Arcade Fire is headling Bonnaroo 2011 alongside Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Widespread Panic.

Summer music festivals are a gentle reminder that poor people suck. The


5 Ways to Experience (and Relive) the Top Summer Music Festivals Without Leaving Home

Arcade Fire is headling Bonnaroo 2011 alongside Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Widespread Panic.

Summer music festivals are a gentle reminder that poor people suck. The biggest icons of music all get together for three or four nights of sweaty crowds and drinking-induced chaos, and anyone who can't spring for a $300 ticket--on top of the food, hotel, and travel expenses--is left pretending they actually wanted to stay home. I mean, what's so exciting about witnessing a collaboration between Neko Case and Triumph, the Insult Dog? (Answer: Everything.)

Fortunately for us, this sweet thing called "2011" brings with it a few technological advances--particularly the art of streaming. Kick back, pop open a beer, and watch all the musical glory of your favorite bands shredding it at the biggest music festivals without spending a penny.

Better yet, relive festivals that happened last month, last year . . . or in 1977.


Still recovering from Sasquatch? Then chances are you didn't have the extra cash to splurge on tickets to attend Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. The four-day festival, which kicks off today, is streaming for free on Vevo and features Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, Lil Wayne, the Decemberists, and many, many more.

Streaming begins Friday at 9 a.m. PST on Vevo.


Kings of Leon, Kanye West, and Mumford & Sons joined 187 other acts this past April for three days of musical magic in the California desert. Advance tickets for 2012 have already gone on sale for $269 (plus fees), which easily turns into a pretty substantial investment for anyone on the East Coast who has any inkling to trek the 2000+ miles.

In a pretty classy move, Coachella decided to stream the entire festival on YouTube, and still has more than 70 videos archived on its account.


Though nothing has officially been announced, Lollapalooza streamed their 2010 festival, so it's a fair assumption this year will probably not be any different (not to mention they'd be the black sheep of the streaming world). The three-day Chicago festival has a solid lineup this year, featuring Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters, Muse, and A Perfect Circle, and tickets are on sale for $215. Check Lollapalooza's website closer to August for more details on a streaming schedule.


Ah, Texas. Home of one of the biggest music festivals in the country, South by Southwest (SXSW) showcased 2,098 acts at 92 different stages this past March. While things are prepped for the 2012 festival, IFC has tons of interviews and concert footage available for streaming. Fun fact: Cage the Elephant, who performs tonight with Manchester Orchestra at Showbox SoDo, got signed in 2007 with EMI Records because of their set at SXSW.


Decide to take a break from Sasquatch! this year? No worries, since NPR Music decided to swoop in and save the day. The site features songs and videos to stream and download, along with more than 300 pictures so you can fully soak in the experience. If that weren't enough, most of the performances can be streamed in their entirety, including Iron & Wine's complete 55-minute set.

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Wolfgang's Vault

Streaming doesn't just mean watching modern bands--sites like Wolfgang's Vault features entire tours by some of the biggest artists and bands, including David Bowie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Grateful Dead, and The Allman Brothers Band. In this video, Peter Frampton performs "Show Me the Way" at the Oakland Coliseum Stadium on July 2, 1977.

Peter Frampton with hair

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