The Flavorpill Guide to 2011's Best Small Summer Music Festivals

So you missed Coachella and Sasquatch, and for the last week you’ve had to put up with reading all these reports about how amazing Primavera was. Trust us, we sympathize. But now, with summer upon us, there’s plenty of options available if you’re thinking that you’d like to hit up a music festival over the next few months but don’t want to spend a fortune or fly to Barcelona. Over the next few pages, we’ve compiled a brief guide to our pick of the best summer festivals that aren’t Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc. Read on if you’re keen for a piece of such action, or you just want to amuse yourself by counting just how many festivals Cut Copy are playing this summer.

Solid Sound
Where: North Adams, MA
When: June 24-26
Who: Wilco, Thurston Moore, Jamie Lidell, The Handsome Family, The Levon Helm Band, Here We Go Magic
Why: This annual Wilco-curated festival takes place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which sits on a 13-acre site in rural Massachusetts and looks like one fine old place to have a festival. Plus, apparently Moore and Wilco’s Nels Cline will be performing their 1997 Pillow Wand collaboration on stage, which makes the experimental guitar geeks at Flavorpill (i.e. this writer) very excited indeed.
How much: $124.50 for three days, single day tickets $65 (for Friday or Sunday) or $78 (for Saturday).