Top 10 Music Festivals This Summer

Summer is synonymous with beaches, ice cream, barbecues and fireworks. It is also synonymous with music festivals. Each year, the best artists in the world gather to play in front of crowds numbering in the thousands. Here are the 10 best upcoming festivals this summer.

10) Outside Lands
Kanye West. Tom Petty. Tiësto. Macklemore. Few festivals offer the best of a wide array of genres. Outside Lands gives you it all. The festival also features a wine tasting section, beer garden, and art gallery. Basically, its all San Fran has to offer, with some killer music. Sign me up.

Where: San Francisco
When: August 8th-10th

Outside Lands_SF

9) Electric Zoo
Labor Day is a bittersweet time for many people as it marks the end of summer. Why not end the summer with a deafening bang? Heralded as one of the top Electronic Dance Music festivals of the year, Electric Zoo features EDM’s best, including headliners David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, and Alesso.

Where: Randall’s Island, New York
When: August 29th-31st

Electric Zoo_Randall’s Island, New York

8) Bumbershoot 
Seattle, Washington comes alive for Labor Day Weekend, with the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Over 100,000 people descend upon the Seattle Center, for amazing live music (including Foster the People, J. Cole and Elvis Costello), countless art installations and amazing speakers/comedians.

Where: Seattle, Washington
When: August 30th-September 1st

Bumbershoot_Seattle, Washington

7) TomorrowWorld
The US spin-off of the famed TomorrowLand music festival in Belgium, TomorrowWorld brings the biggest in EDM to the United States. An expected 350,000 ravers will invade the hills of Georgia to dance to the likes of Avicii, Tiësto, Skrillex, and Steve Aoki. Will you be one of them?

Where: Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
When: September 26th-28th

Tomorrow World_Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

6) HARD Summer
Just minutes from downtown Los Angeles is one the biggest festivals of the season, and possibly the loudest. Heavily promoted by the Jack U duo (better known as Diplo and Skrillex), the festival hosts Baauer and Martin Garrix, as well as Disclosure and the entire A$AP MOB. Go HARD!

Where: South El Monte, California
When: August 2nd-3rd

Hard Summer_South El Monte, California

5) Osheaga
Quebec plays host to lineup spanning all genres of music. The Osheaga Music & Arts Festival, now in its ninth year, features classic hit-makers such as Outkast and Jack White, but also brings in up-and-comers such as Flume and Chromeo.

Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: August 1st-3rd

Osheaga-Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

4) Newport Jazz Festival
Celebrating its 60th (!) anniversary, the Newport Jazz Fest has brought out one of the greatest lineups jazz enthusiasts have ever seen. With three full days of Jazz, there is something for everybody!

Where: Newport, Rhode Island
When: August 1st-3rd

Newport Jazz Festival-Newport, Rhode Island

3) Burning Man
It’s somewhat unfair to call Burning Man a music festival; their lineup release included Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, The Ramones, and Lou Reed (all of whom are dead). Despite the lack of an official lineup, prominent DJs such as Armin Van Buuren have come to play. Besides the music, it’s a week in the middle-of-nowhere-Nevada; a goodbye to civilization, and a hello to introspection. Burn on…

Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
When: August 25th-September 1st

 Burning Man_Black Rock Desert, Nevada

2) Lollapalooza
It’s not hard to pitch a music festival with a headlining cast of Eminem, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris and the Avett Brothers, especially when you get to listen to them on 115 acres of Downtown Chicago/Lake Michigan grass. Just go.

Where: Grant Park, Chicago
When: August 1st-3rd

Lollapalooza_Grant Park, Chicago

1) TomorrowLand
With over 400,000 tickets sold before the lineup was even announced, it doesn’t get much bigger then this. Boom, Belgium (isn’t that an ironic name) becomes the mecca of EDM for two weekends in July, with an all-star lineup of DJs and Producers. “We Come. We Rave. We Love.”

Where: Boom, Belgium
When: July 18th-20th, July 25th-27th

Tomorrow Land_Boom, Belgium

With any of these ten, and countless others going on across the world, there is something for everybody. The combinations of different artists, exposure to new music, and colossal crowds make summer music festivals different from all the rest. Dance on…


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