North America

Saint (St) Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival

The two-week long festival has been running since 1992. Initially the festival started, and amusingly the official website admits this, as a way to bring in visitors to the island of Saint Lucia at a time that was a low period for the tourism industry. Since then is has grown to become one of the main events on the Caribbean social calendar.

Although the event bills itself as a Jazz festival, and Jazz musicians certainly play, it also includes Reggae, R&B, and World Music performers.

Maha Music Festival

Founded in 2009, Maha Music Festival is an annual 1-day music festival held in Omaha, Nebraska and until 2010 was held in late July and now takes place in early-mid August. It's is owned and run by YFC, Inc., a non-profit organisation.

Line-up

2013 Line-up

2013's line-up features performances from The Flaming Lips, Matt and Kim and Bob Mould.

Vibe

Maha Music Festival is famous for being an intimate affair - despite its often very well-known headliners.

Location: 
Omaha, Nebraska
Cost: 
$45 - $550
Capacity: 
4,300

Hopscotch

Hopscotch Music Festival is an annual 3-day music festival held in Raleigh, North Carolina every September. Founded in 2010 by Independent Weekly, a local alternative newspaper, Hopscotch music festival is now owned by Carolina Independent Publications and hosts local, international and continental acts with an emphasis on variety.

Line-up

2013 Line-up

2013's line-up features performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Big Boi and The Breeders.

Location: 
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cost: 
$40 - $180
Capacity: 
N/A

80/35

80/35 is an annual urban music festival which first took place in 2008. It aims to celebrate music and those who support it, and takes place over two days in early July in Des Moines, Iowa. It is separated into a paid section and a free section. Each section has different rules and regulations.

Line-up

2013 Line-up

2013's line-up featured performances from David Byrne and St. Vincent, Yeasayer and Tea Leaf Green.

Location: 
Des Moines, Iowa
Cost: 
$39 - $125
Capacity: 
Unknown

Electric Zoo Festival

Electric Zoo is an annual music festival with a heavy focus on Electronic Music. Running since 2009 the festival has won several accolades expanding to three days from two in 2011. The festival is one of the top EDM festivals in America, and regularly draws the top names in electronic music.

The festival is distinguished by the fact that it's held in New York City, on Randall's Island which is just off East Harlem in Manhattan.

Location: 
Randall's Island Park, New York City, United States
Cost: 
$369 for a weekend pass