It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the mad crush of the holidays is over and there’s a full slate of music festival tickets to choose from. Break out your calendar and plot your escape to one of the many festival destinations listed below.
2013 Festival Rumors
The Rolling Stones
After teasing a 50th anniversary reunion tour with a few Parisian small venue warm-ups and a paltry three US Rolling Stones tour dates, the rumors are flying hot and heavy about a possible Coachella appearance. Jagger denied the rumors in an interview saying that the band wouldn’t be ready by then but you never know where they might pop up.
The Postal Service
The reunion of DNTEL and Ben Gibbard’s Postal Service at Coachella has been confirmed along with additional dates in the works. Aside from two new songs on the reissue of their seminal electronic-pop album Give Up, Gibbard has repeatedly said that there are no plans for a follow-up to the record but fans can still hope.
Rumors that The Smiths were going to reunite for Coachella were put to rest when guitarist Johnny Marr posted this on his Facebook page: "The rumour of the Smiths reunion is untrue. It's not happening." Marr himself is touring in support of his first solo album The Messenger scheduled for US release on February 26th but it just won’t be the same.
Justin Timberlake announced the release of his first album since 2006’s critically acclaimed Future Sex/Love Sounds. The new album titled The 20/20 Experience which will be released on March 19th features Jay Z and could be followed by Justin Timberlake tour dates and possible festival appearances.
Prince also mysteriously resurfaced in a Billboard cover story which revealed that his Minneapolis mansion houses a dove cage and he employs a team of black female lawyers. Two new Prince songs titled “Chapter and Verse” and “Screwdriver” recently leaked from a mysterious Twitter account by the name of 3rd Eye Girl which may or may not be Prince. All the intrigue could mean that Prince will make his presence known at one of a number of festivals in 2013.
Wayne Coyne and co. have a new album set for release in April and Flaming Lips tour dates with festival regulars the Black Keys. The new Lips record called The Terror is reportedly bleak and disturbing but might be just the thing for a late night set.
After premiering four new songs at ATP in December, The National announced a headlining date in their hometown at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as well as the return of their Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival from April 25th – 27th.
Sigur Ros tour dates for a massive world tour that includes dates at Madison Square Garden and Brixton Academy will be their first without keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson who left the band to “do something different.” In light of his departure their last album of lethargic dirges seems fitting but if previews of their new material as a three-piece act are any indication, Sigur Ros could be ready to level a few festival crowds.