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Though music festivals are a year-round phenomenon, many people like myself find themselves attending many more in the summer. You could say that it’s because of the lack of obligations that most of us have during the break, the desire to travel or even the beautiful weather that finally comes, but regardless, summers worldwide are jam-packed with amazing festivals that satisfy the tastes of every music lover. Here are some of my top picks for this coming summer.
5. Made In America: September 3-4, Philadelphia, PA
A relatively new festival curated by music mogul Jay Z in partnership with Budweiser, Made In America has consistently managed to bring some of the hottest hip-hop artists and beyond to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway every labor day weekend. Besides the plethora of impressive artists that have previously taken the MIA stages, including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, De La Soul, Nine Inch Nails and Mrs. Carter herself, the festival is held right in the city-- leading to a fun and refreshing environment that differs greatly from the Coachellas and Bonnaroos. Though the lineup has yet to be released, based on the power of Jay Z and its previous lineups, I’m sure this year will be no exception.
4. Bonnaroo: June 9-12, Manchester, TN
Ranked as one of the 50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll by Rolling Stone in 2003, Bonnaroo regularly brings an impressive lineup of both contemporary and classic artists across a wide range of genres to the small town of Manchester, TN. Regularly attracting over 90,000 attendees from every corner of the country, the festival has been known to consistently offer some of the best artists in the industry, with the lineup this year following suit. This year’s headliners include Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, J.Cole, Tame Impala, and LCD Soundsystem among many other impressive acts bound to give incredible performances.
3. Glastonbury Festival: June 22-29, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset
The largest greenfield festival in the world, Glastonbury is consistently crowned one of the best music festivals. Besides being held in the incredibly scenic setting of Pilton, giving the 175,000 festival-goers a gorgeous setting to listen to amazing music, Glastonbury’s world-renowned reputation draws in some of the best artists worldwide. This year will feature Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Earth, Wind & Fire, Disclosure, and James Blake, to name a few. Beyond the music, Glastonbury offers concert-goers unique access to performances across other artistic disciplines such as poetry, film, dance, theatre, and circus. Glastonbury offers something for music lovers which many other festivals don’t: the opportunity to explore a wealth of other art forms, which is just one reason why it’s near the top of the list.
2. The Governor’s Ball: June 3-5, Randall’s Island Park, New York City
Every year in early June, New Yorkers retreat to one of the few grassy plots in the city to be surrounded by great music for three days. Known as the most popular music festival in the area, it consistently attracts large crowds and some of the hottest artists in the game. This year's performances will include Kanye West, The Strokes, The Killers, CHVCHES, Elle King and Miguel. Besides being in one of the largest cities in the world and enjoying the skyline in the background, Governor’s Ball is also known for its incredible selection of great food from local eateries.
1. Lollapalooza: July 28-31, Grant Park, Chicago
Celebrating their 25th anniversary by adding an extra day to the midsummer festival, Lollapalooza is definitely an experience that you should put on your calendar this summer. Taking place in Grant Park in the center of Chicago, you can cross the street and be immersed in the heartbeat of the city, or even enjoy some performances while sitting by the lake (the bass really does boom throughout the metropolitan area). Some staple acts this year include Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Flume, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flosstradamus. The incredibly stacked lineup will provide something for everyone, as well as an exciting look into the festival’s 25th anniversary celebration. If you have to choose just one festival to attend this summer, I suggest making the trip to Chicago to enjoy this one that is sure to impress.
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