5 Music Festivals to Check Out this Summer

If you’re into music like I am, then we probably share the same dream of making it to the Coachella Music Festival in California someday. But fear not! There are many other great music festivals (some new, some old), that rival Coachella in awesome lineups and atmosphere. Festivals have become an easy way for many music lovers to see their favorite artists at reasonable prices. Here are 5 music festivals to check out this summer.

  1. Bonnaroo

The music and arts festival takes place this year from June 9th to June 12th in Manchester, Tennessee. This year’s headliners include: Pearl Jam, Dead & Company (which contains original members from legendary rock band Grateful Dead), LCD Soundsystem, and J.Cole, who is a little more hip-hop than rock and roll. While extremely popular, the Bonnaroo music festival is not the most budget friendly of festivals. General admission tickets start at $324.50 and range all the way to about $1600 if you require special VIP treatment. While the VIP option is steep, it offers up great amenities like showers, wifi, lounges, parking and early morning yoga classes to prepare you for the long festival day ahead. Bonnaroo also offers a VIP food program for $200 that gets you six meals (lunch and dinner) for the 4-day festival. If you refuse to miss out on these acts but can’t drop that much money all at once, they do offer a payment plan, which is very cool.

  1. Firefly Music Festival

Taking place at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, The Firefly Music Festival is a 4-day festival which takes place this year from June 16th to June 19th. The best part about this festival? You don’t have to go home until it’s over! While tent camping is the most popular way to go, RV camping is also available for an additional fee. This festival has an eclectic lineup which includes Kings of Leon; Florence + The Machine; Deadmau5; Earth, Wind and Fire; and A$AP Rocky.  Tickets are priced at $129 for any single day entry and up to $349 for a 4-day pass. While waiting for your favorite acts to take the stage, the festival provides other attractions to pass the time. They have an outdoor bazaar to purchase festival goodies, “hammock hangout” if you need to rest, and The Beercade where, if you are over 21, you can indulge in beer and classic arcade games.

  1. Lollapalooza

With over 170 music acts and eight stages, Lollapalooza which takes place in Chicago’s historic Grant Park, running from July 28th to July 31st. As for headliners, J.Cole and LCD Soundsystem both make appearances at this festival, along with Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, and Future. Lollapalooza  rounds out the lineup with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction, Ellie Goulding, Flume, Hiam, and Halsey. Festival goers can opt for a 4-day pass at $335 or a one day pass for $120. They have fans covered in the VIP department as well. For $650 (one day) or $2,200 (four day), you can enjoy air conditioning, lounges, catered food, and spa treatments. (Admit it, not all of us are equipped to take on harsh summer temps and hot dogs and hamburgers for four days.)

  1. Austin City Limits

The self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world,” the festival is held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Produced by the same company that produces Lollapalooza, it was originally inspired by a PBS concert series of the same name. With over 130 performers and 8 stages, there will be plenty to see when the festival is on from September 30th to October 2nd and October 7th to October 9th. Headliners include: Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Willie Nelson and Schoolboy Q. Ticket prices range from $100 for one day admission all the way to $3,600 for platinum packages, which include a hotel stay and on-site concierge.

  1. Summerfest

“The world’s largest music festival” definitely lives up to its name with its impressive lineup of artists that you want to see, headliner or not. Taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the impressive 11-day festival is the most budget-friendly that I have seen thus far. An 11-day pass will only cost you a whopping $90, and after June 1st the price rises to $110. You can also attend any one day of the festival for a mere $20. Have fun trying to choose who you are going to see this year, because  the lineup includes Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Luke Bryan, Sting, Billy Idol, Nelly, Pitbull, Blink 182, Weird Al Yankovic, Common, Panic! At the Disco, Selena Gomez, DNCE, The Commodores, and Hollywood Vampires.
If your festival addiction isn’t satisfied with these five favorites, or if you are looking for a certain act, there are plenty more festivals to choose from. For a full list, click here.  
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