Celebrate Summer With Music

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If you can't get your hands on the hottest concert tickets this summer (to one of Madonna’s performances for example), you may want to check out one of the hundreds of pop festivals around the globe.

Ricky Martin, Destiny’s Child and Blink 182 are just a few of the big-name acts on the festival circuit this summer, reports VH1's Rebecca Rankin for CBS News.

No matter what your musical tastes, you’ll probably find a festival packed with headliners you don't want to miss.

Among the famous names set to play KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango Festival in Los Angeles June 17 and 18 are Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Shaggy and Back Street Boys.

“We've made some very cool changes,” says A. J. McLean of the Back Street Boys. “We added a couple of songs that I know our fans were asking why we didn't have in the show."

Adventurous music fans may want to cross the Atlantic to one of the most vibrant festival scenes. Says Alan Light of Spin magazine, “Everybody raves about how great an experience the festivals in Europe are."

Bob Dylan headlines the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, a three-day event that includes Neil Young and Tool. In Scotland, David Gray, Beck and Coldplay will be at the “T in the Park Festival.” And in the U.K., the 2001 Festival has the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"It's an easy trip to fly from New York to London - no further than to fly from New York to L.A.,” says Spin’s Light. “And if you can get this deep concentration of great music, why not make the trip?"

Closer to home, Destiny's Child will play Summerfest in Milwaukee, part of an eclectic, 11-day lineup that includes Tom Petty, Blink 182 and Blues Traveler, out supporting its new album, "Bridge."

"We're having the most fun, I think, we've had in four five, years, “ says Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler

Bon Jovi, Semisonic and Lifehouse are also expected to play Milwaukee's Summerfest.


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