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Preview: With Festival Season Simmering, Summer Turns to High*


By Andy Smith, Editor

Next week, UK native Raiph Mellor will attend his first Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee ( Besides working as a volunteer, he can’t wait to see Tool, The Police, The Flaming Lips, and many more.

Although not a festival aficionado like some of his traveling companions, when hearing of the potential mudbath if Manchester gets too much rain, he vividly recalls his first rock festival—the Longest Day festival at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1985. Although seeing U2, REM, the Ramones, and Billy Bragg, he remembers most the mudslide that fans created to enjoy the mess in proper sloppy style.

Building from our coverage of the Langerado Festival this past March, the staff at hopes to cover live music even more than before with as much on-site reporting as we can muster from as many outdoor gigs as we can find writers to attend.

Editor Kimberly Egolf will soon post her report from a recent rock and roll street party in Boston. Photographer Jonathan Marx is currently in Kansas covering Wakarusa ( In just a few days, members of the Interference staff and their closest friends—writers, editors, and photographers in one way or another—will descend on Bonnaroo, an amazing rock and roll animal emerging from its jammie roots to be the most eclectic and extensive of all the major music festivals, a sort of World’s Fair of Rock.

“Reality is a condition caused by the absence of Bonnaroo”—Photo from Bonnaroo 2006 by Andy Smith

And of course, while Bonnaroo may be the biggie, it’s still one among many. According to Ray Waddell writing for, “The festival market is arguably the healthiest part of the U.S. concert business, a trend that has held forth in Europe for years.”

For 2007, Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Sasquatch have all past. After the ‘roo, fans will have to wait for the next big ones to arrive in August and September: Lollapalooza (August 3-5, Chicago ), Virgin Festival (Baltimore, MD August 4-5, 2007 ), and Austin City Limits (September 14-17 ).

But for the die-hard fans, an entire summer tour could be built around attending the best music festivals. Some of the smaller but more interesting up-and-coming events in July include: High Sierra Music Festival inQuincy, CA July 5-8, 2007; All Good Music Festival & Camp Out in Masontown, WV July 13-15, 2007; and 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, MN July 18-21, 2007

As we pack the sun-block, sandals, and drinking water, we will try to post previews. While at the ‘roo and other festivals, we will post pictures and stories as often as possible. Please stay tuned as summer turns to high!
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