If you’re reading this, chances are the Arctic chill gripping the country hasn’t frozen your fingers yet – or you are a very dedicated reader of our blog (in which case, thank you!) It’s hard to even comprehend negative wind chills, so we’re just going to daydream for a bit – feel free to join us.

New York City in the summer –

Trade in the scarves and sweaters for shorts and sandals and mix in the energy of city residents happy just to be outdoors – now, that’s something we can get behind! New Yorkers don’t like being told their city isn’t “the best” at something, but until this year, Chicago’s Lollapalooza firmly held claim to the best big-city music festival.

The 3rd Annual Governors Ball may change that – much to the delight of New Yorkers, we’re sure. Expanding to three days (June 7 -9) for the first time, the 2013 Governors Ball features an absolutely ridiculous lineup: Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas, The Avett Brothers, Kendrick Lamar and a yet-to-be-announced final headliner. You probably didn’t know there’s a who’s-who of popular indie bands on the bill, so we bet Brooklyn’s finest hipsters are going to be happy. Chicagoans, don’t get defensive just yet – the Lolla lineup is still a secret. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you as soon as we know- and we bet it will be awesome as usual.

Switching gears to hip-hop-

The Roots will take a break from backing Jimmy Fallon to host the 6th Annual Roots Picnic in their hometown of Philadelphia on June 1. Although, you may know them best known for playing children’s instruments in Fallon and Mariah Carey’s rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You”, The Roots are a Philadelphia institution – as synonymous with the city as cheesesteaks and Tastykakes. The Picnic is as much a celebration of the city as it is a celebration of music! Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Naughty By Nature and Solange will join the octet on stage at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

More festival announcements are about to come fast and furious – Coachella and Lollapalooza in particular – so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!