While spring may have officially just begun, the festival season is coming out of hibernation strong. Here are five April music festivals for audiophiles of all ilks.
For the world traveler: Lollapalooza Brazil 4/7-4/8
If Chicago is not quite exotic enough for you, head south of the equator to Sao Paulo for the newest stop on the ever-expanding Lolla roller coaster. The world’s sixth most populous city is clearly a draw with acts such as Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and Jane’s Addiction set to headline. But don’t just go for the Northern Hemisphere acts, be sure to check out some South American favorites such as Tipo Uisque and Marcio Techjun.
For the hip-hop enthusiast: Paid Dues Independent Hip-Hop Fest 4/7
The NOS Events Center lives up to its namesake hosting the Paid Dues Independent Hip-Hop Festival. The high-octane lineup features latter-day old-school acts such as Wu-Tang, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends and Dilated Peoples along with current favorites Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar, Brother Ali and Mac Lethal.
For the VIP: Coachella 4/13-4/15 & 4/20-4/22
If you didn’t jump on tickets the minute they were announced, you’re most likely out of luck when it comes to Coachella. Even with the expansion to two weekends, the fest still sold-out in record time. But…if you have $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket you can still score a Lake Eldorado pass, which includes festival passes. What is three grand worth you ask? An already pitched 10×13 ‘safari-styled tent’ with four cots. Go ahead and put ‘Radiohead’ in the memo line on that check…
For those shut out of Coachella: Desert Daze Festival 4/12-4/22
With Coachella expanding to two weekends this year, there could be upwards of half a million music fans swarming through Palm Springs on their way to Indio. So why not throw a festival that covers the entire eleven days? Genius! The lineup is comprised of some great acts not on the Coachella bill including Dengue Fever, Dead Meadows, The Fresh & Onlys, The Henry Clay People and RACES. And who knows? Maybe you’ll catch Dan Auerbach playing a solo poolside set. It’s also FREE ($5 suggested donation).
For the SXSW refugees: Old Settler’s Music Festival 4/19-4/22
SXSW gotten too crowded and corporate for you? Journey 40 minutes southwest to the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood, TX for the Old Settler’s Music Festival. While you might expect two old-timers playing the washboard and washtub bass, you’ll actually get Iron & Wine, Railroad Earth, Ha Ha Tonka and JJ Grey & Mofro among others.