Get ready for long shows stuffed with endless stars.
This season will go down as the “summer of marathon music festivals” in the city.
True, New York might not have the best-branded all-day (and part-night) fests in the nation, like Lollapalooza in Chicago or Coachella in California. And, yes, our most star-studded event (All Points West) withered three years ago. But we’ve got more new, and building, music pile-ons this season than ever — no fewer than 10.
These include: the humongous, three-day electonica dance-athon known as Electric Zoo; a 350-band-strong Williamsburg/Greenpoint hipster magnet called Northside; the brand-new, multi-genre Catalpa festival, featuring stars as big as the Black Keys and Snoop Dogg; plus an expanded take on the alterna-music event Governors Ball. That event moved this year from its namesake (Governors Island) to Randalls Island, for some reason.
Of course, the warm season will also feature no shortage of stars fetching enough to draw tens of thousands on their own, including Madonna, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Maxwell, LMFAO and Roger Waters with his Pink Floyd-era “Wall” extravaganza.
Here’s a look at the season’s most coveted tickets:
Northside Festival It started last Thursday and goes through this Thursday, at various venues throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Features no fewer than 350 bands, plus its own film festival. Expect Of Montreal, Jens Lekman, the Felice Brothers and Exitmusic.
Governor s Ball June 23-24, Randalls Island. This year’s model finds its highlight in the first New York show by Beck in four years. He’ll headline over stars like Fiona Apple, Modest Mouse, Kid Cudi, Devendra Banhart, Santigold, Built to Spill and Explosions in the Sky.
Orion Festival June 23-24, Atlantic City. Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse and many more.
CBGB Festival July 5-8, in 30 locations. A series meant to flag the coming return of the storied punk venue (to a destination not yet disclosed). The shows boast 300 bands, including Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, et al.
LAMC July 11-14, various locations. The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference returns to the city, with stars ranging from Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 to Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
4 Knots Festival (July 14), South Street Seaport. The Village Voice’s annual fest features Archers of Loaf, Team Spirit, Bleached and many others.
Brasil Summerfest July 21-28, various locations. Features cool and cutting-edge names from Brazil, like neo-samba chanteuse Bebel Gilberto and local intepreters of the Recife sound, Forro in the Dark.
Catalpa Festival July 28-29, Randalls Island. Highlighted by hotties Black Keys, Snoop Dogg (performing all of “Doggystyle”), TV on the Radio and Umphrey’s McGee.
Electric Zoo Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Randalls Island. Proving the power of electronic music (and of getting high), this fest runs for three days, following up a three-day electro fest that ran in May (Electric Daisy). This blowout includes DJ/club stars as big as David Guetta, Skrillex, Steve Aoki and Tiesto.
Jay-Z’s “Made in America” Fest Sept. 2-3, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Besides Jay, the lineup includes Pearl Jam, D’Angelo, Santigold, Dirty Projects and scores more.
Other long-running music series in the city include River to River, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Central Park Summerstage, Blue Note Jazz Festival and Celebrate Brooklyn. Check the websites under all the names above for details.
BIG STAR SHOWS
The Jacksons June 28, Apollo Theater. The first show to feature all four surviving members of the original Jackson 5 since the “Victory” tour, back at the height of “Thriller”-mania.
Aerosmith July 1, Nassau Coliseum; July 24, the Meadowlands. Having (temporarily) patched up their massive differences, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry reunite to preview their first fresh studio album in eight years.
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias July 20-21, Prudential Center. They’re far from the most talented Latin music stars. But they’re certainly among the best-looking.
Roger Waters’ “The Wall” July 6-7, Yankee Stadium. The Pink Floyd mastermind brings back his massive “Wall” tour from last year in an even more looming venue.
LMFAO July 26, Nassau Coliseum; July 28, Prudential Center. Proof that goof bands can be fun, not to mention lucrative.
Maxwell Aug. 3-4, Prudential Center. In these uber-suave shows, the god of neo-soul will croon all the songs from the albums “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” and “Embrya” on the first night, and “Now” and “BLACKsummers’night” on the second.
Coldplay Aug. 3-4, the Meadowlands. Get ready for more mewling from singer Chris Martin, plus a really good light show to help camouflage it.
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Aug. 11, MetLife Stadium. Who says New Yorkers don’t love country music? These hot Nashville cats headline the biggest arena in our area.
American Idol Live Aug. 22, Nassau Coliseum; Aug. 28, Prudential Center. In case the voting didn’t go your way, these shows feature all of this season’s top 10, ready for their star turn.
Madonna Sept. 6 and 8, Yankee Stadium. At 54, the material “girl” proves she can still pull ’em in with the vigor of a teen.
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