Avid’s 2013 Guide to Summer Music Festivals

By in Music Creation

From Seattle to Australia, some of the world’s hottest bands are taking the stage this summer to bring live music to millions of fans. We’re proud to say many of these artists are Avid customers, who use our technology in the studio, on the stage and on the road. So, before you confirm summer plans, check out our top festival picks that can’t be missed:


Who wouldn’t love listening to great music with panoramic views of beautiful Newport Harbor? Fiest, Beck and The Lumineers carry on a long standing tradition of folk music in Newport this summer alongside many other great artists.

If you are feeling really adventurous, this festival down under boasts an eclectic mix of top bands and local Australian artists. To get the most out of this outback experience, festival goers camp on the “grass” for the weekend while listening to Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, Haim and many others. Enjoy the music, but don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellant!

This iconic music festival has become a summer tradition and a Chicago staple. With more than 130 artists across various genres such as hip-hop, electronica, reggae, indie and rock, the Lollapalooza festival delivers an incredible live sound experience for the thousands of fans who flock to it every year.

Budweiser’s second “Made in America” music festival has a great line-up this summer. The Jay-Z-curated music festival features headliners Beyoncé, Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails, and Phoenix, as well as many other great performers who will rock out on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Inside the Golden Gate Park, this festival featuring Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers attracts a variety of music fans and some of the best beer, wine, food and art vendors. You won’t want to miss these performances or the opportunity for a taste of the bay!

The 43rd Bumbershoot festival will entertain more than 100,000 attendees with performances from Death Cab for Cutie, Fun., and MGMT, to name a few. The festival also includes comedic performances, visual and art spectacles and an Indie market to buy unique souvenirs.

Avicii and Benny Benassi will headline this Labor Day electric music festival. Held in Randall’s Island Park, this festival provides an outdoor escape from the city. Prepare to soak up the electric beats, get your body painted and devour some icy treats.

You can catch the Warped Tour music festival at various locations across the U.S. this summer. The tour plans to spend July 8th rebuilding a park in Lavalette, NJ that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and winter storms. Check out the site to see how you can help out and get your ticket for the summer’s most popular rock tour.


Wrapping up the summer, Rock the Bells brings top hip-hop artists to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Kid Cudi, Wu Tang Clan, Common and a slew of other artists will celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary, and for the first time ever, the majority of performers will be releasing new music. The music is non-stop this summer and so are we. Avid’s VENUE Profile delivers exceptional sound quality, reliability, flexibility, and ease-of-use, which music festivals demand to support the fluidity of the performances and entertain such massive crowds. We hope to see you in front of the stage, but for now, we leave you with a playlist to keep your summer rolling in style! Playlist:

  1. Zach Sobiech, “Clouds”
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”
  3. Icona Pop, “I Don’t Care”
  4. Daft Punk, “Instant Crush”
  5. Defeater, “I Don’t Mind”
  6. The Lumineers, “Submarines”
  7. Skillet, “Rise”
  8. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “American Girl”
  9. Beyoncé, “Baby Boy”
  10. Avicii, “Levels”
  11. The Kinks, “Sunny Afternoon”
  12. Styx, “Come Sail Away”
  13. Death Cab for Cutie, “Summer Skin”
  14. Don Henley, “Boys of Summer”
  15. Tim McGraw, “One of those Nights”

Photo Credit: Brian Lima Photography | Newport Folk Festival 2012

From a public relations and artist relations specialist to marketing manager and business owner for over 10 years, I've held several roles throughout my career in the music and film industry that have given me the chance to connect with customers from all backgrounds, including aspiring musicians and Academy Award winning editors.