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Music Festivals - A Summer Tradition

Music festivals are the best way to soak up the sun while listening to many of your favorite artists live. A majority of music festivals occur in the summer since they usually take place outside. Live performances are only one aspect of a typical music festival. There are often many options of additional activities such as lawn games, photo booths and a wide selection of delicious foods. Many music festivals are annual and some are organized as for-profit while others are benefits for specific causes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the "World’s Largest Music Festival" is Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Summerfest, which is an 11 day event that has held that title since 1999. Summerfest features a collection of artists with Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga headlining in 2014. Recurring yearly festival tours include Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, and Warped Tour, which have shows in a variety of U.S. cities throughout the summer.

Other popular music festivals include the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival held in Manchester, Tennessee, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival located in Indio, California, Governors Ball in New York City, New York, and Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington. One of the newer festivals on the scene is the IHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. And also happening in Vegas, new for 2014 the Route 91 Harvest Festival brings some of the biggest names in country music to Sin City. Some of the most popular electronic music festivals include Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. Tickets to the Ultra Music Festival had such a high demand in 2013 that early bird tickets were sold out in four minutes after going on sale and their advanced tickets sold out in twenty minutes. Famous festivals from around the world include Glastonbury Festival in England, Reading and Leeds Festival in England, Primavera Sound in Spain, and Tomorrowland, which is held in Belgium. Music and arts festivals attract music lovers from all over the world to see the best live performances.


AUGUST

Riot Fest (2015 dates: August 28 – 30, September 11 – 13 & September 19 – 20) – Riot Fest is a punk, rock, and alternative music festival taking place in the cities of Denver, Chicago, and Toronto. The festival proposes a diverse lineup consisting of buzzed-about reuinions, one-offs, special guest appearances, and popular punk mainstays. In past years, the stages of Riot Fest have seen the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, and Weezer.


Burning Man (2015 dates: August 30 – September 7) – Taking place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man Festival is a week-long celebration of community, art and self-expression culminating in the burning of a large wooden effigy. The event begins on the last Monday in August ends on the first Monday in September, which is also Labor Day.



OCTOBER

Austin City Limits (2015 dates: October 2 – 4 & October 9 – 11) – Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, The ACL Music Festival is an annual event that spans over two consecutive three-day weekends. The festival has eight stages where musical groups from genres including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip hop perform for approximately 75,000 fans each day. In addition to the live acts, there are food and drinks, an art market, and a kids area for families.


Knotfest (2015 dates: October 25-26) – Created in 2012 by metal band Slipknot, Knotfest is becoming a yearly tradition, occurring each fall in different locations. This year’s metal fest is in San Bernadino, CA, October 25th-26th. In addition to the headliner Slipknot, other performing bands include Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, and The Devil Wears Prada. It’s sure to be a killer good time!



Complete Music Festival Listing:




8
89x Chill On The Hill

9
92.3 WCOL Country Jam for Kids
95X Big Shindig
98.9 The Bear Birthday Bash
99.7 Triple Ho Show

A
AFM MusicFest
Afro Fest
Air 1 Positive Hits Tour
American Roots Festival
Americanafest
Arizona Jazz Festival
Austin City Limits Festival
Awakening Music Festival

B
Bay Area Vibez Festival
Beach Goth
BeaverStock
Beyond The Valley
Big Barrel Country Music Festival
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival
Blizzard Music Festival
Bonnaroo
Boston Calling Music Festival
BottleRock Festival
Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
Budweiser Made in America Festival
Bumbershoot
Burger a-Go-Go

C
California Roots Festival
Chasing Summer Electronic Music Festival
Chicago Wingfest
City Folk Music Festival
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
CMA Music Festival
Coachella
Cocoa Oktoberfest
Columbia Winter Jazz Festival
Country Concert At Hickory Hill Lakes
Country Night Lights
Country Thunder
CountryWide Music Festival

D
Dancefestopia
Digifest
DigiTour Slaybells
Dirtybird BBQ

E
East Bay Soul Music Festival
Edgefest
Electric Daisy Carnival
Electric Zoo Festival
Elsie Fest
Encore Festival
Endless Night Vampire Ball

F
Festival Palomino
Festival Supreme
Firefly Music Festival
Float Fest
Freaky Deaky Halloween
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Funk Fest

G
Gateway Music Festival
Global Citizen Festival
Governor's Ball
Grand Point North Festival
Greater Charleston Area Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Gretna Heritage Festival
Grey Cup Festival
GrugelFest

H
Heart of Persia Festival
Hippiefest
Hopscotch Music Festival
Houston Whatever Festival

I
iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina
iHeartRadio Music Festival
iHeartRadio Village

I
Imagine Music Festival
Interlocken Music Festival

J
JAS Aspen Labor Day
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Jimmy Dean Music Festival
Joshua Fest

K
KaaBoo Festival
KCRW's World Festival
Knotfest

L
Laid Back Festival
Landmark Music Festival
Las Vegas Jazz Festival
Leeds Festival
Life Is Beautiful Festival
Lockn' Festival
Lollapalooza
Louder Than Life
LouFest

M
Mad Decent Block Party
MagnoliaFest
Midpoint Music Festival
Minnesota KPOP Festival
Monster Energy Aftershock
Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Monster Mash Music Festival
Mountain Jam
MRCY Festival
Music Midtown Festival
My 92.9 Oro Valley Music Festival

N
North Coast Music Festival

O
One Love Urban Music Festival
ONE Musicfest
One Tribe Festival
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

P
Pegasus Festival
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

R
Reading Festival
Revive The Live Music Festival
Rewind Festival
Riot Fest Chicago
Rock Allegiance Tour
Rock Am See

S
Scream Back 2 School Fest
Skylab
So What?! Music Festival
Speed of Sound Festival
Spiritfest
Stagecoach Festival
Summer's End Music Festival
Sun City Music Festival

T
TBD Fest
The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
The Shindig Music Festival
Tomorrow World Festival
Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Trapfest
Treasure Island Music Festival

U
Ultra Music Festival
Unsilent Night Music Festival

V
Vets Rock
Voidstar 25th Anniversary Festival
Voodoo Music Festival

W
WE Fest
Winnipeg Folk Festival

X
X-fest
Xtreme Christian Music Conference

Z
ZiegenBock Music Festival