Festival Noize: Rock In Rio, Meltdown & Electric Daisy NYC

Yoko Ono books Siouxsie, Thurston Moore and Patti Smith for Meltdown Festival; Electric Daisy Carnival NYC unveils its 2013 lineup featuring Steve Angello, Afrojack and Zeds Dead; and Rio De Janeiro’s Rock In Rio festival sells out in four hours.

After previously being curated by the likes of David Bowie and Jarvis Cocker, Yoko Ono got the honor of picking the lineup for Meltdown Festival this time around. Marking the 20th anniversary of the fest, the 2013 edition is scheduled June 14-23 at London’s Southbank Centre. The complex includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The initial roster also includes Cibo Matto, Immortal Technique, Reggie Watts + Mac Lethal, Amadeus Leopold, Iggy & The Stooges + Savages, Deerhoof, Boy George and more. Plus, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band will also take the stage.  

Photo: Debbie VanStory / RockinExposures.com
"Yoko Ono: We Are Plastic Ono Band" concert, Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, Calif.

Plus, look out for workshops, films and performances. In addition to picking the music, Yoko is curating a film program including rare films by John and Yoko. She’ll also show off her “Sky Piece to Jesus Christ.”

A presale for Southbank Center members begins April 9, followed by the general public onsale April 11.

Head over to SouthBankCentre.co.uk for more info.

OK, now let’s talk Electric Daisy Carnival. Besides Steve Angello, Afrojack and Zeds Dead, who else can you expect to see in NYC? Well, Calvin Harris will be there, along with Richie Hawtin, The Bloody Beetroots, Porter Robinson, La Roux, 12th Planet, Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Nervo, Soul Clap, Dirty South, and many, many more acts.  

Don’t forget about the full-scale carnival rides, theatrical perfomers, interactive art installations, immersive audio & visual production.

Click on image to see the 2013 EDC New York lineup.

It’s all happening May 17-18 at New York City’s Citi Field. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information visit ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

Finally, with a lineup ranging from Beyoncé to Muse to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, it’s no wonder Rock In Rio sold out so quickly. According to the festival’s Facebook page, tickets sold out in four hours and four minutes. Seeing as how today is 4/4, that worked out nicely.

Scheduled Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 19-22 at Rock City in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the 2013 lineup also features Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Metallica, John Mayer, David Guetta, Alice In Chains, Bon Jovi and even more big names.

Visit RockInRio.com for more info.