McCarntney in Maryland. He'll be close in June.
McCartney in Maryland. He’ll be close in June.
McCartney in Maryland. He’ll be close in June.

A snow day is a perfect day to bring some visions of spring into your life. Area music festivals offer the perfect jumpstart, and, fortunately, some of the larger gatherings announced their lineups this week. All three are out of control, so we’ll let you compare side-by-side:

Sweetlife Festival: Held May 30 and 31 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the 2015 edition of the Sweetlife Festival is cutting across genres with pleasure. The big names include Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, the Pixies, The Weeknd, Charli XCX, and, since the target audience is children of the 80s, Billy Idol. Check out the full lineup.

Preakness Infield Fest The annual show at Pimlico is also sticking with the kids, and their love of dance and hip-hop. Announced Thursday, the main stage will feature trance DJ Armin van Buuren and rapper Childish Gambino. You may recognized the latter, who’s real name is Donald Glover, from his role on NBC’s Community. His rap act, like his stand-up, are nothing like that.

Firefly Music Festival Plenty of Baltimore music lovers head up 95 for Delaware’s answer to Bonnaroo. A lineup that includes Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Modest Mouse and Spoon, probably already had plenty of people considering the trip. Then, organizers revealed Sir Paul McCartney is the big headliner. Doubts removed. Check out the full lineup for the June 18-21 gathering.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.