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Summer concerts on a budget

Summer concerts on a budget


As a savvy college student you want to see the best bands this summer, but you don’t want all your tuition money to be blown. Here’s a run-down of what your best summer music options are.

Vans Warped Tour:

Coming to Scranton PA on July 18, this legendary rock show sells general admission tickets for $37.50 (including fees). In exchange for that, you get a whole day of shows. This year’s lineup of ninety plus bands includes The Used, Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, and Senses Fail. If it’s your first time at Vans, it’s easy to feel intimidated. Fortunately the website, has plenty of helpful hints for better enjoying the show. The festival also offers stations where you can refill your water bottles with filtered water for free so you don’t waste your spending money on drinks. There are plenty of freebies if you arrive early, perfect for a college student on a budget.

Firefly Music Festival:

In Dover Delaware July 20-22, Firefly boasts over thirty of the hottest bands, including indie favorites like The Black Keys, Jack White, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie. Young the Giant, Ok Go, and The Cold War Kids are also on the lineup. The advance three day pass is currently available for $198—hurry though, once they sell out you’ll have to buy the regular pass for $218.

There is camping on site near the Firefly site for out of state visitors to stay. You can even enjoy the newest trend in sleeping out of doors, “glamping” or glamorous camping, and stay in luxurious tent accommodations for an extra fee. If hotels are more your speed, there are plenty of accommodations in town at various price ranges.

Orion Music Festival:

This is the perfect festival for punk and metal fans with a lineup including Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and Avenge Sevenfold. The festival is on June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City NJ. Two day passes are available for $175, but if you just want to spend one day, single day passes are only $90. Unlike most festival passes, the listed rates are all you pay. There are no surprise fees or service charges.

For the 20th anniversary of their Black Album, Metallica will be playing the entire album on one night of the festival, and all of Ride the Lightening on the other night. If you want to be at the festival for free you can always volunteer and spend your day selling merchandise or serving food while keeping one eye on your favorite band.


From May 18 to 20 Asbury Park is being overrun with bands such as Skrillex, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Eat World. Each day of the festival has its own unique lineup and passes start as low as $65. For an extra $30 you can get into the after parties at venues such as Stone Pony where the music continues.

Thanks to the seven stages and rotating sets the bands play, chances are you won’t have to make difficult decisions about who to see. Remember to get there early, performances start ten minutes after the gates open.


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This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 by in Arts and tagged , .
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