Megadeath, Slayer and Mastadon, this festival is guaranteed to rock that maple leaf clean off their flag.
How (Much): $135 CAD for a weekend pass, $275 CAD for a Live Nation weekend pass. $72.50 CAD for general admission day passes and $150 CAD for Live Nation day passes.

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What: Electric Forest
When: June 30-July 3
Where: Rothbury, Mich.
Why: Taking over the hippie haven that was Rothbury, Electric Forest is moving in to provide a raver’s paradise in the beautiful Michigan Forest. Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are just a few of the acts at this electronic dance music event.
How (Much): $239.50 for a four-day general admission pass


What: Pearl Street Music Festival
When: May 6-7
Where: Boulder, Colo.
Why: The Head and the Heart, Dr. Dog and Mason Jennings are just a few of the Paste favorites that will be performing at this small, but sweet, inaugural festival.
How (Much): $69 for two-day pass, $35 for a single day pass.


What: Johnny Cash Musical Festival
When: Aug. 4
Where: Dyess, Ark.
Why: Cash’s children will be performing at the festival, along with Kris Kristofferson and George Jones. The proceeds from the event will go to turning Cash’s home into a museum. Good cause, good music, good times.
How (Much): $37.50 for general admission tickets, $75 for a lower level package and $150 for a VIP package

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