(April 11-13 & April 18-20, Indio, Calif.)
Lineup Arcade Fire, Beck, Muse, the Knife, Queens of the Stone Age
Pro Bragging rights over the first OutKast show in nearly eight years. Con Having your sight line blocked by a B-list CW starlet.
Bonus The chance to catch big bands playing under pseudonyms in small area clubs between weekends.
(April 25-May 4, New Orleans)
Lineup Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, Aaron Neville, and…Christina Aguilera?
Pro Aside from the headliners, there are tons of legit jazz acts that won’t be anywhere else.
Con Phish are also playing.
Bonus Clapton is kind of a festival unicorn these days; he’s got only three other U.S. dates this year.
(April 25-27, Indio, Calif.)
Lineup Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line
Pro The greatest hits-per-dollar value of any festival ticket.
Con The bro-centric roster — that’s a whole lot of wallet chains. Bonus To help combat notoriously awful Indio traffic, prizes (including on-site food and merch vouchers) will be handed out to carpoolers.
(May 2-4, Tampa)
Lineup Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Tegan and Sara, Cake
Pro They actually let you bring in a bottle of water if it’s sealed.
Con Don’t fight the drunk dude in the Porta-Potty line; Florida’s ”Stand Your Ground” laws are still in effect.
Bonus Fairground rides! What better Tilt-A-Whirl soundtrack is there than Sleigh Bells?
Rock On The Range
(May 16-18, Columbus, Ohio)
Lineup Guns N’ Roses, Kid Rock, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer
Pro It’s one of the few fests where metal innovation gets to shine.
Con It’s also top-heavy with nonsense butt rock like Alter Bridge.
Bonus Come a day early for the roast of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, hosted by Sebastian Bach.