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10 Must See Music Festivals of 2013

By Jeff Giles, First Posted on  diffuser.fm on November 19, 2012

Rock festivals are more popular than ever, and it can be tough for the devoted music lover to keep track of them all. But never fear, because your pals at Diffuser.fm are here to help! Although it’s still too early to tell who’s going to be booked at most of next year’s festivals, we’ve taken a look at who’s scored the best lineups in recent years, consulted our Magic 8-Ball and turned the results into a list of our picks for the 10 Must-See U.S. Music Festivals for 2013.

 
Coachella
Coachella

Coachella 2013

April 12-14 / April 19-21, Indio, Calif.
 
 
Coachella has been one of America’s premiere festival events since making its debut in 1999, and over the last few years, it’s only gotten bigger — thanks in large part to a booking philosophy that blends established acts, up-and-comers and rare stage appearances from reunited legends like Pixies, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Iggy and the Stooges. We’re still waiting to hear who will take the stage for Coachella 2013, but we’re sure it’ll be some of the most fun you’re able to have in the desert next year.
 
Lollapalooza 2013
Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2013

August 2-4, Chicago, Ill.
 
 
Lollapalooza has admittedly lost a bit of its luster since the days when it was a traveling cornucopia of chart-topping alt-rock artists and carnival-worthy sideshow acts, but there’s no denying that Perry Farrell‘s brainchild set the template for the modern rock fest, and over the last few years, the U.S. version has settled into a groove in Chicago’s Grant Park while satellite editions crop up overseas. In 2012, Lolla touched down in Brazil, and next year, it’ll make its debut in Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

October 4-6 / October 11-13, Austin, Texas
 
 
Like the long-running PBS series with which it shares its name, Austin City Limits is known for playing host to a wide variety of artists — in 2012 alone, ACL booked Red Hot Chili Peppers, the RootsNeil Young, the Afghan Whigs and Florence + the Machine. We’re eager to see what organizers have in store for the 2013 lineup — sadly, we won’t hear anything until next spring, but we’re sure it deserves a spot on our 10 Must-See U.S. Music Festivals of 2013 list.
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