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10 Awesome North American Festivals Currently Looking for Independent Bands to Book

Delta Spirit performing at Gasparilla Music Fest. (Image via gasparillamusic.com)

Summer is always credited as the peak festival season, and that's mostly true – but fall and winter boast their fair share of sizable shindigs, too. Booking any of them requires planning, though. You have to apply months ahead of the actual event. To help you keep track, we've compiled a list of 10 awesome fall fests – and even a few slated for spring 2016 – that are currently looking for independent bands and artists to join the bill. Don't let the deadlines pass you by!

Top Lessons You Learn Performing at Punk Rock Festivals, According to SayWeCanFly

Photo by Hayley Elizabeth Photography

Punk rock festivals are high-energy, high-intensity, and should pan out to be some of the most exciting times of your music career, especially if you know what to expect and can leverage them effectively. They also lead to gaining important wisdom you can apply at future gigs and festivals. Braden Barrie, better known as SayWeCanFly, offers a unique perspective as a solo acoustic act who recently played Warped Tour and has been invited to headline the 2015 KOI Music Festival, a massive celebration for independent punk, rock, and acoustic acts in Kitchener, Ontario.

KOI, which has brought over 600 independent artists to the stage over the last five years, is looking for 25 Sonicbids bands to join SayWeCanFly, August Burns Red, Hawthorne Heights, and many more on the bill this September. Whether you're a seasoned festival pro looking for a new perspective or you're a complete n00b who doesn't know what to expect from a punk rock festival, you're bound to learn a thing or two from our chat with SayWeCanFly below. And if you're ready to rock, apply to play this year's KOI Music Festival by August 10, 2015!

The Ultimate Guide to This Year's Music Festivals, Plus Some Surprising Trivia [Infographic]

The Austin City Limits Music Festival attracted over 300,000 fans in 2014. (Image via 365thingsaustin.com)

Festival season is well upon us, and it seems like with every passing year, more bands play at them and more people flock to them. Whether your dream is to see them all (only $4,000 in ticket costs alone, not bad!), or you're happy to just watch YouTube videos of past shows, you might be interested in knowing some fun facts about the Bonnaroos and the Coachellas that span all four corners of the country. Check out the infographic from Rukkus below, and you'll even pick up some festival facts throughout history that you can drop when impressing others with your knowledge of all things music.

Last Chance to Get on the Bill for CMJ 2015! Apply by June 25

The Head and the Heart performs at CMJ 2014. (Image via cmj.com)

One of the largest indie music festivals in the nation, the CMJ Music Marathon in New York is the perfect opportunity for musicians to show off their musical chops to over 120,000 music lovers from all around the world. This is your chance to not only be part of one of New York's coolest musical experiences, but it could also be the performance that launches your music career! CMJ alumni include Arcade Fire, Feist, Justice, M.I.A., Spoon, Gotye, MGMT, Daft Punk, Eminem, R.E.M., The Killers, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Green Day, HAIM, Icona Pop, Foo Fighters, and so many more. Now it's your turn.

5 Lesser Known (But Incredible) Music Festivals to Play in Summer 2015

When it comes to music festivals, we all know and love the Coachellas and Bonnaroos for the huge hype they create and the beloved artists they bring to the stage. For many, performing at these legendary events or the plethora of others that dominate festival season is a lifelong dream. Still, until the day these festivals start throwing money at you, smaller, lesser known festivals are an oft-forgotten and powerful way to get your name out there, not to mention a great way to build your resume and prepare for the big guns.