The first weekend of June is behind us – and its starting to feel like summer which only confirms that festival season is upon us. LA’s already seen the Jubilee, UCLA Jazz & Reggae Fest, Make Music Pasadena, plus the annual Coachella exodus and the rest of the country and Northern Hemisphere are getting their festy on too (Sasquatch, Wakarusa, Hang Out, etc.). With SUPERGOOD making the pilgrimage to Bonnaroo for the 5th year in a row – its time to examine the best of the rest of the fests of summer.
Artists: Tom Petty, Mumford and Sons, Paul McCartney, Nas, Wu Tang Clan, The National, R. Kelly, SUPERJAM w/ Jim James & John Oates, SUPERJAM w/ RZA, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt + Lettuce, Wilco, Foals, Trombone Shorty, A$AP Rocky, Pretty Lights, Paper Diamond, Purity Ring, Capital Cities, + many many more.
A little old, a little new, Bonnaroo has something for you. With the classics of Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, you could even take your mother and still enjoy yourself.
Electric Daisy Carnival
Las Vegas, NV.
Artists: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Araabmuzik, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Borgore, Calvin Harris, Carnage, Crookers, Datsik, Empire of the Sun, Flosstradamus, Krewella, Madeon, Major Lazer, Nadastrom, Zeds Dead, Rusko, Tiesto + more
The best of the best in club driven electronic music. If you’ve been before, you know why you should go. If you haven’t been before, you should go. If you like lights, confetti, girls in lingerie, carnival rides, you should go.
Artists: Pretty lights, The String Cheese Incident, Femi Kuti & The Postiive Force, Baauer, A-Trak, Beats Antqiue, Lotus, Passion Pit, Lotus, Ryan Hemsworth, Lettuce, Robert DeLong, Knife Party, Dispatch, Flosstradamus
One of the most vibrant festivals, Electric Forest takes place on the west coast of Michigan and this year is housing another healthy and eclectic mixture of talents. They don’t focus too heavily on rock or indie rock – but they get all aspects of electronic and jam music covered to the fullest. The camp and festival grounds are by far some of the nicest
Artists: Robert Plant presents the Sensational Shape Shifters, Primus, Thievery Corporation, moe., Steel Pulse, The Greyboy AllStars, Allen Stone, Anders Osborne, Skerik, Lee Fields & The Expressions, The John Scofield Uberjam Band + More
Robert Plant’s new project the Sensational Shape Shifters have received great reviews mentioning a tasteful blend of the old and new Plant. In addition to a rock legend, High Sierra has DJ’s, jam bands, and brass bands joining the lineup plus supergroups like Greyboy Allstars and a handful of artists at large!
Grant Park, Chicago, IL.
Artists: The Cure, Mumford and Sons, The Killers, The Postal Service, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks, Twenty One Pilots, The Neighbourhood
Lollapalooza is featuring some local California up and comers (The Neighbourhood), as well as rock from decades past (The Killers, The Cure) and quality rappers (Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks) – turning Chicago into the prime music destination the first weekend of August.
Sunset Strip Music Festival
West Hollywood, CA.
Artists: Linkin Park
So far only Linkin Park has been announced. But its on the Strip and it rocks, shouldn’t that be enough?
Artists: Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D’Angelo, Young the Giant, A-Trak, The Head and the Heart + More
Debatably the best festival lineup of the year, Outside Lands is bringing Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend, and The Head and the Heart.
Union Park, Chicago, IL.
August 30-September 1
Artists: Afrojack, Wu Tang, Nas, Mac Miller, Rebelution, Big Gigantic, Capital Cities, Danny Brown, On An On
North Coast has a great collection of rap, indie, electronic and reggae including the legendary Nas, and quickly growing Capital Cities.
Telluride Blues and Brews
Artists: Black Crowes, Jim James, Melissa Etheridge, Gary Clark junior, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward
Just as the title mentions, blues and brews. In addition, Allen Stone and ZZ Ward are joining the lineup to infuse a little bit of soul.