Latest Music festivals News

Huntsville music festival shutting down after 13-year run

Aug. 11, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama music festival that put the spotlight on chamber music has shut down after 13 years and nearly 100 performances by classical musicians from around the world. Twickenham Fest founders Susanna Phillips, a soprano, and Matthew McDonald, a...

Joni Mitchell, 78, graces stage after nearly 2 decades away

Jul. 26, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

NEWPORT, RI (AP) — Surprise! Joni Mitchell is back onstage. The folk legend performed her first full-length concert on Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, The Boston Globe reported. Mitchell has contended with health complications since suffering an aneurysm in...

Newport Folk Festival includes stage powered by bicycles

Jul. 23, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival, known for creating electrifying musical moments — the most famous being Bob Dylan's decision to plug in his guitar in 1965 — this weekend has a small outer stage that is being powered in part by festival-goers on stationary bicycles. ...

Pete Seeger gets own stamp; ceremony planned at Newport Folk

Jul. 21, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Pete Seeger, the banjo-playing folk singer whose music was indelibly intertwined with his social activism, was honored Thursday as the latest American musician to appear on a U.S. postage stamp. The forever stamp, which features a color-tinted, black-and-white...

Diving into some tunes at Florida underwater music festival

Jul. 09, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — They weren't in a “Yellow Submarine,” but hundreds of people spent time below the waves Saturday for a music festival off the Florida Keys. The Beatle's hit and other ocean-themed songs like the theme to “The Little Mermaid” were part of the...

Bonnaroo, a leader in green fests, faces climate change risk

Jun. 28, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Since its debut on a rural Tennessee farm two decades ago, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival strived to be one of the country’s greenest music festivals, investing in recycling, composting, solar energy and other improvements. But last August Tennessee...

Lamar closes Glastonbury with call for women's rights

Jun. 27, 2022 08:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rapper Kendrick Lamar has closed this year's Glastonbury Festival with a powerful headline set that saw him chant “Godspeed for women’s rights” as fake blood poured down his face from a crown of thorns. Lamar, 35, ended his new song “Savior” by chanting...

Paul McCartney wows Glastonbury with Dave Grohl and The Boss

Jun. 26, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Festival show was two years late. Fans thought it was worth the wait. The former Beatle pulled out all the stops — and brought on big-name rock ’n’ roll guest stars — for a 2½-hour concert at the southwest England festival on...

Zelenskyy urges Glastonbury crowd to spread truth about war

Jun. 24, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

PILTON, England (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged music fans at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday to “spread the truth about Russia’s war ” on his country. Zelenskyy spoke to the crowd in a video message played at the British music extravaganza before a...

UK's Glastonbury Festival welcomes back fans after pandemic

Jun. 22, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people are returning to England's Glastonbury Festival as the five-day music and performing arts event reopened Wednesday for the first time in three years after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival, which is marking its 50th...