Lollapalooza Schmallapalooza: The Best Off the Radar Music Festivals


Summerfest: June 2-3, 2012 in Houston - CRAIG HLAVATY
  • Craig Hlavaty
  • Summerfest: June 2-3, 2012 in Houston

The Lollapalloza 2012 lineup is here, anchored by Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Jack White. Pretty cool, right? And a three day pass will only cost you two hundred thirty dollars. So yeah: Maybe this year it's time to look for alternatives to the big-name, bigger-ticket summer blockbusters. The Village Voice Media team, led by Rebecca Aronauer, tracked down 25 of the best festivals whose lineup announcements don't dominate Google's search trends. A few highlights, below.

View a full slideshow of the 25 best off the radar music festivals in the country.

Afro-Punk Festival in New York: August 25, 2012

Janelle Monae in 2009. - DEVYN MANIBO

Gonerfest in Memphis: September 27 to 30, 2012

Pity Fucks in 2011 - BRANDI RINKS
  • Brandi Rinks
  • Pity Fucks in 2011

LouFest in St. Louis: August 25 and 26, 2012

Ume in 2011. - NICK SCHNELLE
  • Nick Schnelle
  • Ume in 2011.

Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco: July 7 and 8, 2012

  • Hanna Quevedo


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