Festival season is go.
A raucous, impossibly complicated South by Southwest (SXSW, an annual festival held in Austin, Texas) finished on 20 March, marking the start of the 2011 music fest calendar. Here are some choices for the summer:
The Great Escape, 12-14 May, Brighton, UK
Tickets: £22 (around Rs1,590) for a single-day pass.
Highlights: Indie eccentric Sufjan Stevens with his flamboyant live set, and electronica legend DJ Shadow.
Rock Am Ring, 3-5 June, Nurnberg, Germany
Tickets: Event passes start at €175 (around Rs11,025).
Highlights: The often-wonderful System of a Down reunite after their 2006 hiatus.
Hurricane, 17-19 June, Scheeßel, Germany
Tickets: Event passes start at €125.
Highlights: Foo Fighters, broody indie supergroup Arcade Fire, and broodier trip-hop group Portishead.
Glastonbury, 22-26 June, Glastonbury, UK
Tickets: Sold out, though day passes may still be available.
Highlights: U2 and pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles.
The Big Chill, 4-7 August, Ledbury, UK
Tickets: To be announced
Highlights: Big Chill provides three days of unadulterated electronica. The line-up is coming soon.
Leeds and Reading, 24-28 August, UK
Tickets: Single-day passes start at £82.
Highlights: Epic rockers Muse, with The National and The Offspring.