Day trips: Music festivals to go the extra mile for

Audiophiles from near and far convene for these star-studded lineups.

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  • Photograph: Dave Vann

    Camp Bisco

    Camp Bisco

  • Photograph: Jeremy Farmer

    Pitchfork Music Festival

    Pitchfork Music Festival

  • Photograph: Nolan Wells

    Pitchfork Music Festival

    Pitchfork Music Festival

  • Portishead curate Saturday and Sunday's lineup at All Tomorrow's Parties

    Portishead curate Saturday and Sunday's lineup at All Tomorrow's Parties

Photograph: Dave Vann

Camp Bisco

Camp Bisco

Newport Folk Festival; Newport, RI
Travel time: Four hours from NYC by car
This warm-weather folk soiree has a long, loud history on its side: Artists such as Bob Dylan (he went electric), Johnny Cash (who appeared with Kris Kristofferson) and the Pixies (they unplugged), plus hordes of other established and up-and-coming musicians, have all graced the stage at Newport. This year's excellent lineup includes Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, the Cave Singers and the Decemberists. There's no on-site camping, but there are grounds in Portsmouth, a little more than ten miles from the fest. (newportfolkfest.net). July 30, 31; two-day pass $133.

All Tomorrow's Parties; Asbury Park, NJ
Travel time: One and a half hours from NYC by car
Since it launched in the U.K. in 1999, All Tomorrow's Parties has only strengthened its reputation as a noncorporate concert experience unlike any other—bands stay in accommodations alongside  their fans and shows are held in intimate settings, with a lineup at least partially (if not entirely) curated by the weekend's headliner. Unsurprisingly, ATP is doing it a bit differently this summer. The festival is moving to a new location—from Kutshers resort in the Catskills to the Asbury Park waterfront—for the I'll Be Your Mirror concert, with the Saturday and Sunday shows curated by Portishead. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Swans and Mogwai are all on the bill, but the biggest draw is an exclusive kickoff performance by Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum. (atpfestival.com). Sept 30--Oct 2; three-day pass $260 (not including kickoff performance), day pass $60--$99.

Camp Bisco; Mariaville, NY
Travel time: Three hours from NYC by car
The tenth anniversary of this three-day fest has an electronic-music bent; Dance to Cut Copy, Holy Ghost!, Neon Indian and a host of other acts. For those of you still nursing your memories of that color war you lost years ago, take heart: All "campers" kick off the weekend with an adult version of the classic camp battle. And if you want to keep moving but need a break from live music, join the rave in the late-night dance tents. Indian Lookout Country Club (campbisco.net). July 7--9; three-day pass $160.

Pitchfork Music Festival; Chicago, IL
Travel time: Two and a half hours from NYC by plane
Expect nothing less than the indiest of all indie bands at a fest sponsored by the indiest of music websites: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Superchunk, Yuck, Kurt Vile and Chicago outfit How to Dress Well are just a few of the boldface names taking the stage. Check out pitchfork.tv for videos of performances from past festivals as you gear up for the hippest weekend in July. (pitchforkmusicfestival.com). July 15--17. Three-day pass sold out, day pass $45.

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