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Music festivals 2022: The 52 biggest fests of the summer

With the 2020 and 2021 music festival seasons cut short by the pandemic, 2022 is making up for lost time.

This year alone, there are over 100 huge festivals taking place in North America can’t-miss headliners, like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks and Green Day, dropping into festival grounds all over the continent.

Tickets are usually available on most major platforms, including Ticketmaster, StubHub, Vivid Seats, MegaSeats and SeatGeek. (Vivid Seats is currently offering first-time users $20 off an order of $200 or more by using promo code NJ20 at checkout.)

To help you try and make sense of the music festival scene, here’s a comprehensive list of the 50 biggest rock, hip-hop, alternative, EDM, country and Latin fests coming soon, all in chronological order.

Hangout Music Festival

May 19-21; Gulf Shores, Alabama

Headliners include Post Malone, Halsey and Tame Impala. Buy tickets here

Welcome to Rockville

May 19-22; Daytona Beach, Florida

Headliners include KISS, Korn and Guns ‘N Roses. Buy tickets here

Just Like Heaven Festival

May 21; Pasadena, California

Headliners include Interpol, The Shins, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. Buy tickets here

California Roots

May 26-29; Monterey, California

Headliners include Ice Cube, Damian Marley and Rebelution. Buy tickets here

Boston Calling Music Festival

May 27-29; Boston, Massachusetts

Headliners include Rage Against the Machine, HAIM and Run The Jewels. Buy tickets here

Bottle Rock Napa Valley Fest

May 27-29; Napa, California

Headliners include Metallica, Twenty One Pilots and P!nk. Buy tickets here

The Forecastle Festival

May 27- 29; Louisville, Kentucky

Headliners include Tyler, The Creator, Jack Harlow and Earl Sweatshirt Buy tickets here

So What Festival

May 27-29; Arlington, Texas

Headliners include Sum 41, Simple Plan and 2 Chainz. Buy tickets here

Solid Sound Festival

May 27-29; North Adams, Massachusetts

Headliners include Wilco, Japanese Breakfast and Sylvan Esso. Buy tickets here

Sunset Music Festival

May 27-29; Tampa, Florida

Headliners include Dillon Francis, Alesso and ILLENIUM. Buy tickets here

Sueños Music Festival

May 28-29; Chicago, Illinois

Headliners include J Balvin, Ozuna and Wisin Y Yandel. Buy tickets here

Gulf Coast Jam

June 2-5, Panama City Beach, Florida

Headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Brooks and Dunn. Buy tickets here

Mountain Music Festival

June 2-4; Oak Hill, West Virginia

Headliners include Galactic, Cory Wong and Tauk Paper Scissors. Buy tickets here

Roots Picnic

June 4-5; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Headliners include Mary J. Blige, The Roots and Rick Ross. Buy tickets here

Carolina Country Music Festival

June 9-12, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Headliners include Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. Buy tickets here

Governors Ball Music Festival

June 10-12, Flushing, New York

Headliners include Kid Cudi, J. Cole and Migos. Buy tickets here

Barefoot Country Festival

June 16-19; Wildwood, New Jersey

Headliners include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. Buy tickets here

Country Jam

June 23-25; Grand Junction, Colorado

Headliners include Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church. Buy tickets here


June 23-July 9; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Headliners include Jason Aldean, Justin Bieber and Rod Stewart. Buy tickets here

Viva L.A. Music Festival

June 25; Los Angeles, California

Headliners include Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Becky G. Buy tickets here

Essence Fest

July 1-3; New Orleans, Louisiana

Headliners include Janet Jackson, Kevin Hart and Nicki Minaj. Buy tickets here

Pitchfork Music Festival

July 15-17; Chicago, Illinois

Headliners include The National, Mitski and The Roots. Buy tickets here


July 15-17; Mansfield, Ohio

Headliners include KoRn, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin. Buy tickets here

Under The Big Sky

July 15-17; Whitefish, Montana

Headliners include Turnpike Troubadours, Lord Huron and Cody Jinks. Buy tickets here

Faster Horses Festival

July 22-24, Brooklyn, Michigan

Headliners include Eric Church, Morgan Wallen and Tim McGraw. Buy tickets here

Rolling Loud

July 22-24; Miami, Florida

Headliners include Kanye “Ye” West, Kendrick Lamar and Future. Buy tickets here


July 28-31; Chicago, Illinois

Headliners include Metallica, Dua Lipa and J. Cole. Buy tickets here

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

July 29-31; Montreal, Canada

Headliners include Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and Dua Lipa. Buy tickets here

Hinterland Music Festival

Aug. 4-7, Saint Charles, Iowa

Headliners include Phoebe Bridgers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Glass Animals and Jenny Lewis. Buy tickets here

Windy City Smokeout

August 4-7; Chicago, Illinois

Headliners include Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson. Buy tickets here

Outside Lands

August 5-7; San Francisco, California

Headliners include Green Day, Post Malone and SZA. Buy tickets here

Rock the South

Aug. 5-6; Cullman, Alabama

Headliners include Morgan Wallen, Alabama and Jamey Johnson. Buy tickets here

Tidal Wave Music Festival

August 12-14; Atlantic City, New Jersey

Headliners include Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen and Dierks Bentley. Buy tickets here

Sacred Rose

August 26-28; Bridgeview, Illinois

Headliners include The War On Drugs, Khruangbin and Phil Lesh and Friends. Buy tickets here

This Ain’t No Picnic

Aug. 27-28; Pasadena, California

Headliners include The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and Phoebe Bridgers. Buy tickets here

Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Sept. 2-4; Snowmass Village, Colorado

Headliners include Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton and Leon Bridges. Buy tickets here

Bourbon and Beyond

Sept. 15-18; Louisville, Kentucky

Headliners include Pearl Jam, Chris Stapleton and Kings of Leon. Buy tickets here

Life Is Beautiful

Sept. 16-18; Las Vegas, Nevada

Headliners include Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz and Lorde. Buy tickets here

Riot Fest

Sept. 16-18; Chicago, Illinois

Headliners include My Chemical Romance, The Misfits and Nine Inch Nails. Buy tickets here

Primavera Sound L.A.

Sept. 16-18; Los Angeles, California

Headliners include Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails and Lorde. Buy tickets here

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Sept. 16-18; Telluride, Colorado

Headliners include Buddy Guy, Cee Lo Green and Gov’t Mule. Buy tickets here

XPoNential Music Festival

Sept. 16-18; Camden, New Jersey

Headliners include The War On Drugs, Nathaniel Rateliff and Patti Smith. Buy tickets here


Sept. 17-18; Asbury Park, New Jersey

Headliners include Stevie Nicks, Green Day and My Morning Jacket. Buy tickets here

Firefly Festival

Sept. 22-25; Dover, Delaware

Headliners include Green Day, Dua Lipa and My Chemical Romance. Buy tickets here

Louder Than Life Music Festival

Sept. 22-25; Louisville, Kentucky

Headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and Incubus. Buy tickets here

Format Festival

Sept. 23-25; Bentonville, Arkansas

Headliners include The War On Drugs, Phoenix and Beach House. Buy tickets here

Sound On Sound Festival

Sept. 24-25; Bridgeport, Connecticut

Headliners include Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers. Buy tickets here

Ohana Music Festival

Sept. 30 through Oct. 2; Dana Point, California

Headliners include Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Eddie Vedder and P!nk. Buy tickets here

All Things Go Music Festival

Oct. 1; Columbia, Maryland

Headliners include Mitski, Lorde and Bleachers. Buy tickets here

Aftershock Music Festival

Oct. 6-9; Sacramento, California

Headliners include My Chemical Romance, Slipknot and Rob Zombie. Buy tickets here

Austin City Limits

Oct. 7-9 and 14-16; Austin, Texas

Headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil Nas X and P!nk. Buy tickets here

When We Were Young Music Festival

Oct. 22, 23 and 29; Las Vegas, Nevada

Headliners include My Chemical Romance, Paramore and Avril Lavigne. Buy tickets here


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Source: Music festivals 2022: The 52 biggest fests of the summer

The Ledger: Three Major Trends Revealed in Music Companies’ Q1 2022 Earnings

The Ledger is a weekly newsletter about the economics of the music business sent to Billboard Pro subscribers. An abbreviated version of the newsletter is published online.

From streaming services to concert promoters and ticket sellers, music companies have reported encouraging first-quarter earnings results that show consumers continue to adopt subscription services and eagerly return to live events after COVID restrictions were lifted in late 2021. The same companies’ stock prices tell another story, however. While music companies posted double-digit gains in subscription growth, revenue, ticket sales and many other metrics, their share prices are down by double-digits in 2022. That’s not a surprise given the state of the economy: Inflation is at a 40-year high ; rising interest rates sent investors looking for value stocks and safety in bonds; and consumers are starting to miss credit card and auto loan payments. Right now, investors are looking beyond mere growth to margins and profitability.



Endeavor Beats Wall Street Estimates as Live Events Bounce Back


In the wake of these earnings reports, Billboard is highlighting three factors that are influencing the music business in 2022. First, growth in subscription services is reshaping labels and publishers’ revenues; growth may be slowing, and it could disappoint some investors, but it’s there. Second, publishing revenues saw especially strong growth in the first quarter and contributed more to parent companies’ growth than record labels (given their relatively smaller size). Third, live music is going to have a strong 2022, which will impact not just touring artists but record labels that sell merchandise on the road.

Subscription growth was strong (but it’s slowing).

Spotify’s subscriptions grew 15% to 182 million, an annual increase of 24 million and 2 million more than the fourth quarter of 2021. While second-quarter growth was below Spotify’s guidance, the company said it was above expectations if “involuntary churn” of 1.5 million subscriptions from the company’s exit from Russia weren’t counted. (Spotify expects another 600,000 lost subscribers in Russia in the second quarter.)

The second-quarter guidance is 6 million net new subscribers, which would take Spotify to roughly 188 million, up 14% from the second quarter of 2021. That would represent a smaller annual gain in subscribers (23 million versus 27 million in the second quarter of 2021) and a lower annual growth rate (14% versus 20%).

Smaller streaming services posted higher growth rates in the first quarter. Even though Tencent Music Entertainment revenue fell 15% due to losses in social entertainment, its music subscriptions grew 31.7% to 80.2 million, an annual increase of 19.3 million and up 4 million from the fourth quarter of 2021. Anghami’s subscription revenue grew 26% year over year. Chinese music streaming service Cloud Village reports first-quarter earnings on May 24.

Publishing and merchandising were higher in the revenue mix.

At Universal Music Group, recorded music accounted for 78.3% of revenue but delivered only 61% of first-quarter revenue growth despite strong gains in subscription royalties. UMG’s publishing division accounted for 17.1% of total revenue but 26.7% of total revenue growth. Merchandising was 4.9% of UMG’s total revenue and 12.3% of its revenue growth. At Warner Music Group, publishing’s share of revenue grew to 16.7%, up from 15.4% a year earlier, and accounted for 30.2% of the revenue growth. At Sony Music, publishing increased its share of quarterly revenue from 16.4% to 18.3%. Recorded music grew from 58% to 60% as the “visual media and platform” division fell from 25.6% to 19.2%.

Live events companies are seeing double-digit growth.

At Live Nation, which claimed to have its best first quarter ever, revenue jumped more than six-fold in the first quarter after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. More importantly, the company expects double-digit growth this year compared to 2019, the best year for comparison because COVID affected every quarter in 2020. Live Nation has sold 70 million tickets for shows in 2022, a 36% increase from the same point in 2019, and committed show count is up 44% through late April. At the same time, no-show rates appear to be a non-issue, falling “generally in the mid-single digits,” the company said in its earnings release.

MSG Entertainment’s entertainment (live event) revenue grew more than six-fold to $194.6 million thanks to the lifting of COVID restrictions. Minus MSG Networks, which merged with MSG Entertainment in July 2021, the company had $292.5 million in revenue, up 17% from the same period in 2019.

Vivid Seats’ first-quarter revenue was up 442% from the prior-year period. The company increased second-quarter guidance for both revenue (its cut of total revenue) and gross order value (total ticket sales value). Music accounted for 53.1% of revenue, up from 31.9% in the prior-year period. Marketplace order volume increased 589%. At Eventbrite, first-quarter paid tickets rose 78% year over year, and net revenue per ticket increased 13.6%.


Through May 20, the % change over the last week, and the year-to-date change.

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT): $107.19, +1.0%, -54.2% YTDUniversal Music Group (AS: UMG): 20.41 euros, 0%, -17.6% YTDWarner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG): $29.76, +2.3%, -31.1% YTDHYBE (KS 352820): 221,000 KRW, +2.8%, -36.7% YTDLive Nation (NYSE: LYV): $89.16, -2.3%, -25.5% YTDiHeartMedia (Nasdaq: IHRT): $12.13, -5.2%, -42.3% YTDCumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS): $12.50, -2.5%, +11.1% YTDTencent Music Entertainment (NYSE: TME): $4.07, -0.7%, -40.6% YTD

NYSE Composite: 15,072.58, -1.2%, -12.2% YTDNasdaq: 11,354.62, -3.8%, -27.4% YTDS&P 500: 3,901.36, -3.0%, -18.1% YTD

Source: The Ledger: Three Major Trends Revealed in Music Companies’ Q1 2022 Earnings

Music producer saves Ozzy Osbourne's daughter, Aimee in Hollywood fire

Associated Press

Search for Texas inmate expands as land, air operations end

The search by ground and air in the Texas county where a convicted murderer escaped from a prison transport bus and stabbed the driver last week has concluded as the hunt for him expands, authorities said Friday. Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was being transported to a medical appointment on May 12 in a caged area of the bus when he escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has said.

Source: Music producer saves Ozzy Osbourne's daughter, Aimee in Hollywood fire

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