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DA’s Ultimate Guide to Festival season 2012: tickets, lineups, dates, and locations

With EDC NY under our belts, the festival season is about to get into full swing. There’s an insane amount of festivals taking place this summer, and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Luckily for you, we’ve collected them all together for you in one convenient location where you can find lineup info, dates and venues, and of course, our own take on what sets each festival apart from the rest. Click through below for the entire list, but be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be updating this as more festivals are announced!

June

Bassrush Massive

Date: June 7th

Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Notable Acts: Knife Party, Datsik, Excision, 12th Planet

The Hook: Set to take place during the week of EDC Vegas, Bassrush Massive is the place for folks looking to whomp. If you’re in Sin City before the big show kicks off, this could be the place to get the party started.

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Electric Daisy Carnival: Las Vegas

Dates: June 8th-10th

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Notable Acts: Everyone, ever. Even Blue Man Group…

The Hook: This is the Super Bowl of EDM, the cremé de la cremé of festivals, and not one to be missed. The lineup is nothing short of spectacular and will not disappoint. With the carnival rides, art, and people, this could be the best festival of the summer.

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Starscape

Dates: June 9th

Location: Baltimore, MD

Notable Acts: Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, Zedd, Chase and Status, Flux Pavillion

The Hook: After 14 years this festival claims that it will be doing it bigger than ever. The theme is centered around “The Garden of Eden” and the festival runs for 16 straight hours so you can watch the sunrise, if you can last that long. The lineup is diverse and the tickets are under $100 so act quickly because if you’re not at EDC then where will you be?

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Spring Awakening

Dates: June 16th – 17th

Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Skrillex, Afrojack, Moby, Laidback Luke, Arty, Dillion Francis

The Hook: You could wait until mid summer for Lollapalooza, but if EDM is your thing — which it better be — then Spring Awakening is your go-to event in Chicago. The recent expansion now brings the festival both inside and outside of Soldier Field, it looks like this festival could be insane.

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Sonic Bloom

Dates: June 21st – June 24th

Location: Shadows Ranch, Georgetown, CO

Notable Acts: Underground Lineup

The Hook: Just 45 minutes from Denver sits a smaller festival with  an electronic lineup that you might not recognize. For six years Sonic Bloom has been promoting smaller electronic musicians and artists. This could be the different and exciting festival you were looking for.

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Paradiso

Dates: June 23rd

Location: Gorge Ampitheatre, George, WA

Notable Acts: Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Avicii, R3hab, Dillion Francis, + More TBA

The Hook: This is the festival we dream of attending. The lineup might not be top-notch, but holy sh*t have you seen the Gorge Ampitheatre. Despite the standard EDM lineup, the setting is amazing and makes this event look like paradise.

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Electric Forest

Dates: June 28th – July 1st

Location: Rothbury, MI

Notable Acts: Bassnectar, Aoki, Major Lazer, Dada Life

The Hook: Insomniac brings its talents to the forests of Rothbury, Michigan, where its artistic abilities reach new heights. We’ve never been to this festival ourselves, but apparently it’s breathtaking when the sun goes down and the forest comes to light. The lineup includes some lesser-known names, so it’s a great opportunity to branch out and discover someone new.

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Boonstock

Dates: June 29th – July 1st

Location: Gibbons, Alberta, Canada

Notable Acts: Afrojack, Chuckie, Avicii, Kaskade, Tommy Trash, Fareoh, Knife Party

The Hook: Compared to the US, Canada doesn’t get the luxury of frequent concerts and events around the country. Boonstock brings what is essentially the UMF headliners to the opposite side of the continent.

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Escapade

Dates: June 29th – July 1st

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Notable Acts: Afrojack, Avicii, Eric Prydz, Alesso, Gareth Emery, Dada Life, Tommy Trash, Cazzette, Sander Van Doorn

The Hook: Although both Escapade and Boonstock are in Canada, it would take you over 2 days to get from one to the other. Escapade has an almost everyone that Boonstock has, and a whole lot more.

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Wavefront

Dates: June 30th – July 1st

Location: Montrose Beach, IL

Notable Acts:Eric Prydz, Erick Morillo, BoysNoize, Duck Sauce, Sasha, John Dahlback, Nadia Ali

The Hook: For only $50 a day you get to chill on the beach and listen to electronic music. You don’t have to feel bad if you only go for one, and you just find a diamond in the rough. With Eric Prydz now on the lineup, this is a no brainer.

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July

Pete Tong’s Ibiza 123 ‘Rocktronic’

Dates: July 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Location: Ibiza, Spain

Notable Acts: Sting + Basement Jaxx, Elton John + Pnau, Lenny Kravitz + Luciano, Axwell, David Guetta, Tiesto

The Hook: Pete Tong is doing something different in Ibiza this summer, pairing rock icons with EDM artists for a whole new kind of sound. If you happen to find yourself in Ibiza come early July, this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events you probably don’t want to miss.

Camp Bisco

Dates: July 12th – 14th

Location: Mariaville, NY

Notable Acts: Dada Life, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Zedd, Zedd’s Dead

The Hook: Started by the Disco Biscuits over 10 years ago, Camp Bisco has a huge variety of artists. The lineup is pretty good, the ticket prices are fair, and it’s only two hours from NYC.

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IDentity

Dates: July 19th – August 19th

Location: Various

Notable Acts: Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, Bingo Players, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner

The Hook: After last year’s IDentity disaster, we wouldn’t be rushing back unless it were for Eric Prydz. The lineups vary by location, but again, let us spell it out for you if you didn’t hear us the first time: E R I C  P R Y D Z.

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August

Lollapalooza

Dates: August 3rd – August 5th

Location: Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Avicii, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Nero

The Hook: Lollapalooza has become the midwest festival king and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint variety wise. However, if you only care about the EDM acts, you’ll probably fare a bit better at Spring Awakening.

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Hard Summer

Dates: August 3rd – August 4th

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Notable Acts: Zedd, Skrillex, A-trak, 12th Planet, Basement Jaxx, Annie Mac, Borgore

The Hook: There are other festivals in LA but Hard always has a carefully selected lineup which should satisfy all the bassheads.

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The Veld

Dates: August 4th – August 5th

Location: Toronto, Canada

Notable Acts: Deadmau5, Avicii, Steve Angello, Knife Party, Nicky Romero, Pierce Fulton

The Hook: If you’re trying to see Deadmau5 at a festival this summer, The Veld might be your only shot on the East Coast. The first ever Veld Music Festival brings an awesome lineup to Toronto for two days of music in Downsview Park, not to mention its name bears an uncanny resemblance to Deadmau5′s latest release.

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Hard Toronto

Dates: August 4th

Location: Toronto, Canada

Notable Acts: Justice, M83.

The Hook: The only reason you would attend this festival is if you are a diehard Justice or M83 fan. Otherwise, just go to The Veld, we know it’ll be more fun.

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Electric Zoo

Dates: August 31st – Sept. 2nd

Location: Randalls Island, NYC

Notable Acts: David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Knife Party, Porter Robinson (those are just the headliners)

The Hook: This is a festival that compares to EDC and Ultra. It’s a who’s who of EDM artists invading New York city right around Labor Day Weekend. This is arguably the best East coast festival with the best lineup. Needless to say, it’s a must.

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North Coast

Dates: August 31st – Sept. 2nd

Location: Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Pretty Lights, Axwell, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Excision, Mord Fustang, Knife Party, Tommy Trash

The Hook: If you’re stuck in the midwest and missed the other two festivals in Chicago this summer, then North Coast is your last chance to rage. Don’t expect the lineup to get much better since everyone else will be at Ezoo.

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September

Made in America Festival

Dates: September 1st – 2nd

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Notable Acts: Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Miike Snow

The Hook: This special festival is being thrown by Jay-Z himself, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit charities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. It’s also the only opportunity to see Jay-Z and Skrillex at the same event ever (to our knowledge at least). Yes, it conflicts with Electric Zoo, but if you can’t make it to NY and still need an EDM fix, Made in America is your jam.

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Sun City Music Festival

Dates: September  1st and 2nd

Location: El Paso, TX

Notable Acts: Above & beyond. Alvin risk, Dada life,  David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Nicky Romero, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd

The Hook: As the festival returns for its second year, there are some big names that are coming to Texas. A&B, Guetta, Dada Life will all be flying to TX and NY for both festivals but if you dont have the kind of money to keep up with them, Sun City doesn’t look to bad after all.

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Counterpoint

Dates: September 28 – 29

Location: Atlanta, GA

Notable Acts: Bassnectar, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Steve Angello, Avicii, Alesso, Zeds Dead

The Hook: This could be the biggest festival to end the summer circuit. With the promo company from Camp Bisco teaming up with Lollapaloza’s, you know this will be done well. The lineup is massive for this time of the year, so if you are in the dirty South, we wouldn’t skip out.

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Future Festivals with tickets now available

Holy Ship

Dates: January 2013

Location: Ship leaves from Florida

Notable Acts:  Justice, Boyz Noise, Knife Party, Diplo, Tommy Trash, Zedd, Dillon Francis

The Hook: No lineup or any other information yet but after a hugely sucessful first year, Holy Ship is back for round two. From what we heard, this was one of the most personal and awesome experiences, ever.

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So, where are you headed this summer? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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