5 Spring & Summer Festivals We Love: Mutek, Movement, Communikey, Lightning in a Bottle, Together

It’s finally warming up again and we’re ready to get back out and dance. If you’re looking for quality music events that rise above the cut this summer, check out these five standout events that are happening across North America in 2013…

Communikey (Boulder, CO) April 25 -28, 2013

Boulder, Colorado’s Communikey Festival kicks off our list with five days of music performances, films, workshops, and art installations happening throughout beautiful Boulder’s downtown area at the end of April. Over the past few years CMKY has become a pillar in the festival circuit by way of its DIY spirit, collaborative community, and a lineup of artists picked for artistic value as opposed to headliner draw. With a vibe similar to Decibel in Seattle, Communikey aims for an intimate, intentional experience that often tangents into full-on dance party. But where most festivals put party at the forefront, Communikey is a different kind of festival that is fueled in part by the local community’s connection to Left Coast ethics and on the other hand driven by Boulder’s flourishing local music and art scenes. While a full lineup for 2013 has not yet been announced, Derek Plaslaiko, Mountains and Nicolas Jaar have been confirmed for the event. Information on attending Communikey events can be found on the events page of their website.

Together (Boston, MA) May 13-19, 2013

Since its inception in 2009, Boston’s Together Festival has been steadily building a following for a DIY community spirit that fuels this week long festival that happens every year in Boston and Cambridge, MA. With performances, workshops, panels, discussions, daytime events, nighttime events, international stars and local talent, Together was created with the intention of pulling together Boston’s sometimes segregated music scene for a week of celebration.

Boston has a strong history of electronic music culture and has exported many talents such as Soul Clap, Dana Kelley, Morgan Page, Steve Porter, Armand Van Helden and DJ Rupture, to name just a few. While this year’s full music lineup has not yet been announced, headliners Crystal Castles, Gold Panda, Mathew Johnson, Soul Clap, and Voices of Black have been confirmed, making for an exciting start to this year’s event. Presale tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, stay tuned to togetherboston.com for information.

Movement (Detroit MI) May 25-27, 2013

Over the past decade DEMF / Movement has become one of the United States’ premier electronic music festivals, with each year’s lineup hand-picked with the hardcore electronic music enthusiast in mind. And while the festival’s roots lie in techno, the music policy at Movement continues to evolve and embrace artists who are pushing the boundaries of dance music in new directions. Each year aims to be better than the last, and Paxahau’s 2013 Movement experience offers a huge lineup of talent including A Tribe Called Quest, Masters at Work, Moodymann, Andy C, Mala, Richie Hawtin, Silent Servant, The Bug and many more. And while the lineup seems to be getting bigger each year, the real appeal of this event is the midwestern hospitality: everyone in the city seems to be celebrating at festival time, and last year the mayor of Detroit publicly announced the week of the festival as “Detroit Techno Week.” A beautiful location at Hart Plaza and really reasonable prices for a weekend of top-notch entertainment keep bringing us back for Movement. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at Movement’s website.

Mutek (Montreal, QC) May 29 – June 2, 2013

Now in its 14th year, Montreal’s Mutek festival has firmly established itself as North America’s premier event for refined electronic music tastes. Mutek is “a marathon journey through the world of digital arts and electronic music” held in Canada’s techno capital that focuses on the fringes of sound and draws a crowd of discerning electronic music fans. Over the course of the five-day festival you can find day and evening events, art installations and all-night parties that lean towards techno, house, dub, IDM, and experimental electronic music. While Mutek 14′s full lineup is still under wraps, Matthew Herbert, Robert Hood, John Talabot, Jamie Lidell, Âme, Andy Stott, Martyn, Michael Mayer, Juju & Jordash and Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa have been confirmed for performances this year. Ticket and event prices will be announced in the near future on Mutek’s website.

Lightning in a Bottle (Winchester, CA) July 11 – 15, 2013

Over the past few years Lightning in a Bottle has become one of Southern California’s favorite music festivals, with a history of great music, stunning audio/visual experiences and interactive environments. LIB’s creators / producers The Do Lab specialize in building event settings using found objects, natural materials and sustainable resources, which all leads to a unique festival experience. While this all sounds quite Left Coast (and it’s definitely a Burning Man-inspired event), for more than ten years they have put on a highly polished five-day event in a beautiful location every year, with an impressive combination of local and international talent. While this year’s lineup has not yet been announced, last year’s performers included Shpongle, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Alexi Delano, Justin Martin, Lee Burridge, and Apparat, which should give an idea of the caliber of the artists they book. A limited number of early bird discount passes have already been sold out but general tickets for Lightning in a Bottle will go on sale March 18th.

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