Austin City Limits
Location: Austin, TX
Dates: October 2 - 4 & October 9 - 11
2015 Lineup: Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, Florence + The Machine,The Weeknd, Billy Idol, Deadmau5, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters And Men, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Alt-J, Bassnectar, Disclosure, Hozier, Tame Impala, TV on the Radio, Walk the Moon, A$AP Rocky, Brandon Flowers, Vance Joy, Father John Misty, Royal Blood, Brand New, Twenty One Pilots, Nero, and more.
Location: Chicago, IL
Dates: July 31 - August 2
2015 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Kaskade, Kid Cudi, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky Brand New, TV On The Radio, Twenty One Pilots, G-Eazy Gary Clark Jr., Nicky Romero, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War on Drugs, Walk The Moon Marina and The Diamonds, Tyler, The Creator, and more.
Location: Florece, AZ
Dates: July 23 – 26
2015 Lineup: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, Dustin Lynch, Clay Walker, Dierks Bentley, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Swon Brothers, Phil Vassar, Clare Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, The Lacs, Logan Mize, The Railers, Jon Pardi, Jerrod Niemann, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, and more.
Vans Warped Tour
Dates: April 7 - August 8
2015 Lineup: Black Veil Brides, Riff Raff, Asking Alexandria, Neck Deep, Attila, The Amity Affliction, Mallory Knox, Silverstein, The Wonder Years, August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire, Senses Fail, Motion City Soundtrack, Our Last Night, While She Sleeps, blessthefall, Citizen, and more.
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.
Mad Decent Block Party (2015 dates: July - November) – The Mad Decent Block party is a travelling music festival which hits 19 North American cities between July and September. In addition, this year in November, the Mad Decent Block Party is being transformed into a Mad Decent Boat Party. The festival will be a five day long travelling extravaganza aboard a cruise ship travelling from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, and a private Caribbean island. There will be dozens of performers and is sure to be a blast.
Essence Music Festival (2015 dates: July 2-5) – One of New Orleans’ biggest events, the Essence Music Festival has been called “the party with a purpose.. It’s the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. Accordingly, there are 35 black artists prepared to perform for thousands of people in the Superdome, which will have one main stage and four lounge stages. Some big names that will be at the festival this year are Nico & Vinz and Kool Moe Dee. The event takes place over the first weekend in July.
Lollapalooza (2015 dates: July 31 - August 2) – Originially conceived by Jane's Addition frontman Perry Farrell, the Lollapalooza Festival has grown to become among the biggest festivals of the year. Held annually at Grant Park in Chicago, Lollapalooza attracts more than 65,000 attendees for three days of incredible music and much, much more. The 2015 Lollapalooza festical features Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar and many, many more. Don't miss out!
Ovo Fest (2015 dates: August 3-4) – Created by the R&B artist Drake, OVO Fest is held the first weekend of August in his hometown of Toronto. OVO stands for October’s Very Own, a record label founded by Drake. The festival has hosted several major R&B and rap artists including Rick Ross, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne, among others. This year’s headliners are Outkast and Drake himself.
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.
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!