The Art of Now

05.19.14

The Best Summer Music Festivals

From Bonnaroo and Governors Ball to Warped Tour and Lollapalooza, see the hottest concerts of the summer.
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This May, Alabama is host to the Hangout Music Festival. If the view isn’t enough for you—the show is held on a beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico—there are also carnival rides, the summer sun, and an awesome setlist. The Black Keys, The Killers, and Modest Mouse are among the performers to appear during the weekend of May 16 to 18.

The Gorge Amphitheatre plays host to the 3-day festival Sasquatch on the west coast in Washington. M.I.A., Cage The Elephant, and Foster the People are among the artists that will be in attendance this year. The festival takes place from May 23 to 25.

The Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge takes over Tiger Stadium to showcase artists like Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, and Eric Church. Be sure to take part in the tailgating before heading to the shows. It takes place from May 23 to 25.

The Electric Daisy Carnival does something different than the average music festival: it goes on all night long. Tiesto, Avicii and Calvin Harris will headline the show, from sunset to sunrise. This bicoastal event takes place in New York City (May 24 and 25) and in Las Vegas (June 20 to 22).

The CMA Music Festival has been around for more than forty years. Get your cowboy boots and plaid shirts out, and head to Nashville for the talents of Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and many more from June 5 to 18.

Governors Ball is conveniently located right in New York City. From June 6 to 8, the musical talents of Vampire Weekend, Jack White, the Strokes and more will grace the stage with their presence. The shows will last from noon to 10 pm each day of the festival, and will go on rain or shine (or, as last year’s attendees found out, mud.

Warped Tour is ideal for anyone who isn’t looking to spend big on tickets and loves alternative, punk, and hardcore bands. Lasting almost two months from June 11 to August 3, this year’s tour will showcase bands like 3OH!3, Yellowcard, and Breathe Carolina.

Want to go camping and go to a music festival!? Check out Bonnaroo. If you can survive both in Manchester, Tennessee, you are basically indestructible. Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and the Flaming Lips (along with many others) will be in attendance from June 12 to 15.

The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, and the Lumineers are among the acts who will be headed to Dover, Delaware, for the Firefly Music Festival this June 19-22. This festival offers camping as well, which could potentially make it the Northeast Bonnarroo.

Milwaukee’s Summerfest hails itself as the world’s largest music festival, and it’s hard to argue with that, especially when examining its credentials. It has everything—great food, tons of shopping, vast landscapesn and cold beer—all next to Lake Michigan. Its impressive lineup includes Fitz and the Tantrums, Rick Springfield, The Chainsmokers, Ingrid Michaelson, and Ludacris (yeah, he’s back/still around). Summerfest takes place from June 25 to 29, and July 1 to 6.

The Newport Folk Festival has been going on since 1959 when Bob Dylan was a regular at the show. From July 25 to 27, Fort Adams, Rhode Island will be the place to be for anyone interested in the folk music spectacle. Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples and Band of Horses are some of the artists to perform.

Check out the mighty Lollapalooza in Chicago from August 1 to 3. Eminem, Skrillex and Lorde are just a few of the big names to look for during the festival. Did we mention the Arctic Monkeys are headlining, too?

The west coast will also be home to the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. The festival will feature top artists like Kanye West, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the Flaming Lips. This huge music event in California will take place from August 8 to 10.