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The View From Rothbury Festival


Each stateside summer music festival has its own distinct atmosphere: Lollapalooza’s bustling Chicago cityscape; Coachella’s desert backdrop; and Bonnaroo’s southern farmlands to name a few. And when snapshots from the latest addition to the circuit, Michigan’s Rothbury Festival, arrived to Spin HQ, we staffers uttered ooohhhs and aaahhhhs at all the environmentally conscious fest had to offer — and we’re not just talking about a killer bill featuring the likes of Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Secret Machines, and Iron and Wine.

Check out snapshots from the forested festival grounds — which includes a swimming hole! — plus photos of the many performing bands that descended on the Double JJ Ranch outside Rothbury, Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend.

Click here to check out the Rothbury gallery

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers with Bettye LaVette / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Sun-drenched attendees relax at the Rothbury Swimming hole. / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Mike Cooley and Shonna Tucker of Drive-By Truckers / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Charles Walker / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Members of the crowd swing low in the festival’s camp ground-style hammocks. / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule / Photo by Taylor Crawford

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Snoop Dogg / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Chuck Fay and Chad Urmston of State Radio / Photo by Taylor Crawford

No, it’s not a scene from the Wicker Man, just some Rothbury bicyclists. / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish / Photo by Michael Weintrob

The significantly trippier looking nighttime crowd. / Photo by Taylor Crawford

Night at the Rothbury: Fireworks cascade over the festival’s moon-lit sky. / Photo by Michael Weintrob