Aisha Attack is a young performer and writer. Student of performance studies, and vocal music. She lives in Greenpoint,doing work in various media. Aisha is interested in écriture féminine, experimental literature, electro, 60s girl bands and funk.

Summer of Love

The beginning of summer signals many wonderful changes: going to the beach, tanning without a tanning bed or bronzer, and switching drink choices from heavy liquor to fruit-infused cocktails. And for music lovers, it also marks the beginning of summer festival season! This summer, you can look forward to many big names and exciting reunions coming to town, chief amongst them, the reunion of No Doubt, the Bob Dylan/John Mellencamp/Willie Nelson combo, Coldplay, and Nine Inch Nails. So for those of you looking for a little buffet of sounds, check out our list of top 6 summer festivals: 


Revived once again by founder Perry Farrell, the festival no longer tours, but is instead seated in Grant Park, Chicago. This year it features Depeche Mode, Tool, The Killers, Jane’s Addiction, Beastie Boys, and Kings of Leon over the course of three days.


Dates: Aug. 7-9, Ticket cost: $190 (for all three days), Website:

Drawing between 800K and 1M people to Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin every year, it is billed as the biggest music festival in the world. Over the course of 11 days, you can see up to 700 bands, and this year the lineup boasts Bon Jovi, No Doubt, Conor Oberst, Asher Roth, The Fray, KISS, and Judas Priest. The festival doesn’t rely on traditional advertising and commercial influence, maybe because the super affordable ticket price helps spread the word.
Dates: June 25- July 5, Ticket cost: General Admission 8$-15$, Website:
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 
Now in its 7th year, the Bonnaroo Festival has reached an epic size, with roughly 90K people attending last year. Taking place in Manchester, Tennessee and featuring Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, and Paul Oakenfold looks like the festival won’t be slowing down one bit.  
Dates: June 11 – 14, Ticket cost: $249.90, Website:
Essence Music Festival 
Going strong since its 1995 start, Essence is a festival that focuses on African-American music and takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Superdome. A bit on the pricey side, headliners this year include Beyonce, John Legend, Lionel Richie, Maxwell, Ne-Yo, and Al Green.
Dates: July 3-5, Ticket cost: $544.50, Website:
All Points West
In its second year, All Points West (sometimes referred to as the East Coast version of Coachella) takes place in Liberty State Park in the Garden State over the course of three days. This year’s headliners include Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Tool, My Bloody Valentine, and Echo and the Bunnymen. 
Dates: July 31-Aug 2, Ticket cost: $199 (for all 3 days), Website:
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
 Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and part of the green movement, the festival features a solar powered stage, an organic farmer’s market, and info on reducing your carbon footprint. The event features Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews band, Incubus, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Pease, M.I.A., Jason Mraz and Ween.
Dates: Aug 28-30, Ticket Price: $199.50-229.50, Website: