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8 must-see music festivals founded by the artists themselves

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Coachella and Bonnaroo are already behind us, but the music festivals keep coming all summer. Artist-founded fests aren’t a new concept, but this year everyone from 30 Seconds to Mars to Nile Rodgers is getting in on the act. Before the parties, take a closer look at what to expect from eight festivals, founded by the artists themselves.

New for 2015:

Camp Mars, Malibu

Founded by: The Disco Biscuits in 1999

About the festival: The electronic jam band founded the festival to celebrate all things Biscuit, with hopes of combining DJ sets with their style of improvised rock. This summer, the three-day festival returns to the group’s home state for the first time since 2002.

Why you should go: This year’s EDM-heavy lineup includes Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, STS9, Big Gigantic, Tipper, and Atmosphere, in addition to the festival’s founders. Montage Mountain, where this year’s Camp Bisco will take place, doubles as a water park. Bonus: Attendees who hype the fest on social media can earn points to zipline, ride water slides, and take drum lessons with various Biscuits members.

Dates: July 16-18

Ticket info: Tickets must be purchased as three-day passes, which currently go for $185.50 on CampBisco.com.

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