Music lovers: festivals this fall

By on September 4, 2012

By Anna Meany–

Although the heart of music-festival season is over, hipsters and music-lovers alike can still enjoy live shows as the leaves change both near and far from Louisville.

Soundland is a one day festival taking place on October 6 in Tennessee’s capital – a short three-hour drive from Louisville. “With a lineup as diverse as Nashville” (, Soundland aims to please music lovers with their favorite bands as well as introduce them to new music. Headlining Nashville’s festival, which takes place at the the Lawn at Riverfront Park for the first time, are Louisville natives My Morning Jacket, Young the Giant – who just recently visited our river city – and Divine Fits. Purchase your tickets early to access the $45 ticket price; however, when those tickets run out, general admission will cost $55, or shell out $75 for a VIP ticket.

For music-festival goers that prefer to camp, Starry Nights, entirely curated by Cage the Elephant, will commence on September 28th just outside of Bowling Green. For $45 and less than a two hour drive, fans can fans can enjoy the music of Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Manchester Orchestra and Mimosa. Bowling Green local acts include Sleeper Agent and Morning Teleportation. The crew at Starry Nights has taken to the fans for deciding the final lineup – giving Facebook fans the opportunity to vote for even more local acts to play onstage.

A bit longer drive would take music-festival goers to Atlanta, Georgia to experience the Counterpoint festival. From September 27-29, Counterpoint takes place on the Chattahoochee riverfront over 8,000 acres. With 3-day general admission tickets starting at $165 (single day tickets are priced at $65 a day), attendees can enjoy over 70 live acts and a silent disco -this particular fest offers mostly electronica music for the digital-loving soul with headlining acts including Bassnectar, Scrillex and Pretty Lights.

Road-tripping down to the bayou will also satisfy music-festival lovers – the Voodoo festival takes place October 26, 27 and 28 in City Park of New Orleans. The headlining acts include Jack White, Green Day (out with a new music this fall), Scrillex and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. $175 can get fans a 3-day weekend pass, with options to camp near the site or book a hotel nearby. Large-scale art displays (think bright lights and big hunks of metal) will fill City Park throughout the festival.

With prices ranging from the fairly cheap to more expensive trips, music festivals are sure to provide every fan with something to enjoy this fall season.

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