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8 must-see music festivals founded by the artists themselves

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Coachella and Bonnaroo are already behind us, but the music festivals keep coming all summer. Artist-founded fests aren’t a new concept, but this year everyone from 30 Seconds to Mars to Nile Rodgers is getting in on the act. Before the parties, take a closer look at what to expect from eight festivals, founded by the artists themselves.

New for 2015:

Camp Mars, Malibu

Founded by: Thirty Seconds to Mars
About the festival: The Jared Leto-fronted group wanted to do something fun and different for its audience, and what better to do so than to host a musical summer camping trip?
Why you should go: The summer wilderness retreat will offer two performances from Thirty Seconds to Mars, along with hiking, climbing, yoga, cooking classes, raising the flag, campfire sing-alongs, and, of course, s’mores. The band has yet to announce which other artists will join them for the Southern California festival, but have said DJ sets will accompany their sets. Even more fun—those working the festival are referred to as Camp Counselors.
Dates: Aug. 22-24
Ticket info: Day passes start at $399, with full weekend packages beginning at $799. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 19 on the Camp Mars website.

Shadow of the City Festival, Asbury Park, NJ

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Founded by: Jack Antonoff
About the festival: In hopes of putting New Jersey’s music scene in the spotlight, the former fun. guitarist will bring Shadow of the City to Asbury Park, which is known for its connections to Bruce Springsteen. The city in reference here is, of course, New York. “New Jersey is such an incredible place, with amazing music fans and amazing music that comes out of Jersey but a lack of shows in Jersey,” Antonoff told Rolling Stone. “Everyone goes to New York City.” But with Shadow of the City, Antonoff wants to remind music fans that his home state is a powerhouse for the arts.
Why you should go: Antonoff has over 10 years of experience playing festivals, so he’s not letting anything slip through the cracks when it comes to putting on a memorable festival. Shadow of the City will be filled with Jersey-based vendors, local food trucks, and carnival and arcade games. Ally Coalition, an LGBT organization Antonoff works with, will also have a presence at the event. As for the music, Shadow of the City will only have one stage, so that means you’ll be able to see all eight performers—including Antonoff’s Bleachers, Charli XCX, Vic Mensa, and MisterWives—without any competing set times.
Date: Sept. 19
Ticket info: Early bird tickets cost $49.50 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

Teens in the Park, Chicago

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Curated by: Chance the Rapper
About the festival: A longtime supporter of improving teen lives and bettering his hometown Chicago, Chance the Rapper is bringing a hip-hop festival geared towards the youth to Chi-town. The best part: it’s free if you’re between ages 13 and 24.
Why you should go: In addition to performances by DLow and Donnie Trumpet (and others to be announced), attendees can partake in breakdancing, jewelry-making, fashion design, and graffiti art classes, courtesy of organizations like The Art Institute and Donda’s House, which was established in memory of Kanye West’s late mother.
Date: June 24
Ticket info: Tickets are free, but attendees must register with LiveNation.

FOLD! Festival, Riverhead, NY

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Founded by: Nile Rodgers
About the festival: According to the Chic guitarist and founder, the two-day Freak Out Let’s Dance! (FOLD!) Festival will be “a great night of mashing up music cultures just like we used to do in the Woodstock days!” In its first year, Rodgers promises the event will be one of a kind, and the only festival of its caliber on Long Island. Martha Clara Vineyards will host the two-day show.
Why you should go: Any festival at a winery featuring headliners Beck and Duran Duran couldn’t possibly be a bad time. Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chaka Khan, and Janelle Monae will also take the stage, making FOLD! the only place where you can see the two most recent Grammy Album of the Year winners perform on the same stage. And with Chic planning to drop their first album in 23 years this summer, you may be among the first to catch the group’s new material live (though they aren’t officially scheduled to play).
Dates: Aug. 4-5
Ticket info: General admission tickets for both days are $137, with the Ultra VIP experience costing $399 for the weekend. All packages are available on TicketFly, but Riverhead residents can get tickets for $95 at the box office.

Returning favorites:

Ozzfest, Tokyo

Founded by: Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne in 1996
About the festival: Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon started Ozzfest after Lollapalooza didn’t let the heavy metal rocker play at the festival. The first Ozzfests were held over two-day periods in Phoenix, Ariz. and Devore, Calif. They brought the fest overseas for the first time in 1998, where the show went down in the U.K. Artists like Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Incubus, Linkin Park, and System of a Down have each appeared on the lineup over the years.
Why you should go: This year’s adaptation of Osbourne’s event marks the first major international festival to make its way to Japan. Osbourne is playing one of just six scheduled sets at the festival with Ozzy Osbourne & Friends, and rumor has it Black Sabbath will play during Ozzfest’s last day. Korn, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, head up Day 1, and Evanescence will play its only scheduled show in 2015 the next day. Other performers include A Day to Remember, Bullet for My Valentine, Of Mice & Men, and Black Label Society.
Dates: Nov. 21-22
Ticket info: Check back on Ozzfest.com for tickets, which will go on sale later this year.

Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA

Founded by: Wilco in 2010
About the festival: After performing at Massachusetts’ Tanglewood in 2008, Wilco decided they wanted to put on something bigger than a concert. Two years later, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art hosted (and continues to host) the Solid Sound Festival, during which members of Wilco have played with their side projects, comedians Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney and Todd Barry performed, and fans watched a Wilco-curated film series.
Why you should go: Wilco fans can see the band perform on Friday and Saturday, and the former will be the group’s first-ever full acoustic performance. Mac DeMarco, Richard Thompson, Speedy Ortiz, The Felice Brothers, and Taj Mahal will also perform throughout the weekend. Ticketholders can also see comedy routines from Jessica Williams, Tig Nataro, and Paul F. Tompkins. If you want a break from the performances, Solid Sound has partnered with Patagonia and Osprey Packs to offer two off-site hikes.
Dates: June 26-28
Ticket info: Single day passes go for $65; advance 3-day passes cost $149, and can be purchased on Solid Sound’s website.

The Bluegrass Situation, Los Angeles

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Founded by: Ed Helms and blogger Amy Reitnouer in 2010
About the festival: The Bluegrass Situation brings together everything bluegrass, folk, and Americana, genres Helms was exposed to as a child growing up in Atlanta. Now five years in, the Bluegrass Situation describes itself as “food, fun, and activities for the whole family, plus a full day of the best roots music in Los Angeles.”
Why you should go: While Helms’ the Lonesome Trio won’t take the stage, Dawes, Punch Brothers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Sam Outlaw, and The Lone Bellow will perform, among others. Hype for the fall festival began at Bonnaroo this past weekend, where the Bluegrass Situation hosted its own tent for the fourth straight year.
Date: Oct. 3
Ticket info: Tickets range from $35-60 and are available online.

Camp Bisco, Scranton, PA

Founded by: The Disco Biscuits in 1999
About the festival: The electronic jam band founded the festival to celebrate all things Biscuit, with hopes of combining DJ sets with their style of improvised rock. This summer, the three-day festival returns to the group’s home state for the first time since 2002.
Why you should go: This year’s EDM-heavy lineup includes Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, STS9, Big Gigantic, Tipper, and Atmosphere, in addition to the festival’s founders. Montage Mountain, where this year’s Camp Bisco will take place, doubles as a water park. Bonus: Attendees who hype the fest on social media can earn points to zipline, ride water slides, and take drum lessons with various Biscuits members.
Dates: July 16-18
Ticket info: Tickets must be purchased as three-day passes, which currently go for $185.50 on CampBisco.com.