June 7 - June10
Peace, love, music, seems to be the vibe going on at Bonnaroo. This festival has musicians, comedians, cinema tents, yoga, and even its own mini "broowers" festival with more than 20 individual breweries from all over the nation. The organizers at Bonnaroo consider the experience of the four-day festival to be sacred and therefore they stress for everyone to come in with an open heart. They also stress that since the festival is held on 700 acres of Tennessee land that if you plan to come, be prepared. Whether you are camping, staying in a hotel or RV, it never hurts to be oversupplied on basics like water. Some of the headliners for Bonnaroo include Radiohead, Bon Iver, Foster the People, Ben Folds Five, The Civil Wars, Alice Cooper and many more. Can you say music heaven?
June 27 - July 1
To take the title of the "World's Largest Music Festival" you have to expect Summerfest to have been going on for a long time. Since 1968 this festival has been providing music lovers with loads of performances of some of the hottest names in music. With a bunch of options for food and drinks, as well as some cool events, there is definitely more ways than one to have fun. Bringing in headliners like Lady Antebellum, Foo Fighters, Kool and the Gang, 311, Joss Stone, Neil Diamond, ZZ Top, Chicago, and many more to a 23,000-capacity amphitheater, Summerfest means business!
July 28 - 29
Newport, Rhode Island
Cool people, wonderful music, delightful arenas right by the water, and memories to last a lifetime. Newport Folk festival may only be two days but it gives the people a chance to learn about lesser-known musicians and embrace some indie, folk, and rock music. With Bands like My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, Dawes, City and Color, as well as Trampled by Turtles, The Deep Dark Woods, and the Punch Brothers, it could be hard for you to say no to this festival. With easy-to-access stages, satisfactory food and sanitation areas, and great performances, Newport makes it very easy for you to enjoy yourself.
June 28 - July 1
Riddle me this! What do you get when you combine The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Thievery Corporation, Major Laze, Steve Aoki, and Ghostland Observatory? The Electric Forest Music Festival! Not only does this festival have loads of musical acts, but it also has great features such as the Sherwood Forest for people to hang out in hammocks. At night, it is all lit up in colors as event goers jam out to live performances. Other features include the Gold Rush Water Park, Golf Club, Big Wildcat Lake, Horseback Riding, and Glow in the Dark Disc Golf. You can't miss this eclectic festival with an electric vibe.
August 3 - August 5
Grant Park, Chicago
For an annual festival that has been around for twenty years, you can bet that this mega-music jamboree won't disappoint. Perry Farrell, lead singer of the band Jane's Addiction, founded the concert ,originally as the groups goodbye show in 1991. Although, this goodbye show revamped itself into one of the biggest musical festivals in the United States. One aspect that makes Lollapalooza stand out is its variety. Performers range from music legends to new musicians who gain exposure to larger audiences. Headliners in the festival this summer include big names like Florence and the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, and The Shins, just to name a few. With 115 acres of land, 100 artists, great food options, and people who love music, this is definitely a festival full of mirth.
September 1 - September 3
Spontaneity is the key word for this extravaganza known as Bumbershoot. The festival is known for being a bit all over the place when it comes to its lineups. Since 1971 the festival has been combining music and art to create a variety of events under one big umbrella in Seattle for people to enjoy. This summer some musical headliners include Gotye, Tony Bennett, Passion Pit, and Mac Miller. Some Visual arts performances at the festival include This is Glass, Skyward, Christopher Martin Hoff Remembered, and Elvistravaganza! There arenÕt many festivals as unique as this so look into buying tickets soon.
Austin City Limits
October 12 - October 14
They say don't mess with Texas, and that defnitely rings true because this festival impresses both in quantity and quality. This summer, bands like Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, The Roots, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and many more will all be performing. Drawing in music lovers from all over this festival promises a bit more than melodic listening activities. Austin City Limits allows other little events to go on during the festival--ACL attendees can buy food at the farmer's market, or stop by the Google+ Lounge for air-conditioning, photos or free giveaways. Waterloo Records Tent allows audience members a chance to meet musicians, and the side events don't stop there. At this festival, the music has centerstage but allows room for other enjoyments.
Can't wait to get your music festival party on? Catch "1st Look" this Saturday after "Saturday NIght Live" on NBC.
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