These festival rankings are based on consistent musical quality and overall experience, looking only at the 2013 installments. Rain crashed just about every party, leveling the playing field—or, well, turning all the summer music festival grounds into muck. Nothing quite as bad as Apocapalooza 2012. Still, another pair of sneakers in the garbage bin.
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