Mechanical Dummy’s 2013 Festival Guide

Wake up, Mechanical Dummies! Music festival season is upon us. Many of us have been sitting at the edge of our seats waiting for lineups to be released. Festival life isn’t for everyone, but for those down to sit in (virtual) lines to purchase tickets and soldier through the thick crowds and sticky spring days, this is the most wonderful time of year for enjoying and discovering art, music and more. If you’re new to the game, or just in need of a refresher course to prep for this year’s festivities, feast your eyes on what festivals you should be hitting to stay ahead of curve in 2013.

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Buku Music + Art Project – New Orleans, LA (March 17-18)

If you’re looking for a nontraditional music festival, head to the Big Easy this March for the second annual Buku Music + Art Project. Winter Circle Productions is pulling out all the stops with a stellar lineup that will showcase the rich culture of New Orleans through food and art. If you’re not into mega festivals, Buku levels things off with a more intimate feel and convenient location, right in the heart of the city.

Oh, and the lineup is really, really good. They’ve managed to pull Kid Cudi out of hiding, and joining him as a headliner is EDM heavyweight Calvin Harris. Think Rihanna’s going to make an appearance like she did for Coachella for “We Found Love” in 2012? We sure hope so!

Other artists to look out for in the NOLA: Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Major Lazer,Trinidad Jame$, Flosstradamus, Icona Pop, Action Bronson, and Earl Sweatshirt.


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA (April 12-14, April 19-21)

Oh, Coachella. Last year, hip hop fans were thrilled with the lineup as newcomers Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Azealia Banks, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd and Frank Ocean highlighted two magical weekends in Cali. Not to mention the now legendary performance from West Coast icons Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the infamous Tupac hologram.

This year’s Coachella lineup won’t get the same hype from hip hop fans, but it’s
still worth experiencing. Danny Brown, Janelle Monae, 2Chainz, Pusha-T, and The Wu-Tang Clan, all of whom will be hitting the desert stages this April. Tickets are already sold out, but if you really want to go visit a ticket reseller like Stubhub and be ready to pay a pretty penny.


Governors Ball – New York, NY (June 7-9)

Governors Ball is the crème de la crème of this year’s music festival lineup. Just looking at the list of slated acts makes us yearn for summer 2013 even more than time off, tan bods and beautiful weather. Located in the Big Apple in June, 2013’s ball is destined to be one for the record books. Headliners include Kanye West and Kings Of Leon with a third artist to be announced at a future date. Nas, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Azealia Banks, and Freddie Gibbs are also among the 50+ acts set to hit the stage.

Randall’s Island, the festival’s home, is just minutes away from Manhattan and ferry and shuttle passes will be available. If you had no other reason to visit New York, you do now.


Paid Dues Festival 2013 – San Bernardino, CA (March 30)

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock comprise Black Hippy, this year’s headliner for the one-day only festival known as Paid Dues. Celebrating independent hip hop at a level no other festival can match, Paid Dues will include performances from Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Tech N9ne, and Brooklyn’s lyrical prodigy Joey Bada$$. Chicagoan Hollywood Holt will act as host for a day that will include a wide range of hip hop acts, new and old.

Since 2006, Paid Dues has been gracing the great state of California with gound-breaking performances from the likes of Odd Future and Mac Miller The festival is produced by Murs 3:16 along with Guerilla Union and last year saw performances from legends Wu-Tang Dipset and Three-6-Mafia.


The 6th Annual Roots Picnic – Philadelphia, PA (June 1)

The Roots will be back with another installment of their annual picnic for 2013. The legendary Philly band will of course be performing in addition to DJ Premier, Araab Muzik, Hit-Boy, Solange, Jennah Bell and more. The Festival Pier at Penns Landing will be rocking on Saturday, June 1. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it.


Bonnaroo, Made In America and more…

The people at Bonnaroo have been releasing clues about their lineup, which means they’ll be releasing an official lineup soon. As for Made In America, we have our fingers crossed that Beyonce (fresh off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour) and Rihanna will step up as headliners to carry Jay-Z’s explosive summer weekend.

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