If it’s March in Michigan, most of us are ready to rock right on out of here. For those ready to rock and roll, the Express has the scoop on some great music festivals, perfectly timed for this year’s spring break.
Ultra Music • Miami, FL • March 28-30
Taking over Miami’s Bayford Park for three hot days, Ultra is back to welcome dancers and ravers to this electronica and DJ-focused free-for all. While locals aren’t fans of the gridlock or the persistent heavy bass that rolls across the region for the duration, dance floor aficionados swarm like neon-garbed flies to this one, which equally attracts some of the biggest dance names – and most extreme lighting setups – on the dance-fest circuit.
Performers: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Cut Copy, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, John Digweed, Trentmoller, New World Punx, David Guetta Tickets: Start at $399 for all three days Web: ultramusicfestival.com
Big Ears • Knoxville, TN • March 28-30
Taking place across a wide, walkable range of venues in Knoxville’s historic downtown, Big Ears is a more subtle “visionary music” fest that also includes film screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. You won’t be hitting the dance floor for this one, though. Big Ears is the perfect description for this festival, because it’s listening that takes center stage, from the experimental sounds of Jonny Greenwood to the classical garage blend of Marc Ribot.
Performers: The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, Television, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal Tickets: Single day passes start at $65; weekend passes start at $150 Web: bigearsfestival.com
Lollapalooza Chile • Santiago, Chile • March 29-30
While Express covers Lollapalooza’s flagship fest in Chicago each year, we’ve yet to venture to the South American edition, which is a perfect place to escape from the chilly northern lands. Similar in tone to the Chi-town version, Lolla Chile offers Rock and Recycle, a Village Green, and a plethora of bands both instantly recognizable on six sunshine-soaked stages. Wonder if the Red Hot Chili Peppers get extra cheers when they hit the stage here?
Performers: Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire, New Order, Savages, Baauer, The Wailers, RHCP Tickets: Start at around $106 Web: lollapaloozacl.com (use Google to convert to English)
Snowball • Vail, CO • April 4-6
If you’re not desperate to get out of the snow, then why not go where there’s even more snow? Vail teams up their big annual music fest with skiing so you can double your fun. Heavy on electronica, dubstep, indie folk, and jam bands, Snowball makes it easy to pop off your skis and clomp on over to where the music defrosts four stages until 11pm, and staying on site near the fest is a breeze with their lodging packages.
Performers: Warpaint, Knife Party, Brother Ali, Yeasayer, Busta Rhymes, Chrome Sparks, Pretty Lights, Afroman, Griz, Guillaume Tickets: Single days start at $60; three-day $149; ski passes start at $99 Web: snowballmusicfestival.com
Rock n’ Roll Resort • Kerhonkson, NY • April 4-6
This escape can be a chilly one, too, depending on the weather, but you’ll be too busy soaking up all of the retro music at this Hudson Valley locale. If you’re into jam bands, ’70s funk, and noodle-dancing, this is definitely your scene. Since it’s a much smaller fest, you can even opt for your own room right on the resort grounds so you can change your tie-dyed tees as often as you’d like between shows.
Performers: Everyone Orchestra, Dumpstaphunk, Conehead Buddha, Bryac Funk Allstars, Leroy Justice, Business Casual Disco Tickets: Single days start at $68; room packages start at around $360 Web: rocknrollresort.com