It's not even December yet. Winter has barely begun (unless you're in the northeast like us) and the summer festival season is a far distant thought. Don't tell that to the following festivals, who have already started to announce their line ups. Last year some outlets began asking if festivals were dead. If these are any indication, this may be a crazy packed year.
High Water Festival
Riverfront Park, North Charleston, SC
Shovels & Rope have been curating this hometown festival for a few years, and each year seems more ridiculously stacked than the previous one. How stacked is it, you ask? Shovels & Rope are third billed. Ahead of them on the poster is Leon Bridges and The Head & The Heart. Add to that such If It's Too Loud... approved artists like Jenny Lewis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The War & Treaty, Durand Jones & The Indications, The Secret Sisters, Michael Nau, and Lilly Hiatt and the first festival of 2019 may be the one of the year.
Punk Rock Bowling
Las Vegas, NV
I have literally zero interest in ever going to Vegas, but the 11th edition of Punk Rock Bowling actually has me wishing I could go. This year's festival features bowling (of course) but the line up is beyond crazy for aging punks, with a handful of newer bands thrown in. You get Rancid, Descendents, The Specials, The Hives (who may be playing every US festival this year), Refused, The Damned, Fear, Shame, Dead Boys, Street Dogs, The Pietasters, The Coathangers, The Toasters, and a ton more.
Muddy Roots Music Fest
August 29-September 1
Put on by Muddy Roots Records, Muddy Roots Music Fest might be the smallest. It's limited to 3000 tickets, but you would never know it from the line up. It hasn't been fully announced yet, but so far they've announced Fear, The Damned, MC50, Fishbone, The Adicts, and more! Early bird tickets are sold out, but three day passes are only $125 including camping and hot showers. Plus beer is only $3.00. I'm not a huge beer guy, and I rarely drink at shows, but $3.00 beer shows that these guys truly care about the music and aren't just trying to gouge fans for a quick buck.