Well it looks like the 40th anniversary Woodstock extravaganza won’t be going down as planned this summer, but have no fear. There are still plenty of summer festivals to occupy your nights and drain your wallets.

Anyone living in the tristate area has probably become familiar with the Bamboozle Festival, an annual festival in New Jersey featuring some of the biggest mainstream names. The festival will be returning once again May 2nd and May 3rd, with one of its strongest lineups to date. Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Third Eye Blind, Asher Roth, New Found Glory, Boys Like Girls, Metro Station, We the Kings, Kid Cudi, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Rise Against, The Used, Sum 41, and Demi Lovato are just a handful of the 100+ bands performing at the weekend long event. With the event less than two weeks away, those who plan to attend should head over to thebamboozle.com to check out the full lineup and purchase tickets, which are running at $55 per day.

The real fun won’t be starting till the prime of summer, though, with the never disappointing festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and the Virgin Festival.

Once again taking place down south in Tennessee, this year’s Bonnaroo Festival will take place July 11-14, and as always will feature the most impressive of all summer festivals. Rock icon Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be headlining the four day event, along with mega stars Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, The Mars Volta, MGMT, Coheed and Cambria, Fairfield favorite Girl Talk, and tons more will be taking part in the eclectic show.

If Tennessee is too far a trek for most of you, then the Lollapalooza festival is a great alternative for summer fun. Taking place the weekend on August 7 in Grant Park, Chicago, this year’s festival will be following its successful style of bringing hundreds of the scenes biggest names for an affordable price.

Don’t feel like traveling at all? Then the All Points West Festival may be the show for you. Taking place July 31- August 2 in Liberty State Park, the New Jersey festival is a great alternative for us east coasters, featuring a great list of performers. The Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Tool, Vampire Weekend, My Bloody Valentine, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and tons more will be rocking out Jersey City at this years event.

If weekend long festivals isn’t really your thing, don’t fret, there are a plethora of summer tours that will have you using up your vacation days. Possibly the most anticipated tour of the last four years, recently a reunited Blink 182 will be touring the United States come July, bringing along with them nerd rockers Weezer. Dates and tickets will be released sometime this month. Also touring the states this summer is the recently reunited No Doubt. Bringing along with them popular pop punkers Paramore; the group will kick off their summer tour following their Bamboozle appearance, marking their first U.S. tour in over five years. Other tours worth checking out this summer include the awesome combo of The Fray and Jack’s Mannequin, and Irish mega rockers U2.

Whether you like pop, rock, punk, hip hop, trance, or techno, there is a summer concert for anyone this year, guaranteeing you a good time.

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