The USA is MASSIVE. Seriously massive. It’s a country full of diversity, which is reflected in its music scene. The country has a variety of incredible festivals just waiting to be attended. Whether you’re a bit of a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chilled, the USA is guaranteed to satisfy your musical penchant, whatever it is! Not only that, the freshest new talent and undiscovered gems are often found at festivals, especially in the States – that’s the best bit about it. So hop across the pond, put your dancing shoes on and keep your ears out for the next big thing in music!
Let’s get stuck into some of the AWESOME festivals the USA has to offer…
THE OBVIOUS CHOICES…
When: April 14th – 16th and April 21st – 23rd
Where: Indio, California
2016 highlights: LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Foals and The 1975
Why you should go: Taking place in the middle of the desert, Coachella is one of the first to kick off the summer festival season. If you truly believe fashion and music go hand in hand then get yourself to Coachella next year. Basically, anyone who is anyone will be there.
Find out more: https://splash.coachella.com
When: June 8th – 11th
Where: Manchester, Tennessee
2016 highlights: Pearl Jam, J Cole, Death Cab For Cutie and The Chainsmokers
Why you should go: Bonnaroo is hard-core! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. It’s known to be one of the greatest camping experiences in the world and the line-up never disappoints. Be careful of that Tennessee heat though!
Find out more: https://www.bonnaroo.com/
When: August 3rd – 6th
Where: Chicago, Illinois
2016 highlights: Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Rey and Major Lazer
Why you should go: You don’t have to get all dressed up for this one. Lollapalooza is known to be chilled out yet at the same time being super organised. When a storm shutdown the festival over one of the days, sets were quickly rescheduled and the show went on. Nice work Lollapalooza crew!
Find out more: lollapalooza.com
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW)
When: March 10th – 19th
Where: Austin, Texas
2016 highlights: Drake, Jack Garratt, Stormzy and Declan McKenna
Why you should go: This is THE festival for discovering raw talent. Hop around bars and venues around Austin and rub shoulders with music industry folk as they look for their next big act to sign. It’s not just future stars though, you’ll also catch big names gracing the stages.
Find out more: sxsw.com
THE LESS OBVIOUS CHOICES…
THE GOVERNORS BALL FESTIVAL
When: June 2nd – 4th
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
2016 highlights: The Strokes, The Killers, Beck and M83
Why you should go: Governors Ball is one of the coolest festivals out there. So cool in fact, that you might find yourself stood next to a big time celebrity while waiting for the next band to perform! The benefit of Governors Ball (or negative, however you look at it!) is that there’s no camping involved, everyone stays in hostels and hotels. So the hangover the next morning won’t hurt as much as it would waking up on a field.
Find out more: https://governorsballmusicfestival.com/
HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: May 19th – 21st
Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama
2016 highlights: The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine and Ellie Goulding
Why you should go: The beautiful beaches of the Gulf Shores should be enough to sway it for you. It’s not your typical setting for a festival, but it still manages to bring in the big names to the line-up. It’s a super chilled atmosphere too – Hangout by name, hangout by nature!
Find out more: hangoutmusicfest.com
When: May 26th – 27th
Where: As the name suggests, Boston
2016 highlights: SIA, Disclosure, Sufjan Stevens and Miike Snow
Why you should go: Look at the 2016 highlights above, so diverse! Boston Calling has something for everyone. It’s a relatively new festival, debuting in 2013 so the line-up is bound to keep on getting stronger and stronger.
Find out more: bostoncalling.com
When: July 14th – 16th
Where: Chicago, Illinois
2016 highlights: Beach House, Brian Wilson, Savages and Sufjan Stevens
Why you should go: If you don’t manage to get tickets to Lollapalooza then Pitchfork Festival is a good back up if you’re heading to Chicago. The line-up is always diverse, showcasing acts from alternative rock to hard-core punk.
Find out more: pitchforkmusicfestival.com
Now that was epic. We’re liking the sound of Governors Ball – no tents and celebrities spotting! What’s your pick? If you want to know what other delights the USA has got in store, check out more info HERE.