Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and the Return of Music Festivals

After a very long year without live music, there seems to be a light finally at the end of the tunnel. Bonnaroo is in the books for September and Outside Lands is slated for late October. In this week’s episode of Indiecast, Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen are cautiously optimistic about what the return of these festivals could mean for the entire live music landscape.

Since festivals are planned for autumn, many artist teams also feel confident in the touring landscape for the final months of 2021. Julien Baker and Japanese Breakfast both share routes for the fall, and it’s rumored that Pavement will be announcing a tour sometime in 2022 in the near future. The question remains, however: will fans be reluctant to reunite in large groups, or will people just straighten up to leave?

In this week’s Recommendation Corner, Hyden calls out the Chicago band Floatie, who released their debut album Voyage Out last month. Cohen is excited about Dream Weapon, the new album from New York experimental metal band Genghis Tron, and the quartet’s first release in 13 years.

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