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Festival Face-Off

Breaking down this summer's overstuffed concert extravaganzas.


Put 'em in a bottle and shake it up: Trent Reznor, Solange, Pusha T, Avicii, and Joan Jett.   

Governors Ball
This year, the potent lineup spans three days, complete with "Silent Disco."
When: June 7 to 9
Where: Randalls Island Park;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Kanye West, Guns n' Roses (take bets to see who will take the longest to go on), Grizzly Bear, Kings of Leon, and so much more.
What It'll Run You: All that's left for sale at this point are the $95 daily admissions; tickets
Pro Tip: The festival's offering ferry and shuttle bus passes, but for a fraction of the price, you can just take an MTA bus from Harlem. Save your cash for the lawn games. And beer.

The Lumineers.   

Mountain Jam
Follow the twangs to this four-day camp-stravaganza.
When: June 6 to 9
Where: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: The Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Primus
What It'll Run You: $49 to $257 daily passes; tickets
For the City-Dwellers: Too lazy/unskilled to pitch your own tent? With the Premium pre-pitched tent option, you can pay someone to do that.

Future Bible Heroes.  

Chickfactor 21
After last year's highly successful twentieth-anniversary celebration, the indie-pop magazine decided to do it again.
When: June 11 to 13
Where: The Bell House;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Future Bible Heroes, the Cannanes, and the Pastels.
What It'll Run You: $25 a day to $70 for a three-night pass; tickets
Catch Them if You Can: From Glasgow, the Pastels haven't played in NYC since 1997. Let's hope we don't scare them off again.

Chance the Rapper.   

Northside Festival
The L Magazine's Diet SXSW of music, film, and tech in north Brooklyn (check out our feature).
When: June 13 to 20
Where: Various Locations;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: More than 350 musical acts including the Walkmen, Solange, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Chance the Rapper, and Iceage.
What It'll Run You: Music badges: $65 to $80; tickets
Pack a Résumé: On June 13 and 14, the festival hosts a free technology expo, showcasing the city's companies and start-ups and featuring a job fair.

Willie Nelson.  

Taste of Country
For the second weekend in a row the Catskills hosts the down-home sounds of summer.
When: June 13 to 15
Where: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins.
What It'll Run You: $49 single day to $499 three-day VIP camping passes; tickets
For the Lovers: Or, really, just folks fond of views. Throughout the festival they're running Skyride up the mountain, where for only $5 you'll bask in glorious landscapes. Nature!

Mavis Staples.   

Clearwater Music Festival
Two days in picturesque Hudson Valley at Pete Seeger's annual music and environmental fund-raiser.
When: June 15 to 16
Where: Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins
What It'll Run You: $64 per day to $200 for the weekend, plus camping; tickets
Come Sail Away: Concertgoers can purchase a supplemental ticket for a scenic boat ride on Haverstraw Bay or try their hand at kayaking.


Full Moon Festival
The sky's the limit at this dance party on the beach.
When: June 22
Where: Governor's Beach Club on Governors Island;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Two stages and ten bands including Tanlines and Miami Horror.
What It'll Run You: $25 to $95. Or if you're feeling baller, get a bungalow for $1,200 or Stage Level VIP for $3,000; tickets
What's in a Name:The festival is in the tradition of the all-nighters of Thailand, so come prepared to rage.

Marnie Stern.   

The Village Voice's former Siren Fest takes up residence off the East River.
When: June 29
Where: South Street Seaport;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts
What It'll Run You: Nothing, nada, zip. It's free! The snow cones on the Pier, on the other hand, are a different story.
And After the Show It's the : The festival is free, but the after-party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with headliner Lil B, will cost you $20.

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