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Music Festivals Within A Day of Upstate NY

So you want to travel to one of the Big Festivals that are within a day drive of Upstate NY.  Check out some of these Big Festivals, if you have the time and money they are worth checking out.


Riot Fest ChicagoRiot Fest - Chicago
For 9 years Riot Fest has provided one of the best Punk, Alternative & Rock music festivals.  Out of the Riot Fest series Chicago is the original and the biggest.  Along with the music aspect in Chicago they provide a twisted carnival aspect to the festival the just is downright fun!

2014 Line Up:

The Cure : Jane's Addiction : The National : Rise Against : Weezer : The Flaming Lips : Social Distortion : Slayer : The Offspring : Wu-Tang Clan : Samhain : Descendents : Tegan and Sarah : Metric : Cheap Trick : Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhna) : Patti Smith : Taking Back Sunday : Die Antwoord : City and Colour : Paul Weler : The Used : Bring Me the Horizon : NoFX : Dropkick Murphys : Gogol Bordello : Of Mice & Men : Mastodon : The Afghan Whigs : Naked Raygun : Cock Sparrer : Dashboard Confessional : Superchunk : Billy Bragg : Blue Meanies : Lucero : New Found Glory : Saosin w/ Anthony Green : Mighty Mighty Bosstones : The Murder City Devils : Mudhoney : Failure : Hot Snakes : The Dandy Warhols : Thurston Moore : Circa Survive : The Get Up Kids: Motion City Soundtrack : Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies : Streetlight Manefesto : Clutch : Gwar : Buzzcocks : Andrew W.K : Bouncing Souls : Stiff Little Fingers : Face To Face : Kurt Vile & The Violators : Marky Ramone w/ The Bouncing Souls : Wavves : Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears : We Came as Romans : Senses Fail : The Orwells : All : Mineral : Title Fight : La Dispute : RX Bandits : Samiam : 7 Seconds : Anti-Flag : The Menzingers : The Front Bottoms : Silverstein : Emarosa : Citizen : The World is a Beautiful Place... : Bad Suns : The Pizza Underground : The Hotelier : Nostalghia : In The Valley Below : Radkey : Pianos Become The Teeth : Modern Baseball : I Am The Avalanche : Skaters : Laura Stevenson : Cerebral Ballzy : Red City Radio : Pup : Dads : Show You Suck : The Unlikely Canidates : Jessica Herandez & The Deltas : My Gold Mask : The Bots : Broncho : The American Scene : Baby Baby : Restorations : Wounds : Plague Vendor : Team Spirit : Somos : Rose's Pawn Shop : Chumped : Archi Powell & The Exports : Ex Friends : UR Lineup Sux Bro : Ughh, My Parents Are Here

Location: Humboldt Park - Chicago
Dates: September 12th - 14th 2014
Cost: 3 Day Passes Tiered Prices From $99 to $189
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website: riotfest.org


Firefly Music FestivalFirefly Music Festival
Only a few years old but this festival is one of the best line ups in for the festival circuit.  They offer camping onsite or you can just come for the day.  The festival is within a day of Upstate, NY set in the wooded area of Dover, DE.  This year's line up is sure to be  a hit make sure you go to check it out if you have the time and money.

2014 Line Up:
A Great Big World : A-Trak : Aer : The Airborne Toxic Event : American Authors : Amos Lee : Andrew Belle : Arctic Monkeys : Asaf Avidan : Bad Things : Band Of Horses : Basic Vacation : Beck : Big Gigantic : Bleachers : Breach The Summit : Broken Bells : Bronze Radio Return : Cage The Elephant : Cash Cash : Chance The Rapper : Cherub : Childish Gambino : Christian Porter : City And Colour : Courrier : Courtney Barnett : Cruiser : Dan Croll : Foo Fighters : G-Eazy : Gemini Club : Geographer : Girl Talk : Goldroom : Gregory Alan Isakov : Griswolds : Grouplove : Haerts : Hey Rosetta! : High Highs : Holychild : Hunter Hunted : Imagine Dragons : Iron & Wine : Jack Johnson : Jake Bugg : John & Jacob : Johnnyswim : Kaiser Chiefs : Kodaline : Kongos : Little Comets : Little Daylight : Local Natives : Lucius : Magic Man : Martin Garrix : Mean Lady : Misterwives : MS MR : New Politics : New Sweden : NONONO : Outkast : Phantogram : Phosphorescent : Pigpen Theatre Co : Portugal. The Man : Pretty Lights : RAC : Royal Teeth : Saints Of Valory : Salva : San Fermin : Shakey Graves : Sir Sly : Sky Ferreira : Sleeper Agent : Sleigh Bells : Smallpools : Son Lux : Step Rockets : Stop Light Observations : Tegan And Sara : The Ceremonies : The Colourist : The Lumineers : The Mowgli’s : The Weeks : The White Panda : The Wild Feathers : Third Eye Blind : Tune-Yards : Twenty One Pilots : Typhoon : Unlikely Candidates : Vance Joy : Vic Mensa : Walk Off The Earth : Washed Out : Weezer : White Denim : Wild Child : Wild Cub : X Ambassadors : Young The Giant Ziggy Marley

Location: Dover, Delaware
Dates: June 19th - 22nd 2014
Cost: 4 Day Passes $279 Advance Until April 4th $299 After April 4th
         Also they have a selection of VIP passes - see the official website for more info.
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website:fireflyfestival.com


LollapaloozaLollapalooza
The festival that made alternative music festivals acceptable. It maybe one of the oldest alternative music festivals but they haven't lost their edge, each year the line up is impressive.

2014 Line Up:
EMINEM : OUTKAST : KINGS OF LEON : ARCTIC MONKEYS : SKRILLEX : CALVIN HARRIS : LORDE : THE AVETT BROTHERS : FOSTER THE PEOPLE : ZEDD : SEBASTIAN INGROSSO : KREWELLA : NAS : ABOVE & BEYOND : CHILDISH GAMBINO : BROKEN BELLS : SPOON : THE HEAD AND THE HEART : CAGE THE ELEPHANT : YOUNG THE GIANT : CHASE & STATUS : INTERPOL : LYKKE LI : CHANCE THE RAPPER : PHANTOGRAM : CUT / COPY : FLOSSTRADAMUS : FITZ & THE TANTRUMS : GROUPLOVE : CHVRCHES : THE GLITCH MOB : PORTUGAL. THE MAN : GRAMATIK : CHROMEO : DARKSIDE : THE 1975 : DIMITRI : VEGAS & LIKE MIKE : REBELUTION : GLEN HANSARD : JENNY LEWIS : MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA : GESAFFELSTEIN : JOHN BUTLER TRIO : FLUME : MARTIN GARRIX : AFI : J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS : THE KOOKS : TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE : RUN THE JEWELS : THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT : RUDIMENTAL : PHOSPHORESCENT : DUKE DUMONT : LONDON GRAMMAR : THE TEMPER TRAP : IGGY AZALEA : JOACHIM GARRAUD : BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB : WHITE DENIM : TYPHOON : Z-TRIP : WARPAINT : KATE NASH : KODALINE : SANDER KLEINENBERG : VANCE JOY : LUCIUS : BLOOD ORANGE : RICH HOMIE QUAN : PERRY/ETTY VS JOACHIM GARRAUD : DELTA RAE : RAC : JAGWAR MA : PARQUET COURTS : GTA : JHENÉ AIKO : TEMPLES : SMALLPOOLS : JUNGLE : KONGOS : NONONO : WILDCAT! WILDCAT! : PAPA : GEMINI CLUB : THE DISTRICTS : VIC MENSA : CRIZZLY : BOMBA ESTÉREO : FRANCISCA VALENZUELA : BLEACHERS : INTO IT. OVER IT. : HEROBUST : COURTNEY BARNETT : SAN FERMIN : ROYAL BLOOD : RATKING : BEAR HANDS : ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR : MEG MYERS : KAUSEA : BRILLZ : BRONZE RADIO RETURN : THE SO SO GLOS : CASH CASH : JACOB PLANT : LINDSAY LOWEND : JOYWAVE : BEBE REXHA : DESERT NOISES : BETTY WHO : JON BATISTE AND STAY HUMAN : BENJAMIN BOOKER : FLY GOLDEN EAGLE : DUGAS : CRASS MAMMOTH : THE LAST INTERNATIONALE : WALLPAPER. : JOHNNYSWIM : CARDIKNOX : CHARLIE HIRSCH : WRESTLERS : SPACE CAPONE : OF VERONA : ANNA LUNOE : HIGHLY SUSPECT : PLASTIC VISIONS : OYINDA : ROCKY BUSINESS : SCHOOL OF ROCK : GLEN HANSARD : BRADY RYMER : PRETTY LITTLE DEMONS : PETER DISTEFANO & TOR : THE Q BROTHERS : PLAY DATE : KINDIE ALL STARS

Location: Grant Park - Chicago
Dates: August 1st - 3rd 2014
Cost: 3 Day Passes - Early Bird $225 - $250 Regular
        Single Day Passes $100
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website: www.lollapalooza.com


Rock On The RangeRock On The Range
A 3 day music festival that focuses on the Rock/ Heavy Rock with a little metal & alternative influence.  Besides the music aspect they also offer up a comedy tent.

2104 Line Up:
Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon, Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, The Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven’s Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, Crobot and Truckfighters with comedians Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine & more.

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Dates: May 16th - 18th 2014
Cost:
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website: rockontherange.com


Skate & SurfSkate & Surf Festival
Started in 2001 and grew into the Bamboozle Festival, now back to it's roots for the last couple of years as the Skate & Surf Festival. They offer up 4 stages of alternative music.

2014 Line Up:
Saturday May 17th 2014
MIDTOWN
SAOSIN ft. ANTHONY GREEN
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
Linc's Special Guest Emmure
Upon a Burning Body
Aer
LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES
NGHBRS
BASIC VACATION
YOUTH IN REVOLT
CHASING SAFETY
BRICK + MORTAR
GIFT GIVER
SOMEWHERE IN TIME
SYLAR
SIRENS AND SAILORS
Front Porch Step
Lorna Shore

Sunday May 18th 2014
MIDTOWN
CIRCA SURVIVE
Hidden in Plain View
I See Stars
Pianos Become the Teeth
I The Breather
Patent Pending
Ballyhoo!
Fit For A King
Structures
Tiny Moving Parts
Chon
Bears & Motorcycles
My Ticket Home

Location: Middletown, NJ
Dates: May 17th - 18th 2014
Cost: 2 Day Pass - $104.99
Bar: ?
Food: Concessions
Website: www.skateandsurffest.com


Boston CallingBoston Calling (May)
Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, two-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music. The event will be one big party with easy access to both stages, food, services and more.

2014 Line Up:
Friday

Jack Johnson
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cass McCombs

Saturday
Death Cab For Cutie
The Decemberists
The Head and The Heart
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Jenny Lewis
The Neighbourhood
Warpaint
Walk Off The Earth
Maximo Park
Magic Man

Sunday
Modest Mouse
Brand New
Bastille
Tegan & Sara
Phosphorescent
Built To Spill
Kurt Vile and The Violators
The Districts
Tigermanwoah!

Location: City Hall Plaza - Boston, MA
Dates: May 23rd - 25th 2014
Cost: 3 Day Pass - $175, 2 Day Pass $135, Single Day Fri $50, Sat $75 and
        Sun $75
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website: bostoncalling.com


Boston Calling (September)
Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, two-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music. The event will be one big party with easy access to both stages, food, services and more.

2014 Line Up:
Friday

The National
Neutral Milk Hotel
Future Islands

Saturday
Lorde
Childish Gambino
Girl Talk
Volcano Choir
The Hold Steady
Bleachers
Sky Ferreira
S. Carey
Cliffflight

Sunday
NAS x The Roots
The Replacements
Spoon
The 1975
Twenty One Pilots
Lake Street Drive
The War On Drugs
White Denim
San Fermin
Gentlemen Hall

Location: City Hall Plaza - Boston, MA
Dates: September 5th - 7th 2014
Cost: 3 Day Pass - $175, 2 Day Pass $135, Single Day Fri $50, Sat $75 and
        Sun $75
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions
Website: bostoncalling.com


Amnesia FestAmnesia Rock Fest
Located between Ottawa and Montreal, Canada. The Amnesia Rock Fest is in it's 9th year, they work very hard to keep ticket fares affordable and much cheaper than most music festivals. Rockfest, which is a non-profit organization, was created in 2005 by a 17 year old teenager who like all of you was passionate by music.

2014 Line Up:
100 DEMONS : 88 FINGERS LOUIE : A DAY TO REMEMBER : ALICE IN CHAINS : ALKALINE TRIO : ALL THAT REMAINS : ANONYMUS AVEC MARCO CALLIARI : ANTI-FLAG : ASEXUALS : AUGUST BURNS RED : B.A.R.F. : BANE : BELVEDERE : BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME : BIGWIG : BILLY TALENT : BLACK FLAG : BLINK-182 : BRAND NEW : CANNIBAL CORPSE : CHAIN OF STRENGTH : CIGAR : COCK SPARRER : COUNTERPARTS : CRADLE OF FILTH : CYPRESS HILL : DANCE LAURY DANCE : DANZIG WITH DOYLE : DEAD KENNEDYS : DESPISED ICON : DEVIL’S BRIGADE : DYING FETUS : EARTH CRISIS : EXTERIO : FACE TO FACE : FEAR : FIFTY NUTZ : FISHBONE : FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH : GLASSJAW : GOB : GOLDFINGER : GRIMSKUNK : GUTTERMOUTH : H2O : HEAVEN’S CRY : HENRY ROLLINS : IGNITE : IMPLANTS : INSURRECTION : JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS : JUDGE : LAGWAGON : LAUREATE : LES CHIENS SALES : LIFE ON TRIAL : LIFERUINER : MASS MURDER MESSIAH : MASTODON : ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES : MEGADETH : MERAUDER : MESHUGGAH : MISFITS : MONONC’ SERGE & ANONYMUS : MÖTLEY CRÜE : MUTE : MXPXV : NEGATIVE APPROACH : NEW FOUND GLORY : NO USE FOR A NAME (TRIBUTE) : NOFX : OBEY THE BRAVE : OBLIVEON : PARABELLUM : POWERNAP : PRIMUS : PUNK ROCK KARAOKE : RAISED FIST : REEL BIG FISH : RESET : REVEREND HORTON HEAT : ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT : SLAVES ON DOPE : STREET DOGS : STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO : STRIFE : STRUNG OUT : SUICIDAL TENDENCIES : TAGADA JONES : TAKING BACK SUNDAY : THE CASUALTIES : THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM : THE PLANET SMASHERS : THE SAINTE CATHERINES : THE USED : THE VANDALS : THROWDOWN : TITLE FIGHT : TOTAL CHAOS : UKKO : VEIL OF MAYA : VENOM : WEEZER : WISDOM IN CHAINS : BLINK-182 : MÖTLEY CRÜE : WEEZER : ALICE IN CHAINS

Location: Montebello, QC - Canada
Dates: June 20th - 21st 2014
Cost: $130 Weekend Passes
Bar: Beer
Food: Concessions
Website: www.amnesiarockfest.com


OshegaOshega
A big festival located in Montreal Quebec, Cananda. The line for 2014 rivals some of the larger festivals in the States.

2014 Line Up
Friday

OUTKAST | SKRILLEX | FOSTER THE PEOPLE | CHASE & STATUS | AWOLNATION | CHILDISH GAMBINO | CHROMEO | BAND OF HORSES | PUSHA T | SAM ROBERTS BAND | FLUME | CHANCE THE RAPPER | OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW | LONDON GRAMMAR | MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA | CLOCKWORK | SHLOHMO | BRO SAFARI | RYAN HEMSWORTH | MAC DEMARCO | JACQUES GREENE LIVE | BLEACHERS | THE MOWGLI'S | WHITE DENIM | ODESZA | HOSPITALITY | JULY TALK | DREAM KOALA | THE MEN | THE BEACHES | FOXTROTT | VON PARIAHS | MAHAUT MONDINO | DEAR FREDERIC | LE TROUBLE

Saturday
JACK WHITE | NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS | MODEST MOUSE | J.COLE | LAURENT GARNIER | LOCAL NATIVES | HAIM | SBTRKT | GESAFFELSTEIN | DANNY BROWN | FOUR TET | VOLCANO CHOIR | AGAINST ME! | JOEY BADA$$ | JON HOPKINS | INGRID MICHAELSON | SERENA RYDER | KEVIN DREW | PHANTOGRAM | KAYTRANADA | BASIA BULAT | KONGOS | BREACH | SAVOY | ST. LUCIA | !!! | REIGNWOLF | COURTNEY BARNETT | THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN | GRANDTHEFT | JIMMY HUNT | BAS | WILDLIFE | THE BELLE GAME | REUBEN AND THE DARK | YOUNG & SICK | WILD CHILD | ROYAL CANOE | BEAT MARKET

Sunday
ARCTIC MONKEYS | LORDE | THE REPLACEMENTS | LYKKE LI | HALF MOON RUN | CHVRCHES | KODALINE | THE TEMPER TRAP | THE KOOKS | AFI | TIGA | THE GLITCH MOB | GOGOL BORDELLO | CUT COPY | PORTUGAL. THE MAN | KID INK | HEY ROSETTA! | ZOMBOY | DUKE DUMONT | CYRIL HAHN | BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB | TRAVIS SCOTT | VANCE JOY | JAGWAR MA | TEMPLES | MATT MAYS | ROYAL BLOOD | TOM TRAGO | TCHAMI | KATE NASH | CHERUB | WAKE OWL | HENRY KRINKLE | WILD CUB | BASECAMP | JOYWAVE | JOELLE SAINT-PIERRE

Location: Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, Quebec, Cananda
Dates: August 1st - 3rd, 2014
Cost: 3 Day Passes $250 - $950
Bar: Beer
Food: Consessions
Website: http://www.osheaga.com/


The Governors Ball
The Governors Ball Music Festival is a three-day, four-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music. The event will be one big party, so bring your foot spray – it will get funky.

2014 Line Up:
OUTKAST •JACK WHITE •VAMPIRE WEEKEND THE STROKES PHOENIX •SKRILLEX •AXWELL Λ INGROSSO FOSTER THE PEOPLE •INTERPOL •TV ON THE RADIO JULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ •DISCLOSURE J. COLE •SPOON •DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY BROKEN BELLS •DAMON ALBARN •JAMES BLAKE NEKO CASE •EMPIRE OF THE SUN •THE KILLS SLEIGH BELLS •CHILDISH GAMBINO THE HEAD AND THE HEART GRIMES •THE NAKED & FAMOUS •THE 1975 JANELLE MONAE •FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS JENNY LEWIS •TYLER, THE CREATOR •LA ROUX WASHED OUT •THE GLITCH MOB THE BLOODY BEETROOTS (LIVE) •EARL SWEATSHIRT KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS •BASTILLE FRANK TURNER CHANCE THE RAPPER •LUCIUS •WILD BELLE ALUNAGEORGE •JASON ISBELL •TANLINES •BLEACHERS RJD2 •DEAFHEAVEN •RUN THE JEWELS •SKATERS HALF MOON RUN •BANKS •CLASSIXX •RATKING •PAPA DROWNERS •DIARRHEA PLANET •LITTLE COMETS HUNTER HUNTED •HAERTS •LITTLE DAYLIGHT THE INTERNET •MEG MYERS •CAYUCAS CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN •CRIS CAB BEN CAMERON •THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974

Location: Randalls Island, New York City
Dates: June 6th - 8th 2014
Cost: 3 Day Passes $230 - $2,000
        Single Day $100 - $195
Bar: Beer
Food: Consessions
Website: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/


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